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  • Jeffrey Archer’s Tell Tale: Short Stories. (10/24/17)
  • Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, the author returns with his eagerly-awaited, brand-new collection, giving us a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across and the countries he has visited during the past ten years.

    ECONOMIC AND PRECISE PROSE/SUSPENSFUL FAST-PACED/PSYCHOLOGICAL FICTION

  • Dan Brown’s Origin. (10/03/17)
  • Harvard’s symbologist Robert Langton investigates the collision of two of humankind’s most pressing questions.

    FAST-PACED INTRICATELY PLOT-DRIVEN THRILLER/RELIABLE ATTRACTIVE MAIN CHARACTER/ATMOSPHERIC AND JARGON-FILLED DESCRIPTIVE WRITING

  • Michael Connelly’s Two Kinds of Truth. (10/24/17)
  • Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered, as he also defends himself from a convicted killer’s accusation that he was framed.

    CHARACTER WITH A CODE DRIVEN STORY/FAST-PACED PROCEDURAL/ATMOSPHERIC AND SUSPENSEFUL

  • John Grisham’s The Rooster Bar. (10/24/17)
  • Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam. But maybe there’s a way out. Maybe there’s a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right?

    ENGAGING SYMPATHETIC CHARACTERS/ISSUE-ORIENTED STORYLINES/BREAKNECK PACING/WELL-DETAILED LEGAL THRILLER

  • Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter Solstice. (10/03/17)
  • For the first time in years, the Quinn family will be together for the holidays, and readers will have the last chance to visit the family’s Winter Street Inn on Nantucket as this series wraps up.

    RELATIONSHIPS PRIMARY/ENGAGING CHARACTER-DRIVEN PLOTTING/HEARTWARMING & HUMOROUS

  • Alice Hoffman’s Rules of Magic. (10/10/17)
  • In this prequel to Practical Magic (1995), love is always a problem for the Owens women, cursed since 1620, and Susanna Owens warns her three children to avoid moonlight, red shoes, and especially romance. But the children have different ideas.

    EARTHY, FLAWED STRONG WOMEN/THOUGHTFUL PLOTS/SURVIVOR STORIES/MAGICAL REALISM

  • Iris Johansen’s Mind Game. (10/24/17)
  • The adoptive daughter of Even Duncan and Joe Quinn, Jane MacGuire, has returned to Scotland and is waylaid by dreams of a young woman in danger and the reappearance of Seth Caleb.

    ENGAGING STRONG HEROINE/FAST-PACED ACTION SERIES/DARING SUSPENSE & FORENSIC DETAIL

  • Faye Kellerman’s Killing Season. (10/17/17)
  • Ben, now seventeen, relentlessly hunts for answers to his older sister Ellen’s homicide and when searching for the truth, the killer finds him.

    CHARACTER-DRIVEN SUSPENSE/TWISTY PLOTTING/FAST-PACED PAGE-TURNER

  • Debbie Macomber’s Merry and Bright. (10/03/17)
  • As Merry is wrapped up with family and work, her mother and brother sneakily create an online dating profile for her, and one of the matches turns out to be a real charmer. When she finally meets him, she realizes that he is not even a stranger.

    RELATIONSHIPS PRIMARY/ENGAGING CHARACTER-DRIVEN PLOTTING/HEARTWARMING ROMANCE

  • John Sandford’s Deep Freeze. (10/17/17)
  • Virgil Flowers is called back to Trippton, MN, when a woman encased in ice is found there.

    POLICE PROCEDURAL INVESTIGATOR WITH SHARP WIT&HIPPY INCLINATIONS/ FAST-PACED, HUMOROUS WITH SOME ROMANCE&VIOLENCE.

  • Danielle Steele’s Fairytale. (10/10/17)
  • After Stanford grad Camille loses her mother to cancer, her father, Christophe, marries a scheming Frenchwoman who has two slacker sons and a plan to take over the family’s Napa Valley winery.

    GLAMOROUS CHARACTERS AND EXTRAVAGANT SETTINGS/ENGROSSING RELATIONSHIP STORIES/DRAMATIC AND SENSUAL TONE

  • Stuart Woods’ Quick and Dirty. (10/24/17)
  • Stone Barrington in his next adventure, #43.

