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Joe Abercrombie's Groundbreaking First Law Trilogy Has A Brand New Look

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The first novel in the First Law Trilogy and debut fantasy novel from New York Times bestseller, Joe Abercrombie.

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian — leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. 

Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules. 

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it. 

Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he’s about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glokta a whole lot more difficult. 

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. 

Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.

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The second novel in the wildly popular First Law Trilogy from New York Timesbestseller Joe Abercrombie.

Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It’s enough to make a torturer want to run — if he could even walk without a stick.

Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory. There is only one problem — he commands the worst-armed, worst-trained, worst-led army in the world.

And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a perilous mission through the ruins of the past. The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union make a strange alliance, but a deadly one. They might even stand a chance of saving mankind from the Eaters — if they didn’t hate each other quite so much.

Ancient secrets will be uncovered. Bloody battles will be won and lost. Bitter enemies will be forgiven — but not before they are hanged.

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The final novel in the First Law Trilogy by New York Times bestseller Joe Abercrombie.

Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him — but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the king of the Northmen still stands firm, and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend, and his oldest enemy: it’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home.

With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no one is safe, and no one can be trusted. As his days with a sword are far behind him, it’s fortunate that he’s deadly with his remaining weapons: blackmail, threats, and torture.

Jezal dan Luthar has decided that winning glory is too painful an undertaking and turned his back on soldiering for a simple life with the woman he loves. But love can be painful too — and glory has a nasty habit of creeping up on a man when he least expects it.

The king of the Union lies on his deathbed, the peasants revolt, and the nobles scramble to steal his crown. No one believes that the shadow of war is about to fall across the heart of the Union. Only the First of the Magi can save the world, but there are risks. There is no risk more terrible, than to break the First Law…

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MULHOLLAND BOOKS to publish LETHAL WHITE by Robert Galbraith on September 18, 2018

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‘I seen a kid killed.... He strangled it, up by the horse'

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that…

 

Praise for Career of Evil, the third in the Strike series

Strike and Robin are just as magnetic as ever.
— New York Times
Career of Evil is the third—and best—novel in the engaging Cormoran Strike private detective series. . . . [Galbraith has] invented a serial killer for the ages, one who chills us from the book’s grim but riveting opening. . . . This perfectly paced mystery is packed with surprises, all of which play out with flawless crime-fiction logic.
— USA Today, Four Star Review
Pure pleasure. . . . That’s what makes these novels so good: They are clever, tightly plotted mysteries with all of the most pleasurable elements of the genre (good guy, bad guy, clues, twists, murder!), but with stunning emotional and moral shading.
— NPR
Hugely entertaining . . . This gifted storyteller has taken full command of the new turf. . . . Career of Evil succeeds powerfully on its own terms.
— Chicago Tribune
Another triumph . . . Its darkness is mitigated by its sparkling protagonists.
— People

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy. The three previous Strike novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014) and Career of Evil (2015) all topped the national and international bestseller lists and were adapted for a major television series for BBC One, produced by Brontë Film and Television.

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NEW IAN RANKIN BOOK - EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD

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The Orion Publishing Group has announced the welcome return ofJohn Rebus in Ian Rankin’s new novel EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD. It is the twentieth book in the Rebus series and will be published in autumn 2015.

The series, which began in 1987, is one of crime fiction’s bestselling and most critically acclaimed collections. The first book KNOTS AND CROSSES is now in its fiftieth printing, a magnificent achievement and testament to the enduring appeal of Rebus and Rankin who have been topping the bestseller lists for nearly twenty years.

For more details visit http://www.ianrankin.net!

House of Crime & Mystery: Interview with Michael Robotham

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The Globe and Mail calls him, "the master of the dark and threatening," and Kirkus says, "his skill as a writer remains undeniable: He offers memorable characters caught up in an irresistible story."  His second book THE DROWNING MAN won the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Novel of the Year in 2005 and SAY YOU'RE SORRY, was shortlisted for the 2013 Gold Dagger by the CWA.  Let's just say, Michael Robotham has been owning the psychological thriller genre ever since he started 11 years ago.  But, when it came to writing his first novel Robotham had one humble goal. "When I started I remember thinking it would be great to get just one novel published,"the author tells Jacques Filippi in an interview on http://houseofcrimeandmystery.blogspot.ca/2015/03/the-psychology-of-crime-interview-with.html. "I figured it would probably sell a dozen copies – my mother would buy eight of them – and then I’d go back to ghostwriting or journalism, which were making me a good living." Little did Robotham know that he would go on to become one of the most highly acclaimed and bestselling authors of thriller fiction. Check out the rest of his brilliant interview with Filippi on http://houseofcrimeandmystery.blogspot.ca/2015/03/the-psychology-of-crime-interview-with.html and pick up a copy of his latest novel, LIFE OR DEATH, available now.

