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December 18, 2012

December 18, 2012

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of December 17th and December 24th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of December 17th in Paperback

December 18th

AN AMISH KITCHEN by Beth Wiseman, Kelly Long and Amy Clipston
Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania, always brings a brisk change in the weather. This season also ushers in unexpected visitors, new love and renewed hope for three women. Three Amish stories --- each celebrating love, family and faith --- all taking place in a tight-knit community where the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.
Thomas Nelson * 9781401685676

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO THIRST: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel by Anne Holt
It is only the beginning of May, but to Norwegians, the unseasonable heat already feels tropical when criminal investigating officer Hanne Wilhelmsen is sent to a macabre crime scene on the outskirts of Oslo: an abandoned shed that is covered in blood. On one wall is an eight-digit number written in blood, and there is no sign of a victim. Is it just a kid’s prank, or foul play?
Scribner * 9781451634785
On Sale the Week of December 24th in Hardcover

December 26th

THE INTERCEPT: A Jeremy Fisk Novel by Dick Wolf
“Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf introduces NYPD intelligence officer Jeremy Fisk, who must unravel a tricky bombing plot cooked up by Osama bin Laden before his death. A few days before a Fourth of July gala at the new Freedom Tower building, five airline passengers and a female flight attendant overcome what appears to be a lone terrorist aiming to crash their plane in New York. Fisk determines that the bomber actually acted as a decoy for a Saudi nationalist on the plane who goes missing.
William Morrow * 9780062064837

Greyson Todd is a successful Hollywood studio executive who leaves his wife and young daughter, and for a decade travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to keep hidden for almost 20 years. This novel intricately weaves together three timelines: the story of Greyson's travels; the progressive unraveling of his own father seen through Greyson's eyes as a child; and the intimacies and estrangements of his marriage.
Soho Press * 9781616951290
On Sale the Week of December 24th in Paperback

December 24th

ALL NECESSARY FORCE: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor
The CIA, FBI and Department of Defense systems have spiked, but traditional intel is going nowhere. It falls to the Taskforce --- a top-secret team that exists outside the bounds of U.S. law and is charged with finding and destroying asymmetric threats --- to stop the unknown conspirators.
Signet Select * 9780451415936

CATCH ME: A Detective D.D. Warren Novel by Lisa Gardner
Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21st, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours --- and she’s hiring Detective D. D. Warren to investigate the case after she’s killed.
Signet * 9780451413437

COVERT WARRIORS: A Presidential Agent Novel by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV
Few in the U.S. government want to believe that a Third World country and its chest-thumping leader could pose a credible threat. But then why are the Chinese helping to train its special forces? Why are the Russians helping to build a nuclear power plant? Charley Castillo and his men go in to investigate, but they have no idea what they have just gotten themselves into.
Jove * 9780515151268

THE DARLINGS by Cristina Alger
Now that he's married to the daughter of a billionaire, attorney Paul Ross has grown accustomed to New York society and all of its luxuries. But Paul's luck is about to take a catastrophic turn, and suddenly, he must decide where his loyalties lie.
Penguin Books * 9780143122753

Spanning Korea and the United States, from the postwar era to contemporary times, Krys Lee's stories illuminate a people torn between the traumas of their collective past and the indignities and sorrows of their present.
Penguin Books * 9780143122937

For two women, Ted Bundy is the ultimate obsession. One is a cop whose sister may have been one of Bundy’s victims. The other is a deranged groupie who corresponded with Bundy in prison and raised her son to finish what Bundy started. To charm and seduce innocent girls. To kidnap and brutalize more women than any serial killer in history. And to lure one obsessed cop into a trap as sick and demented as Bundy himself.
Kensington * 9780786020461

While working on a dig in the most remote part of France, Julia Kerrigan comes across the find of her career --- a trove of skeletons, many with holes at the front of the skull and arrow wounds studding the various bones. Her excitement about this discovery disappears the following day, however, as her mentor and a friend are brutally murdered.
Plume * 9780452298989

