Archive for July, 2011

We Double-Dog DARE You…

Friday, July 1st, 2011

To buy these suspenseful summer sequels! Whoever said Book #2 in a series paled in comparison to the first hasn’t had the good fortune to read John Verdon and Joseph Finder. What better way to ring in Summertime than with a decapitated bride (SHUT YOUR EYES TIGHT) and a teenage girl who’s been buried alive (BURIED SECRETS)?? Whether you prefer your suspense in the form of an intricate and mind-bending puzzle OR in twisting, deftly-plotted adventure– we’ve got your Summer order here.

John Verdon, whose debut novel THINK OF A NUMBER (currently a finalist for the 2011 Nero Award), returns with retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney at the helm in his forthcoming thriller (out July 12th!), SHUT YOUR EYES TIGHT. Gurney is lured into yet another wildly gripping case, this time being faced with the severed head of a blushing young bride, newly wed to an eminent psychiatrist in their very own back yard, at their very own wedding. Gurney is reluctantly, though irresistibly, drawn in, quickly being buffeted by a series of revelations that transform the bizarrely monstrous into the monstrously bizarre.  Open Letters Monthly canonizes Verdon along with classic thriller authors Robert Ludlum and Jack Higgins, calling Verdon “as good as it gets”. And Library Journal bestows SHUT with a big red star, calling it [a book with] “absorbing complications, perfect pacing… a must-read for thriller fans who enjoy tales that are not only gripping but believable.”

Also back on the job is Nick Heller, the tough-as-nails, high-powered intelligence investigator Finder introduced us to in his 2009 New York Times bestselling  VANISHED. Another second-in-the-series stunner, Finder’s BURIED SECRETS begins when a teenage girl meets a handsome stranger in a bar…He offers her a lift home, and she ends up buried alive in a coffin 10 feet underground. In a tremendous high-wire act, Heller attempts to crack the double mysteries of the daughter’s whereabouts and of what the girl’s father may be hiding. Jeff Ayers of The Associated Press calls BURIED SECRETS a “page-turning suspense” and another well-earned star from Library Journal, “Finder’s outstanding writing and engrossing plot twists embellish a captivating summer read.” (We told you!) See the gripping book trailer HERE!

So, everyone it’s time to slip on those flip flops and sun hats. Kick back, enjoy those fireworks…and brace yourself.

Oh, and use sunscreen!