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June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of June 22nd and June 29th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of June 22nd in Hardcover

June 22nd

TRUTH OR DIE by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (Thriller)
After a serious professional stumble, attorney Trevor Mann has found happiness with his girlfriend Claire Parker, a beautiful, ambitious journalist. But when Claire's newest story leads to a violent confrontation, Trevor's newly peaceful life is shattered as he tries to find out why. Chasing Claire's leads, Trevor unearths evidence of a shocking secret that --- if it actually exists --- every government and terrorist organization around the world would do anything to possess.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316407014

June 23rd

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler (Fiction)
One June day, an old book arrives on Simon Watson's doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. It is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned --- always on July 24, which is only weeks away. Could there be a curse on Simon's family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save his sister?
St. Martin's Press * 9781250054807

BRUTALITY: A Fina Ludlow Novel by Ingrid Thoft (Mystery)
When soccer mom Liz Barone is attacked in her kitchen and left with a life-threatening injury, Fina Ludlow is hired by Liz’s mother to identify her attacker. Twenty years earlier, Liz was a soccer star at New England University known for her physical toughness. She’s now convinced that her aggressive style of play --- and the university’s willingness to ignore head injuries in favor of wins --- has put her health and future in jeopardy. Was Liz attacked to stop her lawsuit, or were there other secrets in the seemingly innocent woman’s life?
G.P. Putnam's Sons * 9780399171185

THE CARTEL by Don Winslow (Thriller)
DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for 30 years in a blood feud against Adán Barrera, the head of the world’s most powerful cartel who brutally murdered Keller’s partner. Finally putting Barrera away cost Keller dearly --- the woman he loves, the beliefs he cherishes, the life he wants to lead. Then Barrera gets out, determined to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. Unwilling to live in a world with Barrera in it, Keller goes on a 10-year odyssey to take him down.
Knopf * 9781101874998

DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis (Historical Fiction)
THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF THE PICKWICK CLUB, featuring the fat and lovable Mr. Pickwick and his Cockney manservant, Sam Weller, began as a series of whimsical sketches, the brainchild of the brilliant, erratic, misanthropic illustrator named Robert Seymour. When Seymour's publishers settled on a young storyteller using the pen name Boz, THE PICKWICK PAPERS went on to become a worldwide phenomenon. And Boz became, in the eyes of many, the most important writer of his time. The fate of Robert Seymour, Mr. Pickwick's creator, is a very different story --- one untold before now.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374139667

DEVIL’S HARBOR by Alex Gilly (Thriller)
One night, Nick Finn and his partner and brother-in-law, Diego Jimenez, track a phantom boat off the Los Angeles coast, but it disappears before they can intercept it. They find a dead body in its wake, ravaged by sharks. Their investigation into the floater stalls when Finn is accused of using excessive force following the death of a suspected drug smuggler. Then Diego is murdered --- and Finn is the number-one suspect. As he races to find the real killer, Finn must smuggle narcotics by sea into the United States…and avoid the net that his colleagues have cast for him.
Forge Books * 9780765377326

EVER AFTER: A Nantucket Brides Novel by Jude Deveraux (Romance)
Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly’s acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants --- which all too often means Hallie’s boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down: Not only has a mysterious relative left Hallie a house on Nantucket, but Shelly has been trying to steal it.
Ballantine Books * 9780345541857

Set in Paris today, THE FESTIVAL OF INSIGNIFICANCE follows four friends who run into each other in the Luxembourg Gardens, attend parties, and conduct a long-running exchange on sex, desire, history, art, even the meaning of human existence. Alain, one of the friends, is fascinated by the exposed belly buttons of passing women --- the latest fashion --- and takes navel-gazing to imaginative, erotic heights. Another, who has just been told that he does not have cancer, tells a friend that his case is terminal.
Harper * 9780062356895

