June 7, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of June 4th and June 11th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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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
A GOOD MAN: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver by Mark K. Shriver
When Sargent "Sarge" Shriver died in 2011 after a valiant fight with Alzheimer's, thousands of tributes poured in from friends and strangers worldwide. After a lifetime searching for the path to his father's success in the public arena, Mark instead turns to a search for the secret of his father's joy, his devotion to others, and his sense of purpose.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9780805095302
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
On Sale the Week of June 11th in Hardcover
CAPITAL by John Lanchester
In 2008, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going under, and the residents of Pepys Road, London --- including a banker and his shopaholic wife, an old woman dying of a brain tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, and a shadowy refugee who works as the meter maid --- are receiving anonymous postcards reading “We Want What You Have.” Who is behind it? What do they want?
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393082074
BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter
In 1962, a young innkeeper in Italy spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman approaching him on a boat. He soon learns that she’s an American actress --- and she’s dying. And the story begins again today, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot, searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier
Harper * 9780061928123
BETWEEN YOU AND ME by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Logan Wade has built a life for herself in New York City, far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. But when she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. However, their reunion is quickly overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her parents, causing Logan to question if their childhood has left them both too broken to succeed.
Atria Books * 9781439188187
A CONSPIRACY OF FRIENDS: A Corduroy Mansions Novel by Alexander McCall Smith
It's back to Corduroy Mansions in London's hip Pimlico neighborhood for the third installment in Alexander McCall Smith's latest series. The residents of Corduroy Mansions are all struggling with their nearest and dearest. It seems as though the universe itself is conspiring against them. Everyone must fix their relationships with one another before Corduroy Mansions as we know it crumbles for good.
Pantheon * 9780307907233
THE CONVICTION by Robert Dugoni
Lawyer David Sloane’s teenage son, Jake, and his friend find themselves in a wilderness detention camp after being convicted of vandalizing a general store. As Sloane fights the conviction against the boys, he discovers that the local judge’s authority seems to extend far beyond the confines of his courtroom. Meanwhile, Jake is learning the hard way that this detention center has a very different purpose than rehabilitating troubled youths.
Touchstone * 9781451606720
THE DEMANDS by Mark Billingham
The Crime: Customers of a convenience store are taken captive. The Demand: The man needs to know what really happened to his son, who died an "accidental" death in prison. The Twist: What Detective Tom Thorne discovers upends everything he thought he knew about those he put away. But will it be enough to fulfill the wishes of the distraught and dangerous father?
Mulholland Books * 9780316126632
GILDED AGE by Claire McMillan
Eleanor Hart had made a brilliant marriage in New York, but it ended in a scandalous divorce and 30 days in rehab. Now she finds that she will still need a husband to be socially complete. However, through one misstep after another, Ellie mishandles her second act. Her options narrow and future prospects contract, until she faces a desperate choice.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451640472
HEADING OUT TO WONDERFUL by Robert Goolrick
Recently back from the war in Europe, Charlie Beale shows up in the quiet town of Brownsburg, Virginia. His job at the local butcher shop gives him the opportunity to meet all the townsfolk, including a beautiful teenage bride. Ultimately, Charlie’s obsession with Sylvan Glass threatens to destroy everything and everyone in its path.
Algonquin Books * 9781565129238
THE LAST KIND WORDS by Tom Piccirilli
Raised in a clan of small-time thieves and grifters, Terrier Rand decided to cut free from them and go straight after his older brother, Collie, went on a senseless killing spree. Five years later, and days before his scheduled execution, Collie contacts Terry and asks him to return home. He claims he wasn't responsible for one of the murders --- and insists that the real killer is still on the loose.
Bantam * 9780553592481
MISSION TO PARIS by Alan Furst
In the summer of 1938, Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is on his way to Paris to make a movie for Paramount France. The Nazis know he’s coming; for their purposes, Fredric Stahl is a perfect agent of influence, and they attack him. What they don’t know is that Stahl, horrified by the Nazi war on Jews and intellectuals, has become part of an informal spy service being run out of the American embassy in Paris.
Random House * 9781400069484
NICEVILLE by Carsten Stroud
A boy literally disappears from Main Street, while an audacious bank robbery goes seriously wrong, triggering a disastrous cascade of events that ricochet across 20 different lives over the course of just 36 hours. Nick Kavanaugh and his wife, Kate, find themselves struggling to make sense not only of the disappearance and the robbery but also of a shadow world, where time has a different rhythm and justice is elusive.
