July 22, 2014
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of July 21st and July 28th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of July 21st in Hardcover
BRAVO by Greg Rucka (Thriller)
Still recovering from traumas both physical and emotional, Jad Bell is tasked with bringing in the Uzbek, principal organizer of the terrorist attack that nearly cost Bell his ex-wife and daughter. But the Uzbek is just the beginning: his employer, the Architect, has already set in motion another, even more devastating attack. At the center of it all are two women under deep cover.
Mulholland Books * 9780316182300
DOUBLE AGENT: The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring by Peter Duffy (Military History)
Before the United States joined World War II, the FBI uncovered a ring of Nazi spies in New York City, and President Franklin Roosevelt declared J. Edgar Hoover as America’s spymaster. As war began, a naturalized German-American was recruited by Nazis to convey messages to Germany. This man, William G. Sebold, approached the FBI and became the first double agent in the Bureau’s history, and the investigation led to the arrest of 33 enemy agents.
Scribner * 9781451667950
HOUNDED: An Andy Carpenter Novel by David Rosenfelt (Mystery)
After getting a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, Andy Carpenter appears at the scene of a crime, where the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour has been discovered. It isn’t long before Pete himself comes under suspicion for Danny’s murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him…and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day.
Minotaur Books * 9781250024749
LAST TO KNOW by Elizabeth Adler (Mystery)
Detective Harry Jordan is out for a walk when the night is rocked by an explosion: the Havnel house is engulfed in a conflagration, and young Bea Havnel is seen fleeing, hair on fire, plunging into the lake. She survives but her mother does not, and Harry is pulled into the investigation. When it’s discovered that Lacey Havnel died not from the explosion but from a knife wound, it’s soon clear that a murderer is on the loose. And this murderer is poised to strike again.
Minotaur Books * 9781250019929
MAEVE BINCHY: The Biography by Piers Dudgeon (Biography)
Maeve Binchy's heartwarming tales of love, life and loss made her one of America’s best-loved storytellers. Her novels, which sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, captured imaginations on both sides of the Atlantic in a way that most authors only dream of. In this extraordinary biography, Piers Dudgeon reveals that the inspiration for many of her stories came from Maeve’s own hard-won experience growing up in Ireland.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250047144
A PERFECT LIFE by Danielle Steel (Fiction)
The incomparable Danielle Steel has written a novel that pulsates with emotion and honesty as three people face the truth about themselves. A PERFECT LIFE is about what we do when facades fall away and we can no longer run from the truth. As old ideas fail, everything changes, and life is suddenly brand new.
Delacorte Press * 9780345530943
REMAINS OF INNOCENCE: A Brady Novel of Suspense by J. A. Jance (Mystery)
When cleaning out the house of her dying mother, Liza Machett discovers a fortune in hundred-dollar bills. Tracing the money’s origins will take Liza on a journey that will end in Cochise County, where Sheriff Joanna Brady is embroiled in a personal mystery of her own. A man she considers a family friend is found dead at the bottom of a hole in a limestone cavern near Bisbee. Are the two disparate cases connected?
William Morrow * 9780062134707
BLUE-EYED BOY: A Memoir by Robert Timberg (Memoir)
In January 1967, Robert Timberg was a short-timer, counting down the days until his combat tour ended. He had 13 days to go when his vehicle struck a Viet Cong land mine, resulting in third-degree burns of his face and much of his body. He survived, barely, then began the arduous battle back, determined to build a new life and make it matter.
The Penguin Press * 9781594205668
THE FORSAKEN: A Quinn Colson Novel by Ace Atkins (Thriller)
Thirty-six years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi. In less than two days, he was accused of rape and murder and lynched. When evidence surfaces of his innocence, county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out to charge those responsible for the lynching. But as he uncovers old lies and secrets, he runs into fierce opposition from people willing to play dirty. He finds himself accused of terrible crimes, and it is anyone’s guess who will prevail --- or even come out of it alive.
