April 30, 2013
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On Sale the Week of April 29th in Hardcover
12th OF NEVER by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
After only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay Boxer is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, an eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and is convinced it’s real. Lindsay doesn't believe him, but then a shooting is called in --- and it fits the professor's description perfectly.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316210829
THE APPLE ORCHARD by Susan Wiggs
Tess Delaney makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners --- people like Annelise Winther, who refuses to sell her long-gone mother's beloved necklace. To Annelise, the jewel's value is in its memories. But Tess's own history is filled with gaps. So she is shocked when she discovers that the grandfather she never knew is in a coma --- and that she has been named in his will to inherit half of Bella Vista, a hundred-acre apple orchard in the magical Sonoma town called Archangel.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778314936
A BAT IN THE BELFRY: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery by Sarah Graves
When it comes to home repair, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree is a fervent wielder of power drills and paint brushes. And when catching criminals, she’s been known to really bring down the hammer. But when a shocking murder rocks the small town of Eastport, Maine, Jake may be the next victim for whom the bell tolls.
Bantam * 9780345534996
BEST KEPT SECRET: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 by Jeffrey Archer
BEST KEPT SECRET opens a moment after the end of THE SINS OF THE FATHER, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a bestselling novelist, Emma, their son Sebastian, and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250000989
THE BLOSSOM SISTERS by Fern Michaels
Gus Hollister owes all his success to his feisty grandmother, Rose, and her two sisters, Iris and Violet. Now, Gus stands to lose everything and has alienated his beloved grandma, who tried to warn him about his wife Elaine’s greedy ways. Heartsick and remorseful, Gus returns to Rose’s Virginia farmhouse. But it won’t be easy to make amends. Yet family and forgiveness go hand in hand, and Gus isn’t giving up.
Kensington * 9780758286710
BUNKER HILL: A City, a Siege, a Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
Nathaniel Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution. He finds new characters, and new facets to familiar ones. The real work of choreographing rebellion falls to a 33-year-old physician named Joseph Warren, who emerges as the on-the-ground leader of the Patriot cause and is fated to die at Bunker Hill.
Viking Adult * 9780670025442
THE MORELS by Christopher Hacker
The Morels are a happy family of three living in New York City. So why would Arthur choose to publish a book that brutally rips his tightly knit family unit apart at the seams? Arthur's old schoolmate Chris, who narrates the book, is fascinated with this very question as he becomes accidentally reacquainted with Arthur. Chris envies everything Arthur has, but things are not always what they seem.
Soho Press * 9781616952433
MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA PRESENTS THE MYSTERY BOX edited by Brad Meltzer
With this anthology, bestselling author Brad Meltzer introduces 21 original stories from today's most prominent mystery writers. From the foothills of Mount Fuji to Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp, from a physics laboratory in wartime Leipzig to an unusual fitness club in Boca Raton, these sometimes terrifying, sometimes funny, and always suspenseful tales will keep you riveted to the page.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455512355
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Charles Talent Manx likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing --- and terrifying --- playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Victoria McQueen, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up now and desperate to forget. But Manx never stopped thinking about Vic. He is on the road again and has picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
William Morrow * 9780062200570
SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE by Lauren Graham
It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her.
Ballantine Books * 9780345532749
WAITING TO BE HEARD: A Memoir by Amanda Knox
In the fall of 2007, 20-year-old college coed Amanda Knox left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment. After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge. Free at last, she returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent. Until now.
Harper * 9780062217202
THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS by Claire Messud
Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful artist, mother and lover. She instead has become the “woman upstairs,” a reliable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of others’ achievements. Then into her life arrives the glamorous and cosmopolitan Shahids. When her new student, Reza, is attacked by schoolyard bullies, Nora is drawn deep into the complex world of the Shahid family.
Knopf * 9780307596901
FREE FALL: A John Ceepak Mystery by Chris Grabenstein
Officer Danny Boyle and Chief of Detectives John Ceepak do their best to help Danny’s friend, a young nurse who claims she has been falsely accused of aggravated assault by a prestigious Sea Haven doctor. Ceepak’s unshakable code of honor is tested when he trusts that the nurse is telling the truth. It’s stretched to the limit when one of the nurse’s home health care patients turns up dead.
Pegasus * 9781605984759
JENNIFER: An O'Malley Love Story by Dee Henderson
Jennifer O'Malley has a pediatrics practice in Dallas, Texas, and meeting and falling in love with surgeon Tom Peterson is adding a rich layer to her life. She's sorting out how to introduce Tom to her family and thinking about marriage. She is falling in love with Jesus too, and knows God is good. But that faith is about to be tested, and in a way she didn't expect. The results will soon transform her entire family.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764211126
THE STRANGER by Camilla Lackberg
A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn’t a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim’s blood contains high alcohol levels, but she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a reality TV show begins shooting in the town, and tempers start to flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant’s murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Under the unforgiving media spotlight, Detective Patrik Hedstrom tackles his toughest investigation yet.
