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December 1, 2015

December 1, 2015

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

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On Sale the Week of November 30th in Hardcover

December 1st

THE AGE OF REINVENTION by Karine Tuil (Literary Thriller)
Everything that Manhattan criminal defense attorney Sam Tahar has achieved stems from a single lie he told in a moment of weakness. As a law school student, Sam (who grew up Muslim as Samir) became fast friends with Jewish student Samuel Baron. The two were inseparable until the alluring Nina, torn between the men, ultimately chose Samuel. Determined as ever to make something of himself, Samir adopted Samuel’s life story and origins for his own. Twenty years later, the three meet again, and all their fates hang in the balance as their tangled love triangle collides headlong with the complex realities of life at the start of the 21st century.
Atria Books * 9781476776347

THE BLIZZARD written by Vladimir Sorokin, translated by Jamey Gambrell (Historical Fantasy)
In THE BLIZZARD, we are immersed in the atmosphere of a 19th-century Russia. Garin, a district doctor, is desperately trying to reach the village of Dolgoye, where a mysterious epidemic is turning people into zombies. He carries with him a vaccine that will prevent the spread of this terrible disease but is stymied in his travels by an all-consuming snowstorm, an impenetrable blizzard that turns a drive that should last only a few hours into a voyage of days and, finally, a journey into eternity.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374114374

BLOOD, SALT, WATER: An Alex Morrow Novel by Denise Mina (Mystery)
A wealthy businesswoman disappears from her Glasgow home without a trace, leaving her husband and children panicked but strangely resistant to questioning. Tracing the woman's cell phone, police detective Alex Morrow discovers a call made from an unlikely location. A sleepy seaside community, Helensburgh is the last place you'd go looking for violence. But Morrow's investigation uncovers disturbing clues and a dead body in a nearby lake. When a connection to someone close to her surfaces, the case gets more personal than she could have imagined.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316380546

CONQUERORS: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire by Roger Crowley (History)
In CONQUERORS, Roger Crowley gives us the epic story of the emergence of Portugal, a small, poor nation that enjoyed a century of maritime supremacy thanks to the daring and navigational skill of its explorers --- a tactical advantage no other country could match. Portugal’s discovery of a sea route to India, campaign of imperial conquest over Muslim rulers, and domination of the spice trade would forever disrupt the Mediterranean and build the first global economy.
Random House * 9780812994001

THE CURSE OF JACOB TRACY by Holly Messinger (Historical Fantasy/Thriller)
St. Louis in 1880 is full of ghosts, and Jacob Tracy can see them all. Ever since Antietam, when he lay delirious among the dead and dying, Trace has been haunted by the country's restless spirits. The wealthy and reclusive Sabine Fairweather admits to knowing about Trace's curse and suggests she might be able to help him. But Miss Fairweather is harboring some dark secrets of her own, and her meddling has brought Trace to the attention of something much older and more dangerous than any ghost.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250038982

CURTAIN UP: Agatha Christie: A Life in the Theatre by Julius Green (Biography)
Agatha Christie has long been revered around the world for her mysteries and the indelible characters she created, Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. In addition to her contributions as a novelist, this gifted writer was also an acclaimed playwright. Offering a unique, in-depth look at her work for the stage, CURTAIN UP analyzes her plays and features excerpts from Agatha Christie’s correspondences, notebooks, and several unpublished and unperformed scripts quoted from for the first time.
Harper * 9780062313393

AN EVIL MIND: A Robert Hunter Thriller by Chris Carter (Thriller)
A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the sheriff’s department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery --- a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least 25 years. A series of interviews run by Robert Hunter, an ex-criminal behavior psychologist and the lead detective with the Ultra Violent Crime Unit of the LAPD, begin to reveal terrifying secrets, including the real identity of a killer so elusive that no one had any idea he existed.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781476765686

FRANCIS BACON IN YOUR BLOOD: A Memoir by Michael Peppiatt (Memoir)
In June 1963, when Michael Peppiatt first met Francis Bacon, the former was a college boy at Cambridge, the latter already a famous painter. And yet, Peppiatt was welcomed into the volatile artist's world; Bacon proved himself a devoted friend and father figure, even amidst the drinking and gambling. Though Peppiatt would later write perhaps the definitive biography of Bacon, his sharply drawn memoir has a different vigor, revealing the artist at his most intimate and indiscreet, and his London and Paris milieus in all their seediness and splendor.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781632863447

