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Friday, October 17, 2008

October 17, 2008

Women's Fiction Feature
Marie Bostwick
We have 10 advance reading copies of A SINGLE THREAD by Marie Bostwick to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. A description can be found by clicking the link below. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, October 24th.

A SINGLE THREAD by Marie Bostwick (Fiction)
On Sale October 28, 2008
A SINGLE THREAD is a sometimes humorous and always touching story that features the strong, first person voice and lyrical style, small town values and the quilting imagery readers of Marie Bostwick's historical novels have come to love.

Suspense/Thriller Feature
John Lutz
We have 10 advance reading copies of NIGHT KILLS by John Lutz to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. A description can be found by clicking the link below. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, October 24th.

NIGHT KILLS by John Lutz (Psychological Thriller)
On Sale Now
New York Times bestselling author John Lutz returns with a gruesome, page turning psychological thriller. A former NYPD detective is hunting for a madman: someone is shooting young women in the heart, defiling their bodies, and only leaving their torsos to be found. No one knows the true motives behind a rampage of cold-blooded murders... or how much more terrifying it's going to get.


Suspense/Thriller Feature
M. J. Rose
THE MEMORIST by M. J. Rose (Suspense)
On Sale October 28, 2008
She is paralyzed by the past. He was robbed of the future.

The dreads are back. As a child, Meers Logan was haunted by memories of another time and place, always accompanied by the faint strains of elusive music. Now the hand of the past has reached out again. An envelope addressed to her and delivered to the Phoenix Foundation --- an institute dedicated to the recovery of past life memories --- contains a childhood drawing of an elaborate box that Meers recognizes... and a sheet from an auction catalogue identifying the object she spent years imagining as an eighteenth century gaming box.


Suspense/Thriller Feature
Katherine Neville
THE FIRE by Katherine Neville (Suspense)
On Sale October 14, 2008
Katherine Neville's groundbreaking novel, THE EIGHT, dazzled audiences more than twenty years ago and set the literary stage for the epic thriller. A quest for a mystical chess service that once belonged to Charlemagne, it spans two centuries and three continents, and intertwines historic and modern plots, archaeological treasure hunts, esoteric riddles, and puzzles encrypted with clues from the ancient past. Now the electrifying global adventure continues, in Neville's long anticipated sequel: THE FIRE


Mystery Mayhem Feature
M. C. Beaton
A SPOONFUL OF POISON by M. C. Beaton (Mystery)
On Sale Now
When Agatha Raisin goes to the remote hamlet of Comfrey Magna to politely turn down a public relations job, she encounters the stunning green eyes of handsome widower George Selby, and promptly agrees to do whatever PR work the village needs. But as events in Agatha's new adventure A SPOONFUL OF POISON unfold, the rural festival Agatha is promoting soon takes a deadly turn, and Agatha must investigate the toxic spiking of some local preserves.


Mystery Mayhem Feature
Christopher Fowler
THE VICTORIA VANISHES by Christopher Fowler (Mystery)
On Sale October 28, 2008
It's a case tailor-made for the Peculiar Crimes Unit. A lonely hearts killer is targeting middle-aged women at some of England's most well-known pubs --- including one torn down eighty years ago. What's more, Arthur Bryant happened to see one of the victims only moments before her death at the pub that doesn't exist. Indeed, this case is littered with clues that defy everything the veteran detectives know about the habits of serial killers, the methodology of crime, and the odds of making an arrest. Now, with the public on the verge of panic and their superiors determined to shut the PCU down for good, Detectives Bryant and May must rise to the occasion in defense of two great English traditions --- the pub and the Peculiar Crimes Unit.


Romantic Suspense Feature
Carla Neggers
COLD PURSUIT by Carla Neggers (Romantic Suspense)
On Sale October 28, 2008
A number of prominent figures have been killed under mysterious circumstances in the past year. All unconnected. But when an esteemed U.S. ambassador is slain in a questionable hit-and-run in Washington, D.C. and his stepdaughter vanishes mere hours later in the mountains of northern New England, suspicions are raised by a Secret Service agent and a recovering Special Forces soldier in COLD PURSUIT, the newest novel by New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers.


Graphic Novels
IN ODD WE TRUST by Queenie Chan and Dean Koontz
Dean Koontz and manga artist Queenie Chan team up to take Odd Thomas to new and different territory: graphic novels. IN ODD WE TRUST is a prequel set before the opening of the first novel and fills in some missing details on the series' characters. Reviewed by John Hogan.

