January 21, 2014
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of January 20th and January 27th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of January 20th in Hardcover
ORFEO by Richard Powers (Fiction)
Peter Els is a retired music professor with a unique hobby: He has set up a microbiology lab in his home to find music in the modified DNA of the bacterium Serratia marcescens. When Federal agents find out about his laboratory, they suspect he may be a bioterrorist. ORFEO is the portrait of a man so obsessed by the need to create that he’ll sacrifice just about everything for the sake of his quest.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393240825
BAD WOLF by Nele Neuhaus (Mystery)
As two grisly murder cases collide, Inspectors Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein dig deep into the past and underneath the veneer of bourgeois society to come up against a terrible secret that is about to impact their personal lives as well. In Nele Neuhaus's second U.S. publication of her popular series, tensions run high, and a complex and unpredictable plot propels her characters forward at breakneck speed.
Minotaur Books * 9781250043993
CARTHAGE by Joyce Carol Oates (Mystery)
Zeno Mayfield's daughter has disappeared into the night, gone missing in the wilds of the Adirondacks. But when the community of Carthage joins a father's frantic search for the girl, they discover the unlikeliest of suspects --- a decorated Iraq War veteran with close ties to the Mayfield family. As grisly evidence mounts against the troubled war hero, the family must wrestle with the possibility of having lost a daughter forever.
Ecco * 9780062208125
CUT ME LOOSE: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood by Leah Vincent (Memoir)
CUT ME LOOSE tells the story of one woman's harrowing struggle to define herself as an individual. Through Leah Vincent's eyes, we confront not only the oppressive world of religious fundamentalism, but also the broader issues that face even the most secular young women as they grapple with sexuality and identity.
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday * 9780385538091
THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL by Armistead Maupin (Fiction)
THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL, the ninth and final novel in Armistead Maupin’s classic Tales of the City series, follows one of modern literature’s most beloved and indelible characters --- Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane --- as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her complicated past.
Harper * 9780062196248
A GODWARD HEART: Treasuring the God Who Loves You by John Piper (Devotional)
John Piper invites you to experience deeper intimacy with God through these thought-provoking and soul-enriching meditations. Whether you are just discovering the divine richness of Scripture or have long been a passionate student, you’ll find a deeper understanding of God and renewed insight for your journey.
Multnomah Books * 9781601425669
HUNTING SHADOWS: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd (Historical Mystery)
A society wedding becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange it’s unbelievable. In going over the details of the case, Inspector Ian Rutledge is reminded of a dark episode he witnessed in the war. To stop a murderer, will the ethical detective choose to follow the letter --- or the spirit --- of the law?
William Morrow * 9780062237187
LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen (Fiction)
Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby Pim’s past. All that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires. It’s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250019806
PANDEMIC by Scott Sigler (Horror)
INFECTED shocked readers with a visceral, up-close account of physical metamorphosis and one man’s desperate fight for sanity and survival. The sequel, CONTAGIOUS, let the reader experience the frantic national response to this growing cataclysm. And now in PANDEMIC, the entire human race balances on the razor’s edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, changing normal people into psychopaths or transforming them into nightmares.
Crown * 9780307408976
THE SECRET OF MAGIC by Deborah Johnson (Historical Fiction)
Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero. It is signed by M. P. Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country. Once down in Mississippi, Regina finds that nothing in the South is as it seems. She must navigate the muddy waters of racism, relationships, and her own tragic past.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399157721
THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC: A Piper Donovan Mystery by Mary Jane Clark (Mystery)
Piper Donovan has barely arrived in New Orleans to perfect her pastry skills at a renowned French Quarter bakery when a ghastly murder rocks the magical city. Intrigued by the case, Piper can’t help but look for the “Hoodoo Killer” among the faces around her. When the murderer strikes again, she thinks she can unmask the killer. But Piper will have to conjure up some old black magic of her own if she hopes to live long enough to reveal the truth.
William Morrow * 9780062135476
UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY by Nancy Horan (Historical Romance)
At the age of 35, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium --- with her three children and nanny in tow --- to study art. Not long after her arrival, tragedy strikes, and Fanny and her children repair to a quiet artists’ colony in France where she can recuperate. Emerging from a deep sorrow, she meets Robert Louis Stevenson, and the two begin a fierce love affair that spans the decades and the globe.
