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October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of September 30th and October 7th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of September 30th in Hardcover

September 30th

GONE: A Michael Bennett Novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put charismatic and ruthless leader Manuel Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him. He begins to embark on an escalating series of assassinations across the country, killings whose brazenness and audacity bring into question the possibility of safety and law in the US.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316210980

October 1st

BLOWBACK: A Vanessa Pierson Novel by Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett

Undercover CIA agent Vanessa Pierson tries to pinpoint just who is building a nuclear weapon in Iran --- and how this shadowy figure has discovered the identities of several of her sources and had them assassinated. She’s getting closer, putting her cover and her career --- not to mention her life --- at risk.

Blue Rider Press * 9780399158209

CHILDLESS by Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner

In FATHERLESS, Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner depicted a time in which present-day trends come to sinister fruition. This eagerly awaited follow-up transports readers to a not-too-distant future when the young and healthy strain under the burden of a rapidly aging population. What happens when the abiding joys of parenthood are exchanged for the gradual deterioration of a CHILDLESS world?
FaithWords * 9781455513154


DAVID AND GOLIATH: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

In DAVID AND GOLIATH, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages. He offers a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, cope with a disability, lose a parent, attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Little, Brown and Company * 9780316204361

THE DAYLIGHT GATE by Jeanette Winterson

Good Friday, 1612. Pendle Forest. A gathering of 13 is interrupted by local magistrate Roger Nowell. Is this a coven or a helpless group of women trying to save their family from the stake? Two already stand accused of witchcraft. The wealthy, respected Alice Nutter tries to defend them, haunted by her own past entanglement with magick. She doesn't believe in the Devil, but as she fights for justice, her life is endangered by forces visible and invisible.

Grove Press * 9780802121639

GHOST GONE WILD: A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel by Carolyn Hart
Good-hearted ghost Bailey Ruth Raeburn is sent to a frame house where a young man is playing the drums. When a window cracks and a rifle barrel is thrust inside, only Bailey Ruth’s hasty intervention saves Nick Magruder from taking a bullet. When she materializes to reassure him, she finds she can’t go back to vanishing. It turns out she’s been tricked by Nick’s late aunt to come to the young man’s rescue.

Berkley Hardcover * 9780425260753

HOPE IN FRONT OF ME: Find Purpose in Your Darkest Moments by Danny Gokey, with Ben Stroup
Stepping onto the “American Idol” stage just weeks after his first wife’s unexpected death, Danny Gokey experienced both the pinnacle of hope and the depth of despair. Danny’s dreams began to form when he was a child, only to take a turn he never could have predicted. As life unfolded, he learned that destiny is sometimes born out of our darkest moments. Now Danny wants you to embrace that same promise of hope.
NavPress * 9781612914756

IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett

In this full-length biography, Andrew Lycett tells the story of the James Bond creator Ian Fleming's life, proving that it was just as dramatic as that of his fictional creation. With direct access to Fleming’s family and friends, Lycett goes behind the complicated façade of this enigmatic and remarkable man who brought Agent 007 to life.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250037985

LOSS OF INNOCENCE by Richard North Patterson

In 1968, 22-year-old Whitney Dane is spending her summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Its still waters are disturbed by the appearance of Benjamin Blaine, an underprivileged yet fiercely ambitious and charismatic figure, a force of nature neither Whitney nor her family could have prepared for. As Ben’s presence begins to awaken independence within Whitney, it also brings deep-rooted family tensions to a dangerous head.

Quercus * 9781623650926

MORTAL BONDS: A Jason Stafford Novel by Michael Sears

William von Becker ran one of the largest privately held investment banks in North America, until the whole edifice was demonstrated to be a fraud. After von Becker dies in prison, financial investigator Jason Stafford is hired by his family to find the missing money before the Feds do --- and certain other parties, some of whom are nowhere near as scrupulous in their methods.

Putnam Adult * 9780399158674

by Lynn Cullen

1845: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is all the rage --- the success of which a struggling poet like Frances Osgood can only dream. Frances jumps at the chance to meet Poe, if only to help her fledgling career. What follows is an illicit affair. But when Edgar’s frail wife Virginia insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and twisted as one of Poe’s tales.

