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<img src="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/files/santacruz/2012_Summer_Newsletter_... width="100" height="130" align="right">These recommendations were published in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2012-summer-newsletter">2012 Summer Newsletter</a>.
Wowzers, can Quirk write an intense thriller! Mike Ford is a reformed confidence man—which makes him perfectly suited to be a junior member of a Washington strategic consulting firm. Perfectly suited until his conscience gets the best of him and his bosses try to set him up to take a fall. Quirk knows just how to build the story up with the right mix of insider knowledge, procedural description, and school-of-hard-knocks action, letting us root for the anti–Boy Scout to take down the big dogs.
Six months after Hurricane Katrina, detective Claire deWitt arrives in New Orleans to investigate the disappearance of a well-known prosecutor. DeWitt is not your usual detective—her methods include divination, dreams, and omens, as well as a battered copy of Détection by French detective Jacques Silette, and to say she’s an unreliable narrator is to put it lightly. But the best part of this novel is New Orleans itself, reeling and wounded from Katrina and its aftermath. Dark, richly atmospheric, and highly recommended.
Full of French political intrigue, Cara Black’s atmospheric eleventh Aimée Leduc investigation finds the Paris PI’s world turned upside down with the arrest of her godfather and long-time mentor, Commissaire Morbier, for murder. “Another fun, absorbing, well-plotted Aimée Leduc mystery, more brisk in the telling than ever; your passport to Paris.” —Library Journal. Don’t miss the next book in the series, Murder at the Lantern Rouge, now in hardcover.
This may be book #2 from the internationally bestselling author Camilla Läckberg, but I jumped right into it without reading her first (The Ice Princess) and I was wonderfully thrilled. The suspense builds for detective Patrik Hedström as fresh victims revive a series of unsolved murders from the previous generation. There’s intense family drama—a twisted mesh of relation, resentment, and secrets—as well as a wonderfully fleshed-out cast of supporting characters. Evil lurks in the Scandinavian summer heat. Will Patrik solve the murders and locate the missing girl, or will a killer’s legacy claim another victim?