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Week of June 23, 2014

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Week of June 23, 2014

Releases for the week of June 23rd include THE QUEST by Nelson DeMille, a sweeping adventure that takes readers from the war-torn jungles of Ethiopia to the magical city of Rome; James Lee Burke's LIGHT OF THE WORLD, a harrowing novel that examines the nature of evil and pits Dave Robicheaux against the most diabolical villain he has ever faced; THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS, Elizabeth Gilbert's return to fiction, which spans much of the 18th and 19th centuries and follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family; and THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND by Jojo Moyes, a spellbinding story of two women united in their fight for what they love most.

Bombshell: An FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter - Thriller

July 9, 2013


FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. But first he has to deal with his sister, Delsey, who has been found after a wild party naked, unconscious, and covered with blood that isn't hers. At the same time, Savich and Sherlock have their hands full investigating the murder of the grandson of the former head of the Federal Reserve Bank.

City of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia, and the Making of Modern New York by Mason B. Williams - History

May 28, 2013


Franklin Roosevelt and Fiorello La Guardia were an odd couple: patrician president and immigrant mayor, fireside chat and tabloid cartoon, pragmatic Democrat and reform Republican. But together, as leaders of America’s two largest governments in the depths of the Great Depression, they fashioned a route to recovery for the nation and the master plan for a great city. CITY OF AMBITION is a brilliant history of the New Deal and its role in the making of modern New York City.

Cut to the Bone: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass - Mystery/Thriller

June 24, 2014


On a sweltering hillside in Knoxville, Dr. Bill Brockton launches an unusual research facility. Brockton is determined to revolutionize the study of forensics to help law enforcement solve homicides --- but the scientist's plans are derailed by a chilling murder that leaves him reeling from a sense of déjà vu. As the body count rises, the victims' fatal injuries grow more and more distinctive --- a spiral of death that holds dark implications for Brockton himself.

Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto - Fiction

June 24, 2014


Meet Imelda and Augustine, or --- as our young narrator calls his unusual parents --- Em and the Big Hoom. Most of the time, Em smokes endless beedis and sings her way through life. She is the sun around which everyone else orbits. But as enchanting and high-spirited as she can be, when Em’s bipolar disorder seizes her, she becomes monstrous, sometimes with calamitous consequences for herself and others.

The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler - Mystery/Thriller

June 24, 2014


Flora Hansen calls herself a medium and makes a living by pretending to commune with the dead. But after a gruesome murder at a rural home for wayward girls, Hansen begins to suffer visions that are all too real. The only member of the police force who believes her is Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The case seems obvious at first, but as Linna refuses to accept easy answers, his search leads him into darker, more violent territory, and finally to a shocking confrontation with a figure from his past.

The First Affair by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus - Fiction

June 24, 2014


In Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus’s latest novel, Jamie McAllister looks back at her summer internship at the White House when she was seduced by the President of the United States, the handsome and charismatic Gregory Rutland, and drawn into a complex affair destined to destroy both her and the presidency.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes - Fiction

June 24, 2014


Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything to see her husband again. Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is.

Inherit the Dead edited by Jonathan Santlofer - Hard-boiled Mystery

June 24, 2014


Pericles “Perry” Christo has been struggling since he lost his badge, and his marriage, in a notorious corruption scandal. So he jumps at the chance to work what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case. Socialite Julia Drusilla is looking for her daughter, Angelina, who is about to become a very wealthy young woman. But as Christo digs deeper, he discovers there’s much more to the lovely “Angel” than meets the eye.

The Last Witness: A Badge of Honor Novel by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV - Thriller/Adventure

June 24, 2014


Russian girls are being smuggled in to work in the sex trade, and now some of them are dying or just disappearing. On top of this, teenage girls are being lured from foster homes. The lone living witness has gone into hiding, with everybody --- the Russians, the cartels, some of Philadelphia’s most powerful politicians --- all looking for her. It’s up to homicide detective Matt Payne to find her --- and hope he gets to her first.

Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke - Thriller

June 24, 2014


Louisiana Sherriff’s Detective Dave Robicheaux and his longtime friend and partner, Clete Purcel, are vacationing in Montana when a series of suspicious events leads them to believe that their lives --- and the lives of their families --- are in danger. Robicheaux's daughter, Alafair, thinks she sees a familiar face following her around town. But how could convicted sadist and serial killer Asa Surette be loose on the streets of Montana?

Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf - Fiction

June 24, 2014


Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity --- the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system for which she works. 

Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt - Fiction

June 24, 2014


Jerene Jarvis Johnston and her husband, Duke, are exemplars of Charlotte, North Carolina’s high society, where old Southern money --- and older Southern secrets --- meet the new wealth of bankers, boom-era speculators, and carpetbagging social climbers. Jerene must prove tireless in preserving the family's legacy, Duke’s fragile honor, and what's left of the dwindling family fortune. But is it too much to ask for one ounce of cooperation from her heedless family?

No River Too Wide by Emilie Richards - Fiction

June 24, 2014


On the night her home is consumed by fire, Janine Stoddard finally resolves to leave her abusive husband. While she is reluctant to involve her estranged daughter, she can't resist a chance to see Harmony and baby Lottie before she disappears forever. Harmony's friend, Taylor Martin, opens her home to Jan, even as she's opening her heart to another newcomer, Adam Pryor. But enigmatic Adam has a secret that could destroy Taylor's trust…and cost Jan her hard-won freedom.

Omens: A Cainsville Novel by Kelley Armstrong - Supernatural Thriller/Fantasy

August 20, 2013


Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents are Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens. Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Out of Range by Hank Steinberg - Thriller

June 24, 2014


Six years ago in Uzbekistan, journalist Charlie Davis was wounded when the government fired on a group of protestors he was covering on assignment. He and his pregnant wife, Julie, barely escaped with their lives. On a trip to Disneyland with their children, Julie vanishes. As Charlie soon discovers, this isn’t a random abduction. The further he goes to find her, the more it becomes clear that Julie isn’t quite the person she seems to be.

The Quest by Nelson DeMille - Thriller/Adventure

June 24, 2014


THE QUEST is a deadly adventure that pits two journalists and a beautiful photographer against the Vatican, murderous tribesmen, shadowy assassins, fanatical Coptic monks and, ultimately, the powers of the Holy Grail itself. Against the backdrop of a legend that has lasted 2,000 years, and with a love affair influencing many decisions, good eventually triumphs --- but at a steep price.

Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Retribution by Eric Van Lustbader - Thriller/Adventure

June 24, 2014


Ouyang Jidan, a senior member of China's Politburo, and a major Mexican drug lord may be trafficking in something far more deadly than drugs. Jidan is the man who ordered Rebeka --- one of the only people Jason Bourne has ever truly cared about --- murdered. Bourne is determined to avenge her death, but in the process he becomes enmeshed in a monstrous world-wide scheme involving the Chinese, Mexicans and Russians.

The Saint by Tiffany Reisz - Erotica

June 24, 2014


Before she became Manhattan's most famous dominatrix, Nora Sutherlin was merely a girl called Eleanor. Eleanor's first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Marcus Stearns --- Søren to her and only her --- and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. She is consumed --- yet even she knows being in love with a priest can't be right.

Shorecliff by Ursula DeYoung - Historical Fiction

June 24, 2014


Spending the summer of 1928 in a big house on the Maine coast with his 10 older cousins and a gaggle of aunts and uncles seems like a dream come true to lonely 13-year-old Richard. But as he wanders through the bustling house, Richard witnesses scenes and conversations not meant for him and watches as the family he adores disintegrates into a tangle of lust, jealousy and betrayal. He soon finds himself drawn into the confusion and forced to cover for his relatives' romantic intrigues.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert - Historical Fiction

June 24, 2014


As Alma Whittaker's careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction --- into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose is a Utopian artist. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing --- a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all of life.

Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel by Anne Hillerman - Mystery

June 24, 2014


Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. She wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key.

Unleashed: An Andy Carpenter Mystery by David Rosenfelt - Mystery

June 24, 2014


Andy Carpenter’s accountant, Sam Willis, receives a phone call from Barry Price, a high school friend he hasn’t spoken to in years, pleading for help with something too frightening to discuss on the phone. Barry needs Sam’s financial acumen and Andy's legal expertise, but by the time Sam makes it to Barry's house, Barry has already taken off on a private airplane headed somewhere. They soon learn that Barry’s plane has crashed and come to the terrifying realization that Sam was also supposed to have been killed on that plane.

The Why of Things by Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop - Fiction

June 24, 2014


Since the tragic loss of her 17-year-old daughter less than a year ago, Joan Jacobs has been working hard to keep her tight-knit family from coming apart. But she and her husband, Anders, are unable to snap back from their isolation into the familiarity and warmth they so desperately need. So they flee to their summer home in search of peace and renewal, but moments after they arrive, the family is confronted with an eerily similar tragedy.