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Top Picks: Thrilling Top 5 Crime and Thriller Picks

Each week, Bookstr gives you a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list.

Today, we’ll be recommending five of the most thriller and most exciting Crime and Thriller novels this side of the internet has to offer!

 

 

5-My Pet Serial Killer by Michael J Seidlinger

 

Michael J Seidlinger

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You thought we forgot about this one, didn’t you? Well, it might not be January 15th, but that’t doesn’t matter. This book is a hoot whatever time of year it is.

Author of novels such as The Fun We’ve Had and The Strangest and social media editor at Electric Literature and publisher in chief of Civil Coping Mechanisms, an indie press specializing in innovative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Seidlinger certainly knows his stuff and shows it off here.

 

My Pet Serial Killer by [Seidlinger, Michael J.]

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There’s no better way to summarize than the premise, so I’ll just quote Amazon and say, “Claire studies forensic science, Victor is the Gentleman Killer. Clair seduces Victor and keeps him in her apartment as her pet, her darkest secret”.

Kirkus Reivews writes that this book is “[a] stab at satire that’s certainly not for all tastes,” but we here at Bookstr think this book defies categorization. Funny, horrifying, fast, melodic, this book is, above all, a wild ride.

 

 

4-You Were Made For This by Michele Sacks

 

Michele Sacks
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She brought us the wonderful short story collection Stone Baby (December 2017) and come June 19th she slipped her debut novel right past us, but thankfully we caught it just in time! What’s it about? I hear you ask. Well…

 

Merry, Sam, and Conor are the idyllic family unit that find the perfect place to live: a Swedish paradise. But when an old friend from Merry’s childhood, Frank, visits the family, she immediately has a connection with young Conor, Sam, even the neighbors.

Frank and Merry have known each other all their lives and are more like siblings than best friends. They are practically family, and family sometimes knows you better than you know yourself…

Kirkus Reivews writes that this book is “[h]ard to read but also bewitchingly hard to put down—a fitting contradiction in a novel that explores the corruption at the heart of beauty”. We here at Bookstr offer you a warning: the novel goes places you wouldn’t expect and when it gets there, you stomach might tell you stop reading but your eyes just can’t.

 

 

 

3-Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

 

Chandler Baker

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She’s written for young adults before, but now Baker is trying her hand in adult fiction and, yes, we hope she continues.

 

Whisper Network: A Novel by [Baker, Chandler]

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We got Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita. They’ve all worked at Truviv, Inc. for years, but when the company’s CEO finally dies that means that their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Ames has a different relationship with each of his workers, but he has a whispered reputation that have largely been ignored, swept under the rug, left to dissipate like smoke.

Then when Ames makes an inappropriate move on a colleague, these women aren’t going to let it go. Enough is enough, the time is now. But what comes of that?

Kirkus Reviews calls this July 2nd releases not only “[o]ver-the-top in all the right ways”, but also “[v]iciously funny and compulsively readable, Baker’s first adult novel is a feminist thriller for the #MeToo era”. What more do you need to know?

 

 

2-Speaking of Summer by Kalisha Buckhanon

 

Speaking of Summer by Kalisha Buckhanon

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In addition to authoring several books such as SolemnConception, and Upstate, Buckhanon has also made appearances on Investigation Discovery, BET, and TV One as a true crime expert in cases involving women. With her latest book, she puts her expertise to the test.

Back on a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer’s twin sister, Summer, walks onto the roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen again. The door to the roof is locked, and the snow holds only one set of footprints. A perplexing case, and the authorities aren’t interested in putting the effort required to find “another missing black woman”.

Thus, it’s up to Autumn to find her sister at all costs, even as her own mind starts to unravel.

Kirkus Reviews notes “the accurate portrayal of one woman’s struggles with mental health” and we here at Bookstr praise Buckhanon for her ability to balance both a thrilling chase while exploring issues of race, gender, violence, and the inner-self. The book came out July 30th, so there’s no excuse not to have read this book.

