October 28, 2014
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On Sale the Week of October 27th in Hardcover
A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker (Historical Fiction)
The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father's warriors. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews. But Maviah's path leads her unexpectedly to another man.
Center Street * 9781599954189
BILLY JOEL: The Definitive Biography by Fred Schruers (Biography)
Acclaimed music journalist Fred Schruers draws upon more than 100 hours of exclusive interviews with Billy Joel to present an unprecedented look at the life, career and legacy of the pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a rock icon. He chronicles Joel’s rise to the top of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing rings and sweaty clubs to his monumental success in the ’70s and ’80s.
Crown Archetype * 9780804140195
THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS by Michel Faber (Fiction)
THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS opens with a man saying goodbye to his wife before setting out on a perilous journey to a new planet, Oasis, as a Christian missionary. As his wife's missives from Earth begin to take a dark tone, however, Peter must decide whether to follow his faith or his heart. Michel Faber’s new novel is about adventure, faith and the ties that might hold two people together when they are worlds apart.
Hogarth * 9780553418842
DE NIRO: A LIFE by Shawn Levy (Biography)
Robert De Niro is an intensely private man, whose rare public appearances are often marked by inarticulateness and palpable awkwardness. It can be almost painful to watch at times, in powerful contrast to his confident movie personae. In DE NIRO: A LIFE, Shawn Levy writes of these many De Niros, seeking to understand the evolution of an actor who once dove deeply into his roles as if to hide his inner nature, and who now takes roles that make few apparent demands on his overwhelming talent.
Crown Archetype * 9780307716781
DREAMERS AND DECEIVERS: True Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who Made America by Glenn Beck (History)
The people who made America were not always what they seemed. There were entrepreneurs and visionaries whose selflessness propelled us forward, but there were also charlatans and fraudsters whose selfishness nearly derailed us. DREAMERS AND DECEIVERS brings both of these groups to life with stories written to put you right in the middle of the action.
Threshold Editions * 9781476783895
THE FINAL SILENCE by Stuart Neville (Thriller)
Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn’t take her long to clear out the remaining possessions, but to her horror she discovers a leather-bound book, its pages filled with locks of hair and fingernails: a catalog of victims. Rea turns to the only person she can think of: an old boyfriend, police inspector Jack Lennon. He has more than enough problems already, but a gruesome murder brings the dead man’s terrifying journal to the top of the Belfast police’s priority list.
Soho Crime * 9781616955489
THE HANDSOME MAN'S DE LUXE CAFÉ: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (15) by Alexander McCall Smith (Mystery)
Mma Ramotswe has her hands full both at home and in the office. To add to her current challenges, her devoted partner, Grace Makutsi, has decided to branch out on her own and open The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café. But even “Miss 97 Per Cent” can't quite meet all the demands of running a business --- not to mention those that a lightning strike makes on her building. Eventually, she'll have to accept all the help she can get --- even if it comes from a completely unexpected source.
Pantheon * 9780307911544
HAVANA STORM: A Dirk Pitt Novel by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler (Thriller/Adventure)
While investigating a toxic outbreak in the Caribbean Sea that may ultimately threaten the United States, Dick Pitt unwittingly becomes involved in something even more dangerous --- a post-Castro power struggle for the control of Cuba. Meanwhile, Pitt’s children, marine engineer Dirk and oceanographer Summer, are on an investigation of their own, which brings them both to Cuba as well --- and squarely into harm’s way.
Putnam Adult * 9780399172922
AN ISLAND CHRISTMAS by Nancy Thayer (Romance)
As Christmas draws near, Felicia returns to her family’s home on the island to marry her adventurous, rugged boyfriend, Archie. Her mother, Jilly, is worried that her daughter’s life with daredevil Archie will be all hiking and skydiving. Wondering if their handsome neighbor, Steven Hardy, might be a more suitable son-in-law, Jilly embarks on a secret matchmaking campaign for Felicia and the dashing stockbroker.
Ballantine Books * 9780553393873
JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS: The Untold Story by Barbara Leaming (Biography)
Barbara Leaming’s biography is the first book to document Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s brutal, lonely and valiant 31-year struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that followed JFK’s assassination. Here is the woman as she has never been seen before. In heartrending detail, we witness a struggle that unfolded at times before our own eyes, but that we failed to understand.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250017642
JOAN OF ARC: A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison (Biography)
In JOAN OF ARC: A LIFE TRANSFIGURED, Kathryn Harrison gives us a Joan for our time --- a shining exemplar of unshakable faith, extraordinary courage and self-confidence during a brutally rigged ecclesiastical inquisition and in the face of her death by burning. Deftly weaving historical fact, myth, folklore, artistic representations, and centuries of scholarly and critical interpretation into a compelling narrative, she restores Joan of Arc to her rightful position as one of the greatest heroines in all of human history.
Doubleday * 9780385531207
MAEVE’S TIMES: In Her Own Words by Maeve Binchy (Literary Collection)
From the beginning, Maeve Binchy’s writings reflected the warmth, wit and keen human interest that readers would come to love in her fiction. From the royal wedding to boring airplane companions, Samuel Beckett to Margaret Thatcher, "senior moments" to life as a waitress, MAEVE’S TIMES gives us wonderful insight into a changing Ireland as it celebrates the work of one of our best-loved writers.
