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July 3, 2012

July 3, 2012

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of July 2nd and July 9th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of July 2nd in Hardcover

July 3rd

Advent by James Treadwell
The first in James Treadwell’s fantasy trilogy, ADVENT describes how magic was lost to humanity, and how a 15-year-old boy discovers that its return is his inheritance. It begins in a world recognizably our own, and ends an extraordinarily long way from where it started --- somewhere much bigger, stranger and richer.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781451661644

BUSHVILLE WINS!: The Wild Saga of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves and the Screwballs, Sluggers, and Beer Swiggers Who Canned the New York Yankees and Changed Baseball by John Klima
In the early 1950s, the New York Yankees were invincible: they led the New York City baseball dynasty, which for eight consecutive years held a grip on the World Series. Then the Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee, becoming surprising revolutionaries and proving that they could do the impossible.

Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250006073

Criminal by Karin Slaughter
Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, has finally gotten his personal life in order. For the first time, he is starting to gain a life outside of solving the hardest --- and often darkest --- cases. But GBI’s newest investigation and its long-buried crimes threaten his new life and change everything he thought he knew about his past.
Delacorte Press * 9780345528506

Die a Stranger: An Alex McKnight Novel by Steve Hamilton
A plane lands in a deserted Upper Peninsula with five dead bodies. Alex McKnight must investigate, but there is a huge possibility that Alex’s best friend, Vinnie LeBlanc, Ojibwa tribal member and blackjack dealer, is involved. Alex will soon find out that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined.
Minotaur Books * 9780312640217

GOLD by Chris Cleave

Kate and Zoe met at 19 when they both made the cut for the national training program in track cycling. They are built to exploit the barest physical and psychological edge over equally skilled rivals. Now at 32, the women are facing their last and biggest race: the 2012 Olympics. Each wants desperately to win gold, and each has more than a medal to lose.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451672725

THE GOOD DREAM by Donna VanLiere

Ever since Ivorie Walker’s parents passed away, she has hidden her loneliness behind a fierce independence and good humor. When a feral, dirty-faced boy steals from her vegetable garden, Ivorie steps out of her comfort zone to uncover answers about him and unleashes a firestorm in the town --- a place where secrets stay secret.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312367770

HELLBOX: A Nameless Detective Novel by Bill Pronzini
Bill, the “Nameless Detective,” and his wife Kerry were in the Sierra foothills falling in love with a cabin when Kerry went missing. Bill begins a search that uncovers just what price the citizens in town without pity may have to pay. Following the few leads he has, Bill comes face to face with the Hellbox.
Forge Books * 9780765325655

The Last Minute by Jeff Abbott
Sam Capra, an ex-CIA agent, has one reason to live: to rescue his baby son from the people who abducted him. The kidnappers have offered Sam a deal --- for his child, he must find and murder the one man who can expose them. Now, Sam has to team up with a desperate young mother whose daughter is also missing in a dangerous race across the country.

Grand Central Publishing * 9780446575201

THE LAST REFUGE: A Dewey Andreas Novel by Ben Coes
Dewey Andreas, a former Army Ranger and Delta, owes his life to Kohl Meir and his team of Israeli commandos. So when a nuclear device with the words “Goodbye Tel Aviv” is spotted in the possession of Iran, Dewey must face off against an opponent with equal cunning, skill and determination.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250007155

MONKEY MIND: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith articulates what it is like to live with anxiety, defanging the disease with humor, traveling through its demonic layers, and evocatively expressing its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. He exposes anxiety as a pudgy, weak-willed wizard behind a curtain of dread and tames what has always seemed to him a terrible affliction.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439177303

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she finally hits the jackpot when the sitcom she wrote, “The Next Best Thing,” gets the green light. But her dreams are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, a crush on her boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.
Atria Books * 9781451617757

The Nightmare by Lars Kepler
On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned boat. The next day, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook. The obvious explanation for both would be suicides, but the circumstances in each case make that impossible. Detective Inspector Joona Linna begins to piece the two mysteries together, but the logistics are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events.
Sarah Crichton Books * 9780374115333

July 5th

Jack 1939 by Francine Mathews
Francine Mathews' novel explores what might have happened when a young Jack Kennedy is let loose in Europe as the world careens toward war. The stakes are frighteningly high, the women he meets are devastatingly attractive, and the mix of fact and fiction is both unexpected and engaging.

Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594487194

Juliet in August by Dianne Warren
Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of town --- a dusty oasis on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills. It’s easy to believe that nothing of consequence takes place there. But the hills vibrate with life, and the town’s heart beats in the rich and overlapping stories of its people.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399157998

Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman
Arthur Pfefferkorn is a middle-aged college professor with long-dead literary aspirations. When his oldest friend, bestselling thriller writer William de Vallèe, is lost at sea, Pfefferkorn is torn between envy and grief, for de Vallèe not only outshone him professionally, but married the woman he also loved. Pfefferkorn's decision to reconnect with de Vallèe’s widow plunges him into a shadowy realm of double crosses and intrigue.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159039

Ransom River by Meg Gardiner
Rory Mackenzie is back in her hometown of Ransom River, California, a place she vowed she would never visit again. While most of the town is focused on the tense and shocking circumstances of a high-profile murder trial, Rory’s return dredges up troubling memories that she can no longer ignore. But she soon realizes that exposing these dark skeletons has connected her to an old case that was never solved, and bringing the truth to light just might destroy her.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952855

On Sale the Week of July 2nd in Paperback

July 3rd

THE BEGINNERS by Rebecca Wolff
Theo and Raquel Motherwell are the only newcomers to the sleepy town of Wick in 15-year-old Ginger Pritt's memory. Hampered by a lingering innocence while her best friend becomes embroiled with boys, Ginger is attracted to the worldliness and sophistication of this dashing couple. But the Motherwells may be more than they seem. As Ginger's imagination takes up the seductive mystery of their past, she also draws closer to her town's dark history.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594485794

Lizzie and her best friend, Evie, are 13 years old and inseparable --- until the day Evie disappears. Lizzie is frantic to puzzle out the mystery behind the disappearance and to bring Evie home. Her desperate quest is entwined with her own coming-of-age story, in an intense and gripping tale of obsession, friendship and family.
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books * 9780316097826

Adventure follows Mac Reilly and Sunny Alvarez wherever they travel --- St. Tropez, Paris, Monte Carlo, Barcelona --- but their desire for each other always leads them back into each other’s arms and Mac’s Malibu beach house. Their lifestyle is casual, their friends internationally celebrated, their love passionate. Make FROM BARCELONA, WITH LOVE your summer indulgence.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250008268

KINDRED SPIRITS by Sarah Strohmeyer
When Lynne passes away, she leaves behind one simple request: that her old friends sort through her belongings. Reluctantly, three women reunite to rummage through her closets. Buried deep within Lynne's lingerie drawer is an envelope addressed to them. Inside, they find a letter that reveals a shocking secret, and a final wish that will send them on a life-changing journey.
NAL Trade * 9780451235046

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Both playful and seductive, THE NIGHT CIRCUS, Erin Morgenstern’s spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.
Anchor * 9780307744432

NO REST FOR THE DEAD edited by Andrew F. Gulli and Lamia Gulli
Twenty-six bestselling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel --- a collaboration that combines the skills of America’s greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery.
Touchstone * 9781451607383

THE PLAYDATE by Louise Millar
When Callie moved into her new neighborhood, she thought it would be easy to fit in. The other parents have been strangely hostile, though, and her frail daughter Rae is finding it impossible to make friends. Suzy has been the only one to reach out, although their friendship has recently felt strained. Now the police have suggested that someone dangerous may be living in their neighborhood, and the atmosphere feels even more toxic.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781451656671

