January 10, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of January 9th and January 16th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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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: A Novel of North Korea 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
On Sale the Week of January 16th in Hardcover
ALIX AND NICKY: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina by Virginia Rounding
Through the letters and diaries written by the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, and his wife the Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, and by those around them, Virginia Rounding presents an intimate portrayal of these two complex figures, their love and their suffering.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312381004
ALL NECESSARY FORCE by Brad Taylor
The CIA, FBI and Department of Defense systems have spiked, but traditional intel is going nowhere. It falls to the Taskforce --- a top-secret team that exists outside the bounds of U.S. law and is charged with finding and destroying asymmetric threats --- to stop the unknown conspirators.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952626
DEATH OF KINGS by Bernard Cornwell
In the final installment of Bernard Cornwell’s saga of England, loyalties are divided and chaos is mounting. At a crucial moment in time, as Alfred the Great lays dying, the fate of all --- Angles, Saxons and Vikings alike --- hangs desperately in the balance.
Harper * 9780061969652
THE FACE THIEF by Eli Gottlieb
THE FACE THIEF is a powerfully dark and gripping tale of two men obsessed with one very charismatic, very damaged woman who’s determined to con from each of them everything she needs to survive.
William Morrow * 9780061735059
THE LIVING END: A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving by Robert Leleux
When Robert Leleux’s grandmother JoAnn began exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s, she’d been estranged from her daughter for decades. Alzheimer’s caused her to lose most of her memories, but she also forgot her old anger, and finally reached out to her daughter.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312621247
THE LOOK OF LOVE: A Piper Donovan Mystery by Mary Jane Clark
Mary Jane Clark’s beloved Piper is back on a cake-creating assignment at a West Coast luxury spa for the wealthy and famous --- where nip and tuck and murder are offered in equal measures.
William Morrow * 9780061995569
THE NECESSITY OF AN ENEMY: How the Battle You Face Is Your Best Opportunity by Ron Carpenter, Jr.
Are you ready to reach your next goal in life? Do you want biblically-based wisdom to help defeat every enemy and move with confidence to your destiny? THE NECESSITY OF AN ENEMY will give you the tools to change your perspective --- and find meaning and purpose in all of life’s trials.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307730282
RAYLAN by Elmore Leonard
U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, a dedicated, if somewhat trigger-happy lawman, finds himself in Harlan County, Kentucky, where the drug-dealing Crowe brothers are branching out into the human body parts business.
William Morrow * 9780062119469
THE ROPE: An Anna Pigeon Novel by Nevada Barr
In THE ROPE, Nevada Barr gathers together the many strings of Anna Pigeon’s past and finally reveals the story that her fans have been long asking for. She takes us back to 1995 when Anna is 35 years old, fresh off the bus from New York City and nursing a broken heart.
Minotaur Books * 9780312614577
SHADOWS IN FLIGHT by Orson Scott Card
At the end of SHADOW OF THE GIANT, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. But they are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity.
Tor Books * 9780765332004
ANOTHER WOMAN by Penny Vincenzi
The night before her lavish wedding, Cressida Forrest went to bed serene and happy. By morning she had vanished without a trace. Shocked and confused, the two families face a long day of revelations, as a complex, fragile web of sexual, marital and financial secrets is ripped apart by Cressida's disappearance.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781590203576
THE ODDS: A Love Story by Stewart O'Nan
On Valentine's weekend, their lives on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion Fowler flee to Niagara Falls and book a bridal suite. While they sightsee during the day, at night they risk it all at the roulette wheel to fix their finances --- and save their marriage.
Viking Adult * 9780670023165
On Sale the Week of January 16th in Paperback
THE ANATOMY OF GHOSTS by Andrew Taylor
1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge. The ghost of murdered Sylvia Whichcote has been sighted by Frank Oldershaw, a fellow commoner. When his mother employs John Holdsworth, author of "The Anatomy of Ghosts" --- an account of why ghosts are mere delusion --- to investigate, the uneasy status quo at Jerusalem is rapidly torn apart.
Hyperion * 9781401310738
EYES OF THE INNOCENT by Brad Parks
Investigative reporter Carter Ross is reporting on the latest tragedy to befall Newark, New Jersey: a house fire that kills two boys. With the help of the paper’s newest intern, Carter finds out that the victims’ mother, Akilah Harris, isn't what she seems.
Minotaur Books * 9781250002280
FAITH by Jennifer Haigh
It is the spring of 2002 and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In FAITH, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns.
Harper Perennial * 9780060755812
THE FATES WILL FIND THEIR WAY by Hannah Pittard
Sixteen-year-old Nora Lindell is missing. And the neighborhood boys she's left behind are caught forever in the heady current of her absence. As the days and years pile up, the mystery of her disappearance grows, and the boys still long for her.
Ecco * 9780061996061
GRAVEMINDER by Melissa Marr
Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. Now Maylene is gone and Bek must return to the hometown --- and the man --- she abandoned a decade ago, only to discover that Maylene’s death was not natural...and there was good reason for her odd traditions.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062115164
THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY by David Levithan
The narrator of David Levithan’s THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple.
Picador * 9781250002358
THE MATCHMAKER OF KENMARE: A Novel of Ireland by Frank Delaney
In the summer of 1943, as World War II rages on, Ben MacCarthy is haunted by the disappearance of his wife, the actress Venetia Kelly. Searching for purpose by collecting stories for the Irish Folklore Commission, he travels to a remote seaside cottage to profile the enigmatic Miss Kate Begley, the Matchmaker of Kenmare.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812979749
THE PHILOSOPHICAL BREAKFAST CLUB: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World by Laura J. Snyder
THE PHILOSOPHICAL BREAKFAST CLUB recounts the life and work of four men who met as students at Cambridge University: Charles Babbage, John Herschel, William Whewell and Richard Jones.
Broadway * 9780767930499
SCORECASTING: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won by Tobias Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim
In SCORECASTING, University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football and hockey games are played, won and lost.
Three Rivers Press * 9780307591807
VENETIA KELLY’S TRAVELING SHOW: A Novel of Ireland by Frank Delaney
January 1932: Ben MacCarthy and his father watch a vagabond variety revue making a stop in the Irish countryside. After two hours, Ben’s father, mesmerized by Venetia Kelly, the troupe’s magnetic headliner, makes a fateful decision: to abandon his family and set off on the road with Miss Kelly and her caravan.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812979732
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