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Page to Screen, Aug. 16, 2019 | Book Pulse

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Under the Water

This twisted tale of infidelity and revenge demonstrates how fragile family life can be. An optional purchase best for fans of racy suspense novels.
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Buried in the Stacks

Brook follows Read and Gone with another mystery focused on the library, the resident cat, and library issues, but emotionally insecure Carrie puts herself in jeopardy too often. Fans of library-set mysteries may prefer books by Jenn McKinlay or Dean James.

Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage

The third Mycroft tale (after Mycroft and Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes) from coauthors Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse is another winner. The Victorian setting is well drawn, the dialog rings true, the period details, both factual and fictive, support a labyrinthine plot including race and class distinctions. It all meshes into a fine tale set prior to the Sherlockian stories we know so well. Highly recommended, as are its two predecessors.
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Say Say Say

First novelist’s Savage’s lesson in the complexity of caring is carefully detailed and graced with a quiet drama that will be appreciated by readers not looking for fireworks. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]
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A Prayer for Travelers

A fine character study of a struggling young woman, set in an arid Southwest that comes alive; gorgeous if relentless and heart-ripping. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]
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The World Doesn’t Require You

In a narrative playing fast and loose with grammatical convention, Scott offers a strongly developed sense of place that, fantastical though it may be, is evocative of Anderson and Faulkner. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]
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Beirut Hellfire Society

Hage’s dark, episodic tale of bomb-stunned Beirut bites down unrelentingly on the less pleasant aspects of human behavior, with Pavlov observing that “humans deserved their burials, their darkness and their extinction.” Not easy reading, but the important truths, untrammeled honesty, and fire-bright defiance keep one engrossed. [See Prepub Alert, 1/14/19.]
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Marilou Is Everywhere

Unexpectedly hard-edged, this engrossing story from first novelist Smith feels lived-in and real. In the end, what happens to both Jude and Cindy comes as a surprise, teaching us what we can and can’t escape and what it means to remake ourselves despite the past. [See Prepub Alert 1/23/19.]
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Out Loud: A Memoir

“Why the hell not?” was Morris’s guide in more than one situation. A must for dance libraries, and why the hell not for most public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]

New to the Bestseller Lists, Aug. 15, 2019 | Book Pulse

PREMIUM

To Build a Better World: Choices To End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth

While scholarly, this work is written with a light touch and tells compelling stories about choices made by a number of countries and their leaders. It will appeal both to scholars of international politics and informed readers.

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Seeing Around Corners: How To Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen

A useful guide that is most appropriate for actual or aspiring managers and management consultants.

Year of the Monkey

Fans of Smith’s extensive body of work and those who enjoy well-crafted personal narratives will find much to love in this brief and vibrant book.

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We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir

Habib’s story will resonate with those who have faced similar challenges of finding their place in a culture different from their own. For all readers, it will illuminate the immigrant experience.

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The Rogue To Ruin

This third and final book in the series (after Ten Kisses to Scandal) is filled with delicious, fiery dialog between Ainsley and Reed, making readers who enjoy smart and witty historicals such as Tessa Dare’s “Spindle Cove” series long for that first kiss and our enemies-to-lovers’ happily ever after. This makes up for some of the secondary characters and plot points that occasionally fall a bit flat comparatively, resulting in a satisfying conclusion to a clever and engaging series.

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The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson

Inniss presents a riveting legal review of a high-profile fugitive slave case. Whereas Johnson’s story had previously been localized, this study is a welcome addition to all research, legal, and public libraries as an invaluable addition to this emergent field of studies.

PREMIUM

The Everything Tabletop Games Book: From Settlers of Catan to Pandemic, Find Out Which Games To Choose, How To Play, and the Best Ways To Win!

From short, simple games such as Happy Salmon to longer, strategic ones, including Twilight Struggle, the selections here span a wide range on the current market. This appeal to gamers of all experience levels and is highly recommended for all libraries with tabletop programming.

