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If you like Michael Connelly…

Posted by Michael Gorzka on December 10th, 2015

the crossingWhat to read while you are waiting to get your hands on the latest by Michael Connelly

155 holds on 53 copies? Only three copies on the Bestseller Express? The Crossing by Michael Connelly is really popular! What can I read while I’m waiting for it?

In the latest installment of the Bosch series, Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it’s a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

Try one of these while you are waiting:

Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, with his military background, keen intelligence and obscure past, is a hero similar to Connelly’s Bosch, despite the fact that he lives entirely off the grid and works outside the law. Child’s intelligent writing and complex plots will appeal, as will Reacher’s strong moral code. Start with Killing Floor.
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Although many of his books are harsher in tone than Connelly’s, fans will appreciate James Ellroy’s depiction of LA. The Black Dahlia is a good starting point. These mystery writers also provide a strong sense of place: James Lee Burke, Dennis Lehane and Jo Nesbo.

Fans of Connelly’s gritty and intricate mysteries will want to try the hard-boiled fiction of George P. Pelecanos. Both authors feature detectives who are doggedly thorough and relentless in their pursuit of fairness.

John Sandford rivals Connelly for grim tone, depressing circumstances and a fast pace. Start with Rules of Prey, first in the Lucas Davenport series or Dark of the Moon, first in the Virgil Flowers series.

Ian Rankin, like Connelly, writes gripping stories of investigators whose tenacious, hard-living, hard-working qualities are matched only by their resistance to authority. Try Hide and Seek.

Also try Lawrence Block, Raymond Chandler, Robert Crais, J.A. Jance, Jonathan Kellerman, and T. Jefferson Parker

Looking for even more read-alikes?
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Source: Novelist : Your Guide to Fiction


Bestseller Express

Posted by Michael Gorzka on November 27th, 2015

Hurry in to the library – we have the hottest bestsellers!


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Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Crossing by Michael Connelly

Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell

Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline


Big Magic: Creative Living beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Common Struggle: A Personal Journey through the Past and the Future of Mental Illness and Addiction by Patrick J. Kennedy

M Train by Patti Smith

Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths about Aging by Dick van Dyke

Sponsored by Curtis Friends, Bestseller Express titles are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be checked out for 7 days.

Exclusively for Curtis cardholders, they cannot be reserved or renewed so you’ll have the best access to new titles, but you will have to read fast.

The Bestseller Express books are located in the New Books Room, across from Lending Services.

Click on titles to check current availability and then come in to the library today!

Dogs Don’t Lie: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir — Clea Simon

Posted by Michael Gorzka on August 11th, 2015

pruIn “Dogs don’t lie: a Pru Marlowe Pet Noir,” the first book in the new Clea Simon series we are introduced to Pru Marlowe an animal behaviorist in training.

After a very serious illness Pru is left with an unusual gift one that Pru isn’t able to deal with. Pru has been given the ability to “hear” animal thoughts.

Thinking that running home to family will make things right she returns to her picturesque Berkshires hometown looking for a little peace.

Although Pru doesn’t have her behaviorist license she is able to find employment working with animals. One of her clients is Charles and his pit bull, Lily, a fighting ring dropout.

When Pru arrives at Charles’ house he finds Charles on the floor with his throat ripped out and Lily standing over him. Lily is too traumatized to give Pru a clear picture of what she has seen.

One thing Pru is sure of is that Lily had nothing to do with the murder not matter what the evidence shows and she is going to prove it.

Pru has to find out who the real killer is before anyone else is murdered as well as learn to live with her gift.

Too bad that her training as an animal behaviorist got her mixed up with Lily, a rescue dog, and Charles, her person.

Now Charles is dead, and Lily looks good for it. Lily is way too traumatized to give Pru a clear picture of what she has witnessed.

Clea SimonBut Pru knows something about bad girls trying to clean up, and, with a sense of justice strong enough to overcome her dislike of human society, she takes the case.

Listening to the animals, Pru picks up clues–and learns there are secrets in the pretty little town that make murder look simple.

Unable to tell anybody about her psychic abilities, uncertain at times about her own sanity, Pru comes to realize that if she clears Lily, she’ll likely become the prime suspect–or the next victim.

While the only creature she can totally trust is her crotchety tabby Wallis, Pru’s got to uncover the real killer–and find a way to live with her gift–before the real beasts in the town savage her and those she has come to love.

This is the first in the Pru Marlowe “pet noir”series.

– Carol Briggs

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