May 29, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of May 28th and June 4th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of May 28th in Hardcover
SNIPER by Nicolai Lilin
Assigned to an unconventional elite military unit known as the “saboteurs,” Nicolai Lilin’s narrator and his comrades penetrate enemy lines on risky killing missions. Under heavy fire and under corrupt leadership, the camaraderie that develops within their unit is their best hope for staying alive --- and staying human.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393082111
A BLAZE OF GLORY: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh by Jeff Shaara
In the spring of 1862, the Confederate Army in the West teeters on the brink of collapse following the catastrophic loss of Fort Donelson. Albert Sidney Johnston is pulling out of Nashville and must defend the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. And if Generals Ulysses Grant and Don Carlos Buell capture the railroad, the war in the West likely will be over. However, Johnson is onto them and is poised to attack Grant's encampment near the Shiloh church.
Ballantine Books * 9780345527356
CRONKITE by Douglas Brinkley
For decades, Walter Cronkite was heralded as “the most trusted man in America,” from his first reports on the frontlines of World War II to anchoring the "CBS Evening News" until his retirement in 1981. Yet for the most part, he was a remarkably private man. Douglas Brinkley, through analysis of Cronkite’s private papers and interviews with family and friends, now brings the American icon into a focus like never before.
Harper * 9780061374265
IN THE KINGDOM OF MEN by Kim Barnes
Gin Mitchell leaves the dusty farmland of 1960s Oklahoma to follow her husband to the oil fields of Saudi Arabia, only to find a world of wealth, glamour, American privilege, and corruption. Award-winning author Kim Barnes weaves a mesmerizing tale of Americans out of their depth in Saudi Arabia, a marriage in peril, and one woman’s quest for the truth, no matter what it might cost her.
Knopf * 9780307273390
ISTANBUL PASSAGE by Joseph Kanon
American businessman Leon Bauer has been drawn into the shadowy country of Istanbul, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs for the Allied war effort. Now, as the espionage community begins to pack up and an apprehensive city prepares for the grim realities of post-war life, he is given one more assignment: a routine job that goes fatally wrong, plunging him into a tangle of intrigue and moral confusion.
Atria Books * 9781439156414
SEAL TEAM SIX OUTCASTS by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
The bestselling authors of SEAL TEAM SIX are back --- bringing the thrilling covert operations of the world’s most elite military team to a new novel as the Outcasts race against the clock to stop a new terror threat from al Qaeda.
Gallery Books * 9781451675665
SO FAR AWAY by Meg Mitchell Moore
Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gallagher is trying to escape: from her parents' ugly divorce, and from the vicious cyber-bullying of her former best friend. Her salvation arrives in the form of a dusty old 1920s diary she unearths in her mother's basement. Natalie escapes into the diary, eager to unlock its secrets, and reluctantly accepts the help of a widow with her own painful secret.
Reagan Arthur Books * 9780316097697
THE STORM: A Kurt Austin Adventure by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
In the middle of the Indian Ocean, a NUMA research vessel is taking water samples at sunset, when a swarm of black particles suddenly attacks the ship, killing everyone aboard. A few hours later, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are on their way to the Indian Ocean. What they will find there on the smoldering hulk of the ship will eventually lead them to the discovery of the most audacious scheme they have ever known.
Putnam Adult * 9780399160134
THRILLER 3: LOVE IS MURDER edited by Sandra Brown
Prepare for heart-racing suspense in this original collection by 30 of the hottest bestselling authors and new voices writing romantic suspense today. Bodyguards, vigilantes, stalkers, serial killers, women (and men!) in jeopardy, cops, thieves, P.I.s, killers --- these all-new stories will keep you thrilled and chilled late into the night.
Mira * 9780778313441
THE WATCHERS by Jon Steele
Beneath Lausanne Cathedral, in Switzerland, there is a secret buried before time began, something unknown to angels and men --- until now. Three lives, one purpose: save what's left of paradise before all hell breaks loose.
