September 18, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of September 17th and September 24th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of September 17th in Hardcover --- and an eBook Original from Keith Raffel
THE VANISHING ACT by Mette Jakobsen
On a small snow-covered island lives 12-year-old Minou, her philosopher Papa, Boxman the magician, and a clever dog called No-Name. A year earlier, Minou's mother left the house wearing her best shoes and carrying a large black umbrella. She never returned. One morning, Minou finds a dead boy washed up on the beach. Her father decides to lay him in the room that once belonged to her mother. Can her mother’s disappearance be explained by the boy?
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393062922
BEAUTIFUL LIES by Clare Clark
London 1887. For Maribel Campbell Lowe, the beautiful bohemian wife of a maverick politician, it is the year to make something of herself. A self-proclaimed Chilean heiress educated in Paris, she is torn between poetry and the new art of photography. But it is soon plain that Maribel’s choices are not so simple. As her husband’s career hangs by a thread, her real past --- and the family she abandoned --- come back to haunt them both.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780151014675
BLACK FRIDAYS by Michael Sears
An investment firm asks former Wall Street hotshot Jason Stafford to look into possible problems left by a junior trader who died recently in an accident. What he discovers are the kinds of problems that can get you killed. But Stafford has another quest as well: to reclaim his five-year-old son, “the Kid,” from his unstable ex-wife. When the two threads of his life come together, the results are unforgettable.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158667
THE CUTTING SEASON by Attica Locke
Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that has turned into an eerie tourist attraction. Outside the gates, a corporation has been snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations and replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property, her throat cut clean.
Harper * 9780061802058
FATHER NIGHT: A McClure/Carson Novel by Eric Van Lustbader
A tidal wave of reform is sweeping across the Middle East. Up for grabs are major seats of political power, and at the center of it all are two men, giants of the vast criminal underworld. One is known as Dadya Gourdiev, the other is an underworld mystery, known only as the Syrian. But hiding in the shadows is a man history might have forsaken, but whose evil is still very much alive: Father Night.
Forge Books * 9780765333391
A FINE AND DANGEROUS SEASON by Keith Raffel
In October 1962, JFK needs businessman Nate Michaels’ help opening a back channel to defuse the threat posed by Soviet missiles in Cuba. In both the Pentagon and the Kremlin, pro-war generals want a showdown, not a humiliating compromise. As the world races toward nuclear holocaust during a fine and dangerous autumn, Michaels finds himself spinning in a maelstrom of statecraft, espionage, love and betrayal.
ASIN: B009BXUKBQ (Amazon) * BN ID: 2940014863551 (Barnes & Noble)
HISS AND HERS: An Agatha Raisin Mystery by M.C. Beaton
Agatha has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, and will do anything to get her man --- including footing the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. And then George doesn't even show up. Only partly deterred, Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap. Murder is definitely afoot, but this killer chose no ordinary weapon: A poisonous snake delivered the fatal strike.
Minotaur Books * 9780312616250
I DECLARE: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life by Joel Osteen
Broken into 31 segments, Joel Osteen's latest book defines the most powerful blessings in Scripture and encourages readers to declare one each day for a month. The declarations will affirm God's blessings in the area of health, family legacy, decisions, finances, thoughts, outlook, and overcoming obstacles.
FaithWords * 9781455516780
JOSEPH ANTON: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie
How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for more than nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, how and why does he stumble, how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir, Salman Rushdie tells that story for the first time --- the story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech.
Random House * 9780812992786
THE LINCOLN CONSPIRACY by Timothy L. O'Brien
In the late spring of 1865, as Washington mourns the death of Lincoln, Detective Temple McFadden witnesses a murder at the B&O Railroad Station --- and then makes an even more staggering discovery. On his slain friend's body he finds two diaries: one that clearly belongs to Mary Todd Lincoln and one that he learns was penned by John Wilkes Booth. Together, these documents reveal the true depth and reach of the conspiracy behind the assassination.
