March 20, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of March 19th and March 26th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of March 19th in Hardcover
THE BLIND SPY by Alex Dryden
Superspy Anna Resnikov is back in the rifle sights of her former masters as she races to expose Russia’s plot to destabilize the Ukraine and retake their former territory.
Ecco * 9780062088086
BORN TO DARKNESS by Suzanne Brockmann
Former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the compound, he is plunged into a strange world where certain individuals possess the unique ability to access untapped regions of the brain with extraordinary results.
Ballantine Books * 9780345521279
DUST TO DUST: A Memoir by Benjamin Busch
Benjamin Busch, a decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, weaves together a vivid record of a pastoral childhood in rural New York; Marine training in North Carolina, Ukraine and California; and deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq, as seen firsthand.
Ecco * 9780062014849
FALL FROM GRACE by Richard North Patterson
Using his training as a CIA operative, Ben Blaine skillfully seeks to find the truth surrounding his father’s violent death --- even if it means exposing one of his own family members as the killer and unearthing hidden skeletons that were never meant to be found.
Scribner * 9781451617054
FORCE OF NATURE: A Joe Pickett Novel by C. J. Box
In 1995, Nate Romanowski was in a secret Special Forces unit abroad when a colleague did something terrible. Now high up in the government, the man is determined to eliminate anyone who knows about it, and Nate knows exactly how he'll do it --- by striking at Nate's friends to draw him out.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158261
THE GOOD FATHER by Noah Hawley
Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients with conflicting symptoms, patients other doctors have given up on. In the harrowing opening scene of this novel, Dr. Allen is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot at a rally, and his son Daniel is caught on video as the assassin.
Doubleday * 9780385535533
GOSSIP by Beth Gutcheon
GOSSIP is a tale of intimacy and betrayal, trust and fidelity, friendship, competition and motherhood that explores the myriad ways we use and abuse "information" about others --- be it true, false, or imagined --- to sustain, and occasionally destroy, one another.
William Morrow * 9780061931420
THE MIGHT HAVE BEEN by Joseph M. Schuster
After a decade playing in the minor leagues, Edward Everett Yates sustains a devastating knee injury that destroys his professional career. Thirty years later, Edward is still grappling with regret over the life he almost had, when he encounters two players who show him that his greatest contribution may come in the last place he ever expected.
Ballantine Books * 9780345530264
MUDWOMAN by Joyce Carol Oates
MUDWOMAN explores the high price of success in the life of one woman --- the first female president of a lauded Ivy League institution --- and her hold upon her self-identity in the face of personal and professional demons.
Ecco * 9780062095626
A PARTIAL HISTORY OF LOST CAUSES by Jennifer duBois
In Jennifer duBois’s mesmerizing and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter links two disparate characters, each searching for meaning against seemingly insurmountable odds. Spanning two continents and the dramatic sweep of history, A PARTIAL HISTORY OF LOST CAUSES reveals the stubbornness and splendor of the human will even in the most trying times.
The Dial Press * 9781400069774
PHANTOM: An Alex Hawke Novel by Ted Bell
Counterspy Alex Hawke must catch a villainous megalomaniac --- a man obsessed with horrifying experiments in cyberwarfare --- in this mesmerizing new espionage thriller in Ted Bell's New York Times bestselling series.
William Morrow * 9780061859304
SO PRETTY IT HURTS: A Bailey Weggins Mystery by Kate White
True-crime journalist and sassy amateur sleuth Bailey Weggins has scarcely begun her hard-earned weekend getaway when something comes up: a dead body, belonging to one of the world’s most glamorous supermodels. Now Bailey is trapped at an upstate New York home amidst the glitterati --- and any one of them could be a murderer.
Harper * 9780061576607
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: A Journal of My Son's First Son by Anne Lamott
Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at 19, Anne Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax's life. Lamott and Sam struggle to balance their changing roles with the demands of college and work, as they both forge new relationships with Jax's mother.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488412
STAY CLOSE by Harlan Coben
Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn't recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952275
THAT'S HOW I ROLL by Andrew Vachss
Esau Till’s race is almost run. After pleading guilty to a series of homicides, he sits on death row, awaiting lethal injection. And writing his life story. But his memoir is no case study in tragedy --- it’s his one last chance to protect his brother Tory after he’s gone.
Pantheon * 9780307379948
THE THIEF by Fuminori Nakamura
The Thief has no family, no friends, no connections.... But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his life and offers him a job. Only the day after the job does he learn that the old man he tied up was a prominent politician, and that he was brutally killed after the robbery.
