October 16, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of October 15th and October 22nd that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of October 15th in Hardcover
THE BONE BED: A Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell
A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta in Boston. As events unfold, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist’s disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.
Putnam Adult * 9780399157561
DEATH IN THE FLOATING CITY: A Lady Emily Mystery by Tasha Alexander
Emily's childhood nemesis, Emma Callum, turns to Emily when her father-in-law is murdered and her husband vanishes. Emily soon realizes that to solve the present-day crime, she must first unravel a centuries-old puzzle. But the past does not give up its secrets easily, especially when these revelations might threaten the interests of some very powerful people.
Minotaur Books * 9780312661762
THE ELEMENTALS by Francesca Lia Block
Ariel Silverman is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel's heart and changing her forever. Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them, Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend's disappearance and face a chilling choice.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250005496
THE FIFTY YEAR SWORD by Mark Z. Danielewski
In this story set in East Texas, a local seamstress named Chintana finds herself responsible for five orphans who are not only captivated by a storyteller’s tale of vengeance but by the long black box he sets before them. As midnight approaches, the box is opened, a fateful dare is made, and the children as well as Chintana come face to face with the consequences of a malice retold and now foretold.
Pantheon * 9780307907721
THE PANTHER by Nelson DeMille
Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted in one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East to track down a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative called The Panther. John and Kate don't know the entirety of their mission, but they know there is more to it than meets the eye.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446580847
THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton
Sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnessed a shocking crime that challenged everything she knew about her family, especially her mother, Dorothy. Now, 50 years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress. A family gathering for Dorothy’s 90th birthday leads Laurel to search for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day --- answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.
Atria Books * 9781439152805
SLEEP NO MORE: An Eve Duncan Novel by Iris Johansen
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan knows what it's like to be haunted by the past. For years after her daughter Bonnie was stolen from her, she fought for closure. But now as she's striving to begin anew, she can't shake the feeling that something terrible is about to happen --- or maybe already has. When her mother, Sandra, asks for help in finding a missing friend named Beth Avery, Eve is sure that she's hiding something.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312651244
THE TWELVE by Justin Cronin
In the present day: As three strangers attempt to navigate the chaos cast upon civilization by a U.S. government experiment gone wrong, their destinies intertwine. A hundred years in the future: Amy, Peter, Alicia and the others introduced in THE PASSAGE hunt the original 12 virals, unaware that the rules of the game have changed and that one of them will have to sacrifice everything to bring the Twelve down.
Ballantine Books * 9780345504982
On Sale the Week of October 15th in Paperback
AMERICAN EMPEROR: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America by David O. Stewart
In AMERICAN EMPEROR, David O. Stewart portrays Aaron Burr, the third vice president, as a daring and perhaps deluded figure who shook the nation’s foundations in its earliest, most vulnerable decade. Stewart’s vivid account of Burr’s tumultuous life offers a rare and eye-opening description of the brand-new nation struggling to define itself.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439157206
AN AMERICAN SPY by Olen Steinhauer
When Alan Drummond, Milo Weaver's former boss in the CIA, uses one of Milo’s compromised aliases to travel to London and then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to his actions, Milo can’t help but go in search of him.
Minotaur Books * 9780312622909
AND SO IT GOES: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life by Charles J. Shields
While millions know Kurt Vonnegut as a counterculture guru, antiwar activist, and satirist of American culture, few outside his closest friends and family knew the full arc of his extraordinary life. AND SO IT GOES changes that, painting the portrait of a man who made friends easily but always felt lonely, sold millions of books but never felt appreciated, and described himself as a humanist but fought with humanity at large.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250012180
FEAR AND LOATHING AT ROLLING STONE: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson by Hunter S. Thompson, edited by Jann Wenner
As a journalist, Hunter Thompson was an American original. In this volume that collects the bulk of his writing for Rolling Stone, his talents and his obsessions --- most notably with our political process --- are vividly displayed.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439165966
JANE FONDA: The Private Life of a Public Woman by Patricia Bosworth
In her compelling book, renowned biographer Patricia Bosworth profiles one of America's most controversial celebrities. She brings readers into Jane Fonda's life: her family drama, her film career, her activism during the Vietnam War, the exercise videos that began a fitness craze, and much more.
Mariner Books * 9780547577654
THE MAID: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter
THE MAID is the story of Jehanne (Saint Joan of Arc), a peasant girl who is terrified and confused after a voice calls out, “Jehanne, my virgin, Maid of France.” Later, when the voices of saints follow, Jehanne believes she has been chosen by God to defeat the English who have invaded France.
Mariner Books * 9780547844930
On Sale the Week of October 22nd in Hardcover
THE ART FORGER by B. A. Shapiro
On March 18, 1990, 13 works of art worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.