Ballantine Books * 9780345496775
LOW PRESSURE by Sandra Brown
Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, bestselling novel based on Susan's murder. She becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about Susan's murder to remain unknown or, even more threatening, is determined to get vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455501557
OUTRAGE: An Inspector Erlendur Novel by Arnaldur Indridason
Haunted by personal demons, Detective Erlender decides to take a short leave of absence, putting his female assistant, Elinborg, in charge while he is gone. When a disturbing case lands on her desk, Elinborg is quickly thrust into a world of violent crime. A serial rapist is on the loose, and the clock is ticking as the police race to catch him before he strikes again.
Minotaur Books * 9780312659110
RESURRECTION EXPRESS by Stephen Romano
For the past two years, high-tech thief Elroy Coffin has been incarcerated after a job gone bad, driven to near-madness by the revelation of his beloved wife’s murder. Now a powerful and mysterious visitor offers Elroy his freedom if he’ll do another job, and sweetens the deal with proof that his wife might still be alive. All Elroy has to do is hack into one of the most complicated and deadliest security grids in the world.
Gallery Books * 9781451668643
SAN MIGUEL by T.C. Boyle
On a tiny, desolate, windswept island off the coast of Southern California, two families --- one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s --- come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self-reliance and freedom. Their extraordinary stories, full of struggle and hope, are the subject of T. C. Boyle’s haunting new novel.
Viking Adult * 9780670026241
SEVERE CLEAR: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods
Stone Barrington is overseeing the grand opening of his new hotel, which will be attended by Hollywood starlets, socialites, politicos and billionaires from overseas. But the grand occasion has also attracted a dangerous criminal group with sinister plans. The hunt to find them leads Stone into a complex web of deceit and misdirection, in a world where the intrigues of government intelligence collide with the clandestine machinations of the upper crust.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159848
WINTER OF THE WORLD: Book Two of the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett
WINTER OF THE WORLD picks up right where FALL OF GIANTS left off, as its five interrelated families --- American, German, Russian, English and Welsh --- enter a time of enormous social, political and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952923
On Sale the Week of September 17th in Paperback
BEST FRIENDS, OCCASSIONAL ENEMIES: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, are the best of friends --- 99.9% of the time. In other words, they’re just like every mother and daughter in the world. Now they’re dishing about it all: their lives, their relationship, and their carb count.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250013866
BLEED FOR ME by Michael Robotham
When Sienna Hegarty turns up at his family home one night, covered in blood and frozen in shock, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin finds himself drawn deep into her world, trying to unearth the dark family secrets her mind has buried.
Mulholland Books * 9780316126373
CATHERINE THE GREAT: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert K. Massie brings us the extraordinary story of Catherine the Great. Once an obscure young German princess, Catherine transformed herself into Empress of Russia by sheer determination. She traveled to Russia at 14 and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful and captivating women in history.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780345408778
DEAD MAN’S GRIP by Peter James
Carly Chase is still traumatized 10 days after being in a fatal traffic accident that kills a teenage American student from Brighton University. Then she finds out that the drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: she could be next.
Minotaur Books * 9780312643218
THE GIRL IN THE GLASS by Susan Meissner
Meg is fed up after a broken engagement, the disappearance of her irresponsible father, and the loss of a promised heirloom. When her missing father sends her a ticket to Florence, Meg assumes he will meet her there. Instead, she meets Sofia, a memoir-writer who claims she's the last Medici and that the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance speak to her. As Meg tours Florence, her perspectives on what is real --- and what she wants to be real --- are challenged.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307730428
GUILTY WIVES by James Patterson and David Ellis
Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous and sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Little did any of them know that they all would be arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. Now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime --- for survival.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455506668
HERE COMES TROUBLE: Stories from My Life by Michael Moore
Breaking the autobiographical mode, Oscar-winning filmmaker and bestselling author Michael Moore presents 24 far-ranging, irreverent and stranger-than-fiction vignettes from his early life. Capturing the zeitgeist of the past 50 years, yet deeply personal and unflinchingly honest, it's a book he has been writing --- and living --- his entire life.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455513079
RED FLAGS by Juris Jurjevics
Army cop Erik Rider is enjoying his war until he’s sent to disrupt Vietcong opium fields in a remote Highland province. Rider lands in Cheo Reo, home to hard-pressed soldiers, intelligence operatives, and profiteers. The tiny U.S. contingent and their unenthusiastic Vietnamese allies are hopelessly outnumbered by enemy infantry. And they’re all surrounded by 60,000 Montagnard tribespeople who want their mountain homeland back.
