Skip to main content
Performing arts

See also:

Father's Dad clock is ticking away. We found three best books he will love

Burning with great prose
Burning with great proseAuthor's collection

The clock is ticking.
Dad's Day is hours away, but enough time to get a nice gift for the old man.
No ties. No cuff links. No beer mug promising he is the WORLD'S BEST DRUNK.
The write stuff? We found a trio of books that all those daddies and papas and pas and fathers will relish.

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (Morrow, $27.99)
As a former prosecutor and writer living in the small town of Natchez, Mississippi, where he grew up, Penn Cage has always been a fighter. He’s never been one to see injustice and do nothing about it. He learned it from his father, Tom Cage, a beloved family doctor who spent decades taking care of folks no matter their origin or circumstance, rich or poor, black or white. Penn has always thought of his dad as a sort of Atticus Finch, a man who has guts and backbone even when his friends and neighbors don’t. In a place like rural Mississippi, when the issues are race and crime, the pressures are formidable and the risks no less life-threatening. So when Tom Cage finds himself on the verge of being charged with murder—of his long-time nurse assistant and friend Viola Turner—Penn knows he must find the truth. The catch: his father believes client privilege forbids him from talking about the night in question and so refuses to say anything to help himself or Penn.
Penn soon learns that Viola’s death is only the tip of the iceberg—for it brings into question several horrific, unsolved murders in the 1960s, one of which was her brother’s. And it points to a group of secretive KKK members who call themselves the ‘Double Eagles’, a crew that has cut a swath across the area for decades and includes some of the wealthiest and most ruthless businessmen in the state, and brothers Frank and Snake Knox, men who have been born and bred to always get their way. Until now.
Rich in Southern atmosphere and electrifying plot turns, Natchez Burning is a high-water mark for Greg Iles. It is the return of a genuine American master of suspense and a sensational new page in a brilliant career. In 2011, Greg Iles sustained life-threatening injuries in an automobile accident on Highway 61 near Natchez. He remained in a medically-induced coma for eight days and ultimately lost part of his right leg. Doctors declared his survival miraculous and predicted a long recovery, yet early in his rehabilitation, Greg found comfort and motivation by re-entering the world of the character, the town, and the secrets that his fans loved most. The road into these novels proved to be the road back to life.

Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross (Morrow, $26.99)
This is the first-ever thriller to be set amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. When Hilary Cantor, a desperate mother who is at the end of her rope, finds $500,000 at her feet in an unbelievable twist of fate, she is faced with the choice to steal the money and get her life back on track or report the cash and risk losing the life she’s worked so hard to build. In an instant, this honest, achieving woman who has always done the responsible thing makes a rash decision. Hilary’s decision leads her to the banks of a ravaged Staten Island where one honest cop is trying to put his life back together after hurricane Sandy ripped apart the only home he knew. But in Everything to Lose, Gross shows that this devastating storm didn’t just take away possessions, homes, and lives, but also uncovered the truth. Hilary quickly finds herself in the center of maelstrom of dark consequences and life-threatening recriminations. She team-ups with an unlikely partner to bring down an enemy who will stop at nothing . . . .

The Kill Switch by James Rollins (Morrow, $27.99)
One critic called the book “combine Rin Tin Tin and James Bond, and you get Kane, a vastly appealing, smart, brave dog outfitted with the latest high-tech gadgetry for saving the world from some pretty horrible stuff. His pairing with handler Tucker Wayne—a former Army Ranger with similar — for a riveting, smart page-turner.” This new series is sure to showcase Rollins’ unique insight into the relationship between animal and human. Rogue agent Tucker Wayne and Kane are recruited by Sigma Force to extract a Russian pharmaceutical magnate out of Siberia, a man who holds the biological key to a new weapon system, a danger engineered out of the ancient past to terrorize the modern world.
Yikes!