Knopf * 9780385353458
THE MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN by W. Bruce Cameron (Mystery/Humor)
Former college football star Ruddy McCann has experienced a seismic drop in popularity; he is now living a simple life as Kalkaska, Michigan’s full-time repo man and part-time bar bouncer. That is, until Ruddy starts hearing a voice in his head. The voice introduces himself as Alan Lottner, a dead realtor. When Alan demands Ruddy find his murderers, Ruddy decides a voice in your head seeking vengeance is best ignored. When Alan also demands he clean up his act, and apartment, Ruddy tells him to back off. But where can a voice in your head go?
Forge Books * 9780765377487
PEGASUS by Danielle Steel (Historical Romance)
Best friends Alex von Hemmerle and Nicolas von Bingen are witnessing the rise of Nazism when Nick's father reveals the secret of his son's partial Jewish ancestry. Warned to flee, the only treasures Nick and his sons can take are two Lipizzaner horses, gifts from Alex that become their ticket to America. While Alex and his daughter face escalating danger in war-torn Europe, Nick struggles to adjust to life in the circus...until a graceful young high wire walker manages to steal his heart.
Delacorte Press * 9780345530974
THE PERIPHERAL by William Gibson (Science Fiction/Thriller)
Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran’s benefits, and he finds a new job. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her. It seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building. Little buglike things turn up. He’s supposed to get in their way, edge them back. He’s offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What she sees, though, isn’t what Burton told her to expect. It might be a game, but it could also be murder.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158445
PRINCE LESTAT: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (Paranormal Mystery/Thriller)
The vampire world is in crisis. Vampires have been proliferating out of control, and old vampires are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto and San Francisco. The worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles come together to ultimately rise up and seek out who or what the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why.
Knopf * 9780307962522
RESPECT: The Life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz (Biography)
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has evolved ever since her hit single "Respect," amidst personal tragedy, surprise Grammy performances and career reinventions. Again and again, Aretha stubbornly finds a way to triumph over troubles, even as they continue to build. Her hold on the crown is tenacious, and in RESPECT, David Ritz gives us the definitive life of one of the greatest talents in all American culture.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316196833
THE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN by Jill Lepore (Cultural History)
Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following as Wonder Woman. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she also has a secret history. Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator.
Knopf * 9780385354042
THE SLOW REGARD OF SILENT THINGS by Patrick Rothfuss (Fantasy)
Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. THE SLOW REGARD OF SILENT THINGS is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own.
DAW Hardcover * 9780756410438
US by David Nicholls (Fiction)
Douglas and Connie live more or less happily in the suburbs of London with their moody 17-year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells Douglas she thinks she wants a divorce. Hoping to encourage her son’s artistic interests, Connie had planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family. Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in their marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie.
Harper * 9780062365583
WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and the Kennedys by Thomas Maier (History)
By the mid-1930s, from London to America, the Churchills and the Kennedys shared an ever-widening circle of friends, lovers and political associates --- soon shattered by World War II, spying, sexual infidelity, and the tragic deaths of JFK's sister Kathleen and his older brother Joe Jr. By the 1960s and JFK's presidency, these two powerful families had overcome their bitter differences and helped to define the “greatness” in each other.
Crown * 9780307956798
THE WOLF IN WINTER: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly (Thriller)
The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. And at the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town. But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781476703183
THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia, Jr. and Linda Antonsson (Fantasy)
This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s "Game of Thrones." In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, George R. R. Martin has teamed with the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org --- perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.
Bantam * 9780553805444
YES PLEASE by Amy Poehler (Memoir/Humor)
In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories; funny bits on sex, love, friendship and parenthood; and real-life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, YES PLEASE is a book full of words to live by.
It Books * 9780062268341
PAPER LOVE: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman (Memoir)
Years after her grandfather’s death, journalist Sarah Wildman stumbled upon a cache of his letters. One woman’s letters stood out: those from Valy, her grandfather’s lover who had remained behind when he fled Europe six months after the Nazis annexed Austria. Obsessed with Valy’s story, Wildman began a quest that lasted years and spanned continents. She discovered, to her shock, an entire world of other people searching for the same woman.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594631559
On Sale the Week of October 27th in Paperback
BARK: Stories by Lorrie Moore (Fiction/Short Stories)
In her new collection of stories, her first in 15 years, Lorrie Moore explores the passage of time and summons up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls. Here are people beset, burdened, buoyed; protected by raising teenage children; dating after divorce; facing the serious illness of a longtime friend; setting forth on a romantic assignation abroad but having it interrupted mid-trip, and coming to understand the larger ramifications and the impossibility of the connection.
Vintage * 9780307740861
CAVENDON HALL by Barbara Taylor Bradford (Historical Fiction)
For hundreds of years leading up to England's Edwardian era, the fates of the elite Ingham family and their servants and confidantes, the Swanns, have been intertwined in ways that leave each group wondering how they would ever survive the triumphs and tragedies of life without the help and love of the other.
