Tuesday, June 27, 2017

UNSUB - Spotlight

UNSUB by Meg Gardiner 
(on sale 6/27, Dutton) 

Meg Gardiner is an Edgar award winning author known for her kickass but relatable female protagonists, suspenseful plotting, and shocking twists.
UNSUB, the first in a new series, follows newly minted detective Caitlin Hendrix as she hunts down a ruthless, cunning serial killer known as "The Prophet." The TV rights to this chilling series have already been swooped up by CBS TV, the network behind Criminals Minds.
UNSUB by Meg Gardiner:
Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB—what the FBI calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case. 
The Prophet’s cryptic messages and mind games drove Detective Mack Hendrix to the brink of madness, and Mack’s failure to solve the series of ritualized murders—eleven seemingly unconnected victims left with the ancient sign for Mercury etched into their flesh—was the final nail in the coffin for a once promising career. 
Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bum Luck - Spotlight

In BUM LUCK, Jake Lassiter wins a murder trial...and vows to kill his own client. Has the linebacker-turned-lawyer gone insane? His pals, the squabbling law partners Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, fear that Lassiter’s numerous concussions suffered playing football have caught up with him.

The plot revolves around a triple-barreled dilemma:

-Does Lassiter have potentially fatal chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)?
-Will he go through with his threats of vigilante justice?
-Is this the end of Jake Lassiter?


More about BUM LUCK (Thomas & Mercer; March 28th)

Thirty seconds after the jury announced its verdict, I decided to kill my client.

Second-string linebacker turned trial lawyer Jake Lassiter squares off against his toughest, most unpredictable adversary yet: himself.

The downward spiral begins when Jake’s client, Miami Dolphins’ running back Thunder Thurston, is cleared of murdering his wife. Jake didn’t expect to win, didn’t want to win, since he is sure his client is guilty. When Thurston walks free, Lassiter vows to seek his own kind of justice. Street justice. Vigilante justice.

Law partners Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord can’t believe their friend has become so deeply, inexplicably obsessed with killing Thurston. Convinced Jake’s unhinged behavior is due to concussive brain injuries suffered during his pro football career, they beg him to seek treatment. But as Lassiter’s raging fixation on vengeance grows, Solomon and Lord wonder if they’re too late to help. Is it game over for Jake’s career…and his life?

About Paul Levine

The author of twenty novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, Shamus, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote twenty-one episodes of the CBS military drama JAG and co-created the Supreme Court drama First Monday starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna. A graduate of Penn State and the University of Miami Law School, he divides his time between Miami and Santa Barbara, California. For more information, please visit Paul’s website www.Paul-Levine.com and his author profile: http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Levine/e/B000APPYKG.

American Static - A review

Idgie Says:
This novel is Pulp Fiction in book form. It starts out with a bang and drags you along for the ride right from the first page.  The writing is excellent and the action is non-stop. 

I recommend this as a fun and furious summer read.

Down and Out Books
June 26, 2017

American Static by Tom Pitts

Beaten and left for dead, young Steven finds himself stranded in a small Northern California town. When a mysterious stranger named Quinn offers a ride, Steven gets in the car and begins a journey from which there is no return.

Quinn has an agenda all his own and he’s unleashing vengeance at each stop along his path. With a coked-up sadist ex-cop chasing Quinn, and two mismatched small town cops chasing the ex-cop, Steven is oblivious of the violent tempest brewing.

Bottom-feeding criminals, corrupt cops, and death-dealing gangsters navigate a dangerous maze to get to the one thing they’re all after: Teresa, the girl holding the secret that will rip open a decades-old scandal and scorch San Francisco’s City Hall. Hand in hand Steven and Teresa lead the mad parade of desperate men to edge of the void.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Sweet Vidalia - Review

Idgie Says:
Who doesn't love a ghost baby story!?  This has a fascinating twist to that type of tale in that the baby is stillborn and was never "known" to her Mama. Instead she becomes a guardian angel of sorts. 
The prose flows smoothly and draws the reader into place and time easily.  The dialogue is firmly old rural South. The combination allows you to become fully immersed in the story and the people. 
This book may be a little hard to read in certain passages due to content, but it's well written and worth the effort.


On July 4, 1955, in rural Georgia, an act of violence threatens the life of Vidalia Lee Kandal’s pre-born daughter. Despite the direst of circumstances, the spirit of Vidalia’s lost child refuses to leave her ill-equipped young mother’s side. For as long as she is needed—through additional troublesome pregnancies, through poverty, spousal abuse, and agonizing betrayals—Cieli Mae, the determined spirit child, narrates their journey.

Serving as a safe place and sounding board for Vidalia’s innermost thoughts and confusions, lending a strength to her momma’s emerging voice, Cieli Mae provides her own brand of comfort and encouragement, all the while honoring the restrictions imposed by her own otherworldly status. Vidalia finds further support in such unlikely relations and townsfolk as Doc Feldman, Gamma Gert and her Wild Women of God, and most particularly in Ruby Pearl Banks, the wise, kind, and courageous church lady, who has suffered her own share of heartache in their small Southern town of yesteryear’s prejudices and presumptions.

My Sweet Vidalia is wise and witty, outstanding for its use of vibrant, poetic language and understated Southern dialect, as well as Mantella’s clear-eyed observations of “race relations” as “human relations,” a cast of unforgettable characters, an in-depth exploration of the ties that bind, and its creative perspective. My Sweet Vidalia is a rare, wonderful, and complex look at hope, strength, the unparalleled power of unconditional love, and a young mother’s refusal to give up.

Turner Publishing

Excerpt from Chapter One

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Beach House for Rent - Spotlight

Mary Alice Monroe is deeply loved by her readers - this was most evident when I stated I had received an Advanced Reader Copy of her newest book, Beach House for Rent.  A perfect summer read!  Available June 20th, published by Gallery Books.


New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beloved Isle of Palms to tell the poignant, charming story of two women, one summer, and one very special beach house.

When Cara Rutledge rents out her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Fordham for the entire summer, it’s a win-win by any standard: Cara’s generating income necessary to keep husband Brett’s ecotourism boat business afloat, and anxiety-prone Heather, an young artist who’s been given a commission to paint birds on postage stamps, has a quiet space in which to work and tend to her pet canaries uninterrupted.

It isn’t long, however, before both women’s idyllic summers are altered irrevocably: the alluring shorebirds—and the man who rescues them—begin to draw Heather out of the shell she’s cultivated toward a world of adventure, and maybe even love; at the same time, Cara’s life reels with sudden tragedy, and she wishes only to return to the beach house that had once been her port amidst life’s storms. When Heather refuses to budge from her newfound sanctuary, so begins the unlikeliest of rooming situations. While they start out as strangers, as everything around the women falls apart they learn that the only thing they can really rely on is each other.

And, like the migrating shorebirds that come to the island for the summer, these two women of different generations must rediscover their unique strengths so by summer’s end they, too, can take flight in ways they never imagined possible.