Blue Rider Press * 9780399158742
WIFE 22 by Melanie Gideon
Alice Buckle sees herself as a wife, mother, drama teacher, Facebook chatter, downloader of memories and Googler of solutions. Then an anonymous online study called “Marriage in the 21st Century” shows up in her inbox. She becomes Wife 22 and is assigned a caseworker (Researcher 101). Along the way, she shares her innermost thoughts and secrets in this survey, and her confessions end up making some sparks fly.
Ballantine Books * 9780345527950
THE YARD by Alex Grecian
Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives --- known as “The Murder Squad” --- to investigate countless murders every month. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own...one of the 12.
Putnam Adult * 9780399149542
THE LOST ONES: A Quinn Colson Novel by Ace Atkins
Fresh from 10 years as a U.S. Army Ranger, Quinn Colson finds his hands full as the newly elected sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. An old buddy running a local gun shop may be in over his head when stolen army rifles start showing up in the hands of a Mexican drug gang.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158766
ONE-MINUTE DEVOTIONS FOR DADS by Jay Payleitner
Father of five and bestselling author of 52 THINGS KIDS NEED FROM A DAD, Jay Payleitner knows how regular guys think because he is one. His 125-plus coaching sessions offer unexpected but relevant topics and touches of wacky humor. Dads, younger or older, will be encouraged by Jay’s seasoned wisdom and God-centered thinking.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736944755
On Sale the Week of May 28th in Paperback
ALICE BLISS by Laura Harrington
When Alice Bliss learns that her father is being deployed to Iraq, she's heartbroken. Alice idolizes her father, and he will miss seeing his daughter blossom from a tomboy into a full-blown teenager. At once universal and very personal, this is a transforming story about those who are left at home during wartime, and a teenage girl bravely facing the future.
Penguin * 9780143121114
BEACH SEASON by Lisa Jackson, Cathy Lamb, Holly Chamberlin and Rosalind Noonan
BEACH SEASON is a heart-wrenching anthology that explores the topic of lost loves and the magical qualities of unexpected second chances. In each story, the author proves that with a resilient spirit, love never truly dies --- and, in fact, can be sweeter the second time around.
Kensington * 9780758265630
BLUE NIGHTS by Joan Didion
In a bookend to THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, her account of the aftermath of her husband’s sudden death, Joan Didion confronts the loss of her daughter, reflecting on the joys and pains of parenthood, the fragility of memory and the process of aging.
Vintage * 9780307387387
THE BOOK OF SUMMERS by Emylia Hall
At 16, Beth Lowe uncovers a life-shattering secret, bringing her sacred summers with her mother abruptly to an end. Now, years later, Beth receives a package containing a scrapbook, a haunting record of a time long forgotten. Suddenly she is swept back to the world she left behind, forced to confront the betrayal that destroyed her --- and to search her heart for forgiveness.
Mira * 9780778314110
BULLFIGHTING: Stories by Roddy Doyle
Anyone looking for a guide to the psyche of the middle-aged man would do much worse than to settle down with Roddy Doyle’s outstanding new collection of 13 stories. Set, with one exception, in present-day Dublin and its environs, they offer the literary equivalent of an MRI of the souls of a troubled, yet sympathetic, group of men.
Penguin * 9780143121060
THE DOG WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD: A Corduroy Mansions Novel by Alexander McCall Smith
In the elegantly crumbling mansion block called Corduroy Mansions, the comings and goings of the motley crew of residents continue apace. Our small, furry, endlessly surprising canine hero, Freddie de la Hay, has just been recruited by MI6 to infiltrate a Russian spy ring. Needless to say, the other denizens of Corduroy Mansions have issues of their own.
Anchor * 9780307739445
THE EIGHTY-DOLLAR CHAMPION: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts
Elizabeth Letts tells the remarkable story of Snowman and Harry de Leyer, the inseparable horse and rider who became unlikely champions in the 1958 National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Ballantine Books * 9780345521095
EYES WIDE OPEN by Andrew Gross
Jay Erlich's nephew has been found at the bottom of a cliff at Morrow Bay. It's all just a tragic suicide --- until secrets from the past begin to rear up again. Did a notorious killer, jailed for many decades, have his hand in this? With eyes wide open, Jay puts his life at risk to uncover the truth.
