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February 2017

Author Title Librarians’ Picks
Ahlborn, Ania The Devil Crept In
Albanese, Laurie Lico Stolen Beauty A tale based on the true story behind the creation and near destruction of Gustav Klimt’s most remarkable paintings traces the experiences of one of the master artist’s lovers in 1900 Vienna, whose experiences with anti-Semitism inspire the survival of her niece when the Nazis invade Austria decades later.
Alcott, Kate The Hollywood Daughter
Arlen, Tessa A Death by Any Other Name The elegant Lady Montfort and her redoubtable housekeeper Mrs. Jackson’s services are called upon after a cook is framed and dismissed for poisoning a guest of the Hyde Rose Society. A delightful Edwardian mystery set in the English countryside.
Attenberg, Jami All Grown Up Hiding the truth about her unhappiness and struggles with anxiety from everyone including her family, best friend and therapist, an alcoholic designer joins her loved ones in a reevaluation of family strength in the wake of a newborn’s heartbreaking ailment.
Baldacci, David The Fix
Berry, Steve The Lost Order
Blaedel, Sara The Lost Woman After her police colleague and lover, Eik, is jailed over his surprising connection to an 18-year-old missing-person case—which ended up in murder—Louise Rick must put aside her emotions to find the killer. By the #1 international best-selling author of The Killing Forest.
Boilard, Jon Settright Road Settright Road is a collection of 20 short stories and one longer piece of fiction, all set in and around a string of busted Massachusetts mill towns during the cocaine-fueled 1980s.
Bouis, Antonina W. (TRN) The Year of the Comet As rumors of a serial killer haunt his Russian neighborhood, causing families to pack up and leave town without a word of warning, a young boy comes of age in a Soviet Union on the brink of collapse.
Brett, Simon Mrs Pargeter’s Public Relations
Brown, Taylor The River of Kings Interweaves the adventures of two brothers traveling on Georgia’s Altamaha River to scatter their enigmatic father’s ashes with the story of Jacques Le Moyne, an artist who participated in a 1564 expedition to found a French settlement at the mouth of the river.
Bunn, T. Davis Miramar Bay
Buntin, Julie Marlena Struggling to adapt to a new home in rural Michigan, 15-year-old Cat bonds with a pill-popping, manic young neighbor with whom she renders their desolate community into a kind of playground until suffering a tragedy that she confronts decades later. A first novel.
Cain, Sarah One by One
Cambron, Kristy The Illusionist’s Apprentice
Camden, Elizabeth To the Farthest Shores
Canty, Kevin The Underworld A tale inspired by events in an isolated Idaho mining town in the 1970s traces the experiences of a handful of survivors after a disastrous fire and how they struggle to endure wrenching losses while rebuilding and pursuing dreams made harder by the tragedy.
Carey, Lisa The Stolen Child Sharing a hardy and resourceful life on a mid-20th-century island off the coast of Ireland, sisters Rose and Emer meet American newcomer Brigid, who has recently inherited a family estate on the island and would find a secret holy well rumored to grant miracles. By the award-winning author of The Mermaids Singing.
Clark, Mary Higgins All by Myself, Alone
Cottrell, Patty Yumi Sorry to Disrupt the Peace
Daly, Paula The Trophy Child An ambitious wife and mother who expects her family to achieve high goals no matter the cost is forced to confront her impossible standards as her husband and children rebel, exposing deep cracks in the family’s foundation.
Deaver, Jeffery The Burial Hour
Dobyns, Stephen Saratoga Payback
Doctorow, Cory Walkaway Cybervisionary Doctorow returns to adult fiction after eight years with a story set in a futuristic dystopia.
Donnelly, Lara Elena Amberlough A mission gone wrong that has triggered political fires throughout Amberlough City finds gay double agent Cyril DePaul scheming to protect his smuggler lover, Aristide Makricosta, throughout the rise of a fascist government coup.
Dunn, Sarah The Arrangement
Engel, Amy The Roanoke Girls
Enriquez, Mariana Things We Lost in the Fire A collection of stories explores macabre dimensions of life in contemporary Argentina, from women who set themselves on fire to protest domestic violence to a nine-year-old serial killer who acts out in gruesome ways in her classroom.
Erickson, Steve Shadowbahn Two siblings traveling cross-country stop to visit the Twin Towers, which have mysteriously reappeared in the badlands of South Dakota, while the stillborn twin of Elvis Presley emerges from the Towers to live a life that never was.
Estleman, Loren D. The Lioness Is the Hunter
Fraser, Anthea Retribution
Galenorn, Yasmine Souljacker
George, Alex Setting Free the Kites Befriending a fearless newcomer who helps him work through the challenges of being frequently bullied, Robert works at his friend’s side during a summer at his family’s amusement park and uncovers harsh truths about personal secrets and revenge.
Gray, Shelley Shepard Her Secret A young woman and her family are forced to move from their bustling Amish town to a new community to escape a threatening stalker who challenges her faith and makes her afraid to trust her growing feelings for a kindhearted neighbor.