Soho Crime * 9781616950217
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WINTER: A Memoir in Blindness by Candia McWilliam
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN WINTER is the story of a celebrated writer’s sudden descent into blindness, and of the redemptive journey into the past that her loss of sight sets in motion.
Harper * 9780062094506
On Sale the Week of March 19th in Paperback
CLARA AND MR. TIFFANY by Susan Vreeland
Tiffany glass --- those gorgeously colored turn-of-the-century lamps and other collectibles --- was, it turns out, often designed and produced by a band of unsung female artisans. Their leader, Clara Driscoll, emerges from obscurity in another art-themed historical novel from the author of GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE and THE PASSION OF ARTEMISIA.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812980189
THE LITTLE COFFEE SHOP OF KABUL by Deborah Rodriguez
After hard luck and heartbreak, Sunny finally finds a place to call home --- in the middle of an Afghanistan war zone. There, the 38-year-old serves up her American hospitality to the expats who patronize her coffee shop, including a British journalist, a “danger pay” consultant, and a wealthy and well-connected woman.
Ballantine Books * 9780345514769
On Sale the Week of March 26th in Hardcover
GUILTY WIVES by James Patterson and David Ellis
Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous and sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Little did any of them know that they all would be arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. Now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime --- for survival.
Little, Brown & Company * 9780316097567
THE SUGAR FROSTED NUTSACK by Mark Leyner
High above the bustling streets of Dubai, in the world's tallest and most luxurious skyscraper, reside the gods and goddesses of the modern world, who have wreaked mischief and havoc on mankind. Ike Karton, an unemployed butcher from New Jersey, is their current obsession.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316608459
BETRAYAL by Danielle Steel
In Danielle Steel’s thrilling new novel, a renowned film director confronts an act of unimaginable treachery --- and the first devastating blow will not be the last.
Delacorte Press * 9780385343190
BLOOD IN THE WATER: A Gregor Demarkian Novel by Jane Haddam
Martha Heydrich is the stay-at-home wife of a very rich husband, and is rumored to be having an affair with a local teenager. One morning she seemingly vanishes from her house, and later that night her husband Arthur returns home to find the pool house ablaze.
Minotaur Books * 9780312644345
DOLLED UP FOR MURDER: A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery by Jane K. Cleland
Josie Prescott shows a doll collection to Alice Michaels of the local investment community. Moments later, Josie watches in horror as Alice is shot and killed. Josie discovers that the dolls hold secrets that will uncover the truth behind Alice’s murder.
Minotaur Books * 9781250001849
EDGE OF DARK WATER by Joe R. Lansdale
May Lynn, once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star, is now dead. Sue Ellen, her strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn's body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. But Sue Ellen has some stolen money that her enemies will do anything to get back.
Mulholland Books * 9780316188432
ELEGY FOR EDDIE: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet: a twisting investigation into the brutal killing of a street peddler that will take her from the working-class neighborhoods of her childhood into London’s highest circles of power.
Harper * 9780062049575
THE LAND OF DECORATION by Grace McCleen
Persecuted at school for her beliefs and struggling with her distant, devout father at home, 10-year-old Judith McPherson finds solace and connection in a model in miniature of the Promised Land that she has constructed in her room from collected discarded scraps --- the Land of Decoration.
Henry Holt and Company * 9780805094947
THE MEMORY OF BLOOD: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by Christopher Fowler
For the crew of the New Strand Theatre, the play The Two Murderers seems less performance than prophecy when a cast party ends in the shocking death of the theater owner’s son. The crime scene is most unusual, even for Bryant and May. In a locked bedroom without any trace of fingerprints or blood, the only sign of disturbance is a gruesome life-size puppet of Mr. Punch laying on the floor.
Bantam * 9780345528636
THE NEW REPUBLIC by Lionel Shriver
Lionel Shriver's new novel teases out the intimate relationship between terrorism and cults of personality, explores what makes certain people so magnetic, and reveals the deep frustrations of feeling overshadowed by a life-of-the-party who may not even be present.
Harper * 9780062103321
NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT by Nadine Gordimer
Steve and Jabulile is an interracial couple living in a newly, tentatively, free South Africa. There is nothing so extraordinary about their lives, and yet, in telling their story and the stories of their friends and families, Nadine Gordimer manages to capture the tortured, fragmented essence of a nation struggling to define itself post-apartheid.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux * 9780374222642
THREE A.M. by Steven John
THREE A.M., a startling debut from Steven John, is a harrowing speculative thriller about what happens when one man asks too many questions about the devastated world around him and finds the horror beneath the haze.
