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New books in Knowsley’s libraries this October

by Laura Johnston

Brand new releases are available from your local library this month for you to take home and enjoy. Here’s just some of the titles you can pick up now..

Michael Connelly – Dark Sacred Night

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin.

Ballard kicks him out, but then checks into the case herself and it brings sincere empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was murdered. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy and finally bring her killer to justice.

Ian Rankin – In a House of Lies

A missing private investigator is found locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still – both for his family and the police – is that his body was in an area that had already been searched.

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, going through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled and now – after a decade without answers – it’s time for the truth.

Every officer involved must be questioned and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide, and everything to lose. But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead – and that it could be the end of him: John Rebus.

John Grisham – The Reckoning

Pete Banning was Clanton’s favourite son and a returning war hero, a farmer, father, neighbour, and a faithful member of the Methodist Church. Then one October morning in 1946. he simply drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell.

As if the murder wasn’t shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete’s only statement about it – to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and to the people of Clanton – was ‘I have nothing to say’.

Bernard Cornwell – War of the Wolf

Following on from the explosive events of The Flame Bearer, War of the Wolf is the 11th novel in the bestselling series The Last Kingdom.

While Uhtred might have regained his family’s fortress of Bebbanburg, it seems that a peaceful life is not to be – as he is under threat from both an old enemy and a challenging new foe.

Old loyalties are tested and new alliances are forged as Uhtred finds himself forced into a vicious war to preserve Northumbria.

Peter James – Absolute Proof

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – forever.

‘I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.’

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would the consequences be?

The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence…

C.J. Sansom – Tombland

Shardlake returns in Tombland, the seventh novel in C.J. Sansom’s acclaimed series.

It’s Spring 1549 and two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos.

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11-years-old and his uncle Edward Seymour rules as Protector, ruling over a collapsing economy while Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer employed by Lady Elizabeth, the old king’s younger daughter.

The gruesome murder of Elizabeth’s distant relative Edith Boleyn soon takes him and his assistant Nicholas Overton to Norwich where he is reunited with Overton’s predecessor Jack Barak. As another murder drags the trio into ever-more dangerous waters, Shardlake finds his loyalties tested as Barak throws in his lot with the exploding peasant rebellion and Overton finds himself prisoner in Norwich castle.

Simultaneously, Shardlake discovers that the murder of Boleyn may have connections reaching into both the heart of the rebel camp and of the Norfolk gentry…

Liane Moriarty – Nine Perfect Strangers

The retreat at health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises total transformation.

Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage, and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages.

Miles from anywhere, without cars or phones, they have no way to reach the outside world; just time to think about themselves, and get to know each other.

Watching over them is the resort’s director, a woman on a mission. But quite a different one from any the guests might have imagined.

For behind the retreat’s glamorous front lies a dark agenda.

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what’s about to hit them…

Sarah Perry – Melmoth

Twenty years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But the sheltered life she has crafted for herself is about to change.

A strange manuscript has come into her possession, and its contents have the power to unravel every strand of her fragile safety net. It is filled with testimonies from the darkest chapters of human history, which all record sightings of a tall, silent woman in black, with unblinking eyes and bleeding feet: Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world. Condemned to walk the Earth forever, she tries to beguile the guilty and lure them away for a lifetime wandering alongside her.

Everyone that Melmoth seeks out must make a choice: to live with what they’ve done, or be led into the darkness. Despite her scepticism, Helen can’t stop reading, or shake the feeling that someone or something is watching her. As her past finally catches up with her, she too must choose which path to take.

Jodie Picoult – A Spark of Light

At a women’s reproductive health services clinic, a normal day drastically changes when a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all of those inside hostage.

A police hostage negotiator, Hugh McElroy, begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman when he finds out his 15-year-old daughter is inside.

She will share the next tensest few hours of her young life with a number of unforgettable characters including a nurse who calms her own panic to save the life of a wounded woman and a pro-life protester disguised as a patient.

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