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Friday, October 24, 2008

October 24, 2008

Suspense/Thriller Feature
John Lutz
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.

Women's Fiction Feature
Marie Bostwick
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.

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
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2008 edited by Lynda Barry
The latest edition of The Best American Comics collects some of the most memorable and challenging work of the past year. Best of all, it samples from not only the top creators in the field but also some little-known, up-and-coming talents deserving of a larger spotlight. Reviewed by John Hogan.

ALAN’S WAR: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope, by Emmanuel Guibert
The memories of World War II veteran Alan Cope come to life through the visual artistry of his friend, Emmanuel Guibert, who has turned Alan’s stories into a beautiful collection about war, youth and a world gone mad. Reviewed by John Hogan.

Reviews and Excerpts
TESTIMONY by Anita Shreve (Fiction)
Sex scandals involving student athletes make front-page news. The painful behind-the-headlines story of what happened and why, though less sensational, is more profoundly shocking. Bestselling author Anita Shreve has written an absorbing tale of stunned parents, lost children and the night that changed their lives. Reviewed by Kathy Weissman and excerpted.

THE WIDOWS OF EASTWICK by John Updike (Fiction)
More than three decades have passed since the events described in John Updike’s THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK. The three divorcées --- Alexandra, Jane and Sukie --- have left town, remarried and become widows. They cope with their grief and solitude as widows do: they travel the world, to such foreign lands as Canada, Egypt, and China, and renew old acquaintances. Why not, Sukie and Jane ask Alexandra, go back to Eastwick for the summer? Reviewed by Roz Shea and excerpted.

EXTREME MEASURES by Vince Flynn (Political Thriller)
Counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his protégé, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub and excerpted.

ANATHEM by Neal Stephenson (Science Fiction)
In the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a young fraa named Erasmas and his companions are about to have their lives completely upended by a shocking discovery that finds many of them being sent forth from their protected walls and out into the world at large. Once outside, Erasmas begins a quest for answers from a cast-out leader --- answers that could hold the fate of the planet and shake the faith of the avout to the very core. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.

DEATH WITH INTERRUPTIONS by José Saramago (Fiction)
On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This of course causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, morticians and doctors. Among the general public, on the other hand, there is initially celebration. Then reality hits home --- families are left to care for the permanently dying, life-insurance policies become meaningless, and funeral parlors are reduced to arranging burials for pet dogs, cats, hamsters and parrots. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE GLASS OF TIME by Michael Cox (Mystery)
In the autumn of 1876, 19-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the 26th Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own life is bound up. Reviewed by Ray Palen.

GOOD PEOPLE by Marcus Sakey (Thriller)
A family, and the security to enjoy it: that’s all Tom and Anna Reed ever wanted. But years of infertility treatments, including four failed attempts at in-vitro fertilization, have left them with neither. So when their downstairs tenant dies in his sleep, the $400,000 they find stashed in his kitchen seems like fate. But their happiness will not last very long. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE LITTLE BOOK by Selden Edwards (Fiction)
Time travel is a tricky theme for writers to tackle. It’s difficult to make the events and reactions feel real and natural, and to tie up all the loose ends of the plot. It’s even harder to do all this and still explore other ideas in the story, giving the fantastic aspects a foundation and relatability. First-time novelist Selden Edwards's tale presents readers with the story of an amazing family, two members of whom have become dislodged from linear time. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

THE SHIKSA SYNDROME by Laurie Graff (Fiction)
Tired of watching all the good Jewish men marry Shiksas, as non-Jewish women are known, Aimee Albert decides to take charge of her future by posing as the enemy and snaring a good Jewish man for herself, in this hilarious tale of deception and half-truths. Reviewed by Amie Taylor.

CLOTHING OPTIONAL: And Other Ways to Read These Stories, by Alan Zweibel (Humor)
In this diverse collection, former “Saturday Night Live” writer Alan Zweibel generously shares his wry worldview. From nudity to Little League baseball to his youthful passion for a certain female Biblical character, you’ll enjoy the few hours you spend with this gently humorous Everyman. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.

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