Pegasus * 9781605984254
THE BABYLON RITE by Tom Knox
Journalist Adam Blackwood is chasing down the story of a lifetime --- the world’s foremost Templar historian has committed suicide, leaving behind a tantalizing clue about a secret object hidden in the famous chapel of Rosslyn. Meanwhile, anthropologist Jess Silverton is researching a bloodthirsty, sexually voracious ancient civilization that might have laid the foundations for Judaism and Buddhism. Amid the turmoil of local gangs and corrupt drug corporations, she becomes entangled in a plot that spans continents and reaches across time.
Viking Adult * 9780670026647
SCREWED by Eoin Colfer
In this riveting sequel to PLUGGED, Eoin Colfer adds an entirely new chapter to the adventures and misadventures of Daniel McEvoy, the down-on-his-luck Irish bouncer at a seedy New Jersey bar who, with the help of a motley crew of unlikely characters, solved a bizarre string of murders --- including the one of the girl he loved. But people around him continue to die mysteriously, and Daniel is called into action once again.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781468301700
THE WORLD’S STRONGEST LIBRARIAN: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne
Although he wouldn’t officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Josh Hanagarne was six years old when he first began exhibiting symptoms. By the time he was 20, the young Mormon had reached his towering adult height of 6’7” when his Tourette’s tics escalated to nightmarish levels. Despite undergoing treatments that failed miserably, Josh persevered to marry and earn a degree in Library Science.
Gotham * 9781592407873
On Sale the Week of April 29th in Paperback
ADVENT by James Treadwell
The first in James Treadwell’s fantasy trilogy, ADVENT describes how magic was lost to humanity, and how a 15-year-old boy discovers that its return is his inheritance. It begins in a world recognizably our own, and ends an extraordinarily long way from where it started --- somewhere much bigger, stranger and richer.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781451661651
ANOTHER WOMAN by Penny Vincenzi
The night before her lavish wedding, Cressida Forrest went to bed serene and happy. By morning she had vanished --- without apparent cause and without a trace. Shocked, anxious and uncomprehending, the two families face a long day of revelations, as a complex, fragile web of sexual, marital and financial secrets is ripped apart by Cressida's disappearance.
Overlook TP * 9781468306330
BAD FAITH by Robert K. Tanenbaum
New York District Attorney Butch Karp battles to convict the parents of a deceased boy for failing to seek medical attention for their son, who believed, wrongly, that prayer was the answer for healing his rare but treatable brain disease. At the same time, Marlene investigates the charismatic demagogue Reverend McCord, who has an undeniable grasp on the parents.
Pocket Books * 9781451635539
BEASTLY THINGS: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon
When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Commissario Guido Brunetti has little to work with. Perhaps with the help of Signorina Elettra, Brunetti and Inspector Vianello can identify the man and understand why someone wanted him dead.
Penguin Books * 9780143123248
BETWEEN HEAVEN AND TEXAS by Marie Bostwick
In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilts series, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick takes readers into the heart of a small Texas town for one woman’s journey of piecing together a life like a colorful quilt.
Kensington * 9780758269294
THE BIG CAT NAP: The 20th Anniversary Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the beloved Mrs. Murphy mystery series, Rita Mae Brown and her intrepid feline co-author, Sneaky Pie Brown, return with a charming claw-biting tale starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen. This time, Harry and her menagerie throw a wrench into the gears of a killer of grease monkeys.
Bantam * 9780345530455
BROKEN HARBOR by Tana French
Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy plays by the book and plays hard, which is what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands. On one of the half-built, half-abandoned “luxury” developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. But Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher, and working this case could resurrect something he thought he had tightly under control.
Penguin Books * 9780143123309
DARK MAGIC by James Swain
A magician by day, Peter Warlock is a member of an underground group of psychics who gaze into the future to help prevent crimes. No one, not even his live-in girlfriend, knows the truth about Peter --- until the séance when he foresees an unspeakable act of violence that will devastate the city.
Tor Books * 9780765367914
FATHER’S DAY: Across America with an Unusual Dad and His Extraordinary Son by Buzz Bissinger
The author of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS journeys across the country and into the psyche of his son and traveling companion, where he finds not only the remarkable skills and debilities known as savantism, but a host of admirable qualities as well.
Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books * 9780544002289
FIREPROOF: A Maggie O'Dell Novel by Alex Kava
Special agent Maggie O'Dell is called in to investigate a building fire with a human casualty. The local team insists the suspect is a rash and young perp, but Maggie thinks this is the work of a calculated and controlled criminal. As the acts of arson become more brazen, Maggie's professional and personal worlds begin to collide dangerously.
Anchor * 9780307947703
A FOREIGN COUNTRY by Charles Cumming
On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple are brutally murdered. Days later, a meticulously planned kidnapping takes place on the streets of Paris. Amelia Levene, the first female Chief of MI6, has disappeared without a trace, six weeks before she is due to take over as the most influential spy in Europe. Desperate not only to find her, but to keep her disappearance a secret, Britain’s top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell.
