The late Leonard's 37th book kicks off with a high-diver witnessing a murder from the vantage point of an 80-foot ladder beneath a pool nine-feet deep. Is that enough of an excuse to make it a summer read? Probably not, but it's as good a reason as any for recommending the book the king of crime fiction described as his favourite of his novels.
Get into the mood for the new football season with the winner of the The Times Sports Book of the Year. Michael Calvin's fascinating and intriguing study of the unsung heroes of the beautiful game: the faceless talent scouts who spend years searching for diamonds in the rough who just might become tomorrow's football superstars.