Baldacci, Faulks, Harvey, Saunders | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Nov. 2018

Baldacci, David. Long Road to Mercy. Grand Central. Nov. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781538761571. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781538761557. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538761564. CD/downloadable. THRILLER
Good new, Baldacci fans; here’s a new series starring Atlee Pine, an FBI special agent who plies her trade in America’s western wilds as a criminal profiler specializing in serial killers. (She’s compelled to catch bad guys ever since her twin sister was kidnapped and killed at age five.) Now she’s investigating the slashed-up carcass of a mule in the Grand Canyon, hoping to find the rider—and to solve a glut of missing persons cases in the canyon. With a 500,000-copy first printing.

Faulks, Sebastian. Paris Echo. Holt. Nov. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781250305657. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781250305640. HISTORICAL
Hannah, an American historian in Paris, is deep in her studies about women’s lives during the Nazi occupation. But she’s not so deep that she can’t reach out when she meets Moroccan teenager Tariq, offering him friendship and shelter. They really need each other, as both have their beliefs challenged; once starry-eyed Tariq must recognize the city’s troubled past and equally troubled present, and Hannah makes a shocking discovery that challenges all she’s learned. Faulks is the internationally best-selling author of Birdsong and Charlotte Gray

Harvey, Samantha. The Western Wind. Grove. Nov. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780802128287. $26. LITERARY
A Betty Trask Prize winner and ultra-nominated British author—she’s been short-listed for Orange, Guardian First Book, and James Tait Black honors and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize—Harvey returns with a new novel, set in 1491 in the village of Oakham. When Oakham’s richest man is swept into the river on Shrove Saturday, no one knows whether it was by his hand, by another’s, or by accident. Trust the sharp-witted Harvey to have an interesting answer.

Saunders, George (text) & Chelsea Cardinal (illus.). Fox 8: A Story. Random. Nov. 2018. 64p. ISBN 9781984818027. $17; ebk. ISBN 9780812995329. Downloadable. SHORT STORY
This hardcover repackaging of a fable from the celebrated Saunders, author of the New York Times best-selling and Man Booker Prize–winning Lincoln in the Bardo stars Fox 8, a drifty daydreamer that his pack comes to depend on: he’s taught himself “Yuman” by eavesdropping in the bushes as children are read their bedtime stories. But there’s “danjer” in the air; a new shopping mall means that Fox 8 must help the pack hunt for a new source of food.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

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.

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