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AWARD NEWS: Joshua Ferris Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize 2014

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"To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is beautifully written. It's also funny, thought-provoking, and touching. One hesitates to call it the Catch-22 of dentistry, but it's sort of in that ballpark. Some books simply carry you along on the strength and energy of the author's invention and unique view of the world. This is one of those books." (Stephen King)

The full list of nominees can be found here and the winner will be announced on October 14th.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel about the mysteries of modern life by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris, one of the most exciting voices of his generation Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.

Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.

At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force.

Read more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com

The Sunburst Award Society 2014 Shortlist

The Sunburst Award Society recently announced their 2014 shortlist nominees, and we're pleased to announce that a few of our exceptionally talented authors have been recognized! The short-listed works in the ADULT category are:

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Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson Grand Central Publishing/HBG 9781455528400 $17.00 TP

"Acclaimed novelist Nalo Hopkinson is well-known for her unique postmodern mythos, often drawing on Caribbean folklore, and placing complex characters smack in the center of worlds whose magic isn't always kind and in which decisions are rarely easy. Her newest novel, Sister Mine, has a lighter edge than some of her previous work; it's an engaging, messy fable about the interconnectedness of even the little things in our lives...This is a book about family, and Sister Mine remains a suitably imperfect and vibrant story of family in all its unfathomable wonders and annoyances, and the power it holds over us - or gives us."--NPR

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This Strange Way of Dying by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Exile Editions/IPG 9781550963540 $18.95 TP

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This Strange Way of Dying

mixes Mexican folklore with urban life and throws in a dash of pulp flavour."

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The Vancouver Province

The short-listed works in the YOUNG ADULT category are:

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The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint Little Brown Books for Young Readers 9780316053570 $19.99 HC

"Set in a magical forest populated by Bear People, an Apple Tree Man, and the Father of Cats, the story’s lyrical, folkloric style is well suited to a tale of magic and mystery. Vess’ line-and-watercolor illustrations (not seen in final form) appear throughout; they help to break up the text for younger readers and give form to de Lint’s unusual characters. Give this to fans of Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black’s Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World around You (2005)."--BOOKLIST

Additionally, the jury has chosen to include a list of HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

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Beyond the Rift by Peter Watts Tachyon Publications/Legato/Raincoast 9781616961251 $18.50 TP

"From the award-winning author of the Rifters trilogy (Starfish; Maelstrom; Behemoth) comes a collection that demonstrates Watts's skill with short fiction."--Library Journal

The awards will be presented in the fall of 2014.

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year.

For additional information about the Sunburst Award, the nominees and jurors, as well as previous awards, eligibility and the selection process, please visit the website at www.sunburstaward.org.

John Brooke Shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award

Congratulations to Signature Editions author John Brooke, who has been shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel for "Walls of a Mind." Walls of the Mine

Walls of a Mind By John Brooke 9781927426296 $18.95. Paperback Pub Date: 10/1/2013 ORDERS: University of Toronto Press Distribution

 

From the Back Cover

In the fifth installment of the Aliette Nouvelle Mysteries, Aliette is now, officially, Chief Inspector Nouvelle. After a difficult breakup with former boss and boyfriend Claude Neon amid the messy resolution of the Unknown Masterpiece affair, the inspector is transferred from an urban beat in Alsace to the Midi. She is given command of a small brigade at St-Brin, a sleepy town in a beautiful valley where wine is the primary industry and source of identity. It a lovely place to work but perhaps too quiet for a city-hardened cop? After six months on the job, a murder finally comes her way. Jol Guatto, scion of an old wine producing family, is shot dead on the beach. It appears to be a politically motivated murder: five weeks before his murder, Guatto stood for the CPNT party in the regional election, opposing the import of cheap Spanish wine into the community. But Guatto proved a political amateur, not only losing the vote, but his campaign manager turned lover, Stephanie McLeod. She soon becomes involved with a shadowy man called Prince, leader of a Euro-wide anarchist network with machinations that span far beyond the cozy hamlet of St-Brin. American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "There is something fearful in coming up against the walls of a mind on every side, and learning to describe their invisible circumference."

