Skip to main content

On Sale This Week

August 19, 2014

August 19, 2014

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of August 18th and August 25th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.

May we ask that you forward this newsletter to friends who you think would enjoy reading it?

On Sale the Week of August 18th in Hardcover

August 19th

ADULTERY by Paulo Coelho (Fiction)
A woman in her 30s begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody's eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who, years earlier, had been her high school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice.
Knopf * 9781101874080

BITTERSWEET by Colleen McCullough (Historical Romance)
Because they are two sets of twins, the four Latimer sisters are as close as can be. Together they decide to enroll in a training program for nurses --- a new option for women of their time, who previously have been largely limited to the role of wives, and preferably mothers. As the sisters become immersed in hospital life and the demands of their training, they meet people and encounter challenges that spark new maturity and independence.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476755410

DEAR COMMITTEE MEMBERS by Julie Schumacher (Fiction)
Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor at a small liberal arts college. His department is facing cuts and squalid quarters, while another department is getting lavishly remodeled offices. His writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life. In short, his life is a tale of woe, and the vehicle this novel uses to tell that tale is a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce.
Doubleday * 9780385538138

DON’T LOOK BACK by Gregg Hurwitz (Thriller)
While on a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, Eve Hardaway spots a menacing man in his yard throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. With a violent past and deadly mission, he will do anything to avoid being discovered. Due to a major storm that wipes out the roads and all communication with the outside world, Eve’s tour group is trapped in the jungle with a dangerous predator who has a secret to protect.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312626839

THE EQUALIZER by Michael Sloan (Thriller)
Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector and an investigator. In this novel, based on the 1980s television show and timed to come out shortly before the feature film version starring Denzel Washington, McCall goes up against an old enemy, a Chechen nightclub owner, who now runs an elite assassination service to try and save the life of an innocent woman.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250041968

FLINGS: Stories by Justin Taylor (Fiction/Short Stories)
In this piercing collection of short fiction, Justin Taylor captures the lives of men and women unmoored from their pasts and uncertain of their futures. A man writes his girlfriend a Dear John letter, gets in his car and just drives. A widowed insomniac is roused from malaise when an alligator appears in her backyard. A group of college friends try to stay close after graduation, but are drawn away from --- and back toward --- each other by the choices they make.
Harper * 9780062310156

GUN METAL HEART by Dana Haynes (Thriller)
Diego, an old colleague of freelance operative Daria Gibron, had been a bodyguard in Florence, protecting an engineer and her invention, when they were attacked by a highly trained paramilitary group. He alone escaped, and the White Scorpions, a Serbian mercenary group known for their indiscriminate violence, are now after him. At the same time, a small group of disgraced CIA agents have been waiting for their chance to exact revenge on the person they blame for their discharge --- Daria Gibron.
Minotaur Books * 9781250009647

HAUNTED: A Hannah Smith Novel by Randy Wayne White (Thriller)
The house is historic, some say haunted. It is also slated to be razed and replaced by condos, unless Hannah Smith can do something about it. She’s been hired by a wealthy Palm Beach widow to prove that the house’s seller didn’t disclose everything he knew about the place when he unloaded it, including its role in a bloody Civil War skirmish, and the suicides --- or were they murders? --- of two previous owners.
Putnam Adult * 9780399169762

I'LL BE BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS: My Memoir by Pat O'Brien (Memoir)
In I’LL BE BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS, Pat O'Brien reveals the highs and lows of the life of a radio and TV broadcaster, spent sharing the mic with the world’s rich and famous while battling an infamous public scandal and demons that nearly killed him. With laughter, tears and miracles, he reveals how he learned to accept his mistakes, find redemption and become the father he never had, proving there really are second and even third acts in life.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312564377

INTERNATIONAL NIGHT: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World by Mark Kurlansky and Talia Kurlanksy
(Memoir)
Once a week in the Kurlansky home, Mark spins a globe and wherever his daughter's finger lands becomes the theme of that Friday night's dinner. Their tradition of International Night has afforded Mark an opportunity to share with Talia the recipes, stories and insights he has collected over more than 30 years of traveling the world writing about food, culture and history, and his charming pen-and-ink drawings, which appear throughout the book.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620400272

MEAN STREAK by Sandra Brown (Romantic Suspense)
Dr. Emory Charbonneau disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man with a violent past. As her husband's deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer from those who wish her dead --- and from heartbreak.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455581122

