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Week of August 4, 2014

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Week of August 4, 2014

Releases for the week of August 4th include W IS FOR WASTED, book 23 in Sue Grafton's series of mysteries starring private investigator Kinsey Millhone; THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver, a race-against-the-clock thriller, told in reverse; COMPOUND FRACTURES, the riveting final chapter in Stephen White's decades-long saga featuring Boulder psychologist Alan Gregory; and THE GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride, the 2013 National Book Award-winning novel about a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade --- and who must pass as a girl to survive.

The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd - Fiction

August 5, 2014


Celia Cassill, who lost her young husband five years ago, is the owner of a small apartment building. She is determined to live a life at a remove from the chaos and competition of modern life. But everything changes with the arrival of a new tenant, Hope, who is on the run from her husband’s recent betrayal. When Hope begins a torrid and noisy affair, and another tenant mysteriously disappears, the carefully constructed walls of Celia’s world are soon tested and the sanctity of her building is shattered.

The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance That Changed the World by Greg King and Sue Woolmans - History

August 5, 2014


In the summer of 1914, three great empires dominated Europe: Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary. Four years later, all had vanished in the chaos of World War I. Drawing on unpublished letters and rare primary sources, Greg King and Sue Woolmans tell the true story behind the tragic romance and brutal assassination that sparked The Great War.

Bagmen by William Lashner - Thriller

August 5, 2014


At a low point in his lowly career, Victor Carl finds himself skulking through the streets of Philadelphia carrying a bag full of money for an ambitious politician. It is a rotten job on the wrong side of anyone’s line, but with bag in hand, Victor is suddenly hobnobbing with the city’s elite, filling his bank account and having sex with the politician’s gorgeous and deranged sister. But just when Victor begins to think he has a future in the political game, one of his payoffs ends up in the pocket of a dead woman, and Victor goes from bagman to fall guy.

Compound Fractures by Stephen White - Psychological Thriller

August 5, 2014


In this riveting conclusion to Stephen White’s Alan Gregory series, the Boulder psychologist is forced to acknowledge that the perils that may bring him to his knees are not the dangers he recognizes, nor are they orchestrated by the nemesis he has long feared. Instead, he is confronted by unexpected threats from unanticipated adversaries and by intimate betrayal from those who have been closest to him.

Deceived: A Hannah Smith Novel by Randy Wayne White - Mystery/Thriller

August 5, 2014


A private museum devoted solely to Florida’s earliest settlers and pioneers has been announced, and many of Hannah Smith’s friends and neighbors in Sulfur Wells are being pressured to make contributions. The problem is, the whole thing is a scam. And when Hannah sets out to uncover whoever is behind it, she discovers that things are even worse than she thought.

Finding Faith in the Dark: When the Story of Your Life Takes a Turn You Didn't Plan by Laurie Short - Christian Life

August 5, 2014


Can we trust a God who gives us different answers than we pray for? Who only fully reveals himself when we look back? Who lets us walk in darkness for months (and sometimes years) at a time? In FINDING FAITH IN THE DARK, Laurie Short says yes, and through her story and the stories of others, she reveals a God who is able to transform the dark chapters of our lives into opportunities of grace.

Further Out Than You Thought by Michaela Carter - Fiction

August 5, 2014


Twenty-five-year-old poet Gwendolyn Griffin works as a stripper to put herself through graduate school. Her perpetually stoned boyfriend Leo dresses in period costume to hawk his music downtown, and seems to be losing his already tenuous grip on reality. And their flamboyant best friend and neighbor, nightclub crooner Count Valiant, is slowly withering away. When the city of Los Angeles explodes in violence after the Rodney King verdict, the chaos becomes a catalyst for change. 

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo - Supernatural/Historical Mystery

August 5, 2014


Li Lan lives in 19th-century Malaysia, where she is pressured to marry the recently expired Lim Tian Ching --- her only chance at a good marriage. As a "ghost bride," she would be part of a wealthy, powerful family. But when Lim begins to visit her in her dreams, she knows that the marriage would be her worst nightmare.

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride - Fiction

August 5, 2014


A New York Times Bestseller In 1857, Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory, a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When an argument between legendary abolitionist John Brown and Henry's master turns violent, Henry is forced to leave with Brown, who believes he's a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry ? whom Brown nicknames "Onion" ? conceals his identity to stay alive, eventually finding himself at Harpers Ferry in 1859.

