Friday, August 12, 2016

The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of August



Here is a selection of some of our picks for the Best Mysteries & Thrillers of August.

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This debut novel hearkens back to the fifties and the heyday of the famous Barbizon hotel. Told in alternating chapters, The Dollhouse begins with Darby McLaughlin arriving from Ohio to attend secretarial school. She doesn't seem to fit in, not until she meets Esme, a maid at the hotel who introduces Darby to the jazz (and romance and drugs) of the city. As the backdrop grows seamier, so does the story—fifty years later, a journalist named Rose Lewin, who lives in the current condos housed in the Barbizon, begins to unravel a mystery about the woman who lives one floor beneath her.
 

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You wouldn't want to trade places with Tana Larrson—at least not at the beginning of this novel. Five months pregnant, single, and working as a rookie cop in the eternal night of the Arctic Circle, Tana is just trying to escape the mistakes of her past. After two researches are found mauled to death, apparently by wolves, she has to investigate. There's not another cop for hundreds, if not thousands, of miles, and Tana ultimately has to team up with a shady, if ruggedly handsome, bush pilot. Love, horror, and mysteries ensue.
 

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Our own Adrian Liang writes of Good as Gone in her Best Books of August review: "The worst nightmare of every parent comes true for Anna and Tom when a stranger snatches their thirteen-year-old daughter, Julie, from her bedroom at knife point. No evidence has been found to prove her alive or dead, but Anna knows deep inside that Julie was murdered. Now, eight years later, a girl who looks like Julie shows up on their doorstep, similar in many ways to the daughter they loved and in other ways completely different. Is it really Julie? Amy Gentry doesn't pull her emotional punches as the chapters oscillate between maybe-Julie and Anna, and it's soon clear that the truth is not what it seems. But the truth might not be what you think it is either. This thriller pierces into the darkest corners of the heart where both love and fear reside, escalating the suspense to deliver a gut-plunging finale."
 

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The law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio is back, and Mary DiNunzio is on the case. Ten-year-old Patrick, a boy who has been bullied at school, is accused of attacking a school aide. When the aide sues, Patrick's grandfather, who is also the child's guardian, turns to Mary DiNunzio to protect his grandchild against the suit. Through twists and turns, Mary seeks to protect Patrick at the same time he may actually be more evil than she realizes. But is he?
 

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The lighting of Gilded Age New York is the setting for this fun and highly readable legal thriller. Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse face off in a clash to decide who deserves to profit from the introduction of the light bulb—and twenty-something attorney Paul Cravath is at the center of it all. Told from Cravath's point of view, this book is filled with famous geniuses and historical figures. You'll read The Last Days of Night and wonder why someone didn't think to write it sooner.
 
 
 
 

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