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Advance Access - 2012-05-10

May 7, 2012

Fiction

Between You and Me

Author: Emma McLaughlin; Nicola Kraus
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: 9781439188187
Price: 25
Edition: Hardcover
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
 20 ARC’s available.
Contact: ebony.ladelle@simonandschuster.com

What happens when you are followed by millions . . . and loved by none? Twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade is trying to build a life for herself far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. Until she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant— an offer she can’t refuse. Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey in person since their parents separated them as kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has grown into Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrity. But their reunion is quickly overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her parents as Logan discovers that, beneath the glossy façade, the wounds that caused them to be wrenched apart so many years ago have insidiously warped into a show-stopping family business. As Kelsey tries desperately to break away and grasp at a “real” life, beyond the influence of her parents and managers, she makes one catastrophic misstep after another, and Logan must question if their childhood has left them both too broken to succeed. Logan risks everything to hold on, but when Kelsey unravels in the most horribly public way, Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between rescuing the girl she has always protected . . . and saving herself.


Midwinter Blood: A Thriller

Author: Mons Kallentoft
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
ISBN: 9781451642476
Price: 25.99
Edition: Hardcover
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
 20 ARC’s available.
Contact: ebony.ladelle@simonandschuster.com

Thirty-four years old, blond, single, divorced with a teenage daughter, Fors is the most driven superintendent who has ever worked on the police force in her small, isolated town. And the most talented. In her job, she is constantly moving through the borderland between life and death. Her path in life is violent and hazardous. Linköping, Sweden, is surrounded by a landscape of plains and forests—a fault line on the edges of society where time seems to have stood still and where some people live entirely according to their own rules. In the early hours of a frigid night, during the coldest February anyone can remember, the bloody body of an obese man, stripped bare and horribly mutilated, is found hanging from a lone oak tree in the middle of a frozen, snow-covered, and windswept plain not far from town.The young superintendent Malin Fors is assigned to the case. Together with her colleagues from the Investigation Section of Linköping’s Crime Unit, she must track down the identity of the man in the tree and the reason why he ended up there. And at the same time they must follow in the frigid wake of a killer who has just begun his work. It is a manhunt that will take Malin into the darkest corners of the human heart where the sins of the past— hidden away—all too often wreak havoc from one generation to the next.


In the Shadow of the Banyan

Author: Vaddey Ratner
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781451657708
Price: 25
Edition: Hardcover
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
 20 ARC’s available.
Contact: ebony.ladelle@simonandschuster.com
 

Told from the tender perspective of a young girl who comes of age amid the Cambodian killing fields, this searing first novel—based on the author’s personal story—has been hailed by Little Bee author Chris Cleave as “a masterpiece…utterly heartbreaking and impossibly beautiful.”
For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood—the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival. Displaying the author’s extraordinary gift for language, In the Shadow of the Banyan is testament to the transcendent power of narrative and a brilliantly wrought tale of human resilience.


Gold

Author: Chris Cleave
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781451672725
Price: 27
Edition: Hardcover
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
 20 ARC’s available.
Contact: ebony.ladelle@simonandschuster.com

What would you sacrifice for the people you love? Kate and Zoe met at nineteen when they both made the cut for the national training program in track cycling—a sport that demands intense focus, blinding exertion, and unwavering commitment. They are built to exploit the barest physical and psychological edge over equally skilled rivals, all of whom are fighting for the last one tenth of a second that separates triumph from despair. Now at thirty-two, the women are facing their last and biggest race: the 2012 Olympics. Each wants desperately to win gold, and each has more than a medal to lose.
Echoing the adrenaline-fueled rush of a race around the Velodrome track, Gold is a triumph of superbly paced, heart-in-throat storytelling. With great humanity and glorious prose, Chris Cleave examines the values that lie at the heart of our most intimate relationships, and the choices we make when lives are at stake and everything is on the line.


