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- ISBN-13: 9781101985557
- ISBN-10: 1101985550
- Publisher: Dutton Books
- Publish Date: January 2018
- Page Count: 368
- Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds
Whodunit: Chilling new cases to dive into on a long winter's night
“The sun was going down behind the Big Burger when the alligator came flying in the drive-through window. . . . The manager hung his head. ‘Not again.’ ” When the opening paragraph reads like this, it’s a fair bet that the next several hundred pages will be equally strange and hilarious, and that the writer responsible for it all is Tim Dorsey. The Pope of Palm Beach is Dorsey’s 21st book to feature the beloved Serge A. Storms, a psychologically unbalanced—yet exceptionally charismatic—vigilante whose moral compass doesn’t always, shall we say, point toward true north. As this installment kicks off in the Florida Keys, Serge and his perpetually stoned sidekick, Coleman, embark on a mad romp through Florida’s history and popular culture, all the while dispensing justice whenever they deem it necessary. A particularly amusing (and disturbing) vignette features a Martin Shkreli-esque pharmaceutical magnate who gets his just desserts after unfairly upping (by several thousand percent) the price of a medication needed to save infants from a deadly protozoa infection. Plotting is secondary (or tertiary) to the zany characters and screamingly funny moments here, but don’t let that put you off. Dorsey is one of a kind—in equal parts insightful and demented—and the world needs more of that.
Meg Gardiner is back with the second installment of her critically acclaimed UNSUB series, Into the Black Nowhere, featuring Caitlin Hendrix—a San Francisco-based detective turned FBI profiler. Newly arrived to the bureau, Caitlin walks the fine line between trying to stand out and trying to blend in—the typical rookie dilemma. But her talents are put to the test when she is tasked with identifying and apprehending the Saturday Night Killer, a serial murderer responsible for five abductions and subsequent killings. The bodies are artistically arranged, surrounded with photos of other dead and missing women in similar poses. This story is reportedly based on the Ted Bundy killings, which baffled law enforcement for years—but should you try to draw too close a comparison between art and life, Gardiner includes a couple of twists to confound you.
A KILLER INHERITANCE
After sustaining two case-related gunshot wounds, defense attorney Dismas Hardy has pretty much decided to give murder cases a pass. But with a certain amount of trepidation, he decides to provide a defense for former client Abby Jarvis, accused of murdering her boss by means of a rather arcane poison. Not coincidentally, Poison is also the title of John Lescroart’s 17th Dismas Hardy novel. Abby’s defense has some difficulties from the get-go: She’s already served time for a different homicide, and a small amount of preliminary investigation suggests she was embezzling company funds to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars over a period of eight or nine years. On top of everything else, she was set to inherit a cool million dollars from the murder victim. But hey, this is a mystery, right? So of course, not everything will be as cut and dried as it looks at the outset.
TOP PICK IN MYSTERY
England, 1920: Both the country and Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Ian Rutledge are recovering from the devastation of World War I. Rutledge was forced to execute a soldier for insubordination in France, and now he carries that guilt with him along with a fair amount of shell shock—unless he really is seeing the ghost of that soldier. Whatever the case, Charles Todd’s latest thriller, The Gate Keeper, offers insight into the nature of war and how its effects linger long after the armistice has been signed. Rutledge finds himself at loose ends after his sister’s wedding and decides to take an aimless drive somewhere outside London. On a deserted country road, he happens upon a stopped car, a man lying dead in the roadway—and a woman with blood on her hands. As Rutledge is vastly more experienced than the local constabulary, it is only natural that he spearhead the investigation, which he does with his usual dogged determination and panache. But then there is another murder, and another; the only connection seems to be the small, intricately carved wooden animals found near the scene of each crime. Readers can’t ask for more than Todd’s masterful plotting, terrific characters and one of the finest protagonists in modern suspense.