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January 2, 2013

January 2, 2013

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of December 31st and January 7th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of December 31st in Hardcover

December 31st

EMPIRE AND HONOR: An Honor Bound Novel by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV
In the closing months of World War II, the United States made a secret deal with the head of German intelligence’s Soviet section. In exchange for a treasure trove of intelligence, his people would be spirited to safety. If word got out, the U.S. would lose some of its best sources, not to mention its most valuable secrets. It’s up to Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS to keep them all safe. But some people have other ideas.
Putnam Adult * 9780399160660

ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes
Louisa Clark takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life and is pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Louisa refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780670026609

January 1st

GUN MACHINE by Warren Ellis
After a shootout claims the life of his partner, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Confronted with the sudden emergence of hundreds of unsolved homicides, Tallow soon discovers a hunter who may be the most prolific murderer in New York City's history.
Mulholland Books * 9780316187404

RATLINES by Stuart Neville
As the Irish people prepare to welcome President John F. Kennedy to the land of his ancestors, a German national is murdered. This is the third foreigner to die within a few days, and Minister for Justice Charles Haughey wants the killing to end lest a shameful secret be exposed: the dead men were all Nazis granted asylum by the Irish government in the years following World War II.
Soho Crime * 9781616952044

THE WRATH OF ANGELS: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly
In the depths of the Maine woods, the wreckage of a plane is discovered. What it conceals is a list of names, a record of those who have struck a deal with the devil. Now a battle is about to commence between those who want the list to remain secret and those for whom it represents a crucial weapon in the struggle against the forces of darkness. The race to secure the prize draws in private detective Charlie Parker, who fears that his own name may be on the list.
Atria * 9781476703022

January 2nd

THE DEATH OF BEES by Lisa O'Donnell
After their parents die, sisters Marnie and Nelly are on their own. Only they know what happened to their parents, and they aren't telling. When Lennie, the old man next door, realizes his young neighbors are alone and need help, he offers to take them in. But questions from their friends, teachers and the authorities soon threaten to bring dark secrets about the girls' family to the surface.
Harper * 9780062209849

FIXING MY EYES ON JESUS: Daily Moments in His Word by Anne Graham Lotz
In FIXING MY EYES ON JESUS, you will read a Scripture and inspirational devotion for each day of the year that will encourage, uplift, renew and challenge you on your spiritual walk with Jesus. A perfect size for carrying with you on the go, in a beautiful package that also makes it a gorgeous gift for a friend or family member, this book is the spiritual nourishment you crave.
Zondervan * 9780310327844

January 3rd

THE FEMINIST AND THE COWBOY: An Unlikely Love Story by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
Alisa Valdes was raised in a home where feminism was religion, which spurred her into a prolific career as a feminist writer. However, as a single mom and serial dater at the age of 42, she still hadn't found what she was looking for. Until she met the Cowboy. His conservative beliefs and traditional views on gender roles make him everything she was raised to reject, but the way he makes her pulse race gives her second thoughts about rejecting him.
Gotham * 9781592407903
On Sale the Week of December 31st in Paperback

January 1st

ASHTON PARK: The Danforths of Lancashire, Book 1 by Murray Pura
Among the green hills and trees of Lancashire, only a few miles from the sea, lies the beautiful and ancient estate of Ashton Park. The year is 1916. The First World War has engulfed Europe and Sir William’s and Lady Elizabeth’s three sons are all in uniform --- and their four daughters are involved in various pursuits of the heart and soul.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736952859

CHOICES OF THE HEART: The Midwives, Book 3 by Laurie Alice Eakes
Esther Cherrett comes from a proud line of midwives and was trained by her mother to take over the family calling. When a terrible scandal threatens all she holds dear, Esther flees, taking a position as a teacher in the wild western mountains of Virginia. But instead of the refuge she was seeking, Esther finds herself in the midst of a deadly family feud --- and courted by two men on opposite sides of the conflict.
Revell * 9780800719869