Putnam Adult * 9780399161797
On Sale the Week of July 21st in Paperback
ROSE KENNEDY: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch by Barbara A. Perry (Biography)
Rose Kennedy was the daughter of a state senator and the mayor of Boston, wife of an ambassador, and mother of nine children, including one U.S. president and two U.S. senators. She led a life of wealth, celebrity, privilege and power, yet suffered great personal tragedy. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at one of America's most influential mothers of the 20th century.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393349467
APPROACHING THE SPEED OF LIGHT by Victoria Lustbader (Fiction)
Jody is a likable young man getting by in New York City at the turn of the millennium. On the surface, he seems to have it together. But a secret history has left him scarred and broken inside, lacking faith in the future or himself. Jody’s buried secrets hold him back until his trajectory crosses the path of three very different women, who, in their own ways, hold out the tantalizing possibility of healing, connection…or self-destruction.
Forge Books * 9780765378835
JAPANTOWN by Barry Lancet (Thriller)
In Barry Lancet’s debut thriller, readers are introduced to Jim Brodie, an American antique dealer-turned-reluctant-private eye who must use his knowledge of Japanese culture to unravel a major murder in San Francisco --- even as he and his daughter, Jenny, become targets for the same mysterious killer.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451691702
TAKE ME WITH YOU by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Fiction)
August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he has spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go.
Lake Union Publishing * 9781477820018
THE TROOP: A Novel of Terror by Nick Cutter (Horror/Thriller)
Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip. An unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite like a wild animal. He is shockingly thin, disturbingly pale and voraciously hungry --- a man in unspeakable torment who exposes Tim and the boys to something far more frightening than any ghost story. Within his body is a bioengineered nightmare, a horror that spreads faster than fear.
Pocket Books * 9781476717722
On Sale the Week of July 28th in Hardcover
BACK CHANNEL by Stephen L. Carter (Historical Thriller)
It’s October 1962, and the Soviet Union has smuggled missiles into Cuba. Kennedy and Khrushchev are in the midst of a military face-off that could lead to nuclear conflagration. The only way for the two leaders to negotiate safely is to open a “back channel” --- a surreptitious path of communication hidden from their own people. They need a clandestine emissary nobody would ever suspect. If the secret gets out, her life will be at risk…but they’re careful not to tell her that.
Knopf * 9780385349604
BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty (Fiction)
A murder, a tragic accident, or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that somebody is dead. BIG LITTLE LIES follows Madeline, a funny and biting divorcee; Celeste, the beautiful mother of rambunctious twin boys; and Jane, a young single mother with doubts about her son. When Madeline and Celeste take Jane under their wing, no one realizes how she and her little boy will affect them all.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399167065
FAST TRACK by Julie Garwood (Romantic Suspense)
Cordelia Kane can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her. Hotel magnate Aiden Madison, Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother, is oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he’s unwittingly drawn into a volatile family drama. After multiple attempts are made on Cordelia’s life, Aiden realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.
Dutton Adult * 9780525954453
THE FORTUNE HUNTER by Daisy Goodwin (Historical Fiction)
A clever, plainspoken heiress whose money gives her a choice among suitors, Charlotte Baird falls in love with Captain Bay Middleton, the first man to really notice her. When Empress Elizabeth of Austria joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer in England, Bay is asked to guide her on the treacherous course. Their shared passion for riding leads to an infatuation that jeopardizes the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and threatens all of their futures.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250043894
THE GOOD GIRL by Mary Kubica (Psychological Thriller)
Mia Dennett is abducted one night by an enigmatic stranger named Colin Thatcher, whose job was to kidnap Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin. Mia's mother and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778316558
THE HOME PLACE by Carrie La Seur (Fiction)
The only Terrebonne who made it out, Alma thought she was done with Montana. But an unexpected call from the local police takes the successful lawyer back to her provincial hometown and pulls her into the family trouble she thought she’d left far behind: Her lying, party-loving sister, Vicky, is dead. When she returns home to bury Vicky and see to her orphaned niece, she discovers that the death may not have been an accident.
