New Arrivals · All Fiction

February 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The traitor prince

February 23, 2018
Redwine, C. J., author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
400 pages ; 22 cm
Thrown into prison by the man who has stolen his identity, Javan is forced to fight his way out during the prison's twice-yearly tournament in the hope of gaining an audience with the king, an effort that is assisted by a slave girl who keeps a dangerous secret.

What the night sings : a novel

February 23, 2018
Stamper, Vesper, author, artist.
©2018
266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Liberated from Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945, Gerta has lost her family and everything she knew. Without her Papa, her music, or even her true identity, she must move past the task of surviving and onto living her life. Gerta meets Lev, a fellow teen survivor, and Michah, who helps Jews reach Palestine. With a newfound Jewish identity she never knew she had, and a return to the life of music she thought she lost forever, Gerta must choose how to build a new future.

Claws for concern

February 23, 2018
James, Miranda, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2018.
277 pages : 24 cm.
"Charlie Harris is busy enjoying his new grandson when a mysterious man with a connection to Charlie's family starts visiting the library, bringing with him troubling questions about an unsolved murder..."-- Provided by publisher.

My name is Nathan Lucius

February 23, 2018
Winkler, Mark, author.
©2015
290 pages ; 22 cm
"How far would you go for your best friend? If she begged you to, would you kill her? Nathan Lucius, 31, is an ad salesman at a Cape Town newspaper. Disaffected, hard-drinking and plagued by blackouts, Nathan lives alone and has only one true friend, a woman named Madge. But Madge is dying slowly of cancer, and when she asks Nathan to end her pain, she sets off a shocking string of events. A modern-day answer to Crime and Punishment, My Name Is Nathan Lucius is a taut and unforgiving exploration of the intersection of violence, trauma, social responsibility, and memory. Stylish, intense, and unforgettable, this glittering noir gem that will appeal to readers of Irvine Welsh and Chuck Palahniuk as well as fans of Thomas Harris and Dennis Lehane"-- Provided by publisher.

The French girl

February 23, 2018
Elliott, Lexie, author.
©2018
viii, 294 pages ; 24 cm
"Memories from her trip to France still haunt Kate Channing almost a decade after the fateful vacation. The image of her French neighbor, Severine, is as clear as if she had seen her yesterday--despite the fact that Severine went missing just as the vacation ended. And when the case is reopened, bringing with it resurfaced secrets, rekindled affections, and dangerous enemies, Kate wonders if she will ever be able to rid herself of the ghost of the haunting and silent young woman. As the investigation speeds forward and alliances can no longer be trusted, she begins to understand that the stakes of this game are her own survival"-- Provided by publisher.

The escape artist

February 23, 2018
Meltzer, Brad, author.
©2017
x, 416 pages ; 24 cm
"Who is Nola Brown? Nola is a mystery Nola is trouble. And Nola is supposed to be dead. Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run. Zig works at Dover Air Force Base, helping put to rest the bodies of those who die on top-secret missions. Nola was a childhood friend of Zig's daughter and someone who once saved his daughter's life. So when Zig realizes Nola is still alive, he's determined to find her. Yet as Zig digs into Nola's past, he learns that trouble follows Nola everywhere she goes. Nola is the US Army's artist-in-residence-a painter and trained soldier who rushes into battle, making art from war's aftermath and sharing observations about today's wars that would otherwise go overlooked. On her last mission, Nola saw something nobody was supposed to see, earning her an enemy unlike any other, one who will do whatever it takes to keep Nola quiet. Together, Nola and Zig will either reveal a sleight of hand being played at the highest levels of power or die trying to uncover the US Army's most mysterious secret-a centuries-old conspiracy that traces back through history to the greatest escape artist of all: Harry Houdini"-- Provided by publisher.

