What’s with all the numbers lately? Recent releases by several popular authors all feature numbers in their titles, as evidenced here:
- Michael Connelly — The Fifth Witness
- David Baldacci —The Sixth Man
- James Patterson & Maxine Paetro — The 10th Annviersary
Connelly’s newest is actually the fourth in this series, which began with The Lincoln Lawyer. Movie-goes may have seen the recently released film (same title) with Matthew McConaghey playing the lead role of lawyer Mickey Haller. Haller’s reputation comes from managing his L.A. criminal defense practice out of his Lincoln Town Car.
Baldacci’s newest book stars characters Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, both former Secret Service agents who are now security consultants for hire. As in the other books in this series — the first being Split Second — there’s lots of dialogue and fast-paced action. The investigators seem to be constantly on the move, seldom sleeping or eating, yet still able to ward off professionally hired assailants with maximum efficiency.
Patterson’s 10th Anniversary is his tenth novel in the Women’s Murder Club series, which began with 1st to Die. If you haven’t read any of them, perhaps you caught some of the made-for-TV-movies featuring Angie Harmon in the lead role of Lindsay Boxer, a tough San Francisco detective who works alongside other professional women (an attorney, a coroner and a journalist) to solve high-profile murder cases. The books are quick, easy reads with short chapters.
All of the above make great choices for summer reading, so come check out some — by the numbers!