THROUGH RUSHING WATER by Catherine Richmond
In 1876, with hopes of fleeing from the heartache and humiliation of a certain U.S. Congressman proposing to her roommate instead of herself, Sophia Makinoff signs up with the Board of Foreign Missions, and is dismayed when she's sent to the Ponca Indian Agency in the Dakota Territory. There she meets Willoughby Dunn, a man who shares her passion, and with whom she must work to fight for the lives of the people she has grown to love.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595549259

A TRICK OF THE LIGHT: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
“Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûreté du Québec, is called to the tiny Quebec village. There, he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems.
Minotaur Books * 9781250007346

THE VAULT: An Inspector Wexford Novel by Ruth Rendell
Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired, and he and his wife now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and a coachhouse in Hampstead belonging to their actress daughter, Sheila. For all the benefits of a more relaxed way of life, Wexford misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street, with someone he had known briefly as a very young police constable, changes everything.
Scribner * 9781451624106

VERY BAD MEN by Harry Dolan
Names in a manuscript: The cops see black words on a page; the killer sees red. Editor David Loogan, who we first met in BAD THINGS HAPPEN, finds a package on his doorstep that links to a fresh murder and points to several more planned attacks. Can the killer be stopped before he has crossed off all the names on his list?
Berkley Trade * 9780425247617

One afternoon in 1839, Emily Lowry’s husband vanishes from Wreckers’ Cay, an isolated island off the coast of Key West where he tends to the lighthouse. Emily has no choice but to take over her husband’s duties tending the light to support her children. A runaway slave who washes up on the beach proves himself an enormous help and soon wins the hearts of the Lowry family. His place in Emily’s life, as steadfast now as the light, will forever change their futures.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250003560


On Sale the Week of July 9th in Hardcover

July 9th

I, MICHAEL BENNETT by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

A South American crime lord has brought New York the worst lawlessness and violence the city has ever seen, with police being shot on the street and judges murdered in the courtroom. Detective Michael Bennett takes his 10 kids and their nanny upstate to try and avoid the chaos, but it just follows them, endangering his entire family.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316097468

July 10th

by Andrew Gross

Henry Steadman didn't know what was about to hit him when he pulled up to a red light. A successful Florida plastic surgeon, he is in town to deliver a keynote address at a conference when suddenly his life becomes an unrelenting chase to stay alive.
William Morrow * 9780061655975

by Gigi Levangie Grazer

One night after her husband John’s death, reality show producer Hannah Bernal finds herself communicating with dead people…including her deceased husband. But this “gift” is getting in the way of her life. While Hannah gets answers to some of life question’s from the Great Beyond, she also learns that earthly love and happiness can still be found in sunny Santa Monica.
Ballantine Books * 9780345523990

ALBERT OF ADELAIDE by Howard L. Anderson
Howard Anderson’s debut novel is the story of a duck-billed platypus who escapes from Australia’s Adelaide Zoo and embarks on a journey through the outback in search of “Old Australia,” a land of liberty, promise and peace. Along his voyage, he encounters a motley assortment of characters and discovers a strength and skill for survival he never knew he possessed.
Twelve * 9781455509621

BACKFIRE: An FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter
When Judge Ramsey Hunt is shot in the back while presiding over the trial of two accused killers, things for the judge, the federal prosecutor, and FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich turn from bad to worse. Suddenly, Savich and Sherlock are on a race to San Francisco to find out what went wrong in the case.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157325

DREAM TEAM: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever by Jack McCallum
They were the Beatles of basketball, the Mercury Seven in sneakers. In DREAM TEAM, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team that captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the NBA into a global sensation.

