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Friday, April 10, 2009

April 10, 2009

The following reviews, interviews and features began running on Bookreporter.com on Friday, April 10th.

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

THE LATE LAMENTED MOLLY MARX by Sally Koslow
THE SIEGE by Stephen White
KILL ME by Stephen White
DRIFTWOOD SUMMER by Patti Callahan Henry
LABOR DAY by Joyce Maynard
SHANGHAI GIRLS by Lisa See
SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN by Lisa See
ONE SPICE TWO SPICE: American Food, Indian Flavor by Floyd Cardoz and Jane Daniels Lear
THE SILVER PALATE GOOD TIMES COOKBOOK by Julee Rosso, Sheila Lukins and Sarah Leah Chase


Reviews and Excerpts
MALICE by Lisa Jackson (Romantic Suspense)
Detective Rick Bentz, struggling to recover from the crippling effects of an accident, is shaken to the core when a mysterious package arrives for him, its contents implying that his ex-wife, long dead, may actually be alive and living in Los Angeles. To settle his own mind, Bentz sets off for L.A. to seek out answers and chase his past demons. Arriving back in his old life, however, brings a long-dormant killer out of hibernation --- a killer Bentz failed to catch years ago. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.

JUST TAKE MY HEART by Mary Higgins Clark (Thriller)
In her new thriller, Mary Higgins Clark delves into a legal battle over the guilt or innocence of a man accused of murdering his wife. Woven into her plot is an eerie, little-understood but documented medical phenomenon --- the emergence of a donor's traits and memories in the recipient of a heart transplant. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum.
- Click here to read an excerpt from JUST TAKE MY HEART.

THE DEAD MAN by Joel Goldman (Thriller)
People in Milo Harper’s study of the human brain are starting to die exactly as they have dreamed they would die. Harper hires Jack Davis to find out why their nightmares are coming true and protect his foundation. But when Jack investigates, he crosses paths with a serial killer inside one of the most advanced research facilities in the world. For Jack, the case will shatter illusions, raise ghosts, and take him onto both sides of the law and into the path of a murderer’s terrifying rage. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
- Click here to read an excerpt from THE DEAD MAN.

WRONGFUL DEATH by Robert Dugoni (Legal Thriller)
Just minutes after winning a $1.6 million wrongful death verdict, attorney David Sloane confronts the one case that threatens to blemish his unbeaten record in the courtroom. In New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni's latest legal thriller, Sloane returns to uncover a ruthless conspiracy that reaches farther and deeper than anything he could have imagined. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
- Click here to read an excerpt from WRONGFUL DEATH.

BORDERLINE by Nevada Barr (Mystery)
National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon returns from a harrowing experience in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in a fragile mental state. Mother Nature, immigration politics and heroism combine to make BORDERLINE one of Nevada Barr’s most compelling suspense novels in this always eagerly awaited series. Reviewed by Roz Shea.

COLUMBINE by Dave Cullen (Contemporary American History)
It has been 10 years since “Columbine” came to mean “massacre” in the American psyche. Instead of conjuring up the delicate blue flowers, the word is synonymous with a particular kind of violence: massive and seemingly random. In his account of the infamous and horrific school shootings, journalist Dave Cullen unpacks the event, including the mental health and history of the killers, their planned rampage, the responses of the community and survivors, and the truths and lies published by the media. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

LAURA RIDER’S MASTERPIECE by Jane Hamilton (Fiction)
Real life meets romance novel in LAURA RIDER’S MASTERPIECE, Jane Hamilton’s witty, tightly constructed take on modern marriage, media and morality. Although her new book disguises some significant issues behind a veneer of humor and lighthearted description, it does so in a way that will certainly surprise many of Hamilton’s long-time readers. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

SCHEMERS: A Nameless Detective Novel by Bill Pronzini (Mystery)
A locked room mystery that goes from stolen books to stolen lives and the hunt for a phantom stalker with a penchant for pouring acid to make his point give Nameless and his partner Jake more than enough work to earn their fees --- as long as neither turns his back at the wrong moment. Reviewed by Tom Callahan.