Knopf * 9780307700957
PORCH LIGHTS by Dorothea Benton Frank
Dorothea Benton Frank takes readers on an emotional journey deep into the heart of her beloved South Carolina Lowcountry. In PORCH LIGHTS, she conjures the magic and mystery in the wild shores, misty dunes, gentle salt breezes, and rainbow sunsets of the enchanted Sullivan’s Island, where three generations of a family will discover the indelible power of love.
William Morrow * 9780061961298
THE QUEEN’S VOW: A Novel of Isabella of Castile by C. W. Gortner
“No one believed I was destined for greatness.” So begins Isabella’s story, in C. W. Gortner’s novel about one of history’s most famous and controversial queens --- the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, and the visionary who sent Columbus to discover a New World.
Ballantine Books * 9780345523969
THE RED HOUSE by Mark Haddon
Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to join him for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Richard has just re-married and inherited a willful stepdaughter in the process; Angela has a feckless husband and three children who sometimes seem alien to her. The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, a staple of family gatherings the world over.
Doubleday * 9780385535779
SERPENT'S KISS: A Witches of East End Novel by Melissa de la Cruz
Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the-map town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches. That is, until everything gets turned upside down.
Hyperion * 9781401323967
THE THIRD GATE by Lincoln Child
An archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh in the Sudd, a nearly impassable swamp in northern Sudan. They find what is believed to be the god-king Narmer's tomb and hope to find within it his legendary crown, which supposedly possessed awesome powers. A series of inexplicable occurrences are causing people to fear a curse, and it is up to Professor Jeremy Logan to answer the questions being raised with the alarm.
Doubleday * 9780385531382
XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel by Jeffery Deaver
Kayleigh Towne is gorgeous with a voice that is taking her to the heights of the country pop charts. Her hit single “Your Shadow” puts her happily in the spotlight, until an innocent exchange with one of her fans leads Kayleigh into a dark and terrifying realm. Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop the stalker. But before long, she learns that Kayleigh has more than just one fan with a mission.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439156377
YOU CAME BACK by Christopher Coake
Mark Fife believes he has successfully moved past the horrible memories of his life; he is in love again and feels completely in control. Then he is contacted by a woman who tells him not only that she owns his old house, but that she believes it's haunted by his dead son's ghost. He must find his ex-wife and together try to help their son, while grappling with the disbelief of ghosts.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455506705
THE BELLWETHER REVIVALS by Benjamin Wood
An assistant at a nursing home, 20-year-old Oscar Lowe has made a life for himself amid the colleges and spires of Cambridge and yet is a world apart from its privileged students. By chance, he meets the wealthy, charismatic Bellwether siblings, Iris and Eden. Oscar soon finds himself drawn into Iris’ opulent world and entangled in the strange obsessions of her brilliant but emotionally troubled brother, Eden.
Viking Adult * 9780670023592
THE HYPNOTIST’S LOVE STORY by Liane Moriarty
Ellen O’Farrell is a hypnotherapist who has never met her father and can’t seem to keep a relationship going. When her new guy Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen is more intrigued than frightened. What makes a supposedly smart, professional woman behave this way? She’d love to meet her. What Ellen doesn’t know is that she already has.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399159107
THE LAST TRADE by James Conway
Drew Havens made a killing for the Rising Fund, which, thanks to his prognostications, was the only hedge operation to anticipate and capitalize on the mortgage crisis of 2008. He sees things others can't --- from the collapse of the American real estate market to the multibillion-dollar rise of his ruthless and charismatic boss. Havens is now rich beyond his dreams, but his work at the Rising Fund has cost him his marriage. And now it may cost him his life.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952824
THE NERUDA CASE by Roberto Ampuero
Cayetano Brulè has taken on his first case as a private eye. After meeting the poet Pablo Neruda at a party, he is hired by him to solve the great mystery of his life. As Cayetano struggles to embrace the new inspector identity foisted upon him, he begins to learn more about Neruda’s hidden agenda.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594487439
THE QUEEN’S LOVER by Francine du Plessix Gray
At a masquerade ball in Paris in 1774, the dashing Swedish nobleman Count Axel von Fersen first meets the mesmerizing 19-year-old Dauphine Marie Antoinette, wife of the shy, reclusive prince who will soon become Louis XVI. This electric encounter launches a life-long romance that will span the course of the French Revolution.
