Shane Kuhn shows that just about anyone can be an assassin in the violent humorous thriller The Intern’s Handbook. Human Resources Inc., a company that trains assassins and inserts them into businesses as interns, is sending John Lago out to a law firm for his last mission before he retires at the age of 25. Written as if a real handbook, Lago shares his killer advice as he navigates a complex mission. Not only does Lago have to compete to keep his internship while maintaining a low profile, but he must manage unknown assassins, a ruthless handler, a sexy FBI agent, and the ever pressing question: what to do after retiring.
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If your end-of-summer reading needs a little extra inspiration, look to the Christy Awards, which honor excellence in Christian fiction. Burning Sky by Lori Benton is the standout winner of Best First Novel, Best Historical, and Book of the Year. The story of a young woman returned to her New York family after twelve years with the Mohawk Indians is a powerful testament to strength, love, and faith. Winners in other categories include
Best Contemporary in a Series: Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren
Best Contemporary Romance/Suspense: Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris
Best Suspense: Outlaw by Ted Dekker
Best Contemporary: Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish
The 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at the recent Comic-Con International in San Diego. Try some of these outstanding graphic novels among this year’s winners:
The Property by Rutu Modan – Best Graphic Album (New)
RASL by Jeff Smith – Best Graphic Album (Reprint)
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples – Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, Best Painter/Multimedia Artist
Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground by Darwyn Cooke – Best Adaptation from Another Medium, Best Lettering
Love and Rockets New Stories, vol. 6 by Jaime Hernandez & Gilbert Hernandez – Best Short Story, Best Writer/Artist
Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky – Best New Series
Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown – Best Humor Publication
Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja – Best Single Issue, Best Cover Artist
Battling Boy by Paul Pope – Best Publication for Teens
Miss Felicity Prim, an old-fashioned girl in contemporary Manhattan, decides after having her arm broken during a mugging that she needs to make some changes. “This will never happen again,” she vows. She enrolls in a self-defense class, buys a taser gun, and moves to Connecticut. One of her favorite pastimes is losing herself in crime novels, and she decides that a lifetime of reading mysteries has given her all the skills she needs to become an amateur sleuth. In The Outsmarting of Criminals, the first of a new series by Steven Rigolosi, Miss Prim’s resolve is quickly put to the test, because while moving into her quiet cottage, she discovers a secret passage leading to a secret basement, and in the center of the floor…a secret dead body.
Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.
For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.
New: Mystery Books
New: Thrillers and Suspense
If you were fascinated by The Devil in the White City, allow us to suggest a new true crime book that spotlights a gruesome reality during a celebrated time in history: Steven Levingston’s Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris. The “Little Demon” in question is 20-year-old Gabrielle Bompard, who lured a wealthy Parisian to her rooms where he was then strangled by her lover. When all was exposed, Gabrielle’s defense was that she had been under a hypnotist’s suggestion and so couldn’t be held responsible for her actions. The resulting scientific and legal debates became a story in themselves. History, science, justice, passion — take your pick! You’ll find it in this meticulously researched but surprisingly easy-to-read true tale.
Listen up! This year’s winners of the Audie Awards have been announced, celebrating the best audiobooks to bring giggles, sighs, knowledge, and excitement. Treat yourself to one of the top titles pictured below, and make the most of the fun by adding it to your Summer Reading Program log.
Audiobook of the Year: Still Foolin’ ‘Em, written and read by Billy Crystal
** also winner for Humor and for Narration by the Author
Biography/Memoir: The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony, read by Simon Vance
Literary Fiction: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, read by David Pittu
** also winner for Solo Narration (Male)
Science Fiction: Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold, read by Grover Gardner
Romance: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks, read by Ron McLarty and January LaVoy
Thriller/Suspense: The Hit by David Baldacci, read by Ron McLarty with Orlagh Cassidy
A body is discovered lying across the border of Sweden and Denmark, and it’s only the first in a series of violent crimes designed to draw attention to social ills. A fascinating achievement of international television, Bron / Broen (The Bridge) straddles intersecting character arcs in a tension-filled series that examines the boundaries we cross.
Every Friday the Library will bring you two short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres. For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.
New: Mystery Books
– Murder on the Hoof by Kathryn O’Sullivan
– Hop Alley by Scott Phillips
– The Ways of Evil Men by Leighton Gage
– The Body in Bodega Bay by Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden
– Catnapped! by Elaine Viets
– The Hollow Girl by Reed Farrel Coleman
– Evil in the 1st House by Mitchell Scott Lewis
– Red Man Down by Elizabeth Gunn
New: Thrillers and Suspense
– Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
– Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois
– Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire
– Jack of Spies by David Downing
– The Preservationist by Justin Kramon
– Command Authority by Tom Clancy
– Deadliest of Sins by Sallie Bissell
– The Corsican Caper by Peter Mayle
Louise Penny’s mysteries are intricate and clever, unfolding slowly for the patient listener, and brimming with characters drawn thoughtfully and humanely. Still Life is no exception to her fine form. It explores the suspicious death (by bow and arrow!) of a seemingly well-loved elderly woman on the eve of her debut at a juried art show. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is on the case (this is the first entry in Penny’s series featuring Gamache), delving into the lives of the residents of a small Quebec village—friends, family, and maybe enemies of the deceased. There are lots of twists and turns, with questions leading to more questions, and the absolutely delightful Ralph Cosham’s smooth, English-accented narration will keep you rapt.