Read-Alikes for ‘A Calamity of Souls’ by David Baldacci | LibraryReads

A Calamity of Souls by David Baldacci is the top holds title of the week. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

A Calamity of Souls by David Baldacci (Grand Central) is the top holds title of the week. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

In 1968 Virginia, two lawyers—one white and one Black—join forces to defend a Black man charged with killing a wealthy white couple. Taking on an unfair system, they fight for a fair trial and justice for their client in this courtroom drama from bestselling Baldacci (Simply Lies).—LJ Reviews

All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron: LJ starred review)

Appeared on the June 2023 LibraryReads list

"As a Black sheriff in rural Virginia, Titus Crown is caught in political turmoil while a pedophile mass murderer runs amok. A brilliant perfectionist and former FBI agent, Titus ran for office to change things for the better, but can anything honestly change?"—Jill Minor, Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, VA

Darktown by Thomas Mullen (Atria)

Appeared on the September 2016 LibraryReads list

“In Atlanta in the late 1940s, the integration of black police officers into the force is proving to be challenging. White civilians don’t respect their authority and black civilians don’t trust that they can protect them. Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith are men with heavy burdens on their shoulders. Every move they make is examined. When the body of a young black woman is found, they will put everything on the line to gain justice for a woman who turns into a symbol of all that is wrong with their town. Despite its historical setting, so many elements of this tale seem timely and readers will have much to think about after turning the last page.”—Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, South Huntington, NY

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles (Morrow; LJ starred review)

Appeared on the April 2015 LibraryReads list

“Based on a real series of unsolved murders from the civil rights era in Louisiana, and the crusading journalist who uncovered the story, Iles’ novel shines a bright light of truth upon one of America’s darkest secrets. Iles’ compelling writing makes this complex tale of good versus evil a must-read for those who love thrillers, and those who want to learn a little bit of American history not normally taught in school.”—Ellen Jennings, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL

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