For a complete list of nominees, go here: www.crimewriterscanada.com/awards/arthur-ellis-awards/current-contest/shortlists

Old News Can Still Be GREAT News | The Goldfinch Wins the Pulitzer

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It was only last week that Donna Tartt won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for THE GOLDFINCH and, though it may not be socially acceptable, we are still celebrating! The Pulitzer prize rewards "fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000)." Here's the judges description of the novel:

Awarded to "The Goldfinch," by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown), a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners! For the full list of this year’s winners, click here.

Praise for Jean Hanff Korelitz’s You Should Have Known | HBG

Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. But weeks before the book is published a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself. 9781455599493“Tempt the gods with smug self-righteousness and they will deliver a windfall of tragedy, as witness in Jean Hanff Korelitz’s rollickingly good literary thriller…Korelitz writes intimately and engagingly about a social strata few are privy to, but the ugliness is very familiar.” - Vanity Fair

“This consuming, expertly plotted thriller moves along at a slow burn, building up to shocking revelations about Grace’s past and ending with a satisfying twist on her former relationship mantra; ‘doubt can be a gift’” - People

“An unputdownably deft vivisection of Manhattan’s upper social strata.” - Vogue.com

“A savvy psychological thriller.” - Huffington Post

“This excellent literary mystery by the author of 2009’s Admission unfolds with authentic detail in a rarified contemporary Manhattan.” - Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Price: $29.00 CAN Pages: 448 Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9" ISBN-13: 9781455599493 On Sale Date: 03/18/2014

2014 PEN/Hemingway Award

Exciting news! NoViolet Bulawayo is the winner of the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction for WE NEED NEW NAMES (9780316230810).

The award was founded in 1976 both to honour the memory Ernest Hemingway, and to recognize distinguished first books of fiction. Read more about the award here: http://www.pen-ne.org/hemingway-foundationpen-award.

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Praise for WE NEED NEW NAMES:

"A deeply felt and fiercely written debut novel ... The voice Ms. Bulawayo has fashioned for [Darling] is utterly distinctive - by turns unsparing and lyrical, unsentimental and poetic, spiky and meditative." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Bulawayo describes all this in brilliant language, alive and confident, often funny, strong in its ability to make Darling's African life immediate ... She demonstrates a striking ability to capture the uneasiness that accompanies a newcomers arrival in America." Uzodinma Iweala, The New York Times Book Review

"Fans of Junot Díaz, who, as fiction editor of Boston Review, published NoViolet Bulawayo's early work, will love her debut novel, We Need New Names ...Bulawayo's use of contemporary culture (the kids play a game in which they hunt for bin Laden and, later, text like their lives depend on it), as well as her fearless defense of the immigrant experience through honoring the cadence of spoken language, sets this book apart-on the top shelf." Kristy Davis, Oprah.com

Past nominations:

Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize Winner of the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature Finalist for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award One of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year for 2013 One of National Public Radio's Great Reads of 2013

HACHETTE BOOK GROUP ANNOUNCEMENT: Baileys Women's Prize Long-list

The Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction, formerly the Orange Prize, announces its long-list, which includes two Little, Brown titles! 

Hannah Kent, BURIAL RITES (9780316243919)

A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

 

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Donna Tartt, THE GOLDFINCH (9780316055437)

"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

 The winner will be announced this June. Congratulations!

Praise for YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN...

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Entertainment Weekly calls YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN “The Thriller We’re Already Obsessed With”!!

“This excellent literary mystery [unfolds] with authentic detail in a rarefied contemporary Manhattan. . . intriguing and beautiful.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Jason Bourne meets Martha Stewart in another of Korelitz’s woman-of-a-certain-age-in-crisis dramas. The author's 2009 novel, Admission, is now a film starring Tina Fey. Well, not quite Jason Bourne. But Grace Reinhart Sachs is almost as resourceful…Korelitz writes with clarity and an unusual sense of completeness; she doesn’t overdescribe, but neither does she let much of anything go by without observing it, which slows an already deliberately paced narrative. She is also an ascended master of the psychologically fraught situation, of which Grace experiences many as she stumbles on but then rises above the wreckage of her life. A smart, leisurely study of midlife angst.” Kirkus Reviews

About the Book

Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. But weeks before the book is published a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

Read more: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com!

