Baldacci, Clark, Johansen, Macomber, Weiner | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2014, Pt. 1

Baldacci, David. The Target. Grand Central. Apr. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9781455521203. $28. THRILLER
No hint about the plot, but this is hit man extraordinaire Will Robie’s third outing, following The Innocent and The Hit. Baldacci is on a roll, having published two new hardcovers in 2013 and a stepped-up number of trade paperbacks. With a 500,000-copy first printing.

Clark, Mary Higgins. I’ve Got You Under My Skin. S. & S. Apr. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781476749068. $26.99. SUSPENSE
No wonder award-winning TV producer Laurie Moran initiates a new cold case series; her doctor husband’s killer is still at large. The series has friends and family in each case reenact events, which is supposed to help clear names or reveal guilt. The first case involves a wealthy woman murdered while her daughter and three friends celebrated their college graduation. What will happen when the young women return to the scene of the grisly crime.

Johansen, Iris. Live to See Tomorrow. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781250020048. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250020031. SUSPENSE
Fans first met Catherine Ling in Chasing the Night, 11th in the Eve Duncan series, when Catherine turned to forensic sculptor Eve for help finding her kidnapped two-year-old son. Now woman-as-weapon Catherine, a CIA operative since age 14, has been reunited with her son. But her mentor, the shadowy Hu Chang, wants her to rescue a woman journalist imprisoned in Tibet, which could be the end of Catherine.

Macomber, Debbie. Blossom Street Brides: A Blossom Street Novel. Ballantine. Apr. 2014. ISBN 9780345528841. $26; ebk. ISNBN 9780345549860. lrg prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. ROMANCE
Lauren Elliott schemes to get her workaholic boyfriend to propose, which leads her to another dreamboat entirely. Bethanne Scranton loves her new husband, but their long-distance marriage is strained, and Bethanne’s pleading ex is back in town. Lauren and Bethanne are both customers at A Good Yarn, whose owner, Lydia, is happily married but worried about the fate of her store—until someone launches a secret campaign to help. The most recent Blossom Street book, Starting Now, hit the top of the New York Times best sellers list right out of the gate, so expect good things here.

Weiner, Jennifer. All Fall Down. Atria. Apr. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9781451617788. $26.99. POP FICTION
Weiner, a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author who has criticized the media for assuming that men writing about relationships create literature while women exploring the same theme write chick lit, here offers something solidly topical to chew on. Gillian Weiss is a contented suburban mom until her website starts booming; then her husband gets chilly and her daughter gets snarky, even as her father’s Alzheimer’s spins out of control. Gillian finds the prescription painkillers she uses for her back trouble help with mental troubles as well, and suddenly she’s in rehab with heroin addicts and incompetent staff. Great for book clubs.

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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.