William Morrow * 9780062323446
LUCKY US by Amy Bloom (Fiction)
When Eva's mother abandons her on her half-sister Iris's front porch, the girls don't seem to have much in common. Thrown together with no mothers to care for them and a father who could not be considered a parent, Eva and Iris become family. Iris wants to be a movie star, while Eva is her sidekick. The sisters look out for each other through good and bad, until unexpected events send Iris to London, leaving Eva with a responsibility she never could have imagined.
Random House * 9781400067244
OFF THE LEASH: A Year at the Dog Park by Matthew Gilbert (Memoir)
OFF THE LEASH is a group portrait of dog people, specifically the strange, wonderful, neurotic and eccentric dog people who gather at Amory Park, overlooking Boston near Fenway Park. And it’s about author Matthew Gilbert’s transformation, after much fear and loathing of dogs and social groups, into one of those dog people with fur on their jackets, squeaky toys in their hands, and biscuits in their pockets.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250014221
A SPY AMONG FRIENDS: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben MacIntyre (History)
Kim Philby’s story is not a tale of one spy, but of three: Philby, his fellow Englishman Nicholas Elliott, and the American James Jesus Angleton. These men supposedly served the same cause, but Philby was channeling all of their confidences to his Soviet handlers. As the web of suspicion closed around him, Elliott and Angleton never abandoned him. When the truth was revealed, it would have profound consequences on those who thought they knew him best.
Crown * 9780804136631
TIGERMAN by Nick Harkaway (Thriller/Adventure)
Sergeant Lester Ferris, who is about to be retired, is serving out his time on the backwater island of Mancreu, a former British colony in legal limbo, belching toxic clouds of waste and facing imminent destruction by an international community concerned for their own safety. The perfect place for Lester is also the perfect location for a multinational array of shady businesses. Meanwhile, he befriends a brilliant, Internet-addled street kid with a comic-book fixation who will need a new home when the island dies.
Knopf * 9780385352413
THE WOLF by Lorenzo Carcaterra (Thriller)
When the world's most powerful mob boss loses his wife and daughters in a terrorist attack funded by one of his rivals, he resolves to turn the tables. Rallying the heads of the globe's top criminal organizations, Vincent Marelli launches a war that may be his last. With the weight of the criminal world on his shoulders, he has only one desire in his heart: to know who ordered the hit that took out his girls.
Ballantine Books * 9780345483942
DEAR DAUGHTER by Elizabeth Little (Thriller)
Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is acerbic, whip smart, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her glamour and fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a philanthropist best known for her string of rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie chops off her trademark hair, determined to chase down the one lead she has about her mother’s killer. The only problem? Janie doesn’t know if she’s the killer she’s looking for.
Viking Adult * 9780670016389
On Sale the Week of July 28th in Paperback
THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION'S LAST REUNION by Fannie Flagg (Comic Mystery)
Mrs. Sookie Poole has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. One day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family and her future.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812977172
BEHIND THE SHATTERED GLASS: A Lady Emily Mystery by Tasha Alexander (Historical Mystery)
Anglemore Park is the ancestral home of Lady Emily Hargreave's husband, Colin. But the stately calm of country life is destroyed when their neighbor, the Marquess of Montagu, bursts through the French doors from the garden and falls down dead in front of the shocked gathering. Who has a motive for murdering the young aristocrat?
Minotaur Books * 9781250049070
BITTER RIVER by Julia Keller (Mystery)
County prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins's latest case is a bad one: pregnant 16-year-old Lucinda Trimble’s body has been found at the bottom of Bitter River, and she was dead before she hit the water. But that’s not all Bell is coping with these days: her daughter is now living hours away with her ex-husband, one of her closest friends is behaving oddly, and a face from her past has resurfaced. Searching for the truth will lead Bell down a path that could put her very life at risk.
