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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
Bohjalian, Christopher A.
Emily Shepard is hiding out in a shelter made of ice and trash bags after a nightmarish meltdown at a nuclear plant in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom that left her parents dead. Since the meltdown might have been her father’s fault, she’s not reaching out for help, but she does take a homeless boy named Cameron under her wing.
 
Power Play
Coulter, Catherine
Natalie Black, the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James, has returned to Washington, her job in jeopardy. Her fiancé, George McCallum, Viscount Lockenby, has died in a car accident, and mysterious rumors begin that she’s responsible begin to surface: she broke off the engagement and, heartbroken, he killed himself. Then someone tries to force her off the M-2 outside London. Again, rumors claim it was a sympathy ploy. When she returns to the United States, she’s nearly killed when a car tries to mow her down while she’s out for a run. No one believes her except FBI Special Agent Davis Sullivan.
 
Christmas in Cowboy Country
Dailey, Janet
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For All Time
Deveraux, Jude
In the second contemporary romance in her “Nantucket Brides” trilogy, Deveraux offers a charming tale of improbable romance. When Toby meets Graydon Montgomery, heir to the Lanconian throne, she can distinguish him from his twin, Rory–something no one else can do. According to legend, that means she is his true love. Alas, Graydon is unhappily set to marry an eligible royal. Will love and legend or duty win out?
 
Born of Fury
Kenyon, Sherrilyn
Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella: an organization that has declared war on the League. They rule the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrify it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.
 
The Night Searchers
Muller, Marcia
When new clients Jay and Camilla Givens come to Sharon McCone with Camilla’s stories of devil worshippers performing human sacrifices in San Francisco, the detective is skeptical, to say the least. However, when she discovers that Jay is involved with the treasure hunting group The Night Searchers, she starts looking into what exactly he and the other participants are up to after dark. As she digs deeper into the Searchers, Sharon joins their ranks in order to find out more-while someone is searching for her.
 
Eden in Winter
Patterson, Richard North
Two months after the suspicious and much-publicized death of his father on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, it is taking all of Adam Blaine’s will to suture the deep wounds the tragedy has inflicted upon his family and himself. As the court inquest into Benjamin Blaine’s death casts suspicions on those closest to him, Adam struggles to protect them from those who still suspect that his father was murdered by one of his kin.
 
A Moment in Time
Peterson, Tracie
Scarred by an attack that killed her father, Alice Chesterfield relocates to a Texas ranch to start over, confront the truth about her father’s dealings, rediscover her faith, reconnect with her mother and pursue a relationship with an unavailable man. By the award-winning author of All Things Hidden.
 
The Girls of August
Siddons, Anne Rivers
Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.
 
Act of War: A Thriller
Thor, Brad
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The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War
Winspear, Jacqueline
By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained–by Thea’s passionate embrace of women’s suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea’s brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea’s gift to Kezia is a book on household management–a veiled criticism of the bride’s prosaic life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield, the farm becomes Kezia’s responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil.
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Nine Lives to Die
Brown, Rita Mae
Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return with an all-new mystery starring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, intrepid kitty sleuths Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the ever-faithful crime-solving corgi. This time around, Harry and her animal friends track a killer whose trail has gone as cold as the weather in December.
 
Top Secret Twenty-One
Evanovich, Janet
A latest entry in the fan-favorite mystery series by the best-selling author of the Alexandra Barnaby novels finds bounty hunter Stephanie Plum immersed in an ultra-secret case.
 
Terminal City
Fairstein, Linda A.
A latest Alex Cooper thriller by the best-selling author of Death Angel finds the assistant DA and detective Mike Chapman confronting Grand Central Terminal’s dark secrets as well as their own changing relationship.
 
