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New Fiction - Week of June 16, 2008
| Burke, Shannon
| "Black Flies is the story of paramedic Ollie Cross and
his first year on the job in mid-'90s New York. It is a ground's eye
view of life on the streets: the shoot-outs, the bad cops, unhinged
medics, the hopeless patients, the dark humor in bizarre circumstances,
and one medic's struggle to balance his desire to help against his
own growing callousness. It is the story of lives that hang in the
balance, and of a single job with a misdiagnosed newborn that sends
Cross and his partner into a life-changing struggle between good and
| Cisneros, Carlos
The Case Runner
| "Alejandro 'Alex' del Fuerte, fresh out of law school,
is returning home to South Texas, ready to open his solo practice,
humble as it may be. He's got dreams of making his mark in the world
and in the courtroom. But when he meets Porfirio 'Pilo' Medina, who
just crossed the border in search of his wife and son, Alex is suddenly
dragged into a world of wrongdoings and political pay-offs rarely
covered in law school. The mystery deepens when Pilo is murdered,
seemingly to cover up the truth about his wife and child s disappearance
and a conspiracy to scam insurance companies out of millions of dollars.
Alex fears that his short career as an attorney - not to mention his
life - will come to a sudden end, as the heavyweight players involved
will stop at nothing to keep him from exposing their dirty secrets,
even if it means resorting to blackmail, bribery, and even murder.
As Alex's lofty ideals and dreams are dashed, and his own ethics and
morals come into question, he must also fend off his girlfriend's
father, Lieutenant Governor Rene Yarrington, the most influential
person in Texas politics. Rampant corruption and big-money politics
are set against the rich backdrop of border culture, with its distinctive
way of life and unique perspective. And Alex, something between saint
and sinner, is an apt guide to both the light and dark sides of the
| Garlock, Dorothy
A Week from Sunday
| Adrianna Moore has just had a double shock: the death
of her father and the discovery that he has left his entire estate
to his lawyer. The lawyer, a repulsive social climber, tells her that
to regain her inheritance, she must marry him A WEEK FROM SUNDAY.
Adrianna takes off, driving desperately to a new life. Caught in a
violent rainstorm, she collides with an oncoming truck. Quinn Baxter,
the driver of the truck, demands repayment for his lost cargo. They
reach a bargain: she will live in his home, tutor his bedridden younger
brother, and play piano in Quinn's tavern to pay off her debt. Drawn
to the rugged Quinn, challenged by the interaction with the tavern
patrons, she also must deal with an intractable foe--Quinn's housekeeper
who is scheming to become his wife. And all the while, the spurned
lawyer is following Adrianna's trail, determined to find her and force
her to marry him.
New Science Fiction and Fantasy - Week of June 16, 2008
| Robins, Lane
| "Seething with decadent appetites unchecked by law or
gods, the court of Antyre is ruled by the last of a dissolute aristocracy.
But now to the kingdom comes Maledicte, a handsome, enigmatic nobleman
whose perfect manners, enchanting charisma, and brilliant swordplay
entice the most jaded tastes ... and conceal a hunger beyond reckoning.
For Maledicte is actually a woman named Miranda - a beautiful thief
raised in the city's vicious slums. She will do anything - even promise
her soul to Black-Winged Ani, the most merciless of Antyre's exiled
gods - to reclaim Janus, her first love, whose kidnapping still haunts
her dreams. As her machinations strike at the heart of Antyre's powerful
noble houses, Miranda must battle not only her growing bloodlust but
also Janus's newly kindled and ruthless ambitions. As Ani's force
grows insatiable, Miranda has no choice but to wield a weapon that
may set her free ... or forever doom her and everything she holds
| Robson, Justina
Keeping it Real
| "The Quantum Bomb of 2015 changed everything. The fabric
that kept the universe's different dimensions apart was torn and now,
six years later, the people of earth exist in uneasy company with
inhabitants of, among others, the elven, elemental, and demonic realms.
Magic is real and can be even more dangerous than technology. Elves
are exotic, erotic, dangerous and really bored with the constant Lord
of the Rings references. Elementals are a law unto themselves, and
demons are best left well to themselves. Special agent Lila Black
used to be pretty, but now she's not so sure. Her body is now more
than half restless carbon and metal alloy machinery - a machine she's
barely in control of. It goes into combat mode, enough weapons for
a small army springing from within itself, at the merest provocation.
As for her heart ... well ever since being drawn into a Game by the
elven rock star she's been assigned to protect, she's not even sure
she can trust that anymore either."--BOOK JACKET.
New Mysteries - Week of June 16, 2008
| Raichev, R.T.
The Hunt for Sonya Dufrette
| "On the day of the royal wedding in July 1981 at a house
party on the banks of the Thames, a little girl wanders off on her
own. Later, her doll is found floating in the river, but the child
herself is never seen again. Twenty years on and Antonia Darcy, divorcee
and librarian at the Military Club, still puzzles over that fateful
day. For there was not only the disappearance of the little girl,
Sonya Dufrette, but also the strange behaviour of her father, the
awful Lawrence Dufrette, his exotic wife Lena and their hostess, the
intelligent and austere Lady Mortlock - not to mention the strange
absence of the nanny. Ably assisted by her new admirer, Major Payne,
Antonia embarks on the first adventure in a new series of whodunnits
set against the background of country house life."--BOOK JACKET.
