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December 30, 2014

December 30, 2014

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of December 29th and January 5th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of December 29th in Hardcover

December 30th

THE ASSASSINATION OPTION: A Clandestine Operations Novel by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV (Historical Thriller/Adventure)
James Cronley’s first successful mission for the about-to-be-official new Central Intelligence Directorate has drawn all kinds of attention. However, complications are springing up on all sides. He's discovered a surprising alliance between the former German intelligence chief and, of all things, the Mossad. A German family that Cronley never knew he had has suddenly, and suspiciously, emerged. And he’s due for a rendezvous with an undercover agent against the Soviets known only as Seven K.
Putnam Adult * 9780399171246

THE BISHOP'S WIFE by Mette Ivie Harrison (Mystery)
One cold winter night, a young wife and mother named Carrie Helm disappears, leaving behind everything she owns. Carrie’s husband, Jared, claims his wife has always been unstable and that she has abandoned the family. Linda Wallheim, a devout Mormon and the wife of a bishop, doesn’t trust him. As Linda snoops in the Helm family’s circumstances, she becomes convinced that Jared has murdered his wife and painted himself as a wronged husband.
Soho Crime * 9781616954765

DIE AGAIN: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen (Thriller)
Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down. Rizzoli ultimately uncovers the unsolved mystery of a deadly camping safari in Botswana four years prior. When she realizes the two cases are connected, Rizzoli must track down the sole survivor of the tragic trip to discover who --- or what --- is behind these gruesome deaths.
Ballantine Books * 9780345543851

FIFTY MICE by Daniel Pyne (Thriller)
One weekday afternoon, Jay Johnson is abducted on a Los Angeles Metro train, tranquilized, interrogated, and his paper trail obliterated. What did he see, what terrible crime --- or criminal --- is he keeping secret? Furious and helpless, and convinced that the government has made a colossal mistake, Jay is involuntarily relocated to a community on Catalina Island, where the only way out is through the twisted maze of lies and unreliable memories swirling through his own mind.
Blue Rider Press * 9780399171642

HUCK FINN'S AMERICA: Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece by Andrew Levy (Literary Criticism)
Award-winning biographer Andrew Levy shows how modern readers have been misunderstanding HUCKLEBERRY FINN for decades. Mark Twain’s masterpiece is often discussed either as a carefree adventure story for children or a serious novel about race relations, yet Levy argues it is neither. Instead, HUCK FINN was written at a time when Americans were nervous about youth violence and “uncivilized” bad boys, and a debate was raging about education, popular culture and responsible parenting --- casting Huck’s now-celebrated “freedom” in a very different and very modern light.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439186961

HUSH by Karen Robards (Romantic Suspense)
When Riley Cowan finds her estranged husband, Jeff, dead in his palatial home, she’s sure it’s no coincidence. The police rule it a suicide, but Riley thinks someone’s out for blood. Finn Bradley, a Philly-based FBI agent and Riley’s love interest from way back when, agrees to help Riley, and the two reignite sparks they both thought were extinguished long ago. But can they discover the killer’s identity in time before he resurfaces --- and strikes again?
Gallery Books * 9781476766584

NO FORTUNATE SON: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor (Thriller/Adventure)
Not long after veteran operator Pike Logan and partner Jennifer Cahill are released from the Taskforce --- their longtime employer and one of the world's foremost top secret counterterrorist units --- a high-profile hostage crisis throws the U.S. government into turmoil. Why were Logan and Cahill let go so suddenly? Can they still help decipher the web of lies and chaos spread by a mysterious enemy? And what are the real costs of diffusing such a threat?
Dutton Adult * 9780525953999

RAIN ON THE DEAD by Jack Higgins (Thriller/Adventure)
On a dark summer night, two Chechen mercenaries intend to kill the former president of the United States, Jake Cazalet. Unfortunately for them, Cazalet has guests with him, including black ops specialist Sean Dillon and his colleague, Afghan war hero Captain Sara Gideon. The Chechens do not survive the night, but Dillon is curious as to how they even got on the island. What he discovers sends a chill through his bones --- a name from very far back in Dillon’s past.
Putnam Adult * 9780399171949

ROBERT B. PARKER'S THE BRIDGE by Robert Knott (Mystery/Western)
Territorial Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are back in Appaloosa, where their work enforcing the law has been exceptionally quiet. All that is about to change. An ominous storm rolls in, and along with it a band of night riders with a devious scheme, who show up at the Rio Blanco camp, where a 300-foot bridge is under construction. As clouds over Appaloosa continue to gather, things get much worse for Cole and Hitch.
Putnam Adult * 9780399171130

THE ROSIE EFFECT by Graeme Simsion (Humor/Romance)
The Wife Project is complete, and Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because Rosie is pregnant. Fortunately, Don’s best friend, Gene, is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie. As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, and getting Gene and Claudia to reconcile, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476767314

