Investigate books by new authors—January 21, 2011
If your favorite authors don’t write their books fast enough or if you are waiting for the next best seller by Patterson or Baldacci to be released, you sometimes need help finding another author or title you might enjoy. The staff at the Hastings Public Library are always willing to help you find your next favorite author or you can use NoveList for suggestions. NoveList is part of the EBSCOhost database and can be accessed from the library web page.
For fast-paced gritty action where rogue good guys root out corruption in their midst, you want to try Stephen J. Cannell’s “The Tin Collectors” or “Free Fall” by Kyle Mills. Cannell takes the reader into a Los Angeles Police Department rife with corruption and threatening to endanger the one person Detective Shane Scully swore he would protect: the fifteen year old son of an undercover cop. In “Free Fall” it is the FBI that comes under suspicion when Special Agent Mark Beamon uncovers more than he bargained for while looking for a missing girl in possession of a secret FBI file.
If you enjoy legal thrillers, try Baine Kerr’s “Wrongful Death” which combines the unlikely into a thriller with lots of twists. Tess Gerritsen is known mainly for her medical thrillers but in “Gravity” she takes the action into space as a research physician must battle an experiment gone awry.
There are lots of authors who write good murder mysteries, but you might have missed Stephen White’s Alan Gregory series starting with “Privileged Information.” Gregory is a clinical psychologist whose life begins to unravel when his patients start dying. For murder and intrigue set against a Capitol Hill background read Margaret Truman’s “Murder on K Street” to find out if former DA Philip Rotondi can save his friend Senator Lyle Simmons from a murder charge.
David Ignatius is a good choice if you like spy thrillers similar to John LeCarre’s titles. “The Bank of Fear” spotlights the world of international high finance and espionage as financial investigator Sam Hoffman tries to unravel the mess he has gotten himself into. Another Chinese puzzle-type book is “Vertical Run” by Joseph Garber. Dave Elliot appears to be a successful New York executive until the day he shows up at work and everyone wants to kill him. Elliot’s rusty but well-honed skills as a Special Operations officer must save him and help him find the answers he needs.
Tired of reading the same authors? Let the Hastings Public Library help you find someone new to enjoy.