Caterpillars can't swim

February 23, 2018
Shaw, Liane, 1959- author.
©2017
246 pages ; 21 cm
"First published in the USA in 2018"--Title page verso.
"Two boys look to the water for escape, but for very different reasons. For sixteen-year-old Ryan, the water is where he finds his freedom. Ever since childhood, when he realized that he would never walk like other people, he has loved the water where gravity is no longer his enemy. But he never imagined he would become his small town's hero by saving a schoolmate from drowning. Jack is also attracted to the water, but for him it's the promise of permanent escape. Disappearing altogether seems better than living through one more day of high school where he is dogged by rumors about his sexuality. He's terrified that coming out will alienate him from everyone in town - and crush his adoring mother. Ryan saves Jack's life, but he also keeps his secret. Their bond leads to a grudging friendship, and an unexpected road-trip to Comic Con with Ryan's best friend Cody, the captain of the swim team. The unlikely trio ends up subverting preconceptions and prejudices of their own and of those around them."-- Provided by publisher.

Heart of Ash

February 23, 2018
Liggett, Kim, author.
©2018
278 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Blood and salt.
After escaping the cult that killed her mother in Kansas, Ash starts to search for her missing twin brother Rhys, and she turns to her immortal mate Dane, who is possessed by the diabolical Coronado, for help.--From Publishers description.

Embers of war

February 23, 2018
Powell, Gareth, author.
London : Titan Books, 2018.
411 pages ; 21 cm
The sentient warship Trouble Dog was built for violence, yet following a brutal war, she is disgusted by her role in a genocide. Stripped of her weaponry and seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing ships in distress. When a civilian ship goes missing in a disputed system, Trouble Dog and her new crew of loners, captained by Sal Konstanz, are sent on a rescue mission. Meanwhile, light years away, intelligence officer Ashton Childe is tasked with locating the poet, Ona Sudak, who was aboard the missing spaceship. What Childe doesn't know is that Sudak is not the person she appears to be. A straightforward rescue turns into something far more dangerous, as Trouble Dog, Konstanz and Childe find themselves at the centre of a conflict that could engulf the entire galaxy. If she is to save her crew, Trouble Dog is going to have to remember how to fight...

Blood of a thousand stars

February 23, 2018
Belleza, Rhoda, author.
[New York, NY] : Razorbill, 2018.
356 pages : map ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Empress of a Thousand Skies.
The planets are preparing for war-- and four people will determine the fate of the universe. With a revolution brewing, Rhee is faced with a choice: make a deal with her enemy, Nero, or denounce him and risk losing her crown. Framed assassin Alyosha has one goal in mind: kill Nero. But to get his revenge, Aly may have to travel back to the very place he thought he’d left forever-- home. Kara knows that a single piece of technology located on the uninhabitable planet Wraeta may be the key to remembering-- and erasing-- the princess she once was. Villainous media star Nero is out for blood, and he'll go to any means necessary to control the galaxy.

Hotaka

February 22, 2018
Heffernan, John, 1949- author.
©2017
216 pages : map ; 20 cm.
When the tsunami strikes the Japanese seaside town of Omori-wan, the effects are utterly devastating. Three years later, much of what happened on that day is still a mystery. As Hotaka sets about convincing local performers to appear at the town's upcoming Memorial Concert, he finds himself increasingly haunted by memories of best friend, Takeshi, who perished without trace in the tsunami. Then his friend Sakura becomes involved in an anti-seawall movement, and all too quickly the protest gets serious. As the town and its people struggle to rebuild their lives, can Hotaka piece together what happened that day - and let go of the past?

Honor among thieves

February 22, 2018
Caine, Rachel, author.
©2018
465 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
"100 were chosen. One will resist" --Cover.
A savvy young criminal with antisocial behavior is recruited to attend the Honors space program and joins a team on a sentient spaceship destined for the far reaches of the galaxy only to discover dangerous secrets hidden among the stars.

Hamilton and Peggy! : a revolutionary friendship

February 22, 2018
Elliott, Laura, 1957- author.
©2018
436 pages ; 22 cm
In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Peggy Schuyler finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family. Among those friends, she develops a relationship with Alexander Hamilton, who becomes romantically involved with her sister, Eliza.

Between the lines

February 22, 2018
Grimes, Nikki, author.
©2018
216 pages ; 22 cm
"Companion novel to Bronx Masquerade."--Cover.
To hone his writing skills and learn more about the power of words, Darrian enrolls in Mr. Ward's class, known for its open-mic poetry readings and boys vs. girls poetry slam. Everyone in class has something important to say, and in sharing their poetry, they learn that they all face challenges and have a story to tell-- whether it's about health problems, aging out of foster care, being bullied for religious beliefs, or having to take on too much responsibility because of an addicted parent.