Blood Red
Lackey, Mercedes
Little Red Riding Hood’s real name is Gretchen Schwarzwald, and she is from the Schwarzwald (the Black Forest) in Germany. Ten years ago, she was orphaned by an evil Earth Master who wanted her parents’ land and killed them all with the werewolves he created. She was rescued by a Fire Master, a member of the Woodsman’s Lodge, and taught how to use her own Fire Powers. Now another werewolf pack is ravaging Exmoor, and she has come to help London’s White Lodge eradicate it and find and destroy the Elemental Master behind it.
 
Child of Mine
Lewis, Beverly / Lewis, David
A desperate woman engineers a meeting with a man she believes is raising her kidnapped daughter before unexpectedly falling in love with him. Co-written by the best-selling author of The Last Bride.
 
The Arsonist
Miller, Sue
A series of summer house fires exposes deep social faults in the hometown of Frankie Rowley, who makes unsettling discoveries about her aging parents while engaging in a passionate affair with a local journalist. By the best-selling author of While I Was Gone.
 
Invisible
Patterson, James / Ellis, David
On leave from her FBI researcher career, Emmy Dockery tries to convince her boyfriend that hundreds of unsolved cases are linked to a single perpetrator.
 
The Red Room
Pearson, Ridley
Pressured into brokering an art deal in Istanbul, surveillance expert John Knox and his partner, the fearless Grace Chu, orchestrate a brief meeting with a mysterious man only to be thwarted by an unexpected number of adversaries.
 
The Long Mars
Pratchett, Terry / Baxter, Stephen
When her long-lost father–the inventor of the original Stepper device–contacts her, Sally joins him on an ill-fated voyage to Long Mars, while U.S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman leads an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth and Joshua becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next. 
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The Lincoln Myth
Berry, Steve
A latest high-stakes thriller featuring favorite American President Cotton Malone finds him tackling the secrets of Mormonism, a U.S. Senator’s stealthy secession plan and a history-shaping letter that was handed down through the Chief Executive line.
 
Skin Game
Butcher, Jim
Chicago wizard Harry Dresden must help a hated enemy, Nicodemus Archleone, break in to a high security vault to steal something belonging to the Lord of the Underworld in the latest novel of the humorous fantasy series following Cold Days.
 
Earth Awakens
Card, Orson Scott / Johnston, Aaron
Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card’s bestselling novel “Ender’s Game,” humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.
When the alien ship screamed through the solar system, it disrupted communications between the far-flung human mining ships and supply stations, and between them and Earth. But there are a few men and women who see that if Earth doesn’t wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost.
 
Ghost Ship
Cussler, Clive / Brown, Graham
Waking with conflicted memories after an injury sustained while trying to rescue passengers from a sinking yacht, Kurt Austin searches for answers from a state-sponsored cybercrime ring that takes him from Monaco to North Korea. By the best-selling authors of Devil’s Gate.
 
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
Gabaldon, Diana
In her now classic novel “Outlander, “Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it “a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across centuries.” Now the story continues in “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.”
 
Vertigo 42: A Richard Jury Mystery
Grimes, Martha
At Vertigo 42, a bar high above London’s financial district, Richard Jury meets Tom Williamson – a friend of a friend who is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered 17 years ago. Tess’s death was ruled accidental – a fall caused by vertigo – but Jury agrees to re-examine the case. A young girl’s fatal fall at children’s party 22 years ago at Tom and Tess’s home may be connected. After an elegantly dressed woman falls from a tower near a pub that Jury and his cronies frequent, and her estranged husband is later found dead, Jury begins to suspect that the now grown “children” from Tess’s ill-fated party are the key to solving these interwoven mysteries”—
 
Problems With People: Stories
Guterson, David
The best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars returns to his Pacific Northwest settings-and moves beyond them-in ten sharply observed, funny, and wise new stories that explore the mysteries of love, and unravel our complex desires to connect with others.
 
A Shiver of Light
Hamilton, Laurell K.
I am Princess Meredith NicEssus. Legal name Meredith Gentry, because “Princess” looks so pretentious on a driver’s license. I was the first faerie princess born on American soil, but I wouldn’t be the only one for much longer. Merry Gentry, ex-private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility has plagued the high ranks of faerie for centuries. Now nobles of both courts of faerie are coming to court Merry and her men, at their home in exile in the Western Lands of Los Angeles, because they will do anything to have babies of their own.
 