Harper * 9780061656026
HEARTWOOD by Belva Plain
Iris Stern is an old-fashioned woman living in a modern time. Stress on her daughter, granddaughter, husband and herself will cause an age-old secret about the family to come out, and it seems as though it may tear the family itself apart. But like the inmost rings of a tree that abide through the generations, Iris will be as strong as heartwood.
Bantam * 9780440246039
HEAT WAVE by Nancy Thayer
In this charming page-turner, Carley Winsted's husband dies suddenly, leaving her and their two young daughters heartsick. Now Carley faces the question of financial survival: Can she manage to keep their huge Nantucket home and also support her family, even though she's never had interest in a career?
Ballantine Books * 9780345518323
THE KINGDOM: A Fargo Adventure by Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood
On a journey that takes them to Tibet, Nepal, Bulgaria, India and China, Sam and Remi Fargo find themselves embroiled with black-market fossils, a centuries-old puzzle chest, the ancient Tibetan kingdom of Mustang, a balloon aircraft, and a skeleton that could turn human evolution on its head.
Berkley * 9780425248089
THE MAGICIAN KING by Lev Grossman
THE MAGICIANS took the fantasy world by storm when it released in 2009. Now, in THE MAGICIAN KING, author Lev Grossman takes us back to Fillory, where the Brakebills graduates have fled the sorrows of the mundane world, only to face terrifying new challenges.
Plume * 9780452298019
MAINE by J. Courtney Sullivan
The setting for this summer-friendly read is a perfect beach retreat, and the highly imperfect Irish-American family that inhabits it. When four women of different generations and sensibilities collide, fireworks --- not just the Fourth of July kind --- ensue.
Vintage * 9780307742216
SANCTUS by Simon Toyne
A man climbs a cliff face in the oldest inhabited place on earth, a mountain known as the Citadel. But this is no ordinary ascent. It is a dangerous and symbolic act. Few people understand its consequence. But for foundation worker Kathryn Mann and a handful of others, it’s evidence that a revolution is at hand.
Harper * 9780062038319
THE SCOTTISH PRISONER by Diana Gabaldon
Lord John Grey finds himself in need of help from one particular paroled prisoner of war --- Jamie Fraser. Unwilling to re-kindle their now distant relationship, he also knows Jamie is most likely the only one who can help him. Reluctantly, the two set out for Ireland to investigate a British officer of corruption charges.
Bantam * 9780385337526
THE SENSE OF AN ENDING by Julian Barnes
Tony Webster thought he left his past behind him as he built a life for himself. His career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.
Vintage * 9780307947727
THE SILVER BOAT by Luanne Rice
Three sisters face giving up their beachfront cottage on the picturesque island of Martha's Vineyard after being hit with an estate tax burden relating to the death of their beloved mother. From the sunny shores of New England to the rocky landscapes of ever-green Ireland comes a sweeping saga of one family, split between worlds and struggling to hold on.
Penguin * 9780143121039
SOFT TARGET by Stephen Hunter
Ten-thousand people jam the aisles, the corridors, the elevators and the escalators of America, the Mall --- a giant Rubik’s Cube of a structure with its own amusement park located in the spacious center atrium. Of those people, 9,988 have come to shop. The other 12 have come to kill.
Pocket Books * 9781451675344
THE STRANGER YOU SEEK by Amanda Kyle Williams
In the sweltering heat of an Atlanta summer, a killer is pushing the city to its breaking point, preying on the unsuspecting, writing taunting letters to the media, promising more death. Desperate to stop the Wishbone Killer before another victim meets a shattering end, A.P.D. lieutenant Aaron Rauser turns to the one person he knows can penetrate a deranged mind: ex–FBI profiler Keye Street.
Bantam * 9780553593808
GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS: The Grand Tour Series, Book 1 by Lisa T. Bergren
It’s the summer of 1913, and Cora Kensington’s life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. Not only are the crops failing, but someone dear to Cora is failing as well. In one fateful afternoon, a stranger comes to call, and Cora discovers a terrible secret about her past…a secret that will radically change her future.