All the castles burned : a novel

February 22, 2018
Nye, Michael, 1978- author.
©2018
336 pages ; 22 cm
When Owen Webb, the son of working-class parents, receives a scholarship to the prestigious Rockcastle Preparatory Academy, the mysterious and enigmatic Carson Bly, an upperclassman from a wealthy and powerful family, befriends him. Their friendship, deepened through a love of basketball, becomes an obsession for Owen who is desperate to avoid the growing trouble at home between his parents. When Owen's father is arrested for a shocking and unexpected crime, his family is torn apart, and Owen's anger and fear are carefully manipulated by Carson's mercurial and increasingly dangerous personality. Owen, who has fallen in love with Carson's beautiful but troubled sister, quickly finds himself caught up in a complex web of lies that threatens his once promising future.

Gunpowder moon

February 22, 2018
Pedreira, David, author.
©2018
288 pages ; 21 cm
"The Moon smells like gunpowder. Every lunar walker since Apollo 11 has noticed it: a burnt-metal scent that reminds them of war. Caden Dechert, the chief of the U.S. mining operation on the edge of the Sea of Serenity, thinks the smell is just a trick of the mind--a reminder of his harrowing days as a Marine in the war-torn Middle East back on Earth. It's 2072, and lunar helium-3 mining is powering the fusion reactors that are bringing Earth back from environmental disaster. But competing for the richest prize in the history of the world has destroyed the oldest rule in space: Safety for All. When a bomb kills one of Dechert's diggers on Mare Serenitatis, the haunted veteran goes on the hunt to expose the culprit before more blood is spilled. But as Dechert races to solve the first murder in the history of the Moon, he gets caught in the crosshairs of two global powers spoiling for a fight. Reluctant to be the match that lights this powder-keg, Dechert knows his life and those of his crew are meaningless to the politicians. Even worse, he knows the killer is still out there, hunting. In his desperate attempts to save his crew and prevent the catastrophe he sees coming, the former Marine uncovers a dangerous conspiracy that, with one spark, can ignite a full lunar war, wipe out his team . . . and perhaps plunge the Earth back into darkness." --Back cover.

The invention of Ana

February 22, 2018
Rosengaard, Mikkel, 1987- author.
©2016
296 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published as Forestillinger om Ana Ivan in Denmark in 2016 by Gyldendal.
"On a rooftop in Brooklyn on a spring night, a young intern and would-be writer, newly arrived from Copenhagen, meets the intriguing Ana Ivan. Clever and funny, with an air of mystery and melancholia, Ana is a performance artist, a mathematician, and a self-proclaimed time traveler. She is also bad luck, she confesses; she is from a cursed Romanian lineage. Descending into the blackness with Ana, the intern slowly loses touch with his own existence, entangling himself in the lives of Ana, her starry-eyed mother Maria, and her raging math-prodigy father Ciprian. Peeling back the layers of her past, he eventually discovers the perverse tragedy that has haunted Ana's family for decades."--Provided by publisher.

Island of sweet pies and soldiers

February 22, 2018
Ackerman, Sara, author.
©2018
391 pages ; 21 cm
"Hawaii, 1944. The Pacific battles of World War II continue to threaten American soil, and on the home front, the bonds of friendship and the strength of love are tested. Violet Iverson and her young daughter, Ella, are piecing their lives together one year after the disappearance of her husband. As rumors swirl and questions about his loyalties surface, Violet believes Ella knows something. But Ella is stubbornly silent. Something--or someone--has scared her. And with the island overrun by troops training for a secret mission, tension and suspicion between neighbors is rising. Violet bands together with her close friends to get through the difficult days. To support themselves, they open a pie stand near the military base, offering the soldiers a little homemade comfort. Try as she might, Violet can't ignore her attraction to the brash marine who comes to her aid when the women are accused of spying. Desperate to discover the truth behind what happened to her husband, while keeping her friends and daughter safe, Violet is torn by guilt, fear and longing as she faces losing everything. Again."-- Provided by publisher.