Harris, C. S. Where the Dead Lie When a homeless child is killed in 1813 London, Sebastian St. Cyr uncovers a disturbing pattern of missing children and is drawn into a sadistic underworld operation with links to the writings of the debauched Marquis de Sade, the city’s most notorious brothels and a predator in society’s upper echelon. By the best-selling author of When Falcons Fall.
Hartnett, Annie Rabbit Cake A debut novel follows the darkly comic experiences of a precocious 12-year-old girl named Elvis who worries about her troubled family and tries to figure out her place in the world in the aftermath of her mother’s accidental death.
Hillerman, Anne Song of the Lion
Hogan, Ruth The Keeper of Lost Things Collecting things dropped or left behind by others and writing stories about them as a tribute to the fiancée who died the day he lost one of her keepsakes, a man bequeaths his estate to his unsuspecting assistant, who bonds with new neighbors while attempting to reunite the objects with their owners.
Howrey, Meg The Wanderers Training for the first-ever mission to Mars, three astronauts share experiences that push the boundary between the real and surreal while irrevocably changing their relationships and familial bonds.
Hunter, Georgia We Were the Lucky Ones A novel based on the true story of a Jewish-Polish family recounts how the Kurcs are scattered throughout the world by the horrors of World War II and fight hardships to survive, reach safety, and find each other.
Islington, James The Shadow of What Was Lost
Johansen, Iris No Easy Target
Joy, David The Weight of This World Unable to reacclimate after returning from Afghanistan, combat veteran Thad Broom becomes estranged from his haunted mother and finds support from a fellow drug-using friend before the death of their drug dealer leaves them with a fortune in cash and drugs.
Kay, Edward At Rope’s End
Kelk, Lindsey We Were on a Break
Knight, Michael Eveningland A collection of interconnected short stories from the author of The Typist and Divining Rod follow a family in Mobile, Alabama, in the years before a devastating hurricane.
Kostova, Elizabeth The Shadow Land Accidentally taking a parcel from a family with whom she shared a cab, a young American tourist in Bulgaria is horrified to discover that the parcel contains an urn of ashes and embarks on an effort to return it to its family, making astonishing discoveries along the way. By the award-winning author of The Historian.
Lally, Caitriona Eggshells Odd and lonely Vivian puts out an ad for a friend –specifically one named Penelope — in a her local Dublin paper, and when someone fitting that description finally answers, Vivian’s life begins to change.
Leon, Donna Earthly Remains
Liggett, Cathy The Sisters of Sugarcreek
Logan, Chuck Broker
Lovett, Charlie The Lost Book of the Grail An obsessive bibliophile and Holy Grail fanatic combs through centuries of history to uncover a long-lost secret about the medieval Barchester Cathedral library at the side of a young American charged with digitizing the library’s manuscripts.
Lowe, Daniel All That’s Left to Tell
Mallery, Susan A Million Little Things
Mark, David J. Cruel Mercy The first U.S. case for Detective Sergeant McAvoy finds the British investigator assisting the NYPD in the aftermath of a shooting attack that has killed a promising young boxer and left his legendary coach in a coma.
Marlowe, Mary Ann Some Kind of Magic
McGuire, Seanan Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day
Merullo, Roland The Delight of Being Ordinary
Michaels, Fern High Stakes
Modesitt, L. E. Recluce Tales
Monroe, J. S. Find Me
Moon, Elizabeth Cold Welcome
Moshfegh, Ottessa Homesick for Another World A collection of short stories features protagonists who stumble on their own base impulses in their unsettling and humorous pursuits of fulfillment.
Murray, Victoria Christopher Lust A tale inspired by the seven deadly sins follows the experiences of a woman caught between an entertainment mogul with a shady past and his vengeance-seeking childhood friend.
Neuvel, Sylvain Waking Gods
Nolfi, Christine Sweet Lake
Obregon, Nicolas Blue Light Yokohama Newly reinstated Tokyo Homicide Division Police Inspector Iwata works with reluctant colleagues to investigate the brutal murder of an entire family and other deaths that are identified as the work of the same killer.
O’loughlin, Ed Minds of Winter When one of the chronometers from the ill-fated 1845 campaign to find the Northwest Passage appears in London, Nelson Nilsson, searching for his brother, encounters Fay Morgan by chance, and they discover that their unanswered questions are inextricably linked.
Pagán, Camille Forever Is the Worst Long Time
Palmer, Ada Seven Surrenders
Paretsky, Sara Fallout
Peacock, Nancy The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson A slave-turned-Comanche warrior travels from the brutality of a New Orleans sugar cane plantation to the indomitable frontier of untamed Texas to search for the woman he loves and his own identity.
Perabo, Susan The Fall of Lisa Bellow
Peterson, Tracie Treasured Grace With the aid of trapper Alex Armistead, widow Grace Martindale uses her midwifery skills to help the natives in the untamed Oregon Country, but not everyone welcomes her presence, and she finds herself in more danger than she could have imagined.