David C. Cook * 9781434764300
MARY MAGDALENE by Diana Wallis Taylor
A beautiful girl blossoming into womanhood, Mary has high hopes for a life filled with learning, family and young love. In one dreadful night, all of that changes. The nightmares come first, then the waking visions of unspeakable terror, until Mary hardly remembers her dreams for the future. Can the Most High deliver her from this torment? How long must she wait for healing?
Revell * 9780800720483
PRAYING GOD’S WORD FOR YOUR HUSBAND by Kathi Lipp
With warmth and wit, Kathi Lipp shows you not only what a blessing it is to pray boldly for your husband but also the amazing differences you'll see --- in him and in yourself --- as you pray in full confidence of seeing God-sized results. Kathi directs you to Scripture, showing you how to pray God's Word in every part of your husband's life.
Revell * 9780800720766
WAITING FOR SUNRISE: A Cedar Key Novel by Eva Marie Everson
Patsy Milstrap wishes she could leave her past behind. At her concerned husband's gentle insistence, they take a vacation to Cedar Key, an idyllic island on Florida's Gulf Coast. When a familiar --- and most unexpected --- face greets her at a seaside restaurant, Patsy knows she can no longer run from the past. But what will opening old wounds mean? And what will the future hold?
Revell * 9780800734374
WHEN LOVE COMES MY WAY by Lori Copeland
From bestselling author Lori Copeland, WHEN LOVE COMES MY WAY is a love story about redemption, forgiveness and renewed spiritual awakenings set against the backdrop of scenic Upper Peninsula, Michigan, in the days when pine was king.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736930215
On Sale the Week of June 4th in Hardcover
THE 500 by Matthew Quirk
Mike Ford landed a job fresh out of Harvard Law at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, one year later, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal --- and this time, maybe even kill.
Reagan Arthur Books * 9780316198622
AMPED by Daniel H. Wilson
People are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats, and soon laws are passed that restrict the abilities and rights of "amplified" humans. Owen Gray, who joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps," is desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world --- or destroy it.
Doubleday * 9780385535151
BAD FAITH by Robert K. Tanenbaum
New York District Attorney Butch Karp battles to convict the parents of a deceased boy for failing to seek medical attention for their son, who believed, wrongly, that prayer was the answer for healing his rare but treatable brain disease. At the same time, Marlene investigates the charismatic demagogue Reverend McCord, who has an undeniable grasp on the parents.
Gallery Books * 9781451635522
BENEATH THE SHADOWS by Sara Foster
Grace returns to Yorkshire a year after her husband vanished there without a trace. Everyone --- the police, her parents, even her best friend and younger sister --- is convinced that Adam left her. But Grace cannot accept this explanation. She is desperate for answers, but the slumbering, deeply superstitious hamlet is unwilling to give up its secrets.
Minotaur Books * 9780312643362
THE CHAPERONE by Laura Moriarty
Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a 36-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Young Louise is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will change their lives forever.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594487019
DEAD SCARED by S. J. Bolton
When a rash of suicides tears through Cambridge University, DI Mark Joesbury recruits DC Lacey Flint to go undercover as a student to investigate. Although each student’s death appears to be a suicide, the psychological histories, social networks and online activities of the students involved share remarkable similarities, and the London police are not convinced that the victims acted alone.
Minotaur Books * 9780312600532
EQUAL OF THE SUN by Anita Amirrezvani
Iran in 1576 is a place of peace, wealth and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari’s maneuvers to instill order after her father’s sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her trusted servant are in possession of an incredible tapestry of secrets and information that reveals a power struggle of epic proportions.
Scribner * 9781451660463
GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
On a summer morning in Missouri, Nick and Amy Dunne are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. Or they would be, if Amy hadn't disappeared from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. As the cops close in and the stream of lies, deceits and inappropriate behavior leaks out, everyone in town is wondering how well they know the one that they love. Did Nick kill his clever and beautiful wife? If not, who did?
