Win the September ’16 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

September 1, 2016

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Welcome to the September bookshelf of signed thrillers! It looks like most of the authors I’m after are on vacation, so don’t forget to check back…you never know when new titles will be added. To enter, go to the Win Books page. Best of luck!


new clipartTHE KEPT WOMAN by Karin Slaughter
: Georgia detective Will Trent and medical examiner Sara Linton look into the murder of an ex-cop whose body was found at an abandoned construction site, an investigation that uncovers links to Will’s troubled past in this long-awaited entry in the best-selling Will Trent series.

ROBERT B. PARKER’S DEBT TO PAY  by Reed Farrel Coleman: Setting aside complications in his love life to investigate the brutal murder of a high-ranking Boston crime boss, Jesse Stone suspects the work of a vengeful psychotic assassin who is targeting Stone’s ex-wife.

new clipartDOWNFALL by J.A. Jance: Juggling her pregnancy, family deaths, her daughter’s imminent departure for college and a reelection campaign, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady investigates two suspicious falling deaths that may be the work of a serial killer.

HER DARKEST NIGHTMARE by Brenda Novak: While running a psychiatric prison in Alaska, Dr. Evelyn Talbot, who survived an attack by a serial killer when she was a teenager, wonders if her past has come back to haunt her when a murderer targets her facility.

new clipartTRIPLE SHOT by Ross Klavan, Tim O’Mara & Charles Salzberg: Shadow towns, smugglers and secret notes—this trio of New York authors are a TRIPLE SHOT of twists and turns in three novellas. Signed by all three authors!

THE SMOKE HUNTER by Jacquelyn Benson: Frustrated suffragette and would-be archaeologist Ellie Mallory stumbles across a map to a city that shouldn’t exist. A powerful secret lies hidden in the heart of the city – and if it falls into the wrong hands, it could shake the very fate of the world.
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OVERDRIVE by Dawn IusGone in Sixty Seconds meets Heist Society in this edgy novel about a crack team of teenage criminals on a mission to learn to trust, build a life, and steal a wish list of exotic cars.

ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker: Given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of a violent assault, young Jenny Kramer struggles with difficult emotional memories that linger months later as her father becomes obsessed with revenge and her mother descends into denial.


THE BUTCHER’S SON by Grant McKenzie
: Ian Quinn has spent his life protecting children from the monsters that live among us. Ian was unable to protect his own daughter when she was killed, and has tried to bury his past. But the past is far from done with him.

You can win autographed copies of all these books! If you are new to the site, each month I run a contest in conjunction with the International Thriller Writers organization. We put together a list of books from debut authors to bestsellers, so you can win some of your favorites and find some new favorites.

What makes this contest really special is that all of the books (except eBooks) are signed by the author! Books with multiple authors will be signed by at least one of the authors.

Don’t forget, if you subscribe to the newsletter or follow this blog, you get an extra entry into every contest you enter. Check out the Win Books page for more information on all these books and how you to enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!


DEVIL SENT THE RAIN by Lisa Turner

September 27, 2016
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Detective Billy Able series, Book 3

Memphis police detective Billy Able lands a murder case with his new partner, the ambitious Frankie Malone. The victim, Caroline Lee, found dead wearing her wedding gown in her car in a cow pasture, is Billy’s old high school girlfriend. It’s been years since they’ve been in touch, so it seems there’s no conflict.

The Lee family is Memphis royalty; the mother runs the family law firm where Caroline worked, and they own other businesses in town. The person who found her body, a recently released felon, is a suspect, but there are others, most notably her ex-fiancé. Lee broke off her engagement to the arrogant Indian doctor, who feels humiliated and has been stalking her.

The Lee family has skeletons in the closet, and the investigation deepens into the family history, which causes Billy to examine his own. Frankie proves to be a good partner, as much a workaholic as Billy, and together they chase down every possible lead until the surprising conclusion.

A good Southern police procedural and should appeal to Caroline Haine or Margaret Maron readers.
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9/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

DEVIL SENT THE RAIN by Lisa Turner. William Morrow Paperbacks (September 27, 2016).  ISBN 978-0062136213. 352p.

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THE PERKS OF LOVING A SCOUNDREL by Jennifer McQuiston

September 26, 2016
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Seduction Diaries, Book 3

 

This has become one of my favorite series. The heroines are all smart, nerdy girls who don’t particularly want to get married and have no use for society, and this one is no different.

Mary Channing’s sister was the heroine of the first book in the series, but these do not need to be read in order, they all stand alone just fine.

Mary is a bookworm, a girl after my own heart. Losing her brother and father to violence has made her into a bit of a recluse, staying in her room or her garden and reading, and refusing a “season” in London. But when her sister’s husband has to leave on business for a while, Mary agrees to stay with Clare during the last trimester of her confinement. Don’t you just love that word? In this case it’s apropos, it’s a difficult pregnancy and the doctor is expecting the baby to come early.

Her first morning there, Mary goes out early to check out the garden, only to be shocked to find a man urinating on the rose bushes. That man is Geoffrey Westmore, future Viscount, neighbor, and our scoundrel.

Clare forces Mary to attend a fundraising event at her doctor’s hospital, and Mary reluctantly agrees as Charles Dickens will be there. But she is overwhelmed by the crowd and seeks refuge in the hospital library. Westmore sees her leave and follows, sure she looks familiar, but he can’t place her. He ends up compromising her and ruining her reputation, but while they are in the library, they overhear an assassination plot, which Mary is much more concerned about.

I love that Mary is extremely knowledgeable about so many different things, all from her reading. She is also a real romantic, basing all understanding of men and women and relationships on novels. She eventually finds out that life is not quite the same as it appears in books, but nonetheless gets her happy ending.

I loved it.

9/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

THE PERKS OF LOVING A SCOUNDREL by Jennifer McQuiston. Avon (September 27, 2016). ISBN 978-0062335142. 400p.

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REPUTATIONS by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

September 25, 2016
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A short, but extremely interesting book about a man who has spent four decades of his professional life as a great political cartoonist in Columbia.

Vasquez has made a reputation as someone able to influence politicians, make or break careers, change the opinions of judges and certainly become a person to be both feared and admired by his countrymen. The opening of the book shows the man, Javier Mallarino, at the height of his powers and a force to be reckoned with when he is visited by a young woman out of his past who forces him to reevaluate his past and question his own self worth.

Vasquez writes in an almost stream of conscious style masterfully bringing the reader into the thought processes of Mallarino. The almost forgotten events of his life are brought up and gone over by Javier Mallarino and bring up a story that will come up again and again.

A different type of tale but one that will cause reverberations in the mind of any reader.

9/16 Paul Lane

REPUTATIONS by Juan Gabriel Vasquez. Riverhead Books (September 20, 2016).  ISBN 978-1594633478. 208p.

 


THE RESTAURANT CRITIC’S WIFE by Elizabeth LaBan

September 24, 2016
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I had read a review of this book probably last year, and forgot about it until I saw it sitting on a book cart at my library. I do have a thing for foodie fiction, and this sounded promising so I took it home.

Lila and Sam have recently moved to Philadelphia, and Lila is having a hard time fitting in. She had an interesting and exciting career in crisis management for a world wide hotel chain. She never really expected to marry, much less have kids. Yet here she is, pregnant with her second and a toddler on her hands.

Sam is the restaurant critic and this has long been his career goal, and the reason for the move to Philly. But he is taking his job a little too seriously. He doesn’t want Lila to go back to work after the baby is born because her job kept her in the news quite often. He doesn’t want her to have any friends or be friendly with the neighbors, not because he’s a control freak exactly, but rather he feels the need to keep a very low profile to do his job effectively. He’s afraid someone may own a restaurant or work in one and reveal his identity. And his worst fears come to pass.

This is a story about young motherhood, friendship, marriage, and the struggle that many women face between staying home with their kids and going back to work for a myriad of reasons. I am long past that time of life, but I remember it well. It was a slow read for me and I was tempted to put it down and forget about it a few times, but I stuck with it and I’m glad I did. I always like a happy ending.

9/16  Stacy Alesi AKA the BookBitch™

THE RESTAURANT CRITIC’S WIFE by Elizabeth LaBan. Lake Union Publishing (January 5, 2016). ISBN 978-1477817766. 313p.


Barbara Bush & Brad Meltzer

September 23, 2016

Brad Meltzer in a Lucille Ball wig with Barbara Bush recreating the famous I Love Lucy chocolate conveyor belt scene, to raise awareness for family literacy. From Brad: “And God bless her, she let me eat 300 chocolates in the President’s office.” Need I say more? Enjoy!

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Ordinary People Change the World

“We can all be heroes” is the message of this picture-book biography series from #1New York Times Bestselling author Brad Meltzer.

“Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography—for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a vivacious, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, those who aren’t quite ready for the Who Was biography series. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Lucille Ball could make any situation funny. By making people around the world laugh, she proved that humor can take on anything.

This engaging series is the perfect way to bring American history to life for young children, providing them with the right role models, supplementing Common Core learning in the classroom, and best of all, inspiring them to strive and dream.

I am Lucille Ball by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. Dial Books; First Edition/First Printing edition (July 14, 2015). ISBN: 978-0525428558. 40p.


SWEET TOMORROWS by Debbie Macomber

September 22, 2016
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A Rose Harbor Novel, Book 5

I’ve read several of Macomber’s books by now and I’m still confused about the relationship between her different series. Sweet Tomorrows is the conclusion to the Rose Harbor series, which is set in the same town as the Cedar Cove series and possibly the Blossom Street series? There are some characters that overlap or maybe I’m just confusing it all with her Hallmark TV series, “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove.”

No matter, they are all the same in style, tone, writing, and characters, as they should be – it’s what her readers expect, and Macomber doesn’t disappoint.

The owner of the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie, is suffering as the man she loves, Mark, declared his love then took off to finish a secret mission in Iraq. Jo Marie was widowed when her husband was killed while in the service, and she is bound and determined not to repeat that. Before he left, Mark told her to get on with her life and she does, meeting a very nice man who quickly falls in love with her. And then Mark returns, seriously wounded and hanging at death’s door.

Emily is a young lady who has suffered two broken engagements. She’s basically run away to Cedar Cove, and arranges to board on a week to week basis at the inn until she finds a house to buy. She stumbles across a house under renovation a few blocks from the inn, but Nick, the owner, at first ignores her then chases her off his property. Nick has some severe psychological issues and he and Emily seem to be able to help one another, but she has serious trust issues.

The book alternates chapters between Jo Marie, Mark, Emily and Nick, so we learn about each of them in their own voices. These are very likeable characters, although Nick’s voice sounded a bit too high school at times for a grown man.

I’m always surprised that these characters are as young as they are, they read much older to me, which probably harkens to their behavior, especially the complete lack of sex between consenting twenty-thirty something year olds. Despite that minor annoyance, I enjoyed this book and it was a quick read. Sometimes it’s just pleasurable to read about really nice people, as Macomber’s characters tend to be. Sweet Tomorrows is another charmer from the Debbie Macomber collection.

9/16  Stacy Alesi AKA the BookBitch™

SWEET TOMORROWS by Debbie Macomber. Ballantine Books; 2nd edition (August 2, 2016). ISBN 978-8900720341. 352p.


Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence: Longlist Announced!

September 21, 2016

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Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence
Longlist 2017

Congratulations to the 47 titles, 24 fiction and 23 nonfiction, that made the 2017 Carnegie Medals for Excellence Longlist! Six finalists, three fiction and three nonfiction will be announced on October 26. The winners are announced at the RUSA Book and Media Awards Ceremony, Sunday, January 22, 5-7:00 p.m. EST, at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.

Click on the links below to read the Booklist reviews!

Fiction:
Alameddine, Rabih. The Angel of History. (Atlantic Monthly)
Beverly, Bill. Dodgers. (Crown)
Butler, Robert Olen. Perfume River. (Atlantic Monthly)
Chabon, Michael. Moonglow. (Harper)
Eggers, Dave. Heroes of the Frontier. (Knopf)
Enrigue, Álvaro. Sudden Death. (Riverhead)
Erdrich, Louise. LaRose. (Harper)
Gyasi, Yaa. Homegoing. (Knopf)
Haslett, Adam. Imagine Me Gone. (Little, Brown)
Ivey, Eowyn. To the Bright Edge of the World. (Little, Brown)
Lee, Krys. How I Became a North Korean. (Viking)
Mbue, Imbolo. Behold the Dreamers. (Random House)
Morgan, C. E. The Sport of Kings. (Farrar)
Murphy, Tim. Christodora. (Grove)
Patchett, Ann. Commonwealth. (Harper)
Prose, Francine. Mister Monkey. (Harper)
Smith, Dominic. The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. (Farrar)
Smith, Zadie. Swing Time. (Penguin)
Strout, Elizabeth. My Name Is Lucy Barton. (Random House)
Terrell, Whitney. The Good Lieutenant. (Farrar)
Thien, Madeleine. Do Not Say We Have Nothing. (Norton)
Watson, Larry. As Good as Gone. (Algonquin)
Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad. (Doubleday)
Woodson, Jacqueline. Another Brooklyn. (Harper)

Nonfiction:
Bell-Scott, Patricia. The Firebrand and the First Lady: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice. (Knopf)
Desmond, Matthew. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. (Crown)
Dum, Christopher P. Exiled in America: Life on the Margins in a Residential Motel. (Columbia University Press)
France, David. How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS. (Knopf)
Isenberg, Nancy. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. (Viking)
Jahren, Hope. Lab Girl. (Knopf)
Kanigel, Robert. Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs. (Knopf)
King, Ross. Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies. (Bloomsbury)
Kurlansky, Mark. Paper: Paging through History. (Norton)
Macy, Beth. Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest—A True Story of the Jim Crow South. (Little, Brown)
McBride, James. Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul. (Spiegel & Grau)
McDonald-Gibson, Charlotte. Cast Away: True Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis. (New Press)
Phillips, Patrick. Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America. (Norton)
Rawlence, Ben. City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp. (Picador)
Roach, Mary. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. (Norton)
Sax, David. The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter. (Perseus/Public Affairs)
Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. (Morrow)
Sobel, Dava. The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars. (Viking)
Staiti, Paul. Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes. (Bloomsbury)
Wideman, John Edgar. Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File. (Scribner)
Williams, Terry Tempest. The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. (Farrar)
Voight, Emily. The Dragon behind the Glass. A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish. (Viking)
Younge, Gary. Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives. (Nation Books)

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The winners (one for fiction, one for nonfiction) are announced at an event at the ALA Midwinter Meeting; winning authors receive a $5,000 cash award, and two finalists in each category receive $1,500. For more information on award seals, please visit the ALA store.

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction are made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York on the occasion of the foundation’s centennial and in recognition of Andrew Carnegie’s deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world. These awards are cosponsored by Booklist and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Learn more about the association at http://www.ala.org/rusa.


Guest Blogger: Diane Capri

September 21, 2016

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Hunting Jack Reacher Is Deadly Business

Søren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855) famously said that life can only be understood backwards, but we must live it forward. Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011) believed we can only connect the dots of our lives looking backwards; we must simply trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future. I say they’re both right, evidenced by my Hunt for Jack Reacher thrillers.

Here’s the convoluted, inside story of how my FBI Special Agents Kim L. Otto and Carlos Gaspar came to be on the Hunt for Jack Reacher, how I write these books, and where it’s all going.

The stage was set almost twenty years ago.

I met Lee Child by chance. Killing Floor, Lee’s first Reacher novel, was published in 1997. My first novel, Due Justice, was published in 1999 (revised and republished in 2012). We were new authors, making the rounds of libraries and conferences and bookstores, introducing ourselves to readers and writers and publishing professionals, building our writing careers.

Before Jack Reacher became the world-wide phenomenon he is today, before the successful Tom Cruise movies, before Lee Child was a household name, before I’d written more than thirty books and become a bestseller many times over myself, and along with hundreds of other people, our separate paths led us to attend one of many Bouchercons, the World Mystery Conventions.

I’m not sure which Bouchercon it was. Maybe Las Vegas. Maybe Milwaukee. Maybe a different one. Maybe you were there? Anyway, here’s how I remember our first meeting. Very mundane. No big music score to clue me in that this could be important and to pay attention to the details because I’d want to share them with you here one day. Nothing like that at all.

Lee is a smoker. I am not. But during Bouchercon and other conferences, the smokers and non-smokers frequently stand outside in the smoking zones, talking about books and life and simply getting to know one another, the way most friendships begin. Lee and I met each other and lots of folks for the first time in similar situations and you probably have, too.

We had quite a few things in common in addition to our interest in writing thrillers. Such as? Well, we’d started publishing crimefiction as a second career around the same time. I’m an American fascinated with British crime fiction; he’s a Brit who loves American style. Lee had obtained a law degree but never practiced law; I was a practicing lawyer, writing and publishing crime fiction when I could find the time.

And so on.

Which is to say that we enjoyed talking shop once or twice a year when we’d see each other in passing, usually in the smoking section, or later at the bar, at a conference.

By the time I read Killing Floor years later, Lee’s star was firmly on the rise. Reacher had grabbed the public interest in a phenomenal way and Lee was becoming more and more popular. I’d written and published four novels at that point and was still practicing law. He was on number five or six or seven, or thereabouts.

During a library event in Jacksonville, Florida, where we were both speaking, we chanced to talk about his first novel and how writing Reacher had changed his life. I had no idea back then that Lee Child and Jack Reacher would someday change the trajectory of my writing, too.

The murky middle.

By late 2004, when International Thriller Writers was being created, Lee and I were both asked to serve and help to build the fledgling organization. He joined the board and I chaired the national events committee for a year before joining the board as a Vice-President.

In 2006, for the first ThrillerFest in Phoenix, we performed a mock trial. I created the trial using Lee’s novel, Persuader, as the source material and played the role of Judge. Jack Reacher was charged with murder. Lee, of course, played Reacher. Thriller writers who were also real-life lawyers and cops played the prosecutor, witness, defense attorney, and bailiff. Our jury members were well-known reviewers and dedicated thriller readers. We all had a blast.

After a hard fought contest, and intense jury deliberations, Reacher was acquitted by jury nullification. Meaning all three juries ignored the overwhelming evidence of premeditated murder to find Reacher not guilty. The deliberations highlighted all the reasons readers love our favorite vigilante hero with a heart.

Looking backwards, maybe my Hunt for Jack Reacher Series was really conceived back then. But I didn’t know about it and neither did Lee. Not for another six years.

That was then.

By 2009, we had both rotated off the ITW board. At a cocktail party in New York during another ThrillerFest, Lee suggested that we write something together. We began to discuss the possibilities and knocked around a few ideas for several months. Eventually, we came up with the bones of the concept for what has become my series.

The concept goes like this. Two powerful men are looking for Reacher. We don’t know why. All we know is that he’s being considered for some sort of special project. Two FBI agents, Otto and Gaspar, working off the books and under the radar, are building a file on Reacher. Before he can be asked to handle the project, they first must find him.

The problem is that while Reacher was in the army, he had a tendency to, well, ignore the rules and take justice into his own hands. Sometimes, with murderous consequences. There’s a lot of evidence in the files from back then that Reacher was dangerous and uncontrollable, prone to fight first and ask questions later.

After Reacher left the army, his name never appears in any file, anywhere, ever again. Witnesses won’t talk about him. There are no photos or other physical evidence to be found. Certainly, none of Reacher’s DNA exists anywhere. In short, for the past fifteen years, Reacher has been a legend to those who knew him and a terrifying ghost to those who, well, Don’t Know Jack.

Agents Otto and Gaspar are tasked with finding out everything they can about what Reacher’s been doing since he left the army. To do that, in each of my novels they are sent to interview two characters from one of Lee Child’s novels. Using skill, wit, guile, coercion, or whatever they have at hand without committing a felony, Agents Otto and Gaspar uncover the truth about Reacher like an archeologist discovers buried treasure. Along the way, Otto and Gaspar get into all kinds of trouble and must fight their way out again. These books are thrillers, after all.

We planned to write the Hunt for Jack Reacher Series together. Child and Capri. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Would have looked great on the bestseller lists. But for a lot of mundane reasons, like scheduling conflicts and publishing contracts, that plan never materialized. Lee encouraged me to write the series myself, with his full support. So, after a lot of thinking, I did.

This is now.

Since 2009, in addition to my other books, I’ve written four novels and three novellas in the Hunt for Jack Reacher series. All have been bestsellers. Don’t Know Jack, Get Back Jack, and Jack in the Green have landed on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists more than once. Jack and Joe was a finalist for the 2016 Thriller Award and won the Silver Award from the Independent Publishers Association. Deep Cover Jack released on September 2, 2016.

Writing the Hunt for Jack Reacher books is a challenge. I’m very aware of Reacher’s iconic stature and I strive to respect him and his fans. At the same time, Agents Otto and Gaspar, unlike fans, don’t have the luxury of assuming the best about Reacher. They’re cops. Cops are skeptical by nature, training, and most of all, experience. Rightfully so.

And let’s face it, Reacher is a dangerous guy. Loyal friend, lethal enemy. Which one is he to Otto and Gaspar? They don’t know Reacher, and Reacher aims to keep it that way until he’s damn good and ready to change things. He’s never killed a cop, not really. But there’s always a first time.

How it works.

My writing process for the Hunt for Jack Reacher books is always the same. I begin by selecting a Lee Child source book. I look for situations in the source book that I can use to spin a new tale. I read the book several times and make notes about characters, settings, plots and other matters I can use for a good Otto and Gaspar story.

I choose two characters from the source book as interview subjects, one man and one woman. The women are trickier to interview than the men because Reacher has slept with most of them. By all accounts, Reacher is a respectful lover and the women are especially loathe to reveal too much. Both male and female interview subjects are protective of Reacher and suspicious of Otto and Gaspar, usually because the source book is riddled with Reacher’s illegal activities and the subjects don’t want those old bodies to surface now.

I build my story around the aftermath of the murder and mayhem Reacher dependably produces in every Lee Child novel. When I get stuck, I have two great resources available to me. The Reacher’s Creatures group knows the Reacher books backward and forward. And, of course, I can ask Lee.

Don’t Know Jack, the first novel in my series, starts in the same place Reacher begins: Margrave, Georgia, and Killing Floor. Otto and Gaspar are sent to Margrave to interview the two main characters, Roscoe and Finlay.

Crime begets crime. Reacher solved some problems in Margrave, but he left a mess behind. Otto and Gaspar handle the rest of the story.

The entire series presents a sort of Rashomon Effect, contradictory interpretations of the same event by different people. In this case, Otto and Gaspar encounter people who like Reacher, and those who don’t, and they see Reacher in competing ways.

In short, creating a Hunt for Jack Reacher book is like taking a huge jigsaw puzzle out of the box for the first time and trying to put it together without benefit of a picture.

What does the future hold?

Perhaps the most common question readers ask me is whether Otto and Gaspar will find Reacher and, if they do, what will happen when that confrontation presents itself. Reminds me of the old joke about dogs who chase cars: What does the dog do if he catches one?

Reacher is bigger and smarter and cleverer than anyone else. And he’s willing to die trying, when most people, including Otto and Gaspar, are not. It’s always a battle between Goliath and Goliath, with Reacher coming out on top. Every time.

Otto is a petite female, a tiny stick of dynamite with a deadly aim. Gaspar is a disabled father of four, soon to be five, with a lot to live for. If they are to win a battle against Reacher, brains — not brawn — must be their weapon.

Lee and I have discussed this. He says in every fight, Reacher will win because Reacher always wins. That is, perhaps, Reacher’s most defining characteristic.

Bet you can guess what I say in response, can’t you? I stick my chin up and look way up there to stare him in the eye. “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.”

Lee grins.

What say you?

Deep Cover Jack

The Hunt for Jack Reacher Series, Book 7

“Make some coffee. You’ll read all night.” – Lee Child

FBI Agents Otto and Gaspar pick up where Lee Child’s “Persuader” leaves off in the Hunt for Jack Reacher.
In the thrilling follow-up to the ITW Thriller Award Finalist (“Jack and Joe”), FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar will wait no longer. They head to Houston to find Susan Duffy, one of Jack Reacher’s known associates, determined to get answers. But Duffy’s left town, headed for trouble. Otto and Gaspar are right behind her, and powerful enemies with their backs against the wall will have everything to lose.

