September 15, 2014

AT THE LIBRARY

ADULT FICTION

PRIVATE DOWN UNDER by James Patterson and Michael White. With the best detectives in the business, cutting-edge technology, and offices around the world, there is no investigation company like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party, Private Sydney throws open its doors. Craig Gisto and his newly formed team have barely raised their glasses when a young Asian man, blood-soaked, stabbed, and bullet-ridden, staggers into the party. But what looks like a botched kidnapping soon turns into something much deadlier. Yet it is a horrific murder in the wealthy eastern suburbs that stretches the team as they desperately search for a motive. As more mutilated bodies suggest the work of a ruthless serial killer, panic grips the city and threatens to destroy the firm’s reputation. One of Private Sydney’s inaugural cases may also be its last.

EYES ONLY by Fern Michaels. The Sisterhood is off to a tropical paradise, where they will confront an adversary more ruthless and devious than any they’ve yet faced. Lush, exclusive Spyder Island is home to many of the world’s billionaires. Though the inhabitants guard their privacy jealously, resident Gretchen Spyder, daughter of the island’s namesake, is making headlines. Years ago, Gretchen gave her twin babies up for legal adoption. Now Gretchen and her father are trying to get them back. The twins’ adoptive parents are a loving but poor couple, completely outgunned by the Spyders’ wealth. Myra Rutledge, with the full force of the Sisterhood behind her, intends to give them a fighting chance at keeping the family together. But nestled among the lavish mansions and immaculate landscaping of Spyder Island is a sinister enemy. And in a case that’s far more twisted than it first appeared, the ingenuity, courage, and friendship of the Sisterhood will be tested as never before.

ONE KICK by Chelsea Cain. Everyone thought Kick Lannigan was dead. Kidnapped by strangers at age six, her rescue five years later shocked the world. Now twenty-one, she has trained herself to be safe, though she really isn’t a “people person.” But when a former weapons dealer named Bishop approaches her with a proposition, Kick agrees to help him investigate two recent child abductions. Bishop has law enforcement contacts, a seemingly limitless fortune, and more secrets than Kick does. Armed with a Glock 37, half a lifetime of therapy, and an impressive array of criminal skills, Kick will do whatever it takes to rescue the missing children in time. Little does she know that the answers she and Bishop seek may be hidden in the dark corners of her own mind.

ADULT NON-FICTION

BEHIND THE SCENES AT DOWNTON ABBEY by Emma Rowley. This is the official backstage pass to the set, the actors, and the drama; where it all happens—from the acting and directing to the costumes and props—find out how the drama is created from the celebrated cast and crew. Step inside the hair and make-up truck, enjoy a rare glimpse into filming at Highclere Castle, share the perspective from the director’s chair, delve into the wardrobe, discover the music and meet the people. This is a unique insight into a secret world with never-before-seen photos and exclusive information from all four seasons. With in-depth interviews and incredible images, get the inside track on the making of Downton Abbey.

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September 8, 2014

AT THE LIBRARY

ADULT FICTION

CASEBOOK by Mona Simpson. Young Miles Adler-Hart starts eavesdropping to find out what his mother has planned for his life. When he learns instead that his parents are separating, his investigation deepens, and he enlists his best friend, Hector, to help. While his mother, Irene, never suspects, they begin to rifle through her dresser drawers, bug her telephone lines, and strip-mine her computer, only to find that all clues lead them to her bedroom, and put them on the trail of a mysterious stranger from Washington, D.C. Their amateur detective work starts innocently but quickly takes them to the far reaches of adult privacy as they acquire knowledge that will affect the family’s well-being. Burdened with this powerful information, the boys struggle to deal with the existence of evil and concoct modes of revenge on their villains that are both hilarious and nave. Eventually, haltingly, they learn to offer animal comfort to those harmed and to create an imaginative path to their own salvation.