Crown * 9780307588364
HOTELS, HOSPITALS, AND JAILS: A Memoir by Anthony Swofford
In his follow-up memoir to JARHEAD, Anthony Swofford describes his search for identity, meaning, and a reconciliation with his dying father in the years after he returned from serving as a sniper in the Marines. Consumed by drugs, drinking, expensive cars, and women, Swofford lost almost everything and everyone that mattered to him.
Twelve * 9781455506736
THE INNOCENTS by Francesca Segal
Adam Newman has been dating Rachel Gilbert since they were both 16, and now they are finally planning to marry. But as the vast machinery of the wedding gathers momentum, Adam feels the first faint touches of claustrophobia. And when Rachel’s younger cousin moves home, Adam starts questioning everything, suddenly torn between security and exhilaration, tradition and independence.
Voice * 9781401341817
INTO THE DARKEST CORNER by Elizabeth Haynes
Catherine (now Cathy) Bailey learns of the impending release of her former lover Lee, whose erratic, controlling behavior frightened her. She begins to return home to find objects subtly rearranged in her apartment, one of Lee’s old tricks. Convinced she is back in his sights, Cathy prepares to wrestle with the demons of her past for the last time.
Harper * 9780062197252
ISLAND APART by Steven Raichlen
Claire Doheney, recovering from a serious illness, hopes to find solace, strength and sufficient calm to finish her biography of psychotherapist Wilhelm Reich. Her plans take a detour, though, when she meets a mysterious man who shares her passion for cooking. But Claire’s new friend has a terrible secret that threatens to drive them apart forever.
Forge Books * 9780765332387
KINGDOM OF STRANGERS by Zoë Ferraris
A secret grave is unearthed in the desert revealing the bodies of 19 women and the shocking truth that a serial killer has been operating undetected in Jeddah for more than a decade. But lead inspector Ibrahim Zahrani is more concerned about the disappearance of his mistress. Katya, one of the few women in the police department, is drawn into both investigations and must be increasingly careful to hide a secret of her own.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316074247
LITTLE NIGHT by Luanne Rice
Clare Burke's life took a devastating turn when she tried to protect her sister, Anne, from an abusive and controlling husband and ended up serving prison time for assault. The verdict largely hinged on Anne's defense of her spouse, and the sisters have been estranged ever since. Nearly 20 years later, Clare’s niece turns up on her doorstep. The two long for a relationship with each other, but they’ll have to dig deep into their family’s difficult past in order to build one.
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780670023561
MIDWINTER BLOOD by Mons Kallentoft
Malin Fors is the most driven and talented superintendent who has ever worked at the police force in her small, isolated town. In her job, she is constantly moving through the borderland between life and death. She navigates her colleagues through crime investigations so gruesome that they make the darkest of nightmares seem like fairy tales.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781451642476
MORTAL: The Books of Mortals, Book 2 by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
Nine years have gone by since Rom Sebastian first discovered a secret and consumed an ancient potion of blood to bring himself back to life in FORBIDDEN. Surviving against impossible odds, Rom has gathered a secret faction of followers who have also taken the blood. But The Order has raised an elite army to hunt and crush the living. The final surviving hope for humanity teeters on the brink of annihilation, and no one knows the path to survival.
FaithWords * 9781599953588
ROBERT LUDLUM’S THE BOURNE IMPERATIVE by Eric Van Lustbader
The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. A Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has cut her ties to her agency, and is now being stalked by Mossad's most feared killer. Do the answers to these mysteries lie back in southeast Lebanon, in a secret encampment to which Bourne and Rebeka escaped following a firefight weeks ago?
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446564472
SPRING FEVER by Mary Kay Andrews
Annajane thinks she's over her ex-husband, Mason. But when she attends his wedding, everything changes, and she realizes she might want him back. Even if there are people determined to keep Annajane from getting what she wants, happiness might be hers for the taking, and the life she once had with Mason in this sleepy lake town might be in her future.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312642716
SUMMER BREEZE by Nancy Thayer
Summer on New England's Dragonfly Lake is ripe for romance, temptation and self-discovery as the lives of three women unexpectedly intertwine. SUMMER BREEZE illustrates how the best of friends can offer comfort, infuriate, or even --- sometimes --- open one’s eyes to the astonishing possibilities of life lived in a different way.
