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For Your Consideration: January 2019 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and vote for your favorite December 2018 AND January 2019 titles for the January 2019 LibraryReads list!

*Votes due December 1! Click here for the full list of 2019 deadlines.

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Also available in audio
Three starred reviews! The next novel of psychological suspense from the LibraryReads authors of the blockbuster bestseller THE WIFE BETWEEN US! “Another spooky tale of psychological seduction… The juxtaposed points of view, with reactions of each protagonist to the other, keep the reader guessing until the end. A great follow-up to THE WIFE BETWEEN US.”—Booklist, starred review

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OF BLOOD AND BONE: Chronicles of The One, Book 2 by Nora Roberts
On her thirteenth birthday, Fallon Swift must leave her family and train with sorcerer Mallick to become The One. “With book two in her The One trilogy, following YEAR ONE, Roberts successfully marshals her flair for crafting compelling characters and her skill at imaginative world building, on both a micro domestic scale and a macro dystopian global scale, to create a spellbinding story that will definitely delight her longtime fans as well as pique the interest of fantasy readers, who will want to see what she brings to their genre’s literary table as she continues this exciting and relevant series.” — Booklist

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THE FIRST CONSPIRACY: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer & Josh Mensch
Also available in audio
#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer unravels the truth behind the secret assassination attempt on George Washington and how the plot catalyzed the creation of the CIA and FBI. “In brisk, tense chapters, Meltzer and documentary TV producer Mensch relate a tale of spies and treason, conspiracy and counterintelligence at the start of the colonists’ war against Britain. A lively political thriller.” — Kirkus Reviews

Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email library@macmillanusa.com with the subject “First Conspiracy.”*

WOMEN ROWING NORTH: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age by Mary Pipher
Two starred reviews and a Library Journal Fall 2018 Editors’ Pick! From the New York Times bestselling author of REVIVING OPHELIA, a guide to wisdom, authenticity, and bliss for women as they age. “While a must-read for its target audience of women moving into old age, Pipher’s engaging book is an ought-to-read for their daughters and sons as well, as it sets forth the universal message that ‘happiness is a choice and a set of skills.’” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Thriller Thursday (11/10/16 Edition)

We’re seeing stars for today’s #ThrillerThursday picks!

UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Keigo Higashino
Two starred reviews! From acclaimed international bestseller and LibraryReads author Higashino comes a compelling story of a twenty-year-old murder, two teenagers linked by the crime, and a detective’s obsession to finally uncover the truth. “Edgar-nominated Higashino revisits the dangerous codependence of bonds forged in murder with this complex, elegant psychological thriller. A starkly rendered portrayal of modern Japanese culture that will draw fans of fellow Japanese thriller master Natsuo Kirino’s novels and the haunting Scandinavian tales of Karin Fossum.” — Booklist, starred review

BRONX REQUIEM by John Clarkson
James Beck and his crew return—when one of their own is killed almost immediately after he’s released from prison, Beck is determined to learn the truth and supply his own brand of justice. “Beck is much like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher in his skill set but unlike Reacher in working with a close-knit circle. A must for fans of gritty crime fiction.” — Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (6/30/16 Edition)

Read on for some summer suspense:

COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope
Two stars for this debut mystery starring Magnus “Steps” Craig, an FBI agent and tracker with the special ability to see people’s “shine”—particularly the one from a vicious serial killer. “Kope’s fascinating debut will place Steps Craig alongside Walt Longmire, Jack Reacher, and Charlie Parker as an enduring literary hero.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

FIRST STRIKE by Ben Coes
Coes delivers another outstanding novel featuring Special Forces hero Dewey Andreas. Coes is one of those few authors who knows how to turn the world of black ops into compelling, realistic fiction, and he’s getting better and better.” — Booklist, starred review

WILLNOT by James Sallis
In the woods outside the town of Willnot, the remains of several people have suddenly been discovered, unnerving the community and unsettling Dr. Lamar Hale, the town’s all-purpose general practitioner, surgeon, and town conscience. “A profoundly moving, quietly eloquent jewel of a novel.” — Booklist, starred review
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Minotaur Stars Roundup

We’re seeing *stars* for these four excellent mysteries:

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny (FOUR STARS)
“The lyrical 12th entry in bestseller Penny’s remarkable series, which has won multiple Agatha awards, finds former Chief Insp. Armand Gamache coming out of retirement to clean up the corrupt Süreté Academy du Québec. This complex novel deals with universal themes of compassion, weakness in the face of temptation, forgiveness, and the danger of falling into despair and cynicism over apparently insurmountable evils.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Once again Penny displays her remarkable ability to serve equally well both series devotees and new readers (if there are any of those still to be found). Gamache fans will be thrilled by the way this installment unlocks some of the series’ enduring mysteries… At the same time, the main plot offers a compelling mystery and a rich human drama in which no character is either entirely good or evil, and each is capable of inspiring empathy.” Booklist, starred review

