While you might not have been at Book Expo America, Criminal Element has you covered. BEA is a great chance to find authors with a little bit of something for everyone, so that's what we're bringing you today with four great advanced reader copies: Brilliance by Marcus Sakey, Mystery Girl by David Gordon, Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman, and The Book of Someday by Dianne Dixon.
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Brilliance by Marcus Sakey
About 1% of American children born after 1986—known as abnorms, among other names—are particularly brilliant. A tiny percentage of these are problematic, like Erik Epstein, who understood stock market movements so well he made a fortune that led to the permanent closing of the New York Stock Exchange in 2011. Nick Cooper, a divorced former soldier and a member of Equitable Services, a U.S. government agency with the responsibility of tracking and killing abnorm terrorists, plays a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with the terrorists’ leader, John Smith, and with Shannon Azzi, Smith’s agent. Cooper calls Shannon “the Girl Who Walks Through Walls” for her ability to appear out of nowhere. When Cooper’s children come under threat, he pretends to defect from Equitable Services and reluctantly teams with Shannon. He soon finds his world giddily turning upside down while he sacrifices almost everything for justice and equality.
The Book of Someday by Dianne Dixon
Mysteriously connected and soon to be forever changed, three women begin a story that will haunt you long after they are gone.
Ever since she was a little girl in California, Livvi Gray has been tormented by a nightmare of an eerily beautiful stranger in a shimmering silver dress. Shortly before Livvi's thirtieth birthday she will come face to face with this stranger, an encounter that will not only alter Livvi's future, but also change much of what she thinks she knows about the past.
The Book of Someday tells Livvi's story in parallel with that of a brilliant Boston photographer named Micah and a young Long Island wife and mother named AnnaLee. Like Livvi, these two women are swiftly moving toward events that will prove to be the ultimate turning points in their lives, the places where devastating secrets will be exposed—secrets about the unexpected ways in which we choose to protect, and betray, the people we love…
Mystery Girl by David Gordon
When Sam Kornberg’s wife, Lala, walks out on him, he’s an unemployed used bookstore clerk and failed experimental novelist with a broken heart. Desperate to win her back, he takes a job as assistant detective to the enigmatic Solar Lonsky, a private eye who might be an eccentric and morbid genius or just a morbidly obese madman.
It’s a simple tail job, following a beautiful and mysterious lady around L.A., but Sam soon finds himself helplessly falling for his quarry and hopelessly entangled in a murder case involving Satanists, succubi, underground filmmakers, Hollywood bigshots, Mexican shootouts, video-store geekery, and sexy dopplegangers from beyond the grave. A case that heralds the risks of hardcore reading and the mournful death of the novel…or perhaps just the decline of Western Civilization.
Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman
It happens in an instant: after a breakfast with her colleagues, the Navajo Nation police officer Bernadette Manualito sees a truck squeal into a parking lot and hears a crack of gunfire. When the dust clears, someone very close to her is lying on the asphalt in a pool of blood.
With the victim in the hospital fighting for his life, every officer in the squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent to catch the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations strictly forbidding eyewitness involvement. Her superior may have ordered her to take some leave, but that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is put in charge of finding the shooter.
Pooling their skills, Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, the retired Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key to the shooting. Digging into the old investigation with fresh eyes and a new urgency, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth with every clue…and closer to a killer who will do anything to prevent justice from taking its course.