Minotaur Books * 9781250048967
THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS by J. M. Coetzee (Fiction)
J. M. Coetzee’s allegorical novel tells the story of David, a boy of around five who sails to the Spanish-speaking town of Novilla in search of his mother. A man named Simón, also aboard the ship, looks after the boy and helps him in his quest. The result is a novel that is part philosophy, part adventure, and a thoughtful questioning of the meaning and wisdom of the gospels.
Penguin Books * 9780143125761
CONCEALED IN DEATH by J. D. Robb (Mystery)
In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately --- and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are 12 murders to be solved.
Berkley * 9780515154146
A DANGEROUS FICTION by Barbara Rogan (Mystery)
When a would-be client turns stalker, literary agent Jo Donovan is more angry than shaken. Meanwhile, a biography of her husband, Hugo, is in the works, and the author’s digging threatens to destroy the foundations of Jo’s carefully constructed life. As the web of suspicion grows wider and her stalker ups the ante, she’s persuaded to go to the police. There Jo finds herself face-to-face with an old flame: the handsome Tommy Cullen, who is now an NYPD detective.
Penguin Books * 9780143125655
DESERVES TO DIE: A Selena Alvarez/Regan Pescoli Novel by Lisa Jackson (Romantic Suspense)
In Grizzly Falls, Montana, Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli are struggling with a new commander and a department in the midst of upheaval. It's the worst possible time for a homicide. A body has been found, missing a finger. Alvarez hopes this means a murderer with a personal grudge, not a madman. But then a second body turns up. A killer has made his way to Grizzly Falls, ready to fulfill a vengeance years in the making. And Pescoli must find the target of his wrath --- or die trying.
Zebra/Kensington * 9781420118520
THE EXECUTION: A Jeremy Fisk Novel by Dick Wolf (Thriller)
It’s United Nations Week in Manhattan, and Jeremy Fisk can’t let grief over a devastating loss keep him from safeguarding his city. Complicating matters is the startling news of a mass murder in nearby Rockaway --- and the arrival of a disturbingly beautiful and assertive Mexican cop. To have a chance at finding an assassin responsible for 23 beheadings on the US border, these uneasy allies must learn to work together and fast.
Harper * 9780062068507
FIVE STAR BILLIONAIRE by Tash Aw (Fiction)
Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job. Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spinning out of control. Justin is in Shanghai to expand his family’s real estate empire. He has long harbored a crush on Yinghui, who has reinvented herself as a successful Shanghai businesswoman. Yinghui is about to make a deal with Walter Chao, the five star billionaire of the novel, who has a hand in the lives of each of the characters.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780812984811
THE GOOD NURSE: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber (True Crime)
After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.
Twelve * 9781455574131
HEARTS OF SAND: A Gregor Demarkian Novel by Jane Haddam (Mystery)
Chapin Waring was a member of one of the richest families in Alwych, Connecticut, until 30 years ago when the young debutante --- destined to attend the right school, marry the right man, and have the right life --- was revealed to be a bank robber and a murderer. She disappeared, never to be heard from again. To learn why she ended up dead, Gregor Demarkian, retired profiler for the FBI, is brought in to finally solve the mysteries surrounding Chapin Waring.
Minotaur Books * 9781250036957
HOSTAGE: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel by Kay Hooper (Thriller)
Haven operative Luther Brinkman has been sent into the wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains to locate escaped bank robber Cole Jacoby --- an assignment that leaves Brinkman severely injured. Luckily, Agent Callie Davis of the FBI’s Special Crimes Unit is already closing in. But when she finds the wounded Brinkman, the rescue mission is far from over. What neither Luther nor Callie knows is that their quarry is more than an escaped felon.
Jove * 9780515153736
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny (Mystery)
When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.