The Kings of Cool: A Prequel to Savages

Author: Don Winslow
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781451665321
Price: 25
Edition: Hardcover
Publication Date: June 19, 2012
 20 ARC’s available.
Contact: ebony.ladelle@simonandschuster.com

In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twenty-something best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. Among the most celebrated thrillers in recent memory—and now a major motion picture directed by Academy Award–winning filmmaker Oliver Stone—Savages was picked as a best book of the year by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly, Janet Maslin in The New York Times, and Sarah Weinman in the Los Angeles Times.
Now, in this high-octane prequel, Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon, and O became the people they are. Spanning from 1960s Southern California to the recent past, The Kings of Cool is a breathtakingly original saga of family in all its forms—fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends and lovers. As the trio at the center of the book does battle with a cabal of drug dealers and crooked cops, they come to learn that their future is inextricably linked with their parents’ history. A series of breakneck twists and turns puts the two generations on a collision course, culminating in a stunning showdown. Fast-paced, provocative, and wickedly funny, The Kings of Cool is a spellbinding love story for our times from a master novelist at the height of his powers. 


Beach Season

Author: Lisa Jackson, et al.
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN: 9780758265630
Price: 15.00
Edition: Paperback
Publication Date: May 29, 2012
Contact: swilliams@kensingtonbooks.com
Perfectly timed for vacation reading, this summer-themed anthology--headlined by New York Times bestselling author Jackson--features four unforgettable stories of love, friendship, and second chances.

At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories

Author: Kij Johnson
Publisher: Small Beer Press
ISBN: 9781931520805
Price: 16.00
Edition: Paperback
Publication Date: August 2012
 25 galleys available.
Contact: info@smallbeerpress.com

A sparkling debut collection from one of the hottest writers in science fiction: her stories have received the Nebula Award the last two years running. These stories feature cats, bees, wolves, dogs, and even that most capricious of animals, humans, and have been reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, and The Secret History of Fantasy.


White Lies

Author: Jeremy Bates
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
ISBN: 9781608090433
Price: 25.95
Edition: Hardcover
Publication Date: May 2012
 A limited number of ARC’s are available in bound or electronic format.
Contact: frankt@oceanviewpub.com

 While driving to a charming village where she is to begin a new job teaching high school English, Katrina Burton picks up a young hitchhiker who turns to be drunk and predatory.  Fearful for her safety, she lies about her destination in order to get him out of the car.  But when she later discovers that he is a teacher at the same school, she finds herself feeding that initial lie with more lies. When she meets a mysterious man-handsome, charismatic and strong, he is exactly what she needs to extricate her from the expanding network of lies. Katrina’s problems don’t stop there.  She must decide whether to betray her new love or to cover up a murder and hope for the best-until she discovers that the choice may not be hers to make.


The Black Stiletto: Black & White

Author: Raymond Benson
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
ISBN: 9781608090419
Price: 25.95
Edition: Hardcover
Publication Date: May 2012
 A limited number of ARC’s are available in bound or electronic format.
Contact: frankt@oceanviewpub.com
It's 1959, and Judy Cooper, the Black Stiletto, sets out to confront a dangerous gangster known as the heroin king of Harlem when the teenage daughter of her beloved martial arts instructor ends up a prisoner in an uptown narcotics den. The Stiletto has troubles of her own- a shady filmmaker is threatening to reveal her identity to the world- a close friend of her landlord and substitute father may be in cahoots with the Harlem criminals- she's fighting for racial equality- and she has fallen in love again.this time with an FBI agent who has standing orders to arrest her. Meanwhile the Stiletto's son faces his own blackmail crisis when he finds out that there is a second copy of an 8mm film he found in his mother's strongbox - showing the Black Stiletto unmasked in a film studio dressing room. As he tries to stop the filmmaker's son's extortion plot, he learns that his daughter, Gina, has been brutally assaulted in New York City. The past and the present meet.

Venice Noir

Author: Maxim Jakubowski
Publisher: Akashic Books
ISBN: 9781617750731
Price: 15.95
Edition: Paperback
Publication Date: June 2012
 50 books available.
Contact: johanna@akashicbooks.com
Original stories by: Peter James, Emily St. John Mandel, Barbara Baraldi, Mike Hodges, Mary Hoffman, Maria Tronca, and more. Venice is one of the world's most famous cities and an obligatory tourist destination. Now, for the first time, we look beyond the teeming canals and the crumbling palazzos to see the darkness at the heart of La Serenissima, the reality behind the postcards, and a city historically associated with both commerce and death comes to life in tales of treachery, crime, and lost souls, inhabited by locals and visitors alike. A dizzy waltz of sun and noir between the countless bridges, gondolas, and historical landmarks will mean you will never think of Venice in the same way again.

