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August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016

In this newsletter, you will find books releasing the weeks of August 22nd and August 29th that we think will be of interest to readers, along with Bonus News, where we call out a contest, feature or review that we want to let you know about so you have it on your radar.

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This Week's Bonus News: SIX Contests on --- Enter to Win New and Upcoming Titles for You and Your Book Group
Win a Copy of THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah
Kristin Hannah's mega-bestselling THE NIGHTINGALE has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 70 weeks --- and counting! We're so thrilled by its success that we're giving a whopping 350(!) readers the chance to win a copy. Whether you still haven't read it or you're looking for a good reason to read it again, now is a great time to win this powerful World War II story. Enter here by Wednesday, September 7th at noon ET.

Win a Copy of LILAC GIRLS by Martha Hall Kelly
We are celebrating Martha Hall Kelly's remarkable debut, LILAC GIRLS --- an incredible story of love, redemption and terrible secrets, set during World War II --- with a special contest that will give 25 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. Enter here by Wednesday, September 7th at noon ET.

Win 12 Copies of BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue for Your Group
We are celebrating the release of BEHOLD THE DREAMERS --- Imbolo Mbue's unforgettable debut about a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy --- with a special contest that will give three groups the chance to win 12 copies. Enter here by Wednesday, September 21st at noon ET.

Win 10 Copies of MISSING PIECES by Heather Gudenkauf for Your Group
We are celebrating the paperback release of New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf's MISSING PIECES --- the chilling page-turner about a woman who uncovers earth-shattering secrets about her husband's family --- with a special contest that will give two groups the chance to win 10 copies. Enter here by Wednesday, September 21st at noon ET.

Win 12 Copies of RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles for Your Group
In anticipation of the September 6th release of his latest book, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, we're giving three groups the chance to win 12 copies of Amor Towles' RULES OF CIVILITY --- his beguiling debut about a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. Enter here by Wednesday, September 7th at noon ET.

"What's Your Book Group Reading This Month?": Win 12 Copies of A CERTAIN AGE by Beatriz Williams for Your Group
Each month in our "What's Your Book Group Reading This Month" contest, we ask book groups to share the titles they are reading that month and rate them. From all entries, three winners will be selected, and each will win 12 copies of that month’s prize book for their group. Our current prize book is A CERTAIN AGE --- a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’ comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby’s New York --- by Beatriz Williams, the bestselling author of A HUNDRED SUMMERS. Enter here by Wednesday, September 7th at noon ET.

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On Sale the Week of August 22nd in Hardcover

August 23rd

BEHOLD THE DREAMERS by Imbolo Mbue (Fiction)
Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades. When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job, even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.
Random House * 9780812998481

THE BOOK: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time by Keith Houston (History)
We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? In THE BOOK, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages --- of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000-year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today.
W. W. Norton & Company * 9780393244793

THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena (Psychological Thriller)
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all --- a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years.
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780735221086

THE DOLLHOUSE by Fiona Davis (Fiction)
Fiona Davis' debut novel pulls readers into the lush world of New York City's glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where in the 1950s a generation of aspiring models, secretaries and editors lived side-by-side while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success, and where a present-day journalist becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon's glitzy past.
Dutton * 9781101984994

FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Romantic Comedy)
Piper Dove is determined to become the best detective in Chicago. Her first job is to trail former Chicago Stars quarterback Cooper Graham. But Graham has spotted her, and he’s not happy. Piper soon finds herself working for Graham himself, although not as the bodyguard he refuses to admit he so desperately needs. Instead, he’s hired her to keep an eye on the employees at his exclusive new nightclub. But Coop’s life might be in danger, and Piper is determined to protect him. If only she weren’t also dealing with a bevy of Middle Eastern princesses, a Pakistani servant girl yearning for freedom, a teenager who just wants to fit in, and an elderly neighbor demanding that Piper find her very dead husband.
William Morrow * 9780062405616

