New Fiction

December 29 - January 4, 2014

Rosarito beach by M. A. LawsonRosarito beach  
Lawson, M. A.
Call Number: MYSTERY LAWS
2013
Bold, brash, and beautiful, Kay Hamilton is not your average DEA agent—she’s as infuriating as she is irresistible. Having recently been transferred to San Diego after a case in Miami brought her more notoriety than medals, Kay once again finds herself embroiled in an international bust. Tito Olivera, younger brother of drug czar Caesar Olivera, is within her grasp. If she takes down Tito, Kay is positive that Caesar will follow—and when Caesar falls, so does the largest and most vicious cartel in Mexico. But when a mysterious stranger shows up on her doorstep, all of Kay’s carefully laid plans are thrown out the window. The Olivera case suddenly becomes far more personal—not to mention dangerous—and Kay must be willing to sacrifice everything to get her man.Rosarito Beach is an explosive, action-packed thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats until the final moments of the epic conclusion.
The purity of vengeance by Jussi Adler-OlsenThe purity of vengeance  
Adler-Olsen, Jussi
Call Number: MYSTERY ADLE
2013
Adler-Olsen's fourth installment of his brilliant Department Q series is full of Danish jokes: pungent, dark, often excoriating ironies wrapped up in sarcastic Copenhagen Det. Carl Morck's latest personal and professional entanglements. He's investigating a missing madam case from the 1980s, as well as trumped up accusations of his involvement in the debacle that killed one of his partners, incapacitated another, and exiled Morck himself to the musty basement of the Department Q headquarters. Morck may also be implicated in his own uncle's drowning death. Meanwhile, villainous abortionist Dr. Carl Wad, the leader of the Purity Party, wants to cleanse Denmark, which he and his neo-Nazi followers believe is rotten, by forcibly sterilizing wayward and retarded women. Adler-Olsen merges story lines from 1955, 1987, and 2010 with ingenious aplomb, effortlessly mixing hilarities with horrors as one of Wad's victims, Nete Hermansen, plans and executes a Hitchcockian revenge. This crime fiction tour de force could only have been devised by an author who can even turn stomach flu into a belly laugh. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Killing Cupid by Laura LevineKilling Cupid  
Levine, Laura
Call Number: MYSTERY LEVI
2013
In Levine's so-so 12th Jaine Austen mystery (after 2012's Death of a Neighborhood Witch), the freelance writer and self-described "semiprofessional private eye" encounters homicide at a Beverly Hills dating service. Jaine leaps at the chance to work at the dating agency when its owner, Joy Amoroso, offers her a job writing sales brochure copy. With Valentine's Day approaching, Jaine thinks she'll have a chance to do some good, not to mention possibly find a romance of her own, only to discover that her boss is a ruthless taskmaster. When the inaptly named Joy is found murdered, Jaine goes to work clearing herself from suspicion and winnowing the lengthy list of suspects. Though Levine offers a well-crafted plot, broad comedy overwhelms the crime-solving, resulting in a book like the Double-Stuf Oreos Jaine is fond of-just a little too much. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Hazardous duty by W.E.B. GriffinHazardous duty  
Griffin, W.E.B.