THE IDEA OF LOVE by Patti Callahan Henry (Fiction)
Ella is young, beautiful and deeply in love --- until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident while trying to save her. Or so she'll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers' block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He's on the lookout for a love story. It doesn't matter who it belongs to. When Hunter and Ella meet in Watersend, South Carolina, it feels like the perfect match, something close to fate. But one lie leads to another, and soon they find themselves caught in a web of deceit.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250040329

KILLING MONICA by Candace Bushnell (Fiction)
Pandy "PJ" Wallis is a renowned writer whose novels about a young woman making her way in Manhattan have spawned a series of blockbuster films. After the success of the Monica books and movies, Pandy wants to attempt a historical novel based on her ancestor Lady Wallis. But Pandy's publishers and audience only want her to keep cranking out more Monica, as does her greedy husband. When her marriage crumbles and the boathouse of her family home in Connecticut goes up in flames, Pandy suddenly realizes she has an opportunity to reinvent herself.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446557900

THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George (Fiction)
From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, Monsieur Perdu prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story.
Crown * 9780553418774

THE LONG UTOPIA by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (Science Fiction)
Human society continues to evolve on Datum Earth as the spread of humanity progresses throughout the many Earths beyond. Lobsang suffers a breakdown and attempts to live a “normal” life on one of the millions of Long Earth worlds. His old friend, Joshua, searches for his father and discovers a heretofore unknown family history. But an alien planet has somehow become “entangled” with one of the Long Earth worlds. As Lobsang and Joshua learn, its voracious denizens intend to capture, conquer and colonize the new universe they have inadvertently discovered.
Harper * 9780062297334

THE MELODY LINGERS ON by Mary Higgins Clark
As the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon is accustomed to visiting opulent homes. When called upon to assist in redecorating a modest townhouse in Bergen County, she learns the home belongs to the wife of notorious and disgraced financier Parker Bennett, who has been missing for two years. Gradually, Lane finds herself drawn to Eric, the Bennetts’ son, who is determined to prove that his father is not guilty. Lane doesn’t know that the closer she gets to the Bennetts, the more she puts her life --- and her daughter's life --- in jeopardy.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476749112

THE RIVAL QUEENS: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom by Nancy Goldstone (History)
Catherine de' Medici was a ruthless pragmatist and powerbroker who dominated the throne for 30 years. Her youngest daughter, Marguerite, was a passionate free spirit, the only adversary whom her mother could neither intimidate nor control. When Catherine forces the Catholic Marguerite to marry her Protestant cousin Henry of Navarre against her will, and then uses her opulent Parisian wedding as a means of luring his followers to their deaths, she creates not only savage conflict within France but also a potent rival within her own family.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316409650

SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green (Fiction)
When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it's time to grow up. As the years pass, Cat grows into her 40s, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250047342

TIN MEN by Christopher Golden (Dystopian/Futuristic Thriller)
In the near future, the U.S. has deployed the Remote Infantry Corps: thousands of robots remote-piloted by soldiers whose bodies lie hidden in underground bases. But the worst occurs when anarchists set off a global pulse that shorts out electrical connections. In Damascus, Private Danny Kelso, Corporal Kate Wade and their platoon realize they are trapped inside the Tin Men. In Athens, the G20 Summit comes under fire, and a band of security soldiers and advisors risk everything in an effort to shepherd the President to safety.
Ballantine Books * 9780345548856

TINY LITTLE THING by Beatriz Williams (Historical Romance)
In the summer of 1966, Christina Hardcastle (“Tiny” to her illustrious family) stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Together she and her husband, Frank, make the ultimate power couple. But as the season gets underway at the family estate on Cape Cod, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life: her volatile sister, Pepper; an envelope containing an incriminating photograph; and the intimidating figure of Frank’s cousin, Vietnam war hero Caspian, who knows more about Tiny’s rich inner life than anyone else.
G.P. Putnam's Sons * 9780399171307

THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES by Sascha Arango (Literary Thriller)
On the surface, Henry Hayden seems like someone you could like or even admire. But his past is a secret, his methods more so. No one besides him and his wife know that she is the actual writer of the novels that made him famous. For most of Henry’s life, it hasn’t been a problem. But when his hidden-in-plain-sight mistress becomes pregnant and his carefully constructed facade is about to crumble, he tries to find a permanent solution, only to make a terrible mistake.
Atria Books * 9781476795553

VIXEN: A Nameless Detective Novel by Bill Pronzini (Mystery)
When Nameless is hired by Cory Beckett, a beautiful young woman who claims to be a model, to find her missing brother, Kenneth, it seems to be a routine matter. Kenneth has fled San Francisco in a drug-induced panic to avoid trial on a charge of stealing a valuable necklace from the alcoholic wife of the man for whom he works, wealthy yachtsman Andrew Vorhees. When agency operative Jake Runyon locates and questions the frightened young man, Cory's motives come into question and the case takes on darkly sinister complexities.
Forge Books * 9780765335685

WICKED CHARMS: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton (Mystery)
Murdered and mummified nearly a century ago, notorious bootlegger Collier “Peg Leg” Dazzle discovered and re-hid a famous pirate’s treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice --- the very item reluctant treasure seeker Lizzy Tucker and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. But greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren’t the only ones searching for the lost pirate’s chest.
Bantam * 9780553392715
On Sale the Week of June 22nd in Paperback

June 23rd

THE ADVENTURES OF HENRY THOREAU: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond by Michael Sims (Biography)
THE ADVENTURES OF HENRY THOREAU --- chronicling the 10 years in his life beginning with Harvard in 1837 and ending as he walked away from Walden Pond after living in his long dreamed-of cabin for only two years --- tells the dramatic (and at times heartbreaking) story of how a troubled young man found a meaningful life in a tempestuous era.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620401972

CLOUDS OF GLORY: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee by Michael Korda (Biography/History)
Michael Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Robert E. Lee as a brilliant general, devoted family man, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, yet who refused command of the Union Army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his beloved Virginia. CLOUDS OF GLORY analyzes Lee's command during the Civil War and explores his failed strategy for winning the war.
Harper Perennial * 9780062116307

DANCING FISH AND AMMONITES: A Memoir by Penelope Lively (Memoir)
DANCING FISH AND AMMONITES traces the arc of Penelope Lively’s life, stretching from her early childhood in Cairo to boarding school in England to the sweeping social changes of Britain’s 20th century. She reflects on her early love of archaeology, the fragments of the ancients that have accompanied her journey. She also writes insightfully about aging and what life looks like from where she now stands.
Penguin Books * 9780143126270

DARING: MY PASSAGES: A Memoir by Gail Sheehy (Memoir)
DARING: MY PASSAGES is the story of the unconventional life of a writer who dared. Always on the cutting edge of social issues, Gail Sheehy reveals the obstacles and opportunities encountered when she dared to blaze a trail in a “man’s world.” DARING is also a beguiling love story of Sheehy’s tempestuous romance with and eventual happy marriage to Clay Felker, the charismatic creator of New York magazine.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062291707

DEAD DOG LIKE ME by Max Davis (Fiction)
Paperback Original
When dad and husband Nick Gregory regains consciousness after a car accident, he's in a bizarre place. Transported back to 800 B.C., he finds himself in the body of Mephibosheth, grandson of King Saul. Will his experience as a Hebrew prince in need of God's grace motivate him to change his life when --- or if --- he returns to the 21st century?
Worthy Publishing * 9781617955242

DOLLBABY by Laura Lane McNeal (Historical Fiction)
When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother, Fannie. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been --- and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum --- is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.
Penguin Books * 9780143127499