HIS RIGHT HAND: A Linda Wallheim Mystery Set in Mormon Utah by Mette Ivie Harrison (Mystery)
In Draper, Utah, a tight-knit Mormon community is thrown into upheaval when their ward’s second counselor --- one of the bishop’s right-hand men --- is found dead in an elaborately staged murder on church property. Carl Ashby was known as a devout Mormon, a pillar of the community, and a loving husband and father. Who would want him dead? Linda Wallheim, the wife of the ward’s bishop, can’t rest as long as the ward is suffering. But the entire case is turned upside down by the autopsy report, which reveals Carl was a biological female.
Soho Crime * 9781616956103

HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN by James Lee Burke (Historical Thriller)
After a violent encounter that leaves four Mexican soldiers dead, Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland escapes the country in possession of a stolen artifact, earning the ire of a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer who then places his son, Ishmael, squarely in the crosshairs of a plot to recapture his prize, believed to be the mythic cup of Christ. Along the way, we meet three extraordinary women, each of whom will aid Hackberry in his quest to reconcile with Ishmael, vanquish their enemies, and return the Grail to its rightful place.
Simon & Schuster * 9781501107108

LIFE AND DEATH IN THE ANDES: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries by Kim MacQuarrie (History)
The Andes Mountains are the world’s longest mountain chain, linking most of the countries in South America. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Kim MacQuarrie takes us on a historical journey through this unique region. Through the stories he shares, MacQuarrie raises such questions as: Where did the people of South America come from? Did they create or import their cultures? What makes South America different from other continents --- and what makes the cultures of the Andes different from other cultures in South America?
Simon & Schuster * 9781439168899

LIKE FAMILY written by Paolo Giordano, translated by Anne Milano Appel (Fiction)
When Signora A first enters the narrator’s home, his wife, Nora, is experiencing a difficult pregnancy. First as their maid and nanny, then their confidante, this older woman begins to help her employers negotiate married life, quickly becoming the glue in their small household. She is the steady, maternal influence for both husband and wife, and their son, Emanuele, whom she protects from his parents’ expectations and disappointments. But the family’s delicate fabric comes undone when Signora A is diagnosed with cancer.
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780525428763

MEDICIS DAUGHTER: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois by Sophie Perinot (Historical Fiction)
Eager to be an obedient daughter, Princess Margot accepts her role as a marriage pawn, even as she is charmed by the powerful, charismatic Duc de Guise. Though Margot's heart belongs to Guise, her hand will be offered to Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot leader and a notorious heretic looking to seal a tenuous truce. But the promised peace is a mirage: her mother's schemes are endless, and her brothers plot vengeance in the streets of Paris. When Margot's wedding devolves into the bloodshed of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, she will be forced to choose between her family and her soul.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250072092

OPERATION THUNDERBOLT: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History by Saul David (History)
On June 27, 1976, an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked by a group of Arab and German terrorists who demanded the release of 53 terrorists. The plane was forced to divert to Entebbe in Uganda --- ruled by the murderous despot Idi Amin, who had no interest in intervening. Days later, Israeli commandos disguised as Ugandan soldiers assaulted the airport terminal, killed all the terrorists and rescued all the hostages. Three of the country's greatest leaders --- Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin --- planned and pulled off one of the most astonishing military operations in history.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316245418

PRECIOUS GIFTS by Danielle Steel (Fiction)
Paul Parker won the heart of a wealthy young Frenchwoman as his second wife. In two marriages, he fathered a challenging son and three very different daughters. But as irresponsible as he was irresistible, he ultimately shrugged off the demands of marriage and parenting to pursue life as an international bon vivant. Now, after a long illness, Paul has slipped away peacefully in his sleep. As his final wishes are revealed, his son is forced to face reality as an adult. And his daughters see a new side to their father --- one that shows a caring man trying to redeem himself with a different, lasting legacy.
Delacorte Press * 9780345531032

