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Runner (Hardcover)

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9781250030733
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Minotaur Books, 2/2014
I have a good read for all of you thriller lovers – Lee Child and Vince Flynn readers.

The Runner is Sam Dryden – h
e’s out pounding the boardwalk in the dead of night again – only this time there are other feet pounding, too.

Soon,
a young girl runs almost headlong into him – and begs him to save her from the men who are pursuing her. And sure enough, a whole group of men with flashlights emerge, intent on finding and killing Rachel.

Sam, an ex-soldier who has been privy to some pretty unbelievable things, is drawn right into a plot so twisted, you’ll find yourself wondering how much of The Runner might be based on fact.

Rights to this book have already been sold in 7 countries, and a heated auction for the film rights landed them with Warner Brothers. You’ll be hearing about Patrick Lee and The Runner. Don’t forget you heard it here first.

The Deepest Secret (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780345535245
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Bantam, 2/2014
Tyler has a rare condition that makes him allergic to light. And that has changed the dynamic of his family drastically. Eve, his mother, has given up everything to create a safe environment in which Tyler’s waking hours – between sunset and sunrise – are the family hours with them and his sister Melissa. Their father works an extra-long week at a remote job to make ends meet. At 14, Tyler roams the cul-de-sac at night, snapping pictures of people in their “normal” lives. Then the unthinkable happens – a little girl on their street goes missing and everyone’s secrets start to come out.

Despite Eve’s desperate bid to shield her children from the horrors of the world, she finds that there are some things even a mother can’t control.

Although there is a bit of a mystery here, this book is really a remarkable story about the power of love, and a fantastic read for fans of Judith Guest or Jodi Picoult.

The Winter People (Hardcover)

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780385538497
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Doubleday, 2/2014
A small town in Vermont has seen more than its share of disappearances and tragic deaths over the years. The most notorious was the murder of Sara Harrison Shea in 1908 just months after her daughter, Gertie, also died.

Today, 19-year-
old Ruthie lives with her little sister, Fawn, and her mother Alice in Sara’s old farmhouse. When Alice goes missing, Ruthie finds a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s old diary hidden in her mother’s bedroom. Sara’s diary tells a strange tale about making a “sleeper” – a dead person brought back to life.

This is more than a Dean Koontz type horror story, although The Winter People will appeal to his many fans – but it’s also a historical mystery along the lines of Deborah Harkness. Anyone who enjoys a good, creepy read will stay up late devouring The Winter People.

Under Your Skin (Hardcover)

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781476716237
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Emily Bestler Books, 2/2014
This psychological thriller was written by a former assistant editor at the Guardian and literary editor at the London Sunday Times who now contributes to the papers and found time to give us a really great read.

Gaby Mortiner, a TV personality, finds a body on an early morning run. Horrified by the poor girl’s condition, she rearranges her clothes and smooth
es her hair. And shortly after the police arrive on the scene, it’s clear that they consider Gaby herself a suspect.

With her husband out of town and reporters staking out her house, Gaby is pretty freaked out. Her TV show tells her to take some time off, so she decides to use it by looking into the murder herself.

Full of red herrings and literary
sleight of hand, Under Your Skin kept me guessing until the very end – no mean feat for a thriller lover.

One of this year’s best…

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780385351836
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Knopf, 2/2014
This collection of short stories gave me more pleasure than anything I’ve read in a long time.

Writers often say that the short story is among the most difficult forms to master – there’s no room for any misplaced or imprecise word. An entire body of ideas not stated must be evoked from the bit that is. And there’s no quarter given in depicting a personality – the reader’s understanding must be immediate.

So, when I find an entire book of short stories delightful, I get that chill up my spine that tells me I’m reading the work of a great talent.

These stories are funny, biting, introspective, and altogether intelligent.

From the tale of the hare’s rabid obsession with a rematch against the tortoise, to a lesson about why wearing a red t-shirt every day is a way to find love, the stories in One More Thing are short masterpieces.

