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December 2016

Author Title Librarians’ Picks
Adiga, Aravind Selection Day Two brothers growing up in a Mumbai slum are raised by an obsessive father to become cricket stars only to have their relationship, future and senses of self threatened by unexpected dynamics that shape their coming-of-age.
Airth, Rennie George The Death of Kings
Andrews, V. C. Broken Glass
Armstrong, Kelley A Darkness Absolute
Barkan, Josh Mexico A short story collection by the award-winning author of Before Hiroshima traces the experiences of everyday citizens, expats and travelers in Mexico whose lives are turned upside down by the violence and chaos of the drug cartels.
Barry, Sebastian Days Without End Entering the U.S. army after fleeing the Great Famine in Ireland, 17-year-old Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, experience the harrowing realities of the Indian wars and the American Civil War, between the Wyoming plains and Tennessee.
Bauer, Belinda The Beautiful Dead A television crime reporter desperate to recharge her flagging career becomes an unwitting accomplice to an attention-hungry serial killer at the center of the decade’s biggest murder investigation.
Beaton, M. C. Death of a Ghost
Belle, Kimberly The Marriage Lie
Blair, Jamie M. Deadly Dog Days
Bowen, Rhys In Farleigh Field
Brodsky, Jordanna Max Winter of the Gods
Brown, Karen The Clairvoyants
Brust, Steven The Skill of Our Hands
Buckley, Fiona The Heretic’s Creed
Burton, Jaci Rules of Contact Hating the spotlight but forced to use his celebrity to promote his new restaurant, a star football player longs to find a woman who loves him for himself before meeting a divorced chef who is reluctant to pursue a relationship with her attractive new employer. By the best-selling author of the Wild Riders series.
Buzzelli, Elizabeth Kane She Stopped for Death
Clare, Alys A Rustle of Silk
Clipston, Amy The Cherished Quilt
Coe, Jonathan Number 11 In the years following a frightening encounter with an eccentric neighbor, two young girls embark on lives shaped by their glamour-seeking mother, a university mentor’s painful confrontation, a dual murder investigation, and an employer’s terrifying secret.
Coetzee, J. M. The Schooldays of Jesus A sequel to The Childhood of Jesus finds young David enrolling in the Academy of Dance in Estrella, where he learns to call down numbers from the sky and makes troubling discoveries about the capabilities of grownups.
Cogman, Genevieve The Burning Page Placed on probation for her role in a dispute between the dragons and the fae, Librarian spy Irene, assisted by her dragon prince apprentice, are confronted by longtime nemesis Alberich, who would destroy the entire Library.
Coleman, Reed Farrel What You Break
Corry, Jane My Husband’s Wife Resolving to leave her secrets behind when she gets married, a young lawyer is strangely drawn to a convicted killer during her first murder case in ways that shape her psychologically-charged relationship with a young neighbor years later.
Coyle, Cleo Dead Cold Brew
Crombie, Deborah Garden of Lamentations While Gemma James investigates the murder of a young nanny who appears to be one of a series of victims, Duncan Kincaid uncovers disturbing information about seemingly unrelated cases that may be putting his friends and family into mortal danger.
D’Agostino, Kris The Antiques Gathering at the deathbed of their antiques-store-owner father, three adult siblings and his wife reinforce the store against a record-breaking hurricane and become consumed by past memories, present-day dilemmas and the realities of managing a death as floodwaters overtake the town.
Darnielle, John Universal Harvester
Dazieri, Sandrone Kill the Father In a first U.S. publication by a best-selling international author, two top analytical minds from Italy, both haunted by respective traumas, are recruited by the chief of Rome’s major crimes unit to investigate the case of a woman’s death and her young son’s disappearance.
Donellan, J. M. Killing Adonis
Drabble, Margaret The Dark Flood Rises A mordant reckoning with mortality by the great British novelist.
Dugoni, Robert The Trapped Girl
Fabiaschi, Abby I Liked My Life A husband and teen daughter are challenged to redefine their understandings of family when a devoted wife and mother commits suicide and begins meddling from beyond the grave.
Feehan, Christine Power Game
Ferencik, Erica The River at Night Struggling with a soul-crushing job, a beloved sibling’s death and a divorce, Wini joins her friends on a hiking and rafting trip only to become stranded away from their survival gear and targeted by sinister rescuers who force the women to reconsider their loyalties and secrets.
Finn, Melanie The Gloaming Fleeing the memories of her part in an accident that left three children dead in Switzerland, Pilgrim moves to Africa, where the appearance of a box filled with an albino’s remains, a dark omen to the locals, leads her to try to get rid of it, despite the fact that she feels as if she’s being followed.