St. Martin’s Paperbacks * 9781250032348
CONFESSIONS OF A WILD CHILD by Jackie Collins (Fiction)
Lucky Santangelo is a 15-year-old wild child ready to discover life, love and independence. Daughter of the notorious Gino, Lucky discovers her mother's murdered body floating in the family swimming pool at the tender age of four. Since then, Gino has kept her protected from life closeted in their Bel Air mansion. But in CONFESSIONS OF A WILD CHILD, Lucky finally breaks free, and running away from boarding school the adventures begin.
St. Martin’s Paperbacks * 9781250054876
THE DIVORCE PAPERS by Susan Rieger (Fiction)
When Mia Durkheim chooses Sophie Diehl, a criminal attorney, as her reluctant divorce lawyer, both women are in for a rollercoaster ride that takes them from the depths of despair to the heights of euphoria as they battle Dr. Daniel Durkheim and his team of shark-like lawyers all the way to the finish line, where a divorce decree is the final prize.
Broadway Books * 9780804137461
DOUBLE DOWN: Game Change 2012 by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (Politics)
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin set the national conversation on fire with their bestselling account of the 2008 presidential election, GAME CHANGE. In DOUBLE DOWN, they apply their unparalleled access and storytelling savvy to the 2012 election, rendering an equally compelling narrative about the circus-like Republican nomination fight, the rise and fall of Mitt Romney, and the trials, tribulations and Election Day triumph of Barack Obama.
Penguin Books * 9780143126003
THE FRAGILE WORLD by Paula Treick DeBoard (Fiction)
The Kaufmans have always considered themselves a normal happy family. But then they receive a phone call in the middle of the night that their son has been killed in a “freak” road accident. From this moment, the bonds tying them together begin to unravel, and things only get worse when the killer is released from prison early. Curtis packs his car up and takes his daughter on a journey to set things right.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778316763
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET SIX: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger (History)
When General George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied --- thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have painted compelling portraits of Washington’s secret six.
Sentinel Trade * 9781595231109
GOING DARK by James W. Hall (Thriller)
Earth Liberation Front is a loosely knit organization comprised of environmental activists who take a "by any means necessary" approach to defending the planet. Flynn Moss, Thorn’s newly discovered son, has naively fallen in with an ELF cell in Miami that has concocted a non-violent plan to shut down the largest nuclear power plant in the state. But unbeknownst to some in the group, there are other members who would like to cause a radioactive catastrophe rivaling Chernobyl or Fukushima.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250056412
HILD by Nicola Griffith (Historical Fiction)
In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods are struggling, their priests worrying. Hild is the king’s youngest niece, and she has a glimmering mind and a natural, noble authority. She will become a fascinating woman and one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby.
Picador * 9781250056092
HIS OWNSELF: A Semi-Memoir by Dan Jenkins (Sports/Memoir)
In HIS OWNSELF, we follow Dan Jenkins from his youth in Texas, where being a sports fan meant understanding a lot about religion, heroes and drinking; to his first job at the Fort Worth Press; to the glory days of Sports Illustrated. From his friendship and the rounds played with Ben Hogan, to the stories swapped with New York’s elite, Jenkins lets loose on his experiences in journalism, sports and showbiz.
Anchor * 9780307474704
LAST TRAIN TO BABYLON by Charlee Fam (Fiction)
Aubrey Glass has a collection of potential suicide notes just in case. And now, five years --- and five notes --- after leaving her hometown, Rachel is the one who goes and kills herself. There’s a voicemail from Aubrey’s former friend, left only days before her death, that Aubrey can’t bring herself to listen to --- and worse, a macabre memorial-turned-high-school reunion that promises the opportunity to catch up with everyone…including the man responsible for everything that went wrong between Aubrey and Rachel.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062328076
THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir (Science Fiction/Thriller)
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Broadway Books * 9780553418026
MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING: From Paris Bistros to Farmhouse Kitchens, Lessons in Food and Love by Ann Mah (Memoir)
When journalist Ann Mah’s diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post --- alone. Suddenly, Ann’s vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light is turned upside down. So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Ann must find a life for herself in a new city.
Penguin Books * 9780143125921
MIRAGE: A Novel of the Oregon Files by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul (Thriller/Adventure)
In October 1943, a U.S. destroyer sailed out of Philadelphia and supposedly vanished, the result of a Navy experiment with electromagnetic radiation. The story was considered a hoax --- but now Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon colleagues aren’t so sure. As Cabrillo races to find the truth, he discovers there is even more at stake than he could have imagined. But by the time he realizes it, he already may be too late.
Berkley * 9780425250631
NICHOLSON: A Biography by Marc Eliot (Biography)
Biographer Marc Eliot sheds new light on Jack Nicholson's life on and off the screen. From Nicholson’s working class childhood in New Jersey to raucous nights on the town with Warren Beatty and tumultuous romances, to movie sets working with such legendary directors and co-stars as Dennis Hopper, Stanley Kubrick, Meryl Streep and Roman Polanski, Eliot paints a sweeping picture of the breadth of Nicholson’s 50-year career in film, as well as an intimate portrait of his personal life.
