Library Lines

Last week I wrote this column about new books coming out in October. I think it was a successful “temptation” since I had several people come looking for them. I thought it would be fun to tempt you further, by listing a few more books that people will want to read. In fact, readers everywhere have been waiting for these three books for a long time!

Anne Rice left her famous vampire Lestat behind in 2003 and went in a different direction. She has published two novels about Jesus – I believe this is called a 180 degree shift – and then explored angels before looking back to the dark side with her recent werewolf novels. But now, she has brought Lestat back to life (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist) with her newest book, Prince Lestat, due out on Oct. 28. The vampire world is in crisis, and this crisis brings back all the characters we came to know in Rice’s previous Vampire Chronicles: Armand, Pandora and Flavius, Louis de Pointe du Lac, and of course, Lestat himself. A perfect read right before Halloween.

If you are a mystery lover, you may be familiar with Tess Gerritsen and her series that centers around Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and her friend and colleague, medical examiner Maura Isles. It’s been two years since their last case but they are back in Die Again. Called to the scene of a murder in the wilderness, Rizzoli and Isles find big-game hunter and taxidermist Leon Gott dead and displayed like one of his big-game conquests. Clues lead back to Africa, and a hunting party in Botswana that held a killer in its midst. Only one member of the group escaped—could the killer have tracked the last living witness to Boston? And if so, how to catch him? Note: the publication of this title has been moved to December 30.

Ken Follett isn’t afraid of taking on a huge writing project, and his Century Trilogy is nothing if not ambitious. Volume 2, Winter of the World, was published in 2012 and readers have been waiting impatiently for this final volume. Edge of Eternity takes us around the globe, and through the latter part of the 20th century with the third generation of characters we’ve come to know in Follett’s first two installments. The Cold War, Vietnam, the assassination of JFK, the civil rights movement—all outlined in his final volume. Personally, I don’t consider the 60s history, and I’m sure some of you will agree with me, but it’s a nice ending to his Century Trilogy for those of you who enjoyed the other novels. This title should be in the library this week, so look for it on McClintic’s new fiction shelves.

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