Tail of the Dragon

Author: Maxwell Wrieter
Publisher: Bookstand Publishing
ISBN: 9781618630896
Price: 15.95
Edition: Paperback
Publication Date: March 2012
25 review copies available.
Contact: 3056073216.db@gmail.com
Eager to learn of different cultures and experience similar adventures told by mariners and recounted in story books, young Dave embarks on a voyage beyond his shore to some outreach islands. Curiosity draws him to an uncharted island only to discover he is stuck in another realm, another zone, within the mystical Devil's Triangle. Unable to return, his adventure soon turns into a struggle to survive over the forces of darkness as he must confront three diabolical creatures that seek to destroy him. Awakening to the realization of his destiny and the fulfillment of a legend he must overcome each nemesis in order to liberate a town held hostage and attain his safe passage home.

The Fruits of Our Sins

Author:Jean Mckie-Sutton 
Publisher: Red Lotus Press
ISBN: 9780985087005
Price: 14.95
Edition:Paperback
Publication Date: June 2012
 100 galleys available.
Contact: jmckiesutton@gmail.com
The lives of Madeline and Sybil become intertwined in heated confrontation by the birth of a child - a child that each claims to have a right to. For one woman, possession of the child represents redemption; for the other, the repetition of generational sin.

What Women Want

Author: Fanny Blake
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
ISBN: 9781250001030
Price: 25.99
Edition: Hardcover
Publication Date: June 19, 2012
20 ARC’s available.
Contact: sarah.goldstein@stmartins.com
Originally published in the U.K., What Women Want is a heartwarming debut about love and life and the challenges of female friendship that face women as they try to decide what they want—and come to realize what they really need. What Penny Vincenzi says is “like having a long, funny and fascinating conversation with your very best friends and becoming deeply involved in their lives, families & love affairs.”


Dream Lake

Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9781250008299
Price: 14.99
Edition: Paperback
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
20 ARC’s available.
Contact: sarah.goldstein@stmartins.com

Dream Lake takes readers once again to the exquisite setting of Friday Harbor, and tells the story of Zoe Hoffman, an innkeeper who has all but given up on love. She’s a gentle, romantic soul, but has been so hurt in the past that she dare not trust her heart with anyone. Especially not Alex Nolan. Alex is the most haunted of all the Nolan brothers. He drinks to keep his demons at bay and not only has he given up on love, he has never, ever believed in it. Zoe and Alex are oil and water, fire and ice, sunshine and shadow. But sometimes, it takes only a glimmer of light to chase away the dark. Dream Lake is classic Lisa Kleypas: romantic, powerful, emotional, and magical.


When in Doubt, Add Butter

Author: Beth Harbison
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: 9780312599096
Price: 25.99
Edition: Hardcover
Publication Date: July 17, 2012
20 ARC’s available.
Contact: sarah.goldstein@stmartins.com

From the New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Always Something There to Remind Me comes a delicious new novel about the search for true love and all the ingredients that go into it.


Leader of the Pack

Author: David Rosenfelt
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9780312648046
Price: 24.99
Edition: Hardcover
Publication Date: July 17, 2012
30 galleys available.
Contact: kym.giacoppe@StMartins.com
Attorney Andy Carpenter returns to the case of Joey Desimone- a man Andy believes was framed by his own family for murder nine years ago to cover their connections to organized crime. Andy and his dog Tara are back on the case, leading them into a world where the oath of silence is stronger than blood ties, and where people will do anything to make sure their secrets are kept.

Vanished in the Dunes

Author: Allan Retzky
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
ISBN: 9781608090532
Price: 25.95
Edition: Hardcover
Publication Date: July 2012
A limited number of ARC’s are available in bound or electronic format.
Contact: frankt@oceanviewpub.com
Amos Posner has a lovely house in the upscale Hamptons beach community of eastern Long Island. But recent events in Amos's life are preventing him from enjoying it.  Amos is spending most of his time at the beach house, alone, and not happy at all. So he is highly vulnerable when a beautiful woman approaches him and persuades him to show her around the area. When Amos reluctantly agrees, he gets far more than an ego boost.  He gets a nightmare beyond imagination. And the cascading events could cost him more than the loss of his job and his wife. They could cost him his life.

"Nail-biting tension as an innocent man digs himself an ever deeper hole in the murder of a sexy Hamptons visitor. I may never park at Montauk's scenic overlook again!" —Helen Simonson,  author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand