ALEX by Pierre Lemaitre

ALEX Pierre Lemaitre (translated from French by Frank Wynne) 2013 Quercus ALEX, by Pierre Lemaitre, is the first title brought to us by Quercus’s Maclehose Press imprint – translated lit and crime fiction. Quercus, a UK publishing company, has reached across the ocean to release books here in the United States. Though it’s actually the second book in the Verhoeven trilogy, ALEX (Lemaitre the CWA International Dagger award) is the first of Lemaitre’s works to be translated. I don’t want to die not now. Alex Prévost recognizes a man that had been following her around Paris all day before she he hits her, hard, and...

SHOVEL READY by Adam Sternbergh

SHOVEL READY by Adam Sternbergh January 2014 Crown This book is: Noir/hard-boiled. Post-apocalyptic. Dystopian. Palahniuk-ian. Darkly noble. Our reluctant, angry, terse antihero is Spademan. His days of collecting trash on the streets of bustling Manhattan came to an end with the dirty bomb that hit Time Square. He lost his wife. He lost his city, or what it used to be. And he lost himself. Now he collects human refuse with a caveat – no children. And when you call, please, don’t tell him the why of it. Just who it is and where they’ll be. Think of me more like a bullet. Just point. His tool of choice is a box-cutter. Spademan lives in a...

ALEX by Pierre Lemaitre

ALEX Pierre Lemaitre (translated from French by Frank Wynne) 2013 Quercus   ALEX, by Pierre Lemaitre, is the first title brought to us by Quercus’s Maclehose Press imprint – translated lit and crime fiction. Quercus, a UK publishing company, has reached across the ocean to release books here in the United States. Though it’s actually the second book in the Verhoeven trilogy, Alex (Lemaitre the CWA International Dagger award) is the first of Lemaitre’s works to be translated. I don’t want to die not now. Alex Prévost recognizes a man that had been following her around Paris all day before she he hits her, hard,...

THE FORT by Aric Davis

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Pub date: June 11th, 2013 It was easy to pick up THE FORT after loving Davis’ A GOOD AND USEFUL HURT. It was good. THE FORT is incredible. It’s something every kid does. At some point, during some hot summer, every kid collects the stray wood from the house or neighborhood and makes a fort. During the summer of 1987, twelve year olds Tim, Luke and Scott were quick to make off with the wood from the Tim’s parents deck. Spanning three trees in an A shape, the fort had boy height windows to maximize the view of the forbidden tree filled lands of neighbors yards. In their imaginations, these lands became war torn...

THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON by Elizabeth Sil...

THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON Elizabeth Silver June 2013 Crown Publishers Noa P. Singleton sits on death row, months away from her execution day. From her cell, she begins to tell her story, noting that “In this world, you are either good or evil.” Noa considers the gray area in between to be a mere gestational period. That the world has already marked you, one way or the other. And Noa is very aware of the mark on her. How did she go from being the salutatorian of her high school and with a full scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, to a woman who easily proclaims herself guilty? Does she lay the blame on her upbringing by a...