Ballantine Books * 9780345520487

FIREPROOF: A Maggie O'Dell Novel by Alex Kava
Special agent Maggie O'Dell is called in to investigate a building fire with a human casualty. The local team insists the suspect is a rash and young perp, but Maggie thinks this is the work of a calculated and controlled criminal. As the acts of arson become more brazen, Maggie's professional and personal worlds begin to collide dangerously.
Doubleday * 9780385535519

During the 1936 Berlin Olympics, cynical British journalist Richard Denham and American Olympic hopeful Eleanor Emerson are determined to report the brutality behind the carefully staged imagery of the Third Reich. They soon become entangled in a treacherous game involving the Gestapo and the British Secret Intelligence Service. At stake: a mysterious dossier that threatens to destroy the leadership of the Third Reich.
Harper * 9780062091567

THE GREAT ESCAPE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
After abandoning her fiancé, Ted “Mr. Irresistible” Beaudine, at the altar, Lucy Jorik --- the daughter of a former president --- is looking for adventure (and perhaps a little romance), and it begins on the back of a rather menacing-looking stranger’s motorcycle. Embarking on a wild and unpredictable road trip, Lucy is able to finally break free of her proper life to discover what she really wants.
William Morrow * 9780062106063

Harry Lipkin is a tough-talking, soft-chewing, rough-around-the-edges, slow-around-the-corners private investigator who specializes in the sort of cases that cops can't be bothered with. His latest client, Mrs. Norma Weinberger, has had someone stealing sentimental trinkets and the occasional priceless jewel from her; someone she employs, trusts, cares for, and treats like family. It is up to Harry to stop the crime.
Doubleday * 9780385536103


Stephen L. Carter’s new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later, he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial.
Knopf * 9780307272638

THE INVESTIGATION by Philippe Claudel
The Investigator is sent to the Enterprise, a huge, sprawling complex in an unnamed Town where 22 people have committed suicide in the past 18 months. However, this is by no means an easy feat: he is not allowed into the Enterprise, regulations hamstring him, street layouts befuddle him, and all the while he senses someone watching him, recording his every movement.
Nan A. Talese * 9780385535342

NIGHT WATCH by Linda Fairstein
Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget. But she quickly finds herself entangled in the murder of a young woman with only one piece of evidence: a matchbox from Luc’s restaurant. Alex is pulled back to New York for a high-profile case, but finds that the two cases may be connected as another of Luc’s matchboxes appears on the scene.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952633

It’s Christmas of 1957 in Barcelona, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, are celebrating their new beautiful son, Julian, and the engagement of close friend Fermín Romero de Torres. But a mysterious stranger threatens all of it when he visits the Sempere bookshop and tries to expose a terrible secret that has been buried in the city’s past. His appearance plunges Fermín and Daniel into an adventure that takes them back to the 1940s and the early days of Franco’s dictatorship.
Harper * 9780062206282

THE RED CHAMBER by Pauline A. Chen
When orphaned Daiyu leaves her home in the provinces to take shelter with her cousins in the Capital, she is drawn into a world of opulent splendor, presided over by the ruthless, scheming Xifeng and the prim, repressed Baochai. As she learns the secrets behind their glittering façades, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and hidden passions.
Knopf * 9780307701572

SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deborah Harkness
This sequel to A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.
Viking Adult * 9780670023486

For 20 years after Tara Martin disappeared from her small English town, her parents and her brother, Peter, have lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. And then suddenly, on Christmas Day, a disheveled and slightly peculiar-looking Tara stands on her parents’ doorstep. It's a miracle, but Tara's story just doesn't add up. And, incredibly, she barely looks a day older than when she vanished.
Doubleday * 9780385535786

SUZY'S CASE by Andy Siegel
A young African-American girl named Suzy and her fate at a Brooklyn hospital are at the heart of a seemingly unwinnable case, and New York City personal injury attorney Tug Wyler is out to find justice. Using a combination of street smarts and charm, Wyler discovers the truth behind her condition --- and the conniving doctors and administrators who went to great length to cover it up.
Scribner * 9781451658781

TRUE BELIEVERS by Kurt Andersen
Karen Hollander is a celebrated attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons have their roots in 1968 --- an episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than 40 years. Now, with the imminent publication of her memoir, she’s about to let the world in on that shocking secret --- as soon as she can track down the answers to a few crucial last questions.
Random House * 9781400067206