Gallery Books * 9781476702919

THE NIGHT GUEST by Fiona McFarlane

Widowed Ruth lives a quiet life by the sea until a woman claiming to be a government case worker comes to her door one wet night and stays. Frida’s presence subtly changes the environment, as Ruth suddenly starts recalling her childhood in Fiji and seems to hear a tiger roaming outside her window. Yes, there’s a dark secret in the past, but THE NIGHT GUEST is more concerned with creeping fear, the long road of aging, and the inviolable presence of the colonial past.

Faber & Faber * 9780865477735

THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver

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.

Grand Central Publishing * 9781455576647

ONE SUMMER: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

In ONE SUMMER, Bill Bryson transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life. A number of major events transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events and occasional just plain weirdness. In that year, America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event.

Doubleday * 9780767919401

THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a 16-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman is all these things. But while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476729084


As Alma Whittaker's careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction --- into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose is a Utopian artist. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing --- a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all of life.
Viking Adult * 9780670024858

SILENCING EVE by Iris Johansen

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 Press * 9781250020024

SPIDER WOMAN'S DAUGHTER: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel by Anne Hillerman

Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. She wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key.
Harper * 9780062270481

THE SPYMISTRESS by Jennifer Chiaverini

Jennifer Chiaverini is back with another enthralling historical novel set during the Civil War era, this time inspired by the life of “a true Union woman as true as steel” who risked everything by caring for Union prisoners of war --- and stealing Confederate secrets.
Dutton Adult * 9780525953623

THE TILTED WORLD by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly

Set against the backdrop of the historic flooding of the Mississippi River, THE TILTED WORLD --- written by Tom Franklin, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER, and award-winning poet Beth Ann Fennelly --- is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love.
William Morrow * 9780062069184

TIP AND THE GIPPER: When Politics Worked by Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews was a top aide to Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, who waged a principled war of political ideals with President Reagan from 1980 to 1986. Together, the two men forged compromises that shaped America’s future and became one of history’s most celebrated political pairings --- the epitome of how ideological opposites can get things done.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451695991

October 3rd


By turns mythic and realistic, farcical and tragic, ironic and moving, T. C. Boyle’s stories have mapped a wide range of human emotions. The 58 stories in this new volume, written over the last 18 years, reflect his maturing themes. Along with the satires and tall tales that established his reputation, readers will find stories speaking to contemporary social issues, from air rage to abortion doctors, and character-driven tales of quiet power and passion.
Viking Adult * 9780670026258

On Sale the Week of September 30th in Paperback

October 1st

AN AMERICAN SPY by Olen Steinhauer

When Alan Drummond, Milo Weaver's former boss in the CIA, uses one of Milo’s compromised aliases to travel to London and then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to his actions, Milo can’t help but go in search of him.

St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250036971


Structured as a daybook of sorts, Ian Frazier’s first novel, which is based on his widely read columns for The New Yorker, follows the Cursing Mommy --- beleaguered wife of Larry and mother of two boys --- as she tries (more or less) valiantly to offer tips on how to do various tasks around the home, only to end up on the ground, cursing, surrounded by broken glass.

Picador * 9781250037763

DANCING DOGS: Stories by Jon Katz

New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz returns with his first ever collection of short stories. In these remarkable tales, the bonds between humans and animals are brought to life by a series of unforgettable characters. From the barnyard to the suburbs, from ordinary homes to rescue shelters, the animals in these stories are genuinely inspiring and utterly memorable.

Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780345502674

FAR FROM THE TREE: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Books for a Better Life Award, and one of The New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2012, this masterpiece by the National Book Award-winning author of THE NOONDAY DEMON features stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children, but also find profound meaning in doing so.

Scribner * 9780743236720

FATHERLESS by Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner

The year is 2042. The feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young, and this untenable situation is intensifying a battle between competing cultural agendas. Reporter Julia Davidson --- a formerly award-winning journalist seeking to revive a flagging career --- is investigating the growing crisis, unaware that her activity makes her a pawn in an ominous conspiracy.

