June 21, 2016
In this newsletter, you will find books releasing the weeks of June 20th and June 27th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers, along with Bonus News, where we call out a contest, feature or review that we want to let you know about so you have it on your radar. This week, we are calling attention to Carol Fitzgerald's Bookreporter.com Bets On commentary on THE GIRLS by Emma Cline and this month's Sounding Off on Audio contest with a reminder that June is Audiobook Month.
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This Week's Bonus News: Our Latest "Bookreporter.com Bets On" Pick and This Month's "Sounding Off on Audio" Contest
Bookreporter.com Bets On: THE GIRLS by Emma Cline
THE GIRLS by Emma Cline is set in Northern California at the end of the '60s. The protagonist is Evie Boyd, a lonely teenager drawn to a group of girls who hang out in her town, frolicking and living life with reckless abandon. She is particularly enamored of Suzanne, an older aloof girl. She follows these women into their world, which is a cult where they are led by a charismatic leader on a ranch on the outskirts of town. Swept up, she longs to be part of them, but is too naive to notice that things are spinning wildly out of control and an act of violence is about to unravel her newfound life.
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-See Carol's commentary on her two previous Bets On selections, BEFORE THE FALL and MODERN LOVERS.
June's Sounding Off on Audio Contest
Tell us about the audiobooks you’ve finished listening to with your comments and a rating of 1 to 5 stars for both the performance and the content. During the contest period from June 1st to July 1st at noon ET, two lucky readers each will be randomly chosen to win the audio versions of Emma Cline's THE GIRLS, read by Cady McClain, and Anne Tyler's VINEGAR GIRL, read by Kirsten Potter.
To make sure other readers will be able to find the audiobook, please include the full title and correct author names (your entry must include these to be eligible to win). For complete rules and guidelines, click here.
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On Sale the Week of June 20th in Hardcover
AS GOOD AS GONE by Larry Watson (Historical Fiction)
It’s 1963, and Calvin Sidey, one of the last of the old cowboys, has long ago left his family to live a life of self-reliance out on the prairie. He’s been a mostly absentee father and grandfather until his estranged son asks him to stay with his grandchildren, Ann and Will, for a week while he and his wife are away. Calvin agrees to return, but trouble soon comes to the door when a boy’s attentions to 17-year-old Ann become increasingly aggressive and a group of reckless kids portend danger for 11-year-old Will. Calvin knows only one way to solve problems: the Old West way, in which scores are settled and ultimatums are issued, and your gun is always loaded.
Algonquin Books * 9781616205713
BURN WHAT WILL BURN by CB McKenzie (Noir Mystery)
Bob Reynolds is a newcomer to town who isn’t entirely welcome or on good footing with the sheriff. But he has interests other than drinking and spending his inheritance, including one that goes by the name Tammy Fay Smith and who may have caught the sheriff's eye as well. Reynolds would rather pretend he never saw the body in the creek, but when it disappears, he begins to doubt what little he knew about this secretive town. Try as he might, he just can't forget the body, despite the advice he's given to do so, and despite the evidence to suggest that he might be disappearing himself soon enough.
Minotaur Books * 9781250083371
DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL'S ROCK by Paul Tremblay (Supernatural Horror)
Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that her 13-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace. Josh and Luis, the friends who were the last to see Tommy before he disappeared, may not be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out at a landmark the local teens have renamed Devil’s Rock. Living in an all-too-real nightmare, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened become more haunting and sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night and Tommy’s disappearance at Devil’s Rock.
William Morrow * 9780062363268
THE MANDIBLES: A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver (Fiction)
In 2029, the United States is engaged in a bloodless world war that will wipe out the savings of millions of American families. Overnight, on the international currency exchange, the “almighty dollar” plummets in value, to be replaced by a new global currency, the “bancor.” In retaliation, the president declares that America will default on its loans. What little remains to savers is rapidly eaten away by runaway inflation. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Once the inheritance turns to ash, each family member must contend with disappointment, but also the challenge of sheer survival.
Harper * 9780062328243
A MILLION YEARS IN A DAY: A Curious History of Everyday Life from the Stone Age to the Phone Age by Greg Jenner (Social History)
Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old. Structured around one ordinary day, A MILLION YEARS IN A DAY reveals the astonishing origins and development of the daily practices we take for granted. In this entertaining romp through human history, Greg Jenner explores the gradual --- and often unexpected --- evolution of our daily routines.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250089441
MY FATHER AND ATTICUS FINCH: A Lawyer's Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama by Joseph Madison Beck (Memoir)
As a child, Joseph Beck heard about his father’s legacy: Foster Beck had once been a respected trial lawyer who defied the unspoken code of 1930s Alabama by defending a black man charged with raping a white woman. Now a lawyer himself, Beck has become intrigued by the similarities between his father’s story and the one at the heart of Harper Lee’s iconic novel. This riveting memoir seeks to understand how race, class and the memory of the South’s defeat in the Civil War produced the trial’s outcome, and how these issues figure into our literary imagination.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393285826
THE PURSUIT: A Fox and O'Hare Novel by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Thriller)
Nicolas Fox --- international con man, thief and one of the top 10 fugitives on the FBI’s most-wanted list --- has been kidnapped from a beachfront retreat in Hawaii. What the kidnapper doesn’t know is that Nick has been secretly working for the FBI. It isn’t long before Nick’s covert partner, Special Agent Kate O’Hare, is in hot pursuit of the crook who stole her con man. The trail leads to Belgium, France and Italy, and pits Nick and Kate against their deadliest adversary yet: Dragan Kovic, an ex–Serbian military officer. He’s plotting a crime that will net him billions…and cost thousands of American lives.
