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Friday, March 27, 2009

March 27, 2009

The following reviews, interviews and features began running on beginning Friday, March 27th:

Also mentioned in the Newsletter Opener, which can be read here:

CRAZY FOR THE STORM by Norman Ollestad
A RELIABLE WIFE by Robert Goolrick
PURSUADER by Lee Child
THE 19TH WIFE by David Ebershoff
THE CHOSEN ONE by Carol Lynch Williams
THE BIG DIRT NAP by Rosemary Harris

Reviews and Excerpts
LORDS OF CORRUPTION by Kyle Mills (Thriller)
When Josh Hagarty is recruited by an obscure charity to manage a farming project in a war-torn region of Africa, he is eager to sign on and atone for a past he regrets. However, before he can even settle into his new life, he begins to suspect that his new employer may not be the philanthropic organization it portrays. Josh tries to lose himself in his work, but soon the precariousness of his situation becomes impossible to ignore. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
- Click here to read an excerpt from LORDS OF CORRUPTION.

PURSUIT by Karen Robards (Romantic Suspense)
When young lawyer Jessica Ford gets a Saturday night call from her boss asking her to rescue First Lady Annette Cooper from scandal, she is apprehensive yet thrilled. But rather than advancing her career, the events of that night leave her changed in ways she'll never forget and on the run for her life when she's the sole survivor of a horrible automobile accident. Reviewed by Amie Taylor.
- Click here to read an excerpt from PURSUIT.

ILLEGAL by Paul Levine (Thriller)
Jimmy “Royal” Payne, a down-on-his-luck lawyer, battles cops, coyotes, and a corrupt and powerful rancher, as he tracks a beautiful Mexican woman who disappeared on a midnight border crossing and is swept into the world of human trafficking. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
- Click here to read an excerpt from ILLEGAL.

REUNION by Therese Fowler (Fiction)
Blue Reynolds is a super-famous talk show host, with a big secret in her past: a baby boy she gave up for adoption. As she jets off to Key West to film her program, her life is about to become very complicated as the search for her son intensifies and the big love of her life resurfaces. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.
- Click here to read an excerpt from REUNION.

THE LONG FALL: The First Leonid McGill Mystery by Walter Mosley (Mystery)
Bestselling author Walter Mosley introduces a new private-eye mystery series set in contemporary New York. Leonid McGill is a down-at-the-heels PI often known to bend the law to help his clients. He is trying to go straight, but when his current job leads to murder, he learns that the past is not so easily escaped. Reviewed by Tom Callahan.

EXECUTION DOCK by Anne Perry (Mystery)
Anne Perry returns to Victorian London with her first William Monk mystery in three years. EXECUTION DOCK pits Commander Monk against the nefarious Jericho Phillips, who is allegedly guilty of a string of child abductions and murders along the bustling docks of the Thames River. Reviewed by Ray Palen.

DANTE’S NUMBERS by David Hewson (Suspense)
In Rome, a legendary director is premiering his new film version of Dante’s INFERNO. But within moments, the event is in chaos. A man is dead. The film’s star is missing --- and a priceless relic has vanished. In David Hewson’s new novel of suspense, Detective Nic Costa, numb from the recent death of his wife, finds himself and his fellow detectives drawn into a strange and terrifying limbo --- the first of Dante’s nine circles of Hell. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

DON'T CRY: Stories by Mary Gaitskill (Fiction/Short Stories)
From the powerful pen of Mary Gaitskill comes DON'T CRY, her first collection of short stories in more than a decade. The tales here are intense and thought-provoking, compelling and often tragic, yet filled with a subtle magic. In just 10 stories Gaitskill explores the spectrum of emotion: lust, greed, sorrow, hope, anger and many forms of love. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

GRAVE GOODS: A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel by Ariana Franklin (Historical Mystery)
Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar has finally achieved a peaceful, happy, if somewhat unorthodox life for herself. Into her satisfied existence, however, bursts a new request from her so-called benefactor, the man who enables the native Italian to settle safely and without challenge in England. In this third spectacular mystery featuring medieval physician Adelia Aguilar, Ariana Franklin delves into an even older story: the legend of King Arthur and Guinevere. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

