February 28, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of February 27th and March 5th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of February 27th in Hardcover
BLEED FOR ME by Michael Robotham
When Sienna Hegarty turns up at his family home one night, covered in blood and frozen in shock, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin finds himself drawn deep into her world, trying to unearth the dark family secrets her mind has buried.
Mulholland Books * 9780316126380
BURN DOWN THE GROUND: A Memoir by Kambri Crews
In this powerful memoir, a daughter looks back on her unconventional childhood with deaf parents in rural Texas while trying to reconcile it to her present life --- one in which her father is serving a 20-year sentence in a maximum-security prison.
Villard * 9780345516022
CHILDREN OF WRATH by Paul Grossman
Willi Kraus, the celebrated WWI veteran and detective, returns in this prequel story about how he became the most famous Jewish Detective in Germany in the days of the Weimar Republic.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312601911
CINNAMON ROLL MURDER by Joanne Fluke
The Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band is playing in Minnesota. But when their tour bus overturns, it emerges that the keyboard player is not who anyone thought he was. Hannah Swensen is determined to unravel the elusive case.
Kensington * 9780758234933
THE EMERALD DIAMOND: How the Irish Transformed America's Greatest Pastime by Charley Rosen
From "Casey at the Bat" to Connie Mack to the Irish Sports Hall of Fame, here is the first-ever full history of the Irish people's impact on baseball, from its earliest years to its most significant milestones today.
Harper * 9780062089885
HOUSE OF STONE: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid
In spring 2011, Anthony Shadid was one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya, which was seized by revolution. When he was freed, Shadid returned to his great-grandfather’s estate, a house he had begun to rebuild over three years earlier.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547134666
LIVING PROOF by Kira Peikoff
A fearless doctor must protect a vital secret from the world --- even when she falls in love with the man who's determined to break her.
Tor Books * 9780765329301
LONE WOLF by Jodi Picoult
Edward Warren has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father. But then he gets a frantic phone call: his dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister, Cara.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781439102749
NEVER SEE THEM AGAIN by M. William Phelps
An affluent community of high-achievers, the Houston suburb of Clear Lake, Texas, is home to oil company execs and NASA employees. But in the summer of 2003, a life of good fortune came to a violent end for some of its most promising residents.
Kensington * 9780758273383
THE STARBOARD SEA by Amber Dermont
Set against the backdrop of the 1987 stock market collapse, THE STARBOARD SEA is an examination of the abuses of class privilege, the mutability of sexual desire, the thrill and risk of competitive sailing, and the adult cost of teenage recklessness.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312642808
TRAIL OF THE SPELLMANS: Document #5 by Lisa Lutz
Chaos abounds in the Spellman family, and things aren't any simpler for Spellman Investigations, the family business. But Isabel won't stop hunting for the answers --- even when they threaten to shatter everything she holds dear.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451608120
VICTIMS: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman
Unraveling the madness behind L.A.'s most brutal homicides is what psychologist Alex Delaware does best. But even he is stymied by a string of seemingly random slayings with only one clue left behind --- a blank page bearing a question mark.
Ballantine Books * 9780345505712
AFTER ANNIE by Michael Tucker
Herbie Aaron is one half of a celebrity marriage. He and Annie have been together a lifetime, but when Annie dies of cancer, Herbie doesn't know what to do without her, his conscience and his muse.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781590207352
BLUE MONDAY by Nicci French
The abduction of a five-year-old provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. When his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein can’t ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child.
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780670023363
FORGOTTEN COUNTRY by Catherine Chung
On the night Janie waits for her sister, Hannah, to be born, her grandmother tells her a story. Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a daughter in every generation, so Janie is charged with keeping Hannah safe. Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie embarks on a mission to finally uncover her family's silence.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488085
On Sale the Week of February 27th in Paperback
BENT ROAD by Lori Roy
For 20 years, Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, hide from the secrets around his sister Eve's death. But when the 1967 riots frighten him even more than his past, he convinces Celia to pack up their family and return to his hometown, where Eve mysteriously died.
Plume * 9780452297593
BRANCH RICKEY by Jimmy Breslin
In 1947, as president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey defied racism on and off the field to bring Jackie Robinson into the major leagues. Rickey's is the classic American tale of a poor boy from Ohio whose faith and dogged work ethic took him to the pinnacle of success.
Penguin * 9780143120476
BRINGING ADAM HOME: The Abduction That Changed America by Les Standiford, with Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews
Before Adam Walsh there were no faces on milk cartons, no National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, no federal databases of crimes against children. His 1981 abduction and murder --- unsolved for over a quarter of a century --- forever changed America.
Ecco * 9780061983917
THE CHILD WHO by Simon Lelic
A chance phone call throws the biggest murder case in southern England into the hands of provincial attorney Leo Curtice. Twelve-year-old Daniel Blake stands accused of murdering an 11-year-old girl. But who is truly responsible when one child kills another?