Bantam * 9780553392777
ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE ENIGMA by Eric Van Lustbader (Thriller/Adventure)
On the eve of Russian general Boris Karpov's wedding, Jason Bourne receives an enigmatic message from his old friend and fellow spymaster. In Moscow, what should be a joyous occasion turns bloody and lethal. Now Bourne is the only one who can decipher Karpov's cryptogram. He discovers that Karpov has betrayed his sovereign to warn Bourne of a crippling disaster about to be visited on the world. Bourne has only four days to discover the nature of the disaster and stop it. The trail Karpov has been following leads Bourne to Cairo and the doorstep of Ivan Borz, the elusive international arms dealer infamous for hiding behind a never-ending series of false identities.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455597949
VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler (Fiction)
After years out in the academic wilderness, Dr. Battista is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: His brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost. When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying on his daughter, Kate, to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?
Hogarth * 9780804141260
WE WERE KINGS by Thomas O'Malley and Douglas Graham Purdy (Historical Thriller)
When a body is discovered at the Charlestown locks --- tarred, feathered and shot to death --- it appears to be a gangland killing and is almost immediately dismissed. However, Cal O'Brien's cousin, Boston PD detective Owen Lackey, recognizes the murder style as the typical retribution for IRA informers. Combined with a tip-off about a boat coming into Boston weighed down with stolen guns and ammunition, the body in the locks hints that much more may be at stake than a one-off hit.
Mulholland Books * 9780316323536
WILLNOT by James Sallis (Noir Mystery)
In the woods outside the town of Willnot, the remains of several people have suddenly been discovered, unnerving the community and unsettling Dr. Lamar Hale, the town's all-purpose general practitioner, surgeon and town conscience. At the same time, Bobby Lowndes --- his military records disappeared, being followed by the FBI --- mysteriously reappears in his hometown, at Hale's door. Over the ensuing months, the daily dramas Hale faces as he tends to his town and to his partner, Richard, collide with the inexplicable vagaries of life in Willnot. And when a gunshot aimed at Lowndes critically wounds Richard, Hale's world is truly upended.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781632864529
On Sale the Week of June 20th in Paperback
BUKOWSKI IN A SUNDRESS: Confessions from a Writing Life by Kim Addonizio (Memoir/Essays)
Kim Addonizio is used to being exposed. As a writer of provocative poems and stories, she has encountered success along with snark: one critic dismissed her as “Charles Bukowski in a sundress.” (“Why not Walt Whitman in a sparkly tutu?” she muses.) Now, in this utterly original memoir in essays, she opens up to chronicle the joys and indignities in the life of a writer wandering through middle age.
Penguin Books * 9780143128465
BULL MOUNTAIN by Brian Panowich (Thriller)
Clayton Burroughs comes from a long line of outlaws. For generations, the Burroughs clan has made its home on Bull Mountain in North Georgia, running shine, pot and meth over six state lines. To distance himself from his family’s criminal empire, Clayton took the job of sheriff in a neighboring community to keep what peace he can. But when a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms shows up at Clayton’s office with a plan to shut down the mountain, his hidden agenda will pit brother against brother, test loyalties, and could lead Clayton down a path to self-destruction.
G.P. Putnam’s Sons * 9780425282281
THE GAP OF TIME by Jeanette Winterson (Fiction)
In THE GAP OF TIME, Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of "The Winter's Tale" (one of Shakespeare’s “late plays”), we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crisis, to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia. Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, technology and the elliptical nature of time; of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other.
