The Innocents: Part Twelve

Click here for previous installments   TWENTY-TWO   “She’s at Guerra’s, dammit. What more do you need?” For an hour they’d kicked it around, Wil thrusting, Epstein parrying. “You know damn well,” Mo came back. “Even if the DA likes it, we have to convince a judge to sign a warrant. And you want Freiman, one of your big fans, to kick it off?” Mo took a swig of High Life. “Terrific. You ever think that maybe Guerra has grandchildren?” “Hard without a wife, Mo, remember? Besides, a grandfather might buy toys. A playpen maybe. But the rest—all at once like that? Give me a break.” “So we check it out.” “And two days later, the little...

A look at upcoming books from Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods will release two new books in the next few months. Out this July is CUT AND THRUST, and being published in October is PARIS MATCH. Both books have as the main character Stone Barrington with a supporting cast of recurring characters. In many ways Paris Match is a continuation of the main plot of Cut And Thrust. Political junkies will love the story in CUT AND THRUST since it is a true “political” thriller. This novel is a realistic glimpse of the behind the scenes wheeling and dealing at a political convention where no candidate has enough delegates to secure the nomination. The First Lady and CIA Director Kate Rule Lee is...

BLESSED ARE THE DEAD BY KRISTI BELCAMINO

2014 HarperCollins/Witness Impulse   “My landmarks are morbid.” This is my favorite line from Kristi Belcamino’s debut novel, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD. As Gabriella Giovanni drives around her San Francisco neighborhood, she associates all of her landmarks to the horrors that she reports on. A murder here. A car crash there. It goes on and on. But as Belcamino writes her, Giovanni isn’t haunted by her job as a reporter for the Bay Harold; she breathes it like air. Being a reporter is a calling that has cost her relationship after relationship, yet she gets up each morning knowing that she has a job to do, and loves doing it. Gabriella...

The Innocents: Part Eleven

Click here for previous installments   TWENTY   The cemetery lay on land a developer would die for; oaks grew there and cypress trees and, beside the bluff overlooking the ocean where the five were gathered, purple-flowered succulents. Wil parked the Harley on the downslope and walked the rest of the way, gloved hands in the pockets of his overcoat. Worse places, he kept telling himself. He shook hands with the caretakers and the two longtime friends of Paul’s who still lived in town. After a few attempts, small talk ceased as they waited for the family to arrive. Lisa kept her eyes on the ground. He felt like shit. Parts that...

THE STOLEN ONES: Owen Laukkanen’s next novel set for March of 2015 Jul24

THE STOLEN ONES: Owen Laukkanen’s next novel...

Putnum is giving plenty of notice to the fans of Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere. They have announced the date and plot for the Owen Laukkanen’s next novel. THE STOLEN ONES will hit shelves on March 17, 2015. When you’ve got nothing left, you’ve got nothing left to lose. Cass County, Minnesota: A sheriff’s deputy steps out of a diner on a rainy summer evening, and a few minutes later, he’s lying dead in the mud. When BCA agent Kirk Stevens arrives on the scene, he discovers local authorities have taken into custody a single suspect: A hysterical young woman found sitting by the body, holding the deputy’s own gun. She has no ID,...

Glorious by Jeff Guinn

Glorious Jeff Guinn G. P. Putnam and Sons May 2014 Glorious, the first book in a trilogy of novels by Jeff Guinn, is a must read for fans who miss westerns. There is an element of “Gunsmoke” with the moralistic sheriff, the ranch element of “The Virginian” and the family element of “The Big Valley.” Readers should not expect a gun blazing story but rather a realistic understanding of what the West was like during that period with intricate character development. The plot is focused on the life of Cash McLendon, the main character. After being left on the streets of Saint Louis in 1872 he must survive with an instinct for self-preservation,...