“A chilling story that’s also filled with hope—a beloved Penny trademark.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

This riveting read, with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot, will keep readers guessing until the last page. For series fans and those who enjoy the small-town mysteries of Julia Spencer-Fleming.” Library Journal, starred review

THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross (FOUR STARS)
“Bestseller Gross revisits the horrors of Auschwitz in this harrowing, thematically rich thriller… Alternating between scenes of American hope-against-hope optimism and Nazi brutality, Blum’s deadly odyssey into and out of this 20th-century hell drives toward a compelling celebration of the human will to survive, remember, and overcome.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This is Gross’ best work yet, with his heart and soul imprinted on every page.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This is a genre departure for Gross, who was inspired by his Polish father-in-law to write a Holocaust espionage novel. While the Mendl plot is fictitious, the background and many characters are historically based, adding compassion and depth to a story that is as moving as it is gripping. A winner on all fronts.” — Booklist, starred review

“This is a first-rate tale from a real pro who here takes a different direction from his previous work.”Library Journal, starred review

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The Best Book Since THE BOURNE IDENTITY

Do you like gripping, high octane thrillers? Are you a fan of Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, and Jason Bourne? Then great news, because we have the perfect book for you: ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz.

The start of a new series introducing Evan Smoak, a legendary figure with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn, is blowing readers’ minds:

“Knowing that this is the start of a series reduces tension only a sliver in this hi-tech, nonstop thriller. Hurwitz, known for this kind of adrenaline-producing fiction, adds enough humanity to the action to make this a standout, and readers should get in at the start. As if a big print run and marketing plans weren’t enough, screen rights have already been sold, with Hurwitz doing the screenplay and Bradley Cooper as producer and possible star.” — Booklist, starred review

“Bestseller Hurwitz melds nonstop action and high-tech gadgetry with an acute character study in this excellent series opener. Evan is an electrifying character who chooses daily to do good.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

I didn’t just ‘like’ this book, or ‘love’ it—ORPHAN X blew me away. The last time a book and a character rocked me this deeply was the 80s when I read THE BOURNE IDENTITY by Robert Ludlum. The day I met Jason Bourne, I knew in the first 30 pages the character was a breakout megastar with unlimited reach. Now, all these years later, Evan Smoak has awed me in exactly the same way.” — Robert Crais

“From the explosive opening where a boy begins his dramatic transformation, ORPHAN X blows the doors off most thrillers I’ve read and catapults the readers on a cat-and-mouse chase that feels like a missile launch. Brilliantly conceived and plotted, his character Evan Smoak, Orphan X, deserves his own niche in the thriller hero hall of fame. Read this book. You will thank me later.”
— David Baldacci

“Gregg Hurwitz’s ORPHAN X is his best yet – a real celebration of all the strengths he brings to a thriller.” — Lee Child

Exciting and mind blowing! A perfect mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher, ex operative Evan Smoak turns on the action and shows off all the right moves as he sets out to help the downtrodden, and perhaps save his own humanity along the way.” — Lisa Gardner

“ORPHAN X is the most gripping, high-octane thriller I’ve read in a long, long time. Hang onto your seat because Gregg Hurwitz will take you on a dizzying ride you’ll not soon forget!” — Tess Gerritsen

ORPHAN X is the most exciting new series character since Jack Reacher. And Reacher would love this guy. A page-turning masterpiece of suspense enriched by compassion and insight.” — Jonathan Kellerman

We want you to be among the first to experience the thrill-ride of reading ORPHAN X so we’re giving away ARCs to adult librarians currently employed in the U.S.!*

To request a copy, please email library@macmillanusa.com from your library-issued email account with the subject line “Orphan X” and make sure to include your library’s mailing address.

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For Your Consideration: December 2015 AND January 2016 LibraryReads Titles

The 2015 Favorite of Favorites voting is happening now, but it’s never too early to download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the combined December 2015/January 2016* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due November 20! Click here for the full list of 2016 deadlines.

THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth
Librarians are gushing over this novel reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks’s THE NOTEBOOK and Lisa Genova’s STILL ALICE about a 38-year-old woman with early onset Alzheimer’s who falls in love with another care home resident. “Reading this gave me the same feeling as when I first read Nicholas Sparks’s THE NOTEBOOK.” — Robin Beerbower, EarlyWord
“Loved THE THINGS WE KEEP about early onset dementia… Realistically imagined.” — Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington NJ

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ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz
Two starred reviews! Evan Smoak, a.k.a The Nowhere Man, is a legendary figure with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. But now, someone with similar skills and training is on Evan’s tail with one mission: find and eliminate him. “Knowing that this is the start of a series reduces tension only a sliver in this hi-tech, nonstop thriller. Hurwitz, known for this kind of adrenaline-producing fiction, adds enough humanity to the action to make this is a standout, and readers should get in at the start. As if a big print run and marketing plans weren’t enough, screen rights have already been sold, with Hurwitz doing the screenplay and Bradley Cooper as producer and possible star.” — Booklist, starred review

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ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
From the editor in chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world—and the beginning of our future. “Clever and wonderfully weird… Fans of genre fiction will be delighted by Patricia and Laurence’s story, and Anders’s smart, matter-of-fact prose will appeal to a mainstream audience as well.” — Publishers Weekly

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RIOT MOST UNCOUTH
by Daniel Friedman

Thriller Award–finalist Friedman (DON’T EVER LOOK BACK) succeeds in making his unique blend of humor, crime, and an unusual protagonist work in the first of a new series starring the famous Romantic poet [Lord Byron]. Besides adroitly placing the major plot twists, Friedman manages to make one of the most obnoxious leads in recent memory oddly endearing and even sympathetic.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Thriller Thursday (7/9/15 Edition)

Families in peril and vigilantes on vendettas are just a few of today’s #ThrillerThursday picks:

SIGNAL by Patrick Lee
A Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 pick! THREE stars for Lee’s second techno-thriller starring ex-Special Forces agent Sam Dryden. “Lee’s thriller featuring a loner hero compares to Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ series but with the added kick of technology. Readers will wait with bated breath for the next Dryden adventure.” — Library Journal, starred review

THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens
libraryreads logo squareA July 2015 LibraryReads pick! The Campbell sisters do all they can to avoid their abusive father, but they’re eventually forced to run, and an even worse nightmare awaits. “Highly recommended for fans of the genre who relish nail-biting suspense as well as stories about the endurance of family and the human spirit.” — Library Journal, starred review

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER by Elizabeth Adler
In a clear attempt at murder, a woman is thrown from a luxury yacht. As she’s fighting to survive the deadly waters, she’s also plotting her revenge. “Brilliantly executed and constantly surprising, this romantic thriller from bestseller Adler…may well be her best book yet.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday – Stars Edition

We’ve got an all-STAR line-up for this #ThrillerThursday, but first Edgar Awards news: THE STRANGER YOU KNOW by Jane Casey won the Mary Higgins Clark award! Click here to see the full list of 2015 Edgar Award winners. Now, on to the books!

SIGNAL by Patrick Lee (THREE stars!)
“Two books into this series, and it’s clear that Lee has hit the jackpot. Expect the horde of out-of-breath readers gasping to keep up with Lee’s breakneck pace to keep growing exponentially with each new appearance of Sam Dryden.” Booklist, starred review

“Lee’s thriller featuring a loner hero compares to Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ series but with the added kick of technology. Readers will wait with bated breath for the next Dryden adventure.” Library Journal, starred review

“A credible hero and a plot filled with nonstop cinematic action will leave thriller fans eager for the next installment.” Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

BADLANDS by C.J. Box (THREE stars!)
“Although he’s placed kids in danger in other books, this could be the most effective of his thrillers since his Edgar-winning BLUE HEAVEN. The temperature on the northern plains may fall to 40 below, but the engine of this thriller races red hot, providing plenty of warmth to keep readers going all night.” Booklist, starred review

“Suspenseful—you can’t put it down.” Library Journal, starred review

“[A] superior thriller…” Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE PRECIPICE by Paul Doiron
“Doiron brings his gift for making the Maine woods live and breathe to a taut whodunit in his stellar sixth novel featuring game warden Mike Bowditch. Multidimensional characters and a high level of suspense help make this a winner.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This is one of the finest entries in a uniformly strong series that has quietly taken its place among the very best outdoors-based crime dramas.” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: July 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the July 2015* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due May 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

SIGNAL by Patrick Lee
“Two books into this series, and it’s clear that Lee has hit the jackpot. Expect the horde of out-of-breath readers gasping to keep up with Lee’s breakneck pace to keep growing exponentially with each new appearance of Sam Dryden.”
Booklist, starred review

“Lee’s thriller featuring a loner hero compares to Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ series but with the added kick of technology. Readers will wait with bated breath for the next Dryden adventure.” Library Journal, starred review

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BADLANDS by C.J. Box
“Although he’s placed kids in danger in other books, this could be the most effective of his thrillers since his Edgar-winning BLUE HEAVEN. The temperature on the northern plains may fall to 40 below, but the engine of this thriller races red hot, providing plenty of warmth to keep readers going all night.”Booklist, starred review
“Suspenseful—you can’t put it down.” — Library Journal, starred review

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AFTER THE STORM
by Linda Castillo

A tornado unearths human remains leading to a thirty-year-old cold case in Painters Mill. Meanwhile, a very emotional and personal turmoil strikes at Police Chief Kate Burkholder’s budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti.

