This Week’s Hot Reads: July 6th
This week: a charming memoir about the author’s glamorous social life in France, an interior decorator takes to stalking her clients on Craigslist, and the history of the world’s first private eye.
The House in France: A MemoirA charming memoir from Conde Nast Features Editor Gully Wells about her glamorous parents and their fabulous friends.
Gully Wells shares recollections of growing up with her mother, stepfather, and their famous inner circle. Her mother was American journalist Dee Wells and her stepfather was the celebrated philosopher A.J. Ayer. The couple was in the heart of London’s intellectual circle, which included famous names like Iris Murdoch, Martin Amis, Christopher Hitchens, and noteworthy Americans like Robert Kennedy. This swirling social circle was centered on their house in France, La Migoua, where her parents held court. Wells’ memoir is a fascinating portrait of the relationships between the most intriguing celebrities of the 1960s, told from the perspective of a child.
The Craigslist MurdersA prophetic, hilarious, and suspenseful take on how the financial crisis turns one interior designer homicidal.
Interior designer Charlotte Wolfe works for New York’s wealthiest women on the Upper East Side. But as the financial crisis deepens and her own wealth begins to diminish, she goes mad and in her rage she turns against the very clients she used to serve. Tracking and stalking the women on Craigslist as they sell relics of their husband’s previous wives’, Wolfe exacts her revenge. At times both funny and suspenseful, Brenda Cullerton’s new book is a stunning commentary on contemporary New York society.
The Last WerewolfThe only werewolf novel you’ll want to read this summer.
Novelist Glen Duncan returns with a shocking new take on the werewolf legend. Jake Marlowe is a 200-year-old werewolf, and after the violent death of another, he becomes the last of his entire species. This realization sends Jake into a depression and he considers taking his own life, but two competing groups want him kept alive for their own dangerous purposes. The author of I, Lucifer crafts a werewolf novel that is intelligent, fast-moving, creative, and thrilling.
America PacificaA richly rendered post-apocalyptic novel set on a Pacific island.
Darcy has grown up on an island in the Pacific Ocean, one of the few remaining habitable parts of the world after North America experienced another ice age. She lives there along with a group of survivors; the island is the only home she knows. But when her mother disappears, Darcy must journey through the dark side of the island to find her. In her search, Darcy uncovers terrible secrets about the island’s history and attempts to figure out if there is a way to escape it. But her newfound knowledge may put her life at risk. In her debut novel, Anna North shows us a disturbing vision of the future that is disturbingly similar to our present.
The First Detective: The Life and Revolutionary Times of Vidocq: Criminal, Spy, and Private EyeThe riveting story of the world’s first private detective, who was one of its great criminals.
Eugene Francois Vidocq has long been known as the father of modern criminology. Less well known is the fact that he first lived a life of crime. He started out simply stealing from his family, but his crimes eventually grew to include grand theft, fraud, and attempted murder. It was not until later in his life, facing blackmail from other criminals, that he decided to change his ways. First he joined the police force, then founded the world’s first private detective agency, and managed to lay the groundwork for modern forensic science. James Morton, the bestselling author of the Gangland series, uses fine research and legal knowledge to illuminate the life of the world’s original private eye.