St. Martin’s Paperbacks * 9781250029980
GOLD by Chris Cleave
Kate and Zoe met at 19 when they both made the cut for the national training program in track cycling. They are built to exploit the barest physical and psychological edge over equally skilled rivals. Now at 32, the women are facing their last and biggest race: the 2012 Olympics. Each wants desperately to win gold, and each has more than a medal to lose.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451672732
A GOOD MAN: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver by Mark Shriver
When Sargent "Sarge" Shriver died in 2011 after a valiant fight with Alzheimer's, thousands of tributes poured in from friends and strangers worldwide. After a lifetime searching for the path to his father's success in the public arena, Mark instead turns to a search for the secret of his father's joy, his devotion to others, and his sense of purpose.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250031440
GYPPED: A Regan Reilly Mystery by Carol Higgins Clark
PI Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, are in Los Angeles where Jack is attending a business conference. After the meeting, they plan to vacation in California. But then Regan gets in touch with a friend, Zelda, who suspects she is being gypped by her business manager, who had her invest in a new line of vitamins.
Pocket Books * 9781439170328
HAVEN: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel by Kay Hooper
FBI Agent Nathan Navarro is a member of the Special Crimes Unit, which investigates paranormal/extraordinary cases. He is tasked with investigating the disappearance of Jessie Rayburn --- an operative of Haven, a civilian offshoot of SCU --- and suspects something deadly has happened to her.
Jove * 9780515153712
IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR by Deeanne Gist
Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the fair’s Machinery Hall makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. So he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading. Like the newly invented Ferris wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor.
Howard Books * 9781451692372
A LADY CYCLIST’S GUIDE TO KASHGAR by Suzanne Joinson
Suzanne Joinson’s debut novel explores the fault lines that appear when traditions from different parts of an increasingly globalized world crash into one other. It interweaves the stories of Frieda and Eva, gradually revealing the links between them and the ways in which they each challenge and negotiate the restrictions of their societies as they make their hard-won way toward home.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781608198337
THE LAST REFUGE: A Dewey Andreas Novel by Ben Coes
Dewey Andreas, a former Army Ranger and Delta, owes his life to Kohl Meir and his team of Israeli commandos. So when a nuclear device with the words “Goodbye Tel Aviv” is spotted in the possession of Iran, Dewey must face off against an opponent with equal cunning, skill and determination.
St. Martin’s Paperbacks * 9781250028228
THE LAST VICTIM by Karen Robards
When two vacationing families are brutally slain, FBI agents Ryan Sinclair and Buzz Crane discern that it could be the work of the notorious Boardwalk Killer. They turn to one of the country's preeminent experts on serial killers, Dr. Charlotte Stone, who was the only survivor of his last killing spree 15 years ago. When another family is murdered and a third girl is abducted, she knows she must do everything possible to stop the crazed madman who has long haunted her nightmares.
Ballantine Books * 9780345535818
MIDNIGHT IN PEKING: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French
Chronicling an incredible unsolved murder, MIDNIGHT IN PEKING captures the aftermath of the brutal killing of a British schoolgirl in January 1937. The mutilated body of Pamela Werner was found at the base of the Fox Tower, which, according to local superstition, is home to the maliciously seductive fox spirits. As British detective Dennis and Chinese detective Han investigate, the mystery only deepens and, in a city on the verge of invasion, rumor and superstition run rampant.
Penguin Books * 9780143123361
THE NEXT BEST THING by Jennifer Weiner
Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she finally hits the jackpot when the sitcom she wrote, “The Next Best Thing,” gets the green light. But her dreams are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, a crush on her boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.
Washington Square Press * 9781451617764
ODD APOCALYPSE: An Odd Thomas Novel by Dean Koontz
The magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, at least for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion. But Roseland holds many mysteries, and only Odd is brave --- or mad --- enough to confront the evil that resides there.
Bantam * 9780553593099
ONE SHOT AT FOREVER: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season by Chris Ballard
In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen became the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final, a distinction that still stands.
Hyperion * 9781401312664
THE ORPHANMASTER by Jean Zimmerman
Orphan children are going missing in 1663 New Amsterdam, and among those looking into the mysterious state of affairs are a quick-witted 22-year-old trader and a dashing British spy. But both the search for the killer and their newfound romance are endangered when Blandine is accused of being a witch and Edward is sentenced to hang for espionage.
Penguin Books * 9780143123538
PASTORS' WIVES by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
PASTORS’ WIVES follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch. Ruthie follows her Wall Street husband from New York to Magnolia, a fictional suburb of Atlanta, when he hears a calling to serve at Greenleaf. Candace is Greenleaf’s “First Lady,” a force of nature who will stop at nothing to protect her church and her superstar husband. Ginger, married to Candace’s son, struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past.
Plume * 9780452298828
PLUGGED by Eoin Colfer
Daniel McEvoy, an Irish bouncer at a seedy New Jersey club, has a problem --- the girl he loves was just murdered. Then more people around him start dying. Suddenly Daniel has the mob, cops and an unstable lovesick neighbor after him, and the only clue points towards the crooked doctor who gave him hair implants before vanishing into thin air. Luckily --- or perhaps unluckily --- he has the help of a volatile detective, a permanently hungover army psychologist, and a mischievous ghost.
