New Arrivals · All Fiction

January 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Imprison the sky

January 22, 2019
Gaughen, A. C., author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2019.
418 pages : map ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Reign the earth.
Aspasia, eighteen, an Elementae who controls air, gets caught in a battle between Cyrus, who forces her to capture slaves for market, and a queen whose husband experiments on Elementae.

99 nights in Logar

January 22, 2019
Kochai, Jamil Jan, 1992- author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2019]
279 pages ; 22 cm
"A coming-of-age story about one boy's journey across contemporary Afghanistan to find and bring home the family dog, blending the grit and immediacy of voice-driven fiction like We Need New Names with the mythmaking of One Thousand and One Nights. Twelve-year-old Marwand's memories from his previous visit to Afghanistan six years ago center on his contentious relationship with Budabash, the terrifying but beloved dog who guards his extended family's compound in Logar. Eager to find an ally in this place that's meant to be "home," Marwand approaches Budabash the way he would any dog on his American suburban block--and the results are disastrous: Marwand loses a finger and Budabash escapes. The resulting search for the family dog is an expertly told adventure, a ninety-nine-night quest that sends Marwand and his cousins across the landscape of Logar. Moving between celebrations and tragedies, deeply humorous and surprisingly tender, 99 Nights in Logar is a vibrant exploration of the power of stories--the ones we tell each other, and the ones we find ourselves in"-- Provided by publisher.

The smiling man : a novel

January 22, 2019
Knox, Joseph, author.
New York : Crown, 2018. ©2018
389 pages ; 24 cm
Aidan Waits is back on the night shift, the Manchester PD dumping ground for those too screwed-up for more glamorous work. But the monotony of petty crimes and lonesome nights is shattered when he and his partner are called to investigate a break-in The Palace, an immense, empty hotel in the center of the city. There they find the body of a man. He is dead. The tags have been cut from his clothes, his teeth have been filed down, and even his fingertips have been replaced... And he is smiling. But as Waits begins to unravel the mystery of the smiling man, he becomes a target. Someone wants very badly to make this case disappear, and as their threats escalate, Aidan realizes that the answers may lie not only with the wealthy families and organized criminals connected to the Palace, but with a far greater evil from his own past. To discover the smiling man's identity, he must finally confront his own.


January 22, 2019
Ragnar Jónasson, 1976- author.
xxi, 244 pages : maps ; 22 cm
New evidence for a 50-year-old murder surfaces, leading young policeman Ari Thor to reopen the investigation. But even with the help of a news reporter in town to chase a mystery of her own, Siglufjördur is a small town that hangs onto its secrets--no matter the cost. -- adapted from publisher description.

The weight of a piano

January 22, 2019
Cander, Chris, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
323 pages ; 22 cm

The prisoner of Limnos : a fantasy novella in the world of the five gods

January 22, 2019
Bujold, Lois McMaster, author.
256 pages ; 22 cm

The wartime sisters

January 22, 2019
Loigman, Lynda Cohen, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2019]
ix, 290 pages ; 25 cm
Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer's wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a "soldier of production." Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.

The wolf in the whale

January 22, 2019
Brodsky, Jordanna Max, author.
New York, NY : Redbook, 2019.
548 pages : map ; 21 cm
A young Inuit shaman's epic quest for survival in the frozen lands of North America in 1000 AD. Born with the soul of a hunter and the language of the gods, Omat is destined to become a shaman like her grandfather. To protect her people, she invokes the spirits of the sky, the sea, and the air. But the gods have stopped listening, the seals won't come, and Omat's family is starving. Desperate to save them, Omat journeys through the icy wastes, fighting for survival with every step. When she meets a Viking warrior and his strange new gods, together they set in motion a conflict that could shatter her world...or save it. The Wolf in the Whale is a powerful tale of magic, discovery and adventure, featuring an unforgettable narrator ready to confront the gods themselves.