FaithWords * 9781455513109

Jill Anthony finds her husband in bed with another woman; Lisa Carlucci is sick and tired of having meaningless sex; and 10-year-old Cassie Jones no longer believes in anything anymore after losing her mother to cancer. The lives of these three people, who are at the crossroads of heartbreak and healing, will be changed one winter in Sparkle.
St. Martin's Griffin * 9781250000743


Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, returns home to run the family business. In a single, magical encounter on the Staten Island ferry, the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale falls for him in an instant, too late to prevent her engagement to a much older man. Harry and Catherine pursue one another in a romance played out in postwar America's Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gangsters.
Mariner Books * 9780544102606

LEAVING HAVEN by Kathleen McCleary
Paperback Original

Georgia longs for a baby, but she has had miscarriage after miscarriage since her daughter was born more than a decade ago. Through a miraculous egg donation, Georgia is thrilled to find herself pregnant --- until she makes a startling discovery that changes her mind about how much she really wants the baby.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062106261

MAD RIVER: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sandford

As the crime spree of three teenagers cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers’ cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But even he doesn’t realize what’s about to happen next.
Berkley * 9780425261316

THE POWER TRIP by Jackie Collins

A luxurious yacht in the Sea of Cortez, a birthday cruise for one of the world’s most beautiful women, and an invitation no one can refuse. From mega-seller Jackie Collins comes her new novel, set on a state-of-the-art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. A tropical getaway with a cast of global power-hungry elites turns sour when they find out maybe they don't control as much of the world as they thought.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9780312569839

RETURN TO ME: The Restoration Chronicles, Book 1 by Lynn Austin
Paperback Original

After years of watching his children and grandchildren wander from their faith, Iddo's prayers are answered: King Cyrus is allowing God's chosen people to return to Jerusalem. Jubilant, he joyfully prepares for their departure, only to learn that his family, grown comfortable in the pagan culture of Babylon, wants to remain. Zechariah, Iddo's oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather's ancient beliefs and the comfort and success his father enjoys in Babylon.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764208980

ROBERT B. PARKER'S FOOL ME TWICE: A Jesse Stone Novel by Michael Brandman

A Hollywood movie company has come to Paradise, Massachusetts, and brought with it a huge cast, crew, and a troubled star. Marisol Hinton is scared out of her wits that her estranged husband's jealousy might take a dangerous turn. When she becomes the subject of a death threat, Jesse and the rest of the Paradise police department go on high alert.
Berkley * 9780425261286

SOVEREIGN: The Books of Mortals, Book 3 by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee

Nine years after Rom Sebastian was thrust into the most unlikely of circumstances as hero and bearer of an unimaginable secret, the alliance of his followers is in disarray. An epic battle with The Order has left them scattered and deeply divided both in strategy and resolve in their struggle to become truly alive and free. Only 36 truly alive followers remain loyal to Rom. This meager band must fight for survival as The Order is focused on their total annihilation.
FaithWords * 9781599953601

TARGET LANCER by Max Allan Collins

Nathan Heller, "P.I. to the Stars," knows that a conspiracy is in the works long before November 22, 1963. Several years earlier, he had been involved in the early stages of a plan to assassinate Fidel Castro that was cut short when his Mafia contact was murdered. After being interrogated by gangsters and contacted by U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Heller realizes that he may be the one person who can prevent a devastating political assassination.
Forge Books * 9780765361479

THE TIME KEEPER by Mitch Albom

The inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.
Hyperion * 9781401312855

TRACES OF MERCY: Mercy Medallion Trilogy, Book 1 by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelly
Paperback Original

At the war’s end, a young woman suffers an accident that leaves her unconscious and alone. Waking with amnesia, she takes the name Mercy and wants more than anything to find out the truth of her past. But then a handsome stranger arrives, who may hold the key to everything she has forgotten. What he knows could devastate her future, and even end her life.
David C. Cook * 9780781408691


Everything that Brek Cuttler has ever known disappears when she finds herself standing on a deserted train platform, covered in blood. A man from her past explains that she has been chosen to join the elite team of lawyers charged with prosecuting and defending souls at the Final Judgment. As Brek struggles to find her way back to her husband and daughter, she will discover that her first client holds the shocking secret of her fate.
Berkley Trade * 9780425261675


Finbar Dolan has carved out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue ad agency. But when he has to cancel a wedding and a long-awaited vacation --- and finds out his father is terminally ill and none of his siblings are willing to visit --- Fin has to examine his life and reevaluate his choices.
Touchstone * 9781451675559

On Sale the Week of October 7th in Hardcover

October 7th

DIRTY LOVE by Andre Dubus III
In these linked novellas in which characters walk out the back door of one story and into the next, love is "dirty" --- tangled up with need, power, boredom, ego, fear and fantasy. These narratives express extraordinary tenderness toward human beings, our vulnerable hearts and bodies, our fulfilling and unfulfilling lives alone and with others.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393064650

MY STORY by Elizabeth Smart, with Chris Stewart
For the first time, 10 years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime. She explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.