Overlook TP * 9781468300611
POINT & SHOOT by Duane Swierczynski
Charlie Hardie finds himself in a steel box, tubes and wires attached to his body, trapped inside a satellite parked in orbit 500 miles above the Earth. When someone all-too-familiar docks on the satellite, informs Hardie he's sitting in a veritable zero-G vault containing the world's most dangerous secrets, and forces a crash-landing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hardie must decide whether he's come face-to-face with the partner he needs to save his family --- or with his nemesis.
Mulholland Books * 9780316133302
RAILSEA by China Mieville
On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can’t shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea.
Del Rey * 9780345524539
A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS by Deanna Raybourn
As the fallout to her latest scandal, Delilah Drummond has been exiled to Kenya and her favorite stepfather's savanna manor house. There, she meets Ryder White, who becomes her guide to the complex beauty of this unknown world. Only when this sacred place is profaned by bloodshed does Delilah discover what is truly worth fighting for --- and what she can no longer live without.
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778314394
STATE OF EMERGENCY by Marc Cameron
Air Force OSI agent Jericho Quinn and his crack team of specialists must track down the black-market arms dealer who is masterminding a nuclear attack and dismantle them both. When the trail leads to South America, Quinn has to join the famous Dakar Rally, a 6,000-mile motorcycle run that's about to become the most dangerous race in history. It's not the finish line they're racing for. It's the fate of the world...
Pinnacle * 9780786031801
STOLEN PREY: A Lucas Davenport Novel by John Sandford
In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed. To Lucas Davenport, the scene looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he has seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit. Until it does.
Berkley * 9780425260999
THE YELLOW BIRDS by Kevin Powers
In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes impossible actions.
Back Bay Books * 9780316219341
ADORING ADDIE: The Courtships of Lancaster County, Book 2 by Leslie Gould
The rivalry between the Cramers and Mosiers heats up again when Addie Cramer and Jonathan Mosier fell head over heels for each other. Now old tensions are renewed, and Addie's parents insist she marry stolid and uninspiring Phillip Eicher. Distraught at a future apart, the two decide their best hope is to reconcile the two families. Will their love be enough to keep them together, or will long-held secrets ruin their chance at happiness?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210327
DEAD LAWYERS TELL NO TALES by Randy Singer
Landon Reed is an ex-quarterback convicted of organizing a points-shaving scheme. During his time in prison, he found forgiveness and faith and earned his law degree. Now he longs for an opportunity to prove his loyalty and worth. He gets that chance at McNaughton & Clay, but when three lawyers are killed, authorities suspect someone has a vendetta against the law firm, leaving Landon and the remaining partner as the final targets.
Tyndale House Publishers * 9781414375588
GOD'S FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH by Frank Viola
When He came to earth, Jesus Christ was rejected in every quarter in which He stepped. There was one exception, however. A little village just outside of Jerusalem named Bethany. Bethany was the only place on earth where Jesus was completely received. GOD’S FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH is a retelling of Jesus’ many visits to Bethany and a relaying of the message it holds for us today.
David C. Cook * 9780781405904
SWEET MERCY by Ann Tatlock
When Eve Marryat's father is laid off from the Ford Motor Company in 1931, he is forced to support his family by moving back to his Ohio roots. Eve's uncle Cyrus has invited the family to live and work at his Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge. Eve can't wait to leave St. Paul, Minnesota, a notorious haven for gangsters. She soon forms an unlikely friendship with a strange young man named Link, blissfully unaware that her uncle's lodge is anything but what it seems.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210464
WHEN A SECRET KILLS: Deadly Reunions, Book 3 by Lynette Eason
Investigative reporter Jillian Carter knows it's time to put the past to rest. She's tired of looking over her shoulder, letting a killer go free. She's no longer the scared kid who changed her name and disappeared. Now, no matter what the cost, Jillian must do what she is trained to do --- find the truth and expose it. And the truth is that Senator Frank Hoffman committed murder 10 years ago --- and Jillian watched it happen. Didn't she?
Revell * 9780800720094
On Sale the Week of May 6th in Hardcover
THE BARBED CROWN: An Ethan Gage Adventure by William Dietrich
In William Dietrich’s THE BARBED CROWN, the sixth tale of rogue and adventurer Ethan Gage, our hero returns to Paris and London. Against a background of imperial pomp and the gathering clouds of war, Gage plots revenge on Napoleon Bonaparte for the kidnapping of his son.
Harper * 9780062194077
CLASS A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere by Lucas Mann
Along the Mississippi River, in a Depression-era stadium, young prospects from all over the world compete for a chance to move up through the baseball ranks to the major leagues. Award-winning essayist Lucas Mann turns his eye on the players, the coaches, the fans, the radio announcer, the town, and finally on himself, a young man raised on baseball, driven to know what still draws him to the stadium.
