True crime, true love, true life

This week’s round-up in­cludes a lost gem from leg­endary folk singer Woody Guthrie.

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Doomed Au­thor: Chuck Palah­niuk Publisher: Dou­bleday, 336 pages, fic­tion

AF­TER jour­ney­ing across the land­scape of the af­ter­life to con­front Satan him­self

in Chuck Palah­niuk’s first ti­tle in

this se­ries, Damned, Madi­son Spencer, the most ac­tive, not to men­tion the snarki­est, dead girl in the universe, re­turns to this twisted apoc­a­lyp­tic world – where she finds her­self trapped in Pur­ga­tory.

Though in­vis­i­ble to the world around her, she can see and hear ev­ery de­tail and pass through doors and walls!

Madi­son then en­coun­ters the ghost of her long-dead grand­mother in her par­ents’ lux­u­ri­ous apart­ment and soon dis­cov­ers that Satan has had his eye on her from the very be­gin­ning. It was all part of his plans to con­jure an era of eter­nal damna­tion ... for ev­ery­one in the world.

Sut­ton Au­thor: J.R. Moehringer Publisher: Hype­r­ion, 368 pages, fic­tion

J.R. Moehringer brings to life one of the most fa­mous crim­i­nals in Amer­i­can his­tory in this his­toric fic­tion. Wil­lie Sut­ton was at the prime of his life at an age when banks were out of con­trol. Over three decades, Sut­ton was so suc­cess­ful in rob­bing banks that the FBI put him on its first ever Most Wanted list. But the pub­lic loved him. He never fired a shot and his vic­tims were those blood­suck­ing banks.

Sut­ton is the story of a man driven by love, for­ever seek­ing the beau­ti­ful woman who led him into a life of crime, then broke his heart and dis­ap­peared.

Just One Evil Act Au­thor: El­iz­a­beth Ge­orge Publisher: Dut­ton Adult, 736 pages, fic­tion

EL­IZ­A­BETH Ge­orge’s 18th In­spec­tor Lyn­ley novel spot­lights Lyn­ley’s part­ner, Det Sgt Bar­bara Havers. Bar­bara has been asked by her friend, Tay­mul­lah Azhar, for help in get­ting his daugh­ter back af­ter the girl’s mother leaves him and takes the girl with her; but Tay­mul­lah’s name isn’t on the girl’s birth cer­tifi­cate and Bar­bara has no re­course to the law – un­til the mother reap­pears with shock­ing news: the lit­tle girl has been kid­napped while in Italy. Though the Ital­ian po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing, Bar­bara takes mat­ters into her own hands, and she and Lyn­ley soon dis­cover that the case is far more com­plex than a typ­i­cal kid­nap­ping.

House Of Earth Au­thor: Woody Guthrie

Publisher: Harper Peren­nial, 288 pages, fic­tion

WOODY Guthrie (1912-1967) was one of Amer­ica’s most com­pelling folk mu­si­cians who sang about the op­pressed; his best-known song is This Land Is Your Land. This book, fin­ished in 1947, was pub­lished for the first time this year and tells of Tike and Ella May Ham­lin, an or­di­nary cou­ple strug­gling to farm the arid land of Texas. They dream of a bet­ter life in a cor­rupt world, long­ing to move from their flimsy wooden shack into an adobe home, a firm struc­ture, a “house of earth”. But the land on which the farm­ers live is not theirs and their adobe house re­mains a dream. In his only novel, Gutherie tack­les the hard­ship and hope of liv­ing in a rav­aged land­scape with the same lyri­cal power he brought to his songs.

Awak­en­ings Of The Heart Au­thor: Luke Teoh

Publisher: Self-pub­lished , 160 pages, non-fic­tion

FILLED with anec­dotes, po­ems and a plethora of quo­ta­tions, Awak­en­ings

Of The Heart tracks dif­fer­ent mo­ments and in­ci­dents from the au­thor’s life that con­trib­uted to his writ­ing or changed him as a writer. Teoh finds the wis­dom and the lessons in th­ese mo­ments and con­nects them with wise say­ings from philoso­phers, po­ets other writ­ers and even the Bi­ble.

Fault Line Au­thor: C. De­sir Publisher: Si­mon Pulse, 240 pages, fic­tion

MEET Ben and Ani, a cou­ple seem­ingly fated to be to­gether. Ben could date any­one he wants but he only has eyes for Ani, the sar­cas­tic and free-spir­ited new girl. And she wants him too. But some­thing hap­pens at a party Ani goes to alone, with­out Ben. Some­thing ter­ri­ble and in­ex­pli­ca­ble. Now, Ani is dif­fer­ent, not at all the girl Ben fell in love with and try as he might to help her, she keeps push­ing him away. Ben needs to fig­ure out what hap­pened that night and save the girl he loves be­fore it’s too late.

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