These are the most anticipated reads for me this year:
Broken Harbor – Tana French (Viking Adult, July 2012)
Kill You Twice – Chelsea Cain (Minotaur, Aug 2012)
Phantom – Jo Nesbø (Knopf, October 2012)
Live by Night – Dennis Lehane (William Morrow, Oct 2012)
Commentary: I’m reading Broken Harbor right now. This is Scorcher Kennedy’s book. He was a minor character in Faithful Place. Broken Harbor came out in the UK July 19th and the US release date is July 24th. Huh? Weird timing that. I’ve had Phantom for a long time now but decided to hold off reading/reviewing until closer to the US release date. Last but not least, I am looking forward to Dennis Lehane’s Live by Night, a sequel of sorts to his first historical fiction novel, The Given Day that I still haven’t read yet but I will and when I do this blog will be a barren place.
There are a couple of UK titles that I plan to read but I don’t see any U.S. dates yet - Black Skies by Arnaldur Indriðason (his ninth) and Karin Fossum’s new one, In the Darkness (the first Inspector Sejer novel). Speaking of firsts, Jo Nesbø’s first Harry Hole novel, The Bat has been translated and is scheduled to be released soon, in the UK only at the time of this writing. Like another reader mentioned, it will be weird to go back and read the first book after what, nine titles already? Still, I plan to read it. There are other titles of interest like Criminal by Karin Slaughter and reading more books by Donald Harstad and Craig Johnson. Otherwise, that’s it.
I feel like my interest in Scandinavian crime fiction might be waning a bit. I’ll continue to read my favorites but I find myself interested more and more in Irish crime fiction and reading almost all the police procedural novels I can find. I cannot wait for the next book in Adrian McKinty’s series that features Detective Sean Duffy. The first book in the series, The Cold, Cold Ground was excellent. Okay, I’ve babbled enough and if you’ve read down this far kudos to you and thank you.