When a controversial report from a war-torn region is exposed as a fraud, investigative journalist Tom Sagan's professional reputation crashes and burns. He is haunted by bad decisions and the shocking truth he can never prove: that his downfall was a deliberate act of sabotage by an unknown enemy. But before Sagan can end his life, fate intervenes in the form of an enigmatic stranger with a request that cannot be ignored.
Ballantine Books * 9780345526526

A COUPLE AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART: Building a Lasting, Loving Marriage Together by Jim and Elizabeth George
Jim and Elizabeth George come together to share from 40-plus years of marital wisdom and experiences to help couples grow closer to each other and to God. Husbands and wives will discover how they can enrich their marriages by looking at the lives of key couples in the Bible, including Abraham and Sarah, Boaz and Ruth, and Joseph and Mary.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736951203


It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, and preparations are underway for their annual autumn ball. Then, on the eve of the ball, a coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who --- with her husband, the very dubious Wickham --- has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered.
Vintage * 9780307950659

THE DILEMMA OF CHARLOTTE FARROW: Avenue of Dreams, Book 2 by Olivia Newport
While the rest of Chicago focuses on the enormous spectacle of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Charlotte Farrow’s attentions are entirely on one small boy --- her boy --- whom she has kept a secret from her wealthy employers for nearly a year. When the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him to the opulent Banning home, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Bannings decide the child’s fate.
Revell * 9780800720391

When Tess Collins, a fledgling seamstress and dress designer, finds herself onboard the Titanic, she's torn between two attractive and eligible men. But before the journey is over, survival takes priority, and the shocking aftermath of the disaster turns Tess's life upside down in unforeseeable ways.
Anchor * 9780307948199

HOME by Toni Morrison
Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town that he’s hated all his life.
Vintage * 9780307740915

THE LESSON: Stoney Ridge Seasons, Book 3 by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp's dreams of travel have taken a backseat to her assignment to teach school this year. But when a sudden and unexplained death conveniently coincides with the arrival of a mysterious young man, M.K. is frustrated that no one takes it seriously. She’s determined to take matters into her own hands and get to the bottom of it. Will she find more than she bargained for?
Revell * 9780800719890

MIDWINTER BLOOD by Mons Kallentoft
Malin Fors is the most driven and talented superintendent who has ever worked at the police force in her small, isolated town. In her job, she is constantly moving through the borderland between life and death. She navigates her colleagues through crime investigations so gruesome that they make the darkest of nightmares seem like fairy tales.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781451642520

ONE PERFECT WORD: One Word Can Make All the Difference by Debbie Macomber
In the tradition of ONE SIMPLE ACT and GOD’S GUEST LIST, Debbie Macomber reveals in inspiring, moving stories that the simplicity of one perfect word can become profound. When Debbie took the time to intentionally focus on a single word --- such as prayer, trust, or surrender --- for a whole year, this act changed not only herself, but those around her as well.
Howard Books * 9781439195291

TO HONOR AND TRUST: Bridal Veil Island, Book 3 by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller
Callie Deboyer is spending the winter at Bridal Veil Island working as a governess for the Bridgeport family. She wonders, though, if God is calling her to join her parents in their missionary work. When she enrolls young Thomas Bridgeport in golf lessons, Callie meets instructor Wesley Townsend, who urges her to take lessons as well. During their time together, Callie comes to care for Wes --- until she discovers that he's been hiding something very important from her.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764208881

Determined to help her father when his boarding school fails, Emma Smallwood accompanies him to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But soon after they arrive, mysterious things begin to happen. The baronet's older sons both remember Miss Smallwood from their days at her father's academy, but now one of them becomes unexpectedly drawn to her. When suspicious acts escalate, can Emma figure out which brother to blame and which to trust with her heart?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210693