    CONSUMMATE STORYTELLER/COMPELLING PAGE-TURNER/STRONG CHARISMATIC LEAD CHARACTER & JET SETTING PLACES

  • David Baldacci’s End Game. (11/14/17)
  • Will Robie, highly trained assassin and the US’s most indispensable asset, is in London investigating an imminent terrorist attack that threatens the Underground and with the US next in line, Robie is the perfect choice to stop it before it begins. Book#5

    MEMORABLE CHARACTER/PLOT-DRIVEN DRAMA/FAST PACE/VIOLENCE

  • Elizabeth Berg’s The Story of Arthur Truluv.(11/21/17)
  • Lunching daily at the cemetery so he can converse with his late wife, Arthur meets troubled teen Maddy who’s avoiding school and their friendship changes them both.

    ENGAGING CHARACTER-DRIVEN BITTERSWEET STORY WITH RELIABLE SYMPATHETIC CHARACTERS

  • Lee Child’s The Midnight Line. (11/7/17)
  • Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. Curious, Reacher digs, and it turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher.

    CHARACTER-DRIVEN SERIES/QUICK PACE/MASTERFUL PLOTTING

  • Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke’s Every Breath You Take. (11/7/17)
  • As the Under Suspicion crew pries into the lives of a super wealthy real estate family with secrets to hide, danger mounts for several witnesses—and for Laurie Moran in this fourth in the series.

    PLOT-DRIVEN/SUSPENSEFUL WOMEN IN JEOPARDY/FAST-PACED NO GRAPHIC SEX, NO OVERT VIOLENCE, NO VULGAR LANGUAGE.

  • Janet Evanovich’s Hardcore Twenty-Four. (11/14/17)\
  • Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum when events take a dark turn as headless bodies start appearing across town. If all that’s not enough, Diesel’s back in town.

    ORIGINAL CHARACTER-DRIVEN SERIES/GREAT ST/QUICK PACE/WINNING FORMULA WITH HUMOR

  • Dean Koontz’s The Whispering Room. (11/21/17)
  • In the sequel to The Silent Corner (2017), and in the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide, Jane Hawk picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment.

    PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE/RIVETING PACED STORY/EXHILARATING HEROINE/TWISTING INGENIOUS PLOT

  • Alexander McCall Smith’s The House of Unexpected Sisters. (11/7/17)
  • In the 18th No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency title, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: a woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store.

    PLOTS SECONDARY TO ENDEARING CHARACTERS/EXCELLENT PLACE/GENTLE READ WITH HUMOR AND MOST VIOLENCE OFF THE PAGE

  • James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi’s Count to Ten: A Private Novel. (11/14/17)
  • Santosh Wagh quit his job as head of Private India after harrowing events in Mumbai almost got him killed (Private India: City of Fire 2014). But Jack Morgan, global head of the world’s finest investigation agency, is setting up a new office in Delhi, and Santosh is the only person he can trust.

    FAST-PACED/SHORT QUICK CHAPTERS/ATTRACTIVE CHARACTERS AND SETTING

  • James Patterson’s The People Vs. Alex Cross. (11/20/17)
  • Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law-until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they’re above the law. Cross knows it was self-defense. But will a jury see it that way?

    RECOGNIZABLE COMPELLING MAIN CHARACTER/SHORT CHAPTERS AND DIALOGUE DRIVE PLOT-CENTERED STORYLINE/MINIMUM SETTING DESCRIPTION/RELENTLESS PACE

  • Danielle Steel’s Past Perfect. (11/28/17)
  • A CEO’s family moves into a haunted mansion and all lead a charmed life together.

    GLAMOROUS CHARACTERS AND EXTRAVAGANT SETTINGS/ENGROSSING RELATIONSHIP STORIES/DRAMATIC AND SENSUAL TONE

  • Jennifer, Chiaverini’s Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace. (12/05/17) HISTORICAL
  • Lord Byron’s only legitimate child, Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, trained from the nursery in science and mathematics by her mother and considered the first computer programmer.

    STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER-DRIVEN/RICH HISTORICAL DETAIL/ATMOSPHERIC

  • Robert Crais’s The Wanted. (12/26/17)
  • When single mother Devon asks Elvis Cole to investigate her son’s new-found wealth, he discovers that it stems from a series of high-end burglaries that turn deadly. Joe Pike & Jon Stone lend a hand.

    GRITTY&WITTY CHARACTERS WITH A CODE/FAST-PACED PROCEDURAL MYSTERY/IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN

  • Val McDermid’s Insidious Intent. (12/05/17)
  • Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are after a serial killer who’ll crash a wedding, cozy up to a woman there alone, and lure her to a nasty death in her own burned-to-cinders car. Follows (Splinter the Silence 2015).

