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Saturday, November 5, 2016

December Big Names

December is not a big name publishing month but there are some who have work coming out. Most are not BIG big names but you should recognize most.

Mark Greaney (not a big name by himself) has Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance (a Jack Ryan novel) coming out on December 6. Greaney has degrees in international relations and political science so is ideal to carry on this series. Here 'the Campus' is asked to investigate a Russian hacking scheme  but some of the important data lands in the hands of the Chinese. President Jack Ryan must get involved.

W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV have Curtain of Death coming out on December 27. This is the third in the Clandestine Operations series that looks at the Cold War. Here, in 1946,  two WAC officers leaving the Officer's Club in Munich are kidnapped by four Soviet agents. One of the WAC officers is a CIA agent. Strangely, three of the Soviets end up dead and the fourth is wounded. There are many consequences.

Also on December 27, Jack Higgins has The Midnight Bell (the 22nd in the Sean Dillon series) coming out. Former President Jake Casalet receives a warning while vacationing in the Virgin Islands. The wife of the head of a clandestine White House department is killed in hit and run. How are these two incidents connected and what does Al Qaeda have to do with it? Read to find out.

Nora Roberts has the third in her Guardians Trilogy (following Stars of Fortune and Bay of Sighs) coming out on December 6. Roberts and paranormal don't seem to go together for me but these have been popular. In the trilogy, the six guardians are hunting for the Stars of Fortune - here the Star of Ice has brought them to Ireland and Riley, the werewolf, is looking to the past to help them. Doyle, the immortal of the guardians, is attracted to Riley. Hmmmm.What will happen do you think?

Lastly, Val McDermid - an award winning British author, has Out of Bounds also coming on December 6. This is the fourth in the Detective Karen Pirie series. Here a teenager takes a joyride in a stolen car and crashes it. He is in a coma and somehow it connects to a cold case murder from 22 years before. Even with the new evidence, this is complicated.

OK - not the BIG big names as I said or at least most of them, but...definitely well known. I hope one of them strikes your fancy. Enjoy.

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