July 29, 2014
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of July 28th and August 4th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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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
CHARLESTON by Margaret Bradham Thornton (Fiction)
Eliza Poinsett, an art historian in London with a charming Etonian boyfriend who adores her, is unnerved when she runs into Henry, her childhood love, at a wedding in the English countryside. Her carefully guarded equilibrium is shattered when she meets Henry again in Charleston, where she has come for her stepsister’s debut. Eliza has to decide if she is willing to risk everything for which she has worked so hard to be with the only man she has ever truly loved.
Ecco * 9780062332523
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 (Historical 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
On Sale the Week of August 4th in Hardcover
2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS by Marie-Helene Bertino (Fiction)
As three lost souls --- a smart-mouthed, rebellious nine-year-old; her fifth grade teacher; and the owner of the legendary jazz club The Cat's Pajamas --- search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, together they will discover life’s endless possibilities over the course of one magical night.
Crown * 9780804140232
CITY OF GHOSTS by Kelli Stanley (Mystery)
Private investigator Miranda Corbie is asked to track a chemistry professor who is suspected of being a spy for the Nazis. Her journey into fear takes her on the famed City of San Francisco streamliner and to Reno, Nevada, the Biggest Little City in the World…where she finds herself framed for a murder she never anticipated. Forced to go underground, Miranda is determined to find the truth about a murder, a Nazi spy, and her own troubling past.
Minotaur Books * 9781250006745
A COLDER WAR by Charles Cumming (Thriller)
A top-ranking Iranian military official is killed while trying to defect to the West. An investigative journalist is imprisoned for writing an article critical of the Turkish government. An Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated on the streets of Tehran. Then Paul Wallinger, MI6’s most senior agent in Turkey, dies in a puzzling plane crash. Fearing the worst, MI6 bypasses the usual protocol and brings disgraced agent Tom Kell in from the cold to investigate. Kell soon discovers what Wallinger had already begun to suspect --- that there’s a mole somewhere in the Western intelligence.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250020611
DRIVING WITH THE TOP DOWN by Beth Harbison (Fiction)
Dara and Colleen embark on a two-week antiquing/thrift shopping road trip to Florida in the hopes of finding some diamonds in the rough to fix up and sell. However, things take an unexpected turn when they meet Jonnie. They offer her a ride with them to Florida, but soon learn that Jonnie has been hiding a few key facts: she has poisoned her abusive husband and now is on the run. And Dara and Colleen are accessories after the fact…
St. Martin's Press * 9781250043801
THE GHOST IN THE ELECTRIC BLUE SUIT by Graham Joyce (Suspense)
David, a college student, takes a summer job at a run-down family resort in a dying English resort town. This is against the wishes of his family, because it was at this resort where his father disappeared 15 years earlier. But something undeniable has called David there. He is haunted by eerie visions of a mysterious man carrying a rope, walking hand-in-hand with a small child. When David gets embroiled in a fiercely torrid love triangle, the stakes turn even more menacing.
Doubleday * 9780385538633
THE IMPERFECT MARRIAGE: Help for Those Who Think It's Over by Darryl and Tracy Strawberry (Love & Marriage)
Darryl Strawberry and his wife, Tracy, have suffered through --- and survived --- adultery, addiction, financial destruction, and many other all-too-familiar struggles. A no-holds-barred account of their personal journey, THE IMPERFECT MARRIAGE provides a step-by-step program that will help you and your partner understand the key issues that could be causing damage in your relationship and recognize turning points on the journey toward marriage restoration.
Howard Books * 9781476738741
IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides (History)
New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age. With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE is a spellbinding account of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.
Doubleday * 9780385535373
THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan by Rick Perlstein (History)
The bestselling author of NIXONLAND has written a dazzling portrait of America on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the tumultuous political and economic times of the 1970s. Against a backdrop of melodramas from the Arab oil embargo to Patty Hearst to the near-bankruptcy of America’s greatest city, THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE asks the question: What does it mean to believe in America? To wave a flag --- or to reject the glibness of the flag wavers?
Simon & Schuster * 9781476782416
THE LIAR’S WIFE: Four Novellas by Mary Gordon (Fiction/Short Stories)
In Mary Gordon’s novellas of relationships at home and abroad, both historical and contemporary, we meet the ferocious Simone Weil during her final days as a transplant to New York City; a vulnerable American grad student who escapes to Italy after her first, compromising love affair; the charming Irish liar of the title story, who gets more out of life than most of us; and Thomas Mann, opening the heart of a high school kid in the Midwest.
Pantheon * 9780307377432
THE LOST ISLAND: A Gideon Crew Novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Thriller)
Gideon Crew is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. His task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells. Gideon accomplishes the impossible --- only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. The treasure to which it leads is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon's life.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455525775
THE MAGICIAN’S LAND by Lev Grossman (Fantasy)
Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. But he can’t hide from his past, and it’s not long before it comes looking for him. He uncovers a spell that could create magical utopia, a new Fillory --- but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together. To save them, he will have to risk sacrificing everything.
