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August 30, 2011

August 30, 2011

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of August 29th and September 5th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of August 29th in Hardcover

August 29th

THE CUT by George Pelecanos
Veteran Spero Lucas becomes entangled in a world of amorality and violence when he takes a job recovering stolen property for a high-profile crime boss.
Reagan Arthur Books * 9780316078429

KILL ME IF YOU CAN by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
After discovering a duffel bag filled with diamonds, poor art student Matthew Bannon becomes the target of the Ghost, the world's greatest assassin.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316097543

August 30th

40 LOVE by Madeleine Wickham
A weekend tennis party becomes a hilarious, wicked study of modern marriage for four very different couples of varying economic, social and interest levels.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9780312562755

A BITTER TRUTH: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
Trying to help a woman in distress, World War I nurse and accidental sleuth Bess Crawford learns that no good deed goes unpunished.
William Morrow * 9780062015709

THE BURNING by Jane Casey
A determined young police constable goes it alone against an enigmatic killer and her bosses in a series debut for fans of Sophie Hannah and Tana French.
Minotaur Books * 9780312614171

HEARTWISHES: An Edilean Novel by Jude Deveraux
Gemma Ranford wants the job cataloging the documents of the Frazier family so much that she is ready to do battle to get it. What she didn't expect to find is references to the Heartwishes Stone --- believed by most to be pure legend --- and said to grant wishes to anyone named Frazier.
Atria * 9781439108000

IN MY TIME: A Personal and Political Memoir by Dick Cheney
Former Vice President Dick Cheney tells the story of his life and the nearly four decades he has spent at the center of American politics and power.
Threshold Editions * 9781439176191

THE LEFTOVERS by Tom Perrotta
Tom Perrotta returns to the familiar suburban territory he’s visited in novels like LITTLE CHILDREN with a thoughtful look at what the world might feel like to ordinary people left behind after a Rapture-like event.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312358341

NORTHWEST ANGLE by William Kent Krueger
With his family in the crosshairs of a brutal killing organization, Detective Cork O'Connor must uncover the murder of a young girl.
Atria Books * 9781439153956

ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer
This introductory novel in The Clifton Chronicles takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry Clifton must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler's Germany.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312539559

A family in the rural South braces for a massive storm while contending with the issues of race, class and wealth under their own roof.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608195220

THE STRANGER YOU SEEK by Amanda Kyle Williams
Ex-FBI profiler Keye Street is given her last shot to help catch a serial killer who has eluded police for years --- one who has now taken a terrifyingly personal interest in Keye.
Bantam * 9780553808070

A TRICK OF THE LIGHT: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
"Hearts are broken," Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. "Sweet relationships are dead." But now Lillian herself is dead. Chief Inspector Gamache is called to the tiny Quebec village, where nothing is as it seems.
Minotaur Books * 9780312655457

TRAIN DREAMS by Denis Johnson
Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the 20th century --- an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374281144

When a wall of flame at the World Trade Center burned more than 80 percent of her body, Lauren Manning began a 10-year journey of survival and rebirth that tested her almost beyond human endurance.
Henry Holt and Company * 9780805094633

WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO TO WAR by Karl Marlantes
Karl Marlantes takes a deeply personal look at what it is like to experience the ordeal of combat, critically examining how we might better prepare our soldiers for war, and weaves riveting accounts of his own combat experiences in Vietnam with thoughtful analysis and self-examination.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802119926

WHERE YOU LEFT ME by Jennifer Gardner Trulson
This is an extraordinary account of the events of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath by Jennifer Gardner Trulson, whose husband, a top executive at Cantor Fitzgerald, was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, leaving her behind along with two small kids.
Gallery * 9781451621426
On Sale the Week of August 29th in Paperback

August 30th

ACT OF DECEIT: A Harlan Donnally Novel by Steven Gore

This first book in a series plunges former San Francisco homicide detective Harlan Donnally into a deadly morass of murder, sex trafficking, and church corruption as he seeks the dark truth about the death of a sister of a dying friend.
Harper * 9780062025067


As action-packed, fast-paced and brutally realistic as it gets, this page-turner from Vince Flynn shows readers how it all began. Behind the steely gaze of the nation’s ultimate hero is a young man primed to become an American assassin.
Pocket * 9781416595199

BY NIGHTFALL by Michael Cunningham

At the heart of BY NIGHTFALL is a trio of conflicted characters in modern-day New York City: an art dealer, his wife, and her troubled and drug-addicted younger brother who is staying with them temporarily.
Picador * 9780312610432

CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Lucy Jorik is the daughter of a former president of the United States. Meg Koranda is the offspring of legends. One of them is about to marry Mr. Irresistible.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062076168

CITY OF DRAGONS by Kelli Stanley

All Miranda Corbie wants is justice. From Chinatown tenements, to a tattered tailor's shop in Little Osaka, to a high-class bordello draped in Southern Gothic, she shakes down her city seeking the truth.
Minotaur Books * 9780312668792


Justice Department operative Cotton Malone has just begun his most harrowing adventure to date --- one that offers up astounding historical revelations, pits him against a ruthless ancient brotherhood, and sends him to one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world.

Steve Berry's first ever eBook original story, THE BALKAN ESCAPE, is now available in print as an Exclusive Bonus Additon to the paperback edition of THE EMPEROR'S TOMB.

Ballantine Books * 9780345505507

FALL OF GIANTS: Book One of the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett

From the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty, FALL OF GIANTS takes readers into the inextricably entangled fates of five families.
NAL Trade * 9780451232571


Based on the true story of a group of Holocaust survivors who sought revenge for Nazi crimes, THE FINAL RECKONING is an atmospheric, emotionally engaging and twisting thriller that moves at light speed from first page to last.
Harper * 9780061875786


Lars Arffssen delivers a hilarious --- and gripping --- parody of the bestselling novels by Stieg Larsson.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9780312610500

HEAVEN'S FURY by Stephen Frey

Paul must race to find a murderer before a massive winter storm leaves his town cut off from the outside world…and at the mercy of a remorseless killer.
Pocket * 9781416549680

IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS: A Father Tim Novel by Jan Karon

In the second novel of Jan Karon’s series, Father Tim and Cynthia travel to Ireland to do genealogical research and discover family secrets.
Penguin * 9780143119913

LOST EMPIRE: A Fargo Adventure by Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood

Through Tanzania and Zanzibar, into the rainforests of Madagascar, and across the Indian Ocean to Indonesia, the Fargos and their ruthless opponents pursue the hunt for an artifact’s secret --- but only one can win.
Berkley * 9780425243619

ON THE LINE: A Bill Smith/Lydia Chin Novel by S. J. Rozan

When a modified voice informs that his occasional partner, Lydia Chin, has been kidnapped, P.I. Bill Smith is sent on a high-stakes chase. In order to keep her alive, he has to play the kidnapper’s elaborate game. But when the first move sends him to a corpse, Bill finds himself running from the police.
Minotaur Books * 9780312609245

THE ORACLE OF STAMBOUL by Michael David Lukas

Raised by her doting father and her stern, resentful stepmother, Eleonora spends her early years daydreaming and doing housework --- until the moment she teaches herself to read, and her father recognizes that she is a prodigy.
Harper Perennial * 9780062012104

THE PERFECT LOVE SONG: A Holiday Story by Patti Callahan Henry

Jimmy Sullivan has been living on the road with his brother, Jack, and his band. Without a place to call home, Jimmy and Jack lead a nomadic life filled with music and anonymous cities.
Vanguard Press * 9781593156732

PORT MORTUARY: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell

The world's bestselling crime writer Patricia Cornwell presents an extraordinary novel in which Kay Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could ruin her professionally --- and personally.
Berkley * 9780425243602


Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope --- until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream: to become a female pilot.
Plume * 9780452297401
On Sale the Week of September 5th in Hardcover

September 6th

This unforgettable narrative of heroism and justice is about a crusade that would not only pit members of the Iranian and Kurdish opposition against Tehran, but also against some of the greatest powers in Germany.
Grove Press * 9780802119117

BIRDS OF PARADISE by Diana Abu-Jaber
A girl who ran away from home five years previously must reckon with the guilty secret that drove her away, and must face her fear of losing her family and her sense of self forever.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393064612