Mr. Mercedes
King, Stephen
In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.
 
Stormy Persuasion
Lindsey, Johanna
#1 “New York Times” bestselling author Johanna Lindsey returns to the dazzlingly passionate world of the Malorys, an aristocratic family of rakehell adventurers and spirited ladies, in a thrilling new tale of unbridled desires where he will fight with all his mettle to win the right to her heart.
 
Resistant
Palmer, Michael
Delivering a speech for his boss at a national conference in Atlanta, Dr. Lou Welcome takes an exclusive tour of the Centers for Disease Control and learns about the development of biological weapons before becoming enmeshed in a case involving the abduction of a leading scientist.
 
China Dolls
See, Lisa
In 1938, three friends are competing for a single job as showgirl on San Francisco’s Chop Suey Circuit, the glittery underworld of all-Asian revues. Chinese American Grace has fled her Midwestern home and beatings by her father, Helen’s family has long resided in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and, crucially, Ruby is Japanese but passing for Chinese. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans are being interned, among them Ruby. Did one of her friends betray her?
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 Starfire
Brown, Dale
With the death of his heroic father, bomber and space warfare veteran Patrick McLanahan, Bradley McLanahan must now fly solo, leading a team of young engineers designing Starfire, the world’s first orbiting solar power plant.
 
The Skin Collector
Deaver, Jeffery
The killer’s methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims’ flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death. When a connection is made to the Bone Collector-the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago-Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.
 
Midnight Crossroad
Harris, Charlaine
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town. Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…
 
The Last Kind Words Saloon
McMurtry, Larry
Tracing their rich, varied lives from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill’s show in Denver, then from Mobetie, Texas, to Tombstone, Arizona, where the story dramatically culminates in the famed gunfight at the OK Corral, Larry McMurtry’s first novel in five years is a vivid pastiche that echoes many of his earlier works, including his Pulitzer Prize winning Lonesome Dove.
 
Unlucky 13
Patterson, James / Paetro, Maxine
The Women’s Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose. San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn’t be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes: Mackie Morales, the most deranged and dangerous mind the Women’s Murder Club has ever encountered.
 
The Kraken Project
Preston, Douglas
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is designing a probe which will be dropped into the Kraken Mare, one of the methane seas of Titan. There, it will embark on a journey of exploration. As the probe is being tested at Goddard, things go awry, and an explosion kills seven scientists. The AI program in the probe, a powerful, self-modifying AI called “Dorothy,” flees into the Internet. Series character Wyman Ford is tapped by the president’s science advisor to track down the software with the help of Dorothy’s creator, Melissa Veld.
 
Field of Prey
Sandford, John
The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky. He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was . . . something smelled bad–like, “really “bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. 
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The Target

Baldacci, David
The highly skilled assassin who brought in a rogue assassin The Hit and who became a target himself when he refused a mission in The Innocent returns for his third adventure in the best-selling series.
 
Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel
Barr, Nevada
Testing outdoor sporting equipment designed for a disabled companion, U.S. Park Services ranger Anna Pigeon returns from a solo outing to discover that her fellow campers have been abducted. By the best-selling author of The Rope.
 
Chestnut Street
Binchy, Maeve
A story written in stages throughout the best-selling author’s career traces the experiences of diverse characters that revolve around Chestnut Street. By the author of Tara Road.
 
Cavendon Hall
Bradford, Barbara Taylor
A tale spanning 16 years in Edwardian England finds the centuries-long relationship between the aristocratic Inghams and the Swann family who serves them tested by the outbreak of World War I. By the award-winning author of A Woman of Substance.
 