Call Number: FICTION GRIF
2013
Bestseller Griffin’s unusual eighth Presidential Agent novel (after 2011’s Covert Warriors), his third with son Butterworth, is sure to catch regular readers off balance. President Joshua Ezekiel Clendennen wants series hero Lt. Col. Carlos “Charley” G. Castillo and his team to resolve the wars against the Mexican drug traffickers and the Somali pirates. Meanwhile, members of the president’s cabinet and other top Washington officials, who have long suspected that the president is crazy, agree that this overly ambitious policy decision shows that Clendennen is “absolutely bonkers, as mad as the legendary March hare.” Charley, who’s about to marry Susanna Barlow (formerly Svetlana “Sweaty” Alekseeva of the Russian secret service), has no inclination to become involved in the president’s wild scheme. How he and the other series regulars deal with this thorny problem takes up the rest of the book. If Griffin’s many fans wonder what their favorite author is up to with these amusing, sometimes silly, hijinks, he explains all in a short afterword. Agent: Robert Youdelman, Rember & Curtis. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The death trade by Jack HigginsThe death trade  
Higgins, Jack
Call Number: FICTION HIGG
2013
Iran is on the verge of making a nuclear bomb that "is cheap and four times as effective as anything else on the planet" in bestseller Higgins's timely 20th thriller featuring Sean Dillon, the former IRA enforcer turned British black ops agent. The unwilling mastermind behind the bomb is French-Iranian Simon Husseini, whose work on medical isotopes led to his forced research into nuclear weapons. Husseini's elderly mother and invalid 40-year-old daughter are under house arrest in Tehran to ensure his cooperation. When Husseini manages to escape to Iraq using a false passport, it is up to Lt. Col. Declan Rashid, the military attache at Iran's London embassy, to recapture him. Meanwhile, Dillon and Capt. Sara Gideon, introduced in 2012's A Devil Is Waiting, set out to rescue Husseini, free his family members, and bring him to England. Higgins, with his usual panache, follows a well-established and successful formula that should please fans. Agent: Ed Victor, Ed Victor Literary Agency (U.K.). (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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December 22 - 28, 2013

The empty chair by Bruce WagnerThe empty chair  
Wagner, Bruce
Call Number: FICTION WAGN
2013
In this new collection of two novellas by the author of Dead Stars, a fictionalized Wagner sits down with two disparate characters who have undergone traumatic spiritual journeys, interviewing them over the course of a few days. In “First Guru,” a gay man explains his love of Jack Kerouac, and narrates the story of his life, from being molested in a Catholic church to marrying a woman and having a child with her, to finally ending up where Wagner finds him, sleeping in and operating his book-van lending library. “Second Guru” concerns a woman, Queenie, on a trip to India, as she reconnects with her old flame, Kura, after battling with depression and the aftermath of an abusive relationship, in search of his former spiritual guide. The collection is aptly named, as the metaphor of the empty chair comes to mean radically different things for each of the protagonists and their journeys toward and away from Buddhism. Throughout the interviews, Wagner interjects descriptions of his subjects, lending believability to the format, and the dialogue is spot-on—especially when Queenie ruminates on her fantasies of self-obliteration. Ultimately a quiet, brooding collection, Wagner’s book deftly illustrates how the quest for spirituality and self-realization underscore one’s understanding of the purpose of life. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The purity of vengeance by Jussi Adler-OlsenThe purity of vengeance  
Adler-Olsen, Jussi
Call Number: MYSTERY ADLE
2013
Adler-Olsen's fourth installment of his brilliant Department Q series is full of Danish jokes: pungent, dark, often excoriating ironies wrapped up in sarcastic Copenhagen Det. Carl Morck's latest personal and professional entanglements. He's investigating a missing madam case from the 1980s, as well as trumped up accusations of his involvement in the debacle that killed one of his partners, incapacitated another, and exiled Morck himself to the musty basement of the Department Q headquarters. Morck may also be implicated in his own uncle's drowning death. Meanwhile, villainous abortionist Dr. Carl Wad, the leader of the Purity Party, wants to cleanse Denmark, which he and his neo-Nazi followers believe is rotten, by forcibly sterilizing wayward and retarded women. Adler-Olsen merges story lines from 1955, 1987, and 2010 with ingenious aplomb, effortlessly mixing hilarities with horrors as one of Wad's victims, Nete Hermansen, plans and executes a Hitchcockian revenge. This crime fiction tour de force could only have been devised by an author who can even turn stomach flu into a belly laugh. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Rosarito beach by M.A. LawsonRosarito beach  
Lawson, M.A.