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Hurricanes: A Memoir

A roller-coaster ride. Fans of Ross’s work as well as his music-making projects with some of hip-hop’s most acclaimed artists will race through this one.

Fatal Ally

Former Moscow correspondent for the BBC and award-winning author Sebastian (Exit Berlin; Saviour’s Gate) delivers a gripping spy thriller. Fans of Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, Charles Cumming, and John LeCarré will enjoy the well-developed characters and riveting twists that keep the pages turning.
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Pride: The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement: A Photographic Journey

While a solid primer for the LGBTQ+ movement, this should not be taken as a comprehensive look as it tends to focus almost exclusively on white members of the LGBTQ+ community, with few exceptions, notably Marsha P. Johnson. Still, this will be a good place to start for readers curious about LGBTQ+ rights throughout history, as well as the movement’s artwork and icons.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

As Lefteri particularizes the terrible plight of refugees today, there’s no overloading the deck with drama; this story tells itself, absorbingly and heartrendingly. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 2/18/19.]
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The Last Stand of Payne Stewart: The Year Golf Changed Forever

Only worthwhile for those who haven’t read the earlier volume by Abraham and Stewart.

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The Will of God: Understanding and Pursuing His Ultimate Plan for Your Life

Best for devoted Stanley readers.

Joy Harjo & Téa Obreht Shine, Aug. 14, 2019 | Book Pulse

Not the Booker Shortlist & Sally Rooney's Lips, Aug. 13, 2019 | Book Pulse

Barbara’s Picks Liu, Rothschild, & Debuters Morrey & Staples, Plus Women’s, Historicals, SF/Fantasy, & More: Pop Fiction Previews, Feb. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Barbara’s Picks Ali, Gornick, Greene, Hammer, & Hvistendahl, Plus Parenting, Sports, & More: General Nonfiction, Feb. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Aug. 12, 2019 | Book Pulse

Page to Screen, Aug. 9, 2019 | Book Pulse

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Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius

Die-hard fans will enjoy gaining unprecedented insight into the rapper’s life and career, while casual readers will appreciate his advice for harnessing creative potential. Less an episode of Behind the Music and more testament to an undeniable artistic legacy, this account neither romanticizes the highs and lows of fame nor acts as a cynical public service announcement. [See Prepub Alert, 1/14/19.]
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The Shape of Night

Fans of multiple genres will follow Gerritsen’s meandering story through the realms of mystery, paranormal romance, erotica, and psychological suspense to its compelling conclusion. [Prepub Alert, 4/28/19.]
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Polite Society

In his American debut (the author’s award-winning The Smoke Is Rising and One Point Two Billion were previously released in the UK), Rao delivers a story deserving of the same popularity as Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians. A great choice for Austenites, fans of classic retellings, and general fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]
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Ruby & Roland

Sullivan (Goodnight, Mr. Wodehouse) creates a story worthy of comparison to Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome. Recommended for historical and women’s fiction fans

New to the Bestseller Lists, Aug. 8, 2019 | Book Pulse

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The Best Horror of the Year. Vol. 11

A must-have volume for horror aficionados and a solid starter for readers looking to discover new authors in the genre.
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Hold Back the Dawn

Paranormal romance fans looking for variety will find Ashley’s (When Twilight Falls) vampire novels a good starting point, as this newest title once again sees her characters finding balance between their otherwordly inclinations and human desires.
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The Reckless Oath We Made

Themes of chivalry, loyalty, family, and personal responsibility, along with a recognition that people don’t need to be perfect to be worthy of love, make this latest from Greenwood (All the Ugly and Wonderful Things) a good fit for those looking for gritty contemporary realism in their romance novels.
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The Last Post

Readers of Carlino’s previous works (Blind Kiss; Wish You Were Here) will find this a satisfying, romantic novel, and though the story is rather unlikely, it is hopeful and heartfelt
PREMIUM

Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It

This sobering book is indeed needed to help individuals better understand how information can be massaged to produce any sort of message desired. Recommended for general political science and current affairs collections.

