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Dead Past

SUMMARY: As a child, Juliet Price witnessed the bloody slaying of an entire family. Then the killer chased her down, brutalized her, and left her for dead. The police were never able to find the man responsible. For years, Juliet’s traumatized mind hid the events from her. Then she sees a television show featuring the unsolved cold case, and the horrors come to her in her nightmares. She shares her fears with Diane Fallon, who realizes that Juliet’s shattered visions recall not one, but two intertwined crimes-crimes that Diane intends to uncover.

Day by Day

SUMMARY: “Three grandmothers bound by one common thread.” Barbara lost her son, a single dad, to senseless violence. Judy’s daughter fell into a black hole of addiction. Ginger’s girl threw away motherhood for money, status and materialism. And the grandmothers had to pick up the pieces… . Miraculously, they found one another, a mismatched trio with no common history, yet with so much to share. Together they found wisdom, strength and courage– and rediscovered the true meaning of faith.

Cross Your Heart, Connie Pickles

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Love, money, friendship . . . and incredibly uncomfortable underwear ? All these eternal mysteries are small challenges to Constance de Bellechasse. Too bad the glamorous inner persona of Constance comes through only as plain old Connie Pickles in everyday life. Connie’s first order of business: finding her mother a new husband. Connie enlists the help of her best friend, Julie, and before long everything spirals out of control. Boy-crazy Delilah begins fluttering around Connie’s best guy friend, Will, and ever-reliable Will has been acting strangely awkward around Connie. But with a little luck and a lot of determination, Connie is sure that she can make everything right again in her world.

Cross Fire

SUMMARY: The breathtaking new thriller from the author ofBravo Two Zero. Body guarding a TV crew on the streets of war-torn Basra, ex-deniable operator Nick Stone’s life is saved by a reporter’s swift action as a roadside bomb explodes. When the man later vanishes, Stone is asked to find him. The trail leads from Iraq to Bermuda, London and Kabul, the dark and brutal city where governments, terrorism and big business inexorably collide. Caught in the crossfire, his nightmare is only just beginning, for the hunter has suddenly become the hunted. . .

Cormac

Cormac: The Tale of a Dog Gone Missing by Sonny Brewer
In the same vein as **Marley and Me** and **My Dog Skip**, this “mostly true” novel is at once a whimsical campfire mystery and a universal story about the friendship between a man and his dog.
Cormac, a golden retriever who has always been afraid of thunderstorms and lightning flashes, runs away one stormy night while his master is away.
So begins a strange adventure that lands Cormac in the back of a red pickup truck driven by a mysterious woman, takes him to a series of dog pounds and rescue shelters, and ultimately brings him to the suburbs of Connecticut. His owner, meanwhile, devastated by Cormac’s disappearance and trying to juggle a family, a book tour, and writing his new novel, becomes determined to solve the “dog-napping” case. With the help of the local veterinarian, bookstore colleagues, animal rescue employees, and old friends, he picks up on Cormac’s trail and watches his small-town community come together in search of his lost companion.
Inspired by real events, and embellished only to serve the story through the spirit of imagination, Brewer has, as he says, “mainly told the truth in this story of losing my good dog Cormac.”
*From the Hardcover edition.*

City of Lies

SUMMARY: John Harper has always been alone. His mother died when he was just seven years old and he was raised in New York by an aunt he barely knew. He never even made his father’s acquaintance – a man who died shortly after he was born. After leaving the Big Apple as soon as he was old enough, his life consisted of one moderately successful book, a collection affectionately received newspaper columns and a comfortable existence in Miami. Then everything changes. A liquor store heist goes wrong – and turns John’s existence on its head. It seems that his father didn’t die all those years ago. In fact, he has thrived in the New York underworld. But now the man himself lies critically injured in a Manhattan hospital and it’s time for father and son to meet at last . . .

Chronicler of the Winds

SUMMARY: A haunting and powerful story about war-torn Africa, a mystical orphan boy, and the power of narrative to give a chaotic world order. In the hot African night a single gunshot cracks the silence. Jose Antonio traces the sound to the stage of the local theatre company, where he finds Nelio, the young prophetical leader of the city’s street kids, crumpled in blood. Nelio refuses to be taken to the hospital but instead tells Jose his life’s story: how bandits raided his village, his daring escape, and his struggle to survive on the streets. Jose is irrevocably changed. He becomes the Chronicler of the Winds, revealing Nelios’s magical tale to all who will listen.

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **In this “unexpected delight,”* filmmaker David Lynch describes his personal methods of capturing and working with ideas, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.** Now in a beautiful paperback edition, David Lynch’s *Catching the Big Fish* provides a rare window into the internationally acclaimed filmmaker’s methods as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation. *Catching the Big Fish* comes as a revelation to the legion of fans who have longed to better understand Lynch’s personal vision. And it is equally compelling to those who wonder how they can nurture their own creativity. **Catching Ideas** * Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful. I look for a certain kind of fish that is important to me, one that can translate to cinema. But there are all kinds of fish swimming down there. There are fish for business, fish for sports. There are fish for everything. Everything, anything that is a thing, comes up from the deepest level. Modern physics calls that level the Unified Field. The more your consciousness-your awareness-is expanded, the deeper you go toward this source, and the bigger the fish you can catch.* -from *Catching the Big Fish*

Candide, or Optimism

With its vibrant new translation, perceptive introduction, and witty packaging, this new edition of Voltaires masterpiece belongs in the hands of every reader pondering our assumptions about human behavior and our place in the world…

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Butcher Bird: A Novel of the Dominion

From Publishers Weekly

Buffyand Angel fans are likely to enjoy Kadrey’s offbeat supernatural romp, which blends demonic evil and quirky humor. The relatively normal life of San Francisco tattoo artist Spyder Lee goes thoroughly crazy when he’s rescued from a mugger by Shrike, a mysterious blind woman who reveals that Lee’s assailant was actually a demon. The wounds he suffered in the assault give him the ability to see the Dominions, other spheres of existence that regular mortals are unaware of. Soon Spyder finds himself hip-deep in demonic trouble, protecting his friend Lulu by offering his body to the organ-collecting Black and then dragging her off to join Shrike on a madcap journey to Hell, where they encounter monsters, Lucifer and even an alternate-time version of Lee himself. Kadrey (_Kamikaze L’Amour_) juxtaposes gore and brash insouciance in the face of apocalyptic evil, a blend that may not suit everyone’s taste. (July)
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Product Description

Spyder Lee is a happy man who lives in San Francisco and owns a tattoo shop. One night an angry demon tries to bite his head off before he’s saved by a stranger. The demon infected Spyder with something awful – the truth. He can suddenly see the world as it really is: full of angels and demons and monsters and monster-hunters. A world full of black magic and mysteries. These are the Dominions, parallel worlds full of wonder, beauty and horror. The Black Clerks, infinitely old and infinitely powerful beings whose job it is to keep the Dominions in balance, seem to have new interests and a whole new agenda. Dropped into the middle of a conflict between the Black Clerks and other forces he doesn’t fully understand, Spyder finds himself looking for a magic book with the blind swordswoman who saved him. Their journey will take them from deserts to lush palaces, to underground caverns, to the heart of Hell itself.

Bungalow 2

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Danielle Steel takes us beyond the dazzle of Hollywood in her compelling new novel—the story of one woman’s journey from suburban mom to award-winning screenwriter…and all the joy, heartbreak, and challenges along the way.
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Bungalow 2
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The phone call came on a hot July day—a day like any other for Marin County mom and freelance writer Tanya Harris. But this call—from Tanya’s agent—was anything but ordinary, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to write a major Hollywood screenplay, a dream she had put aside long ago to devote her energies to her family. This time, Tanya knows she cannot refuse, even though she’s torn about leaving her husband and their daughters. From the moment she steps into her lush bungalow at the fabled Beverly Hills Hotel, Tanya is thrust into an intoxicating new world where she feels reborn—energized by the creativity swirling around her—yet the pull of her family at home is strong.