HOW TIME TRAVEL WORKS | Lauren Beukes The Shining Girls

To celebrate the paperback the release of Lauren Beukes' time travel serial killer novel THE SHINING GIRLS (Hachette Book Group | Little Brown), artists Sam Wilson and Adam Hill have created a spectacularly illustrated time traveling chart. Originally posted on i09.com, the chart helpfully explains the various time traveling models used in recent pop culture movies as well as in The Shining Girls.  Check it out below and then visit i09.com for more from Beukes on cosmic strings, worm holes, and Greek tragedies. ku-xlarge

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Pages: 400
Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
ISBN-13: 9780316216869 (Paperback)
On Sale Date: 01/14/2014
The girls who wouldn't die hunts the killer who shouldn't exist.The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own." Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

The Shining Girls is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.

Edgar Award Nominees from Hachette Book Group

Congratulations to the following Hachette distributed authors on their nominations for the 2014 Edgar Awards. Winners will be announced May 1, 2014.

Best Novel

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Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin (Orion Books / HUK) 9781409109402; $15.99 Trade Paperback 9781409109419; $10.99 Mass Market Paperback

A series of seemingly random disappearances - stretching back to the millennium. A mother determined to find the truth. A retired cop desperate to get his old life back...It's been some time since Rebus was forced to retire, and he now works as a civilian in a cold-case unit. So when a long-dead case bursts back to life, he can't resist the opportunity to get his feet under the CID desk once more. But Rebus is as stubborn and anarchic as ever, and he quickly finds himself in deep with pretty much everyone, including DI Siobhan Clarke. All Rebus wants to do is uncover the truth. The big question is: can he be the man he once was and still stay on the right side of the law?

Best Fact Crime

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After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned sixteen years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When, in March of 2006, Charles Cullen was marched from his final sentencing in an Allentown, Pennsylvania, courthouse into a waiting police van, it seemed certain that the chilling secrets of his life, career, and capture would disappear with him. Now, in a riveting piece of investigative journalism nearly ten years in the making, journalist Charles Graeber presents the whole story for the first time. Based on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, wire-tap recordings and videotapes, as well as exclusive jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the confidential informant who helped bring him down, THE GOOD NURSE weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal.

Best Fact Crime

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The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and the Medics Behind Nazi Lines by Cate Lineberry (Little, Brown & Company / HBG) 9780316220224; $30.00 Hardcover 9780316220248; $18.00 Trade Paperback (coming June 2014)

The compelling untold story of a group of stranded U.S. Army nurses and medics fighting to escape Nazi-occupied Europe.

When 26 Army nurses and medics-part of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron-boarded a cargo plane for transport in November 1943, they never anticipated the crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival. A drama that captured the attention of the American public, the group and its flight crew dodged bullets and battled blinding winter storms as they climbed mountains and fought to survive, aided by courageous villagers who risked death at Nazi hands to help them.

A mesmerizing tale of the courage and heroism of ordinary people, THE SECRET RESCUE tells not only a new story of struggle and endurance, but also one of the daring rescue attempts by clandestine American and British organizations amid the tumultuous landscape of the war.

Best Juvenile

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Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Disney-Hyperion / HBG) 9781423164913; $17.99 Hardcover

A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud's internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

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Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / HBG) 9780316246767; $20.00 Hardcover

Zoe has an unconventional pen pal--Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell. A story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other.

Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with a jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe's letters, but at least somebody will know her story--somebody who knows what it's like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope to atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again.

Rising literary star Annabel Pitcher pens a captivating second novel, rich with her distinctive balance between humor and heart. Annabel explores the themes of first love, guilt, and grief, introducing a character with a witty voice and true emotional resonance.

For a complete list of nominees, go here: http://theedgars.com/nominees.html.

Little, Brown and Mulholland Winners of ALA/RUSA's 2014 Reading List!

Congratulations to authors Kathleen Kent and David Morrell who have each won a ALA/RUSA’s 2014 Reading List award!

THE OUTCASTS by Kathleen Kent (9780316206129) has won in the category of Historical Fiction and MURDER AS A FINE ART by David Morrell (9780316216791) has won in the category of Mystery!

THE THICKET by Joe Lansdale (9780316188456) and THE ABOMINABLE by Dan Simmons (9780316198837) are also included on the Historical Short List!

To see a full list of the nominees please visit - http://www.ala.org.

Established in 2007 by the CODES section of RUSA, The Reading List seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merit special attention by general adult readers and the librarians who work with them.

