Fiction Previews, Aug. 2012, Pt. 2: de Jonge, Garwood, Jance, White

Brown, Dale. Tiger’s Claw. Morrow. Aug. 2012. 432p. ISBN 9780061990014. $26.99; eISBN 9780062099105. lrg. prnt. CD: Harper Audio. FICTION
It’s 2014, and, thanks to a big trade surplus, the Chinese have radically expanded their military presence in the Pacific. Meanwhile, Patrick McLanahan and his Sky Masters have been tasked with renovating the U.S. weapons system, a project that takes them to Guam‚ and sets off the Chinese. One preemptive strike later, there’s war in the Pacific. Classic Brown for Brown fans; the one-day laydown on August 14 and 125,000-copy first printing says a lot.

de Jonge, Peter. Buried on Avenue B. Harper: HarperCollins. Aug. 2012. 320p. ISBN 9780061373558. $25.99; eISBN 9780062097125. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
After an elderly man with encroaching Alzheimer’s confesses to his home attendant that as a long-ago junkie and petty thief he killed his partner in crime, police from the NYPD reluctantly dig up the community garden where the body is supposed to be buried. Instead of a dead man, they find the body of a carefully dressed ten-year-old boy clutching a comic book, a CD, plus alcohol and pot. The subsequent case takes tough-minded Det. Darlene O’Hara, last seen in the best-selling Shadows Still Remain, from Tompkins Square to a retirement community on the Gulf of Mexico. This James Patterson coauthor seems to be doing well on his own; with a 50,000-copy first printing.

Dunn, Matthew. Sentinel: A Spycatcher Novel. Morrow. Aug. 2012. 400p. ISBN 9780062037923. $25.99; eISBN 9780062037961. lrg. prnt. THRILLER
Back after the pointed and scalding The Spycatcher, agent Will Cochrane is on his way to Russia, sent on an impossible mission by the CIA to find an undercover agent who has sent a cryptic message: He has betrayed us and wants to go to war. The agent is bleeding to death when Cochrane finds him, but he manages to spit out one last word: Sentinel. And now the hunt is on. This former M16 agent gets a 150,000-copy first printing for his second novel; ante up.

Edwards, Selden. The Lost Prince. Dutton. Aug. 2012. 400p. ISBN 9780525952947. $26.95. TIME TRAVEL/HISTORICAL FICTION
In 2008, after decades of labor, Edwards released a first novel called The Little Book that took 1980s rock star Wheeler Burden back to 1897 Vienna. In this sequel, Eleanor Burden has returned to New England from her own thrilling experience in fin de siècle Vienna, which did, however, include losing the love of her life. Even as she awaits what next will drop into her lap, she wrestles with premonitions of the 20th century’s horrors, never mind that Freud himself called her delusional. Some critics had doubts about The Little Book, but many readers were enthusiastic. Entertainment Weekly‘s description of The Little Book fits this book, too: Back to the Future for the intellectual set.

Fairstein, Linda. Night Watch. Dutton. Jul. 2012. 400p. ISBN 9780525952633. $26.95. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. THRILLER
Alexandra Cooper is going to some fancy New York restaurants. But as one might expect of Cooper, the Manhattan prosecutor who serves as protagonist of ITW Silver Bullet Award winner Fairstein’s best-selling series, she’s not going to eat but to uncover the dirty secrets of the rich and powerful beneath the gleaming surface of Gotham’s best watering holes. Readers will be hungry for this; look for the eight- to ten-city tour.

Garwood, Julie. Sweet Talk. Dutton. Aug. 2012. 320p. ISBN 9780525952862. $26.95. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
When gorgeous young attorney Olivia MacKenzie wrecks FBI agent Grayson Kincaid’s sting operation, he’s furious and she doesn’t much care; she’s an IRS agent, set to bring down a Ponzi scheme that’s hurt a lot of innocent people. Then she realizes that her efforts have put her in danger and turns to Kincaid for help. Garwood seems unstoppable; get multiples wherever she is popular.

Jance, J.A. Judgment Call: A Brady Novel of Suspense. Morrow. Aug. 2012. 384p. ISBN 9780061731167. $25.99; eISBN 9780062132383. lrg. prnt. CD: Harper Audio. THRILLER
Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has a problem that crisscrosses the personal and the political. Her daughter, Jenny, has discovered her high school principal murdered. It’s no fun digging into the uncomfortable truths about the man so well known to her daughter, especially when Jenny seems to know more‚ and understand less‚ than she’s revealing. The one-day laydown on July 24, 200,000-copy first printing, and ten-city Tour to Albuquerque, Cincinnati, Dayton, Kansas City, Lexington, Phoenix, Seattle, Spokane, Tucson, and Tulsa come as no surprise.

Vincent, Norah. Thy Neighbor. Viking. Aug. 2012. 320p. ISBN 9780670023745. $25.95. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. FICTION
At 34, Nick Walsh still lives in his Midwest suburban childhood home‚ though his parents died violently 13 years earlier and he’s been self-medicating since. As he spies on his neighbors, using cameras and microphones he has surreptitiously installed, he begins to understand what happened to his parents. Then he learns that someone is stalking him. This first novel by the author of nonfiction best sellers like Self-Made Man: One Woman’s Year Disguised as a Man sounds at once spooky and thought-provoking and should attract some attention.

White, Stephen. Line of Fire. Dutton. Aug. 2012. 384p. ISBN 9780525952527. $26.95. THRILLER
Settling back into his clinical psychology practice, Alan Gregory accepts a patient he finds at once mesmerizing and threatening. Meanwhile, he is alerted to the reopened investigation into the presumed suicide of a woman named J. Winter Brown. He and buddy Sam Purdy accidentally reveal details about their involvement in her death to a manic drug dealer, and soon they are in the investigators’ crosshairs. White wraps up a best-selling series, but not quite yet; this is the first of a two-parter, so steel yourself.


Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.