Former Los Angeles Times staff writer Denise Hamilton‘s crime novels have been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Willa Cather awards. Her new novel, Damage Control, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, raves from USA Today, Los Angeles Magazine and BN.com and kudos from James Ellroy (“A superb psychological thriller”). Denise’s first series book and Edgar award finalist The Jasmine Trade is on sale as an e-book for $1.99 until November 14th.
Here are the books by Denise’s bed:
• The Infernals by John Connolly
I have two teenagers, so I read a lot of young-adult fiction to see what’s out there that might interest my boys and also because I like the genre myself. So atop the YA pile is this sequel to Connolly’s hilarious Halloween YA book The Gates that came out two years ago. Connolly also writes very dark macabre thrillers for adults.
* The Great Night by Chris Adrian
I’ve read excerpts of this novel in the New Yorker and love how Adrian reworks Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in contemporary San Francisco. Enchanting!
• Hullaballoo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai
I love most of the Indian writers I’ve read, and some people told me that Hullaballo has some gorgeous sensual descriptions of food and scent. As the perfume columnist for the LA Times Magazine, I love to find new books with fragrant angles.
• Pink Smog by Francesca Lia Block
I have an ARC (advance review copy) of this because I’m reviewing it for the Los Angeles Review of Books. I adore Francesca’s writing. Urban contemporary fairy tales are one of my secret little passions.
What will never be beside my bed:
• The Killer Beside Me by Ann Rule
Years ago, true-crime queen Ann Rule worked a late night crisis hotline with a handsome, charming, self-deprecating young man she knew only as Ted. Rule, a Washington policewoman, was absolutely gobsmacked to learn later that the charming young man was notorious serial killer Ted Bundy and they’d sat together alone at 3 am, chatting and fielding calls. Her disbelief at being conned by Bundy and her natural curiosity led her to write one of the most chilling serial killer profiles I’ve ever read, a meditation on the heart of evil, how monsters like this can walk among us, unnoticed, and the need for caution. Because if savvy cop and true crime writer Ann Rule was taken in by Bundy, what chance do we have? I read this book in my living room at night while my family slept, the dog and cats around me, but I had to put it down and go upstairs and and snuggle up to my sleeping husband to shake the dread and fear that enveloped me while reading this book.