|As you can see from my list below, I am not making a lot of headway in making my TBR (To Be Read) pile diminish. Review copies are piling up, not helped by my self selected library books. Hopefully you will also find something to interest you among these.|
See the history of this occasional post.
I'd like to also stress that there is no rhyme or reason to my selections.
Please note that this listing is in no way a recommendation for you to read a title, simply a chance for you to assess for yourself whether you would like to read it. I will also try to discover whether the book is available on Kindle, particularly for Australian authors which are not necessarily available overseas.
Here is a selection
GOOD AS GONE, Douglas Corleone
Review copy supplied by Macmillan Australia
Australian release scheduled for 1 Sep 2013
Available for Kindle
Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk works as a private contractor, tracking down and recovering children who are kidnapped by their estranged parents. He only has one rule: he won't touch stranger abduction cases. He's still haunted by the unresolved disappearance of his six-year-old daughter, and non-family kidnappings hit too close to home.
Until, that is, another six-year-old, Lindsay Sorkin, disappears from her parents' hotel room in Paris, and the French police deliver Simon an ultimatum: he can spend years in a French jail for past misdemeanors, or he can take the case and recover the missing girl. Simon sets out in pursuit of Lindsay and the truth behind her disappearance. But Lindsay's captors have not left an easy trail, and following it will take Simon across the continent, through the ritziest nightclubs and the seediest back alleys, into a terrifying world of international intrigue and dark corners of his past he'd rather leave well alone.
ZERO AT THE BONE, David Whish-Wilson (Australian author)
Review copy supplied by Penguin Australia.
For ex-detective Frank Swann, being on the outside of Western Australia's police force is the only way to get justice done.
Perth in 1979 is a city of celebration and corruption. There are street parties, official glad-handing – even a royal visit – to commemmorate a century and a half since colonisation. But behind the festivities a new kind of land grab is going on, this time for mining leases. The price of gold is up, and few are incorruptible before its lure.
When Swann is hired to probe the suicide of a well-regarded geologist, he's drawn into a mire of vice and fraud that has at its heart a lust for wealth that verges on a disease . . .
By the author of the acclaimed Line of Sight, Zero at the Bone lifts the lid on Perth at the start of the mining boom to show a town where Chinatown meets Underbelly, and where the establishment and the lawless blend into one.
'Full of crooked cops, corrupt politicians and rapacious mining companies . . . I really enjoyed Zero at the Bone.' Michael Robotham
'Has all the economy, pace, unexpected humour and local colour we've come to expect from David Whish-Wilson. Highly recommended.' Adrian McKinty
Bought recently for my Kindle
Joint Winner of the CWA International Dagger Award 2013
The other book was THE GHOST RIDERS OF ORDEBEC by Fred Vargas.
In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prévost – beautiful, resourceful, tough – may be no ordinary victim, but her time is running out.
Commandant Camille Verhoeven and his detectives have nothing to go on: no suspect, no lead, rapidly diminishing hope. All they know is that a girl was snatched off the streets of Paris and bundled into a white van.
The enigma that is the fate of Alex will keep Verhoeven guessing until the bitter, bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.
DEAD CAT BOUNCE, Peter Cotton (Australian author)
Very topical as Australia is now in election mode.
A federal election campaign is thrown into chaos when a popular government minister goes missing and then turns up dead on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.
With Detective Darren Glass and the Australian Federal Police on the case, the investigation into the minister’s murder quickly becomes entangled in a game of high-stakes politics. And all the while, the body count mounts.
Glass’s suspects include some of the most powerful people in the land. With the nation in shock and wanting answers fast, Glass has to negotiate a murky world of shifting allegiances, half-truths, and finger pointing, where everyone has a motive for murder.
And no one is safe — not even the prime minister. As election day nears, Glass risks everything for a breakthrough in the case, and his life is soon hanging by a thread. But if he thought he’d hit rock bottom, he was wrong …
A TRACE OF SMOKE, Rebecca Cantrell
The first Hannah Vogel mystery
The year that Germany was lost to the Nazis. Storm Troopers and Communists fight in the streets. Wealthy Jews and intellectuals think of fleeing. Desperate sexual and social outcasts cram Berlin’s famous nightclubs to wring out one last dance.
Hannah Vogel lives alone and works as a crime reporter.
On a routine assignment, she sees a picture of her brother’s body in the Hall of the Unnamed Dead. But since she loaned their identity papers to escaping Jewish friends, she cannot identify him and demand an investigation.
So she tracks the killer herself.