Ballantine Books * 9780345516534
WHAT WE'VE LOST IS NOTHING by Rachel Louise Snyder (Fiction)
On a warm day in April, Mary Elizabeth McPherson skips school with her friend, Sofia. As the two experiment with a heavy dose of ecstasy in Mary Elizabeth’s dining room, a series of home invasions rocks their neighborhood. At first the community is determined to band together, but rising suspicions soon threaten to destroy the world they were attempting to create.
Scribner * 9781476725178
WORTHY BROWN'S DAUGHTER by Phillip Margolin (Historical Thriller)
One of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon, recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown, a newly freed slave, rescue his 15-year-old daughter, Roxanne, from their former master, a powerful Portland lawyer. Worthy's lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy's arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangman.
Harper * 9780062195340
CARELESS PEOPLE: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell (History)
CARELESS PEOPLE is a unique literary investigation: a gripping double narrative that combines a forensic search for clues to an unsolved crime and a quest for the roots of one of America’s best-loved novels. Acclaimed scholar of American literature Sarah Churchwell reconstructs the events of that pivotal autumn in 1922, revealing in the process new ways of thinking about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece.
The Penguin Press * 9781594204746
THE GUTS by Roddy Doyle (Fiction/Humor)
In the 1980s Jimmy Rabbitte formed the Commitments, a ragtag, blue-collar collective of Irish youths determined to bring the soul music stylings of James Brown and Percy Sledge to Dublin. These days, the almost-50-year-old Jimmy has a loving wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis that leaves him feeling shattered and frightened. As he battles his illness on his path through Dublin, Jimmy manages to reconnect with his own past.
Viking Adult * 9780670016433
LYDIA'S PARTY by Margaret Hawkins (Fiction)
Lydia is having a party, one that she has hosted every year for six female friends who treasure the midwinter bash. As this particular evening unfolds, Lydia prepares to make a shattering announcement. As we follow these friends through their party preparations, we meet flawed but lovable characters who are navigating the hassles of daily chores while also meditating in stolen moments on their lives, regrets, complicated relationships and deepest desires.
Viking Adult * 9780670015764
NORTH OF BOSTON by Elisabeth Elo (Literary Thriller)
When the fishing boat Pirio Kasparov is on is rammed by a freighter, she finds herself abandoned in the North Atlantic. She survives nearly four hours in the water before being rescued by the Coast Guard. But the boat’s owner and her professional fisherman friend, Ned, is not so lucky. Compelled to look after Noah, the son of the late Ned, and her alcoholic prep school friend, Thomasina, Pirio can’t shake the lurking suspicion that the boat’s sinking --- and Ned’s death --- was no accident.
Pamela Dorman Books/Viking * 9780670015658
On Sale the Week of January 20th in Paperback
BIG GIRL PANTIES by Stephanie Evanovich (Fiction/Humor)
Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she is alone at age 32 and weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple even after she has met her goals --- and other men are noticing?
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062224859
BUTTERFLY PALACE by Colleen Coble (Historical Romance)
Abandoned by the love of her life and still mourning the loss of her mother, Lily Donaldson has moved to Austin, Texas, and is working as a kitchen maid in a luxurious mansion, the Butterfly Palace. But one night, while serving at a dinner party, Lily recognizes the man who abandoned her sitting among the distinguished guests, though he does not acknowledge her aloud. Before she can get an explanation, the path of the Servant Girl Killer swerves very close to the Butterfly Palace, sowing terror among the maids.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595547835
ECHOES OF MERCY by Kim Vogel Sawyer (Historical Romance)
When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event. At the same time, Oliver Dinsmore poses as a common worker to find out all he can about the family business before taking over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers in the factory.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307731272
EYES WIDE OPEN by Ted Dekker (Thriller)
My name is Christy Snow. I'm 17 and I'm about to die. I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking. Some will say that I'm not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some will say that I don't even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave.
Worthy Publishing * 9781617952739
THE FIRST TRUE LIE by Marina Mander (Fiction)
Meet Luca, a curious young boy living with his mother, a taciturn woman who "every now and then tries out a new father." Luca keeps to himself, his cat, Blue, and his words --- his favorite toys. One February morning his mom doesn't wake up to bring him to school, so Luca --- with a father who's long gone and driven by a deep fear of being an orphan --- decides to pretend to the world that his mom is still alive.
