This is a list of new fiction titles ordered for the Springfield City Library this month. If you wish to place a hold on a title, you may do so by placing a request yourself through the online catalog, or by calling your local library branch, or by using our AskaLibrarian service.

November 2014

Author Title Picks
Alexander, Tasha The Counterfeit Heiress
Bannister, Jo Perfect Sins
Belcher, R. S. The Shotgun Arcana
Blakely, Mike A Song to Die For
Bova, Ben (EDT) Carbide Tipped Pens A collection of hard science fiction—a sci-fi genre that looks at change, rigorously examining both the benefits and detriments of science and technology on humanity, the future and the cosmos—includes tales from such authors as Ben Bova, Gregory Benford, Robert Reed, Aliette de Bodard, Jack McDevitt, Howard Hendrix, Daniel H. Wilson and many others.
Bradley, Alan As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust Young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again uses her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve a crime, but this time she leaves behind the English countryside and enters the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools.
Bronsky, Alina Just Call Me Superhero
Brown, Pierce Golden Son Continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Second in the Red Rising trilogy.
Bunn, T. Davis The Patmos Deception
Burgess, Matt Uncle Janice An undercover narcotics officer who works the streets of Queens, Janice Itwaru, trying to meet the impossibly high quota of drug busts needed to make detective, must decide which evil to confront in order to meet her deadline.
Buwalda, Peter Bonita Avenue
Campbell, John L. Ship of the Dead
Carmack, Cora All Broke Down
Cato, Beth The Clockwork Dagger An enchanting steampunk fantasy debut in the bestselling vein of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger.
Chicurel, Judy If I Knew You Were Going to Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go A novel in stories about a young woman’s coming of age during the summer of 1972 in a gritty, working-class community on the brink of gentrification, traces her hedonist associations with friends and her struggles to understand her Vietnam-haunted crush.
Christie, Michael If I Fall, If I Die
Chute, Carolyn Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves
Clarke, Brock The Happiest People in the World A satirical spy thriller follows the misadventures of a political cartoonist, who after triggering uprisings with a controversial comic accepts CIA protection in a small upstate New York town, only to become enmeshed in a complicated love affair involving several agents.
Cleave, Paul Five Minutes Alone Investigating a string of disappearances and murders of convicted rapists, detective Tate must find the culprit despite the public rooting against justice, while Schroeder deals with the physical and mental toll of their previous case.
Cleland, Jane K. Blood Rubies
Cusk, Rachel Outline An innovative novel captures 10 conversations involving the narrator, a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens.
Dallas, Sandra A Quilt for Christmas
Davidson, MaryJanice Undead and Unwary
De Castrique, Mark Risky Undertaking
Duenas, Maria The Heart Has Its Reasons When her longtime marriage abruptly ends in the wake of her husband’s infidelity, Madrid college professor Blanca Perea struggles to rebuild her own life by researching that of an enigmatic Spanish writer who died decades earlier.
Dunn, Matthew Dark Spies
Dunnett, Kaitlyn Ho-Ho-Homicide
Dutton, Elizabeth Driftwood
Elkins, Charlotte The Art Whisperer
Eskens, Allen The Life We Bury After Joe Talbert interviews a dying Vietnam veteran for a college writing assignment, he discovers that the veteran is a convicted murderer recently released from prison and, suspecting that the veteran was framed, he begins a dangerous investigation into the thirty-year-old murder.
Estleman, Loren D. You Know Who Killed Me
Farah, Nuruddin Hiding in Plain Sight Adopting her niece and nephew when her half-brother is murdered in Mogadishu, Somalia, half-Somali photographer Bella disciplines her free-spirited nature and reevaluates her options when the children’s mother resurfaces.
Finch, Charles The Laws of Murder Giving up his seat in Parliament in 1876 to return to private investigating, Charles Lenox opens a new agency with three colleagues only to find himself investigating the murder of a close friend.
Fraser, Anthea Justice Postponed
Gavron, Assaf The Hilltop Follows a group of settlers on a hilltop community in the West Bank, including Gabi Kupper, a former kibbutz-dweller who has a spiritual reawakening, and Roni, who sells artisanal olive oil to Tel Aviv yuppies.
Giordano, Paolo The Human Body A platoon in one of the world’s most dangerous war zones – the Forward Operating Base in the Gulistan district of Afghanistan – endure deadly engagements and psychological trauma before a mission gone wrong changes everything.
