December 4, 2012
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of December 3rd and December 10th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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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 Rushnell 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
PRIVATE LONDON by James Patterson and Mark Pearson
In central London, young women are being abducted off the street. When the bodies are found some days later, they have been mutilated in a particularly mysterious way. Former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter’s ex-wife, DI Kirsty Webb, is involved in the investigation, and it looks likely that the two cases are gruesomely linked. Carter draws on the whole resources of Private International in a desperate race against the odds.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455515554
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
On Sale the Week of December 10th in Hardcover
ORDERS FROM BERLIN by Simon Tolkien
Albert Morrison, ex-chief of MI6, is murdered outside his London apartment. It turns out that he was visited by Alec Thorn, deputy head of MI6, on the day of his death and there is a mysterious note found in the dead man’s pocket that may provide a clue to a plot to kill Winston Churchill. Could Thorn be involved in an assassination plot that Morrison tried to stop, and if so, can Detective Trave stop it in time to save Britain’s unshakable leader?
Minotaur Books * 9780312632144
A POSSIBLE LIFE: A Novel in Five Parts by Sebastian Faulks
Throughout the five stories that make up A POSSIBLE LIFE, characters risk their bodies, hearts and minds in pursuit of the manna of human connection. Between soldier and lover, parent and child, servant and master, and artist and muse, important pleasures and pains are born of love, separations and missed opportunities. These interactions --- whether successful or not --- also affect the long trajectories of characters' lives.
Henry Holt and Company * 9780805097306
TWO GRAVES by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Special Agent Pendergast's wife, Helen, is abducted, but before he can catch the kidnappers, things go tragically wrong. Pendergast retreats back to New York, but then the NYPD calls him in for help on a rash of killings. He soon discovers that the murders are a message from his wife's kidnappers, but what does it mean?
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446554992
On Sale the Week of December 10th in Paperback
THE CLEANER by Paul Cleave
Joe is in control of everything in his simple life --- both his day job as a janitor for the police department and his “night work.” He isn’t bothered by the daily news reports of the Christchurch Carver, who has murdered seven women. Joe knows, though, that the Carver killed only six. He knows that for a fact, and he’s determined to find the copycat. He’ll punish him for the one, then frame him for the other six.
Atria Books * 9781451677799
INVISIBLE by Carla Buckley
Dana and Julie were bonded by sisterhood and separated by a devastating secret. When Dana returns to Black Bear, Minnesota, some people remember her as a troublemaker while others remember her as the one who got away. Dana comes back for her sister's funeral, but stays to help Peyton, her teenaged niece. What she finds in her old hometown will blow open a Pandora's box of tightly-held secrets, and put everyone she loves in jeopardy.
Bantam * 9780440246053
THE UNDERTOW by Jo Baker
THE UNDERTOW traces the lives of the Hastings family, from the eve of the First World War to the present day: William, a young factory worker preparing to join the navy; his son Billy, who cycles into the D-Day landings; his grandson Will, an Oxford professor in the 1960s; and his great-granddaughter, Billie, an artist in contemporary London. Here Jo Baker reveals the Hastings’ legacy of choices made, chances lost, and truths long buried.
Vintage * 9780307946942
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