Timely Titles: FBI Fiction | Wyatt’s World

From Margaret Truman to Thomas Harris to James Patterson, authors of FBI fiction continue to build on a rich tradition and a long backlist. Considering recent headlines, now is a good time to generate a display and suggest titles. Below are some newer novels and one classic. There is also a wealth of nonfiction to share, as proven in books from David Grann (Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI) and Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes (Shattered).

    • Enigma by Catherine Coulter (Gallery: S. & S.).
      The next in Coulter’s long-running “FBI” series comes out in September and sees married agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock racing against the clock in another high-stakes, rocket-fast thriller. This time the duo are up against a modern-day mad scientist.
    • G-Man by Stephen Hunter (Blue Rider).
      This tenth “Bob Lee Swagger” novel ventures back in time to the early days of the Bureau, when Lee’s grandfather was a G-Man in Chicago, hunting down the iconic criminals of the era, including gangster John Dillinger. Interwoven is a story set in the present, just to keep things interesting.
    • The Thing About Love by Julie James (Berkley).
      The romance genre is a familiar home for FBI agents, heroines and heroes alike. In James’s newest, both leads are working undercover, and although they have an antagonistic past, they find a promising future when they team up on a new assignment. Expect James’s trademark rapid-fire banter and smart aesthetic.
    • The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz (Bantam).
      Best-selling author Koontz returns on June 20 to launch a new series starring FBI Agent Jane Hawk. When her husband commits suicide, Jane starts to dig deeper into the circumstances of his death, only to find herself involved in a mind-control scheme. Koontz’s explosive tale is already impressing critics with its killer action and deft plotting.
    • Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Tor).
      The “Pendergast” series got its start in this 1995 novel well worth pulling off the shelves. FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast investigates the brutal and odd murders connected to New York City’s Museum of Natural History. This atmospheric, chilling tale evokes a brilliant sense of eeriness.
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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net

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