SAVING GRACE by Jane Green (Fiction)
As Ted and Grace Chapman’s picture-perfect life begins to crumble, they are rescued by Beth, an assistant promising to calm Ted’s rages and lend Grace emotional support. But Grace harbors dark secrets in her past, and Beth’s persona might be too good to be true. It soon appears that this new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation and even her sanity.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250047335

VANESSA AND HER SISTER by Priya Parmar (Historical Fiction)
London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous, artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the center of this charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer.
Ballantine Books * 9780804176378

January 1st

FROM TABLET TO TABLE: Where Community Is Found and Identity Is Formed by Leonard Sweet (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
What if the Bible were seen less as a tablet of ink than as a table of food? FROM TABLET TO TABLE invites readers to explore the importance of The Table in biblical theology, and what it might mean for us to bring back the table to our homes, our churches and our neighborhoods. Leonard Sweet explores how our failure to understand and appreciate “the most sacred item of furniture in every home” has created such a deficit in our fast-food, take-what-you-like-smorgasbord, together-but-separate society.
NavPress * 9781612915814

January 2nd

THE SOUL OF DISCRETION: A Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler Mystery by Susan Hill (Mystery)
Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler is asked to take the principal role in a potentially dangerous undercover operation. He must leave town immediately, without telling anyone --- not even his girlfriend Rachel, who has only just moved in with him. To complete his special operation, Simon must inhabit the mind of the worst kind of criminal. This takes its toll on him and --- as the investigation unfolds --- also on the town and some of its most respected citizens.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781468301458
On Sale the Week of December 29th in Paperback

December 30th

BAD WOLF by Nele Neuhaus (Mystery)
As two grisly murder cases collide, Inspectors Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein dig deep into the past and underneath the veneer of bourgeois society to come up against a terrible secret that is about to impact their personal lives as well. In Nele Neuhaus' second U.S. publication of her popular series, tensions run high, and a complex and unpredictable plot propels her characters forward at breakneck speed.
Minotaur Books * 9781250062086

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR by Jeffrey Archer (Historical Fiction)
The latest volume in Jeffrey Archer’s The Clifton Chronicles opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR follows the dazzling tale of the Clifton family's love, loss, betrayal and ambition into the 1960s.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250034465

BROKEN BONDS: A Cold Creek Novel by Karen Harper
(Romantic Suspense)
Paperback Original
The three Lockwood sisters are still recovering from the events that led to the destruction of their family when they were children. Determined to move forward, Tess and Kate are making fresh starts, and older sister Charlene is back in town as she figures out her next move. Char soon runs afoul of some locals who think she's sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. She is certain something sinister is being covered up, and when she witnesses Matt Rowan being run off the road, she knows she's right.
Mira * 9780778317357

THE DEAD IN THEIR VAULTED ARCHES: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley (Historical Mystery)
Eleven-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother. Yet upon the train’s arrival, Flavia is approached by a stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia?
Bantam * 9780385344067

THE DEATH CLASS: A True Story About Life by Erika Hayasaki (Inspirational/Personal Growth)
When nurse Norma Bowe decided to teach a course on death at a college in New Jersey, she never expected it to be popular. But year after year students crowd into her classroom, and the reason is clear: Norma’s “death class” is really about how to make the most of what poet Mary Oliver famously called our “one wild and precious life.” By following her over four years, Erika Hayasaki shows how Norma steers four extraordinary students from their tormented families and neighborhoods toward happiness.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451642940

THE FOREVER GIRL by Alexander McCall Smith (Fiction)
Alexander McCall Smith's THE FOREVER GIRL is a novel about love and following one’s heart, and the unexpected places to which this can lead us. Through the lives of Clover and James, and Amanda and David, the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series tells a tale full of love and heartbreak, humor and melancholy, that demonstrates the myriad ways in which love shapes our lives.
Anchor * 9780345804426

HAZARDOUS DUTY: A Presidential Agent Novel by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV (Thriller/Adventure)
Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President is fed up and has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea --- to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and put them on the case. But everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.
Jove * 9780515154535

HUNTING SHADOWS: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd (Historical Mystery)
A society wedding becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange it’s unbelievable. In going over the details of the case, Inspector Ian Rutledge is reminded of a dark episode he witnessed in the war. To stop a murderer, will the ethical detective choose to follow the letter --- or the spirit --- of the law?
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062237101

THE KILL SWITCH: A Tucker Wayne Novel by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood (Thriller/Adventure)
The mission seems simple enough: extract a pharmaceutical magnate from Russian soil, a volatile man who holds the secret to a deadly bioweapon. But nothing is as it appears to be. A conspiracy of world-shattering scope unravels as former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his stalwart companion, Kane, a military working dog of exceptional abilities, struggle to keep one move ahead of their deadly enemies.
Harper * 9780062135261

