Holiday Books Gift Guide: Fascinating fiction to give and get this holiday season – Los Angeles Times


No Man’s Land

David Baldacci

Grand Central, $29

Baldacci’s latest thriller brings back Army investigator John Puller; this time, he’s trying to solve the mystery of his mother, who disappeared 30 years ago.

His Bloody Project

Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae

Graeme Macrae Burnet

Skyhorse, $24.99

This unlikely finalist for the prestigious Man Booker prize is a thriller, told through fictional documents, about a mysterious murder in small-town Scotland in 1869.


Harlan Coben

Dutton, $28

After two boys from rich families are kidnapped, one is located 10 years later, leading investigators to try to figure out what happened to the other child.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Michael Connelly

Little, Brown, $29

Now a private eye, former LAPD detective Harry Bosch is hired by a dying billionaire desperate to find out what happened to his long-ago lover and their unborn child.

The Whistler

John Grisham

Doubleday, $28.95

A Florida judge is accused of profiting from a Mafia-run casino on Native American land, and lawyer and investigator Lacy Stoltz is on the case.

Small Great Things

Jodi Picoult

Ballantine, $28.99

An African-American nurse is ordered by hospital management not to touch the newborn child of a white supremacist couple; when the infant’s heart stops, she’s forced to make a tough choice.

The Kept Woman

Karin Slaughter

William Morrow, $27.99

A Georgia investigator looking into the case of slain ex-police officer realizes there may be another victim — a woman who lost a significant amount of blood and then disappeared.

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