April 17, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of April 16th and April 23rd that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of April 16th in Hardcover
THE SPANISH HOLOCAUST: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth Century Spain by Paul Preston
As Spain finally reclaims its historical memory, a full picture can now be given of the Spanish Holocaust --- ranging from judicial murders to the abuse of women and children. The dogma of eugenics, terrorization, domination and mind control horrifyingly mirror the fascism of Italy and Germany.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393064766
AN ACCIDENTAL AFFAIR by Eric Jerome Dickey
James Thicke has channeled the intensity of his soul into twin passions --- success as a screenwriter, and marriage to movie actress Regina Baptiste. In the midst of filming his latest script, he receives a video of his wife caught in the most compromising of situations. As James tries to protect Regina from Hollywood's underbelly, lust, blackmail and revenge become his constant companions.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952343
CROSSING THE BORDERS OF TIME: A True Story of War, Exile, and a Love Reclaimed by Leslie Maitland
Leslie Maitland’s mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees, the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. This sweeping account of one family’s escape from the turmoil of war-torn Europe hangs upon the intimate and deeply personal story of Maitland’s mother’s passionate romance with a Catholic Frenchman.
Other Press * 9781590514962
THE INNOCENT by David Baldacci
America has enemies --- ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can't stop. That's when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target. But Robie may have just made the first --- and last --- mistake of his career.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446572996
A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME by Wiley Cash
Adventurous and precocious, Jess Hall is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to --- an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's.
William Morrow * 9780062088147
AN UNEXPECTED GUEST by Anne Korkeakivi
Clare Moorhouse's day is complicated by the unexpected arrival of her son and a random encounter with a Turkish man, whom she discovers is a suspected terrorist. More unnerving is a recurring face in the crowd, one she never expected to see again. But it can't be him --- he's been dead for 20 years....
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316196772
WAITING FOR SUNRISE by William Boyd
Lysander Rief, a young English actor, becomes caught up in a feverish affair with a beautiful, enigmatic woman. When she goes to the police to press charges of rape, however, he is stunned. Only a carefully plotted escape saves him from trial. But the frenzied getaway sets off a chain of events that steadily dismantles Lysander's life as he knows it.
Harper * 9780061876769
WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU by Iris Johansen
When Catherine Ling's old friend, Hu Chang, creates something so deadly, and completely untraceable, the chase is on to be the first to get it. With rogue operative John Gallo also on the hunt, Catherine finds herself pitted against a group so villainous and a man so evil that she may not survive the quest to protect those she cares about.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312651237
WISH YOU WERE HERE by Graham Swift
On an autumn day in 2006, on the Isle of Wight, Jack Luxton receives the news that his brother, not seen for years, has been killed in combat in Iraq. For Jack and his wife, Ellie, this will have unexpected, far-reaching effects. For Jack in particular, it means a crucial journey: to receive his brother’s remains and to confront his most secret, troubling memories.
Knopf * 9780307700124
THE WITNESS by Nora Roberts
Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159121
On Sale the Week of April 16th in Paperback
THE BIG SCRUM: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football by John J. Miller
In THE BIG SCRUM, John J. Miller discusses how Teddy Roosevelt became a vocal advocate of American football. A longtime fan, Roosevelt fought to preserve the game, even as he understood the need for reform.
Harper Perennial * 9780061744525
A DEEPER DARKNESS by J. T. Ellison
The day the Tennessee floods took her husband and children, the light vanished from medical examiner Samantha Owens’s life. She has been pulled into a suffocating grief no amount of workaholic ardor can penetrate --- until she receives a peculiar call from Washington, D.C.
Mira * 9780778313205
THE FAMILY FANG by Kevin Wilson
When a bad economy and a few poor personal decisions converge, siblings Annie and Buster Fang return to their family home. Reunited under one roof for the first time in more than a decade, they are forced to confront not only their creatively ambitious parents, but also the chaos and confusion of their childhood.
Ecco * 9780061579059
FIFTY SHADES DARKER by E L James
Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.
Vintage * 9780345803498
FIFTY SHADES FREED by E L James
Ana and Christian have it all. But she knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.