THE LIFE INTENDED by Kristin Harmel (Fiction)
Paperback Original
After her husband’s sudden death over 10 years ago, Kate Waithman never expected to be lucky enough to find another love of her life. But now she’s planning her second walk down the aisle to a perfectly nice man. So why isn’t she more excited? At first, Kate blames her lack of sleep on stress. But when she starts seeing Patrick, her late husband, in her dreams, she begins to wonder if she’s really ready to move on.
Gallery Books * 9781476754154

LINCOLN'S BOYS: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image by Joshua Zeitz (Biography/History)
Abraham Lincoln’s official secretaries, John Hay and John Nicolay, enjoyed more access, witnessed more history, and knew Lincoln better than anyone outside of the president’s immediate family. As Joshua Zeitz shows, the image of a humble man with uncommon intellect who rose from obscurity to become a storied wartime leader and emancipator is very much their creation.
Penguin Books * 9780143126034

(Historical Fiction)
This work of fiction is based on an actual mental patient in the late 19th century, Albert Dadas, who was a compulsive walker, and the doctor who treated him. THE MAN WHO WALKED AWAY is an interesting look at the human mind, especially when it does not function properly. What still remains in the 21st century is probably medicine's greatest mystery --- the workings of the human nervous system and the three pounds of gray matter that control it.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620403136

MOVING TARGET by J. A. Jance (Thriller)
Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender doing time for expertly hacking into the San Leandro School District’s computer system, has been set on fire and severely burned. B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds’s fiancé and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obligated to get to the bottom of what really happened. Meanwhile, in England, Ali investigates the decades-old murder of Leland Brooks’ father, which Leland himself was once suspected of committing.
Pocket Books * 9781476745022

NORTH OF BOSTON by Elisabeth Elo (Literary Thriller)
When the fishing boat Pirio Kasparov is on is rammed by a freighter, she finds herself abandoned in the North Atlantic. She survives nearly four hours in the water before being rescued by the Coast Guard. But the boat’s owner and her professional fisherman friend, Ned, is not so lucky. Compelled to look after Noah, the son of the late Ned, and her alcoholic prep school friend, Thomasina, Pirio can’t shake the lurking suspicion that the boat’s sinking --- and Ned’s death --- was no accident.
Penguin Books * 9780143126126

NOTORIOUS by Allison Brennan (Thriller)
Maxine Revere has dedicated her life to investigating murders that the police have long since given up any hope of solving. A nationally renowned investigative reporter with her own TV show and a tough-as-nails reputation, Max tackles cold cases from across the country and every walk of life. But the one unsolved murder that still haunts her is a case from her own past.
St. Martin's Paperbacks * 9781250038012

SAVE ME by Kristyn Kusek Lewis (Fiction)
Paperback Original
Daphne Mitchell’s picture-perfect life is upended the day her husband, Owen, comes home from work to tell her he's fallen for someone else. Unable to hate him, but also equally incapable of moving forward, Daphne's life hangs in limbo until the day Owen's new girlfriend sustains near-fatal injuries in a car accident. As Daphne becomes a pillar of support for the devastated Owen, she has to find out whether forgiveness is possible and decide which path is the right one for her.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455572236

SNIPER'S HONOR: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel by Stephen Hunter (Thriller/Adventure)
Kathy Reilly of The Washington Post becomes interested in the story of Ludmilla “Mili” Petrova, a legendary, beautiful female sniper who seems to have vanished from history. Reilly enlists former marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger to parse out the scarce details of Mili’s military service. The more Swagger learns about Mili’s last mission, the more he’s convinced her disappearance was no accident.
Pocket Books * 9781451640236

THE UNEXPECTED WALTZ by Kim Wright (Fiction)
Kelly Wilder becomes recently widowed from a much older wealthy man with whom she spent her married life doing charity work and building a lovely home. Now, with too much time and money on her hands, Kelly has absolutely no idea what happens next. So, on a whim, she signs up for a ballroom dancing class and slowly, step by high-heeled step, begins to rebuild her life with the help of friends old and new.
Gallery Books * 9781476754239

VANISHED: The Profiler, Book 2 by Elizabeth Heiter (Psychological Thriller)
Paperback Original
Eighteen years ago, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine's best friend, Cassie Byers, disappeared, the third in a series of unsolved abductions. Only a macabre nursery rhyme claiming that Evelyn was also an intended victim was left at the scene. Now, after all these years of silence, another girl has gone missing in South Carolina, and the Nursery Rhyme Killer is taking credit. But is Cassie's abductor really back, or is there a copycat at work?
Mira * 9780778317388

January 1st

KILLER: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman (Psychological Thriller)
At the behest of the court, Dr. Alex Delaware becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by physician Constance Sykes against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. When the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he’s been snared in a toxic web of pathology.
Ballantine Books * 9780345505767
On Sale the Week of January 5th in Hardcover