THE DAKOTA CIPHER: An Ethan Gage Adventure by William Dietrich (Historical Thriller)
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author William Dietrich’s THE DAKOTA CIPHER is the third book in his series featuring Ethan Gage. This time around, the expatriate American is back in the U.S. accompanied by a Norwegian warrior named Magnus Bloodhammer on the hunt for an ancient Norse artifact --- Thor’s Hammer! Reviewed by Ray Palen.

NO SURVIVORS: An Accident Man Novel by Tom Cain (Thriller)
Tom Cain’s THE ACCIDENT MAN introduced Samuel Carver, a man hired to make bad things happen. Carver is back in an action-packed new adventure that takes him from the war rooms of Washington, D.C., to the merciless Arctic peaks of Norway and from the palaces of the French Riviera to the war-torn Serbian countryside. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN by Kate Morton (Fiction)
A three-generation saga with a spooky fairy-tale twist, this fat, absorbing new novel by the author of THE HOUSE AT RIVERTON transports us from Victorian London and Cornwall to Queensland, Australia. Call it THE SECRET GARDEN for grownups. Reviewed by Kathy Weissman.

JEFF IN VENICE, DEATH IN VARANASI by Geoff Dyer (Fiction)
Geoff Dyer’s fourth work of fiction is a brilliantly bifurcated exploration of the emotional poles of sensual pleasure and spiritual quest. It’s a smart, funny, eyes-wide-open take on our search for meaning, one of those rare novels that begs to be read again the moment you have turned to the final page. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.


Interviews
Lisa Jackson
Lisa Jackson's latest installment in her New Orleans series, MALICE, finds Detective Rick Bentz literally haunted by ghosts from his past. In this interview with Bookreporter.com's Stephen Hubbard, Jackson describes what inspired the plot of this story and explains why her protagonist always seems to be down on his luck. She also discusses what prompted the book's change of scenery from Louisiana to California, reveals how she unwinds after writing particularly intense and "creepy" scenes, and shares details about some of her future projects --- both solo efforts and collaborations with her sister, author Nancy Bush.

Joel Goldman
Nightmares take on new meaning in Joel Goldman's latest thriller, THE DEAD MAN, in which special agent Jack Davis investigates a serial killer who murders his victims according to the ways in which they each dreamed they would die. In this interview with Bookreporter.com's Joe Hartlaub, Goldman credits both a newspaper article and his longtime interest in science as inspiration for the book's plot, and elaborates on the neurological condition from which both he and his protagonist suffer. He also gives readers a peek into his own nightmares and shares details about his upcoming novel due out next year.


Author Talk
Robert Dugoni
Attorney David Sloane, the protagonist of the 2006 bestseller THE JURY MASTER, has resurfaced in Robert Dugoni's latest thriller, WRONGFUL DEATH. In this interview, Dugoni explains why he decided to resurrect this character after having no previous plans to do so, and discusses the inspiration behind the novel's plot, which centers on the current war in Iraq. He also elaborates on injustices brought about by the Feres Doctrine, which figures predominantly in the book, describes how he was able to accurately portray the atmosphere overseas, and shares details on Sloane's future in upcoming works.


Romantic Suspense Author Spotlight
UNSEEN by Nancy Bush
Gemma La Porte wakes up in a hospital and knows her name and where she lives, but there are blank spaces in her memory. When released, she senses she’s being watched but thinks she's overreacting. As the days pass, Gemma begins having blackouts, waking up and having no idea where she's been or what she's done, especially when she finds blood on her hands. Has she committed murder?
- Click here to read an excerpt from UNSEEN.


Debut Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight
ALL THE PRETTY DEAD GIRLS by John Manning
Two decades ago, at a private women’s college in upstate New York, a student was brutally attacked in her dorm room, but her assailant was never found. Sue Barlow arrives at Wilbourne College twenty years later. When a classmate disappears, Sue thinks it’s an isolated incident until two other girls vanish. As fear grows on campus, Sue begins to sense she’s being watched, and as the body count rises, she soon realizes that a twisted psychopath is summoning her to play a wicked game.
- Click here to read an excerpt from ALL THE PRETTY DEAD GIRLS.


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 a third excerpt from LOOK AGAIN.

PLEA OF INSANITY by Jillian 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 a third 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 a third excerpt from PRAYERS FOR SALE.


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