February 14, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of February 13th and February 20th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of February 13th in Hardcover --- and an eBook Short Story Exclusive
PRIVATE GAMES by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. When a high-ranking member of the games’ organizing committee is killed, Peter Knight is on the case.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316206822
AVAILABLE DARK by Elizabeth Hand
Photographer Cass Neary is sent to Helsinki, where an iconic fashion photographer shows her gorgeous photos of ritual killings. After escaping death, Cass flees to Iceland, where she finds a former lover and a legendary, exiled musician. Soon, unsolved murders are rapidly multiplying.
Minotaur Books * 9780312585945
BLACKHORSE RIDERS: A Desperate Last Stand, an Extraordinary Rescue Mission, and the Vietnam Battle America Forgot by Philip Keith
BLACKHORSE RIDERS tells the story of the famed Blackhorse Regiment, a specialized cavalry outfit buried deep in the jungles of Vietnam during the war that succeeded in an incredible rescue mission against all odds.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312681920
BROTHERHOOD: A Robin Monarch Short Story by Mark Sullivan
eBook Short Story Exclusive
BROTHERHOOD, the first in a series of stand-alone short stories, introduces readers to Robin Monarch. Currently locked up in the USDB --- the military supermax prison known as Leavenworth --- the CIA offers Monarch one shot at freedom and a pardon. All he has to do is steal something from a highly secure position at ground zero of a war-zone and escape undetected.
Minotaur Books * 9781466812390
FRIENDS LIKE US by Lauren Fox
For Willa Jacobs, seeing her best friend, Jane, is like looking in a mirror on a really good day. But when Ben, Willa’s oldest friend, reappears and falls in love with Jane, Willa wonders: can she let her two best friends find happiness if it means leaving her behind?
Knopf * 9780307268112
HEART OF A KILLER by David Rosenfelt
Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer who is happy to be flying under the radar at a large firm. But the case of Sheryl Harrison, who murdered her husband and has a teenage daughter in desperate need of a heart transplant, turns Jamie’s world upside down.
Minotaur Books * 9780312598372
THE HOUSE I LOVED by Tatiana de Rosnay
Paris, France: 1860s: hundreds of houses are being razed, and Rose Bazelet is determined to fight the destruction of her family home. But when she begins to write letters to her beloved late husband, she is forced to come to terms with a long-buried secret.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312593308
I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER by Sophie Kinsella
Poppy is about to marry her ideal man. But then she loses her engagement ring and her phone in a hotel fire drill. When she finds a phone in a trash can, she takes it --- but the phone’s owner wants it back, and the two begin an unpredictable exchange.
The Dial Press * 9780385342063
JAMES MADISON AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA by Kevin R. C. Gutzman
Historian Kevin Gutzman looks beyond the way James Madison is traditionally seen to find a more complex and sometimes contradictory portrait of this influential Founding Father and the ways in which he influenced the spirit of today's United States.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312625009
NIGHT ROUNDS: A Detective Inspector Irene Huss Investigation by Helene Tursten
One nurse lies dead and another vanishes after their hospital is hit by a blackout. The only witness claims to have seen Nurse Tekla doing her rounds, but Nurse Tekla died 60 years ago. Detective Inspector Irene Huss has the challenge of disentangling wandering ghosts and complex human relationships to get to the bottom of this intriguing case.
Soho Crime * 9781616950064
OATH OF OFFICE by Michael Palmer
When respected doctor John Meacham goes on a shooting spree, the blame falls on Dr. Lou Welcome, who worked with Meacham years before as a counselor. And he discovers that Meacham is connected to a conspiracy that may lead to the White House.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312587536
RESTLESS IN THE GRAVE: A Kate Shugak Novel by Dana Stabenow
Dana Stabenow teams up two of her most beloved characters, Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak and Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell, in the same story for the first time. In RESTLESS IN THE GRAVE, Kate and Liam unite to solve a murder case that is tied to a dark conspiracy.
