Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fall 2013 Preview: Part Seven

After six preview posts, we still have tons of books we hope will make our top-10 reads for the year.

Lots of us were crazy about William Boyd's spy story, Restless, and now he's writing a new entry in the James Bond series. That has to be appointment reading, right? Lee Child's Jack Reacher is back, and so are Val McDermid's Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. And there are so many more.

Here is a list of some of the books that caught our eye. We probably missed some good prospects, and we hope you'll tell us if you spot gaps. Happy fall reading!

Chloe Aridjis: Asunder (September 17, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Jakob Arjouni: Brother Kemal (trans. from the German by Anthea Bell) (September 24, Melville International Crime).

James R. Benn: A Blind Goddess (September 3, Soho Press).

John Billheimer: A Player to be Maimed Later (August 21, Five Star).

William Boyd: Solo (October 8, Harper).

Rhidian Brook: The Aftermath (September 17, Knopf).

Ken Bruen: Purgatory (November 4, Mysterious Press).

Siân Busby: A Commonplace Killing (September 17, Atria/Marble Arch).

Robert Olen Butler: The Star of Istanbul (October 7, Grove/Atlantic/Mysterious Press).

Gianrico Carofiglio: The Silence of the Wave (trans. from the Italian by Howard Curtis) (September 1, Rizzoli).

Lee Child: Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel (September 3, Delacorte).

Barbara Cleverly: A Spider in the Cup (August 20, Soho Press).

Robert Coover: The Brunist Day of Wrath (October 15, Dzanc Books).

Arne Dahl: Bad Blood: A Crime Novel (trans. from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles) (August 13, Pantheon).

Paula Daly: Just What Kind of Mother Are You? (September 1, Grove).

Jeffery Deaver: The October List (October 1, Grand Central Publishing).

Jennifer duBois: Cartwheel (October 1, Random House).

P. S. Duffy: The Cartographer of No Man's Land (October 1, Liveright/Norton).

Janet Evanovich: Takedown Twenty (November 19, Bantam).

Henry Farrell: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (October 1 (re-release of 1960 novel), Grand Central Publishing).

Lyndsay Faye: Seven for a Secret (September 17, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam).

Will Ferguson: 419 (August 27, Penguin).

Jamie Ford: Songs of Willow Frost (September 10, Ballantine).

Ronald Frame: Havisham (November 5, Picador).

Felix Francis: Dick Francis's Refusal (September 9, Putnam).

Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly: The Tilted World (October 1, Morrow).

Rick Gavin: Nowhere Nice (November 19, Minotaur).

Elizabeth George: Just One Evil Act (October 15, Dutton).

Sue Grafton: W Is for Wasted (September 10, Putnam).

Nicola Griffith: Hild (November 12, Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

John Grisham: Sycamore Row (October 22, Knopf Doubleday).

Beth Groundwater: A Basket of Trouble: A Claire Hanover Mystery (November 8, Midnight Ink).

Michael Gruber: The Return (September 3, Henry Holt).

Peter Guttridge: The Devil's Moon (October 1, Severn House).

Jane Haddam: Hearts of Sand (September 3, Minotaur).

Dashiell Hammett: The Hunter and Other Stories (November 5, Grove/Atlantic/Mysterious Press).

Paul Harding: Enon (September 10, Random House).

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles: Kate's Progress (October 1, Severn House).

Stephen F. Havill: Nightzone (October 8, Poisoned Pen Press).

Anne Hillerman: Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel (October 1, Harper).

Gregg Hurwitz: Tell No Lies (August 20, St. Martin's).

Arnaldur Indridason: Black Skies (trans. from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb) (September 17, Minotaur).

Claude Izner: Strangled in Paris (trans. from the French by Jennifer Higgins) (September 3, Minotaur).

Peter James: Dead Man's Time (October 15, Minotaur).

D. E. Johnson: Detroit Shuffle (September 3, Minotaur).

J. Sydney Jones: Ruin Value: A Mystery of the Third Reich (October 1, Road).

Richard Kadrey: Dead Set (October 29, Harper Voyager/HarperCollins).

Julia Keller: Bitter River (September 3, Minotaur).

Christobel Kent: A Darkness Descending (September 15, Pegasus Crime).

Hannah Kent: Burial Rites (September 10, Little, Brown).

Kathleen Kent: The Outcasts (September 24, Little, Brown).

Laurie R. King: The Bones of Paris (September 10, Bantam Dell).

William Kent Krueger: Tamarack County (August 20, Atria).

Wally Lamb: We Are Water (October 29, HarperCollins).

