The Afrika Reich
By Guy Saville
A tale set in an alternate world where a victorious Nazi Germany has enslaved the native populations of Africa traces the efforts of former assassin Burton Cole to stop a threat against Britain’s surviving colonies by a messianic racist with ties to a brutal plot.
The Andalucian Friend
By Alexander Soderberg
Breaking her personal code against such behavior, Sophie Brinkmann dates a charming patient, only to discover that he is the head of a powerful international crime organization warring against a ruthless German syndicate, a situation that pits her against an itinerant arms dealer, a disturbed detective, a vicious hit man and a wily police chief.
As Sweet As Honey
By Indira Ganesan
A tale set on a gorgeous Indian Ocean island at a large family compound presided over by a stalwart matriarch conveys the stories of a marriage ceremony that include a pregnant widowed bride, cousins who follow family gossip to puzzle out an aunt’s story, and a newly-in-love woman who struggles with cultural and family identities.
The Aviator’s Wife
By Melanie Benjamin
A story inspired by the marriage between Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh traces the romance between a handsome young aviator and a shy ambassador’s daughter whose relationship is marked by wild international acclaim, history-making flights and the world shocking abduction of their child.
Bay of Fires
By Poppy Gee
Home for the holidays and looking for a calm escape, Sarah Avery instead discovers a woman’s body washed ashore in her parents’ quiet, small seaside town and teams up with a journalist to uncover the mystery behind the woman’s death.
By Kent Haruf
A terminally ill cancer patient is attended throughout his final days by his wife and daughter while the family contemplates their individual relationships with an estranged son, a situation that stirs up painful memories for a new next-door neighbor who has recently lost her mother.
The Blast That Tears the Skies
By J. D. Davies
Captain Quinton commands a vast man-of-war in the seventeenth century British fight against the Dutch, while at the same time he is forced to confront an uncomfortable truth about himself and his family.
The Book of Killowen (Nora Gavin)
By Erin Hart
Returning to the bogs after a year away from the field, archaeologist Cormac Maguire and pathologist Nora Gavin investigate a ninth-century corpse found in the trunk of a car along with the body of a provocative television philosopher, a case that is tied to an ancient volume of philosophical heresy.
The Boyfriend By Thomas Perry
Jack Till must delve into the shadowy world of the online escort business to find a serial killer who hops from city to city.
Breaking Point (Joe Pickett)
By C. J. Box
Joe Pickett investigates the disappearance of a local businessman who recently had property he had intended to develop for his retirement income declared as wetlands – and therefore is unable to be built upon, making him the chief suspect in the murder of two EPA employees.
The Burgess Boys
By Elizabeth Strout
Catalyzed by a nephew’s thoughtless prank, two brothers confront painful psychological issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their personal and professional lives.
The Burning Air
By Erin Kelly
Leading a cozy life of upper-class privilege, altruistic private school headmaster Rowan and his three grown children gather for the first time since the family matriarch’s passing and are torn by years of secrets when a vengeful stranger arrives, claiming that their relative was a murderer.
Cage of Bones
By Tania Carver
Stumbling across the machinations of an insane serial killer who has been hiding in plain sight for three decades, Detective Inspector Phil Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito discover a cage constructed of human bones containing a feral child whom the killer is determined to reclaim.
By Robert Wilson
When Charles Boxer, a private security expert who specializes in kidnap and recovery, is hired by Indian tycoon Frank D’Cruz to find his daughter Alyshia, he goes up against religious fanatics, Indian mobsters, and London’s homegrown crime lords to beat the kidnappers at their own game.
Child of Vengeance
By David Kirk
Worshiping his absent warrior father and urged by the Buddhist monk uncle who raised him to embrace a peaceful life in turbulent late-16th-century Japan, Bennosuke confronts painful family truths before pursuing the life of a samurai and eventually participating in the epochal battle of Sekigahara.
The Comfort of Lies
By Randy Susan Meyers
The lives of three women intersect five years after a fateful love affair, including the search by a woman who gave up her baby for adoption, an adoptive mom who questions her suitability as a parent, and a married woman who views her husband’s affair differently upon learning about the baby the romance produced.
By Amber Dermont
Dermont’s collection of short stories features characters at a crossroads, from a man who teaches etiquette while his girlfriend is indicted for a crime, to a widow who rents herself out as a “professional grandchild” to elderly women.
Dirty Little Secret
By Jon Stock
A final entry in the espionage trilogy that includes Dead Spy Running follows an estrangement between the U.S. and Britain in the aftermath of an audacious terrorist attack that has been linked to renegade MI6 officer Daniel Marchant.
The Dream Merchant
By Fred Waitzkin
A charismatic salesman’s participation in a series of financial scams escalates to the point that he becomes an addicted gambler, womanizer and head of a violent gold mining operation in the Brazilian jungle before forging a passionate, late-in-life relationship with a darkly ambitious Israeli woman.