Agent in place

February 22, 2018
Greaney, Mark, author.
©2018
xiv, 507 pages ; 24 cm.
"Court Gentry is back in action. This time he's working on behalf of a well-connected group of Syrian expats to secure the Syrian president's mistress so they can use her to bring down the president's regime. But the expats' plan goes awry when it's discovered the mistress has a baby--the Syrian president's only male heir--hidden away in a Damascus safe house. Court goes after the baby, a decision that comes at the price of the mistress's life. The expat organization deems the boy now useless to their cause and refuses to protect him against the Syrian first lady and the notorious Swiss assassin in her employ. With no support on the way, Court realizes he'll have to take down the Syrian president himself if he and the boy are going to make it out alive."--Provided by publisher.

All the names they used for God : stories

February 22, 2018
Sachdeva, Anjali, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2018]
256 pages ; 22 cm
The world by night -- Glass-lung -- Logging lake -- Killer of kings -- All the names for God -- Robert Greenman and the mermaid -- Anything you might want -- Manus -- Pleiades.
"A haunting, diverse debut story collection that explores the isolation we experience in the face of the mysterious, often dangerous forces that shape our lives Anjali Sachdeva's debut collection spans centuries, continents, and a diverse set of characters but is united by each character's epic struggle with fate: A workman in Andrew Carnegie's steel mills is irrevocably changed by the brutal power of the furnaces; a fisherman sets sail into overfished waters and finds a secret obsession from which he can't return; an online date ends with a frightening, inexplicable dissapearance. Her story "Pleiades" was called "a masterpiece" by Dave Eggers. Sachdeva has a talent for creating moving and poignant scenes, following her highly imaginative plots to their logical ends, and depicting how one small miracle can affect everyone in its wake"-- Provided by publisher.

Sirens : a novel

February 22, 2018
Knox, Joseph, author.
©2017
337 pages ; 24 cm
"Orginally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Doubleday, an imprint of Transworld Publishers, a division of Penguin Random House Ltd., London, in 2017."
"The breathtakingly propulsive and stunningly assured debut thriller, perfect for readers of Tana French, Don Winslow and Dennis Lehane A detective goes undercover in Manchester ... The mission is suicide. Infiltrating the inner circle of enigmatic criminal Zain Carver is dangerous enough. Pulling it off while also rescuing Isabelle Rossiter, a runaway politician's daughter, from Zain's influence? Impossible. That's why Aidan Waits is the perfect man for the job. Disgraced, emotionally damaged, and despised by his superiors. In other words, completely expendable. But Aidan is a born survivor. And as he works his way deep into Zain's shadowy world, he finds that nothing is as it seems. Zain is a mesmerizing, Gatsby-esque figure who lures young women into his orbit--women who have a bad habit of turning up dead. But is Zain really responsible? And will Isabelle be next? Before long, Aidan finds himself in over his head, cut loose by his superiors, and dangerously attracted to the wrong woman. How can he save the girl if he can't even save himself?"-- Provided by publisher.

Where the dead sit talking

February 22, 2018
Hobson, Brandon, author.
©2018
273 pages ; 22 cm
"A spare, lyrical Native American coming of age story set in rural Oklahoma in the late 1980s. With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a fifteen-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his unstable upbringing, Sequoyah has spent years mostly keeping to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface--that is, until he meets the seventeen-year-old Rosemary, another youth staying with the Troutts. Sequoyah and Rosemary bond over their shared Native American backgrounds and tumultuous paths through the foster care system, but as Sequoyah's feelings toward Rosemary deepen, the precariousness of their lives and the scars of their pasts threaten to undo them both"-- Provided by publisher.

A dangerous crossing

February 22, 2018
Khan, Ausma Zehanat, author.
©2018
342 pages ; 25 cm
Muslim detective Esa Khattak and his partner, Rachel Getty, travel across Europe in search of an old friend, who's gone missing while working to help expedite immigration for Syrian refugees in Greece. The Syrian refugee crisis becomes personal for Inspector Esa Khattak and Sergeant Rachel Getty when they are called in to search for a missing Canadian volunteer. Nathan Clare's sister, Audrey, has vanished from the Greek islands, where she was working to fast-track refugees to Canada. What's more, she's implicated in the double murder of a French Interpol agent and a young man who'd fled to Greece from the devastated city of Aleppo. Esa and Rachel stand in for their government as they follow a trail that takes them from Greece to the Turkish-Syrian border, to England, Holland and France. Did Audrey Clare get in over her head? Or did she discover something about the dangers of the refugee route that put a target on her back? Working against time, with Interpol at their backs, Esa and Rachel must find Audrey Clare and uncover the truth about the double murder.

