Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Who's On Top: Fiction


This Week's Spotlight:
Hardcover:
12TH OF NEVER
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

It's finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor--while two killers are on the loose.

Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career.

A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced is real. Lindsay doesn't believe him, but then a shooting is called in-and it fits the professor's description to the last detail.

Lindsay doesn't have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.




Trade, Paperback:
BEAUTIFUL RUINS
by Jess Walter

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks on over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot-searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion-along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. 

Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.


Mass-Marker, Paperback:
WIND CHIME POINT 
by Sherryl Woods

When life gets complicated, New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods proves family—and love—can make all the differenceFacing a personal crisis, ambitious and driven Gabriella Castle retreats to the welcoming arms of her family. Everything she's worked for has been yanked out from under her, and she seeks the serenity of her grandmother's home on the North Carolina coast. With difficult decisions to make about her future, the last thing she wants is an unexpected love.

Wade Johnson fell for Gabi the first time he saw her. It's not the only time he's found himself in the role of knight in shining armor, but Gabi isn't looking for a rescuer. To get her to stay, Wade will need a whole lot of patience and gentle persuasion…and maybe the soothing sound of wind chimes on a summer breeze.


Ebook:
THE HIT 
by David Baldacci

From David Baldacci--#1 bestselling author and one of the world's most popular, widely read storytellers--comes the most thrilling novel of the year. THE HIT Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst-enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims. No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency. To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive. Only a killer can catch another killer, they tell him. But as Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a larger threat, a threat that could send shockwaves through the U.S. government and around the world.

Top 5 Fiction:
Hardcover:
1. 12TH OF NEVER, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
2. THE HIT, by David Baldacci
3. WHISKEY BEACH, by Nora Roberts
4. BEST KEPT SECRET, by Jeffrey Archer
5. NOS4A2, by Joe Hill

Trade, Paperback:
1. BEAUTIFUL RUINS, by Jess Walter
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James
3. WORLD WAR Z, by Max Brooks
4. THE BLACK BOX, by Michael Connelly
5. THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, by M. L. Stedman

Mass-Marker, Paperback:
1. WIND CHIME POINT, by Sherryl Woods
2. STOLEN PREY, by John Sandford
3. THE BEST OF ME, by Nicholas Sparks
4. A GAME OF THRONES, by George R. R. Martin
5. GUILTY WIVES, by James Patterson and David Ellis


Ebook:
1. 12TH OF NEVER, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
2. THE HIT, by David Baldacci
3. BEST KEPT SECRET, by Jeffrey Archer
4. WHISKEY BEACH, by Nora Roberts
5. MOON, by Laurann Dohner


Disclaimer: All blurbs come from Goodreads.com, all list come from NYTimes.com.

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