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Week of January 7, 2019

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Week of January 7, 2019

Paperback releases for the week of January 7th include THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT by Chris Bohjalian, a spellbinding psychological thriller in which a flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man --- and no idea what happened; MACBETH, Jo Nesbø's retelling of Shakespeare’s dark and tragic play, which centers on a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem; THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN, a story collection from Denis Johnson finished shortly before his death that finds him contemplating the ghosts of the past and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves; and Dave Eggers' THE MONK OF MOKHA, the exhilarating true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war.

The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce - Fiction

January 8, 2019

Jim Byrd died. Technically. For a few minutes. The diagnosis: heart attack at age 30. Revived with no memory of any tunnels, lights or angels, Jim wonders what, if anything, awaits us on the other side. Then a ghost shows up. Maybe. Jim and his new wife, Annie, find themselves tangling with holograms, psychics, messages from the beyond, and a machine that connects the living and the dead. As Jim and Annie journey through history and fumble through faith, they confront the specter of loss that looms for anyone who dares to fall in love.

Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles - Fiction

January 8, 2019

The Au Pair by Emma Rous - Mystery

January 8, 2019

The Black Painting by Neil Olson - Fiction

January 8, 2019

The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry - Thriller

January 8, 2019

A threat is called into the LAPD Bomb Squad, and when tragedy ensues, the fragmented unit turns to Dick Stahl, a former Bomb Squad commander who now operates his own private security company. Just returned from a tough job in Mexico, Stahl is at first reluctant to accept the offer, but his sense of duty to the technicians he trained is too strong to turn it down. On his first day back at the head of the squad, Stahl’s three-person team is dispatched to a suspected car bomb. And it quickly becomes clear to him that they are dealing with an unusual mastermind --- one whose intended target seems to be the Bomb Squad itself.

Crime Song by David Swinson - Mystery

January 8, 2019

Frank Marr’s home is burglarized, leaving a body on the kitchen floor: his cousin Jeffrey, who had been involved with a small-time drug operation. Frank’s .38 revolver --- the murder weapon --- is stolen, along with his cherished music collection, his only possessions of sentimental value. Clearly, Jeffrey was deeper in the underworld than anyone realized. With the weight of his family, his reputation and his own life on the line, Frank will have to find the culprit by following the stolen goods through a tangled network of petty thieves, desperate addicts, deceiving fences, good cops, bad cops, and one morally compromised taxi driver.

Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys - Historical Mystery

January 8, 2019

The Days When Birds Come Back by Deborah Reed - Fiction

January 8, 2019

Deadly Cure by Lawrence Goldstone - Historical Thriller

January 8, 2019

Eternal Life by Dara Horn - Fiction

January 8, 2019

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian - Psychological Thriller

January 8, 2019

Cassandra Bowden, a flight attendant, is no stranger to hungover mornings. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together. She quietly slides out of bed and looks at the man she spent the night with. What she sees is blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police, Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it's too late to come clean --- or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell - Historical Fiction

January 8, 2019

For the Winner: A Novel of Jason and the Argonauts by Emily Hauser - Historical Fiction

January 8, 2019

Force of Nature by Jane Harper - Mystery

January 8, 2019

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson - Fiction/Short Stories

January 8, 2019

Macbeth by Jo Nesbø - Historical Thriller

January 8, 2019

Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbø's MACBETH centers on a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom --- a master of manipulation named Hecate --- has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way. Hecate’s plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating Inspector Macbeth: the head of SWAT and a man already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies.

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers - Biography

January 8, 2019

The Night Market by Jonathan Moore - Psychological Thriller

January 8, 2019

It’s late Thursday, and Inspector Ross Carver is at a crime scene: a dead man covered in an unknown substance that’s eating through his skin. Suddenly, six FBI agents burst in and haul Carver outside and into a disinfectant trailer, where he’s shocked unconscious. On Sunday he wakes up in his own bed, his neighbor Mia --- to whom he’s barely spoken --- by his side. He can’t remember the past three days. Mia says police officers brought him home and told her he’d been poisoned. Carver can’t disprove her, but his gut says to keep her close.

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser - Mystery

January 8, 2019

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett - Historical Fiction

January 8, 2019

The Power by Naomi Alderman - Dystopian/Science Fiction

January 8, 2019

In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place. There's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power --- they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

Pretend I'm Dead by Jen Beagin - Fiction/Humor

January 8, 2019

Mona is almost 24, emotionally adrift and cleaning houses to get by. Handing out clean needles to drug addicts, she falls for a recipient she calls Mr. Disgusting, who proceeds to break her heart in unimaginable ways. Seeking a kind of healing, Mona decamps to Taos, New Mexico, where she finds a community of seekers and cast-offs, all of whom have one or two things to teach her --- the pajama-wearing, blissed-out New Agers, the slightly creepy client with peculiar tastes in controlled substances, the psychic who might really be psychic. But always lurking just beneath the surface are her memories of growing up in a chaotic, destructive family from which she’s trying to disentangle herself, and the larger legacy of the past she left behind.

Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors by Conn Iggulden - Historical Fiction

January 8, 2019

The Sandman: A Joona Linna Novel by Lars Kepler - Mystery/Thriller

January 8, 2019

An emaciated young man named Mikael is found wandering outside Stockholm. Thirteen years earlier, he and his younger sister went missing, presumed to be victims of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, who is now serving a life sentence in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital. But Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he calls the Sandman. Detective Joona Linna sacrificed everything to capture Jurek, but he always thought that Jurek had an accomplice. Any chance of rescuing Mikael’s sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and the only agent capable of this is Saga Bauer, who will have to go deep undercover and find a way to get to the psychopath before it’s too late.

Tangerine by Christine Mangan - Psychological Thriller

January 8, 2019

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right. Alice has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice --- she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna - Thriller

January 8, 2019

The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen - Mystery/Thriller

January 8, 2019

Ellery Hathaway knows about serial killers, but not through her police training. She's an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim #17 in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben --- the only one who lived. When three people disappear from her town in three years, all around her birthday, Ellery fears someone knows her secret --- someone very dangerous. Her superiors dismiss her concerns, but Ellery knows the vanishing season is coming and anyone could be next. She contacts the one man she knows will believe her: the FBI agent who saved her from a killer all those years ago.

Woman at 1,000 Degrees written by Hallgrímur Helgason, translated by Brian FitzGibbon - Fiction

January 8, 2019