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Clark, Mary Higgins
Five years after her husband’s murder, Laurie Moran, an award-winning TV producer and single mother, starts filming a new “cold case” series in which four women involved in the unsolved murder of a wealthy Westchester matron reunite to recreate the scene of the crime–along with the real killer.
 
Natchez Burning
Iles, Greg
Penn Cage must investigate when his father, a beloved family doctor and pillar of the community, is accused of murdering Violet Davis, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the early 1960s.
 
Live to See Tomorrow
Johansen, Iris
When her mentor, Hu Chang, tasks her with rescuing an imprisoned journalist in Tibet, shadowy CIA Operative Catherine Ling is pitted against a man so vile that she wonders if she is being used as a pawn in a game of revenge that is not hers to play.
 
The Last Bride
Lewis, Beverly
Eloping with the man she loves in spite of her father’s disapproval, Amish woman Tessie Miller poses as a single woman and keeps her marriage a secret until an unexpected challenge threatens the couple with censure. By the Christy Award-winning author of The Brethren.
 
Night Diver
Lowell, Elizabeth
Returning to the Caribbean island of St. Vincent to help save her family’s treasure-hunting business, financial expert Kate Donnelly must form an uneasy alliance with British military diver Holden Cameron when equipment, treasure and even divers start disappearing into the depths of the ocean.
 
A Family Affair
Michaels, Fern
A young dancer finds an unexpected partner, and finally is able to live according to her heart.
 
A Sensible Arrangement
Peterson, Tracie
Answering an advertisement to become a mail-order bride to troubled young banker Jake, Marty leaves her Texas ranch for a new home in Denver, where the couple navigates societal dynamics and economic threats while Jake realizes that he misses ranching life.
 
Otherwise Engaged
Quick, Amanda
Barely escaping a would-be abductor who has left a trail of victims in his wake, world traveler Miss Amity Doncaster discovers that her attacker has become obsessed with gossip that ties Amity to scientist Benedict Stanbridge, a spy for the throne who resolves to bring the killer to justice.
 
The Collector
Roberts, Nora
Witnessing an apparent murder-suicide during a job, professional house-sitter Lila Emerson is recruited by the alleged perpetrator’s brother, talented artist Ashton Archer, to help uncover what really happened. By the best-selling author of Whiskey Beach.
 
Keep Quiet
Scottoline, Lisa
When they are involved in a terrible car accident, Jake Whitmore makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies and secrecy where a dangerous enemy comes forward threatening to expose them.
 
All Fall Down
Weiner, Jennifer
Struggling with the demands of her job, distant husband, spoiled daughter and Alzheimer’s patient father, Allison becomes addicted to painkillers and lands in rehab, where amid fellow inpatients she confronts incompatible recovery techniques, barely trained counselors and her own denial. By the best-selling author of In Her Shoes.
 
Carnal Curiosity
Woods, Stuart
Investigating a series of clever crimes targeting Manhattan’s elite, Stone and Dino are drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud only to discover that the mastermind behind the incidents may have intimate ties to Stone. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Chiefs.
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Board Stiff
Anthony, Piers
Be careful what you wish for…”I’m actually a smart girl who would make any man an excellent wife. But no man sees that. No man is interested in my mind or personality, just my whatevers. So here is my wish: I’m board stiff. I want Adventure, Excitement, and Romance.” So begins Piers Anthony’s 38th Xanth novel, in which Irrelevant Candy, looks at her reflection in the water of the shallow well and sees luxuriant midnight black hair to her breathtakingly slender waist, matching dark eyes in a lovely face. A torso coming yea-close to absolute perfection. She was man’s desire. That was part of the problem.
 
Missing You
Coben, Harlan
It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.
 
The Alpine Yeoman: An Emma Lord Mysterya
Daheim, Mary
Forced to shelve a story about a murder victim whose information cannot be confirmed, Alpine Advocate editor Emma Lord investigates a series of local runaways at the same time Deputy Sam Heppner takes a leave of absence for secret reasons.
 
