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enjoy the luxury-goods name-dropping and
the ever-present swagger of this seasoned but
still sexy series lead. —Karen Keefe
By Ben Coes.
June 2016. 496p. St. Martin’s, $26.99 (9781250043177).
Coes delivers another outstanding novel featuring Special Forces hero Dewey
Andreas. Saving the world has ramifications,
and Andreas is about to find that out firsthand. He is sent to Syria to discover the
source of funding for ISIS,
and he barely survives an
attack that reveals a horrible truth: the money and
weapons behind the incident came from the U.S.
Then, in an effort to stop a
shipment of arms to terrorist Tristan Nazir, Andreas is
forced to organize a tactical strike on a dorm
at Columbia University. The alternatives are
grim: allow the weapons to be shipped, and
the terrorists will leave. If the government
refuses, there will be a lot of bodies to bury.
The students do have one glimmer of hope:
Andreas. The pages fly, and the surprises are
numerous. Coes is one of those few authors
who knows how to turn the world of black
ops into compelling, realistic fiction, and
he’s getting better and better. —Jeff Ayers
By Scott McEwen and Thomas Koloniar.
July 2016. 384p. Touchstone, $24.99 (9781501126147);
e-book, $12.99 (9781501126161).
The fourth novel in the Sniper Elite series
continues the pattern of action and adventure mixed with strong heroes. This time
there are two separate stories as Gil Shannon receives an assignment at the same time
retired Navy SEAL Daniel Crosswhite has a
case land in his lap. Shannon’s orders are to
kill a businessman, but when he falls for the
target’s fiancée, all bets are off. An ex–Green
Beret named Chance Vaught witnesses the
people he’s assigned to protect murdered
at the hands of a sniper, and he turns to
Crosswhite for help. Trust is key since it’s impossible to know if the usual allies are truly
reliable in an atmosphere of intense paranoia. Some of the dialogue and sex scenes are
a bit clunky, but the military action is stellar.
Readers of the previous novels will be eager
to turn the pages of this one, as will action-adventure fans who appreciate authentically
told military fiction. Coauthor McEwen is
also the coauthor of Chris Kyle’s autobiography, American Sniper (2012), which was
made into the Oscar-winning film directed
by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley
Cooper. —Jeff Ayers
The Glorious Heresies.
By Lisa McInerney.
Aug. 2016. 400p. Crown/Tim Duggan, $27
In How the Irish Saved Civilization (1995),
Thomas Cahill praised the wit and deter-
mination of the medieval Irish. McInerny
brings that idea up to date with her debut
novel, which has been shortlisted for the
Dylan Thomas prize. Set in Cork, the story
revolves around Maureen Phelan, who clubs
an intruder in her home with a Holy Stone
and then turns to her son, Jimmy, the most
notorious gangster in the city, to cover up
the crime. The dialogue is humorous and
profane. And in that humor and profanity,
the underbelly of post–Celtic Tiger life is
bared, its crime, despair, poverty, and vio-
lence exposed. But there is the promise of
redemption for some of the characters here:
a 15-year-old drug dealer; his abusive, alco-
holic father; and a born-again, drug-addicted
prostitute. In the style of Colm Tóibín, there
is great intensity to McInerny’s prose despite
its seeming sparseness. This gritty, urban
character study will be perfect for readers
favoring strong blends of literary and crime
fiction, overlaid with striking dark comedy.
By Lisa Brackmann.
July 2016. 384p. Soho, $25.95 (9781616957247); e-book
Here’s Emily, young and pretty and successful. She owns a bistro north of San Francisco.
Her boyfriend is a volunteer firefighter. But
seven pages into the story, she nearly breaks
his head when he surprises her. When a street
crazy threatens, she goes at once into a stance
that telegraphs the message, “I’m not looking for trouble, but I’m ready.” She’s a former
spook, and the plot fires up when her creepy
old boss blackmails her into a “babysitting
job.” She’s to assist a wealthy Houston woman
who heads a foundation supporting harsh
penalties for drug offenders, and gradually
Emily understands she’s to let her boss know
if the woman softens her stance. A trainload
of money is being made in for-profit prisons,
and Emily must help them keep it coming.
The narrative that follows is most interested
in the relationship between the two women,
so readers should know that scenes do not
build to thriller-style crises. That’s saved for
the ending, when we do learn what Emily can
do when she is looking for trouble. Subtle but
satisfying. —Don Crinklaw
By Bonnie Hearn Hill.
June 2016. 192p. Severn, $28.95 (9780727885869);
Crime blogger and radio-talk-show host
Kit Doyle has covered some gruesome events
during the course of her career, but her new
case hits very close to home. A 17-year-old
girl named Jessica has disappeared, leaving a note that says, “I love you. Goodbye
forever.” Jessica is the niece of Kit’s sort-of
ex-husband, Richard. She is the only child
of his late brother, Mick. The girl’s mother,
Sarah, is strangely uninterested. Richard asks
Kit to help, and she feels obligated to do so.
With the assistance of radio colleague and
former police detective John Paul, she discovers a tough-love camp for disturbed teens
run by a sinister psychologist who refuses to
provide information. She then decides to go
undercover as a teen runaway, putting herself
in danger as she enters the world of shelters,
runaway “families,” and a clan run by a very
nasty psychopath. This suspenseful thriller offers a thought-provoking look at the plight of
teenage runaways. —Barbara Bibel
The Graveyard of the Hesperides.
By Lindsey Davis.
July 2016. 368p. Minotaur, $26.99 (9781250078902);
e-book, $12.99 (9781466891449).
The Hesperides were evening nymphs, the
daughters of Nyx (Night). Davis provides
a sympathetic look at first-century Rome’s
“ladies of the evening” in this thoroughly satisfying fourth outing (after Deadly Election,
2015) for Flavia Albia, daughter of Marcus
Didius Falco. Following in Falco’s footsteps,
Flavia has established herself as a professional informer (detective,
in modern terms) and can’t
help but get involved when
her husband-to-be uncovers
human remains during the
renovation of a rundown
bar called the Garden of
the Hesperides. It has been
rumored for years that the
owner once killed a barmaid and buried
her in the courtyard. Flavia is grateful for
the diversion because she is dreading the
impending ostentatious wedding that her
family has planned for her. The story unfolds at an astonishing pace, over the course
of just eight days. There is plenty of drama
and danger, which spill right over into the
nuptial celebrations, but there is also a
hearty helping of Davis’ well-placed humor.
She continues to take us out onto the streets
and into the alleyways of a Rome so unlike
the pristine marble metropolis of romantic imagining. We follow Flavia, a strong
yet vulnerable female protagonist, into a
“victimarium” and the aptly named Mucky
Mule Mews. Juno! Recommended for all
fans of humorous mysteries and crime set in
antiquity. —Jane Murphy
A Great Reckoning.
By Louise Penny.
Aug. 2016. Minotaur, $28.99 (9781250022134); e-book,
Chief Inspector Gamache has a new gig:
he’s been appointed head
of the Sûreté Academy du
Québec and is tasked with
cleaning house. The police
school has become a seedbed for corruption, devoted
to turning out bent cops.
The inspector, of course, has
a multilayered plan for rid-ding the school of its multiple malignancies,
but before he can begin surgery, the chief