Call Number: MYSTERY LAWS
2013
Bold, brash, and beautiful, Kay Hamilton is not your average DEA agent—she’s as infuriating as she is irresistible. Having recently been transferred to San Diego after a case in Miami brought her more notoriety than medals, Kay once again finds herself embroiled in an international bust. Tito Olivera, younger brother of drug czar Caesar Olivera, is within her grasp. If she takes down Tito, Kay is positive that Caesar will follow—and when Caesar falls, so does the largest and most vicious cartel in Mexico. But when a mysterious stranger shows up on her doorstep, all of Kay’s carefully laid plans are thrown out the window. The Olivera case suddenly becomes far more personal—not to mention dangerous—and Kay must be willing to sacrifice everything to get her man.Rosarito Beach is an explosive, action-packed thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats until the final moments of the epic conclusion.
Hazardous duty by W.E.B. GriffinHazardous duty  
Griffin, W.E.B.
Call Number: FICTION GRIF
2013
Bestseller Griffin’s unusual eighth Presidential Agent novel (after 2011’s Covert Warriors), his third with son Butterworth, is sure to catch regular readers off balance. President Joshua Ezekiel Clendennen wants series hero Lt. Col. Carlos “Charley” G. Castillo and his team to resolve the wars against the Mexican drug traffickers and the Somali pirates. Meanwhile, members of the president’s cabinet and other top Washington officials, who have long suspected that the president is crazy, agree that this overly ambitious policy decision shows that Clendennen is “absolutely bonkers, as mad as the legendary March hare.” Charley, who’s about to marry Susanna Barlow (formerly Svetlana “Sweaty” Alekseeva of the Russian secret service), has no inclination to become involved in the president’s wild scheme. How he and the other series regulars deal with this thorny problem takes up the rest of the book. If Griffin’s many fans wonder what their favorite author is up to with these amusing, sometimes silly, hijinks, he explains all in a short afterword. Agent: Robert Youdelman, Rember & Curtis. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The death trade by Jack HigginsThe death trade  
Higgins, Jack
Call Number: FICTION HIGG
2013
Iran is on the verge of making a nuclear bomb that "is cheap and four times as effective as anything else on the planet" in bestseller Higgins's timely 20th thriller featuring Sean Dillon, the former IRA enforcer turned British black ops agent. The unwilling mastermind behind the bomb is French-Iranian Simon Husseini, whose work on medical isotopes led to his forced research into nuclear weapons. Husseini's elderly mother and invalid 40-year-old daughter are under house arrest in Tehran to ensure his cooperation. When Husseini manages to escape to Iraq using a false passport, it is up to Lt. Col. Declan Rashid, the military attache at Iran's London embassy, to recapture him. Meanwhile, Dillon and Capt. Sara Gideon, introduced in 2012's A Devil Is Waiting, set out to rescue Husseini, free his family members, and bring him to England. Higgins, with his usual panache, follows a well-established and successful formula that should please fans. Agent: Ed Victor, Ed Victor Literary Agency (U.K.). (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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December 15 - 21, 2013

The invisible code by Christopher FowlerThe invisible code  
Fowler, Christopher
Call Number: MYSTERY FOWL
2013
London’s perpetually-in-jeopardy Peculiar Crimes Unit gets a reprieve in Fowler’s excellent 10th mystery featuring senior detectives Arthur Bryant and John May (after 2012’s The Memory of Blood). Oskar Kasavian, the Home Office security supervisor who oversees the PCU, hires Bryant and May unofficially to deal with a personal problem. His much-younger wife, Sabira, has begun acting strangely, and with Kasavian due to take the helm of a major European antiterror initiative, it’s vital that any scandal be avoided. When Sabira insists that devils are out to get her, the two sleuths take her fears seriously. They look into a possible tie to the death of Amy O’Connor, who dropped dead in a church from unknown causes shortly after two children identified her as a witch and plotted to kill her. In the light of the challenges that Fowler has given his heroes in prior books, it’s particularly impressive that he manages to surpass himself once again. Agent: Howard Morhaim, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Murder as a second language by Joan HessMurder as a second language  
Hess, Joan
Call Number: MYSTERY HESS
2013