January 6th

AS CHIMNEY SWEEPERS COME TO DUST: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley (Historical Mystery)
Shortly after 12-year-old Flavia de Luce arrives at Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy boarding school, a charred and mummified body tumbles out of a bedroom chimney. Now, while attending classes, making friends (and enemies), and assessing the school’s stern headmistress and faculty (one of whom is an acquitted murderess), Flavia is on the hunt for the victim’s identity and time of death, as well as suspects, motives and means.
Delacorte Press * 9780345539939

BEFORE I GO by Colleen Oakley (Fiction)
On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband, Jack, to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis. Terrified of what will happen to Jack when she’s no longer there to take care of him, Daisy resolves to find him another wife. But as the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy is forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness, or her own.
Gallery Books * 9781476761664

THE BODY SNATCHERS AFFAIR: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini (Historical Mystery)
For John Quincannon, this is a first: searching a Chinatown opium den for his client's husband, missing in the middle of a brewing tong war set to ignite over the stolen corpse of Bing Ah Kee. Meanwhile, his partner, Sabina Carpenter, searches for the corpse of a millionaire, stolen from a sealed family crypt and currently being held for ransom. Is there a connection between the two body snatchers? Or is simple greed the answer to this one?
Forge Books * 9780765331762

DEATH OF A DISHONORABLE GENTLEMAN by Tessa Arlen (Historical Mystery)
Lady Montfort has been planning her annual summer costume ball for months with scrupulous care. But when her husband's degenerate nephew is found murdered, it's more than the ball that’s ruined. In fact, Lady Montfort fears that the official police enquiry is pointing towards her son as a potential suspect. Taking matters into her own hands, she enlists the help of her pragmatic housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson, to investigate the case, track down the women who vanished the night of the murder, and clear her son's name.
Minotaur Books * 9781250052490

DESCENT by Tim Johnston (Literary Thriller)
DESCENT is the story of a family undone by the disappearance of a daughter who went out for a morning run and didn’t come back. The girl’s vanishing is the beginning of the family’s harrowing journey down increasingly divergent and solitary paths, until all that continues to bind them to each other are the questions they can never bring themselves to ask: At what point does a family stop searching? At what point does a girl stop fighting for her life?
Algonquin Books * 9781616203047

THE EMPTY THRONE by Bernard Cornwell (Historical Fiction/Adventure)
Æthelred, the ruler of Mercia, is dying, leaving no legitimate heir. The West Saxons want their king, but Uhtred has long supported Æthelflaed, sister to King Edward of Wessex and widow of Æthelred. Widely loved and respected, Æthelflaed has all the makings of a leader --- but could Saxon warriors ever accept a woman as their ruler? The stage is set for rivals to fight for the empty throne.
Harper * 9780062250711

A FINE SUMMER’S DAY: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd (Historical Mystery)
On a fine summer’s day in June 1914, Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. An Inspector at Scotland Yard, he is planning to propose to the woman whom he deeply loves, despite intimations from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice. Meanwhile, a widow’s death will set off a series of murders across England, seemingly unconnected, that Rutledge will race to solve in the weeks before the fateful declaration in August that will forever transform his world.
William Morrow * 9780062237125

GALAPAGOS REGAINED by James Morrow (Historical Fiction)
Chloe Bathurst is an unemployed Victorian actress who finds work on Charles Darwin’s estate. When she gets wind of the Great God Contest --- £10,000 to the first petitioner who can prove or disprove the existence of a Supreme Being --- she decides that Mr. Darwin’s materialist theory of speciation might just turn the trick. Before she knows it, her ambitions send her off on a wild adventure bound for the Galápagos archipelago, where she intends to demonstrate evolutionary theory to the contest judges.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250054012

GOLDEN SON: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown (Science Fiction/Dystopian Thriller)
GOLDEN SON continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. In this highly anticipated sequel to Pierce Brown’s RED RISING, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within by inserting himself into the world of the elite Golds.
Del Rey * 9780345539816

HER by Harriet Lane (Psychological Thriller)
Isolated and exhausted by early motherhood, Emma finds that her confidence is fading fast. Nina --- sophisticated, generous, effortlessly in control --- seems to have all the answers. It's easy to see why Emma is drawn to Nina. But what does Nina see in her? A seemingly innocent friendship slowly develops into a dangerous game of cat and mouse as Nina eases her way into Emma's life. It soon becomes clear that Nina wants something from the unwitting Emma --- something that might just destroy her.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316369879

HONEYDEW: Stories by Edith Pearlman (Fiction/Short Stories)
In HONEYDEW, Edith Pearlman writes with warmth about the predicaments of being human. Whether the characters we encounter are a special child with pentachromatic vision, a group of displaced Somali women adjusting to life in suburban Boston, or a staid professor of Latin unsettled by a random invitation to lecture on the mystery of life and death, Pearlman knows each of them intimately and reveals them to us with unsurpassed generosity.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316297226