Three Rivers Press * 9780307888389
NIGHT DIVER by Elizabeth Lowell (Romantic Suspense)
Kate Donnelly returns to the island of St. Vincent in an effort to save her family’s diving and treasure-hunting business. Holden Cameron was addicted to the adrenaline rush of active duty. The last thing the former British military diver wants is to babysit a family of thieves on a tropical island. When equipment, treasure and even divers begin to disappear, Kate and Holden form an uneasy alliance to uncover the truth. But the deeper they plummet into the mystery, the closer they come to one another.
Avon * 9780062132833
NORMAN MAILER: A Double Life by J. Michael Lennon (Biography)
J. Michael Lennon knew Norman Mailer for 35 years. In this biography --- written with the cooperation of Mailer’s late widow, Norris Church, his ex-wives, and all of his children, as well as his sister, Barbara --- Lennon captures Mailer in all his sharp complexities and shows us how he self-consciously invented and reinvented himself throughout his lifetime.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439150214
AN OFFICER AND A SPY by Robert Harris (Historical Thriller)
Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason and stripped of his rank in front of a crowd of 20,000. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that “proved” Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. However, it isn’t long before Picquart is compelled to question not only the case against Dreyfus but also his most deeply held beliefs about his country --- and himself.
Vintage * 9780345804853
RAISING STEAM: A Discworld Novel by Terry Pratchett (Fantasy)
Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel. He has produced a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements, and it’s soon drawing astonished crowds. To the consternation of Ankh-Morpork’s formidable Patrician, Lord Vetinari, no one is in charge of this new invention. Who better to rectify this than the man he has already appointed master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank: Moist von Lipwig.
Anchor * 9780804169202
RETURN TO OAKPINE by Ron Carlson (Fiction)
In the small town of Oakpine, Wyoming, four men try to make peace with who they are in the world. In high school, they were in a band, and readers learn what has become of these friends and the different directions of their lives. Now that they are reunited, getting the band back together might be the most important thing they can do.
Penguin Books * 9780143125594
THE SHIP OF BRIDES by Jojo Moyes (Historical Fiction)
Following World War II, four women in Sydney, Australia join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England --- aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. The men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy’s ironclad sanctions. And for Frances Mackenzie, whose past comes back to haunt her far from home, the journey will change her life in ways she never could have predicted.
Penguin Books * 9780143126478
STILL LIFE WITH BREAD CRUMBS by Anna Quindlen (Fiction)
Anna Quindlen’s latest novel begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. After fleeing the city for the middle of nowhere, she discovers --- in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates --- that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812976892
TRAIN: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World---from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief by Tom Zoellner (Travel)
In his wide-ranging and entertaining book, Tom Zoellner travels the globe to tell the story of the sociological and economic impact of the railway technology that transformed the world --- and could very well change it again. From the frigid trans-Siberian railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the Japanese-style bullet trains, Zoellner offers a stirring story of this most indispensable form of travel.
Penguin Books * 9780143126348
THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING: On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Laing (Social History)
In THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver. All six of these writers were alcoholics, and the subject of drinking surfaces in some of their finest work.
Picador * 9781250063731
MY SISTER'S GRAVE by Robert Dugoni (Thriller)
Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past --- and open the door to deadly danger.
Thomas & Mercer * 9781477825570
TEMPLE MOUNT by Keith Raffel (Thriller)
Available in eBook & Paperback
After selling his Silicon Valley company, Alex Kalman spends two years wondering what to do with his life. Then a deathbed request from his estranged grandfather sends Kalman on a quest that takes him from Washington's corridors of power to ancient passages under Jerusalem's Temple Mount. Finally, Americans, Arabs and Israelis agree on something --- the need to stop Alex Kalman.
Keith Raffel * B00N1AW2PW (eBook); 9780988509887 (paperback)
On Sale the Week of November 3rd in Hardcover
THE BURNING ROOM by Michael Connelly (Thriller)
In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. But when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet 10 years earlier, detectives Harry Bosch and Lucia Soto are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Beginning with the bullet that's been lodged in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveal that this shooting may have been anything but random.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316225939
MERMAIDS IN PARADISE by Lydia Millet (Fiction)
On the grounds of a Caribbean island resort, newlyweds Deb and Chip meet a marine biologist who says she has sighted mermaids in a coral reef. As the resort's "parent company" swoops in to corner the market on mythological creatures, the couple joins forces with other adventurous souls to save said mermaids from the "Venture of Marvels," which wants to turn their reef into a theme park.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393245622
ALL DAYS ARE NIGHT by Peter Stamm, translated by Michael Hofmann (Fiction)
Gillian is content with her marriage to Matthias, even if she feels restless at times. One night following an argument, the couple has a terrible car accident: Matthias, who is drunk, dies in the crash. Gillian wakes up in the hospital completely disfigured. Only slowly, after many twists and turns, does she put her life back together and reconnects with a love interest of the past who becomes a possible future --- or so it seems.