The lost girls of Paris

January 22, 2019
Jenoff, Pam, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Park Row Books, [2019]
377 pages ; 24 cm
From the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan's Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II.1946, ManhattanOne morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs--each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.-- Publisher's description.

The reckless

January 22, 2019
Putnam, David W., author.
Sarasota, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2019]
307 pages ; 24 cm.

My kind of forever : a Trillium Bay novel

January 22, 2019
Brogan, Tracy, author.
Seattle : Montlake Romance, [2019]
260 pages ; 21 cm.
"As the youngest mayor Trillium Bay has ever elected, Brooke Callaghan wants to prove she's up to the challenge. She's stepping out of her practical teacher flats and into her sister's treacherously high heels…with disastrous results. But if she's going to (literally) stumble her first day on the job, why not fall into the arms of a handsome stranger? Leo Walker is a rarity on Wenniway Island. Not only handsome, he's also single, funny, and—most importantly—interested in Brooke. Unfortunately, his reasons for being on the island are temporary, so in spite of the undeniable chemistry between them, he's not a forever kind of guy. When a private investigator arrives with news of a jewel thief hiding on the island, Brooke finds herself dealing with one kerfuffle after another, and Leo proves to be a delicious distraction. What does she really know about him, though? And the biggest question of all? Does this short-term romance hold the possibility of long-term love?"--Back cover.

Any man of mine

January 22, 2019
Palmer, Diana, author.
297 pages ; 24 cm
Contains two short novels.
A waiting game -- A loving arrangement.
A waiting game: After getting her heart broken seven years ago, Keena Whitman fled town. Now she's back, and a successful designer at last. But when she sees Nicholas Coleman again, all the feelings she'd tried so hard to forget come rushing back. Letting Keena go was the biggest mistake Nicholas ever made. This time he's ready to prove he's her perfect match -- in love and business.

The inbetween days : a novel

January 22, 2019
Woods, Eva (Novelist), author.
348 pages ; 24 cm
"Rosie Cooke is 'in between.' In between consciousness and oblivion. Life and death. And though some say that when you're near death your entire life flashes before your eyes, Rosie can't remember anything at all--not even how she ended up in a coma. At least not at first. Then something strange starts to happen. Rosie finds herself revisiting scattered moments from her past: a beach vacation, a play rehearsal, the day her brother was born. But why these memories? And what do they mean? As each piece of the puzzle comes into focus, Rosie struggles to face the picture of her life that forms. But with every look backward comes a glimpse of what might be: A relationship with her sister. The opportunity to pursue her passion. A second chance at love. And Rosie just might discover that she has much to live for."--publisher's description.


January 22, 2019
Sansom, C. J, author.
New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
866 pages ; 25 cm.
Originally published in the United Kingdom by Mantle, a division of Pan Macmillan, in October 2018.
When a distant relative of Princess Elizabeth is found dead, Matthew Shardlake is sent to investigate the murder, which may have connections reaching to a peasant rebellion sweeping the country.

The bone keeper

January 22, 2019
Veste, Luca, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2019]
404 pages ; 21 cm
He'll slice your flesh. Your bones he'll keep. The Bone Keeper's coming. And he'll make you weep. What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as a child was real? Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find the supposed home of the Bone Keeper. Only three returned. Now, a woman is found wandering the streets, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the evil urban myth. And then a body turns up.

Bopper's progress

January 22, 2019
Manderino, John.
London : Wundor Editions, 2018.
129 pages ; 20 cm
"Told over the course of a day in the life of Bopper, a directionless young man who has found himself on a month-long Zen Buddhist retreat, Manderino probes life's most challenging questions with sharp observations, uproarious dialogue, and a clarity of prose rarely found."--Publisher's description.

The falcon of Sparta

January 22, 2019
Iggulden, Conn, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
432 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
In an ancient Persian empire torn by civil war, the young soldier Xenophon leads his decimated Spartan army in a confrontation against the legendary warriors of Artaxerxes II.