Mariner Books * 9780547840239
THE RIVER by Michael Neale
Gabriel Clarke is mysteriously drawn to The River, a ribbon of frothy white water carving its way through steep canyons high in the Colorado Rockies. The rushing waters beckon him to experience freedom and adventure. But something holds him back --- the memory of the terrible event he witnessed on The River when he was just five years old. When he returns to The River after years away, his heart knows he is finally home --- and his destiny is within reach.
Thomas Nelson * 9781401688486
A SEASON FOR TENDING: Book One in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series by Cindy Woodsmall
Old Order Amish Samuel King needs to keep the family apple orchard profitable, while Rhoda Byler’s father must take back her two-acre grove. Samuel believes he has an answer to both of their business needs, but removes his offer when he learns that Rhoda may be practicing magic. When a tornado destroys his orchard, Samuel joins a group of Amish who will establish a new settlement. Unaware of his plans, Rhoda has joined a different group of Amish heading for the same destination.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307730022
WHEN SHE WOKE by Hillary Jordan
In a distant American future, Hannah Payne awakens after being infected with a virus that has turned her skin red. Chroming is her punishment for her crime of murder --- for terminating the pregnancy of her unborn child. Because of her refusal to identify the father or name the abortionist, she is forced to live in permanent disgrace.
Algonquin Books * 9781616201937
THE WINE OF SOLITUDE by Irene Nemirovsky
THE WINE OF SOLITUDE follows the Karol family through the Great War and the Russian Revolution, as the young Hélène grows from a dreamy, unhappy child into a strong-willed young woman. From the hot Kiev summers to the cruel winters of St. Petersburg and eventually to springtime in Paris, the would-be writer Hélène blossoms, despite her mother’s neglect, into a clear-eyed observer of the life around her.
Vintage * 9780307745484
On Sale the Week of September 24th in Hardcover
DANCING DOGS: Stories by Jon Katz
New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz returns with his first ever collection of short stories. In these remarkable tales, the bonds between humans and animals are brought to life by a series of unforgettable characters. From the barnyard to the suburbs, from ordinary homes to rescue shelters, the animals in these stories are genuinely inspiring and utterly memorable.
Ballantine Books * 9780345502681
DEEP AND WIDE: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend by Andy Stanley
Author and pastor Andy Stanley draws from Scripture and over 25 years of pastoral experience to communicate to church leaders how they can create a church where believers can have a growing faith in Jesus and at the same time unbelievers can make a vital and lasting connection --- a ministry that is both deep and wide.
Zondervan * 9780310494843
THE FORGIVEN by Lawrence Osborne
Set in the Moroccan desert and reminiscent of Paul Bowles and Andre Dubus III, THE FORGIVEN is a haunting tale of a deadly accident and the reverberations it has on the lives of a group of Moroccan Muslims and expat "infidels" who converge on a luxurious desert villa during a decadent weekend-long party.
Hogarth * 9780307889034
GOD: A Story of Revelation by Deepak Chopra
In Deepak Chopra's powerful, groundbreaking and imaginative new work --- a unique blend of storytelling and teaching --- the New York Times bestselling author explores the evolution of God. By capturing the lives of 10 historical prophets, saints, mystics and martyrs who are touched by a divine power, Chopra reveals a riveting portrait of a constantly changing God.