Adam Langer: The Salinger Contract (September 1, Open Road Media)

Joe R. Lansdale: The Thicket (September 10, Little, Brown/Mulholland).

David Leavitt: The Two Hotel Francforts ( October 15, Bloomsbury USA, dist. by Macmillan).

Jim Lehrer: Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination (October 8, Random House).

Alison Littlewood: A Cold Season (September 24, Jo Fletcher/Quercus).

Paul Lynch: Red Sky in Morning (November 5, Little, Brown).

Adam Mansbach: The Dead Run (September 24, HarperVoyager/HarperCollins).

Archer Mayor: Three Can Keep a Secret (October 1, Minotaur).

Sharyn McCrumb: King's Mountain: A Ballad Novel (September 17, St. Martin's).

Val McDermid: Cross and Burn (October 1, Atlantic Monthly).

Mary Miley: The Impersonator (September 17, Minotaur).

Michael Nethercott: The Séance Society (October 1, Minotaur).

Carla Norton: The Edge of Normal (September 10, Minotaur).

Charles Palliser: Rustication (November 4, W. W. Norton).

Sara Paretsky: Critical Mass (October 23, G. P. Putnam's).

Eliot Pattison: Original Death (August 13, Counterpoint).

Jayne Anne Phillips: Quiet Dell (October 15, Scribner).

Valerie Plame & Sarah Lovett: Blowback (October 1, Blue Rider Press/Penguin Group (USA)).

Oliver Pötzsch: The Ludwig Conspiracy (trans. from the German by Anthea Bell) (September 3, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Serge Quadruppani: The Sudden Disappearance of the Worker Bees (trans. from the Italian by Delia Casa) (September 1, W. W. Norton).

Kinley Roby: Beyond Redress: A Harry Brock Mystery (October 23, Five Star).

Andrew Rosenheim: The Little Tokyo Informant (August 29, Overlook).

Laura Joh Rowland: The Shogun's Daughter (September 19, Minotaur).

Hank Phillippi Ryan: The Wrong Girl (September 10, Forge/Tor).

James Sallis: Others of My Kind (September 10, Bloomsbury).

Theresa Schwegel: The Good Boy (November 5, Minotaur).

Lisa Scottoline: Accused (October 29, St. Martin's).

Michael Sears: Mortal Bonds (October 1, Putnam).

Sarah R. Shaber: Louise's Dilemma (November 1, Severn House).

Lynn Shepherd: A Fatal Likeness (August 20, Delacorte).

Anita Shreve: Stella Bain (November 12, Little, Brown).

Julia Spencer-Fleming: Through the Evil Days (November 5, Minotaur).

Vidar Sundstøl: The Land of Dreams (trans. from the Norwegian by Tiina Nunnally) (September 1, Univ. of Minnesota).

F.R. Tallis: The Sleep Room (September 15, Pegasus Crime).

Amy Tan: The Valley of Amazement (November 5, Ecco).

M.J. Trow: Crimson Rose (November 1, Severn House).

Scott Turow: Identical (October 16, Grand Central).

David Vann: Goat Mountain (September 10, HarperCollins).

P. D. Viner: The Last Winter of Dani Lancing (October 8, Crown).

Alison Weir: Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World (November 5, Random House).

Randy Wayne White: Deceived (September 3, Putnam).

Jeanette Winterson: The Daylight Gate (October 1, Grove).

David Wishart: Solid Citizens (November 1, Severn House).


  1. Agh! So many books. The sad thing is, I have a bunch of these to review already. Good thing fall leads to winter, which means snow where I live (and I hate snow) so lots of reading time!

  2. Becky, I know! I'm amazed at how good this fall's selections look. I hardly know where to begin.

    I just started James McBride's THE GOOD LORD BIRD (Aug. 20, Riverhead), "a sizzling historical novel that is an evocative escapade and a provocative pastiche of Larry McMurtry's salty western satires and William Styron's seminal insurrection masterpiece, The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967)." So far so good.

    What about you, what are you reading now?

  3. I figure if I cut back on sleeping, eating and work and read a book a day I can finish these by Christmas. I'll have to skip Thanksgiving day because I get pretty busy then. Well maybe this much fun will have to wait until I retire.

  4. Right?! Cut down on everything and only read! I just finished Robin Wasserman's THE WAKING DARK. Now I've got the massive TBR to choose from and am having trouble picking just one! I thought about starting THE ABOMINABLE by Dan Simmons for the rainy weekend. It's a bit early for it, but his TERROR got me through a blizzard when it came out. I do have W IS FOR WASTED as a choice as well. We'll see!