    DUEL CHARACTERS SHINE/ROLLERCOASTER RIDE PACE/COMPELLING & UNPREDICTABLE PLOTTING

  • Nora Roberts’s Year One: The Chronicles of the One. (12/05/17)
  • First in a trilogy, Roberts imagines a world where both government and the electrical grid have failed and half the population is destroyed by a virus. Fortunately, a group of spirited survivors are looking for solutions.

    DYSTOPIC FANTASY/STRONG CHARACTER-DRIVEN PLOTTING/SUSPENSEFUL AND HEART-TUGGING

  • James Rollins’s The Demon Crown. (12/05/17)
  • A horror that could wipe out all of humankind is out and Sigma must join forces with its very worst enemy—the Guild—to defeat it.

    FAST-PACED ADVENTURE/CAPTIVATING HEROES/ EXOTIC SETTINGS.

  • James Lee Burke’s Robicheaux. (1/02/18)
  • Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux tangles with mighty mob boss Tony Nemo, celebrity author Levon Broussard, and New Orleans golden boy Jimmy Nightengale, whom Nemo wants to make a US senator.

    FLAWED CHARACTER-DRIVEN STORYLINE/INTENSIFYING PACE/LITERARY-QUALITY WRITING/GRITTY&REALISTIC

  • A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window. (1/02/18)
  • Hot psychological thriller debut being compared in intensity and twistedness to Gone Girl & Girl on the Train, also in film development. Finn’s heroine hides away in her NY apartment looking out her window at her neighbors across the way. Then she sees, or think she sees, something shocking.

    GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER WITH TWISTY STORYLINE/MEZMERIZING CHARACTERS/SMOOTH WRITING

  • Gregg Hurwitz’s Hellbent. (1/30/18)
  • Evan Smoak is Orphan X trained to be an unacknowledged government assassin and now working to help the truly desperate. In this third in a hot new series, he’s tasked by his old boss with protecting the program’s final recruit, targeted when the new head plans to obliterate the remaining assets.

    AUTHENTIC CHARACTER WITH A CODE/THRILLER W/HIGH TECH GADGETS AND NON-STOP ACTION/EXCELLENT STORY TELLING

  • Jojo Moyes’s Still Me. (1/23/18)
  • Louisa Clark from Me Before You and After You is back in and working for the wealthy Gopnicks in NY, swearing to maintain her relationship with Ambulance Sam back home, when the Gopnicks’ social whirl introduces her to a man reminding her of her past.

    CHARACTER-DRIVEN RELATIONSHIP STORY/DIFFICULT SUBJECT MATTER MADE ACCESSIBLE WITH MEMORABLE UNIQUE, CHARACTERS/READ IN ORDER–ME BEFORE YOU FIRST!

  • Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s City of Endless Night. (1/16/18)
  • With NYC overrun by a serial killer who decapitates his victims, Lt. CDS Vincent D’Agosta is especially happy when FBI Special Agent Pendergast is assigned to the case.

    ACTION-PACKED TWISTING PLOTS/SYMPATHETIC PROTAGONISTS PITTED AGAINST HUMAN OR INHUMAN EVILS /ATMOSPHERIC REAL-WORLD SETTINGS

  • J.D. Robb’s Dark in Death. (1/30/18)
  • Eve Dallas puzzles over a series of homicides which may be taken from a popular mystery author’s books in Robb’s 46th In Death title.

    ENDEARING MAIN CHARACTERS WITH COLORFUL SUPPORTING CAST/SUSPENSEFUL, SEXY AND SOLID PROCEDURAL SERIES/BELIEVABLE FUTURE SETTING

  • Danielle Steel’s Fall From Grace. (1/23/18)
  • Newly widowed Sydney Wells is left out of her husband’s will. His sudden death means that everything goes to his conniving daughter and Sydney must start from scratch.

    GLAMOROUS CHARACTERS AND EXTRAVAGANT SETTINGS/ENGROSSING RELATIONSHIP STORIES/DRAMATIC AND SENSUAL TONE

  • Stuart Woods’s Unbound. (1/02/18)
  • Stone Barrington is pulled along for the ride when a friend pursues a perilous course of vengeance.

    CONSUMMATE STORYTELLER/COMPELLING PAGE-TURNER/STRONG CHARISMATIC LEAD CHARACTER & JET SETTING PLACES