Get out your library card and get ready to put some holds on new books by bestselling authors which are coming out this August. With our new policy of two weeks for express books, you have a better chance of getting your hands on one of the hot new books, but if you want to make sure of your place in line, placing a hold is the way to go. And if you’re a fan of Sue Grafton or Fern Michaels, Danielle Steel, Stuart Woods, James Patterson or Lisa Scottoline, you’re in for a great month.
Let’s start with Sue Grafton, who’s getting close to the end of her Kinsey Millhone series, with Y Is for Yesterday, due on the shelves on August 22. Ten years ago, in 1979, there was a horrific crime committed at an elite private school: four boys sexually assaulted a younger classmate and filmed their attack. Then the tape was stolen and the suspected thief was murdered. One of the boys turned state’s evidence and testified against the others, who went to jail. Now, in 1989 (in the Kinsey Millhone world), one of the boys has been released on parole, and he’s being blackmailed by someone with a copy of the supposedly missing tape. Kinsey’s hired to find out who’s demanding the ransom, which would be twisted enough, but there’s also a sociopath from Kinsey’s past who may be following her and leaving her clues about his continuing interest in her. The cases have gotten deeper and more complicated as the series has gone on, so this should be a gripping read.
Or, if you’re not ready for something that heavy in this heat, Debbie Macomber’s got a new stand-alone book coming out in the beginning of the month. Any Dream Will Do is the story of two people who are trying to rebuild their lives with each other, and what happens when the past rears its ugly head. In this case, Shay got into trouble because of her efforts to save her younger brother, Caiden, from people who were threatening him. Trying to escape the consequences of crossing lines she never should have come near, she holes up in a church, and discovers the pastor there, Drew, a widower who, after the loss of his wife, has gone into a spiritual tailspin of his own. The two of them help each other find their footing again, and their friendship begins to develop into love when — of course — Caiden returns to his sister, and she had to make a decision about where her true loyalties and future lie.
While it’s not surprising to see that Stuart Woods has out a new book in August, it’s intriguing that he’s not writing (directly) about his series character, Stone Barrington, in Barely Legal. Instead, the protagonist of this action-filled novel is Herbie Fisher, former protege of Barrington, turned into a capable partner at a well-respected white shoe law firm, though clearly he hasn’t resolved all his former issues. He’s dodging a loan shark who’s trying to collect on a $90,000 marker (this is not considered good behavior for a partner in a prestigious law firm, generally speaking), and gets involved in the defense of a college student who’s falsely accused of selling drugs. Naturally, the case isn’t what it seems, and turns out to involve a veiled threat against the student’s father, a prominent New York City councilman, made by the mob. Herbie has to tread carefully in order to protect his client and keep the boy and himself out of deeper trouble.
In other lawyer-related novels, Lisa Scottoline brings us to the law firm of Rosato and DiNunzio in Exposed. The firm has been through a lot over the last few years, but nothing as potentially damaging as the situation the partners now face. Mary DiNunzio wants to take the case of an old friend of hers, Simon Pensiera, who was wrongfully dismissed from his job. Problem is, the company he works for is being represented by Bennie Rosato. This creates a clear and painful conflict of interest (one firm can’t really represent both sides of a lawsuit), and as the partners square off against each other, forcing everyone else in the firm to take sides, twists and turns abound and the law firm is ripped apart. Can the firm survive this epic battle of wills?
James Patterson will also be coming out with a new book, but this one isn’t part of any of the series for which he’s known. The Store starts in a world where your every need and desire is anticipated by an extremely powerful retailer known (not very imaginatively) as The Store, which is always keeping track of everyone (in order to anticipate their needs and desires, of course). The protagonists of the book, Megan and Jacob Brandeis, seem to have it made: they have a loving marriage, nice kids, and new jobs with The Store. It turns out, however, that they aren’t what they seem, and they’re actually working for The Store to get inside information so they can expose what the behemoth is really doing to people. The Store does not want that information to be discovered, let alone made public, and if The Store finds out what Megan and Jacob are doing, their lives will be in danger, because The Store is everywhere and sees everything.
Fern Michaels returns to the world of the Sisterhood, her group of women who are determined to right wrongs and fight injustices, legally or extra-legally, in her newest book, Need to Know. In this case, the wronged woman is famed singer Garland Lee, who made the crucial mistake of trusting her then attorney, who took advantage of her trust to steal a fortune from her. He’s rich and extremely well-connected, but that’s not going to save him from the vengeance of the Sisterhood when he goes a step too far and embroils Garland in a lawsuit that could cause her to lose her house and everything that means anything to her.
And what would a month be without a new book by Danielle Steel, who’s becoming almost as prolific as Stuart Woods (if not James Patterson)? Her newest book, due this month, is The Right Time, and it turns on the question of when, if ever, can a person come out from under a deception. The main character, Alexandra Winslow, was abandoned by her mother when she was only seven, and lost her father when she was 14. Moving into a convent, with the encouragement of the sisters, she started honing her writing talent, creating dark and compelling mysteries. Once one of her books was accepted for publication, she took a step that would haunt her afterwards, publishing the book (and its successors) under the name of Alexander Green. As Alexander became more famous, and more people became envious of “his” success, the time for Alexandra to reveal who she really was seemed to slip farther and farther out of sight.
Whether your tastes run to mysteries or thrillers or romance, you’re sure to find something that appeals to you among our upcoming bestsellers. See you at The Field!