Vintage * 9780345803504
HEAVEN IN HER ARMS: Why God Chose Mary to Raise His Son and What It Means for You by Catherine Hickem
HEAVEN IN HER ARMS will touch your heart if you are facing fear and uncertainty, wondering about leaving your plans behind, feeling a need for community and the support of other women, or wanting to deepen your life of faith.
Thomas Nelson * 9781400200368
THE LAST WEREWOLF by Glen Duncan
Jake Marlowe is the last werewolf. Although physically healthy, he has slipped into a deep existential crisis, considering taking his own life and ending a legend that has lived for thousands of years. But there are two dangerous groups with reasons of their own for wanting Jake very much alive.
Vintage * 9780307742179
PIRATE KING by Laurie R. King
In this latest adventure featuring the intrepid Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, Laurie R. King takes readers into the frenetic world of silent films --- where the pirates are real and the shooting isn’t all done with cameras.
Bantam * 9780553386752
ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel H. Wilson
Not far into our future, the global network of machines on which our world has grown dependent suddenly becomes an implacable, deadly foe. At the moment the robots attack, the human race is almost annihilated. But as its scattered remnants regroup, humanity for the first time unites in a determined effort to fight back.
Vintage * 9780307740809
RODIN’S DEBUTANTE by Ward Just
Tommy Ogden declines to give his wife the money to commission a bust of herself from the French master Auguste Rodin, and instead announces his intention to endow a boys’ school. His decision reverberates years later in the life of Lee Goodell, whose coming of age is at the heart of Ward Just’s novel.
Mariner Books * 9780547752655
THE SNOWMAN by Jo Nesbø
It is Oslo in November, and the first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Antihero police investigator Harry Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother --- and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall.
Vintage * 9780307742995
TREASON AT LISSON GROVE: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel by Anne Perry
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt are called out of London, to Ireland and France respectively, each chasing the person or group behind a sinister plot aimed directly at taking down the British government and Queen Victoria herself.
Ballantine Books * 9780345510594
WHERE LILACS STILL BLOOM by Jane Kirkpatrick
What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling apple for her pies becomes German immigrant Hulda Klager's driving purpose: a time-consuming interest in plant hybridization that puts her at odds with family and community, as she challenges the early 20th-century expectations for a simple housewife.
WaterBrook Press * 9781400074303
On Sale the Week of April 23rd in Hardcover
AFTERWARDS by Rosamund Lupton
In the aftermath of the devastating fire that tears her family apart, Grace embarks on a mission to find the person responsible and protect her children from further harm. This fire was not an accident, and her daughter Jenny may still be in grave danger. Grace is the only one who can discover the culprit, and she will do whatever it takes to save her family.
Crown * 9780307716545
AND THEN LIFE HAPPENS: A Memoir by Auma Obama, translated by Ross Benjamin
While her younger brother Barack grew up in the U.S. and Indonesia, Auma Obama’s childhood played out in a remote village in Kenya. They met for the first time in the 1980s, and built a lasting relationship that led to travels together in Kenya, research into their family history, and ultimately Auma’s support for her brother’s political career and eventual bid for the U.S. presidency.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250010056
FARTHER AWAY: Essays by Jonathan Franzen
In FARTHER AWAY, which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. These pieces deliver on Franzen’s implicit promise to conceal nothing.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374153571
FIFTEEN DIGITS by Nick Santora
Every day, five men come together at their white shoe law firm. They're "Printers": blue-collar guys consigned to the dark basement of the firm charged with copying, collating and delivering the mountains of paperwork that document millions of dollars of sensitive legal secrets. Until the five are approached by an ambitious young attorney who teaches them what they have: insider information.
Mulholland Books * 9780316176316
THE FIRST WARM EVENING OF THE YEAR by Jamie M. Saul
"The first time I saw Marian Ballantine she looked like a burst of bittersweet among the winter branches..." And so begins a tale of love lost and found, the rekindling of a passion for life that two people discover with each other, and the complex dynamics of family and friendship.