Tor Books * 9780765331168
THE UNRULY PASSIONS OF EUGENIE R. by Carole DeSanti
Eugénie R., born in France’s foie gras country, follows the man she loves to Paris, but soon finds herself marooned, pregnant and penniless. She gives birth to a daughter she is forced to abandon and spends the next 10 years fighting to get her back.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547553092
WHEN YOU ARE DOWN TO NOTHING, GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING: Discovering Divine Purpose and Provision When Life Hurts by Robert A. Schuller
Based on personal experience from his own dark periods of life, Robert A. Schuller shares with readers what he learned God was up to --- in his relationships, health, finances and emotional life --- explaining finally how he found that, in even the most difficult moments, there is reason to trust in God.
FaithWords * 9780446580991
A SURREY STATE OF AFFAIRS by Ceri Radford
Constance Harding's comfortable corner of Surrey is her own little piece of heaven. Naturally, things turn disastrous rather quickly. And she's about to learn that her perfect home conceals a scandal that would make the vicar blush.
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780670023424
WHEREVER I WIND UP: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball by R.A. Dickey
An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Major League pitcher R.A. Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport --- and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other.
Blue Rider Press * 9780399158155
On Sale the Week of March 26th in Paperback
LEAVING SOPHIE DEAN by Alexandra Whitaker
Adam and Sophie Dean's good-enough marriage could easily have lasted forever. But Adam succumbs to pressure from his mistress to leave Sophie, and Sophie has a revelation: unless she leaves him in the family home in the role of primary caregiver, he'll have a severely diminished role in the lives of their two sons.
5 Spot * 9780446583947
THE AMERICAN HEIRESS by Daisy Goodwin
Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash --- whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts' --- suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham and married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9780312658663
ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell
Written with whip-smart precision and charm, ATTACHMENTS is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it's someone you've never met.
Plume * 9780452297548
BAREFOOT SEASON: A Blackberry Island Novel by Susan Mallery
Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she’s still the wounded girl who fled home years ago. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Instead, she finds the owner’s suite occupied by the last person she wants to see.
Mira * 9780778313380
THE BONE YARD: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass
When a Florida forensic analyst asks Bill Brockton, a researcher on human decomposition, to investigate her sister’s death, he gets more than he bargained for. Bones turn up in the panhandle, leading them to ruins of a reformatory, where they find several shallow graves. They soon discover that the ghosts of the past can have a deadly effect on the present.
Harper * 9780061807046
BREAKING SILENCE by Linda Castillo
The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, but when the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, the autopsy indicates foul play. Having grown up Amish, Kate is determined to bring the killer to justice. She searches for the link between the mounting Amish crimes and uncovers a dark secret at work beneath the placid surface of this idyllic community.
Minotaur Books * 9781250001580
THE BRIDE'S HOUSE by Sandra Dallas
From the New York Times bestselling author of WHITER THAN SNOW and PRAYERS FOR SALE comes a novel about the secrets and passions of three generations of women who have all lived in the same Victorian home called the Bride's House.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250008275
A DEATH IN SUMMER by Benjamin Black
On a sweltering summer afternoon, newspaper tycoon Richard Jewell --- known to his many enemies as Diamond Dick --- is discovered with his head blown off by a shotgun blast. But is it suicide or murder? For help with the investigation, Detective Inspector Hackett calls in his old friend Quirke, who has unusual access to Dublin's elite.
Picador * 9781250002501
THE DEVIL COLONY: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins
Could the founding of the United States of America be based on a fundamental lie? The shocking truth lies hidden within the ruins of impossibility --- a lost colony of the Americas vanished in time and cursed into oblivion. Sigma Force must unravel the secret of the Devil Colony and save the world from cataclysm.
Harper * 9780061785658
DRAWING CONCLUSIONS: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon
Late one night, Commissario Guido Brunetti is called away from dinner to investigate the death of a widow in her apartment. Though there are some signs of a struggle, the medical examiner rules that she died of a heart attack. It seems there is nothing for Brunetti to investigate. But he can’t shake the feeling that something, or someone, may have triggered her heart attack.
Penguin * 9780143120643
ELIZABETH I by Margaret George
There seems to be no end to the fascination and continued appeal surrounding Queen Elizabeth I, the elusive monarch whose motives we still wonder about 500 years after she's gone. Margaret George delves deeply into Elizabeth's thoughts and struggles, giving audiences a striking vision of England's commanding queen and the monarchy that birthed the Golden Age of England.
