A look forward to some paperbacks due for May publication in the UK. Squirrel them away in your Amazon basket if you want an insurance policy against future reading drought. Source, quotes and grammar are from the Bookseller.
Relentless by Simon Kernick. "No longer ‘one to watch’ as he has now risen and produced this ‘breakthrough’ thriller. Terrific."
Bad Debts by Peter Temple. "Brilliant….Introducing a complex Don Quixote-style character with a love of horses and carpentry. Great fun." (First of the Jack Irish series.)
Borkmann’s Point by Hakan Nesser. "A really different, thoroughly enjoyable Swedish first UK novel but written in 1994 so presumably there are lots more to come. My reader was most impressed, a "thinking" whodunit, not action-led, but a slow moving yet totally gripping tale."
The Shadow Walker by Michael Walters. Introducing Inspector Nergui of the Mongolian Serious Crime Squad — fascinating background to a very male, race-against-time thriller."
A Thousand Suns by Alex Scarrow. "A dual-time, present day/Second World War, first novel of wartime secrets and the attempt to protect America from exposure. Dramatic and different. Good one."
The Second Horseman by Kyle Mills. "…a career thief, framed and imprisoned, turns FBI pawn to steal $250 million to buy warheads (fake?) from the Ukraine. My reader loves him."
Prayers for the Assassin by Robert Ferrigno. "In only 35 years’ time America will be an Islamic republic" A frightening, Orwellian notion."
Sunstroke by Jesse Kellerman. "It’s fast-paced, drug-related, edge-of-the-seat stuff, apparently."
Made in Heaven by Adele Geras. "A novel that revolves around the preparations for a perfect wedding with the inevitable infighting. She is very good on family conflict."
The Year of Henry James by David Lodge. "…his musings on discovering others were writing about his subject, and then winning the Booker! A comic, yet ultimately sad, work."
Shame by Karin Altvegen. "A psychological thriller in Ruth Rendell vein from an acclaimed Scandinavian author."
The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory. "One of her best, enhanced by being in three narratives; Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and the dreadful Jane Boleyn."
Digging to America by Anne Tyler. "A story of two very different families adopting Korean babies. Superb."
The Broken Souls by Jack Kerley. "…another Carson Ryder psychological serial killer thriller."
The Missing by Chris Mooney. "Penguin’s commercial lead crime blockbuster for 2007, I’m told. Based in Boston."
There are lots of others, including titles by major sellers James Herbert, Martina Cole, Chris Ryan, Alexander McCall Smith, Monica Ali, Michael Dobbs and Alan Titchmarsh. But the ones I have highlighted are the ones I’d read, in an ideal world. What is one to do?