January 3, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of January 2nd and January 9th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of January 2nd in Hardcover
PRIVATE: #1 SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm. But when his former lover is found murdered in Jack’s bed, he is instantly the number one suspect.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316097406
BREAKDOWN: A V.I. Warshawski Novel by Sara Paretsky
Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When Chicago tweens hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157837
CELL 8 by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström
Detective Superintendent Ewert Grens discovers a startling connection between two cases --- a brutal murder in the United States and an aggravated assault in Sweden six years later.
SilverOak * 9781402787157
THE CONFESSION: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd
Troubled investigator Ian Rutledge wrestles with a startling and dangerous case that reaches far into the past when a false confession from a man who is not who he claims to be leads to a brutal murder.
William Morrow * 9780062015662
THE DARKENING FIELD by William Ryan
It is 1937, and Captain Alexei Korolev of Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia is bound for Odessa after the suspicious suicide of a loyal young party member who supposedly had an illicit intimate relationship with the party director.
Minotaur Books * 9780312586515
A DEVIL IS WAITING by Jack Higgins
The President is coming to London, but not to a warm welcome --- a fanatical mullah is offering a blessing to anyone who will assassinate the President. A small band known as the "Prime Minister's private army" is called in, including intelligence captain and Afghan war hero Sara Gideon.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158094
DISTRUST THAT PARTICULAR FLAVOR by William Gibson
Over the past 30 years, William Gibson has been sought out by varying publications for his insights into contemporary culture. These essays and articles, never before collected, give insight into the mind of a writer whose thinking has helped shape our culture.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158438
GUN GAMES: A Decker/Lazarus Novel by Faye Kellerman
Peter Decker of the LAPD and his wife, Rina Lazarus, confront the case of a rash of shocking adolescent suicides at an elite Los Angeles private school. They also struggle with Gabriel Whitman, a troubled teen whom they have brought into their home.
William Morrow * 9780062064325
THE HUNTER by John Lescroart
Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family --- until he gets a chilling text message from an unknown number: "How did ur mother die?"
Dutton Adult * 9780525952565
I AM SECOND: Real Stories. Changing Lives. by Dave Sterrett and Doug Bender
In this book, you will discover stories of people --- some notable and some not so well known --- who have had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ and are walking in radical obedience by putting Him first in their lives.
Thomas Nelson * 9781400203734
IAGO by David Snodin
Wounded in love, tormented by his past, Shakespeare's most complex villain is brought to life in this tale of two adversaries --- one an accused killer; the other, one of the most powerful men in Venice.
Henry Holt & Company * 9780805093704
LOVE IN A NUTSHELL by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly
Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband left her, she’s been fired, and the only place she wants to go is her parents’ summer house, The Nutshell, in Michigan. Kate’s plan is to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash, and the only job she can land is less than ideal.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312651312
LOVE LIFTED ME by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck
Jade Benson embraces unexpected motherhood when her husband Max gains custody of his son. As she and Max work out their newly formed family, an invitation to coach Texas high school football sends them on a journey of faith and discovery.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595544919
THE MAN WITHIN MY HEAD by Pico Iyer
Pico Iyer sets out to unravel the mysterious closeness he has always felt with English writer Graham Greene. He investigates all he has in common with Greene, and the deeper he delves, the more he begins to wonder if the man within his head is not Greene but his own father --- or even himself.
Knopf * 9780307267610
NEED YOU NOW by James Grippando
A young financial advisor and his girlfriend uncover a conspiracy that reaches from Wall Street to Washington, from the trading floors of the Stock Exchange to the deepest halls of government.
Harper * 9780061840302
ONE PERFECT WORD: One Word Can Make All the Difference by Debbie Macomber
When bestselling novelist Debbie Macomber took the time to focus on a single word --- such as prayer, trust, or surrender --- for a whole year, this act changed not only herself, but also those around her.