THE RED STORM by Grant Bywaters (Historical Mystery)
Newly minted private investigator William Fletcher is having trouble finding clientele. His past as a former heavyweight contender with a few shady connections --- not to mention the color of his skin in race-obsessed New Orleans --- isn't helping lure clients to his door. Stuck without any viable alternative, he takes a case from an old criminal acquaintance, Storm. His only client assures him that the job is simple: locate his missing estranged daughter, Zella. But when Fletcher starts knocking on doors, he sets off a catastrophic chain of events that turn the city into a bloody battleground between two rival syndicates.
Minotaur Books * 9781250073075

SPLINTER THE SILENCE: A Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Novel by Val McDermid (Psychological Thriller/Mystery)
Is it violence if it’s virtual? The outspoken women targeted by the increasingly cruel internet trolls and bullies would probably say so. For some of them, the torrents of bile and vicious threats prove too much. They begin to silence themselves in a series of high-profile suicides. Or do they? Tony Hill isn’t convinced. But he’s the only one. Former cop Carol Jordan is too busy messing up her life to care. Until she gets an unexpected second chance. Now it’s game on, and the stakes have never been higher.
Atlantic Monthly Press * 9780802124081

TIME OF DEPARTURE by Douglas Schofield (Mystery)
When a highway project construction crew unearths two skeletons in a common grave, Florida state prosecutor Claire Talbot reopens an investigation into a string of abductions that took place before she was born. While researching the file, she meets retired cop Marc Hastings, who once worked on the case. He maneuvers his way into the investigation --- and into Claire's life. Marc has an uncanny familiarity with Claire's habits, and she begins to realize that not all is as it seems. The key to the killings may lie deep in Claire's own past. But what if Claire's past lies in her future?
Minotaur Books * 9781250072757

TOM CLANCY COMMANDER IN CHIEF: A Jack Ryan Novel by Mark Greaney (Thriller/Adventure)
When Russian President Valeri Volodin’s ambitions are foiled in Dagestan, he faces a difficult choice. The oligarchs who support him expect a constant flow of graft, but with energy prices cratering, the Russian economy sputters to a virtual halt. Unable to grow the Russian market at home, his hold on power relies on expansion abroad --- a plan that has been thwarted by the United States in the past. But this time, Volodin has determined that an indirect approach is the best. Only one man recognizes an ominous pattern in the reports of terror from around the globe. U.S. President Jack Ryan sees a guiding hand in the worldwide chaos, but before he can act, he needs proof.
G.P. Putnam's Sons * 9780399176760
On Sale the Week of November 30th in Paperback

December 1st

ASYLUM CITY by Liad Shoham (Mystery/Thriller)
When young social activist Michal Poleg is found dead in her Tel Aviv apartment, officer Anat Nachmias is given the lead on her first murder investigation. Eager to find answers, she looks to the victim's past for clues, focusing on the last days before her death. Could one of the asylum seekers with whom Michal worked be behind this crime? Then a young African man confesses to the murder, and Anat's commanders say the case is closed. But the cop isn't convinced.
Bourbon Street Books * 9780062237545

THE BIG FINISH: A Thorn Novel by James W. Hall (Mystery)
A year ago, Thorn’s son, Flynn Moss, disappeared into the eco-underground, his only contact with Thorn a series of postcards chronicling his exploits. But upon learning that Flynn has been executed, Thorn is determined to get his hands on his son’s killer. Little by little Thorn discovers that nothing he’s been told is true, and the trap they’re setting isn’t for Flynn’s killer, but for his partner, a woman who proves more daring and dangerous than any Thorn has ever met.
Minotaur Books * 9781250073112

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 * 9780765331793

CAMILLE written by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne (Psychological Thriller/Horror)
Paperback Original
Anne Forestier finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she is trapped in the middle of a bank robbery. Shot three times, she is lucky to survive --- and morbidly unlucky to remember the face of her assailant. Followed home from her hospital bed, Anne is in grave danger. But one thing stands in her favor --- a dangerously vengeful partner, carrying the scars of devastating loss, who will break all the rules to protect the woman he loves: Commandant Camille Verhoeven.
MacLehose Press * 9781681449531

THE DELUGE: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 by Adam Tooze (History)
In the depths of the Great War, with millions dead and no imaginable end to the conflict, societies around the world began to buckle. The heart of the financial system shifted from London to New York. The strain of the war ravaged all economic and political assumptions, bringing unheard-of changes in the social and industrial order. A century after the outbreak of fighting, Adam Tooze revisits this seismic moment in history, challenging the existing narrative of the war, its peace and its aftereffects.
Penguin Books * 9780143127970

