In the city of Bogotá, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar’s Medellín cartel and government forces played out violently in Colombia’s streets and in the skies above. Back then, Antonio witnessed a friend’s murder, an event that haunts him still. As he investigates, he discovers the many ways in which his own life and his friend’s family have been shaped by his country’s recent violent past. His journey leads him all the way back to the 1960s and a world on the brink of change: a time before narco-trafficking trapped a whole generation in a living nightmare.
TITLE: THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING
AUTHOR: JUAN GABRIEL YASQUEZ
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
TITLE: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
AUTHOR: ANTHONY DOERR
The TV Detective finds television reporter Dan Groves newly assigned to the crime beat,and in a state of angst about it.He needs a crash-course in police work;the solution is to shadow detective chief inspector Adam Breen on a high-profile murder inquiry,which doesn’t go down well with some members of the police force.
The victim is a notorious local businessman,Edward Bray,a man with so many enemies that one of the problems the inquiry faces is having a surplus of suspects.Bray is killed at a prearranged meeting,in a lay-by on a dark and storm-lashed night,by a blast through the heart from a shotgun.Adam investigates and uncovers a tantalising question,which seems to be at the heart of the case; Why was the killing planned for a different day,but put off apparently because the weather was sunny? Tensions abound between Dan and the police,and he comes close to being thrown off the case- until the detectives come to realise he might actually be helpful in using the power of television to tempt the murderer into a trap.
TITLE: THE TV DETECTIVE
AUTHOR: SIMON HALL
Commandant Servaz,a top-notch investigator for the city of Toulouse, France,at the foot of the Pyrenees,relies more on his gut that on science.Servaz is annoyed when he is called away from an investigation to a new crime scene at the hydroelectric plant of Arruns,so high above sea level that the only way to reach it is by cable car.A beheaded body is hanged on the upper deck;it is not human body,however,but rather that of a thoroughbred horse.
This disturbing scene only gets more disturbing when DNA of an inmate at Institute Wargnier,the nearby psychiatric prison,is found on the horse.This case gets priority as the horse belonged to Eric Lombard,CEO of multinational company and member of a very influential family with strong political ties to the area. In a parallel story,Diane Berg,a new psychologist,has arrived at the institute and is not entirely welcome,especially after she uncovers flagrant mistreatment of the prisoners.
The pervasiveness of evil in this tense and disturbing novel makes for a very compelling realind.
TITLE: THE FROZEN DEAD
AUTHOR: BERNARD MINIER
Adventure is in Tory Brennan’s blood.After all,she’s the grandniece of world famous forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.Always up for a challenge,Tory and her science geek friends spend their time exploring the marshlands of Loggerhead Island Research Institute,where something strange is going on.
Rescuing a stray wolf dog pup from a top secret lab, Tory and her friends are exposed to a rare strain of canine parvovirus,changing them and their DNA forever.Now they are more than friends.They are a pack.They are virals.And they’re dangerous to the core.But are they unstoppable enough to catch a cold- blooded murderer?
AUTHOR: KATHY REICHS
A ship pilot legendary for guiding mammoth freighter through the narrows of puget sound,Rolf Neslund,was a proud Norwegian,a ladies man,and a beloved resident of Washington State’s idyllic into his golden years,he made electrifying headlines more than once: after a ship he was helming crashed into the soaring West Seattle Bridge,causing millions in damages;and following his inexplicable disappearance at age eighty.Was he a suicide,a man broken by one costly misstep? Had he run off with a lifelong love? Or did a trail of gruesome evidence lead to the home Rolf shared with his wife,Ruth?
On an island whwere everyone thought they knew their neighbors,the veneer of the Neslund’s marriage masked a convoluted case that took many years to solve.And,indeed,some still believe that the old sea captain will come home one day.
TITLE: NO REGRETS
AUTHOR: ANN RULE
Leopold Blake,expert criminology consultant for the FBI,had his weekend all planned out and it didn’t involve dealing with a murdered senator,a high profile kidnapping,and at least three near death experiences.
Three politicians have been murdered in as many weeks,all expertly dispatched,and only Leopold can get to the bottom of it.Unfortunately,as all hell break loose,on the streets of New York City,he soon finds himself the next target of a powerful enemy who wants him silenced.Permanently. Against a backdrop of political corruption and murder,Leopold and his team must fight for their lives to uncover the truth before it’s too late.
AUTHOR: NICK STEPHENSON