The Force: Don Winslow

Realistic take on corruption in the NYPD. Winslow’s greatest asset is building worlds so realistic that it doesn’t matter who he plops down there or what he has them doing.

Run Away: Harlan Coben

Coben’s recurring Myron Bolitar series remains my favourite of the Coben books, but each of his standalone novels contains the kernel of what makes all of his characters so compelling: unrelenting, pure, unresentful, selfless love for the others in their lives, be it child, parents, siblings, husband, wife or partner.

I love them all.

Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel/Robert B Parker

Sharp, short crisp dialogue without a lot of parsley added on just to fill the plate.

An earlier version of Elvis Cole detective series, complete with a tough lead character whose heart is in the right place and whose self-avowed comedic prowess is slightly misplaced; a sketchy silent partner who provides muscle when called upon; and a capable, ever-suffering, attractive female companion; all working to help those in need.

I still like Elvis better, but having Boston instead of the more common settings is appealing.