Eight provocative and darkly funny linked stories explore the commonly shared, but rarely spoken of experiences that build girls into women and women into wives and mothers, mapping America's shifting cultural landscape from the late 1970s to the present day.
Simon & Schuster * 9780743276702

THE BURNING SOUL by John Connolly
Detective Charlie Parker must unravel a web of deceit involving the police, the FBI, a doomed mobster, and a man tormented for his past crime.
Atria Books * 9781439165270

DAMAGE CONTROL by Denise Hamilton
Denise Hamilton weaves an engrossing story of teenage friendship and adult betrayal, featuring a high-powered crisis consultant who gets swept up in murder and scandal involving a wealthy political family.
Scribner * 9780743296748

I MARRIED YOU FOR HAPPINESS is not only a moving elegy to a man and a marriage, but also a meditation on the theory of probability and how chance can affect both a life and one's consideration of the possibility of an afterlife.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802119919

IRMA VOTH by Miriam Toews
IRMA VOTH follows a young Mennonite woman, vulnerable yet wise beyond her years, who carries a terrible family secret with her on a remarkable journey to survival and redemption.
Harper * 9780062070180

LOOSE DIAMONDS: …and other things I’ve lost (and found) along the way by Amy Ephron
Amy Ephron weaves together the most insightful, profound, and just plain funny stories of her life to form a tapestry of a woman’s experiences from childhood through young adulthood, marriage, divorce (and remarriage), and everything in between.
William Morrow * 9780061958748

PIRATE KING by Laurie R. King
In this latest adventure featuring the intrepid Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, Laurie R. King takes readers into the frenetic world of silent films --- where the pirates are real and the shooting isn’t all done with cameras.
Bantam * 9780553807981

PREY by Linda Howard
A smart and sexy outdoor guide and her ruggedly handsome competitor must join forces to survive --- and avoid becoming what they never expected to be.
Ballantine Books * 9780345506917

THE RACE: An Isaac Bell Adventure by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
It is 1910, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than 50 days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates --- an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost --- and that's where Detective Isaac Bell comes in.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157813

SANCTUS by Simon Toyne
A man climbs a cliff face in the oldest inhabited place on earth, a mountain known as the Citadel. But this is no ordinary ascent. It is a dangerous and symbolic act. Few people understand its consequence. But for foundation worker Kathryn Mann and a handful of others, it’s evidence that a revolution is at hand.
William Morrow * 9780062038302

SECOND NATURE: A Love Story by Jacquelyn Mitchard
From the bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN and NO TIME TO WAVE GOODBYE comes this fierce and moving story of a young woman's fight for identity in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.
Random House * 9781400067756

SECRET OBSESSION by Kimberla Lawson Roby
A sister's jealousy pushes a family to the edge and exposes life-changing secrets in this new novella from New York Times bestseller Kimberla Lawson Roby, author of the acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black series.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446572422

WUNDERKIND by Nikolai Grozni
Brash, brilliant 15-year-old Konstantin is a world-class pianist of exceptional sensitivity whose propulsive rage at Soviet oppression threatens to undo him.
Free Press * 9781451616910

September 7th

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316126694

September 8th

Killing people is the only life Joseph has ever known, and he's one of the best at it. But when a job goes wrong and he's sent away to complete a punishingly dangerous assignment, Joseph meets a girl named Maria, and for the first time in his life, his singleminded, bloody purpose fades away.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952374

THE END: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945 by Ian Kershaw
Award-winning historian Ian Kershaw has produced a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II.
The Penguin Press * 9781594203145

JAGGER: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue by Marc Spitz
Combining biography with cultural history, JAGGER unfolds like a captivating documentary, a series of episodes tracing the icon's rise from his childhood in middle-class postwar London to his status as a jet-setting knight.
Gotham * 9781592406555

ON CANAAN’S SIDE by Sebastian Barry
Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere's life over 17 days, ON CANAAN'S SIDE opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson. Lilly revisits her past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland, at the end of the First World War, and continues her tale in America, a world filled with both hope and danger.
Viking Adult * 9780670022922
On Sale the Week of September 5th in Paperback

September 6th

AGAINST ALL THINGS ENDING: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson
Thomas Covenant is alive again, restored to his mortal body by Linden Avery's magic --- a defiant act of love that has unleashed unimaginable power capable of devastating the Land.
Ace * 9780441020812