The Penguin Press * 9781594203374
SLOUCHING TOWARD ADULTHOOD: Observations from the Not-So-Empty Nest by Sally Koslow
Millions of American parents sit down to dinner every night, wondering why fully grown children are joining them --- or, more likely, grunting good-bye as they head out for another night of who knows what. Sally Koslow, a journalist, novelist and mother of two “adultescents,” digs deep to reveal what lies behind the current generation's unwillingness --- or inability --- to take flight.
Viking Adult * 9780670023622
SWIMMING TO ELBA by Silvia Avallone
Anna and Francesca are on the brink of everything: high school, adulthood, and the edge of ambition in their provincial town. It's summer in Piombino, Italy, and in their skimpy bathing suits, flaunting their newly acquired curves, the girls suddenly have everyone in their thrall. When their friendship suffers a blow, they set off on their own only to discover that their budding sexuality takes them further than they expect, though not as far as their dreams.
Viking Adult * 9780670023585
THE WRONG MAN by David Ellis
When Jason Kolarich accepts the case of a homeless Iraq War veteran accused of murdering a young paralegal, his course seems clear: to mount an insanity defense for a man suffering so badly from post-traumatic stress disorder that he has no real memory of the crime. But as Kolarich digs deeper, he learns that only days before her death, the murdered paralegal had stumbled onto information that someone would kill to keep secret.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158285
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AFRAID TO DIE: A Selena Alvarez/Regan Pescoli Novel by Lisa Jackson
The bodies of two women who Detective Selena Alvarez knew are found frozen solid and deliberately displayed. And each wears a piece of Selena's jewelry. Selena’s partner, Detective Regan Pescoli, is on the case, but this killer already knows too much about her secret terror, her flaws, and the past she's tried to outrun. And soon he'll show her that she has every reason to be afraid.
Zebra * 9781420118506
AMERICA PACIFICA by Anna North
Darcy lives in a future we can't even imagine, taking place after another ice age has destroyed North America. America Pacifica is a desolate island in the Pacific Ocean where Darcy and her mother eke out a miserable existence, made bearable only by their closeness…until Darcy's mother vanishes. Darcy's yearning to find her brings a breathless urgency to this page-turner.
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books * 9780316105071
THE ASTRAL by Kate Christensen
The Astral is a huge rose-colored old pile of an apartment building in the gentrifying neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. For decades it was the home of the poet Harry Quirk, his wife, Luz, and their two children. But Luz has found (and destroyed) some poems of Harry’s that ignite her long-simmering suspicions of infidelity, and he’s been kicked out. Now he must reckon with the consequence of his literary, marital, financial and parental failures.
Anchor * 9780307473356
BLOODLINE by Mark Billingham
A murderer is targeting the children of victims of Raymond Garvey, an infamous serial killer from London's past. When Murder Squad veteran Detective Tom Thorne is called into what seems like, for once, an ordinary domestic murder, he thinks he's caught a break. But when a mysterious sliver of bloodstained X-ray that was found clutched in the victim's fist is replicated at other crime scenes around the city, Thorne realizes this is not a simple case.
Mulholland Books * 9780316126656
THE CAT’S TABLE by Michael Ondaatje
Cloaked in the garb of a classic coming-of-age story, THE CAT'S TABLE is an evocative tale of a strange and wondrous sea voyage from Sri Lanka to England in 1954. Its 11-year-old narrator is introduced in the course of a three-week journey to a cast of colorful, enigmatic characters and to a glimmer of the mysteries of the adult world.
Vintage * 9780307744418
CITY OF THE SNAKES by Darren Shan
CITY OF THE SNAKES brings a worthy horror/fantasy series to a close with a final installment that is more repulsive and shocking than ever. Thus far, these books have been crime mysteries focusing on the supernatural, but the last installment is the darkest, tending toward pure horror and giving readers a better glimpse of the serial killer Paucar Wami --- maybe a closer view than you’d bargained on.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446573467
DAMAGE CONTROL by Denise Hamilton
Maggie Silver is solidly middle class, with a mortgage to pay and an ill mother to support. She is doing her best to scramble up the ladder at an elite PR firm in Southern California as she tackles her toughest client yet: Senator Henry Paxton, whose daughter is her estranged friend. As Maggie gets further embroiled in the lives of the Paxtons, she realizes that the ties of her old friendship are stronger than she thinks.
