May new book releases

Robert B. Parker’s old black magic – Ace Atkins – Twenty years after a stash of paintings was lifted from a Boston museum, paint chips from the most valuable piece land on a journalist’s desk, and Boston PI Spenser is tapped to track down the missing lot. Not surprisingly, he encounters black market art dealers, but Mafia bigwigs and a long-ago murder?

Love and ruin – Paula McLain – The best-selling author of The Paris Wife returns to her fan-favorite subject, Ernest Hemingway, in a tale set on the eve of World War II that is inspired by his passionate, stormy marriage to a fiercely independent, ambitious young Martha Gellhorn, who would become one of the 20th century’s leading war correspondents.

The perfect mother – Aimee Malloy – A group of new moms who all gave birth in the month of May gather twice weekly at the park to offer support and companionship before one of the babies is shatteringly abducted, subjecting his traumatized mother to invasive questions and prompting the others to go to increasingly risky lengths to help.

RFK: his words for our times – Edwin O. Guthman – Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his assassination and featuring commentary by notable historians and public figures, an inspiring collection of Bobby Kennedy’s most famous speeches shares intimate perspectives into his views on such subjects as civil rights, social justice, foreign policy, poverty and the Vietnam War.

The crooked staircase – Dean Koontz – Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk tracks a powerful Department of Justice operative at the center of a high-tech conspiracy that killed her husband and now threatens those closest to her as part of an agenda to seize power. By the best-selling author of The Whispering Room.

The other lady vanishes – Amanda Quick – Escaping from a private sanitarium and taking a job at an herbal tea shop in a 1930s California seaside resort town, Adelaide bonds with a man hiding under the cover of a therapy-seeking widower before a local con artist is murdered, drawing them both into a shadowy underground of duplicity and misdirection.

The high tide club – Mary Kay Andrews – Unexpectedly hired by an eccentric millionaire from a vast barrier island home, a young attorney learns the story of the new client’s now-deceased circle of friends, her determination to protect the land from developers, disturbing clues about a long-unsolved murder and her ambitious plans for heirs and descendants.

Warlight – Michael Odaatje – Years after growing up in the care of a group of mysterious protectors who served in unspecified ways during World War II, a young man endeavors to piece together the truth about his parents and the unconventional education he received.

By invitation only – Dorothea Benton Frank – A young, sophisticated Chicago woman falls for the owner of a farm on Johns Island, a lush lowcountry paradise off the coast of South Carolina, and trades the bustle of cosmopolitan city life for the vagaries of a small Southern community.

How it happened – Michael Koryta – After a troubled teen, no stranger to the law, admits to her involvement in a brutal murder, Rob Barrett, an FBI investigator and interrogator stakes his reputation on her confession only to have the information she provided prove false.

Robin – Dave Itzkoff – The New York Times culture reporter and author of Mad as Hell presents a compelling portrait of Robin Williams that illuminates his comic brilliance, conflicting emotions and often misunderstood character, sharing insights into the gift for improvisation that shaped his wide range of characters, his struggles with addiction and depression and his relationships with friends and family members.

Pops – Michael Chabon – At the heart of this essay collection on fatherhood from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chabon is his GQpiece “My Son, the Prince of Fashion,” explaining how he came to appreciate his 13-year-old son’s singular passion when accompanying him to Paris Men’s Fashion Week.

Beach house reunion – Mary Alice Monroe – Continuing the saga of her bestselling Beach House series, Mary Alice Monroe weaves together a tale of the struggles and triumphs of the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina. Beautifully wrought and rich with keen insight, this is an illuminating tale of continuance, resilience, and one family’s enduring love.

The restless wave – John McCain – A candid new political memoir by the former Republican presidential nominee and author of Faith of My Fathers, chronicles the election of Barack Obama through the divisive 2016 election of Donald Trump, offering no-holds-barred opinions of the current developments coming out of Washington as well as his recommendations for ongoing international challenges, from Russia and NATO to ISIS and the wars in the Middle East.

Facts and fears – James Clapper – The former Director of National Intelligence and senior adviser to Barack Obama traces his five-decade career, detailing his relationships with multiple presidents, the truth about Russia’s alleged role in the election of Donald Trump and more.

The gray ghost – Clive Cussler – The grandson of a man who was wrongly accused of stealing a recovered Rolls-Royce prototype a century earlier hires husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo to solve the mystery and clear his grandfather’s name, a case that is complicated by dangerous enemies and the rare vehicle’s repeat disappearance.

The death of Mrs. Westaway – Ruth Ware – On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person–but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

Calypso – David Sedaris – With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny–it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris’s powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.