Fluke, Joanne Banana Cream Pie Murder
Frost, Mark The Secret History of Twin Peaks The co-creator of the landmark television series presents a high-suspense, supernatural thriller that raises new mysteries about the iconic town and sets the stage for the upcoming Showtime episodes. TV tie-in.
Fuller, Claire Swimming Lessons Fuller limns the mystery of a wife, vanished and presumably drowned, who left clues to what really happened in profoundly emotional letters she’s tucked into some of her husband’s many, many books.
Gautreaux, Tim Signals After the stunning historical novels The Clearing and The Missing, Tim Gautreaux now ranges freely through contemporary life with twelve new stories and eight from previous collections.
Gay, Roxane Difficult Women
Gilligan, Ruth Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan Three intertwining voices span the twentieth century to tell the unknown story of the Jews in Ireland. A heartbreaking portrait of what it means to belong, and how storytelling can redeem us all.
Grant, Andrew False Friend Detective Devereaux is hot on the heels of an arsonist–one who is targeting local schools. When long-buried bones are uncovered at the site of a fire, a deadly secret is exposed and a devastating past threatens to be revealed. Meanwhile, an enemy is determined to expose the darkest corners of Devereaux’s past.
Griffin, W. E. B. Broken Trust
Grippando, James Most Dangerous Place
Hall, Parnell A Puzzle to Be Named Later
Harper, Karen Chasing Shadows
Harris, C. S. Good Time Coming As the Civil War comes ever closer to her vulnerable village of St. Francisville in Louisiana, young Amrie St. Pierre is forced to grow up quickly when she encounters a Union captain named Gabriel who threatens to destroy all she holds dear.
Harris, Joanne Different Class The technological ambitions of a new headmaster at an insolvent prep school reignite old demons for a curmudgeonly Latin teacher who remembers a sociopathic young outcast from decades earlier who knows the teacher’s dangerous secret.
Harrison, Kim The Turn
Harrison, Mette Ivie For Time and All Eternities
Hart, Ellen Fever in the Dark
Higgins, Kristan On Second Thought
Hosking, Jay Three Years With the Rat Alarmed by his sister’s raging meltdowns that point to a serious mental illness, a young man embarks on a quest for answers when his sister goes missing, an effort that is complicated by her seemingly devoted boyfriend’s suspicious knowledge.
Howard, Kate The Ornatrix A young woman born with a strange birthmark on her face leaves her sheltered childhood and becomes hairdresser and personal maid to a former courtesan who draws her into a world of desire and jealousy lurking behind the wealth and privilege of Perugia.
Howe, K. J. The Freedom Broker
James, Bill The Principals This sharply satirical novel concerns a battle royal between two academic institutions and their principals.
James, Vic Gilded Cage
Jenoff, Pam The Orphan’s Tale
Jonasson, Ragnar Snowblind A U.S. debut from a best-selling European author follows the first posting of a rookie policeman in a peaceful Northern Iceland fishing village, where a suspicious injury and a murder reveal explosive local secrets.
Kavanagh, Tasha Things We Have in Common
Kellerman, Faye Bone Box
Kellerman, Jonathan Heartbreak Hotel
Kent, Kathleen The Dime Brooklyn’s toughest female detective takes on Dallas–and neither is ready for the fight.
Kenyon, Sherrilyn Born of Vengeance
Kertes, Joseph The Afterlife of Stars Fleeing the Russian military at the height of the Hungarian Revolution, brothers Robert and Attila Beck grapple with incalculable losses while encountering mysterious fellow travelers in real and imagined journeys from a Parisian family townhouse.
Kinsella, Sophie My Not So Perfect Life
Klassen, Julie The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill
Kleypas, Lisa Devil in Spring
Knott, Robert Robert B. Parker’s Revelation
Krivak, Andrew The Signal Flame Follows three generations of men and women from a war-torn family in Pennsylvania as they grieve those lost during both World Wars and Vietnam in this new novel by the prize-winning author of The Sojourn.
Laban, Elizabeth Pretty Little World
Lamb, Alex Roboteer
Lee, J. M. The Boy Who Escaped Paradise Arrested after a body is found beside mathematical symbols written in blood, Gilmo, a North Korean national, is assigned to CIA operative Angela, who learns of his past in Pyongyang, where he used his math genius to navigate the criminal underworld.
Lee, Min Jin Pachinko This second work opens in early 1900s Korea with unwed Sunja rescued from the shame of her pregnancy by an offer of marriage that takes her to Japan. What follows is one family’s seesawing fortunes over generations.
