Friday Book News – Friday 25 April

Now with caps on all words in title! American stylee!

Stuart Neville - RatlinesStuart Neville‘s Ratlines, is up for something called a ‘Barry.’ Seems to be a prize/prizes awarded for thrillers. The Barry awards is run by something called ‘Deadly Pleasures‘ magazine. As they say:
Deadly Pleasures is America’s premier fan-oriented mystery magazine.  In it and on this site we celebrate all that is good about the mystery genre AND point you to the best in crime fiction.”
Ratlines is up for the Best Thriller gong. Other sections are Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original. You will find Deadly Pleasures’ website, here.

New Robert Goddard – The Corners of The Globe
The Corners of the GlobeOut 3 July
Despite me signing up for his Newsletter on his website and him promising to keep us informed of news of new books…I had to find this out on Twitter. Oh well, good news moves in mysterious ways I suppose. I’m calling it the follow up to the absolutely excellent The Ways of the World, here’s what they’re saying about it:

Spring, 1919. James ‘Max’ Maxted, former Great War flying ace, returns to the trail of murder, treachery and half-buried secrets he set out on in The Ways of the World. He left Paris after avenging the murder of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, a senior member of the British delegation to the post-war peace conference. But he was convinced there was more – much more – to be discovered about what Sir Henry had been trying to accomplish. And he suspected elusive German spymaster Fritz Lemmer knew the truth of it.
Now, enlisted under false colours in Lemmer’s service but with his loyalty pledged to the British Secret Service, Max sets out on his first – and possibly last – mission for Lemmer. It takes him to the far north of Scotland – to the Orkney Isles, where the German High Seas Fleet has been impounded in Scapa Flow, its fate to be decided at the conference-table in Paris. Max has been sent to recover a document held aboard one of the German ships. What that document contains forces him to break cover sooner than he would have wished and to embark on a desperate race south, towards London, with information that could destroy Lemmer – if Max, as seems unlikely, lives to deliver it…

The cover follows the style of the first one and looks like it should be another humdinger of a read (!). Robert Goddard - Ways of the WorldThe Corners of the GlobeI managed to get hold of a signed copy of The Ways of the World and while I’m not going over to Topping of Ely just to do the same again, I will be trying to do the same again, elsewhere.

Let’s just see those covers together, shall we? That’s looking like it will be a very nice looking series, however many he does. Three, of course, would be the obvious number, but you never know. There’s certainly a lot to go at in the characters and the period (just after the First World War), but he may do three, then get back to the modern-day thrillers. Who knows.

Lions and Lambs
So while we’re on comparing and contrasting covers, one I red recently in hardback and thoroughly enjoyed, The Lion and the Lamb seems to have sneaked out in paperback. With a different cover. With a better cover, if you ask me.

The Lion and The LambThe Lion and the Lamb PaperbackCheck it out, the hardback version is on the left.

Maybe they are trying to do different things with the paperback. Maybe they thought it needed a bit more of a punch and a bit more of an image that said something on the story. I don’t know. I certainly think the paperback cover is a lot more powerful, but then it has to do a different job and it isn’t always possible to take the hardback’s cover directly over to the paperback’s, as Ben Kane‘s Hannibal series will tell you.

My review is coming (like you’re waiting for it), but before it does get knocked into shape, I will pre-advise you to go and buy it. Buy the paperback version, it’ll feel better.

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