January New Book Releases

Unbound – Stuart Woods In the wake of a personal tragedy, former CIA operative Teddy Fay—now a successful Hollywood film producer known as Billy Barnett—takes a leave of absence to travel and grieve, and lands in Santa Fe in the company of his friends Stone Barrington and Ed Eagle. There, fate hands him an unexpected opportunity to exact quiet revenge for his recent loss, from a man who helped to cover up the crime.

But when his enemy wises up to Teddy’s machinations, a discreet game of sabotage escalates to a potentially lethal battle. From the arid splendor of the New Mexico desert to the glamour of Hollywood’s rolling hills, it will take all of Stone Barrington’s diplomacy and skill to maneuver for Teddy’s advantage while keeping innocents out of the crossfire.

Robicheaux – James Lee Burke – Popular Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux tangles with mighty mob boss Tony Nemo; celebrity author Levon Broussard, whose Hollywood profits intrigue Tony; and New Orleans golden boy Jimmy Nightengale, whom Tony wants to make a U.S. senator.

The woman in the window – A. J. Finn – Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Operator down – Brad Taylor – Former Mossad agent Aaron Bergman vanishes while investigating whether a diamond merchant is part of a scheme that could deeply embarrass Israel. Pike Logan and his Taskforce get involved when they waylay killers intent on rubbing out Aaron’s partner Shoshana.

Fools and mortals – Bernard Cornwell – In the heart of Elizabethan England, Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in one of the London playhouses, a world dominated by his older brother, William. But he is a penniless actor, making ends meet through a combination of a beautiful face, petty theft and a silver tongue. As William’s star rises, Richard’s onetime gratitude is souring and he is sorely tempted to abandon family loyalty.

So when a priceless manuscript goes missing, suspicion falls upon Richard, forcing him onto a perilous path through a bawdy and frequently brutal London. Entangled in a high-stakes game of duplicity and betrayal which threatens not only his career and potential fortune, but also the lives of his fellow players, Richard has to call on all he has now learned from the brightest stages and the darkest alleyways of the city. To avoid the gallows, he must play the part of a lifetime . . . .

The wife between us – Greer Hendricks –  Nine years her senior, Richard is charming, handsome, and wealthy. He pampers Nellie like a queen—until he doesn’t. Nellie is constantly thrown off-kilter—is Richard manipulating things that happen between them? Reality and deception are woven into a strange pattern of twisted understanding. As the difference in how each perceives their marriage grows wider, so does their estrangement until Richard leaves Nellie for another woman. Or so everyone believes. Who is this younger, blonde version of herself? Nellie is compelled to stalk her around Manhattan like a jealous ex. Will this woman become her replacement?

The immortalists – Chloe Benjamin – It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

The girls in the picture – Melanie Benjamin – Mary Pickford was the first actor to have her name above the marquee, and friend and creative partner Frances Marion was a screenwriter famous for such classics as Dinner at Eight. Together, they’re Benjamin’s golden, glowing women in the pictures, struggling for power in a world dominated by men.

Carnegie’s maid – Marie Benedict – An impoverished Irish immigrant in the industrial 1860s takes a job as a lady’s maid in the home of prominent businessman Andrew Carnegie, with whom she falls in love before going missing, triggering Carnegie’s search for answers and the establishment ofhis enduring legacy.

It occurs to me that I am America – Richard Russo – Published to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Trump inauguration and the Women’s March, a provocative anthology of original short stories by 30 best-selling and award-winning writers, including Alice Walker, Alice Hoffman and Lee Child, considers the fundamental ideals of a free, just and compassionate democracy as expressed through fiction and graphic artwork.

Fall from grace – Danielle Steel – When her wealthy and devoted husband dies suddenly in an accident, Sydney is devastated to learn that he left his estate to his vindictive daughters, a situation that forces her to take a job where she is wrongly set up to take the fall for a corrupt employer’s illegal activities.

Anatomy of a scandal – Sarah Vaughn – Desperate to clear the name of her loving and charismatic husband in the wake of scandalous accusations, Sophie clashes with a determined prosecution lawyer, Kate, who resolves to uncover the truth and bring Sophie’s husband to justice.

Rise and grind – Damon John – Explores the importance of courage, persistence, and hard work in every successful business and individual, tracing the story of the author’s own rise from obscurity while citing the examples of professionals who achieved their goals through a determinedwork ethic.

Still me – Jojo Moyes – The irrepressible Louisa Clark from Me Before You and After You arrives in New York to start a new life and a long-distance relationship with Ambulance Sam while working for the super-wealthy Gopniks, a job that introduces her to New York high society and a secretive man who reminds her of her own past.

Act of revenge – Dale Brown – When Boston is hit by a coordinated string of terrorist attacks, robotics innovator Louis Massina leads a team of tech geniuses to deploy every bot, drone and cyberweapon at their disposal to save the city and bring the plot’s mastermind to justice.

The grave’s a fine and private place – Alan Bradley – In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. As their punt drifts past the church where a notorious vicar had recently dispatched three of his female parishioners by spiking their communion wine with cyanide, Flavia, an expert chemist with a passion for poisons, is ecstatic. Suddenly something grazes her fingers as she dangles them in the water. She clamps down on the object, imagining herself Ernest Hemingway battling a marlin, and pulls up what she expects will be a giant fish. But in Flavia’s grip is something far better: a human head, attached to a human body. If anything could take Flavia’s mind off sorrow, it is solving a murder—although one that may lead the young sleuth to an early grave.