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Friday, March 13, 2009

March 13, 2009

The following reviews, interviews and features began running on beginning Friday, March 13th:

Also mentioned in the Newsletter Opener, which can be read here:
MARLEY & ME by John Grogan

Reviews and Excerpts
FAULT LINE by Barry Eisler (Thriller)
A full-throttle thriller that is both emotionally and politically charged, FAULT LINE centers on a conspiracy that has spun out of the shadows and onto the streets of America, a conspiracy that can be stopped by only three people --- three people with different worldviews, different grievances, different motives. To survive the forces arrayed against them, they’ll first have to survive one another. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub and excerpted.
- Click here to read an excerpt from FAULT LINE.

HEART OF ICE by Gregg Olsen (Thriller)
Cherrystone, Washington is the kind of small town where strangers are few and gossip is plentiful. Sheriff Emily Kenyon is investigating the murder of a pregnant young woman whose husband is the prime suspect, yet nagging doubts remain. Immersed in uncovering the truth, Emily doesn’t realize she’s become involved in something much bigger --- a case both dark and horrifying, one that will pit her against a killer whose vengeance knows no limits, and whose next target is chillingly close. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub and excerpted.
- Click here to read an excerpt from HEART OF ICE.

LIFE SENTENCES by Laura Lippman (Mystery)
After a singularly unsuccessful stab at fiction, author Cassandra Fallows believes she may have found the story that will enable her triumphant return to nonfiction. In this new stand-alone novel, Laura Lippman probes the limitations of friendship, the fallibility of memory and the pitfalls of memoir, all while investigating a decades-old unsolved mystery based on a real-life case. Reviewed by Norah Piehl and excerpted.
- Click here to read an excerpt from LIFE SENTENCES.

CORSAIR: A Novel of the Oregon Files, by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul
(Fiction/Action & Adventure)
For five novels, Clive Cussler has brought readers into the world of the Oregon, a seemingly dilapidated ship packed with sophisticated equipment, and captained by the rakish, one-legged Juan Cabrillo. In CORSAIR, the Oregon and its crew face their biggest challenge yet. When the U.S. secretary of state’s plane crashes while bringing her to a summit meeting in Libya, the CIA, distrusting the Libyans, hire Cabrillo to search for her. Reviewed by Judy Gigstad.

BEAT THE REAPER by Josh Bazell (Medical Thriller)
Dr. Peter Brown, an intern at Manhattan's worst hospital, has an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. One morning Peter visits a patient who knows him from his other life, when he had a different name and a very different job. Now he must do whatever it takes to keep his patient alive so he can buy some time…and beat the reaper. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum.

THE GLISTER by John Burnside (Fiction)
Past a small dreary town, through a poisoned wood, there sits the ruins of a chemical factory. The factory was once the heart and purpose of the town, but it’s shut down now, abandoned and decaying. The people are sick and, without options, stay there to die mysterious and painful deaths. But for the teenage boys of Innertown, the most immediate threat is random, unseen and almost unacknowledged. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

BLEEDING HEART SQUARE by Andrew Taylor (Historical Mystery)
Working from information contained within a mysterious diary, Andrew Taylor’s BLEEDING HEART SQUARE propels readers into 1934 London and the decaying cul-de-sac of the same name that has suspicious characters and an unsolved disappearance of a woman four years earlier. Reviewed by Ray Palen.

THE LOCAL NEWS by Miriam Gershow (Fiction)
Fifteen-year-old Lydia Pasternak watches her family implode after her older brother, Danny, vanishes. Against a backdrop of surreal police and parent interaction, media coverage and peer attention, Lydia struggles to find her place in a world that makes even less sense than usual, in a finely wrought and quietly devastating story. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

GO DOWN TOGETHER: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, by Jeff Guinn (True Crime)
In GO DOWN TOGETHER, bestselling author Jeff Guinn combines exhaustive research with surprising, newly discovered material to tell the real tale of two kids from a filthy Dallas slum who fell in love and then willingly traded their lives for a brief interlude of excitement and, more important, fame. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

NUCLEAR JELLYFISH by Tim Dorsey (Thriller)
Serge A. Storms is upset that his beloved state of Flordia isn't getting its proper recognition, so he signs on with the big Internet travel services. But his new employers aren't exactly sure they want to send their customers to Serge's favorite haunts --- nor do they want to provide tips on how to keep from getting killed on vacation. Unfortunately, Serge's Web presence catches the attention of his nemesis, Agent Mahoney, and the chase is on. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

In E. Lynn Harris’s novels, secrets rule. BASKETBALL JONES, which centers on the relationship between a closeted professional athlete and his male lover, explores the consequences of loving someone who is forced to conform to the rules society demands its public heroes follow. Reviewed by Bernadette Davis.

LEVITTOWN: Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America’s Legendary Suburb, by David Kushner (History)
Focusing on a little known incident in the history of the struggle for civil rights in the United States --- the fight to integrate the all-white suburb of Levittown, Pennsylvania --- David Kushner offers an absorbing story of personal courage in the face of bigotry. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.

Author Interviews
Barry Eisler
Barry Eisler's seventh book and first stand-alone thriller, FAULT LINE, revolves around two estranged brothers who must join forces when one finds himself caught up in a technology-based conspiracy. In this interview with's Joe Hartlaub, Eisler explains what prompted this foray outside of the John Rain universe and sheds light on the complex relationship shared between the two siblings. He also discusses his motivation for creating strong female characters, recounts his experiences on the set of Rain Fall --- the film based on his first novel that releases in Japan in April --- and heaps praise on one of his latest favorite reads, Charlie Huston's THE MYSTIC ARTS OF ERASING ALL SIGNS OF DEATH.

Gregg Olsen
Gregg Olsen's latest work, HEART OF ICE, marks the return of protagonists Sheriff Emily Kenyon and her daughter Jenna, who were first introduced in last year's A COLD DARK PLACE. In this interview with's Joe Hartlaub, Olsen explains what prompted him to resurrect these two characters despite his earlier objections to writing series, but discusses why they won't be making any more appearances in his work in the near future. He also reveals what fascinates him most about the inner workings of killers, gives his two cents on the nature vs. nurture argument, and shares details about two upcoming projects --- a true crime book due out next winter and a serial-killer thriller called VICTIM SIX.

Romantic Suspense Author Spotlight
MALICE by Lisa Jackson
Opening his eyes in the hospital room post accident, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz sees her standing in the doorway. Then Jennifer blows him a kiss and disappears... but it couldn’t have been Jennifer. She died twelve years ago.
- Click here to read more about MALICE.
- Click here to read Lisa Jackson’s bio.
- Click here to read Lisa Jackson's bibliography.

Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight
LOOK AGAIN by Lisa Scottoline
When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops --- the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Everything inside her tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth.
- Click here to read more about LOOK AGAIN.
- Click here to read Lisa Scottoline's bio.
- Click here to read Lisa Scottoline's bibliography.

When an obscure charity recruits Josh Hagarty to manage their activities in a war-torn region of Africa, he is eager to sign on and atone for a past he regrets. After a lifetime of bad luck, someone is finally giving him a chance. All he has to do is not blow it.
- Click here to read a second excerpt from LORDS OF CORRUPTION.

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