Hogarth * 9780804141376
HOSTILE TAKEOVER: A John Lago Thriller by Shane Kuhn (Thriller)
Professional assassin John Lago and his former nemesis, Alice, execute a hostile takeover of Human Resources, Inc., the “placement agency” that trains young assassins to infiltrate corporations disguised as interns and knock off high-profile targets. As HR’s former top operatives, they are successful until conflicting management styles cause an ugly breakup that locks John out of the bedroom and the boardroom. But when Alice takes on a new HR target, John is forced to return to the office battlefield in a role he swore he would never play again: the intern.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476796192
THE IDEA OF LOVE by Patti Callahan Henry (Fiction)
Ella is young, beautiful and deeply in love --- until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying to save her. Or so she'll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers' block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He's on the lookout for a love story. It doesn't matter who it belongs to. When Hunter and Ella meet in Watersend, South Carolina, it feels like the perfect match, something close to fate. But one lie leads to another, and soon they find themselves caught in a web of deceit.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250093868
KILLING MONICA by Candace Bushnell (Fiction)
Pandy "PJ" Wallis is a renowned writer whose novels about a young woman making her way in Manhattan have spawned a series of blockbuster films. After the success of the Monica books and movies, Pandy wants to attempt a historical novel based on her ancestor Lady Wallis. But Pandy's publishers and audience only want her to keep cranking out more Monica, as does her greedy husband. When her marriage crumbles and the boathouse of her family home in Connecticut goes up in flames, Pandy suddenly realizes she has an opportunity to reinvent herself.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446557917
LESSONS FROM TARA: Life Advice from the World’s Most Brilliant Dog by David Rosenfelt (Essays)
David Rosenfelt's loyal readers of the Andy Carpenter series are familiar with Tara, the golden retriever sidekick. Many also got to know Tara from DOGTRIPPING, David's nonfiction book about becoming a slightly nutty dog rescuer and the dog that started it all. Here, finally, is a book all about the inspirational canine who taught David everything he knows. Well, he did know how to tie his shoes before he met and came to love Tara, but that's about it.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250092359
LOVE MAY FAIL by Matthew Quick (Fiction)
Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness in the world she believes still exists, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else --- a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062285577
MIDNIGHT’S FURIES: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition by Nisid Hajari (History)
Nobody expected the liberation of India and birth of Pakistan to be so bloody. Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhi’s protégé and the political leader of India, believed Indians were an inherently nonviolent, peaceful people. Pakistan’s founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was a secular lawyer, not a firebrand. But in August 1946, exactly a year before Independence, Calcutta erupted in street-gang fighting, and a cycle of riots spiraled out of control. From jihadi terrorism to nuclear proliferation, the searing tale told in MIDNIGHT'S FURIES explains all too many of the headlines we read today.
Mariner Books * 9780544705395
RIVERBEND ROAD: A Haven Point Novel by RaeAnne Thayne (Romance)
Protecting the streets of Haven Point isn't just a job for police officer Wyn Bailey, it's a family tradition. But lately she's found herself wanting more, especially from her boss --- and overprotective brother's best friend --- sexy chief of police, Cade Emmett. The only problem is getting Cade to view her as more than just a little sister. Cade's hands-off approach with Wyn isn't from lack of attraction; his complicated past has forced him to conceal his desire. When Wyn is harmed in the line of duty, Cade realizes the depth of his feelings. But can he let his guard down long enough to embrace the love he secretly craves?
HQN Books * 9780373789832
SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn (Mystery)
Private investigator Bernie Little and his canine companion, Chet, return home to encounter some alarming developments. First off, Bernie’s wall is gone, and with it Bernie’s grandfather’s watch, their most valuable possession. And next door, old Mr. Parsons is under investigation for being in possession of a saguaro cactus illegally transplanted from the desert. Bernie and Chet go deep into the desert to investigate. Is it possible that such a lovely old couple have a terrible secret in their past?
Atria Books * 9781476703435
SECOND LIFE by S. J. Watson (Psychological Thriller)
How well can you really know another person? How far would you go to find the truth about someone you love? When Julia learns that her sister has been violently murdered, she must uncover why. But Julia's quest quickly evolves into an alluring exploration of her own darkest sensual desires. Becoming involved with a dangerous stranger online, she's losing herself, losing control, perhaps losing everything. Her search for answers will jeopardize her marriage, her family and her life.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062060594
STALIN’S DAUGHTER: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan (Biography)
Born in the early years of the Soviet Union, Svetlana Stalin spent her youth inside the walls of the Kremlin. As she gradually learned about the extent of her father’s brutality after his death, Svetlana could no longer keep quiet. In 1967 she shocked the world by defecting to the United States, leaving her two children behind. With access to KGB, CIA and Soviet government archives, as well as the close cooperation of Svetlana’s daughter, Rosemary Sullivan pieces together Svetlana’s incredible life.
Harper Perennial * 9780062206121
UNDERMAJORDOMO MINOR by Patrick deWitt (Mystery/Adventure)
Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucy is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for producing brutish giants. Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the Majordomo of the remote, foreboding Castle Von Aux. While tending to his new post as Undermajordomo, Lucy soon discovers that the place harbors many dark secrets, not least of which is the whereabouts of the castle’s master, Baron Von Aux.
Ecco * 9780062281227
WHO LET THE DOG OUT?: An Andy Carpenter Mystery by David Rosenfelt (Mystery)
Lawyer Andy Carpenter's true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend, Willie Miller. So it's frightening when Willie calls him to say the alarm has gone off at the foundation building, and there's clearly been a break-in. It turns out that a recently rescued dog has been stolen. Andy and Willie track the missing dog to a house in downtown Paterson, New Jersey. Sure enough, they find the dog...standing right next to a dead body. Could it be a coincidence? Or could the dog theft somehow be connected to the killing?
