By Dan Simmons
Four climbers travel to Mount Everest in 1924 in an attempt to recover the body of a missing adventurer but find themselves being pursued by someone or something.
By James Franco
A darkly comic tale by the actor, artist and author of Palo Alto is told in the style of Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step testimonials, scripts, letters, diary entries and other forms that explore the nature and purpose of acting while sharing moving and satirical portraits of actors who did not achieve fame.
The Alligator Man
By James Sheehan
Defense attorney Kevin Wylie unites with his father, a legendary trial lawyer, to take the case of a man whom they believe is wrongly accused of killing one of the most hated corporate criminals in America.
At Night We Walk in Circles
By Daniel Alarcon
Feeling unfulfilled in the wake of personal and professional setbacks, Nelson, a South American youth, lands a starring role in a revival of a legendary play written by his hero, and confronts the realities of civil war while touring unfamiliar landscapes.
By Amos Oz
Set in the fictitious Kibbutz Yikhat, eight interconnected stories brilliantly portray men and women who endure personal hardships in the shadow of one of the greatest collective dreams of the 20th century.
The Big Crowd
By Kevin Baker
Inspired by a real-life, 20th-century mayor, this dramatic novels follows two Irish brothers – one fallen political star accused of corruption and the other a young DA desperately trying to clear his name – as they navigate through a dangerous world of socialites, politicians, righteous reformers and cold-blooded gangsters to find the truth.
Blowback (Vanessa Pierson)
By Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett
Narrowly escaping a sniper attack that leaves a key informant dead, covert CIA ops officer Vanessa Pierson resolves to capture the nuclear arms dealer behind the killing and defies orders by involving a fellow officer with whom she is romantically involved.
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
By Helen Fielding
A long-awaited third installment in the series featuring the beloved, haphazard British heroine introduces readers to an engaging new phase of Bridget’s life in contemporary London, where she faces the challenges of maintaining her sex appeal, engages in drunken texting, and despairs of fitting into skinny jeans.
Candlelight Christmas (The Lakeshore Chronicles)
By Susan Wiggs
As single father Logan O’Donnell prepares to give his son, Charlie, the best Christmas ever on the shores of Willow Lake, he just may be in for a Christmas surprise himself, in the form of sharp-witted and independent Darcy Fitzgerald.
The Cartographer of No Man’s Land
By P.S. Duffy
A Nova Scotian pacifist, assured a job as a cartographer in London, joins the war effort in 1916 in search of his beloved missing brother-in-law, leaving his son to fend for himself in their devastated fishing village.
By Mary Kay Andrews
As the holidays approach, Savannah antique dealer Weezie Foley is distracted by both her upcoming wedding and her best friend and maid-of-honor BeBe Loudermilk, who, due to give birth any day, is still adamantly refusing to marry her live-in love, Harry.
City of Lies: A Thriller
By R. J. Ellory
Making the shocking discovery that the father he believed dead for more than 30 years is alive and lying in a coma in a Manhattan hospital, John Harper returns to New York inundated with painful childhood memories, only to be seduced by an underworld life of power that enmeshes him in a dangerous conspiracy.
Critical Mass (V. I. Warshawski)
By Sara Paretsky
Assisting best friend Lotty Herschel to protect a fellow Holocaust survivor’s daughter from dangerous adversaries, V. I. Warshawski uncovers a maelstrom of lies, secrets and silence stemming from World War II’s competition to develop the first atomic bomb.
Cross and Burn
By Val McDermid
The crime-fighting team of a clinical psychologist Tony Hill and police detective Carol Jordan investigate a serial killer who is targeting women who look suspiciously like Carol.
Cut to the Bone (Body Farm)
By Jefferson Bass
As Governor Bill Clinton and Senator Albert Gore begin their campaign to win the White House in 1992, Dr. Bill Brockton is determined to revolutionize the study of forensics to help law enforcement better solve crime and launches a macabre research facility that results in a rising body count.
The Dead Run
By Adam Mansbach
Set on both sides of the Mexican-American border, this tale follows two people – one escaping from her torturers and one escaping from prison – as they try to make it through the desert alive.
By Andre Dubus, III
This collection of short stories from the award-winning author of the best-selling House of Sand and Fog examines the lives of suburbanites seeking solace and gratification in food, sex, work, and love.
The Dogs of Christmas
By W. Bruce Cameron
When his neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog Lucy at his Colorado home, Josh Michaels, recovering from a broken heart, learns to care for Lucy’s tiny puppies with the help of local animal shelter worker Kerri, a beautiful woman with a quick wit and a fierce love for animals.
Doing Hard Time (Stone Barrington)
By Stuart Woods
Hoping to relax during a business trip to Bel-Air, Stone Barrington is confronted with a case he believed was resolved and forges an unexpected partnership with an agent who operates outside the law.