HarperOne * 9780062020680
LOVE ANTHONY by Lisa Genova
From the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of STILL ALICE and LEFT NEGLECTED comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life.
Gallery Books * 9781439164686
ONE LAST STRIKE: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel
Down 10 1/2 games with little more than a month to play, the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals had long been ruled out as serious postseason contenders. Yet in the face of those steep odds, this team made the playoffs and won the World Series. Now manager Tony La Russa gives the inside story behind this astonishing comeback and his remarkable career.
William Morrow * 9780062207388
PANORAMA CITY by Antoine Wilson
Oppen Porter, a self-described “slow absorber,” thinks he’s dying. He’s not, but from his hospital bed, he unspools into a cassette recorder a tale of self-determination --- from village idiot to man of the world, for the benefit of his unborn son. PANORAMA CITY traces 40 days and nights navigating the fast food joints, storefront churches, and home-office psychologists of the San Fernando Valley.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547875125
REARVIEW MIRROR: A Memoir by Alana Stewart
Despite her many accomplishments and successes, Alana Stewart’s life has been rife with abandonment, abject poverty, tragedy, and even violence. In REARVIEW MIRROR, she takes the reader through her mesmerizing journey from her beginnings in poor rural Texas, her escape to New York to become a Ford model, and finally, her seemingly fairy-tale but often heartbreaking life in Hollywood.
Vanguard Press * 9781593157074
SUTTON by J.R. Moehringer
Pulitzer Prize-winner J.R. Moehringer brings Willie Sutton blazing back to life. In his retelling, it was more than need or rage at society that drove Sutton. It was one unforgettable woman. In all of Sutton’s crimes and confinements, his first love (and first accomplice) was never far from his thoughts. And when Sutton finally walked free --- a surprise pardon on Christmas Eve, 1969 --- he immediately set out to find her.
Hyperion * 9781401323141
TALKING TO THE DEAD by Harry Bingham
A gruesome double-murder in a squalid apartment seems like a simple open-and-shut drug case. But why was a dead millionaire's credit card found at the scene? To solve the case, Detective Constable Fiona Griffith must overcome her own demons, including a crushing psychological breakdown suffered years earlier, from which she is only starting to emerge, and the secret of which could send her back into a dark --- and dangerous --- abyss.
Delacorte Press * 9780345533739
THE CASUAL VACANCY by J. K. Rowling
When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. What lies behind Pagford’s pretty façade is a town at war. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316228534
MAY WE BE FORGIVEN by A.M. Homes
Harold Silver has spent a lifetime watching his younger brother, George, acquire a wife, two kids, and a beautiful home in the suburbs of New York City. But Harry also knows George has a murderous temper, and when George loses control, the result is an act of violence so shocking that both brothers are hurled into entirely new lives in which they both must seek absolution.
Viking Adult * 9780670025480
WICKED PLEASURES by Penny Vincenzi
All families have secrets --- but could one scandalous secret tear this aristocratic family apart? WICKED PLEASURES is the story of a brother and two sisters who discover that they all have different fathers. None of them are the children of Alexander, Earl of Caterham, who was married to their mother for almost 20 years.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781590203583
On Sale the Week of September 24th in Paperback
BLACK SITE: A Delta Force Novel by Dalton Fury
A Delta Force operator and one-time American hero, Kolt Raynor is still trying to make sense of his life, and duty, after a secret mission gone bad. He’s been given a second chance to do right by his country, his men and himself. But his shot at redemption comes at a price.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250014191
BRINK OF CHAOS: The End Series, Book 3 by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall
In BRINK OF CHAOS, the third book of The End series, corruption in high government offices threatens to block the election of a worthy presidential candidate by all means necessary --- including the unthinkable --- while Joshua Jordan and his family fight seemingly impossible odds to clear his name and protect the autonomy of the nation of Israel.