Doom Fox

January 22, 2019
Iceberg Slim, 1918-1992.
New York : Grove Press ; [Emeryville, CA] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©1998.
x, 240 pages ; 21 cm
A novel on the black ghetto in Los Angeles, written in 1978, but not published until now. It is set in the years following World War II and features gangs fighting over money and women, the hero being a prizefighter. By the author of Pimp.

Navy brides

January 22, 2019
Macomber, Debbie, author.
490 pages ; 17 cm
Both works originally published in 2003.
Navy wife -- Navy blues.
Lindy Kyle finds herself falling for her temporary roommate, duty-bound naval officer Rush Callaghan, and Carol Kyle tries to lure her ex-husband Steve, a submarine officer, back into her bed so that he can father her child.

The goodbye gift

January 22, 2019
Brooke, Amanda, author.
London : Harper, 2016.
416 pages ; 20 cm
Reading group questions and author interview at the back of the book.
Formerly CIP.|5Uk
A heartbreaking novel about friendship, love and sacrifice from R & J bestseller, Amanda Brooke Three best friends. One tragic accident. One heart. Lucy Cunliffe is waiting for a heart. Just twenty-four, she's spent most of her life going in and out of hospital and after numerous operations, there's nothing more the doctors can do, other than wait for the right donor. The day she gets the call is a day of joy and sorrow. Because for Lucy to get a new heart, someone else doesn't need it any longer ... Julia, Helen and Phoebe are bound by long-standing friendship and mutual support, but each faces her own demons and a tragic accident is about to impact on their lives in a way they couldn't have foreseen. As the bonds of friendship are tested, we know one thing: Lucy will get her heart. The question is, who will give the gift of life?

Letters from Peaceful Lane

January 21, 2019
Dailey, Janet, author.
245 pages ; 22 cm
"In the rugged Ozarks of Branson, Missouri, a woman struggles to save her marriage - and finds answers from an unexpected source... Allison felt like she'd stepped into a fairy tale when she married widower Burke Caldwell. But after less than a year of marriage, he’s become removed and distant. His friends see Allison as little more than a trophy wife, his only daughter regards her as the enemy. With everyone so devoted to the memory of Burke's first wife, Kate, how can Allison possibly compete? Then a harrowing car crash leaves Burke badly injured. But it becomes achingly clear that the woman Burke wants by his side is the wife he lost... No longer able to dismiss the power Kate still holds, Allison can't resist reading a trove of hidden letters from Kate to Burke. What she discovers sets her mind reeling. The letters give Allison an enlightening window into her husband's heart. But will she have the courage to put aside her own fears, and grab hold of a love as big and bold as the man she once dared to marry?"--Inside dust jacket.

The kingdom of copper : the Daevabad trilogy, book two

January 21, 2019
Chakraborty, S. A., author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, 2019.
ix, 621 pages : illustration, map ; 24 cm.
"Nahri's life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad—and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there. Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of a devastating battle, Nahri must forge a new path for herself. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she's been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family—and one misstep will doom her tribe.. Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid—the unpredictable water spirits—have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried. And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad's towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It's a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city's gates... and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve."--Inside dust jacket.

Learning to see : a novel of Dorothea Lange, the woman who revealed the real America

January 21, 2019
Hooper, Elise, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
362, 14 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"P.S. insights, interviews & more ..."--Cover.

The suspect

January 21, 2019
Barton, Fiona, author.
New York : Berkley, 2019.
404 pages ; 24 cm
"When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared? Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth--and this time is no exception. But she can't help but think of her own son, whom she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go traveling. As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think."--Inside dust jacket.

Talent : a novel

January 21, 2019
Lapidos, Juliet, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
241 pages ; 24 cm
An English grad student struggling with her dissertation about the intellectual history of inspiration desperately searches for a perfect case study to anchor her thesis, only to find it in the unlikeliest of places.