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The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, the Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies

This work will resonate with liberals dismayed by the notion of structural or systemic oppression but falls short of making a persuasive case that the struggle for equity, diversity, and inclusion within academe is in danger of tyrannical overreach.

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Where Do I Begin? Stories from a Life Lived Out Loud

Duran’s success stems from his ability to connect personally with celebrities and listeners. Here he connects with readers through heartfelt remembrances and hilariously filthy tirades that are sure to please his national fan base.

Exactly As You Are: The Life and Faith of Mister Rogers

An enjoyable biography of a man many people believed they knew from his daily show. This warmly written volume will surely delight his many fans. Best for public, seminary and, church libraries.

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Nightmare Factories: The Asylum in the American Imagination

Will appeal to a broad range of readers, from academics interested in the history of medicine and popular culture, to general readers seeking social history rooted in an imaginative variety of sources.

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Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands

This moving memoir exploring race, gender, childhood, colonialism, marriage, and immigration will be valuable for readers interested in learning more about these subjects through a personal lens.

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Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary: 125 Essential Stitches To Crochet in Three Ways

Readers of Betty Barnden’s The Crochet Stitch Bible will enjoy this book's new stitch offerings and excellent visual representations.

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Two Buddhas Seated Side by Side: A Guide to the Lotus Sutra

While scholarly in nature, this work’s engaging, thoughtful manner serves its subject well. Essential for readers with academic-level interest in Buddhist studies.

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Hard To Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes

Gorman has written a brutally honest, deeply personal memoir of the group he helped to create. A must for fans of the Black Crowes and American rock and roll.

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Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim

Primarily recommended for Vernon’s existing fan base, this candid memoir will also be of interest for those who have experienced emotional, physical, or sexual violence, and who are seeking forceful encouragement toward self-empowerment and self-expression.

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The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection

A masterly effort with an intriguing thesis put forward to explain key factors contributing to human history. Highly recommended.

Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control

Highly recommended. This work sheds light on misdeeds done in the name of American democracy and should have wide appeal among general readers.

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Three Part Harmony

Those who enjoyed the previous book in the series will find a similar string of messy relationship decisions, culminating in an eleventh-hour resolution, for this related trio.
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On the Corner of Love and Hate

The main characters take some time to warm up to, but the fun story eventually carries readers along. Fans of enemies-to-lovers rom-coms (such as Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game) will enjoy, as will political junkies.

Bad Weekend

With this Eisner Award–winning volume, expanding stories first serialized in the “Criminal” series, the incomparable team of Brubaker and Phillips (My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies; The Fade Out) once again prove themselves among the best creators of crime fiction in any genre.
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The Green Lantern. Vol. 1: Intergalactic Lawman

Sharp’s (The Brave and The Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman) illustrations suggest legendary comics artist Neal Adams paying homage to surrealist painter H.R. Giger (or vice versa). Morrison’s (Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus, Vol. 2) script mixes police procedural thriller plot points with mind-boggling sf concepts. Not to be missed. Collecting Issues 1–6 of a new ongoing series.
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Immortal Born

The latest installment in Sands’s long-running “Argeneau” vampire series (after The Trouble with Vampires) can stand alone. Paranormal romance fans will definitely enjoy this tale of immortal love and devotion.

The Right Swipe

Best-selling author Rai (“Forbidden Hearts” series) taps into the modern dating-app scene with hilarious, horrifying, and relatable results, blending contemporary social issues, such as sexual harassment in the workplace and CTE brain injuries in sports, into the story. For all libraries.
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Sidelined

Enthusiasts of Baltsar’s first novel, Trouble Brewing, will be excited to see many familiar characters here, but the chemistry between Charlie and Connor isn’t strong enough to make the transition from enemies to lovers a smooth one.
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Just His Luck

Veteran author Daniels’s latest (after Luck of the Draw) has a bit of a slow start, but once the action picks up, it doesn’t stop.