LISETTE’S LIST by Susan Vreeland (Historical Romance)
If you are crazy about French painting and picturesque villages, then Susan Vreeland’s latest novel should be right up your cobblestoned street. LISETTE’S LIST focuses on Post-Impressionists Cézanne and Pissarro, as seen through the eyes of a young, art-loving Parisian woman who has come with her husband to a new world: Provence.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780812980196

QUEEN VICTORIA: A Life of Contradictions by Matthew Dennison (Biography)
Queen Victoria is Britain’s queen of contradictions. In her combination of deep sentimentality and bombast; cultural imperialism and imperial compassion; fear of intellectualism and excitement at technology; romanticism and prudishness, she became a spirit of the age to which she gave her name. Matthew Dennison's QUEEN VICTORIA is a compelling assessment of Victoria’s mercurial character and impact, written with the irony, flourish and insight that this Queen and her rule so richly deserve.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250072108

TAKE THIS MAN: A Memoir by Brando Skyhorse (Memoir)
When he was three years old, Brando Kelly Ulloa was abandoned by his Mexican father. His mother, Maria, dreaming of a more exciting life, saw no reason for her son to live his life as a Mexican just because he started out as one. The life of “Brando Skyhorse,” the American Indian son of an incarcerated political activist, was about to begin.
Simon & Schuster * 9781439170892

A WEEK AT THE LAKE by Wendy Wax (Fiction)
Paperback Original
It’s been five years since Emma Michaels has seen her friends, Mackenzie Hayes and Serena Stockton, an absence designed to keep them from discovering a long-ago betrayal. Now she’s in desperate need of their support. But when a terrible accident keeps Emma from saying her piece, Serena and Mackenzie begin to learn about the past on their own. Now, to heal their friendship and their broken lives, the three women will have to return to the lake that once united them and discover which relationships are worth holding on to.
Berkley * 9780425274477
On Sale the Week of June 29th in Hardcover

June 30th

AS NIGHT FALLS by Jenny Milchman (Psychological Thriller)
In her isolated home in the shadowy woods, Sandy Tremont prepares dinner after a fight with her daughter, Ivy. Nearby, two desperate men on the run make their way through the fading light, bloodstained and determined to leave no loose ends or witnesses. After almost 20 years as prison cellmates, they have become a deadly team: Harlan the muscle, Nick the mind and will. Opening the door to the Tremont home, Nick brings not only a legacy of terror but a secret that threatens to drag Sandy with him into the darkness.
Ballantine Books * 9780553394818

THE ASSASSINS by Gayle Lynds (Thriller)
Former military spy Judd Ryder is walking to his D.C. home when he spots a man coming out of his row house who looks like him and is wearing his clothes. As Ryder slows to follow, the imposter is killed in a hit-and-run that's no accident. Was the man the intended victim, or was it Ryder himself? Soon Ryder learns that the key to the mysterious events of the past and to his double's murder is an infamous Cold War assassin, the Carnivore. Two of the last people to see the Carnivore were Ryder and CIA trainee Eva Blake, and someone is using them to lure him out.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312380908

by Daniel Silva (Thriller/Adventure)
She is an iconic member of the British Royal Family, beloved for her beauty and charitable works, resented by her former husband and his mother, the Queen of England. But when a bomb explodes aboard her holiday yacht, British intelligence turns to one man to track down her killer: legendary spy and assassin Gabriel Allon. Gabriel's target is Eamon Quinn, a master bomb maker and mercenary of death who sells his services to the highest bidder.
Harper * 9780062320131

THE INSIDER THREAT: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor (Thriller/Adventure)
While world powers combat ISIS on the battlefield, a different threat is set in motion by the group --- one that can’t be defeated by an airstrike. Off the radar of every Western intelligence organization, able to penetrate America or any European state, they intend to commit an act of unimaginable barbarity. Only Pike Logan and the Taskforce stand in the way of an attack no one anticipates, a grand deception that will wreak unthinkable chaos and reverberate throughout the Western world.
Dutton * 9780525954903

