Let it Burn is the newest novel in the acclaimed Alex McKnight series by two-time Edgar award-winner and New York Times bestselling author Steve Hamilton.

Even though Alex McKnight swore to serve and protect Detroit as a police officer, a trip to Motown these days is a trip to a past he’d just as soon forget. The city will forever remind him of his partner’s death and of the bullet still lodged in his own chest. So he’s more than happy to stay in the little town of Paradise, three hundred miles and half a lifetime away.

When the sergeant invites Alex downstate to have a drink for old times’ sake, it’s an offer he would normally refuse. However, there’s a certain female FBI agent he can’t stop thinking about, so he gets in his truck and he goes back to Detroit. While there, he’s reminded of something about that last case, a seemingly small piece of the puzzle that he never got to share. It’s not something anyone wants to hear, but Alex can’t let go of this gut feeling that they arrested the wrong man.

  Making her young adult fiction debut, Hollis Seamon creates one of the most original voices to appear in young adult literature with Somebody Up There Hates You.

In the book, Richard Casey narrates a story that is unflinching, graphic, heartbreaking, funny, and above all life-affirming in its depiction of what it really means to be a teenager dying of cancer.

Hollis Seamon will participate in Troy Author Day at The Troy Public Library this Saturday.

    Elizabeth Gilbert - author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love, returns to fiction with her first novel in 13-years.

The Signature of All Things is an epic story of desire, ambition and the thirst for knowledge spanning the 18th and 19th centuries – telling the birth to death story of botanist Alma Whittaker.

    Louise Penny’s New York Times bestselling and critically revered mystery series has been synonymous with the words elegance, depth, and empathy since her mystery debut, Still Life, 7-years ago.

Now, the wise and beleaguered Chief Inspector Armand Gamache faces his nemesis and uncovers shattering revelations in How the Light Gets In.


  Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

Norman Mailer: A Double Life by J. Michael Lennon
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinion of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and The Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Cambell
True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp by Kathi Apelt
Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook by Dina Faconi, illustrated by Wendy Hollander
Goodbye to All That Writers on Loving and Leaving New York edited by Sari Botton
The Orphanmaster by Jeanne Zimmerman
Down in The Chapel: Religous Life in an American Prison by Joshua Dubler
Led Zepplin: The Oral History of The World's Greatest Rock Band by Barney Hoskyns

Valerie Plame, whose cover as a CIA agent was famously blown during the Bush Administration, joins us to talk about the new thriller she has written, Blowback.

In the book, Covert CIA ops officer Vanessa Pierson is finally close to capturing the world’s most dangerous international nuclear arms dealer: Bhoot, alias the ghost. One of her assets has information about Bhoot’s upcoming visit to a secret underground nuclear weapons facility in Iran—in only a few days. But just as Pierson’s informant is about to give her the location, they’re ambushed by an expert sniper. Pierson narrowly escapes. Her asset: dead.


  Nelson DeMille, is the author of such best-sellers as: Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, Wild Fire, The Gold Coast, and The General's Daughter. Now, his first book, originally released as a mass-market paperback in 1975, The Quest, has now been entirely rewritten and expanded with new characters and a new ending.

From the war-torn jungles of Ethiopia to the locked archives of the Vatican, an unlikely trio who are bound by love and a deathbed promise begin a search for the holiest of relics. Their quest begins when they encounter a dying priest in the jungle who tells them that the Holy Grail is hidden nearby.

    The Widow’s Strike is the fourth novel in the Pike Logan series, following the success of Enemy of Mine. A twenty-one year veteran of the US Army Infantry and Special Forces, it is no surprise that Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Brad Taylor has made military authenticity his writing trademark.

The Widow’s Strike is an explosive ride alongside America’s counterterrorism operators that will leave readers breathless. In his new thriller, a mutation of a deadly virus invented by nature but genetically manipulated by man falls into the wrong hands.

    Michael Connelly started his career as a newspaper reporter, eventually working as a police and crime reporter for The Los Angeles Times. While there, he covered the 1992 riots – a time and place to which he returns in the book, The Black Box, which stars LAPD detective, Harry Bosch.

Previously aired as Book Show #1279.