A Long Overdue Mailbox Monday

Dominus by Tom Fox (Quercus publishers):

“Tom Fox’s Dominus is a tense thriller that leads readers into a web of intrigue and mystery-and questions the natural, the supernatural, and the nature of human manipulation-while attaching modern scenarios to some of the world’s most ancient sites.” -Crime Files

Go-Between by Lisa Brackman (SoHo Crime):

“An all-too-realistic thriller about for-profit prisons, big-money politics, shady non-profits,  the war on drugs-and the people who would kill to keep the system intact.” -SoHo Crime

Blood Crime by Sebasti Alzamora (SoHo Crime) winner of the San Jordi Prize for Catalan Literature:

“Narrated by a vampire who thrives in the havoc of the war, this stunning, eerie novel-inspired by the true story of a massacre in the early days of the Spanish Civil War-is a gothic reflection on death and the nature of monsters in all their human forms.” -SoHo Crime

We and Me by Saskia De Coster (World Editions):

“The Great Flemish Novel is not dead. It has just been written by Saskia De Coster. We and Me is a novel that will haunt me for a long time. Excellent and unforgettable.” -Herman Koch

Roxy by Eather Gerritsen (World Editions):

“Esther Gerritsen is the kind of writer whose entire oeuvre you want to read after reading just one book, or no, after reading even just one page.” – Herman Koch

Lily and The Octopus by Steven Rowley (Simon & Schuster):

“A big-hearted, inventive, funny novel that also happens to be a profound meditation on love and forgiveness.” -Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

The Kingdom by Funinori Nakamura (SoHo Crime):

“One of the most interesting Japanese crime novelists at work today.” -USA Today

Beautiful Country by J. R. Thornton (Harper Perennial):

“This unsettling book about the moral encounter between America and China is a study of privilege, innocence and risk. It is a tragedy of manners and a portrait of Beijing-amplified and torqued and unmistakable.” -Evan Osnos, winner of the National Book Award

And After The Fire by Lauren Belfer (Harper publishers):

“A story about art, prejudice, faith and trauma…A remarkably suspenseful story, a literary thriller in the tradition of A. S. Byatt’s Possession…Engrossing.” – Kirkus Reviews

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24 comments

  1. I’m not surprised! I’ve loved all the novels that Nakamura has written before. I’m looking forward to this one, too, and glad that you’ve already read it, already know its worth.

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  2. You’ve received some great books. I’m attracted to Lily and the Octopus because of the blurb. I find that I am an emotional reader, although because of deadlines I don’t always end up reading what I want at the time that I want. Enjoy your reading week!

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    1. I’m an emotional reader, too, getting very caught up in the story and the characters and tending to take it all within my heart. I’m almost half afraid to read Lily and The Octopus because it seems a tear-jerker, but in a good way. 😉

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    1. I’ve seen Lily and The Octopus around more than the others, which isn’t surprising since I love translated books so much, and while it’s supposedly sad I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for welcoming me back this week!

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  3. All of your featured titles and authors this week, are new to me, so I hope that you enjoy them all.

    Whilst I am not a book cover snob, some of the covers are not particularly inspiring, so I suppose my favourite book cover has to be ‘Dominus’, which along with ‘Go-Between’ and ‘Roxy’, would be my choice of reads.

    Thanks for sharing some good recommendations and have a great week 🙂

    Yvonne

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    1. You bring up an interesting point about the power of covers; they do help create interest, or not. But, the blurb helps a lot, too. When And After The Fire was compared to A. S. Byatt’s Possession, I knew I had to read that novel.

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  4. Eh, read Kingdom first, and Blood Crimes last or not at all. The world could use more Japanese crime stories, and less vampire apologia.

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  5. I see some books here that I’d really like to check out. In particular the ones from Soho Crime. I’ve read several books from that publisher and have been impressed. Enjoy all of your new books!

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    1. SoHo Crime sends me some of my favorite books to review. They have been particularly gracious with Japanese books, as you see from Nakamura’s novel above, but also some British crime I would not have read without their gifting. I hope to get to them soon.

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