William Morrow * 9780061449727
GOLIATH by Susan Woodring
When Percy Harding, Goliath’s most important citizen, is found dead by the railroad tracks outside town one perfect autumn afternoon, no one can quite believe it’s really happened. Only Rosamond Rogers, Percy’s secretary, may have had a glimpse of how and why this great man has fallen.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312675011
LOTS OF CANDLES, PLENTY OF CAKE: A Memoir by Anna Quindlen
In her new memoir, the New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead --- and celebrating it all --- as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more.
Random House * 9781400069347
MEMOIRS OF A RUGBY-PLAYING MAN: Guts, Glory, and Blood in the World's Greatest Game by Jay Atkinson
Bestselling author Jay Atkinson describes his 35-year odyssey in rugby --- from his rough and rowdy days at the University of Florida, through the intrigue of various foreign tours, club championships, and all-star selections, up to his current stint with the freewheeling Vandals Rugby Club out of Los Angeles.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9780312547691
MIDNIGHT IN PEKING: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French
Historian and China expert Paul French at last uncovers the truth behind the notorious murder of a young Englishwoman, and offers a rare glimpse of the last days of colonial Peking.
Penguin * 9780143121008
MY HAPPY DAYS IN HOLLYWOOD: A Memoir by Garry Marshall with Lori Marshall
Garry Marshall, who has been among the most successful writers, directors and producers in America for more than five decades, takes us on a journey from his stickball-playing days in the Bronx to his time at the helm of some of the most popular television series and movies of all time.
Crown Archetype * 9780307885005
TRUE SISTERS by Sandra Dallas
TRUE SISTERS tells the story of four women, brought together on the harrowing journey of the Martin Handcart Company, and united by the promises of prosperity and salvation in a new land. Through the ties of female friendships and the strength born from suffering, each one tests the boundaries of her faith and learns the real meaning of survival along the way.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250005021
A WEDDING IN HAITI by Julia Alvarez
A teenager when Julia and her husband first met him in 2001, Piti illegally crossed the border into the Dominican Republic to find work. Julia, impressed by his courage and charmed by his smile, has over the years come to think of him as a son, even promising to be at his wedding someday. When Piti calls in 2009, Julia’s promise is tested.
Algonquin Books * 9781616201302
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: A Dark Tower Novel by Stephen King
Roland Deschain and his ka-tet --- Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler --- encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two...and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.
Scribner * 9781451658903
On Sale the Week of April 23rd in Paperback
22 BRITANNIA ROAD by Amanda Hodgkinson
With World War II finally over, Silvana and her seven-year-old son, Aurek, board the ship that will take them to England, where Silvana's husband --- determined to forget his ghosts --- has rented a little house at 22 Britannia Road. But Aurek is wild, almost feral. And Silvana cannot escape the painful memory of a shattering wartime act.
Penguin * 9780143121046
AN ACCIDENTAL SPORTSWRITER: A Memoir by Robert Lipsyte
A long-time sports columnist for the New York Times interweaves stories from his life and the events he covered to explore the relationships between the games we play and the lives we lead.
Ecco * 9780061769146
BETRAYAL OF TRUST: A J.P. Beaumont Novel by J. A. Jance
Trying to solve a devastating crime involving troubled teens leads J.P. Beaumont, an investigator for the Washington Attorney General's Special Homicide squad, into a dark and deadly conspiracy that reaches deep into the halls of state government.
Harper * 9780061731327
CALEB'S CROSSING by Geraldine Brooks
Bethia Mayfield lives among pioneers and Puritans of the 17th century. She yearns for an education, but her gender forbids it. At 12 she encounters Caleb, the Native American son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret friendship. When Caleb goes to Cambridge to study Latin and Greek, Bethia finds herself there, too --- but she is indentured as a housekeeper.
Penguin * 9780143121077
COUP D'ETAT by Ben Coes
Wanting only a peaceful, obscure life, Dewey Andreas has gone to rural Australia, far from turbulent forces that he once fought against. But when powerful men who are seeking revenge track him down, Dewey must abandon his home and fight for his life.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312580773
DREAMS OF THE DEAD: A Nina Reilly Novel by Perri O'Shaughnessy
Attorney Nina Reilly is about to relive a nightmare as her own past comes back to haunt her in DREAMS OF THE DEAD, whereby the notorious killer who was responsible for her husband’s murder may have come back from the dead and is on the loose again.