Ballantine Books * 9780345528711
THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D. by Nichole Bernier
Summer vacation on Great Rock Island was supposed to be a restorative time for Kate, who had lost her close friend Elizabeth in a sudden accident. But when she inherits a trunk of Elizabeth's journals, they reveal a woman far different from the cheerful wife and mother Kate thought she knew. The complicated portrait of Elizabeth makes Kate question not just their friendship, but her own deepest beliefs about loyalty and honesty at a period of uncertainty in her own marriage.
Crown * 9780307887801
AN UNMARKED GRAVE: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
In the spring of 1918, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford discovers the body of an officer who has been murdered. Not only did the man serve in her father's former regiment, he was also a family friend. Before she can report the terrible news, Bess falls ill, the latest victim of the Spanish flu epidemic. By the time she recovers, the murdered officer has been buried, and the only other person who saw the body has hanged himself. Or did he?
William Morrow * 9780062015723
WALLFLOWER IN BLOOM by Claire Cook
Deirdre Griffin is the around-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-maintenance, New Age guru brother, Tag. Then her sometime boyfriend informs her that he is marrying another woman, who just happens to be having the baby he told Deirdre he never wanted. While drowning her sorrows in Tag’s expensive vodka, Deirdre decides to use his massive online following to get herself voted on as a last-minute “Dancing with the Stars” replacement.
Touchstone * 9781451672763
THE WATCH by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
Following a desperate night-long battle, beleaguered soldiers in an isolated base in Kandahar are faced with a lone woman demanding the return of her brother's body. Is she a spy, a black widow, a lunatic, or is she what she claims to be: a grieving young sister intent on burying her brother according to local rites? In any case, she endangers these soldiers as well as herself in the dangerous, claustrophobic atmosphere they are in as the discussion of what to do comes to a boil.
Hogarth * 9780307955890
WHAT COMES NEXT by John Katzenbach
When a retired academician witnesses a lovely young woman snatched off the street, he is unsatisfied by the police response and vows to find her on his own. She has been kidnapped and held prisoner by a married couple who have started an exclusive website, “What Comes Next,” on which viewers can watch, in real time, what befalls their victims.
Mysterious Press * 9780802126115
AUSTIN AND EMILY by Frank Turner Hollon
Austin McAdoo is a 347-pound man with a dry sense of humor and an affinity for canned ham. Emily Dooley is a tempestuous bombshell with an unpredictable temper and a simple worldview. These unlikely star-crossed lovers set out to Los Angeles on a quest to find eternal bliss along the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
MacAdam/Cage Publishing * 9781596923737
On Sale the Week of June 4th in Paperback
ONCE UPON A RIVER by Bonnie Jo Campbell
Margo Crane is just 14 years old when her world begins to unravel, starting with the death of her beloved grandfather. When the unimaginable happens, 16-year-old Margo takes a rifle and hits the Stark River in her rowboat. In search of her mother, she discovers much more.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393341775
BLIND GODDESS: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel by Anne Holt
A dead drug dealer is discovered on the outskirts of the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Within days, Hansa Larsen, a lawyer of the shadiest kind, is found shot to death, and police officers Håkon Sand and Hanne Wilhelmsen establish a link between the two crimes and uncover a massive network of corruption leading to the highest levels of government.
Scribner * 9781451634761
THE COLOR OF TEA by Hannah Tunnicliffe
Grace’s life is slowly unraveling, and dreams of having a family seem hopeless. With the start of a new year, Grace does something bold: she opens a café where women can come together, bridging cultural divides to share in each other’s triumphs and pain. But with the crumbling of her marriage, the café becomes more of a burden than an escape.
Scribner * 9781451682823
THE CRAVING by Jason Starr
After some personal troubles, Simon Burns turned things around with the help of a new group of friends. They were stay-at-home dads like himself --- but there was something “off” about them, and he found himself slowly changing. Simon isn't the man he once was. He's a member of the pack. And once you're in, it's impossible to get out...