In Hess's winning 19th Claire Malloy mystery (after 2012's Deader Homes and Gardens), Claire's daughter, Caron, and Caron's best friend, Inez, sign on as ESL tutors so they can put community service on their college applications. Claire also tries to volunteer at the Farberville, Ark., Literacy Council, but she winds up instead joining the board of directors. One of the ESL students, elderly Ludmila Grabowski, is found dead in a council storage room, and it appears as though she fell and hit her head against a copying machine, but someone appears to have dragged her body into a corner to try to conceal it. Claire's new husband, Deputy Chief Peter Rosen, actually asks for her help in what becomes a murder case-which is a good thing, since she's going to snoop anyway. Claire discovers that her fellow board members had plenty to hide as she investigates with her usual humor and panache. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The new countess by Fay WeldonThe new countess  
Weldon, Fay
Call Number: FICTION WELD
2013
From the award-winning novelist and writer of Upstairs Downstairs, the third book in a brilliant trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey.England, 1903. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne and the entire grand estate, with its hundred rooms, is busy planning for a visit from Edward VII and Queen Alexandra just a few months a way. Preparations are elaborate and exhaustive: the menus and fashions must be just so, and so must James, the new heir and son of Arthur Dilberne and Chicago heiress, Minnie O'Brien. But there are problems. Little James is being reared to Lady Isobel's tastes, not Minnie's. And Mrs. O'Brien is visiting from America and causing trouble. Meanwhile, the Dilbernes' niece, Adela is back and stirring up hysteria in the servants hall by claiming the house is cursed. The royal visit is imperiled, but so are the Dilberne finances once more. His Lordship is under tremendous stress, and the pecking order will soon be upset as everything at Dilberne Court changes.The New Countess is the final novel in Fay Weldon's exciting trilogy that began with Habits of the House and Long Live the King. The bestselling novelist and award-winning writer of the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs lifts the curtain on British society, upstairs and downstairs, under one roof.
We are water by Wally LambWe are water  
Lamb, Wally
Call Number: FICTION LAMB
2013
Set mostly in Connecticut, Lamb's (She's Come Undone) fifth novel takes on race, class, sexuality, and art, sometimes clumsily, yet the complex plot is captivating. On the brink of her second marriage, artist Annie Oh fis plagued by "lifestyle guilt." After a tormented childhood—a flood that killed her mother and sister; a stint in foster care; abuse at the hands of her cousin—Annie leaves her husband, Dr. Orion Oh, for a woman: art dealer Viveca Christophoulos-Shabbas. The Ohs' three children—all grown—accept their mother's decision, though Andrew is more reluctant than his sisters, Marissa and Ariane. Lamb seems eager to include many permutations of American identity: Orion is Chinese-Italian, Viveca is Greek–and previously married to an Arab man to boot. A section narrated by a Ku Klux Klansman's widow is unconvincing, torn between racism and apology. However Lamb excels at delivering unexpected blows to his characters, ratcheting up the suspense to the final page. Agent: Kassie Evashevski,United Talent Agency. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Romulus Buckle & the engines of war by Richard PrestonRomulus Buckle & the engines of war  
Preston, Richard
Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION PRES
2013
The frozen wasteland of Snow World - known as Southern California before an alien invasion decimated civilization - is home to warring steampunk clans. Crankshafts, Imperials, Tinskins, Brineboilers, and many more all battle one another for precious supplies, against ravenous mutant beasts for basic survival, and with the mysterious Founders for their very freedom. Through this ruined world soars the Pneumatic Zeppelin, captained by the daring Romulus Buckle. In the wake of a nearly suicidal assault on the Founders? prison city to rescue key military leaders, both the steam-powered airship and its crew are bruised and battered. Yet there's little time for rest or repairs: Founders raids threaten to shatter the fragile alliance Buckle has risked everything to forge among the clans. Even as he musters what seems a futile defense in the face of inevitable war, Buckle learns that the most mysterious clan of all is holding his long-lost sister in a secret base - and that she holds the ultimate key to victory over the Founders. But rescuing her means abandoning his allies and praying they survive long enough for there to be an alliance to return to.
