I pride myself on knowing our forthcoming list of books pretty well, but every once in awhile, one sneaks up on me. That’s what happened when I read the Booklist starred review of Matthew Dicks’s first novel Something Missing. Speaking of missing, how did I miss this one? It was totally under my radar, so I dipped into it and couldn’t put it down. The narrator is a charming thief with OCD tendencies, who becomes a guardian angel to the unwilling victims of his pilfering. This delightful story is perfect for readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and fans of the TV show Monk. It is being published as a trade paperback original, so it is a perfect selection for your library book groups. You can view the Reader’s Guide here.
Booklist says, “…This is a splendid novel, written with loving attention to character and detail; Martin is so vividly realized that he threatens to step off the page and into the reader’s own living room. A loopier Bernie Rhodenbarr? A less lethal Dexter? Martin falls somewhere in between, but with a little word of mouth and some shrewd promotion, he could be the next big thing.”
I absolutely loved this book and have been recommending it to everyone I know. Check out an excerpt here, and if you’re hooked, I have 10 copies of the ARE left and will send them to the first 10 people who leave a comment on this post. Hopefully you will love it too and share it with your readers!