THE MANNINGS: The Fall and Rise of a Football Family by Lars Anderson (Sports/Biography)
What the Kennedys are to politics, the Mannings are to football. Two generations have produced three NFL superstars: Archie Manning, the Ole Miss hero–turned–New Orleans Saint; his son Peyton, widely considered one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game; and Peyton’s younger brother, Eli, who won two Super Bowl rings of his own. And the oldest Manning child, Cooper --- who was forced to quit playing sports after he was diagnosed at age 18 with a rare spinal condition --- might have been the most talented of them all. In THE MANNINGS, longtime Sports Illustrated writer Lars Anderson gives us, for the first time, the never-before-told story of this singular athletic dynasty.
Ballantine Books * 9781101883822

THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross (Historical Thriller)
Poland, 1944. Alfred Mendl and his family are brought on a crowded train to a Nazi concentration camp after being caught trying to flee Paris with forged papers. A renowned physicist, Mendl holds knowledge that only two people in the world possess. And the other is already at work for the Nazi war machine. In Washington, DC, Intelligence lieutenant Nathan Blum routinely decodes messages from occupied Poland. But never did he expect the proposal he receives from “Wild” Bill Donovan, head of the OSS: to sneak into the most guarded place on earth on a mission to find and escape with one man --- the one man the Allies believe can ensure them victory in the war.
Minotaur Books * 9781250079503

THE PERFECT HORSE: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts (History)
In the chaotic last days of World War II, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find --- his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world’s finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine --- an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food. With only hours to spare, one of the Army’s last great cavalrymen, American colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision --- with General George Patton’s blessing --- to mount a covert rescue operation.
Ballantine Books * 9780345544803

REPO MADNESS by W. Bruce Cameron (Mystery/Humor)
Ruddy McCann is finally getting his life back on track. He has a beautiful fiancé, a somewhat stable job stealing cars, and a lazy, lovable basset hound. With his job suddenly in jeopardy, his fiancé wanting a break, and a new court-ordered psychiatrist insisting he take his medication or violate the terms of his probation, Ruddy finds himself missing the one thing he thought he would be happy to be rid of --- the voice of Alan Lottner, dead realtor and Ruddy's future father-in-law. When a woman tells Ruddy that the tragedy that defines his life may be a lie, Ruddy starts to investigate the disappearances of women in the area and soon discovers that his own redemption may be within reach.
Forge Books * 9780765377500

SORROW ROAD by Julia Keller (Mystery)
In 1944, three young men from a small town in West Virginia are among the American forces participating in D-Day, changing the fortunes of the war with one bold stroke. How is that moment aboard a Navy ship as it barrels toward the Normandy shore related to the death of an old man in an Appalachian nursing home 72 years later? Bell Elkins, prosecuting attorney in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia, is asked by an old acquaintance to look into the death of her beloved father in an Alzheimer’s care facility. Did he die of natural causes --- or was something more sinister to blame?
Minotaur Books * 9781250089588

SURRENDER, NEW YORK by Caleb Carr (Psychological Thriller)
In rural, impoverished Burgoyne County, New York, a pattern of strange deaths begins to emerge: adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in gruesome, ritualistic fashion. Senior law enforcement officials are quick to blame a serial killer, but their efforts to apprehend this criminal are peculiarly ineffective. Meanwhile, in the county's small town of Surrender, Trajan Jones, a psychological profiler, and Michael Li, a trace evidence expert, teach online courses in profiling and forensic science from Jones' family farm. Alone and armed mainly with their wits, protected only by farmhands and Jones' unusual ''pet,'' the outcast pair are secretly called in to consult on the case.
Random House * 9780679455691
On Sale the Week of August 22nd in Paperback

August 23rd

DICTATOR by Robert Harris (Historical Thriller)
At the age of 48, Cicero is in exile, his great power sacrificed on the altar of his principles. By promising to support his political enemy, Caesar, he is granted return to Rome. There, he fights his way back to prominence. DICTATOR encompasses some of the most epic events in ancient history --- the dissolution of the Roman Republic, the murder of Pompey, the assassination of Julius Caesar. But the central problem it presents is a timeless one: how to keep political freedom unsullied by personal ambition.
Vintage * 9780307948137

A GIRL’S GUIDE TO MOVING ON by Debbie Macomber (Romance)
When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is shattered. Then she meets Rocco, a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back --- including their son Owen’s happiness. Leanne has quietly ignored her husband’s cheating for decades, but is jolted into action by the echo of Nichole’s all-too-familiar crisis. She finds it difficult to resist the overtures of Nikolai, a charming baker from Ukraine, until an unexpected tragedy tests her commitments.
Ballantine Books * 9780553391947

