This Week’s Hottest Releases: June 26 — July 2

This Week’s Hottest Releases: June 26 — July 2

Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the 10 titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Summer Previews for the best books coming out this season.

Collecting the Dead

You don’t want to mess with Magnus Craig. Whatever you do, he will find you. They don’t call him “the Human Bloodhound” for nothing. Craig works for the FBI, and his specialty is tracking people down. Few know exactly how he does it, though, and Craig would like to keep it that way. In this novel, Craig is working on a case concerning a murderer with a strange signature, but things only get more complicated when a second murderer begins leaving clues for Craig, too. Only time will tell if Craig can track down the perpetrator before time runs out. Readers will be thrilled by this story of Craig’s exciting job and highly unusual skill.

Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History

Whether you’re already a cybernetics nerd, or you’re a newcomer to the fascinating field that studies the relationship between man and machine, you won’t want to miss this book from Thomas Rid. Readers will encounter some of the leading thinkers in the field, including Norbert Wiener and Stewart Brand. Whether you’re obsessed with the singularity, tickled by artificial intelligence, or just really curious about what the future holds for both mankind and computers, this is the book for you.

The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear

If you’re totally addicted to reading the news about this election cycle, then Stuart Stevens’ new novel might be just the thing. This story is set in the present, but with an entirely different cast of political characters. JD Callahan is working in New Orleans for a powerful political candidate who is seeking office. The convention is drawing closer and closer, and Callahan has a lot of work to do to make sure his candidate does well in the polls. But when secrets from his past threaten to wreck the campaign, JD will have to work quickly to protect himself and his candidate. This book, despite its serious-sounding premise, will make you laugh and provide a nice break from actual election coverage.

Buffalo Jump Blues

Readers, rejoice! Keith McCafferty is back with the fifth installment in his Sean Stranahan series. Here, beloved private detective Sean Stranahan is working on a missing persons case. Things seem straightforward enough until the investigation leads him to an unsettling place: a cliff where many bison fell and died with no clear reason. Did someone kill the animals on purpose? Was there a horrible accident? A separate team was working on the bison case, but all of the sudden, it seems like the two incidents might actually be connected. Readers will love being transported to Montana in this riveting story.

The Natural Way of Things

In the middle of the Australian outback, something terrifying is happening. Women are being drugged and held prisoner in a remote camp where the worst misogynistic impulses have prevailed. Why are the women there? What kind of hatred or fear could have motivated the creation of such a camp? Will the women in the camp be able to organize and bring down their captors, or will the abuse continue endlessly? You’ll have to read Charlotte Wood’s dark new novel, The Natural Way of Things, to find out.

The Perdition Score

Richard Kadrey is back with the eighth book in his Sandman Slim series, and things are more wild than ever before. James Stark must return to hell to find a cure to a mysterious poison that’s infected one of his closest friends, but first he’ll have to face down a group of damned souls who want to keep him out. Not to mention there’s an ongoing war between angels who are fighting to let human souls into heaven, and rebel angels who want to keep human souls out. As if fans weren’t already dying to get their hands on it, Cory Doctorow says that this volume has some of the “most epic battles ever written by Richard Kadrey.”

Sweet Little Lies

Is there anything better than enjoying a sweet romance on a hot summer day? Jill Shalvis’ latest romance takes readers to San Francisco where Pru Harris, a tour boat captain, starts to fall hard for pub owner Finn O’Riley. Despite her growing attraction to Finn, Pru keeps her distance. She’s convinced that if he knew the secret she was keeping, he’d never look at her the same way. So instead she tells a few little white lies, thinking he’ll never need to know the truth. But as her feelings grow, Pru realizes that it’s time to come clean or risk losing Finn forever. Readers who find themselves swept up in the tale will be happy to learn it’s the first in a new series from Shalvis.

Before We Go Extinct

JC knows why his mom shipped him off to spend the summer with his estranged father: She’s hoping it will get him to open up and talk about The King’s death. JC hasn’t spoken a word since his best friend fell from the 42nd floor of a building, and he doesn’t plan on starting now. Instead he turns inward, remembering those afternoons chasing adrenaline highs on their skateboards and the daredevil stunts they’d pull that made them feel like they were flying. Without anyone to talk to, JC uses his phone to send text messages to The King—texts that will never be read, but that convey everything he can’t verbalize to anyone else. But as the days go by and he makes friends and begins to connect with his father, JC finds he may have a few things he wishes to say aloud after all.

The Distance to Home

Jenn Bishop’s middle grade novel introduces readers to 11-year-old Quinnen Donnelly. There was a time when she’d spend her summer days atop the pitcher’s mound, striking out anyone who dared oppose her team, the Panthers. But after Haley dies, Quinnen doesn’t find any joy in the sport she once loved. Haley wasn’t only her older sister, she was Quinnen’s number one fan. The only bright spot in her summer is that her family is hosting a member of the Bandits, a minor-league baseball team. She soon befriends their pitcher, Hector Padilla, and as he takes her under his wing, she begins to fall in love with the sport all over again.

School’s First Day of School

Who do you think is the most nervous about the first day of school? Could it be the teachers? The parents dropping their children off? The kids themselves? As it turns out, it’s the building itself! Newly built, this school isn’t sure it’s ready to have students racing through the halls. The school’s apprehension only grows as older children loudly proclaim that they hate going to school. But as the hours go by, things start looking up for both the school and the students. Starred by both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, this delightful back-to-school picture book is not to be missed.


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