UNDER THE SUMMER SKY: The Dakota Diaries, Book 2 by Lori Copeland
When a man named Jones spots a lady who is about to become the victim of a marauding band of thugs, he quickly follows his instincts. A handy barrel and a nearby river seem the perfect getaway solution. How was he to know she couldn’t swim? Thus begins an adventure beyond what either could have anticipated. After Jones again rescues Trinity --- this time from the river --- they find their destination is the same: a small town in North Dakota.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736930208

VANISHED: A Private Justice Novel by Irene Hannon
VANISHED opens with a shadowy figure caught in the beam of reporter Moira Harrison’s headlights --- followed by a solid thump before she loses control and crashes into a tree. But when Moira regains consciousness, the victim is nowhere to be seen. The police say the disappearance never happened, but Moira can’t forget the look of sheer terror she saw on the person’s face in the instant it was caught in the glare of her headlights. Now her only hope of discovering the truth is a former police detective turned private eye --- and her own investigate skills.
Revell * 9780800721237

WAITING FOR SPRING: Westward Winds, Book 2 by Amanda Cabot
After the loss of her husband and the birth of her baby, Charlotte flees to Cheyenne to put the pieces of her life back together. Wealthy cattle baron and political hopeful Barrett Landry must make a sensible match if he is to be elected senator of the soon-to-be state of Wyoming. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that Charlotte holds the key to his heart and his future. Will Charlotte and Barrett find the courage to look love in the face? Or will their fears blot out any chance for happiness?
Revell * 9780800734602

January 2nd

BEFORE THE POISON by Peter Robinson
Chris Lowndes always promised his wife they would return to the Yorkshire Dales one day. Now a grieving widower, he keeps his promise to his wife and rents an isolated house in the Dales. But then he finds out that the house was the scene of a legendary murder more than 50 years before.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062204684

Catherine (now Cathy) Bailey learns of the impending release of her former lover Lee, whose erratic, controlling behavior frightened her. She begins to return home to find objects subtly rearranged in her apartment, one of Lee’s old tricks. Convinced she is back in his sights, Cathy prepares to wrestle with the demons of her past for the last time.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062197269

THE ONE I LEFT BEHIND by Jennifer McMahon
A serial killer called Neptune begins kidnapping women during the summer of 1985. He leaves their severed hands on the police department steps and displays their bodies around town. Just when 13-year-old Reggie needs her mother, Vera, the most, Vera’s hand is found, yet there’s no body. Twenty-five years later, Reggie learns that her mother has been found alive. She must confront the ghosts of her past and find Neptune before he kills again.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062122551

AN UNMARKED GRAVE: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
In the spring of 1918, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford discovers the body of an officer --- a family friend --- who has been murdered. Before she can report the terrible news, Bess falls ill, the latest victim of the Spanish flu epidemic. By the time she recovers, the murdered officer has been buried, and the only other person who saw the body has hanged himself. Or did he?
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062015730

Lysander Rief, a young English actor, becomes caught up in a feverish affair with a beautiful, enigmatic woman. When she goes to the police to press charges of rape, however, he is stunned. Only a carefully plotted escape saves him from trial. But the frenzied getaway sets off a chain of events that steadily dismantles Lysander's life as he knows it.
Harper Perennial * 9780061876776
On Sale the Week of January 7th in Hardcover

January 8th

1356 by Bernard Cornwell
In September of 1356, the English army is about to invade France, and France is ready for them. Thomas of Hookton has special orders to uncover the lost sword of St. Peter, a weapon that is said to grant victory to whatever side wields it. It won't be an easy task because the French are searching too. When Thomas and his men are trapped near Poitiers, he, his men, and his enemies converge in a maelstrom of violence, action and heroism.
Harper * 9780061969676

ASHENDEN by Elizabeth Wilhide
When brother and sister Charlie and Ros discover that they have inherited their aunt’s grand English country house, they must decide if they should sell it. As they survey the effects of time on the estate’s architectural treasures, a narrative spanning two-and-a-half centuries unfolds. We meet those who built the house, lived in it and loved it, worked in it, and those who would subvert it to their own ends.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451684865