Blossom Street Brides
Macomber, Debbie
As three women’s lives intersect in unexpected ways in and around A Good Yarn knitting store, Lydia, Lauren and Bethanne realize that love heals every heart–and the best surprises still lay ahead.
 
NYPD Red 2
Patterson, James / Karp, Marshall
A vigilante serial killer is on the loose in New York City, tracking down and murdering people whose crimes have not been punished.  NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald are put on the case when a woman of vast wealth and even greater connections disappears.
 
Death on Blackheath: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
Perry, Anne
Investigating evidence of a violent struggle at the home of Ministry of Defense member Dudley Kynaston, Pitt and the Special Branch discover the brutally murdered body of a young woman before realizing that Kynaston is not who he appears to be.
 
Raising Steam
Pratchett, Terry
Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork–Discworld’s first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.
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Man Booker Prize Announced

October 15, 2013

The Man Booker Prize was announced this afternoon.  I can’t resist sharing the announcement because it is such a perfect example of why this prize is limited to Commonwealth authors:

And the winner is…

15 October 2013

So, Eleanor Catton with The Luminaries it is. The youngest Man Booker winner in the prize’s history (she is 28 but completed The Luminaries aged 27) has triumphed with the longest ever Man Booker winning novel (832 pages). Catton is just the second New Zealander to win the prize, the first being Keri Hulme with The Bone People in 1985. A more important statistic is that earlier in the year there were an extraordinary 151 novelists submitted for the prize and from this rich field of literary wheat hers is the one head that remains standing, waving in the warm breeze of the judges’ favour. Life for Eleanor Catton will never be the same again.  [Italics mine.]
 
We own six copies of The Luminaries.
 
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The First Phone Call from Heaven
Albom, Mitch
The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief–and a page-turner that will touch your soul–Albom’s masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.
 
Dust
Cornwell, Patricia Daniels
Home in Cambridge, MA, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta must deal with the murder of a female grad student from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose body is found wrapped in linen and carefully posed on the rugby field. Strange how this case resembles one that Scarpetta’s FBI husband is handling in Washington, DC.
 
Mirage
Cussler, Clive / Du Brul, Jack B.
An investigation into a 1943 mission during which a U.S. destroyer vanished after it was deliberately sent into an obscured field of electromagnetic radiation finds Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon uncovering disturbing evidence of a dangerous super-weapon.
 
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
McCall Smith, Alexander
In the latest book in the beloved best-selling series of mysteries set in Botswana, Mma Ramotswe is asked to help the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, who is having trouble with her business. The salon has suffered some unfortunate events, including face cream that burns the skin. Could someone be trying to put the salon out of business? Meanwhile, on the home front, Mma Makutsi is going to have a baby. But in Botswana–a land where family has always been held above all else but which is on the crossroads between old and new–this may be cause for as much controversy as celebration.
 
White Fire
Preston, Douglas / Child, Lincoln
Corrie Swanson sets out to solve a long-forgotten mystery. In 1876, in a remote mining camp called Roaring Fork in the Colorado Rockies, several miners were killed in devastating grizzly bear attacks. Now the town has become an exclusive ski resort and its historic cemetery has been dug up to make way for development. Corrie has arranged to examine the remains of the dead miners. But in doing so she makes a shocking discovery that threatens the resort’s very existence. The town’s leaders, trying to stop her from exposing their community’s dark and bloody past, arrest and jail her.
 
No Man’s Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel
Rendell, Ruth
A female vicar named Sarah Hussein is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. Maxine, the gossipy cleaning woman who discovers her body, happens to also be in the employ of retired Chief Inspector Wexford and his wife. When called on by his old deputy, detective inspector Mike Burden, Wexford, intrigued by the unusual circumstances of the murder, leaps at the chance to tag along with the investigators.
 
Stella Bain
Shreve, Anita
When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in.  A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse’s aide near the front, but she can’t remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.
 
Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel
Smith, Martin Cruz
When the brilliant and fearless young reporter Tatiana Petrovna–based on the real-life journalist Anna Politkovskaya–falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow in the same week that notorious mob billionaire Grisha Grigorenko is shot in the back of the head, Renko finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia itself.
 
The Valley of Amazement
Tan, Amy
Tan again explores the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, control and submission, tradition and new beginnings. Jumping from bustling Shanghai to an isolated village in rural China to San Francisco at the turn of the 19th century, the epic story follows three generations of women pulled apart by outside forces. The main focus is Violet, once a virgin courtesan in one of the most reputable houses in Shanghai, who faces a series of crippling setbacks: the death of her first husband from Spanish influenza, a second marriage to an abusive scam artist, and the abduction of her infant daughter, Flora. In a series of flashbacks toward the book’s end, Violet’s American mother, Lulu, is revealed to have suffered a similar and equally disturbing fate two decades earlier.
 
The Supreme Macaroni Company
Trigiani, Adriana
In The Shoemaker’s Wife Adriana Trigiani swept her readers across generations of an Italian family, from the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy. In The Supreme Macaroni Company, she weaves a heartbreaking story that begins on the eve of a wedding in New York’s Greenwich Village, travels to New Orleans, and culminates in Tuscany. Family, work, romance, and the unexpected twists of life and fate all come together in an unforgettable narrative that Adriana Trigiani’s many fans will adore.
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The Survivor
Flynn, Vince
The next pulse-pounding Mitch Rapp thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn.
 
Fifteen Minutes
Kingsbury, Karen
Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make it come true. But Zack also made a promise to his college sweetheart when he left Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show Fifteen Minutes: If he made it, nothing would change him or his faith in God.
 
Loss of Innocence
Patterson, Richard North
From acclaimed author Richard North Patterson comes a sweeping family drama of dark secrets and individual awakenings, set against the backdrop of the tumultuous summer of 1968.  Yet for Whitney Dane- spending the summer of her twenty-second year on Martha’s Vineyard–life could not be safer, nor the future more certain.  But the Vineyard’s still waters are disturbed by the appearance of Benjamin Blaine. An underprivileged, yet fiercely ambitious and charismatic figure, Blaine is a force of nature neither Whitney nor her family could have prepared for.
 
Storm Front
Sandford, John
In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You’re about to get a visitor. It’s an Israeli cop, and she’s tailing a man who’s smuggled out an extraordinary relic–a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon.
 
Winners
Steel, Danielle
Even the most perfect lives can be shattered in an instant. In this moving, emotionally charged novel, Danielle Steel introduces readers to an unforgettable cast of characters striving to overcome tragedy and discover the inner resources and resilience to win at life–once again.
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Esrever Doom
Anthony, Piers
Kody woke up in a hospital bed, not knowing how he got there. Before his questions could be answered, he was told that he was about to undergo surgery and that there could be some side effects…. And then he woke up again, this time in Xanth.  Kody is the only person in Xanth who has not been affected by a dreadful spell that reverses how people see each other. What was adorable is now loathsome. What was ugly is now beautiful. What was loved is now hated. Kody has clearly arrived just in time! Only he has any hope of reversing the spell, turning Esrever Doom into Reverse Mood.
 
The Litter of the Law: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Brown, Rita Mae
Rita Mae Brown collaborates with feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown in a new mystery starring Mary Minor, Harry Haristeen, the curious cat detectives Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the valiant crime-solving corgi. Halloween arrives early this year to rural central Virginia, when a twisted killer will stop at nothing to protect a multimillion-dollar scheme.
 
The October List
Deaver, Jeffery
Gabriela McKenzie’s daughter has been kidnapped. In exchange for her safe return, her abductors demand two things: $400,000 in cash, and a document known only as the October List.  A mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning, THE OCTOBER LIST is Jeffery Deaver at his masterful, inventive best.
 