ONE KICK: A Kick Lannigan Novel by Chelsea Cain (Thriller)
Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick Lannigan captured America’s hearts when she was rescued five years later. Trained as a marksman, lock picker, escape artist and bomb maker by her abductor, Kick could not return to the life of the average young girl after her release. When two children go missing in three weeks, an enigmatic and wealthy former weapons dealer approaches the now-21-year-old with a proposition --- and he won’t take no for an answer.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476749785

ONE OF US by Tawni O'Dell (Psychological Thriller)
As a boy, forensic psychologist Sheridan Doyle (aka Danny Doyle) was plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother. Returning to a hometown grappling with its own ghosts, Danny finds a dead body at the infamous Lost Creek gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was once executed. Teaming up with veteran detective Rafe, Danny comes dangerously close to startling truths about his family, his past and himself.
Gallery Books * 9781476755878

THE ORGANIZED MIND: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin (Cognitive Psychology)
The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more --- and faster --- decisions about our lives than ever before. But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In THE ORGANIZED MIND, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel --- and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces and time.
Dutton Adult * 9780525954187

OUR GREAT BIG AMERICAN GOD: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity by Matthew Paul Turner (Christian Life/Social Issues)
Americans love God. We stamp God on our money, our bumper stickers, and our bodies. With a church on nearly every street, it's hard to deny our country's deep connection with the divine. Yet culture critic Matthew Paul Turner says that God didn't just change America --- America changed God. As a result, do we even recognize the "real" God? Here, Turner explores the United States' vast influence on God, told through an amazing true history of faith, politics and evangelical pyrotechnics.
Jericho Books * 9781455547340

PAYOFF by Douglas Corleone (Thriller)
When movie studio mogul Edgar Trenton’s teenage daughter, Olivia, is kidnapped during a violent home invasion, former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk is called upon to ensure a smooth ransom exchange. But once it becomes clear that the kidnappers never intended to return Olivia to her parents, Simon must follow a lethal trail that will lead him from the powdery white sand beaches of the Cayman Islands through the wild jungles of Costa Rica, and into some of the darkest and deadliest cities of South America.
Minotaur Books * 9781250040732

SIMPLIFY: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul by Bill Hybels (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
If you crave a simpler life anchored by the priorities that matter most, roll up your sleeves: Simplified living requires more than just cleaning out your closets or reorganizing your desk drawer. It requires uncluttering your soul. By eradicating the stuff that leaves your spirit drained, you can stop doing what doesn’t matter --- and start doing what does. In SIMPLIFY, Bill Hybels identifies the core issues that lure us into frenetic living --- and offers searingly practical steps for sweeping the clutter from our souls.
Tyndale Momentum * 9781414391229

THE STORY HOUR by Thrity Umrigar (Fiction)
An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. When Maggie and Lakshmi open up and share long-buried secrets, the revelations will jeopardize their close bond, shake their faith in each other, and force them to confront painful choices.
Harper * 9780062259301

SWEETNESS #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark (Fiction)
It's 1973, and David Leveraux has landed his dream job as a Flavorist-in-Training. While testing a new artificial sweetener --- "Sweetness #9" --- he notices unusual side-effects in the laboratory rats and monkeys. David tries to blow the whistle, but swallows it instead. Years later, Sweetness #9 is America's most popular sweetener --- and David's family is changing. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David's failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the American condition?
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316278751

TIMELESS: Love, Morgenthau, and Me by Lucinda Franks (Memoir)
In TIMELESS, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Lucinda Franks tells the intimate story of her marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. Here, she offers a confidential tour of their unconventional years together. At the same time, she takes us behind the scenes to reveal the untold stories behind some of Morgenthau’s most famous cases, many of which she helped him brainstorm for.
Sarah Crichton Books * 9780374280802

VISIONS: A Cainsville Novel by Kelley Armstrong (Supernatural Thriller/Fantasy)
OMENS, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s series for adults, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes. Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953050

WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Matthew Thomas (Fiction)
When Eileen Tumulty meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with in Woolside, Queens, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers that Ed doesn’t aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream. She encourages him to want more, but as years pass, it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476756660

WINDIGO ISLAND by William Kent Krueger (Mystery)
When the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don’t solve the mystery of how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. At the request of the Arceneaux family, Cork O’Connor, former sheriff turned private investigator, is soon on the case.
Atria Books * 9781476749235
On Sale the Week of August 18th in Paperback

