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...

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,...

SAND AND FIRE by Tom Young

Sand And Fire Tom Young G. P. Putnam and Sons Pub date: July 10th, 2014 Sand And Fire, Tom Young’s latest, is a gripping military thriller. It is obvious with his fifth novel that he has become a proficient author in the military book genre. He does not focus on the Air Force branch, as with his past novels, but details in this thriller what it is like to be a US Marine. Young’s main characters, Colonel Michael Parson and Sophia Gold, from previous novels, take a secondary role in this one. The story centers on Gunnery Sergeant A. E. Blount, a six-foot-eight, formidable warrior, and the grandson of one of the first black Marines. The plot...

SHOTS FIRED by C.J. Box

Shots Fired C. J. Box G. P. Putnam’s Sons July 2014 Author C. J. Box has written formidable novels, fourteen in all. With his latest book, Shots Fired, he has exceptionally ventured into the short story realm. The plot lines vary from adventure to crime procedural to historical. There are ten stories, three of them never published, and four include Box’s main character Joe Pickett, although in the story “The Master Falconer” he makes only a cameo appearance. The book opens with “One-Car Bridge” where Joe Pickett must deliver bad news to the manager of the Crazy Z Bar Ranch, that the Game and Fish Commission will not allow the landowner,...

THE HEIST by Daniel Silva

The Heist Daniel Silva Harper Collins July 2014 Like his previous two books, The Heist by Daniel Silva is both a crime mystery and an espionage thriller. This novel begins with a murder investigation surrounding a stolen painting and becomes a quest to hunt down the hidden assets of a Middle Eastern ruler. Once again the hero Gabriel Allon displays his many talents as an art restorer, investigator, and Israeli intelligence operative. The plot begins with Allon attempting to save a friend from jail and embarrassment, by agreeing to recover the most famous painting in the world, Caravaggio’s Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence. While...