KILL AGAIN: A Claire Waters Thriller by Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene (Psychological Thriller)
Haunted by a brutal childhood, Dr. Claire Waters finds solace in helping other survivors of abuse. Her favorite patient, Rosa Sanchez, is finally getting her life together after being victimized for years. But when Rosa is abducted, Claire turns to her friend Nick Lawler, a homicide detective in the NYPD. Relegated to desk work because of his failing eyesight, Nick will have to risk his career to find Rosa --- and track down a deranged criminal who reduces his victims to nothing but bones.
Kensington * 9780758266873

LOCAL GIRLS by Caroline Zancan (Fiction)
Maggie, Lindsey and Nina have been friends for most of their lives. The girls grew up together in a dead-end Florida town on the outskirts of Orlando, and the love and loyalty they have for one another have been their only constants. Now 19 and restless, the girls spend empty summer days bouncing between unfulfilling jobs, the beach, and their favorite local bar, The Shamrock. It’s there that a chance encounter with a movie star on the last night of his life changes everything.
Riverhead Books * 9781594633645

THE MAPS OF CHAOS by Felix J. Palma (Historical Fantasy/Mystery)
When the person he loves most dies in tragic circumstances, the mysterious protagonist of THE MAP OF CHAOS does all he can to speak to her one last time. A session with a renowned medium seems to offer the only solution, but the experience unleashes terrible forces that bring the world to the brink of disaster. Salvation can only be found in The Map of Chaos, an obscure book that he is desperate to uncover. In his search, he is given invaluable help by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lewis Carroll, and, of course, H. G. Wells, whose Invisible Man seems to have escaped from the pages of his famous novel to sow terror among mankind.
Atria Books * 9781451688184

THE MASK: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel by Taylor Stevens (Thriller)
Still healing from a Somali hijacking gone wrong and a brutal attack that left her near death, Vanessa Michael Munroe joins her lover, Miles Bradford, in Japan where he’s working as a security consultant protecting high-value technology from industrial espionage. In the domesticity of their routine, she finds long sought-after peace --- until Bradford is arrested for murder, and the same interests who targeted him come after her, too.
Crown * 9780385348966

THE MOUNTAIN STORY by Lori Lansens (Fiction)
Nola has gone up the mountain to commemorate her wedding anniversary, the first since her beloved husband passed. Bridget is training for a triathalon. Vonn is working out her teenage rebellion at 8,000 feet. Still reeling from the tragic accident that robbed him of his best friend, Wolf Truly plans to take his own life. When a series of missteps strands this unusual group together in the wilderness, they soon realize that their only defense against the brutality of nature is one another.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476786506

RUN YOU DOWN by Julia Dahl (Mystery)
Aviva Kagan was a just a teenager when she left her Hasidic Jewish life in Brooklyn for a fling with a college boy from Florida --- and then disappeared. Twenty-three years later, the child she walked away from is a tabloid reporter named Rebekah Roberts. And Rebekah isn't sure she wants her mother back in her life. But when a man from the ultra-Orthodox enclave of Roseville, NY, contacts Rebekah about his young wife's mysterious death, she is drawn back into Aviva's world.
Minotaur Books * 9781250043405

by Carla Norton (Thriller)
Daryl Wayne Flint is safely locked up in Olshaker Psychiatric Hospital. It seems that he is still suffering the effects of the head injury he sustained in the car crash that freed Reeve LeClaire seven years ago. But when Flint makes a clean getaway from the hospital, Reeve is shocked out of her new life by her worst nightmare come true. When Flint evades capture, baffling authorities and leaving a bloody trail, Reeve suddenly realizes that she is the only one who can stop him.
Minotaur Books * 9781250032805
On Sale the Week of June 29th in Paperback

June 30th

THE ABDUCTION by Jonathan Holt (Mystery/Thriller)
THE ABDUCTION is the heart-pounding, adrenaline-fueled follow-up to Jonathan Holt’s highly acclaimed international thriller, THE ABOMINATION --- a modern tale of mystery, treachery and intrigue that moves between the physical and virtual worlds of Venice, Italy, blurring the boundary between dark fantasy and terrifying reality.
Bourbon Street Books * 9780062267054

AGAINST ALL ENEMIES: A Jonathan Grave Thriller by John Gilstrap (Thriller)
Paperback Original
Jonathan Grave finds it hard to believe that a fellow combat vet has gone rogue, killing American agents and leaking sensitive intel to hostile foreign interests. With black ops assassins on the trail of his old friend, Grave sets out to get to him first. He finds far more than he bargained for --- not only the wily operative, but evidence of a conspiracy so dangerous and far-reaching that an unthinkable tragedy is in motion. Grave and his elite team of specialists must expose a deadly high-level secret --- and do it in time to avert a catastrophe of historic proportions.
Pinnacle * 9780786035052

Paperback Original
Fifteen-year-old orphan Ana Cortez has just blown her last chance with a foster family. It’s a group home next --- unless she agrees to leave East Los Angeles for a farm trainee program in Northern California. Despite being a fish out of water in this rural setting, Ana eventually comes to love Garber Farm. But when she inadvertently stirs up trouble in town, Ana is afraid she might have ruined her last chance at finding a place to belong.
Penguin Books * 9780143126492

THE BLOOD OF AN ENGLISHMAN: An Agatha Raisin Mystery
by M. C. Beaton
Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar’s wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of "Babes in the Woods," Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten on the stage, until a trapdoor opens...followed by a scream and then silence. When it turns out that the popular baker has been murdered, Agatha puts her team of private detectives on the case.
St. Martin’s Paperbacks * 9781250057891

BLUE LABYRINTH by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Thriller)
A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast's most feared enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse with a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is soon stalked by a killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression.
Vision * 9781455525911

THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS by Michel Faber (Fiction)
Michel Faber’s latest novel is about the search for comfort in the face of life’s tragedies. Peter Leigh is a Christian missionary recruited by an organization known as USIC to be the pastor on a distant planet called Oasis. He leaves behind his wife to work with both the USIC employees stationed on Oasis and the planet’s natives. THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS is a meditation on the meaning of faith and the consequences of devotion.
Hogarth * 9780553418866

by Jacqueline Winspear
(Historical Fiction)
On the eve of World War I, a rift develops between best friends Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden as Kezia marries Tom, Thea's brother. Thea, scornful of Kezia's future as a farmer's wife, turns to political causes that transform her into a hunted outlaw. When Tom and Thea head off to the battlefields and Kezia takes over the farm, all three are challenged and changed.
Harper Perennial * 9780062220516

CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE: A Destination Wedding Novel by Beth K. Vogt (Romance)
Paperback Original
Paramedic Vanessa Hollister is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida, with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding? Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels professional storm chaser Logan Hollister to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.
Howard Books * 9781476789781

DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS by Amanda Kyle Williams (Thriller)
A killer is targeting rural Georgia, and ex–FBI profiler and private investigator Keye Street puts herself in line to be his next prey by going to the country, 90 miles outside of Atlanta where the bodies of young women have been found. When the local police call in Keye to give them a psychological profile, she and her team attempt to catch a master predator who has been hunting human prey for a very long time…and has no intention of stopping now.
Bantam * 9780553593822

THE EXPLORERS: A Story of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses, and Impossible Success by Martin Dugard (History)
In 1856, two intrepid adventurers, Richard Francis Burton and John Hanning Speke, set off to unravel mankind’s greatest geographical mystery: finding the source of the Nile River. To better understand their motivations and ultimate success, Martin Dugard guides readers through the seven vital traits that Burton and Speke, as well as many of history’s legendary explorers, called upon to see their impossible journeys through to the end.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451677584