Other Press * 9781590516966
AN AMERICAN CARDINAL: The Biography of Cardinal Timothy Dolan by Christina Boyle (Biography)
The most powerful Roman Catholic leader in the United States had humble beginnings before being formally ordained in 1976. He was made Archbishop of New York in 2009 and several months later was elevated to cardinal. His rise is not, however, without its controversies. AN AMERICAN CARDINAL is a book about power and the Roman Catholic church today framed by the life of a man who might someday become the first American pope.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250032874
AMERICAN TITAN: Searching for John Wayne by Marc Eliot (Biography)
As he did in his bestselling biographies of Jimmy Stewart and Clint Eastwood, acclaimed Hollywood biographer Marc Eliot digs deep beneath the myth in this revealing look at the most legendary Western film hero of all time; the man with the distinctive voice, walk and demeanor who was an inspiration to many and a symbol of American masculinity, power and patriotism.
Dey Street Books * 9780062269003
BAD COUNTRY by CB McKenzie (Mystery)
Retired from the rodeo circuit, Rodeo Grace Garnet doesn't have much choice but to say yes when offered an unusual case. An elderly Indian woman from his own Reservation has hired him to help discover who murdered her grandson, but she seems strangely uninterested in the results. Her attitude appears to be heartless, but as Rodeo pursues interrelated cases, he learns that the old woman's indifference is nothing compared to true hatred.
Minotaur Books * 9781250053541
CHAIN OF EVENTS by Fredrik T. Olsson (Thriller)
William Sandberg, once a well-respected military cryptologist pursuing cutting-edge research, is a ruined man who has succumbed to a dark depression. Then a nameless, top-secret organization abducts him and tasks him with a daunting mission: decode a message that will reveal the disastrous prophecies hidden in our DNA before it is too late. Meanwhile, William's ex-wife, Christina, is haunted by his absence and suspects there is more to his disappearance than just the reclusive impulse of a depressed man.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316335003
CITIZENS CREEK by Lalita Tademy (Historical Fiction)
Cow Tom, born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief before his 10th birthday, possessed an extraordinary gift: the ability to master languages. As the new country developed westward, Cow Tom became a key translator for his Creek master and was hired out to US military generals. Cow Tom’s legacy lives on --- especially in the courageous spirit of his granddaughter Rose, who is inspired by her grandfather’s indelible mark of courage.
Atria Books * 9781476753034
FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE by Robert Bausch (Historical Fiction)
As Union veteran Bobby Hale stumbles around the West, he finds meaning in the people he meets, and the violent history he both participates in and witnesses. FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE is the story of life in a place where every minute is an engagement in a kind of war of survival, and how two people --- a white man and a mixed-race woman --- in the midst of such majesty and violence can manage to find a pathway to their own humanity.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620402597
FOR THE DEAD: A Poke Rafferty Thriller by Timothy Hallinan (Thriller)
After seven years in Bangkok, American travel writer Poke Rafferty finally feels settled. All that is endangered when his adopted daughter, Miaow, helps her boyfriend buy a stolen iPhone that contains photographs of two murdered police officers. As Miaow’s carefully constructed personal life falls apart, Rafferty discovers that the murders are part of a conspiracy that reaches the top rungs of Bangkok law enforcement and beyond.
Soho Crime * 9781616951146
FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran (Military History)
Because so few of us now serve in the military, our men and women in uniform have become strangers to us. We stand up at athletic events to honor them, but we hardly know their true measure. Here, Starbucks CEO and longtime veterans’ advocate Howard Schultz and National Book Award finalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post offer an enlightening, inspiring corrective.
Knopf * 9781101874455
THE FORGERS by Bradford Morrow (Literary Thriller)
The rare book world is stunned when a reclusive collector, Adam Diehl, is found on the floor of his home with his hands severed. Adam’s sister, Meghan, and her lover, Will --- a convicted if unrepentant literary forger --- struggle to come to terms with the seemingly incomprehensible murder. But when Will begins receiving threatening handwritten letters, he understands that his own life is also on the line --- and attempts to forge a new beginning for himself and Meg.
Mysterious Press * 9780802123213
THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD by Brock Clarke (Fiction)
Take the format of a spy thriller, shape it around real-life incidents involving international terrorism, leaven it with dark, dry humor, toss in a love rectangle, give everybody a gun, and let everything play out in the outer reaches of upstate New York. There you have an idea of Brock Clarke’s new novel, THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.
Algonquin Books * 9781616201111
HOPE: Entertainer of the Century by Richard Zoglin (Biography)
Bob Hope is a household name. However, as Richard Zoglin shows in this revelatory biography, there is still much to be learned about this most public of figures --- from his secret first marriage and his stint in reform school, to his indiscriminate womanizing and his ambivalent relationship with Bing Crosby and Johnny Carson. Hope could be cold, self-centered, tight with a buck, and perhaps the least introspective man in Hollywood. But he was also a dogged worker, gracious with fans and generous with friends.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439140277
I MUST SAY: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short (Memoir)
Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz-obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funnymen. But there is another side to Short’s life that he has long kept private. He lost his eldest brother and both of his parents, and, more recently, his wife succumbed to cancer. In I MUST SAY, Short talks for the first time about the pain that these losses inflicted and the upbeat life philosophy that has kept him resilient and carried him through.
