Popular New Releases for Holiday Giving FICTION

Popular New Releases for Holiday Giving FICTION
Recommended by the Belmont Library Staff

(November 2012)

Almond, Steve. God Bless America Stories. Lookout Books, University of North Carolina Wilmington, c2011.  Almond (My Life in Heavy Metal, 2002) hears America singing, and the country is way off-key, at least in this collection of 13 irony-laden short stories. 


Andrews, Donna.  Some like it Hawk: a Meg Langslow mystery. Minotaur Books, 2012. The future of Caerphilly, Va., is at stake in Agatha-winner Andrews's warm, charming 14th Meg Langslow mystery (after The Real Macaw, 2011).  


Baldacci, David. The Forgotten. Grand Central Publishing, 2012.  A combat veteran,  Army Special Agent Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case-but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.


Child, Lee. A Wanted Man: a Jack Reacher novel. Delacorte Press, c2012. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat to both sides at once. 


Connelly, Michael. The Black Box. Little, Brown and Company, 2012. In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992. Connelly draws on all his resources to craft a mystery thriller sure to enthrall fans and newcomers alike. 


Cornwell, Patricia. Bone Bed. Putnam, 2012. A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. As events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist’s disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.


Coulter, Catherine. Backfire. G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2012. The FBI thrillers. When a San Francisco judge is shot at the same time a once-relentless federal prosecutor turns cautious, FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich receive an ominous note from the culprit that blames them for the incident.  


Cussler, Clive. Poseidon’s Arrow. Putnam, 2012. Filled with breathtaking suspense and extraordinary imagination, Poseidon’s Arrow is further proof that when it comes to adventure writing, nobody beats Clive Cussler.


DeMille, Nelson. The Panther. Grand Central, 2012. Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted to Yemen where they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing. Filled with breathtaking plot turns and told in John Corey's inimitable voice. 


Erdrich, Louise. The Round House. Harper, 2012 Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together,The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction.  


Evanovich, Janet. Notorious Nineteen: a Stephanie Plum novel. Bantam Dell Pub Group, 2012. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck , she’ll have to remember: no guts, no glory. . . .


Flynn, Vince. The Last Man. Atria, 2012. Joe Rickman, head of CIA clandestine operations in Afghanistan, has been kidnapped and his four bodyguards executed in cold blood. Irene Kennedy, director of the CIA, has dispatched Mitch Rapp to Afghanistan to find Rickman at all costs.


Follett, Ken. Winter of the World. Dutton, 2012. Bk 2 of the Century trilogy (Fall of Giants, Bk 1) The stories of five interrelated families who struggle with social, political, and economic turmoil in the mid-twentieth century.  It picks up right where the first book left off, and continues up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.  


Frost, Jeaniene. Once Burned. Avon Books, c2012. A Night Prince novel. Leila has the ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch, must use her telepathic gift to call to the world's most infamous vampire.  


Gerritsen, Tess. Last to Die. Ballantine Books, c2012. A Rizzoli & Isles novel. At isolated Evenson boarding school, Maura Isles finds that all students are survivors of violence and are being instructed in scientific detective skills, a discovery that coincides with Jane Rizzoli's investigation into the murder of a boy's foster family. 


Grisham, John. The Racketeer. Doubleday, 2012. Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.


James, Eloisa. The Ugly Duchess. Avon, c2012. Ordinary Theodora Saxby is the last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn to marry. The tabloids give the marriage six months.  Latest in the Desperate Duchesses Series.


Kristoff, Jay. Stormdancer. Thomas Dunne Books, 2012. The first in an epic new fantasy series, introducing an unforgettable new heroine and a stunningly orig  nal dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan. 


Laurie, Victoria. Lethal Outlook: a psychic eye mystery. New American Library, c2012.  Abigail Cooper helps a mysterious woman search for a missing person only to become a suspect in the disappearance herself, all while trying to plan her upcoming wedding.


Lehane, Dennis. Live by Night. William Morrow, c2012. Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue.

Nesbø, Jo, 1960-. Phantom; translated by Don Bartlett. Harvill Secker, 2012.  Former police inspector Harry Hole returns to Oslo after three years abroad and takes up the solitary investigation of what appears to be the first impossible case in Harry Hole's career. Jo Nesbo has been compared to Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, and Henning Mankell. He has won the Glass Key, the Riverton Prize, and the Booksellers Prize, and one of his Harry Hole novels was voted best Norwegian crime novel of all time by Norwegian readers.


Penny, Louise. The Beautiful Mystery. Minotaur Books, 2012. When the renowned choir director of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups is murdered, the lock on the monastery's massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Surete du Quebec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. 


Robb, J. D. Delusion in Death. G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012.  When a downtown bar erupts in sudden violence, Lieutenant Eve Dallas discovers that the bar's patrons were exposed to a lethal cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs administered through an airborne method. 


Roberts, Nora. The Perfect Hope. Berkley Books, 2012. Inn BoonsBoro trilogy; bk. 3. Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out—with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. No woman can resist his sexy swagger, except apparently Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper.(The Last Boyfriend, Bk 2; The Next Always, Bk 1


Sagara, Michelle. Cast in Peril. Harlequin, c2012. The recent in the Chronicles of Elantra series.  It has been a busy few weeks for Private Kaylin Neva. The unusual egg she'd been given began to hatch and that turned out to be lucky, because it absorbed the energy from the bomb that went off in her quarters.


Sandford, John. Mad River. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 201.2 Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down, but even he doesn’t realize what’s about to happen next.


Sloan, Robin. Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore. Straus and Giroux, 2012.  A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.

Popular New Releases for Holiday Giving FICTION
Recommended by the Belmont Library Staff

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