Pantheon * 9780307907547
COMPLEX 90 by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Hammer accompanies a conservative politician to Moscow on a fact-finding mission. Arrested and imprisoned by the KGB on a bogus charge, he quickly escapes, creating an international incident by getting into a fire fight with Russian agents. On his stateside return, the government is none too happy with Hammer. Russia is insisting upon his return to stand charges, and various government agencies are following him. A question dogs our hero: why him?
Titan Books * 9780857684660
A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA by Anthony Marra
Eight-year-old Havaa watches as Russian soldiers abduct her father, accusing him of aiding Chechen rebels. She and her friend, Akhmed, seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded while mourning her missing sister. Over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja's world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weave together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate.
Hogarth * 9780770436407
THE COOKED SEED: A Memoir by Anchee Min
In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with RED AZALEA, a memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Twenty years later, Min returns to the story of her own life to give us the next chapter --- an immigrant story that takes her from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, without language, money, or a clear path.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781596916982
DEAD, WHITE, AND BLUE: A Death on Demand Mystery by Carolyn Hart
Summer brings good business to Annie Darling’s mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, as tourists swarm in, searching for the latest beach read. But July 4th brings its own mystery as first one and then another islander disappears. Annie and her husband, Max, soon find themselves following a twisted trail marked by adultery, blackmail and betrayal as they pursue a cold-blooded killer in the dog days of summer.
Berkley Hardcover * 9780425260777
A DELICATE TRUTH by John le Carré
In 2008, a counter-terrorist operation was mounted by an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, so secret even the Minister’s personal secretary, Toby Bell, was not cleared for it. In 2011, a disgraced Special Forces Soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be --- or a ruthlessly covered-up human tragedy? Toby might have the answer, and he must choose between his conscience and his duty.
Viking Adult * 9780670014897
DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime by Sarah Smiley
The week before Thanksgiving 2011, Dustin Smiley left for a yearlong military deployment. Soon after, his 11-year-old son invited Senator Susan Collins to fill his dad's chair at dinner. On January 3, 2012, Senator Collins came to dinner...and brought brownies. So began DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS, nationally syndicated columnist Sarah Smiley's 52-week commitment to fill her husband's place at the family dinner table with interesting people and unique role models for her three sons.
Hyperion * 9781401324872
A DUAL INHERITANCE by Joanna Hershon
In 1962, two students meet one evening during their senior year at Harvard --- Ed, a Jewish kid on scholarship, and Hugh, a Boston Brahmin with the world at his feet. Ed is ambitious and girl-crazy, while Hugh pines for the one girl he's ever loved. An immediate, intense friendship is sparked that night between these two opposites, which ends just as abruptly, several years later, although only one of them understands why.
Ballantine Books * 9780345468475
FLORA by Gail Godwin
Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen's decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work in Oak Ridge during the final months of World War II. Helen is desperate to keep her house intact with all its ghosts and stories. Flora, her late mother's 22-year-old first cousin, who cries at the drop of a hat, is ardently determined to do her best for Helen. Their relationship and its fallout, played against a backdrop of a lost America, will haunt Helen for the rest of her life.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620401200
THE INNOCENCE GAME by Michael Harvey
The first day of class for graduate students Ian Joyce and Sarah Gold starts like any other --- until a fellow student, Jake Havens, pulls a wrinkled envelope from his backpack. Inside is a bloodstained scrap of shirt from a boy murdered 14 years ago and an anonymous note taking credit for the killing. The only problem is the alleged murderer is already dead. Suddenly, the class has a new assignment: find the real killer.
Knopf * 9780307961259
THE LAST TRAIN TO ZONA VERDE: My Ultimate African Safari by Paul Theroux
“Happy again, back in the kingdom of light,” writes Paul Theroux as he sets out on a new journey through the continent he knows and loves best. Theroux first came to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, and the pull of the vast land never left him. Now he returns, after 50 years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock both of the place and of himself.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780618839339
LETTERS FROM THE CLOSET: Ten Years of Correspondence That Changed My Life by Amy Hollingsworth
As the years and letters passed between John and Amy, the layers fell off as they explored and unmasked themselves and each other. Every writer needs a room of his own, but for some people, at certain times and in certain circumstances, the best you can do is a closet. From the confines and protection of his closet, John wrote these letters --- letters that were read, cherished, and then locked away for decades in Amy’s closet. Now they are chronicled and shared for your enrichment.
Howard Books * 9781451666779
LONG LIVE THE KING by Fay Weldon
As 1901 comes to an end, there is much to be grateful for: The Dilberne fortune has been restored, and the grand Dilberne Court has been saved. Lord Robert's son, Arthur, is happily married to Chicago heiress Minnie, who is pregnant and trying to come to terms with her new role as lady of the manor, and her charming but controlling mother-in-law, Lady Isobel. While Lord Robert and Lady Isobel debate the future of their recently orphaned niece, Adela, she runs away and joins a travelling group of spiritualists and has a life-saving run-in with the king.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250028006
LOVE ME ANYWAY by Tiffany Hawk
When 23-year-old Emily Cavenaugh’s marriage to her abusive high school sweetheart ends, she trades in her dull small-town life for an all-access pass to see the world as a flight attendant. Hoping for a new start, she moves to San Francisco to bunk with six other new flight attendants. Among them is KC Valentine, a free spirit whose mission in life is to find her father, who abandoned her as a child.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250021472
MONTARO CAINE by Sidney Poitier
A baby is born with a coin in her hand. An orphan crafts a mysterious wooden object. The CEO of a large corporation finds himself under extraordinary pressure at work and at home. And on a remote hilltop on a Caribbean island, a medicine man seems to understand the meaning of all these events and to hold the key to the future.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780385531115
MURDER AS A FINE ART by David Morrell
Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London 43 years earlier. The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts." Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.