Algonquin Books * 9781616201326
BACK TO BLOOD by Tom Wolfe
As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay --- with officer Nestor Camacho on board --- Tom Wolfe introduces the Cuban mayor; the black police chief; a wanna-go-muckraking young journalist and his Yale-marinated editor; an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist and his Latina nurse; a billionaire porn addict; a nest of shady Russians; and many more unforgettable characters.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316036313
THE BRIDGE by Karen Kingsbury
For 30 years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of middle Tennessee with coffee, conversation, and shelves of good books. Then in May, the hundred-year flood swept through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store. Now the bank is pulling the lease on The Bridge. Despondent and without answers, Charlie considers the unthinkable. Then tragedy strikes, and suddenly, everything changes.
Howard Books * 9781451647013
THE ELEPHANT KEEPERS' CHILDREN by Peter Høeg
Fourteen-year-old Peter and his two siblings live on the fictional island of Finø, where people of all religious faiths coexist peacefully. Yet nothing is at it seems. When their eccentric and profoundly devout mother and father suddenly disappear, they must question whether their parents' relentless quest to boost church attendance has put them in danger.
Other Press * 9781590514900
THE MIDDLESTEINS by Jami Attenberg
For more than 30 years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart, seemingly for one reason: Edie's enormous girth. When Richard abandons her, it is up to the next generation of Middlesteins to take control. Do Edie's devastating choices rest on her shoulders alone, or are others at fault, too?
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455507214
THE RACKETEER by John Grisham
Given the importance of what they do, the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five. Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise?
Doubleday * 9780385535144
THE UNCOMMON APPEAL OF CLOUDS: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel by Alexander McCall Smith
In this ninth installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s Isabel Dalhousie series, the Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth answers an unexpected appeal from a wealthy Scottish collector who has been robbed of a valuable painting. She soon discovers that the thieves may be closer to the owner than he ever would have expected. Against the backdrop of this intriguing case, Isabel copes with life’s issues, large and small.
Pantheon * 9780307907332
FEAR ITSELF by Andrew Rosenheim
Jimmy Nessheim, a young Special Agent in the fledgling FBI, is assigned to infiltrate a new German–American organization known as the Bund. Ardently pro-Nazi, the Bund is conspiring to sabotage American efforts against Adolf Hitler. But as Nessheim’s investigation takes him into the very heart of the Bund, it becomes increasingly clear that something far more sinister is at work, something that seems to lead directly to the White House.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781468300727
On Sale the Week of October 22nd in Paperback
CARRY THE ONE by Carol Anshaw
CARRY THE ONE begins in the hours following Carmen’s wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk and sleepy guests accidentally hits and kills a girl on a dark country road. For the next 25 years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, craft their lives in response to this single tragic moment.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451656930
THE GARNER FILES: A Memoir by James Garner and Jon Winokur
After suffering physical abuse at the hands of his stepmother, James Garner left home at 14. He became Oklahoma’s first draftee of the Korean War and was awarded with two Purple Hearts before returning to Los Angeles to become an actor. In his memoir, Garner recalls his extraordinary struggles, as well as breaking Doris Day’s ribs, having a “heart-to-heart and eyeball-to-eyeball” with Steve McQueen, and much more.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451642612
THE HOLLOW MAN by Oliver Harris
The first book in a series of tense and twisting police procedurals, THE HOLLOW MAN starts with London police detective Nick Belsey at rock bottom, and then embroils him in a brazen identity theft scam and possible murder that could leave him either wealthy or dead.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062136718
ILLUSION by Frank Peretti
After a magic performer loses his wife of over 40 years in a fatal car crash, fate brings them together, but with a roguish twist: Dane Collins is 60 when he meets his former wife for the second time --- a tender 18-year-old girl who reappears after death remembering nothing of her life with him.
Howard Books * 9781451669305
LONE WOLF by Jodi Picoult
A wolf pack and a family have more in common than you’d think. In her latest novel, mega-successful writer Jodi Picoult draws intriguing parallels between them --- while putting her human characters up against the biggest ethical quandary of their lives.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781439102756
THE MEMORY JAR: Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors, Book 1 by Tricia Goyer
In THE MEMORY JAR, part of the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, we visit a small Amish community in West Kootenai, Montana, where for the past 10 years, Sarah Shelter has been passed over by the young Amish men who arrive there each year. A tragedy has closed her heart --- until she meets Jathan Schrock.
Zondervan * 9780310335108
THE REVISIONISTS by Thomas Mullen
Imagine you’re a time traveler sent back in time to make sure a catastrophic event takes place. Knowing millions of people will die, you stick to your mission, but something --- a small event, a chance meeting --- plants doubt in your mind about the validity of your operation. You wonder if you can really change history, and more importantly, if you want to.
Mulholland Books * 9780316176736
TO WHISPER HER NAME: A Belle Meade Plantation Novel by Tamera Alexander
As Ridley Cooper seeks to make peace within himself for “betraying” the South he loved, Olivia Aberdeen is determined never to be betrayed again. Set at Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, TO WHISPER HER NAME follows the journey of two wounded people and one fragile nation longing to find healing.
Zondervan * 9780310291060
THE WINTER PALACE: A Novel of Catherine the Great by Eva Stachniak
Eva Stachniak's novel tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power, as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of Varvara, an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne. Stachniak depicts Varvara’s secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legend --- through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia.
Bantam * 9780553386899
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