Secrets at Cedar Cabin

January 21, 2019
Coble, Colleen, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2019]
333 pages ; 22 cm.
"Her mother lied about her identity, and her husband wasn't who she thought he was - can Bailey even trust herself anymore? Running for her life in the wake of her mother's murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of - a remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. In an unlikely partnership with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, Bailey races to understand the mystery surrounding her life and circumstances before the murderer tracks her down. Meanwhile, Lance is determined to rescue his sister, Ava, who was abducted after running away from home as a teenager. An unexpected lead brings him to the remote cabin, and he wonders if Bailey - with her suspicious past and strange connections to his sister's case - is really who she claims to be and if she can somehow lead him to Ava. Filled with Colleen Coble's custom blend of suspense and romance, Secrets at Cedar Cabin takes us back to the evocative landscape of Washington's coast where nothing is quite as it seems"

Three little words

January 21, 2019
Holiday, Jenny (Romance author), author.
New York : Forever, 2019.
353 pages ; 18 cm.
After getting stranded with her best friend's wedding dress, Gia Gallo shares a car with best man Bennet Buchanan for a long road trip to the wedding in Florida, during which they have difficulty resisting their mutual passion.

Not a creature was stirring

January 21, 2019
Freeburn, Christina, author.
242 pages ; 22 cm
"A Merry & bright handcrafted mystery"
"Empty nester Merry Winters loves three things: Christmas, crafting and her family. To regain purpose and joy, Merry hits the road to a Christmas vendor event with her furry sidekick Ebenezer in her new mobile crafting sleigh, aka an RV. But it soon turns into the nightmare before Christmas when Merry unwraps her Scrooge of an ex-husband's body in one of the RV's compartments. Add to that his missing winning lottery ticket believed to be stashed somewhere in the RV, leading the homicide detective and Merry's stepdaughter to believe Merry is the one whodunit. With visions of prison dancing in her head, will Merry be able to solve this Christmas calamity before she's locked away?"--Amazon website.

The eulogist : a novel

January 18, 2019
Gamble, Terry, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
310 pages ; 24 cm
"Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family arrives in America in 1819. But in coming to this new land, they have lost nearly everything. Making their way west they settle in Cincinnati, a burgeoning town on the banks of the mighty Ohio River whose rise, like the Givenses' own, will be fashioned by the colliding forces of Jacksonian populism, religious evangelism, industrial capitalism, and the struggle for emancipation. After losing their mother in childbirth and their father to a riverboat headed for New Orleans, James, Olivia, and Erasmus Givens must fend for themselves. Ambitious James eventually marries into a prosperous family, builds a successful business, and rises in Cincinnati society. Taken by the spirit and wanderlust, Erasmus becomes an itinerant preacher, finding passion and heartbreak as he seeks God. Independent-minded Olivia, seemingly destined for spinsterhood, enters into a surprising partnership and marriage with Silas Orpheus, a local doctor who spurns social mores. When her husband suddenly dies from an infection, Olivia travels to his family home in Kentucky, where she meets his estranged brother and encounters the horrors of slavery firsthand. After abetting the escape of one slave, Olivia is forced to confront the status of a young woman named Tilly, another slave owned by Olivia's brother-in-law. When her attempt to help Tilly ends in disaster, Olivia tracks down Erasmus, who has begun smuggling runaways across the river—the borderline between freedom and slavery. As the years pass, this family of immigrants initially indifferent to slavery will actively work for its end—performing courageous, often dangerous, occasionally foolhardy acts of moral rectitude that will reverberate through their lives for generations to come."--Inside dust jacket.

Restoration heights : a novel

January 18, 2019
Medearis, Wil, author.
Toronto, Ontario : Hanover Square Press, [2019]
330 pages ; 24 cm
"Reddick, a young, white artist, lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a historically black neighborhood besieged by gentrification. He makes rent as an art handler in Manhattan and spends his free time playing basketball at the local Y. He is also the last person to see Hannah before she disappears. When Hannah's fiancé, scion to a wealthy Upper East Side family, refuses to call the police, Reddick sets out to discover what happened to her. The search pulls him through a dramatic cross section of New York, taking him to the heart of a many-layered mystery that, in its unraveling, shakes Reddick's convictions and lays bare the complex power dynamics of the city."--Inside dust jacket.