Mulholland Books * 9780316216791
THE ONE-WAY BRIDGE by Cathie Pelletier
Welcome to Mattagash, the last town in the middle of the northern Maine wilderness. Its citizens are fiercely proud, yet this simple town connected by a single one-way bridge is anything but tranquil. While neighbors bicker publicly over trivialities such as offensive mailbox designs and gossip about suspicious newcomers, they privately struggle to navigate deeper issues --- scandals, loss, failed ambitions, the scars of war...and a mysterious dead body in the woods.
Sourcebooks Landmark * 9781402280733
THE OPHELIA CUT by John Lescroart
District Attorney Dismas Hardy returns to defend his brother-in-law, Moses McGuire, who has been accused of murdering the man who raped his daughter. McGuire has fallen off the wagon, and his stay in prison could expose some old and dangerous secrets. Hardy struggles to defend McGuire against mounting evidence --- until he sees a new way forward that might just save them all. But at what price?
Atria Books * 9781476709154
THE OTHER TYPIST by Suzanne Rindell
Rose Baker is a typist in a New York City Police Department precinct. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room, she is once again the weaker sex. When glamorous Odalie joins the typing pool, Rose is drawn fully into Odalie’s high-stakes world. And soon her fascination with Odalie turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399161469
PIRATE ALLEY by Stephen Coonts
A cruise ship is attacked and captured by a band of bloodthirsty Somali pirates, who threaten to execute all their hostages if their ransom demands aren’t met. But a far more dangerous conspiracy is afoot. Jake Grafton is assigned to negotiate with the brutal pirate chief, while his right hand man, Tommy Carmellini, and a team of CIA and Navy SEAL operatives mount an undercover operation to save the hostages and keep the U.S. from being maneuvered into a murderous war.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312372842
RED MOON by Benjamin Percy
When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. The night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455501663
ROBERT B. PARKER’S WONDERLAND: A Spenser Novel by Ace Atkins
A heavy-handed developer is trying to buy up Henry Cimoli's condo on Revere Beach and sends thugs to move the process along. Soon Spenser and his apprentice find a trail leading to a mysterious and beautiful woman, and plans to turn to a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. Bitter rivals emerge, alliances turn, and the uglier pieces of the Boston political machine look to put an end to Spenser's investigation.
Putnam Adult * 9780399161575
SILKEN PREY by John Sandford
Lucas Davenport is investigating a case when the trail leads to the disappearance of a Minnesota political fixer, then --- very troublingly --- to the Minneapolis police department, then --- most troublingly of all --- to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, and the money, ruthlessness and sheer will to make it happen. No matter who gets in the way.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159312
SOBER MERCIES: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk by Heather Kopp
Engaging, funny and bracingly honest, Heather Kopp shares her remarkable journey into darkness...and back to the light again. Her story reveals the unique challenges and spiritual conundrums Christians face when they become ensnared in an addiction, and the redemption that's possible when we finally reach the end of ourselves.
Jericho Books * 9781455527748
SOUTHERN CROSS THE DOG by Bill Cheng
In the tradition of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor, Bill Cheng’s SOUTHERN CROSS THE DOG is an epic literary debut in which the bonds between three childhood friends are upended by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. In its aftermath, one young man must choose between the lure of the future and the claims of the past.
Ecco * 9780062225009
A STEP OF FAITH by Richard Paul Evans
After the death of his beloved wife and the loss of his advertising business and home, Alan Christoffersen is a broken man. Leaving everything he knows, he sets out on an extraordinary cross-country journey --- from Seattle to Key West. Along the way, Alan meets people who teach him lessons about love, sacrifice and forgiveness. But in St. Louis, Alan faces another life-changing crisis, putting the journey in jeopardy.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451628296
UNWRITTEN by Charles Martin
Father Steady Capri knows quite a bit about helping others. But he is afraid Katie Quinn's problems may be beyond his abilities. Katie is a world-famous actress with an all-too-familiar story. Fame seems to have driven her to self-destruct. Steady knows that the true cause of her desire to end her life is buried too deeply for him to reach. However, there is one person who still may be able to save her from herself.
