Saturday, July 10, 2004

The ABA's Book Sense picks for August are out and they include a handful of crime fiction titles. (See the complete list.)

Darkly Dreaming Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay (Doubleday, $22.95)
By a Spider's Thread, by Laura Lippman (Morrow, $24.95)
Rift Zone, by Raelynn Hillhouse (Forge, $24.95)
After the Rain, by Chuck Logan (HarperCollins, $24.95)
Little Scarlet: An Easy Rawlins Mystery, by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown, $24.95)
Bangkok 8: A Novel, by John Burdett (Vintage, $12.95 paper)

I've read the first 3 so far. Laura Lippman's new one, in particular, is terrific. Probably the best Tess Monaghan book she's done so far. (Although, I must confess, I haven't read all of them.) Raelynn Hillhouse's book is an excellent debut thriller that I enjoyed a lot. The Jeff Lindsay book is another "serial killer with a twist" story which works pretty well for the first half although it gets a little more mundane after that.