St. Martin's Press * 9781250040152

THE STAR OF ISTANBUL: A Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller by Robert Olen Butler

War correspondent and American spy Christopher Marlowe Cobb is charged with following German intellectual and possible covert SS agent Brauer onto the decks of the Lusitania. On board is gorgeous actress Selene Bourgani, who might be working with German intelligence. But as Cobb tracks Brauer and Bourgani from London to Istanbul (after the scurrilous U-Boat attack on the ship), he realizes that Bourgani’s intentions are more complicated than imagined.
Mysterious Press * 9780802121554

October 8th

THE ALLIGATOR MAN by James Sheehan
Kevin Wylie's crooked boss wants to run him out of town, and Kevin's long-time girlfriend is ready to take a hike. He decides that now is the time to leave Miami, visit his father, who he hasn't seen in 28 years, and get some answers. Heading back to his hometown, he doesn't realize that he and his dad will become embroiled in a murder case involving one of the richest and most hated corporate criminals in America.
Center Street * 9781455508648

BECOMING MR. OCTOBER by Reggie Jackson, with Kevin Baker
BECOMING MR. OCTOBER is a revelatory self-portrait of baseball icon Reggie Jackson at the height of his public fame and private anguish. Filled with anecdotes about the notorious “Bronx Zoo” Yankees of the late 1970s and bluntly honest portrayals of his teammates and competitors, this is baseball history as can be told only by the man who lived it.

Doubleday * 9780385533119

CAMELOT'S COURT: Inside the Kennedy White House by Robert Dallek
Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, presidential historian Robert Dallek delivers a new portrait of the president and his inner circle of advisors --- their rivalries, personality clashes and political battles. Here, Dallek analyzes the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy’s administration --- including the Bay of Pigs, civil rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam --- were indelible.

Harper * 9780062065841

THE CIRCLE by Dave Eggers
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful Internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime --- even as life beyond work grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Knopf * 9780385351393

DALLAS 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis
Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis explore the swirling forces that led many people to warn President Kennedy to avoid Dallas on his fateful trip to Texas. They lead us through intimate glimpses of the Kennedy family and the machinations of the Kennedy White House, to the obsessed men in Dallas who concocted the climate of hatred that led many to blame the city for the president's death.

Twelve * 9781455522095

DOING HARD TIME: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods

When Stone Barrington embarks on a trip to Bel-Air, he expects a relaxing break from the fast pace and mean streets of New York. But 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.

Putnam Adult * 9780399164149

DOOMED by Chuck Palahniuk
Chuck Palahniuk's 2011 novel, DAMNED, chronicled Madison Spencer’s journey across the unspeakable (and really gross) landscape of the afterlife to confront the Devil himself. But her story isn’t over yet. In a series of electronic dispatches from the Great Beyond, DOOMED describes the ultimate showdown between Good and Evil.

Doubleday * 9780385533034

THE DOUBLE by George Pelecanos

The job seems simple enough: retrieve the valuable painting "The Double" Grace Kinkaid's ex-boyfriend stole from her. But Grace wants Spero Lucas to find the man who humiliated her --- a violent career criminal with a small gang of brutal thugs at his beck and call. In the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can't last, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he is --- and how far he'll go to get what he wants.

Little, Brown and Company * 9780316078399

HITLER'S FURIES: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower
Wendy Lower’s stunning account of the role of German women on the World War II Nazi eastern front powerfully revises history, proving that we have ignored the reality of women’s participation in the Holocaust, including as brutal killers. HITLER'S FURIES builds a fascinating picture of a morally “lost generation” of young women, born into a defeated, tumultuous post --- a twisted political awakening that turned to genocide.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780547863382

INHERIT THE DEAD by Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, Charlaine Harris, John Connolly and C. J. Box
Pericles “Perry” Christo has been struggling since he lost his badge, and his marriage, in a notorious corruption scandal. So he jumps at the chance to work what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case. Socialite Julia Drusilla is looking for her daughter, Angelina, who is about to become a very wealthy young woman. But as Christo digs deeper, he discovers there’s much more to the lovely “Angel” than meets the eye.