Viking Adult * 9780670015672
MONA LISA: A Life Discovered by Dianne Hales (Biography)
Dianne Hales became obsessed with finding the real Mona Lisa on repeated trips to Florence. Here, she takes readers with her to meet Lisa’s descendants; uncover her family’s long and colorful history; and explore the neighborhoods where she lived as a girl, a wife and a mother. In the process, we can participate in Lisa’s daily rituals; understand her personal relationships; and see, hear, smell and taste “her” Florence.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451658965
THE MOUNTAINTOP SCHOOL FOR DOGS AND OTHER SECOND CHANCES by Ellen Cooney (Fiction)
Ellen Cooney’s latest novel is the story of two women and a whole pack of dogs who, having lost their way in the world, find a place at a training school --- and radical rescue center --- called the Sanctuary. It is a story of strays and rescues, kidnappings and homecomings, moving on, holding on and letting go. And it is, ultimately, a moving and hilarious chronicle of the ways in which humans and canines help each other find new lives, new selves and new hope.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780544236158
NO SAFE HOUSE by Linwood Barclay (Thriller)
Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible. When his daughter, Grace, foolishly follows her delinquent boyfriend into a strange house, the Archers must do more than stay together. They must stay alive. Because now they all have been unwillingly drawn into the shadowy depths of their seemingly idyllic hometown.
NAL Hardcover * 9780451414205
PAINTED HORSES by Malcolm Brooks (Fiction)
Catherine Lemay is a young archaeologist on her way to Montana, with a huge task before her --- a canyon “as deep as the devil’s own appetites.” And then there’s John H, a former mustanger and veteran of the U.S. Army’s last mounted cavalry campaign, living a fugitive life in the canyon. John H inspires Catherine to see beauty in the stark landscape, and her heart opens to more than just the vanished past.
Grove Press * 9780802121646
PAW AND ORDER: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn (Mystery)
In the seventh book of Spencer Quinn’s mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Soon Chet and Bernie are sucked into an international conspiracy, battling unfamiliar forces under the blinking red eyes of a strange bird and the menacing Barnum, a guinea pig with the fate of the nation in his tiny paws.
Atria Books * 9781476703398
RECKLESS: The Racehorse Who Became a Marine Corps Hero by Tom Clavin (History)
From the racetracks of Seoul to the battlegrounds of the Korean War, Reckless was a horse whose strength, tenacity and relentless spirit made her a hero amongst a regiment of U.S. Marines fighting for their lives on the front lines. Tom Clavin, the bestselling co-author of THE HEART OF EVERYTHING THAT IS, tells the unlikely story of this racehorse who was beloved by the Marine Corps and decorated for bravery.
NAL Hardcover * 9780451466501
THE SCATTER HERE IS TOO GREAT by Bilal Tanweer (Fiction)
A vivid and intricate novel-in-stories, THE SCATTER HERE IS TOO GREAT explores the complicated lives of ordinary people whose fates unexpectedly converge after a deadly bomb blast at the Karachi train station: an old communist poet; his wealthy, middle-aged son; a young man caught in an unpleasant, dead-end job; a girl who spins engaging tales to conceal her heartbreak; and a grief-stricken writer, who struggles to make sense of this devastating tragedy.
Harper * 9780062304414
SECRETS OF THE LIGHTHOUSE by Santa Montefiore (Romance)
Ellen Trawton leaves London, fleeing to her aunt’s cottage in Connemara and looking for a fresh start in life. Her imagination is soon captured by the compelling ruins of a lighthouse where a young mother died in a fire. The ghost of the young wife, Caitlin, haunts the nearby castle. Unable to move on, she watches her husband and children, hoping they might see her and feel her love once more. But she doesn’t anticipate her husband falling in love again. Can she prevent it? Or can she let go and find a way to freedom and happiness?
Simon & Schuster * 9781476735375
SEVERED SOULS by Terry Goodkind (Science Fiction)
Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved "half-people" into the Empire's heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living. Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and, if not cured, will take their lives.
Tor Books * 9780765327741
TOP SECRET: A Clandestine Operations Novel by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV (Thriller/Adventure)
In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter and more vicious: the Soviet Union.
Putnam Adult * 9780399171239
WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG by Elizabeth Gaffney (Historical Fiction)
WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG captures postwar Brooklyn through Wally Baker’s eyes, opening on V-J day, as she grows up with the rest of America. Reeling from her own unexpected wartime tragedy and navigating an increasingly fraught landscape, Wally is forced to confront painful truths about the world --- its sorrows, its prejudices, its conflicts, its limitations. But Wally also finds hope and strength in the unlikeliest places.
