Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
Here is what I got:
by Paul Harris
Publication Date: July 20, 2012
Publisher: Vantage Point
Source: TLC Book Tours (Tour Date: September 13)
On a freezing winter’s night a little-known U.S. presidential candidate, Jack Hodges, speaks at a sparsely-attended town hall meeting in Iowa. It is a few weeks before the Iowa caucus, the first contest in the nomination process to be a candidate for President. But that single night in Iowa transforms the race. A female assassin waits for Hodges to take the stage. As he speaks a shot rings out. She misses but the incident finally propels Hodges on to the front pages. Police arrest a mysterious dark-haired woman but she refuses to say a single word. Her name, age, even her nationality, is a mystery.
Guided by his outspoken and outrageous campaign manager, Dee Babineaux, Hodges’ campaign soon electrifies American politics. It is vital to discover the identity of the mysterious woman who tried to kill him. Babineaux gives the task to Mike Sweeney, a true believer in Hodges’ cause. He must find out the woman’s name and past before anyone from a rival campaign or the media does. Sweeney’s journey uncovers more and more disturbing information, but at the same time Hodges’ campaign, guided by the ruthless, dark genius of Babineaux, goes from strength to strength. By the time Sweeney finds out the true identity of the would-be assassin, he faces a choice that could effectively determine who could be the next President of America.
Trust Your Eyes
by Linwood Barclay
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: NAL Hardcover
Source: Unsolicited from the Publisher
Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen.
Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon—but has not—in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.
Thomas’s brother, Ray, takes care of him, cooking for him, dealing with the outside world on his behalf, and listening to his intricate and increasingly paranoid theories. When Thomas tells Ray what he has seen, Ray humors him with a half-hearted investigation. But Ray soon realizes he and his brother have stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy.