November 27, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of November 26th and December 3rd that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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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
On Sale the Week of December 3rd in Hardcover
THE VALLEY OF UNKNOWING by Philip Sington
In the twilight years of Communist East Germany, Bruno Krug, author of a world-famous novel, falls for Theresa Aden, a music student from the West. But Theresa has also caught the eye of a cocky young scriptwriter who delights in satirizing Krug’s work. Asked to appraise a mysterious manuscript, Bruno is disturbed to find that the author is none other than his rival. While very good, the unwelcome masterpiece is dangerously political.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393239331
38 NOOSES: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End by Scott W. Berg
Scott W. Berg has written an account of the little-known Dakota War of 1862, when Dakota Indian warriors attacked white soldiers and settlers on the Minnesota Frontier. Federal forces quashed the uprising and found 300 Indians guilty of murder, resulting in the largest government-sanctioned execution in US history.
Pantheon * 9780307377241
THE CHILD’S CHILD by Barbara Vine
When their grandmother dies, Grace and Andrew Easton inherit her sprawling, book-filled London home. Rather than sell it, the adult siblings move in together. The arrangement is unusual yet ideal for the affectionate pair --- until the day Andrew brings home a new boyfriend. When he and Andrew witness their friend’s murder outside a London nightclub, James begins to unravel. What happens next will change the lives of everyone in the house.
Scribner * 9781451694895
THE DOCTOR OF THESSALY: A Seven Deadly Sins Mystery by Anne Zouroudi
Hermes Diaktoros --- the mysterious fat man whose tennis shoes are always pristine and whose investigative methods are always unorthodox --- must investigate a brutal crime, thwart the petty machinations of the town's ex-mayor and his cronies, and try to settle the troubled waters of two sisters' relationship. But how can he unravel a mystery that not even the victim wants solved?
Reagan Arthur Books * 9780316217873
GODWINK STORIES: A Devotional by SQuire Rushnel and Louise DuArt
The stories in this book reaffirm that godwinks happen to everyone. We just need to learn how to see them, allow them to unfold, and accept them as direct, person-to-person communications from God to each of us. Whether you’re looking for encouragement in a time of need or a story that speaks of joy, there’s a godwink story just for you.
Howard Books * 9781451678567
THE HOLY OR THE BROKEN: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" by Alan Light
When music legend Leonard Cohen first wrote and recorded “Hallelujah,” it was for an album rejected by his longtime record label. A decade later, Jeff Buckley reimagined the song for his much-anticipated debut album. Three years after that, Buckley would be dead, his album largely unknown, and “Hallelujah” still unreleased as a single. How did one obscure song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy?
Atria Books * 9781451657845
ME AND THE DEVIL by Nick Tosches
One night, an aging writer named Nick meets a tantalizing young woman at a bar, and the night that follows is the most extraordinary of his life. Propelled by uncontrollable, primordial desires, he tastes human blood for the first time and is filled with a sexual and spiritual ecstasy. His revival quickly fades, and soon Nick is yearning for another taste of the elusive rapture. There follows a descent into madness and unimaginable hell, and a pursuit of otherworldly revelation.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316120975
NANO by Robin Cook
Pia Grazdani takes a job at a nanotechnology institute that’s ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria. But the corporate campus is a place of secrets. Is the tech giant on the cusp of one of the biggest medical discoveries of the 21st century --- a treatment option for millions --- or have they already sold out to the highest bidder?
Putnam Adult * 9780399160820
OPEN HEART by Elie Wiesel
Eighty-two years old, facing emergency heart surgery and his own mortality, Elie Wiesel reflects back on his life. Emotions, images, faces and questions flash through his mind. His family before and during the unspeakable Event. The gifts of marriage and children and grandchildren that followed. In his writing, in his teaching, in his public life, has he done enough for memory and the survivors? Where has his ongoing questioning of God led? Is there hope for mankind?
Knopf * 9780307961846
RAISED FROM THE GROUND by Jose Saramago
In Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal known for its vast agricultural estates, the Mau Tempo family --- poor landless peasants --- faces changing fortunes in the midst of the coming of the Republic of Portugal, the two World Wars, and an attempt on the dictator Salazar's life. Yet nothing really impinges on the grim reality of the farm laborers’ lives until the first communist stirrings.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780151013258
SHADOW CREEK by Joy Fielding
A group of unlikely traveling companions --- a woman, her two oddball friends, her teenage daughter, and her estranged husband's fiancée --- find themselves on a camping trip in the Adirondacks at the same time that a pair of teenage killers is terrorizing the area. When an elderly couple is found slaughtered and her daughter goes missing, Valerie finds herself in a nightmare much worse than anything she could have anticipated.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781451688153
SHIVER by Karen Robards
Danny Pantrero was minutes away from dying when Sam found him. Bleeding badly from a gunshot wound, he’d been snatched from protective custody by a vicious gang of drug runners who would stop at nothing to see him dead. With his life on the line, Danny takes Sam hostage. Forcing her to help him, he tries to make her understand that now she’s a target for the killers, too. When they invade her house and threaten her son’s life, she knows that there’s no going back.
Gallery Books * 9781451678673
THREAT VECTOR by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney
An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Qiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. Jack Ryan’s administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missile endangers the US Navy's plans to protect the island.
Putnam Adult * 9780399160455
On Sale the Week of December 3rd in Paperback
BOLD AS LOVE: What Can Happen When We See People the Way God Does by Bob Roberts, Jr.
In BOLD AS LOVE, Pastor Bob Roberts shows you what it looks like to live out your faith daily in the global public square among people of other faiths --- Jews, Muslims, atheists, Hindus, Buddhists. While he admits that it can be challenging to engage people of other faiths whose beliefs are as strong as yours, he demonstrates how to enter into this critical dialogue in a radical yet loving way.
Thomas Nelson * 9781400204205
BREAKDOWN: A V.I. Warshawski Novel by Sara Paretsky
Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When Chicago tweens hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign against Sophy Durango? Or to Chaim Salanter's childhood in Nazi-occupied Lithuania?
Signet Select * 9780451238801
EGYPT: The Book of Chaos by Nick Drake
The future of Egypt lies in the hands of chief detective Rahotep in this final installment of Nick Drake’s acclaimed ancient Egyptian trilogy. King Tutankhamun has died without an heir, and his young widow, Queen Ankhesenamun, last of her dynasty, struggles to maintain power and order. To defeat her enemies, she has but one hope: to forge an alliance with the Hittites, a powerful, militant new empire that threatens Egypt’s supremacy.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780060765958
THE INVISIBLE ONES by Stef Penney
Private investigator Ray Lovell is hired to solve a cold case, that of a Gypsy girl who disappeared seven years ago, shortly after her wedding. Part of her family wants to know what happened, and he is convinced the other part can tell him.
Berkley Trade * 9780425253212
THE LOST ONES: A Quinn Colson Novel by Ace Atkins
Fresh from 10 years as a U.S. Army Ranger, Quinn Colson finds his hands full as the newly elected sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. An old buddy running a local gun shop may be in over his head when stolen army rifles start showing up in the hands of a Mexican drug gang.
Berkley Trade * 9780425258644
ONE ON ONE: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game by John Feinstein
Well-known sports reporter and interviewer John Feinstein goes behind the scenes of his reporting from The Final Four, Wimbledon, the US Open, the Army/Navy game, the Olympics, and more, opening up sport's most private, closed-door places and sharing exclusive stories from the reporting of his books.
Back Bay Books * 9780316079051
THE STREET SWEEPER by Elliot Perlman
Lamont Williams is a paroled felon looking to turn his life around. Adam Zignelik is a struggling professor, his life falling apart around him. The worlds surrounding these two men collide through the vast forces of history.
Berkley Trade * 9781594486197
VAN GOGH: THE LIFE by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith have accessed a wealth of previously untapped materials, including hundreds of unpublished family correspondences. The authors shed new light on many unexplored aspects of Van Gogh’s inner world: his deep immersion in literature and art; his erratic and tumultuous romantic life; and his bouts of depression and mental illness.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780375758973
THE WRONG MAN by David Ellis
When a woman is gunned down in a good neighborhood, a traumatized war veteran is arrested for her murder. At first, the vet’s legal team goes through the usual motions to get the guy declared insane. But then they begin to believe the police have the wrong man.
Berkley * 9780425251942
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