The witches of St. Petersburg : a novel

January 18, 2019
Edwards-Jones, Imogen, author.
New York : Harper, [2019]
xxi, 440, 8 pages ; 21 cm
"As daughters of the impoverished King of Montenegro, Militza and Stana must fulfill their duty to their father and leave their beloved home for St. Petersburg to be married into senior positions in the Romanov court. For their new alliances to the Russian nobility will help secure the future of the sisters' native country. Immediately, Militza and Stana feel like outcasts as the aristocracy shuns them for their provincial ways and for dabbling in the occult. Undeterred, the sisters become resolved to make their mark by falling in with the lonely, depressed Tsarina Alexandra, who—as an Anglo-German—is also an outsider and is not fully accepted by members of the court. After numerous failed attempts to precipitate the birth of a son and heir, the Tsarina is desperate and decides to place her faith in the sisters' expertise with black magic. Promising the Tsarina that they will be able to secure an heir for the Russian dynasty, Militza and Stana hold séances and experiment with rituals and spells. Gurus, clairvoyants, holy fools, and charlatans all try their luck. The closer they become to the Tsarina and the royal family, the more their status—and power—is elevated. But when the sisters invoke a spiritual shaman, who goes by the name of Rasputin, the die is cast. For they have not only irrevocably sealed their own fates—but also that of Russia itself. Brimming with black magic, sex and intrigue..."--Back cover.

Circle of shadows

January 18, 2019
Skye, Evelyn.
New York : Balzer + Bray, 2019.
451 pages. : map ; 24 cm.
"Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas--marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona. As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group--but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it's been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora's life forever--and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she's ever loved."--Provided by publisher

Murder at Blackburn Hall

January 18, 2019
Rosett, Sara, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : McGuffin Ink, [2019]
267 pages : map ; 21 cm.
"September, 1923. Despite closing her first case, high society lady detective Olive Belgrave hasn't found a new client. She's taken a job as a hat model to pay for her poky boarding house room. But then a job offer comes her way--make discreet inqiuires about a famous author who's disappeared. Olive travels to the English countryside to hunt for the missing mystery author. But soon after she arrives in the sleepy village, a body is discovered. Then a second murder focuses the police's attention on Olive, and she must clear her name before the murderer pens a plot that frames her"--from Amazon.

Chasing a rhyme

January 18, 2019
Kramer, Scott J., author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2018]
413 pages ; 21 cm
"Caught up in life, Jane Monterrey awaits the coming of her child and marriage to Brad Hyatt, her fiancé. But things get complicated when a serial killer terrorizing Cincinnati takes in interest in her. A package from the Phantom Poet turns her world sideways, involving her in a case that originally wasn't hers. To top that, her friend Gene, aka Ms. G, plans to move to New York, leaving her to fend for herself as tensions rise, clients get demanding, and the need to use the restroom becomes more frequent. How will she be able to cope, as this murderous poet kills more to get her attentions?"--Back cover.

Mr. Darcy's enchantment

January 18, 2019
Reynolds, Abigail, author.
531 pages ; 23 cm
"A Pride & Prejudice Variation"--Cover.
"In a Regency England where magic and faeries are real...Fitzwilliam Darcy is a powerful magician who controls fire, water, and wind. What he cannot control is his growing feelings for Miss Elizabeth Bennet. But Elizabeth's sentiments towards Darcy are quite different. She detests his arrogance, and she fears he will expose her use of forbidden magic -- forbidden to women, that is. He is the last man in the world she would choose to help her on a difficult and dangerous task. But when a magical war looms between the land of Faerie and their world, a Lord of Faerie demands that Darcy and Elizabeth serve together as his emissaries to make peace with the other mortals. That mission throws them into the middle of a chaotic power struggle between magicians whose power dwarfs their own, and everything Elizabeth has ever believed about her family, her friends, and her enemies will be called into question"--Back cover.

