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Five new books by Puget Sound authors for the summertime


Summer may have come late this year, but the long evenings and balmy days are finally with us, providing the perfect opportunity to catch up on some reading. Puget Sound has always had plenty of talented writers along its shores, and this year is no exception as we see new works from the likes of Ivan Doig and Jim Lynch.

Here are our Top Five picks for summer reading by local Puget Sound writers, in no particular order:

Work Song, Ivan Doig. Ivan Doig‘s novel is the one you’re most likely to see gracing the ‘Local Authors’ shelf at your favorite bookstore this summer, and it has already generated quite a buzz in the press. Picking up the character of Morrie Morris from Doig’s 2006 bestseller The Whistling Season, Work Song tells the story of an impoverished mining community in Montana – but it also touches upon modern concerns such as corporate malfeasance and immigration. While Doig grew up in Montana, he currently lives and works in Seattle.

Healer, Carol Cassella. It may not be available until the start of September, but Carol Cassella‘s sophomore novel is already attracting attention. Following her excellent medical drama Oxygen, Healer also touches upon the issue of immigration, while unraveling an intriguing mystery that lives up to the promise of her debut. Cassella lives on Bainbridge Island, and quite remarkably she still works as a practising anesthesiologist. Watch out for the media frenzy that Healer is certain to generate in September.

Border Songs, Jim Lynch. This is the only paperback on our list, having originally been published in hardcover last year – but it deserves a new lease of life with this new edition. Telling the story of Brandon Vanderkool, a 6’8″ birdwatching Border Patrol agent who works on the Washington-BC border, Border Songs is witty, wise, and surprisingly compassionate. Lynch’s debut The Highest Tide was an international bestseller, and expect Border Songs to go the same way. Jim Lynch lives in Olympia, but he will be touring the San Juans, Bellingham and Anacortes at the end of the month.

The Ark, Boyd Morrison. Moving away from the literary heavyweights, Boyd Morrison treats us to an archaeological quest thriller in The Ark. Originally self-published through Amazon’s Kindle program, The Ark is now available in good, old-fashioned book form. Morrison’s career path before becoming a bestselling novelist included a couple of years at NASA and a spell designing Xbox games at Microsoft, so be certain to see him at a bookstore event when you get the chance. Boyd Morrison currently lives in Seattle

Bodily Harm, Robert Dugoni. We couldn’t create a summer reading list without including a legal thriller, and Robert Dugoni gets our pulses racing with his third novel to feature Seattle attorney David Sloane. Dugoni himself still works as counsel for a Seattle law firm, so you can be certain that he knows his facts – just don’t expect him to tell you where the bodies are buried.

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