ALL OUR WORLDLY GOODS by Irene Nemirovsky
Pierre and Agnes marry for love against the wishes of his parents and the family patriarch, the tyrannical industrialist Julien Hardelot, provoking a family feud that cascades down the generations.
Vintage * 9780307743299

Striking in their emotional immediacy, these stories are based in a world where inequality is reality, but where the insecurities of adolescence and young adulthood are sometimes the biggest complicating forces in one's sense of identity and the choices one makes.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594485367

THE BETRAYAL by Helen Dunmore
Internationally acclaimed author Helen Dunmore follows her bestselling novel, THE SIEGE, with a riveting and emotionally absorbing portrait of postwar Soviet Russia, a world of violence and terror where the severest acts of betrayal can come from the most trusted allies.
Black Cat * 9780802170880

C by Tom McCarthy
Opening in England at the turn of the 20th century, C is the story of Serge Carrefax, whose father experiments with wireless communication while running a school for deaf children. His intense relationship with his brilliant but troubled older sister haunts him as he heads off into an equally troubled larger world.
Vintage * 9780307388216

CLEOPATRA: A Life by Stacy Schiff
Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.
Back Bay Books * 9780316001946

After three victims are found murdered, a newspaper reporter seems to have a direct line to the killer --- and a secret he wants to keep hidden.
Pinnacle * 9780786024841

DEATH OF THE MANTIS: A Detective Kubu Mystery by Michael Stanley
In this third installment of the Detective Kubu mystery series, members of an ancient nomadic tribe are fingered in the murder of a ranger in modern-day Botswana.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062000378

FIRST FAMILY: Abigail and John Adams by Joseph J. Ellis
Exquisitely researched and beautifully written, FIRST FAMILY is both a revealing portrait of a marriage and a unique study of America’s early years.
Vintage * 9780307389992

GREAT HOUSE by Nicole Krauss
For 25 years, a reclusive American novelist has been writing at the desk she inherited from a young Chilean poet who disappeared at the hands of Pinochet’s secret police. One day, a girl claiming to be the poet’s daughter arrives to take it away, sending the writer’s life reeling.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393340648

THE HILLIKER CURSE: My Pursuit of Women by James Ellroy
Legendary crime writer James Ellroy gives us a searing, candid memoir about his obsession with women, his related search for atonement, and his literary career.
Vintage * 9780307477392

THE LOST DOGS: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant
Animal lovers and sports fans were shocked when the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick's brutal dog fighting operation. But what became of the dozens of dogs who survived?
Gotham * 9781592406678

MAN IN THE WOODS by Scott Spencer
In his most stunning novel yet, this wry, witty and deeply sensitive writer returns to the territory of his New York Times bestseller A SHIP MADE OF PAPER in a gripping and provocative psychological thriller of morality and manhood, choice and fate.
Ecco * 9780061466571

PAINTED LADIES by Robert B. Parker
Spenser had a simple job: protect an art scholar during a ransom exchange for a stolen painting. But no one was supposed to die…
Berkley * 9780425243626

THE SPIDER'S WEB: A Wind River Mystery by Margaret Coel
When Arapaho Ned Windsong is shot to death, his fiancée Marcy is the only witness…and soon the suspect. Convinced of Marcy's innocence, Vicki agrees to represent the outsider, finding herself at odds with her own people.
Berkley * 9780425243756

STRATEGIC MOVES: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods
Stone Barrington gets wind of an impending scandal that might torpedo his big promotion: It may be that the lucrative new client whom he's introduced to the firm might be a Bernie Madoff in disguise.
Signet * 9780451234452

THE THOUSAND by Kevin Guilfoile
Math whiz Canada Gold is busy putting her skills to questionable use in the courthouses --- and casinos --- of Las Vegas when a case sends her back to Chicago, a city marred by personal tragedy.
Vintage * 9781400078271

THREE STATIONS: An Arkady Renko Novel by Martin Cruz Smith
Martin Cruz Smith produces a complex and haunting vision of an emergent Russia’s secret underclass of street urchins, greedy thugs and a bureaucracy still paralyzed by power and fear.
Pocket * 9780743276757

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