Minotaur Books * 9781250056337
On Sale the Week of June 27th in Hardcover
THE GAMES: A Private Novel by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Thriller)
Two years after the action nearly spilled from the field to the stands during the World Cup championship match, Jack Morgan is back in Rio for the Olympics. But when prominent clients he's supposed to be protecting disappear, and bodies mysteriously start to litter the streets, Jack is drawn deep into the heart of a ruthless underworld populated by disaffected residents trying to crash the world's biggest party. As the opening ceremonies near, with the world watching in horror, Jack must sprint to the finish line to defuse a threat that could decimate Rio and turn the games from a joyous celebration into a deadly spectacle.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316407113
ALL IN by Simona Ahrnstedt (Romance)
Trust is the most precious commodity of all. In the cutthroat world of Sweden's financial elite, no one knows that better than corporate raider David Hammar. He's out to hijack the ultimate prize, Investum. After years of planning, all the players are in place; he needs just one member of the aristocratic owning family on his side --- Natalia De la Grip. Natalia is curious about David's unexpected invitation to lunch. The attraction between these two is impossible, but the long Swedish nights unfold an affair that will bring to light shocking secrets, forever alter a family, and force both Natalia and David to confront their innermost fears and desires.
Kensington * 9781496706195
ALL THE MISSING GIRLS by Megan Miranda (Thriller)
It’s been 10 years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched. Told backwards --- Day 15 to Day 1 --- from the time Nic’s younger neighbor, Annaleise, goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her disappearance, revealing shocking truths about Nic's friends and family, and what really happened to Corinne that night 10 years ago.
Simon & Schuster * 9781501107962
A CERTAIN AGE by Beatriz Williams (Historical Fiction)
As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband. But their relationship subtly shifts when her bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the sweet younger daughter of a newly wealthy inventor.
William Morrow * 9780062404954
THE CHARMERS by Elizabeth Adler (Mystery)
When Mirabella Matthews’ Aunt Jolly dies unexpectedly and under mysterious circumstances, Mirabella suddenly finds herself the new owner of a villa in the South of France. But with the inheritance come unexpected mysteries…and dangers. On her way to the villa, Mirabella is run off the road by a motorcycle, and that’s only just the beginning. It turns out that Aunt Jolly had a past, and as the various men who were a part of it show up, Mirabella must find out who can be trusted and who is using charm to mask the face of a murderer.
Minotaur Books * 9781250058195
COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope (Thriller)
Magnus "Steps" Craig is part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI. Called in on special cases where his skills are particularly needed, he works as a tracker. The media dubs him "The Human Bloodhound," since Steps is renowned for his incredible ability to find and follow trails over any surface better than anyone else. But there's a secret to his success. Steps has a special ability --- a kind of synesthesia --- where he can see the “essence” of a person, something he calls “shine,” on everything they've touched. When the remains of a murdered woman are found, Steps recognizes the shine left by the murderer from another crime scene with a physically similar victim.
Minotaur Books * 9781250072870
FIRST COMES LOVE by Emily Giffin (Fiction)
Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a close relationship. But when tragedy strikes their family, they grow apart. Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are following different paths. Josie is a first grade teacher with the yearning to become a mother. Meredith is a successful attorney, married and raising a four-year-old-daughter, yet questions whether this is the life she truly desires. As the anniversary of their tragedy looms, they must confront the issues that divide them and also come to terms with their own choices.
Ballantine Books * 9780345546920
FIRST STRIKE by Ben Coes (Thriller)
Deep within the Pentagon, a covert, multi-billion arms-for-influence program was created. The objective was to protect the United States and its allies from terrorist acts by secretly enabling a hand-picked man to emerge as the most powerful leader in the Middle East. But the charismatic Tristan Nazir double-crosses America, twisting the program for his own violent ends to create ISIS. Now America is at great risk. Elite operative Dewey Andreas is sent to Syria to retrieve details about the source of ISIS’s funding, but his cover is blown mid-operation and chaos erupts in the streets of Damascus.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250043177
GHOSTS OF WAR: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor (Thriller)
The Taskforce has stopped countless terrorist threats across the globe, operating outside of US law to prevent the death of innocents. But now, along the fault lines of the old Iron Curtain, the danger is far greater than a single attack. With Russia expanding its influence from Syria to the Baltic States, the Taskforce is placed on stand-down because of the actions of one rogue operator. Meanwhile, Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill travel to Poland, hired to verify artifacts hidden for decades in a fabled Nazi gold train, only to find themselves caught amid growing tensions between East and West.
Dutton * 9780525954927
HOW THE POST OFFICE CREATED AMERICA: A History by Winifred Gallagher (History)
The founders established the post office before they had even signed the Declaration of Independence, and for a very long time, it was the U.S. government’s largest and most important endeavor. This was no conventional mail network, but the central nervous system of the new body politic, designed to bind 13 quarrelsome colonies into the United States by delivering news about public affairs to every citizen --- a radical idea that appalled Europe’s great powers. Winifred Gallagher presents the history of the post office as America’s own story, told from a fresh perspective over more than two centuries.
