Murder By the Book, a specialty book shop located at 2342 Bissonnet St. in Houston, has a number of best-selling authors making appearances this week and next. Don’t miss your chance to own an autographed copy of one of these exciting thrillers.
Carnal Curiosity by Stuart Woods (Putnam; $26.95)
Stone Barrington is back in the extraordinary new adventure from New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Manhattan's elite are beset by a series of clever crimes-and Stone is a material witness-he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud, where insider knowledge and access are limited to a privileged few, and the wealthy are made vulnerable by the very systems meant to keep them safe. As Stone and Dino delve deeper into their investigation, they learn that the mastermind behind the incidents may have some intimate ties to Stone. and that the biggest heist is still to come.
Stuart Woods will sign at Murder By The Book on Wednesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. Call (713-524-8597) to order signed/inscribed copies.
Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin's; $27.99)
Jake Buckman's relationship with his sixteen-year-old son Ryan is not an easy one, so at the urging of his loving wife, Pam, Jake goes alone to pick up Ryan at their suburban movie theater. On the way home, Ryan asks to drive on a deserted road, and Jake sees it as a chance to make a connection. However, what starts as a father-son bonding opportunity instantly turns into a nightmare. Tragedy strikes, and with Ryan's entire future hanging in the balance, Jake is forced to make a split-second decision that plunges them both into a world of guilt and lies. Without ever meaning to, Jake and Ryan find themselves living under the crushing weight of their secret, which threatens to tear their family to shreds and ruin them all. Powerful and dramatic, Keep Quiet will have readers and book clubs debating what it means to be a parent and how far you can, and should, go to protect those you love.
Also available: Accused by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin's; $27.99)
Lisa Scottoline will sign at Murder By The Book on Monday, April 14 at 6:30 pm. Call (713-524-8597) to order signed/inscribed copies.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Back Bay Books; $15)
A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.
Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Toti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.
Hannah Kent will drop by to sign stock at Murder By The Book on Monday, April 14 (no public event). Call (713-524-8597) to order signed/inscribed copies.
Retribution by Anderson Harp (Pinnacle; $9.99) PBO
The remote and impenetrable Pakistani mountains have offered refuge to the worst enemies of civilization since the time of Alexander. Now, the world faces a new challenge. Reared from birth to harbor a seething hatred, a lone man is about to unleash a firestorm that will rage for centuries. And the window of opportunity to stop him is shutting much faster than Washington D.C. can hope to deal with.
A top lethal operative, Will Parker is embedded within the terrorist’s ranks to stop this catastrophic disaster. But with a nuclear core on its way to the U.S., Parker will go to any lengths to stop a biological terror more lethal than anything the USA—and the world—has ever faced.
Anderson Harp will sign at Murder By The Book on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. Call (713-524-8597) to order signed/inscribed copies.