The Legacy of Toni Morrison, Aug.7, 2019 | Book Pulse

Reading Lists for August, Aug. 6, 2019 | Book Pulse

RITAs Honor Romance's Best and Brightest | RWA 2019

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Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Aug. 5, 2019 | Book Pulse

Saeed Jones on the Power of Writing | Editors' Fall Picks 2019

Top Picks Including Pulitzer Prize Winners Edward J. Larson & David Zucchino, plus American History, African American History, Women’s History, & World War II: History Previews, Feb. 2020, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

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Fall Fireworks: 36 Titles That Shine Bright | Editors' Fall Picks 2019

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Top Picks Including Aboulela, Adiga, Tuck, & Yuknavitch, Plus Rising Stars: Literary Fiction Previews, Feb. 2020, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Page to Screen, Aug. 2, 2019 | Book Pulse

69 Stellar Titles | Starred Reviews, August 2019

Summer Thrills & Scary Travels

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Queen Meryl: The Iconic Roles, Heroic Deeds, and Legendary Life of Meryl Streep

Potentially fun for Streep fan boys and girls, although Michael Schulman’s Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep, which Carlson references, is preferred
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Rediscovering Scripture’s Vision for Women: Fresh Perspectives on Disputed Texts

For those well versed in feminist biblical criticism, most of this—while well written
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Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald enthusiasts will find these revealing letters sad but insightful

Bless This Mess: A Modern Guide to Faith and Parenting in a Chaotic World

Parents especially will appreciate this modern spiritual guide. Highly recommended for all libraries
PREMIUM

Layover

Bell (Somebody’s Daughter) is a reliable author in the psychological thriller category. He takes his well-drawn characters on a twisty trail in their search for the elusive truth, which here comes with an unexpectedly comforting conclusion.
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The Escape Room

Goldin’s debut features the twists, turns, and misdirection psychological suspense fans crave, set against a backdrop of corporate greed and excess. Bad people get their comeuppance, good people get revenge, and readers get immersed in the tangled web of vengeance and deceit. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/19.]

Rewind

Readers who enjoy books by Gillian Flynn and Ruth Ware, as well as the earlier thrillers by award-winning Irish author Howard (Distress Signals; The Liar’s Girl) will find this a perfect vacation read; full of twists and turns and just the right touch of creepiness. A must for mystery and thriller collections. [See Prepub Alert, 2/24/19.]
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Play with Fire

Award-winning author Shaw delivers an excellent fourth installment of the “Breen and Tozer” series (after A Song for the Brokenhearted). Readers of C.J. Box will enjoy the tense, intricate plot. Fans of Tana French’s “Dublin Murder Squad” series will appreciate the atmospheric description of the English countryside.

Delayed Rays of a Star

Koe’s flawless and enchanting writing draws readers directly into the lives and times of these women as well as the minor characters in this superb novel. Book discussion groups will enjoy devouring this fantastic debut. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]
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Gettysburg

Though Reynolds’s plans for renewal end up wildly off the mark, he ultimately finds something of value. While delightedly skewering the privileged entertainment industry lifestyle, Morris (All Joe Knight) uses Reynolds’s travails and the divisions of the Civil War period to make larger points about the current state of America. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]

In the Full Light of the Sun

A beautifully crafted exploration about living in a very complex world; recommended for fans of literary fiction, historical novels, and art history. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]
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Grave Importance

Intelligent prose and an intriguing cast of characters enhance the range of story lines, culminating in a breathtaking climax. Shaw’s third “Dr. Greta Helsing” novel (after Dreadful Company) blends medical mystery and fantasy adventure to wrap up a delightfully modern undead trilogy.