Penguin Press * 9781594205002
INVINCIBLE SUMMER by Alice Adams (Fiction)
Inseparable throughout college, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie and Lucien graduate in 1997. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and eager to shrug off the socialist politics of her upbringing, Eva breaks away to work for a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who's pined for Eva for years, stays on to complete his PhD in physics. Siblings Sylvie and Lucien, never much inclined toward mortgages or monogamy, pursue more bohemian existences --- she as an aspiring artist, and he as a club promoter and professional partyer. But as their 20s give way to their 30s, the group struggles to navigate their thwarted dreams.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316391177
LOOK AT YOU NOW: My Journey from Shame to Strength by Liz Pryor (Memoir)
When 17-year-old Liz discovers that she’s pregnant, her parents are determined to keep it a secret from her friends, siblings and community forever. So her mother drops her off at a government-run facility for delinquent and impoverished pregnant teenage girls. In the cement-block residence, Liz is alone and terrified, a fish out of water --- a girl from a privileged, sheltered background living amid tough, street-savvy girls who come from the foster care system or juvenile detention. But over the next six months, isolated and in involuntary hiding from everyone she knows, Liz develops a surprising bond with the other girls and begins to question everything she once held true.
Random House * 9780812998009
MISSING, PRESUMED by Susie Steiner (Literary Mystery)
Edith Hind, a graduate student at Cambridge University and daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family, has been missing for nearly 24 hours. Her home offers few clues: a smattering of blood in the kitchen, her keys and phone left behind, the front door ajar but showing no signs of forced entry. Manon Bradshaw’s investigation starts with Edith’s loved ones. As the search widens and press coverage reaches a frenzied pitch, secrets begin to emerge about Edith’s tangled love life and her erratic behavior leading up to her disappearance. What she discovers will have shocking consequences not just for Edith’s family but for Manon herself.
Random House * 9780812998320
MY FATHER BEFORE ME: A Memoir by Chris Forhan (Memoir)
The fifth of eight children, Chris Forhan was born into a family of silence. He and his siblings learned, without being told, that certain thoughts and feelings were not to be shared. On the evenings his father didn’t come home, the rest of the family would eat dinner without him, his whereabouts unknown. And on a cold night in 1973, just before Christmas, Forhan’s father killed himself in the carport. Forty years later, Forhan digs into his family’s past and finds within each generation the same abandonment, loss and silence in which he was raised. He shows his family members as both a part and a product of their time.
Scribner * 9781501131264
PING-PONG HEART: A Sueño and Bascom Mystery Set in South Korea by Martin Limon (Historical Mystery)
South Korea, 1974. US Army CID Sergeants George Sueño and Ernie Bascom are assigned an underwhelming case of petty theft: Major Frederick M. Schulz has accused Miss Jo Kyong-ja, an Itaewon bar girl, of stealing 25,000 won from him --- a sum equaling less than 50 US dollars. After two very divergent accounts of what happened, Miss Jo is attacked, and Schulz is found hacked to death only days later. Did tensions simply escalate to the point of murder?
Soho Crime * 9781616957131
THE SUN IN YOUR EYES by Deborah Shapiro (Fiction)
For college freshman Vivian Feld, real life begins the day she moves in with the enigmatic Lee Parrish and her audiophile roommate, Andy Elliott. When a one-night stand fractures Lee and Andy’s intimate rapport, Lee turns to Viv, inviting her into her glamorous fly-by-night world. More than a decade later, Viv is married to Andy when Lee suddenly reappears, begging for a favor: She wants Viv to help her find the lost album Jesse was recording before his death. Holding on to a life-altering secret and ambivalent about her path, Viv allows herself to be pulled into Lee’s world once again.
William Morrow * 9780062435583
THE SWAN BOOK by Alexis Wright (Dystopian Fiction)
Oblivia Ethelyne was given her name by an old woman who found her deep in the bowels of a gum tree, the victim of a brutal assault by wayward local youths. These are the years leading up to Australia’s third centenary, and the woman who finds her, Bella Donna of the Champions, is a refugee from climate change wars that devastated her country in the northern hemisphere. Bella Donna takes Oblivia to live with her on an old warship in a polluted dry swamp, and there she fills Oblivia’s head with story upon story of swans. When Warren Finch, the first Aboriginal president of Australia, invades the swamp with the promise of salvation, Oblivia agrees to marry him, becoming First Lady, a role that has her confined to a tower in a flooded and lawless southern city.
Atria Books * 9781501124785
A THOUSAND MILES FROM NOWHERE by John Gregory Brown (Fiction)
Fleeing New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Henry Garrett is haunted by the ruins of his marriage, a squandered inheritance, and the teaching job he inexplicably quit. He pulls into a small Virginia town after three days on the road, hoping to silence the ceaseless clamor in his head. But this quest for peace and quiet as the only guest at a roadside motel is destroyed when Henry finds himself at the center of a bizarre and violent tragedy. As a result, Henry winds up stranded at the ramshackle motel just outside the small town of Marimore, and it's there that he is pulled into the lives of those around him.
Lee Boudreaux Books * 9780316302807
WE COULD BE BEAUTIFUL by Swan Huntley (Psychological Suspense)
Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. Yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection --- his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer's), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. Is William lying about his past? If so, is Catherine willing to sacrifice their beautiful life in order to find the truth?
Doubleday * 9780385540599
On Sale the Week of June 27th in Paperback
BENNINGTON GIRLS ARE EASY by Charlotte Silver (Fiction)
When Sylvie Furst and Cassandra Puffin meet at Bennington College, that Vermont haven for well-to-do young eccentrics and liberal-arts students, they firmly believe theirs will be a friendship for the ages. From the heyday of college through those first delirious post-college years, the two girls have nothing but each other and their charmingly decorated apartments to keep them afloat.