Pocket Books * 9781416549741
ESCAPE by Barbara Delinsky
Lawyer Emily Aulenbach finds herself working for a company she doesn't believe in, her marriage is suffering a major disconnection, and her entire existence is tied to her technological gadgets. Finally she can't take it anymore and runs away. Is there any hope of getting her previous life back on track? Or must she abandon the whole thing?
Anchor * 9780307475978
FORT FREAK: A Wild Cards Novel edited by George R. R. Martin
In the latest Wild Cards mosaic novel, we get to know the hardbitten world of Manhattan's Fifth Precinct --- or "Fort Freak," as cops and malefactors alike call the cop-shop where every other desk sergeant, detective and patrol officer is more than human.
Tor Science Fiction * 9780765364685
THE GOOD FATHER by Diane Chamberlain
Four years ago, 19-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter on his own. Bella is the light of his life, and he's never regretted his decision. But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he's worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble.
Mira * 9780778313465
KBL: KILL BIN LADEN: A Novel Based on True Events by John Weisman
A riveting novel drawn from actual events, KBL: KILL BIN LADEN brings to life the drama behind SEAL Team 6's stunning raid that brought about the long-awaited destruction of the 21st century's most ruthless killer.
Harper * 9780062127877
KILLING KATE by Julie Kramer
Crime-solving means high ratings for Minnesota TV reporter Riley Spartz when she nails the culprit behind SILENCING SAM. But the stakes rise when Riley must piece together a serial killer’s murderous motive for KILLING KATE.
Pocket Star * 9781439178027
LOST IN SHANGRI-LA: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed.
Harper Perennial * 9780061988356
MURDER ONE by Robert Dugoni
Barclay Reid is struggling to cope with the death of her teenage daughter from a drug overdose. When she’s accused of murdering a drug trafficker she blamed for the overdose, attorney David Sloane is not only her potential romantic interest, but her chosen defender, in his first criminal case.
Pocket Books * 9781451606706
MYSTERY: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman
The murder victim’s fingertips were severed and her body mutilated. Recognizing the need for expert psychological insight on this gruesome case, LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis calls in his friend and colleague, Alex Delaware. When a lead offers up the dead woman’s nickname --- Mystery --- the case takes an alarming turn.
Ballantine Books * 9780345505705
THE NIGHT STRANGERS by Chris Bohjalian
In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily, and their twin 10-year-old daughters, who hope to rebuild their lives there after Chip, an airline pilot, had to ditch his jet in Lake Champlain due to double engine failure. The body count? 39.
Broadway * 9780307395009
OUTRAGE by Robert K. Tanenbaum
District Attorney Butch Karp battles a failure of the system, a police detective desperate to solve a case for his own ends, and a homicidal maniac who will stop at nothing to protect the truth.
Pocket Books * 9781439149270
THE PACK by Jason Starr
Simon Burns, a stay-at-home father, meets a tight-knit trio of dads at the playground. He soon realizes they are different from other men he has met, and is lured into their mix. As he experiences disturbing changes in his body, he suspects that when the guys welcomed him to their "pack," they were talking about much more than male bonding.
Ace * 9781937007522
PREY by Linda Howard
Linda Howard brings us deep into the wild, where a smart and sexy outdoor guide and her ruggedly handsome competitor must join forces to survive --- and avoid becoming what they never expected to be: PREY.
Ballantine Books * 9780345506924
SEAL TEAM SIX: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard E. Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) --- the toughest and longest military training in the world.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250006950
THE SINGLES by Meredith Goldstein
Beth “Bee” Evans’ first vow as a bride is that everyone on her list be invited to bring a guest to her lavish nuptials. When Hannah, Vicki, Rob, Joe and Nancy one by one decline Bee’s generous offer, the frustrated bride dubs them the “Singles,” adrift on her seating chart as well as in life.
Plume * 9780452298057
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