Center Street * 9781455503957
WHEN THE DEVIL DRIVES by Christopher Brookmyre
A woman hires Jasmine Sharp to find her younger sister, an assignment that takes her back into the world of professional theater. Meanwhile, Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod is called to the scene of a murder in the Highlands. Following a theatrical outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a prominent figure in the Scottish arts community is shot dead. As their investigations intertwine, it becomes evident that both cases are far more convoluted and dangerous than anticipated.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802120892
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THE ABBEY: An Ash Rashid Novel by Chris Culver
Ash Rashid is a former homicide detective who can't stand the thought of handling another death investigation. That changes when his niece's body is found in the guest home of one of his city's most wealthy citizens. The coroner calls it an overdose, but the case doesn't add up. Against orders, Ash launches an investigation to find his niece's murderer, but the longer he searches, the more entangled he becomes in a case that hits increasingly close to home.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455527410
THE ABSENT ONE: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Detective Carl Mørck is intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects --- part of a group of privileged boarding-school students --- confessed and was convicted. But once Mørck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems.
Plume * 9780142196830
AFLOAT by Erin Healy
Eagle’s Talon is an architectural marvel --- shining residential units afloat in a protected cove of the gorgeous Rondeau River. The project is nearly complete when a sinkhole gives way. Then torrential rains and a flood leave a ragged collection of builders, investors and residents stranded in one floating building, cut off from the rest of the world. In this watery world where everyone's secrets will eventually come to light, salvation may mean more than just getting out alive.
Thomas Nelson * 9781401685522
AFTER ANNIE by Michael Tucker
Herbie Aaron is one-half of a celebrity marriage. He and Annie have been together a lifetime, but when Annie dies of cancer, Herbie doesn't know what to do without her, his conscience and his muse.
Overlook TP * 9781468302707
BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
Anne Boleyn has failed to give Henry a son, and her sharp intelligence and audacity will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.
Picador * 9781250024176
CATCH A FALLING STAR by Beth K. Vogt
Dr. Kendall Haynes’s plans to have a perfect life are eluding her. She needs to stop wishing upon a star and face reality: Some dreams just never come true. Meanwhile, a dangerous choice ejects Air Force pilot Griffin Walker from his cockpit. His life becomes even more complicated after the sudden death of his parents makes him the guardian of his 16-year-old brother. When their lives collide, Kendall and Griffin must decide if they can embrace the unexpected changes God has waiting for them.
Howard Books | 9781451660272
CITY OF WOMEN by David R. Gillham
At the height of the Second World War, Berlin has essentially become a city of women. While her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder goes to work every day and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law. Her tedious existence is turned upside down when she finds herself hiding a mother and her two young daughters, and she must make terrifying choices that could cost her everything.
Berkley Trade * 9780425252963
THE COTTAGE AT GLASS BEACH by Heather Barbieri
Nora Keane’s carefully constructed life falls to pieces when she --- along with the rest of the world --- learns that her husband, a prominent Massachusetts attorney general, has been cheating on her. Heartbroken and humiliated, Nora takes refuge with her maternal aunt on Burke’s Island in Maine, a place where superstition and magic are carried on the ocean winds, and wishes and dreams wash ashore with the changing tides.
Harper Perennial * 9780062107978
DEATH COMES SILENTLY: A Death on Demand Mystery by Carolyn Hart
Annie Darling enlists the help of her husband, Max, to piece together a puzzle involving an overturned kayak, a stolen motorboat, a troubled love affair, and a reckless teenager. And she must tread carefully in her investigation, because a killer is on the loose, and that killer works well in the foggy days of winter.
Berkley * 9780425252093
A DOG'S JOURNEY: Another Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron
The sequel to the New York Times and USA Today bestseller A DOG’S PURPOSE, A DOG’S JOURNEY is a charming and heartwarming story of hope, love and unending devotion that asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us?
Forge Books * 9780765330543
THE FAMILY MANSION by Anthony C. Winkler
THE FAMILY MANSION tells the story of Hartley Fudges, whose personal destiny unfolds against the backdrop of 19th-century British culture, a time when English society was based upon the strictest subordination and stratification of the classes. Hartley's decision to migrate to Jamaica at the age of 23 seems sensible at first, but for all of its fabulous wealth, Jamaica was a difficult and inhospitable place for an immigrant.
Akashic Books * 9781617751660
THE FOREVER MARRIAGE by Ann Bauer
Carmen wishes Jobe, the husband she never loved, dead --- only to fall in love with him after he is gone. As she helps her three children grieve, she discovers, after a tryst with her most recent lover, that her own life may be in danger. Her emotions reeling, Carmen reflects on the fateful days of her youth that made her the person she has become: privileged suburban wife, unfaithful widow, mother of a child with Down syndrome, fierce friend.
Overlook TP * 9781468306323
GONE SOUTH by Meg Moseley
An opportunity to buy her great-great-great-grandparents’ Civil War-era home beckons Tish McComb to Noble, Alabama. When Tish discovers that McCombs aren’t welcome in town, she feels like a Yankee behind enemy lines. Only local antiques dealer George Zorbas seems willing to give her a chance. What’s a lonely outcast to do but take in Noble’s resident prodigal, Melanie Hamilton, and hope that the two can find some much needed acceptance in each other.