Gould, Steven Exo
Grant, Andrew Run
Granville, Eliza Gretel and the Dark Decades after a celebrated Viennese psychoanalyst begins working with a woman who claims to be a machine, a young girl retreats into fairy tales, unaware of the dangers in her Nazi-controlled German city.
Gray, Shelley Shepard Snowfall
Greaney, Mark Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect
Grippando, James Cane and Abe
Gyllenhaal, Liza Bleeding Heart
Hambly, Barbara Crimson Angel When his brother-in-law is murdered while searching for a family treasure, Benjamin January is forced to travel to rebellion-torn Haiti of 1838.
Hamilton, Peter F. The Abyss Beyond Dreams A clash of cultures in the Void pits humanity against a shape-changing alien species, and sees if two warring races can ever cooperate enough to free themselves from their mutual prison.
Hawkins, Paula The Girl on the Train
Hill, Susan The Soul of Discretion Simon Serrailler is called upon to work a case in the seemingly idyllic cathedral town of Lafferton as part of a dangerous undercover operation.
Hubbard, Charlotte An Amish Christmas Quilt
Hulse, S. M. Black River A former prison guard and talented fiddler returns to his Montana hometown to bury his wife and confront an inmate who, 20 years earlier, held him hostage during a prison riot.
Jackson, Lisa Our First Christmas
Jacobson, Howard J In a world in which collective memory has vanished following a catastrophe, Kevern Cohen and Ailinn Solomons’ love affair threatens to produce devastating consequences for the human race.
James, Marlon A Brief History of Seven Killings A tale inspired by the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley spans decades and continents to explore the experiences of journalists, drug dealers, killers and ghosts against a backdrop of period social and political turmoil.
Jevons, Marshall The Mystery of the Invisible Hand Henry Spearman, the balding economics professor with a knack for solving crimes, returns in a clever whodunit of campus intrigue, stolen art, and murder.
Jones, Darryl (EDT) Horror Stories Collects twenty-nine classic nineteenth-century horror tales from American, Irish, British, and European authors, with author information and explanatory notes.
July, Miranda The First Bad Man
Kane, Andrea The Silence That Speaks
Klinger, Leslie S. (EDT) In the Company of Sherlock Holmes A follow-up to the best-selling A Study in Sherlock is comprised of stories inspired by the Sherlock Holmes legend and includes contributions by such writers as Jeffery Deaver, Sara Paretsky and Michael Connelly.
Knott, Robert Robert B. Parker’s the Bridge
Koontz, Dean R. Saint Odd
Krentz, Jayne Ann Trust No One
Kress, Nancy Yesterday’s Kin
Lane, Harriet Her Drawn to a sophisticated new friend named Nina, exhausted young mother Emma finds herself in a dangerous game of cat and mouse triggered by Nina’s growing obsession to own and control her.
Lauren, Christina Dirty Rowdy Thing
Lawson, Diane A Tightly Raveled Mind
Lemaitre, Pierre Irene Draws on five contemporary and classic literary murder scenes in a prequel to the award-winning Alex that finds Camille Verhoeven linking a brutal double murder to a cold case before his pregnant wife is abducted by the killer.
Lennon, J. Robert See You in Paradise
Littlefield, Sophie The Missing Place Two determined mothers from disparate backgrounds form an uneasy alliance to discern the fates of their missing oil-rig worker sons and expose the company they hold responsible for covering up the truth.
Liu, Cixin The Three-Body Problem Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project’s signal is received by an alien civilization, which plans to invade Earth, while on Earth, different camps start forming to either welcome the superior beings or to fight against the invasion.
Lovett, Andrew Everlasting Lane A captivating, absorbing, and suspenseful evocation of the spells of childhood, this is the story of what happens when nine-year-old Peter’s father dies and his mother moves them from the city to a house in the countryside, for what seem to Peter to be mysterious reasons.
Marillier, Juliet Dreamer’s Pool After escaping her wrongful imprisonment, magical healer Blackthorn, living on the fringe of a mysterious forest with a former prison mate named Grim, is duty bound to assist anyone who asks for her help.
Martin, George R. R. Lowball
Mayne, Andrew Angel Killer
McCrumb, Sharyn Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past
Mckenzie, C. B. Bad Country In an isolated corner of Arizona, rodeo cowboy-turned-private investigator Rodeo Grace Garnet has his hands full when an elderly Indian woman hires him to help discover who murdered her grandson, but she seems strangely uninterested in the results.
