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An unnecessary woman : [a novel]
Alameddine, Rabih, author.
New York : Grove Press, 2013.
An obsessive introvert in Beirut, eschewed by her family and neighbors for her divorced status and lack of religious reverence, quietly translates favorite books into Arabic while struggling with her aging body, until an unthinkable disaster threatens what little life remains to her.
Ripper : a novel
New York : Harper, c2014.
“A fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco through Ripper, the online mystery game she plays with her beloved grandfather and friends around the world”
New York : Grand Central Publishing, c2014.
Inside the Dome, Partridge, having taken his father’s place as leader of the Pures, realizes that things are not as clear as he thought while outside, Pressia and Bradwell continue their efforts to heal the Wretches, unsure if they can still trust their friend Partridge.
The murder house
Beaufort, Simon, author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2013. P
PC Helen Anderson commits a cardinal error when she takes files for an upcoming court case home to study. For those files are not supposed to leave the police station – and the minute they fall into the wrong hands, Helen’s ordinary, uneventful life begins to spiral out of control … culminating in a gruesome and extraordinary murder.
The counterfeit agent
New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2014.
Unable to prevent the assassination of a CIA station chief by Iranian hostiles who are allegedly plotting a nuclear attack on the United States, John Wells goes undercover to discern the truth on an assignment that takes him from Guatemala and Thailand to Hong Kong and Istanbul.
Going home again
Bock, Dennis, 1964-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.
“After two acclaimed historical novels, one of Canada’s most celebrated young writers now goes contemporary with the vibrant story of a man taking stock of the shape his life has taken, and why, and what–as a husband, a father, a brother, and an uncle–his responsibilities truly are. Charlie Bellerose leads a semi-nomadic existence, traveling widely to manage the language academies he has established in different countries. After separating, somewhat amicably, from his wife, he moves from Madrid back to his native Canada to set up a new school, and for the first time in his life he forges a meaningful relationship with his brother, who’s going through a vicious divorce. Charlie manages to make a fresh start in Toronto but longs for his twelve-year- old daughter, whom he sees only via Skype and the occasional overseas visit. After a chance encounter with a college girlfriend, he works through a series of memories–including a particularly painful one they share–as he reflects on how he ended up where he is. But two tragic events (one long past, the other very much in the present) finally force him to reevaluate his priorities and his relationships with everyone around him.”
Speaking from among the bones : a Flavia de Luce novel
Bradley, C. Alan, 1938-
New York : Delacorte Press, c2013.
Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the five-hundredth anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked. Who held a vendetta against Mr. Collicutt, and why would they hide him in such a sacred resting place? The irrepressible Flavia decides to find out. And what she unearths will prove there’s never such thing as an open-and-shut case.
The dead in their vaulted arches : a Flavia de Luce novel
Bradley, C. Alan, 1938-, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, c2014.
“Bishop’s Lacey is never short of two things: Mysteries to solve and pre-adolescent detectives to solve them. In this New York Times bestselling series of cozy mysteries, young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the English countryside has to offer and, in the process, comes closer than ever to solving her life’s greatest mystery–her mother’s disappearance..”
The strangling on the stage : a Fethering mystery
Sutton, Surrey, England : Crème de la Crime an imprint of Severn House, 2014, c2013.
When Jude agrees to lend her vintage chaise longue for the local Amateur Dramatics Society’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple, little does she realize she’ll end up in a starring role. It’s an ambitious play, culminating in a dramatic execution scene: a scene that’s played for real when one of the leading actors is found hanging from the especially- constructed stage gallows during rehearsals. A tragic accident–or something more sinister?
Do or die : reluctant heroes
New York : Ballantine Books, c2014.
“Former Navy SEAL Ian Dunn has been tasked by a mysterious government agency with rescuing two kidnapped children believed to have been taken prisoner in a South American embassy. Leading the mission alongside Phoebe Kruger, the new hire at the prestigious law firm where Dunn is a longtime client, Dunn will embark on a race against time while simultaneously dealing with an equally pressing danger — he’s being hunted by the mob for a job gone bust. In the midst of all this, Phoebe gets sucked deeper and deeper into Dunn’s clandestine world, and Dunn faces some surprises of his own as he slowly becomes aware of Phoebe’s sharp intelligence, keen sense of humor and generous heart– things he’s been missing all his life”
Brown, Pierce, 1988-
New York : Del Rey, c2014.
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
I am Abraham : a novel of Lincoln and the Civil War
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, c2014.
Traces the historic arc of Lincoln’s life from his picturesque days as a gangly young lawyer in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, to his 1865 visit to war-shattered Richmond only days before his assassination.
That old black magic
Clark, Mary Jane Behrends, author.
New York : William Morrow, c2014.
Aspiring actress and wedding-cake decorator Piper Donovan has barely arrived in New Orleans to perfect her pastry skills at the renowned French Quarter bakery Boulangerie Bertrand when a ghastly murder rocks the magical city. Intrigued by the case, Piper can’t help but look for the “Hoodoo Killer” among the faces around her. Could it be the handsome guide eager to give her special private tours? Or the inscrutable jazz musician who plays on historic Royal Street?
Prayers for the stolen : a novel
London : Hogarth, 2014.
Born in a rural Mexico region where girls are disguised as boys to avoid the attentions of traffickers, Ladydi dreams of a better life before moving to Mexico City, where she falls in love and ends up in a prison with other women who share her experiences.
Confessions of a wild child
New York : St. Martin’s Press, c2014.
“Lucky Santangelo. A fifteen-year-old wild child ready to discover life, love and independence. Daughter of the notorious Gino, Lucky discovers her mother’s murdered body floating in the family swimming pool at the tender age of four. Since then Gino has kept her protected from life closeted in their Bel Air mansion. But in Confessions of a Wild Child Lucky finally breaks free, and running away from boarding school the adventures begin. Boys, sex, drugs and rock n’ roll – Lucky explores it all in preparation for the strong, kick-ass woman she eventually becomes. Delve into the world that Lucky rules!”