Ace Trade * 9781937007553
THE CUT by George Pelecanos
THE CUT is the first book in a series starring recent Iraqi vet-turned-private-investigator Spero Lucas, who recovers stolen property for the clients of a defense attorney for a 40% cut. But he comes upon a web of corruption that even the enticement of the cut cannot top.
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books * 9780316078436
DAMAGE CONTROL by John Gilstrap
A bus full of teenagers on a church mission are held hostage, and the ransom demands are explicit: deliver three million dollars --- with zero involvement from law enforcement --- or all captives will be executed. Rescue specialist Jonathan Grave must face the chilling possibility that someone within the U.S. government has a deadly secret to protect --- one that could jeopardize national security like never before.
Kensington * 9780786024933
DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION by Carolyn Cooke
In 1968, a clerical mistake threatens the prestigious but cash-strapped Goode School in the small New England town of Cape Wilde. After a century of all-male, old-boy education, the school accidentally admits its first female student: a brilliant, outspoken, 15-year-old black girl whose arrival will have both an immediate and long-term effect on the prep school and everyone in its orbit.
Vintage * 9780307741462
DEATH IN THE CITY OF LIGHT: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris by David King
This is the gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer.
Crown Trade * 9780307452900
THE DROP by Michael Connelly
Nearing the end of his career, Harry Bosch wants cases more than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Meanwhile, Councilman Irvin Irving's son jumped or was pushed from a window, and Irving, Bosch's longtime nemesis, has demanded that Bosch handle the investigation. Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455518982
THE HAND THAT TREMBLES by Kjell Eriksson
A Swedish county commissioner disappears, and many years later, one of the town’s natives is convinced that he’s caught a glimpse of the missing man while traveling in Bangalore, India. Meanwhile, Ann Lindell is investigating a case of a severed female foot found where a striking number of inhabitants are single men --- and the two cases may be crucially connected.
Minotaur Books * 9781250006905
THE IDEAL MAN by Julie Garwood
While jogging in a park nearby, Dr. Ellie Sullivan witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter's face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation. Agent Max Daniels takes over the case --- he’s definitely not the ideal man Ellie always imagined, yet she's attracted to him in a way she can't explain.
Signet * 9780451235138
JOY FOR BEGINNERS by Erica Bauermeister
In this moving tale, Kate throws a party for her female friends to celebrate her cancer recovery. Together they strike a bargain: Kate will do something that has always terrified her (white-water rafting) if each woman will accomplish one challenging task Kate chooses for her.
Berkley Trade * 9780425247426
LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life by Nick Vujicic
Born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic overcame his disabilities to live an independent, rich, fulfilling and “ridiculously good” life while serving as a role model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, Nick eagerly spreads his central message: the most important goal is to find your life’s purpose and to never give up, despite whatever difficulties or seemingly impossible odds stand in your way.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307589743
THE LITTLE WOMEN LETTERS by Gabrielle Donnelly
THE LITTLE WOMEN LETTERS explores the imagined lives of Jo March’s descendants --- three sisters who are both thoroughly modern and thoroughly March. This novel will speak to anyone who has ever fought with a sister, fallen in love with a fabulous pair of shoes, or wondered what on earth life had in store for her.
Touchstone * 9781451617191
LIVING, THINKING, LOOKING: Essays by Siri Hustvedt
LIVING, THINKING, LOOKING brings together 32 essays written between 2006 and 2011, in which Siri Hustvedt culls insights from philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, psychoanalysis and literature. The book is divided into three sections: the essays in Living draw directly from Hustvedt’s life; those in Thinking explore memory, emotion and the imagination; and the pieces in Looking are about visual art.
Picador * 9781250009524
THE MAP OF TIME by Felix J. Palma
Three love stories set in Victorian England are held together by one person: H.G. Wells and his book, THE TIME MACHINE. Wells is called upon to investigate and help perpetuate incidents of time travel. But he finds himself pondering questions about the future and whether it’s possible to change not only the future but also our lives in the process.
