Prepare yourself. August has innumerable book releases, and I have quite a few of them for the Treasures in My Closet posts. There's something here for everyone, I hope. Let me know which forthcoming books you find exciting.
I'll lead off with my personal pick, Linda Fairstein's Devil's Bridge. Detective Mike Chapman is spotlighted in this one when he has to investigate the disappearance of Alex Cooper. There are some complications. Coop's put countless criminals behind bars in her decade of work. There's been a recent security breach. And, there's the change in her relationship with Mike, who will do anything to get Coop back. (Release date is Aug. 11.)
Egypt's most popular novelist, Alan Al Aswany, brings us The Automobile Club of Egypt. It's the story of a family caught up in the social unrest in post-World War II Cairo. The Automobile Club is a place of refuge and luxury for its European members, but Egyptians are only servants there. When politics leads to social upheaval, the Egyptians of the Automobile Club have two choices: live safely but without dignity as servants, or fight for their rights and risk everything. (Release date is Aug. 18.)
In Paula Brackston's latest novel, Lamp Black, Wolf Grey, a young artist goes to the Welsh mountains in search of love. Laura Matthews and her husband move to an ancient house in the hills, hoping to inspire her to produce her art, and hoping for the baby they both want. But, Laura discovers a charismatic man who pursues her, a wise old woman who talks in riddles, and a mysterious man from the past, Merlin himself. (Release date is Aug. 4.)
Dale Brown returns with a military thriller, Iron Wolf. A resurgent Russia inflames sectarian unrest and violence in Ukraine and Poland, setting off a stealth robotic war and escalating an international crisis. When NATO refuses to act in response to Russian actions, the former U.S. president and the Polish president launch Operation Iron Wolf without the knowledge of the Americans or their NATO partners. It's a battle to determine the fate of Eastern Europe. (Release date is Aug. 25.)
Dead Soon Enough by Steph Cha finds Juniper Song, a licensed private detective, handling her most unusual case yet. Rubin Gasparian hires her to follow her cousin, Lusig,a surrogate carrying Rubina's baby. Lusig might be endangering the baby as she hunts for her best friend who is missing, a woman involved in the battle to erect an Armenian genocide memorial. Juniper's search leads her deep into a tight-knit immigrant community and the groups opposed to it. (Release date is Aug. 11.)
In Douglas Corleone's Gone Cold, former US Marshal Simon Fisk searches from the U.S. to the UK and Ireland for his missing daughter. Twelve years after his six-year-old daughter Hailey was abducted, Simon finds an urgent message comparing two images, a computer-generated image of Hailey, and the sketch of a young woman wanted for murder in Ireland. Fisk goes hunting for the people responsible, and hopes to find Hailey. (Release date is Aug. 18.)
Jennine Capo Crucet's debut novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, is the story of what it means to be an American today. Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, is accepted into an elite college, although her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami. And, then her home life in Miami unravels, as her parents divorce and her father sells her childhood home. (Release date is Aug. 4.)
Philip Mercer, geologist with a taste for international adventure, returns in Jack Du Brul's The Lightning Stones. Mercer rides an elevator two thousand feet into the earth of a Minnesota mine, just in time to hear automatic gunfire, and find his mentor and an entire research team brutally executed. Mercer's hunt for revenge and the killers sends him on an international chase, one that involves the rare and powerful crystals, lightning stones, rumored to have been on Amelia Earhart's plane when it vanished in 1937. (Release date is Aug. 11.)
You might want to try Eli Gottlieb's Best Boy if you were a fan of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Todd, an autistic man in his 50s, tells his story. He's been in his current group home for decades, and he's pretty happy there. But, then a new menacing staff member arrives, and he finds a new love interest who convinces him to stop taking one of his medications. They both serve to shake him out of his complacency, and set some events in motion that stir up family secrets and memories. (Release date is Aug. 24.)
In Alaric Hunt's Godless Country, Clayton Guthrie and Rachel Vasquez must track a gruesome stalker in New York City. Guthrie is a private fixer for the aristocracy of New York City. His latest job is to protect a Manhattan heiress from a dangerous talker. Hiring a retired bodyguard to protect her, Guthrie teams up with his young operative, Rachel Vasquez, to run a trap operation as they pursue the stalker. (Release date is Aug. 25.)
So, the colors of August appear to be blues and shades of orange and gold. It's easy to judge the covers; not so easy to judge the books. Are there titles here that appeal to you? If not, check back tomorrow for August Treasures in My Closet, Part 2.