Conquest : the chronicles of the invaders
Connolly, John, 1968-
New York : Atria, 2014.
Depicts a world where humanity has been conquered by oppressive alien forces and where a group of increasingly powerful young rebels is assisted by an alien ruler’s daughter, who risks her life after falling in love with a human.
Cook, Robin, 1940-
New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2014.
“George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George’s initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating. He awakens one morning to find his fiancée dead in bed alongside him, not long after she participated in an iDoc beta test. Then several of his patients die after undergoing imaging procedures. All of them had been part of the same beta test. Is it possible that iDoc is being subverted by hackers-and that the U.S. government is involved in a cover-up? Despite threats to both his career and his freedom, George relentlessly seeks the truth, knowing that if he’s right, the consequences could be lethal. ”
Good as gone
New York : Minotaur Books, c2013.
Former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk now works as a private contractor, tracking down and recovering children who were kidnapped by their own estranged parents. He only has one rule: he won’t touch stranger abduction cases. He’s still haunted by the disappearance of his own daughter years ago when she was just a child, still unsolved, and stranger kidnappings hit too close to home. Until, that is, six-year-old Lindsay Sorkin disappears from her parents’ hotel room in Paris, and the French police Simon an ultimatum: he can spend years in a French jail for his actions during a past case, or he can work with them to find Lindsay Sorkin.
What I had before I had you : a novel
Cornwell, Sarah, author.
New York : Harper, c2014.
Returning home to Ocean Vista on the Jersey Shore with her teenage daughter and her nine-year-old son Daniel, who has bipolar disorder, Olivia must finally embrace the birthright inherited from her mother, Myla, a beautiful and erratic psychic, when Daniel disappears.
The deliverance of evil
Costantini, Roberto, 1952- author.
New York : Quercus, 2014, c2013.
On 11 July 1982, Elisa Sordi was beautiful. Commissario Michele Balistreri was fearless. Italy was victorious. A killer was waiting. On 9 July 2006, with Sordi’s case 24 years cold, and Balistreri haunted by guilt and regret, Italian victory returned. And so did Sordi’s killer. But this time Michele Balistreri would be ready. This time he would fear no evil.
Shadows of death : a Dorothy Martin mystery
Dams, Jeanne M., author.
Sutton, England : Severn House, 2014.
Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt go to Orkney in Scotland to see some intriguing Stone Age excavations. When the donor of the dig is found murdered, Dorothy and Alan launch an unofficial investigation into the murder.
Tiger shrimp tango : [a novel]
New York : William Morrow, c2014.
When a scam leads to a young woman’s disappearance, Florida serial killer and encyclopedia of Sunshine State lore Serge Storms and his sidekick Coleman load up the car for a road trip to save a damsel in distress.
Doyle, Roddy, 1958-
New York : Viking, 2014, c2013.
In the 1980s Jimmy Rabbitte formed the Commitments, a ragtag, blue- collar collective of Irish youths determined to bring the soul music stylings of James Brown and Percy Sledge to Dublin. Time proves a great equalizer for Jimmy as he’s now approaching fifty with a loving wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis that leaves him feeling shattered and frightened. Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle-his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay for their resurrected albums. As he battles his illness on his path through Dublin, Jimmy manages to reconnect with his own past, most notably Commitments guitarist Liam “Outspan” Foster and the still beautiful backup vocalist Imelda Quirk. Jimmy also learns the trumpet, reunites with his long-lost brother, and rediscovers the joys of fatherhood.
By blood we live
Duncan, Glen, 1965-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Talulla has settled into an uneasy equilibrium. With her twins at her side and the devotion of her lover Walker, she has what appears a normal family life — except for their monthly transformation into werewolves hungry for human flesh. But even this tenuous peace is interrupted for Talulla by nagging thoughts of Remshi, the 20,000-year-old vampire who haunts her dreams. In turn Remshi can’t escape the feeling that he knows Talulla from years before (many, many, many years).
The chase : a novel
New York : Bantam Books, .
“FBI Agent Kate O’Hare is a force of nature, and she’s lived for one thing and one thing only: to put the slippery conman known as Nicolas Fox behind bars. Nick is a fed’s worst nightmare: exceptionally talented in his line of work, known the world over for being able to pull off some of the most dangerous, high-profile cons. In a cruel twist of fate, Kate’s bosses at the FBI force her to covertly partner up with Nick to take down big league crime. Their adventures continue in this exciting second novel in the series”
Friend me : a novel of suspense
New York : Howard Books a division of Simon & Schuster, 2014.
When Scott and Rachel, a lonely wife and her frustrated husband, each secretly pursue companionship online, neither dreams that the real woman behind both of their online relationships will threaten their marriage and their lives.
The book of Jonah : a novel
Feldman, Joshua Max.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
Jonah Jacobstein is a lucky man: young, healthy and handsome, he has two beautiful women ready to spend the rest of their lives with him, and an enormously successful legal career that gets more promising by the minute. A bizarre, unexpected biblical vision at a party one night will change that forever. Hard as he tries to forget it, this upsetting sign is only the first of many Jonah will see, and before long his life is unrecognizable. Though this perhaps divine intervention will be responsible for more than one irreversible loss in Jonah’s life, it will also cross his path with that of Judith Bulbrook, an intense, breathtakingly intelligent woman who’s no stranger to loss herself. In this brilliantly conceived retelling of The Book of Jonah, Feldman examines the way we live now, and the unexpected places and people we look to for salvation and the chance to start anew.
The drowning spool
New York : Berkley Hardcover, c2014.