Suddenly she’s working alongside A-list actors and a Hollywood legend: Oscar-winning producer Douglas Wayne, a man who always gets what he wants–and who seems to have his sights set on her. Flying home between shoots, struggling to reconnect with a family that seems to need her less and less, Tanya watches helplessly as her old life is pulled out from under her in the most crushing of ways.

As her two lives collide, as one award-winning film leads to another, Tanya begins to wonder if she can be a wife, a mother, and a writer at the same time. And just as she confronts the toughest choice she has faced, she is offered another dazzling opportunity—one that could recast her story in an amazing new direction, complete with an ending she never could have written herself.

In **Bungalow 2**, Danielle Steel takes us into a world few ever see—a world of fame and fortune, celebrity and genius–daring to show us the real lives, real dreams, and real struggles hidden beneath the flash and glitter of Hollywood.

From the Hardcover edition.
(source: Bol.com)

Bloodfever

EDITORIAL REVIEW: I used to think my sister and I were just two nice southern girls who’d get married in a few years and settle down to a quiet life. Then I discovered that Alina and I descend, not from good wholesome southern stock, but from an ancient Celtic bloodline of powerful sidhe-seers, people who can see the Fae. Not only can I see the terrifying otherworldly race, but I can sense the sacred Fae relics that hold the deadliest of their magic. When my sister was found dead in a trash-filled alley in Dublin, I came over to get answers. Now all I want is revenge. And after everything I’ve learned about myself, I know I have the power to get it…. MacKayla Lane’s ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland’s shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh-a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V’lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious. For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them….

Blood Beast

Product Description

_”Locked inside Dervish’s study. Breath coming quickly, raggedly. Trembling wildly. I still feel sick and dizzy, but maybe that’s fear. I force myself to breathe normally, evenly. When I’m in control, I study my reflection, looking for telltale signs. Am I turning into a werewolf? I don’t know…”
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Grubbs Grady has so far escaped the family curse, but when he begins to experience alarming symptoms at the onset of the full moon, he is scared that the jaws of fate are opening and about to swallow him whole.

He has cheated death, defeated demons, moved on with his life. But Grubbs is torn between the world of magic and his wolfen genes. Can he fight the beast inside or will he fall victim to his tainted blood?

About the Author

“I was born in London in 1972 and moved to Ireland when I was 6 years old, where I’ve lived ever since. I always wanted to be a writer – I’ve loved telling stories since I was a child. I started out writing books for adults, and managed to get a couple published. One day, on a whim, I decided to try a book for children. The result was Cirque Du Freak. Much to my surprise, it took off, and I became a de facto children’s author! Since then I’ve used my ill-gotten gains to buy lots of comic-strip art and travel the world. When I’m not working or traveling, I like watching movies. I’ve even been known to read the odd book or two.”

Darren is currently working on his sixth novel in the bone-chilling Demonata series, coming in May 2008.

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

SUMMARY: From the bestselling author of Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-up Bird Chronicles comes this superb collection of twenty-four stories that generously expresses Murakami’s mastery of the form. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining. Here are animated crows, a criminal monkey, and an iceman, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for. Whether during a chance reunion in Italy, a romantic exile in Greece, a holiday in Hawaii, or in the grip of everyday life, Murakami’s characters confront grievous loss, or sexuality, or the glow of a firefly, or the impossible distances between those who ought to be closest of all.