Harper * 9780062309525
THE LAUGHING MONSTERS by Denis Johnson (Literary Thriller)
After 10 years’ absence, Roland Nair returns to Freetown, Sierra Leone, to reunite with his friend, Michael Adriko. Adriko is an African who styles himself a soldier of fortune, newly engaged to a college girl named Davidia from Colorado. Together the three set out to visit Adriko’s clan in the Uganda-Congo borderland --- but each of these travelers is keeping secrets from the others. Their journey through a land abandoned by the future leads Adriko, Nair and Davidia to meet themselves not in a new light, but rather in a new darkness.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374280598
LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU: A Frank Bascombe Book by Richard Ford (Fiction)
Through Frank Bascombe, we’ve witnessed the aspirations, sorrows, longings, achievements and failings of an American life in the twilight of the 20th century. Now, in LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU, author Richard Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In four narratives, Bascombe (and Ford) attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity.
Ecco * 9780061692062
LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE by Rita Mae Brown (Mystery)
Sister Jane and the Jefferson Hunt Club have traveled from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to the Bluegrass State of Kentucky to ride with the members of the Woodford Hounds. After the hunt, Sister Jane and her boyfriend, Gray Lorillard, head to a sumptuous party on a nearby estate that’s interrupted by the discovery of grisly remains. Now Sister and her hounds are on the case, digging up clues to an old murder that links three well-connected Southern families.
Ballantine Books * 9780553392623
A MAP OF BETRAYAL by Ha Jin (Fiction)
When Lilian Shang, born and raised in America, discovers her father’s diary after the death of her parents, she is shocked by the secrets it contains. She knew that her father, Gary, convicted decades ago of being a mole in the CIA, was the most important Chinese spy ever caught. But his diary, an astonishing chronicle of his journey as a Communist intelligence agent, reveals the pain and longing that his double life entailed --- and point to a hidden second family that he’d left behind in China.
Pantheon * 9780307911605
NAPOLEON: A Life by Andrew Roberts (Biography)
Andrew Roberts’ NAPOLEON is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon’s 33,000 letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Roberts traveled to 53 of Napoleon’s 60 battle sites, discovered crucial new documents in archives, and even made the long trip by boat to St. Helena.
Viking Adult * 9780670025329
A NEW YORK CHRISTMAS by Anne Perry (Historical Mystery)
Twenty-three-year-old Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt and head of Britain’s Special Branch, is crossing the Atlantic. She is traveling with an acquaintance, Delphinia Cardew, who is to marry the aristocratic Brent Albright in a high-society New York wedding. When Harley, the groom’s charismatic brother, asks Jemima to help him search for Delphinia’s disgraced mother, Maria, and forestall the scandal that would surely follow if the prodigal parent turned up at the wedding, she agrees to assist him.
Ballantine Books * 9780345548467
THE SIEGE by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Historical Thriller)
Cádiz, 1811: Bombs are falling. Paranoia reigns in a city under siege, but it is worsened when the bodies of murdered women begin to turn up in abandoned corners of the city. Something dark is certainly afoot --- and this shadowy evil seems to have a message for merciless police commissioner Rogelio Tizón. His determination to find the killer will take him on a twisting path through the intertwined lives of those trapped together in the city.
Random House * 9781400069682
SOMETHING RICH AND STRANGE: Selected Stories by Ron Rash (Fiction/Short Stories)
SOMETHING RICH AND STRANGE showcases Ron Rash’s artistry and craftsmanship in 30 stories culled from his previously published collections NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY, BURNING BRIGHT, CHEMISTRY and THE NIGHT NEW JESUS FELL TO EARTH. Each work of short fiction demonstrates Rash’s dazzling ability to evoke the heart and soul of this land and its people --- men and women inexorably tethered to the geography that defines and shapes them.
Ecco * 9780062349347
TWILIGHT OF THE EASTERN GODS by Ismail Kadare (Fiction)
During his time at the Gorky Institute, a kind of miniature Soviet Union where writers from deepest Siberia, Kazakhstan and the Caucasus all came to study, Ismail Kadare was caught up in the furor over Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize win when the Soviet Union demanded that Pasternak refuse the foreign, bourgeois award or be sentenced to exile. Kadare’s time at the Institute, the drunken nights, corrupt professors and enforced aesthetics are fictionalized in a novel that entwines Russian and Albanian myth with history.
Grove Press * 9780802123114
UGLY GIRLS by Lindsay Hunter (Fiction)
Jamey, an alleged high school student from a nearby town, has been pining after Perry from behind the computer screen for some time now. When Perry and her friend, Baby Girl, finally agree to meet Jamey face-to-face, they quickly realize he’s far from the shy high school boy they thought he was --- and they’ll do whatever is necessary to protect themselves.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374533861
STALIN: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin (Biography)
In STALIN, Stephen Kotkin offers a biography that, at long last, is equal to this shrewd, sociopathic, charismatic dictator in all his dimensions. The character of Stalin emerges as both astute and blinkered, cynical and true believing, people oriented and vicious, canny enough to see through people but prone to nonsensical beliefs. STALIN also gives an intimate view of the Bolshevik regime’s inner geography of power, bringing to the fore fresh materials from Soviet military intelligence and the secret police.