Anchor * 9780804171311
THE BOURBON THIEF by Tiffany Reisz (Mystery)
When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it's to discover he's been robbed. The only item stolen: a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it's property of the Maddox family, who owned and operated the Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War, until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows. No one except Paris. Why she wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed.
Mira * 9780778319429
CRIMSON SHORE by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Thriller)
Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast, together with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton. Pendergast and Constance soon learn that Exmouth is a town with a very dark and troubled history, and this skeleton may be only the first hint of an ancient transgression, kept secret all these years. But they will discover that the sins of the past are still very much alive.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455525942
THE DAY OF THE DONALD: Trump Trumps America! by Andrew Shaffer (Humor/Thriller)
Two years into President Donald J. Trump’s first term in office, America has never been greater. Ever conscious of his hugely important historical legacy, The Donald plucks disgraced tabloid reporter Jimmie Bernwood from the depths of anonymity to become his official biographer, giving him enviable access to the gold-plated White House and all of its secrets. When Trump's previous biographer turns up dead, Bernwood must do some real investigative reporting, get to the bottom of a long series of murders...and, if it's absolutely unavoidable, save the country.
Crooked Lane Books * 9781683310457
DAYS OF AWE by Lauren Fox (Fiction)
Only a year ago, Isabel Moore was married, was the object of adoration for her 10-year-old daughter, and thought she knew everything about her wild, extravagant, beloved best friend, Josie. But in that one short year, her husband moved out and rented his own apartment; her daughter grew into a moody insomniac; and Josie was killed in a single-car accident. As the relationships that long defined Isabel change before her eyes, she must try to understand who she really is.
Vintage * 9780307388278
DEPRAVED HEART: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell (Thriller)
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer genius niece Lucy. But how can it be? It’s clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost 20 years ago. The diabolical presence behind what unfolds seems obvious --- but strangely, not to the FBI. Certainly that’s the message they send when they raid Lucy’s estate and begin building a case that could send her to prison for the rest of her life.
William Morrow * 9780062325419
DISHING THE DIRT: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M. C. Beaton (Mystery)
When therapist Jill Davent moved to the village of Carsely, Agatha Raisin was not a fan. Not only was she romancing Agatha's ex-husband, she dug up details of Agatha's not-too-glamorous origins. Jill also counsels a woman who Agatha firmly believes assisted her son in some grisly murders. Not one to keep her feelings to herself, Agatha tells anyone who would listen that Jill is a charlatan and better off dead. So when Jill is found strangled to death in her office, Agatha becomes the prime suspect.
Minotaur Books * 9781250057433
THE FALL OF PRINCES by Robert Goolrick (Fiction)
In THE FALL OF PRINCES, Robert Goolrick brings to vivid life a world of excess and self-indulgence, where limousines waited for hours outside Manhattan’s newest trendy club or the latest dining hot spot. Where drugs were bountiful and not refused. Where no price was too high and flesh was always on offer. Where a quick trip to Europe or a weekend on the coast or a fabulous Hamptons beach house were just part of what was expected. When the money just kept coming and coming and coming...until it didn’t.
Algonquin Books * 9781616206031
FALSE POSITIVE by Andrew Grant (Thriller)
Alabama detective Cooper Devereaux may have met his match in fellow detective Jan Loflin, who’s fresh off a long undercover stint in Vice when they’re partnered on a case that will test them both beyond their direst nightmares. A seven-year-old boy has disappeared from his home in the Birmingham suburbs. But the more Devereaux digs into the missing child’s background, the more he discovers about his own, eventually shaking loose a series of harrowing truths --- about bloodlines, mass murder, obsession, and what two damaged detectives have in common with the innocent victim they’re so desperate to save.
Ballantine Books * 9780345540768
FIND A WAY: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream by Diane Nyad (Memoir)
When Diana Nyad arrived on the shore of Key West after 53 hours of grueling swimming across an epic ocean, she not only set a world record --- becoming the first person to swim the shark-infested waters between Cuba and Florida with no cage for protection --- she also succeeded in fulfilling a dream she first chased at age 28 and at long last achieved when she was 64. Now, in a riveting memoir, Diana shares a spirited account of what it takes to face one’s fears, engage one’s passions, and never ever give up.
Vintage * 9780804172912
THE FIRST CONFESSOR: The Legend of Magda Searus by Terry Goodkind (Fantasy)
Married to the powerful leader of her people, safe among those gifted with great ability, Magda Searus is protected from a distant world descending into war. But when her husband, a man who loved life and loved her, unexpectedly commits suicide, she suddenly finds herself alone. Despite her grief, she is driven to find the reasons behind why her husband would do such a thing. Though she is not gifted, she begins to discover that there may be more to his suicide than anyone knew.