1916 : the blog : a book of humor

January 18, 2019
Schneider, Christian, (Journalists), author.
Madison, Wisconsin : Pelham Press, LLC, [2018]
271 pages ; 21 cm
"A lively and humorous novel of alternate history...the story of Sebastian, a low-level newspaper typist who in 1916 comes into possession of a futuristic connectivity machine. When he discovers this new limited "internet," Sebastian runs into early-20th Century scams, snake oil salesmen, medical quacks, dating sites, trolls, and conspiracy theorists, with hilarious consequences"--Back cover.

The accidental further adventures of the hundred-year-old man : a novel

January 17, 2019
Jonasson, Jonas, 1961- author.
433 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: Hundred-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared.
"Published in 2018 by 4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins UK" -- verso.
It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Centenarian Allan Karlsson and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they're not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un. Soon Allan and Julius are at the centre of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Things are about to get very complicated.

The flimflam affair

January 17, 2019
Pronzini, Bill, author.
239 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Carpenter and Quincannon Professional Detective Services is a fixture in San Francisco at the dawn of a new century. Sabina and John will protect their clients, doing what is necessary to run the dregs of society into the arms of the law. Sometimes that involves brute force. Other times, a more subtle touch is needed. Professor A. Vargas, medium extraordinaire, and his partner, Annabelle, don't use picks to open locked doors, and most certainly don't use violence to get what they want. Instead they prey upon hopes and fears to swindle bereaved patrons. Soon John and Sabina find themselves in a dusky room, preparing to take the lying duo down. Then a knife flashes ... and our detectives must discover who is conning whom. Before they themselves are dispatched.

Mothers : stories

January 17, 2019
Power, Chris, 1974- author.
pages cm
Mother 1: Summer 1976 -- Above the wedding -- The crossing -- The Colossus of Rhodes -- Mother 2: Innsbruck -- The haväng dolmen -- Run -- Portals -- Johnny Kingdom -- Mother 3: Eva.

Elsey come home

January 17, 2019
Conley, Susan, 1967- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
239 pages ; 20 cm
Elsey's role as painter, mother and wife have lead her to descend into desperate unhappiness. Her husband Lukas urges her to find herself in a weeklong mountain retreat. There she meets a group of men and women who will forever alter the way she understands herself.

The death messenger

January 17, 2019
Hannah, Mari, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.
434 pages ; 25 cm
"First published in Great Britain by Pan Books, an imprint of Pan Macmillan "--Title page verso.
"A Thomas Dunne book."

The fire court

January 17, 2019
Taylor, Andrew, 1951 October 14- author.
440 pages ; 25 cm
"Endpapers show A map of the area of London affected by the Great Fire of London in 1666"--Title page verso.
The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile and danger is only ever a heartbeat away. When James Marwood's father, a traitor, is run down and killed, he is determined to uncover the truth.

Unmarriageable : a novel

January 17, 2019
Soniah Kamal, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2019.
342 pages ; 25 cm
"A retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan."--Provided by publisher.

No mercy

January 17, 2019
Schaffhausen, Joanna, author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.
viii, 305 pages ; 24 cm
Police officer Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed Markham take on two difficult new cases in this stunning follow-up to The Vanishing Season. "A gripping and powerful read. It is what we call an edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller. You will not be able to put it down before you finish it."--The Washington Book Review on The Vanishing Season No Mercy is award-winning author Joanna Schaffhausen's heart-pounding second novel. Police officer Ellery Hathaway is on involuntary leave from her job because she shot a murderer in cold blood and refuses to apologize for it. Forced into group therapy for victims of violent crime, Ellery immediately finds higher priorities than "getting in touch with her feelings." For one, she suspects a fellow group member may have helped to convict the wrong man for a deadly arson incident years ago. For another, Ellery finds herself in the desperate clutches of a woman who survived a brutal rape. He is still out there, this man with the Spider-Man-like ability to climb through bedroom windows, and his victim beseeches Ellery for help in capturing her attacker. Ellery seeks advice from her friend, FBI profiler Reed Markham, who liberated her from a killer's closet when she was a child. Reed remains drawn to this unpredictable woman, the one he rescued but couldn't quite save. The trouble is, Reed is up for a potential big promotion, and his boss has just one condition for the new job--stay away from Ellery. Ellery ignores all the warnings. Instead, she starts digging around in everyone's past but her own--a move that, at best, could put her out of work permanently, and at worst, could put her in the city morgue.