Big Sky Standoff

LIKE A SHOWDOWN IN THE OLD WEST…THERE WOULD BE ONLY ONE MAN STANDING WHEN THE DUST CLEARED
There was a standoff brewing between Dillon Savage and cattle inspector Jacklyn Wilde. Toe to toe, they were an equal match, but together they were an imperfect pair. After four long years, they were hitting the open range again, to bring justice to a lawless land.
Attached at the hip until a rustling ring was busted, they had to make the best of a bad situation. But the real trouble was Dillon Savage. The cowboy was as cocksure and adventurous as ever. He had old scores to settle, and Jacklyn was there to make sure he didn’t stray from his path. Only she didn’t know that she was first in line….
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Bad Luck and Trouble

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child’s *A Wanted Man.*

From a helicopter high above the empty California desert, a man is sent free-falling into the night…. In Chicago, a woman learns that an elite team of ex–army investigators is being hunted down one by one…. And on the streets of Portland, Jack Reacher—soldier, cop, hero—is pulled out of his wandering life by a code that few other people could understand. From the first shocking scenes in Lee Child’s explosive new novel, Jack Reacher is plunged like a knife into the heart of a conspiracy that is killing old friends…and is on its way to something even worse.

A decade postmilitary, Reacher has an ATM card and the clothes on his back—no phone, no ties, and no address. But now a woman from his old unit has done the impossible. From Chicago, Frances Neagley finds Reacher, using a signal only the eight members of their elite team of army investigators would know. She tells him a terrifying story—about the brutal death of a man they both served with. Soon Reacher is reuniting with the survivors of his old team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. The deeper they dig, the more they don’ t know: about two other comrades who have suddenly gone missing—and a trail that leads into the neon of Vegas and the darkness of international terrorism.

For now, Reacher can only react. To every sound. Every suspicion. Every scent and every moment. Then Reacher will trust the people he once trusted with his life—and take this thing all the way to the end. Because in a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they’d better be ready for what comes right back at them…
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Ex-military cop Jack Reacher is the perfect antihero–tough as nails, but with a brain and a conscience to match. He’s able to see what most miss and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Each book in Lee Child’s smart, addictive series ( *The New York Times* has referred to it as “pure escapist gold”) follows the wandering warrior on a new adventure, making it easy to start with any book, including his latest gem, *Bad Luck and Trouble*. However, be forewarned…once you meet Jack Reacher, you’ll be hooked, so be prepared to stock up on the series. *–Daphne Durham*

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**Who Is Jack Reacher? A Video from Lee Child**

