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TALKING TO STRANGERS

A compelling demonstration of the sad truth that there’s no neutral way to conduct a murder investigation. Everybody pays.

Three women seek the truth about a murder in the Sussex town of Ebbing for three very different reasons.

When hairdresser Karen Simmons is found dead in Knapton Wood the morning after her latest search for likely men at the Neptune pub, it falls to DI Elise King, still recovering from her mastectomy and chemotherapy, to investigate. At the same time, Kiki Nunn, a feature reporter for Sussex Today, sees the case as her ticket back from puff pieces to real journalism. The two women, who’ve already tangled on earlier crimes, work at cross purposes, with Kiki stirring pots Elise wants left alone and going public with information Elise wants to keep secret. Elise’s inquiries will uncover unlovely revelations about Noel and Evelyn Clayton, who found the body, and Ash Woodward, the quiet handyman who was sweet on Karen. And Kiki’s decision to flesh out her investigation of the Band of Brothers—who boast online of their conquests of the women they hold in contempt—by dipping herself into the online dating pool will have harrowing complications of its own. Karen’s murder proves even more devastating for nurse turned receptionist Annie Curtis, who’s never recovered from the killing of her firstborn son, Archie, in Knapton Wood 16 years ago. Though the police swiftly arrested Nicky Donovan, a pedophile who killed himself in custody, for Archie’s murder, Annie is agonized both to feel the old wound being ripped open and to be racked by the unbearable suspicion that Nicky was innocent and Archie’s killer is still at large.

A compelling demonstration of the sad truth that there’s no neutral way to conduct a murder investigation. Everybody pays.

Pub Date: Aug. 27, 2024

ISBN: 9781984803078

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Berkley

Review Posted Online: June 15, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2024

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DEVOLUTION

A tasty, if not always tasteful, tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy.

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Are we not men? We are—well, ask Bigfoot, as Brooks does in this delightful yarn, following on his bestseller World War Z(2006).

A zombie apocalypse is one thing. A volcanic eruption is quite another, for, as the journalist who does a framing voice-over narration for Brooks’ latest puts it, when Mount Rainier popped its cork, “it was the psychological aspect, the hyperbole-fueled hysteria that had ended up killing the most people.” Maybe, but the sasquatches whom the volcano displaced contributed to the statistics, too, if only out of self-defense. Brooks places the epicenter of the Bigfoot war in a high-tech hideaway populated by the kind of people you might find in a Jurassic Park franchise: the schmo who doesn’t know how to do much of anything but tries anyway, the well-intentioned bleeding heart, the know-it-all intellectual who turns out to know the wrong things, the immigrant with a tough backstory and an instinct for survival. Indeed, the novel does double duty as a survival manual, packed full of good advice—for instance, try not to get wounded, for “injury turns you from a giver to a taker. Taking up our resources, our time to care for you.” Brooks presents a case for making room for Bigfoot in the world while peppering his narrative with timely social criticism about bad behavior on the human side of the conflict: The explosion of Rainier might have been better forecast had the president not slashed the budget of the U.S. Geological Survey, leading to “immediate suspension of the National Volcano Early Warning System,” and there’s always someone around looking to monetize the natural disaster and the sasquatch-y onslaught that follows. Brooks is a pro at building suspense even if it plays out in some rather spectacularly yucky episodes, one involving a short spear that takes its name from “the sucking sound of pulling it out of the dead man’s heart and lungs.” Grossness aside, it puts you right there on the scene.

A tasty, if not always tasteful, tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy.

Pub Date: June 16, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-2678-7

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Del Rey/Ballantine

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK

A grim theme with a compelling and complex plot.

A one-eyed boy becomes a monster’s prey in this chilling tale of missing children.

Thirteen-year-old Missouri boy Joseph “Patch” Macauley was born with one eye, so he wears an eye patch and imagines himself a pirate. In 1975, he sees a masked man assaulting a girl in the woods. He attacks the man and saves her, but the predator kidnaps him instead. Patch eventually wakes in total darkness in a cellar where a different girl secretly visits him, heard but always unseen. He learns that her name is Grace and that there have been other girls down there before. Grace paints vivid word pictures of the places she’s seen and of stories by authors like Steinbeck. “Pray and stay alive,” she whispers to Patch. Eventually he escapes, but she is nowhere to be found. Searching for Grace is the underlying thread in a complicated quest that takes unexpected turns over the years and might well bring heartbreak. Meanwhile, the bodies of three girls turn up locally, and their parents grieve. Is the town doctor responsible for their deaths? A local school photographer? Both? Patch paints an image of Grace based only on what he’d heard from her in the cellar; then come more paintings and displays in an art gallery—an implausible achievement for an untrained artist. Meanwhile, Grace may be anywhere, and he must find her whether alive or dead. By now an adult, he “pinball[s]” from state to state, meeting with “a dozen families looking for a dozen lost girls.” To sustain himself he robs banks with an unloaded flintlock, and he shares his loot with organizations that are looking for missing children. He has “reasoned the truest proof of life [is] pain,” and he vows that he will die before he quits his search. This is much more than a whodunit, though it fills that bill well. It is also a richly layered tale of love, loss, and hope.

A grim theme with a compelling and complex plot.

Pub Date: June 25, 2024

ISBN: 9780593798874

Page Count: 608

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: June 15, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2024

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