New Fiction – July 2009

All Other Nights Dara Horn, F HOR – Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army is ordered to kill his own uncle in New Orleans, who is plotting to assassinate President Lincoln.

Assegai Wilbur Smith, F SMI – Leon Courtney is professional hunter in British East Africa, who guides the rich and powerful on safaris in 1913.

Black Water Rising Attica Locke, F LOC – Down-on-his luck lawyer, Jay Porter, tries to make a new start in Houston, 1981. But saving a woman from drowning isn’t a good beginning. Great reviews for a debut novel.

Cemetery Dance Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, F PRE – William Smithback Jr., a prominent New York Times reporter is killed by a man who was supposedly buried ten days earlier.

Die For You Lisa Unger, F UNG – Isabel Raine thought she had it all, until the morning her husband, Marcus, kisses her goodbye and simply vanishes.

Figures in Silk Vanora Bennett, F BEN – Two sisters discover passion during the War of the Roses — one with the king, the other in the world of silk.

The Four Corners of the Sky Michael Malone, F MAL – A sprawling novel featuring Navy pilot Annie Peregrine-Goode and the con-artist father who left her when she was seven.

Fugitive Philip Margolin, F MAR – International intrigue and murder is the focus when con man  Charlie Marsh is suspected of killing a United States congressman.

Heartless Diana Palmer, F PAL – Secrets and passion abound on Comanche Wells Ranch as Jason returns to find that Gracie is all grown up.

House Secrets Mike Lawson, F LAW – Joe DeMarco works as a fixer for the Speaker of House and takes a dangerous ride through the halls of power.

In the Kitchen Monica Ali, F ALI – Executive chef, Gabriel Lightfoot, is doing well running the kitchen at the Imperial Hotel, but several complications intervene.

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi Geoff Dyer, F DYE – Jaded journalist Jeff Atman parties in Italy during the Venice Biennale. Does he later travel to the holy city of Varanasi, India?

John the Baptizer Brooks Hansen, F HAN – An epic narrative of the life of John the Baptist.

Knock Out Catherine Coulter, F COU – FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are back and faced with the terror of  a young girl and a madman.

The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrún J.R.R. Tolkien, F TOL – Two newly published legends from Northern antiquity from the beloved author.

The Lovers John Connolly, F CON – After losing his private investigator’s license, Charlie Parker is at loose ends until he begins a different type of investigation: an inquiry into the death of his father.

Matters of the Heart Danielle Steel, F STE – Danger and obsessive love entrap photographer Hope Dunne as she meets famous Irish author, Finn O’Neill.

Medusa Cliver Cussler with Paul Kemprecos, F CUS – The NUMA team faces what may be their most perilous mission of all.

My Father’s Tears and Other Stories John Updik, eF UPD – The noted author’s final collection of short stories.

Once a Runner John L. Parker, Jr., F PAR – The magazine, Runner’s World, considers this “the best novel ever written about running.”

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane Katherine Howe, F HOW – Following the death of her grandmother, Connie Goodwin is drawn into the mysteries of the family house, including an ancient key within a 17th century Bible.

Relentless Dean Koontz, F KOO – Bestselling novelist, Cullen Greenwich, lives a charmed life.  But one critical book reviewer disrupts and soon terrorizes his family and his life.

Road Dogs Elmore Leonard, F LEO – Condo, Jack and Dawn are back in action in another trademark Leonard novel.

Roadside Crosses Jeffery Deaver, F DEA – The Monterey Peninsula is stunned when roadside crosses are found along local highways — not as memorials, but as announcements of  a murderer’s intention to kill.

The Scarecrow Michael Connelly, F CON – Jack McEvoy, from The Poet, is back and is being laid-off as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He decides to go out with a bang, to write the murder story of his career.

Sisters & Husbands Connie Briscoe, F BRI – The sequel to Sisters & Lovers finds three sisters, Beverly, Charmaine and Evelyn facing marital issues in suburban Washington, D.C.

Strangers Anita Brookne, rF BRO – The author’s elegant style is evident in this story of an ordinary man whose longings, doubts, and fears are universal.

You or Someone Like You Chandler Burr,F BUR – Anne Rosenbaum leads a life of Los Angeles privilege as the wife of a Hollywood executive. She finds herself leading a book club for the film industry elite.

The Wish Maker Ali Sethi, F SET – This acclaimed debut novel features a fatherless boy growing up in a family of outspoken women in contemporary Pakistan.