Minotaur Books * 9781250047274
LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND by Paulette Jiles (Dystopian/Adventure)
In the coming centuries, the world's population has exploded and covered the earth with cities, animals are nearly all gone, and drought has taken over so that cloudy water is issued by the quart. It is an unwelcoming world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan, who grows up dreaming of the vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest. She becomes obsessed with it and is determined to somehow find her way there.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062232519
THE MAJOR'S DAUGHTER by J.P. Francis (Historical Romance)
The quiet rural village of Stark, New Hampshire is irrevocably changed by the arrival of 150 German prisoners of war in April 1944. One family, unexpectedly divided, must choose between love and country. Camp Stark is under the command of Major John Brennan, whose beautiful daughter, Collie, is immediately drawn to Private August Wahrlich, a peaceful poet jaded by war. As international conflict looms on the home front, their passion blinds them to the inevitable dangers ahead.
Plume * 9780452298699
THE OLEANDER SISTERS by Elaine Hussey (Fiction)
Beth "Sis" Blake has always been the caretaker, the dutiful one, with the weight of her family's happiness --- and their secrets --- on her shoulders. She dreams of taking off to pursue her own destiny, but not before doing whatever it takes to rescue her sister, Emily, an unwed mother who wants the security of marriage for the sake of her five-year-old son. But secure is the last thing she feels with her new husband. Now she must put aside pride, and trust family to help her find the courage to escape.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778316435
THE PERFECT STRANGER by Wendy Corsi Staub (Thriller)
During the darkest period of her life, Landry Wells found solace in a group of bloggers who had been in her shoes and lived to tell the tale. She has shared things with her online friends that even her husband and children didn't know. One of the bloggers is dead, the victim of a random crime. Or was it? At the funeral, Landry is about to come face to face at last with the others. These women are her closest confidantes in the world --- and one of them might be a cold-blooded killer.
Harper * 9780062222404
THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Psychological Thriller/Mystery)
In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark. More than 20 years later, Detective Carl Mørck is presented with the case of a brothel owner named Rita, who went missing in the ’80s. As he and his assistants sift through the disappearances, they get closer and closer to Curt, who is more determined than ever to see the vision of his youth take hold.
Plume * 9780142181317
THE REST OF US by Jessica Lott (Fiction)
As a college student, Terry fell madly and destructively in love with Rhinehart, her famous poetry professor, tumbling into a relationship from which she never fully recovered. Fifteen years later, after stumbling upon Rhinehart’s obituary online, Terry finds herself taking stock of the ways her life has not lived up to her youthful expectations and grows distraught at the thought that she’ll never see him again. But a shocking encounter will turn Terry’s life completely upside down.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451645880
STRONG RAIN FALLING: A Caitlin Strong Novel by Jon Land (Thriller)
A pitched gun battle forces fifth Generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong and her lover, Cort Wesley Masters, down a winding trail through the past and the present with danger at every turn. Along the way, they will confront terrible truths dating all the way back to the Mexican Revolution and the dogged battle Caitlin’s own grandfather and great-grandfather fought against the first generation of Mexican drug dealers.
Forge Books * 9780765368393
THIS IS THE WATER by Yannick Murphy (Psychological Suspense)
At a swim meet, Annie watches as her daughters glide through the water. However, her thoughts drift lazily to Paul, a swim-team parent who has taken notice of her. When a girl on the team is murdered at a nearby highway rest stop --- the same spot where Paul made a gruesome discovery years ago --- Annie and her fellow swim-parents find themselves adrift. With a serial killer too close for comfort, they must make choices about where their loyalties lie.
Harper Perennial * 9780062294906
UNBROKEN: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (Biography)
Appearing in paperback for the first time, with 20 arresting new photos and an extensive Q&A with the author, UNBROKEN is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body and spirit, brought vividly to life by SEABISCUIT author Laura Hillenbrand. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award, UNBROKEN will be made into a feature film releasing on Christmas Day.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812974492
THE WRONG GIRL by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Thriller)
Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that a respected adoption agency is reuniting birth parents with the wrong children. She and detective Jake Brogan are soon on a trail full of twists and turns that takes them deep into the heart of a foster care system in crisis and threatens to blow the lid off an adoption agency scandal.
Forge Books * 9780765369147
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