By Chuck Palahniuk
A follow-up to the best-selling Damned continues the afterlife adventures of snarky Madison Spencer, who wanders Earth as a ghostly spirit in search of her do-gooding celebrity parents while fighting the influence of Satan, encountering her grandfather at a fetid highway rest stop and confronting her destiny on a plastic Pacific continent known as Madlantis.
Detective Spero Lucas uses his knack for getting what he wants when he helps a woman retrieve a valuable painting stolen by her ex-boyfriend.
The Dove’s Necklace
By Raja Alem
Unable to learn the identity of a dead woman found in the alleys of Mecca because the body’s nakedness has rendered her taboo, Detective Nassir pursues an investigation that becomes subject to the holy city’s brutal customs and secret underworld.
Drone (Troy Pearce)
By Mike Maden
Secretly dispatched by a narrowly-elected new President to take out a drug cartel responsible for her daughter’s death, private security head and former CIA operative Troy Pearce, accompanied by a team of scientists and a ground task force, risks an all-out war with America’s most dangerous enemies to exact justice.
Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
By James Wesley Rawles
Two expat families, including American missionaries living in the Philippines and a Texas engineer in Australia, try to survive in the midst of a global economic collapse marked by the powerful rise of a radicalized Islamic government.
The Explanation for Everything
By Lauren Grodstein
An atheist widower begins to question his lack of faith after he falls in love with a passionate evangelist.
By Sandra Dallas
In 1885, wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen investigates the brutal murder of her estranged sister Lillie, entering a dangerous world of prostitution where she discovers the truth about the sister she couldn’t save, exposing the darkest side of Gilded Age ambition in Denver in the process.
By Donna Tartt
Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, 13-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue.
Guests on Earth
By Lee Smith
A young orphaned piano prodigy in 1936 is admitted to a North Carolina mental hospital under the care of a celebrated but controversial doctor and receives innovative treatment alongside one of the country’s most famous women, Zelda Fitzgerald.
The Hired Man
By Aminatta Forna
A British woman and her two children move into a small Croatian village after the War of Independence and befriend a local handyman who helps shield them from the locals’ hostilities towards strangers.
By Gill Hornby
The social lives and playground politics of a group of mothers of students at St. Ambrose School rival their children’s high school experiences as they compete for everything through catty, cliquey power plays.
By Scott Turow
A mayoral candidate’s brother is released from prison 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend.
By Martin Fletcher
As World War II comes to a close, Jacob, consumed with hatred, will not rest until he has killed his brother’s murderer, a concentration camp guard called The Rat, which affects his newfound relationship with Sarah, another lonely Holocaust survivor.
The Last Banquet
By Jonathan Grimwood
Once a penniless orphan, an adventurous man moves through French society during the Enlightenment as he searches for the perfect meal, befriends Benjamin Franklin, becomes pen pals with the Marquis de Sade and Voltaire, and improves methods of contraception.
Let Him Go
By Larry Watson
Years after losing their son in a horseback riding accident, Margaret tries to retrieve her grandson from her former daughter-in-law after the girl runs off with another man. Her efforts are challenged, however, by her husband, who is reluctant to get involved, and her grandson’s troublemaking new stepfamily.
Loss of Innocence
By Richard North Patterson
A sweeping family drama of dark secrets and individual awakenings is set against the backdrop of the turbulent summer of 1968 in Martha’s Vineyard, where 22-year-old Whitney Dane begins questioning her goals and sense of independence at the side of a fiercely ambitious, underprivileged man.
The Ludwig Conspiracy
By Oliver Potzsch
When an encoded diary about Ludwig, the fairytale king of Bavaria who was declared insane and died mysteriously soon thereafter, falls into his hands, rare book dealer Steven Lukas is forced to go on the run as he becomes the target of Ludwig’s deranged modern-day followers.
Mr. Lynch’s Holiday
By Catherine O’Flynn
A sophisticated tale about a father and son’s reconnection in a foreign culture follows the course of retired English bus driver and recent widower Dermont Lynch’s first visit to his son’s house in Spain, where he discovers unexpected commonalities between the crumbling town and the Irish community of his childhood.
Mortal Bonds (Jason Stafford)
By Michael Sears
Hired by the family of a disgraced investment banker who died in prison amid financial scandals, Jason Stafford races against time to find a fortune in missing funds only to see the people he contacts suffer suspicious and deadly accidents.
A Nantucket Christmas
By Nancy Thayer
A discordant family reunites and reconciles during a magically raucous holiday gathering in Nantucket, bringing together an apprehensive newlywed and the resentful pregnant stepdaughter who would sabotage family festivities at the side of her glamorous mother.
The Night Guest
By Fiona McFarlane
A widow living alone in an isolated beach house allows a bedraggled woman, who claims to be a government care worker, into her home. She subsequently hears strange sounds at night and is suddenly plagued by childhood memories.
