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Gods and Beasts: A Novel

February 2013 Hardcover

Denise Mina, Gods and Beasts: A Novel

978-0-316-18852-4, $25.99

DESCRIPTION

It’s the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two.

DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman. And the grandfather-a life-long campaigner for social justice-is above reproach. As Morrow searches for the killer, she discovers a hidden, sinister political network. Soon it is chillingly clear: no corner of the city is safe, and her involvement will go deeper than she could ever have imagined.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Denise Mina is the author of The End of the Wasp Season, Still Midnight, Slip of the Knife, The Dead Hour, Field of Blood, Deception, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won her the John Creasey Memorial Prize for best first crime novel. She lives in Glasgow.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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Wise Men: A Novel

February 2013 Hardcover

Stuart Nadler, Wise Men: A Novel

978-0-316-12648-9, $25.99

DESCRIPTION

Hilly Wise is the son of one of the most powerful and wealthy lawyers in the United States. When Hilly meets Savannah, a young black girl on the beach at Cape Cod during the summer of 1952, his affection for her collides with his father’s secrets. The result shatters his family, and hers.

Years later, Hilly sets out to find Savannah, and to right the wrongs he helped set in motion. But can his sense of guilt, and his good intentions, overcome the forces of history, family, and identity? A multi-generational story about love and regret, the evolving struggle for racial dignity, and the crushing weight of familial obligation, WISE MEN confirms that Stuart Nadler is one of the most exciting young writers at work today.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stuart Nadler is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. Recently, he was the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic. He is the author of the story collection The Book of Life.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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Alex Cross, Run

February 2013 Hardcover

James Patterson, Alex Cross, Run

978-0-316-09751-2, $28.99

DESCRIPTION Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he’s made sure that no one will recognize him—by giving himself a new face. 

A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window, and Alex is called to the scene. The victim recently gave birth, but the baby is nowhere to be found. Before Alex can begin searching for the missing newborn and killer, he’s called to investigate a second crime. All of Washington, D.C., is in a panic, and when a third body is discovered, rumours of three serial killers send the city into an all-out frenzy.

Alex’s investigations are going nowhere, and he’s too focused on the cases to notice that someone has been watching him—and will stop at nothing until he’s dead. With white-hot speed, relentless drama, and hairpin turns, ALEX CROSS, RUN is James Patterson’s ultimate thrill ride.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977, James Patterson’s books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women’s Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Publicity Contact: Sabrina Callahan, Sabrina.callahan@hbgusa.com

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The Pretty One

February 2013 Hardcover

Lucinda Rosenfeld, The Pretty One: A Novel about Sisters

978-0-316-21355-4, $24.99

DESCRIPTION

Perfect. Pretty. Political. For nearly forty years, The Hellinger sisters of Hastings-on-Hudson-namely, Imperia (Perri), Olympia (Pia), and Augusta (Gus)—have played the roles set down by their loving but domineering mother Carol. Perri, a mother of three, rules her four-bedroom palace in Westchester with a velvet fist, managing to fold even fitted sheets into immaculate rectangles. Pia, a gorgeous and fashionable Chelsea art gallery worker, still turns heads after becoming a single mother via sperm donation. And Gus, a fiercely independent lawyer and activist, doesn’t let her break-up from her girlfriend stop her from attending New Year’s Day protests on her way to family brunch.

But the Hellinger women aren’t pulling off their roles the way they once did. Perri, increasingly filled with rage over the lack of appreciation from her recently unemployed husband Mike, is engaging in a steamy text flirtation with a college fling. Meanwhile Pia, desperate to find someone to share in the pain and joy of raising her three-year-old daughter Lola, can’t stop fantasizing about Donor #6103. And Gus, heartbroken over the loss of her girlfriend, finds herself magnetically drawn to Jeff, Mike’s frat boy of a little brother. Each woman is unable to believe that anyone, especially her sisters, could understand what it’s like to be her. But when a freak accident lands their mother to the hospital, a chain of events is set in motion that will send each Hellinger sister rocketing out of her comfort zone, leaving her to wonder:  was this the role she was truly born to play?

With The Pretty One, author Lucinda Rosenfeld does for siblings what she did for female friendship in I’m So Happy for You, turning her wickedly funny and sharply observant eye on the pleasures and punishments of lifelong sisterhood.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lucinda Rosenfeld is the author of the novels What She Saw…, Why She went Home, and I’m So Happy For You. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Creative Non-Fiction, Slate.com, Glamour, and other magazines. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two young daughters.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

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The Last Girlfriend on Earth

January 2013 Hardcover

Simon Rich, The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories

978-0-316-21939-6, $19.99

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In “Center of the Universe,” God struggles to balance the demands of his career with the needs of his long-term girlfriend. In “Magical Mr. Goat,” a young girl’s imaginary friend yearns to become “more than friends.” In “Unprotected,” an unused condom recalls his years spent trapped inside a teen boy’s wallet. The stories in Simon Rich’s new book are bizarre, funny, and yet…relatable. Rich explores love’s many complications-losing it, finding it, breaking it, and making it-and turns the ordinary into the absurd. With razor-sharp humor and illustrations, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, Rich takes readers for an exhilarating, hilarious ride on the rollercoaster of love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Simon Rich is a graduate of Harvard University. He has written for The New Yorker and was the youngest staff writer at ”Saturday Night Live." He is the author of Ant Farm, Free Range Chickens, Elliot Allagash, and What in God’s Name, and he has written scripts for Lorne Michaels and Judd Apatow. He currently writes for Pixar.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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The Boy: A Novel

January 2013 Hardcover

Lara Santoro, The Boy: A Novel

978-0-316-20623-5, $24.99

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 Once a free spirit who refused to be tied down, Anna is a forty-something single mother trying to put her life together after a bitter divorce. She crosses paths with a twenty-year-old neighbor who could not be more wrong for her—-and her life suddenly has a new focus.

She is drawn to his youth, his easy grace, and his freedom from the constraints that rule her existence. Though she resists temptation in every way she can, Anna is soon engaged in a reckless and obsessive affair. The consequences are life changing.

Provocative, headlong, and utterly compelling, THE BOY is the story of a woman on the edge, torn between love and lust, desire and duty. Lara Santoro writes in fierce, unflinching prose about the dark side of passion, motherhood, and a woman’s unthinkable rebellion.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lara Santoro spent most of her career as a foreign news correspondent, based primarily in Rome and in Nairobi working for Newsweek and the Christian Science Monitor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from Smith College, a Master’s degree in French Literature from the Sorbonne, and a Master’s in Fine Arts from New York University. She was born in Rome, and currently lives in New Mexico. She is the author of one previous novel, Mercy.

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

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Standing in Another Man’s Grave

January 2013 Hardcover

Ian Rankin, Standing in Another Man’s Grave

978-0-316-22458-1, $25.99

DESCRIPTION

It’s every parent’s nightmare: a fifteen-year old girl has disappeared. She was last seen hitch-hiking along a scenic highway in rural Scotland, and the only other clue is a photograph sent from her phone. Two detectives, one of them retired, are working the case when they learn that there may be other victims out there, stretching back a decade and more. The road itself may provide them with answers, but a complicated case is only made worse by interference from conflicting witnesses, the police department’s own Internal Affairs division—and the ominous attentions of the missing girl’s gangster stepfather.

On the twentieth anniversary of Ian Rankin’s first American publication comes a novel that proves why he is one of crime fiction’s most enduring and bestselling authors, a riveting story of sin, redemption, and revenge.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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The Book of Why: A Novel

January 2013 Hardcover

Nicholas Montemarano, The Book of Why: A Novel

978-0-316-18847-0, $24.99

DESCRIPTION

A novel about an unforgettable love, THE BOOK OF WHY asks big questions:  Is there meaning in signs? Do coincidences matter? Does love ever really have to die?

The answers to these questions are within you-at least that’s what writer Eric Newborn said in his mega-bestselling books and speechesBut the loss of his wife has left Eric with a failed belief system.  In the wake of that trauma, Eric has become a recluse in his home on Martha’s Vineyard.

A fan who tracks Eric down brings him back to memories of his wife, leading him closer to her than he’d dreamed he could ever get again. With a breathtaking twist at its end, THE BOOK OF WHY is a perfect, unforgettable love story in the tradition of Nicholas Sparks and Audrey Niffenegger. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicholas Montemarano is the author of a story collection, If the Sky Falls (a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice) and a debut novel, A Fine Place. His fiction has been reprinted in The Pushcart Prize (2003) and cited as distinguished stories of the year in The Best American Short Stories four timesHe is Associate Professor of English at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

Publicity Contact: Carolyn O’Keefe, Carolyn.okeefe@hbgusa.com

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Here, There, Elsewhere

January 2013 Hardcover

William Least Heat-Moon, Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road

978-0-316-11024-2, $29.99

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HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE draws together for the first time William Least Heat-Moon’s greatest short-form travel writing. From Japan, England, Italy, and Mexico to Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, and more, HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE is a sharply observed, funny, and touching series of uncommon adventures narrated by America’s keenest writer of place, people, and sublime connection.

For decades, William Least Heat-Moon’s readers have been clamoring for him to gather his shorter pieces; now, that wait is over. A perfect treasury of prose and wry provocation for readers old and new, HERE, THERE, ELSEWHERE is further confirmation of Least Heat-Moon’s status as an American master.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

William Least Heat-Moon is the author of the bestselling classics Roads to Quoz, Blue Highways, River Horse, and PrairyEarth. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Publicity Contact: Liz Garriga, Elizabeth.garriga@hbgusa.com

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Private Berlin

January 2013 Hardcover

James Patterson and Mark Sullivan, Private Berlin

978-0-316-21117-8, $27.99

DESCRIPTION Private, the world’s most respected investigation firm, has branches around the world, each staffed with the smartest, fastest, and most advanced agents, who have cutting-edge forensic tools that not even the most powerful governments possess.

At Private Berlin, agent Chris Schneider has disappeared. Chris had taken a secretive personal leave and hadn’t spoken to anyone from the office in days. The Private team retraces his footsteps to the cases he was investigating before his disappearance: a billionaire suspected of cheating on his wife, a world-famous soccer player accused of throwing games, and the owner of a seedy nightclub. They were the last people to see Chris—and they’re all suspects. And someone is lying.

The Private team is led to an abandoned Nazi slaughterhouse where all hope vanishes. As Private digs further into Chris’s past, a terrifying history is revealed, and they begin to suspect that someone very dangerous and very depraved is responsible for Chris’s disappearance. And he’s not finished in Berlin. PRIVATE BERLIN has more twists, action, and deception than any other James Patterson thriller ever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977, James Patterson’s books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women’s Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Mark Sullivan is the author of eight mystery and suspense novels, including Rogue. He lives in Montana with his wife and sons.

Publicity Contact: Sabrina Callahan, Sabrina.callahan@hbgusa.com

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The Doctor of Thessaly

December 2012 Hardcover

Anne Zouroudi, The Doctor of Thessaly: A Seven Deadly Sins Mystery

978-0-316-21787-3, $24.99

DESCRIPTION

A jilted bride weeps on an empty beach. A local doctor is attacked in an isolated churchyard. Trouble arrives at a bad time to the backwater village of Morfi, just as the community is making headlines with a visit from a high-ranking government minister. Fortunately, where there’s trouble, there’s Hermes Diaktoros, the mysterious fat man whose tennis shoes are always pristine and whose investigative methods are always unorthodox.

Hermes must investigate a brutal crime, thwart the petty machinations of the town’s ex-mayor and his cronies, and try to settle the troubled waters of two sisters’ relationship. But how can he unravel a mystery that not even the victim wants solved?

Set against a sparkling Mediterranean backdrop, THE DOCTOR OF THESSALY is a spellbinding mystery about the dark consequences of envy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong; the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in northern England.

Publicity Contact: Theresa Giacopasi, Theresa.giacopasi@hbgusa.com

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Me and the Devil: A Novel

December 2012 Hardcover

Nick Tosches, Me and the Devil: A Novel

978-0-316-12097-5, $26.99

DESCRIPTION

An aging New Yorker, a writer named Nick, feels life ebbing out of him. One night, at a dimly lit bar, he meets a tantalizing young woman, and the night that follows is the most extraordinary of his life. Propelled by uncontrollable, primordial desires, he tastes human blood for the first time and is filled with a sexual and spiritual ecstasy.

His revival quickly fades, and soon Nick is yearning for another taste of the elusive rapture. There follows a descent into madness and unimaginable hell, and a pursuit of otherworldly revelation.

With his vast knowledge of ancient wisdom, Nick Tosches has written a raw and blazing story that tracks from our darkest desires to the most sublime quests for beauty and truth. Outrageous, disturbing, and brilliant, Me and the Devil is a novel unlike any other.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nick Tosches is uniquely acquainted with the half-lit New York world in which this novel is set. He is the author of three previous novels, In the Hands of Dante, Cut Numbers,and Trinities. His nonfiction works include Where Dead Voices Gather, The Devil and Sonny Liston, Dino, Power on Earth, Hellfire, Country, and Unsung Heroes of Rock ‘n’ Roll. He lives in New York City.

Publicity Contact: Marlena Bittner, marlena.bittner@hbgusa.com

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The Black Box

November 2012 Hardcover

Michael Connelly, The Black Box

978-0-316-06943-4, $27.99

DESCRIPTION

 In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

Now Bosch’s ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the “black box,” the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

Riveting and relentlessly paced, THE BLACK BOX leads Harry Bosch, “one of the greats of crime fiction” (New York Daily News), into one of his most perilous cases yet.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida. 

Publicity Contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com

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Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

November 2012, Hardcover

James Patterson, Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

978-0-316-21068-3, $28.99

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It’s Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who’s robbing his church’s poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again—a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything—and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days. Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS will be a holiday classic for years to come.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977, James Patterson’s books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women’s Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Publicity Contact: Sabrina Callahan, Sabrina.callahan@hbgusa.com

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Astray

October 2012 Hardcover

Emma Donoghue, Astray

978-0-316-20629-7, $24.99

DESCRIPTION

The fascinating characters that roam across the pages of Emma Donoghue’s stories have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters, lovers old and new. They are gold miners and counterfeiters, attorneys and slaves. They cross other borders too: those of race, law, sex, and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress. 

With rich historical detail, the celebrated author of Room takes us from puritan Massachusetts to revolutionary New Jersey, antebellum Louisiana to the Toronto highway, lighting up four centuries of wanderings that have profound echoes in the present. ASTRAY offers us a surprising and moving history for restless times.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (Slammerkin, Life Mask, Landing, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth and Orange Prizes. For more information, go to www.emmadonoghue.com.

Publicity Contact: Nicole Dewey, Nicole.dewey@hbgusa.com

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