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THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens
The bond between sisters runs deep, especially when murder is involved… “Stevens’s fourth thriller weaves such an engrossing, suspenseful tale that readers will wish they could warn the protagonists of the dangers that lie ahead. Highly recommended for fans of the genre who relish nail-biting suspense as well as stories about the endurance of family and the human spirit.” — Library Journal, starred review

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THE LAST PILOT by Benjamin Johncock
Using the early days of the U.S. space exploration program as a backdrop, Johncock’s “impressive”* debut laces fact with fiction to tell the tale of Jim Harrison, an Air Force test pilot turned astronaut, his wife, Grace, and their gravely ill two-year-old daughter, Florence. “A marvelous, emotionally powerful novel.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

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Three stars for RUNNER!

Welcome back, friends! We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving break like we did. We're more than happy to shake off the tryptophan coma with some great news:

Patrick Lee’s explosive new thriller RUNNER has scooped up THREE starred advance reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, plus a great one from Kirkus Reviews:

“Lee’s precise detailing of technology and medical science recalls the best of Tom Clancy and Robin Cook, while his believable hero adds a Jack Reacher vibe.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Tension mounts right from the start in this nonstop action-packed narrative and seldom flags….All in all, it’s a high-tech thriller that’s hard to put down.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Thriller fans, especially those drawn to conspiracies and espionage, will enjoy the cutting-edge weapons development, the anxiety-ridden showdown between cunning and technology, and the compellingly connected characters.” — Booklist, starred review

"Readers who pick up Lee’s latest should be prepared to miss their favorite television shows, since they won’t put this book down long enough to watch them.” — Kirkus Reviews

Most recently, RUNNER was named a March Indie Next pick

RUNNER is the first in a new series starring retired special forces operative Sam Dryden. It's sold international rights in seven countries and the film rights were optioned by Warner Brothers with director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) attached. It's one of Anne's personal favorites of the season and if you've heard her talk about it recently at book buzzes, then you know she's very vocal about her casting suggestion (Channing Tatum). 

Publishers Weekly interviewed Patrick Lee about the book (Dec. 30 issue):

PW: What was your inspiration for RUNNER and Sam Dryden?
PL: The idea’s initial germ was a protagonist protecting a character who seems entirely vulnerable, but who may turn out to be very dangerous. Sam Dryden emerged as a balance between two things I was looking for in a main character: someone who’s ordinary, and yet is capable of dealing with fairly dangerous situations. So his background is military, including time spent doing things off-the-books that he’s not entirely proud of. But all of that is several years behind him when this series begins.

PW: Why are your novels heavy on technology, à la Tom Clancy?
PL: That grew out of my own interest in technology, and how quickly things are changing around us. I think it’s about 99% good (self-driving cars, potentially improved medical treatments because of genome sequencing) and maybe 1% bad (tech forecasters aren’t optimistic about the future of privacy).

PW: How do you conduct your research?
PL: Pretty often I just draw upon knowledge I’ve already encountered when reading for fun. I love reading nonfiction by writers like Jared Diamond, Richard Dawkins, and Carl Sagan. Bill Bryson is another favorite.

PW: What did you base the mind control in RUNNER on?
PL: The mind-control/mind-reading part is made up, but most of the technical dialogue about how DNA works is based on real science. I tried to make the concept feel plausible by comparing it to abilities that really exist in nature, like the capability of salamanders to regrow limbs. Some scientists think our own ancient ancestors, hundreds of millions of years ago, could regrow limbs, too, and that the DNA instructions for doing so might still exist in us, long-since switched off by more recent genes. I liked the idea of framing mind reading that same way: as a scary thing buried deep in the genetic toy box, which science has managed to dig out.

PW: How close is RUNNER to becoming a movie?
PL: Warner Brothers has bought the film rights. I should probably err on the side of caution as far as talking about it, but some of the people involved at this point are Pouya Shahbazian, Justin Lin, and Adam Cozad. I’m crossing all digits that can be crossed.

PW: What’s next?
PL: The sequel to RUNNER, still untitled. It takes place a couple years after the events of RUNNER, and I probably shouldn’t reveal too much else. Plus I’m still writing it, so everything is subject to change.

If you haven't read it yet, don't wait. Get whitelisted and download your review copy today. Then nominate it for LibraryReads (the deadline for the February list is January 1, 2014). 

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