Drop Dead, Gorgeous
By J. D. Mason
A sequel to Beautiful, Dirty, Rich follows the vigilante justice quest of Desimonda’s best friend, Lonnie, who hunts down the secret half-brother of a man who violated her and left her for dead.
The End of the Point
By Elizabeth Graver
Returning to Ashuant Point to escape from the chaos of rapidly changing times, Helen Porter and her son Charlie soon discover that the Point has not remained unscathed from events unfolding beyond its borders.
By Chloe Hooper
A follow-up to the award-winning A Child’s Book of True Crime finds Englishwoman Liese Campbell visiting the Melbourne country mansion of heir Alexander Colquhoun, with whom she shares a no-strings-attached affair until discovering deeper, more erotic aspects of his character.
By Jane Green
Living on opposite coasts and preparing to see their children depart for school, two women married to frequently-traveling husbands are shattered by a devastating secret that brings them together and tests their beliefs about forgiveness.
Farewell, Dorothy Parker
By Ellen Meister
Wielding considerable influence as a Hollywood critic in spite of insecurity and social anxiety in her private life, Violet Epps is approached by the ghost of Dorothy Parker who, in exchange for help with moving to the afterlife, offers advice on how Violet can find the courage to speak out.
Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles
By Ron Currie
Mourning the death of his father and pining for an elusive woman he has loved since childhood, a writer who has lost the manuscript for his latest book in a fire fakes his own death and exiles himself to a small Caribbean island where unexpected fame reveals the price of his deception.
By James Tabor
When a zealous group of scientists launches a plot to release a pandemic virus designed to end overpopulation, Hallie Leland races against time during a brutal week at the South Pole to save the world from mass annihilation.
The Fun Parts
By Sam Lipsyte
Originally published in The New Yorker and The Paris Review among other magazines, the collection stars such characters as a deranged male birth midwife and a doomsday hustler.
The Gods of Heavenly Punishment
By Jennifer Cody Epstein
Yoshi, a Japanese teenager, faces the destruction of everything she knew and a new life living among the enemy after her home city is bombed with napalm.
The Guardian (Home to Hickory Hollow)
By Beverly Lewis
After schoolteacher Jodi Winfield finds a little girl on the side of the road, she delves into the isolated community of the Lancaster Old Order Amish to find answers about the child’s identity and circumstances.
Helsinki Blood (Inspector Vaara)
By James Thompson
Entreated by a desperate mother whose daughter, a young woman with Down’s syndrome, has gone missing while seeking employment in Finland, Karl Vaara sees the case as a chance to redeem himself from black ops failures and pursues leads through Helsinki’s high-class clubs to the darkest circles in underground trafficking.
I Want to Show You More
By Jamie Quatro
Quatro’s debut collection of short fiction offers a disquieting portrait of infidelity, faith and family.
Ice Cold Kill
By Dana Haynes
Working as an interpreter for the FBI and taking occasional freelance operative jobs, Daria, a thrill-seeking former Shin-Bet agent in exile in the U.S., receives an anonymous warning just before she is set up to appear as if she is working with a terrorist by an adversary who would hijack a highly dangerous shipment.
The Icecutter’s Daughter
By Tracie Peterson
Feisty lady Merrill Krause and carpenter Rurik Jorgenson find their chance at love threatened by a major scandal in their Minnesota community.
In the Land of the Living
By Austin Ratner
Two brothers try to understand their family, grief, and the lasting effects on their relationships and careers and how they can change the future.
By Jeremy Robinson
Feeling out of his element on board a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, expert tracker Mark Hawkins is trapped on a tropical island with a crew after a mysterious series of malfunctions, and uncovers evidence of the island’s history as the site of a brutal World War II human experimentation program.
The Leviathan Effect
By James Lilliefors
Receiving a frightening communication from an anonymous hacker who has triggered numerous disasters designed to look like natural events, Homeland Security Secretary Catherine Blaine is threatened to comply with the hacker’s instructions or risk nation-destroying events, a situation that involves a journalist pawn and a former CIA agent.
The Liars’ Gospel By Naomi Alderman
The life of Jesus Christ is described by the four people who were closest to him before his death: his mother, his friend Iehuda, the High Priest of the Temple, and a rebel named Bar-Avo.
The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
By Teddy Wayne
A bitingly satirical tale about America’s obsession with fame follows the experiences of preadolescent pop idol Jonny Valentine, who uses his megastar success to hide the bitterness and innocence of a child who feels manufactured by his LA recording label and hard-partying manager mother.
The Magic of Saida
By M. G. Vassanji
Driven by an old regret from his life as a successful doctor and family man, Kamil Punja journeys to his mother’s native Africa to keep a childhood promise and confronts his unresolved mixed racial identity while addressing the nightmarish legacy of a past mistake.
By Jim Gavin
A debut story collection features a sequence of men who make doomed forays into middle-class respectability in southern California.