“Even though running Crewel World keeps Betsy plenty busy, a little extra cash on the side doesn’t hurt. So when the local senior complex, Watered Silk, asks her to teach a class on the tricky punchneedle technique, Betsy jumps at the opportunity to win over some new customers. Unfortunately, the business that Betsy drums up is not of the needlework variety. A young woman is found floating in Watered Silk’s therapy pool, and Betsy’s sleuthing skills are immediately called upon to figure out who drowned her. But the list of suspects is more twisted than any Betsy has encountered before. The young woman had three lovers–each with a motive for the murder. It’s up to Betsy to sort out the snarl of romantic entanglements and find a killer, or the wrong man is bound to get pinned for a crime he didn’t commit..”
The last enchantments
Finch, Charles (Charles B.), author.
New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2014.
“After graduating from Yale, William Baker, scion of an old line patrician family, goes to work in presidential politics. But when the campaign into which he’s poured his heart ends in disappointment, he decides to leave New York behind, along with the devoted, ambitious, and well-connected woman he’s been in love with for the last four years. Will expects nothing more than a year off before resuming the comfortable life he’s always known, but he’s soon caught up in a whirlwind of unexpected friendships and romantic entanglements that threaten his safe plans. As he explores the heady social world of Oxford, he becomes fast friends with Tom, his snobbish but affable flat mate; Anil, an Indian economist with a deep love for gangster rap; Anneliese, a German historian obsessed with photography; and Timmo, whose chief ambition is to become a reality television star. What he’s least prepared for is Sophie, a witty, beautiful and enigmatic woman who makes him question everything he knows about himself. For readers who made a classic of Richard Yates’s A Good School, The Last Enchantments is a sweeping novel about love and loss that redefines what it means to grow up as an American in the twenty-first century”
Pillar to the sky
Forstchen, William R.
New York : Tor Books, 2014.
“A towering epic to rank with Douglas Preston’s Blasphemy and Michael Crichton’s Prey… Pandemic drought, skyrocketing oil prices, dwindling energy supplies and wars of water scarcity threaten the planet. Only four people can prevent global chaos. Gary Morgan–a brilliant, renegade scientist is pilloried by the scientific community for his belief in a space elevator: a pillar to the sky, which he believes will make space flight fast, simple and affordable. Eva Morgan–a brilliant and beautiful scientist of Ukranian descent, she has had a lifelong obsession to build a pillar to the sky, a vertiginous tower which would mine the power of the sun and supply humanity with cheap, limitless energy forever. Gunther Rothenberg–the ancient but revered rocket- scientist who labored at Peenemunda with von Braun to create the first rockets and continued on to build those of today. A legend, he has mentored Gary and Natalia for two decades, nurturing and encouraging their transcendent vision. Franklin Smith–the eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire who will champion their cause, wage war with Congress and government bureaucracy and most important, finance their herculean undertaking. This journey to the stars will not be easy- -a tumultuous struggle filled with violence and heroism, love and death, spellbinding beauty and heartbreaking betrayal. The stakes could not be higher. Humanity’s salvation will hang in the balance”
Under a Texas sky
New York : Grand Central Pub., c2013.
A seasoned theatre actress making her first movie in 1930s Texas falls for a small town local and is threatened by someone going through elaborate lengths to sabotage the film shoot.
The orphan choir
Hannah, Sophie, 1971-
New York : Picador, 2014.
“Louise Beeston is haunted… Louise has no reason left to stay in the city. She can’t see her son, Joseph, who is away at boarding school where he performs in a prestigious boys’ choir. And her troublesome neighbor has begun blasting choral music all hours of the night. And to make matters worse, she’s the only one who can hear it. Hoping to find some peace, Louise convinces her husband, David, to buy them a country house in an idyllic, sun-dappled community called Swallowfield. But it seems that the haunting melodies of the choir have followed her there. Could it be that her city neighbor has trailed her to Swallowfield, just to play an elaborate, malicious prank? Is there really a ghostly chorus playing outside her door? And why won’t they stop? Growing desperate, she begins to worry about her mental health. Against the pleas and growing disquiet of her husband, Louise starts to suspect that this sinister choir is not only real, but a warning. But of what? And how can it be, when no one else can hear it? In The Orphan Choir, Sophie Hannah brings us along on a darkly suspenseful investigation of obsession, loss, and the malevolent forces that threaten to break apart a loving family. – The Orphan Choir was a major bestseller in the U.K. when it published in June 2013, outselling Hannah’s immensely popular Zailer and Waterhouse series. – For fans of Shirley Jackson and Stephen King”
An officer and a spy
Harris, Robert, 1957-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014, c2013.
This is the story of the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage. Paris in 1895. Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil’s Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of twenty-thousand. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that “proved” Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus’s guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military. As evidence of the most malignant deceit mounts and spirals inexorably toward the uppermost levels of government, Picquart is compelled to question not only the case against Dreyfus but also his most deeply held beliefs about his country, and about himself.
Hard going : a Bill Slider mystery
Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2014, c2013.
Bill Slider must cut his vacation short when an old-fashioned gentleman is bludgeoned to death with a bronze statue.
A promise kept
Hatcher, Robin Lee.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, c2013.
“Allison believes God made her a promise. So why didn’t her life turn out the way she expected? Allison did everything she could do to rescue her marriage, but her husband left anyway. Their marriage is over. She retreats to the mountain home she inherited from her great-aunt Emma, a woman she thought she’d known well. But the trunks she discovers in the attic hold keepsakes, photographs, and journals that reveal secrets;and the stories of a kindred spirit. As Allison learns more about Aunt Emma’s life, she also learns more about her true self and what it means to surrender completely to a sovereign God. Hearthealing and moving forward with her life; making new friends, making new plans; Allison never dreamed of the many unexpected ways God can keep His promises”
Wake : a novel
Hope, Anna, 1974-
New York : Random House, 2014.