THE BLOOD GOSPEL: The Order of the Sanguines Series by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell
In his first-ever collaboration, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins combines his skill for cutting-edge science and historical mystery with award-winning novelist Rebecca Cantrell's talent for haunting suspense and sensual atmosphere in a gothic tale about an ancient order and the hunt for a miraculous book known only as The Blood Gospel.
William Morrow * 9780061991042

BLOOD MONEY by James Grippando
When a jury finds Sydney Bennett not guilty of killing her two-year-old daughter, the public is shocked. A mob gathers outside of the jail on the night of Sydney's release, and an innocent young woman resembling Sydney ends up in a coma. The victim's parents ask defense attorney Jack Swyteck for help because they are sure the attack was not an accident. In searching for the truth, Jack makes a frightening discovery.
Harper * 9780062109842

THE BUGHOUSE AFFAIR: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini
In 1890s San Francisco, former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon, undertake what initially appear to be two unrelated investigations. The two cases eventually connect in surprising fashion, but not before two murders and other felonies complicate matters even further. And not before the two sleuths are hindered, assisted and exasperated by the bughouse Sherlock Holmes.
Forge Books * 9780765331748

CHANEL BONFIRE: A Memoir by Wendy Lawless
Wendy Lawless deftly charts the highs and lows of growing up with her younger sister in the shadow of an unstable, fabulously neglectful mother. Georgann, a real-life Holly Golightly who constantly reinvents herself as she trades up from trailer park to penthouse, suffers multiple nervous breakdowns and suicide attempts, while Wendy tries to hide the cracks in their fractured family from the rest of the world.
Gallery Books * 9781451675368

COLLATERAL DAMAGE: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods
After a productive trip to Bel-Air, Stone Barrington is back in Manhattan, ready to return to the world of deluxe fine dining and elegant high society that New York does best. But then an unexpected visit from his friend and periodic lover, CIA assistant director Holly Barker, draws Stone into a dangerous game of murder and vengeance, against an enemy with plans bigger than they could ever imagine.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159862

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND: A Piper Donovan Mystery by Mary Jane Clark
Struggling actress and wedding-cake decorator Piper Donovan is spending the dead of winter in warm and sunny Sarasota, Florida, for her beloved cousin's wedding. But a cloud seems to be hovering over the whole affair. A bridesmaid mysteriously disappears, a neighbor's car is run off the road, and a body is found on the beach where the wedding will take place. With the nuptials threatened, it falls on Piper to unmask the killer.
William Morrow * 9780062135445

THE HISTORY OF US by Leah Stewart
Eloise Hempel’s life is turned upside down when she must raise her sister's three children after her sister's untimely death. Nearly two decades after returning to Cincinnati and moving back into her mother's house, she is ready to resume her own life. However, when her mother creates a competition for which of the now-grown kids gets the house, their makeshift family starts to fall apart.
Touchstone * 9781451672626

THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly
Caroline Maxwell, a young heiress in search of true love, would like nothing more than to join her brother Eddie and his friend, Jack Culhane, on their adventures seeing the world and buying up businesses. But she is stuck at home frightening off the men her mother hopes will ask for her hand in marriage. While her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline would much rather be with Jack, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312651329

KIND OF KIN by Rilla Askew
When Robert John Brown, a churchgoing family man and respected community member, is caught hiding a barnful of migrant workers with no papers, he is arrested and sent to prison. Meanwhile, his 10-year-old grandson tries to help the sole escapee of the raid reunite with his family, and his granddaughter is struggling to raise her daughter alone after her husband, an illegal immigrant himself, has been deported.
Ecco * 9780062198792