Empty set

February 22, 2018
Gerber Bicecci, Verónica, 1981- author.
Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2018.
209 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Originally published by Almadía Ediciones as Conjunto vacío, 2015.
Empty Set is a novel of patterns, its young narrator's attempt at making sense of inevitable loss, tracing her way forward in loops, triangles, and broken lines. --Provided by publisher.

The lucky ones

February 22, 2018
Reisz, Tiffany, author.
©2018
364 pages; 21 cm
"They called themselves "the lucky ones." They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family ... until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever. Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello's oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She's determined to find out what really happened that fateful night--was it an accident or, as she's always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her? But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew"--Back cover.

A time of dread

February 22, 2018
Gwynne, John, 1968- author.
©2017
ix, 492 pages : map ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Pan MacMillan, 2017.
Includes excerpts of The Red Knight by Miles Cameron and Mageborn by Stephen Aryan.
Set in the same world as the Faithful and the Fallen quartet, A Time of Dread takes place one hundred years after the end of Wrath. The Banished Lands are experiencing a new era of peace, imposed often forcibly by the angelic Ben-Elim. But this peace is fragile, and something rotten lurks at its heart. Young soldier Rae will do anything to join the White Wings, the Ben-Elim's peace keeping force. But a shocking betrayal shakes her view of the world and she must decide where her true allegiances lie. In the west, the giantess Sig investigates demon sightings with an elite band of warriors, though the Kadoshim were defeated long before. Sig discovers signs of an uprising and black magic - but just how serious is this threat? And in the snow-bound north, Drem and his father hunt for a living. On one excursion, they discover mutilated corpses in the silent forests behind their home. Yet is it the work of a predator, or something far worse? It seems mankind are little more than pawns in a bigger game - and in the shadows, demons bide their time, waiting to strike ...

Hour glass : [a novel]

February 22, 2018
Rene, Michelle (Novelist), author.
©2018
292 pages ; 21 cm
Subtitle from cover.
After their pa falls deathly ill with smallpox, Jimmy and his sister, Hour, travel into Deadwood, South Dakota to seek help. While their pa is in quarantine, the two form unbreakable bonds with the surrogate family that emerges from the tragedy of loss. In a place where life is fragile and families are ripped apart by disease, death, and desperation, a surprising collection of Deadwood's inhabitants surround Jimmy, Hour, and Jane. There, in the most unexpected of places, they find a family protecting them from the uncertainty and chaos that surrounds them all.

Smooth-talking cowboy

February 22, 2018
Yates, Maisey, author.
©2018
505 pages ; 17 cm
"Includes a bonus novel, Seduce Me, Cowboy!"--Back cover.
Smooth-talking cowboy -- Seduce me, cowboy.
"Welcome to Gold Valley, Oregon, where a rough-and-tumble rancher and the girl next door are about to learn that opposites attract"--Back cover.

Cut you down : a novel

February 22, 2018
Wiebe, Sam, author.
New York : Quercus, 2018.
356 pages ; 22 cm
"A Wakeland novel."--Cover.
"Tabitha Sorenson is missing. The bright but unstable student disappeared in the aftermath of a scandal involving millions of dollars in college funds. Professor Dana Essex doesn't think the missing money and the missing student are connected, but she hires Vancouver PI David Wakeland to find Tabitha, with whom she is in love. When Wakeland discovers Tabitha has in fact stolen the money and is hiding out with her lover and reports back to his client, Essex is crushed to learn that Tabitha is in love with someone else. The next morning, Tabitha has been murdered and Essex has disappeared. Meanwhile, Wakeland has his own problems. His former girlfriend, police officer Sonia Drego, believes her partner is corrupt. With her job--and possibly her life--on the line, Wakeland may be her best hope of uncovering the conspiracy in the department before it brings her down. Hounded by Tabitha's friends, the police, the press, and his own troubled conscience, Wakeland tries desperately to find Essex and make sense of what happened. Could it all have been a ruse from the start, and is Wakeland just another in a long line of suckers? While searching for Essex and investigating Sonia's partner, Wakeland encounters criminals, anarchists, and crooked authority figures--all of them desperate people who will stop at nothing to guard their secrets"-- Provided by publisher.