Random House * 9781400064687
On Sale the Week of August 4th in Paperback
THE RESURRECTIONIST by Matthew Guinn (Fiction)
Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career --- working public relations for the dean at South Carolina Medical College --- takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves are unearthed on campus. Out of the college’s dark past, these bones threaten to rise and condemn the present.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393348811
THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS by Amy Grace Loyd (Fiction)
Celia Cassill, who lost her young husband five years ago, is the owner of a small apartment building. She is determined to live a life at a remove from the chaos and competition of modern life. But everything changes with the arrival of a new tenant, Hope, who is on the run from her husband’s recent betrayal. When Hope begins a torrid and noisy affair, and another tenant mysteriously disappears, the carefully constructed walls of Celia’s world are soon tested and the sanctity of her building is shattered.
Picador * 9781250050304
THE ASSASSINATION OF THE ARCHDUKE: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World by Greg King and Sue Woolmans (History)
In the summer of 1914, three great empires dominated Europe: Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary. Four years later, all had vanished in the chaos of World War I. Drawing on unpublished letters and rare primary sources, Greg King and Sue Woolmans tell the true story behind the tragic romance and brutal assassination that sparked The Great War.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250055460
BAGMEN by William Lashner (Thriller)
At a low point in his lowly career, Victor Carl finds himself skulking through the streets of Philadelphia carrying a bag full of money for an ambitious politician. It is a rotten job on the wrong side of anyone’s line, but with bag in hand, Victor is suddenly hobnobbing with the city’s elite, filling his bank account and having sex with the politician’s gorgeous and deranged sister. But just when Victor begins to think he has a future in the political game, one of his payoffs ends up in the pocket of a dead woman, and Victor goes from bagman to fall guy.
Thomas & Mercer * 9781477822838
COMPOUND FRACTURES by Stephen White (Psychological Thriller)
In this riveting conclusion to Stephen White’s Alan Gregory series, the Boulder psychologist is forced to acknowledge that the perils that may bring him to his knees are not the dangers he recognizes, nor are they orchestrated by the nemesis he has long feared. Instead, he is confronted by unexpected threats from unanticipated adversaries and by intimate betrayal from those who have been closest to him.
Signet * 9780451468161
DECEIVED: A Hannah Smith Novel by Randy Wayne White (Mystery/Thriller)
A private museum devoted solely to Florida’s earliest settlers and pioneers has been announced, and many of Hannah Smith’s friends and neighbors in Sulfur Wells are being pressured to make contributions. The problem is, the whole thing is a scam. And when Hannah sets out to uncover whoever is behind it, she discovers that things are even worse than she thought.
Berkley * 9780425270158
FINDING FAITH IN THE DARK: When the Story of Your Life Takes a Turn You Didn't Plan by Laurie Short (Christian Life)
Can we trust a God who gives us different answers than we pray for? Who only fully reveals himself when we look back? Who lets us walk in darkness for months (and sometimes years) at a time? In FINDING FAITH IN THE DARK, Laurie Short says yes, and through her story and the stories of others, she reveals a God who is able to transform the dark chapters of our lives into opportunities of grace.
Zondervan * 9780310337119
FURTHER OUT THAN YOU THOUGHT by Michaela Carter (Fiction)
Twenty-five-year-old poet Gwendolyn Griffin works as a stripper to put herself through graduate school. Her perpetually stoned boyfriend Leo dresses in period costume to hawk his music downtown, and seems to be losing his already tenuous grip on reality. And their flamboyant best friend and neighbor, nightclub crooner Count Valiant, is slowly withering away. When the city of Los Angeles explodes in violence after the Rodney King verdict, the chaos becomes a catalyst for change.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062292377
THE GHOST BRIDE by Yangsze Choo (Supernatural/Historical Mystery)
Li Lan lives in 19th-century Malaysia, where she is pressured to marry the recently expired Lim Tian Ching --- her only chance at a good marriage. As a "ghost bride," she would be part of a wealthy, powerful family. But when Lim begins to visit her in her dreams, she knows that the marriage would be her worst nightmare.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062227331
THE GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride (Fiction)
Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town --- with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry --- whom Brown nicknames Little Onion --- conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594632785
IN PERFECT TIME: Wings of the Nightingale, Book 3 by Sarah Sundin (Historical Romance)
Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining all across Europe. So how can C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? As they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?
Revell * 9780800720834
JUST ONE EVIL ACT: A Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George (Mystery)
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and her partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley, discover that the case they've taken on is far more complex than a typical kidnapping, revealing secrets that could have far-reaching effects outside of the investigation. With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line, Barbara must decide what matters most, and how far she’s willing to go to protect it.
NAL Trade * 9780451467843
THE KILL LIST by Frederick Forsyth (Thriller/Adventure)
The mission of Technical Operations Support Activity (TOSA) is to track, find and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. Added to the list is a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA’s top hunter of men.
Signet * 9780451467638
MANSON: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn (Biography/True Crime)
After more than 40 years, Charles Manson continues to mystify and fascinate us. One of the most notorious criminals in American history, Manson and members of his mostly female commune killed nine people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate. Now, drawing on new information, bestselling author Jeff Guinn tells the definitive story of how this ordinary delinquent became a murderer.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451645170
MIRACLE IN A DRY SEASON by Sarah Loudin Thomas (Historical Romance)
Perla Long's arrival in the town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. Perla is everything Casewell Phillips has sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. When drought comes to Wise, Perla's unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764212253
THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver (Thriller)
Two days ago, Gabriela's life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She's given an ultimatum: pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the "October List" within 30 hours, or she'll never see her child again. THE OCTOBER LIST is a mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455576678
AN OLD BETRAYAL: A Charles Lenox Mystery by Charles Finch (Historical Mystery)
On a spring morning in London 1875, Charles Lenox agrees to take time away from his busy schedule as a Member of Parliament to meet an old protégé’s client at Charing Cross. But when their cryptic encounter seems to lead, days later, to the murder of an innocuous country squire, this fast favor draws Lenox inexorably back into his old profession. Soon he realizes that, far from concluding the murderer’s business, this body is only the first step in a cruel plan, many years in the plotting.
Minotaur Books * 9781250049100
SEVEN FOR A SECRET by Lyndsay Faye (Historical Mystery)
Officer Timothy Wilde is horrified when he learns of the gruesome underworld of lies and corruption ruled by the “blackbirders,” who snatch free Northerners of color from their homes, masquerade them as slaves, and sell them South to toil as plantation property. When the beautiful and terrified Lucy Adams staggers into Timothy’s office to report a robbery and is asked what was stolen, her reply is “My family.”
Berkley Trade * 9780425270882
THE SIGN PAINTER by Davis Bunn (Fiction)
When Amy Dowell loses her husband to illness and her home to debt, she finds herself and her daughter, Kimberly, living on the streets as she struggles to find a job that will get them back on their feet again. When Amy meets Lucy Watts, the pastor in charge of the church program that fed Amy and Kimberly their latest meal, Lucy sets them up in temporary housing and gives her a lead on a job painting signs for a local auto dealership. But Amy is hesitant to let go and trust.
Howard Books * 9781416556732
SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY by Joshilyn Jackson (Romance)
Young single mom Shandi Pierce stumbles into the middle of a mini-mart robbery. Although her main concern is for her three-year-old son, Natty, the actions of a stranger named William Ashe cause her to plunge irrevocably in love with him. Considering that Shandi has issues with her parents and with circumstances surrounding the birth of Natty, and that William has considerable baggage of his own, the hopeful romantic is in for quite the ride.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062105660
SWEET THUNDER by Ivan Doig (Historical Fiction)
In the winter of 1920, Morrie Morgan is drawn back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride. But the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems --- like the new couple’s fast-diminishing finances --- on the verge of implosion. These twin dilemmas catapult Morrie into his new career as editorialist for the Thunder, the fledgling union newspaper that dares to play David to Anaconda’s Goliath.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594632761
TIGER SHRIMP TANGO by Tim Dorsey (Mystery/Humor)
No one loves Florida more, or can keep it safe from invasive criminal species better, than self-appointed Sunshine Sheriff Serge Storms. When a particular scam leads to the death of a few innocents and a young woman's disappearance, Serge and his perpetually self-bent sidekick Coleman --- aided by his new pal, latter-day noir private eye Mahoney --- load up the car for a riotous road trip to do right.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062092823
UNBEATABLE: Notre Dame's 1988 Championship and the Last Great College Football Season by Jerry Barca (Sports)
UNBEATABLE is the first book to tell the complete story of the incredible 1988 season that brought the fledgling Fighting Irish back to the top of college sports in what many consider to be the greatest unbeaten season of college football ever played. With a completely unlikely but forever memorable cast of characters, Notre Dame whipped millions of fans into a frenzy.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250048653
W IS FOR WASTED by Sue Grafton (Mystery)
Kinsey Millhone investigates two seemingly unrelated deaths: one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes. But as she digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge --- not just between the two victims, but also to Kinsey’s past. And before long, Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised.
Berkley * 9780425271575
WITH EVERY BREATH by Elizabeth Camden (Romance)
Kate Livingston holds a respectable position as a government statistician when she encounters a rival from her past, the insufferable Trevor McDonough. Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor's risky proposal to join him to find a cure for tuberculosis. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait, and Trevor's closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected. When the truth of the past comes out, threatening to destroy everything they hold dear, how will Trevor and Kate ever overcome all that stands in their way?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764211744
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