Kenyon, McMillan, Schine, & More | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 5

Beverly-Whittemore, Miranda. June. Crown. Jun. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780553447682. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780553447699. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER/COMING OF AGE
How could Cassie Danvers have been named the sole heir of Hollywood movie idol Jack beverlywhittemoreMontgomery, who says she’s his granddaughter? Her grandmother, June, couldn’t have known him, and she was so proper. But it turns out that Montgomery once made a film in June’s hometown, and therein lies a tale of blackmail, murder, betrayal, and heartbreak. Upmarket suspense from the winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize.

Hamilton, Laurell K. Crimson Death: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel. Berkley. Jun. 2016. 576p. ISBN 9781101987735. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101987759. CD/downloadable. Penguin Audio. PARANORMAL FANTASY
In the 25th series entry from the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, Anita leaps to the rescue of friend, servant, and sometime lover Damian when he is kidnapped, finally bringing in Edward, known as Death itself, to win Damian’s release. With a one-day laydown on June 7.

Hawke, Ethan (text) & Greg Ruth (illus.). INDEH: A Story of the Apache Wars. Grand Central. Jun. 2016. 240p. ISBN 9781401310998. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781455564101. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455540501. GRAPHIC NOVEL/HISTORICAL
Indeh means “the dead,” and, alas, there are many dead in this 1872-set graphic novel, which explains the transformation of a visionary young Apache named Goyahkla into the famed warrior Geronimo. A ten-year labor of love for Oscar-nominated actor Hawke and New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Ruth.

Hilderbrand, Elin. Here’s to Us. Little, Brown. Jun. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780316375146. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316375153. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316268509. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. WOMEN’S FICTION
After much-burdened celebrity chef Deacon Rowe commits suicide on Nantucket, his childhood sweetheart and first wife rounds up Deacon’s other ex-wives and all his children for a final good-bye (and some personal reckoning) on the beautiful island. With a 250,000-copy first printing.

Kadrey, Richard. The Perdition Score: A Sandman Slim Novel. Harper Voyager. Jun. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062373267. $25.99. ebk. ISBN 9780062373281. URBAN FANTASY
Asked to figure out why a little boy has vanished, James Stark—otherwise known as Sandman kadrey2Slim—must instead head back to hell with his romantic interest, female demon Candy, after a vial of swirling black liquid he’s received from a dying angel poisons a friend. Hell might have a cure. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

Kenyon, Sherrilyn. Born of Legend. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2016. 512p. ISBN 9781250082749. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250082824. CD: Macmillan Audio. FANTASY/ROMANCE
Bitterly betrayed and fleeing for his life with a bounty on his head, Jullien eton Anatole can expect no help from friends or family. In fact, he should expect the royal house–hating Ushara Altaan to kill him. But Jullien has  just saved her son’s life. Next in the blockbuster “The League: Nemesis Rising” series; with a one-day laydown on June 21.

McMillan, Terry. I Almost Forgot About You. Crown. Jun. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9781101902578. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101902585. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. WOMEN’S FICTION
With a great career and close friends and family, Dr. Georgia Young should be happy, but she restlessly wants a change and launches on a new course that may or may not bring her a second chance at love. From a perennially New York Times best-selling author, so the 200,000-copy first printing is apropos.

Pratchett, Terry & Stephen Baxter. The Long Cosmos. Harper. Jun. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780062297372. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062297396. SF
In this definitive-sounding work, completed by the coauthors 18 months before sf legend Pratchett’s death in March 2015, the hyperintelligent post-humans called the Next receive instructions about building a giant artificial intelligence known as The Machine, and ancient trolls reflect on the purpose of life—a question Pratchett has evidently always wanted to tackle. With a 50,000-copy first printing

Rowley, Steve. Lily and the Octopus. S. & S. Jun. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781501126222. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501126246. ROMANTIC COMEDY
The folks at Simon & Schuster love this debut so much that they don’t want to reveal too many details, but they will say that its hero is Ted Flask, and he’s very close to an aging companion named Lily, who is in fact a dog. Billed as a blend of Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain and Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi, and we know how well dog books do.

Schine, Cathleen. They May Not Mean To, but They Do. Sarah Crichton: Farrar. Jun. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780374280130. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374712204. CD/downloadable: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY
From the author most recently of Fin & Lady and The Three Weissmanns of Westport comes the story of an older woman named Joy Bergman, who is absolutely refusing to go gentle into that good night, despite the desperation of children Molly and Daniel. They just didn’t expect an old flame to appear after their father’s death.

Tanabe, Karin. The Gilded Years. Washington Square: S. & S. Jun. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781501110450. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781501110467. HISTORICAL
It’s the late 1890s, and Anita Hemmings is doing something she’s always wanted to do; she’s tanabeattending Vassar College. But it’s risky; a descendant of slaves, Anita is passing for white. All’s well until senior year, when Anita rooms with Louise “Lottie” Taylor, whose family belongs to New York’s social elite. Even as Anita risks romance with a rich Harvard student, Lottie falls for Anita’s brother, just a bit darker-skinned than his sister. Based on a true story, which makes it particularly affecting.

Tremblay, Paul. Disappearance at Devil’s Rock. Morrow. Jun. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780062363268. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062363282. HORROR
Elizabeth Sanderson is shattered when her 14-year-old son, Tommy, disappears in Borderland State Park. But what happens next is even more confounding; she seems to see a shadow image of Tommy in her bedroom, and pages torn from his journal suddenly materialize, showing that Tommy was obsessed with fantasy and knew about a folktale involving the devil and Borderland’s woods. From the multiple Bram Stoker Award finalist; with a 50,000-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.