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New Fiction December 2020

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Fantasy & Science

Ambergris by Jeff VanderMeer

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A single-volume anthology of the classic Ambergris Trilogy includes the full texts of City of Saints and Madmen , Shriek: An Afterword and Finch . By the Nebula Award-winning author of the Southern Reach series.

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The Blade Between by Sam J. Miller

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Reluctantly visiting his upstate New York hometown when his father falls ill, a restless gay photographer reconnects with two high-school friends who become his allies in a plan to expose the corrupt motives of invasive corporate gentrifiers.

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Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez

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The author of Scarborough presents a dystopian tale set in a near-future world where a queer Black performer and his allies fight an oppressive regime that is incarcerating the LGBTQ+ community, people of color and the disabled.

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D: A Tale of Two Worlds by Michel Faber

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Baffled by the sudden disappearance of the letter D, a young woman is summoned to the home of a former history teacher before arriving in an enslaved, wintry land where free thinking is under threat.

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Jolene by Mercedes Lackey

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Learning elemental magic from her witch aunt after her Tennessee coal miner father's black-lung death, Anna May falls in love with a stonemason who would abandon his work as a gravestone cutter to pursue true art. Elemental Masters No. 15

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On Fragile Waves by E. Lily Yu

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Growing up on their parents' mythical stories about the opportunities of Australia, a girl and her brother travel from war-torn Pakistan through temporary homes in Indonesia and Nauru, before government indifference challenges their dreams.

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Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley

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Coexisting in the lush hidden spaces of Paris until cold weather arrives, an escaped racehorse and her companion, a German shorthaired pointer, forge a bond with a boy living in seclusion with his nonagenarian grandmother in an ivy-covered house.

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General Fiction

Burden of Proof by Davis Bunn

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Consumed by guilt for failing to prevent his brother's murder, Ethan helps his sister-in-law uncover the truth about a legal case behind his brother's death. By the award-wining author of the Song of Acadia series.

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Dead Sea Conspiracy by Jerry B. Jenkins

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A sequel to Dead Sea Rising finds grief-stricken archaeologist Nicole Berman securing funding for a controversial dig in Saudi Arabia that may provide a key to uniting the world's three major religions. Dead Sea Chronicles No. 2

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Glimmer As You Can by Danielle Martin

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Operating a secret women's club in her 1962 Brooklyn Heights boutique, Madeline bonds with a British ex-pat who would save her troubled marriage and a young stewardess whose future plans have been irrevocably upended. A first novel.

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Ordesa by Manuel Vilas. Trans by Andrea Rosenberg.

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An English-language release of a best-seller from Spain follows a divorced man's midlife return to the Pyrenees mountain community of his childhood, where he navigates addiction, solitude and the ghosts of his late parents.

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Rest and Be Thankful by Emma Glass

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A burned-out pediatric nurse in a loveless relationship begins experiencing recurring dreams about water before starting to glimpse the figure of an unknown individual dancing just beyond the corner of her vision. By the author of Peach.

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The Sun Collective by Charles Baxter

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The National Book Award finalist presents this timely and unsettling novel in which a mother searches for her son, a once promising actor, who has fallen victim to a local community group and its enigmatic leader.

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Historical

The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister

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Secretly hired by an eccentric Lady Franklin to lead a team of women explorers into the Arctic to recover Captain Sir John Franklin's lost expedition, Virginia Reeve survives a harrowing quest only to find herself on trial for murder.

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The Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little

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Raised by pious nuns, Antoinette, the younger sister of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, escapes to Paris, where her shared effort to launch a fashion brand is challenged by discriminating conventions and the horrors of World War I.

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Fallen Angel by Tracy Borman

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Frances Gorges, hoping to distance herself from the decadence and ruthlessness of King James, finds herself drawn back in to courtly intrigue when an ambitious and violent man arrives, ready to take down whatever – and whoever – stands in his way.

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The Garden of Promises and Lies by Paula Brackston

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This third installment in the Found Things series finds Xanthe taking responsibility for inadvertently transporting the dangerous Benedict Fairfax to her own time, while learning to use her skills as a spinner to keep her and Flora safe.

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The Mermaid from Jeju by Sumi Hahn

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A talented young deep-sea diver from occupied 1948 Korea's neighboring Jeju Island visits Mt. Halla for her family's annual trading trip before her romance with a mountain youth is upended by family tragedy and political turbulence. A first novel.

