Best-Selling Commercial Fiction from Ken Follett to Sherrilyn Kenyon to James Patterson | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 4

Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Marco Effect. Dutton. Sept. 2014. 480p. ISBN 9780525954026. $27.95. THRILLER
In the next Department Q story from Denmark’s top crime writer, also a New York Times ADLEROLSENbest-selling author, Det. Carl Mørck and his colleagues get caught up in a missing-persons case that touches on 15-year-old Marco Jameson, in rebellion against his Gypsy background and particularly his harsh and ultimately murderous uncle.

Bass, Jefferson. The Breaking Point: A Body Farm Novel. Morrow. Sept. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780062262332. $26.99. THRILLER
Your chance to revisit the Body Farm, the postmortem research facility created by Dr. Bill Brockton in the series originated by Jon Jefferson and famed forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass. Here, Brockton is upended when his identification of some plane-crash remains is challenged, his family is threatened by a serial killer, and his wife unburdens herself of some terrible news. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Beukes, Lauren. Broken Monsters. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Sept. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780316216821. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316216838. lib. ISBN 9780316366014. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
In another fantasy-thriller meld from Arthur C. Clarke Award recipient Beukes, who won loads of attention (and the occasional mixed review) with last year’s The Shining Girls, Detroit detective Gabriella Versado is unsettled by the discovery of a body that is half-boy and half-deer. With giveaways at the San Diego Comic Con, plus a tour to Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, and New York City.

Daly, Paula. Keep Your Friends Close. Grove. Sept. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780802123206. $25. THRILLER
When Natty rushes overseas to tend her daughter, who has taken ill on a school trip, best college friend Eve volunteers to help with the family. Natty returns home to discover that Eve has snared Natty’s husband—and that, dangerously, Eve has done this sort of thing before. Daly dazzled with last year’s debut, Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

DeCandido, Keith R.A. Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution. Broadway. Sept. 2014. NAp. ISBN 9780553419009. pap. $7.99. FANTASY
Killed fighting the British two centuries hence, a resurrected Ichabod Crane is helping Lt. Abbie Mills discover who beheaded mentor/partner Sheriff August Corbin when they encounter  two occult groups—one good and one evil—operating in the vicinity of Sleepy Hollow. Based on the smash-hit Fox TV show; from a best-selling author who’s ranged from Star Trek to Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Season 8 Tie-in. Broadway. Sept. 2014. Bk. 1: ISBN 9780804140881; Bk. 2: ISBN 9780804140904. No. 3: ISBN 9780804140928. ea. vol: NAp. pap. $9.99. SF
As Scottish character actor Peter Capaldi takes over the title role of the smash-hit sf series Doctor Who, the BBC’s highest-rated show, here are three original tales tied to the forthcoming eighth season.

Follett, Ken. Edge of Eternity. Dutton. Sept. 2014. 1120p. ISBN 9780525953098. $36. HISTORICAL
Wrapping up his grandly conceived “Century” trilogy, Follett ranges from Civil Rights marches to presidential impeachment to the fall of communism to show us what has happened to the trilogy’s five entwined families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—by KENYONcentury’s end.

Kenyon, Sherrilyn. Son of No One. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2014. 608p. ISBN 9781250029911. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250029928. CD: Macmillan Audio. PARANORMAL
Centuries ago, Cadegan made the mistake of selling his soul to wreak vengeance on a sorceress who cursed him; now he’s struggling to protect Josette Landry, camerawoman for a paranormal group that has inadvertently unleashed evil on the world. Next in the “Dark-Hunter” series and one of 13 books Kenyon is releasing this year in hardcover, mass market, or ebook.

Kristoff, Jay. Endsinger. (The Lotus War, Bk. 3). St. Martin’s. Sept. 2014. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. 464p. ISBN 9781250001429. $19.25. FANTASY
In this conclusion to a hot debut trilogy billed as Japanese dystopian steampunk, the Lotus Guild prepares to send forth a mechanical goliath that will reunite the broken kingdom through fear, and Yukiko and Buruu take charge of the rebellion.

Lapidus, Jens. Life Deluxe. Pantheon. Sept. 2014. 512p. tr. from Swedish by Astri von Arbin Ahlander. ISBN 9780307377500. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307908513. Downloadable: Penguin Random Audio. THRILLER
Defense lawyer for some of the most shadowy underworld criminals in Sweden, Lapidus here wraps up his “Stockholm Noir” trilogy, which has sold more than a million copies internationally and been translated into 30 languages. With someone aiming to knock down top dog Radovan Kranjic, there’s a power struggle within the Swedish underworld.

Martin, George R.R. & Gardner Dozois, eds. Rogues. Bantam. Sept. 2014. 832p. ISBN 9780345537263. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780804179607. Downloadable: Random Penguin Audio. martingrrFANTASY/SHORT STORIES
Martin is your Game of Thrones man, and Dozois has won 15 Hugo Awards and 32 Locus Awards for his editing, plus two Nebula Awards for his own writing. So you can bet this compilation of 21 original fantasy stories from the likes of Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, and Connie Willis will be good. Martin contributes a new “Song of Ice and Fire” tale.

Mayne, Andrew. Angel Killer. Bourbon Street: HarperCollins. Sept. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780062348876. pap. $14.99. THRILLER
When someone hacks into the FBI’s website to post a code disclosing the coordinates of a cemetery where a dead girl’s body is seen rising from a grave, agent Jessica Blackwood must draw on her troubled past as a magician to catch a crazed killer. Star of his own magic reality show on A&E, Mayne already boasts 100,000 paid downloads of this story as a self-published ebook; the paperback original will be revised and edited. With a 40,000-copy first printing.

Mosley, Walter. Rose Gold: An Easy Rawlins Mystery. Doubleday. Sept. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780385535977. $25.95. CD: Random Penguin Audio. MYSTERY
Easy Rawlins is tapped by the FBI when black ex-boxer Uhuru Nolica, who heads up a revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth, kidnaps Rosemary Gold, daughter of a weapons manufacturer, and threatens to give her an awful, public death if his demands aren’t met. Yes, think Patty Hearst; it’s that era; Easy’s 13th outing.

Patterson, James & Michael Ledwidge. Burn. Little, Brown. Sept. 2014. 432p. ISBN 9780316211048. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316211024. lib. ISBN 9780316365383. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLERpatterson
Finally back in New York, Det. Michael Bennett has taken over the unruly Outreach Squad in Harlem. At first, he dismisses reports of a party attended by sleekly dressed men in a condemned building, but everything changes when charred remains are found there. What, the 600,000-copy first printing surprises you?

Perry, Anne. Blood on the Water: A William Monk Novel. Ballantine. Sept. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780345548436. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780345548443. HISTORICAL MYSTERY
In Perry’s 20th Monk mystery, set in the late 1800s, the pleasure boat Princess Mary has exploded and sunk along the Thames waterfront at a cost of nearly 200 lives, and as commander of the River Police, Monk is quick to find evidence that the Egyptian man sentenced to death for this outrage could not have been the culprit. Did the bombing have something to do with the opening of the Suez Canal? The last three Monk titles have all made the New York Times best sellers list.


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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.