I have a family of sapiosexuals – we are all strongly attracted to intelligence in others. Which goes a long way toward explaining why I wish BJ Novak, writer, actor, executive producer and director of The Office, stand-up comedian, and the author of these marvelous short stories was my next-door neighbor. I feel as though we’d be great friends.

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9781476711959
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 11/2013
As a boy, William Bellman kills a rook with a slingshot. This epic childhood exploit is actually a really bad move – one that will come back to haunt him, literally, years later when he is a prosperous businessman.

Faced with the impending death of his beloved daughter, Bellman enters into a contract with a mysterious visitor – and Bellman & Black, William’s final undoing, is born.

Setterfield is the author of another strange and macabre favorite – The Thirteenth Tale. Her fans will not be disappointed!

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780451419248
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: NAL Trade, 8/2013
Winter of the World is the second in Follett’s Century trilogy and picks up where Fall of Giants left off-just before WWII.

The relationships between the families we met in Fall of Giants continue as world politics plays its role in careers, lives, romances, and destinies.

If you haven’t read Fall of Giants, you won’t be lost reading this epic sequel, but why miss out on any of the fun?

Follett is a master story
teller and the century trilogy is a master work.

One caveat: these are monstrously large books – Winter of the World is 940 pages long. This size of book is not easily read in paperback (I know, I had a paper manuscript edition), You may be happier if you invest in a heftily-spined hardcover for this one.

Red Sparrow (Hardcover)

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9781476706122
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Scribner, 5/2013
I loved this twisty espionage novel, masterfully written by Matthews, a retired officer in the CIA’s former Operations Directorate.

When a young female Russian intelligence officer is sent to compromise the CIA agent suspected of handling an important Russian traitor, the race is on to see who can recruit the other fastest.

Just when you think you have it all figured out, another twist changes the game again. This is a fantastic read for fans of Ken Follett, Robert Ludlum, and the like. Red Sparrow is taken right out of the manuals of spy agencies on both sides of the Cold War and gives us an unprecedented glimpse into the working of intelligence gathering in today’s new world.

The Scar Boys (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781606844397
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: EgmontUSA, 2/2014

This YA debut is by one of our bookselling colleagues.  Len worked for many years at the American Booksellers Assn., and then for the Book Industry Study Group.  He’s a really nice guy, and that guaranteed booksellers everywhere would read his book.

 

What wasn’t guaranteed, though, was that we’d all love it and be excited to tell teen and adult readers that they will, too…but that’s just what happened.

 

Scar Boys is written as a protracted college admission essay by Harbinger Jones – a boy who was almost struck by lightning when he was eight and has spent the past 10 years being bullied and marginalized for his horrific scars.  Until his one good friend, John, suggests they start a band.

 

This book is for every kid who has felt left out, who has had doubts about the future, who has dreamed of playing in a band or has related to music in some way.   Have I left anyone out?  Nope, I think not…in essence, Scar Boys is a deeply human book that will touch everyone, and I’m excited to be sharing it with you!

A Novel Bookstore (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781933372822
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Europa Editions, 8/2010

This French novel is a love letter to books, so naturally I was intrigued.

The novel begins with attacks, or intimations of something threatening, upon three individuals.

Then we find Ivan and Francesca, owners of A Novel Bookstore – a bookshop that carries only fiction – and only fiction deemed valuable and literary and life-changing – at the police station. They are explaining that the attacked were members of the very secret selection committee which decides which books are worthy of display space at A Novel Bookstore. It seems that someone, or many people, doesn’t approve of a store that deigns to decide what is literature and what is not.

There is mystery here, and romance, and quite a bit of information about the ins and outs of bookstore life. And while the French publishing world does many things differently than we do in the U.S., mysteries, romance, and a love of reading great books is pretty much the same the world over.

Two thumbs up!

$27.99
ISBN-13: 9780062064851
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: William Morrow & Company, 1/2014
I read Dick Wolf’s first thriller, The Intercept, when it came out and thought the producer and creator of Law and Order had promise as an author of thrillers.