Howard Books * 9781439190593
THE PLOTS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right by Sally Denton
THE PLOTS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT follows Franklin Delano Roosevelt as he struggled to right the teetering nation, armed with little more than indomitable optimism and the courage to try anything.
Bloomsbury Press * 9781608190898
THE RETRIBUTION: A Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Novel by Val McDermid
Tony Hill and Carol Jordan have put away scores of criminals. But there is one killer who has defined their careers: Jacko Vance. Now Jacko has escaped from prison; even more twisted than before, he is focused on wreaking revenge on Tony and Carol.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780802120175
SCARECROW RETURNS by Matthew Reilly
Deep in the Arctic, a long-forgotten Soviet military base enshrouds a Cold War doomsday device with the power to obliterate the planet. When a terrorist group unleashes the weapon, there is only one team close enough to sabotage them: a band of Marines and civilians led by Captain Shane Schofield.
Simon & Schuster * 9781416577591
SISTERHOOD OF DUNE by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape all of humankind.
Tor Books * 9780765322739
WILD ABANDON by Joe Dunthorne
At a once-vibrant communal-living property in the British countryside, back-to-basics fervor has given way to a vague discontent. With his family falling apart, founder Don Riley convinces himself that the only way to save the world he’s created is to throw the biggest party of his life.
Random House * 9781400066841
THE WORLD WE FOUND by Thrity Umrigar
Laleh, Kavita, Armaiti and Nishta were best friends in their Bombay college days, but they have since drifted apart. When Armaiti, now in the United States, is diagnosed with cancer, the four reunite and discover the lasting power of friendship.
Harper * 9780061938344
WORTH FIGHTING FOR: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward by Lisa Niemi
Lisa Niemi and Patrick Swayze were married for 34 years. For the first time, Lisa Niemi Swayze shares the details of Patrick’s 21-month battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, and how she has coped with the grief of losing him.
Atria * 9781439196359
AGENT 6 by Tom Rob Smith
Leo Demidov is no longer a member of Moscow's secret police. But when his wife and daughters are invited on a "Peace Tour" to New York, he is immediately suspicious. Forbidden to travel, Leo watches helplessly as his family is pulled into a web of conspiracy and betrayal that will end in tragedy.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446550765
HOW IT ALL BEGAN by Penelope Lively
When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike.
Viking Adult * 9780670023448
THE INVISIBLE ONES by Stef Penney
Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he'd been hired to find Rose Janko, the missing wife of the son of a traveling Gypsy family.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157714
A QUIET VENDETTA by R.J. Ellory
When Catherine Ducane disappears, the cops react rapidly --- she is the daughter of the Governor of Louisiana. Her bodyguard turns up horribly mutilated, and when her kidnapper calls he doesn't want money: he wants time alone with a functionary from a Washington-based organized crime task force.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781590205082
THE STREET SWEEPER by Elliot Perlman
Lamont Williams is a paroled felon looking to turn his life around. Adam Zignelik is a struggling professor, his life falling apart around him. The worlds surrounding these two men collide through the vast forces of history.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488474
THE WHISPERER by Donato Carrisi
Six severed arms are discovered, arranged in a mysterious circle and buried in a clearing in the woods. Five of them appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and 18. The sixth is yet to be identified.
Mulholland Books * 9780316194723
YOU ARE MADE FOR MORE!: How to Become All You Were Created to Be by Lisa Osteen Comes
Lisa Osteen Comes’s inspiring message shows not only how to get through the day, but also how to catch new vision for a bold and bright life. With every story, she delivers biblical truths and practical help for overcoming various forms of hardship and loss.
FaithWords * 9780446584203
On Sale the Week of January 2nd in Paperback
THE KEEPER: Stoney Ridge Seasons, Book 1 by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Julia Lapp has planned to marry Paul Fisher since she was a girl. But when Paul wants to postpone the wedding, again, she knows who is to blame: perpetual bachelor Roman Troyer. Can Julia secure the future she's always dreamed of, or does God have something else in mind?