I THINK YOU’RE TOTALLY WRONG: A Quarrel by David Shields and Caleb Powell (Literary Criticism)
Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life, whereas his former professor, David Shields, always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art. Shields and Powell spend four days together at a cabin in the Cascade Mountains, talking about everything they can think of in the name of exploring and debating their central question (life and/or art?): marriage, family, sports, sex, happiness, drugs, death, betrayal --- and, of course, writers and writing.
Knopf * 9780385351942

INSATIABLE APPETITES: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods (Thriller)
It’s a time of unexpected change for Stone Barrington. A recent venture has achieved a great victory, but is immediately faced with an underhanded foe who’s determined to wreak havoc at any cost. When Stone finds himself responsible for distributing the estate of a respected friend and mentor, the process unearths secrets that range from merely surprising to outright alarming. And when a lethal beauty from Stone’s past resurfaces, there’s no telling what chaos will follow in her wake.
Putnam Adult * 9780399169151

THE MAN WHO WOULD NOT BE WASHINGTON: Robert E. Lee's Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History by Jonathan Horn (History)
On the eve of the Civil War, one soldier embodied the legacy of George Washington and the hopes of leaders across a divided land. Both North and South knew Robert E. Lee as the son of Washington’s most famous eulogist and the son-in-law of Washington’s adopted child. Each side sought his service for high command; Lee could choose only one. Former White House speechwriter Jonathan Horn reveals how the officer most associated with Washington went to war against the union that Washington had forged.
Scribner * 9781476748566

THE MARTINI SHOT: A Novella and Stories by George Pelecanos (Crime Fiction/Short Stories)
Whether they're cops or conmen, savage killers or creative types, gangsters or God-fearing citizens, George Pelecanos' characters are always engaged in a fight for their lives. They fight to advance or simply to survive; they fight against odds, against enemies, even against themselves. In this, his first collection of stories, the acclaimed novelist introduces readers to a vivid and eclectic cast of combatants.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316284370

MASTERING LIFE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE: 10 Biblical Strategies for a Lifetime of Purpose by Robert J. Morgan (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
A lifelong student of the Bible, Pastor Rob Morgan has spent 40 years learning about maximizing each day and becoming purposeful and productive. Now he has found a simple plan that works --- featuring 10 biblical principles that transcend human wisdom. These patterns can be implemented today whether you’re a student or an octagenarian, a novice or an executive, and help you develop a perpetually effective life.
Howard Books * 9781451664744

A NEW SEASON: A Robertson Family Love Story of Brokenness and Redemption by Al and Lisa Robertson, with Beth Clark
Infidelity, deceit, distrust and shame. Unfortunately, these are recurring themes in many of today’s marriages in America --- even in the family-values-promoting, Christian-based Robertson family. But this is not a book about a marriage gone wrong. It is a candid story of rescued love and renewed commitment. After nearly getting divorced, Alan and Lisa Robertson came to terms with what went wrong in their marriage, and both began the hard work of making it right.

Howard Books * 9781476773209

A PLEASURE AND A CALLING by Phil Hogan (Psychological Thriller)
Mr. Heming is a real estate agent who has the keys to every home he's ever sold in town. He has kept them all so he can observe his neighbors, not just on the street, but also behind locked doors. His disturbing hobby soon begins to form a clear pattern, and the reasons behind it come into focus. But when the quiet routine of the village is disrupted by strange occurrences, including a dead body found in the backyard of a client's home, Mr. Heming realizes it may be only a matter of time before his secrets are found out.
Picador * 9781250060631

A patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams’ destiny was foreordained. He was not only “The Greatest Traveler of His Age,” but also his country’s most gifted linguist and most experienced diplomat. His world encompassed the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the early and late Napoleonic Age. In THE REMARKABLE EDUCATION OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, Phyllis Lee Levin provides the deeply researched and definitive biography of one of the most fascinating and towering early Americans.
Palgrave Macmillan Trade * 9781137279620

RUSSIAN TATTOO: A Memoir by Elena Gorokhova (Memoir)
In A MOUNTAIN OF CRUMBS, Elena Gorokhova describes coming of age behind the Iron Curtain and leaving her mother and her Motherland for a new life in the United States. Now, in RUSSIAN TATTOO, Elena learns that the journey of an immigrant is filled with everyday mistakes, small humiliations and a loss of dignity. But through perseverance and resilience, she gradually adapts to her new country.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451689822

THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH by Christopher Scotton (Fiction)
The town of Medgar, Kentucky, is beset by a massive Mountaintop Removal operation that is blowing up the hills and back filling the hollows. Fourteen-year-old Kevin's grandfather and others in town attempt to rally the citizens against the “company” and its powerful owner to stop the plunder of their mountain heritage. When Kevin’s friend, Buzzy, witnesses the brutal murder of the opposition leader, a sequence is set in play that tests Buzzy and Kevin to their absolute limits in an epic struggle for survival in the Kentucky mountains.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455551927