SENTENCES: The Life of M.F. Grimm, by Percy Carey and Ronald Wimberly
An expansive work that documents the birth and growth of hip-hop culture in New York City's African-American community, SENTENCES reveals the life story of Percy Carey, otherwise known as M.F. Grimm. Carey's journey from a life of violence and crime to his being given a second chance are explored in raw and emotional honesty. Reviewed by John Hogan.


Reviews and Excerpts
THE FIRE by Katherine Neville (Suspense)
Katherine Neville's groundbreaking novel, THE EIGHT, dazzled audiences more than 20 years ago and set the literary stage for the epic thriller. A quest for a mystical chess service that once belonged to Charlemagne, it spans two centuries and three continents, and intertwines historic and modern plots, archaeological treasure hunts, esoteric riddles and puzzles encrypted with clues from the ancient past. Now the electrifying global adventure continues, in Neville's long-anticipated sequel. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt and excerpted.

A MOST WANTED MAN by John le Carré (Thriller)
New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; the recognition that we cannot safely love or pity and remain good "patriots." This is the fabric of John le Carré's fiercely compelling new novel. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum and excerpted.

THE BRASS VERDICT by Michael Connelly (Legal Thriller)
THE BRASS VERDICT is an exciting departure for Michael Connelly. Here he brings criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller, the protagonist of THE LINCOLN LAWYER, into a case that has caught LAPD Detective Harry Bosch's interest. The story is masterfully plotted, highly suspenseful and offers insights into human nature and the machinations of the jury/judicial system. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum and excerpted.

APHRODISIAC by Allyson Roy (Romantic Suspense)
Saylor Oz has one week to figure out who ordered her best friend killed and why. She is also being forced to find something and hand it over to the killers. Too bad that while she's busy doing all that, a hot boxer and a famous director won't stop asking her out. All in a week's work. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez and excerpted.

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ONE FIFTH AVENUE by Candace Bushnell (Fiction)
Champagne, Chopard, Chanel --- the allure of money, fame and status is oh so tempting and oh so worth it! New York's infamous One Fifth Avenue harbors the wealthy, their excesses and their dirty little secrets in this latest social commentary from New York Times bestselling author Candace Bushnell. Reviewed by Hillary Wagy.

LIBERTY: A Lake Wobegon Novel, by Garrison Keillor (Fiction)
The newest novel by Garrison Keillor is another installment of life in that imaginary and somber midwestern community of Lake Wobegon. LIBERTY describes all the behind-the-scenes power struggles of Lake Wobegoners as they prepare for and then attempt to celebrate the Fourth of July in spectacular fashion. Reviewed by Carole Turner.

AMERICAN LIGHTNING: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood and the Crime of the Century, by Howard Blum (True Crime)
In 1910, the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building was considered the "crime of the century." The investigation and ensuing trial are presented by historian Howard Blum in AMERICAN LIGHTNING. With a cast of well-known historical figures and a story with unique plot twists and turns, Blum presents an actual account of the bombing that often reads as fiction. Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman.

IODINE by Haven Kimmel (Fiction)
From her earliest years, Trace turned away from her abusive mother toward her loving father. Since running away from home years ago, she has eked out an impoverished but functional existence. But her singular life is upended when she and her literature professor fall in love. As it becomes apparent that he has his own dark secrets, she is forced to face herself and her past. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

THE WHISKEY REBELS by David Liss (Historical Thriller)
The years after the Revolutionary War were an explosive time for America's fledgling democracy. When Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton convinced Congress to create an excise tax on whiskey to help fund the national government, response from whiskey producers in the west was loud and violent. David Liss puts readers in the middle of this relatively obscure crisis and crafts a wonderful historical thriller that mixes humor, history and action into a blend as smooth as any bourbon. Reviewed by Jonathan Snowden.

TINY LITTLE TROUBLES by Marc Lecard (Thriller)
Aaron Rogell is a brilliant San Francisco scientist with a nanotech start-up, a beautiful wife and a brand-new baby. Ignoring business and family, however, he spends most of his quality time with an upscale call girl named Aphrodite. But when one of Aphrodite's lowlife acquaintances learns that her new boyfriend has invented a miraculous technology that may be worth fabulous sums of money, life for Rogell will never be the same again. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

BLOOD RIVER: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart, by Tim Butcher (Memoir)
The Africa correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph, Tim Butcher recounts his extraordinary journey re-tracing the route of 19th century British explorer H. M. Stanley, the first white man to map the Congo River. Stanley's expedition launched the West's "Scramble for Africa" and the ongoing exploitation of the continent's richest yet most violent country. Butcher's unique overland ordeal, undertaken by motorbike, jeep and outrigger canoe, delivers a rare glimpse into the state of the original Heart of Darkness. Reviewed by Elliott Walker.

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