I haven't finished the book I'm reading, Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, so I'm going to do something unusual. Tomorrow, I'll be posting the September Treasures in My Closet, the posting of forthcoming September releases. But, I opened package after package today from Macmillan, five August releases that won't get mentioned for a while. And, there are some special books here that I want to share. So, there will be two days in a row of book titles. There's some great August reading, mysteries and historical fiction, coming from Macmillan, and some terrific September books of all types.
First, the historical fiction. It might take me a while to get through Robert The Bruce by Jack Whyte, but I'm definitely going to read it. It's the story of Robert I, known to Scotland as Robert the Bruce, Scotland's greatest king. He led his people during the War of Scottish Independence against England, and his reign saw Scotland recognized as an independent nation. The first book in his Tale of the Guardians series, The Forest Laird, featured William Wallace, a hero to the Scots. Now, he turns to Robert the Bruce for the story of another Scottish hero.
David Handler, author of the Berger and Mitry mysteries, launches a new PI series with Runaway Man. Benji Golden's late father, the famed cop Meyer Golden, started Golden Legal Services, which is now headed by his mother, Abby, who used to be the only Jewish pole dancer in NYC. Benji, small in stature, but big in brains, is the perfect P.I. to fly under the radar. Then there's "Lovely Rita," the third member of the firm, a gorgeous computer wizard and former lap dancer. When a prestigious law firm hires them to find a missing college student, it seems to be a simple job. But, Benji's investigation leads to several murders involving a powerful family, and now Benji has to stay alive while tracking a killer.
The San Jose Mercury News called Sheldon Russell's character, Hook Runyon, "a great character - smart, tough, and quite relentless." Now, the railroad bull heads to the Southwest in The Hanging of Samuel Ash, a novel set in the 1940s. When Hook is called to investigate a malfunctioning signal, he finds the body of a young man strung up, hung from the signal. The only identification is a bronze hero's medal. When Hook sets out to find the dead boy's family, as well as his killer, he comes across more danger than he could have predicted.
Terrific group of books, isn't it? Just too good not to share.