Skip to main content

Fall Preview 2008

It is generally understood that the summer is the best time to release books. It seems even more so with crime fiction. The ultimately derogatory phase of 'beach read' gets attached to this genre to the extent that publishers end up believing that these books only sell when readers have vacation time staring them in the face.

THD will say that this fall is a little light. Looking over some of the release schedules there were a few books we left off. Does the new Stephen King really need any publicity? It has also been apparent to frequent readers of The Hungry Detective that we have been out of the loop for over a month. Vacation to Wisconsin, and a somewhat last minute trip to Brazil meant that we have just not had the time to keep in contact with all that has gone on. (You will be missed Cluelass!)

But this is water under the bridge. The Baltimore B'Con is just two and half weeks away. THD will be there with daily reports. We will also post winners of the various awards as soon as humanly possible.

Hopefully some exciting stuff is coming to the blog.

The Given Day - Dennis Lehane (Sept. 23)
Is there a bigger book this year? The reviews have been embarrassingly positive. This is a day of purchase. But I might save it for purchase here.

In the Dark - Mark Billingham (Sept. 30)
Non-series from Mark Billingham. Read him!

The Brass Verdict - Michael Connelly (Oct. 14)
Another Bosch book. And another Mickey Haller book. Haller and Bosch are actually Step-Brothers. Same father. I am perhaps the only reader who was lukewarm on The Lincoln Lawyer, the first Haller book. It just did not click with me. Still Connelly sits pretty high up the mountain of Crime Fiction. He would have to do something exceptionally bad to get me to stop reading.

Trigger City - Sean Chercover (Oct. 14)
The Hungry Detective have been plugging Trigger City for about a month. Sean was kind enough to send me an ARC on this book. Signed, thank you very much! I read it and loved the he-hi-heck out of the book. I'll post a review. soon. Buy this guy.

Flesh House - Stuart MacBride (Oct. 14)
Just read this authors first book. And I dug it. This is the fourth in the series. I have the second somewhere in the too be read pile. Will I read it? Of course. When? I don't have the first clue

Once Were Cops - Ken Bruen (Oct. 28)
Ugh! Here is an author that simply everyone.... EVERYONE... loves. Have never read him. Yes I know. Terrible. This is a case of do as I say not as I do!

Arctic Drift - Clive and Dirk Cussler (Nov. 25)
A beloved series. Clive was one of the first authors I picked up. I could not have a had a better introduction. Adventure, history, guns, women. Not Crime Fiction, but tons of fun.

Seven books in a Fall Preview is not a lot. We know that there must be more. Perhaps they are just waiting to present themselves. If and and when they do, I'll update this post. W

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Very Best of Mr. Dennis Lehane

I thought this post would appear in October. Ya, know when SHUTTER ISLAND: THE MOVIE was supposed to be released. And then it wasn't. Something about Leo not being able to do 'press' for the movie. Doesn't really matter the reason, a February release date has one of those fancy Hollywood meanings: Not Good.

Look I'll be honest, I didn't connect with SHUTTER ISLAND. I loved the fifties setting, the haunted house atmosphere, and impending doom of the Hurricane. Even the set-up of the story was intriguing but how it played out just didn't work for me. Some interesting characters, a bunch of great set pieces, but the ending announces itself with an expected, thud that went nowhere.

Am I still going to the movie? Its Lehane, Scorsese, Leo, and Ruffalo of course I am. Anyway the list.

8. Prayers for Rain - 1999
The last Kenzie-Gennaro book follows our heroes as they investigate a guy who is terrorizing women into committing suicide. The book played like an episode o…

The Very Best of Mr. Michael Connelly - Part I

I was about 50 pages into the latest Michael Connelly book, THE SCARECROW, when I flipped to the front. This is the 20th novel. I decided that rather than write a review of the novel, pretty good by the way, I would write a think piece about the relationship between a highly regarded crime novelist and how reader's take for granted the author if the high standard to which they have become accustomed to is not maintained over a lengthy run of books.

This idea was quickly abandoned out of laziness. Instead, I decided to take a cue from my friend, Peter, who recently ranked all of the James Bond films. I didn't feel I could tackle all 20 novels so the list below is just the non-Harry Bosch books. Mr. Connelly's next book 9 DRAGONS releases in October so don't be surprised to see a Bosch only list then.

I wrote this list up a couple weeks ago. I have given it some time to marinate. I did make any changes but I do want to say that there is a definite break between ranking 5…

Live By Night: First Image

First image from Live By Night the latest Dennis Lehane novel to be directed by Ben Affleck has appeared. Here is the accompanying article from Indiewire.
What can you say about one singular image from a film that will include a hundred thousand or so? It looks good. I'm a sucker for big fields of grass, what can I say? I have enjoyed all of Ben Affleck's directing efforts to date, even if I wasn't wowed by any of them. I don't mean to damn him with faint praise. He is a solid, unpretentious director of capital m 'Movies'. And even if he wasn't making the best thing Dennis Lehane has written in the last ten years I would still go see his next effort.
The movie is slated for a 2017 release which I'm not certain should be believed. In spite of the film already vacating a Fall 2016 date, if the movie is even kind of  good, dollars to donuts it sneaks into a late 2016 release for Award show consideration. A 2017 release date seems more accurate, if early t…