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December 8 - 14, 2013

The Republic of Thieves by Scott LynchThe Republic of Thieves  
Lynch, Scott
Call Number: FANTASY LYNC
2013
Lynch’s long-awaited third Gentleman Bastards high-fantasy caper novel (after 2007’s The Lies of Locke Lamora and 2008’s Red Seas Under Red Skies) abundantly delivers on the promise of the earlier volumes. Quick-witted protagonist Locke is slowly succumbing to poison as his loyal companion, Jean, tries to find someone who can save him. The price of rescue gets the duo involved in running an election campaign in the city-state of Karthain, where the parties are fronts for two factions of terrifyingly powerful mages. The opposition campaign leader is none other than Locke’s long-lost love, Sabetha, who knows all of his moves and has a few of her own. A set of flashbacks explores Locke, Jean, and Sabetha’s shared past as a theatrical scam goes horribly wrong. Locke and company remain among the most engaging protagonists in fantasy, and Lynch sneaks in some incisive political parody while never overdoing the comedy. The result is fast paced, fun, and impossible to put down. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Innocence by Dean KoontzInnocence  
Koontz, Dean
Call Number: FICTION KOON
2013
In this imaginative, mystical thriller from bestseller Koontz (77 Shadow Street), Addison Goodheart, a 26-year-old man so “exceedingly ugly” that his appearance causes “the most terrible rage” in regular people, lives alone in a hidden part of an American metropolis, but views his solitude as a gift that has enabled him to recognize “reality’s complex dimensions.” An unexpected encounter in a deserted library with Gwyneth, an 18-year-old Goth girl who’s the target of the rare-book curator’s lust, throws him for a loop. Addison bonds with Gwyneth, who suspects her nemesis, J. Ryan Telford, of murdering her father by sending him poisoned honey. The interactions of the isolated leads and the meaning of their existence overshadow the crime elements, and the language can be vague (e.g., “Who we of the hidden were, what we were, why we ever existed, explained the mystery of music issuing out of the ether”). Still, this is the most satisfying Koontz standalone in a while. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Heirs of the body by Carola DunnHeirs of the body  
Dunn, Carola
Call Number: MYSTERY DUNN
2013
Set in 1927, Dunn's entertaining 21st Daisy Dalrymple mystery (after 2012's Gone West) takes Daisy to her childhood home, Fairacres, in Worcestershire. Daisy's cousin, Lord Dalrymple, needs her help vetting candidates for designation as heir apparent to his title and estate. A number of claimants from the far corners of the British Empire, including a South African diamond merchant and a Jamaican sailor, gather at Fairacres, where drawing-room manners clash with colonial informality and ignorance, much to Daisy's mother's dismay. When strange accidents begin to happen, Daisy and her Scotland Yard inspector husband, Alec Fletcher, suspect that one of the candidates will go to great lengths to establish his right of inheritance-perhaps as far as murder. Daisy and Alec must do their utmost to discover a possible killer and protect the innocent as well as the legitimate heir. Fans of Downtown Abbey will be delighted. Agent: Alice Volpe, Northwest Literary Agency. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Hunted by Karen RobardsHunted  
Robards, Karen
Call Number: FICTION ROBA
2013
’Twas the night before Christmas . . . and dozens of rich, influential hostages are trapped inside a sprawling lakefront mansion in New Orleans. The perp? Detective Reed Ware, model cop turned outlaw. After receiving a panicked call from Hollis “Holly” Bayard, a teenage street tough with a penchant for amateur sleuthing who stumbles upon the scene of a drug-deal-turned- murder, Ware finds his and his friend’s lives in dire danger. The crime Holly witnessed could be the biggest police cover-up this side of New Orleans—and no one’s talking. Driven to desperate measures to uncover the truth, Ware stages a coup at a Christmas party for the New Orleans elite, including the mayor, the council chairman, the sheriff, and the superintendent of police, who just happens to be hostage negotiator Caroline Wallace’s estranged father. Cool, calm, controlled. That’s Caroline’s reputation. But when she’s brought in to talk Ware off the proverbial ledge, she realizes no amount of false promises is going to placate this man, who looks even hotter than he did years ago when seventeen-year-old Caroline tried to seduce him. It was his duty to protect her family then. Now it’s her turn . . . if she can think fast enough over the pounding of her heart. When Caroline becomes wrapped up in the drama, it’s clear the sizzling tension she shared with Ware never let up. And the harder she tries to defuse the situation, the more she begins to wonder whose side she’s really on.