THE HEIST by Daniel Silva. Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must track down the real killers and then perform one simple task: find the most famous missing painting in the world, Caravaggio’s glorious Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence. Gabriel embarks on a daring search to recover the Caravaggio and learn the identity of the collector who bought the stolen artwork. His search will take him on a worldwide hunt which will end at a small private bank in Austria where a dangerous man stands guard over the ill-gotten wealth of a brutal dictator. At his side is a brave young woman who survived one of the worst massacres of the twentieth century. Now, with Gabriel’s help, she will be given a chance to strike a blow against a dynasty that destroyed her family.

ADULT NON-FICTION

SOLDIER GIRLS by Helen Thorpe. More women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan than in any other conflict in our nation’s history, and today they compose about 15 percent of the armed services. Thorpe follows the experiences of three women in the Indiana National Guard—one a young college student, one a single mother, and one a grandmother—who chose to enlist for different reasons, never expecting they would go to war. Though quite far apart in age and in their political views, the three women become close friends, and through their daily interaction we see how military service changes their relationships with their families, their lovers, and their children.

STRINGER by Anjan Sundaram. In August 2005, Sundaram abandoned his path to a Yale Ph.D. in mathematics to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and refashion himself as a journalist. He describes the grueling reality of daily existence in the Congo, intimately chronicling his own struggle to make sense of life in a forbidding world. He puts his life in danger to interview a warlord whose militia is battling for control of valuable territory. As the city of Kinshasha descends into anarchy after a contested election, Sundaram takes shelter in a factory to file report after report even as other journalists flee. Oscillating between anger and loneliness and between melancholy and exhilaration, Stringer completely transports us not only to the Congo—but to the limits of sanity, reason, and experience.

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September 2, 2014

AT THE LIBRARY

ADULT FICTION

BORN OF FURY by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella, an organization that has declared war on the League. They rule the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrify it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren. Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it will be a quick and easy mission. But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better skilled than any she’s faced before.

REMAINS OF INNOCENCE by J.A. Jance. An old woman, both a hermit and a hoarder, is dying in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. While cleaning out her dilapidated house, her estranged daughter, Liza Machett, discovers a fortune in hundred-dollar bills hidden in the tall stacks of books and magazines that crowd every corner. After her father ran off with another woman, Liza was raised in this house, surviving poverty, squalor, and a mentally unstable mother. Now a waitress at a small local diner, this money seems like a blessing to Liza—until an elderly man she’s never met appears at her mother’s funeral, warning that she’s in danger. Suddenly, Liza’s quiet life is turned upside down. The house is torched, her apartment is broken into, and her elderly landlady is murdered. Someone very dangerous is looking for her and won’t stop until she’s found. Terrified, Liza sets off on a perilous cross-country journey that will lead her to Cochise County, Arizona, and Sheriff Joanna Brady. But when a shocking murder involving Liza and the money rocks the Arizona Sheriff’s department, Sheriff Brady must solve both of these disturbing cases fast, before more innocent blood can be shed.

THE QUICK by Lauren Owen. 1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. Within the sinister, labyrinthine London that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural city populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of the exclusive, secretive Aegolius Club, whose predatory members include the most ambitious, and most bloodthirsty, men in England.

ADULT NON-FICTION

THE ZHIVAGO AFFAIR by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee. In May 1956, an Italian publishing scout took a train to a village just outside Moscow to visit Russia’s greatest living poet, Boris Pasternak. He left carrying the original manuscript of Pasternak’s first and only novel, entrusted to him with these words: “This is Doctor Zhivago. May it make its way around the world.” Pasternak believed his novel would never be published in the Soviet Union. But it was, and from there the life of this extraordinary book entered the realm of the spy novel—being widely published in translation throughout the world. Finn and Couvee bring us intimately close to this charming, passionate, and complex artist, as they give us a literary thriller that takes us back to a fascinating period of the Cold War—to a time when literature had the power to stir the world.

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