The perfect liar : a novel

January 17, 2019
Greene, Thomas Christopher, 1968- author.
279 pages ; 22 cm
"A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and wife keep from each other. Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in place again. But both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other --secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built."--Provided by publisher.

Unnatural disasters

January 17, 2019
Hirsch, Jeff, author.
Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2019]
344 pages ; 22 cm
"Lucy Weaver has her future all figured out. Make an appearance at prom, ditch graduation, and then head out on an epic road trip with her boyfriend, Luke. But when everyone's phones start to ring halfway through the dance, Lucy knows something terrible has happened--something big. Decades of climate change have left the world teetering on the brink--entire cities drowned, violent extremism on the rise, millions of refugees with nowhere to turn. Is this the night it finally slips over the edge?"-- Provided by publisher.

The cold is in her bones

January 17, 2019
Van Arsdale, Peternelle, author.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2019]
278 pages ; 24 cm
When Milla, sixteen, who has lived a sheltered life on a farm near a cursed village, finally makes a friend, she learns of her connection to the curse's originator.

Hear our defeats

January 17, 2019
Gaudé, Laurent, author.
249 pages ; 21 cm
Original title: Écoutez nos défaites, ©2016, by Editions Actes Sud. Translated from the French by Alison Anderson ; translation copyright ©2019 by Europa Editions.
"A French intelligence officer is tasked with tracking down a former member of the U.S. Special Forces suspected of drug trafficking during the war in Afghanistan. On his way to Beirut he shares a night with Mariam, an Iraqi archaeologist, who is in a race against time to save ancient artifacts across the Middle East from the destruction wreaked by ISIS. Woven into these two forceful, gripping storylines are stylish meditations on humankind's bellicose history: Hannibal's failed march on Rome ; Grant's pursuit of the Confederates into rural Virginia; and Emperor Haile Selassie's swift retreat from Ethiopia. Each one a turning point in world history, each revealing a different facet of how nations and individuals face defeat"--inside flap of front cover.

Sacred darkness : the last days of The Gulag

January 17, 2019
Berdzenishvili, Levan, author.
227 pages ; 21 cm
Original Russian title: Sviataia mgla: poslednie dni Gulaga ; original Georgian title: Ts' minda ts'qvdiadi, ©2013 ; translation copyright ©2019 by Europa Editions.
"Based on true events, a thrilling marriage of reportage and lived experience, this book tears apart the fabric of Russian Soviet repression with biting humor and wry insight. Here are stories of citizens who find themselves in extraordinary and remarkable conditions. Iona, the philosopher and bon vivant; Merab, whose discourses resemble those of Socrates; Irakli, the learned classicist; Anderson, the librarian; the gourmands, Maximovich and Petrov; Kukharuk, the barber. These people and many more form the unofficial aristocracy, the intelligentsia, of the gulag, and with them, serving a sentence for political agitation, Levan Berdzenishvili, to his surprise, spends some of the most enjoyable and enlightening days of his life"--inside flap of front cover.

A love to behold : a novel

January 17, 2019
MacLaren, Sharlene, 1948- author.
New Kensington, PA : Whitaker House, [2018]
331 pages ; 23 cm
"Romance novel set after the Civil War centering on a 27-year-old woman who teaches at a new school for the children of former slaves in South Carolina, the villains who oppose her, and her two suitors"--Provided by publisher.

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