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Midnight Train to Prague by Carol Windley

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During the Germany occupation of Russia, fortune teller Natalia Faber arrives in Prague to search for her fiancé and, accused of spying, is sent to a concentration camp where her only solace is a friendship with the daughter of a woman she met decades earlier on a stalled train.

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My Name Is Anton by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Realizing that a neighbor is trapped in an abusive marriage, a smitten 18-year-old youth, haunted by his brother's accidental death, offers the woman shelter and a means to escape. By the award-winning author of Pay It Forward.

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The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict. Ed by Leslie S. Klinger.

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Claiming amnesia after going missing for more than a week in late 1926, up-and-coming mystery author Agatha Christie pens a chilling story that brashly implicates her war-hero husband. By the author of The Other Einstein.

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Mystery & Detective

A Catered Book Club Murder by Isis Crawford

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When a loyal member of their mystery book club is found murdered after failing to appear at a monthly gathering, sisters Bernie and Libby uncover the victim's shady dealings and knowledge of scandalous community secrets. Mysteries with Recipes No. 16

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Cold Wind by Paige Shelton

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A sequel to Thin Ice finds Beth investigating the discovery of a trapper's secluded home in the woods near Benedict, Alaska, where a murder victim is linked to the owner of the local mercantile. Alaska Wild No. 2

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A Deadly Edition by Victoria Gilbert

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Investigating an art dealer's murder to help clear a friend's name while juggling the demands of her approaching nuptials, librarian Amy Webber is thwarted by her aunt Lydia's boyfriend, who believes the chief suspect is guilty. Blue Ridge Library Mysteries No. 5

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Germania: A Novel of Nazi Berlin by Harald Gilbers

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Reactivated against his will by the Gestapo in the bombed-out capital of the Reich in 1944, Jewish detective Richard Oppenheimer investigates a serial killer who has been leaving Nazi-connected victims at war memorials.

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Grounds for Murder by Tam Lush

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When her best but most difficult employee switches sides days before a state barista championship, coffee-shop owner Lana Lewis investigates jilted lovers, a shrimp-boat captain and a mafia-connected surfer to prove her innocence of a rival's murder. Coffee Lover's Mysteries No. 1

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Hidden Treasure by Jane K. Cleland

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Beginning renovations on their New Hampshire dream home, Josie and her new husband, Ty, become embroiled in a murder investigation involving a mysterious relic and the disappearance of the property's previous owner. Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries No. 13

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Leave No Trace by Sara Driscoll

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Investigating an outbreak of fatal hunting accidents in the southern community of Blue Ridge, Meg and Brian, aided by search-and-rescue dog Hawk, connect the killings to a 200-year-old mystery. By the authors of the Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries. F.B.I. K-9 No. 5

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Olive Bright, Pigeoneer by Stephanie Graves

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Tending her veterinarian father's Hertfordshire racing pigeons while waiting for her best friend to return from World War II, Olive is recruited into the Baker Street covert branch of British Intelligence before investigating the murder of a local busybody.

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Snowdrift by Helene Tursten. Trans by Marlaine Delargey.

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Swedish Detective Inspector Embla Nyström puts her life on the line when a new lead breaks in the unsolved disappearance of her best friend, a cold case that is further complicated by the murder of a notorious gang member. Embla Nyström Investigations

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Watch Her by Edwin Hill

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Investigating a suspicious burglary and the disappearances of Prescott University alumni, Harvard librarian Hester Thursby and Detective Angela White uncover financial transgressions, rumors of infidelity and a decades-old tragedy. By the author of Little Comfort . Hester Thursby No. 3

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The Wicked Hour by Alice Blanchard

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A sequel to Trace of Evil finds Detective Natalie Lockhart connecting a string of murders that to a friend's unsolved disappearance before uncovering evidence that the killer is among the people she knows. Natalie Lockhart No. 2

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Romance

The Sweetest Thing by Judith McNaught

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Launching a nuptials-based reality show, Corey, the creative genius behind a successful lifestyle magazine, lands the filming rights to a high-profile wedding only to bump into a heartbreaker from her past. By the best-selling author of Night Whispers.