Minotaur Books * 9780312559137
ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE JANSON COMMAND by Paul Garrison
When his latest job rescuing a doctor abducted in international waters by African pirates goes haywire, Paul Janson realizes he's caught in the middle of something much bigger.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446564502
THE WOLF GIFT by Anne Rice
A young reporter from the San Francisco Observer is sent to write about a magnificent home, and is welcomed by the older woman who lives there. But when he is attacked by a mysterious beast, he is about to undergo a life-changing transformation.
Knopf * 9780307595119
ANATOMY OF MURDER by Imogen Robertson
London, 1781. Harriet Westerman anxiously awaits news of her husband, a ship's captain who has been gravely injured in the king's naval battles with France. As London's streets seethe with rumor, a body is dragged from the murky waters of the Thames.
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780670023172
CHARLOTTE AU CHOCOLAT: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood by Charlotte Silver
In this memoir, Charlotte Silver recalls her childhood growing up in her glamorous mother’s Harvard Square restaurant. When the restaurant nears financial collapse, Charlotte realizes the sacrifices her mother has made in running a kitchen while raising a family.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488153
THE DARLINGS by Cristina Alger
Now that he's married to the daughter of a billionaire, attorney Paul Ross has grown accustomed to New York society and all of its luxuries. But Paul's luck is about to take a catastrophic turn, and suddenly, he must decide where his loyalties lie.
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780670023271
THE GARDEN INTRIGUE by Lauren Willig
In this ninth installment of Lauren Willig's bestselling Pink Carnation series, an atrocious poet teams up with an American widow to prevent Napoleon's invasion of England.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952541
THE ROYAL WULFF MURDERS by Keith McCafferty
A fishing guide reels in the body of a young man on the Madison, the Holy Grail of Montana trout rivers. Following her instincts, Sheriff Martha Ettinger soon finds herself crossing paths with newcomer Sean Stranahan, and unexpected clues begin to emerge.
Viking Adult * 9780670023264
On Sale the Week of February 13th in Paperback
COMING HOME: Winds of Change, Book 1 by Stacy Hawkins Adams
Brent had cheated on Dayna and coldly said goodbye to her seven years ago. Working hard to become a successful hospital executive, Dayna has moved on. But then Brent resurfaces on her doorstep at just the wrong time. Why is he asking for forgiveness now?
Zondervan * 9780310333982
THE EVOLUTION OF BRUNO LITTLEMORE by Benjamin Hale
Bruno Littlemore is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. Precocious, self-conscious and preternaturally gifted, young Bruno, born and raised in a habitat at the local zoo, falls under the care of a university primatologist named Lydia Littlemore.
Twelve * 9780446571586
THE STORY OF BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Rachel Simon
In 1968, Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution. Deeply in love, they escape, and embark on a 40-year journey with the broken family who rescues them.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446574457
DAY OF HONEY: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War by Annia Ciezadlo
In 2003, Annia Ciezadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad. Over the next six years, while living in Baghdad and Beirut, she encountered Shiites and Sunnis, warlords and refugees, matriarchs and mullahs. DAY OF HONEY is her memoir of the hunger for food and friendship.
Free Press * 9781416583943
DELICACY by David Foenkinos
After her husband’s unexpected death, Natalie has erected a fortress around her emotions; and Markus, clumsy and unassuming, will never be her knight in shining armor. Yet slowly but surely, an offbeat romance begins between these two complex souls.
Harper Perennial * 9780062004369
FAITH AND OTHER FLAT TIRES: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt by Andrea Palpant Dilley
At 23, Andrea Dilley left the church, running into the arms of men and friends who pushed all her former boundaries. In this memoir, Andrea navigates the universal doubts that plague nearly every believer and every skeptic alike: Doesn't religion diminish God?
Zondervan * 9780310325512
GONE by Mo Hayder
Jack Caffery’s newest case seems like a routine carjacking. But as the hours tick by and his investigation morphs into a nightmare, he realizes the sickening truth: the thief wasn’t after the car, but the 11-year-old girl in the backseat.