August 19th

A BOUQUET OF LOVE: Weddings by Design, Book 4 by Janice Thompson (Romance)
Paperback Original
Cassia Pappas wants to spend her time immersed in her new job at a Galveston Island floral shop, but her huge Greek family has other ideas. To make matters worse, as Cassia is trying to develop a strong professional relationship with Galveston's premier wedding coordinator, Bella Neeley, her own father is intent on stealing all of the Rossi family's faithful customers. Still, at least Alex, that hot delivery guy from the nursery, is always hanging around the flower shop...
Revell * 9780800721558

HOME TO CHICORY LANE: A Chicory Inn Novel by Deborah Raney (Romance)
Paperback Original
Audrey Whitman's dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast. Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey's daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she's pulling makes it clear she's not just here for a few days. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?
Abingdon Press * 9781426769696

IMPOSSIBLE ODDS: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six by Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm, with Anthony Flacco (Memoir)
IMPOSSIBLE ODDS chronicles the mutual journey of Jessica Buchanan and her husband, Erik Landemalm, during the torturous months when Jessica was kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom by a band of Somali pirates. Together they relate the events prior to the kidnapping, the drama of Jessica’s fight to stay alive, and Erik’s efforts to bolster and support the hunt for her while he acted as liaison between their two families, the FBI, professional hostage negotiators, and the United States government.
Atria Books * 9781476725185

SNOW HUNTERS by Paul Yoon (Fiction)
SNOW HUNTERS traces the extraordinary journey of Yohan, who defects from his country at the end of the Korean War, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life on the coast of Brazil. Throughout his years there, four people slip in and out of his life: Kiyoshi, the Japanese tailor for whom he works; Peixe, the groundskeeper at the town church; and two vagrant children named Santi and Bia. Yohan longs to connect with these people, but to do so, he must let go of his traumatic past.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476714820

SYCAMORE ROW by John Grisham (Legal Thriller)
Twenty-five years after the publication of A TIME TO KILL, John Grisham returns to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial --- a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.
Dell * 9780345543240

THIEF OF GLORY by Sigmund Brouwer (Historical Mystery)
Paperback Original
For 10-year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows --- his frail, troubled mother.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307446497

THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo (Fiction)
Paperback Original
Nearing 30 and trying to avoid the inescapable fact that they have failed to live up to everyone's expectations and their own aspirations, cousins and childhood best friends Lizzie, Elyse and Isobel seek respite in an oddly-shaped, three-story house. As they work to restore the almost-condemned house, each woman faces uncomfortable truths about her own failings.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062130549

 

On Sale the Week of August 25th in Hardcover


August 26th

CLOSE TO HOME by Lisa Jackson (Thriller)
Vowing to make a fresh start, Sarah McAdams has come home to renovate the old Victorian mansion where she grew up. Ever since the original mistress of the house plunged to her death almost a century ago, there have been rumors that the place is haunted. But there’s a new, more urgent menace in the small town. One by one, teenage girls are disappearing. Somewhere deep in Sarah’s memory is the key to a very real and terrifying danger. And only by confronting her worst fears can she stop the nightmare roaring back to life once more.
Kensington * 9780758258595

THE END OF INNOCENCE by Allegra Jordan (Historical Romance)
Helen Windship Brooks is struggling to find herself at the renowned Harvard-Radcliffe university when carefree British playboy Riley Spencer and his brooding German poet-cousin, Wils Brandl, burst into her sheltered world. But with foreign tensions mounting and the country teetering on the brink of World War I, German-born Wils finds his future at Harvard increasingly in danger. When both cousins are called to fight on opposing sides of the same war, Helen must decide if she is ready to fight her own battle for what she loves most.
Sourcebooks Landmark * 9781492603832

F by Daniel Kehlmann (Fiction)
Arthur is a wannabe writer who takes his sons to see the Great Lindemann, Master of Hypnosis. The Great Lindemann gets Arthur to tell him his deepest secrets and then tells him to make them real. Arthur empties his bank account and vanishes to become a world-famous author (F is for fake). But what of the boys? Martin grows up to be a priest without a vocation (F is for faith). Eric becomes a financier (F is for fraud), while Ivan, a talented artist, becomes a forger (F is for forgery). When the summer of the global financial crisis dawns, they're thrown together again with cataclysmic results.
Pantheon * 9780307911810