Hogarth * 9780770436858
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND: A Piper Donovan Mystery by Mary Jane Clark (Mystery)
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 Paperbacks * 9780062135452
KIND OF KIN by Rilla Askew (Fiction/Humor)
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 * 9780062198808
THE MARLOWE PAPERS by Ros Barber (Historical Fiction)
On May 30, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London. That, at least, was the official version. Now Christopher Marlowe reveals the truth: that his "death" was an elaborate ruse to avoid a conviction of heresy; that he was spirited across the English Channel to live on in lonely exile; that he continued to write plays and poetry, hiding behind the name of a colorless man from Stratford --- one William Shakespeare.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250044808
SILENCING EVE: An Eve Duncan Novel by Iris Johansen (Thriller)
In TAKING EVE, the game began. In HUNTING EVE, the chase was on. Now, in SILENCING EVE, the prey is cornered. Will Eve Duncan survive? Will those she loves take the fall with her? And will the secrets of Eve’s past ultimately become her undoing? All these questions will be answered in a shocking, you-never-saw-it-coming conclusion.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250034359
THE VANISHING by Wendy Webb (Gothic Thriller)
Just as Julia Bishop’s life is collapsing around her, a stranger appears on her doorstep with an intriguing job offer --- he asks Julia to be a companion for his elderly mother, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist Amaris Sinclair, whom Julia has always admired...and who the whole world thinks is dead. But when she arrives at Havenwood, the Sinclairs’ magnificent, centuries-old estate, she begins to suspect her too-good-to-be-true job offer is exactly that.
Hyperion * 9781401341947
A WELL-TEMPERED HEART by Jan-Philipp Sendker (Romance)
Almost 10 years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father’s native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads. One day, she hears a stranger’s voice in her head that causes her to leave her office without explanation. Not only does the female voice refuse to disappear, it starts to ask questions Julia has been trying to avoid. Why do you live alone? To whom do you feel close? What do you want in life?
Other Press * 9781590516409
WITH AUTUMN'S RETURN: Westward Winds, Book 3 by Amanda Cabot (Historical Romance)
When Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne to open her medical practice, she soon discovers that the town may not welcome a new physician --- especially a lady doctor. Even Jason Nordling, the handsome young attorney next door, seems to disapprove of her chosen profession. When a web of deceit among Cheyenne's wealthiest residents threatens to catch Elizabeth and Jason in its snare, they must risk working together to save one of Elizabeth's patients --- even if it means falling in love.
Revell * 9780800734619
On Sale the Week of January 27th in Hardcover
CALL ME BURROUGHS: A Life by Barry Miles (Biography)
Fifty years ago, Norman Mailer asserted, "William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius." Few since have taken such literary risks, developed such individual political or spiritual ideas, or spanned such a wide range of media. In CALL ME BURROUGHS, Beat historian Barry Miles presents the first full-length biography of Burroughs to be published in a quarter century --- and the first one to chronicle the last decade of Burroughs's life and examine his long-term cultural legacy.
Twelve * 9781455511952
CHURCHILL'S FIRST WAR: Young Winston at War with the Afghans by Con Coughlin (History)
Just over a century ago, British troops were fighting a vicious frontier war against Pashtun tribesmen on the North West Frontier --- the great-great-grandfathers of the Taliban and tribal insurgents in modern-day Afghanistan. Winston Churchill, then a young cavalry lieutenant, wrote a vivid account of what he saw during his first major campaign. In CHURCHILL'S FIRST WAR, Con Coughlin tells the story of that campaign, a story of high adventure and imperial success, which contains many lessons and warnings for today.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250043047
DEPT. OF SPECULATION by Jenny Offill (Fiction)
Jenny Offill’s heroine, referred to as simply “the wife,” once exchanged love letters with her husband postmarked Dept. of Speculation. As they confront an array of common catastrophes, the wife analyzes her predicament, invoking everything from Keats and Kafka to the lessons of doomed Russian cosmonauts. She muses on the consuming, capacious experience of maternal love, and the near total destruction of the self that ensues from it.