The October List
By Jeffry Deaver
A woman tries to evade the police while negotiating with the kidnapper who took her daughter.
By Kathleen Kent
After escaping from a Texas brothel, Lucinda Carter heads for Middle Bayou to meet her lover and solidify plans to make a new life for herself in the Old West, until she crosses paths with a young Texas policeman who is on the trail of a killer.
By Ted Dekker
A father and his son leave Atlanta for Australia and find themselves taken as slaves by a savage, unknown jungle tribe.
By Glenn Kaplan
When a batch of a pharmaceutical giant’s hugely successful painkiller starts killing people, Emma Conway tries to save the company but is forced to play a dangerous game with her ex-husband, who is backed by a notorious Russian oligarch.
The Pure Gold Baby
By Margaret Drabble
Her promising career in 1960s London interrupted by an affair with a married professor that renders her a single mother, anthropology student Jessica Speight faces wrenching questions about responsibility, potential and compassion when her otherwise sunny child reveals unique needs.
By Jayne Anne Phillips
In 1931, Emily Thornhill, one of the few women in the Chicago press corps, covers the murder of Asta Eicher and her three children. Obsessed with finding out what happened to this beautiful family, Thornhill allies herself with the man funding the investigation who is wracked with guilt for not saving Asta himself.
By Raymond Khoury
Decades after a freak malady prompts a traumatized scientist to blow up a mine where workers have savagely attacked each other, FBI agent Sean Reilly investigates the bizarre suicide of a Russian embassy attaché, the disturbing true identity of a retired physics teacher and a mysterious device with a world-threatening capability.
The Rosie Project
By Graeme Simsion
A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.
By J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorse
A work from famed director J.J. Abrams and noted novelist Doug Dorst combines a traditional narrative with a second story in the form of notes scribbled in the margins by two readers of the main narrative, in a story that also features clues online and in real life.
The Secret Daughter of the Tsar
By Jennifer Laam
This alternate history of the Romanov family interweaves the stories of three women – Veronica, an aspiring historian living in present-day Los Angeles who is searching for the true heir to the Russian throne; Lena, a servant in the imperial Russian court of 1902; and Charlotte, a former ballerina living in World War II.
By Gigi Levangie Grazer
A lively tale set amid the seductive reaches of Beverly Hills features an engaging, gimlet-eyed Mexican-American protagonist who observes lives of decadence and manipulation.
The Signature of All Things
By Elizabeth Gilbert
The best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love traces the multi-generational saga of the Whittaker family, whose progenitor makes a fortune in the quinine trade before his daughter, a gifted botanist, researches the mysteries of evolution while falling in love with a utopian artist against a backdrop of the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.
By Iris Johansen
In this thrilling and shocking conclusion to the latest Eve Duncan trilogy, the prey is cornered and the secrets of Eve’s past might ultimately become her undoing.
By Jennifer Chiaverini
Pledging her loyalty to the North at the risk of her life when her native Virginia secedes from the Union, Quaker-educated aristocrat Elizabeth Van Lew uses her innate skills for gathering military intelligence to help construct the Richmond underground and orchestrate escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby prison.
The Star of Istanbul
By Robert Olen Butler
American spy and war correspondent Christopher Marlowe Cobb follows a man who may be a German secret service agent with vital information on to the Lusitania during World War I.
Storm Front (Virgil Flowers)
By John Sandford
Approached by an Israeli police officer who is tailing a man in possession of a stolen religious relic, Virgil Flowers learns that the artifact reveals startling details about the biblical King Solomon and that dangerous rivals are killing everyone who would protect it.
The Stranger You Know (Forensic Instincts)
By Andrea Kane
Casey Wood and the Forensic Instincts team investigate a serial killer targeting young redheaded victims.
By John Grisham
First seen in Grisham’s debut novel, A Time to Kill, Jake Brigance returns to Ford County and takes part in a dramatic courtroom showdown that confronts the area’s tortured history and challenges this small Southern community’s pursuit of justice.
The Two Hotel Francforts
By David Leavitt
As Europe prepares for war during the summer of 1940, two couples – expatriate Americans fleeing Paris and wealthy bohemians beset by the social and sexual anxieties of their class – arrive in Portugal where their lives become inexplicably entwined in unimaginable – and dangerous – ways.
By Wilbur Smith
Hector Cross, a tough, former soldier, fights pirates and terrorists in the lawless waters off the coast of Africa.
By Charles Blackstone
A young English teacher falls into a love affair and is introduced to the world of wine when he meets a famous and enchanting sommelier.
By Danielle Steel
Paralyzed by a tragic chairlift accident, 17-year-old competitive skier Lily struggles with the loss of her Olympic dreams before meeting Teddy, a young man who has overcome his own devastating injuries to pursue an enriching life.