November 20, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of November 19th and November 26th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of November 19th in Hardcover
THE FORGOTTEN by David Baldacci
Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is, and he’s the one the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes. Now he has a new case, but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida. Before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that Paradise is not all it seems to be. What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident but a cold-blooded murder.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446573054
FOX TRACKS by Rita Mae Brown
New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown bounds to the front of the pack with FOX TRACKS, the thrilling new mystery in her beloved foxhunting series featuring the indomitable “Sister” Jane Arnold and, among others, the boisterous company of horses and hounds. Now, as a string of bizarre murders sweeps the East Coast, this unlikely alliance must smoke out a devious killer who may be closer than they first think.
Ballantine Books * 9780345532978
GRACE: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than 40 years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far.
Random House * 9780812993356
NOTORIOUS NINETEEN: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track down the con man.
Bantam * 9780345527745
On Sale the Week of November 19th in Paperback
THE ARTIST OF DISAPPEARANCE by Anita Desai
Anita Desai ruminates on art and memory, illusion and disillusion, and the sharp divide between life’s expectations and its realities in three novellas. Set in India in the not-too-distant past, the stories’ dramas illuminate the ways in which Indian culture can nourish or suffocate.
Mariner Books * 9780547840123
A DARK AND LONELY PLACE by Edna Buchanan
A century ago, the legendary John Ashley was accused of murder and sentenced to hang. He insisted he was innocent and went on the run with his sweetheart, Laura Upthegrove. John and Laura became the most notorious, colorful and compelling figures in Florida’s violent outlaw history. Their sensual and dreamy saga is juxtaposed with the taut and suspenseful story of their fictional descendants who share the same love and dangers a hundred years later.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439159187
PANDORA’S TEMPLE: A Blaine McCracken Novel by Jon Land
In a race against time, Rogue special-operations agent Blaine McCracken and his longtime partner in crime-fighting, Johnny Wareagle, pursue the source of the most ancient and terrifying weapon the world has yet encountered: dark matter. But a wealthy magnate and a doomsday cult leader are also seeking this weapon, each for their own nefarious reasons. McCracken and Wareagle find themselves confronting an unbelievable reality at the source of their quest.
Open Road E-riginal * 9781453224656
UNWANTED by Kristina Ohlsson
In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train. Inspector Alex Recht and his special team of federal investigators are assigned to what at first appears to be a classic custody fight. But when the child is found dead with the word “unwanted” scribbled on her forehead, the case soon turns into the investigation team’s worst nightmare.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781439198919
WICKED BUSINESS: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel by Janet Evanovich
When Harvard University English professor Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered, Lizzy and Diesel take up his 20-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust. Tearing through Boston catacombs, government buildings and multi-million-dollar residences, they’ll leave behind a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances and general mayhem.
Bantam * 9780345527790
On Sale the Week of November 26th in Hardcover
THE BLACK BOX by Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to the unsolved killing of a young female photographer during the 1992 L.A. riots. His ballistics match now indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316069434
THE LEGEND OF BROKEN by Caleb Carr
In Caleb Carr's fascinating tale of the kingdom of Broken, legend meets history, science defies all expectation, and one noble soldier struggles to save a fortress city besieged by enemies within and without.
Random House * 9781400062836
NOT DEAD YET by Peter James
Days before Gaia Lafayette, one of Hollywood's hottest stars, leaves home for a movie role in Brighton, England, there is a bungled attempt on her life. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is charged with protecting Gaia on location in Brighton from her dangerously obsessive Number One fan, a clever maniac who will stop at nothing to kill her.
Minotaur Books * 9780312642846
TARGET LANCER by Max Allan Collins
Nathan Heller, "P.I. to the Stars," knows that a conspiracy is in the works long before November 22, 1963. Several years earlier, he had been involved in the early stages of a plan to assassinate Fidel Castro that was cut short when his Mafia contact was murdered. After being interrogated by gangsters and contacted by U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Heller realizes that he may be the one person who can prevent a devastating political assassination.
Forge Books * 9780765321800
THE THIEVES OF LEGEND by Richard Doetsch
Former thief Michael St. Pierre and ex-girlfriend KC Ryan have been blackmailed by a U.S. Army colonel. They are to travel to opposite ends of China, and each is responsible for stealing a piece of an ancient puzzle: a diary and a compass. With their lives dependent on each other’s success, they must face off against the complex underworld of the Chinese triads, a twisted female assassin, and a madman whose only desire is to possess the secrets held within the pages of the diary --- knowledge that would give him enormous power and lead to the downfall of nations.
Atria Books * 9781416598985
On Sale the Week of November 26th in Paperback
BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK by Ben Fountain
In the final few hours before returning to Iraq, Specialist William Lynn --- one of eight men who survived a ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents --- will drink and brawl, yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching decision, and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his 19 years.