Penguin * 9780143120919
COME AND FIND ME by Hallie Ephron
Computer security expert and reformed hacker Diana Highsmith has not left her home since a climbing vacation in Switzerland took her husband's life. But when her sister goes missing, she is forced to brave both the outside world and her own personal demons to find her sister.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062103727
THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X by Keigo Higashino
Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenage daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor.
Minotaur Books * 9781250002693
DOWNFALL: An Intervention Novel by Terri Blackstock
Though Emily has been sober for over a year, her family still has trouble trusting her, fearing she’ll relapse. But things get worse --- much worse --- when police discover a bomb planted under Emily’s car, and it becomes clear that Emily’s problems aren’t limited to addiction.
Zondervan * 9780310250685
GODDESS OF VENGEANCE by Jackie Collins
Lucky runs a high-profile casino and hotel complex in Vegas. Her movie star husband is highly successful, and her children are gorgeous and thriving. Lucky has everything. And everything is exactly what billionaire businessman Armand Jordan is determined to take from her, one way or the other.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250006172
THE JUNGLE: A Novel of the Oregon Files by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul
Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must survive them all.
Berkley * 9780425246542
KILLER MOVE by Michael Marshall
Bill Moore has a lucrative job selling condos in the Florida Keys, a successful wife, a good marriage and a beautiful house. Then one morning Bill arrives at work to find a card waiting for him, with no indication who it's from or why it was sent. Its message is just one word: modified. From that moment on, Bill's life begins to change.
Harper * 9780061434433
A KINGDOM BESIEGED: Book One of the Chaoswar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
Years ago, the Empire of Great Kesh failed in its attempt to conquer Krondor after the Serpentwar. Since then, peace has benefited both nations, and the Kingdom has been free from the threat of another Keshian invasion. Yet now, the dark clouds of war gather again....
Harper Voyager * 9780061468407
LIVE WIRE by Harlan Coben
When Myron Bolitar gets involved in the family drama of his former tennis star client and her rock star husband, he discovers secrets about his own family, specifically his brother, who abandoned the Bolitars long ago.
Signet * 9780451233936
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer
A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father and expects to continue on at the shipyard, until a remarkable gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312539566
SAUL BELLOW: Letters edited by Benjamin Taylor
Saul Bellow was a dedicated correspondent until a couple of years before his death, and his letters, spanning eight decades, show us a 20th-century life in all its richness and complexity. Friends, lovers, wives, colleagues and fans all cross these pages.
Penguin * 9780143120469
THE SCHOOL OF NIGHT by Louis Bayard
Thomas Harriot is a member of a group of five brilliant scholars who meet under the cloak of darkness to discuss God, politics and the black arts. When Harriot’s friend’s estate provides him with a housekeeper, he has little idea how important she will become --- in his studies and in his heart.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250002303
THE SIXTH MAN by David Baldacci
Edgar Roy, an alleged serial killer held in a fortress-like Federal Supermax facility, is awaiting trial. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend Bergin, to help work the case. But en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered.
Vision * 9780446573092
THESE DAYS ARE OURS by Michelle Haimoff
Six months after September 11th, New Yorkers are instructed to get on with their lives despite the terror advisories, streets filled with 9/11 merchandise, and mail that may contain Anthrax. But for Hailey, getting on with life means getting closer to Michael Brenner, the Princeton graduate and future human rights lawyer who seems to have it all.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455500291
TOURQUAI by Tim Davys
In the neighborhood of Tourquai, Superintendent Larry Bloodhound is the keeper of the peace and ruler of the streets. But there are others more powerful than him --- a cadre of wealthy stuffed animals who live above the law's reach.
Harper Perennial * 9780061797460
THE VAULT by Boyd Morrison
Boyd Morrison brings back Tyler Locke, who must stop a terrorist cell that has stolen an ancient text that they believe will lead them to King Midas’ fabled hoard of gold.
Pocket Books * 9781439181843
WHEN THE KILLING'S DONE by T. C. Boyle
Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist spearheading the efforts to save the islands' native creatures from invasive species. Dave LaJoy is a local businessman who is fiercely opposed to the killing of any animals whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert her plans.
