Best New Books of 2011: Stephen B.’s Picks

My Name is Steve, and I’ve worked as an Library Assistant for Wake County libraries for more than 10 years. I love thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction and non-fiction and you can throw in an occasional sports book. I’m a pretty regular contributor to our book-a-day blog, and here are my picks for the best new books of 2011:

The Affair by Lee Child
In this prequel to the well known and increasingly popular Jack Reacher stories, Child brings us full circle to when Reacher was still an MP in the Army. He doesn’t realize it but he is working on a case that will end his military career and lead to all the books we have come to love. If you want to read this latest thriller by a first rate and almost universally admired author, be sure to check out the six different formats in which this book is available (e-book, audio book, large print & more).

Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein
A burned, decapitated body shows up at a Baptist church in Harlem and Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper must find the ‘perp’  – who just may be a religious serial killer. This possibility looks more likely after a second body appears on the steps of a Catholic church in Little Italy. NYPD homicide detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace are there to assist in solving the case and Fairstein gives us the bonus of a historical tour of New York City.

Live Wire by Harlan Coben
We are going to get to know the family of Myron Bolitar as he hunts for the missing wife, Kitty, of his longtime estranged brother, Brad. As per usual, Myron’s best friend, Win will be there to assist in anyway he possibly can. Note: this novel is also available in many different formats, so you can use your e-reader or CD player to enjoy the latest in the popular Bolitar series.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
Most of us think we know the story of WWII, but there is a lot we don’t know about Germany in the 1930’s as Hitler tightens his power on the German people. We will see much of this through the eyes of Will Dodd and his family. He is the US ambassador appointed by FDR.  Read my colleague Bob’s review.

The Complaints by Ian Rankin
Rankin has his Scottish detective, Malcolm Fox, trying to solve a murder without much help from his fellow officers. Fox now serves on ‘ The Complaints & Conduct’ branch of the police. What we know in the United States as ‘Internal Affairs.’  If you are working for Internal Affairs most officers will not give you the time of day. And this murder may involve another officer. Read my full review of this gripping mystery.

What are your favorites that were published this year? Have you read any of mine? Let us know in the comments!

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