Penguin * 9780143120445
EMILY AND EINSTEIN: A Novel of Second Chances by Linda Francis Lee
Emily Barlow believes that her marriage to Sandy Portman is a happy one. But when Sandy dies in a car accident, she finds out that the fairy tale she let herself believe in was far from the truth. While working through her grief, she learns that the man she loved was not even someone she knew.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9780312382193
FEAST DAY OF FOOLS by James Lee Burke
When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert and reports it, Sheriff Hackberry Hollan's investigation leads to the home of Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinese woman whom the locals refer to as La Magdalena and who is known for sheltering illegals.
Pocket Books * 9781451675337
GRACE by T. Greenwood
Thirteen-year-old Trevor Kennedy has endured bullying at school for as long as he can remember. But where Trevor once silently tolerated the jabs and name-calling, now anger surges through him in ways he's powerless to control. Only Crystal, a store clerk dealing with her own loss, sees the deep fissures in the Kennedy family --- in the haunting photographs Trevor brings to be developed.
Kensington * 9780758250926
IRON HOUSE by John Hart
At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, orphaned Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. Decades later, Michael is an enforcer in New York’s world of organized crime. But when he revisits the place he was born and the brother he lost so long ago, he will encounter a whole new level of danger.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250007018
THE MORNING STAR by Andre Schwarz-Bart
Acclaimed French novelist and Holocaust survivor Andre Schwarz-Bart’s last novel, discovered after his death, begins in the year 3000, in the aftermath of nuclear war. Combining fact, myth, folktale and fantasy, the plot spans several thousand years, weaving the heroic tale of the Jewish people from Abraham, to the Holocaust and its extermination camps, and into the future.
Overlook TP * 9781590207345
SON OF STONE: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods
Stone Barrington is back in New York, and he's looking to stay closer to home and cash in on his partnership at Woodman & Weld. But his former love, Arrington Calder, has other plans for Stone...including introducing him to the child he fathered many years ago.
Signet * 9780451236357
THE TAKER by Alma Katsu
A woman covered in blood with no obvious injuries is brought into the emergency room of a small hospital in Maine. Believing she may be in shock, the on-call doctor keeps her for observation. When she begins to tell the doctor about her life, it makes him wonder if what he’s hearing is true or an incredible tale woven by a potential murderer.
Gallery Books * 9781439197066
TERRIFIED by Kevin O'Brien
To save her abducted son, Megan Keeler must put herself at the mercy of a maniac. Is Glenn a cold-blooded killer determined to destroy her world piece by piece, or is the truth even more twisted? Megan thought she knew fear, but her nightmare is only beginning...
Pinnacle * 9780786021383
TURN OF MIND by Alice LaPlante
In Alice LaPlante's masterful, haunting debut novel, a former surgeon suffering from dementia becomes the primary suspect in the murder of her best friend and neighbor.
Grove Press * 9780802145901
WHO SHOT THE WATER BUFFALO? by Ken Babbs
Lieutenants Tom Huckelbee and Mike Cochran make an unlikely pair of officers training to be helicopter pilots in Vietnam. Their only aim is to get through this disorienting war without losing their minds.
Overlook TP * 9781590207338
WINGED OBSESSION: The Pursuit of the World's Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler by Jessica Speart
One of the world's most beautiful endangered species, butterflies are as lucrative as gorillas, pandas and rhinos on the black market. In this cutthroat $200 million business, no one was more successful --- or posed a greater ecological danger --- than Yoshi Kojima, the kingpin of butterfly smugglers.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061772443
YOU'RE NEXT by Gregg Hurwitz
Mike Wingate seems to have it all in Gregg Hurwitz's latest nail-biter --- a devoted wife, a beautiful daughter, a growing company --- until shadowy figures from his past begin emerging and force him to protect his family at any cost.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250005892
SATORI by Don Winslow
It’s 1951, and the Korean War is raging. Nicholai Hel is a master of hoda korosu --- or "naked kill" --- and he’s acutely attuned to danger. He’s spent the last three years in solitary confinement, but now the CIA needs him. The Americans are willing to offer Hel freedom, money and a neutral passport, but only if he kills the Soviet commissioner to China.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446561914
A PERFECT SQUARE: A Shipshewana Amish Mystery by Vannetta Chapman
When a dead girl is found floating in a local pond, Reuben, the brother of Deborah’s best friend’s fiancé, is thrown in jail as the prime suspect. Though innocent, Reuben refuses to divulge any information, leaving Deborah and Callie to uncover the truth behind the tragedy that has rocked the quiet Amish community.
Zondervan * 9780310330448
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