KATRINA: After the Flood by Gary Rivlin (Current Affairs/Economics)
More than 10 years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana --- on August 29, 2005 --- journalist Gary Rivlin traces the storm’s immediate damage, the city of New Orleans’s efforts to rebuild itself, and the storm’s lasting effects not just on the city’s geography and infrastructure, but on the psychic, racial and social fabric of one of this nation’s great cities.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451692259

M TRAIN by Patti Smith (Memoir)
M TRAIN begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Patti Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith’s life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith. Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M TRAIN is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature and coffee.
Vintage * 9781101910160

MY LIFE ON THE ROAD by Gloria Steinem (Memoir)
Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. Every fall, her father would pack the family into the car and they would drive across the country, in search of their next adventure. Steinem would spend much of her life on the road, as a journalist, organizer, activist and speaker. In vivid stories that span an entire career, Steinem writes about her time on the campaign trail; her early exposure to social activism in India; organizing ground-up movements in America; and the infinite contrasts, the “surrealism in everyday life” that Steinem encountered as she traveled back and forth across the country.
Random House Trade Paperbacks * 9780345408167

THE NOVEL HABITS OF HAPPINESS: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel by Alexander McCall Smith (Mystery)
Isabel Dalhousie, the insatiably curious Edinburgh sleuth and philosopher, takes on a case unlike any she’s had before: a six-year-old boy has been experiencing vivid recollections of a past life. His visions include a perfect description of a Scottish island and a house where he claims to have lived. The boy’s mother asks Isabel to investigate, but her findings continue to perplex as her efforts to seek rational explanations are thwarted by the unusual mystery unfolding before her.
Anchor * 9780307949240

THE RIGHT'S ROAD TO SERFDOM: The Danger of Conservatism Unbound: From Hayek to Trump
by Christopher F. Arndt (Politics)
Paperback Original

The conservatism that drives the American Right today prizes strong, authoritarian leaders who promise get-tough plans to vanquish problems such as immigration, terrorism and middle-class stagnation. This focus on temperament rather than on individual liberty, pluralism and free expression runs counter to the political philosophy of freedom that many conservatives believe they espouse. With the aid of F. A. Hayek, a surprising conservative critic, first-time author Christopher F. Arndt reveals four qualities that animate the American Right. These characteristics, which tend against political freedom, are often misunderstood and promoted as political freedom.
Bulkington Press * 9780997807219

SCRAPPER by Matt Bell (Fiction)
Detroit has descended into ruin. Kelly scavenges for scrap metal from the hundred thousand abandoned buildings in a part of the city known as “the zone,” an increasingly wild landscape where one day he finds something far more valuable than the copper he’s come to steal: a kidnapped boy, crying out for rescue. Briefly celebrated as a hero, Kelly secretly avenges the boy’s unsolved kidnapping, a task that will take him deeper into the zone and into a confrontation with his own past and long-buried traumas.
Soho Press * 9781616957650

THE VEGETARIAN by Han Kang (Psychological Suspense/Horror)
Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams --- invasive images of blood and brutality --- torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It’s a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that’s become sacred to her.
Hogarth * 9781101906118
On Sale the Week of August 29th in Hardcover

August 30th

ASHES OF FIERY WEATHER by Kathleen Donohoe (Fiction)
When we meet Norah --- the first member of her family to move from Ireland to New York --- she is a mother of three, contemplating her husband’s casket as his men give him a full fireman’s funeral, and faced with a terrible choice. Norah's mother-in-law, Delia, is stoic and self-preserving. Her early losses have made her keep her children close and her secrets closer. Eileen, Delia’s daughter, adopted from Ireland and tough-as-nails, yet desperate for a sense of belonging, is one of the first women firefighters in New York. It is through her eyes that we experience 9/11, blindsided by the events of that terrible day along with her.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780544464056