Knopf * 9780385350815
THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE by Valerie Martin (Historical Fiction)
While on a voyage to Africa, an unproven young writer named Arthur Conan Doyle hears of the Mary Celeste and decides to write an outlandish short story about what took place. This causes quite a sensation between sought-after Philadelphia spiritualist medium Violet Petra and a rational-minded journalist named Phoebe Grant, who is seeking to expose Petra as a fraud. Then there is the family of the Mary Celeste's captain, a family linked to the sea for generations and marked repeatedly by tragedy.
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday * 9780385533508
HUNDRED DAYS: The Campaign That Ended World War I by Nick Lloyd (History)
Acclaimed military historian Nick Lloyd leads readers into the endgame of World War I, showing how the timely arrival of American men and materiel --- as well as the bravery of French, British and Commonwealth soldiers --- helped to turn the tide on the Western Front. An epic tale ranging from the ravaged fields of Flanders to the revolutionary streets of Berlin, HUNDRED DAYS recalls the bravery and sacrifice that finally silenced the guns of Europe.
Basic Books * 9780465074921
I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU by Erin Lindsay McCabe (Historical Fiction)
Rosetta doesn't want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist as a soldier in the Civil War, but he joins up nonetheless, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm someday. Determined to be with him, no matter the cost, Rosetta cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier. Fearing discovery of her secret, Rosetta’s strong will clashes with Jeremiah’s as their marriage is tested by war.
Crown * 9780804137720
THE LAST ENCHANTMENTS by Charles Finch (Fiction)
After graduating from Yale, William Baker, scion of an old line patrician family, goes to work in presidential politics. But when the campaign into which he has poured his heart ends in disappointment, he decides to leave New York behind, along with the devoted, ambitious and well-connected woman he’s been in love with for the last four years. Soon, however, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of unexpected friendships and romantic entanglements that threaten his safe plans.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250018717
MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH by Rebecca Mead (Memoir)
Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot's MIDDLEMARCH. After gaining admission to Oxford and moving to the US to become a journalist, through several love affairs, then marriage and family, Mead read and reread MIDDLEMARCH, which offered her something that modern life and literature did not. Here, she leads us into the life that the book made for her, as well as the many lives the novel has led since it was written.
Crown * 9780307984760
AN OFFICER AND A SPY by Robert Harris (Historical Thriller)
Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason and stripped of his rank in front of a crowd of 20,000. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that “proved” Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. However, it isn’t long before Picquart is compelled to question not only the case against Dreyfus but also his most deeply held beliefs about his country --- and himself.
Knopf * 9780385349581
THE ORPHAN CHOIR by Sophie Hannah (Supernatural Thriller)
In Sophie Hannah's new supernatural thriller, readers are introduced to Louise Beeston, a wife and mother who is being haunted by a ghostly children's choir. Are they giving her an important message that only she can hear? Or are their motives more sinister?
Picador * 9781250041029
THE PAWNBROKER by David and Aimee Thurlo (Mystery)
Charlie Henry is the proud new owner of the Three Balls pawnshop, having recently returned Stateside from special-ops work in Iraq. The transition back to normal life seems to be going smoothly until his childhood friend, Gina, is shot. With the help of his Army buddy (and co-owner of the shop) Gordon Sweeney, Charlie finds that the shooting has to do with the previous owner of the pawnshop and his rather questionable morals.
Minotaur Books * 9781250027986
THE POPE AND MUSSOLINI: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer (History)
THE POPE AND MUSSOLINI tells the story of two men who came to power in 1922 and together changed the course of 20th-century history. In most respects, they could not have been more different. One was scholarly and devout, the other thuggish and profane. Yet Pope Pius XI and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini had many things in common, and each relied on the other to consolidate his power and achieve his political goals.
Random House * 9780812993462
RIPPER by Isabel Allende (Mystery)
High school senior Amanda Jackson is a natural-born sleuth addicted to crime novels and Ripper, an online mystery game. When a string of strange murders occurs across the city, Amanda plunges into her own investigation, discovering that the deaths may be connected. But the case becomes all too personal when her mother suddenly vanishes. Could her mother’s disappearance be linked to the serial killer?