Hettie, a dance instructress at the Palais, lives at home with her mother and her brother, mute and lost after his return from the war. One night, at work, she meets a wealthy, educated man and has reason to think he is as smitten with her as she is with him. Still there is something distracted about him, something she cannot reach. Evelyn works at the Pensions Exchange through which thousands of men have claimed benefits from wounds or debilitating distress. Embittered by her own loss, more and more estranged from her posh parents, she looks for solace in her adored brother who has not been the same since he returned from the front. Ada is beset by visions of her son on every street, convinced he is still alive. Helpless, her loving husband of 25 years has withdrawn from her. Then one day a young man appears at her door with notions to peddle, like hundreds of out of work veterans. But when he shows signs of being seriously disturbed and utters the name of her son she is jolted to the core. The lives of these three women are braided together and the body of the unknown soldier moves closer and closer to its final resting place.
Cuts through bone
New York : Minotaur Books, c2013.
An award-winning first novel finds 19-year-old surveillance operative Rachel Vasquez given a first assignment in the case of a murdered Columbia student and heiress whose Afghan war veteran fian has been wrongly accused of the crime, which Rachel believes may be the work of a serial killer.
New York : Penguin Group USA, c2014.
“Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She’s focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating–not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That’s where she meets him. Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training–and, in private, her body. A sensei master-artist in erotic bondage, Ronin pushes Amery’s sexual boundaries from the start, and with each new, sensation-filled twist of his rope, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him. But as she willingly gives herself to his sensual domination, Amery begins to sense a secret side to Ronin that he hasn’t dared to share–something that makes her question her trust in him, no matter how thrilling her obsession has become”
Melbourne, Australia : Text Publishing, c2012.
1939. Australia is about to go to war, but in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Richmond, it is business, your own and everyone else’s, as usual. And fifteen-year-old Kip Westaway, failed scholar and proud new owner of a shilling, is living the most important day of his life. Over the seventy years the nine members of the Westaway clan will each experience their own momentous, transformative day. For Kip, for his adored sister Connie and for all the people they love, these nine days will show them exactly who they are.
The Mangle Street murders
Kasasian, M. R. C. (Martin R. C.).
New York : Pegasus Crime, c2014.
After being orphaned, March Middleton moves to Victorian London to live with her guardian, Sidney Grice, a famous private detective, and helps investigate the murder of a young woman whose husband is the only suspect.
New York : Gallery Books, c2014.
Alma Katsu’s acclaimed trilogy a supernatural epic that began with The Taker and sparked a chase around the world in The Reckoning comes to a stunning conclusion, and brings Lanore McIlvrae to a final encounter with Adair, her powerful nemesis. Dismayed by Adair’s otherworldly powers and afraid of his passionate temper, Lanore has run from him across time, even imprisoning him behind a wall for two centuries to save Jonathan, her eternal love. But instead of punishing her for her betrayal, Adair declared his love for Lanore once more and set her free. Now, Lanore has tracked Adair to his mystical island home to ask for one last favor. The Queen of the Underworld is keeping Jonathan as her consort, and Lanore wants Adair to send her to the hereafter so that she may beg for his release. Will she honor her promise to return to Adair? Or is her true intention to be reunited with Jonathan at any cost?
Killer : an Alex Delaware novel
New York : Ballantine Books, 2014.
“Well-used to elevated emotions, psychologist Alex Delaware shrugs off a joking death threat from beautiful Beverly Hills physician Constance Sykes, whose attempt to secure legal custody of her baby niece is thwarted by Alex’s forthright report to the court. Alex plays down the threat until LAPD’s Milo Sturgis rushes to his side with the shocking word on the street that a hit’s been taken out on him. But while Alex may be in grave danger, it won’t be from the Beverly Hills doctor, for Connie’s soon discovered brutally slain. When her sister Cherie and the baby disappear, apparently on the run, Alex’s search for answers lead him to aged rockers, charming homeboys and even Machiavellian judges. As the darkest of secrets are peeled away, and a cruel system churns through family lives, Alex seeks to stop a vicious killer and save a child from a life of nightmares … or worse”
Doctor Sleep : a novel
King, Stephen, 1947-
New York : Scribner, c2013.
The now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) must save a very special twelve-year-old girl from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless — mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortals, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
House of bathory : a novel
Seattle, Washington : Lake Union Publishing, 2013.
“In the early 1600s, Elizabeth Báthory, the infamous Blood Countess, ruled Cachtice Castle in the hinterlands of Slovakia. During bizarre nightly rites, she tortured and killed the young women she had taken on as servants. A devil, a demon, the terror of Royal Hungary–she bathed in their blood to preserve her own youth. 400 years later, echoes of the Countess’s legendary brutality reach Aspen, Colorado. Betsy Path, a psychoanalyst of uncommon intuition, has a breakthrough with sullen teenager Daisy Hart. Together, they are haunted by the past, as they struggle to understand its imprint upon the present. Betsy and her troubled but perceptive patient learn the truth: the curse of the House of Bathory lives still and has the power to do evil even now. The story, brimming with palace intrigue, memorable characters intimately realized, and a wealth of evocative detail, travels back and forth between the familiar, modern world and a seventeenth-century Eastern Europe brought startlingly to life.”
Lancaster, Jen, 1967-
New York : New American Library, c2014.
“Reagan Bishop is a pusher. A licensed psychologist who stars on the Wendy Winsberg cable breakout show, I Need a Push, Reagan helps participants become their best selves by urging them to overcome obstacles and change behaviors. An overachiever, Reagan is used to delivering results. Despite her overwhelming professional success, Reagan never seems to earn her family’s respect. Her younger sister, Geri, is and always will be the Bishop family favorite. When a national network buys Reagan’s show, the pressures for unreasonably quick results and higher ratings mount. But Reagan’s a clinician, not a magician, and she fears witnessing her own personal failings in prime time. (And seriously? Her family will never let her hear the end of it.) Desperate to make the show work and keep her family at bay, Reagan actually listens when the show’s New Age healer offers an unconventional solution…. Record Nielsen ratings follow. But when Reagan decides to use her newfound power to teach everyone a lesson about sibling rivalry, she’s the one who will be schooled…”
A circle of wives
LaPlante, Alice, 1958- author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014.
Small-town detective Samantha Adams investigates the murder of a well-known and well-liked plastic surgeon who turns out to have been a closeted polygamist when his three wives show up at his funeral.
Lee, Patrick, 1976-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
“Sam Dryden, retired special forces, lives a quiet life in a small town on the coast of Southern California. While out on a run in the middle of the night, a young girl runs into him on the seaside boardwalk. Barefoot and terrified, she’s running from a group of heavily armed men with one clear goal– to kill the fleeing child. After Dryden helps her evade her pursuers, he learns that the eleven year old, for as long as she can remember, has been kept in a secret prison by forces within the government. But she doesn’t know much beyond her own name, Rachel. She only remembers the past two months of her life–and that she has a skill that makes her very dangerous to these men and the hidden men in charge. Dryden, who lost his wife and young daughter in an accident five years ago, agrees to help her try to unravel her own past and make sense of it, to protect her from the people who are moving heaven and earth to find them both. Although Dryden is only one man, he’s a man with the extraordinary skills and experience–as a Ranger, a Delta, and five years doing off-the-book black ops with an elite team. But, as he slowly begins to discover, the highly trained paramilitary forces on their heels is the only part of the danger they must face. Will Rachel’s own unremembered past be the most deadly of them all?”
Bingo’s Run : a novel
Levine, James, 1963-
New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2014.
A tale set against the backdrop of Kenya’s poverty-stricken slums and luxury resorts follows the experiences of a young drug runner who makes deliveries to a reclusive artist before his witness of murder leads to his adoption by a woman who tests his sense of morality.
Levine, Laura, 1943- author.
New York : Kensington Books, c2014.
When her abusive professional-matchmaker boss ends up dead, Jaine Austen is on the long list of suspects.
After I’m gone
Lippman, Laura, 1959-
New York : William Morrow, c2014.
Working a twenty-six-year-old cold case involving the murder of a convicted felon’s mistress, retired Baltimore detective Roberto Sanchez becomes tangled up in a web of bitterness, jealousy, and greed that spans thirty years and connects five women whose lives will never be the same once the truth is exposed.
Be with me
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
When his best friend’s sister, who has been in love with him since last year, is threatened after her roommate is murdered by an abusive boyfriend, Jase, who has a huge secret he can’t let anyone know, realizes just how important she is to him.
Worthy Brown’s daughter
New York : Harper, 2014.
One of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon, recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown, a newly freed slave, rescue his fifteen year old daughter, Roxanne, from their former master, a powerful Portland lawyer. Worthy’s lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy’s arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangman.
The ghost of the Mary Celeste
Martin, Valerie, 1948-
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2014.
In 1872 the American merchant vessel Mary Celeste was discovered adrift off the coast of Spain. Her cargo was intact and there was no sign of struggle but the crew was gone. While on a voyage to Africa, a rather hard-up and unproven young writer named Arthur Conan Doyle hears of the Mary Celeste and decides to write an outlandish short story about what took place. This story causes quite a sensation back in the United States, particularly between sought- after Philadelphia spiritualist medium Violet Petra and a rational-minded journalist named Phoebe Grant, who is seeking to expose Petra as a fraud. Then there is the family of the Mary Celeste’s captain, a family linked to the sea for generations and marked repeatedly by tragedy. Each member of this ensemble holds a critical piece to the puzzle of the Mary Celeste.
The days of Anna Madrigal : a novel
Maupin, Armistead, author.
New York : Harper, c2014.
Follows ninety-two-year-old Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane, as she joins her former tenant Brian on a road trip to Nevada where she attends to unfinished business she has long avoided.
I shall be near to you : a novel
McCabe, Erin Lindsay.
New York : Crown Publishers, c2014.
“An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil War, inspired by a real female soldier’s letters home Rosetta doesn’t want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they’ll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she’s always worked by her father’s side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she’s told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier. Rosetta trains with the men, prepares herself for war, and deals with the tension between her and Jeremiah as he comes to grips with having a fighting wife. There are many dangers to face, from the constant threat of discovery to intense battles where they fight side by side. With him, she faces the difficult realities of the Civil War, marriage, and staying true to herself. Inspired by true accounts of the more than four hundred women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is a tender love story, an exploration of gender roles and marriage, and a hard examination of war”
The forever girl
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
New York : Pantheon Books, c2014.
FIC MCCALL SMITH
From the author of the best-selling and universally adored No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series–a stand-alone, big-hearted, and often heartbreaking novel about unrequited love and the unexpected places it takes us. At age 4, Thursday chooses her own name. At age 6, she falls in love with her best friend, James, with whom she happily spends all her time. But in the adult world, things are not so simple: at the same time that Thursday’s mother finds she’s fallen out of love with her husband, she realizes that James’s father is interested in her. As the children grow into adulthood, their connection becomes more complicated as well: James drifts away from Thursday, but she keeps him in her sights: she attends the same college in Scotland and then follows him to London, Sydney, Singapore, rebuilding her life in every city, hoping each time that James will see what he is missing. As Thursday and James, and their parents, navigate their irresistible but baffling mazes of emotion, we are given a beautifully realized tale about how love, even if unrequited, can shape a life.
That part was true
New York : Grand Central Publishing, c2014.
A lonely British woman strikes up a pen pal friendship with a successful American author and they offer each other help and support with their relationship dramas before agreeing to finally meet up in Paris.
The winter people
New York : Doubleday, c2014.
Meacham, Leila, 1938-
New York : Grand Central Publishing, c2014.