FIVES AND TWENTY-FIVES by Michael Pitre (Fiction)
Dispatched to fill potholes on the highways of Iraq, the road repair platoon works to assure safe passage for citizens and military personnel. Lieutenant Donavan leads the platoon, painfully aware of his shortcomings and isolated by his rank. Doc Pleasant, the medic, joined for opportunity, but finds his pride undone as he watches friends die. And Kateb is an Iraqi interpreter whose love of American culture is matched only by his disdain for what Americans are doing to his country.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620407547

THE FURIES by Natalie Haynes (Psychological Mystery)
After losing her fiancé in a shocking tragedy, Alex Morris moves from London to Edinburgh to take a job teaching drama therapy at a last-chance learning community for teens expelled from other schools in the city. Her most challenging class is an intimidating group of teenagers who have been given up on by everyone before her. Alex soon discovers, though, that discussing the Greek tragedies opens them up in unexpected ways. But are these tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge teaching more than Alex ever intended?
St. Martin's Press * 9781250048004

HARBOR ISLAND: A Sharpe & Donovan Novel by Carla Neggers (Romantic Suspense)
Emma Sharpe joins her grandfather Wendell Sharpe, a world-renowed art detective, in the search for a serial art thief who has eluded them for a decade. The first heist occurred in Ireland, where an ancient cross was stolen, and now the thief leaves a replica after each crime to remind them of their failure. But when the replica turns up on the body of a dead woman, Emma must now face questions about her relationship with her fiance, while tracking the most ruthless killer she has ever encountered.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778316534

HER LAST WHISPER: A Charlotte Stone Novel by Karen Robards (Paranormal Romantic Suspense)
The last time criminal psychology expert Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone helped capture a serial killer, it was nearly the last thing she ever did. But when dangerous duty calls, she can’t refuse. And there’s no greater danger than the Cinderella Killer, a charming predator who lures beautiful, single women to their deaths. FBI agent Lena Kaminsky fears her missing sister has fallen prey to the seductive psychopath, but it’s Charlie who ends up gambling with her life when the killer decides she’s just his type.
Ballantine Books * 9780804178266

HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Romance)
He’s a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She’s a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids’ puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs. But she’s not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they’re trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers, or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes. It’s going to be a long, hot winter.
William Morrow * 9780062106070

THE IRON SICKLE: A Sueño & Bascom Mystery Set in Korea by Martin Limon (Mystery)
Early one rainy morning, the head of the 8th United States Army Claims Office in Seoul, South Korea, is brutally murdered by a Korean man in a trench coat with a small iron sickle hidden in his sleeve. Against orders, CID agents George Sueño and Ernie Bascom start to investigate. Somehow, no one they speak to has been interviewed yet. The 8th Army isn't great at solving cases, but they aren't usually this bad either. George and Ernie begin to suspect that someone doesn’t want the case solved.
Soho Crime * 9781616953911

LISETTE’S LIST by Susan Vreeland (Historical Romance)
A young Parisian woman must move to Provence to take care of her husband's ailing grandfather. She discovers that, despite the horrors of war, the paintings of Cézanne, Pissarro, Chagall and Picasso bring a fresh perspective and breathe new life into her --- and allow her once again to experience love.
Random House * 9781400068173

LOCK IN by John Scalzi (Thriller)
A new and highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. For most, the virus is nothing worse than the flu, but for the unlucky 1% of the population, it results in locked-in syndrome: the victim is fully awake and aware but unable to respond. Fifteen years later, integrators are able to let the locked-in borrow their bodies, when a single murder rocks this new world and everything they thought was true.
Tor Books * 9780765375865

THE LONG WAY HOME: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny (Mystery)
Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. While he doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, his neighbor Clara Morrow tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home, and she wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. But he does.
Minotaur Books * 9781250022066

THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton (Historical Fiction)
Set in 17th-century Amsterdam --- against the backdrop of the Calvinist Church's oppressive grip, the gossip of the Guilds, and the overblown trading of the Dutch East India Company --- THE MINIATURIST is a masterful, mystery-laden debut in the tradition of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters and Sarah Dunant.
Ecco * 9780062306814

MR. TALL: A Novella and Stories by Tony Earley (Fiction/Short Stories)
The stories in MR. TALL introduce us not only to ordinary people seeking to live extraordinary lives, but also to the skunk ape (a southern variant of Bigfoot), the ghost of Jesse James, and a bone-tired Jack the Giant Killer. Whether it's Appalachia, Nashville, the Carolina Coast, or a make-believe land of talking dogs, each world Tony Earley creates is indelible.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316246125

THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA by Katy Simpson Smith (Historical Fiction)
Set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA is a debut novel that follows three generations of family --- fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave, characters who yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery and love.
Harper * 9780062335944

STRANGE SHORES: An Inspector Erlendur Novel by Arnaldur Indridason (Mystery)
A young woman who has disappeared has left in her wake a tempest of lies, betrayal and revenge. Decades later, somewhere in the same wilderness, Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for the missing woman but also for his long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snowstorm when they were children has colored his entire life. Slowly, the past begins to surrender its secrets. But as Erlendur uncovers a story about the limits of human endurance, he realizes that many people would prefer their crimes to stay buried.
Minotaur Books * 9781250000408

SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller (Mystery)
It’s high summer in Acker's Gap, West Virginia, but no one is enjoying the rugged natural landscape. Not while a killer stalks the small town and its hard-luck inhabitants. County prosecutor Bell Elkins and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong are stymied by a murderer who seems to come and go like smoke on the mountain. At the same time, Bell must deal with the return from prison of her sister, Shirley --- who, like Bell, carries the indelible scars of a savage past.
Minotaur Books * 9781250044730

On Sale the Week of August 25th in Paperback


August 26th

BEING A ROCKEFELLER, BECOMING MYSELF: A Memoir by Eileen Rockefeller (Memoir)
In BEING A ROCKEFELLER, BECOMING MYSELF, the great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller and the daughter of David and Peggy Rockefeller reveals what it was like to grow up as the youngest of six children and 22 cousins in one of the world’s most famous families. Eileen learned in childhood that great wealth and fame could open almost any door, but they could not buy a sense of personal worth.
Plume * 9780142181379

BLEEDING EDGE by Thomas Pynchon (Fiction)
It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left.
Penguin Books * 9780143125754

THE CREEPS: A Samuel Johnson Tale by John Connolly
(Fantasy/Horror)
When a new toy shop’s opening goes terrifyingly awry, Samuel Johnson must gather a ragtag band of dwarfs, policemen, and very polite monsters to face down the greatest threat the Multiverse has ever known --- not to mention assorted vampires, a girl with an unnatural fondness for spiders, and highly flammable unfriendly elves.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781476757100

EARLY DECISION by Lacy Crawford (Fiction)
EARLY DECISION is a novel that follows five students over one autumn as Anne, “the application whisperer,” helps them craft their college essays, cram for the SATs, and perfect the Common Application. It seems their entire future is on the line --- and it is. It’s because the process, warped as it is by money, connections, competition and parental mania, threatens to crush their independence just as adulthood begins.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062240699

FAR GONE by Laura Griffin
(Romantic Suspense)
While on leave from her job, police detective Andrea Finch gets an urgent call from her younger brother. Her search for answers takes her to a dusty Texas border town where danger lurks in plain sight. FBI agent Jon North is working undercover in west Texas investigating an unsolved murder that may be linked to a broader plot. But when the evidence points to Andrea’s brother, Jon finds that persuading the stubborn cop to help will be harder than cracking his toughest case.
Pocket Books * 9781476758855

THE HUMANITY PROJECT by Jean Thompson (Fiction)
After surviving a shooting at her high school, Linnea is packed off to live with her estranged father. His neighbor, Christie, is a nurse distracted by an eccentric patient, Mrs. Foster, who has given Christie the reins to her Humanity Project, a bizarre and well-endowed charity fund. Meanwhile, Conner, the Fosters’ handyman, has become the one person in which Linnea can confide. As these characters and many more hurtle toward their fates, the Humanity Project is born: Can you indeed pay someone to be good? At what price?
Plume * 9780142180907

THE IMPERSONATOR by Mary Miley (Historical Mystery)
Leah Randall, a young vaudeville actress, discovers that she looks exactly like Jessie Carr, an heiress who vanished years ago. When Jessie's uncle asks her to impersonate Jessie in order to inherit her considerable estate and then split it with him, Leah is reluctant but can't resist --- which propels her into more than one murder mystery.
Minotaur Books * 9781250054302

IN DOUBT by Drusilla Campbell (Mystery)
Paperback Original
Defense Attorney Sophie Giraudo is about to open a new legal practice in her hometown when the beloved governor is shot and seriously wounded. The only thing more shocking than the crime itself is the identity of the would-be assassin: a seemingly gentle teenager named Donny. Sophie reluctantly agrees to take him on as a client, but as she digs deeper into Donny's past, Sophie begins to suspect that he might not be the cold-blooded killer everyone thinks he is.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455510337