KINSEY AND ME: Stories by Sue Grafton
In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced us to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Grafton is a number-one bestselling author. To mark this anniversary year, Grafton has given us stories that reveal Kinsey’s origins and Grafton’s past. KINSEY AND ME has two parts: the nine Kinsey stories (1986-93), and the And Me stories, written in the decade after Grafton's mother died.
A Marian Wood Book/Putnam * 9780399163838

THE LAST RUNAWAY by Tracy Chevalier
Honor Bright is a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850. Sick from the journey and forced by family tragedy to immediately rely on help from strangers, Honor realizes that in a country that still allows slavery, principles count for little. When drawn into helping with the Underground Railroad, she finally finds her principles put to use.
Dutton Adult * 9780525952992

THE LAWYER’S LAWYER by James Sheehan
Jack Tobin, “the lawyer's lawyer” --- the guy the best lawyers say they'd want to represent them in a courtroom battle --- undertakes the representation of a serial killer who he believes to be innocent. The Chief of Police is outraged, the citizens of Oakville where the murders occurred erupt, and the State Attorney is out for blood as Jack challenges the criminal justice system once again.
Center Street * 9781455508662

LOVE IS A CANOE by Ben Schrank
Peter Herman's legendary book on love and relationships, Marriage is a Canoe, gained him fame. However, after Peter's wife dies, he is completely lost and questions everything he thought he knew about love. A young editor suggests a contest for the book’s 50th anniversary, which involves a couple winning an afternoon with Peter and a chance to save their relationship. Peter must discover what he meant when he wrote the book if he is going to help the contest’s winners and find a way to love again.
Sarah Crichton Books * 9780374192495

MAGICAL JOURNEY: An Apprenticeship in Contentment by Katrina Kenison
With the candor and warmth that have endeared her to readers, Katrina Kenison reflects on the inevitable changes wrought by time: the death of a dear friend, children leaving home, recognition of her own physical vulnerability, and surprising shifts in her marriage. She finds solace in the notion that midlife is also a time of unprecedented opportunity for growth as old roles and responsibilities fall away, and unanticipated possibilities appear on the horizon.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455507238

A MEMORY OF LIGHT: Book Fourteen, The Final Volume of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
When Robert Jordan died in 2007, it was feared that the concluding scenes of his The Wheel of Time series would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. Following THE GATHERING STORM and TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT, Sanderson now recreates the vision that Jordan left behind.
Tor Books * 9780765325952

Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch have been through some of the roughest places in the Western United States. As newly appointed Territorial Marshalls, their first task is to escort Mexican prisoners to the border. This simple train ride is easy after some of their past adventures, but when the Governor of Texas and his wife and daughters climb aboard, they begin to realize that this job may not be as easy as they expected.
Putnam Adult * 9780399158117

SHE MATTERS: A Life in Friendships by Susanna Sonnenberg
In SHE MATTERS, Susanna Sonnenberg illuminates the friendships that have influenced, nourished, inspired and haunted her --- and sometimes torn her apart. Each has its own lessons that Sonnenberg seeks to understand. Her method is investigative and ruminative; her result, fearlessly observed portraits of friendships that will inspire all readers to consider the complexities of their own relationships.
Scribner * 9781439190586

SPIRITUAL SIMPLICITY: Doing Less, Loving More by Chip Ingram with Chris Tiegreen
In our frantically driven, complex lifestyle, we suffer from fatigue, little margin, shallow relationships, and fractured families. As a result of this driven lifestyle, our souls are diseased --- they have a lack of ease. This highly practical, comforting book maintains that it is possible to run the race at a different, more meaningful speed. Not only is it possible; it’s absolutely necessary. The key to simplifying life, Chip Ingram says, is to make sure love is your #1 priority.
Howard Books * 9781439138274

After a seven-year-old girl fires a nail gun at her grandmother's neck, children across the world start killing their families. But is violence contagious? As chilling murders by children grip the country, anthropologist Hesketh Lock has his own mystery to solve: a bizarre scandal in the Taiwan timber industry.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608199921