THE THIRD TARGET by Joel C. Rosenberg (Thriller)
When New York Times foreign correspondent J. B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell --- ISIS --- has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, Collins knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Knowing that terrorist forces are already trying to bring down two Arab governments in the region --- Iraq and Syria --- can Collins uncover the truth before it’s too late? Or will the terrorists succeed in setting their sights on the third target and achieving genocide?
Tyndale House Publishers * 9781414336275

TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann Krentz (Romantic Suspense)
Awkward doesn’t begin to describe Grace Elland’s evening with venture capitalist Julius Arkwright. She has nothing in common with a man who lives to make money, but the intense former Marine does have some skills that Grace can use --- and he’s the perfect man to help her when it becomes clear she is being stalked. Ultimately, Julius will help Grace step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only her, but also everyone around her.
Putnam Adult * 9780399165139

UNCLE JANICE by Matt Burgess (Fiction)
Janice Itwaru is an "uncle" --- an undercover narcotics officer --- trying to meet the impossibly high quota of drug busts needed to make detective, or be sent back down to uniformed patrol. With rumors circulating that Internal Affairs has her unit under surveillance, Janice is running very short on luck as her quota deadline approaches. Now she has to decide which evil to confront: the faceless bureaucrats at One Police Plaza, or the violent drug dealers who already may be onto her identity.
Doubleday * 9780385536806

WAITING ON GOD: Strength for Today and Hope for Tomorrow by Charles F. Stanley
(Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
Are you waiting for God to answer your prayers? Do the days, weeks and years go by without evidence that your deepest longings could ever come true? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, you are facing a common faith-building challenge in the Christian life, and WAITING ON GOD has the guidance you need to endure victoriously. Dr. Charles Stanley gives you the practical wisdom you need to make the most of the delays and follow God’s lead to the blessings you long for.

Howard Books * 9781476794037

WILDALONE by Krassi Zourkova (Supernatural Fantasy/Romance)
Arriving at Princeton for her freshman year, Thea Slavin finds herself alone. Away from her family and her Eastern European homeland for the first time, she struggles to adapt to unfamiliar American ways and the challenges of college life --- including an enigmatic young man whose brooding good looks and murky past intrigue her. Drawn to the elusive Rhys and his equally handsome and mysterious brother, Jake, she ventures into a sensual mythic underworld as irresistible as it is dangerous.
William Morrow * 9780062328021

WINTER AT THE DOOR by Sarah Graves (Mystery/Thriller)
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Snow was first introduced in the final book of Sarah Graves’ previous series, in which she helped Jake Tiptree investigate the murder of a girl whose body was found in a church steeple. Now, Lizzie has taken over as Eastport’s police chief, and is quickly finding the job --- and her life --- more complicated than she expected. Then she learns that a perilous piece of her past has followed her from Boston back to Maine, a mysterious stalker whose chilling intentions drive her to the edge.
Bantam * 9780345535016

January 8th

THE CARRIER: A Zailer and Waterhouse Mystery by Sophie Hannah (Psychological Thriller)
When Gaby’s plane is delayed, she is forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: Lauren, who is terrified of her. But why is she scared of Gaby in particular? Lauren won’t explain. Instead, she blurts out something about an innocent man going to prison for murder. Gaby soon suspects that Lauren’s presence on her flight isn’t a coincidence, because the murder victim is Francine Breary, the wife of the only man Gaby has ever truly loved.
Putnam Adult * 9780670785865
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January 6th

THE ACCIDENT by Chris Pavone (Thriller)
Literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript that contains explosive revelations about powerful people. Veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of a gun. And the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life while always looking over his shoulder. Over the course of one long day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication.
Broadway Books * 9780385348478

AT HOME IN LAST CHANCE: A Place to Call Home, Book 3 by Cathleen Armstrong (Romance)
Paperback Original
In Last Chance, New Mexico, Kaitlyn Reed is working to reestablish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier. Meanwhile, Steven Braden is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don't even trust themselves?
Revell * 9780800722487

BEYOND ALL DREAMS by Elizabeth Camden (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
Anna O'Brien leads a quiet life as a map librarian at the Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, she turns to dashing congressman Luke Callahan for help. Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for their futures?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764211751

A CIRCLE OF WIVES by Alice LaPlante (Psychological Thriller)
When Dr. John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room in his hometown, the local police find enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams is innocently thrown into a high-profile murder case that is more intricately intertwined than she ever could imagine. It turns out that Dr. Taylor was married to three very different women in three separate cities. And when these three unsuspecting ladies show up at his funeral, suspicions run high.
Grove Press * 9780802122926

DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE: A Nina Borg Novel written by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, translated by Elisabeth Dyssegaard (Mystery/Thriller)
Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg has been following Natasha Doroshenko's case for years now. Nina, who had tried to help Natasha leave her abusive Danish fiancé more than once, can't see the young Ukrainian mother as a vicious killer. But in her effort to protect Natasha's daughter and discover the truth, Nina realizes there is much she didn't know about this woman and her past.
Soho Crime * 9781616954512

ESTHER: ROYAL BEAUTY: A Dangerous Beauty Novel by Angela Hunt (Historical Fiction)
Paperback Original
When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan, is forcibly taken to the pagan ruler's palace. The girl known to the Persians as Esther eventually wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. She keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, Esther risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764216954

FIGHT BACK WITH JOY: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears by Margaret Feinberg
Paperback Original
When Margaret Feinberg learned she had cancer, she knew she would need great strength to overcome it. She believed the weapon she selected for the battle would change everything. And she decided that weapon would be joy. Here Margaret shares her journey of using joy to fight back fear, regret and pain. Whatever you face today, discover with Margaret how to embrace a way of living that’s deeper and fuller than you’ve ever known --- a life radiant with joy.

Worthy Publishing * 9781617950896

GIDEON by Alex Gordon (Supernatural Thriller/Horror)
Paperback Original
When Lauren’s father dies, she makes a shocking discovery. The man she knew as John Reardon was once a completely different person, with a different name. Now, she’s determined to find out who he really was, even though her only clues are an old photograph, some letters, and the name of a town --- Gideon. But someone or something doesn’t want her to discover the truth. A strange man is stalking her, appearing everywhere she turns, and those who try to help her end up dead.
Harper Voyager * 9780061687372

THE GIRL WITH A CLOCK FOR A HEART by Peter Swanson (Thriller)
George Foss’s comfortable, predictable life is shattered when a beautiful woman who vanished without a trace 20 years ago sits down next to him at a bar. Ex-girlfriend Liana Dector, the first love George couldn’t quite forget, needs his help. Ruthless men believe she stole some money and will do whatever it takes to get it back. George makes a choice that will plunge him into a terrifying whirlpool of lies, secrets, betrayal and murder from which there is no sure escape.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062267504

JFK IN THE SENATE: Pathway to the Presidency by John T. Shaw (History/Politics)
Before John F. Kennedy became a legendary young president, he was the junior senator from Massachusetts. The Senate was where JFK's presidential ambitions were born and first realized. In the first book to deal exclusively with JFK's Senate years, author John T. Shaw looks at how the young Senator was able to catapult himself on the national stage.
Palgrave Macmillan Trade * 9781137279491

THE KEPT by James Scott (Historical Fiction)
In the winter of 1897, a trio of killers descends upon an isolated farm in upstate New York. Midwife Elspeth Howell returns home to the carnage: her husband and four of her children are murdered. Before she can discover her remaining son Caleb, alive and hiding in the kitchen pantry, another shot rings out over the snow-covered valley. Twelve-year-old Caleb must tend to his mother until she recovers enough for them to take to the frozen wilderness in search of the men responsible.
Harper Perennial * 9780062236654

LIKE A FLOWER IN BLOOM by Siri Mitchell (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
For years, Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte's future is to be a wife and mother. Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he'll soon change his mind...and then Edward Trimble shows up. Suddenly juggling more suitors than she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind?
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210372

LOST LAKE by Sarah Addison Allen (Fiction)
Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby Pim’s past. All that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires. It’s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250019820

LOVE GENTLY FALLING by Melody Carlson (Romance)
Paperback Original
Rita Jansen's mother is healing from a stroke but facing a long recovery. Without being able to run their family-owned salon, she could lose the business. Rita decides to help, but only has until Valentine's Day to come up with a plan. She finds herself renewing friendships with her childhood best friend, Marley, as well as her classmate Johnny. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance kindling in the air, their friendship may just fall into something more.
Center Street * 9781455528103

MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King (Thriller)
A retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved case of a lone driver who plowed through a crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up and charging again. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.
Gallery Books * 9781476754475

THE PAGAN LORD by Bernard Cornwell (Historical Fiction/Adventure)
At the onset of the 10th century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead, and his son, Edward, reigns as king. Wessex survives, but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs. Uhtred, once Alfred’s great warrior but now out of favor with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780061969720

THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL by Nadia Hashimi (Fiction)
In Kabul, 2007, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. A century earlier, her great-aunt, Shekiba, saved herself and built a new life the same way. Crisscrossing in time, THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062244765

THE POLARIS PROTOCOL: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor (Thriller/Adventure)
Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are in Turkmenistan with the Taskforce --- a top-secret antiterrorist unit that operates outside US law --- when Jennifer gets a call from her brother, Jack. Working on an investigative report into the Mexican drug cartels, Jack Cahill has unknowingly gotten caught between two rival groups. His desperate call to his sister is his last before he is kidnapped. In their efforts to rescue Jack, Pike and Jennifer uncover a plot much more insidious than illegal drug trafficking.
Signet Select * 9780451467676

