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June 2014

Bitter Eden : a novel
Afrika, Tatamkulu.
New York : Picador, 2014, c2002.
Based on the author’s experiences, follows the story of three prisoners of war who must negotiate the complex emotions and belief-challenging intimacies of survival in a male-only prison camp.

The furies
Alpert, Mark, 1961- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
“For centuries, they have lived among us. When they were discovered, they were called witches, vampires, or devils and sentenced to a quick death. They are human just like us, except for a rare genetic quirk that has granted them immortality. Now, a chance encounter with a beautiful woman has led John Rogers into the middle of a secret war between the immortals. She needs his help in the battle between a rebellious group and their elders. The grand prize in this war is eternal life. The Furies weaves cutting-edge science into a far- ranging thriller, showing how a simple genetic twist could have inspired tales of witchcraft and sorcery, and how the paranormal could be possible”

Robert B. Parker’s cheap shot : a Spenser novel
Atkins, Ace.
New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, [2014].
Investigating the perpetrators of violent off-field incidents who compromised the public image of a star linebacker before kidnapping his young son, Spenser assembles a team of associates to comb through the underworld of Boston while the athlete weighs a controversial decision.

Then and always : a novel
Atkins, Dani.
New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, c2014.
After an accident, a young woman gets a second chance at life … just not in the one she remembers. SPEC NOTE = “Rachel’s life is perfect. A handsome boyfriend, great friends and the prospect of starting at university in a few weeks means she’s never been happier. But in a single heartbeat, a single event tears her world apart. Five years later, Rachel is still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy that changed everything. Returning to her hometown for the first time in years for her best friend’s wedding, she finds herself consumed by the thoughts of the life that could have been. But when a sudden fall lands her in hospital, Rachel awakes to discover that nothing is the way she thought it was. Unable to trust her own memories, Rachel is drawn into this new world where the man she lost is alive and well but where she is engaged to be married to someone else.”

The bend of the world : a novel
Bacharach, Jacob.
New York, N.Y. : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W. W. Norton & Company, 2014.
Peter Morrison’s comfortable life takes an odd turn after his best friend begins seeing UFOs hovering over the city and a promotion at work puts him in touch with an author whose mysterious book seems to be coming true.

Giving in
Banks, Maya.
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
Kylie, haunted by a childhood of violence and abuse, wonders if she could emotionally surrender and physically submit to the smoldering dominance of Jensen.

Letting go
Banks, Maya.
New York : Berkley, 2014.
Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her: dominance. Lonely, searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find would be the one man who’s long been a source of comfort — and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.

Skinny bitch gets hitched : a novel
Barnouin, Kim.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
A follow-up to Skinny Bitch in Love follows the vegan chef’s efforts to run her restaurant while planning her wedding, an effort that is challenged by her future mother-in-law’s fancy tastes, her fianc’s distant behavior and her best friend’s engagement to a nightmarish reality star.

The temporary gentleman
Barry, Sebastian, 1955-
New York : Viking, [2014].
“In this highly anticipated new novel, Irishman Jack McNulty is a “temporary gentleman”–an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, he’s writing the story of his life with desperate urgency. He cannot take one step further without examining all the extraordinary events that he has seen. A lifetime of war and world travel–as a soldier in World War II, an engineer, a UN observer–has brought him to this point. But the memory that weighs heaviest on his heart is that of the beautiful Mai Kirwan, and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage. Mai was once the great beauty of Sligo, a magnetic yet unstable woman who, after sharing a life with Jack, gradually slipped from his grasp”

Steles of the sky
Bear, Elizabeth.
New York, NY : Tor, 2014.
“Re Temur, legitimate heir to his grandfather’s Khaganate, has finally raised his banner and declared himself at war with his usurping uncle. With his companions–the Wizard Samarkar, the Cho-tse Hrahima, and the silent monk Brother Hsiung–he must make his way to Dragon Lake to gather in his army of followers. But Temur’s enemies are not idle; the leader of the Nameless Assassins, who has shattered the peace of the Steppe, has struck at Temur’s uncle already. To the south, in the Rasan empire, plague rages. To the east, the great city of Asmaracanda has burned, and the Uthman Caliph is deposed. All the world seems to be on fire, and who knows if even the beloved son of the Eternal Sky can save it?”

The Lincoln myth : a novel
Berry, Steve, 1955-
New York : Ballantine Books, c2014.
A high-stakes thriller featuring former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone finds him tackling the secrets of Mormonism, a U.S. Senator’s stealthy secession plan, and a history-shaping letter that was handed down through the chief executive line.

The bones beneath
Billingham, Mark, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press c2014.
“Bones Beneath”, the twelfth novel in the internationally bestselling Tom Thorne series shows Thorne facing perhaps the most dangerous killer he has ever put away, Stuart Nicklin. When Nicklin announces that he wishes to reveal the whereabouts of one of his earliest victims and that he wants the cop who caught him to be there when he does it, it becomes clear that Thorne’s life is about to become seriously unpleasant. Thorne is forced to accompany Nicklin to a remote island off the Welsh coast which is cut off from the mainland in every sense. Shrouded in myth and legend, it is said to be the resting place of 20,000 saints and as Thorne and his team search for bones that are somewhat more recent, it becomes clear that Nicklin’s motives are far from altruistic. The twisted scheme of a dangerous and manipulative psychopath will result in many more victims and will leave Tom Thorne with the most terrible choice he has ever had to make”

Chestnut Street
Binchy, Maeve.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2014.
“While she was writing columns for The Irish Times and her best- selling novels, Maeve Binchy also had in mind to write a book that revolved around one street with many characters coming and going. Every once in a while, she would write about one these people. She would then put it in a drawer. “For the future,” she would say. The future is now. Just around the corner from St. Jarlath’s Crescent (which readers will recognize from Minding Frankie) is Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities. Written with the humor and understanding that are earmarks of Maeve Binchy’s work, it is a pleasure to be part of this world with all of its joys and sorrows, to get to know the good and the bad, and ultimately to have our hearts warmed by her storytelling”– At Chestnut Street in Dublin, neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors they are very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities struggle with family relationships, romances gone awry, and the possibility for a better future. Bucket Maguire, the window cleaner, must do more than he bargained for to protect his son. Nessa Byrne’s aunt visits from America every summer and turns the house– and Nessa’s world– upside down. Lilian has a big heart– and a fiancé no one approves of.

Ruby : a novel
Bond, Cynthia, 1961-
London, England : Hogarth, 2014.
Loving the beautiful but damaged Ruby all of his life, Ephraim is torn between his dutiful sister and a chance for a life with Ruby when the latter returns to their small East Texas hometown and confronts the dark forces that traumatized her early years.