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion

A winning look at black girl fashion and a solid addition for all collections
PREMIUM

Teaching U.S. History Through Sports

General readers and educators will find much to spark their imaginations in this thoughtful work, from lists of resources to ways of connecting athletic history to larger social and cultural issues
PREMIUM

The Penguin Book of Migration Literature: Departures, Arrivals, Generations, Returns

With the exception of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Displaced, no similar recent collection of evocative reflections on the migration experience exists. This will appeal to students and general readers, if only as a starting point for further exploration
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The Vanished Bride

Brontë fans will rejoice to see how well the sisters fit the imagined role of sleuths, while those less familiar with the trio can still expect an enjoyably haunting read.
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The Hit

Scamarcio is an intriguing character in the third intricately plotted police procedural, following The American. It’s an atmospheric, complex case involving the world of television production, Rome, and the Mafia. Fans of the international crime novels of Donna Leon or Jeffrey Siger will appreciate the setting and dramatic story.
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Relative Fortunes

While the pace of this debut is slow at times, Benn has created a delightful sleuth, and readers will look forward to more mysteries starring this Jazz Age heroine. Recommend to readers of Carola Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple and Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher and all those seeking a period-rich mystery.
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The Truth Behind the Lie

Swedish author Lövestam’s (Wonderful Feels Like This) pitch-perfect book is a character study of two needy people who find unusual strength in each other, despite their secrets. Readers who appreciate complex Nordic mysteries that unfold ­carefully will ­appreciate the twists in this story. [See ­Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]
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Love and Death Among the Cheetahs

As in the award-winning author’s 11th in the series, On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service, Bowen takes a serious turn, focusing on the depraved lifestyle of the English in Kenya and foreshadowing World War II while including a safari and air travel. Fans who read the books for the light humor may be disappointed, but those who appreciate Bowen’s knowledge of the pre- and postwar years, as in In Farleigh Field, will be receptive to the atmospheric historical details. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]

Curious Toys

Hand is a mage of the page. The gritty mise-en-scène and realistically portrayed characters in her novel will enchant those who like tough-girl protagonists and antiheroes, as well as fans of historical crime fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/19.]
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The Bitterroots

Box gives a scathing look at the perverted nature of a backwoods isolationist family, at the same time providing a strong female protagonist. This will appeal to readers who enjoy works by Craig Johnson, Paul Doiron, Brian Panowich, and Nevada Barr. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]

Your House Will Pay

Cha unflinchingly and compassionately examines issues of race, family, generational violence, and the transformative power of forgiveness in this unforgettable novel. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]

Rusty Brown

Masterfully illustrated, brilliantly designed, and bursting with compassion for characters united by time and space who nonetheless feel isolated owing to fear and shame, this is without a doubt one of the most exciting releases of the year. [an editor’s pick, see “Fall Fireworks,” p. 23.]

New to the Bestseller Lists, Aug. 1, 2019 | Book Pulse

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See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Readers will be transported by Paul’s easygoing prose as he lingers almost philosophically on the sparse but majestic landscape and the people who choose to make their living there. Sharing qualities with authors like Paul Doiron and C.J. Box, Paul delivers a Western-themed thriller that can easily be read as a stand-alone featuring characters as quiet and as deep as the mountains themselves.
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Mother Knows Best

Peikoff alternates the story between Abby and the events from years earlier while maintaining the suspense. She also can make complex scientific procedures comprehensible for even the nonscientist. Medical thriller fans of Michael Palmer and Robin Cook will want to check this out.
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An Unsettled Grave

The author’s knowledge and experience as a police officer give this thriller verisimilitude. Although the story bogs down in the middle, the characters of Santero and Rein in this sequel to The Thief of All Light are intriguing. Readers might want to pick up the first in the series for background. Fans of Alex Kava and Meg Gardiner will appreciate the procedural details.
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Miami Midnight

While some passages rehash events from previous books, Segura’s fifth in his series (Blackout; Dangerous Ends) is a page-turner that delivers. Thrills, spills, and chills ratchet ever-upward to a satisfying finale.

A Better Man

This title brings several character arcs to a close while resetting others to make this psychological mystery serve both as a beginning for new readers and a satisfying continuation for series fans. Gamache is an explorer of the human psyche, and the care he takes with the victims, their friends and family, as well as his own allows this series and his character continually to surprise, delight, and enthrall. Highly recommended for lovers of psychological, character-driven mysteries. [See Prepub Alert, 2/25/19.]
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