THE POPE AND MUSSOLINI: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer (History)
THE POPE AND MUSSOLINI tells the story of two men who came to power in 1922, and together changed the course of 20th-century history. In most respects, they could not have been more different. One was scholarly and devout, the other thuggish and profane. Yet Pope Pius XI and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini had many things in common, and each relied on the other to consolidate his power and achieve his political goals.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812983678

PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth (Mystery)
When Rachel and Clara met in high school, they instantly fell under one another’s spell. Now in their late 20s, Rachel has a television career, an apartment and a boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling further out of control. Yet despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, who has been reported missing. Is it abduction, suicide --- or something else altogether?
Minotaur Books * 9781250041203

PRISCILLA: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France by Nicholas Shakespeare (Biography)
When Nicholas Shakespeare stumbled across a trunk full of his late aunt’s personal belongings, he was unaware of where this discovery would take him and what he would learn about her hidden past. As a young boy, Shakespeare had always believed that his aunt was a member of the Resistance and had been tortured by the Germans. The truth turned out to be far more complicated.
Harper Perennial * 9780062297044

QUARRY'S CHOICE by Max Allan Collins
(Hard-boiled Crime Fiction)
Paperback Original
Quarry is a pro in the murder business. When the man he works for becomes a target himself, Quarry is sent South to remove a traitor in the ranks. But in this wide-open city --- with sin everywhere, and betrayal around every corner --- Quarry must make the most dangerous choice of his deadly career: Who to kill?
Hard Case Crime * 9781783290840

RADIANCE OF TOMORROW by Ishmael Beah (Fiction)
Benjamin and Bockarie are two longtime friends who return to their hometown of Imperi after the civil war in Sierra Leone. As more villagers begin coming back, they try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they’re beset by such obstacles as a scarcity of food and a rash of murders, thievery, rape and retaliation. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they’re forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.
Sarah Crichton Books * 9780374535032

RIVER ROAD by Jayne Ann Krentz (Romantic Suspense)
It’s been 13 years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party by the guy she had a crush on. Mason Fletcher was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue. Now, returning after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time.
Jove * 9780515155020

THE SECRET OF MAGIC by Deborah Johnson (Historical Fiction)
Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero. It is signed by M. P. Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country. Once down in Mississippi, Regina finds that nothing in the South is as it seems. She must navigate the muddy waters of racism, relationships, and her own tragic past.
Berkley Trade * 9780425272787

STEADFAST HEART: Brides of Seattle, Book One by Tracie Peterson (Historical Romance)
Paperback Original
Twenty-year-old Lenore Fulcher's father wants to marry his daughter off to one of his business partners --- who is 17 years her senior --- an idea that is out of the question for Lenore. Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out...
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210617

THE STRING DIARIES by Stephen Lloyd Jones (Horror/Thriller)
Hannah frantically drives through the night --- her daughter asleep in the back, her husband bleeding out in the seat beside her. In the trunk of the car rests a cache of diaries dating back 200 years, tied and retied with strings through generations. The diaries carry the rules for survival that have been handed down from mother to daughter since the 19th century. But how can Hannah escape an enemy with the ability to look and sound like the people she loves?
Mulholland Books * 9780316254458

TESLA: A PORTRAIT WITH MASKS by Vladimir Pistalo (Historical Fiction)
Paperback Original
Nikola Tesla was a man forever misunderstood. From his boyhood in what is present-day Croatia, where his father, a Serbian Orthodox priest, dismissed his talents, to his tumultuous years in New York City, where his heated rivalry with Thomas Edison yielded triumphs and failures, Tesla was both demonized and lionized. TESLA: A PORTRAIT WITH MASKS captures the whirlwind years of the dawn of the electrical age, when his flair for showmanship kept him in the public eye.
Graywolf Press * 9781555976972

THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD by Laura McHugh (Mystery/Thriller)
Lucy Dane is haunted by the murder of her friend, Cheri, along with the disappearance of her mother who she never knew. With the help of a local boy, Daniel, she sets out to uncover the mystery behind Cheri’s death. What Lucy discovers is a secret that pervades the secluded Missouri hills, and beyond that horrific revelation is a more personal one concerning what happened to her mother more than a decade earlier.
Spiegel & Grau * 9780812985337

WRONGFUL DEATH by Lynda La Plante (Mystery)
Paperback Original
Six months ago, London nightclub owner Josh Reynolds was found dead. Ruled a suicide, the police investigation was closed. Then a young man, awaiting trial for armed robbery, tells his guards that Reynolds was murdered and that he has information to share. DCI Anna Travis, who is called upon to review the case, finds herself faced with a dangerous choice. Will she close ranks to protect her people, or push to find the truth no matter what the consequences?
Bourbon Street Books * 9780062355935

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