Grove Press * 9780802145703
GONE WITH A HANDSOMER MAN by Michael Lee West
Teeny Templeton is getting married, baking her own wedding cake, and leaving her troubled past behind. And then? She finds her fiancé playing naked badminton with a couple of gorgeous, skanky chicks. When he’s found dead a few days later, all fingers point to Teeny.
Minotaur Books * 9781250003775
HEART OF GOLD by Robin Lee Hatcher
Back in her beloved Virginia, Shannon Adair loved nursing injured soldiers back to health. But in Grand Coeur, Idaho, the rough-and-tumble place where her father has been called to lead the church, she's not sure where she fits in --- until she meets Matthew Dubois.
Zondervan * 9781595544889
IN STITCHES: A Memoir by Anthony Youn, M.D., with Alan Eisenstock
Tony Youn grew up Asian-American in an almost all-white town. On top of that, he had a protruding jaw that one day began to grow, expanding to an unthinkable size. In this memoir, Youn describes how his own cosmetic treatment inspired him to become a plastic surgeon.
Gallery Books * 9781451649765
THE PRIEST by Gerard O’Donovan
Struggling to find his feet back in Ireland after a lengthy posting with Europol in Spain, drugs specialist Mike Mulcahy is plunged into unfamiliar territory when the daughter of a politician suffers a horrific sex attack.
Scribner * 9781451610611
SAVE ME by Lisa Scottoline
Rose McKenna volunteers as a lunch mom in her daughter Melly’s school in order to keep an eye on Amanda, a girl who’s been bullying Melly. But an accidental explosion in the kitchen will change the course of Rose’s life.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9780312380793
SIPPING FROM THE NILE: My Exodus from Egypt by Jean Naggar
Born into a prominent, sophisticated Jewish family who spend time in Europe and live in the Middle East, author Jean Naggar’s coming-of-age memoir tells the story of her protected youth in an exotic multicultural milieu.
AmazonEncore * 9781612181417
On Sale the Week of February 20th in Hardcover
INDIVISIBLE: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It's Too Late by James Robison and Jay W. Richards
Tackling such controversial issues as stem cell research, abortion, health care and the environment, INDIVISIBLE explores the conservative political perspective with a Christian eye, connecting biblical principles with practical politics.
FaithWords * 9781455503124
BEFORE THE POISON by Peter Robinson
Chris always promised his wife they’d return to the Yorkshire Dales one day. Now a grieving widower, he keeps his promise to his wife and rents an isolated house in the Dales. But then he finds out that the house was the scene of a legendary murder in the 1950s.
William Morrow * 9780062004796
CELEBRITY IN DEATH by J. D. Robb
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is enjoying the party celebrating a film based on one of her cases. But a twist in the movie suddenly lands her at the center of a crime scene --- and she is more than ready to step into the role she was born to play: cop.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158308
THE DRESSMAKER by Kate Alcott
Aspiring seamstress Tess, hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic, becomes involved in a public scandal when the tragic disaster reveals Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions.
Doubleday * 9780385535588
EISENHOWER IN WAR AND PEACE by Jean Edward Smith
Drawing on a wealth of untapped primary sources, Jean Edward Smith provides new insight into Dwight Eisenhower’s maddening apprenticeship under Douglas MacArthur in Washington and the Philippines, his World War II generalship, and his presidency.
Random House * 9781400066933
THE HEALING by Jonathan Odell
As a newborn slave child, Granada was taken in by the unstable wife of a plantation owner. Seventy-five years later, she is still living on the plantation and must revive the buried memories of her past in order to heal a young girl abandoned to her care.