Pettrey, Dani Still Life
Quirk, Matthew Dead Man Switch
Rayne, Sarah Death Notes Introducing professional researcher Phineas Fox in the first of a brand-new series of chilling mysteries. Phineas must research the infamous violinist Roman Volf for a documentary. Hanged for his part in assassinating Tsar Alexander II in 1881, Volf was a notorious criminal. On uncovering evidence showing Volf could not have been involved in the murder, Phineas’s investigations lead him to Ireland and and a series of interlocking mysteries.
Rekulak, Jason The Impossible Fortress A 14-year-old boy pretends to seduce a girl to steal a copy of Playboy before discovering that she is his computer-loving soulmate against a backdrop of late-1980s teen pop-culture trends
Reynolds, Alastair Revenger A science fiction adventure set in the rubble of a ruined universe, this is a deep space heist story of kidnap, betrayal, alien artifacts and revenge.
Richardson, Tarn The Fallen
Riley, Lucinda The Shadow Sister
Rosenstiel, Tom Shining City Hired by the President to vet a nominee for the Supreme Court, fixer Peter Rena and his partner, Randi Brooks, scour the candidate’s past and outmaneuver ambitious adversaries, only to discover that a killer is murdering random victims to cover up an assassination plot.
Russell, Kirk Signature Wounds
Sandford, John Golden Prey
Saunders, Adelia Indelible Magdalena, who can see the truth about people written on their skin, is intrigued to see her own name written on the skin of Neil, who is visiting Paris to study a medieval pilgrimage to the coast of Spain.
Schlink, Bernhard The Woman on the Stairs Hired by an artist and the beautiful woman he painted, who want to reclaim a portrait from the woman’s husband to keep it from being deliberately destroyed, a naïve young lawyer in Frankfurt becomes embroiled in an unexpectedly toxic case marked by a disappearance, a natural disaster and a past betrayal.
Scottoline, Lisa One Perfect Lie
Scrivner Love, Melissa Lola Hiding her role as the true leader of a small gang in South Central Los Angeles, Lola pretends to be the submissive girlfriend of the gang’s purported boss while her intelligence and leadership are increasingly tested by high-stakes betrayals and escalating violence between rival drug cartels.
Sedgwick, Marcus Mister Memory Transferred to a famous asylum after being arrested for his wife’s murder in fin-de-siècle Paris, a man with an eidetic memory is investigated by a doctor and a police officer who discover links between the bizarre crime and the highest and lowest establishments in France.
Shames, Terry An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock In this prequel, a young Samuel Craddock, as the newly elected chief of police in Jarrett Creek, must investigate the murder of five black residents and confront the ingrained prejudices in the small Texas town.
Shipman, Viola The Hope Chest
Shreve, Anita The Stars Are Fire
Smith, Jill Eileen Redeeming Grace
Smith, Michael Farris Desperation Road Returning home after finishing an 11-year prison term, a man finds himself surrounded by revenge and hostility before his fate collides with that of a desperate woman and her daughter who endure an exhaustive, terrorizing night involving the death of a deputy.
Solomon, Burt The Murder of Willie Lincoln When a devastated 16th President enlists him to investigate a sinister message that Lincoln’s beloved son, Willie, did not die from natural causes, gadfly aide John Hay infiltrates the loftiest and lowest corners of Washington City for answers that pit him against political and legal adversaries.
Starnone, Domenico Ties
Stone, Michel Border Child
Strawser, Jessica Almost Missed You
Strout, Elizabeth Anything Is Possible Strout expands the world of My Name Is Lucy Barton by expanding its many characters’ stories.
Tharoor, Kanishk Swimmer Among the Stars A collection of short stories combines elements from ancient history and modern times and includes tales about the United Nations moving to an orbiting space hotel after Manhattan is destroyed, and the marauding army of Genghis Khan.
Tinti, Hannah The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley A once-professional killer protects his daughter from the legacy of his criminal past, an effort that is challenged by his daughter’s struggles with the death of her mother and the reckoning of old enemies.
Unnikrishnan, Deepak Temporary People Winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Deepak Unnikrishnan’s Temporary People is a fearlessly original and urgently necessary novel of linked stories that give voice to the unsung lives of the “guest workers” of the Persian Gulf.
Vargas, Fred A Climate of Fear When two apparent suicide victims are found with strange symbols near their bodies, Commissaire Adamsberg discovers that they both were part of a tragic expedition to Iceland 10 years earlier, which is linked to rumors of a demon and a secret association. By an internationally best-selling and four-time CWA International Dagger Award-winning author.
Watts, Stephanie Powell No One Is Coming to Save Us
Weldon, Fay Before the War
Wild, Meredith Over the Edge
Wilhide, Elizabeth If I Could Tell You
Woods, Stuart Fast and Loose
Xilonen, Aura The Gringo Champion A U.S. release of an award-winning novel from Mexico follows the story of illegal immigrant Liborio, who reflects on his harsh childhood, his skepticism about the power of words and his near-obsessive love for a woman before rediscovering himself through boxing.