Here on the editorial team, we tend to read a couple of months ahead (we're reading September and October titles right now). So for us, summer is over--if not literally, then at least literarily.
(I don't think that's a real word, but it seems like it should be. I'm not even going to Google it.)
Right now we are wading into the gravitas that is Fall Reading--which means we are each likely grappling with some massive Fall tome, some literary contribution to the greater betterment of letters and humanity. For us, summer reading is already faint as a whisper; but for you, dear reader, who are living and reading in the present, here's a list of mysteries and thrillers to enjoy this summer:
The English Spy by Daniel Silva
Gabriel Allon, one of the great characters in modern day thrillers, is back and as good as ever in the fifteenth book of Silva's best-selling series. As Gabriel prepares for the transition from his role as an active agent to taking over as leader of "the office," Israel's intelligence organization, he is confronted with a crime with causes and motives that stretch much further than they initially appear. If you're new to the series, you can pick this one up without having read the others. But you'll want to read the rest of the series once you're finished.
Armada by Ernest Cline
At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you've ever read before"”one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make his debut Ready Player One a phenomenon.
Code of Conduct by Brad Thor
Hidden deep within one of the world's most powerful organizations is a secret committee with a devastating agenda. Its members are afforded incredible protections"”considered elites, untouchables. But when four seconds of video is captured halfway around the world and anonymously transmitted to D.C., covert wheels are set in motion, and counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is tapped to undertake the deadliest assignment of his career. What begins as a favor will evolve into a globe-spanning drama of highly personal stakes played out against a backdrop of stunning international intrigue, duplicitous political gamesmanship, and the darkest, most clandestine fears of the espionage world.
Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs
Professionally, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan knows exactly what to do"”test, analyze, identify. Her personal life is another story. She's at a loss, wondering how to answer police detective Andrew Ryan's marriage proposal. But the matter of matrimony takes a backseat when murder rears its head. Hazel "Lucky" Strike"”a strident amateur detective who mines the Internet for cold cases"”comes to Brennan with a tape recording of an unknown girl being held prisoner and terrorized. Strike is convinced the voice is that of eighteen-year-old Cora Teague, who went missing more than three years earlier. Strike is also certain that the teenager's remains are gathering dust in Temperance Brennan's lab.
The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich
From celebrated authors Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment writing as A.J. Rich, a smart, thrilling, sexy, and emotionally riveting novel of psychological suspense about an accomplished woman involved with a man who proves to be an imposter.
Dexter is Dead by Jeff Lindsay
After seven national bestsellers and eight seasons as one of the most successful shows on television, New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lindsay bids a thrilling farewell to his uniquely twisted and beloved serial killer, Dexter Morgan.
Down Among the Dead Men by Peter Lovesey
In a Sussex town on the south coast of England, a widely disliked art teacher at a posh private girls' school disappears without explanation. None of her students miss her boring lessons, especially since her replacement is a devilishly hunky male teacher with a fancy car. But then her name shows up on a police missing persons list. What happened to Miss Gibbon, and why does no one seem to care?
Bradstreet Gate by Robin Kirman
Georgia, Charlie and Alice each arrive at Harvard with hopeful visions of what the future will hold. But when, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a charismatic professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Over the course of the next decade, as they grapple with the challenges of adulthood and witness the unraveling of a teacher's once-charmed life, they must reckon with their own deceits and shortcomings, each desperately in search of answers and the chance to be forgiven.
The Annihilation Score by Charles Stross
Dominique O'Brien"”her friends call her Mo"”lives a curious double life with her husband, Bob Howard. To the average civilian, they're boring middle-aged civil servants. But within the labyrinthian secret circles of Her Majesty's government, they're operatives working for the nation's occult security service known as the Laundry, charged with defending Britain against dark supernatural forces threatening humanity.
Green Hell by Ken Bruen
Called "the best-kept literary secret in Ireland" by the Independent, author Ken Bruen is as joyously unapologetic in his writing as he is wickedly poetic, mixing high and low with hypnotic mastery. In the previous book in the series, Purgatory, ex-cop Jack Taylor had finally turned his life around, only to be taunted back into fighting Galway's corruption by a twisted serial killer named C33. In the new novel Green Hell, he has again hit rock bottom. But Jack isn't about to embark on a self-improvement plan. Instead, he has taken up a vigilante case against a respected professor of literature at the University of Galway who has a violent habit his friends in high places are only too happy to ignore.
Fast Shuffle by David Black
An old-school PI mystery from TV screenwriter and producer David Black. Harry Dickinson is a used car salesman living in Springdale, Massachusetts, who believes he is a private detective. His girlfriend finds this charming, though she warns him not to get carried away. The local cops are becoming fed up with him. When Harry stumbles upon the case of a missing woman, he decides to investigate. However, the situation is far more complex-and more dangerous-than he imagines.