Welcome to the Fiction newsletter. Another month has passed and another selection of exiting, great new fiction is avaliable for your reading pleasure.
Three great suspense/ thriller novels have been selected this month.
Luther : the calling / Neil Cross.
“Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He’s a murder detective, a near-genius. He’s brilliant; he’s intense; he’s instinctive. He’s obsessional. He’s dangerous. DCI John Luther has an extraordinary clearance rate. He commands outstanding loyalty from friends and colleagues. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumours that DCI Luther is bad – not corrupt, not on the take, but tormented. Luther seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldn’t; things way beyond the limits of the law.“ – (adapted from Amazon.co.uk description)
The last 100 days / Patrick McGuinness. “The socialist state is in crisis, the shops are empty and old Bucharest vanishes daily under the onslaught of Ceaucescu’s demolition gangs. Paranoia is pervasive and secret service men lurk in the shadows. In The Last 100 Days, Patrick McGuinness creates an absorbing sense of time and place as the city struggles to survive this intense moment in history. He evokes a world of extremity and ravaged beauty from the viewpoint of an outsider uncomfortably, and often dangerously, close to the eye of the storm as the regime of 1980s Romania crumbles to a bloody end.” – (adapted from Amazon.co.uk description)
Reamde / Neal Stephenson. “Across the globe, millions of computer screens flicker with the artfully coded world of T’Rain, an addictive internet role-playing game of fantasy and adventure. But backstreet hackers in China have just unleashed a contagious virus called Reamde, and as it rampages through the gaming world spreading from player to player,holding hard drives hostage in the process, the computer of one powerful and dangerous man is infected, causing the carefully mediated violence of the on-line world to spill over into reality. A fast-talking, internet-addicted mafia accountant is brutally silenced by his Russian employers, and Zula, a talented young T’Rain computer programmer is abducted and bundled on to a private jet. A brilliant Hungarian hacker who may be her only hope, she finds herself sucked into a whirl of Chinese Secret Service agents and gun-toting American Survivalists; the Russian criminal underground and an al-Qaeda cell led by a charismatic Welshman; each a strand of a connected world that devastatingly converges in T’Rain.” – (adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)
A selection of the best graphic novels received this month.
Kiki de Montparnasse / [written by Jose-Louis Bocquet ; illustrated by Catel].“In the bohemian and brilliant Montparnasse of the 1920s, Kiki managed to escape poverty to become one of the most charismatic figures of the avant-garde years between the wars. Partner to Man Ray, whose most legendary photos she inspired, she would be immortalised by many others. This graphic biography traces her life as the muse of a generation that seeks to escape the hangover of the Great War, and becoming one of the first emancipated women of the 20th century.” – (adapted from Amazon.co.uk description)
Beg the question / Bob Fingerman.
“A caustic, satirical and hilarious love story set in 1990s New York. “Beg the Question” tells the story of Rob and Sylvia, two twentysomethings navigating the labyrinth of New York City life, their relationship through all of its ups-and-downs, from courtship to marriage, rentals to real estate salesmen, public sex to unwanted pregnancies, and everything in between.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)
100 months : the end of all things / by John Hicklenton ; art & words, Hohn Hicklenton ; layout, Adam Lavis ; foreword by Pat Mills. “Johnny Hicklenton was one of Britain’s leading comic book artists, who took his own life in March 2010 with the assistance of Dignitas in Zurich. 100 Months is an apocalyptic parable of environmental devastation written and drawn in fore knowledge of his impending death. An intense, hallucinatory story with overtones of Dostoevsky’s ‘Legend of the Grand Inquisitor’ and artwork of breathtaking intensity, it is the crowning achievement of a brilliant career, a true graphic novel that engages ultimate themes of life, death and salvation.” – (adapted from Amazon.co.uk description)
The latest from Ruth Rendell, Val McDermid, and Kathy Reichs are selected for this newsletter.
The retribution / Val McDermid.
”There is one serial killer who has shaped and defined police profiler Tony Hill’s life. One serial killer whose evil surpasses all others. One serial killer who has the power to chill him to the bone: Jacko Vance. And now Jacko is back in Tony’s life. Even more twisted and cunning than ever before, he is focused on wreaking revenge on Tony – and DCI Carol Jordan – for the years he has spent in prison. Tony doesn’t know when Jacko will strike, or where. All he knows is that Jacko will cause him to feel fear like he has never known before ? and devastate his life in ways he cannot imagine…” (Description from Amazon.co.uk)
Flash and bones / Kathy Reichs.
