Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Who's On Top: Fiction

This Week's Spotlight:
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:
by M. L. Stedman

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.

The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel.

Mass-Market Paperback:
by James Patterson and David Ellis

No husbands allowed.

Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they're free to live someone else's life. As the weekend moves into pulsating discos, high-stakes casinos, and beyond, Abbie is transported to the greatest pleasure and release she has ever known.
What happened last night?

In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened—something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. And now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime & for survival. GUILTY WIVES is the ultimate indulgence, the kind of nonstop joy-ride of excess, friendship, betrayal, and danger that only James Patterson can create.

by John Sandford

The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner.

If you haven’t read Sandford yet, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time.”—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

Murder, scandal, political espionage, and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport’s going to be lucky to get out of this one alive.

Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing,” and another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat.” And that’s the last thing he knows. 

Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then—very troublingly—to the Minneapolis police department, then—most troublingly of all—to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, and the money, ruthlessness, and sheer will to make it happen.

No matter who gets in the way.

Top 5 Fiction:
  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
Paperback, Trade:
  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
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
  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 blurbs come from Goodreads.com, all lists come from NYTimes.com.

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