Tor Fantasy * 9780765383075
FRIENDLY FIRE: A Jonathan Grave Thriller by John Gilstrap (Thriller)
Barista Ethan Falk chases a customer into the parking lot and kills him. He tells police that years ago the older man abducted and tortured him. Then Ethan's story takes an even stranger turn: he says he was rescued by a guy named Scorpion. Of course, there is no record of either the kidnapping or the rescue, because Scorpion --- Jonathan Grave --- operates outside the law and leaves no evidence. As Grave struggles to find a way to defend his former precious cargo without blowing his cover, he learns the dead man has secrets that trace to an ongoing terrorist plot against the heart of America.
Pinnacle * 9780786035076
GOLDEN AGE by Jane Smiley (Fiction)
It’s 1987, and the next generation of Langdons is facing economic, social and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors have encountered. Michael and Richie, twin sons of World War II hero Frank, work in the high-stakes worlds of government and finance --- but their fiercest enemies may be closer to home. Charlie, the charmer, struggles to find his way; Guthrie is deployed to Iraq, leaving the Iowa family farm in the hands of his younger sister, Felicity --- who, as always, has her own ideas. Determined to help preserve the planet, she worries that her family farm’s land is imperiled, and not only by the extremes of climate change.
Anchor * 9780307744821
THE HUMMINGBIRD by Stephen P. Kiernan (Fiction)
Deborah Birch is a seasoned hospice nurse whose daily work requires courage and compassion. But her skills and experience are tested in new and dramatic ways when her easygoing husband, Michael, returns from his third deployment to Iraq haunted by nightmares, anxiety and rage. At the same time, Deborah’s primary patient is Barclay Reed, a retired history professor and expert in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He tells her stories from that long-ago war, which help her find a way to assist her husband in battling his demons.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062369550
INVASION OF PRIVACY by Christopher Reich (Thriller)
FBI agent Joe Grant and a confidential informant are killed in a deadly shootout. The official report places blame for the deaths on Joe's shoulders, but the story just doesn't add up, and Joe’s wife, Mary, has too many troubling questions that need answers. Stonewalled by the FBI, Mary will be drawn into a deadly conspiracy that puts her in the crosshairs of the richest and most powerful men in America…and the newest and most terrifying surveillance system known to man.
Anchor * 9780307473820
THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen (Historical Fantasy/Adventure)
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062290410
THE KILLING GAME by Nancy Bush (Romantic Suspense)
Andi Wren is fighting to keep her late husband's company safe from vindictive competitors. When she receives an ominous note, Little birds must fly, she turns to P.I. Luke Denton. But though Luke has personal reasons for wanting to take down Wren Development's opponents, his investigation suggests this is deeper and far more dangerous than a business grudge. In a basement on the outskirts of town, police detectives unearth piles of skeletons. As they learn the shocking truth about each victim's identity, their case collides with Andi's, revealing a killer's ruthless plot and a chilling, lethal endgame.
Zebra * 9781420134667
LOCAL GIRLS by Caroline Zancan (Fiction)
Maggie, Lindsey and Nina have been friends for most of their lives. The girls grew up together in a dead-end Florida town on the outskirts of Orlando, and the love and loyalty they have for one another have been their only constants. Now 19 and restless, the girls spend empty summer days bouncing between unfulfilling jobs, the beach, and their favorite local bar, The Shamrock. It’s there that a chance encounter with a movie star on the last night of his life changes everything.
Riverhead Books * 9780399573125
MOLINA: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty by Bengie Molina with Joan Ryan (Memoir)
A baseball rules book. A tape measure. A lottery ticket. These were in the pocket of Bengie Molina’s father when he died of a heart attack on the rutted Little League field in his Puerto Rican barrio. The items serve as thematic guideposts in Molina’s memoir about his father, who through baseball taught his three sons about loyalty, humility, courage and the true meaning of success.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451641059
THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTER by Jonathan Kellerman (Psychological Thriller)
A brilliant, deeply dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches. Only five years old when she witnessed her parents’ deaths in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But even as an adult with an accomplished professional life, Grace still has a dark, secret side. When her two worlds shockingly converge, Grace’s harrowing past returns with a vengeance.
Ballantine Books * 9781101885338
MUSE by Jonathan Galassi (Fiction)
Paul Dukach is heir apparent at Purcell & Stern, one of the last independent publishing houses in New York. Working with his boss, the flamboyant Homer Stern, he learns the ins and outs of the book trade. But Paul’s deepest admiration has always been reserved for one writer: poet Ida Perkins, whose longtime publisher (also her cousin and erstwhile lover) happens to be Homer’s biggest rival. When Paul at last has the chance to meet Ida, she entrusts him with her greatest secret --- one that will change all of their lives forever.
Vintage * 9780804172493
THE NEW NEIGHBOR by Leah Stewart (Psychological Thriller)
Ninety-year-old Margaret Riley is content hiding from the world. She rarely leaves her Tennessee home, finding comfort in the mystery novels that keep her company. Her new neighbor, Jennifer Young, is also looking to hide. On the run from her old life, she and her young son have moved to a quiet town where no one from her past can find her. In Jennifer, Margaret sees a potential companion for her loneliness and a mystery to be solved. But when Jennifer refuses to befriend her, Margaret crosses more and more boundaries in pursuit of the truth, threatening to unravel the life Jennifer has so painstakingly created --- and reveal some secrets of her own.
