Sunday, April 25, 2010

Page 17: Three New Books

Instead of writing about a specific book or books I have read, I thought I would try something a little different.  The summer book announcements are coming out from Amazon and others.  In a recent email I discovered books by several of my favorite authors that will be available between May and November.  Of course there are many new books coming out, but here are three that I am very excited about.

Let's take them in order.  The first is Innocent by Scott Turow scheduled to be released on May 4th.  Turow writes great legal thrillers and one of his best was Presumed Innocent published 22 years ago.  You may have seen the movie starring Harrison Ford as Rusty Sabich who was accused of killing his mistress.  His nemesis, lawyer Tommy Molto, is back again in a similar role.  Both Publisher's Weekly and Booklist have written reviews of  Innocent that may be found on Amazon.  The abbreviated version of the plot is that Rusty is once again charged with murder, this time his wife Barbara, and Tommy Molto is an opposing attorney.  The main difference now is that after 22 years Rusty is a chief appellate judge.  Since Presumed Innocent was such a great book, I am really looking forward to reading Innocent.

The next book, scheduled to be published May 25th, is one I have been waiting for with great anticipation since it is the last of the Steig Larsson trilogy that follows The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire.  This book is The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.  If this is 75% as good as the other two it is worth reading.  Check out my very first blog for more on the first two books in the trilogy.  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest continues the story of Lisbeth Salandar, the computer hacker who shows an uncanny ability to take care of herself in very dangerous situations, and journalist Mikael Blomkvist.  If you have not read the first two books, I strongly urge you to do so right now or you will not appreciate the linkages and superb plotting of Larsson. Check out the reviews to learn more of the details.

The third book is The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva scheduled for publication on July 20th.  Israeli spy Gabriel Allon returns in another of Silva's outstanding spy thrillers.  This is the ninth book in his series and each of them has been better than the previous one as Silva continues to hone his craft.  Here is a review of the book from Amazon:

"It has been six months since Gabriel's showdown with Ivan Kharkov.  Now, having severed his ties with the Office, Gabriel has retreated to the Cornish coast with only one thing in mind: healing his wife, Chiara, after her encounter with evil.  But an unspeakable act of violence once again draws Gabriel into a world of danger when an art restorer is brutally murdered and the newly discovered Rembrandt on which he is working taken.  Gabriel is persuaded to use his unique skills to trace the painting and those responsible for the crimes; but, as he investigates, he discovers there are terrible secrets connected to the painting, and terrible men behind them.  Before he is done, he will have undertaken a journey through some of the twentieth century's darkest history-and come face-to-face with some of the same darkness within himself."

I can't wait for these books to come out and eagerly await their publication.

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