Revell * 9780800719876
THAT’S MY GIRL: How a Father's Love Protects and Empowers His Daughter by Rick Johnson
In THAT’S MY GIRL, parenting expert Rick Johnson shows men how to develop close relationships with their daughters. Rick's common sense, wisdom and humor meet dads right where they are with advice that will change their relationships with their daughters for life.
Revell * 9780800733834
BETRAYAL: Whitey Bulger and the FBI Who Fought to Bring Him Down by Robert Fitzpatrick with Jon Land
In his crusade to bring Whitey Bulger to justice, FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick faced not only Whitey but also corrupt FBI agents, along with political cronies and enablers from Boston to Washington who, in one way or another, blocked his efforts at every step.
Forge Books * 9780765335500
THE BORDER LORDS: A Charlie Hood Novel by T. Jefferson Parker
Charlie Hood searches for an undercover agent who has disappeared, only to resurface in a series of bizarre video tapes. The trail leads Charlie into the fevered landscape of America's southern border and the unexplored depths of humanity's dark soul.
NAL Trade * 9780451235565
BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey
At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on “Saturday Night Live,” Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books * 9780316056878
BREACH OF TRUST by David Ellis
Jason Kolarich’s wife and daughter were killed while he was at the office, awaiting a call from a confidential informant named Ramirez --- a call that never came. He can't bring back his family, but he can find out who killed Ramirez and bring the killer to justice.
Berkley * 9780425245866
BURIED SECRETS: A Nick Heller Novel by Joseph Finder
When Alexa Marcus, the teenage daughter of a billionaire hedge fund titan, is kidnapped, it’s up to family friend and “private spy” Nick Heller --- a former intelligence operative trained in the Special Forces --- to find her…before time runs out.
St. Martin’s Paperbacks * 9781250000361
DAMAGE by John Lescroart
Homicide detective Abe Glitsky barely recovered from the case of Ro Curtlee, heir to a powerful San Francisco family. After Ro wins a retrial, the original trial’s star witness is brutally killed. When a second fire claims a participant in the case, Abe is convinced: Ro is out for revenge.
Signet * 9780451235428
ELECTRIC BARRACUDA by Tim Dorsey
Serge Storms has been leaving corpses strewn across the Sunshine State for more than a decade. The authorities notice the body count, and send a task force to track down Serge. Could his luck finally have run out?
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061876912
THE EMPTY FAMILY: Stories by Colm Tóibín
Shedding light on the lives of individuals often willingly cast adrift from their histories, Colm Tóibín's stories tell of fleeing the past and returning home, of family threads lost and ultimately regained.
Scribner * 9781439195963
THE FORT: A Novel of the Revolutionary War by Bernard Cornwell
In 1779, as the major fighting of the Revolutionary War moves to the South, a British force sails to the New England coast. A mortifying defeat leads to stunning repercussions for a young Scottish lieutenant named John Moore and a Boston patriot named Paul Revere.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062010872
THE GODS OF GREENWICH by Norb Vonnegut
After a sterling start to Jimmy Cusack’s Wall Street career, things have soured. And his wife is two months pregnant. But when Cusack takes a job with a Greenwich fund impervious to the capital market woes, his real troubles begin.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250000354
I AM A FOLLOWER: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus by Leonard Sweet
"Leadership" has become an obsession for those who are called to equip the body of Christ for service in the Kingdom of God. But Jesus' call is actually found in a pattern of followership. Leonard Sweet proposes an intentional shift from leadership cults to followership cultures.
Thomas Nelson * 9780849946387
J. D. SALINGER: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski
One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, J.D. Salinger is illuminated in this biography, which is filled with new information and revelations garnered from countless interviews, letters and public records.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812982596
KAYAK MORNING: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats by Roger Rosenblatt
KAYAK MORNING is a coming to terms with tragic, senseless loss. Roger Rosenblatt offers readers an unsentimental and deeply moving account of the possibility of true redemption.