Atria Books * 9781439167410
MISERY BAY: An Alex McKnight Novel by Steve Hamilton
Alex McKnight knows all about evil, having faced down a madman who killed his partner and left a bullet next to his heart. But nothing could have prepared him for the darkness he’s about to face, when a simple quest to find a few answers about a suicide turn into a nightmare of sudden violence, bloody revenge, and a race against time to catch a ruthless killer.
Minotaur Books * 9781250008527
THE NIGHTMARE THIEF by Meg Gardiner
Autumn Reiniger expects something special for her 21st birthday. Her father signs up her and five friends for an “ultimate urban reality” game: a simulated drug deal, manhunt and jailbreak. It’s a high-priced version of cops and robbers, which is convenient for the gang of real kidnappers zeroing in on their target and a mammoth payday.
Signet * 9780451235961
THE PARADISE PROPHECY by Robert Browne
An ancient mystery linked to religious dogma, coded messages and fallen angels who wander the earth are the crux of THE PARADISE PROPHECY. Government agent Bernadette Callahan and religious historian Sebastian “Batty” LaLaurie race against time to decode an archaic text and try to defeat diabolical forces bent on destroying mankind.
Signet Select * 9780451236784
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a genre-busting debut --- part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
Broadway * 9780307887443
THE SIXES by Kate White
A secret circle of really mean girls --- the dark side of female empowerment --- becomes the nemesis of a gutsy journalist heroine in this intriguing thriller from the bestselling author of HUSH and the Bailey Weggins mystery series.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780061576676
SILENT ENEMY by Tom Young
Four years after the events of THE MULLAH’S STORM, jihadists strike the Afghan National Police training center in Kabul, killing many and wounding others. The injured are loaded onto a C-5 Galaxy bound for Germany, but once airborne, the commander, Major Michael Parson, receives a message. The jihadists have placed bombs on some planes leaving Afghanistan, and the Galaxy is one of them. If Parson tries to descend, the bomb will go off.
Berkley * 9780425250280
THE SOLDIER’S WIFE by Joanna Trollope
Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees these reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell. But are they? Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope if he can’t?
Simon & Schuster * 9781451672510
THOUGHTS WITHOUT CIGARETTES: A Memoir by Oscar Hijuelos
Born to Cuban immigrants in 1951, Oscar Hijuelos introduces readers to the colorful circumstances of his upbringing. The son of a Cuban hotel worker and exuberant poetry-writing mother, his story, played out against the backdrop of a working-class neighborhood, takes on an even richer dimension when his relationship with his family and culture changes forever.
Gotham * 9781592407187
TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER by Tom McNeal
Judith Whitman always believed in a certain kind of love, but she has only experienced it once. Willy Blunt was a carpenter with a dry wit and a steadfast sense of honor, and marrying him seemed like a natural thing to promise. Twenty years later, Judith’s marriage is full of secrets, and she holds the phone number of the man who believed she meant it when she said she loved him.
Back Bay Books * 9780316127387
UNTOLD STORY by Monica Ali
As what-if novels go, this sensitive thriller --- a highly marketable offering from a Booker Prize-shortlisted author --- is a bombshell...a blonde bombshell. It features a royal personage with a strong resemblance to Diana, Princess of Wales, who fakes her own death and takes up ordinary life in small-town America.
Scribner * 9781451635508
THE VISIBLE MAN by Chuck Klosterman
Austin, Texas therapist Victoria Vick has been contacted by a man who believes his situation is unique. But as he reveals himself to her slowly and cryptically, she becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions --- he is a scientist who has been using cloaking technology from an aborted government project to render himself nearly invisible.
Scribner * 9781439184479
THE WINTERS IN BLOOM by Lisa Tucker
Together for over a decade, Kyra and David Winter are happier than they ever thought they could be. Yet they have always feared that the life they created was destined to be disrupted. And on one perfectly average summer day, it is: their son, Michael, disappears from his own backyard.
Washington Square Press * 9781416575412
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