Harper * 9780062291400
STILL LIFE WITH BREAD CRUMBS by Anna Quindlen (Fiction)
Anna Quindlen’s latest novel begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. After fleeing the city for the middle of nowhere, she discovers --- in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates --- that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.
Random House * 9781400065752
THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY by Wiley Cash (Fiction)
Easter and Ruby are adjusting to life in foster care when their father, Wade, suddenly appears. Since Wade signed away his legal rights, the only way he can get his daughters back is to steal them away in the night. Brady Weller, the girls' court-appointed guardian, turns up unsettling information linking Wade to a recent armored car heist. Robert Pruitt, a shady and mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is also determined to find Wade and claim his due.
William Morrow * 9780062088253
TIGER SHRIMP TANGO by Tim Dorsey (Mystery/Humor)
No one loves Florida more, or can keep it safe from invasive criminal species better, than self-appointed Sunshine Sheriff Serge Storms. When a particular scam leads to the death of a few innocents and a young woman's disappearance, Serge and his perpetually self-bent sidekick Coleman --- aided by his new pal, latter-day noir private eye Mahoney --- load up the car for a riotous road trip to do right.
William Morrow * 9780062092816
WITHOUT MERCY: The Stunning True Story of Race, Crime, and Corruption in the Deep South by David Beasley (History)
On December 9, 1938, the state of Georgia executed six black men in 81 minutes in Tattnall Prison’s electric chair. While they were arrested, convicted, sentenced and executed in as little as six weeks, E. D. Rivers, the governor of the state, oversaw a pardon racket for white killers and criminals, allowed the Ku Klux Klan to infiltrate his administration, and bankrupted the state. David Beasley’s WITHOUT MERCY is the story of the stunning injustice of these executions.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250014665
On Sale the Week of January 27th in Paperback
ALL THAT IS by James Salter (Historical Fiction)
From his experiences as a young naval officer in battles off Okinawa, Philip Bowman returns to America and finds a position as a book editor. But despite his success, what eludes him is love. His first marriage goes bad, another fails to happen, and finally he meets a woman who enthralls him --- before setting him on a course he never could have imagined for himself.
Vintage * 9781400078424
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF US by Aria Beth Sloss (Fiction)
In 1960s California, Rebecca Madden and her friend Alex dream of lives beyond their mothers' narrow expectations. Their struggle to define themselves against the backdrop of an American cultural revolution unites them early on, until a single act of betrayal changes everything. Decades later, Rebecca’s haunting meditation on the past reveals the truth about that night, the years that followed, and the friendship that shaped her.
Picador * 9781250044051
THE BOOK OF MY LIVES by Aleksandar Hemon (Memoir)
Aleksandar Hemon’s lives begin in Sarajevo, where boyhood is consumed by street soccer and sibling rivalry, and a young man’s life is about American music, bad poetry, and slightly better journalism. At the age of 27, Hemon journeyed to Chicago --- a trip that would mark the beginning of another life, this time in the United States. There, he watched from afar as war broke out in Bosnia, his parents and sister fleeing, and Hemon himself unable to return.
Picador * 9781250043542
THE BURN PALACE by Stephen Dobyns (Thriller)
One night, Alice Alessio --- also known as Nurse Spandex --- is given the surprise of her life. Coming back from a secret tryst with a doctor, she peeks in to check on the newborn baby she was supposed to be watching, and finds a huge, writhing red-and-yellow snake in the bassinet instead. So begins the series of strange and disturbing events that start to plague a sleepy little community and confound the police.