Ecco * 9780062084033
MY FATHER’S FORTUNE: A Life by Michael Frayn
For the first time, Michael Frayn, the "master of what is seriously funny,” turns his humor and narrative talent on his own family's story, to re-create the world that made him who he is.
Picador * 9781250002341
NIGHT ROAD by Kristin Hannah
When Lexi Baill, a former foster child with a dark past, moves to the Farradays’ small town, she becomes inseparably close with their family. But one bad decision on a summer night during their senior year of high school will change everything.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9780312364434
ONE ROUGH MAN: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor
Pike Logan was the most successful operator on the U.S. Taskforce, until personal tragedy permanently altered his outlook on the world. But he knows that the real threat is one or two men, controlled by ideology, operating independently, in possession of a powerful weapon.
Signet Select * 9780451413192
POSER: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer
After she put her back out while breastfeeding her baby, everyone told Claire to try yoga. She finally gave in, and over the next decade, her yoga practice led to unexpected revelations about her outlook on life.
Picador * 9781250002334
THE SENTRY: A Joe Pike Novel by Robert Crais
After Joe Pike saves a man's life, the man's family seems oddly resentful. Maybe because they're not who they seem to be, including the seductive Dru. But it's more than a charade --- it's a trap. And Pike already has been hooked...
Berkley * 9780425245729
THIS THING OF OURS: How Faith Saved My Mafia Marriage by Cammy Franzese
Cammy Franzese didn't plan to marry one of the most powerful mob bosses in the country. And she certainly didn't anticipate that he would turn his back on "the life" and become a devout Christian. Now Cammy shares the details of her painful and joyful journey.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595553652
TUESDAY NIGHT MIRACLES by Kris Radish
Free-spirited psychologist Dr. Olivia Bayer suspects she’ll need a miracle to help the four wildly different women in her anger management class. All have reached a crossroads, and Dr. Bayer has an unconventional plan to steer them on the right track.
Bantam * 9780553384765
WHEN THE THRILL IS GONE: A Leonid McGill Mystery by Walter Mosley
Leonid McGill can't say no to the beautiful woman who walks into his office with a stack of cash and a wild story. Leonid knows better than to believe her, but he can't afford to turn her away, even if he knows the woman's tale will bring him straight to death's door.
NAL Trade * 9780451235657
YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE by Siobhan Fallon
There is an army of women waiting for their men to return in Fort Hood, Texas. Through a series of interconnected stories, Siobhan Fallon takes readers onto the army base, inside the homes, into the marriages and families of Fort Hood soldiers.
NAL Trade * 9780451234391
On Sale the Week of January 9th in Hardcover
AMERICAN DERVISH by Ayad Akhtar
Hayat Shah is a young Pakistani American in love for the first time. Mina is Hayat's mother's oldest friend from Pakistan. When Mina begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. His growing passions force him to question all that he has come to believe is true.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316183314
BELIEVING THE LIE: An Inspector Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George
Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But Lynley soon discovers a web of family secrets, lies and motives.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952589
A CHANCE IN THE WORLD: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home by Steve Pemberton
Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Pemberton is now trapped with a cruel foster family and finds his only refuge in books. Armed with just a single clue, Steve embarks on an extraordinary quest for his identity, only to find that nothing is as it appears.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595552631
THE FAT YEARS by Chan Koonchung
Beijing, sometime in the near future: a month has gone missing from official records. No one could care less --- except for a small circle of friends, who will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the sinister cheerfulness and amnesia that have possessed the Chinese nation.
