Mystery, Espionage, Crime & Punishment: 5 Hot New Books
From the classic police procedural to a ripped-from-the-headlines espionage thriller, here are five books for perfect fireside reading.
THE BEAT GOES ON (Hachette Group Canada) by Ian Rankin
In the latest (#17) in the successful Bones series, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan and her ex-lover, Sûreté du Québec cop Andrew Ryan, take on a cold case in Charlotte, N.C. which forces them to face a dangerous demon from their past. Years ago, in Montreal, they worked the case of psychopath Anique Pomerleau, who kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, and then narrowly eluded capture. Now Pomerleau has resumed her reign of terror against young girls, this time south of the border. Can it be a coincidence that she resurfaced in Brennan’s own neighbourhood?
In the years following the Second World War, a colourful and close-knit group of Washington D.C. journalists, spies, scholars and government officials waged the Cold War over martinis and hors d’oeuvres. This WASP-y, well-connected band of brothers who helped steer American policy included such luminaries as Phil and Kay Graham, publishers of The Washington Post; Joe and Stewart Alsop, the odd-ball brothers who were also powerful political pundits; and Frank Wisner, who directed CIA covert operations. From the Oval Office to the salons of Georgetown, from the formation of foreign policy to love affairs and petty jealousies, The Georgetown Set is an historical account that’s as juicy as a gossip column.
In best-selling author Sandra Brown’s new thriller, Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician, disappears while training for a marathon on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband reports her missing, the trail has gone as cold as the wintery weather. In this page turning, gone-girl narrative, a husband’s betrayal may go beyond adultery; an abductor may be a protecto;, a lover, a murderer — and following the law could mean walking away from justice.