Books: Don’t Blink
By Ray Saadi—Book Editor
CAREER OF EVIL By Robert Galbraith, Mulholland Books $28
Cormoran Strike, Private Eye, is back for the third in the series by Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). Reminiscent of the “noir” period, Strike is a one-man detective agency with, of course, a pretty assistant, Robin Ellacott. As it happens, she receives a package containing a woman’s severed leg. Strike has four possible suspects in mind, one in particular more likely than the others. The mystery continues with threats to both amid more acts of treachery.
THE GUEST ROOM By Chris Bohjalian, Doubleday $25.95
Investment banker, Richard Chapman, convinces his wife, Kristin, to let him host his younger brother’s bachelor party in their home. She and their young daughter go to Manhattan for the night leaving their Westchester home to the boys and their hired “entertainment,” two young “strippers, ”who do more than strip. The party turns into a drunken nightmare of sex and drunkenness ending with the strippers killing the two Russian guards who escorted them to the house. Now a crime scene, the family is barred from their house, Richard gets an indefinite suspension from his bank and his brother’s fiancé threatens to cancel the wedding. The girls, meanwhile, are on the run from the police and Russian mob. Scary.
WHAT SHE KNEW By Gilly Macmillan, William Morrow $15.99
When Rachel Jenner allowed her 8-year-old son to run ahead of her into the woods she had no idea of the terror she was about to face. The boy, Ben, had vanished and police initially determined he had been abducted or worse. A single mom, Rachel was obsessed with her ex husband’s new life and wife and that’s what was on her mind when she let Ben run ahead. As the investigation slowly proceeds, public opinion begins to turn against Rachel and secrets of and about her family begin to emerge. It’s an excruciating thriller and excellent debut.