Innocent blood by James RollinsInnocent blood  
Rollins, James
Call Number: FICTION ROLL
2013
Biblical prophecies and vampires drive Rollins and Cantrell’s unwieldy second Sanguines thriller featuring archeologist Erin Granger and Sgt. Jordan Stone (after 2013’s The Blood Gospel). According to the long-lost Blood Gospel, Armageddon can only be averted if three figures—the Knight of Christ, the Warrior of Man, and the Woman of Learning—seek out another mysterious figure, the First Angel. Fr. Rhun Korza has been identified as the first, Jordan as the second, and Erin may be the third. Jordan and Erin are sent to Rome to help locate the vanished Korza and are drawn into a battle of wits and force with vampiric bloodsuckers known as strigoi and with Sanguinists, strigoi who serve the Catholic Church. The result is a less than convincing blend of fractured religion, history, and mythology. 5-city author tour. Agent: (for Rollins) Russ Galen and Danny Baror; (for Cantrell) Mary Alice Kier and Anna Cottle. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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December 1 - 7, 2013

Robert Ludlum's The Bourne retribution by Eric LustbaderRobert Ludlum's The Bourne retribution  
Lustbader, Eric
Call Number: FICTION LUST
2013
Jason Bourne is one of the most popular and compelling characters in modern fiction. Originally created by bestselling author Robert Ludlum, now New York Times bestselling writer Eric Van Lustbader carries on Ludlum's legacy with a new novel about the rogue secret agent who has lost his memory . . . Jason Bourne has been pursued by powerful governments--and escaped. Hunted by the most skilled assassins in the world--and outsmarted them. Targeted by terrorists--and defeated their plans for global chaos. But now, Bourne wants only one thing: retribution. THE BOURNE RETRIBUTION Bourne's friend Eli Yadin, head of Mossad, learns that Ouyang Jidan, a senior member of China's Politburo, and a major Mexican drug lord may have been trafficking in something far more deadly than drugs. Yadin needs Bourne to investigate. Bourne agrees, but only because he has a personal agenda: Ouyang Jidan is the man who ordered Rebeka--one of the only people Bourne has ever truly cared about--murdered. Bourne is determined to avenge her death, but in the process he becomes enmeshed in a monstrous world-wide scheme involving the Chinese, Mexicans, and Russians. Bourne's increasingly desperate search for Ouyang takes him from Tel Aviv to Shanghai, Mexico City, and, ultimately, a village on China's coast where a clever trap has been laid for him. Bourne finds himself pursued on all sides and unsure whom he can trust. As he moves closer to Ouyang, closer to avenging the woman he loved, he also moves ever closer to his own death . . .