Touchstone * 9781501103520
ONE WAY OR ANOTHER by Elizabeth Adler (Mystery/Thriller)
One moment Angie Morse is standing on the deck of a large luxury yacht, and the next she feels a stinging blow to her head. And then a push. She is in the water. She can see people on the yacht, but they don't seem to notice that she’s gone. These are her friends, and one is her love. Each one had a reason for getting rid of her, though she never would have thought it would come to this. Revenge burns so deeply inside her that she knows she will survive somehow. She will get them all. One way or another.
St. Martin’s Paperbacks * 9781250058201
OUR SOULS AT NIGHT by Kent Haruf (Fiction)
Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’ wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.
Vintage * 9781101911921
PALACE OF TREASON by Jason Matthews (Thriller)
Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. What no one knows is that she is working for the CIA as Washington’s most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin. As she expertly dodges exposure, Dominika deals with a murderously psychotic boss; survives an Iranian assassination attempt; escapes a counterintelligence ambush; rescues an arrested agent and exfiltrates him out of Russia; and has a chilling midnight conversation with President Putin.
Pocket Books * 9781501135071
PATRIOT: An Alex Hawke Novel by Ted Bell (Thriller/Adventure)
In corrupt Russia, an erratic Vladimir Putin is determined to forge his country into a formidable superpower once again. He intends to redraw the map of Europe and will go to impossible extremes to realize his fantasies. Kremlin scientists have developed a radical new weapon that could forever alter modern warfare. NATO, locked in a tense standoff over Ukraine, Poland and Estonia, knows Putin will not hesitate to use it. But there is one man who can bring the world back from the brink: Britain’s foremost intelligence asset, Lord Alexander Hawke.
William Morrow * 9780062279439
PERFECTLY GOOD CRIME: A Kate Bradley Mystery by Dete Meserve (Mystery)
When the estates of the 100 wealthiest Americans are targeted in a series of sophisticated, high-tech heists, Los Angeles TV news reporter Kate Bradley must venture inside the world of the super rich to investigate the biggest story of the year. As the heists escalate, Kate’s search is thwarted when the Los Angeles police detective she’s been working with mysteriously disappears, her senator father demands that she stop reporting on the heists, and the billionaire victims refuse to talk to the media. Kate uncovers clues that those behind the robberies have shocking, yet uplifting, motives --- it just may be a perfectly good crime that brings about powerful change.
Melrose Hill Publishing * 9780991449934
PRECIOUS GIFTS by Danielle Steel (Fiction)
Paul Parker won the heart of a wealthy young Frenchwoman as his second wife. In two marriages, he fathered a challenging son and three very different daughters. But as irresponsible as he was irresistible, he ultimately shrugged off the demands of marriage and parenting to pursue life as an international bon vivant. Now, after a long illness, Paul has slipped away peacefully in his sleep. As his final wishes are revealed, his son is forced to face reality as an adult. And his daughters see a new side to their father --- one that shows a caring man trying to redeem himself with a different, lasting legacy.
Dell * 9781101966921
SLADE HOUSE by David Mitchell (Paranormal Thriller)
Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents --- an odd brother and sister --- extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812988079
THANK YOU, GOODNIGHT by Andy Abramowitz (Fiction/Humor)
Teddy Tremble is nearing 40 and has settled into a comfortable groove, working at a stuffy law firm and living in a downtown apartment with a woman he thinks he might love. Sure, his days aren’t as exciting as the time he spent as the lead singer of the rock band Tremble, but that life has long since passed its sell-by date. But when Teddy gets a cryptic call from an old friend, he’s catapulted into contemplating the unthinkable: reuniting Tremble for one last shot at rewriting history.
Touchstone * 9781476791784
VANISHING GAMES by Roger Hobbs (Thriller)
Just before dawn on the South China Sea, pirates open fire on a small smuggling yacht. Their target is a bag of uncut sapphires worth millions. But an unexpected treasure sends everything sideways: Within minutes, two pirates are dead, leaving the third to claim the mysterious windfall for himself. The boss, Angela, isn’t about to let that happen. She calls in a fixer known as the Ghostman; given the right motivation, he can make serious problems vanish. In order to recover the loot, they’ll have to face down a crime boss, a hit man, and a conspiracy bigger --- and more dangerous --- than they ever imagined.
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard * 9780804170949
THE TEMPORARY AGENT by Daniel Judson (Thriller)
Five years after his life was saved in Afghanistan by Marine Force Recon Leader Charlie Cahill, former Navy Seabee Tom Sexton lives a bleak, nomadic existence, haunted by the debt he can never repay. Salvation appears in Stella --- a woman as damaged and resourceful as he is. But when a coded distress call from his former CO leads him to a shadowy NSA operative, Tom is recruited for a “black op” to bring back the now-rogue man who saved his life. As he searches for Cahill, Tom quickly uncovers a much larger web of treason and betrayal that calls his entire world into question --- and forces him into the ultimate no-win scenario.
Thomas & Mercer * 9781503934993
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