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Best Books for Father's Day

Deadly books for deadly dads! This Father’s Day, forego the socks, jocks and aftershave that make up the boring bulk of Father’s Day present and get them books instead. There’s a brilliant range of new fiction, crime, history, sports and non-fiction titles out this Summer, so if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the reading dad, LitVox has you covered….

Cracking Crime Titles!

Don Winslow is the king of epic, sweeping crime dramas. His incredible novel The Power of the Dog is a must-read for all fans of Narcos and Sicario.

City on Fire takes us to Rhode Island, in 1986.

Twenty-nine-year-old Danny Ryan is a hard-working longshoreman, loving husband, loyal friend, and occasional “muscle” for the Irish crime syndicate that oversees much of the city. He yearns for something more and dreams of starting over fresh, someplace far away.

But when a modern-day Helen of Troy triggers a war between rival mob factions, Danny is embroiled in a conflict he can’t escape. Now it is up to him to step into the breach to protect his family, the friends who are closer to him than brothers, and the only home he’s ever known.

David Baldacci portrays the glitz and grime of 50s Los Angeles in stunning detail, and his plotting and pacing make for absolutely perfect Detective novels. 

1952, Los Angeles. It is New Year’s Eve and PI Aloysius Archer is dining with his friend and rising Hollywood actress Liberty Callahan when they’re approached by Eleanor Lamb, a screenwriter who would like to hire him, as she suspects someone is trying to kill her.

A visit to Lamb’s Malibu residence leaves Archer knocked unconscious after he stumbles over a dead body in the hallway; and Lamb seems to have vanished. With the police now involved in the case, a close friend and colleague of Lamb’s employs Archer to find out what’s happened to the screenwriter.

The gripping sequel to The Boy from the Woods sees Wilde close in on the secret of his own identity while hunting for a serial killer keen to silence a secret community determined to expose anonymous online trolls.

Books for History Buffs....

Oberstdorf is a beautiful village high up in the Bavarian Alps, a place where for hundreds of years ordinary people lived simple lives while history was made elsewhere. Yet even here, in the farthest corner of Germany, National Socialism sought to control not only people’s lives but also their minds.

By putting one village under the microscope, this book evocatively portrays the momentous period of Nazism in Germany. Why did Germans respond to Hitler in the manner that they did? How did their attitudes change as the war progressed? And when all hope was gone and their country lay in ruins, how did they pick themselves up and start again?

Drawing on archive material, letters, interviews and memoirs, A Village in the Third Reich is an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Germany under Hitler, of the descent into totalitarianism and of the tragedies that befell all of those touched by Nazism. 

The assassination of Henry Wilson was one of the most audacious and shocking acts in modern Irish history. Wilson, the former head of the British army and one of those credited with winning the First World War – was shot and killed by two veterans of that war turned IRA members in what was the most significant political murder to have taken place on British soil for more than a century.

It has long been suspected that Michael Collins was behind the killing, an act that could have sparked full-scale war with Britain and jeopardised everything that the IRA had fought for.

This brilliantly written work  is a must read for anyone with an interest in Irish history.

The forging of the Soviet Union recounted in thrilling detail by the celebrated historian and author of Stalingrad, as the Russian Revolution segues into bloody Civil War shaping the tumultuous story of the twentieth century.

Great Non-Fiction Titles

A waiter’s job is to deceive you. They want you to believe in a luxurious calm because on the other side of that door… is hell.

Edward Chisholm’s spellbinding memoir of his time as a Parisian waiter takes you below the surface of one of the most iconic cities in the world and right into its glorious underbelly.

He inhabits a world of inhuman hours, snatched sleep and dive bars; scraping by on coffee, bread and cigarettes, often under sadistic managers, with a wage so low you’re fighting your colleagues for tips. Colleagues – including thieves, narcissists, ex-Legionnaires, paperless immigrants, wannabe actors and drug dealers – who are the closest thing to family that you’ve got.

It’s physically demanding, frequently humiliating and incredibly competitive. But it doesn’t matter because you’re in Paris, the centre of the universe, and there’s nowhere else you’d rather be in the world.

Once more recounting astounding true events with the pace and page-turning elan of a political thriller, the author of Red Notice details the extraordinary story of what happened when he attempted to expose Putin’s role in Russian money laundering.

When Bill Browder’s young Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was beaten to death in a Moscow jail, Browder made it his life’s mission to go after his killers and make sure they faced justice. The first step of that mission was to uncover who was behind the $230 million tax refund scheme that Magnitsky was killed over. As Browder and his team tracked the money as it flowed out of Russia through the Baltics and Cyprus and on to Western Europe and the Americas, they were shocked to discovered that Vladimir Putin himself was a beneficiary of the crime….

One iconic polar explorer pays fitting tribute to another in this vivid, page-turning account of Ernest Shackleton’s dramatic 1915 expedition to the South Pole and his team’s remarkable escape from the jaws of almost certain death.

To write about Hell, it helps if you have been there.

Europe United follows Matt Walker’s unprecedented challenge to experience top-division football in all 55 UEFA countries in a single season.

In June 2017, Matt said farewell to his job, surrendered his Fulham FC season ticket and set off for Georgia, the first stop on his mission. He would end his adventure eleven months later in Montenegro, having conquered the continent and captured the imagination of its sporting media.

His epic journey would pose its challenges. Yet no amount of airport confusion in Iceland, unusual betting activity in Latvia, spectator bans in Albania, disturbances in Kosovo or ropey breakfast buffets in Moldova would make Matt miss a matchday. And then there were the games themselves: showcasing the full spectrum of footballing theatre, from the truly sublime to the utterly ridiculous.

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