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Read-Alikes for ‘Sooley’ by John Grisham | LibraryReads


The Business of Lovers

The action between the sheets is hot but at times clunky verbal foreplay grates (e.g., “I feel like an animal with you. Animals don’t know sin. Animals are free”). Minor quibbles aside, this is sure to please Dickey’s many fans. [See Prepub Alert, 10/14/19.]

On the Corner of Hope and Main

Readers new to the series may grow confused with characters from earlier volumes popping into scenes without backstory. Jenkins’s easygoing tale takes time to warm up to its somewhat exciting ending, which promises another addition to the series. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/19.]

The Safe House

The lengthy setup in this second installment of “The Black Market” series may have readers yawning until Swinson’s trademark violence finally explodes.


Before We Were Wicked

Pages of two-person dialog can be clunky (e.g., "I'm a freshman when it comes to sex. You're a grad student"), and commentary about prejudice interrupts the plot with debates about Africans vs. African Americans, low credit scores, and the O.J. trial. Yet Dickey has fans who will appreciate Swift's backstory and especially the hot sex. [See Prepub Alert, 10/29/18.]

Gods of Wood and Stone

This examination of two flawed, desperate men clinging to bygone personas will appeal to midlife readers and fans of sports fiction. As Joe states, "One day you're Joe Grudeck, the next day you are not."

Bad Men andWicked Women

Readers unfamiliar with Dickey's style may be confused by multiple pages of dialog lacking identifiers as to who is speaking, plus political editorials about government oppression. That said, suspense builds with an action-packed finale, and Dickey's many fans will eagerly consume this. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/17.]

King of the Dancehall

Cannon's novelization of his 2016 film of the same name is a rags-to-riches tale that features sexy dance moves swirling around a criminal lifestyle packed with deceit. Famous for his marriage to Mariah Carey and for hosting America's Got Talent, Cannon will have an audience for this title, which will also appeal to enthusiastic street lit fans.


Greenfeld's writing gives off a vibe of a YA sports story full of off-the-field conflicts, including questionable decisions about sex. Trudy is a conflicted protagonist who will draw sympathy from readers, but others may find her someone they love to hate.

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