MARGARET FROM MAINE by Joseph Monninger
Margaret Kennedy lives on a dairy farm in rural Maine. Her husband Thomas --- injured in a war overseas --- will never be the man he was. When the President signs a bill in support of wounded veterans, Margaret is invited to the nation’s capital. Charlie King, a handsome Foreign Service officer, volunteers to escort her. As the rhododendron blossoms along the Blue Ridge Highway, the unlikely pair fall in love --- but Margaret cannot ignore the tug of her marriage vows.
Plume * 9780452298682

THE RULES OF INHERITANCE: A Memoir by Claire Bidwell Smith
When both of her parents die of cancer, Claire Bidwell Smith finds herself alone in the world and inconsolable at the revelation that suddenly she is no one's special person. It is only when Claire eventually falls in love, marries and becomes a mother that she emerges from the fog of grief.
Plume * 9780452298873

Former covert operative Ty Hunter has become, almost by accident, the number one film star in the world. Recruited for a clandestine mission to prevent the theft of nuclear warheads, he deploys every skill he has as an actor, soldier and spy to match wits and muscle with an enigmatic billionaire and his nefarious protégé --- even as he falls for the entrancing woman closest to them both.
Penguin Books * 9780143122876

TOUCHSTONE by Melanie Rawn
Cayden Silversun is part Elven, part Fae, part human Wizard --- and all rebel. His aristocratic mother would have him follow his father to the Royal Court, to make a high society living off the scraps of kings. But Cade lives and breathes for the theater. With his company, he’ll enter the highest reaches of society and power, as an honored artist --- or die trying.
Tor Fantasy * 9780765363473

December 26th

Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Mayan artifacts, but the professor’s structured, studious life spins out of control when some valuable and important Mayan artifacts go missing. Lina is recruited to recover the missing pieces, which, she discovers, may be being used by fanatics determined to create chaos and usher in annihilation.
Avon * 9780061664397

CAPITOL MURDER by Phillip Margolin
Private investigator Dana Cutler and lawyer Brad Miller are forced by a terrorist attack on a football stadium --- and by the escape of EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE’s convicted serial killer Clarence Little --- to follow a sinister trail of lies, treachery and betrayal into an unexpected new arena: the U.S. Congress.
Harper * 9780062069900

THE HOPE VENDETTA by Scott Mariani
Ex-SAS operative and hero-for-hire Ben Hope has decided to put down his gun for good. When his professor and friend asks him to help find his missing daughter, Ben declines, but puts his buddy, Charlie Palmer, on the case. However, when Charlie runs into trouble, Ben reluctantly joins him to find out what might have happened.
Pocket Books * 9781439193488

THE LADY MOST WILLING...: A Novel in Three Parts by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway
When Laird Taran Ferguson’s nephews refuse to wed and secure his birthright, he takes matters into his own hands, raiding a ball and kidnapping four likely brides. But which one is ready to fall in love with the Scottish lord? Add a very angry duke, a decrepit castle, and a fierce Highland storm that is holding all of Taran’s “guests” captive to the mix, and readers will find themselves transported to a world of temptation, passion, and new and unexpected love.
Avon * 9780062107381

LEFT FOR DEAD by J. A. Jance
Ali Reynolds investigates two shocking cases of victims brutally left for dead --- Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, Ali’s classmate from the Arizona Police Academy, and an unidentified young woman presumed to be an illegal border crosser. Together with her friend, Sister Anselm, and a conscientious officer who won’t let the case drop despite pressure from above, Ali digs for clues to find the true culprits.
Pocket Books * 9781451628609

RAYLAN by Elmore Leonard
With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky, coal mines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross $300,000, but that’s chump change compared to the quarter million a human body can get you --- especially when it’s sold off piece by piece. When two dope-dealing brothers decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062119476

SNUFF: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett has enthralled millions of fans worldwide with his hilarious satires set in Discworld, a universe remarkably similar to our own. In this latest installment, Lady Sybil has finally lured her husband, Sam Vimes, on a countryside vacation away from Ankh-Morpork. But it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam must rely on his instincts, guile and street smarts to see justice done.
Harper * 9780062218865

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