Lipman, Elinor On Turpentine Lane
Livingston, Michael The Gates of Hell
Macallister, Greer Girl in Disguise Inspired by the real story of investigator Kate Warne, this spirited novel follows the detective’s rise during one of the nation’s times of crisis, bringing to life a fiercely independent woman whose forgotten triumphs helped sway the fate of the country.
Maksik, Alexander Shelter in Place
Mastai, Elan All Our Wrong Todays It’s 2016 as imagined in the 1950s; cars fly, the moon is inhabited, and punk rock never existed because, hey, life is good. Not quite at home in this shiny utopia, Tom Barren makes a rash decision that changes the world around him and lands him in our 2016. Should he try to make a go of it in this chaotic new setting he rather likes?
Mcveigh, Jennifer Leopard at the Door
Mejia, Mindy Everything You Want Me to Be When a civic-minded high-school senior is found brutally murdered on the opening night of the school play, town sheriff and family friend Del Goodman discovers unsettling truths about the victim’s mesmerizing nature and the secrets that led to her death.
Miller, Derek B. The Girl in Green A tale set in the aftermath of Desert Storm finds a British journalist who avoids his family and a reckless American private seeking redemption after failing to save the life of a young girl.
Moore, Jonathan The Dark Room
Nguyen, Viet Thanh The Refugees The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer presents a new collection of stories, written over a 20-year period, which explores questions of home, family, immigration, the American experience and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.
Oates, Joyce Carol A Book of American Martyrs
Omotoso, Yewande The Woman Next Door Winner of the South African Literary Award for First-Time Published Author, Omotoso makes her U.S. debut with a tale of two neighbors. One black and one white and both recently widowed career women, Hortensia James and Marion Agostino could have been friends. But intense jealousy has kept them far apart—until events conspire to ease the strain between them.
Oust, Gail Curried Away
Page, Sharon Deepest Desires of a Wicked Duke
Pancol, Katherine The Slow Waltz of Turtles In this mega-bestseller from France and the follow-up to The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles, a woman contends with divorce, family trouble, and even murder in her journey to discover who she really is.
Patterson, James Humans, Bow Down
Pinborough, Sarah Behind Her Eyes The secretary of a successful psychiatrist is drawn into the seemingly picture-perfect life of her boss and his wife before discovering a complex web of controlling behaviors and secrets that gradually reveal profound and dangerous flaws in the couple’s relationship.
Raybourn, Deanna A Perilous Undertaking Visiting a ladies-only club for intrepid women, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell is challenged to save a society art patron from execution. By the best-selling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries.
Robb, J. D. Echoes in Death
Rowland, Laura Joh The Ripper’s Shadow Supplementing her meager income by shooting illicit "boudoir photographs" of the local ladies of the night, photographer Miss Sara Bain and her motley crew of friends are embroiled in the crime of the century when two of her clients are murdered by Jack the Ripper.
Sanderson, Brandon Arcanum Unbounded
Shannon, Samantha The Song Rising
Smith, April Home Sweet Home
Swinson, Kiki The Mark
Tea, Michelle Black Wave
Thoft, Ingrid Duplicity
Thubron, Colin Night of Fire A house fire threatens the existences of six tenants and their shadowy landlord, whose fates become intertwined as they evaluate their respective lives through intimate, poetic memories.
Todd, Charles Racing the Devil
Tolkien, Simon No Man’s Land A tale inspired by the true experiences of the author’s grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I traces how an impoverished youth endures the loss of his mother and brutality in a Scarsdale mining community before falling in love, winning a scholarship to Oxford and seeing everything he longs for threatened by World War I.
Trow, M. J. The Angel June, 1870. The author Charles Dickens has been found dead in his summerhouse where he had been working on his final, unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Did he die of natural causes – or is there something more sinister behind his sudden demise? Private investigators Matthew Grand and James Batchelor have been hired to find out.
Umansky, Ellen The Fortunate Ones
Wagers, K. B. After the Crown
Wendig, Chuck Empire’s End
Whittington, Harry Trouble Rides Tall / Cross the Red Creek / Desert Stake-out
Wilson, Carter Revelation
Wilson, Robert Charles Last Year A man from an alternate-universe nineteenth-century Ohio town that is on one side of a time-travel portal to the modern world realizes that dwindling tourism will soon close the portal, separating him from the twenty-first-century woman he loves.
Yoshimoto, Banana Moshi Moshi
Zander, Joakim The Believer An NYC trend spotter returns to her Stockholm borough home to discover the truth about her missing brother’s alleged ties to ISIS, while a human rights researcher discovers she may be unwittingly contributing to the dark agendas of powerful forces.
Zousmer, Steve Falling into the Mob