Big Commercial Fiction from Dorsey, Gray, Patterson, & More | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 1

Dorsey, Tim. Shark Skin Suite. Morrow. Jan. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780062240019. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062240033. THRILLER
After indulging in a bunch of legal movies, Florida fan and off-the-rails killer Serge Storms decides he’s found his calling…sort of. His efforts are what you might call paralegal, but they’re crucial when former flame Brook Campanella, who defends folks in foreclosure, finds herself in danger after winning a major class-action lawsuit. Dorsey’s most recent title, Tiger Shrimp Tango, debuted on the New York Times best seller list at no. 18, so he has a decent following; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Gray, Shelley Shepard. The Promise of Palm Grove.  Avon Inspire. (Amish Brides of Pinecraft, Bk. 1.) Jan. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780062337702. pap. $12.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062337719. AMISH FICTION
The best-selling Gray, a two-time Holt Medallion winner and finalist for the Carol Award, given by the American Christian Fiction Writers, is nothing if not enterprising. This book launches her seventh Avon Inspire series, with all four books in the series scheduled for publication in 2015. The books will be set in Pinecraft, FL, with the opening work featuring Amish bride-to-be Leona, grippandoon vacation with her girlfriends and starting to have doubts about bossy fiancé Edmund. Then she meets a sunny Amish man named Zachary Kauffman who fills up her heart. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Grippando, James. Cane and Abe. Harper. Jan. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9780062295392. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062295422. THRILLER
When a woman’s mutilated body is discovered in the Everglades, Abe Beckham, a top prosecutor at the Miami State Attorney’s Office, finds himself a top suspect. He had had an encounter with the woman after his wife Samantha’s untimely death, and his new wife, Angelina, has vanished, too. Angelina did think there was something a little twisted about Abe’s obsession with Samantha. With a 30,000-copy first printing; pushed back from September.

Moning, Karen Marie. Burned. Delacorte. (Fever, Bk. 7) Jan. 2015. 512p. ISBN 9780385344418. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780440339816. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
This seventh book in Moning’s “Fever” series is also the second in a new urban paranormal trilogy that opened with Iced and stars intrepid teen sidhe seer Dani O’Malley, strong enough to challenge the Dark Fae gleefully overrunning the world. No word yet on plot, but expect to see favorite characters from the “Fever” novels. Pushed back from July 2014, and fans are privatevegasagitating.

Patterson, James & Paetro, Maxine. Private Vegas. Little, Brown. Jan. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9780316211154. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316211147. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316365475. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER
This next in the Patterson/Paetro series about the world-class investigation firm Private is set in Las Vegas—too late for this summer’s American Library Association conference, but maybe it will bring back fond memories for attendees. Based in Los Angeles (and already seen in Private L.A.), Private’s Jack Morgan is pursuing two nasty criminals in Sin City, where he might run into Lester Olsen. Olsen’s little venture? He wines and dines comely young women, then teaches them to kill. With a 500,000-copy first printing.

Pelecanos, George. The Martini Shot: A Novella and Stories. Little, Brown. Jan. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780316284370. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780316284394. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316338516. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. SHORT STORIES
Perhaps best known for The Night Gardener, which got multiple best book nods and a Los Angeles Book Prize nomination in 2006, Pelecanos turns in his first story collection. The title novella, Hollywood slang for the last shot of the day, features a writer for a TV cop show whose life is getting wilder than his scripts. Some of the stories seem less shoot’em’up than personal; in one story, for instance, an investigator who’s tracked a supposedly dead man to Brazil gets waylaid by a kid from the slums, while another story gives the family background of popular Pelecanos protagonist Spero Lucas. With a 25,000-copy first printing.

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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.


  1. Sharon South says:

    Thank you for your column! I love seeing what is coming up in the near future so I can preorder it for our library and start talking it up to our patrons. The book blurbs are exactly what I want. Thank you again!!