After a successful career as an international private investigator, Steven Gore “retired” and began writing books. Something tens of thousands of grit-lit readers and a bunch of international crooks are very happy about.
Gore has 5 great books out with two impressive heroes: Graham Gage and Harlan Donnally. Here’s what Grit-Lit said about Graham Gage. “Gripping. Relentless. Authentic. Takes the high stakes political thriller to a new level. The year’s best.”
The latest Donnally novel is, “A Criminal Defense” (St. Martin’s Press, $9.99, 352 pages, paperback.) www.stevengore.com. And here’s all you need to know about it—“What do you call a criminal defense attorney hanging by his neck? When he’s Mark Hamlin, every cop in San Francisco calls it justice.”
In “Power Blind,” Graham Gage takes on a deadly political: a presidential candidate, a federal judge and Charlie Palmer—a specialist in burying the crimes of the political and financial elite. When Palmer is murdered, his wife’s pleas for justice plunges Gage into a morass of murder, corporate cover-ups and money laundering that threaten our democracy.
Local New York Times bestselling, Veronica Rossi, writes post-apocalyptic, dystopian fiction. At least that’s the big words the publisher uses to describe her work. The series is targeted at young adults but I loved it which must mean I’ve achieved my last year’s resolution to remain young at heart. Her trilogy may have been aimed at people younger than me. But so was Harry Potter. Start with the first book, “Under The Never Sky,” progress to “Through The Never Night” and promise yourself and your reader the gift of “Into The Still Blue”—on sale January 28, 2014. All from Harper Collins this exciting series features interwoven narratives from heroic male and female lead characters. It is incredibly original and most closely compares in feel, but not content to “Hunger Games.” Film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros. And the series has been published in 25 foreign markets.
San Francisco Bay Area writer, Kirk Russell, has eight books featuring two outstanding male leads. The John Marquez novels are well researched eco-thrillers that delve into the underground world of abalone, bear gall bladder and paws, and sturgeon row smugglers. These illegally “harvested” animal products are worth big bucks and come surrounded by dangerous, careful crooks. “Shell Games,” “Night Game,” “DEADGAME,” “REDBACK,” and “Die-Off,” all deserve space on your reading list.
In his Ben Raveneau series, Russell’s delivers crime novels with depth. I think he explains it best, “A thing I love about crime fiction is that you can take something morally ambiguous and put in the background of a novel…You can never preach. No one ever wants to hear that, but you can write with things in the backdrop.” And maybe even more important is his belief, “The old adage is you write what you know, but maybe you write best what you care about.
Check out all three. “A Killing In China Basin,” “Counterfeit Road,” and “One Through The Heart.”
And now, another San Francisco Bay Area legend, John Lescroart. First, let’s get this part right it is pronounced “less-kwah.” His books are printed in 16 languages and more than 75 countries. With famous heroes and heroines like defense attorney Dismas Hardy, Wyatt Hunt and Gina Roake it isn’t hard to imagine why. There are fourteen books in the Dismas Hardy line. The latest is “The Ophelia Cut.”
Brittany McGuire, Hardy’s niece is raped by a recent ex. Within 24 hours, the ex is dead and the leading suspect is Brittany’s father and Dismas’ friend, Moses McGuire. Evidence piles up. Dismas focuses on planting doubt in the minds of the jury. A solution appears. Staggering in both implications and simplicity, it might save them all. But the cost might be too high.
If you are looking for real life, flesh and blood characters, complex ethical and moral issues, great story telling, superb plotting and the ultimate in suspense, check out Lescroart or any of our other great local authors.