The orenda
Boyden, Joseph, 1966-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014].
“History reveals itself when, in the seventeenth century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the Canadian wilderness in search of converts-the defining moment of first contact between radically different worlds. What unfolds over the next several years is truly epic, constantly illuminating and surprising, sometimes comic, always entrancing and ultimately all too human in its tragic grandeur. Christophe has been in the New World only a year when his native guides abandon him to flee their Iroquois pursuers. A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed, and holds them captive in his massive village. Champlain’s Iron People have only recently begun trading with the Huron, who mistrust them as well as this Crow who has now trespassed onto their land; and her people, of course, have become the Huron’s greatest enemy. Putting both to death would resolve the issue, but Bird sees Christophe as a potential envoy to those in New France, and Snow Falls as a replacement for his two daughters who were murdered by the Iroquois. The relationships between these three are reshaped again and again as life comes at them relentlessly: a dangerous trading mission, friendly exchanges with allied tribes, shocking victories and defeats in battle, and sicknesses the likes of which no one has ever witnessed. The Orenda traces a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga nearly four hundred years old, it is also timeless and eternal”

Brown, Dale, 1956- author.
New York : William Morrow, [2014].
While leading a team of young engineers designing Starfire, the world’s first orbiting solar power plant, James McLanahan Bradley is caught in the middle of a battle that threatens to become an all-out global war for control of space.

Team seven
Burke, Marcus.
New York : Doubleday, c2014.
“A teen basketball player’s promising career threatens to be derailed by the drugs and violence in his seedy neighborhood”

The girl in the road
Byrne, Monica, 1981-
New York : Crown Publishers, 2014.
Waking up in a futuristic Mumbai with five snake bites, Meena is compelled to return to her native Ethiopia by way of a forbidden path spanning the Arabian Sea; while a girl from a different time, Mariama, flees a traumatic experience to Ethiopia in search of a better life.

Hunting Season : a novel
Camilleri, Andrea, author.
New York, NY : Penguin Books, c2014.
“From internationally bestselling author Andrea Camilleri, a brilliant, bawdy comedy that will surprise even the most die-hard Montalbano fans. In 1880s Vigàta, a stranger comes to town to open a pharmacy. Fofò turns out to be the son of a man legendary for having a magic garden stocked with plants, fruits, and vegetables that could cure any ailment-a man who was found murdered years ago. Fofò escaped, but now has reappeared looking to make his fortune and soon finds himself mixed up in the dealings of a philandering local marchese set on producing an heir. An absurd, quirky murder mystery that recalls the most hilarious and farcical scenes of Shakespeare and The Canterbury Tales, Hunting Season will introduce American readers to a refreshing new aspect of one of our best-loved writers. ”

All lined up : a Rusk University novel
Carmack, Cora.
New York, NY : William Morrow Paperbacks, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014].
Dallas Cole struggles with her identity after her Texas high school football coach father accepts a job at her University in this new novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Losing It.

Fridays at Enrico’s : a novel
Carpenter, Don.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, c2014.
“Friday’s at Enricos, the story of four writers living in Northern California and Portland during the early, heady days of the Beat scene. A time of youth and opportunity, this story mixes the excitement of beginning with the melancholy of ambition, often thwarted and never satisfied. Loss of innocence is only the first price you pay. These are people, men and women, tender with expectation, at risk and in love, and Carpenter also carefully draws a portrait of these two remarkable places, San Francisco and Portland, in the 50s and early 60s, when the writers and bohemians were busy creating the groundwork for what came to be the counterculture. Recently discovered in a complete penultimate manuscript, having been lost since the author’s death, we were thrilled to see this book into print. A great champion of Don Carpenter, Jonathan Lethem, has taken on the task of editing and developing this last draft into the shape we imagine Carpenter would have himself accomplished had he lived to see this through and Lethem provides a wonderful introduction to this book, to Carpenter, and to the broad influence of his work which resonates until this very day. ”

Child’s play : : a DI Sarah Quinn mystery
Carter, Maureen, author.
Sutton, Surrey : Creme de la Crime, c2013.
When 16-year-old Caitlin Reynolds fails to return home from school, Detective Inspector Sarah Quinn soon realizes this is no ordinary missing persons case. How could a schoolgirl vanish in broad daylight with no witnesses? Why is Caitlin’s mother so unhelpful and hostile to the police? Then the note arrives, referring to a crime committed more than fifty years earlier – and it becomes clear that someone is playing a childish – but all too deadly – game with the police. To make matters worse, journalist Caroline King has got hold of the story – and Sarah Quinn’s troubles are only just beginning.

Desperate and deceptive
Castle, Jayne.
New York : Penguin Group USA, 2014.
Previously published in 1986, these stories introduce a woman with a talent for love and trouble. With Zac Justic, her sexy and dangerous partner in crime, Guinevere finds that struggling to keep her temp agency afloat can lead to suspense, danger, and love.

Sting of the drone
Clarke, Richard A.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2014.
When members of the Kill Committee drone program identify high- threat enemies in a mountain region on the other side of the world, their targets plot a retaliatory strike against American civilians on U.S. soil.

No book but the world
Cohen, Leah Hager.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2014.
“A literary novel about adult siblings, a sister and her autistic brother, and what happens when the brother is accused of the murder of a local boy – who is truly responsible, and could it have been avoided if the brother had been treated differently by his parents, by his sister, by society?”

The hollow girl
Coleman, Reed Farrel, 1956-
Blue Ash, OH : Tyrus Books an imprint of F+W Media, Inc., 2014.
Drunk, alone, and racked with guilt over the tragic death of his girlfriend, Pam, Moe Prager is destined for oblivion. But destiny takes a detour when a shadowy figure from Moe’s past reappears to beg for Moe’s help in locating her missing daughter. As a reluctant, distracted Moe delves into the case, he discovers that nothing is as it seems and no one involved is quite who or what they appear to be. This is especially true of the missing daughter, an early internet sensation known ironically as the Lost Girl or the Hollow Girl.

The untold
Collins, Courtney.
New York : Amy Einhorn Books, Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
On the run from two bounty hunters in the Australian outback of 1921, Jessie reflects on her past as a circus rider, horse thief, cattle rustler, and convict while determinedly struggling to reunite with her child.

The Marathon conspiracy
Corby, Gary.
New York : Soho Crime, 2014.
Traveling to Athens to marry, investigator Nicolaos helps his bride look into the murder and disappearance of two students from the famous Sanctuary of Artemis in a case that is bizarrely tied to findings about a tyrannical ruler who supposedly died 30 years earlier.

Worst. person. ever
Coupland, Douglas.
New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), c2014.
A cameraman with no redeeming social virtues endures a comedic downward spiral that takes him to an obscure Pacific island, where while filming a reality show he suffers comas, humiliation and wrongful imprisonment.

Nash : a marked men novel
Crownover, Jay.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014].
Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there s no room for love. She doesn t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life especially when he s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down… and now he s trying to do it again. Saint has no idea that Nash isn t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he s struggling to figure out his future. He can t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can t ignore the sparks that fly between them or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on especially since she s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense. When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

The snow queen
Cunningham, Michael, 1952-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up. He sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. At the same time, in Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett’s older brother, a struggling musician, is trying to write a song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Barrett, haunted by the light, turns unexpectedly to religion, while Tyler grows increasingly convinced that only drugs can release his creativity.

Ghost ship
Cussler, Clive.
New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2014.
Waking with conflicted memories after an injury sustained while trying to rescue passengers from a sinking yacht, Kurt Austin searches for answers from a state-sponsored cybercrime ring that takes him from Monaco to North Korea.

