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Friday, June 29, 2007

July 07 Releases

Gospel by Sydney Bauer (pub. Pan Macmillan Australia) - Following on from Undertow, Bauer's debut thriller, this is the 2nd book to feature Boston attorney David Cavanagh. The death of US Vice President Tom Bradshaw looks like a tragic accidenton the surface but, despite attempts to cover up the truth, it becomes obvious that the man has been murdered. But that's just the tip of a very dangerous iceberg that a powerful little group will go to any lengths to protect. This is a thriller of massive proportions and forces Cavanagh to revisit his past while making his future decidedly uncertain. Released July 2.

All Those Bright Crosses by Ross Duncan (pub. Picador Australia) - This is Ross Duncan's debut novel and it's a powerful story about a life in crisis. Martin Flint is a man wracked with guilt and grief. He is in Fiji nominally pursuing a story, but in reality he is trying to flee the adversity in his life following the death of his 4 year old daughter, his descent into depression and a gambling addiction that has cost him his marriage. There's proof here that even seemingly idyllic settings have their fair share of dingy backstreets. Released July 1.

Vodka Doesn't Freeze by Leah Giarratano (pub. Random House Australia) - Another debut novel, this one is a psychological thriller written by an author who is a clinical psychologist. When they say "write what you know" then Leah Giarrantano is dead on the money. Someone is picking off the members of a long-established paedophile ring, brutally murdering them one by one. Sergeant Jill Jackson has to decide how vigorously she is going to investigate the case. I must say, this one sounds as though it has a completely intriguing premise. Released July 2.

The Calling by Jane Goodall (pub. Hachette Australia) - first thing that's noticable is that the "R" is gone from the book's cover. Jane R. Goodall has just become plain ole Jane Goodall. This is the 3rd book in the Briony Williams series (The Walker and The Visitor) and is set in 1976 amongst the Punk movement. When Briony finds herself on a "Death List" she finds herself playing a deadly game with the ultimate at stake. Another high quality thriller beckons here. Released July 5.

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