ARLA’s Top Ten Father’s Day Books

Father’s Day approacheth, one of the biggest book-giving holidays of the year.  To mark the occasion, we composed a list of our top ten books with Serious Father Issues.

1) SINCE WE FELL, Dennis Lehane (*coming in May 2017*)


Lehane’s latest features a woman who never knew her father.






2) A WRETCHED AND PRECARIOUS SITUATION, David Welky (*coming in November 2016*)

A father’s persistence and passion for his son’s abilities gain the son a place aboard an Arctic expedition with the legendary Peary in 1909.






3) WIDOWMAKER, Paul Doiron (2016)

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Maine game warden Mike Bowditch learns that his father may have another son he never knew about. When the son disappears, Mike is forced to confront his father’s past.






4) OFF THE GRID, C.J. Box (2016)

Joe Pickett and Nate Romanowski end up at the same showdown in the middle of Wyoming’s Red Desert—and Joe’s daughter, Sheridan, is caught in the crossfire.






5) THE IMMUNE, David Kazzie (2014)

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With most of the US population decimated by a deadly epidemic, Dr. Adam Fisher sets off on an epic search for his daughter, who he believes is one of the few survivors.





6) THE BIG FINISH, James Hall (2014)

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Thorn Moss, only recently reunited with his son Flynn, hears that he has disappeared into an eco-terrorist group, and becomes determined to find out what really happened to him.






7) THE POACHER’S SON, Paul Doiron (2010)

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In this Edgar-nominated thriller, game warden Mike Bowditch is on the manhunt for a suspected murderer—his own father.






8) OPEN SEASON, C.J. Box (2001)

In the first book featuring the Wyoming game warden, recently reissued, we first meet Joe Pickett making breakfast for his wife, Marybeth, and two daughters, Sheridan and Lucy.






9) MYSTIC RIVER, Dennis Lehane (2001)

The most harrowing scene in the book and film shows Jimmy Marcus’ towering grief at the discovery of his daughter’s murder.







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Loren Pope’s granddaughter, Virginia Beck, is revising this classic college guide that offers students and their parents tips for finding the college that’s a perfect fit.







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