“Just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for Race Week, a body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The next day, a NASCAR crew member comes to Temperance Brennan’s office at the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner to share a devastating story. Twelve years earlier, Wayne Gamble’s sister, Cindi, then a high school senior and aspiring racer, disappeared along with her boyfriend, Cale Lovette. Lovette kept company with a group of right-wing extremists known as the Patriot Posse. Could the body be Cindi’s? Or Cale’s? At the time of their disappearance, the FBI joined the investigation, only to terminate it weeks later. Was there a cover-up? As Tempe juggles multiple theories, the discovery of a strange, deadly substance in the barrel alongside the body throws everything into question…” (Adapted from Amazon.com description)
The vault / Ruth Rendell.
“‘Don’t forget,’ Wexford said, ‘I’ve lived in a world where the improbable happens all the time.’ However, the impossible has happened. Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired. He and his wife, Dora, now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and a coachhouse in Hampstead, belonging to their actress daughter, Sheila. Wexford takes great pleasure in his books, but, for all the benefits of a more relaxed lifestyle, he misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street, with someone he had known briefly as a very young police constable, changes everything. Tom Ede is now a Detective Superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case. The bodies of two women and a man have been discovered in the old coal hole of an attractive house in St John’s Wood. None carries identification. But the man’s jacket pockets contain a string of pearls, a diamond and a sapphire necklace as well as other jewellery valued in the region of £40,000…’’ (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
A selection from the recent picks of our latest sci-fi novels!
The founding / Dan Abnett.
“This omnibus edition of the first three Gaunt’s Ghosts novels follows the story of the Tanith First-and-Only regiment (nicknamed the Ghosts) and their charismatic commissar, Ibram Gaunt. As they travel from warzone to warzone in the Chaos-infested Sabbat Worlds system, the Ghosts must not only carry out the most dangerous of missions but also survive the deady politics of the Imperial Guard.” (Summary from Global Books In Print)
Journey by night / Kim Falconer.
“A fast-paced story of fantasy and occult adventure, astrology and martial arts … Kreshkali works the streets of a future Earth, rejecting her heritage and hating her life. When she discovers the portal to Gaela, she crosses over vowing never to return. There, as Nellion Paree, she trains at Treeon Temple, meets a young An’ Lawrence, fights in the temple wars and conceives a child. When captured by trackers her genetic memories awaken and she decides to go back. But, after so many years away, she has no idea of what dangers await her there…” Book 3 in the Quantum Encyption Series. (Summary from Global Books In Print)
Roadkill : a Cal Leandros novel / Rob Thurman.
“Once, while half-human Cal Leandros and his brother Niko had been working on a case, an ancient gypsy queen had given them a good old-fashioned backstabbing. Now, just as their P.I. business hits a slow patch, the old crone shows up with a job for them. Original.” (Summary from Syndetics)
A selection of New Zealand Fiction that includes award winner Craig Cliff.
A man melting : short stories / Craig Cliff.
“This collection of stories moves from the serious and realistic to the humorous and outlandish, each story copying an element from the previous piece in a kind of evolutionary chain. “A Man Melting” was awarded the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The circus of ghosts / Barbara Ewing.
“New York, late 1840s, and in the wild, noisy, brash and beautiful circus of Silas P. Swift a shadowy, mesmeric woman entrances crowds because she can unlock the secrets of troubled minds. Above them all her daughter sweeps and soars: acrobat and tightrope-walker. The mysterious woman can help so many others, but she cannot unlock dark, literally unspeakable, memories of her own. In London memories fester in the mind of an old and venomous duke of the realm. He plots, with an unscrupulous lawyer (and a huge financial reward) against the mother and the daughter: to kill one, and to abduct the other and bring her across the Atlantic to him”. – (adapted from Amazon.co.uk description)
Scarlet / Leigh Marsden.
“George is captivated by Cass and who could blame her? Cass is beautiful, sexy and outgoing and she and George run riot through the bars and beds of night-time Auckland. But are George and Cass just girls having fun, or is there something more going on? As George sinks deeper into the nightlife her dark past begins to emerge.” – (adapted from Book cover)
By any means / Ben Sanders.
“Friday rush hour, Auckland city. A lone shooter fires across a packed street and kills a man. Detective Sergeant Sean Devereaux is assigned the case. He’s not complaining, his Friday nights are seldom better spent. But the inquiry is not straightforward. Witness accounts are conflicting. The dead man appears to be an unintended victim, with the true target unknown. It’s a homicide that leaves police with no initial suspects and no apparent motive.” – (adapted from Book cover)