FLAME TREE ROAD by Shona Patel (Historical Fiction)
Paperback Original
1870s India. In a tiny village where society is ruled by a caste system and women are defined solely by marriage, young Biren Roy dreams of forging a new destiny. When his mother suffers the fate of widowhood, Biren devotes his life to effecting change. Just when his vision for the future begins to look hopeless, he meets Maya, the independent-minded daughter of a local educator, and his soul is reignited. It is in her love that Biren finally finds his home, and in her heart that he finds the hope for a new world.
Mira * 9780778316657

FLESH AND BLOOD: A Scarpetta Novel
by Patricia Cornwell (Mystery)
Dr. Kay Scarpetta finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. The victims appear to have had nothing in common, and there is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. When Scarpetta investigates a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze, she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, her own flesh and blood.
William Morrow * 9780062325358

THE GIRLS AT THE KINGFISHER CLUB by Genevieve Valentine (Historical Fiction)
Jo, the firstborn, "The General" to her 11 sisters, is the only thing the Hamilton girls have in place of a mother. Together, they elude their distant and controlling father, until the day he decides to marry them all off. Meanwhile, the girls continue to dance until one night when they are caught in a raid, separated, and Jo is thrust face-to-face with someone from her past: a bootlegger named Tom whom she hasn’t seen in almost 10 years.
Washington Square Press * 9781476739090

Take the format of a spy thriller, shape it around real-life incidents involving international terrorism, leaven it with dark, dry humor, toss in a love rectangle, give everybody a gun, and let everything play out in the outer reaches of upstate New York. THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD is a darkly funny tale of paranoia and the all-American obsession with security and the conspiracies that threaten it, written in a tone that is simultaneously filled with wonder and anger in almost equal parts.
Algonquin Books * 9781616204792

HER LAST WHISPER by Karen Robards (Paranormal Romantic Suspense)
The last time criminal psychology expert Dr. Charlotte “Charlie” Stone helped capture a serial killer, it was nearly the last thing she ever did. But when dangerous duty calls, she can’t refuse. And there’s no greater danger than the Cinderella Killer, a charming predator who lures beautiful, single women to their deaths. FBI agent Lena Kaminsky fears her missing sister has fallen prey to the seductive psychopath, but it’s Charlie who ends up gambling with her life when the killer decides she’s just his type.
Ballantine Books * 9780804178273

At the Toledo Institute of Astronomy, cosmologist George Dermont and scientist Irene Sparks are on a collision course with love, destiny and fate. The air seems to hum when they’re together, but their attraction was not written in the stars. Their mothers raised them to become soulmates. When that secret plan triggers unintended consequences, George and Irene must discover the truth about their destinies and find what Toledo holds for them --- together or apart.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250047465

NO COUNTRY by Kaylan Ray (Historical Fiction)
In 1843, Padraig Aherne sets off to Dublin to rally for his country’s independence, unaware that his girlfriend is pregnant with his child. But once he reaches the big city, a dangerous mistake forces him on a ship destined for Calcutta. As the potato famine devastates their home, Padraig’s best friend escapes with his young daughter across the ocean, aboard one of the infamous “coffin ships” headed for America. As two family trees expand, Padraig’s descendants struggle to define themselves and find their places in the world.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451636383

OF BONE AND THUNDER by Chris Evans (Fantasy)
Channeling the turbulent period of the Vietnam War and its ruthless pitting of ideologies, cultures, generations and races against each other, military historian and acclaimed fantasy writer Chris Evans takes a daring new approach to the traditional world of sword and sorcery by thrusting it into a maelstrom of racial animus, drug use, rebellion, and a growing war that seems at once unwinnable and with no end in sight. Right and wrong, country and honor, freedom and sacrifice are all put to the ultimate test in the heart of a dark, bloody, otherworldly jungle.
Pocket Books * 9781451679335

