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Week of January 28, 2013

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Week of January 28, 2013

Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, has finally gotten his personal life in order in Karin Slaughter's CRIMINAL. For the first time, he is starting to gain a life outside of solving the hardest --- and often darkest --- cases. But GBI’s newest investigation and its long-buried crimes threaten his new life and change everything he thought he knew about his past.

In THE STARBOARD SEA by Amber Dermont, Jason Prosper is devastated by the suicide of his best friend and transfers to Bellingham Academy. There, he meets Aidan, a fellow student with her own troubled past. When a major hurricane hits the New England coast, the destruction it causes brings with it another upheaval in Jason’s life, forcing him to make sense of a terrible secret that has been buried by the boys he considers his friends.

Abdication by Juliet Nicolson - Historical Fiction


1936 began with the death of a beloved king and the ascension of a charismatic young monarch who was sympathetic to the needs of the working class. By year’s end, the world would be stunned as it witnessed that new leader give up his throne in the name of love, just as the unrest and violence that would result in a Second World War were becoming impossible to ignore.

The Ambassador's Daughter by Pam Jenoff - Historical Fiction


In 1919, Margot Rosenthal is brought to Paris by her father, a German diplomat. Resenting a city where she is viewed as the enemy, Margot realizes that life back in Berlin with her wounded fiance to whom she can hardly relate anymore may not be so much better. Torn between duty and a desire to be free, Margot must make alliances and decide where her loyalties truly lie.

Available Dark by Elizabeth Hand - Thriller


Photographer Cass Neary is sent to Helsinki, where an iconic fashion photographer shows her gorgeous photos of ritual killings. After escaping death, Cass flees to Iceland, where she finds a former lover and a legendary, exiled musician. Soon, unsolved murders are rapidly multiplying.

The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler - Fiction

Anne Tyler gives readers a wise, haunting and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances --- in their house, on the roadway, in the market.

Betrayal by Danielle Steel - Romance


In Danielle Steel’s thrilling new novel, a renowned film director confronts an act of unimaginable treachery --- and the first devastating blow will not be the last.

Close Your Eyes Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen - Thriller


The FBI doesn’t usually consult with music therapists, but Kendra Michael has perfected the art of picking up the most subtle audio, olfactory and tactile cues from the world around her. Former FBI agent Adam Kyle is a notorious master manipulator, skillfully handing criminals and colleagues alike. But now he needs Kendra’s help to find her ex, who may have run directly into the path of a serial killer.

The Cloud by Matt Richtel - Thriller


Disoriented and bloodied after a near-deadly fall onto the subway tracks, freelance journalist Nat Idle is positive that the man who had barreled into him did not do so accidentally. On a quest to find out why this was done to him, Nat uncovers a slew of mysterious deaths and a bizarre neurological disorder that is affecting the minds of Bay Area children. Can Nat solve the mystery without being able to trust his own mind?

Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston - Contemporary Women's Fiction
Stuck in a dead-end relationship, this fearless narrator leaves her metaphorical baggage behind and finds a comfort zone in the air. She flies around the world, finding reasons to love life in dozens of far-flung places from Alaska to Bhutan. 
Criminal by Karin Slaughter - Mystery/Thriller


Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, has finally gotten his personal life in order. For the first time, he is starting to gain a life outside of solving the hardest --- and often darkest --- cases. But GBI’s newest investigation and its long-buried crimes threaten his new life and change everything he thought he knew about his past.

The Dark Rose by Erin Kelly - Psychological Thriller


Two scarred and solitary teenagers, embroiled in crime and hiding in the shadows of unspeakable events, start a secret affair. Both begin to believe that they may find happiness again…if they can outrun their violent pasts.

The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina - Mystery

When Detective Inspector Alex Morrow is called in to investigate the savage killing of a young woman, she soon discovers that a tangled web of lies lurks behind the murder.

The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe - Historical Mystery


Katherine Howe, author of the bestseller THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE, returns with an entrancing historical novel set in Boston in 1915, where a young woman stands on the cusp of a new century, torn between loss and love, driven to seek answers in the depths of a crystal ball.

In One Person by John Irving - Fiction

Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of IN ONE PERSON, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP.

The Inquisitor's Key: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass - Thriller


When Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton’s protégé, uncovers a stone chest during an excavation beneath the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France, she is shocked to find an inscription claiming the chest holds the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazarus. Though she and Dr. Brockton are skeptical, evidence for authenticity appears to be strong.

Into the Dark by Alison Gaylin - Mystery/Suspense


When Brenna Spector first sees footage of missing webcam performer Lula Belle, Lula's deepest, darkest secrets are stories that to Brenna are chillingly familiar --- stories only Brenna and her sister, Clea, would know. Clea went missing when they were children, and Brenna is convinced the missing Internet performer has ties to her sister. Brenna takes the case --- and in her quest for Lula Belle unravels a web of obsession, sex, guilt and murder.

The Nightmare written by Lars Kepler, translated by Laura A. Wideburg - Mystery/Thriller


On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned boat. The next day, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook. The obvious explanation for both would be suicides, but the circumstances in each case make that impossible. Detective Inspector Joona Linna begins to piece the two mysteries together, but the logistics are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events.

Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indridason - Thriller

In 1945, a German bomber crash-lands in Iceland during a blizzard, with both German and American officers on board. One of the German officers sets off in search of the nearest farm, only to disappear into the white vastness. Years later, a young Icelander stumbles upon the excavation and promptly disappears. But he first manages to contact his sister, who embarks on a desperate mission to find him.

Shadowkiller by Wendy Corsi Staub - Thriller


Nestled in the warm, domestic cocoon of a loving husband and family, Allison finally feels safe --- unaware that a stranger's brutal murder on a Caribbean island is the first step in an intricate plan to destroy everything in her life. For seasoned NYPD Detective Rocky Manzillo, the signs are clear that something terrible has emerged from the shadows: a murder victim left without a face and a faded photograph that yields a startling connection.

The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson - Thriller


In 2009, the CIA's Kabul Station fell for a source who promised to lead it to Bin Laden, but instead blew himself up. More than two years later, the station is still floundering, and the CIA's chiefs wonder if it somehow has been infiltrated by the Taliban.

Sonoma Rose: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini - Fiction


As the nation grapples with Prohibition, an act of violence shatters Rosa Barclay's resolve to maintain her family’s increasingly dangerous existence in Southern California. She flees with the children to the mesa where she last saw her beloved mother alive.

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont - Fiction

Set against the backdrop of the 1987 stock market collapse, THE STARBOARD SEA is an examination of the abuses of class privilege, the mutability of sexual desire, the thrill and risk of competitive sailing, and the adult cost of teenage recklessness.

A Teeny Bit of Trouble by Michael Lee West - Mystery


In this follow-up to GONE WITH A HANDSOMER MAN, Charleston pastry chef Teeny Templeton witnesses a murder and discovers that her lawyer-boyfriend, Coop O’Malley, has been keeping secrets: the victim’s 10-year-old daughter may be his child.

When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays by Marilynne Robinson - Essays


In 10 erudite essays, novelist Marilynne Robinson explores a variety of political, religious and personal subjects, offering a liberal humanist perspective grounded in her Congregationalist faith on some of the dilemmas facing American society.

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice - Paranormal Fantasy


A young reporter from the San Francisco Observer is sent to write about a magnificent home, and is welcomed by the older woman who lives there. But when he is attacked by a mysterious beast, he is about to undergo a life-changing transformation.