Sue’s Book Views #2

It’s always good to have something to look forward to.  Here is the first of a series about upcoming books we’ll have at the library. Also, scroll down for an excerpt from Stephen King’s newest.

Mary Alice Monroe’s On Ocean Boulevard completes her popular Beach House series. Set in South Carolina, it deals with a family overcoming stress through love for each other.  It will be published in May.

Stephen King’s new book will be out this month, tomorrow as a matter of fact. If It Bleeds is a group of four novellas that joins the ranks of King’s books of novellas. Booklist describes it as, “…another shockingly dark book.”

No surprise there!

Unusual for James Patterson, his newest book is political nonfiction. One reviewer says it “Reads like a novel.  Fast informative easy read.” The House of Kennedy came out last week.

The Goodbye Man by Jeffery Deaver will be published in May. A Coulter Shaw novel, it is a sequel to The Never Game. According to Publishers Weekly, it “… balances suspense and plausibility perfectly.”
Look for these as soon as we open. 

Hope to see you soon.

Excerpt from If It Bleeds, by Stephen King

[In January of 2021, a small padded envelope addressed to Detective Ralph Anderson is delivered to the Conrads, the Andersons’ next-door neighbors. The Anderson family is on an extended vacation in the Bahamas, thanks to an endless teachers’ strike in the Andersons’ home county. (Ralph insisted that his son Derek bring his books, which Derek termed “a grotesque bummer.”) The Conrads have agreed to forward their mail until the Andersons return to Flint City, but printed on this envelope, in large letters, is DO NOT FORWARD HOLD FOR ARRIVAL. When Ralph opens the package, he finds a flash drive titled If It Bleeds, presumably referring to the old news trope which proclaims “If it bleeds, it leads.” The drive contains two items. One is a folder containing photographs and audio spectrograms. The other is a kind of report, or spoken-word diary, from Holly Gibney, with whom the detective shared a case that began in Oklahoma and ended in a Texas cave. It was a case that changed Ralph Anderson’s perception of reality forever. The final words of Holly’s audio report are from an entry dated December 19th, 2020. She sounds out of breath.

I have done the best I can, Ralph, but it may not be enough. In spite of all my planning there’s a chance I won’t come out of this alive. If that’s the case, I need you to know how much your friendship has meant to me. If I do die, and you choose to continue what I’ve started, please be careful. You have a wife and son.

[This is where the report ends.]


Excerpted from IF IT BLEEDS by Stephen King. Copyright © 2020 by Stephen King. Reprinted with permission of Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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