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 * 9781616204778

Paperback Original
When Amaterasu Takahashi opens the door of her Philadelphia home to a badly scarred man claiming to be her grandson, she doesn’t believe him. Her grandson and her daughter, Yuko, perished nearly 40 years ago during the bombing of Nagasaki. But the man carries with him a collection of sealed private letters that open a Pandora’s Box of family secrets Ama had sworn to leave behind when she fled Japan. Will she allow herself to believe in a miracle?
Penguin * 9780143128250

DON’T LOOK BACK by Gregg Hurwitz (Thriller)
While on a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, Eve Hardaway spots a menacing man in his yard throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. With a violent past and deadly mission, he will do anything to avoid being discovered. Due to a major storm that wipes out the roads and all communication with the outside world, Eve’s tour group is trapped in the jungle with a dangerous predator who has a secret to protect.
St. Martin’s Paperbacks * 9781250068316

DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE by Ellen Meister (Fiction)
Heavenly peace? No, thank you. Dorothy Parker would rather wander the famous halls of the Algonquin Hotel, searching for someone, anyone, who will keep her company on this side of eternity. After 40 years, she thinks she’s found the perfect candidate in Ted Shriver, a brilliant literary voice of the 1970s, who is slowly dying of cancer, which he refuses to treat. But when she and ambitious TV producer Norah Wolfe manage to uncover startling secrets about Ted’s past, the future changes for all of them.
Berkley * 9780425278093

FACEOFF edited by David Baldacci (Thriller/Anthology)
In an unprecedented collaboration, edited by David Baldacci, 23 of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters --- such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher and Lincoln Rhyme --- in an 11-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers.
Simon & Schuster * 9781476762074

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.
NAL * 9780451473950

GIRL IN A BAND: A Memoir by Kim Gordon (Memoir)
Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story --- a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll. Here, she tells the story of her family, growing up in California in the '60s and '70s, her life in visual art, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her music and her band.
Dey Street Books * 9780062295903

HOT PURSUIT: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods (Thriller/Adventure)
Stone Barrington meets a gorgeous pilot who’s soon moving to New York and available for closer acquaintance. Their travels together lead them from Wichita to Europe, but trailing them is his new lady love’s unstable, criminal ex-boyfriend. And while Stone is fending off his newest adversary, trouble is brewing on the international stage. Several enemy operatives are at large, and only a coordinated intelligence effort will have any chance of stopping their deadly plot.
Signet * 9780451473103

ONE STEP TOO FAR by Tina Seskis (Psychological Thriller)
A happy marriage. A beautiful family. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life? Emily now has become Cat, working at a hip advertising agency in London and living on the edge with her inseparable new friend, Angel. Cat has buried any trace of her old self so well, no one knows how to find her. But she can't bury the past --- or her own memories. And soon, she’ll have to face the truth of what she's done --- a shocking revelation that may push her one step too far.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062340092

THE PRECIOUS ONE by Marisa de los Santos (Fiction)
In all her life, Eustacia “Taisy” Cleary has given her heart to only three men: her first love, Ben Ransom; her twin brother, Marcus; and Wilson Cleary --- professor, inventor, philanderer, self-made millionaire, brilliant man, breathtaking jerk: her father. Seventeen years ago, Wilson ditched his first family for Caroline, a beautiful young sculptor. So why is Wilson calling Taisy now, inviting her for an extended visit? Why, now, does Wilson want Taisy to help him write his memoir?
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061670916

ROBERT B. PARKER’S THE BRIDGE: A Cole and Hitch Novel 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.
Berkley * 9780425278086

UNBECOMING by Rebecca Scherm (Psychological Thriller)
In Garland, Tennessee, two young men have just been paroled. Both were jailed for a crime that Grace planned in exacting detail. The heist went bad, but not before she was on a plane to Prague with a stolen canvas rolled in her bag. And so, in Paris, begins a cat-and-mouse waiting game as Grace’s web of deception and lies unravels --- and she becomes another young woman entirely.
Penguin Books * 9780143128311

