Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Who's On Top: Fiction


This Week's Spotlight: 
Hardcover:
DEAD EVER AFTER 
by Charlaine Harris

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart...

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...



Trade, Paperback:
BRING UP THE BODIES 
by Hilary Mantel

The sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and "New York Times" bestseller, "Wolf Hall" delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.

At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up the Bodies" follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne's head?


Mass-Marfket, Paperback,
STOLEN PREY 
by John Sandford

 Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Wayzata, an entire family has been killed—husband, wife, two daughters, dogs.

There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts—it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

Until it does. And where it leads Lucas will take him into the darkest nightmare of his life.


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. DEAD EVER AFTER, by Charlaine Harris
2. SILKEN PREY, by John Sandford
3. 12TH OF NEVER, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
4. THE HIT, by David Baldacci
5. A STEP OF FAITH, by Richard Paul Evans

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. BRING UP THE BODIES, by Hilary Mantel
5. THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, by M. L. Stedman

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

Ebook
1. DEAD EVER AFTER, by Charlaine Harris
2. THE HIT, by David Baldacci
3. SILKEN PREY, by John Sandford
4. 12TH OF NEVER, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
5. WHISKEY BEACH, by Nora Roberts

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

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