THE EMERALD LIE: A Jack Taylor Novel by Ken Bruen (Mystery/Thriller)
The latest terror to be visited upon the dark Galway streets arrives in a most unusual form: a Cambridge graduate who becomes murderous over split infinitives, dangling modifiers, and any other sign of bad grammar. Meanwhile, ex-cop Jack Taylor is approached by a grieving father with a pocketful of cash on offer if Jack will help exact revenge on those responsible for his daughter’s brutal rape and murder. Though hesitant to get involved, Jack agrees to get a read on the likely perpetrators. But he is soon derailed by the reappearance of Emily, the chameleon-like young woman who joined forces with Jack to take down her pedophile father and who remains passionate, clever and utterly homicidal.
Mysterious Press * 9780802125460

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (Mystery)
When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, at first it seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes.
Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go but must. There he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, along with a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map. The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself, his mysterious relationship with one of the cadets, and his possible involvement in the crime.
Minotaur Books * 9781250022134

HELL FIRE: An Inspector Sejer Mystery by Karin Fossum (Mystery)
A gruesome tableau awaits Inspector Konrad Sejer in the oppressive summer heat: a woman and a young boy lay dead in a pool of blood near a dank camper. The details of the deaths of Bonnie Hayden and her five-year-old son, Simon, are mysterious. Sejer and his fellow investigator, Jakob Skarre, begin a hunt for the killer that will eventually lead them to a heartbreaking conclusion. In a parallel storyline, Mass Malthe and her troubled son, Eddie, navigate a relationship that some would call too close. When long-held secrets are revealed, it turns out that Mass and Bonnie share more in common than Eddie could have ever guessed.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt * 9780544633377

THE JEALOUS KIND by James Lee Burke (Historical Fiction)
On its surface, life in Houston is as you would expect. But beneath the glitz and superficial normalcy, a class war has begun, and it is nothing like the conventional portrayal of the decade. Against this backdrop, Aaron Holland Broussard discovers the poignancy of first love and a world of violence he did not know existed. When Aaron spots the beautiful and gifted Valerie Epstein fighting with her boyfriend, Grady Harrelson, at a Galveston drive-in, he inadvertently challenges the power of the Mob and one of the richest families in Texas. He also discovers he must find the courage his father had found as an American soldier in the Great War.
Simon & Schuster * 9781501107207

THE KINGDOM OF SPEECH by Tom Wolfe (Social Science)
THE KINGDOM OF SPEECH is a captivating, paradigm-shifting argument that speech --- not evolution --- is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements. From Alfred Russel Wallace, the Englishman who beat Darwin to the theory of natural selection but later renounced it, and through the controversial work of modern-day anthropologist Daniel Everett, who defies the current wisdom that language is hard-wired in humans, Tom Wolfe examines the solemn, long-faced, laugh-out-loud zig-zags of Darwinism, old and Neo, and finds it irrelevant here in the Kingdom of Speech.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316404624

LIAR’S KEY: A Sharpe & Donovan Novel by Carla Neggers
(Romantic Suspense)
Emma Sharpe is suspicious when retired Special Agent Gordon Wheelock, a legend in FBI art crimes, drops by her Boston office for a visit. Gordy says he's heard rumors about stolen ancient mosaics. Emma, an art crimes specialist herself, won't discuss the rumors. Especially since they involve Oliver York, an unrepentant English art thief. Gordy and Emma's grandfather, a renowned private art detective, chased Oliver for a decade. Gordy knows Wendell Sharpe didn't give him everything he had on the thief. Even now, Oliver will never be prosecuted. When a shocking death occurs, Emma is drawn into the investigation.

Mira * 9780778319115

THE NIX by Nathan Hill (Fiction)
Meet Samuel Andresen-Anderson: stalled writer, bored teacher at a local college, obsessive player of an online video game. He hasn’t seen his mother, Faye, since she walked out when he was a child. But then one day there she is, all over the news, throwing rocks at a presidential candidate. The media paints Faye as a militant radical with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother never left her small Iowa town. Which version of his mother is the true one? Determined to solve the puzzle --- and finally have something to deliver to his publisher --- Samuel decides to capitalize on his mother’s new fame by writing a tell-all biography, a book that will savage her intimately and publicly.
Knopf * 9781101946619

RUSHING WATERS by Danielle Steel (Fiction)
Hurricane Ophelia is bearing down on New York City. And in a matter of hours, six people, along with their families, friends and millions of other New Yorkers living around them, will be caught up in the horrific flooding it unleashes. A day of chaos takes its toll. Lives, belongings and loved ones are swept away. Heroes are revealed as the city and New Yorkers struggle to face a natural disaster of epic proportions. And then the real challenge begins, as the survivors face their futures, with damage to repair and scars to heal.
Delacorte Press * 9780345531094