Follows the lives of two antebellum southerners, Silas Toliver and his best friend Jeremy Warwick, as they head into a new territory known as “Texas” in search of black gold.
Murder and moonshine
Miller, Carol, 1972-
New York : Minotaur Books, c2013.
“All small towns have secrets–and plenty of them–as every small town waitress knows. Daisy is no different. A young, recently-separated waitress at H&P’s Diner in sleepy southwestern Virginia, she hears more than her fair share of neighborhood gossip while serving plates of hash and peach cobbler. But when a reclusive old man, Dickerson, shows up at the diner one day, only to drop dead a few minutes later, Daisy quickly learns that some secrets are more dangerous to keep than others–especially when there’s money and moonshine involved. Daisy finds herself caught between whiskey and guns; a handsome ATF agent and a moonshine-brewing sweet talker; and a painful past and a dangerous present. Not sure any longer who she can trust, Daisy must turn sleuth while also protecting her sick mother and keeping a handle on Aunt Emily, her goading, trigger-happy landlord. There’s trouble brewing in her small town, and before it passes, many secrets will come to light. Carol Miller makes a memorable and charming debut in Murder and Moonshine, the first of an intriguing new series”
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2014.
Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities, who is struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of failed relationships. In unflinching prose, Minot interweaves their stories, giving us razor-sharp portraits of two extraordinary young women confronting displacement, heartbreak, and the struggle to wrest meaning from events that test them both in unimaginable ways.
Moore, Lisa, 1964-
New York : Grove Press, c2013.
Twenty-five-year-old David Slaney, locked up on charges of marijuana possession, has escaped his cell and sprinted to the highway. There, he’s picked up by his sister’s friend and taken to a strip bar, where he survives his first night on the run. Evading the cops isn’t his only objective; Slaney also wants to track down his old partner, Hearn, and get back into the drug business. As Slaney makes his fugitive journey across Canada, he adopts numerous guises to outpace authorities. When he finally reunites with Hearn, their scheme sends Slaney to Mexico, Colombia, and back again on an epic quest fueled by luck, charm, and unbending conviction.
The cat, the devil, and Lee Fontana
Murphy, Shirley Rousseau, author.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
When Satan tempts him with the promise of one more successful robbery, thief Lee Fontana, the night before he is paroled, must make a life- changing decision with the help of a spirited phantom cat who tails him on his dangerous mission.
The crane wife : a novel
Ness, Patrick, 1971-
New York : Penguin Press, c2013.
“One night, George Duncan – decent man, a good man – is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed. The next day, a kind but enigmatic woman walks into George’s shop. Suddenly a new world opens up for George, and one night she starts to tell him the most extraordinary story. Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love”
Bad wolf : [a novel]
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
On a hot June day the body of a sixteen-year-old girl washes up on a river bank outside of Frankfurt. She has been brutally murdered, but no one comes forward with any information as to her identity. Even weeks later, the local police have not been able to find out who she is. Then a new case comes in : A popular TV reporter is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. She survives, barely, and is able to supply certain hints to the police, having to do with her recent investigations into a child welfare organization and the potenial uncovering of a child pornography ring with members from the highest echelon of society. As the two cases collide …
One more thing : stories and other stories
Novak, B. J., 1979-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- author.
New York : Ecco, c2014.
When a young girl disappears near a community in the Adirondacks, the people of the town of Carthage must face the fact that an Iraq War veteran is the prime suspect.
I always loved you : a story of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas
New York : Viking, 2014.
“A novel of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas’s great romance from the New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Mary Sutter. The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary’s fierce determination wavers. Her father is begging her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband before it is too late, her sister Lydia is falling mysteriously ill, and worse, Mary is beginning to doubt herself. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. Years later she will learn that he had begged for the introduction, but in that moment their meeting seems a miracle. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships”
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2014.
After years alone in a cell, an aging prisoner is released without explanation, expelled into a great city now utterly unfamiliar to him. Broken by years of brutality at the hands of the prison guards, he scrounges for scraps, sleeping wild, until a museum curator rescues him from an assault. The museum has just opened its most controversial exhibit. It is a perfect replica of the marshes, an expansive wilderness still wracked by conflict. There the man had spent years as a doctor among the hated and feared marshmen, who have been colonized but never conquered.
Owuor, Yvonne Adhiambo.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2014.
The violent murder of her brother on the streets of Nairobi triggers long-untouched memories and unexpected events for his grieving sister, Ajany, from the flight of their mercurial mother and the arrival of a young Englishman at their home to the reopening of a cold case by a hardened policeman and a vengeance plot by an all-seeing Trader.
The man who loved dogs
New York : Farrar Straus & Giroux; c2014.
“A gripping novel about the assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico City in 1940″
A million guilty pleasures : million dollar duet
Parker, C. L.
New York : Bantam Books, c2014.
Two million dollars secured Noah Crawford the most enticing woman he has ever known. Initiating Delaine Talbot into a sensuous world of pleasure took them both to the brink — again and again. But when Noah discovers why the beautiful innocent sold her body to the highest bidder, he’s faced with the hardest thing he ever had to do: Set her free. Lanie can’t believe Noah would let her go.
New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2014.
Chief resident Steve Mitchell is the quintessential surgeon: ambitious, intelligent, confident. Charged with molding a group of medical trainees into doctors, and in line for a coveted job, Steve has a bright future. But then a patient mysteriously dies, and it quickly becomes clear that a killer is on the loose in his hospital. A killer set on playing a deadly game with Steve. A killer holding information that could ruin his career and marriage. Now, alone and under a cloud of suspicion, Steve must discover a way to outsmart his opponent and save the killer’s next victim before the cycle repeats itself again and again …
Patterson, James, 1947-, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2014.
“Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They may be two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they’re also great parents, philanthropists and just all-around good people. When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world- renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can’t get to the truth. But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast–and the world’s golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn’t begin to unveil. Murder is only the opening scene”
The innocent sleep : a novel
Perry, Karen, 1974-
New York : Henry Holt and Company, c2014.
Tangiers. Harry is preparing his wife’s birthday dinner while she is still at work and their son, Dillon, is upstairs asleep in bed. Harry suddenly remembers that he’s left Robin’s gift at the café in town. It’s only a five minute walk away and Dillon’s so tricky to put down for the night, so Harry decides to run out on his own and fetch the present. Disaster strikes. An earthquake hits, buildings crumble, people scream and run. Harry fights his way through the crowd to his house, only to find it razed to the ground. Dillon is presumed dead, though his body is never found. Five years later, Harry and Robin have settled into a new kind of life after relocating to their native Dublin. Their grief will always be with them, but lately it feels as if they’re ready for a new beginning. Harry’s career as an artist is taking off and Robin has just realized that she’s pregnant. But when Harry gets a glimpse of Dillon on the crowded streets of Dublin, the past comes rushing back at both of them. Has Dillon been alive all these years? Or was what Harry saw just a figment of his guilt-ridden imagination?
Orfeo : a novel
Powers, Richard, 1957-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, c2014.
Composer Peter Els — the “Bioterrorist Bach” — pays a final visit to the people he loves, those who shaped his musical journey and, through the help of his ex-wife, his daughter, and his longtime collaborator, he hatches a plan to turn his disastrous collision with Homeland Security into a work of art that will reawaken its audience to the sounds all around them.
The good luck of right now : a novel
Quick, Matthew, 1973-
New York : Harper, 2014.
Still life with bread crumbs : a novel
New York : Random House, c2014.
Moving to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career, and self- understanding.
The widow’s guide to sex and dating : a novel
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2013.
“A deliciously smart comedy about a famously widowed young New Yorker hell-bent on recapturing a kind of passionate love she never really had Claire Byrne is a quirky and glamorous 34-year-old Manhattanite and the wife of a famous, slightly older man. Her husband, Charlie, is a renowned sexologist and writer. Equal parts Alfred Kinsey and Warren Beatty, Charlie is pompous yet charming, supportive yet unfaithful; he’s a firm believer that sex and love can’t coexist for long, and he does little to hide his affairs. Claire’s life with Charlie is an always interesting if not deeply devoted one, until Charlie is struck dead one day on the sidewalk by a falling sculpture… a Giacometti, no less! Once a promising young writer, Claire had buried her ambitions to make room for Charlie’s. After his death, she must reinvent herself. Over the course of a year, she sees a shrink (or two), visits an oracle, hires a “botanomanist,” enjoys an erotic interlude (or ten), eats too little, drinks too much, dates a hockey player, dates a billionaire, dates an actor (not any actor either, but the handsome movie star every woman in the world fantasizes about dating). As she grieves for Charlie and searches for herself, she comes to realize that she has an opportunity to find something bigger than she had before–maybe even, possibly, love.”
New York : Berkley Trade, c2013.
“Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father. But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront Julianne about the subject of her presentation–research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.
Golden state : a novel
Richmond, Michelle, 1970-
New York : Bantam Books, 2014.
Doctor Julie Walker has just signed her divorce papers when she receives news that her younger sister, Heather, has gone into labor. Though theirs is a strained relationship, Julie sets out for the hospital to be at her sister’s side no easy task since the streets of San Francisco are filled with commotion. Today is also the day that Julie will find herself at the epicenter of a violent standoff in which she is forced to examine both the promising and painful parts of her past her Southern childhood; her romance with her husband, Tom; her estrangement from Heather; and the shattering incident that led to her greatest heartbreak.
To sail a darkling sea
Ringo, John, 1963-
Riverdale : Baen, c2014.
“With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a rag tag fleet of yachts and freighters known as Wolf Squadron scours the Atlantic, searching for survivors. Within every abandoned liner and carrier lurks a potential horde of zombies but also holds the flickering hope of survivors. Now Wolf Squadron must clear the assault carrier USS Iwo Jima of infected before the trapped Marines and sailors succumb to starvation”
Concealed in death
Robb, J. D., 1950-
New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group USA, c2014.
“The incomparable J. D. Robb presents the latest moving and suspenseful novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling Eve Dallas series. In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately-and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved. The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, back in the mid-2040s, and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They are all younggirls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life. Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary-and the evil concealed in one human heart. ”
Moriarty returns a letter
Robertson, Michael, 1951-
New York : Minotaur Books, c2014.
“Michael Robertson has delighted mystery readers and Sherlock Holmes aficionados everywhere with his charming and innovative Baker Street mystery series, where brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath are charged with answering letters to Holmes that arrive at their law office, located at 221B Baker Street. Now, Reggie and Nigel are back in a case that would confound even Sherlock himself. An exhibition of vintage Sherlock Holmes letters has opened at the Marylebone Hotel. As Reggie and his beloved Laura embark on a pre-wedding trip, someone from Reggie and Nigel’s past–someone whom they thought was long gone–reappears, causing a whole slew of new problems for the brothers. Written with Robertson’s characteristic charm, this is a standout mystery in a much-loved series, perfect for fans of the smash hit television shows “Sherlock” and “Elementary.”"
Sansom, C. J., author.
New York : Mulholland Books/ Little, Brown and Company, c2014.
“1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany. The global economy strains against the weight of the long German war against Russia still raging in the east. The British people find themselves under increasingly authoritarian rule– the press, radio, and television tightly controlled, the British Jews facing ever greater constraints. But Churchill’s Resistance soldiers on. As defiance grows, whispers circulate of a secret that could forever alter the balance of the global struggle. The keeper of that secret? Scientist Frank Muncaster, who languishes in a Birmingham mental hospital. Civil Servant David Fitzgerald, a spy for the Resistance and University friend of Frank’s, is given the mission to rescue Frank and get him out of the country. Hard on his heels is Gestapo agent Gunther Hoth, a brilliant, implacable hunter of men, who soon has Frank and David’s innocent wife, Sarah, directly in his sights”
A well-tempered heart : a novel
New York : Other Press, 2014, c2013.
