Two Nights
by Kathy Reichs (read by Coleen Marlo and Kim Mai Guest)
Random House

Kathy Reichs is the creator of forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, from much-loved television series Bones. This stand-alone thriller hints at a new direction and possibly a new series. Our new protagonist is Sunday Night, whose jokey name belies a hard past: tours of duty in Afghanistan; a career in the police shortened by tragedy. A freelance case soon has her coming over all Jack Reacher, pursuing a gang of bombers. The plot moves like greased lightning from one violent set piece to another, and disbelief is alleviated by Sunday’s snarky voice, although genteel Coleen Marlo wasn’t quite sardonic enough for my taste.