Multnomah Books * 9780307730800
GROUNDED: Windy City Neighbors, Book 1 by Neta Jackson and Dave Jackson
The first book in the Windy City Neighbors series is an uplifting, contemporary story about ordinary people wrestling with the spiritual and practical issues of real life. The series employs the innovative storytelling technique of parallel novels, each with its own drama and story arc, but whose characters' lives become intertwined and affect one another. GROUNDED welcomes you to Beecham Street --- a typical, isolated American neighborhood that might just be a place of hope.
Worthy Publishing * 9781617950001
THE INQUISITOR'S WIFE: A Novel of Renaissance Spain by Jeanne Kalogridis
In Spain, the Inquisition is targeting conversos, Christians of Jewish descent, who practice Judaism secretly in their homes. Marisol Garcia, a young conversa, is hurriedly wed to Gabriel, a civil lawyer working for the Inquisition, in hopes that he will protect her. But she still yearns for the childhood love who abandoned her four years earlier and is shocked when he reappears suddenly at her wedding. When her father is arrested and tortured, Marisol finds herself caught between her love for him and her desire to save the lives of her people.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9780312675462
IS THIS TOMORROW by Caroline Leavitt
In 1956, Ava Lark rents a house with her 12-year-old son, Lewis, in a desirable Boston suburb. Lewis yearns for his absent father, befriending the only other fatherless kids: Jimmy and Rose. One afternoon, Jimmy goes missing. Years later, when Lewis and Rose reunite to untangle the final pieces of the tragic puzzle, they must decide: Should you tell the truth even if it hurts those you love, or should some secrets remain buried?
Algonquin Books * 9781616200541
LIONEL ASBO: STATE OF ENGLAND by Martin Amis
Just as the orphaned Desmond Pepperdine begins to lead a gentler, healthier life, his uncle Lionel --- once again in a London prison --- wins £140 million in the lottery. Upon his release, Lionel hires a public relations firm and begins dating a topless model and “poet.” Strangely, however, Lionel's true nature remains uncompromised, while his problems --- and therefore also Desmond's --- seem only to multiply.
Vintage * 9780307948083
ONCE UPON A PRINCE: The Royal Wedding Series, Book 1 by Rachel Hauck
ONCE UPON A PRINCE, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, tells a modern-day fairy tale as fetching as the recent nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. When a jilted girlfriend meets a reluctant crown prince, they discover the power of God’s love to heal hearts and change a nation.
Zondervan * 9780310315476
THE OUTSIDER: An Ash Rashid Novel by Chris Culver
Ash Rashid has finished law school and is aiming to become a prosecutor. The last thing he wants is to become embroiled in a new homicide investigation. That changes when he hears that the mother of one of his daughter's friends was murdered in front of her home. Ash launches an inquiry and quickly becomes entangled in a case involving a dangerous mix of election-year politics, crime and street justice.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455526017
THE PASSAGE OF POWER: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro
The fourth volume in Robert A. Caro’s series on Lyndon Johnson follows Johnson through some of the most frustrating and triumphant periods of his career, including his battle against Robert Kennedy during the 1960 Democratic nomination for president and Johnson’s own unhappy vice presidency.
Vintage * 9780375713255
THE RED BOOK by Deborah Copaken Kogan
Clover, Addison, Mia and Jane were roommates at Harvard until their graduation in 1989. Twenty years later, their lives are in free fall. Like all Harvard grads, they’ve kept abreast of one another via the red book, which contains brief autobiographical essays by fellow alumni. But there’s the story we tell the world, and then there’s the real story, as these former classmates will learn during their 20th reunion weekend.
Voice * 9781401341992
RED CELL by Mark Henshaw
The CIA Red Cell is a real “devil’s advocate” analysis unit created on September 13, 2001 by then CIA Director George Tenet to “tell me what no one else is telling me.” Mark Henshaw is a CIA analyst and based his debut novel on Tenet’s red cell premise. RED CELL follows two CIA outcasts brought together to stop a secret Chinese weapon that threatens to provoke a world war.
Touchstone * 9781451665574
THE REVISED FUNDAMENTALS OF CAREGIVING by Jonathan Evison
Having lost virtually everything, Benjamin Benjamin enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving. He is assigned to 19-year-old Trevor, who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. As the two embark on a wild road trip across the American West, a new camaraderie replaces the traditional boundary between patient and caregiver.
Algonquin Books * 9781616203153
SUTTON by J.R. Moehringer
Pulitzer Prize winner J.R. Moehringer brings Willie Sutton blazing back to life. In his retelling, it was more than need or rage at society that drove Sutton. It was one unforgettable woman. In all of Sutton’s crimes and confinements, his first love (and first accomplice) was never far from his thoughts. And when Sutton finally walked free --- a surprise pardon on Christmas Eve, 1969 --- he immediately set out to find her.
Hyperion * 9781401312688
TRICKSTER’S POINT by William Kent Krueger
The unsinkable Cork O’Connor is sitting in the shadow of a towering monolith known as Trickster’s Point, deep in the Minnesota wilderness. Beside him is the first Native American governor-elect, Jubal Little, who is slowly dying with an arrow through his heart. Although the men have been bow hunting, this is no accident. The arrow in the governor’s heart belongs to Cork, who becomes the primary suspect in the murder.
Atria Books * 9781451645712
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