New December Fiction For Your Enjoyment

December 8, 2011

Our December fiction is pouring in and you won’t want to miss these diverting books no matter how busy the holidays have you. Click on the title to place a hold on the book.

420 Characters by Lou Beach
A first volume of prose by the acclaimed artist and illustrator best known for his daily stand-alone stories published online features selections that represent his lyrical and whimsically surreal style and are accompanied by original collage artwork. Alternately surreal, funny, ominous, and lyrical, 420 Characters offers an experience as dazzling as any in contemporary fiction, revealing worlds of meaning in single paragraphs. Beach’s work has found admirers in Jonathan Lethem, Terry Gilliam, J. Robert Lennon, and others.

The Angel Makers by Jessica Gregson
Enjoying freedom and friendship with neighbor women in her 1916 Hungarian village when the abusive men in their lives go off to war, medicine woman Sari uses her skills to kill her returned husband and is quickly sought by her new friends for the same service, with dire results. A first novel.

Covert Warriors by W E B Griffin
When a hostile Third World country begins to receive military training and nuclear technology from foreign nations, Charley Castillo and his team investigate only to be abandoned by the U.S. government and placed on hit lists throughout the world. By the best-selling authors of The Outlaws.

D. C. Dead by Stuart Woods
Evaluating his life in New York as a Woodman & Weld partner after a shocking loss, Stone Barrington is summoned by the President to Washington, D. C. and assigned to a special ops mission that reunites him with his former partner, Holly Barker. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Bel-Air Dead.

Death Comes To Pemberley by P D James
A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem. Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett’s disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband Wickham has been murdered.

Down The Darkest Road by Tami Hoag
A latest entry in the series that began with Deeper Than the Dead finds 1980s California FBI agent Vince Leone tapping the powers of science-based forensic techniques to unveil dark secrets and stop a killer who is terrorizing the citizens of Oak Knoll.

The Forgotten Affairs Of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith
Isabel and her fiancé know who they are and where they come from. But not everybody is so fortunate. Jane Cooper, a visiting Australian philosopher on sabbatical in Edinburgh, has more questions than answers. Adopted at birth, Jane is trying to find her biological father, but all she knows about him is that he was a student in Edinburgh years ago. When she asks for Isabel’s help in this seemingly impossible search . . . well, of course Isabel obliges.

Harbor by John Lindqvist
Two years after his 6-year-old daughter disappears during a family visit to a snowy island lighthouse, Anders struggles with alcoholism while searching for answers and discovers that the island’s residents are hiding a deadly secret about a dark power from the sea.

The Hurt Machine by Reed Coleman
Entreated by his ex-wife to solve the murder of her estranged sister, private investigator Moe Prager learns that the victim, a New York EMT, died amid hostilities regarding a dying man she refused to help, a case that is further complicated by bureaucratic greed, sexual harassment and blackmail.

Kill Switch by Neal Baer & Jonathan Greene
Criminal psychologist Dr. Claire Waters finds her life unraveling when she mistakenly recommends the release of a brutal serial killer, after which a woman is murdered and the crime bears all the signs of the serial killer’s work.

The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? There is little to go on: a piece of rope, a scrap of wool, a bit of gravel, an unexpected connection between the victims.

Locked On by Tom Clancy
Coming out of retirement to run for president, Jack Ryan finds himself in the middle of a high-stakes attack from his opponent as his close comrade, John Clark, is the subject of treacherous charges, at the same time Jack Ryan, Jr. and other members of Campus struggle to stop terrorists.

Lonely Death by Charles Todd
A latest entry in the Edgar Award-nominated series finds the intrepid Scotland Yard detective investigating the Sussex village murders of three former soldiers, a case that puts Rutledge’s career and life on the line.

Micro by Michael Crichton
Three men are found dead in the locked second-floor office of a Honolulu building, with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye.

Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings.

The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Galbadon
In the 18th century, paroled prisoner-of-war Jamie Fraser and his old friend Tobias Quinn must travel from London to Ireland on a mission of intrigue surrounding packet of documents and an ancient relic. By the best-selling author of Outlander.

The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano
On vacation with his girlfriend, Ingeborg, the German war-game champion Udo Berger returns to a small town on the Costa Brava where he spent the summers of his childhood. Soon they meet another vacationing German couple, Charly and Hanna, who introduce them to a band of locals–the Wolf, the Lamb, and El Quemado–and to the darker side of life in a resort town. Late one night, Charly disappears without a trace, and Udo’s well-ordered life is thrown into upheaval; when Ingeborg and Hanna return to their lives in Germany, he refuses to leave the hotel. Soon, he and El Quemado are enmeshed in a round of Third Reich, his favorite World War II strategy game, and Udo discovers that the game’s consequences may be all too real.

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