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Week of February 4, 2013

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Week of February 4, 2013

In THE FALLEN ANGEL by Daniel Silva, Gabriel Allon is called on to investigate the death of a beautiful woman in Rome. He fights against police who have already ruled her death a suicide and the Vatican’s “don’t ask too many questions” rule to uncover the truth. But along the way, he must also penetrate a criminal smuggling network and encounter an old enemy plotting revenge that puts himself and those he holds dear on the razor’s edge of danger.

In Germany in 1904, music sparks the love of Frederick Meisenheimer and Jette Furst. After an unplanned pregnancy, the couple flees to America. Their journey takes them from Hanover to New Orleans to St. Louis and finally to the town of Beatrice, Missouri, where they search for the American dream, in Alex George's debut novel, A GOOD AMERICAN.

All I Did Was Shoot My Man: A Leonid McGill Mystery by Walter Mosley - Mystery
As his own life unravels, Leonid McGill investigates a complex case. Seven years ago, Zella Grisham came home to find her man in bed with her friend. Zella didn't remember shooting him, but she didn't deny it either. And the police found $80,000 from a recent heist hidden in her storage space.
All This Talk of Love by Christopher Castellani - Fiction


It's been 50 years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America. Prima, Antonio and Maddalena's American-born daughter, was raised on the lore of the old country. And as she sees her parents aging, she hatches the idea to take the entire family back to Italy --- hoping to reunite Maddalena with her estranged sister and let her parents see their homeland one last time.

Charlotte Au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood by Charlotte Silver - Memoir
In this memoir, Charlotte Silver recalls her childhood growing up in her glamorous mother’s Harvard Square restaurant. When the restaurant nears financial collapse, Charlotte realizes the sacrifices her mother has made in running a kitchen while raising a family. 
Chasing Midnight: A Doc Ford Novel by Randy Wayne White - Thriller


At a reception hosted by a notorious Russian black marketeer, Doc Ford is able to get an underwater look at the billionaire's yacht. By the time Ford surfaces, everything has changed. Environmental extremists have herded everyone together and threatened to kill one hostage every hour until midnight unless their demands are met.

The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva - Thriller


Called on to investigate the death of a beautiful woman in Rome, Gabriel Allon fights against police who have already ruled her death a suicide and the Vatican’s “don’t ask too many questions” rule to uncover the truth. But along the way, he must also penetrate a criminal smuggling network and encounter an old enemy plotting revenge that puts himself and those he holds dear on the razor’s edge of danger.

A Good American by Alex George - Historical Fiction


When Frederick and Jette must flee her disapproving mother in 1904, where better to go than America, the land of the new? By chance, they find themselves in Beatrice, Missouri. Not speaking a word of English, they embark on their new life together.
The Good Daughter: A Brennan Sisters Novel by Jane Porter - Fiction


Kit Brennan has always been the most grounded of her sisters. A Catholic school English teacher for 17 years, Kit's decisions have always been sound --- but not too satisfying. When a girls' weekend away gives Kit a much-needed reprieve, she meets a dangerous man who challenges everything she thought she was --- or should be. Now Kit must decide: will she finally let her desires take flight, or will she continue to be the good daughter?

Helsinki White: An Inspector Vaara Novel by James Thompson - Thriller


After recovering from brain surgery, Inspector Kari Vaara, who has been handpicked to run a rogue black-ops unit, gets to work. Soon the unit is cleaning house, robbing Helsinki's mobsters blind of their cash, dope and illegal firearms. But Kari's team is too good, and their actions have unintended consequences.

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid - Memoir


In spring 2011, Anthony Shadid was one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya, which was seized by revolution. When he was freed, Shadid returned to his great-grandfather’s estate, a house he had begun to rebuild over three years earlier.

The Hunter by John Lescroart - Thriller
Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family --- until he gets a chilling text message from an unknown number: "How did ur mother die?"
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Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates - Psychological Thriller


MUDWOMAN explores the high price of success in the life of one woman --- the first female president of a lauded Ivy League institution --- and her hold upon her self-identity in the face of personal and professional demons.

No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel - Historical Fiction


In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war close in on them. At the suggestion of an 11-year-old girl and a mysterious stranger, the villagers decide to reinvent the world: deny any relationship with the known and start over from scratch.

The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley - Fiction


Priscille Sibley’s debut novel is a love story about a family torn apart by a medical crisis and the ethical dilemma of keeping a pregnant woman with no chance of recovery on life support for months in an attempt to give her unborn baby a chance.

S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline - Women's Fiction/Erotica


Cassie Robichaud’s life has been filled with regret and loneliness since the death of her husband. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café where she works, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies.

The Stonecutter written by Camilla Läckberg, translated by Steven T. Murray - Mystery


The remote resort town of Fjallbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman’s net. Local detective Patrik Hedstrom has the grim task of discovering who could be behind the murder of a child both he and his partner Erica knew well. What he does not know is how this case will reach into the dark heart of Fjallbacka, spanning generations, ripping aside its idyllic façade, perhaps forever.

Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors - Historical Fiction


When his land is taken by force, Prince Jayavar of the Khmer people narrowly escapes death at the hands of the conquering Cham king, Indravarman. Exiled from their homeland, he and his mystical wife Ajadevi set up a secret camp in the jungle with the intention of amassing an army bold enough to reclaim their kingdom and free their people. Meanwhile, Indravarman pits even his most trusted men against each other and quashes any hint of rebellion.

Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham - Fiction


Three young friends --- the saint, the sinner and the angel --- grow up together in the sort of small Texas Panhandle town that lives and dies by its Friday night football games. A fateful event casts a long shadow over these three intertwined lives and leaves the reader turning the pages desperately to see how it all plays out.

Viral by James Lilliefors - Thriller


In remote pockets of the Third World, a deadly virus is quietly sweeping through impoverished farming villages and shanty towns. Meanwhile, in Washington, a three-word message left in a safe-deposit box may be the key to stopping the crisis --- if, that is, Charles Mallory, a private intelligence contractor, can decipher the puzzle before time runs out.