Spot-Lit (June, 2012)

Welcome to our new feature spotlighting fiction that has just been released or will be arriving each month. Click the links below to read more about these noteworthy new titles or to place them on hold. The focus here is not so much on the blockbuster names, but rather on new books that sounds especially promising. For a more extensive list of titles on order, click here.

General Fiction / Literary Fiction

Bring Up the Bodies  by Hilary Mantel
The sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall depicts the downfall of Anne Boleyn at the hands of Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell.

Canada  by Richard Ford
After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, 15-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger who, unbeknownst to Dell, is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell’s quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story  by Liane Moriarty
A novel about a hypnotherapist who falls in love with a man whose ex-girlfriend is stalking him. By the author of What Alice Forgot.

The Walk  by Robert Walser
A pseudo-biographical stroll through town and countryside rife with philosophical musings, The Walk has been hailed as the masterpiece of Walser’s short prose.

First Novels

The Age of Miracles  by Karen Thompson Walker
Imagines the coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth’s rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life.

What Dies in Summer  by Tom Wright
Jim, a boy with a slight gift of premonition, and his cousin discover the body of a rape victim in a field in Los Angeles and become involved in an investigation that puts their lives in danger.

The 500  by Matthew Quirk
A former con artist is plucked from his Harvard Law School classroom and becomes an associate at Washington’s most high-powered consulting firm. Quickly pulled into a seductive, dangerous web of power and corruption, he struggles to find his way out.

The Orphanmaster  by Jean Zimmerman
A gripping historical thriller and rousing love story set in 17th-century Manhattan. Orphan children are going missing, and among those looking are a quick-witted 22-year-old trader and a dashing British spy.

Crime Fiction / Suspense

Death and Transfiguration  by Gerald Elias
When an aspiring concertmaster commits suicide after being summarily dismissed by the tyrannical conductor of a world-famous touring orchestra, blind violin teacher Daniel Jacobus, who shunned the victim’s earlier plea for help, investigates allegations about the conductor’s harassment. By the author of Danse Macabre.

Dead Scared  by S.J. Bolton
London Police officer Lacey Flint must go deep undercover to stop whoever is preying on Cambridge students in the sequel to Bolton’s widely acclaimed Now You See Me in another work of brilliant psychological suspense that plumbs the most sinister depths.

Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn
Flynn’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds readers at every turn. When his wife disappears on their anniversary, Nick starts having cringe-worthy daydreams and becomes oddly evasive, eschewing his golden boy past. By the best-selling author of Dark Places.

Granddad, There’s a Head on the Beach  by Colin Cotterill
Reluctantly abandoning her crime-reporting job to accompany her family to her mother’s newly acquired “holiday camp” on Thailand’s Gulf of Siam, Jimm Juree investigates a morbid local mystery in the hopes of revamping her career.

Into the Darkest Corner  by Elizabeth Haynes
Gorgeous, charismatic, and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true for Catherine. But what begins as flattering attentiveness and passionate sex turns into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon learns there is a darker side to Lee.

What Comes Next  by John Katzenbach
When a retired academician witnesses a lovely young woman snatched off the street, he is unsatisfied by the police response and vows to find her on his own. She has been kidnapped and held prisoner by a sadistic married couple who display her slow torture on the Internet.

Science Fiction

Amped  by Daniel H. Wilson
The New York Times-bestselling author of Robopocalypse creates a stunning, near-future world where technology and humanity clash in surprising ways. The result? The perfect summer blockbuster read.

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