Invisible city
Dahl, Julia, 1977-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
“Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she’s also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn. Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah’s shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD’s habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can’t let the story end there. But getting to the truth won’t be easy–even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it’s clear that she’s not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider. In her riveting debut, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage”

Unwrapped sky
Davidson, Rjurik.
New York, NY : Tor, 2014.
Caeli-Amur: an ancient city perched on white cliffs overlooking the sea; a city ruled by three Houses, fighting internecine wars; a city which harbours ancient technology and hidden mysteries. But things are changing in Caeli-Amur. Ancient minotaurs arrive for the traditional Festival of the Sun. The slightly built New-Men bring their technology from their homeland. Wastelanders stream into the city hideously changed by the chemical streams to the north. Strikes break out in the factory district. In a hideout beneath the city, a small group of seditionists debate ways to overthrow the Houses. How can they rouse the citizens of the city? Should they begin a campaign of terror? Is there a way to uncover the thaumaturgical knowledge that the Houses guard so jealously? As the Houses scramble to maintain their rule, it becomes clear that things will change forever in Caeli-Amur.

The skin collector : a Lincoln Rhyme novel
Deaver, Jeffery.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, c2014.
Drafted in to investigate a series of killings by a butcher known as the Skin Collector, NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme and his associate Amelia Sachs have little to go on but a series of cryptic messages left etched into the skin of the deceased.

Under cold stone : a Constable Molly Smith mystery
Delany, Vicki, 1951- author.
Scottsdale, Arizona : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
When Lucky Smith and Paul Keller arrive to find a dead body on the floor of Paul’s estranged son Matt’s apartment, they must locate Matt in the rugged backcountry and find out what really happened.

Andromeda’s choice : a novel of the Legion of the Damned
Dietz, William C.
New York : Ace Books, 2013.
“Andromeda McKee rebuilt her life in the violent embrace of the Legion of the Damned in the days when cyborgs were first being introduced. Now she must choose between her conscience and her desire for vengeance… In a different world, Lady Catherine “Cat” Carletto would never have left her pampered life behind. But when Princess Ophelia became Empress Ophelia in a coup that claimed the lives of the princess’s brother and all who supported him, including the Carletto family, Cat had to hide-or die. She became Legionnaire Andromeda McKee, and now she’s a battle-scarred veteran who knows how to kill. Summoned to Earth to receive the Imperial Order of Merit from the empress herself, Andromeda learns that she isn’t the sole surviving Carletto-her uncle Rex is not only still alive but also the leader of a resistance group determined to overthrow Ophelia. Caught up in a web of intrigue, Andromeda realizes that the moment is coming when her revenge will be at hand. But will she be able to act, or will she be betrayed by those she has come to trust? ”

All the light we cannot see : a novel
Doerr, Anthony, 1973-
New York : Scribner, 2014.
A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.

Semper fidelis : a novel of the Roman Empire
Downie, Ruth, 1955-
New York : Bloomsbury, c2013.
Resuming his medical duties in the Twentieth legion in Roman- occupied Britain, Gaius Petreius Ruso investigates an outbreak of mysterious injuries and deaths and discovers possible links to the revered Centurion Geminus and the long-awaited Emperor Hadrian.

On the rocks
Duffy, Erin.
New York, N.Y. : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, c2014.
After her fiance´ publicly dumps her on Facebook, Abby and her best friend Grace escape to Newport for the summer where they enjoy the beach, cocktails and cute men, but discover that in this era of social media there is no real escape.

The train to Warsaw
Edelman, Gwen, author.
New York : Grove Press, [2014].
Jascha and Lilka separately fled from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. Reunited years later, they live in London where Jascha has become a celebrated writer, feted for his dark tales about his war adventures. One day, forty years after the war, Jascha receives a letter inviting him to give a reading in Warsaw. He tells Lilka that nothing remains of the city they knew and that wild horses couldn’t drag him back. Nostalgic for the city of her childhood, Lilka prevails ; together, traveling by train through a frozen December landscape, they return to the city of their past. When they unwittingly find themselves back in what was once the ghetto, they will discover that they still have secrets between them. A riveting story of the nature of desire and the cost of survival, The Train to Warsaw is a haunting and unforgettable portrait of a man and a woman who cannot escape their past.

Black lies, red blood
Eriksson, Kjell, 1953-
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
When her lover, journalist Ander Brant, goes missing and his phone number is discovered on the body of a homeless man, Swedish police officer Ann Lindell pursues an investigation that requires her to hide the truth about her relationship.

Walking on water
Evans, Richard Paul.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
When the long walk from Seattle to Key West finally nears an end, Alan Christoffersen must return to the west and face yet another crisis just as he has begun to heal from so much loss.

To rise again at a decent hour : a novel
Ferris, Joshua.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
After noticing his identity has been stolen and used to create various social media accounts, a man with a troubled past, Paul O’Rourke, begins to wonder if his virtual alter ego is actually a better version of himself.

Suspicion : [a novel]
Finder, Joseph.
New York : Dutton, 2014.
Unable to afford the private school his daughter adores, single father Danny Goodman reluctantly accepts a loan from a wealthy man only to be forced to choose between false drug charges and an undercover DEA assignment targeting his best friend.

The Venetian bargain
Fiorato, Marina.
New York : St. Martin’s Griffin, 2014.
Using her medical knowledge to survive and help the victims of a plague deliberately inflicted on Venice by a vengeful Turkish sultan, harem doctor Feyra catches the attentions of a talented doctor and an architect who would build a magnificent church. By the best-selling author of The Glassblower of Murano.

Florio, Gwen, 1955-
Sag Harbor, NY : The Permanent Press, 2014.
Former foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is getting a little bored in Magpie, Montana, where she landed at a small local newspaper after being downsized from her job in Kabul. Then Judith Calf Looking, a local Blackfeet girl missing for several months, turns up dead in a snowbank with a mysterious brand on her forearm. But Lola hears rumors that Judith had been working as an exotic dancer in the North Dakota oil fields, and further discovers that several Blackfeet girls, all known drug users, have gone missing over the past year.

‘Til the well runs dry : a novel
Francis-Sharma, Lauren.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
“An epic saga about a Trinidadian family spanning WWII to the early Sixties. Told in alternating voices, the author recounts the story of Marcia, our fierce heroine, who leaves her island home in order to protect the man she’s loved for years, and finds herself isolated in a strange land but with the determination to survive and rebuild”

A Paris apartment
Gable, Michelle.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, [2014].
“When April Vogt’s boss tells her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit ninth arrondissement apartment, the Sotheby’s continental furniture specialist does not hear the words “dust” or “rats” or “shuttered for seventy years.” She hears Paris. She hears escape. Once in France, April quickly learns the apartment is not merely some rich hoarder’s repository. Beneath the dust and cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a goldmine and not because of the actual gold (or painted ostrich eggs or mounted rhinoceros horns or bronze bathtub). First, there’s a portrait by one of the masters of the Belle Epoque. And then there are letters and journals written by the woman in the painting, documents showing she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable decolletage. Suddenly it’s no longer about the bureau plats and Louis-style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction. It’s about a life. Two lives, actually. With the help of a salty (and annoyingly sexy) Parisian solicitor and the courtesan’s private documents, April tries to uncover the secrets buried in the apartment. As she digs into one woman’s life, April can’t help but take a deeper look into her own. When the two things she left bubbling back in the States begin to boil over, April starts to wonder whether she’ll ever find–in the apartment, or in her life–just what she’s looking for”

The confabulist
Galloway, Steven, 1975- author.
New York : Riverhead Books, A member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
A tale inspired by the life and sudden death of Harry Houdini interweaves the master magician’s story with that of an unknown man whose fate seems tied to Houdini’s in ways that reflect the illusory nature of perception.

