Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme in which participants share the books that arrived in their mailboxes the previous week. It is hosted by Marcia on her blog, The Printed Page. Mailbox Monday has been known to lead to overflowing wish lists and towering stacks of books to be read, so consider yourself warned!
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I almost broke even last week. I sent two books out to new Paperback Swap (PBS) foster homes, and I received three. One of the books was quite a surprise. Here's the scoop:
- White Gallows by Rob Kitchin. I read and reviewed Rob's first book, The Rule Book, earlier this year, but it was a complete shock to open a package and discover a signed copy of his second book, complete with bookmarks, and a real stunner--my very first book blurb inside! I also got to see some of the work involved with choosing the cover, so this is a very special book to me. Here's the synopsis on the back: "In post-Celtic Tiger Ireland the murder rate is soaring and the gardai are struggling to cope with gangland wars, domestic disputes, and drunken brawls that spiral into fatal violence. To add to Detective Superintendent Colm McEvoy's workload are the deaths of two immigrants-- an anonymous Lithuanian youth and an elderly German billionaire. While one remains an enigma, the murky history of the other is slowly revealed. But where there is money there is power and, as McEvoy soon learns, if you swim amongst sharks, you'd better act like a shark."
- The War Against Miss Winter by Kathryn Miller Haines (PBS). "Set in New York City, Haines's debut brings the WWII era to vivid life, from a topical jump-rope song to Automats and jive joints. On New Year's Eve 1942, actress Rosie Winter, whose day job is with a Manhattan detective agency, finds the body of her boss, Sam McCain, hanging in his office closet, his hands and neck tied with phone cord. The investigating cop calls Sam's death a well-deserved suicide, but there's a missing play that a reclusive playwright and a rich widow want found. Rosie, a fast-thinking Hepburn type, takes on the case, aided by her best pal, Jayne. This is a fun romp, though the author, herself a playwright and actor, provides some dark commentary on avant-garde theater and war as well as an unexpected and wicked twist in the novel's final act."
- Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten (ARC from publisher). "Lawyer Danielle Parkman is at her wit's end. Her son Max, a whip-smart teen with high-functioning autism, has always been a handful. But lately he's shutting down, using drugs and lashing out--violently. Desperate, Danielle brings Max to a top-flight psychiatric facility. But rather than reassurance, Danielle receives an agonizing diagnosis portraying a severely damaged, dangerous boy-- one she's never met. Then Danielle finds Max unconscious and bloody at the feet of a patient who has been brutally stabbed to death. Worse, Danielle is arrested as an accessory to the heinous crime."