The prince of risk by Christopher ReichThe prince of risk  
Reich, Christopher
Call Number: FICTION REIC
2013
The newest financial thriller from the best-selling author Reich (Rules of Betrayal) brings espionage to the New York Stock Exchange. Bewildered by a text message that was sent to him by his estranged father right before his sudden death, Bobby, head of the investment firm Comstock Partners, launches an investigation which entangles him in a conspiracy plot against an unknown U.S. target. Meanwhile, Bobby's ex-wife Alex, a supervisory special agent and head of CT-26, finds an investigation of an arms smuggler in Long Island leading her into the very same conspiracy. The story is propelled forward by short, fast-paced chapters which keep the reader's eyes glued to the page. Reich is akin to Dan Brown in that he has an everyman hero uncover an extravagant conspiracy. But unlike Brown, who weaves art history lessons into his narratives, Reich includes financial tutorials instead, which are much less interesting and harder to follow. Fortunately, the story is still enjoyable whether or not one understands the exact monetary stakes at play. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The spook lights affair by Marcia MullerThe spook lights affair  
Muller, Marcia
Call Number: MYSTERY MULL
2013
An intriguing mystery and a threat to San Francisco PI Sabina Carpenter’s career drive Muller and Pronzini’s engaging second late-19th-century historical starring her and partner John Quincannon (after The Bughouse Affair). The wealthy parents of 18-year-old Virginia St. Ives, fearing she’ll fall prey to an unsuitable fortune-hunter, have hired Sabina to keep an eye on their daughter. When Virginia gives her the slip at a debutante ball, Sabina tracks the heiress through the fog, only to see her leap from an overlook to certain death hundreds of feet below. Oddly, searches of the area where she was seen to fall fail to turn up a corpse. Virginia’s father threatens to sue Sabina for negligence if his daughter is proven to have committed suicide. Quincannon, meanwhile, is hoping to land a lucrative reward by tracking down a bank thief. While the solution to the St. Ives mystery isn’t the cleverest MWA grand masters Muller and Pronzini have ever devised, it will leave readers satisfied. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The gods of guilt by Michael ConnellyThe gods of guilt  
Connelly, Michael
Call Number: FICTION CONN
2013
Edgar-winner Connelly's fifth novel featuring Mickey Haller (aka "the Lincoln Lawyer"), the L.A. defense attorney who uses a Lincoln town car as a mobile office, opens with a brilliantly staged bit of legal maneuvering, but the real action begins in chapter three: Andre La Cosse, a high-tech pimp, is charged with murdering one of his clients, Giselle Dallinger, a prostitute who turns out to be known to Haller as Gloria Dayton, from 2005's The Lincoln Lawyer. The case is fishy, and Haller's crew goes to work: investigator Cisco Wojciechowski, case manager Lorna Taylor, associate Jennifer Aronson, and driver Earl Briggs. Haller's strategy is not to uncover the truth but to develop a credible alternative theory of the crime, and the investigation that follows is like a police procedural seen from the other side of the criminal justice world. In the climactic courtroom scene, Haller appeals directly to the members of the jury, "the gods of guilt" of the title. While readers will learn little that is new about Haller's complex backstory (mostly involving his estranged daughter), they will find plenty of drama, danger, and suspense in this gem of a legal thriller. Agent: Philip Spitzer, Philip G. Spitzer Literary. (Dec.)  © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Forget me not by Fern MichaelsForget me not  
Michaels, Fern
Call Number: FICTION MICH
2013
Letting Go Of The Past With a popular comic strip, card line, and children's cartoon to her name, Lucy Brighton should be in a happy place. But the ache of a cold, lonely childhood lingers on. Even though she still lives in the New Jersey house where she grew up, Lucy has had little contact with her parents since they moved to Florida five years ago. Finding Joy In The Present Then Lucy receives a call that her parents have been killed in a car crash. While settling their affairs in Florida, Lucy begins to realize how little she really knew about their lives. She has no way to explain the mysterious safe in their bedroom, with its cache of fake passports, cash, and weapons. What secrets were the Brightons keeping? Were they even who they claimed to be? The answers will shatter everything she once believed about her parents - and about herself.
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