THE KIDS GOT IT RIGHT: How the Texas All-Stars Kicked Down Racial Walls by Jim Dent (Sports)
New York Times bestselling author Jim Dent pens the compelling story of how a black and white player came together to break the color barrier in Texas football in 1965. Jerry LeVias and Bill Bradley bonded as friends at the Big 33 high school all-star game, producing a dramatic finish that fans still talk about.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250053954

KIND OF CRUEL by Sophie Hannah (Psychological Thriller)
Amber Hewerdine suffers from chronic insomnia and, as a last resort, decides to visit a hypnotherapist. Under hypnosis, she hears herself saying “Kind, cruel, kind of cruel,” words that awaken a vague memory. Two hours later, Amber is arrested for the brutal murder of a woman she’s never heard of, and the only way she can clear her name is by remembering exactly where she has seen those words.
Penguin Books * 9780143124627

THE LITTER OF THE LAW: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (Mystery)
Rita Mae Brown collaborates with feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown in a new mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, the curious cat detectives Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the valiant crime-solving corgi. Halloween arrives early this year to rural central Virginia, when a twisted killer will stop at nothing to protect a multimillion-dollar scheme.
Bantam * 9780345530493

MADAME PICASSO by Anne Girard (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world. Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso's life.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778316350

OUTLAW: A Robin Monarch Novel by Mark Sullivan (Thriller)
Former CIA operative and master thief Robin Monarch and his counterpart, a mysterious Chinese agent, embark upon a dangerous journey into the underbelly of Southeast Asia, a world of corrupt Vietnamese Army officers, fanatical pirates, Hong Kong triad leaders, and volatile mercenaries living around the red light districts of Thailand. As they get closer and closer, Monarch learns that his whole mission may not be what it seems.
Minotaur Books * 9781250048295

PRIVATE DOWN UNDER by James Patterson and Michael White (Thriller)
Paperback Original
With the best detectives in the business, cutting-edge technology and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. Within days the agency's caseload is full. But it is a horrific murder in the wealthy Eastern Suburbs and the desperate search for a motive that stretches the team to the limit. Stacy Friel, friend of the Deputy Commissioner of NSW Police, isn't the killer's first victim --- and as the bodies mount up, she's clearly not the last.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455529780

SILVER BAY by Jojo Moyes (Romance)
Paperback Original
Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past. But the unspoiled beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the safety she craves --- if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer, a mild-mannered Englishman with too-smart clothes and distracting eyes, shows up as a guest in her aunt’s hotel. His arrival could destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect.
Penguin Books * 9780143126485

SISTER MOTHER HUSBAND DOG: (Etc) by Delia Ephron (Memoir/Essays)
In SISTER MOTHER HUSBAND DOG, Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of unforgettable, moving and provocative essays. The emotional linchpin in this collection is the author’s stirring, eloquent response to the death of Nora Ephron --- Delia’s older sister and frequent writing companion.
Plume * 9780142181096

WHEN SHADOWS FALL by J. T. Ellison
(Thriller)
Forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Owens thought life was finally returning to normal after she suffered a terrible personal loss. Settling into her new job at Georgetown University, the illusion is shattered when she receives a disturbing letter from a dead man imploring her to solve his murder. There's only one catch: Timothy Savage's death was so obviously the suicide of a demented individual that the case has been closed.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778317104

THE WINTER GUEST by Pam Jenoff (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
Set in Poland during World War II, The WINTER GUEST follows twin 18-year-old sisters Helena and Ruth Nowak. The two are left to care for their younger siblings while avoiding detection from the Nazis. But when Helena discovers Sam Rosen, an Allied paratrooper and Jew, she risks her family's safety by hiding him. Will Ruth be okay with Helena's budding romance, or will her jealously endanger them all?
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778315964


Don't forget to forward this newsletter to a friend or to visit the websites in TheBookReportNetwork.com:
Bookreporter.com, 20SomethingReads.com, ReadingGroupGuides.com, GraphicNovelReporter.com, FaithfulReader.com, Teenreads.com, Kidsreads.com and AuthorsOnTheWeb.com.

The Book Report Network
250 W. 57th Street - Suite 1228

New York, New York 10107

connect with us twitterfacebook