That Darkness by Lisa Black is a tale of forensics and vigilante justice. I liked this description by Chandra Claypool, "Dexter meets Bones."
A vigilante cop who murders those who deserve it. You won't find that part questionable.
In spite of the forensic detail, the book has a kind of surface feel. I couldn't get involved with either of the main characters, and although I certainly don't advocate vigilante justice, it is hard to feel any sympathy for the victims. Since the victims are so despicable, the idea of a moral question is lessened.
Evidently the first in a new series featuring Maggie Gardiner and Jack Renner. I probably won't follow up on this one.
Mystery/Thriller. April 26, 2016. Print version: 336 pages.
The Emperor's Railroad is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novella.
A zombie plague, knights and angels (?), a mechanical beast, protected compounds....
The story is told in retrospect by Abney, who was a twelve-year-old boy fleeing with his mother from a town overrun by zombies at the time of the story. Now, Abney is an old man, but his stories still carry weight.
Abney relates how Quinn, a wandering knight, aids Abney and his mother on their journey to a place of safety. There are some interesting elements to the world that Haley has built, and he obviously has a larger picture in his mind; he has, however, focused on this one little episode, this journey in which Quinn accompanies Abney and his mother.
I'm not a great fan of novellas, although this one has the feeling of being part of a more overarching storyline that would reveal more about the situation of this post-apocalyptic world.
SciFi/Fantasy/Dystopian. April 19, 2016. Print length: 176 pages.