Yiza

February 22, 2018
Köhlmeier, Michael, 1949- author.
©2017
111 pages ; 20 cm
First published in 2016 by Carl hanser Verlag as Das Mädchen mit dem Fingerhut.
Part dark fairy tale, part mystery, Yiza is the story of three homeless street children on the run. One evening, not long after her arrival in Germany, six-year-old Yiza is abandoned at the market where she spends her days. At a shelter for migrant children she meets two boys, Schamhan and Arian, and together they run away. Trekking through snowy forests and housing settlements, they evade police custody, subsisting on the margins of society and doing whatever it takes to survive.

Beignets and broomsticks

February 22, 2018
Ripley, J. R., 1955-
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2017.
185 pages ; 22 cm.
"It's Halloween, and caf⥠owner Maggie Miller's special pumpkin spice beignet promotion is proving popular. The evening comes to a sticky end however when Maggie discovers the body of one of her regular customers, strangled to death with an expensive cashmere scarf. The late Nancy Alverson had tended to keep herself to herself--but what secrets was she hiding? And why had she been studying books on witchcraft? Of one thing Maggie is certain, it was no witch who killed Nancy. But has someone taken advantage of the spookiest night of the year to commit a brutal murder?"--Book jacket

A gruesome discovery

February 22, 2018
Harrison, Cora, author.
London : Severn House, 2017.
249 pages ; 23 cm.
"On opening an evil-smelling trunk labelled `old books', the Reverend Mother is horrified to discover the dead body of one of Cork's richest merchants. Many had reason to loathe the hides and skins merchant, but when suspicion falls on a former lay sister from her convent, the Reverend Mother decides to help find the real killer."--Publisher's description.

Into the thinnest of air : an Ishmael Jones mysery

February 22, 2018
Green, Simon R., 1955- author. author.
London : Severn House Publishers, 2017.
167 pages ; 22 cm.
Ishmael Jones is attending the re-opening of Tyrone's Castle, an ancient Cornish inn originally built by smugglers. Over dinner, the guests entertain one another with ghost stories inspired by local legends. But it would appear the curse of Tyrone's Castle has struck for real when one of their number disappears into thin air. And then another.

The magic chair murder

February 22, 2018
Janes, Diane, author.
London : Severn House, 2017.
215 pages ; 22 cm
"A 1920's English mystery."--Cover
Introducing amateur sleuths Frances Black and Tom Dod in the first of an intriguing new historical mystery series. The night before she's due to make a speech to the Robert Barnaby Society on the subject of the famous writer's 'magic chair', committee member Linda Dexter disappears. When her body is discovered two days later, fellow members Frances Black and Tom Dod determine to find out the truth about her death. Does the answer lie in the dead woman's past?

The suffering of strangers

February 22, 2018
Ramsay, Caro, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2017.
250 pages ; 22 cm.
An Anderson & Costello thriller.
"When a six-week-old baby is stolen from outside a village shop, Detective Inspector Costello quickly surmises there's more to this case than meets the eye. As she questions those involved, she uncovers evidence that suggests this was no impulsive act, as the police initially assumed, but something cold, logical, meticulously planned. Who has taken Baby Sholto--and why? DCI Colin Anderson meanwhile is on the Cold Case Unit, reviewing the unsolved rape of a young mother back in 1996. Convinced this wasn't the first--or last--time the attacker struck, Anderson looks for a pattern. but when he does find a connection, it reaches back into his past."--Provided by publisher

Outpost

February 22, 2018
Gear, W. Michael, author.
©2018
422 pages ; 22 cm
"DAW Book Collectors No. 1779." -- Title page verso.
A thrilling new sci-fi action adventure, set on Donovan, a treacherous alien planet where corporate threats and dangerous creatures imperil the lives of the planet's inhabitants. A ghost ship, the Freelander, appears in orbit. Missing for two years, she arrives with a crew dead of old age, and reeks of a bizarre death-cult ritual that deters any ship from attempting a return journey. But maybe it's worth the risk, for a brutal killer is stalking all of them as Donovan plays its own complex and deadly game.