THE SHATTERED TREE: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd (Historical Mystery)
A wounded officer is brought to battlefield nurse Bess Crawford’s aid station, where she stabilizes him. The odd thing is, the officer isn't British --- he's French. But in a moment of anger and stress, he shouts at Bess in German. When Bess reports the incident to Matron, her superior offers a ready explanation. The soldier is from Alsace-Lorraine, a province in the west where the tenuous border between France and Germany has continually shifted through history, most recently in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, won by the Germans. But on which side of the war do his sympathies really lie? When the French officer disappears in Paris, it’s up to Bess to find out why, even at the risk of her own life.
William Morrow * 9780062386274
On Sale the Week of August 29th in Paperback

August 30th

THE DARKEST SECRET by Alex Marwood (Psychological Thriller)
Paperback Original
Twelve years ago, Mila Jackson’s three-year-old half-sister, Coco, disappeared during their father’s 50th birthday party. Her identical twin, Ruby, was left behind as the only witness. The girls’ father, Sean, was wealthy and influential, as were the friends gathered at their seaside vacation home for the weekend’s debauchery. The case ignited a media frenzy and forever changed the lives of everyone involved. Now, Sean Jackson is dead, and the people who were present that terrible night must gather once more for a funeral that will reveal that the secrets of the past can never stay hidden.
Penguin Books * 9780143110514

FEAR THE DARK: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel by Kay Hooper (Supernatural Thriller)
Something strange is happening in the small mountain town of Serenity, Tennessee. People going on routine errands never reach their destination. It’s as if they simply disappear. The local police chief calls the FBI, and a team from the Special Crimes Unit is immediately sent in. The town is already on the edge of panic, but the mysterious events take a sinister turn when a body unrelated to the missing persons case surfaces and one of the SCU agents vanishes. Now, the team’s hunt for the lost has turned into something very personal…and very dangerous.
Jove * 9780515156034

THE FIRST ORDER by Jeff Abbott (Thriller)
Two brothers. One dead, executed by extremists on a grainy video. The other forged into a top undercover agent. But now, Sam Capra has reason to believe that his brother, Danny, may be alive. His desperate search for Danny leads him into a modern heart of darkness: the Russian elite inner circle, a group of ruthless ex-KGB billionaires who owe fealty to Russia's corrupt president, Morozov. One of these men wants Morozov dead. And Danny will be the one to kill him --- on American soil.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455558421

THE HOURS COUNT by Jillian Cantor (Historical Fiction)
On June 19, 1953, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for conspiring to commit espionage. The day Ethel was first arrested in 1950, she left her two young sons with a neighbor and never came home to them again. In THE HOURS COUNT, Jillian Cantor reimagines the life of that neighbor, and the life of Ethel and Julius, an ordinary-seeming Jewish couple who became the only Americans put to death for spying during the Cold War.
Riverhead Books * 9780399576041

HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN: A Holland Family Novel 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 believed to be the mythic cup of Christ. When a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer places Hack’s son, Ishmael, squarely in the cross hairs of a plot to recapture his prize, we meet three extraordinary women who will aid Hack in his quest to reconcile with Ishmael, vanquish their enemies and return the Holy Grail to its rightful place.
Pocket Books * 9781501107139

THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black (Thriller)
When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper's isolated farmhouse, she knows instantly that it's the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, it's just another stop on a long and bloody journey. For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of victims has brought her from obsession to the edge of physical and psychological destruction. But the murders at the Cooper farmhouse didn't quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena's 10-year-old daughter, who now holds the key to the killings.
St. Martin’s Paperbacks * 9781250067555

ROBERT B. PARKER’S THE DEVIL WINS: A Jesse Stone Novel by Reed Farrel Coleman (Mystery)
Three bodies are discovered in the rubble of an abandoned factory building in an industrial part of Paradise known as The Swap. Found within feet of a man’s body are the skeletal remains of two teenage girls who had gone missing 25 years earlier. Not only does that crime predate Jesse Stone’s arrival in Paradise, but the dead girls were close friends of Jesse’s right hand, Officer Molly Crane. And things become even more complicated when one of the dead girls’ mothers returns to Paradise to bury her daughter and is promptly murdered.
G.P. Putnam's Sons * 9780425282489

SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods (Thriller/Adventure)
After a series of nonstop adventures, Stone Barrington is eager for some peace and quiet in a rustic British setting. But no sooner does he land in England than he’s beset by an outrageous demand from a beautiful lady, and an offer he can’t refuse. Unfortunately, Stone quickly learns that his new acquisition comes with some undesired strings attached --- namely, a deadly mystery involving the complex relationships of the local gentry, and a relentless adversary who raises the stakes with every encounter.
G.P. Putnam's Sons * 9780451477231

SON OF THE BLACK SWORD: Saga of the Forgotten Warrior by Larry Correia (Historical Fantasy/Adventure)
After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts, until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic and drove the demons into the sea. Yet as centuries passed, Gods and demons became myth and legend, and the people no longer believed. Ashok Vadal has been chosen by a powerful ancient weapon to be its bearer. But Ashok isn’t who he thinks he is, and when he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, the consequences lead to rebellion, war and destruction.
Baen * 9781476781570

THE SURVIVOR: A Mitch Rapp Novel by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills (Thriller)
When a former golden boy of the CIA steals a massive amount of the Agency’s most classified documents, Mitch Rapp is called to help. However, eliminating the traitor doesn't solve all of the CIA’s problems --- in fact, mysterious tip-offs are appearing all over the world, linking to the potentially devastating data that the thief managed to store somewhere only he knew. It’s a deadly race to the finish as both the Pakistanis and the Americans search desperately for accomplices and for the confidential documents they are slowly leaking to the world.
Pocket Books * 9781476783468

THE THEORY OF DEATH: A Decker/Lazarus Novel by Faye Kellerman (Mystery)
It has been almost a year since Greenbury’s last murder. All that changes when an unidentified, nude male body is found deep within the local woods. It appears to be a suicide, but until the coroner makes the final determination, Peter Decker, a former lieutenant for the LAPD, must treat the scene as a suspicious crime. When the body is finally identified, the case turns into a dangerous sphere of scheming academics, secret cyphers and a hidden corruption at Kneed Loft College.
William Morrow * 9780062270221

WE ARE UNPREPARED by Meg Little Reilly (Thriller)
Paperback Original
Ash and Pia move from hipster Brooklyn to rustic Vermont in search of a more authentic life. But just months after settling in, the forecast of a superstorm disrupts their dream. Fear of an impending disaster splits their tight-knit community and exposes the cracks in their marriage. Where Isole was once a place of old farm families, rednecks and transplants, it now divides into paranoid preppers, religious fanatics and government tools, each at odds about what course to take.
Mira * 9780778319436

WHAT YOU SEE: A Jane Ryland Novel by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Mystery/Thriller)
A wedding is planned in Jane Ryland's family, but there's a disaster instead. Nine-year-old Gracie has been taken by her stepdad. Where are they? Is the girl in danger? Reporter Jane Ryland learns to her peril what happens when loved ones are pushed too far. Meanwhile, Detective Jake Brogan has a doozy of a case. At Boston's historic Faneuil Hall, a man is stabbed to death in front of a crowd of tourists snapping photos of the murder on their cell phones. Solving the case should be easy, but the pictures and surveillance video lead him to a dark conspiracy of extortion and stolen lives.
Forge Books * 9780765374967

September 1st

TIER ONE by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson
Paperback Original
John Dempsey’s life --- as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper --- is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice. But how does a man torn between duty and revenge walk the line and preserve his soul? As Dempsey struggles with the games of spies, the case propels him across the globe in a desperate effort to prevent a new, horrifying attack on American soil.
Thomas & Mercer * 9781503936805

September 2nd

DEEP COVER JACK: The Hunt for Reacher Series by Diane Capri
Now available as a paperback original; eBook releases on September 2nd
In this thrilling follow-up to the ITW Thriller Award Finalist JACK AND JOE, FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar will wait no longer. They head to Houston to find Susan Duffy, one of Jack Reacher’s known associates, determined to get answers. But Duffy has left town, headed for trouble. Otto and Gaspar are right behind her, and powerful enemies with their backs against the wall will have everything to lose.
AugustBooks * 9781940768700

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