A PERFECT LIFE by Danielle Steel (Fiction)
The epitome of intelligence, high-powered energy and grace, Blaise McCarthy is an icon in the world of television news, asking the tough questions and taking on the emotionally charged issues of world affairs and politics with courage and insight. A single mother, she manages her well-ordered career meticulously, always prepared on the air or interviewing world-renowned figures and heads of state. To her audience, Blaise seems to have it all. But privately, and off the set, there is another untold story she has kept hidden for years.
Dell * 9780345530950

POWER PLAY: An FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter (Thriller)
Natalie Black, the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James, returns to Washington with her job in jeopardy. She is being blamed for her fiancé’s death and has survived two attempts on her life, but only FBI Special Agent Davis Sullivan believes her. Meanwhile, someone is following Lacey Sherlock. She is shot at, and an Atlanta mental hospital warns her that Blessed Backman, a psychopath out for revenge against Sherlock, has escaped.
Jove * 9780515155433

THE REMEDY FOR LOVE by Bill Roorbach (Romantic Thriller)
Danielle doesn’t really have a home. She’s squatting in a cabin deep in the woods, with no electricity or heat --- nothing but the nearby river to sustain her. She’ll need food, water and firewood --- and that’s just to get her through the storm. Eric gets her set up and departs with relief, but his car has been towed with his phone inside. There’s no choice but to return to the cabin. Danielle is terrified, then merely hostile. Who is this guy with this big idea that it’s she who needs rescuing?
Algonquin Books * 9781616204785

SEVERED SOULS by Terry Goodkind (Science Fiction)
Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved "half-people" into the Empire's heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living. Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and, if not cured, will take their lives.
Tor Fantasy * 9780765366214

SISTERS OF TREASON by Elizabeth Fremantle (Historical Fiction)
Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal execution of their elder 17-year-old sister, Lady Jane Grey, and the succession is by no means stable. In SISTERS OF TREASON, Elizabeth Fremantle brings these young women to life in a spellbinding Tudor tale of love and politics.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476703107

THE THREE EMPERORS: An Ethan Gage Adventure by William Dietrich (Historical Thriller/Adventure)
Ethan Gage is rushing to rescue "Egyptian priestess" Astiza and son Harry from imprisonment by a ruthless mystic who seeks revenge for disfigurement, and an evil dwarf alchemist who experiments with the occult on Prague's Golden Lane. Using death as his ruse, along with a pair of unlikely allies --- a Jewish Napoleonic soldier and his sutler father --- Ethan must decipher clues while Astiza uses her own research to concoct an explosive escape and find a lost tomb.
Harper * 9780062194121

US by David Nicholls (Fiction)
Douglas and Connie live more or less happily in the suburbs of London with their moody 17-year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells Douglas she thinks she wants a divorce. Hoping to encourage her son’s artistic interests, Connie had planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family. Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in their marriage and might even help him to bond with Albie.
Harper Paperbacks * 9780062365590

YOU CAN’T ESCAPE by Nancy Bush (Thriller)
Paperback Original
When investigative reporter Jay “Dance” Danziger is nearly killed in a bomb blast, journalist Jordanna Winters senses a career-making story. Together they can find out who’s responsible. But as their investigation uncovers a string of unsolved murders, each body branded in the same way, Jordanna realizes that Dance isn’t the only one in danger. Deep in Jordanna’s troubled past is the key to a killer’s terrifying mission. And her turn is coming, as he prepares to make his mark once more.
Zebra * 9781420134643

July 1st

BUM RAP by Paul Levine
(Legal Thriller)
Paperback Original
NFL linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter has had it with shifty clients, dirty prosecutors and a legal system out of whack. It’s enough to make a man want to leave Miami and never look back --- until he gets a call from Victoria Lord, the better half of hot local legal team Solomon & Lord. Her partner in life and law has been arrested for murder. What’s worse: the only person who can clear him has fled the city. Now it’s up to Jake and Victoria to track down the witness before she’s roped in by the feds…or eliminated by the Russian mob.
Thomas & Mercer * 9781477829868

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