The one & only : a novel
Giffin, Emily, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2014.
Centering her life on the successful Walker family, into which she plans to marry, Shea struggles to end her affair with a less-than-stellar boyfriend only to have her entire existence placed in question by the death of the family’s mother.

Acts of God : stories
Gilchrist, Ellen, 1935-
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
Master short story writer Ellen Gilchrist, winner of the National Book Award, returns with her first story collection in over eight years. In Acts of God, she has crafted ten different scenarios in which people dealing with forces beyond their control somehow manage to survive, persevere, and triumph, even if it is only a triumph of the will. —

Terms & conditions : a novel
Glancy, Robert.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, c2014.
Frank has been in a car accident. The doctor tells him he lost his spleen, but Frank believes he has lost more. He is missing memories – of those around him, of the history they share and of how he came to be in the crash. All he remembers is that he is a lawyer who specializes in fine print*. In the wake of the accident Frank begins to piece together his former life – and his former self. But the picture that emerges, of his marriage, his family and the career he has devoted years to, is not necessarily a pretty one. Could it be that the terms and conditions by which Frank has been living are not entirely in his favour***? In the process of unravelling the knots into which his life has been tied, he learns that the devil really does live in the detail and that it’s never too late to rewrite your own destiny.

Rush too far
Glines, Abbi.
New York : Pocket Books, 2014.
“Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story… Rush has earned every bit of his bad-boy reputation. The three-story beach house, luxury car, and line of girls begging for time between his sheets are the envy of every guy in Rosemary Beach, and Rush handles it all with the laid-back cool of a rock star’s son. All he needs are his best friend, Grant, and his sister, Nan. Until Blaire Wynn drives into town in herbeat-up pickup truck with a pistol under her seat. The Alabama farm girl instantly captures Rush’s attention once he discovers that the angelic beauty is his new stepsister, but he vows to keep his distance. Even if she needs his help. Even if he craves her. Because Rush knows why Blaire is all alone in the world, forced to ask for help from the father who abandoned her three years ago. And he knows if he gets too close it will destroy Nan, who has a secret connection to Blaire. He has every reason in the world to stay away from her. Find out why he doesn’t”

Red now and laters : a novel
Guillory, Marcus.
New York : Atria Books, c2014.
“South Park, Houston, Texas, 1977, is where we first meet Ti’ John, a young boy under the care of his larger-thanlife father–a working-class rodeo star and a practitioner of vodou–and his mother–a good Catholic and cautious disciplinarian– who forbids him to play with the neighborhood “hoodlums.” Ti’ John, throughout the era of Reaganomics and the dawn of hip-hop and cassette tapes, must negotiate the world around him and a peculiar gift he’s inherited from his father and Jules Saint-Pierre “Nonc” Sonnier, a deceased ancestor who visits the boy, announcing himself with the smell of smoke on a regular basis. In many ways, Ti’ John is an ordinary kid who loses his innocence as he witnesses violence and death, as he gets his heart broken by girls and his own embittered father, as he struggles to live up to his mother’s middle-class aspirations and his father’s notion of what it is to be a man. In other ways, he is different–from his childhood buddies and from the father who is his hero”

Death at the door
Hart, Carolyn G.
New York, NY : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
“Annie Darling–owner of the mystery bookstore, Death on Demand– prefers fictional crimes as opposed to the real things. But in one tragic week, two acts of violence shake the island community of Broward’s Rock. First, a beloved doctor is found shot dead, seemingly by his own hand. Only days later, a local artist is arrested after his wife is found murdered, bludgeoned by her husband’s sculpting mallet. Convinced her brother did not commit suicide, the doctor’s sister turns to Annie and her husband, Max, for help. She has found a cryptic sketch her brother drew, linking him with the murdered woman. Did someone want them both out of the picture? With the police considering both cases as good as closed, it’s up to Annie and Max to sort through a rogues’ gallery of suspects to see if someone is trying to frame the artist. But if Annie isn’t careful, she may find herself having her own brush with death.”

Hayder, Mo, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014.
“When a vagrant–the Walking Man–finds a dog wandering alone with a scrap of paper with the words “HELP US” attached to its collar, he’s sure it’s a desperate plea from someone in trouble and calls on Detective Inspector Jack Caffery to investigate. Caffery is reluctant to get involved–until the Walking Man promises new information regarding the childhood abduction of Caffery’s brother in exchange for the detective’s help tracking down the dog’s owners. Caffery has no idea who or what he is searching for, but one thing he is sure of : it’s a race against time. Meanwhile a wealthy local family is fighting for their lives, held hostage in their remote home. As their ordeal becomes increasingly bizarre and humiliating, the family begins to wonder: Is this really a random crime?”

Under a silent moon : a novel
Haynes, Elizabeth, 1971-
New York : Harper, 2014.
Two women share one fate. A suspected murder at an English Farm. A reported suicide at a local quarry. Can DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather the evidence and discover a link between them, a link which sealed their fate one cold night, Under a Silent Moon?

The painter
Heller, Peter, 1959-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Struggling with dark impulses after serving time for attempted murder, a successful artist gives in to his obsessions to kill an abusive troublemaker before fleeing authorities and the man’s vengeful clan.

The possibilities
Hemmings, Kaui Hart.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Overwhelmed by her son Cully’s avalanche-related death, single mother Sarah St. John struggles through the well-meant advice of loved ones before a young woman appears on her doorstep, claiming that she is carrying Cully’s child.

Dance of the reptiles : selected columns
Hiaasen, Carl.
New York : Vintage Books, c2014.
“A collection of Carl Hiaasen’s best columns from the past twelve years, covering topics, like hurricanes, off-shore drilling, voting rights, and political corruption, that have become national issues. A VINTAGE PAPERBACK ORIGINAL. Dance of the Reptiles is Carl Hiaasen’s third collection of the very best of his columns for the Miami Herald. Covering topics large and small, from local issues like polluted rivers, the criminal justice system, and animal welfare to national stories like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Trayvon Martin case, Bernie Madoff’s trial, and, of course, his classic commentary on Florida’s presidential election woes”

Two sisters
Hogan, Mary, 1957-
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
“The third child in a family that wanted only two, Muriel Sullivant has always been the outsider. Single at twenty-three, she’s living in a New York City rent-stabilized walk-up, a weaver finch nest of an apartment fitted out as much by serendipity as byintent: note the three-legged bedside table, her squat hand-painted pine dresser, a splotchy framed mirror, the spindled bathroom corner shelf. Her old sister, Pia-who lives in an endless house in Connecticut with her handsome, thick-haired husband, Will; her tween daughter, Emma; and a frothy, russet-colored Labradoodle named Root Beer-is altogether Muriel’s opposite. Muriel eats takeout from the carton; Pia makes salads from the micro greens in her garden. Pia also takes “me” time to pray and do yoga, and she believes every word in the bible, her faith pure and unquestioning. Pia is remarkably like their mother, Lidia. So Muriel would prefer not to spend a Saturday afternoon with her sister, no doubt dispatched by Lidia to lecture her about slimming down and toning up, highlighting her hair, getting a better job, and moving into an elevator building. Only this time, is different. Distressingly so. Pia leaves Muriel without a single instruction in self- improvement and with a terrible secret she is sworn to keep”

Natchez burning
Iles, Greg.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, c2014.

Midnight sun
Jackson, Lisa, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, c2014.
It might have been nearly four hundred years since the Montagues and Capulets wove their deathly web, but Shakespeare knew that the sins of the parents are recreated generation after generation. And so it was with the Stephens and the Daniels, the owners of Oregon’s leading lumber mills. Separated at the age of twenty-one, Ashley Stephens and Trevor Daniels tried to deny the flames of passion that refused to die for eight long years. But on the election eve of Trevor’s senatorial race, with leading executives at Stephens Timber Corporation pledging to do him in, Ashley and Trevor looked more like Romeo and Juliet than their forefathers would ever dare to admit.

Live to see tomorrow
Johansen, Iris, author.
New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2014.
When her mentor, Hu Chang, tasks her with rescuing an imprisoned journalist in Tibet, shadowy CIA Operative Catherine Ling is pitted against a man so vile that she wonders if she is being used as a pawn in a game of revenge that is not hers to play.

Any other name
Johnson, Craig, 1961- author.
New York : Viking, 2014.
“Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, with three consecutive New York Times bestsellers to his name and the second season of Longmire reaching an average of 5.4 million viewers per episode, Craig Johnson is reaching a fan base that is both fiercely loyal and ever growing. In Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life. With the clock ticking on the birth of his first grandchild, Walt learns that the by-the- book detective might have suppressed evidence concerning three missing women. Digging deeper, Walt uncovers an incriminating secret so dark that it threatens to claim other lives even before the sheriff can serve justice–Wyoming style”

Remember me like this : a novel
Johnston, Bret Anthony, 1971-
New York : Random House, 2014.
A family shattered by the abduction of an older son endures the fallout of four nightmarish years when he is found alive and returned to them badly traumatized.

Fallout : a novel
Jones, Sadie.
New York : Harper, 2014.
“A love story set in the gritty yet magnificent theater world of 1970’s London”

Sixth grave on the edge
Jones, Darynda.
New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2014.
Wanting to learn more about Reyes Farrow’s past after accepting his proposal, grim reaper Charley Davidson investigates his childhood abduction at the same time she is threatened by a crime syndicate to hunt down a witness who is testifying against a mob boss.

Prayer : a novel
Kerr, Philip.
New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, c2014.
Discovering he played a key role in condemning an innocent man to death row, FBI Domestic Terrorism Unit agent Gil Martins struggles with family estrangement and a loss of faith while endeavoring to stop a religious zealot who is targeting secular public figures.

Beautiful stranger
Lauren, Christina.
New York : Gallery Books, c2013.
“Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon’s moved to New York City and is looking for excitement without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night’s fun. But the manner — and speed — with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger. The whole city knows Max Stella loves women, not that he’s ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it’s not until Sara–and the wild photos she lets him take of her–that he starts wondering if there’s someone for him outside of the bedroom. Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.”

Beautiful bastard : a novel
Lauren, Christina.
New York, N.Y. : Gallery Books, c2013.
Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate — and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative — completely infuriating — creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules — or outright smash them — if it means he can have her. All over the office.

Beautiful player
Lauren, Christina.
New York : Gallery Books, c2013.
When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she’s determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating.

Beautiful bitch
Lauren, Christina.
New York : Gallery Books, c2013.
A combative relationship. A red-hot attraction. And no time to be alone together. Just when Chloe’s career starts to take off, Bennett wishes it would all slow down long enough to spend a wild night alone with his intern-cum- girlfriend. Two plane tickets, one French villa, and a surprising conversation later, and they are wrestling under the covers, continuing their fiery love-hate relationship… and taking it to the next level.

The watcher : a novel
Link, Charlotte.
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2014.
Carla Roberts lives alone in the top of a highrise building in Hackney, frightened by the sound of the lift stopping and opening on her floor, with nobody getting out. Days later, she’s found brutally murdered. Meanwhile, Samson Segal, an unemployed thirty-something has taken to spying on his neighbours, particularly beautiful and successful Gillian Ward. When Gillian’s daughter comes home to an empty, locked house, Samson takes her in but finds himself venting his anger in his diary when his good Samaritan actions go unappreciated, unaware that his suspicious sister-in-law cracked his password long ago…When Gillian’s husband is then murdered in his own home, Samson comes under intense scrutiny but the only man making any progress in the case shouldn’t be working on it. Yet he’s the only one who believes Samson is innocent.

Country bride
Macomber, Debbie.
Sutton, Surry, England : Severn House, 2014.
Kate Logan is devastated when Clay Franklin, her former fiance and the man she’s always loved, marries Rorie Campbell instead. But at the wedding and after a glass of champagne too many Kate proposes to her long-time friend, rancher Luke Rivers. Luke accepts her proposal and refuses to renege on his promise.

Hunt the jackal
Mann, Don, 1957- author.
New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, c2014.
Thomas Crocker and his team of Navy SEALs head to Mexico after a U.S. Senator’s wife and teenage daughter are kidnapped by the Jackal, a ruthless drug lord.

A life apart : a novel
Marlow, L. Y. (Lydia Y.).
New York : Broadway Books, [2014].
“From the author of Color Me Butterfly, the poignant story of a decades-long love affair that creates complicated and unbreakable ties between two families that live worlds apart. When Morris Sullivan joins the navy in 1940, his hopes are high. Though he leaves behind his new wife and their baby daughter, he is thrilled to be pursuing his lifelong dream–only to be shipped off to Pearl Harbor when the war begins. When he narrowly survives the 1941 attack, thanks to the courage of a black sailor he doesn’t know, Morris is determined to seek out the man’s family and express his gratitude and respect. On leave, he tracks down the man’s sister in his very own hometown of Boston–and finds an immediate, undeniable connection with the nurturing yet fiercely independent Beatrice, who has left the stifling South of her upbringing for the more liberal, integrated north. Though both try to deny their growing bond, their connection and understanding is everything missing from Morris’s hasty marriage to his high school sweetheart Agnes, and from Beatrice’s plodding life as she grieves the brother she has lost. At once a family epic, and a historical drama that takes readers from World War II through the Civil Rights era to the present day, A Life Apart brings readers along for the emotional journey as Morris and Beatrice’s relationship is tested by time, family loyalties, racial tensions, death, unending guilt, and the profound effects of war”

The Corsican caper
Mayle, Peter.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
When a billionaire is violently targeted by an unscrupulous Russian tycoon who would buy his coastal estate, master detective Sam Levitt heads negotiations with an underworld of mercenaries and hitmen as well as the Corsican mafia to prevent the billionaire’s demise.

Thunderstruck & other stories
McCracken, Elizabeth.
New York : The Dial Press, [2014].
A collection of stories navigates the fragile space between love and loneliness, including the title story in which a family finds their lives irrevocably changed by their teenage daughter’s risky behavior.

Backlands : a novel of the American west
McGarrity, Michael.
New York : Dutton, [2014].
Catapulted into early adulthood after the death of an older brother he idolized, eight-year-old Matthew Kerney assumes difficult responsibilities to save the family ranch against a backdrop of the Great Depression and a drought- stricken Tularosa Basin.

The nameless dead
McGilloway, Brian, 1974-
London, England : Pan, c2012.
Declan Cleary’s body has never been found, but everyone believes he was killed for informing on a friend more than 30 years ago. Now the Commission for Location of Victims’ Remains is following a tip-off that he was buried on the small isle of Islandmore, in the middle of the River Foyle. Instead, the dig uncovers a baby’s skeleton, and it doesn’t look like death by natural causes. But evidence revealed by the commission’s activities cannot lead to prosecution. Inspector Devlin is torn. He has no desire to resurrect the violent divisions of the recent past, but neither can he let a suspected murderer go unpunished. Now that the secret is out, more deaths follow. Devlin must follow his conscience even when that puts those closest to him at terrible risk.

McHugh, Gail.
New York : Atria Paperback, 2014.
“From the New York Times bestselling indie author comes the first of two sexy contemporary romances about a woman torn between her seemingly perfect boyfriend and a dark, mysterious stranger–who will stop at nothing to have her. Her mind tried to fight a bloody battle against what her body already knew. She wanted him, and she wanted him bad. On the heels of college graduation and the unexpected death of her mother, Emily Cooper moves to New York City to join her boyfriend for a fresh start. Dillon Parker has been sweet, thoughtful, and generous through Emily’s loss, and she can’t imagine her life without him–even as her inner voice tells her to go slow. Then she meets Gavin Blake. A rich and notorious playboy, Gavin is dangerously sexy and charming as hell. Their first encounter is brief, but it’s enough to inflame Emily’s senses. When their paths cross again through an unexpected mutual acquaintance, she tries to deny the connection she feels, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome won’t let go so easily. As she discovers Gavin’s pain-filled past and Dillon’s true nature begins to surface, Emily knows she must take action or risk destroying everyone–including herself. But how can she choose when she can’t trust her own heart?”

All that is solid melts into air
McKeon, Darragh.
New York, N. Y. : HarperPerennial, 2014.
In the wake of the Chernobyl disaster the Soviet Union begins to collapse changing forever the lives of a nine-year old child prodigy, his aunt, a leading surgeon, and a teenage boy in a rural village.

The last kind words saloon : a novel
McMurtry, Larry.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2014].
Traces the rich and varied friendship of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in Denver, then to Mobetie, Texas, and finally to Tombstone, Arizona, culminating with the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Up at Butternut Lake
McNear, Mary.
New York, N.Y. : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014].
“It’s summer, and after ten years away, Allie Beckett has returned to her family’s cabin beside tranquil Butternut Lake, where as a teenager she spent so many carefree days. She’s promised her five-year-old son, Wyatt, they will be happy there. She’s promised herself this is the place to begin again after her husband’s death in Afghanistan. The cabin holds so many wonderful memories, but from the moment she crosses its threshold Allie is seized with doubts. Has she done the right thing uprooting her little boy from the only home he’s ever known? Allie and her son are embraced by the townsfolk, and her reunions with old acquaintances–her friend Jax, now a young mother of three with one more on the way, and Caroline, the owner of the local coffee shop–are joyous ones. And then there are newcomers like Walker Ford, who mostly keeps to himself–until he takes a shine to Wyatt…and to Allie.”

Ruin falls : a novel
Milchman, Jenny.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014].

Visible city : [a novel]
Mirvis, Tova.
Boston, Massachusetts : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
While spying on her neighbors with her son’s toy binoculars, Nina becomes entranced with the subjects of her secret vigils until she encounters them in the real world and must decide whether to let them into her life or not.

The summer girls
Monroe, Mary Alice.
New York : Gallery Books, c2013.
Three granddaughters. Three months. One summer house. In this trilogy set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, the author captures the complex relationships between three half sisters scattered across the country, and a grandmother determined to help them rediscover their family bonds. Set amid ancient live oaks and palmettos, overlooking the water, historic Sea Breeze is Marietta Muir’s ancestral summer home. Her granddaughters once adored vacations there, but it has been years since they have visited. Mamaw fears once she is gone, the family bonds will fray. The Muir family is one of Charleston’s oldest and the blood of their pirate captain ancestor runs strong, so Marietta drops a subtle promise of loot, pearl necklaces, priceless antique furniture, even the house, to lure her “summer girls” back to the lowcountry.

The secret life of William Shakespeare
Morgan, Jude, 1962-
New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2014.
“There are so few established facts about how the son of a glove maker from Warwickshire became one of the greatest writers of all time that some people doubt he could really have written so many astonishing plays. We know that he married Anne Hathaway, who was pregnant and six years older than he, at the age of eighteen, and that one of their children died of the plague. We know that he left Stratford to seek his fortune in London, and eventually succeeded. He was clearly an unwilling craftsman, ambitious actor, resentful son, almost good-enough husband. But when and how did he also become a genius? The secret life of William Shakespeare pulls back the curtain to imagine what it might have really been like to be Shakespeare before a seemingly ordinary man became a legend. In the hands of acclaimed historical novelist Jude Morgan, this is a brilliantly convincing story of unforgettable richness, warmth, and immediacy”

Debbie doesn’t do it anymore : a novel
Mosley, Walter.
New York : Doubleday, 2014.
Resolving to leave the pornography industry after her husband is found electrocuted in a hot tub with another woman, an adult film star endures a reckoning involving her late husband’s debts, her estranged family and the child she had to give up.

Next life might be kinder
Norman, Howard A.
Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Selling his life story to a violent filmmaker in the aftermath of his sensual wife’s murder, Sam develops a cat-and-mouse relationship with the filmmaker and begins experiencing wrenching hallucinations.

Nothing personal : a novel of Wall Street
Offit, Mike.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
Rapidly rising in the world of 1980s investment banking, a bright young man hobnobs in privileged company before finding himself at the center of a whirlwind investigation involving a secret-holding woman and the deaths of four rivals.

Palmer, Daniel, 1969- author.
New York, N.Y. : Kensington Books, 2014.
Gage Dekker and Anna Miller think their prayers for a child have been answered when they find a woman looking for adoptive parents, but soon things turn for the worse when the woman begins to wage psychological warfare on them.

Palmer, Michael, 1942-2013.
New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2014.
Delivering a speech for his boss at a national conference in Atlanta, Dr. Lou Welcome takes an exclusive tour of the Centers for Disease Control and learns about the development of biological weapons before becoming enmeshed in a case involving the abduction of a leading scientist.

Past the shallows : a novel
Parrett, Favel.
New York : Washington Square Press, 2014, c2013.
Still traumatized by their mother’s early death, brothers Joe, Miles, and Harry struggle as their abusive and alcoholic father endeavors to earn a living as a fisherman while harboring a dark secret.

Unlucky 13
Patterson, James, 1947-
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
New mother and San Francisco detective Lindsay Boxer has her happy world shattered when a dangerous and deranged killer from her past returns.

The kraken project
Preston, Douglas J.
New York : Forge, 2014.
“NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is designing a probe which will be dropped into the Kraken Mare, one of the methane seas of Titan. There, it will embark on a journey of exploration. As the probe is being tested at Goddard, things go awry, and an explosion kills seven scientists. The AI program in the probe, a powerful, self-modifying AI called “Dorothy,” flees into the Internet. Series character Wyman Ford is tapped by the president’s science advisor to track down the software with the help of Dorothy’s creator, Melissa Shepherd. As the two of them trace Dorothy in her wanderings in cyberspace, they realize Dorothy’s horrific experiences in the wasteland of the Internet have changed her –utterly. But for the better . . . or worse? At the same time, they learn Dorothy is being pursued by a pair of Wall Street high-frequency traders, who want to turn her into an algorithmic-trading slave-bot. Pursued relentlessly by the traders, Dorothy jumps out of the Internet into a child’s toy robot, to hide. Now the only person standing between the murderous algo traders and Dorothy is a lonely, twelve-year-old boy living on an isolated bay on the coast of northern California. But is Dorothy bent on doing good . . . or on wiping out the cancer of the human race?”

The flight of the silvers
Price, Daniel, 1970-
New York : Blue Rider Press, 2014.
Without warning, the world comes to an end for Hannah and Amanda Given. The sky looms frigid white. The electricity falters. Airplanes everywhere crash to the ground. But the Givens are saved by mysterious strangers, three fearsome and beautiful beings who force each sister to wear a plain silver bracelet. Within moments, the sky comes down in a crushing sheet of light and everything around them is gone. Shielded from the devastation by their silver adornments, the Givens suddenly find themselves elsewhere, a strange new Earth where restaurants move through the air like flying saucers and the fabric of time is manipulated by common household appliances. Soon Hannah and Amanda are joined by four other survivors from their world, including a mordant cartoonist, a shy teenage girl, a brilliant young Australian, and a troubled ex-prodigy. Hunted by enemies they never knew they had and afflicted with temporal abilities they never wanted, the sisters and their companions begin a cross-country journey to find the one man who can save them, before time runs out.

The adjacent
Priest, Christopher, 1943-
London : Titan Books 2014.
In the near future, Tibor Tarent, a freelance photographer, is recalled from Anatolia to Britain when his wife, an aid worker, is killed– annihilated by a terrifying weapon that reduces its target to a triangular patch of scorched earth. A century earlier, Tommy Trent, a stage magician, is sent to the Western Front on a secret mission to render British reconnaissance aircraft invisible to the enemy. Present day: a theoretical physicist develops a new method of diverting matter, a discovery with devastating consequences that will resonate through time.

Searching for perfect : a novel
Probst, Jennifer.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
The up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge not even her new client, Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist and nerd extraordinaire. Kennedy vows to transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself. . . . Though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from her tormented past. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love with someone else?

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 : a novel
Prose, Francine, 1947-
New York : Harper, c2014.

The directive : a novel
Quirk, Matthew, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
The Fords are an old DC family with deep and powerful connections– to petty thieves, to guys who know how to get their hands on specialized weapons, and to forgers who can, for the right price, produce a pristine new passport in twenty-four hours. Mike Ford, youngest member of the clan, is a Harvard-educated lawyer who has worked hard to build a legitimate life for himself away from his family and their world, complete with a comfortable house and beautiful, wealthy fiancée. But it only takes one desperate phone call from his brother, who’s never had the knack for normal life, to drag Mike back, into a heist bigger and more complicated than anything either has ever seen: robbing the banks’ bank.

Bellweather rhapsody
Racculia, Kate.
Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2014.
A young music prodigy goes missing from a hotel room that was the site of an infamous murder-suicide fifteen years earlier, renewing trauma for a bridesmaid who witnessed the first crime and rallying an eccentric cast of characters during a snowstorm that traps everyone on the grounds.

In the light of what we know : a novel
Rahman, Zia Haider, 1969-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century. An investment banker approaching forty, his career collapsing and his marriage unraveling, receives a surprise visitor at his West London town house. Confronting the disheveled figure of a South Asian male carrying a backpack, the banker recognizes a long-lost college friend, a mathematics prodigy who disappeared many years earlier under mysterious circumstances. The friend has resurfaced with a confession of unsettling power. This is an age-old story: the friendship of two men and the betrayal of one by the other, both of them desperate in their different ways to climb clear of their wrong beginnings. Set against the breaking of nations and beneath the clouds of economic recession, the novel chronicles the lives of people carrying unshakable legacies of class, culture, and faith as they struggle to tame their futures.

The other half
Rayner, Sarah.
New York : St. Martin’s Griffin, 2014.
“Chloe, bright, hip and single, is a feature writer with ambitions to launch a magazine of her own. When she meets James, her potential new boss, she knows she shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, but finds it impossible to resist… Maggie appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, a talented writer, and has a gorgeous husband. But something’s not quite right: his job as a magazine publisher is keeping him in the city until late most evenings, and some nights he doesn’t come home at all… Told in the alternating voices of the mistress and the wife, this story of an affair is a sharp, seductive take on modern love. Who, if anyone, comes out unscathed? In writing that is lively, sexy and sharp, the international bestselling author Sarah Rayner explores modern-day relationships and age-old moral dilemmas”

Delicious! : a novel
Reichl, Ruth.
New York : Random House, 2014.
Working as a public relations hotline consultant for a once- prestigious culinary magazine, Billie Breslin unexpectedly enters a world of New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors while reading World War II letters exchanged between a plucky 12-year-old and James Beard.

The outsmarting of criminals
Rigolosi, Steven A.
Ridgewood, New Jersey : Ransom Note Press, 2014.
“A cozy mystery introducing Miss Felicity Prim, who believes her ample experience in reading mystery novels has prepared her for a new career in private detection”

Robinson, K. A., 1990-, author.
Charleston, South Carolina : Createspace Independent Pub, [2014].
“The epic conclusion to Drake and Chloe’s story”

The prodigal son
Roby, Kimberla Lawson.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
The eleventh book in the Reverend Curtis Black series finds Matthew not speaking to his parents after dropping out of college to marry his pregnant girlfriend and the Reverend’s wife suspicious of the return of a long-lost son, Dillon.

The kill switch
Rollins, James, 1961-
New York : William Morrow, [2014].
Recruited by Sigma Force to extract a Russian pharmaceutical magnate from Siberia, former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his military working dog Kane must solve an ancient mystery before the modern world suffers a fate worse than death.

Field of prey
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23-
New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2014.
Lucas Davenport investigates the discovery of several bodies in an abandoned Minnesota farmyard, and realizes they are the work of a local serial killer who has been murdering one victim every summer for years.

The whiskey baron
Sealy, Jon, 1982-
Spartanburg, South Carolina : Hub City Press, 2014.
Late one night at the end of a scorching summer, a phone call rouses Sheriff Furman Chambers out of bed. Two men have been shot dead on Highway 9 in front of the Hillside Inn, a one-time boardinghouse that is now just a front for Larthan Tull’s liquor business. When Sheriff Chambers arrives to investigate, witnesses say a man named Mary Jane Hopewell walked into the tavern, dragged two of Tull’s runners into the street, and laid them out with a shotgun. Sheriff Chambers’s investigation leads him into the Bell village, where Mary Jane’s family lives a quiet, hardscrabble life of working in the cotton mill. While the weary sheriff digs into the mystery and confronts the county’s underground liquor operation, the whiskey baron himself is looking for vengeance. Mary Jane has gotten in the way of his business, and you don’t do that to Larthan Tull and get away with it.

The heiresses
Shepard, Sara, 1977- author.
New York, New York : Harper, [2014].
Poppy, Aster, Corrine, Natasha, and Rowan are the heiresses of the Saybrook’s jewelry empire, a family business that is known for both its wealth, and a very old curse that leads to family members dying suddenly. When one of the 5 heiresses is killed, and an online gossip site publishes a statement “One Heiress Down, 4 more to go”, an investigation is opened.