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* *Two years ago I was on a book tour, promoting that year’s new Jack Reacher novel, *One Shot*. One particular night, the event was held in a small town outside of Chicago. The date was June 21st. As I was giving my talk and answering questions and signing books, that date was nagging away at the back of my mind. I knew it had some significance. I started panicking–had I forgotten my anniversary? No, that’s in August. My wife’s birthday? No, that’s in January. My own birthday? No, that’s in October.
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* *Then suddenly I remembered–it was ten years to the day since I had been fired from my previous job. That was why and how I had become a writer. That night in Illinois was a ten-year anniversary of a different sort, somewhat bittersweet.
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* *And ten is a nice round number. So I started thinking about my old colleagues. My workmates, my buddies. We had been through a lot together. I started to wonder where they all were now. What were they doing? Were they doing well, or struggling? Were they happy? What did they look like now? Pretty soon I was into full-on nostalgia mode. Ten-year anniversaries can do that to a person. I think we all share those kind of feelings, about high school, or college, or old jobs we’ve quit, or old towns we’ve moved away from.
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* *So I decided to make this year’s Jack Reacher book about a reunion. I decided to throw him back among a bunch of old colleagues that he hadn’t seen for ten years, people that he loved fiercely and respected deeply. Regular Reacher readers will know that he’s a pretty self-confident guy, but I wanted him to wobble just a little this time, to compare his choices with theirs, to measure himself against them.
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* *The renewed get-together isn’t Reacher’s own choice, though. And it’s not a standard-issue reunion, either. Something very bad has happened, and one of his old team-members from the army contacts him, by an ingenious method (it’s hard to track Reacher down). She gives him the bad news, and asks him to do something about it. He says, “Of course I’ll do something about it.”
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* *”No,” his friend says. “I mean, I want you to put the old unit back together.”
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* *It’s an irresistible invitation. Wouldn’t we all like to do that, sometimes? *–Lee Child*
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* * **Secrets of the Series: A Q &A with Lee Child**
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* * **Q:** Why do you think readers keep coming back to your novels?
**A:** Two words: Jack Reacher. Reacher is a drifter and a loner with a strong sense of justice. He shows up, he acts, he moves on. He’s the type of hero who has a long literary history. Robin Hood, the Lone Ranger, Aragorn from *The Lord of the Rings* , Jack Reacher–they’re all part of the same heroic family. Reacher just ratchets it up a notch. Maybe more than a notch. Why is he so appealing? Most often people say to me it’s his sense of justice; he will do the right thing. Even though there is no reward in it for him, even though there is often a high cost to be paid by him, he will always try to do the right thing and people find that reassuring in today’s world when not too many people are doing the right thing.
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* * **Q:** Jack Reacher gets compared to James Bond, Jack Bauer and Jason Bourne, each of whom now has a “face.” In a movie, which actor do you think could fill Reacher’s shoes?
**A:** That’s the toughest question. The thing about Reacher is he’s huge; he’s 6’5″ tall and about 250 pounds. There aren’t any actors that size–actors tend to be small. So we aren’t going to find a physical facsimile for Reacher because there aren’t any. We have to find someone who is capable of looking big on the screen. Many people have said to me a young Clint Eastwood would have been perfect–we need someone like that who has the vibe of a big intimidating man. Hopefully there will be somebody available like that. It’s also a question of finding somebody ready to sign up for more than one movie. They want to make a franchise, minimum of three, and that makes it a little bit harder.
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****Q:** What research is involved in writing one of your stories?
**A:** My research is all kind of backwards. I don’t go to the public library for three months and take notes in advance; instead my best research is by remembering and adapting. I read, travel, and talk to people just for the fun of it, filing away these interesting little snippets to the back of my mind and eventually they float to the surface and get used. The problem is, I approach writing the book with the same excitement and impatience that I hope the reader is going to feel about reading it. But even so, I need a certain measure of technical intrigue in the story. There is specific research I have to do as I go along, anything that’s a small detail; a car, a gun, a type of bullet. I will check that out at the time. But, that’s what I call the detail–the broad stuff is the stuff I already know.
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****Meet Jack Reacher****
* * *The Killing Floor***
* * *Die Trying***
* * *Tripwire***
* * *Running Blind***
* * *Echo Burning***
* * *Without Fail***
* * *Persuader***
* * *The Enemy***
* * *One Shot***
* * *The Hard Way***
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### * *From Publishers Weekly**
* *At the start of bestseller Child’s winning 11th Jack Reacher adventure (after *The Hard Way* ), the bad guys unceremoniously dump Calvin Franz, a former MP, from a Bell 222 helicopter “[t]hree thousand feet above the [California] desert floor.” Trouble is, Franz was a member of the army’s special investigation unit headed by Reacher—a one-time military cop who left the service to become a solitary drifter par excellence. A former colleague sends Reacher a coded SOS; the two rendezvous in L.A. and the game’s afoot. More members of the band get back together, only to discover that Franz isn’t the group’s only casualty. As usual in Reacher’s capers, practically nothing is what it seems, and the meticulously detailed route to the truth proves especially engrossing thanks to the joint efforts of this band of brothers (and two sisters). The author carefully delineates Reacher’s erstwhile colleagues, their smart-ass banter masking an unspoken affection. The villains’ comeuppance, a riveting eye-for-an-eye battle scene (hint: helicopter), is one of Child’s more satisfying finales. *(May)*
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