Zondervan * 9780310318811
D.C. DEAD: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods
After a shocking loss, Stone Barrington is at loose ends, unsure if he wants to stay in New York and continue his work as a partner at Woodman & Weld. It comes as a welcome relief when he's summoned to Washington, D.C., by President Will Lee. The president has a special operation that calls for Stone's unique skill set, and it's a mission that will reunite him with his former partner in crime and in bed, Holly Barker.
Signet * 9780451237859
FENWAY 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year by Glenn Stout
More than just a ballpark, Fenway Park is a part of American culture, and has been for nearly 100 years. In FENWAY 1912, Glenn Stout tells the remarkable story of Fenway's first year --- from the long winter when locals poured concrete and built the park to the ragtag Red Sox team that embarked on a journey to the World Series while the paint was still drying and the grass still coming in.
Mariner Books * 9780547844572
HEAVEN SHOULD FALL by Rebecca Coleman
Alone since her mother's death, Jill Wagner wants to eat, sleep and breathe Cade Olmstead when the golden, handsome and ambitious man bursts upon her life. Even putting college on hold feels like a minor sacrifice when she discovers she's pregnant with Cade's baby. But it won't be the last sacrifice she'll have to make.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778313892
JUDGMENT AND WRATH by Matt Hilton
After barely escaping with his life while trying to save his half brother from a deranged killer, former military operative Joe Hunter has a new life in Florida. But he's soon approached by a man who wants Hunter to bring his daughter home. He claims that her boyfriend is a twisted, abusive man, and he hints that Hunter should use whatever force is necessary to rescue the girl.
Harper * 9780061718267
MICRO by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston
In the locked office of a Honolulu building, three men are found dead, with no sign of struggle except for ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. In the lush rain forests of Oahu are seven graduate students recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up company. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they must harness the inherent forces of nature itself to survive.
Harper * 9780060873172
MY BRILLIANT FRIEND by Elena Ferrante
Growing up on the tough streets of Naples in the 1950s, friends Elena and Lila learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, and as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change.
Europa Editions * 9781609450786
THE ODDS: A Love Story by Stewart O'Nan
Jobless, with their home approaching foreclosure and their marriage on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion Fowler liquidate their savings account and book a bridal suite at Niagara Falls' ritziest casino for a second honeymoon. While they sightsee like tourists during the day, at night they risk it all at the roulette wheel to fix their finances --- and save their marriage.
Penguin Books * 9780143122272
RESTLESS IN THE GRAVE: A Kate Shugak Novel by Dana Stabenow
Dana Stabenow teams up two of her most beloved characters, Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak and Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell, in the same story for the first time. In RESTLESS IN THE GRAVE, Kate and Liam unite to solve a murder case that is tied to a dark conspiracy.
Minotaur Books * 9780312559120
SLEEPWALKER by Wendy Corsi Staub
Allison has moved on with her life 10 years after barely escaping death at the hands of New York’s Nightwatcher serial killer, who recently committed suicide in his prison cell. But now her husband, Mack, has started sleepwalking, with no recollection of where his nighttime excursions are taking him. And north of the city, more women are being savagely murdered, their bodies bearing the Nightwatcher’s unmistakable signature.
Harper * 9780062070302
THE STONEHENGE LEGACY by Sam Christer
The death of a well-known treasure hunter and archaeologist causes grief for his estranged son, but also sets in motion an ancient prophecy that could unlock the secrets of Stonehenge. Cryptic letters and blood sacrifices are just the beginning.
Overlook TP * 9781468300635
VIGILANTE: A Shane Scully Novel by Stephen J. Cannell
An aggressive police critic and gang activist, Lita Mendez had filed countless complaints against the LAPD. So when she's found dead in her home, Detective Scully and his partner Hitchens fear the worst: that there's a killer in their ranks. Meanwhile, Nixon Nash and his television show --- which attempts to solve murders before the cops can --- have set up shop outside the crime scene.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250008084
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