B.O.Q. : an NCIS Special Agent Fran Setliff novel
Simpson, N. P.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina : John F. Blair, Publisher, [2014].
People like Ann Buckhalter, the wife of a retired Marine lieutenant colonel, often stay at the Bachelor Officers’ Quarter (B.O.Q.) when they return to Camp Lejeune to visit friends or shop at the Exchange. But their dead bodies don’t end up floating in the nearby New River. When Special Agent Fran Setliff and her Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) team investigate Ann’s murder, they soon discover that more than one person’s life has been simplified by the victim’s death. As Fran delves into Ann’s background, she begins to glimpse the unsavory things that go on behind the camouflage curtain: racial and gender discrimination, unethical medical practices, sexual indiscretions. In her position as a freelance journalist for the local civilian newspaper, Ann was in a position to ruin more than one promising military career. But who killed her?

The temptation of Lila and Ethan
Sorensen, Jessica.
New York : Forever, 2014.
On the surface, Lila Summers is flawless: good looks, expensive clothes, and a big, beautiful smile. But a dark past and even darker secrets are threatening to bubble over her perfect façade. She’ll do anything to keep the emptiness inside hidden-which leads her into situations that always end badly. Whenever she hits bottom, there’s only one person who’s there to pull her out: Ethan Gregory.

The ten thousand things : a novel
Spurling, John, 1936-
New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2014.
Pursuing an intellectual life to escape doubts about his service under Mongol conquerors in the turbulent final years of the Yuan Dynasty, low- level bureaucrat and artist Wang Meng interacts with master painters of the period and works as a military strategist for a fierce woman warrior.

Authority : a novel
VanderMeer, Jeff.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2014.
“In the second volume of the Southern Reach Trilogy, questions are answered, stakes are raised, and mysteries are deepened. In Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer introduced Area X–a remote and lush terrain mysteriously sequestered from civilization. This was the first volume of a projected trilogy; well in advance of publication, translation rights had already sold around the world and a major movie deal had been struck. Just months later, Authority, the second volume, is here. For thirty years, the only human engagement with Area X has taken the form of a series of expeditions monitored by a secret agency called the Southern Reach. After the disastrous twelfth expedition chronicled in Annihilation, the Southern Reach is in disarray, and John Rodriguez, aka “Control,” is the team’s newly appointed head. From a series of interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and hours of profoundly troubling video footage, the secrets of Area X begin to reveal themselves–and what they expose pushes Control to confront disturbing truths about both himself and the agency he’s promised to serve. And the consequences will spread much further than that. The Southern Reach trilogy will conclude in fall 2014 with Acceptance”

Psychos : a white girl problems book
Walker, Babe.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
“In this hysterical follow-up to the New York Times bestseller White Girl Problems, Babe Walker travels the globe as she tries to figure out the answer to the question foremost on everyone’s mind–including hers: Who is Babe Walker? If you’re one of Babe’s 800,000+ Twitter followers who devour her daily musings, including “It’s so sad when you’re not dating Ryan Gosling” and “Good deed of the day: Tell a fat person they’re nice,” then you’ll love riding shotgun with Babe at the wheel as she travels the globe trying to figure out just who she is in this hysterical follow-up to her New York Times bestselling book, White Girl Problems. After spending four months in rehab conquering her alleged shopping addiction, Babe Walker embarks on a personal journey of self- discovery. Her faith in the Universe and its messages leads her all over the world: from Los Angeles to Paris to Amsterdam to Greece and New York City. Throughout this wild string of globe-trotting misadventures, Babe finds herself reunited with–and then torn apart from–an ex-lover, excommunicated by the fashion industry, and trailed by a mysterious stalker who clearly wants her dead. Although the post-rehab Babe and been re-birthed as a “New Babe,” something that hasn’t changed is the “lack of filter” that allows her to say what it is we’re all usually thinking, but are too afraid, embarrassed, or polite to say ourselves, making Babe Walker the “epitome of the urban socialite you love to hate” (Time)”

The moon sisters : a novel
Walsh, Therese.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2014].
After their mother’s probable suicide, sisters Olivia and Jazz take steps to move on with their lives. Jazz, logical and forward-thinking, decides to get a new job, but spirited, strong-willed Olivia–who can see sounds, taste words, and smell sights–is determined to travel to the remote setting of their mother’s unfinished novel to lay her spirit properly to rest.

What has become of you
Watson, Jan Elizabeth, 1972-
New York, New York : Dutton/Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2014.
Accepting a temporary teaching job for a group of privileged students who are reeling from a peer’s recent murder, aspiring writer Vera Lundy bonds with a fifteen-year-old student whose sinister nature threatens another student and Vera’s professional reputation.

The secret life of Violet Grant
Williams, Beatriz, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, c2014.
“Passion, redemption, and a battered old suitcase full of secrets: the New York Times-bestselling author of A Hundred Summers returns with another engrossing tale of lost love and female ambition that crosses generations. Manhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding Kennedy-era socialite: break into the Mad Men world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine. But when she receives a bulky overseas parcel in the mail, the unexpected contents draw her inexorably back into her family’s past, and the hushed-over crime passionnel of an aunt she never knew, whose existence has been wiped from the record of history. Berlin, 1914. Violet Schuyler Grant endures her marriage to the philandering and decades-older scientist Dr. Walter Grant for one reason: for all his faults, he provides the necessary support to her liminal position as a young American female physicist in prewar Germany. The arrival of Dr. Grant’s magnetic former student at the beginning of Europe’s fateful summer interrupts this delicate detente. Lionel Richardson, a captain in the British Army, challenges Violet to escape her husband’s perverse hold, and as the world edges into war and Lionel’s shocking true motives become evident, Violet is tempted to take the ultimate step to set herself free and seek a life of her own conviction with a man whose cause is as audacious as her own. As the iridescent and fractured Vivian digs deeper into her aunt’s past and the mystery of her ultimate fate, Violet’s story of determination and desire unfolds, shedding light on the darkness of her years abroad and teaching Vivian to reach forward with grace for the ambitious future- -and the love–she wants most”

Wildwood Creek : a novel
Wingate, Lisa, author.
Bloomington, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2014.
“While working as a costuming assistant on a docudrama, Allie Kirkland has discovered strange connections between herself and a teacher who disappeared a century ago in the legendary frontier settlement of Wildwood. Is history about to repeat itself?”

Women with handcuffs : lesbian cop erotica
San Francisco : Cleis, 2014.

Chop chop : [a novel]
Wroe, Simon, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2014.
Struggling with the realities of survival in London after graduating from college, an aspiring writer takes a humble job in the kitchen of a once- grand restaurant where he is teased and eventually accepted by eccentric co- workers who plot to overthrow the restaurant’s sadistic head chef.

All the birds, singing : a novel
Wyld, Evie.
New York : Pantheon Books, c2013.
“From one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists, a stunningly insightful, emotionally powerful new novel about an outsider haunted by an inescapable past: a story of loneliness and survival, guilt and loss, and the power of forgiveness. Jake Whyte isliving on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wanted it to be. But every few nights something–or someone–picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumors of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is also Jake’s past–hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, held in the silences about her family and the scars that stripe her back–a past that threatens to break into the present. With exceptional artistry and empathy, All the Birds, Singing reveals an isolated life in all its struggles and stubborn hopes, unexpected beauty, and hard-won redemption”

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