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Friday, June 12, 2009

June 12, 2009

The following reviews, interviews and features began running on on Friday, June 12th.

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

PERFECTION by Julie Metz
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU by Jonathan Tropper
THE BOOK OF JOE by Jonathan Tropper
EVERYTHING CHANGES by Jonathan Tropper
HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER by Jonathan Tropper
AFTER ETAN: The Missing Child Case That Held America Captive by Lisa R. Cohen
by Garth Stein

Reviews and Excerpts
ROADSIDE CROSSES: A Kathryn Dance Novel by Jeffery Deaver (Thriller)
ROADSIDE CROSSES, Jeffery Deaver’s latest novel, offers a bit of a departure from the work of one of thriller fiction’s most unpredictable and reliable practitioners. It marks both the return of Kathryn Dance, last seen in THE SLEEPING DOLL, and a continuation of that book, tying up one major loose end left over from its predecessor and creating a number of new ones. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
- Click here to read an excerpt from ROADSIDE CROSSES.

ROAD DOGS by Elmore Leonard (Thriller)
Legendary New York Times bestselling author Elmore Leonard returns with three of his favorite characters: Jack Foley from OUT OF SIGHT, Cundo Rey from LaBRAVA, and Dawn Navarro from RIDING THE RAP. They are back in action and working together. Or are they? Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

FUGITIVE by Phillip Margolin (Legal Thriller)
Amanda Jaffe, the heroine of three previous Phillip Margolin thrillers (WILD JUSTICE, TIES THAT BIND, PROOF POSITIVE), is back in FUGITIVE, a twisting tale of international intrigue and murder that leads her deep into the past and the crosshairs of a killer. Reviewed by Ray Palen.

DARE TO DIE: A Death on Demand Mystery by Carolyn Hart (Mystery)
Annie and Max Darling are completely unprepared when the arrival of a mysterious young woman shocks their sea island and stirs up more than just gossip. It turns out that Iris, the beautiful stranger, is a former resident of Broward's Rock. Her presence throws the normally happy town into a downward spiral that pits neighbor against neighbor. Reviewed by Judy Gigstad.

SUNNYSIDE by Glen David Gold (Fiction)
Glen David Gold, author of the bestseller CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL, has written a novel with the brilliantly realized figure of Charlie Chaplin at its center that captures the moment when American capitalism, a world at war, and the emerging mecca of Hollywood intersect to spawn an enduring culture of celebrity. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE CITY & THE CITY by China Miéville (Urban Fantasy)
Two cities, long-time neighbors, exist in a state of contempt, each a home to people who are required to ignore the citizens of the other. Rules are enforced to keep the two separate, but one little murder throws all of it into chaos as two investigators, one from each city, must work together to get to the bottom of a growing, and sinister, case. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.

IN THE DARK by Brian Freeman (Thriller)
Two young lovers. A sultry summer night. One brutal, cold-blooded murder. In this stunning, atmospheric thriller, Brian Freeman takes you deep into Detective Jonathan Stride’s complicated past. Can Stride put to rest the ghosts of his past, or will they devour him whole? Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE WAY WE WERE by Marcia Willett (Fiction)
The lives of two friends intertwine and merge in this engrossing drama, which tantalizes readers with mysteries and secrets. Marcia Willett gradually unveils the puzzle pieces, some from the past and others from the present, to form a satisfying and poignant portrait of family and friendship. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

THE LAST WAR by Ana Menendez (Fiction)
Flash, a photojournalist, chases conflicts around the globe with her war correspondent husband, Brando. Now Brando is in Iraq, awaiting her arrival. Yet instead of racing to join him, Flash idles in Istanbul, vaguely aware that her marriage is faltering. THE LAST WAR reveals the personal costs of combat journalism while probing crucial questions of cruelty and violence, love and identity. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

BURNT SHADOWS by Kamila Shamsie (Fiction)
This epic novel, spanning from 1945 Nagasaki to post-9/11 New York City, is a moving examination of the intertwining relationships of two families. The story is thoughtful, complex and elegantly written while remaining a page-turner. Most of all, it is absolutely unforgettable. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

BLACK WATER RISING by Attica Locke (Thriller)
In Atticka Locke’s debut thriller, an evening of celebration turns into a deadly night of murder. Jay Porter is afraid to share his information with the police, and someone is making sure he doesn’t change his mind. He must decide whether to risk his life or his integrity. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

THE ILLUSTRIOUS DEAD: The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army by Stephan Talty (History)
In a masterful dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, New York Times bestselling author Stephan Talty tells the story of a mighty ruler and a tiny microbe, antagonists whose struggle would shape the modern world. Reviewed by Curtis Edmonds.

Beach Bag of Books
Whether your "beach" is on sand, your backyard deck or a grassy meadow in the country, the summer months mean it's time for "beach reading." is celebrating the lazy days of summer reading with our Fifth Annual Beach Bag of Books feature and contests.

During select weeks from May 22nd through September 4th, a different title or collection of titles will be featured with a contest prize --- a beach bag stocked with the featured book(s) and summertime essentials. Five FABULOUS beach bags will be given away each week, as well as five copies of the featured book(s) to additional winners.

DRIFTWOOD SUMMER by Patti Callahan Henry (Fiction)
In her latest intriguing tale, Patti Callahan Henry skillfully weaves together the lives of three sisters --- Riley, Maisy and Adalee --- who reunite in an attempt to save the family bookstore. Conflicts arise with the return of Mack Logan, who unwittingly instigated the long-standing rift between Riley and Maisy. Both still yearn for him. When the choice is between "the true love of your life" romance and family healing, what will happen? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

SUMMER HOUSE by Nancy Thayer (Fiction)
From the New York Times bestselling author of MOON SHELL BEACH comes a moving new novel about an unexpectedly magical summer for three generations of women. Artfully written and set on the glorious island of Nantucket, Nancy Thayer’s SUMMER HOUSE is a vibrant and stirring work of fiction about family, love and daily choices that affect entire lives.

THE UNIT by Ninni Holmqvist (Fiction)
One day in early spring, Dorrit Weger is checked into the Second Reserve Bank Unit for biological material. Here, women over the age of 50 and men over 60 --- single, childless, and without jobs in progressive industries --- are expected to contribute themselves for the good of society. Despite the ruthless nature of this practice, Dorrit finds her conditions pleasant and comfortable. But when she meets a man and falls in love, the extraordinary becomes a reality and Dorrit is faced with compliance or escape.

2009 Summer Golf Books Roundup
Sunday, June 21st marks not only Father’s Day, but also the final round of the United States Open, the second major golf championship of the year. This year’s Open returns to Bethpage Black, one of the nation’s most famous and difficult public courses. In 2002, the course underwent substantial redesign and renovation in anticipation of the Open. Tiger Woods emerged victorious, and he returns to the New York course this year having won not only at Bethpage, but also at Torrey Pines in California last year. Father’s Day, the U.S. Open and summer usually signal the publication of a variety of enjoyable and entertaining books focusing on the game of golf. Once again, a number of excellent golf-related titles are available on the shelves of bookstores for golfers or for those looking for a gift for their golfing father or friend.

2009 New York Baseball Roundup
As the Mets and Yankees prepare for another go-round of interleague play, fans might consider six recently published titles that highlight a few key players for each --- in some cases both --- of the teams, including Yogi Berra, Roger Clemens, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling. You know, for those interminable pitching changes or commercial breaks.

Fourth Annual Father's Day Contest
Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the men in our lives who have raised and inspired us. Why not show him your appreciation by inspiring him with a great book? From May 29th through June 12th readers will have the chance to win one of our five Father’s Day Tote Bag Coolers, which are stocked with handy and fun items for dad as well as one copy of all six of our featured titles. Whether he is a fan of suspense novels, uplifting stories --- or if he’s just looking for great summer cooking ideas --- has the perfect gift suggestions for the dad in your life.

Our featured Father’s Day titles are:

- THE BOOK OF DADS: Essays on the Joys, Perils, and Humiliations of Fatherhood, edited by Ben George
- DIAMONDHEAD by Patrick Robinson
- HURRY DOWN SUNSHINE: A Memoir, by Michael Greenberg
- NUDGE: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
- THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight
THE SHIMMER by David Morrell
In New York Times bestselling author David Morrell’s new novel, THE SHIMMER, bizarre phenomena draw hundreds of people to a remote Texas town, including a Santa Fe police officer and his wife who find themselves plunged into violence and bloodshed that quickly spiral out of control. But has the military known about – and exploited – these inexplicable phenomena for decades, thus unleashing forces they may not be able to control?
- Click here to read David Morrell’s bio.
- Click here to read David Morrell’s bibliography.
- Clear here to read more about THE SHIMMER.

Women’s Fiction Author Spotlight
THE FIXER UPPER by Mary Kay Andrews
After her boss in a Washington PR firm is caught in a scandal, lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left broke, unemployed, and homeless. O
ut of options, she reluctantly accepts her father's offer to help refurbish Birdsong, a dilapidated, Pepto Bismol–pink victorian house he recently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia. The delightful New York Times bestselling author returns with a hilarious novel about one woman's quest to redo an old house... and her life.
- Click here to read an excerpt of THE FIXER UPPER.

"You can always start again," Kate Robinson's mother once told her, "all it takes is a new thread." Overwhelmed by heartbreak and loss, the struggling 26-year-old fashion designer follows her mother's advice and flees to her ancestral homeland of Ireland, hoping to break free of old patterns and reinvent herself. An enchanting, romantic tale of friendship and love in which a young American woman helps a group of lace makers change their lives --- and, ultimately, her own.
- Click here to read a second excerpt from THE LACE MAKERS OF GLENMARA.

Debut Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight
KILLING RED by Henry Perez
On death row, serial killer Kenneth Lee Grubb has six days to live and his last request is an interview with reporter Alex Chapa. What begins as a dream story soon turns into a nightmare for Alex. For amidst Grubb’s taunts and boasts lies the horrific claim that someone is carefully repeating his past crimes. When nine people suddenly turn up dead, Alex realizes Grubb is telling the truth. Now the copycat killer is ready to pay his ultimate tribute to his idol. He’s set his sights on Annie “Red” Sykes, the only survivor of his bloodlust fifteen years ago.
- Click here to read an excerpt of KILLING RED.

Mystery Mayhem Author Spotlight
Witty, smart and always chic, Haley Randolph has it all: Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Coach, Burberry, and she’d kill for the newest Louis Vuitton handbag... but it seems she’s not the only one. When someone’s passion for designer purses leads to murder, Haley goes shopping for a killer and to clear her name.
- Click here to read an excerpt from HANDBAGS AND HOMICIDE.

Literary Fiction Author Spotlight
rge Rabasa
For freelance writer Mark Lockwood, landing the job as ghost writer for opera diva Mercè Casals is a dream. But when she dies in her bath and her agent wants to give the project to a renowned celebrity biographer, Lockwood makes off with the interview tapes to save his last best chance at writing success.
- Click here to read a second excerpt from THE WONDER SINGER.

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