New Fiction – January 2008

After Image Kathleen George – Pittsburgh homicide detective, Richard Christie, faces two mysterious murders during a hot and humid summer.

Antony and Cleopatra Colleen McCullough – The author of The Thorn Birds turns to the immortal story of two star-crossed lovers.

Beginner’s Greek James Collins – A comedy of manners featuring a love-at-first-sight meeting between Peter and Holly.

Blasphemy Douglas Preston – The world’s biggest supercollider probes what happened at the very moment of creation — what is discovered must be hidden from the world at all costs.

Bleeding Kansas Sara Paretsky – Two Kansas families are linked by their pioneer pasts, but are threatened by the dark family secrets that may tear them apart.

Blood Dreams Kay Hooper – A psychopath who seems to have stepped out of a living nightmare confronts Bishop and his FBI Special Crimes Unit.

The Crazy School Cornelia Read – The bizarre underside of an elite private school is revealed in a mystery featuring ex-debutante Madeline Dare.

Day A.L. Kennedy – Five years after World War II, Alfie Day, RAF airman and former POW, revisits those years by working as an extra on a POW film.

Diablerie Walter Mosley – Ben Dibbuk enjoys an uneventful life until he is accused by an unknown woman as being a stalker and then finds that his wife is having him investigated.

Diary of a Bad Year J. M Coetzee – The Nobel Prize winning author returns with the writings of Señor C. who has been asked to write his thoughts on the state of the world.

The Elephanta Suite Paul Theroux – Three novellas tell the stories of Westerners transformed by their sojourns in India.

Harriet and Isabella Patricia O’Brien – Harriet, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Isabella, a prominent suffragist, are the sisters of Henry Ward Beecher who become bitterly divided during his trial for adultery in 1875.

The Hearts of Horses Molly Gloss – A heartwarming story of a determined young woman with a gift for “gentling” wild horses.

Hide and Seek Fern Michaels – The women of the Sisterhood are now fugitives with a price on their heads.

The House of Lanyon Valerie Anand – A bitter feud between two families in fifteenth century England has extended ramifications.

Last Call James Grippando – Criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck learns that the sins of the past never die, especially in Miami.

Maynard & Jennica Rudolph Delson – A highly original tale of romance and narrative fancy.

Night Train to Lisbon Pascal Mercier – Raimund Gregorius teaches classical languages at a Swiss lycée, but a chance encounter with an enigmatic Portuguese woman changes his life. A European bestseller.

The Painter of Battles Arturo Pérez-Reverte – Andres Faulques, a famous war photographer, has retired on the coast of Spain, when the man featured in a long-ago photograph appears with the intention of killing him.

People of the Book Geraldine Brooks – An intellectual adventure recounts the dramatic stories surrounding an ancient manuscript that originated in 15th century Seville, Spain.

The Senator’s Wife Sue Miller – The author of While I Was Gone returns with the story of two women and a portrait of two marriages.

Shadow Music Julie Garwood – Love, murder, adventure and mystery are found in medieval Scotland.

Signed Mata Hari Yannick Murphy – Margaretha Zelle, better known as Mata Hari, tells the story of her past life during her time in a Parisian prison.

Souls of Angels Thomas Eidson – Isadora Lugo, who has been serving as Sister Ria in India, returns to the Los Angeles of the 1880’s when she learns that her father has been convicted of murder.

There’s No Place Like Here Cecelia Ahern – Sandy Shortt is obsessed with finding lost things, including finding people who have vanished from their loved ones.

The Venetian Betrayal Steve Berry – Cotton Malone, former U.S. Justice Department agent and now a rare-book dealer, is drawn into an intense geopolitical chess game over the quest for the grave of Alexander the Great.

The Worst Thing I’ve Done Ursula Hegi – Three friends are caught in tumultuous relationships when Annie decides to raise her infant sister when her parents are killed on her wedding day.

Zugzwang Ronan Bennett – Zugzwang is a term in chess used to describe the position in which a player is reduced to utter helplessness — describing the position of the Dr. Spethmann in this literary thriller.