The Execution solidifies that thought, as NYC intelligence officer Jeremy Fisk returns to face another huge threat from an unexpected source.

Only days after the Mexican presidential election, 23 bodies have been discovered decapitated and marked with a hummingbird by a feared cartel assassin.

Fisk is on duty coordinating UN week in New York when bodies turn up decapitated and marked in nearby Rockaway. Fearing for the security of Mexico’s new president, Fisk teams up with Mexican intelligence agent Cecelia Garza in an uneasy alliance.

Fast-paced, full of horrific crimes and patriotic fervor, The Execution races to another fairly predictable ending, but a satisfying one as well.

Fans of Lee Child and the late Vince Flynn will welcome a new voice in the thriller game – Dick Wolf.

Lexicon (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9781594205385
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 6/2013
It’s no secret that Max Barry is one of my favorite satirists. In Lexicon he’s taken satire to a new level by creating a parallel world in which society members called poets have learned to manipulate others through language. They have learned to take words past the power of mere persuasion and into the realm of compulsion.

Emily is a recruit who never quite fits the mold of the poets. She is brilliant, but, shockingly, she succumbs to emotions, which makes her incredibly dangerous.

Punctuated by experts from supposed articles or blogs, Lexicon spears power, manipulation, and identity in a compulsively readable novel.

Smart, funny, and eerie all at once.

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062105653
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: William Morrow & Company, 11/2013
Shandi is 23, and is juggling college, raising her 3-year-old genius son, Natty, and mediating between her long-divorced but still feuding parents.

She’s never had much of a relationship with a boy other than the best friendship she shares with Walcott, whom she’s known since childhood. So, when she finds herself held at gunpoint during a gas station robbery gone bad, and the blond god Thor moves himself between her son and the gun, she falls – hard.

What she doesn’t know is that her Mr. Perfect has some issues of his own. He’s a brilliant geneticist who wasn’t averse to being shot to end the pain of a tragedy that shattered his life exactly a year ago.

Destiny? Miracle? Science?

Someone Else’s Love Story is about all three – plus secrets and truths and growing up and true love. Joshilyn Jackson gives us all that in a funny poignant package that will charm readers everywhere.

Kind of Cruel (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780670785858
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Putnam Adult, 5/2013
Like all of Sophie Hannah’s psychological thrillers, Kind of Cruel involves the curious mix of personalities in the Rawdesley police department in an unusually twisted crime.

Amber is having trouble sleeping. So, she goes to a hypnotherapist for a last-ditch attempt at relief. While hypnotized, Amber blurts out, “Kind, cruel, kind of cruel.” When she awakens, she is so upset that she runs out of the office, vowing never to return.

The police are also interested in the unusual phrase as the indentation of it was found on paper at the scene of a murder. Convinced that Amber knows more than she’s telling, they open up a can of worms that is as unexpected as it is inevitable and horrendous.

Leave it to Sophie Hannah to point out in the most graphic terms possible the harm that humans unwittingly inflict upon each other, and the lengths that people will go to convince themselves otherwise.

Close My Eyes (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9781250033895
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: St. Martin's Press, 7/2013

Creepy! Jen’s baby was stillborn eight years ago, and she can’t get past it, and she can’t go through with the invitro it would take for her and Art to have another child. Jen used to be a bestselling novelist, but now Beth consumes all of her waking thoughts.

And then one day a woman knocks on the door and tells her that Beth isn’t dead at all. The doctor and anesthesiologist and even her husband know the truth, and that they all lied to her.

Jen’s family and friends already think she’s close to unhinged, and the quest that the strange visitor sets her on makes them all think she has really gone around the bend. And then she starts to find things that just don’t add up. And then people start to die.

Is there a secret worth dying for? Is Jen’s baby still alive and out there somewhere? And can she find Beth and make her life whole again? The answers to these questions make Close My Eyes one of the best psychological thrillers of the year.