Operation Napoleon, Reversal, Rendezvous and more

Rendezvous There is a triple treat in store for UK readers in October, from this week's (2 July) issue of the redesigned Bookseller – a really good redesign, incidentally. On 14 October, Michael Connelly's new novel, The Reversal (Orion), is out. From the Bookseller: "Convicted child killer Jason Jessop did 25 years on death row before he was freed on DNA evidence. But now the DA wants to arrest him for the same crime. Defence lawyer Mickey Haller is called in, but as a prosecutor, with Detective Harry Bosch as his lead investigator". Sounds intriguing! 

Some more great news: Arnaldur Indridason has a new book out, on 7 October. It's called Operation Napoleon (Harvill, no translator named) and is a standalone novel. "In 1945 a German bomber crashes in Iceland with both German and American officers on board. In 1999 the US Army is trying to remove an aeroplane from the same spot, but in secret. Why?" It sounds from this synopsis as if the author is revisiting some of the themes he addressed in the excellent series novel The Draining Lake.

Another eagerly anticipated novel is Rendezvous by Esther Verhoef, published by Quercus (no translator named), out on 1 October. "Simone, her husband Eric and their two small children have left Amsterdam for a remote village in the south of France. When Michel, a young labourer, arrives to work on their house, Simone soon finds he's all she can think about." The author's previous novel was the very good Close Up – I am pleased that the publisher has greatly improved the cover design for this novel compared with the first, even though the cover of Rendezvous looks like what Karen of Euro Crime has called "generic crime-fiction cover".

Of course, there are a good many other novels being published in October. I'll probably also be reading (in addition to the above: The Last Talk with Lola Faye by Thomas H Cook (Quercus); Scream by Nigel McCrery (also Quercus) – the third in his DI Mark Lapslie series (after Core of Evil/Still Waters and Tooth and Claw); Rizzo's War, a debut novel by Lou Manfredo (Corvus) with publicity making it appear to be a "Wire"-type novel, but set in New York instead of Balmore/Bwalmore/Bollimoor/Baltimore. Other crime novels are Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body by M. C. Beaton (Constable), Elegy for April by "Benjamin Black" (Mantle), Dr Yes by Bateman (Headline), The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer (Corvus), and (not sure if crime or horror) Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Quercus). "Six-year-old Maja goes missing on holiday with her parents. Two years later her father, now an unemployable alcoholic, returns to the island and feels that something, or someone, is trying to communicate with him. He discovers that Maja is just the latest of many disappearances and the islander know more than they are letting on." The author is touring the UK to coincide with publication.

There are also a few "bestsellers" due for publication in October – but I shan't be reading them: Mortal Remains by Kathy Reichs (Heinemann), no 13 in the Temperence Brennan series; The Family by Martina Cole (Headline)- her 17th novel; and Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell (Little Brown), the next Scarpetta novel. John Grisham also has a new novel out, The Confession (Century), which I might read if I'm short of other ideas;-) , though it covers the same theme as one of his earlier novels in that it is about a convicted prisoner on death row with one week to live after all his appeals have been exhausted.James Patterson is slacking, there does not seem to be two, or even one, new title(s) by him/his brand out in October. 


6 thoughts on “Operation Napoleon, Reversal, Rendezvous and more

  1. Maxine – Thanks for this update : ). I am really looking forward to the new Connelly, of course :). Several of the other ones you mentioned look terrific, too. I’m interested in the Verhoef, although I haven’t had the chance to read her first. I always appreciate these pieces of news, so I can plan my reading.

  2. October sounds like a month full of promises. I quite like Verhoef´s cover, but then I am probably a generic crime fiction reader.
    Interesting that Indridason has written a stand-alone. It does not sound quite as appealing to me as his Erlendur series, but then Indridason might be the writer who can make German bombers interesting.

  3. Oh dear…another visit to Book Depository looks to be required. Definitely going to order the Indridason and the McCrery (his first book has one of the most memorable openings ever as I still remember it and still look warily at all old ladies with pruning shears) and it sounds like I might have to check out the first book by Esther Verhoef.

  4. Hate to be a crab, but didn’t like Esther Verhoef’s first book. Do not like being in the head of a psychopath. Love Indridason, but don’t know if I’d like this stand-alone. I love Erlander. And Connelly is always reliable. When one doesn’t know what to grab at the library and one has a free weekend or weeknights and no huge TBR pile, Connelly is like a cup of tea in the winter.

  5. You made me curious, Maxine, so I looked it up; Operation Napoleon was published in Icelandic in the same year as Jar City, four years before he wrote The Draining Lake. He has at least two other stand alones – The King’s Book and Betty (as well as the first two in the series which haven’t been translated).

  6. Although my work has only one of your three magic ingredients, I’m happy to see “a sense of place” mentioned, especially with recent technology making it possible for a book itself not to be “a place.”

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