Touchstone * 9781451684759

In the coming centuries, the world's population has exploded and covered the earth with cities, animals are nearly all gone, and drought has taken over so that cloudy water is issued by the quart. It is an unwelcoming world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan, who grows up dreaming of the vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest. She becomes obsessed with it and is determined to somehow find her way there.

William Morrow * 9780062232502

Sarah, an orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

Knopf * 9780385351232

MR. LYNCH'S HOLIDAY by Catherine O'Flynn
When Dermot Lynch arrives to visit his son in Spain, he learns that Eamonn, only one of a handful of settlers in the half-finished ghost town of Lomaverde, is upside down in a dream that is slipping away. But Dermot finds something beautiful in Lomaverde’s decline --- something that is reminiscent of his childhood in Ireland. As the happenings in Lomaverde take a strange turn, father and son slowly begin to peel back their pasts and uncover a shocking secret at the heart of this ad hoc community.

Henry Holt and Co. * 9780805091816

Ann Rule unravels a shattering case of Christmastime murder off the coast of Washington State. It’s a case with enough drama, greed, sex and scandal to be called “The Real Housewives of Whidbey Island,” but this was not reality television. This was murder: pure, cruel, ugly and senseless. And someone had to pay the price.

Gallery Books * 9781416544623

RASPUTIN'S SHADOW by Raymond Khoury
FBI Agent Sean Reilly finds himself teamed with Russian Federal Security Service agent Larisa Tchoumitcheva to discover why a Russian embassy attaché has apparently committed suicide and a retired Russian physics professor living in Queens has vanished, all of which leads to a small device that could change the world in a deadly way.

Dutton Adult * 9780525953135

SOLO: A James Bond Novel by William Boyd
It's 1969 and, having just celebrated his 45th birthday, James Bond --- British special agent 007 --- is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment. Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the rebels threatening the established regime.

Harper * 9780062223128

STARRY NIGHT: A Christmas Novel by Debbie Macomber
STARRY NIGHT stars disgruntled gossip columnist Carrie Slayton, who wants to be a serious journalist. When she discovers the whereabouts of the famously reclusive Finnegan Dalton, whose book about living in the Alaskan wilds has hit the bestseller lists, she sees an opportunity to jumpstart her career. But meeting Finn in the snowy wilderness during the holidays makes her rethink her decision.

Ballantine Books * 9780345528896

STORM FRONT: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sandford
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. As it turns out, there are very bad men chasing the relic, and they don’t care who’s in the way or what they have to do to get it.

Putnam Adult * 9780399159305

TOP DOWN: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination by Jim Lehrer
As Air Force One touches down in Dallas, ambitious young newspaper reporter Jack Gilmore races to get the scoop on preparations for President Kennedy’s motorcade. Will the bubble top on the presidential limousine be up or down? Down, according to veteran Secret Service agent Van Walters. The decision to leave the top down and expose JFK to fire from above will weigh on Van’s conscience for decades. But will it also change the course of history?
Random House * 9781400069163

TUDORS: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth by Peter Ackroyd
TUDORS is the story of England's most famous monarchs, the plots between and against them, and a nation on its way from chaos to stability. Above all, it is the story of the English Reformation and the making of the Anglican Church. Peter Ackroyd’s book shows a country where good governance was the duty of the state, not the church, and where men and women began to look to themselves for answers rather than to those who ruled them.

Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250003621

October 10th

To Sam Blount, meeting Julia is the best thing that has ever happened to him. Working at the local college, he’d been feeling troubled about his approaching 40th birthday, but being with Julia makes him feel young and hopeful. Their relationship is tested by a shy young man with a secret, Marcus Broley, who is also infatuated with Julia.

