Thursday, July 31, 2014

September Treasures in My Closet - Part 2

As I said, there are way too many books in my pile of September book releases. So, why wait? Here's the second half of those treasures in my closet.

Libby Fischer Hellmann's fourth Georgia Davis crime thriller is Nobody's Child. Libby says, "Think Karin Slaughter or Tess Gerritsen on steroids." A bloodstained note left for PI Georgia Davis reveals the shocking existence of a half-sister she never knew about, one who is begging for Georgia's help. Determined to track her down, Georgia finds herself heading deep into the dangerous underworld of Chicago's illegal sex trafficking business. As Georgia tries to extricate her sister, she finds herself in situation she might not survive. (Release date is Sept. 2.)

Station Eleven is Emily St. John Mandel's latest novel, a story of art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world starts to dissolve. The story moves back in forth in time, following the actor and a theater troupe roaming the Great Lakes area. It's a story about relationships, fame, and the beauty of the world. (Release date is Sept. 9.)

Ben Kendall's death appeared to be that of a hoarder whose piles of stuff collapsed and killed him. But Joe Gunther and the Vermont Bureau of Investigation team discover that Ben brought back more than personal demons from Vietnam. He brought back combat photos and negatives. But, when a show featuring some of those photos is interrupted by the appearance of a hit squad, Joe and his team have to track killers. It's Proof Positive by Archer Mayor. (Release date is Sept. 30.)

Ian McEwan takes readers into the court of London High Court judge Fiona Maye in The Children Act. She specializes in "considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts". But, her personal life puts added pressure on her when she tries a case involving a devout seventeen-year-old when neither he nor his parents will permit the blood transfusion that will save his life because it conflicts with their beliefs. (Release date is Sept. 9.)

James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge team up for Burn, bringing Detective Michael Bennett back to New York City. Taking over an Outreach Squad in Harlem, he receives an unusual call about a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemned building. Bennett ignores the call, until a charred body in the same building, and he's forced to take the demented caller seriously. Burn draws the detective into an underground criminal world of terrifying depravity. (Release date is Sept. 29.)

The Button Man is a prequel to Mark Pryor's Hugo Marston series. Marston has just become head of security at the U.S. embassy in London, tasked with protecting a pair of spoiled movie stars whose reckless driving killed a prominent landowner in rural England. Before he even meets the couple, one of them disappears, and is found hanging from a tree, and the other slips away from his protector. Hugo's search leads to a quaint English village where a self-appointed executioner prepares for the final act of a murderous spree. (Release date is Sept. 2.)

Kathy Reichs takes forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan into her own past when a child killer resurfaces, one she and her former partner failed to capture years earlier. Now, in Bones Never Lie, she has one more chance to catch the most monstrous adversary she's ever seen. (Release date is Sept. 23.)

Christian Ruder is a mathematician, rock musician, and matchmaker who charts our online wanderings in Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One's Looking. Ruder uses Facebook, Twitter and Google to tell us more about ourselves. Sounds fascinating! (Release date is Sept. 9.)

If you're expecting Garth Stein to rewrite The Art of Racing in the Rain, you're in for a surprise. A Sudden Light is the story of a fourteen-year-old boy, Trevor Riddell, who tries to save his parents' marriage and uncovers a vast legacy of family secrets. Trevor's bankrupt parents have separated, and his father has plans to force his father into a nursing home, sell off the house and property, and divide the profits with his sister. But, as Trevor explores Riddell House, he discovers secret stairways, hidden rooms, and a ghost with an agenda of his own. (Release date is Sept. 30.)

Are you ready for your first Christmas book of the year? Lea Wait brings us Shadows on a Maine Christmas (An Antique Print Mystery). Maggie Summer has decisions to make this Christmas. Will she and the man she adores stay together? Or will this year's Christmas wish lead to time together next year? But, this year at Aunt Nettie's house, long-hidden secrets will be revealed, and blackmail and murder are only the beginning. It may be a Merry Christmas, but who knows who will be around to celebrate New Year's? (Release date is Sept. 9.)

Book 4 of Tyler Whitesides' Janitors series is Strike of the Sweepers. Janitors with wizard-like powers continue their battle. The stakes have never been higher while the rebels find themselves chased by Mr. Clean's new and terrifying Sweepers. (Release date is Sept. 9.)

Here's an interesting book that ends the list. S. Craig Zahler's Mean Business on North Ganson Street is a dystopian novel about a police officer, Detective Jules Bettinger, a hard guy to like. Bettinger is forced to relocate himself and his family from Arizona to the frigid north, a hellhole called Victory, Missouri. Victory is a collapsed rustbelt city, a dying city where there are seven hundred criminals for every law enforcer. When he and his new partner investigate a double homicide in which two policemen were slain, Bettinger begins to suspect the killings are a prelude to a series of cop killings. Mean Business on North Ganson Street is currently being adapted into a movie for Warner Brothers, with both Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio attached to the project. (Release date is Sept. 30.)

Two days of September releases. Do any of them interest you?


Liz said...

Some of Archie Mayor's books are very grim but generally enjoy.

Also delighted to have discovered Kathy Reichs and glad to know a new book due out.


Lesa said...

Glad I could pass on some book news, Liz!