THE UTTER RELIEF OF HOLINESS: How God's Goodness Frees Us from Everything that Plagues Us by John Eldredge
What a relief it would be to be set free from all that plagues us --- the inner struggle with anger, or contempt, the habitual sins. Is such an experience possible? John Eldredge believes it is, and in THE UTTER RELIEF OF HOLINESS, he shows readers how they can be that free, through the healing work of Christ in their lives.
FaithWords * 9781455525713

WATCHING THE DARK: An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleague DI Annie Cabbot become entangled in a complex case involving corruption, a dead cop, and a missing girl that leads them across the Channel and down a dark trail to find the truth.
William Morrow * 9780062004802

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ by Mark Driscoll
Pastor and bestselling author Mark Driscoll believes that false identity is at the heart of many struggles --- and that you can overcome them by having your true identity in Christ. In WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?, Driscoll explores the question, “What does it mean to be ‘in Christ’?” In the process he dissects the false-identity epidemic and, more important, provides the only solution --- Jesus.
Thomas Nelson * 9781400203857

Y by Marjorie Celona
Marjorie Celona’s debut novel is about a wise-beyond-her-years foster child abandoned as a newborn on the doorstep of the local YMCA. Swaddled in a dirty gray sweatshirt with nothing but a Swiss Army knife tucked between her feet, little Shannon is discovered by a man who catches only a glimpse of her troubled mother as she disappears from view. That morning, all three lives are forever changed.
Free Press * 9781451674385

January 10th

During World War II, Nerys Watkins accompanies her husband on a missionary posting to India. When he leaves her in the exotic lakeside city of Srinagar to take on a complicated mission, Nerys discovers a new world --- and by the time she is reunited with him, she is a different woman. Years later, when Mair Ellis clears out her dead father's house, she finds an exquisite shawl. Tracing her grandparents' roots back to Kashmir, Mair embarks on a quest that will change her life forever.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781468302462

THE PAINTED GIRLS by Cathy Marie Buchanan
After their father's death, the two van Goethem sisters must find a way to support themselves and their alcoholic mother in 1878 Paris. Marie begins to train to enter the ballet and is soon modeling in the studio of Edgar Degas where she meets a wealthy patron of the ballet who offers her assistance that may have strings attached. Meanwhile, Antoinette must choose between hard labor and other more profitable jobs open to a young woman in Paris.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594486241

RAGE IS BACK by Adam Mansbach
Kilroy Dondi Vance has grown up in the shadow of his absent father, Billy Rage, a legendary graffiti writer who disappeared from New York after a feud with MTA police chief Anastacio Bracken. In 2005, Bracken is running for mayor and Kilroy discovers that his father is back in the city. Rage and other prominent graffiti writers from the ’80s team up to ruin Bracken's campaign with the greatest graffiti stunt New York has ever seen.
Viking Adult * 9780670026128
On Sale the Week of January 7th in Paperback

January 8th

THE BEGGAR KING: A Hangman's Daughter Tale by Oliver Pötzsch
In 1662, Alpine village hangman Jakob Kuisl receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. Arrested and framed for the murder, Jakob faces firsthand the torture he’s administered himself for years. Jakob’s daughter and a young medicus discover that behind the false accusation is a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire.
Mariner Books * 9780547992198

CROSSING THE BORDERS OF TIME: A True Love Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed by Leslie Maitland
Leslie Maitland’s mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees, the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. This sweeping account of one family’s escape from the turmoil of war-torn Europe hangs upon the intimate and deeply personal story of Maitland’s mother’s passionate romance with a Catholic Frenchman.
Other Press * 9781590515709

Reading his own newspaper’s obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes across that of a woman who was the victim of a hit-and-run while she was on the job delivering copies of that very paper. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and anecdotes. Will his nose for trouble finally take him too far?
Minotaur Books * 9781250013408