Scribner * 9781451686326
THE DARK MONK: A Hangman's Daughter Tale by Oliver Potzsch
Oliver Pötzsch takes readers on a whirlwind tour through the occult hiding places of Bavaria’s ancient monasteries, bringing to life an unforgettable compassionate hangman and his tenacious daughter, painting a robust tableau of a 17th-century Bavaria still negotiating the lasting impacts of war, and quickening our pulses with a gripping, mesmerizing mystery.
Mariner Books * 9780547807683
DOUBLE DEXTER by Jeff Lindsay
Dexter Morgan enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst --- but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. When he discovers that someone is shadowing him, observing him, and copying his methods, Dexter is not pleased. But he is not one to tolerate displeasure --- in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.
Vintage * 9780307474933
THE GIRL IN THE GARDEN by Kamala Nair
A young woman unsure of her engagement revisits in memory the events of one scorching childhood summer when her beautiful yet troubled mother spirits her away from her home to an Indian village untouched by time, where she discovers in the jungle behind her ancestral house a spellbinding garden that harbors a terrifying secret.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446572699
HOPE SPRINGS by Kim Cash Tate
Janelle Evans hasn't gone back to Hope Springs since losing her husband. Becca Anderson is finally on the trajectory she's longed for. And Stephanie London has the ideal life. As these women come together, they soon recognize that healing is needed in their hearts, their families and their churches. God's plan for them in Hopes Springs is bigger than they ever imagined.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595549976
KISS HER GOODBYE by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Private eye Mike Hammer’s old mentor on the New York police force has committed suicide, but Hammer knows that Inspector Doolan would never have killed himself. When a woman is murdered practically on the funeral home’s doorstep, Hammer is drawn into the hunt for a cache of Nazi diamonds, and for the mysterious beauty who had been close to Doolan in his final days.
Mariner Books * 9780547541204
MONDAYS WITH MY OLD PASTOR: Sometimes All We Need Is a Reminder from Someone Who Has Walked Before Us by José Luis Navajo
Thinking of quitting the ministry, pastor José Luis Navajo doesn't know where to turn until he begins meeting with a seasoned man of the cloth --- his "old pastor" --- who offers a legacy of wisdom in the form of 15 unique principles. In lyrical prose, Navajo shares the personal anecdotes, fables and deep spiritual insights offered by the old pastor and his wife.
Thomas Nelson * 9780849947254
NIGHTWOODS by Charles Frazier
Set in a small town in North Carolina in the early 1960s, NIGHTWOODS tells of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins. Before the children, Luce was content with her quiet life amidst the Appalachian landscape, choosing to live apart from the community around her. But the coming of her disturbed niece and nephew changes everything, cracking open her solitary life in difficult, hopeful and dangerous ways.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812978803
NOBODY’S PERFECT: Two Men, One Call, and a Game for Baseball History by Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce, with Daniel Paisner
The perfect game is one of the rarest accomplishments in sports. No hits, no walks, no men reaching base. In more than 130 years of Major League Baseball, it has only happened 20 times. On June 2, 2010, Armando Galarraga threw baseball’s 21st perfect game. Except that’s not how it entered the record books.
Grove Press * 9780802145871
WHEN WE ARGUED ALL NIGHT by Alice Mattison
Two young men are swimming naked in an Adirondack lake when they hear a motor, a car appears, and two women get out, one with an orange scarf around her head. It's 1936: New York is suffering through the Great Depression, and childhood friends Artie and Harold are unsure about everything --- jobs, lefty politics, women. After this time in the mountains, nothing will be quite the same.
Harper Perennial * 9780062120373
RELENTLESS PURSUIT: God's Love of Outsiders Including the Outsider in All of Us by Ken Gire
Everyone feels like an outsider sometimes. Acclaimed bestselling author Ken Gire brings readers into the action of Scripture, telling the stories of "outcasts" who found acceptance with God. Alongside the Bible stories, he blends contemporary examples and spiritual insights to paint a picture of a God who relentlessly pursues each of us.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764208836
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