Saadi’s Capsules: J.K. Rowling, James Patterson and ‘Alex’

Neil Gaiman’s haunting new read
August 30, 2013
At the Library in September
August 30, 2013


By Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling

Mulholland Books $26

This book’s big mystery was the real identity of the author, now revealed as the indomitable J.K. Rowling. The story itself is a real joy, a return of a Sam Spade-type detective in Cormoran Strike. A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, he returned home minus the lower part of one leg and became a private detective. Business was slow until a very wealthy client hired him to disprove police contention that his famous sister committed suicide by jumping from the balcony of her high-rise apartment. Cormoran is aided by his temporary secretary who, it turns out, is perfect for the job.


By Dan Brown

Doubleday $29.95

From the very beginning, readers will become immersed in Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon’s plight as he awakes in a hospital with severe head wounds and no memory of his past 36 hours. When an assassin attempts to kill him where he lay, only the quick action of the beautiful and, incredibly smart, Sienna Brooks, who spirits him out of the hospital and into dark and mysterious passageways, saves him. An evil genius who’s obsessed with the end of the world is the mastermind who wants Langdon and the intriguing codes he possesses. All the usual chases, close calls and wonderful travelogue are included.


By Pierre Lemaitre

MacLehose Press $24.95

A beautiful young woman is kidnapped, savagely beaten, stripped naked and suspended in a wooden crate from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse, left to die from starvation or hungry rats. Alerted by a passing witness, diminutive Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven, still grieving the kidnap and murder of his wife, reluctantly takes on the case. Told in alternate chapters between the victim and Camille, this exceptional thriller will continually surprise you with its many twists and turns.


By Scott Turow

Grand Central Publishing $28

Identical twins Paul and Cass Giannis may look alike but are different in every other way. Paul is a candidate for mayor of Kindle County, while Cass is being released from prison after serving 25 years for admittedly killing his girlfriend, Athena Kronon. Athena’s murder is now being reinvestigated by ex-FBI agent Evon Miller, who heads up security for the Kronon family, and a private eye, 81-year-old Tim Brodie.

Scott Turow, just as he did in his best seller, Presumed Innocent, will have readers caught up in the twist and turns of his chilling plot.


By James Patterson w/Howard Roughan

Little, Brown $28

A honeymooning couple decides on a sauna in their elegant suite in the Caribbean, ‘till it gets too hot and they find themselves locked in. Suspended FBI agent, John O’Hara, is offered an exorbitant fee to fly to the Caribbean and investigate their deaths and find the killer. Soon, another couple on their honeymoon is killed and, as they say, “the plot thickens.” That’s not O’Hara’s only problem. A serial killer is bumping off men named John O’Hara and he is on the list. As usual, Patterson’s intriguing plots in short chapters keep the pages turning.

Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling


Dan Brown


Pierre Lemaitre


Scott Turow

Howard Roughan