Ecco * 9780060885618
CABIN: Two Brothers, a Dream, and Five Acres in Maine by Lou Ureneck
Confronted with the disappointments and knockdowns that can come in middle age, Lou Ureneck decided he needed to build a simple post-and-beam cabin in the woods. Helping him was his younger brother, Paul, which Lou saw as a way to reconnect with their shared history and to rediscover his truest self.
Penguin Books * 9780143122081
CITY OF DARK MAGIC by Magnus Flyte
Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become.
Penguin Books * 9780143122685
THE CONFESSION: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd
A dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. With little information and no body, Inspector Ian Rutledge begins to investigate. Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found with a bullet in the back of his head. Rutledge discovers that the man was not who he claimed to be. What was his real name --- and who put a bullet in his head?
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062015679
DEAD LAST by James W. Hall
April Moss writes obituaries for the Miami Herald. Her son, Sawyer, also a writer, has been scripting a cable TV series called “Miami Ops” and has been using his mother’s work as a central element of the show's storyline. In “Miami Ops,” a serial killer is using obituaries published in the local paper as a blueprint for selecting his next victims.
Minotaur Books * 9781250015297
DEAD LEVEL: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery by Sarah Graves
Nobody knows the nuts and bolts of home repair quite like Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree, ex–Wall Streeter turned proud owner of an 1823 Federal-style house in Eastport, Maine. But when a killer with a screw loose sets his sights on Jake, her newest renovation project becomes a dire matter of life and deck.
Bantam * 9780553593433
THE GENTLEMEN’S HOUR by Don Winslow
Boone Daniels, the former cop turned PI, begins each day with the Dawn Patrol, a close-knit group of surfers. It’s the life Boone loves. To him, “There’s no such thing as a bad day at the beach.” So when one of their own is murdered --- especially an icon like Kelly Kuhio, a local hero --- and another surfer, a young punk from the Rockpile Crew, stands accused, the small world of Pacific Beach is rocked to its core.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439183403
HOW IT ALL BEGAN by Penelope Lively
When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of many. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair; a financially strapped interior designer meets a potentially ideal business partner; an old-guard historian tries to recapture his youthful vigor; and a middle-aged central European immigrant learns to speak English and reinvents his life.
Penguin Books * 9780143122647
LOCKED ON by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney
Jack Ryan, Sr. is running for President of the United States again. But he doesn't anticipate the treachery of his opponent, who uses trumped-up charges to attack one of Ryan's closest comrades, John Clark. Clark is now in a race against time and must travel the world, staying one step ahead of his adversaries, including a shadowy organization tasked to bring him in, all while trying to find who is behind this.
Berkley * 9780425248607
THE OPERATIVE by Andrew Britton
Finally settling into a peaceful life after more than a decade on the deadly front lines of the war on terror, Ryan Kealey believes he’s put danger behind him --- and some of his demons to rest. But his calm is shattered when he’s swept into a highly organized and merciless terror attack during a charity gala in downtown Baltimore.
Pinnacle * 9780786026234
THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain
Hadley Richardson has all but given up on love --- until she meets Ernest Hemingway. After a whirlwind wedding, the pair sets sail for Paris, where they fall in with the artists of the “Lost Generation.” But the Hemingways are ill-prepared for the fast life of Jazz Age Paris. There, they will face their ultimate crisis --- a deception that will unravel everything they’ve fought for.
Ballantine Books * 9780345521316
THE SCAR by Sergey Dyachenko and Marina Dyachenko
Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer who goes too far. Unable to end his suffering by his own hand, Egert embarks on an odyssey to undo the curse and the horrible damage he has caused, which can only be repaired by a painful journey down a long and harrowing path.
Tor Fantasy * 9780765367907
THE SINS OF THE FATHER by Jeffrey Archer
Hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, Harry Clifton has joined the Merchant Navy. When he survives the sinking of his ship by a German U-boat, he assumes the identity of the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250010407
THE TECHNOLOGISTS by Matthew Pearl
When fog rolls into Boston Harbor, several ships crash in a fiery wreck. Reports from all the ships say every compass spun wildly out of control during the moments before the crash. When several more strange events send the city into a panic, students at the newly formed Massachusetts Institute of Technology begin their own investigation to find answers to the events terrorizing the citizens of Boston.
Picador * 9780812978032
THE THIRD REICH by Roberto Bolano
On vacation in a small town in Spain, German war games champion Udo Berger and his girlfriend meet another couple, Charly and Hanna, who introduce them to a band of locals. But when Charly disappears late one night, Udo’s life is thrown into upheaval --- and a game of Third Reich may have dangerously real consequences.
Picador * 9781250013934
UNSPOKEN by Lisa Jackson
The envelope delivered to Shelby Cole’s Seattle home contains no return address --- just a photograph of a little girl. Shelby knows at once that this is the daughter she was told died at birth. And in that moment, she knows that she needs to go back to Bad Luck, Texas. A long-ago killing is in the news again following recanted testimony. A violent nightmare from Shelby’s past has been set free. And she can’t shake a suspicion that someone is baiting her, luring her back here for their own ends.
Zebra * 9781420100938
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