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Under the Alaskan Ice by Karen Harper

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A sequel to Deep in the Alaskan Woods finds a young widow assisting a pilot in the wake of a bush plane crash, before an unknown adversary begins sabotaging the pilot's investigation in the Alaskan wilderness. Alaska Wild No. 2

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Story Collections

The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic by New York Times

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Presents a stunning collection of new short stories originally commissioned by The New York Times Magazine as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, from twenty-nine authors including Margaret Atwood, Tommy Orange, Edwidge Danticat, and more, in a project inspired by Boccaccio’s “The Decameron.”

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Suspense

Attack Protocol by Jerome Preisler. Created by Tom Clancy & Steve Pieczenik.

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Tracking a master hacker operating in the shadows of the Carpathians, an elite team of Net Force cybersecurity agents is betrayed by one of its own as part of a Dark Web plot to seize world power. Net Force series

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Double Agent by Tom Bradby

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MI6 agent Kate Henderson investigates information from a Russian defector, including financial trails and a horrifying video, that may offer proof that the British Prime Minister is a live agent working for Moscow in the sequel to Secret Service. Kate Hunderson No. 2

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Eddie's Boy by Thomas Perry

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Surviving an attempt on his life, retired mob hit man Michael Shaeffer reflects on his apprenticeship under an elite killer while pursuing his would-be assassins from Australia to the United States to identify who is trying to eliminate him. Butcher's Boy No. 4

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Fool Me Twice by Jeffry P. Lindsay

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A sequel to Just Watch Me finds thief and disguise artist Riley Wolfe continuing his Robin Hood-inspired crusade against the wealthy elite by orchestrating the theft of a highly prized Faberge egg. By the best-selling author of the Dexter series. Riley Wolfe No. 2

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Hush-Hush by Stuart Woods

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New York City cop turned Manhattan law firm rainmaker, Stone Barrington, lands in hot water in a highly anticipated latest installment in the best-selling series by the Edgar Award-winning author of Chiefs . Stone Barrington No. 56

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Lazarus by Lars Kepler. Trans by Neil Smith.

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Investigating the murder spree of a killer who is targeting Europe's most infamous criminals, Detective Joona Linna connects two of the victims before discovering she is following a ghost from her own past. By the author of The Hypnotist . Joona Linna No. 7

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The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce

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From the acclaimed author of Blood Orange, a dark new psychological thriller about the perfect mother, the perfect wife, the perfect family—and the perfect murder.

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NYPD Red, No. 6 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp

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Available for the first time in print, a sixth entry in the series co-written by the award-winning author of Jackie Ha-Ha continues the story of top NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan and his partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald.

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The Opium Prince by Jasmine Aimaq

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Accidentally killing a young Kochi girl while driving through Kabul, an Afghan-American foreign-aid worker is confronted by an opium dealer's threats, the loss of his marriage and wrenching guilt over the local regime's indifference. A first novel.

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Red Hands by Christopher Golden

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Ben Walker, an expert in weird phenomena is asked by the Global Science Research Coalition to locate a woman who has been the victim of a devastating bioweapon that causes every person she touches to drop dead.

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The System by Ryan Gattis

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On December 6, 1993, a drug dealer called Scrappy is shot and left for dead on the lawn outside her mother’s house in South Central Los Angeles, a heroin addict fingers two drug dealers as the killers, but only one of them is guilty.

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Take It Back by Kia Abdullah

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Leaving her high-profile law position for a job at a crisis center, Zara Kaleel becomes involved in the case of a deformed teenage girl who accuses four boys in her class of rape, tearing the community apart.

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Violent Peace: The War with China -- Aftermath of Armageddon by David Poyer

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Dan Lenson motorcycles across a war-torn America in search of his missing daughter, while his wife negotiates the tenuous reunification of Taiwan with China and a young case officer confronts a devastating choice. Dan Lenson No. 20

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Wrong Alibi by Christina Dodd

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Sentenced to life in prison for a murder she did not commit, 18-year-old Evelyn escapes and works under an alias at a wilderness camp, where her chance at revenge is complicated by a former employer's mysterious connections.

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The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher

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An off-kilter narrator witnesses the slow unraveling of a couple's strained marriage that erupts in unexpected ways, in a chilling tale of domestic suspense by the best-selling author of The Wives.

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