McLaren, Kaya The Firelight Girls
Miller, Judith The Brickmaker’s Bride Relocating from northern Scotland to West Virginia to start over, brickmaker Ewan seeks assistance from a former business owner’s daughter only to have everything he works for upended by a family member’s bad decision and a surprising revelation.
Modiano, Patrick Suspended Sentences A trio of intertwined novellas from the 2014 Nobel laureate for literature.
Moning, Karen Marie Burned
Moshiri, Farnoosh The Drum Tower
Mukherjee, Neel The Lives of Others Chronicles the vicissitudes of the extended Ghosh family as internal rivalries accompany the implosion of the family business and external social unrest.
Mullins, Debra Heart of Stone
Munro, Alice Family Furnishings A selection of signature short fiction from the past two decades includes pieces set in small Ontario communities and stands as a companion to the Nobel Prize-winning author’s Selected Stories: 1968-1994.
Nahai, Gina B. The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. For forty years, the Soleymans, a wealthy Iranian Jewish family, has been plagued by a shady businessman they call "Raphael’s Son," who claims a family inheritance, even after they move to Los Angeles, where his body disappears after his murder.
Nehme, Farran Smith Missing Reels
Norman, Andreas Into a Raging Blaze A worker at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs becomes involved in an espionage plot after a mysterious man hands her a USB drive containing plans for a new European intelligence service unbound by international laws or rules of conduct.
Novak, Brenda A Matter of Grave Concern
Oakley, Colleen Before I Go
O’Nan, Stewart West of Sunset
Parmar, Priya Vanessa and Her Sister Set in early 1900s London, a historical novel examines the adult lives of sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, focusing on the controversial and popular circle of artists and writers known as the Bloomsbury Group.
Parsons, Tony The Murder Man
Patterson, James Private Vegas
Pattison, Eliot Soul of the Fire When disgraced former Beijing government inspector Shan Tao Yun and his old friend Lokesh are tasked with serving on a special international commission investigating Tibetan suicides, he soon finds out that his predecessor was murdered.
Pelecanos, George P. The Martini Shot Short stories and a novella from one of crime fiction’s most revered writers.
Perez-Reverte, Arturo The Siege A tale set during the Napoleonic siege of Cádiz finds unwavering police commissioner Rogelio Tizón investigating a series of murders committed by one of several possible suspects trapped within the bomb-stricken city.
Plame, Valerie Burned
Poyer, David The Cruiser
Rash, Ron Something Rich and Strange A collection of thirty stories set in Appalachia illuminates the tensions between the traditional and the modern, the old and new South, tenderness and violence, and man and nature.
Roberts, Les Wet Work
Robertson, Eliza Wallflowers
Robertson, Imogen The Paris Winter British painter Maud Heighton, seduced by the elegance and luxury of Paris, is unknowingly caught in a web of deception and revenge at the height of La Belle Epoque.
Roorbach, Bill The Remedy for Love After encountering a young woman at the grocery store while preparing for a catastrophic storm, Eric offers Danielle a ride home and is forced to seek refuge in the cabin she’s been squatting in.
Rotella, Sebastian The Convert’s Song
Saramago, José Skylight A first English-language edition of a previously unpublished early novel by the Nobel Laureate author of Blindness shares the intertwined stories of residents at a faded Lisbon apartment building in the late 1940s.
Shoham, Liad Asylum City
Spencer, Sally Supping With the Devil
Sullivan, Mark Thief
Taylor, Brad No Fortunate Son
Van Praag, Menna The Dress Shop of Dreams A dress shop owner capable of stitching magic into her wares changes the lives of her customers by giving them the confidence to achieve their goals, but is sadly immune to her own handiwork.
Vanliere, Donna The Christmas Light
Varenne, Antonin Bed of Nails Investigating a series of bizarre suicides that he suspects are connected, Paris police lieutenant Richard Guerin finds himself plunged into the sadomasochistic underbelly of Paris, following a bloody trail to the upper levels of the Parisian police force.
Wait, Lea Shadows on a Maine Christmas
Whittle, Tina Deeper Than the Grave
Willis, Lynn Chandler Wink of an Eye While visiting his sister in Texas, private investigator Gypsy Moran is hired by a 12-year-old who believes his father was murdered after he began inquiring about the disappearance of several teenage girls and undocumented immigrants.
Woods, Sherryl Dogwood Hill
Woods, Stuart Insatiable Appetites
Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn Sustenance