WHAT SHE KNEW by Gilly Macmillan (Psychological Thriller)
Paperback Original
Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry --- until Ben vanishes. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion. As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062413864
On Sale the Week of December 7th in Hardcover

December 7th

AGINCOURT: The Fight for France by Ranulph Fiennes (History)
On October 25, 1415, on a French hillside near the village of Agincourt, four men prepared for battle. They were all English knights --- ancestors of Sir Ranulph Fiennes --- and part of the army of England's King Henry V. Across the valley, four sons of the French arm of the Fiennes family were confident that the Dauphin's army would win the day. Sir Ranulph Fiennes explains how his own ancestors were key players through the centuries of turbulent Anglo-French history that led up to Agincourt.
Pegasus * 9781605989150

EISENHOWER’S ARMIES: The American-British Alliance During World War II by Niall Barr (History)
The Anglo-American relationship from 1941 to 1945 proved to be the most effective military alliance in history. Yet there were also constant disagreements that threatened to pull the alliance apart. EISENHOWER’S ARMIES highlights why the unprecedented level of cooperation between the very different American and British forces eventually led to victory but also emphasizes the tensions and controversies that inevitably arose.
Pegasus * 9781605988160

THE LAST WITNESS: A Detective Daley Thriller by Denzil Meyrick (Thriller)
James Machie was a man with a genius for violence, his criminal empire spreading beyond Glasgow into the UK and mainland Europe. Fortunately, Machie is dead, assassinated in the back of a prison ambulance following his trial and conviction. But now, five years later, he is apparently back from the grave, set on avenging himself on those who brought him down. At the top of his list is his previous associate, Frank MacDougall, who, unbeknownst to D.C.I. Jim Daley, is living under protection on his lochside patch, the small Scottish town of Kinloch.
Pegasus * 9781605989181

THE MERMAN by Carl-Johan Vallgren (Fantasy)
Nella and her brother, Robert, live a difficult life with their mother and father in a small town on the west coast of Sweden. Robert is bullied at school, and Nella has to resort to debt and petty crime to pay off his tormentors. When she turns to her friend, Tommy, for help, her suspicions are aroused by the mysterious comings and goings of his brothers at their dilapidated boat house. But when she uncovers the reason behind their enigmatic behavior, her life is opened to the realities of a mind-boggling secret.
Pegasus * 9781605989129

THE VERDICT by Nick Stone (Legal Thriller)
Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly?
Pegasus * 9781605989235

December 8th

THE ABSOLUTION by Jonathan Holt (Mystery/Thriller)
On Venice’s popular Lido beach, a man is found lying on the shore, his throat slit and his tongue viciously torn out, and his face covered by an unusual antique mask. Superiors inside the Venice Carabinieri have finally given Captain Kat Tapo permission to run her first murder case. But when she learns that the mask is a Masonic “hoodwink” --- and that the circumstances of the man’s death are eerily similar to the Masonic punishment for betrayal --- she suspects that her appointment has darker implications.
Harper * 9780062267078

ASHLEY BELL by Dean Koontz (Psychological Thriller)
Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman --- whose doctor says she has one year to live. Her sudden recovery astonishes medical science. An enigmatic woman convinces Bibi that she escaped death so that she can save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell. But save her from what? And who is Ashley Bell? Where is she? Bibi’s obsession with finding Ashley sends her on the run from threats both mystical and worldly, including a rich and charismatic cult leader with terrifying ambitions.
Bantam * 9780345545961

BEATRICE AND BENEDICK by Marina Fiorato (Historical Romance)
When 19-year-old Beatrice is brought to live at her uncle's court in Sicily to be a companion to his daughter, she first meets Benedick, a young soldier who is there with a Spanish lord on a month-long sojourn. As they begin to wage their war of wit, their words mask their deep love for one another. But the pair are cruelly parted by misunderstanding and slander. Heartbroken, Benedick sails to England on the ill-fated Spanish Armada. Beatrice returns to her home in the North and an unwanted betrothal. While Benedick must fight for his life on board ship, Beatrice fights for her freedom from an arranged marriage.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250077134

DARK TIDES by Chris Ewan (Thriller)
When Claire Cooper was eight years old, her mother mysteriously vanished during Hop-tu-naa, Halloween on the Isle of Man. At 14, Claire is still struggling to come to terms with her disappearance when she's befriended by a group of five teenagers who mark every Halloween by performing dares. But Claire's arrival begins to alter the group's dynamic until one year a prank goes terribly wrong, changing all their futures and tearing the friends apart. Six years later, one of the friends is killed on Halloween in an apparent accident. But Claire, now a police officer, has her doubts.
Minotaur Books * 9781250074423

DESPERATE MEASURES by Jo Bannister (Mystery)
When Gabriel Ash's wife and kids were kidnapped four years ago by Somali pirates, his life spiraled out of control. But with the help of his dog, Patience, and his friendship with young police officer Hazel Best, his focus returned. So when he discovers that his wife is still alive, Ash is once again filled with hope and fear. Hazel is deeply worried for Ash. But even she is unprepared for what Ash seems willing to do to secure the safety of his wife and children. In fact, nothing is as it seems, and loyalty, friendship and family bonds will be called into question.
Minotaur Books * 9781250075666

A DREAM OF ICE: Book 2 of The EarthEnd Saga by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin (Paranormal Thriller/Adventure)
After uncovering a mystical link to the ancient civilization of Galderkhaan, child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara is left with strange new powers. Someone is watching her, perhaps hunting her --- and using her son to do it. Meanwhile, Mikel Jasso, a field agent for a mysterious research organization, is searching for Galderkhaani ruins in Antarctica. He discovers the entire city has been preserved under ice and that the mysterious stone artifacts he’s been collecting are not as primitive as he thought. As Mikel and Caitlin work to uncover the mysteries of the Galderkhaani, they realize that the person hunting Caitlin and the stones may be connected in ways they never knew possible.
Simon & Schuster/Simon451 * 9781476776552

IT’S. NICE. OUTSIDE. by Jim Kokoris (Fiction)
John Nichols, his ex-wife Mary, and their three children are held together by love and humor, as well as the spiky parts of sisterly competition and a difficult baby brother. John and Mary have devoted themselves to caregiving, and John especially finds himself caught in the tension between being a parent and being true to himself. So when a new challenge comes their way in the wake of a road trip and wedding plans, the family bonds are stretched and tested.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250036056

KILLING TRAIL: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima (Mystery)
When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, life-long resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town. With the help of Cole Walker, local veterinarian and a single father, Mattie and Robo must track down the truth before it claims another victim. But the more Mattie investigates, the more she realizes how many secrets her hometown holds. And the key may be Cole’s daughter, who knows more than she’s saying.
Crooked Lane Books * 9781629533810

MASTERS OF EMPIRE: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America by Michael A. McDonnell (History)
In MASTERS OF EMPIRE, the historian Michael A. McDonnell reveals the pivotal role played by the native peoples of the Great Lakes in the history of North America. Though less well known than the Iroquois or Sioux, the Anishinaabeg, who lived across Lakes Michigan and Huron, were equally influential. The book charts the story of one group, the Odawa, who settled at the straits between those two lakes, a hub for trade and diplomacy throughout the vast country west of Montreal known as the pays d’en haut.
Hill and Wang * 9780809029532

THE NIGHT CHARTER by Sam Hawken (Thriller)
Exactly one year ago, Camaro Espinoza killed five bad men in New York City and fled town. Now she's keeping a low profile in Miami. But trouble comes knocking in the form of Parker Story, a man in over his head with all the wrong people. Parker wants to book Camaro's boat to run a small errand off the coast of Cuba. Joining forces with him, Camaro soon finds herself in the midst of double crosses, international intrigue, broken promises and scattered bullets. Even a skilled warrior like herself may not be able to escape unscathed.
Mulholland Books * 9780316299213

PARADISE CITY by Elizabeth Day (Fiction)
Howard Pink is a wildly successful businessman still struggling to cope 15 years after his 19-year-old daughter disappeared. Beatrice Kizza fled persecution from Uganda where homosexuality is illegal; she now works as a maid at a hotel Howard frequents. Esme Reade, an ambitious staff reporter for a Sunday tabloid, is desperate to get the Howard Pink interview for which all London reporters froth at the mouths. Carol Hetherington, a widow who keeps an eye on her neighbors' actions, makes an astonishing discovery. These four disparate characters find themselves linked together in PARADISE CITY.
Bloomsbury USA * 9781620408360

QUEEN VICTORIA’S MYSTERIOUS DAUGHTER: A Biography of Princess Louise by Lucinda Hawksley (Biography)
The secrets of Queen Victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumor and gossip than hard facts? When Lucinda Hawksley started to investigate, often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, she discovered a fascinating woman, modern before her time, whose story has been shielded for years from public view.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250059321

THE RELIC MASTER by Christopher Buckley (Historical Fiction)
In a departure from his usual satires of Washington politics, Christopher Buckley turns to politics of a more medieval nature. In 1517, a former Swiss mercenary named Dismas sells holy relics to powerful clients who then use their purchases to sell indulgences to people hoping to shorten their stay in Purgatory. The sudden loss of his life savings forces Dismas to sell a forgery of Christ’s burial shroud --- a scheme that goes harrowingly wrong.
Simon & Schuster * 9781501125751

SECRET SISTERS by Jayne Ann Krentz (Romantic Suspense)
They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack 12-year-old Madeline in her grandmother's hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn't be bothering them anymore...ever. Still their lives would never be the same. Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother's mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel --- a place she never wanted to see again --- a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.
Berkley * 9780399174483
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December 7th

IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger (Mystery Anthology)
The Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were recently voted as the top mystery series of all time. Now, Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger have assembled a stellar group of contemporary authors from a variety of genres and asked them to create new stories inspired by that canon. Readers will find Holmes in times and places previously unimagined, as well as characters who themselves have been affected by the tales of Sherlock Holmes.
Pegasus * 9781605989174

December 8th

AMNESIA by Peter Carey (Fiction)
When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into Australia’s prison computer system, hundreds of asylum-seekers walk free. And because the Americans run the prisons, the doors of some 5,000 jails in the United States also open. Is this a mistake, or a declaration of cyber war? Felix Moore, known to himself as “our sole remaining left-wing journalist,” is determined to write Gaby’s biography in order to find the answers. But how can he get Gaby --- on the run, scared, confused and angry --- to cooperate?
Vintage * 9780804171328

BECOMING RICHARD PRYOR by Scott Saul (Biography)
Drawing upon a mountain of original research --- interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals and screenplay drafts --- Scott Saul traces Richard Pryor’s rough journey to the heights of fame: from his heartbreaking childhood, his trials in the Army and his apprentice days in Greenwich Village, to his soul-searching interlude in Berkeley and his ascent in the “New Hollywood” of the 1970s.
Harper Perennial * 9780062123329

THE BULLET by Mary Louise Kelly (Thriller)
In a split second, everything Caroline Cashion has known is proved to be a lie. A single bullet is found lodged at the base of her skull. Caroline is stunned. She has never been shot. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth: that she was adopted when she was three years old after her real parents were murdered. She was wounded too, a gunshot to the neck. Surgeons had stitched up the traumatized little girl, with the bullet still there. Now, Caroline has to find the truth of her past.
Gallery Books * 9781476769837

CAPTIVE PARADISE: A History of Hawaii by James L. Haley (History)
James L. Haley's CAPTIVE PARADISE is the story of King Kamehameha I, The Conqueror, who unified the islands through terror and bloodshed, but whose dynasty succumbed to inbreeding; of Gilded Age tycoons like Claus Spreckels, who brilliantly outmaneuvered his competitors; of firebrand Lorrin Thurston, who was determined that Hawaii be ruled by whites; and of President McKinley, who presided over the eventual annexation of the islands.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250070395

THE FIFTH HEART by Dan Simmons (Historical Mystery)
In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams. Holmes has faked his own death because he has come to the conclusion that he is a fictional character. This leads to serious complications for James. If his esteemed fellow investigator is merely a work of fiction, what does that make him? And what can the master storyteller do to fight against the sinister power that may or may not be controlling them from the shadows?
Back Bay Books * 9780316198790

THE GIRL FROM HUMAN STREET: A Jewish Family Odyssey by Roger Cohen (Memoir)
Award-winning New York Times columnist Roger Cohen turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own forebears. As he follows them across continents and decades, mapping individual lives that diverge and intertwine, vital patterns of struggle and resilience, valued heritage and evolving loyalties (religious, ethnic and national) converge into a resonant portrait of cultural identity in the modern age.
Vintage * 9780307741417