Nan A. Talese * 9780385534345
GIDEON'S CORPSE by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that in 10 days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack. And Gideon Crew, tracking the mysterious terrorist cell, learns the end may be something far worse than mere Armageddon.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446564373
THE JAGUAR: A Charlie Hood Novel by T. Jefferson Parker
Erin McKenna, a beautiful songwriter married to an L.A. sheriff 's deputy, is kidnapped by the ruthless leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel. But his demands turn out to be as unusual as the crumbling castle in which Erin is kept.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952572
LUNATICS by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel
Philip is a happy man --- the owner of a pet store and a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey is the sole sane person in a world filled with morons. The two of them are about to collide in a series of outrageous events that will send them running for their lives.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158698
MORE ROOM IN A BROKEN HEART: The True Adventures of Carly Simon by Stephen Davis
Stephen Davis, an acclaimed music journalist who has known Carly Simon for decades, delivers Simon’s first full-length biography and captures her extraordinary journey from shy teenager to superstar.
Gotham * 9781592406517
THE OBAMAS by Jodi Kantor
Jodi Kantor takes us deep inside the White House as the Obamas try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black President and First Lady.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316098755
THE ORPHAN MASTER'S SON by Adam Johnson
THE ORPHAN MASTER'S SON follows a young man’s journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels and eerie spy chambers of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship --- North Korea.
Random House * 9780812992793
THE SERIAL KILLER WHISPERER: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers by Pete Earley
Pete Earley tells the strange but true story of how a young man’s devastating brain injury gave him the unique ability to connect with the world’s most terrifying criminals.
Touchstone * 9781439199022
THE SPY WHO JUMPED OFF THE SCREEN by Thomas Caplan
Former covert operative Ty Hunter has become, almost by accident, the top film star in the world. When he is recruited on a covert mission to thwart the transfer of nuclear warheads into rogue hands, he must deploy every skill he has as an actor, soldier and spy.
Viking Adult * 9780670023219
VULTURE PEAK: A Bangkok Novel by John Burdett
Nobody knows Bangkok like Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. But for his newest assignment, everything he knows will be a mere starting point. He’s put in charge of the highest-profile case in Thailand --- an attempt to bring an end to trafficking in human organs.
Knopf * 9780307272676
THE WINTER PALACE: A Novel of Catherine the Great by Eva Stachniak
Award-winning author Eva Stachniak's new novel tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power, as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne.
Bantam * 9780553808124
THE ROOK by Daniel O'Malley
Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies with no memory of who she is. She must follow instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316098793
HOPE: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing, which is why Solomon Kugel decided to move his wife and son there. But one night, Kugel discovers a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history hiding in his attic, and bad quickly becomes worse.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488382
On Sale the Week of January 9th in Paperback
THE FINAL STORM: A Novel of the War in the Pacific by Jeff Shaara
With the war in Europe winding down in 1945, the U.S. turns its military resources toward an assault on the island of Okinawa. Meanwhile, a secret mission unfolds to develop a weapon so powerful, not even the scientists who build it know just what they are about to unleash.
Ballantine Books * 9780345497956
OF LOVE AND EVIL: The Songs of the Seraphim, Book Two by Anne Rice
Barely recovered from his previous divine mission, former contract killer Toby O'Dare is once again summoned by the angel Malchiah to investigate the poisoning of a prominent nobleman and stop the haunting of a diabolical dybbuk.
Anchor * 9781400078967
THE PEACH KEEPER by Sarah Addison Allen
Willa Jackson has learned that an old classmate has restored her great-great-grandfather’s mansion, with plans to turn it into a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton is found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, long-kept secrets come to light.
Bantam * 9780553385601
THE REVENGE OF THE RADIOACTIVE LADY by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
In 1953, Dr. Wilson Spriggs gave Marylou Ahearn a radioactive cocktail without her consent, and Marylou has been plotting her revenge ever since. But as she becomes entangled with Spriggs’s fragile family, she wonders if she’s really meant to ruin their lives or fix them.
Anchor * 9781400034864
THE TERROR OF LIVING by Urban Waite
Hunt is on the run from two men: Drake, the deputy sheriff who intends to catch him, and Grady, the vicious hitman who means to kill him. Grady takes pleasure in the use of knives, taking Hunt's life apart piece by piece and leaving a trail of victims behind him.
Back Bay Books * 9780316097888
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