On Sale the Week of July 9th in Paperback

July 10th

Tristan Sadler is delivering a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will. The intensity of their bond brought Tristan happiness and self-discovery, as well as confusion and unbearable pain.
Other Press * 9781590515525

In these eight darkly funny linked stories, Elissa Schappell delves into the lives of an eclectic cast of archetypal female characters to explore the commonly shared but rarely spoken-of experiences that build girls into women and women into wives and mothers.
Simon & Schuster * 9780743276719

BURNT MOUNTAIN by Anne Rivers Siddons
Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was her summer camp in the North Carolina Mountains. It was there that she met Nick Abrams, her first love…and first heartbreak. Years later, she marries an Irish professor and they settle down only miles from Camp Edgewood. Thayer must confront dark secrets --- about her mother, first love, and, most devastating of all, her husband.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446698306

THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME by Donald Ray Pollock
Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s --- from a tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific whose wife is dying of cancer, to a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, to a spider-handling preacher and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick.
Anchor * 9780307744869

FAIRY TALE INTERRUPTED: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss by RoseMarie Terenzio
Take one savvy, Bronx-raised young Italian woman from a blue-collar family and place her at the center of the high-profile life of the most famous young man in America, John F. Kennedy, Jr. The end result is FAIRY TALE INTERRUPTED, a behind-the-scenes look at the last five years of John's life by his publicist, confidante and close friend, RoseMarie Terenzio.
Gallery Books * 9781439187685

Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, young preacher Samuel Lake brings his beloved wife and their three children back for the festivities. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core and setting the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780385344098

Gloriously unrepentant Florida serial killer Serge Storms is back --- and he’s finagled his way into becoming a secret agent in Miami. The incomparable Serge takes up spying for the president of a Banana Republic, and now Homeland Security wants to bring him down.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061876936

SIZE 12 AND READY TO ROCK: A Heather Wells Mystery by Meg Cabot
Fischer Hall is filled with teen girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself --- who just happens to be newly married to assistant residence hall director Heather Wells’ ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead…and it's clear that the star was the intended victim.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061734786

A SMALL HOTEL by Robert Olen Butler
Set in contemporary New Orleans but working its way back in time, A SMALL HOTEL chronicles the relationship between Michael and Kelly Hays, who have decided to separate after 24 years of marriage. Rather than go to court on the day they are to finalize their divorce, Kelly drives to the hotel where they fell in love some 25 years earlier, and where she now finds herself about to make a decision that will forever affect her.
Grove Press * 9780802145833

By her early 20s, Sira Quiroga has learned the ropes of her mother’s seamstress business and is engaged to a government clerk. But everything changes when two charismatic men burst into her neatly mapped-out life: an attractive salesman and the father she never knew. Sira leaves her mother and fiancé, following her handsome lover to Morocco, but soon finds herself abandoned, penniless and heartbroken in an exotic land.
Atria Books * 9781451616897

Former getaway driver Charles “Shake” Bouchon has finally realized his dream of owning a restaurant in Belize. Unfortunately, to do so, he has to go deep in debt to a murderous local drug lord named Baby Jesus. Things go from bad to worse quickly when Shake’s restaurant goes up in flames and suddenly he finds himself on the run from Baby Jesus, two freelance assassins, and a beautiful but ferocious FBI agent.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062115287

THE WHITE DEVIL by Justin Evans
When a schoolmate dies mysteriously of a severe pulmonary illness, 17-year-old Andrew Taylor is blamed. Soon he is an outcast, spurned by nearly all his peers. Then a pale, strange boy begins to visit him at night. Either Andrew is losing his mind, or the house legend about his dormitory being haunted is actually true.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780061728280

ZONE ONE by Colson Whitehead
After a pandemic devastates the planet, humanity is mostly divided between the living and the living dead. As survivors attempt to restore Manhattan, Mark Spitz and his civilian squad must confront “malfunctioning” stragglers --- those caught in between the living and the undead.
Anchor * 9780307455178

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