Things have been fairly quiet around the office of late because we're in our annual "slow down." This basically means I don't order books for a couple of weeks while the new budget is hammered out. Which this year involves a lot of blood, sweat, tears, praying and general hysterics. But just because the budget is hovering around catastrophic doesn't mean our library patrons have suddenly stopped "wanting" stuff. On that front, here are the Top Five hot and in demand mystery/suspense titles of the moment:
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly - OK Connelly is pretty much popular everywhere, but here in Southern California he's a rock star. Every time he has a new book out, our demand for it is unreal. As in Harry Potter and Twilight-mania unreal. I suspect part of this is because So. Cal. readers feel like they "discovered" Connelly first. While he's a Florida boy, he covered the crime beat for the L.A. Times for several years. This latest features characters first introduced in The Poet.
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child - Child writes good, old-fashioned thrillers. Fast-paced adventures featuring Jack Reacher, a morally ambiguous character. I think a big reason for Child's success (besides the page-turning "thing") is that he's been able to cultivate a female readership. Women read and buy more books then men. They just do. And I know more than a few women who are hopelessly hooked on Reacher.
The Associate by John Grisham - This book came out in late January, my library has a ton of copies of it, and it's still our third most requested mystery/suspense title of the moment. Whether or not you think his recent stuff is up to par with his earlier work is besides the point. Grisham has still got legs.
Wicked Prey by John Sandford - Ahh, the latest Lucas Davenport novel. This one actually sounds kind of intriguing. The Republican National Convention is rolling into town, and it's Davenport's job to make sure the grand ol' party runs smoothly. Which, of course, it doesn't.
Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson & The Latest Co-Writer He Picked Up Off The Street - A new month must mean a new "James Patterson" novel. This is the latest in the Alex Cross saga, and is due out in late August. I don't read this series, although going by what Lil' Sis tells me, the last several have been um....not so good. Although she still says that Kiss The Girls is one of the creepiest damn books she's ever read. I'm thinking other readers must feel the same way - hence why his books still seem to do well even though he's gone down the co-writers rabbit hole.