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Diane Capri is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author of numerous series, including the Heir Hunter Series, Hunt for Justice and Hunt for Jack Reacher series and the Jess Kimball Thrillers. A former lawyer, she now divides her time between Florida and Michigan. Capri has been nominated for several awards, including the International Thriller Award, and she won the Silver award for Best Thriller e-Book from the Independent Publishers Association. She is currently at work on her next novel. Visit her website to connect with her: http://DianeCapri.com

 


THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER by Jenny Colgan

September 20, 2016
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Nina Redmond is a woman after my own heart – she lives and breathes books. She is a librarian in Birmingham, England, which is undergoing severe budget issues. The library is taken over by a private company and Nina finds herself out of a job.

Her dream has been to have her own little bookshop, but she doesn’t really have the means to do that. Then she gets an idea to buy an old van and turn it into a mobile bookbus.

The van is in a small town in the Highlands of Scotland, and she gets her stock from libraries that are closing, and travels all around the area, as there is a complete dearth of libraries or bookstores. Soon Nina finds herself in business in the small farming community. But not as easily as it sounds – her first time out driving the van she stalls out on the railroad tracks and just freezes. Luckily, the driver is able to stop the train and she quickly becomes attracted to Malek, a Lithuanian working the train.

Nina needs a place to live and the small town has few options, but one is a converted barn on a beautiful farm. Her landlord/farmer is in the middle of a divorce and a bit cranky, so Nina just ignores him. But before long, she is no longer able to do that.

This is one of those quirky, charming books that I could not put down. I loved Nina and the Scottish setting; the men in kilts were an added bonus. If you love books and romance, this is the book for you. It certainly was for me.

9/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER by Jenny Colgan. William Morrow Paperbacks (September 20, 2016).  ISBN 978-0062467256. 368p.

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Michael Connelly Introduces The Wrong Side Of Goodbye

September 19, 2016

Two new short videos from one of my favorite authors! First, the introduction to the next Harry Bosch book, The Wrong Side Of Goodbye, which comes out Nov.1 – mark your calendar, or better yet, click on the cover below to preorder!

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The Wrong Side Of Goodbye

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Detective Harry Bosch must track down someone who may never have existed in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Harry Bosch is California’s newest private investigator. He doesn’t advertise, he doesn’t have an office, and he’s picky about who he works for, but it doesn’t matter. His chops from thirty years with the LAPD speak for themselves.

Soon one of Southern California’s biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it?

Desperate to know whether he has an heir, the dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. With such a vast fortune at stake, Harry realizes that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the one he’s seeking. But as he begins to uncover the haunting story–and finds uncanny links to his own past–he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.

At the same time, unable to leave cop work behind completely, he volunteers as an investigator for a tiny cash-strapped police department and finds himself tracking a serial rapist who is one of the most baffling and dangerous foes he has ever faced.

Swift, unpredictable, and thrilling, The Wrong Side of Goodbye shows that Michael Connelly “continues to amaze with his consistent skill and sizzle” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

About the Author

michael-connellyMichael Connelly is the bestselling author of twenty-eight novels and one work of nonfiction. With over sixty million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into thirty-nine foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today. A former newspaper reporter who worked the crime beat at the Los Angeles Times and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and his fiction. His very first novel, The Black Echo, won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly’s 1998 novel, Blood Work. In March 2011, the movie adaptation of his #1 bestselling novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. His most recent #1 New York Times bestsellers include The Crossing, The Burning Room, The Gods of Guilt, The Black Box, and The Drop. Michael is the executive producer of BOSCH, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his bestselling character Harry Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He is also the executive producer of the documentary film, SOUND OF REDEMPTION: The Frank Morgan Story. He spends his time in California and Florida and is currently at work on his next Harry Bosch novel, THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE, which will be published on November 1, 2016.

The Wrong Side Of Goodbye by Michael Connelly. Little, Brown and Company (November 1, 2016). ISBN: 978-0316225946. 400p.