Outlaw
Dekker, Ted
My name is Julian and this is my story. But more, it is the story of my son who was born to change the world.  From deep in the impenetrable jungles where New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker was born and raised, comes OUTLAW, an epic adventure of two worlds that perhaps only he could write. Full of harrowing twists, sweeping violence, and wild love, Outlaw takes us beyond the skin of this world to another unseen.
 
Just One Evil Act
George, Elizabeth
Barbara is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can’t really help–Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn’t on Hadiyyah’s, their daughter’s, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold.
 
Sycamore Row
Grisham, John
For almost a quarter of a century, John Grisham’s  A TIME TO KILL has captivated readers with its raw exploration of race, retribution, and justice. Now, its hero, Jake Brigance, returns to the courtroom in a dramatic showdown as Ford County again confronts its tortured history. Filled with the intrigue, suspense and plot twists that are the hallmarks of America’s favorite storyteller, SYCAMORE ROW is the thrilling story of the elusive search for justice in a small Southern town.
 
Silencing Eve
Johansen, Iris
This is the finale that fans have been waiting for. 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? In Silencing Eve, all the questions will be answered in a shocking, you never saw it coming conclusion.
 
Bastion: A Valdemar Novel
Lackey, Mercedes
Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feelings–his included–about him actually remaining there. No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar. With Herald Jadrek, Herald Kylan (the Weaponsmaster’s chosen successor), and his friends Bear, Lena, and Amily, they head for the Bastion, the hidden spot in the hills that had once been the headquarters of a powerful band of raiders that had held him and his parents prisoner. But what they find is not what anyone expected.
 
Critical Mass
Paretsky, Sara
V.I. Warshawski’s closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who, in turn, summons V.I. to help. The daughter’s troubles turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan and England to develop the first atomic bomb. The secrets are old, but the people who continue to guard them today will not let go of them without a fight.
 
The Wolves of Midwinter
Rice, Anne
Rice, who successfully immersed herself in the world of wolfen powers in last year’s The Wolf Gift, here continues the story of Reuben Golding, the transformed Man Wolf. In a stately mansion on Northern California’s rough coast, Reuben seeks instruction about his new condition from the Morphenkinder. But it’s Christmas, and he discovers that they have their own way of celebrating the holiday.
 
Accused: A Rosato and Associates Novel
Scottoline, Lisa
Fans have been clamoring for more stories with the characters they’ve come to know and love, so Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy are back with all cylinders firing in Accused. They’ll face their most challenging and dangerous case ever. It begins with an astonishing request from a thirteen-year-old prospective client. Allegra Gardner’s sister Fiona was murdered six years ago. It seemed like an open-and-shut case: the accused, Lonnie Stall, was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood was on him; most damningly, Lonnie Stall pleaded guilty. But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned.
 
Vicious Circle
Smith, Wilbur A.
As a writer of action-adventure and the African continent, Smith is without peer, and with Vicious Circle he is about to prove that he shows no signs of letting up on the gas pedal.  His most recent bestseller, Those in Peril, launched a new contemporary series of thrillers that give Clive Cussler and Stephen Coonts a run for their money. Hero Hector Cross, a tough former soldier who has fought pirates and terrorists in the lawless waters off the coast of Africa, returns in another surefire bestseller.
 
Identical
Turow, Scott
Alas, just as Paul Giannis starts his run for mayor of Kindle County, identical twin Cass is released from prison 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of girlfriend Athena Kronon. Now Athena’s death is being reinvestigated. A wrenching story of violence, betrayal, and human credibility framed by the Greek myth of Castor and Pollux.
 
Doing Hard Time
Woods, Stuart
When Stone Barrington embarks on a trip to Bel-Air to check in on some business and personal concerns, he expects a relaxing break from the fast pace and mean streets of New York. But trouble never takes a vacation, and it has a way of finding Stone. A case that had seemingly been resolved has returned in full force with lethal results. And this deadly situation makes for strange bedfellows when Stone finds himself teamed with the least likely ally . . . a gentleman of unique abilities, who can fly below the radar and above the law.
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