Penguin * 9780143120391
THE SECOND TIME WE MET by Leila Cobo
Adored and nurtured by his adoptive parents in California, Asher Stone has moved effortlessly through a nearly perfect life. He is on the verge of a professional soccer career --- when a car accident throws his future into doubt. Suddenly, Asher begins to wonder about his past, and about the girl who gave him up for adoption.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446519380
CHASING THE SUN: Land of the Lone Star, Book 1 by Tracie Peterson
When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible for everything he left behind. Though a marriage of convenience could ease her predicament, she determines to trust God for direction --- and a wounded soldier soon stumbles into her life.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764206153
ECHOES OF TITANIC by Mindy Starns Clark and John Campbell Clark
Kelsey Tate’s great-grandmother Adele endured the sinking of Titanic and made it safely to America, where she not only survived but thrived. Kelsey currently works for the firm Adele founded nearly 100 years ago. Now facing a hostile takeover, the firm’s origins are challenged when new facts emerge about Adele’s actions on the night Titanic sank.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736929462
THE HEART’S FRONTIER: The Amish of Apple Grove, Book 1 by Lori Copeland
Kansas, 1881. On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer’s Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them stranded on the prairie. They pray to the Lord for someone to help, and a rugged man soon lands in the dust at Emma’s feet.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736947527
LOVE’S SACRED SONG by Mesu Andrews
Young king Solomon stands in the shadow of his famous father. A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah remembers the first time she laid eyes on Solomon in Jerusalem when she was just seven years old. Since then, she has known that it was her destiny to become his bride.
Revell * 9780800734084
THE MESSENGER by Siri Mitchell
Hannah Sunderland felt content in her embrace of the Quaker faith --- until her twin brother ran off and joined the army and ended up captured and in jail. Suddenly Hannah's world turns on end. Can she sit by and do nothing while he suffers?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764207969
PRIZE OF MY HEART by Lisa Norato
SARAI: Wives of the Patriarchs, Book 1 by Jill Eileen Smith
An unsolved mystery separates ex-privateersman Captain Brogan Talvis from his lost son. Shortly before her tragic demise, his wife abandoned their infant to strangers, refusing to reveal the child's whereabouts. Now, three years later, Brogan discovers the boy at the home of a shipbuilder's daughter.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764209420
Sarai is beautiful, spoiled, and used to getting her own way. Even as a young girl, she is aware of the way men look at her, including her half brother Abram. When Abram finally requests Sarai's hand, the two make a pact that may end up destroying them.
Revell * 9780800734299
WHAT’S NEXT?: Navigating Transitions to Make the Rest of Your Life Count by H. Norman Wright
The aging paradigm has shifted: "cresting the hill" no longer means being "over the hill." In his latest book, H. Norman Wright shows baby boomers --- and all those wanting to make the second half their best half --- how to embrace the coming changes and navigate life's transitions with passion and purpose.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764209635
On Sale the Week of March 5th in Hardcover
CARRY THE ONE by Carol Anshaw
CARRY THE ONE begins in the hours following Carmen’s wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk and sleepy guests accidentally hits and kills a girl on a dark country road. For the next 25 years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, craft their lives in response to this single tragic moment.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451636888
DEVIL IN THE GROVE: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King
Gilbert King shines new light on remarkable civil rights crusader Thurgood Marshall, setting his rich and driving narrative against the heroic backdrop of a case that U.S. Supreme Court justice Robert Jackson decried as “one of the best examples of one of the worst menaces to American justice.”
Harper * 9780061792281
ENCHANTMENTS by Kathryn Harrison
After Rasputin’s body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his 18-year-old daughter, Masha, is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his headstrong son Prince Alyosha, and Bolsheviks place the royal family under house arrest. As Russia descends into civil war, Masha and Alyosha find solace in each other’s company.
Random House * 9781400063475
GODS WITHOUT MEN by Hari Kunzru
Jaz and Lisa Matharu are plunged into a surreal public hell after their son, Raj, vanishes during a family vacation in the California desert. Before Raj reappears inexplicably unharmed --- but not unchanged --- the fate of this young family will intersect with that of many others, echoing the stories of all those who have traveled before them.
Knopf * 9780307957115
THE GREAT NORTHERN EXPRESS: A Writer's Journey Home by Howard Frank Mosher
Several months before novelist Howard Frank Mosher turned 65, he learned that he had prostate cancer. Following 46 intensive radiation treatments, Mosher set out alone in his 20-year-old Chevy Celebrity on a monumental road trip and book tour across 21st-century America.
Crown * 9780307450692
THE HOPE VENDETTA by Scott Mariani
Ex-SAS operative and hero-for-hire Ben Hope has decided to put down his gun for good. When his professor and friend asks him to help find his missing daughter, Ben declines, but puts his buddy, Charlie Palmer, on the case. But when Charlie runs into trouble, Ben reluctantly joins him to find out what might have happened.
Touchstone * 9781439193471
ILLUSION by Frank Peretti
Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for 40 years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life --- or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the 19-year-old she was in 1970.
Howard Books * 9781439192672
THE NEXT RIGHT THING by Dan Barden
Randy Chalmers has to admit he’d be dead or in prison were it not for his best friend, lawyer and Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor, Terry Elias. Thanks to Terry’s coaching and an endless stream of caffeine-fueled AA meetings, Randy has been off the booze for eight years. All is well…until Terry, himself supposedly sober for 15 years, is found dead of a heroin overdose.
