Fiction Previews, September 2012, Pt. 4: From 5 Under 35 Boianjiu to Veteran Brown

Boianjiu, Shani. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid. Hogarth: Crown. Sept. 2012. 288p. ISBN 9780307955951. $24. LITERARY
Having grown up together in a small village, three young women join the Israeli Defense Forces at 18 and learn to withstand the threat of war. Yael trains marksmen, Avishag stands guard as refugees clamor at a barbed-wire fence, and Lea imagines lives for the anonymous people who pass by her checkpoint. Boianjiu, born in Jerusalem of Iraqi-Romanian heritage, also served in the Israeli Defense Forces. She comes well recommended, having been chosen by Nicole Krauss as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award winners last fall.

Brown, Sandra. Low Pressure. Grand Central. Sept. 2012. 300p. ISBN 9781455501557. $26.95. CD: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
On the day 12-year-old Bellamy’s sister was murdered, a tornado swept through town and destroyed the evidence‚ not to mention Bellamy’s memory of what really happened. Now that she’s 30, Bellamy has published a novel based on the incident‚ under a pseudonym. Of course, an unprincipled journalist has dug up her real name, and now there’s a killer after her. Brown is still a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author after all these years.

Doig, Ivan. A Bartender’s Tale. Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA). Sept. 2012. NAp. ISBN 9781594487910. $26.95. LITERARY
Doig follows up his well-received Work Song with another story set in the past, though here he’s moved the action up to the early 1960s, right before the Age of Aquarius dawned. It’s about two women make an enormous difference in the lives of a father and his son.

Edward, John. Fallen Masters. Tor. Sept. 2012. 464p. ISBN 9780765332714. $25.99. POP FICTION
The author of numerous New York Times best sellers, internationally famed psychic Edward here turns to fiction, creating a work billed as metaphysical suspense as Good and Evil duke it out both on Earth and on the Other Side. More I cannot tell you, but you’ll know if you want this.

Freveletti, Jamie. Robert Ludlum’s The Janus Reprisal. Grand Central. Sept. 2012. 352p. ISBN 9780446539845. $24.99. THRILLER
When terrorists attack a World Health Organization conference and make off with deadly viruses and bacteria, army microbiologist Lt. Jon Smith has a big job on his hands: preventing worldwide biological warfare. A trial attorney and ultramarathon runner with a black belt in aikido, Freveletti (Running from the Devil) seems tough enough to take over the Ludlum franchise.

Ryan, Hank Phillippi. The Other Woman. Forge: Tor. Sept. 2012. 416p. ISBN 9780765332578. $24.99. THRILLER
Ryan just won’t quit, even though as an investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate she’s won 27 Emmys and ten Edward R. Murrow awards. She’s also written four mysteries that have won Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity honors and is incoming president of Sisters in Crime. Here, disgraced reporter Jane Ryland can’t abide the lightweight stuff she’s expected to churn out, so she uses her spare time to track the mistress of a candidate running for the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, Det. Jake Brogan is tracking the serial killer of young women. Inevitably, our two protagonists find their cases connecting. The publisher’s lead title for the fall.

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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.