HER BRILLIANT CAREER: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties by Rachel Cooke (Biography)
Rachel Cooke goes back in time to offer an entertaining and iconoclastic look at 10 women in the 1950s --- pioneers whose professional careers and complicated private lives helped to create the opportunities available to today's women. These plucky and ambitious individuals --- among them a film director, a cook, an architect, an editor, an archaeologist and a race car driver --- left the house, discovered the bliss of work, and ushered in the era of the working woman.
Harper Perennial * 9780062333872

THE KINGS OF LONDON: A Breen and Tozer Mystery by William Shaw (Historical Mystery)
Detective Sergeant Breen has a death threat in his inbox and a mutilated body on his hands. The dead man was the wayward son of a rising politician, and everywhere Breen turns to investigate, he finds himself obstructed and increasingly alienated. Breen begins to see that the abuse of power is at every level of society. And when his actions endanger those at the top, he becomes their target. Out in the cold, banished from a corrupt and fracturing system, Breen is finally forced to fight fire with fire.
Mulholland Books * 9780316246880

ONCE SHADOWS FALL by Robert Daniels
(Psychological Thriller)
Paperback Original
After years of paying her dues on the force, Beth Sturgis has earned her place as a detective for the Robbery-Homicide division of the Atlanta PD. Now, she's heading up a major manhunt for a potential serial killer who’s working his way inward from the outskirts of the city. The copycat elements in the first crime scene lead Sturgis to retired FBI agent Jack Kale, who was responsible for apprehending and nearly killing the murderer known as the Scarecrow, the same Scarecrow who appears to be this new killer's terrible inspiration.
Crooked Lane Books * 9781629534848

SHAME AND THE CAPTIVES by Thomas Keneally (Historical Fiction)
Alice is a young woman living on her father-in-law’s farm on the edge of an Australian country town, while her husband is held prisoner in Europe. When Giancarlo, an Italian anarchist at the prisoner-of-war camp down the road, is assigned to work on the farm, she hopes that being kind to him will somehow influence her husband’s treatment. What she doesn’t anticipate is how dramatically Giancarlo will expand her outlook and self-knowledge.
Washington Square Press * 9781476734651

THE SKELETON ROAD by Val McDermid (Thriller)
While preparing to convert a Victorian Gothic building in historic Edinburgh, builders find skeletal remains hidden in a high pinnacle that hasn’t been touched by maintenance in years. Cold case detective Karen Pirie takes the case and attempts to find the corpse’s identity. It turns out that the bones may be from as far away as former Yugoslavia, and Karen will have to dig deeper into the tragic history of the Balkans, war crimes and their consequences, and the notion of justice itself.
Grove Press * 9780802124210

THE SPARK AND THE DRIVE by Wayne Harrison (Fiction)
Justin Bailey is 17 when he arrives at the shop of legendary muscle car mechanic Nick Campbell. Anguished and out of place among the students at his rural Connecticut high school, Justin finds in Nick, his captivating wife Mary Ann, and their world of miraculous machines the sense of family he has struggled to find at home. But when Nick and Mary Ann’s lives are struck by tragedy, Justin’s own world is upended.
St. Martin’s Griffin * 9781250076946

TOKYO KILL: A Jim Brodie Thriller by Barry Lancet (Thriller/Adventure)
When an elderly World War II veteran shows up unannounced at Brodie Security begging for protection, Jim Brodie --- in Tokyo to hunt down a rare ink painting for a client --- agrees to provide a security detail until the man comes to his senses. Instead, a brutal murder rocks Brodie and his crew, sending them deep into the realm of the Triads, Chinese spies, kendo warriors, and an elusive group of killers whose treachery spans centuries --- and who will stop at nothing to complete their mission.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451691733

THE WILDERNESS OF RUIN: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer by Roseanne Montillo (True Crime)
In the early 1870s, local children begin disappearing from the working-class neighborhoods of Boston. Several return home bloody and bruised after being tortured, while others never come back. With the city on edge, authorities believe the abductions are the handiwork of a psychopath, until they discover that their killer --- 14-year-old Jesse Pomeroy --- is barely older than his victims. The criminal investigation that follows sparks a debate among the world’s most revered medical minds, and will have a decades-long impact on the judicial system and medical consciousness.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062273482

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