The Dial Press * 9780385343404
THE O'BRIENS by Peter Behrens
THE O'BRIENS is the story of a marriage and a family moving through history --- from the first flying machines, through two world wars, to the election of JFK --- told with epic precision and wondrous imagination.
Pantheon * 9780307379931
POISON FLOWER: A Jane Whitefield Novel by Thomas Perry
Jane Whitefield spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife’s murder, out of a criminal court building. Within minutes, men posing as police kidnap Jane and, when she tries to escape, shoot her. Jane’s captors are employees of the man who really killed Shelby’s wife. She endures their torment and is willing to die rather than betray Shelby.
Mysterious Press * 9780802126054
THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller
Patroclus, an awkward young prince, is to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles, and the boys become steadfast companions. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece must lay siege to Troy. Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows.
Ecco * 9780062060617
WALKING IN THE DUST OF RABBI JESUS: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life by Lois Tverberg
By reading the words of Jesus through the perspective of his first Jewish followers, Lois Tverberg invites readers to follow their Rabbi more closely, examining his teachings in the light of their Jewish context.
Zondervan * 9780310284208
WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL? by Jeanette Winterson
WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL? is a memoir about a life’s work to find happiness. It's a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about growing up in a north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the Universe as Cosmic Dustbin.
Grove Press * 9780802120106
EVERY DAY A FRIDAY JOURNAL: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week by Joel Osteen
How can you become a happier person? In this seven-week companion to his bestselling book, Joel Osteen offers inspiring guidance to meet that goal. This journal offers relevant Scriptures, inspirational quotations, selected stories, prayers, and points for reflection.
FaithWords * 9780892969814
On Sale the Week of March 5th in Paperback
CLAIR DE LUNE by Jetta Carleton
The time: 1941, at the cusp of America's entry into World War II. The place: southwest Missouri, on the edge of the Ozark Mountains. A young junior college teacher strikes up a friendship with two young men that soon takes a turn for the worse.
Harper Perennial * 9780062089199
COLD WIND: A Joe Pickett Novel by C. J. Box
When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in-law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do --- especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin.
Berkley * 9780425246917
DOC by Mary Doria Russell
The year is 1878, the peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp.
Ballantine Books * 9780812980004
A LESSON IN SECRETS: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
In the summer of 1932, the career of psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment from the British Secret Service.
Harper Perennial * 9780061727719
NEW YORK TO DALLAS: An In Death Novel by J.D. Robb
J. D. Robb presents an intense and terrifying new case for New York homicide cop Eve Dallas, one that will take her all the way to the city that gave her her name --- and plunge her into the nightmares of her childhood.
Berkley * 9780425246894
READING MY FATHER: A Memoir by Alexandra Styron
READING MY FATHER is the story of a daughter coming to know her father, William Styron, at last. Alexandra Styron grew up in Connecticut and on Martha’s Vineyard, and she was raised under both the halo of her father’s brilliance and the long shadow of his troubled mind.
Scribner * 9781416591818
THE SATURDAY BIG TENT WEDDING PARTY: The New No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel by Alexander McCall Smith
At a remote cattle post south of Gaborone, two cows have been killed, and Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s No. 1 Lady Detective, is asked to investigate. It is an intriguing problem with plenty of suspects --- including, surprisingly, her own client.
Anchor * 9780307472984
SISTERHOOD EVERLASTING by Ann Brashares
From bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the return of Tibby, Lena, Carmen and Bridget, whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now they have grown up, starting their own lives. Though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780385521239
THE TERRIBLE PRIVACY OF MAXWELL SIM by Jonathan Coe
Maxwell Sim can’t seem to make a single meaningful connection. In an attempt to get out of his rut, Max accepts a strange offer to drive a Prius full of toothbrushes from London to the remote Shetland Islands. But he’s unable to resist making a series of impromptu visits to important figures from his past.
Vintage * 9780307742155
TO A MOUNTAIN IN TIBET by Colin Thubron
Colin Thubron's TO A MOUNTAIN IN TIBET is a memoir of discovery and loss, chronicling the author's journey to the holiest mountain on earth, the solitary peak of Kailas in modern-day Tibet. To Buddhists and Hindus, it is the mystic heart of the world and an ancient site of pilgrimage. It has never been climbed.
Harper Perennial * 9780061768279
UNFAMILIAR FISHES by Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell sets out to discover the odd, emblematic and exceptional history of Hawaii, the 50th state. In examining the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn, she finds America again, warts and all.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594485640
THE WISE MAN’S FEAR: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two by Patrick Rothfuss
In Patrick Rothfuss’s long-awaited sequel to THE NAME OF THE WIND, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents.
DAW Trade * 9780756407124
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