The Next Time You See Me
By Holly Goddard Jones
When a hard-drinking and unpredictable woman goes missing from her small Southern town, her unhappily dutiful sister, a failed athlete-turned-detective, a socially awkward teen, and a factory worker with a tormented past become connected in unexpected and violent ways.
Night Moves (Doc Ford)
By Randy Wayne White
Unsure if he or his friend Tomlinson was the target of a recent murder attempt, Doc Ford continues investigating a near-poisoning, a plane crash and an explosion off Sanibel Island.
By James Conaway
Delightedly discovering a first Cabernet to receive his highest score, egotistical wine critic Clyde Craven-Jones investigates the vintage’s mysterious origins with his wife and two assistants only to land in the middle of a scandalous family squabble with ties to a decades-old wrongdoing.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
By Ron Rash
Rash’s collection of stories navigates the emotionally harsh terrain of Appalachia, including “The Trusty”, in which a convict sent to fetch water for a chain gang tries to convince a farmer’s young wife to help him escape.
The Obituary Writer
By Ann Hood
An obituary writer searching for her missing lover at the turn of the tweetieth century is linked to a woman considering leaving her loveless marriage in 1963.
By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Enjoying a sheltered childhood with adoring grandparents but troubled by the silence surrounding her parents’ deaths, 17-year-old Korobi is prompted by a love note found among her mother’s possessions and a fiance’s shattering revelation to travel from India to America in the days after September 11 in search of her true identity.
The Pretty One: A Novel about Sisters
By Lucinda Rosenfeld
Living lives carefully constructed by their loving but domineering mother, three politically connected sisters enter midlife while struggling with unexpressed anger, failed relationships, and their mother’s freak accident, all of which compel them to reevaluate their prospects.
By A. B. Yehoshua
Unsettled during a retrospective of his early work, aging film director Yair Moses attempts to reconcile with the difficult but brilliant screenwriter from whom he is estranged, but the price that Trigano demands is one that will have strange and lasting consequences.
By Harlan Coben
Harboring an enduring love for Natalie six years after her marriage to another man, Jake Sanders learns of his rival’s death and attends the funeral only to discover that Natalie is not the woman she seemed to be, a situation that compels a determined search for answers.
The Story of My Purity
By Francesco Pacifico
Growing tired of his sexless marriage, and deciding to dedicate his life to Jesus, 30-year-old Piero Rosini takes a job at an ultraconservative Catholic publishing house. Tempted both physically and intellectually, Piero finds his religious resolve breaking down and vows to guard his purity.
The Striker (Isaac Bell)
By Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
After witnessing a terrible coal mining accident, Detective Isaac Bell hunts for the high-level saboteurs he believes are responsible.
The Sunshine When She’s Gone
By Thea Goodman
Told from alternating viewpoints, this satiric look at modern marriage and parenthood follows the actions of a young couple and their infant daughter over one life-changing weekend during which the husband flees with the child to a Caribbean island while his wife remains in Manhattan and tries to recapture the zest for life she had before being thrust into motherhood.
The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat
By Edward Kelsey Moore
Forging a friendship at the height of the civil rights movement, Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean meet regularly at the first diner owned by black proprietors in their Indiana city and are watched throughout the years by a big-hearted man who observes their struggle, with school, marriage, parenthood and beyond.
The Thief of Words
By Starling Lawrence
Arriving as a volunteer in Sierra Leone, Nora Fenton has little understanding of the complexities of race and religion in the nation nor does she comprehend the hidden politics of the diamond trade. Nevertheless, she embarks on many affairs which are subsequently documented by a writer named Owen who is secretly in love with her.
This Is the Way
By Gavin Corbett
Fearing that he has reignited an ancient feud between the two halves of his family, Anthony Sonaghan hides out in an old tenement house in Dublin until his roguish uncle Arthur, who is on the run, arrives on his doorstep bringing with him a world of trouble.
This Magnificent Desolation
By Thomas O’Malley
Possessing no memories of his life before entering an orphanage, young Duncan recites fantastical stories about his origins and is astonished when his singer mother claims him, thrusting him into an adult world of hazy bars, a salty Vietnam veteran lover, and an ancient radio that reports on the fates of the lost Apollo mission astronauts.
A Thousand Pardons
By Jonathan Dee
Forced back into the working world after her corporate lawyer husband’s spectacular downfall, Helen discovers a talent for public relations and is tempted away from her dysfunctional family by her childhood crush, now a movie star who needs her professional assistance.
Three Graves Full
By Jamie Mason
Pushed by an extreme circumstance into committing a murder that he covers up by burying the body in his backyard, mild-mannered Jason Getty finds his life completely unraveling when a landscaper discovers two other graves on his property, a situation that ties Jason to an abandoned woman, a small-town detective, and a fringe-dweller with a threatening past.
By MacKenzie Bezos
The brief but significant connections between four very different women include a commitment-phobic special operative, a betrayed Oscar-winning actress, a prostitute teen mother, and a recovering alcoholic.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
By Therese Anne Fowler
A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father’s opposition and her abandonment of the provincial finery of her upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.