WHISPER TO THE BLOOD: A Kate Shugak Novel by Dana Stabenow (Mystery)
Kate Shugak, the irrepressible Aleut private investigator, is back as Dana Stabenow spins her 16th story in this amazing series. Packed with action, adventure, mystery and romance played out against the backdrop of the Alaskan Bush, steeped in Native culture, WHISPER TO THE BLOOD is sure to attract new fans and please devoted Stabenow rats as well. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

Kyle Mills
In this interview with's Joe Hartlaub, bestselling author Kyle Mills talks about what inspired him to set his 10th and latest novel, LORDS OF CORRUPTION, in war-torn Africa and sheds light on the extreme disparity between the continent's economic conditions with that of the U.S. He also explains his knack for penning books with very timely subjects, discusses what led him to pursue writing instead of following in his father's footsteps in law enforcement, and reveals how he would attempt to fix Africa's numerous problems if given the opportunity.

Paul Levine
In his latest novel, ILLEGAL, Paul Levine --- author of the bestselling Jake Lassiter and Solomon vs. Lord series --- introduces readers to a new protagonist: down-and-out lawyer Jimmy "Royal" Payne. In this interview with's Joe Hartlaub and Nicole Bruce, Levine talks about what inspired him to create this character and explains the book's difference in tone compared to his lighter, more comedic works. He also reveals what prompted him to focus on the subject of illegal immigration, discusses how living in both Florida and California have shaped his attitudes toward this controversial topic, and shares details about the next installment in this new series.

New in Paperback Roundup
March’s roundup of New in Paperback fiction titles includes NOTHING TO LOSE, the 12th installment in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series that introduces readers to Hope and Despair, two lonely towns in Colorado; GUILTY by Karen Robards, a suspenseful and romantic thriller in which a feisty female attorney's life is threatened when her hidden past resurfaces in an unexpected way; THE THIRD ANGEL, a remarkable work of fiction from prolific author Alice Hoffman that charts the lives of three women in love with the wrong men; THE CURE FOR MODERN LIFE, Lisa Tucker’s wise, thought-provoking and morally compelling novel that raises questions about major social issues and the unpredictability of human relationships; THE EX-DEBUTANTE by Linda Francis Lee, a funny and poignant story of one ex-debutante who must decide if she’ll risk everything for love; and MUDBOUND, debut novelist Hillary Jordan’s award-winning portrait of two families caught up in the blind hatred of a small Southern town.

Among our nonfiction highlights are A WOLF AT THE TABLE, the prequel to the bestseller RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, in which Augusten Burroughs recreates the unspeakably terrifying relationship between a sociopathic father and a son yearning for unconditional love; LADIES OF LIBERTY by Cokie Roberts, a colorful blend of biographical portraits and behind-the-scenes vignettes chronicling women's public roles and private responsibilities; and THE WARRIOR, a heart-rending memoir written in 28 poems that Frances Richey dedicates to her son, Ben, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Green Beret who served two tours of duty in Iraq.

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 an excerpt from LOOK AGAIN.

PLEA OF INSANITY by Jilliane Hoffman
The prosecutor --- Julia Vacanti. Young, ambitious, and facing a case that could launch her career. The defendant --- David Marquette. A successful Miami surgeon and devoted family man. The victims --- Marquette’s own wife and three small children. The plea --- Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. The perfect father and model husband, David Marquette seemingly just snapped one night. Or did he? His experienced defense team claims paranoid delusions caused by schizophrenia drove him to slaughter his entire family.
- Click here to read an excerpt from PLEA OF INSANITY.

Women's Fiction Author Spotlight
PRAYERS FOR SALE by Sandra Dallas
It's 1936 and the depression has ravaged the country. Hennie Comfort is 86 and has lived in the mountains of Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado. Nit Spindle is just 17 and newly married. After a chance encounter between the two women, the harsh conditions of life that each have endured create an instant bond and an unlikely friendship is formed, one in which the deepest of hardships are shared and the darkest of secrets are confessed.
- Click here to read an excerpt from PRAYERS FOR SALE.

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 a second excerpt from MALICE.

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