Jaz and Lisa Matharu are plunged into a surreal public hell after their son, Raj, vanishes during a family vacation in the California desert. Before Raj reappears inexplicably unharmed --- but not unchanged --- the fate of this young family will intersect with that of many others, echoing the stories of all those who have traveled before them.
Vintage * 9780307946973

by Noah Hawley
Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients with conflicting symptoms, patients other doctors have given up on. In the harrowing opening scene of this novel, Dr. Allen is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot at a rally, and his son Daniel is caught on video as the assassin.
Anchor * 9780307947918

HOME FRONT by Kristin Hannah
Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life --- children, careers, bills, chores --- even as their 12-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250023278

THE LIFEBOAT by Charlotte Rogan
Grace Winter is on trial for murder. As she recalls the weeks she spent on a lifeboat crowded with too many other desperate survivors, she weaves a vivid and unsettling tale of alliances and decisions that leaves the reader wondering: Is Grace telling the truth?
Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books * 9780316185912

PAPER TRAILS: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence, and Forbidden Desires, a Surprising Number of Which Are Not About Marriage by Pete Dexter
In the 1970s and 1980s, before he earned national acclaim for his award-winning novels, Pete Dexter was a newspaper columnist. PAPER TRAILS is a collection of 82 of his columns, which lays bare the violence, hypocrisy and desperation he saw on the streets of Philadelphia and in the places he visited across the country.
Ecco * 9780061189364

SECRETLY SMITTEN by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter
There’s a secret in Grandma Rose’s attic --- a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic? The mystery intrigues Rose’s three granddaughters, and they decide to investigate. As the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own.
Thomas Nelson * 9781401687137

THE TELL by Hester Kaplan
Mira and Owen's marriage is less stable than they know when Wilton Deere, an aging TV star, moves in next door. Wilton inserts himself into the couple's life in a quest for distraction and a connection with Anya, the daughter he abandoned years ago. When Mira begins accompanying Wilton to the casinos, she becomes addicted to gambling, and Owen turns to Anya, who is testing her own ability to trust her father after many years apart.
Harper Perennial * 9780062184023

Emerald Torrington didn't plan anything special for her 20th birthday. With her stepfather away on family business, it was just to be her siblings, her mother and an old friend. But a gift from a suitor, an unexpected reunion, a pony in the house, and a terrible train wreck destroy Emerald's careful plans and create a night of havoc, horror, revealed secrets and romance.
Harper Perennial * 9780062116512

THE VANISHERS by Heidi Julavits
Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, refuses to pass the torch to her young disciple. Instead, she subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant. As the two lock horns, Madame Ackermann launches a desperate psychic attack that leaves Julia the victim of a crippling ailment.
Anchor * 9780307387363

WATERGATE by Thomas Mallon
Through the urgent perspectives of seven characters we only thought we knew before now, Thomas Mallon retells the story of the Watergate scandal, suggesting answers to some of the incident’s greatest unsolved mysteries (among them, who did erase those 18 1/2 minutes of tape?).
Vintage * 9780307474650

THE WOMAN WHO WASN’T THERE: The True Story of an Incredible Deception by Robin Gaby Fisher and Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr.
Tania Head’s astonishing account of her experience on September 11, 2001 transformed her into one of the great victims and heroes of that tragic day. But there was something very wrong with Tania’s story --- a terrible secret that would break the hearts and challenge the faith of all those she claimed to champion.
Touchstone * 9781451652093

THE WOMEN OF THE COUSINS’ WAR: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother by Philippa Gregory, David Baldwin and Michael Jones
Inspired by reader requests, Philippa Gregory teams up with historians to create a complete history of three feminine icons featured in The Cousins' War. Whether you’re a big fan of Gregory’s bestselling historical fiction or a European history buff, you’ll be intrigued by these interesting accounts of Medieval ladies.
Touchstone * 9781451629552

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