Saturday, May 01, 2010

June's Hot Book Titles

Once again, it's time for a sneak peek at forthcoming books. These novels all have scheduled release dates of June. I always suggest that you reserve these books at your local public library, or order them now from your favorite bookstore.

Lauren Belfer, author of City of Light, now brings us A Fierce Radiance. As researchers at Rockefeller Institute race to develop a new drug called penicillin, magazine photojournalist Claire Shipley covers the story. But, a researcher dies under suspicious circumstances, and it appears someone wants to get their hands on the revolutionary new drug.

Lee Child edited First Thrills (High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors). The collection showcases authors from the International Thriller Writers, such as Child, Jeffrey Deaver, Alex Kava, Karen Slaughter, Ken Bruen, Rebecca Cantrell, J.T. Ellison, and Kelli Stanley.

The Passage by Justin Cronin has an interesting plot summary. Amy became a test subject in a secret government experiment. When she escaped, an FBI agent rescued her, and hid her in the hills. Could she be the same girl who walked out of the wilderness 100 years later, mute and traumatized, with no voice or memory?

In Jeffery Deaver's The Burning, quadriplegic forensic criminalist Lincoln Rhymes debates whether to have a risky treatment, but the decision threatens his most important case as he tries to stop a twisted killer.

I've always been fond of Dorothea Benton Frank's Lowcountry novels. Lowcountry Summer takes Caroline back to South Carolina after her mother's death, where the family faces old secrets and betrayals.

Barry Eisler's latest is Inside Out. Since Ben is stuck in a Manila jail, he accepts an offer from his old commander. Work for him, and kill a blackmailer, or stay in jail and rot.

What's summer without one of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books? Sizzling Sixteen finds everyone preparing for summer vacation, but plans are disrupted when it becomes obvious someone is trying to kill Vinnie. And, can you imagine Lulu involved in a Ponzi scheme?

Tasia McFarland was a country-pop singer making a comeback, after her divorce. When she's killed by a bullet at a concert, forensic psychologist Jo Beckett investigates. And, Meg Gardiner gives Beckett plenty to investigate in The Liar's Lullaby. Tasia's ex-husband is the President of the United States.

Greg Hurwitz gives us They're Watching. Patrick has troubles. His marriage is failing, his Hollywood dreams have crumbled, and someone is sending him DVDs showing he and his wife have a stalker. When an e-mail offers to help, it only takes Patrick deeper into trouble.

We'll see if Dean Koontz can successfully recreate the legend of Frankenstein in a novel that blends supernatural suspense, science fiction, mystery, romance, dead-pan humor, and adventure. It's Frankenstein (Lost Souls).

Michael Koryta's So Cold the River brings a documentary filmmaker to a restored hotel where celebrities and mobsters once mingled. But, the hotel isn't the only thing that's been restored. There's a long forgotten evil that has an old score to settle.

I'm eager to read Sophie Littlefield's A Bad Day for Pretty. Stella Hardesty is still meting out justice to wife abusers, but she doesn't really think one of them poured concrete over an uncovered body, one found after a tornado. Between her romance with the local sheriff, and investigating the crime, Stella's a little busy.

In Steve Martini's The Rule of Nine, attorney Paul Madriani focuses on a former radical activist from the days of Vietnam and SDS who has plans to annihilate the entire U.S. Supreme Court.

Is there any month James Patterson doesn't have a new book? He teams up with Maxine Paetro for Private. A former CIA agent inherits his father's detective business. He has cases involving an NFL gambling scandal, 18 unsolved schoolgirl murders, and the murder of his best friend's wife. A little too much for one detective?

Stella Rimington's Dead Line finds M15 agent Liz Carlyle dealing with the threat in Scotland that is greater than anyone has imagined. Who is behind the plans to disrupt the Middle East peace conference being held there?

Following a massacre at a sweat lodge ceremony, the director of Sigma recognizes the warnings behind the murders, and seeks answers. Those answers reveal secrets hidden since the founding of America in James Rollins' The Devil Colony.

Karen Slaughter's Broken finds Adams and Trent investigating a murder that's been staged to look like a suicide. But Special Agent Will Trent pushes Officer Lena Jones to the breaking point in an investigation that affects all of Grant County.

Does this sound as if it could be right out of the headlines? "A new spy agency has been created which reports only to a secret panel of military insiders. It's job is to target foreign and domestic enemies." Brad Thor's Foreign Influence finds Scot Harvath looking into his own past for a killer.

How many June releases are you adding to your pile of books? Am I missing a June release that excites you? Let me know what you're waiting to read since June has a wealth of promising books.


Meen said...

Lesa, thanks for sharing these June releases with me (us). I've got them saved for when I start on my library order suggestions for that month. These previews are always a great help.

Anonymous said...

Such a wealth of books this JUne. I like the look of Lauren Belfer's book, fascinating. Also hearing good things about THE PASSAGE and I want to check that out. Then one of my favorite authors, Karin Slaughter. I'm so excited for anew Will Trent book. I love these books.

Thanks for sharing, Lesa!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Marleen! It's always nice to know I'm helping you with the library order in Ireland.

Lesa said...


You hit on two of the books that I found interesting, Laren Belfer's and Cronin's The Passage. Lots of books to check out in June. Aren't you glad you're retired?

caite said...

I have two of them, Broken and A Fierce Radiance, waiting for me. Now I am all the more excited about them!

Lesa said...

This is the stack that I don't have in house, Caite. I hope you enjoy them!

DanaB said...

Oh, I can't wait for a couple of these!
I enjoy Jeffrey Deaver's
Lincoln Rhyme character, really lookin' forward to his latest case.
Dorothea Benton Frank sure has a way with lowcountry tales, doesn't she? I've enjoyed all of hers thus far--the last one less so, but it was still a good read.
I'm an avid library patron, but those two I just might have to hit the bookstore for :)


Lesa said...


You're like me, an avid library patron, but it's hard to wait for favorites. And, isn't if fun to have such wide-ranging taste is books? Quite a difference between Jeffrey Deaver and Dorothea Benton Franks' novels.