In Perfect Time: Wings of the Nightingale, Book 3 by Sarah Sundin - Historical Romance

August 5, 2014


Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining all across Europe. So how can C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? As they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George - Mystery

August 5, 2014


Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and her partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley, discover that the case they've taken on is far more complex than a typical kidnapping, revealing secrets that could have far-reaching effects outside of the investigation. With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line, Barbara must decide what matters most, and how far she’s willing to go to protect it.

The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth - Thriller/Adventure

August 5, 2014


The mission of Technical Operations Support Activity (TOSA) is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. Added to the list is a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA’s top hunter of men.

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn - Biography/True Crime

August 5, 2014


After more than 40 years, Charles Manson continues to mystify and fascinate us. One of the most notorious criminals in American history, Manson and members of his mostly female commune killed nine people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate. Now, drawing on new information, bestselling author Jeff Guinn tells the definitive story of how this ordinary delinquent became a murderer.

Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas - Historical Romance

August 5, 2014


Perla Long's arrival in the town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. Perla is everything Casewell Phillips has sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. When drought comes to Wise, Perla's unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

The October List by Jeffery Deaver - Thriller

August 5, 2014


Two days ago, Gabriela's life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She's given an ultimatum: pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the "October List" within 30 hours, or she'll never see her child again. THE OCTOBER LIST is a mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning.

An Old Betrayal: A Charles Lenox Mystery by Charles Finch -

August 5, 2014


On a spring morning in London 1875, Charles Lenox agrees to take time away from his busy schedule as a Member of Parliament to meet an old protégé’s client at Charing Cross. But when their cryptic encounter seems to lead, days later, to the murder of an innocuous country squire, this fast favor draws Lenox inexorably back into his old profession. Soon he realizes that, far from concluding the murderer’s business, this body is only the first step in a cruel plan, many years in the plotting.

The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn - Fiction

August 4, 2014


Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career --- working public relations for the dean at South Carolina Medical College --- takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves are unearthed on campus. Out of the college’s dark past, these bones threaten to rise and condemn the present.

Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye - Historical Mystery

August 5, 2014


Officer Timothy Wilde is horrified when he learns of the gruesome underworld of lies and corruption ruled by the “blackbirders,” who snatch free Northerners of color from their homes, masquerade them as slaves, and sell them South to toil as plantation property. When the beautiful and terrified Lucy Adams staggers into Timothy’s office to report a robbery and is asked what was stolen, her reply is “My family.”

The Sign Painter by Davis Bunn - Fiction

August 5, 2014


When Amy Dowell loses her husband to illness and her home to debt, she finds herself and her daughter, Kimberly, living on the streets as she struggles to find a job that will get them back on their feet again. When Amy meets Lucy Watts, the pastor in charge of the church program that fed Amy and Kimberly their latest meal, Lucy sets them up in temporary housing and gives her a lead on a job painting signs for a local auto dealership. But Amy is hesitant to let go and trust.

Sweet Thunder by Ivan Doig - Historical Fiction

August 5, 2014


In the winter of 1920, Morrie Morgan is drawn back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride. But the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems --- like the new couple’s fast-diminishing finances --- on the verge of implosion. These twin dilemmas catapult Morrie into his new career as editorialist for the Thunder, the fledgling union newspaper that dares to play David to Anaconda’s Goliath.

Tiger Shrimp Tango by Tim Dorsey - Mystery/Humor

August 5, 2014


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.

Unbeatable: Notre Dame's 1988 Championship and the Last Great College Football Season by Jerry Barca - Sports History

August 5, 2014


UNBEATABLE is the first book to tell the complete story of the incredible 1988 season that brought the fledgling Fighting Irish back to the top of college sports in what many consider to be the greatest unbeaten season of college football ever played. With a completely unlikely but forever memorable cast of characters, Notre Dame whipped millions of fans into a frenzy.

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton - Mystery

August 5, 2014


Kinsey Millhone investigates two seemingly unrelated deaths: one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes. But as she digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge. And before long, at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey literally finds the key to his identity.

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden - Historical Romance

August 5, 2014


Kate Livingston holds a respectable position as a government statistician when she encounters a rival from her past, the insufferable Trevor McDonough. Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor's risky proposal to join him to find a cure for tuberculosis. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait, and Trevor's closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected. When the truth of the past comes out, threatening to destroy everything they hold dear, how will Trevor and Kate ever overcome all that stands in their way?