Barefoot on the wind

February 22, 2018
Marriott, Zoë, 1982- author.
©2016
312 pages ; 20 cm
A magical retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" set in a fairytale Japan. A companion title to Zoe Marriott's critically acclaimed Shadows on the Moon. There is a monster in the forest ... Everyone in Hana's remote village on the mountain knows that straying too far into the woods is a death sentence. When Hana's father goes missing, she is the only one who dares try to save him. Taking up her hunting gear, she goes in search of the beast, determined to kill it - or be killed herself. But the forest contains more secrets, more magic and more darkness than Hana could ever have imagined, and the beast is not at all what she expects ...

Yipee's gold mountain

February 22, 2018
Rivera, Raquel, 1966- author.
©2017
224 pages ; 19 cm
"Wild West adventure of friendship, inter-cultural diversity, gender, and coming-of-age issues set in the American frontier, 1800s, between a young Chinese railway worker and Apache warrior-apprentice who face down challenges, cultural crisis, wild animals, fortune seekers, prejudice and their own fears."--Provided by publisher.

Ambiguity machines : & other stories

February 21, 2018
Singh, Vandana, author.
Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press, 2018.
320 pages ; 22 cm
With fate conspire -- A handful of rice -- Peripeteia -- Lifepod -- Oblivion : a journey -- Somadeva : a Sky River sutra --Are you Sannata3I59? -- Indra's web -- Ruminations in an alien tongue --Sailing the Antarsa -- Cry of the kharchal - Wake-rider -- Ambiguity machines : an examination -- Requiem.
"We think we're all moving together through space and time at the same speed and in the same direction, yet the universe is far stranger than that. The stories in this collection explore and celebrate this world and others and characters who are trying to make sense of the people they meet, what they see, and the challenges they face"--Provided by publisher.

The château

February 21, 2018
Goldberg, Paul, 1959- author.
©2018
376 pages ; 22 cm
"January 2017. William M. Katzenelenbogen, science reporter at The Washington Post, is suddenly fired from his job, aimless, with exactly $1,219.37 in his checking account. When he learns that his college roommate, a plastic surgeon, has fallen to his death under salacious circumstances, Bill boards a flight for Florida's Gold Coast, ready to begin his own investigation-- a last ditch attempt to revive his career. Bill's father, Melsor, is angling for control of the condo board at the Ch㡴eau Sedan Neuve, populated mostly by Russian Jewish immigrants. Who better to help him than his estranged son?"--Book flap.

Dirty work. Part two

February 21, 2018
Hilton, Erica, author.
[Bellport, NY] : Melodrama Publishing, 2018.
248 pages ; 22 cm
After his brother is murdered, Kip plots his revenge. Meanwhile, Jessica has a falling out with two friends, Eshon and Brandy, and must rely on her street smarts. And Maserati Meek calls in skilled reinforcements to help him execute a grand plan.

The legacy

February 21, 2018
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, author.
©2014
455 pages ; 25 cm
First published in Iceland under the title DNA by Verold Publishing.
The murder was meant as a punishment - but what sin could justify the method? The only person who might have answers is the victim's seven-year-old daughter, who was found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she's not talking. Newly promoted, out of his depth, Detective Huldar turns to Freyja and the Children's House for their expertise with traumatized young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn't best pleased. But she's determined to keep little Margret safe. It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers broadcast on the radio. He's telling a dark and secret story - but how can they crack the code? And if they do, will they be next?

