New Fiction – January 2010

Altar of Eden James Rollinsm F ROL – Science, history and suspense are combined in this stand-alone novel that delves into the mystery of genetically modified animals that were kept at the Baghdad city zoo.

The Atlantis Code Charles Brokaw, F BRO – After satellites spot extremely ancient ruins along the Spanish coast, archeologist Thomas Lourds knows that this could mean that the lost continent of Atlantis has been found.

Broken Jewel David L. Robbins, F ROB – The author of War of the Rats presents a novel of war and survival set against the backdrop of the Los Baños prison raid  – one of the most daring episodes of World War II.

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: A Retelling by Peter Ackroyd Peter Ackroyd, F ACK – The well known writer takes on the classic 13th century poem and presents it in an accessible style with the aim of preserving the spirit of the original work.

Cloud Pavilion Laura Joh Rowland, F ROW – Japan 1701. Samurai detective Chamberlain San Ichirō undertakes a desperate search to locate a vanished cousin.

Deeper Than the Dead Tami Hoag, F HOA – FBI investigator Vince Leone is called to California to consult on a case involving a vicious psychopath.

Delilah India Edghill, F EDG – An inventive retelling of the Biblical tale of Samson and Delilah.

The Fall of the Templars Robyn Young, F YOU – 1295 AD. The fight for the Christian empire in the Holy Land has come to an end. The Knights Templar’s last battle has just begun.

Hollywood Moon Joseph Wambaugh, F WAM – More mayhem and crime from the Hollywood division of the LAPD.

The Honor of Spies W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV, F GRI – A new novel in the popular authors’ Honor Bound saga of World War II espionage.

I, Sniper Stephen Hunter, F HUN – Four ‘60s radicals are gunned down at long range by a sniper. Retired Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger is called in to investigate and begins to unravel a sophisticated conspiracy.

Impact Douglas Preston, F PRE – Strange events seem to prefigure an event of earth-shaking consequences. “Sixty hours and counting.”

Iron River T. Jefferson Parker, F PAR – Charlie Hood joins a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms task force patrolling the “iron river,” where illegal guns flow from United States dealers to Mexican drug cartels.

Knit the Season: A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel Kate Jacobs, F JAC – Holidays with the friends of the Friday Night Knitting Club at the Walker & Daughter cozy yarn shop on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Lacuna Barbara Kingsolver, F KIN – Harrison Shepherd is pulled between Mexico and the United States as both nations invent their modern identities in the years before World War II.

La’s Orchestra Saves the World Alexander McCall Smith, F MCC – During World War II, Lavender (or La) flees London and organizes a small orchestra in her small town.  A heartwarming story by a favorite author.

Nanny Returns Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, F MCL – Nan, the heroine of The Nanny Diaries, returns from abroad with her husband, but is once again pulled into the lives Mrs. X and her two sons, Grayer and Stilton.

New York Edward Rutherfurd, F RUT – A sweeping fictional saga that explores Manhattan through four centuries.

No Less Than Victory: A Novel of World War II Jeff Shaara, F SHA – The final book in the noted author’s World War II trilogy.

Not My Daughter Barbara Delinsky, F DEL – A pregnancy pact between three teenaged girls puts their mothers’ love to the test.

Once in a Blue Moon Eileen Goudge, F GOU – An emotionally charged family drama focuses on two sisters, Lindsay and Kerrie Ann, and their turbulent lives.

The Paris Vendetta Steve Berry, F BER – Cotton Malone is on the trail of Napoleon’s legendary lost treasure, but obstacles abound.

Pirate Latitudes Michael Crichton, F CRI – Treasure and betrayal in the Caribbean of 1665 is the latest offering from the popular author.

The Prodigal Wife Marcia Willett, F WIL – The ancient family home where the Chadwick family has lived for generations is a haven from the heartbreaks of life. But when Jolyon Chadwick returns home with his new girlfriend, will he find the homey warmth he longs for?

The Pursuit of Other Interests Jim Kokoris, F KOK – Charlie Baker the CEO of a major Chicago ad agency seems to have it all, until the day he is unceremoniously fired.

Summertime J.M. Coetzee, F COE – A work of fiction that allows the author to imagine his own life with an unsparing eye.

Under the Dome Stephen King, F KIN – A new blockbuster from the master of horror.

Watchlist: Two Serial Thrillers in One Killer Book Two novellas written serially by many well-known authors: The Chopin Manuscript and The Copper Bracelet. Some of the authors included: Linda Barnes, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Joseph Finder, Lisa Scottoline, and Erica Spindler.