Almost ten years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father’s native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads. Her boyfriend has recently left her and she is, despite her wealth, unhappy with her professional life. Julia is lost and exhausted. One day, in the middle of an important business meeting, she hears a stranger’s voice in her head that causes her to leave the office without explanation. In the following days, her crisis only deepens. Not only does the female voice refuse to disappear but it starts to ask questions Julia has been trying to avoid. Why do you live alone? To whom do you feel close? What do you want in life?
Shovel ready : a novel
New York : Crown Publishers, c2014.
Working as a hit man on the ravaged streets of New York City after a dirty bomb is unleashed on Times Square, Spademan takes an assignment to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist only to discover that his mark holds a shocking secret and that his client hides a more sinister agenda.
The girl with a clock for a heart
Swanson, Peter, 1956-
New York : William Morrow, c2014.
When Liana Dector, a woman who is possibly a cold-blooded killer wanted by the police, storms into his favorite Boston tavern demanding his help, George Foss, unable to say no to his first love, is drawn into a world of murder, betrayal and secrets from which there is no escape.
New York : Minotaur Books, c2014.
Returning Stateside from special-ops work in Iraq, Charlie Henry, the new owner of a pawnshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and his business partner Gordon investigate the murder of a childhood friend, which draws them into a world of rivalries and false identities.
Hunting shadows : an Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, c2014.
“A man is murdered at a society wedding held at Ely Cathedral, and the local police are mystified. In the end, they send for Scotland Yard, but not before another man is killed. This time, there’s a witness, but her description of the killer is so strange that no one believes her. So it’s Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge’s task to find out who the murderer is and why he has set out on this killing spree, because there is another death, and the three victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically can connect them. Even as Rutledge begins to close in on the perpetrator, he finds himself doubting his own judgment because the facts are contradictory. It isn’t until the fourth murder that something Rutledge witnessed in the war gives him the key and brings back an episode he has tried to forget. But that leaves him with a moral dilemma with only one solution. Will he follow the letter – or the spirit – of the law?”
The quiet streets of Winslow : a novel
Troy, Judy, 1951-
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, 2014.
When the murdered body of a young woman is found in a river wash in Black Canyon City, Arizona, Deputy Sheriff Sam Rush begins an investigation that leads deeper and deeper into the mystery of her death and the psychological mystery of identity. Nate Aspenall, with whom the young woman had been involved, is forced to confront the facts of her life and his own and what he may have become with her. Sam Rush confronts the degree to which he is hindered by his assumptions about the Aspenall family and by the knowledge of his own isolation. And Travis Aspenall, Nate’s fourteen-year-old stepbrother, must come to grips with what love and sex do to people, what choices they make when threatened with loss and how to figure out what you’}re left with when what you thought you knew and trusted has been thrown into question.
Urban renewal : a Cross novel
Vachss, Andrew H.
New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, c2014.
The man known only as Cross and his multi-skilled team of urban mercenaries are back, this time invading one of Chicago’s least desirable neighborhoods in a land-grab that has the entire underworld puzzled. Chicago — the reigning #1 city in homicides — has no shortage of deadly gangs. They all know the Cross Crew occupies a cinderblock bunker called Red 71 … the last place you want to go, unless you’re willing to risk it being the last place you go. The Crew is notorious for its deadly efficiency and its disinterest in anything but money. So why has it turned from seller to buyer, grabbing up houses on a block where only a few holdouts against urban decay remain? Both the cops and the underworld are watching closely … but are they the only ones?
The empty chair : two novellas
Wagner, Bruce, 1954-
New York : Blue Rider Press, 2013.
“Comprised of companion novellas, The Empty Chair is a profound, heart-wrenching piece of spiritual storytelling from Bruce Wagner, the internationally acclaimed author of Dead Stars”
Ward, J. R., 1969-
New York : New American Library, 2013.
Possessing a destructive curse and the ability to see the future, Vishous finds fate playing a cruel trick on him when he meets Jane Whitcomb, a human doctor who introduces him to true pleasure but who can never be a part of his future.
Archetype : a novel
Waters, M. D., 1976-
New York : Dutton, 2013.
Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can’t believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.
Like a mighty army
Weber, David, 1952.
New York : Tor Books, 2014, c2013.
“For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new–no new inventions, no new understandings of the world. What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud–a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold’s founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth. Then awoke Merlyn Athrawes, cybvernetic avatar of a warrior a thousand years dead, felled in the war in which Earth was lost. Monk, warrior, counselor to princes and kings, Merlyn has one purpose: to restart the history of the too-long-hidden human race. And now the fight is thoroughly underway. The island empire of Charis has declared its independence from the Church, and with Merlyn’s help has vaulted forward into a new age of steam-powered efficiency. Fending off the wounded Church, Charis has drawn more and more of the countries of Safehold to the cause of independence and self-determination. But at a heavy cost in bloodshed and loss–a cost felt by nobody more keenly that Merlyn Athrawes. The wounded Church is regrouping. Its armies and resources are vast. The fight for humanity’s future isn’t over, and won’t be over soon..”
White, Randy Wayne.
New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, c2013.
A twenty-year-old unsolved murder from Florida’s pot-hauling days gets Hannah’s attention, but so does a more immediate problem. A private museum devoted solely to the state’s earliest settlers and pioneers has been announced, and many of Hannah’s friends and neighbors in Sulfur Wells are being pressured to make contributions. The problem is, the whole thing is a scam, and when Hannah sets out to uncover who ever’s behind it, she discovers that things are even worse than she thought.