 

 

1-The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos

 

George Pelecanos

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With more than 20 detective stories to his name, Pelecanos has made a name not only as a prolific author but as a writer in general. A frequent collaborator with David Simon, he’s written multiple episodes of Simon’s HBO series The Wire and Treme and has co-created the HBO series The Deuce.

Now he comes at us with a new book and, trust me, you won’t want to miss it.

 

The Man Who Came Uptown by [Pelecanos, George]

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Michael Hudson is the prison library’s book worm, always eager for more, until the day he’s released after it’s revealed a private detective manipulated a witness in his trial.

Once outside, Michael finds that Washington D.C. has changed a lot during his time in the brink. Lost and confused, trying to balance a new job and surrounded by those who thinks he’s guilty, Michael struggles to find his place in a world of temptations. Things only get worse when he’s confronted by the man who got him released, and his temptation for crime goes towards the extreme.

The Washington Post writes that:

So while much of this story is classic crime noir — Will Ornazian go too far? Will Hudson wind up busted and back behind bars? — I found myself also reading the book for the Proustian madeleines that Pelecanos serves us: the names of the novels so many of us loved over the years and what those tales mean to the man who came uptown.

Kirkus Reviews tells us that:

Using his customary knowing dialogue and stripped-down, soulful prose, Pelecanos skillfully, sensitively works the urban frontier where the problems and stresses of everyday life cross the line into the sort of criminal behavior that could tempt anyone—anyone at all.

We here at Bookstr say:

Read it now!

And you definitely should. It was released September 4th, so what are you waiting for?

 

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New TV Adaptation of  Les Misérables Is Here!

In the preface to Les MisérablesVictor Hugo wrote:

 

As long as there are ignorance and poverty on Earth, books such as this one may not be useless.

 

Those words have held true. The book was published in 1862— over a 150 years ago—and it was a breakout hit that still hasn’t lost its popularity nor its relevance.

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
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This might have something to do with the musical. Heck, maybe it has everything to do with the musical, but to test that theory out is PBS, who is coming in at full swing.
PBS’ adaption of Les Miserables isn’t a musical, but instead an in-depth look at the classic story about poverty, desperation, and redemption. Forbes writes that the screenwriter, Andrew Davies, who is known for his adaptions such as Pride and Prejudice (1995 TV series) and War & Peace (2016 TV series)preserves Hugo’s intricate plotting, striking historical vignettes, powerful themes and evocative characterizations”.
The television series is set to be a six-part adaptation of the famous story. Here, we follow fugitive Jean Valjean, played here by Dominic West (James ‘Jimmy’ McNulty on The Wire) who is relentlessly followed by Inspector Javert, played here by David Oyelowo, who infamously took on the role of Dr. King in Selma.
PBS Valjean and Javert
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The rest of the cast includes Lilly Collins, who played Collins Tuohy in The Blind Side and more recently led Netflix film To the Bone will be Fantine, a young woman forced into prostitution.
PBS Fantine
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Adeel Akhtar, who played Naveed in The Big Stick, will be devious and devious Thénardier.
PBS Thénardier
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Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Elizabeth II on Season 4 of The Crown and just won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The FavoriteI, will be devious and cruel Madame Thénardier.
PBS Madame Thénardier
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Ellie Bamber, who played Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, will be Cosette, the daughter of Fantine and the adopted daughter of Valjean. Josh O’Connor, plays Prince Charles on Season 4 of The Crown, will be Marius, Cosette’s young lover.
PBS Cosette and Marius
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The first episode premiered on April 14th at 9/8c. You can check it out for yourself here and see if you like it. The second episode comes out the 24th at 9/8c.

 

 

“Lilly [Collins] was saying the other day that, you know, in one song lyric, in one line, she has a whole episode. You know, what happened to her? Where did she come from? Who did she fall in love with, how did he treat her? How did she end up a prostitute on the street? And we get to see all that. And so I think that anyone who loved the musical would really love this.”

A greater understanding of characters I already love? That’s got my ear, so I’ll tune in.
Are you?
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