Madness is better than defeat

February 21, 2018
Beauman, Ned, author.
©2017
399 pages ; 25 cm
"This is Borzoi Book."
"Originally published in Great Britain by Sceptre, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, a Hachette UK company, London, in 2017."
"A wild, astonishing novel (by arguably England's most accomplished young writer) about Manhattan and Hollywood in the 1930s, Mayan gods, and a CIA operation gone terribly wrong--and the Booker short-listed Ned Beauman's magnum opus thus far. In 1938, two rival expeditions descend on an ancient temple recently discovered in the jungles of Honduras, one intending to shoot a screwball comedy on location there, the other to disassemble the temple and ship it back to New York. A seemingly endless stalemate ensues, and twenty years later a rogue CIA agent sets out to exploit it for his own ends, unaware that the temple is a locus of conspiracies grander than anyone could ever have guessed. Shot through with insanity, conspiracy, ingenuity, and adventure, showcasing Beauman's anarchic humor, spectacular imagination, and riveting prose, Madness Is Better Than Defeat teases, absorbs, entertains, and dazzles in equal measure"-- Provided by publisher.

Olympus bound

February 21, 2018
Brodsky, Jordanna Max, author.
©2018
ix, 498 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
A modern-day goddess of the moon, Artemis, journeys back to the seat of her immortal power in order to save her father and friends from a power-hungry cult.

The plea

February 21, 2018
Cavanagh, Steve, author.
©2017
358 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain by Orion Books, an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd."
The FBI wants to secure a murder suspect's testimony against a corrupt law firm. David Child's girlfriend was murdered, the weapon was in his car, he was covered in gunshot residue, and the security video showed no one else entering the apartment. Con artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn is being blackmailed to get him to take a plea bargain, but he begins to believe Child is innocent, in spite of the evidence.

The queen of hearts

February 21, 2018
Martin, Kimmery, author.
©2018
344 pages ; 24 cm
"Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they're happily married wives and mothers with successful careers--Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years. As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie's life--both professionally and personally--during a tragic chain of events during her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick's unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie begins to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend"-- Provided by publisher.

The radicals

February 21, 2018
McIlvain, Ryan, author.
New York : Hogarth, [2018]
273 pages ; 22 cm
"When Eli first meets Sam Westergard, he is dazzled by his new friend's charisma, energy, and determined passion. Both graduate students in New York City, the two young men bond over their idealism, their love of poetry, and their commitment to socialism, both in theory and practice--this last taking the form of an organized protest against Soline, a giant energy company that has speculated away the jobs and savings of thousands. As an Occupy-like group begins to coalesce around him, Eli realizes that some of his fellow intellectuals are more deeply--and dangerously--devoted to the cause than others. One such true believer is Alex, Eli's ex-girlfriend and eventually Sam's lover, who pushes the group toward a more "active" posture, complicating Sam and Eli's friendship as well as Eli's relationship with his fiance Jen, a musician who is more and more skeptical of the group's radicalism. When Sam and Eli begin to pursue the ex-CEO of Soline personally, what was once a mere academic debate becomes violently real."-- Provided by publisher.

Song of a captive bird : a novel

February 21, 2018
Darznik, Jasmin, 1973- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
401 pages ; 22 cm
"All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh Farrokhzad is told that Persian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel—gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother’s walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glacé. During the summer of 1950, Forugh’s passion for poetry takes flight—and tradition seeks to clip her wings. Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence. Forugh’s poems are considered both scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as a national treasure, vilified by others as a demon influenced by the West. She perseveres, finding love with a notorious filmmaker and living by her own rules—at enormous cost. But the power of her writing only grows stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution. Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzad’s verse, letters, films, and interviews—and including original translations of her poems—this haunting novel uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iran—and who continues to inspire generations of women around the world."--Inside dust jacket.

Death in the stars

February 21, 2018
Brody, Frances, author.
©2017
390 pages : 24 cm.
Suspecting the true nature of a theater actress' invitation to a viewing party at a school chapel during an eclipse in 1927 Yorkshire, Kate Shackleton investigates the suspicious death of one of the actress' co-stars, the third to have died recently under mysterious circumstances. --Publisher

Interlude

February 21, 2018
Sedgwick, Chantele, author.
©2018
275 pages ; 22 cm
Flying to New York to talk her estranged birth mother into donating a kidney to her younger sister, eighteen-year-old Mia Cox forms an unexpected connection with her seatmate, a famous rock band's runaway lead singer.

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