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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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

The titles below are discussed in the Bookreporter.com Newsletter Opener, which can be read here:

THE ALCHEMIST by Paul Coelho
MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST by Stieg Larsson

NIGHT ROAD by Kristin Hannah
OXYGEN by Carol Cassella

STILTSVILLE by Susanna Daniel

RICH BOY by Sharon Pomerantz

JUSTICE: What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel
NEUROMANCER by William Gibson
PATTERN RECOGNITION by William Gibson

SPOOK COUNTRY by William Gibson
GORKY PARK by Martin Cruz Smith

CHILD 44 by Tom Rob Smith
AND THEREBY HANGS A TALE by Jeffrey Archer



Reviews and Excerpts

MAYBE THIS TIME by Jennifer Crusie (Fiction)
Andie Miller is ready to move on in life. She wants to marry her fiancé and leave behind everything in her past, especially her ex-husband, North Archer. But when Andie tries to gain closure with him, he asks one final favor of her before they go their separate ways forever. A very distant cousin of his has died and left North as the guardian of two orphans who have driven out three nannies already, and things are getting worse. He needs a very special person to take care of the situation, and he knows Andie can handle anything. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.
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here to read an excerpt from MAYBE THIS TIME.

VERMILION DRIFT by William Kent Krueger (Mystery)
William Kent Krueger’s gripping tale of suspense begins with a recurring nightmare, a gun, and a wound in the earth so deep and horrific that it has a name: Vermilion Drift. When the Department of Energy puts an underground iron mine on its short list of potential sites for storage of nuclear waste, a barrage of protest erupts in Tamarack County, Minnesota, and Cork is hired as a security consultant. Deep in the mine during his first day on the job, Cork stumbles across a secret room that contains the remains of six murder victims. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
-Click here to read an excerpt from VERMILION DRIFT.

ZERO HISTORY by William Gibson (Technological Thriller)
Former military agents, rock drummers turned writers, recovering druggies, manipulative advertising executives, espionage, deceit, and potty-mouthed computer geniuses. Who knew fashion was so intense? ZERO HISTORY is the third book in William Gibson’s trilogy detailing the events in the life of Hubertus Bigend and his ad agency, Blue Ant. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.
-Click here to read an excerpt from ZERO HISTORY.
-Visit William Gibson’s official website, www.WilliamGibsonBooks.com.

BODY WORK: A V. I. Warshawski Novel, by Sara Paretsky (Mystery)
The enigmatic performer known as the Body Artist takes the stage at Chicago's Club Gouge and allows her audience to use her naked body as a canvas for their impromptu illustrations. The evening takes a strange turn when one woman's sketch triggers a violent outburst from a man at a nearby table. Days later, the woman is shot and killed outside the club. Reviewed by Jennifer McCord.
-Click here to read an excerpt from BODY WORK.

DEXTER IS DELICIOUS by Jeff Lindsay (Thriller)
Dexter Morgan keeps his dark urges in check by adhering to one stead­fast rule: he only kills very bad people. But now Dexter is experiencing some major life changes, and they’re mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
-Click here to read an excerpt from DEXTER IS DELICIOUS.

THE HOLY THIEF by William Ryan (Historical Mystery)
Moscow, 1936, and Stalin’s Great Terror is beginning. In a deconsecrated church, a young woman is found dead, her mutilated body displayed on the altar for all to see. Captain Alexei Korolev, finally beginning to enjoy the benefits of his success with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia, is asked to investigate. But when he discovers that the victim is an American citizen, the NKVD --- the most feared organization in Russia --- becomes involved. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE THOUSAND by Kevin Guilfoile (Thriller)
Kevin Guilfoile’s riveting follow-up to CAST OF SHADOWS centers on an extraordinary young woman’s race to find her father’s killer and to free herself from the crossfire of a centuries-old civil war in which she has unknowingly become ensnared. THE THOUSAND seamlessly traverses the realms of math, science, music and philosophy. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

AN IMPARTIAL WITNESS: A Bess Crawford Mystery, by Charles Todd (Historical Mystery)
Charles Todd, the pseudonym for a mother-son writing team that has been producing top-notch historical thrillers for several years, continues their newest mystery series as British WWI nurse Bess Crawford returns in a new tale whereby she is the key witness to a murder and suicide. Reviewed by Ray Palen.

OUR TRAGIC UNIVERSE by Scarlett Thomas (Fiction)
Meg Carpenter is a young writer who embarks on an assignment to read New Age books and then puts them to work in her own life. In this completely unique novel brimming with philosophical ideas, Meg's encounters with the unexplained shape her own messy personal life. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

JUDGMENT AND WRATH by Matt Hilton (Thriller)
After barely escaping with his life while trying to save his half brother from a deranged killer, former military operative Joe Hunter has a new life in Florida. But he's soon approached by a man who wants Hunter to bring his daughter home. He claims that her boyfriend is a twisted, abusive man, and he hints that Hunter should use whatever force is necessary to rescue the girl. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

SICK CITY by Tony O’Neill (Thriller)
Meet Jeffrey and Randal, two desperate junkies and your guides on this top-to-bottom fun-house tour of Hollywood's underbelly. From infamous crime scenes to celebrity treatment centers, SICK CITY is an outrageous page-turning adventure set in the sun-bleached wilds of L.A. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.


Author Talk
William Kent Krueger
William Kent Krueger is the creator of a mystery series featuring Cork O'Connor, a former sheriff of Irish and American-Indian descent. In this interview, Krueger discusses his inspiration for the latest installment, VERMILION DRIFT, and why he explores more fully Cork’s relationship with his parents. He also talks about his decision to use Minnesota’s Iron Range as the primary setting for the novel, elaborates on the role of dreams in his work, and shares details about the next book in this award-winning series, which is expected to release in the fall of 2011.


Bookreporter.com Bets On
With thousands of books published each year and much attention paid to the works of bestselling and well-known authors, it is inevitable that some titles worthy of praise and discussion may not get the attention we think they deserve. Thus we continue to spotlight books that immediately struck a chord with us and made us say “just read this.” By alerting our readers to these titles as soon as they’re released, our hope is that you can discover them for yourselves and recommend them to your family and friends.

Our latest featured title is
HEALER by Carol Cassella (September 7th). Carol Cassella, author of the brilliant debut novel OXYGEN, returns with HEALER. Those who already have fallen in love with her work will appreciate this stellar sophomore effort, while those who have not yet discovered her will want to pick up this one. Cassella, who is an anesthesiologist living in the Seattle area, again sets her book in Washington and takes readers inside the medical profession. This time she plunges us into the world of new drug testing --- and what a fascinating world that is with huge stakes on all sides.
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here to read a review of HEALER.


Historical Fiction Author Spotlight
HER DAUGHTER'S DREAM by Francine Rivers (Historical Fiction)
Growing up isn't easy for little Carolyn Arundel. With her mother, Hildemara, quarantined to her room with tuberculosis, Carolyn forms a special bond with her momma, Marta, who moves in to care for the household. But as tensions between Hildie and Marta escalate, Carolyn believes she is to blame. When Hildie returns to work and Marta leaves, Carolyn and her brother grow up as latchkey kids in a world gripped by the fear of the Cold War.
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here to read an excerpt from HER DAUGHTER'S DREAM.
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here to read Francine Rivers's bio.
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here to see Francine Rivers's backlist.
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here to read more about HER DAUGHTER'S DREAM.


Women's Fiction Author Spotlight
MAYBE THIS TIME by Jennifer Crusie (Fiction)
Andie Miller is ready to move on in life. She wants to marry her fiancé and leave behind everything in her past, especially her ex-husband, North Archer. But when Andie tries to gain closure with him, he asks one final favor of her before they go their separate ways forever. A very distant cousin of his has died and left North as the guardian of two orphans who have driven out three nannies already, and things are getting worse. He needs a very special person to take care of the situation and he knows Andie can handle anything.
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here to read a second excerpt from MAYBE THIS TIME.
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here to read Jennifer Crusie's bio.
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here to see Jennifer Crusie's backlist.
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here to read critical praise for MAYBE THIS TIME.
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here to read more about MAYBE THIS TIME.


One to Watch Author Spotlight
A SECRET KEPT by Tatiana de Rosnay (Fiction)
It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they’d returned to the island - over 30 years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the island’s haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer. When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.
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here to read a third excerpt from A SECRET KEPT.
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here to read Tatiana de Rosnay's bio.
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here to see Tatiana de Rosnay's backlist.
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here to see the reading group guide for A SECRET KEPT.
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here to read more about A SECRET KEPT.


