Christopher Moore is one of the most reliably funny writers around, but this is one of the few books I've ever reread. Moore merges some disparate threads from earlier novels (the angel Raziel from Lamb, Pine Cove from The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove) and produces a laugh-out-loud funny Christmas parody, complete with zombies. Definitely a must-read!Recommended by Tom L.
The Girl on the Train is an intense psychological thriller in which reality and perception seamlessly change positions and you can never be totally certain which is which. Rachel is an unemployed divorcee who drinks to get through her day. She still commutes into the city every day to maintain the appearance that she’s working. The train goes past the house she shared with her husband, who still lives there with his new wife and child,... (read more)Recommended by Tom L.
On a sultry summer night, two teenage girls looking for a diversion take a rubber raft out into the Hudson River between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Only one returns. As much a character study of people and place as a mystery story, Visitation Street is both dark and engaging. It draws you into the grittiness of Red Hook, Brooklyn, and its varying neighborhoods of poor black people in the projects and tidy streets of white people whose... (read more)Recommended by Tom L.
The Night Season definitely kept me up past my bedtime. If my mom had been in the next room, I would have been under the blankets with a flashlight. Chelsea Cain deftly depicts the seamier side of the idyllic City of Roses.Recommended by Tom L.
By Nightfall is a fascinating character study of several New Yorkers who are forced to examine their lives and question the paths that got them where they are. New York City itself is more a character than a setting, with its own desires, demands, and image to maintain.Recommended by Tom L.
Sedaris diverges from his usual essays to give us a book of fables. Like all good fables and fairy tales, they're pretty gruesome and horrifying, and there's most always a moral to be found. These include a healthy dose of charm and wit, though. Ian Falconer provides the fabulous illustrations.Recommended by Tom L.
Libby Day's mother and two sisters were savagely murdered when Libby was only seven years old. Her testimony in the ensuing trial helped send her brother to prison for the crimes. But is he really guilty? Flynn's accessible and compelling writing style make this a must for any carry-on or beach bag!Recommended by Tom L.
Wacky? Sure. Silly? Yup. Just a bit inscrutable? Oh, yeah. Like a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster on a school night, it's a great rare treat to be able to revisit the galaxy as presented by Douglas Adams. Thanks to Eoin Colfer for taking us back there!Recommended by Tom L.
Lightning fast with dark humor, this book will grab your attention and keep you up at night. Professional assassin John Lago has written The Intern's Handbook for novice assassins who join highly successful firms as innocuous interns so that they can get close to their targets. "You'll go to interesting places. You'll meet unique and stimulating people from all walks of life. And kill them."Recommended by Tom L.