Pegasus * 9781605984803

On Sale the Week of October 7th in Paperback

October 7th

On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, obituary writer Vivien Lowe is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393346770

October 8th

BERTIE PLAYS THE BLUES: A 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith
Paperback Original

The residents of Scotland Street are all dealing with domestic woes. New parents Matthew and Elspeth muddle through the difficulties of multiple parenthood. Angus and Domenica are newly engaged and must negotiate the complex merger of two households. And in the Pollock family, there's a shift in power as husband Stuart starts to stand up to his overbearing wife, Irene --- and poor Bertie puts himself up for adoption on eBay.
Anchor * 9780307948496

BLASPHEMY: New and Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie
Included in this collection of new and classic stories by Sherman Alexie are some of his most esteemed tales, including “What You Pawn I Will Redeem," “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” “The Toughest Indian in the World” and “War Dances.” His new stories are about donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, the reservation, marriage, and all species of contemporary American warriors.
Grove Press * 9780802121752

THE CHILD'S CHILD by Ruth Rendell, writing as Barbara Vine
When their grandmother dies, Grace and Andrew Easton inherit her sprawling, book-filled London home. Rather than sell it, the adult siblings move in together. The arrangement is unusual yet ideal for the affectionate pair --- until the day Andrew brings home a new boyfriend. When he and Andrew witness their friend’s murder outside a London nightclub, James begins to unravel. What happens next will change the lives of everyone in the house.
Scribner * 9781476704272

GOD: A Story of Revelation by Deepak Chopra
In Deepak Chopra's powerful, groundbreaking and imaginative work --- a unique blend of storytelling and teaching --- the New York Times bestselling author explores the evolution of God. By capturing the lives of 10 historical prophets, saints, mystics and martyrs who are touched by a divine power, Chopra reveals a riveting portrait of a constantly changing God.
HarperOne * 9780062020697

HIT ME by Lawrence Block
Sometimes it's hard to remember that Nicholas Edwards used to kill people for a living. But when the nation's economy tanks, all it takes is one phone call to drag him back into the game, back to being the man he always was: Keller. A call puts him on a West Indies cruise, with several interesting fellow passengers. But the high drama comes in Cheyenne, where a recent widow is looking to sell her husband's stamp collection.
Mulholland Books * 9780316127349

HUSH LITTLE BABY by Suzanne Redfearn
Paperback Original

Jillian Kane appears to have it all --- a successful career, a gorgeous home, a loving husband, and two wonderful children. The reality behind closed doors is something else entirely. When, in an act of desperation, Jillian flees her abusive marriage, her worst nightmare is realized, and she finds herself on the run with her two young children, no money, and no plan.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455573202

After nearly three centuries, two locked trunks, believed to contain the papers of a baroque composer, have been discovered. The composer died childless, and now two Venetians each claim inheritance. Caterina Pellegrini’s job is to examine any enclosed papers to discover the “testamentary disposition” of the composer. But when her research takes her in unexpected directions, she begins to wonder just what secrets these trunks may hold.
Grove Press * 9780802120656

NOT DEAD YET by Peter James
Days before Gaia Lafayette, one of Hollywood's hottest stars, leaves home for a movie role in Brighton, England, there is a bungled attempt on her life. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is charged with protecting Gaia on location in Brighton from her dangerously obsessive Number One fan, a clever maniac who will stop at nothing to kill her.
Minotaur Books * 9781250029669

RETURN OF THE THIN MAN by Dashiell Hammett
This pair of never-before published Thin Man novellas --- AFTER THE THIN MAN and ANOTHER THIN MAN --- features the classic Hammett characters Nick Charles, a retired private investigator, and his former debutante wife, Nora. In these two stories, Nick and Nora become involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse when they find Nora's family gardener murdered.
Mysterious Press * 9780802121561

SCHRODER by Amity Gaige
Attending a New England summer camp, young Eric Schroder adopts the last name Kennedy to more easily fit in. SCHRODER relates the story of Eric's urgent escape years later to Lake Champlain, Vermont, with his six-year-old daughter in an attempt to outrun the authorities amid a heated custody battle with his wife, who will soon discover that her husband is not who he says he is.
Twelve * 9781455512126

Paperback Original

Set in Norfolk in 1867, Eliza Caine responds to an ad for a governess position at Gaudlin Hall. When she arrives there, shaken by an unsettling disturbance that occurred during her travels, she is greeted by the two children now in her care, Isabella and Eustace. Eliza realizes that if she and the children are to survive the hall's violent attentions, she must first uncover its long-buried secrets and confront the demons of its past.
Other Press * 9781590516799


In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave.
Vintage * 9780307949707

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