Mystery Mayhem Author Spotlight
VERMILION DRIFT by William Kent Krueger (Mystery)
William Kent Krueger’s gripping tale of suspense begins with a recurring nightmare, a gun, and a wound in the earth so deep and horrific that it has a name: Vermilion Drift. When the Department of Energy puts an underground iron mine on its short list of potential sites for storage of nuclear waste, a barrage of protest erupts in Tamarack County, Minnesota, and Cork is hired as a security consultant. Deep in the mine during his first day on the job, Cork stumbles across a secret room that contains the remains of six murder victims.
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here to read an excerpt from VERMILION DRIFT.
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here to read William Kent Krueger's bio.
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here to see William Kent Krueger's backlist.
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here to read more about VERMILION DRIFT.


Romantic Suspense Author Spotlight
DON'T CRY by Beverly Barton (Romantic Suspense)
The crime scenes are horrifying: the victims arranged with deliberate care, posed to appear alive despite their agonized last moments and the shocking nature of their deaths. Chattanooga grief counselor Audrey Sherrod moonlights for the local police. It’s clear to her, and to Special Agent J.D. Cass, that the murders are the work of a deranged serial killer. At first, the only link is the victims’ similar physical appearance. But then another connection emerges, tying them to a long-ago series of horrifying crimes Audrey hoped would never resurface --- crimes that hit all too close to home. Each grisly new discovery proves the past has not been forgotten, and the worst is yet to come. Audrey went looking for the truth and she’s about to find it…and it will be more twisted and more terrifying than she ever imagined.
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here to read a second excerpt from DON'T CRY.
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here to watch a book trailer for DON'T CRY.
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here to watch an interview with Beverly Barton.
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here to read Beverly Barton's bio.
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here to see Beverly Barton's backlist.
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here to read more about DON'T CRY.


Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight

EARLY WARNING by Michael Walsh (Political Thriller)
The NSA’s most lethal weapon is back. Code-named Devlin, he operates in the darkest recesses of the US government. When international cyber-terrorists allow a deadly and cunning band of radical insurgents to breach the highest levels of national security, Devlin must take down an enemy bent on destroying America --- an enemy more violent and ruthless than the world has ever known.
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here to read a third excerpt from EARLY WARNING.
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here to read Michael Walsh's bio.
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here to see Michael Walsh's backlist.
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here to read critical praise for EARLY WARNING.
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here to read more about EARLY WARNING.
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here to watch a trailer for EARLY WARNING.


New in Paperback

September’s roundup of New in Paperback fiction titles includes Michael Crichton’s final work, PIRATE LATITUDES, a pirate adventure novel that swashes and buckles its way through the Caribbean in the mid-17th century at the height of piracy on the high seas; THE PROFESSIONAL, the 37th installment in the late Robert B. Parker’s
Spenser series; LOCKED IN by Marcia Muller, a Sharon McCone mystery that finds the San Francisco private eye trapped by locked-in syndrome --- almost total paralysis but an alert, conscious mind; 61 HOURS, a Jack Reacher thriller with a cliffhanger ending that Lee Child will follow up with in the sequel, WORTH DYING FOR, releasing in hardcover on October 19th; and BLUE NUDE, a moving story of history, legacy and ultimate reconciliation that prize-winning poet and bestselling author Elizabeth Rosner explores through the relationship between a German artist and an Israeli-born model.

Among our nonfiction highlights are STITCHES, a graphic novel memoir that recounts award-winning author David Small’s childhood in an abusive and emotionally absent household; TRAVELING WITH POMEGRANATES, in which Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter, Ann, chronicle their travels together through Greece and France at a time when each was on a quest to redefine herself and rediscover each other; and ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Rita Mae Brown, who takes a break from her
Mrs. Murphy series to share the lessons she has learned from all the marvelous creatures that have walked, galloped and flown into and through her world, as well as her deep appreciation for them.


Books into Movies
Fall is right around the corner, and fortunately for moviegoers, September promises to be yet another big month on the big screen. Action-packed flicks like The American and The Town will be sure to satisfy thriller enthusiasts everywhere, while the heart-wrenching drama Never Let Me Go will be embraced by readers of Kazuo Ishiguro’s highly acclaimed novel of the same name. And viewers looking for a family adventure can find three-dimensional fun in Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, the animated film based on Kathryn Lasky’s beloved The Guardians of Ga’Hoole series.

Don’t forget to check out our Books into Movies on DVD feature. This month we’re spotlighting
Letters to Juliet, an enchanting love story starring Amanda Seyfried, which releases on DVD and Blu-ray September 14th.


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