To celebrate the arrival of fall, we are spotlighting a number of outstanding books that we know people will be talking about in the days and months to come. We will be hosting a series of 24-hour contests for these titles on select days through October 23rd, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter to win.
Our next prize book will be announced on Monday, September 22nd at noon ET.
Our latest Sneak Peek Feature spotlights THE MAGICIAN'S LIE by Greer Macallister, a debut novel in which the country's most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder --- and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence. The book doesn’t release until January 13th, but we have 100 advance copies to give away to readers who can commit to previewing it and sharing their comments on it by Friday, December 5th. The deadline for entries is Thursday, October 2nd at noon ET.
When we think about France, the first thing that comes to mind --- maybe after berets and fries and the Eiffel Tower --- is really stunning literature. Let’s face it, the French have a certain je ne sais quoi that seems to have eluded the rest of us. Et voilà, in célébration of all things français, we’ve put together a bookshelf of some of our favorite French works.
Wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen has been estranged from her younger sister, Lillie, for a year when she gets word from her aunt and uncle that Lillie has died suddenly in Denver. What they do not tell her is that Lillie had become a prostitute and was brutally murdered in the brothel where she had been living. When Beret discovers the sordid truth of Lillie’s death, she makes her way to Denver, determined to find her sister’s murderer.
We are honored to share with you a wonderful essay written exclusively for Bookreporter.com by retired four-star General Tony Zinni, whose new book, BEFORE THE FIRST SHOTS ARE FIRED: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield (co-written with Tony Koltz), is now available. In this piece, General Zinni discusses three books spotlighting three of his favorite generals --- George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant and George C. Marshall --- that he believes serve as best examples of particular military brilliance.
America stands at the brink of World War II. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans --- but now, war fever and race hate grip the city, and the Japanese internment begins. The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons three men and one woman. The investigation throws them together and rips them apart. The crime becomes a political storm center that illuminates these four driven souls --- comrades, rivals, lovers, history’s pawns.
Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad he didn’t even know existed, Detective Jacob Lev is sent to a murder scene far up in the hills of Hollywood Division. There is no body, only an unidentified head lying on the floor of a house. Seared into a kitchen counter nearby is a single word: the Hebrew for justice. All that Detective Lev has believed to be true will be upended --- and not only his world, but the world itself, will be changed.
All 15-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola forces the children of his gypsy clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body, he goes on the run. Meanwhile, the last thing Detective Carl Mørck needs is for his assistants to pick up a missing persons case on a whim. But when he learns that a mysterious teen named Marco may have as much insight into the case as he has fear of the police, Carl is determined to solve the mystery and save the boy.
William Monk is witness to the terrible bombing of an afternoon pleasure boat on the river that leaves 200 people dead. An Egyptian man is quickly caught, tried and sentenced to death --- and then just as swiftly murdered in prison. When evidence surfaces that proves the dead man innocent, the case is handed to Monk, who now must rely on his own memory of the event to help piece together what really happened.
Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar’s wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of "Babes in the Woods," Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten on the stage, until a trapdoor opens...followed by a scream and then silence. When it turns out that the popular baker has been murdered, Agatha puts her team of private detectives on the case.
Husband-and-wife team Sami and Remi Fargo are on a climate-control expedition in the Arctic when they discover a Viking ship in the ice filled with pre–Columbian artifacts from Mexico. As they plunge into their research, tantalizing clues about a link between the Vikings and the legendary Toltec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl --- and a fabled object known as the Eye of Heaven --- begin to emerge. But so do many dangerous people.
In THE HUMAN AGE, Diane Ackerman confronts the unprecedented reality that one prodigiously intelligent and meddlesome creature, Homo sapiens, is now the dominant force shaping the future of planet Earth. She takes us on an exhilarating journey through our new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating --- perhaps saving --- our future and that of our fellow creatures.
Fourteen-year-old Rainey Royal lives with her father, a jazz musician with a cultish personality, in a now-decaying brownstone. Her mother has abandoned the family, and Rainey fends off advances from her father's best friend while trying desperately to nurture her own creative drives and build a substitute family. She's fighting to figure out how to put back in place the boundaries her life has knocked down, and struggling to learn how to be an artist and a person in a broken world.
Maternal, sexy Catt and her beautiful, daring best friend, Bree, are hairdressers at an L.A. salon called Head Hunter, and work out at a gym called Body Farm. They have over a decade of sobriety behind them and are getting close to living the lives they've always wanted. But when Catt's husband, Dash, leaves her, and then her neighbor is brutally murdered, possibly by a man being called the Hollywood Serial Killer, Catt's world begins to come crashing down.
Patterson Wells works alongside dangerous, desperate itinerant men as a tree clearer in disaster zones, and he’s still dealing with the loss of his young son. Writing letters to the boy offers solace, but the bottle gives more. In Colorado, Patterson stops to go fishing with an old acquaintance, only to find him in a meth-induced delirium with a woman tied up in the bathtub. Patterson tries to do the right thing, but in the lives of those he knows, violence and justice are strange, intoxicating bedfellows.
The definitive account of the landmark 1969 Ryder Cup in which Jack Nicklaus's startling concession of the final hole resulted in the first draw in the Cup’s history, DRAW IN THE DUNES is a story of personal and professional conflict, from the nervousness at the very beginning of the Ryder Cup --- when one man could not tee his golf ball --- to the nerve displayed by Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, who battled each other up to the final moment of the final match.
Legendary sportswriter Roger Kahn at last reveals the true, unsanitized account of the integration of baseball, a story that for decades has relied on inaccurate, second-hand reports. This story contains exclusive reporting and personal reminiscences that no other writer can produce, including revelatory material he’d buried in his notebooks in the '40s and '50s, back when sportswriters were still known to "protect" players and baseball executives.
FitzChivalry --- royal bastard and former king's assassin --- has left his life of intrigue at Buckkeep far behind. As far as the rest of the world knows, FitzChivalry Farseer is dead. Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married and leading the quiet life of a country squire with his beloved Molly. The only problem is the disappearance of his beloved childhood friend, the Fool. But for a former royal assassin, a quiet life is hard to maintain when old allegiances keep trying to pull him back and new enemies come calling.