The Penguin Press * 9781594203794
On Sale the Week of November 3rd in Paperback
THE DISCOVERY OF MIDDLE EARTH: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts by Graham Robb (History)
Graham Robb reveals the ancient secrets of the Celts, demonstrates the lasting influence of Druid science, and recharts the exploration of the world and the spread of Christianity. A pioneering history grounded in a real-life historical treasure hunt, THE DISCOVERY OF MIDDLE EARTH offers nothing less than an entirely new understanding of the birth of modern Europe.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393349924
1963: THE YEAR OF THE REVOLUTION: How Youth Changed the World with Music, Art, and Fashion by Robin Morgan and Ariel Leve (History)
While the Cold War began to thaw, the race into space heated up, feminism and civil rights percolated in politics, JFK’s assassination shocked the world, and the Beatles and Bob Dylan would emerge as poster boys and prophets of a revolution that changed the world. 1963: THE YEAR OF THE REVOLUTION records, documentary-style, the incredible roller-coaster ride of those 12 months, told through the recollections of some of the period’s most influential figures.
Dey Street Books * 9780062120458
AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Morrissey (Autobiography)
Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22, 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982–1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for 26 years, during which time he has had three #1 albums in England in three different decades. AUTOBIOGRAPHY covers Morrissey's life from his birth until the present day.
Penguin Classics * 9780143107507
THE BLAZING WORLD by Siri Hustvedt (Fiction)
After years of watching her work ignored or dismissed by critics, artist Harriet Burden conducts an experiment she calls Maskings: she presents her own art behind three male masks, concealing her female identity. When Burden finally steps forward triumphantly to reveal herself as the artist behind the exhibitions, there are critics who doubt her. The public scandal turns on the final exhibition, initially shown as the work of acclaimed artist Rune, who denies Burden’s role in its creation.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476747248
BY BLOOD WE LIVE by Glen Duncan (Paranormal Fantasy/Horror)
With her twins safely at her side, and the devotion of her lover, Walker, Talulla has what appears to be a normal family life --- except for their monthly transformation into werewolves hungry for human flesh. But even this hard-won, tenuous peace is undermined for Talulla by nagging thoughts of Remshi, the 20,000-year-old vampire who haunts her dreams. As the novel unfolds, Talulla and Remshi are inexorably drawn to each other --- and toward the moment when an ancient prophecy may finally come to pass.
Vintage * 9780307742193
CARTHAGE by Joyce Carol Oates (Mystery)
Zeno Mayfield's daughter has disappeared into the night, gone missing in the wilds of the Adirondacks. But when the community of Carthage joins a father's frantic search for the girl, they discover the unlikeliest of suspects --- a decorated Iraq War veteran with close ties to the Mayfield family. As grisly evidence mounts against the troubled war hero, the family must wrestle with the possibility of having lost a daughter forever.
Ecco * 9780062208132
THE CHASE by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Thriller/Adventure)
FBI Agent Kate O'Hare has lived to put the slippery conman known as Nicolas Fox behind bars. Nick is a fed's worst nightmare: exceptionally talented in his line of work, known the world over for being able to pull off some of the most dangerous, high-profile cons. In a cruel twist of fate, Kate's bosses at the FBI force her to covertly partner up with Nick to take down big league crime.
Bantam * 9780345543097
DEAD MAN'S TIME by Peter James (Mystery)
During the investigation of a savage burglary in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace realizes he has kicked over a hornet’s nest of new and ancient hatreds. At its heart is one man, Gavin Daly, who has a score to settle and a promise to keep --- both of which lead to a murderous trail linking the antiques world of Brighton, the crime fraternity of Spain’s Marbella, and New York.
Minotaur Books * 9781250055293
DIRTY ROWDY THING by Christina Lauren (Romance)
Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other...which would explain why their marriage lasted only 12 hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman --- or just what he needs.
Gallery Books * 9781476777962
DUKE: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout (Biography)
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century --- and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. A semifinalist for the National Book Award, DUKE peels away countless layers of Ellington’s evasion and public deception to tell the unvarnished truth about this creative genius.
Gotham * 9781592408801
GODLESS by Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner (Futuristic Thriller)
In FATHERLESS and CHILDLESS, Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner depicted a time in which present-day trends come to sinister fruition. This eagerly awaited conclusion vividly imagines what happens when God's image on earth is exchanged for the horrors of a GODLESS world.
FaithWords * 9781455513178
HELLO FROM THE GILLESPIES by Monica McInerney (Fiction)
For the past 33 years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself --- she tells the truth. The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. But when she is taken away from them in a most unexpected manner, the Gillespies pull together --- and pull themselves together --- in wonderfully surprising ways.
NAL Trade * 9780451466723
HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE by Emma Chapman (Psychological Suspense)
Marta and Hector have been married for a long time. He has always taken care of her, and she has always done everything she can to be a good wife. But now, something is changing. Small things seem off: a flash of movement in the corner of Marta’s eye, elapsed moments that she can’t recall, visions of a blonde girl in the darkness that only she can see. As these visions persist and her reality grows more disjointed, it’s unclear if the danger lies in the world around her, or in Marta herself.