New Horror - Week of June 16, 2008
| Clark, Simon
| Welcome to Lucifers Ark. This is the voyage to hell -
The Volsparr routinely sails to a mining community in the Baltic.
Unknown to the passengers aboard, the ship also carries a secret cargo:
stateless criminals being transported to jails where no one will ever
question their fate. Tanya Rhone is travelling to visit her fianc.
Little does she know that aboard this ship life is the cheapest commodity
of all . . .
| Files, Gemma
| In this first published collection of short stories
from one of Canada's most talented rising stars of horror, Gemma Files
takes us into a world of black magic and bleak desire. A world where
obsession is stronger than death. Where body, soul, time and space
itself, are all fluid and treacherous. Where living houses dream longingly
of oblivion, and vampires ache for more than simply blood. A world
where the only escape from the darkness within is to embrace it....
A world not so very different from our own.
New World Fiction - Week of June 16, 2008
| Kertész, Imre
| "In a mysterious middle-European country, a man identified
only as 'The Commissioner' undertakes what seems to be a banal trip
to a nondescript town with his wife - a brief detour on the way to
a holiday at the seaside - that turns into something ominous. Something
terrible has happened in the town, something that no one wants to
discuss. With his wife watching fearfully, he commences a perverse
investigation, rudely interrogating the locals, inspecting a local
landmark with a frightening intensity, traveling to an outlying factory
where he confronts the proprietors...and slowly revealing a past he's
been trying to suppress. In a translation by Tim Wilkinson, this tale
lays bare an emotional and psychological landscape ravaged by totalitarianism
in one of Kertesz's examinations of the responsibilities born of the
New GLBT Fiction - Week of June 16, 2008
| Bledsoe, Lucy Jane
Biting the Apple
| "Biting the Apple is the story of Eve Glass,
once an Olympic sprinter and now a motivational speaker. She's the
author of two books, Going the Distance: Endurance for Achievers
and If Grace is the Goal, and her career and fame are on
the rise. Unfortunately, however, Eve's own endurance is waning and
her confidence in her expertise on grace is paling. Worse, a former
classmate has begun stalking her and threatens to go public with news
of Eve's troubled past. Having been a product of other people's dreams
her entire life, Eve is now a woman in search of authenticity. Biting
the Apple examines our dearest held postmodern ideas about the
existence of a true self and humanity as product."--BOOK JACKET.
| Steck, Ursula
| Lesbian Mystery. Anna Spring first investigative case
doesn't look that difficult. But appearances are not what they seem.
New African-American Fiction - Week of June 16, 2008
| Byrd, Adrianne
| Sixteen-year-old Kyra is living life on the fast track,
until her mother is offered a job that takes Kyra away from her old
neighborhood and the drugs and gang violence that go along with it.
Kyra hopes starting over in a new place means life can be different--if
she can stay one step ahead of trouble.
New Historical Fiction - Week of June 16, 2008
| Bohjalian, Christopher A.
Skeletons at the Feast
| "In January 1945, in the waning mouths of World War
II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives:
an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from the Russian
front to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American
lines. Among the group is eighteen-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter
of Prussian aristocrats. There is her lover, Callum Finella, a twenty-year-old
Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her family's
farm as forced labor. And there is a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht
corporal, who the pair know as Manfred - who is, in reality, Uri Singer,
a Jew from Germany who managed to escape a train bound for Auschwitz.
As they work their way west, they encounter a countryside ravaged
by war. Their flight will test both Anna's and Callum's love, as well
as their friendship with Manfred - assuming any of them even survive.
Perhaps not since The English Patient has a novel so deftly captured
both the power and poignancy of romance and the terror and tragedy
of war. Skillfully portraying the flesh and blood of history, Chris
Bohjalian has crafted a rich tapestry that puts a face on one of the
twentieth century's greatest tragedies - while creating, perhaps,
a masterpiece that will haunt readers for generations."--BOOK JACKET.
New Short Stories - Week of June 16, 2008
| E.J. Olsen & John C. Hocking, editors
|"Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of
original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Detroit Noir.
Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the
city of the book. Here, Motor City's finest literary talents offer
a phenomenal spectrum of gripping, haunted visions."--BOOK JACKET.
| Miller, Alyce
Water: Nine Stories
| "In this startling new collection by prize-winning
author Alyce Miller, changing images of water as a force both destructive
and healing are woven throughout. Miller moves through the psychological
currents of her complex characters at their telling moments of chaos
and resolution. In Swimming, Helen swims religiously to cope
with her inability to bear a child; in Hawaii, Tajiri, an
eight-year-old boy, takes a violent turn in his need to connect to
an absent father. Whether giving voice to the nameless wife from a
tale by Chekhov or illustrating the fears driving apart black and
white communities in small-town Ohio, Miller makes vivid the heart
of human interaction. These stories told from different perspectives
of age, race, and gender, acknowledge a common rhythm in each of us
- unsettled desire."--BOOK JACKET.