A RELATIVELY NEW young London-born writer takes centre stage in our review of the latest books to hit the Library shelves. Rod Reynolds had a successful career in advertising for many years and completed his first novel while studying on a two-year Crime Writing Masters course at the City University.
His debut book, The Dark Inside, was set in 1946 Texarkana, a town on the border of Texas and Arkansas, and introduced us to Charlie Yates, a reporter sent to cover a spate of brutal murders. His follow-up work, Black Night Falling, takes place a few months later back in Arkansas.
Rod still lives in London with his wife and two daughters. He is also the son-in-law of one of our volunteers.
Black Night Falling
by Rod Reynolds
REYNOLDS SET THE BAR extraordinarily high with The Dark Inside, and this second offering, Black Night Falling, more than lives up to the promise, again displaying a remarkable feel for post-war America.
Having left Texarkana for the safety of the West Coast, reporter Charlie Yates finds himself drawn back to the South, to Hot Springs, Arkansas, as an old acquaintance asks for his help.
This time it’s less of a story Charlie’s chasing, more of a desperate attempt to do the right thing before it’s too late…
The Black Widow
by Daniel Silva
LEGENDARY SPY Gabriel Allen is poised to become the chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service.
But on the eve of his promotion, ISIS detonate a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible.
They call him Saladin. He is a terrorist mastermind, whose network communicates in total secrecy, leaving Gabriel no choice but to insert an agent into the most dangerous terrorist group the world has ever known.
An extraordinary young doctor, she must pose as an ISIS recruit in waiting, a ticking bomb, a black widow out for blood.
The Shadow Sister
by Lucinda Riley
THE SHADOW SISTER is the third book in Lucinda Riley’s spellbinding series, loosely based on the mythology of the Seven Sisters star cluster.
Star D’Apliese is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father – the elusive billionaire known as Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world.
He has left each of them a clue to their true heritage, but Star, the most enigmatic of the sisters, is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe.
In desperation, she decides to follow the first clue, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world…
As Star learns more, she goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.
Sully – Miracle On The Hudson
THE WORLD WITNESSED the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ when, on January 15 2009, Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and his co-pilot (Aaron Eckhart) glided their disabled plane onto the icy waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.
However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.