Picador * 9781250054456
IF KENNEDY LIVED: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History by Jeff Greenfield (Alternate History)
What if Kennedy was not killed that fateful day? What would the 1964 campaign have looked like? How would JFK, in his second term, have approached Vietnam, civil rights, the Cold War? And what small turns of fate in the days and years before Dallas might have kept him from ever reaching the White House in the first place? The answers Jeff Greenfield provides and the scenarios he develops are startlingly realistic.
NAL Trade * 9780451471321
INSIDE THE DREAM PALACE: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel by Sherill Tippins (History)
The Chelsea Hotel, since its founding by a visionary French architect in 1884, has been an icon of American invention: a cultural dynamo and haven for the counterculture, all in one astonishing building. Sherill Tippins, author of the acclaimed FEBRUARY HOUSE, delivers a masterful and endlessly entertaining history of the Chelsea and of the successive generations of artists who have cohabited and created there.
Mariner Books * 9780544334472
JOHNNY CASH: The Life by Robert Hilburn (Biography)
Robert Hilburn tells the unvarnished truth about a musical icon whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized. Drawing upon his personal experience with Johnny Cash and a trove of never-before-seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn gives us a compelling, human portrait of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture.
Back Bay Books * 9780316194747
LOVE, NINA: A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe (Memoir)
Twenty-year-old Nina Stibbe moves to a posh section of London to become a nanny to two young boys, the sons of well-known editor Mary-Kay Wilmers. Nina has no experience as a nanny but jumps right in and soon becomes a valued member of the quirky household. LOVE, NINA is comprised of Nina's letters home to her sister, Victoria. Though the correspondence is one-sided, the reader becomes well acquainted with this family through Nina's frank and often amusing letters.
Back Bay Books * 9780316243384
MY MISTAKE: A Memoir by Daniel Menaker (Memoir)
Daniel Menaker started as a fact checker at The New Yorker in 1969. With luck, hard work, and the support of William Maxwell, he was eventually promoted to editor. Never beloved by William Shawn, he was advised early on to find a position elsewhere; he stayed for another 24 years. Now Menaker brings us a new view of life in that wonderfully strange place and beyond, throughout his more than 40 years working to celebrate language and good writing.
Mariner Books * 9780544334533
PROOF OF ANGELS by Mary Curran Hackett (Fiction)
While fighting a horrific blaze, Sean Magee becomes trapped by flames and is nearly overcome by smoke. Just when it seems that all is lost, he’s led to a window --- by what he swears is divine intervention. And then he jumps…into a new life. Coming through that fire, he knows that he can no longer be that man whose heart is closed to the world. But before he can face his future, he must confront his past and everyone in it: the family, the friends, the woman --- and the love --- he carelessly left behind.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062279958
SENSE & SENSIBILITY by Joanna Trollope (Fiction)
Jane Austen’s classic tale of two sisters --- one eminently reasonable, the other deeply romantic --- has already yielded one fine movie, three miniseries, and a parody novel awash in sea monsters. Now it’s been catapulted into the 21st century by a veteran British writer, with results that confirm its enduring fascination.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062200471
SILENT NIGHT: A Spenser Holiday Novel by Robert B. Parker with Helen Brann (Mystery)
Spenser is busy planning for his holiday dinner when an 11-year-old homeless boy shows up in need of help. The man who runs the unlicensed shelter that gives the boy refuge is being intimidated in an attempt to force them out of their neighborhood. Spenser is on the case in SILENT NIGHT, the book Robert B. Parker was working on at the time of his death.
Berkley Trade * 9780425271612
THE SPOOK LIGHTS AFFAIR: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini (Historical Mystery)
While John Quincannon follows a danger-laden trail to unmask the murderous perpetrators of a Wells, Fargo robbery, his partner, Sabina Carpenter, works her wiles on friends and relatives of a vanished debutante until the pieces of her puzzle start falling into place. But it’s an oddly disguised gent appearing out of nowhere who provides the final clue to both cases --- the shrewd “crackbrain” who believes himself to be Sherlock Holmes.
Forge Books * 9780765331786
STRINGER: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo by Anjan Sundaram (Memoir)
In August 2005, Anjan Sundaram abandoned his path to a Yale Ph.D. in mathematics to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and refashion himself as a journalist. He found a country that was diseased, corrupt, and poised on the cusp of war. When Sundaram is engaged as a “stringer” for the Associated Press, he becomes a chronicler for a country he’s just beginning to experience. STRINGER is his searing portrait of life in this broken, lawless place, an account of the rocky education of a reporter.
Anchor * 9780345806321
TEMPTING FATE by Jane Green (Fiction)
Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for 18 years. She could never imagine how good it would feel to have a handsome younger man show interest in her --- until the night it happens. Matt makes Gabby feel sparkling and fascinating, alive --- something she hasn't felt in years. What begins as a long-distance friendship soon develops into an emotional affair as Gabby discovers that her limits and boundaries are not where she expects them to be.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9780312604189
THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS: A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Mystery)
On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping. As the days and hours tick by, Russ and Clare fight personal and professional battles they never could have imagined that will change their lives forever.
Minotaur Books * 9781250052353
WHILE BEAUTY SLEPT by Elizabeth Blackwell (Historical Fantasy)
I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told. And so begins Elise Dalriss’s story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel’s tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered --- and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago.
Berkley Trade * 9780425273845
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