Nan A. Talese * 9780385534673
THE SCENT OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS by Cindy Woodsmall
Annie Martin loves the Plain ways of her Old Order Mennonite people. Retreating from a contentious relationship with her mother, Annie goes to live with her Daadi Moses in Apple Ridge. But as Annie spends time with the handsome Aden Zook, she wishes she could forget how deeply the lines between the Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite are drawn.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307446558
THE SHADOW PATROL by Alex Berenson
In 2009, the CIA's Kabul Station fell for a source who promised to lead it to Bin Laden, but instead blew himself up. More than two years later, the station is still floundering, and the CIA's chiefs wonder if it somehow has been infiltrated by the Taliban.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158292
SONOMA ROSE by Jennifer Chiaverini
As the nation grapples with Prohibition, an act of violence shatters Rosa Barclay's resolve to maintain her family’s increasingly dangerous existence in Southern California. She flees with the children to the mesa where she last saw her beloved mother alive.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952640
THE TECHNOLOGISTS by Matthew Pearl
At the close of the Civil War, students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology form a secret society that is determined to find the truth behind a recent string of commercial disasters.
Random House * 9781400066575
WATERGATE by Thomas Mallon
Through the urgent perspectives of seven characters we only thought we knew before now, Thomas Mallon retells the story of the Watergate scandal, suggesting answers to some of the incident’s greatest unsolved mysteries.
Pantheon * 9780307378729
DEATH OF A KINGFISHER: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery by M. C. Beaton
Attempting to lure tourists to a sleepy Scottish town, a tourist director renames the local woods “The Fairy Glen.” But when heartbreaking acts of vandalism begin plaguing the forest, Hamish Macbeth investigates --- and the case turns from animal cruelty to murder.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446547369
On Sale the Week of February 20th in Paperback
FLASH AND BONES by Kathy Reichs
Just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for Race Week, a body is found near the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The next day, a NASCAR crew member comes to Temperance Brennan’s office at the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner to share a devastating story.
Pocket Books * 9781451675290
FLATSCREEN by Adam Wilson
Eli Schwartz is a loser struggling to become a new person in a world where nothing is new. Seymour J. Kahn, a twisted former TV star, has purchased Eli’s old family home. The two begin a dangerous friendship that leads to their ultimately disastrous YouTube stardom.
Harper Perennial * 9780062090331
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST by Stieg Larsson
In the concluding volume of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head. But she's fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she'll stand trial for three murders.
Vintage * 9780307742537
THE ILLUMINATION by Kevin Brockmeier
At 8:17 on a Friday night, the Illumination begins. Every wound begins to shine, every bruise to glow and shimmer. And in the aftermath of a fatal car accident, a journal of love notes, written by a husband to his wife, passes into the keeping of Carol Ann Page.
Vintage * 9780307387776
PORTRAIT OF A SPY by Daniel Silva
A deadly pair of bombings in Paris and Copenhagen ruins the first day of master art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon’s vacation with his wife. Then, before a third attack, Gabriel is knocked to the pavement --- and he can only watch helplessly as the nightmare unfolds.
Harper * 9780062073143
THE POSSIBILITY OF YOU by Pamela Redmond
Can we ever atone for the sins of the past? Or does each generation of women invent itself anew? Pamela Redmond intertwines the heartrending stories of three female characters, and explores the ways in which one woman’s choices can affect her loved ones forever.
Gallery Books * 9781451616422
QUESTION OF TRUST by Laura Caldwell
When criminal lawyer Izzy McNeil’s boyfriend needs a place to stay, Izzy doesn’t hesitate to let him move in with her until he finds a place. But when Theo is arrested on charges of fraud after a strange string of events, Izzy is torn between loyalty and truth.
Mira * 9780778313212
TOUGH WITHOUT A GUN: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart by Stefan Kanfer
In this comprehensive biography of one of the great movie icons of our time, Stefan Kanfer illuminates the life and career of Humphrey Bogart. Along the way, Kanfer gives us a wide-reaching cultural appraisal of the movies many of us know and love.
Vintage * 9780307455819
THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR by Arthur Phillips
Imprisoned for decades and nearing the end of his life, the con artist father of young novelist Arthur Phillips reveals a treasure he’s kept secret for half a century: The Tragedy of Arthur, a previously unknown play by William Shakespeare.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812977929
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