New Fiction – November 2009

Black Friday Alex Kava, F KAV – FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell is sent to the site of a terrorist attack in an American mall for which no one has claimed responsibility. Is she running out of time?

Breaking the Rules Barbara Taylor Bradford, F BRA – Following a terrifying encounter in England, a young woman flees to New York to find a new life. Re-inventing herself, she hopes that her troubles are behind her.

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein Peter Ackroyd, F ACK – A re-imagination of the classic tale that features Victor Frankenstein, the serious researcher, and Percy Bysshe Shelley, the poet.

A Change in Altitude Anita Shreve, F SHR – Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months before they take on a year-long adventure of living in Kenya.

The Children’s Book A.S. Byatt, F BYA – During the golden era prior to World War I, Olive Wellwood, a famous children’s book author, and her family experience betrayals, passions, and secrets that threaten to tear them apart.

Chronic City Jonathan Lethem, F LET – An illuminating portrait of the denizens of Upper East Side Manhattan and their delusions, desires, and lies.

Crossers Philip Caputo, F CAP – Three generations of an Arizona family are forced to confront the violence and loss that have become its inheritance.

An Echo in the Bon Diana Gabaldon, F GAL – The continuation of the Outlander series featuring the 18th century Scotsman, Jamie Fraser, and his 20th century wife, Claire Randall.

Generosity Richard Powers, F POW – Professor Russell Stone encounters a young Algerian woman with a luminous presence. How can this refugee from perpetual terror be so happy?

Gorgeous East Robert Girardi, F GIRA – n adventure story from the modern-day French Foreign Legion features three legionnaires and the woman they love, the beautiful Louise Vilhardouin.

Half Broke Horses Jeannette Walls, F WAL – The author of Glass Castle returns with a true-life novel about the author’s no-nonsense, compelling grandmother.

Hothouse Orchid Stuart Woods, F WOO – After years of trailing an internationally wanted terrorist, Special Agent Holly Barker returns to her hometown of Orchid Beach, Florida.

The King of Thieves Michael Jecks, F JEC – In 1325, King Edward of England prepares to pay homage to the French king, Charles IV and decides to send his teenage son in his place. A complex, multilayered plot in the author’s Knights Templar series.

Last Night in Twisted River John Irving, F IRV – In 1954, a twelve-year-old boy and his father become fugitives after a terrible hunting accident. From the author of The World According to Garp.

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou, F DOX – And now for something completely different: a graphic novel based on the early life of the philosopher Bertrand Russell.

Love and Summer William Trevor, F TRE – Ellie Dillahan is a shy orphan girl from the Irish hill country whose life is changed after a chance meeting with Florian Kilderry, who is about to leave Ireland forever.

The Museum of Innocence Orhan Pamuk, F PAM – The Nobel Prize winner’s first novel following his award, examines the privileged life of Kemal, who, while engaged to a daughter of a prominent family, falls in love with a beautiful shopgirl. A look at Istanbul and a society torn between the traditional and the western world.

No Time to Wave Goodbye, Jacquelyn Mitchard – F MIT – The Cappadora family, first introduced in The Deep End of the Ocean, are confronted once again with the terrible events of the past.

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall Kazuo Ishiguro, F ISH – The author of The Remains of the Day presents five interconnected stories in which music is an essential character.

Pursuit of Honor Vince Flynn, F FLY – Counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his team member, Mike Nash, are forced to take extreme measures during a devastating attack on Washington D.C.

Rough Country John Sandford, F SAN – When Virgil Flowers goes north for a fishing tournament, he finds himself investigating a murder in some very rough country.

Spartan Gold Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood, F CUS – Treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo are introduced in this action-packed adventure of ancient clues and formidable rivals.

Stardust Joseph Kanon, F KAN – Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier comes home from war torn Europe to find that his brother, Daniel, has died mysteriously.

Too Many Yesterdays Sara Hylton, F HYL – At her beautiful manor-house, Charlotte Chayter prepares for her eightieth birthday party, a happy occasion, but one which holds secret dread for what might unfold.

True Blue David Baldacci, F BAL – A mysterious high-profile homicide in Washington, D.C. collides with the dark side of national security.

The Vintage Caper Peter Mayle, F MAY – Culinary delights, sumptuous wines, colorful characters and a lot of fun.

Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel, F MAN – In the ruthless arena of the court of King Henry VIII steps a man willing to gamble his life to win the king’s favor: Thomas Cromwell.