Plume * 9780142180440
CIDER BROOK: A Swift River Valley Novel by Carla Neggers (Romantic Suspense)
Samantha Bennett is a treasure hunter who has returned to Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, to solve a 300-year-old mystery and salvage her good name. Now she has everyone’s attention --- especially that of Justin Sloan. Samantha is daring, determined, seized by wanderlust --- everything that strong, stoic Justin never knew he wanted. Until now…
Harlequin MIRA * 9780778315889
DEADLINE by Sandra Brown (Thriller)
Well-respected journalist Dawson Scott, who has recently returned from Afghanistan, is covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former Marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of the pair of terrorists who remain on the FBI's Most Wanted list. As Dawson delves into the story, he finds himself developing feelings for Wesson's ex-wife, Amelia, and her two young sons. But when Amelia's nanny turns up dead, the case takes a stunning new turn, with Dawson himself becoming a suspect.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455549122
DOWNFALL by Jeff Abbott (Thriller)
The simplest beginnings can unravel a life. For Sam Capra, it is the moment a beautiful young woman walks into his San Francisco bar. An ex-CIA agent, his only desire now is to build a quiet, peaceful home for himself and his infant son. But Diana Keene is no ordinary customer. She's pursued by two gunmen, and when she finds Sam, she whispers an urgent, desperate plea: "Help me." And without any warning, Sam is thrust into a fight for his life.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455528424
THE EYE OF GOD: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins (Thriller/Adventure)
In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts that both came from the same body: the long dead Mongol king Genghis Khan. Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force set out to discover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery going back to the birth of Christianity, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.
Harper * 9780061785672
THE HOUR OF PERIL: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower (History)
In February 1861, just days before he assumed the presidency, Abraham Lincoln faced a “clear and fully-matured” threat of assassination as he traveled by train from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a period of 13 days, the legendary detective Allan Pinkerton worked feverishly to detect and thwart the plot, assisted by a captivating young widow named Kate Warne, America’s first female private eye.
Minotaur Books * 9781250042668
LITTLE GREEN: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley (Mystery)
Private eye Easy Rawlins and his murderous sidekick, Mouse, are looking for a young black man, Evander “Little Green” Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem.
Vintage * 9780307949783
THE LONG WAR by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (Fantasy/Science Fiction)
A generation after the events of THE LONG EARTH, humankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by “stepping.” A new “America” --- Valhalla --- is emerging more than a million steps from Datum, our Earth. Valhalla is growing restless under the controlling long arm of the Datum government. Soon Joshua Valiente is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a building crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any humankind has waged before.
Harper * 9780062068699
A NEARLY PERFECT COPY by Allison Amend (Fiction)
Elm Howells has a loving family and a distinguished career at an elite Manhattan auction house. But after a tragic loss throws her into an emotional crisis, she pursues a reckless course of action that jeopardizes her personal and professional success. Meanwhile, talented artist Gabriel Connois wearies of remaining at the margins of the capricious Parisian art scene. Desperate for recognition, he embarks on a scheme that threatens his burgeoning reputation.
Anchor * 9780345803146
THE NIGHT RANGER by Alex Berenson (Thriller)
Four friends, recent college graduates, travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis. But after 12 weeks, they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. They get more than they bargained for, though, when bandits hijack them. John Wells is asked to try to find them; when he arrives, he finds that the truth behind the kidnappings is far more complex than he imagined.
Jove * 9780515153705
THE PRETTY ONE: A Novel about Sisters by Lucinda Rosenfeld (Fiction)
For nearly 40 years, the Hellinger sisters have played the roles set down by their loving yet domineering mother. Each woman is unable to believe that anyone could understand what it's like to be her. But when a freak accident lands their mother in the hospital, a chain of events is set in motion that will send each Hellinger sister rocketing out of her comfort zone, leaving her to wonder: was this the role she was truly born to play?
Back Bay Books * 9780316213585
THE SON by Philipp Meyer (Historical Fiction)
Philipp Meyer, the acclaimed author of AMERICAN RUST, returns with THE SON. This utterly transporting novel is an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family --- from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century.
Ecco * 9780062120403
UNSEEN by Karin Slaughter (Thriller)
Will Trent is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent whose latest case has him posing as Bill Black, a scary ex-con who rides a motorcycle around Macon, Georgia, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. The cover has worked, and he has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer who thinks he might be a useful ally. But undercover and cut off from the support of the woman he loves, Sara Linton, Will finds his demons catching up with him.
Dell * 9780345539496
UNTIL THE END OF TIME by Danielle Steel (Fiction)
Jenny and Bill’s happy life together is suddenly cut short when tragedy strikes. Thirty-eight years later, Bob, a hardened New York City publisher, will meet his match in Lillibet, a shy Amish girl who is a talented writer. Though these two couldn't be less alike, they immediately sense a deep connection that spans their differences. And there's the unshakable sense that they've known each other for a long time...possibly in another life.
Dell * 9780345530899
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