IAN RANKIN | Saints of the Shadow Bible

Whether you're a completely obsessed Ian Rankin worshiper, with an insatiable hunger for well-written thrillers, or a casual reader looking for an exciting new series, SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE (Orion/9781409144748) is the book for you. Full of gritty descriptions, incredible characters and a riveting plot, this book details the return of Rebus, who is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened. It's a beautifully written book that is already getting great reviews in Canada and abroad: ‘…It’s those subtle little conversations, descriptions and humorous details that make Rankin the fine writer that he is….’ The Vancouver Sun

"Saints of the Shadow Bible is a clever, subtle read, but most of all, it's a genuine pleasure to see Rebus back in the CID." The Guardian

"One of the joys of Ian Rankin’s Rebus detective novels – apart from their intricate plotting and on-the-money descriptions of police procedures – is the soap opera: the complex interweaving of characters we have come to know and love, or, in some cases, to dislike or even hate, and sometimes love and hate together." The Globe and Mail

"Full of the author's dry humour and lovely depicted details of Scottish life, the book is a welcome reunion with an old friend." HELLO! CANADA

Photo and feature ran in the National Post, AFTERWORD READING SOCIETY  on November 12.  Q&A with Ian Rankin.

If you're really wild about Ian, come to one of his many events occurring across the country in the next couple of months. Visit http://www.ianrankin.net for more details.

Join Spero Lucas on his Latest Case in The Double

The job seems simple enough: retrieve the valuable painting--"The Double"--Grace Kinkaid's ex-boyfriend stole from her. It's the sort of thing Spero Lucas specializes in: finding what's missing, and doing it quietly. But Grace wants more. She wants Lucas to find the man who humiliated her--a violent career criminal with a small gang of brutal thugs at his beck and call.

Lucas is a man who knows how to get what he wants, whether it's a thief on the run--or a married woman. In the midst of a steamy, passionate love affair that he knows can't last, in pursuit of a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, Lucas is forced to decide what kind of man he is--and how far he'll go to get what he wants.

George Pelecanos came through town the other day on a publicity tour for his new novel The Double (9780316078399). Between TV and print interview appointments he found time to come by the Manda offices and talk to us about the book and what went into writing it.

Sitting around the table, one thing that we all agreed upon was how real this book feels. This is in part due to the fact that Pelecanos is a native of Washington DC, the same city that the book is set in. Gone are the typical descriptions of large ivory buildings gleaming in the sun, and plots about insider politics running rampant everywhere. In their place are descriptions of a Washington not often seen on TV, or read about in books; a different side of a city that readers might think they know. They get to see a Washington conveyed through and brought to life by Pelecanos' acute familiarity. They also see a different side of investigator Spero Lucas, a character that time and time again, they might think that they know. That it is difficult to guess what the P.I. is going to do next is definitely another reason why this book feels so real. Pelecanos is not dealing in cliches, and readers are treated to a real character moving through and working in a real city.

Perhaps this is why Stephen King has told Entertainment Weekly that Pelecanos is "Perhaps the greatest living American crime writer." It could also be the fact that Pelecanos doesn't milk his characters simply because he knows people will read them. If he has nowhere else to go with a character he retires them and moves on. In the case of Lucas, Pelecanos seems as interested in him as the reader is, and it certainly keeps things interesting. Lucas is not your typical hero, and this is not your typical crime novel. At times disturbing, at others erotic, and always exciting, this is one novel that will leave you wanting more. Hopefully Pelecanos doesn't tire of Lucas before we do!

If readers are interested in following Spero Lucas from the start, he first appears in George Pelecanos' The Cut.

"It's astonishing all the good stuff Pelecanos can pack into one unpretentious book: meaty substance, multiple story lines, vital characters, choice dialogue and all those descriptive details ... that make the story so rich." (New York Times).

"Pelecanos' work has antecedents in the books and films of Richard Stark (Donald Westlake), John D. MacDonald, Elmore Leonard and Don Siegel but also a spooky magic all his own - thanks to the utter believability he maintains."  (Wall Street Journal).

2013 Quebec Writers' Federation Awards

It's AUTUMN, which means the end of lazy afternoons sitting on a beach towel for six hours straight until your burnt, hungry and finally reached the end of THE SHINING GIRLS (there was no way you were going to put it down until you found out if Kirby finally confronts her would-be killer). It also marks the beginning of AWARDS SEASON and perhaps, more substantial reading goals. We've already posted a couple of nominations here, and here. Below you'll find a list of nominees for the 2013 Quebec Writers' Federation Awards. The Quebec Writers’ Federation highlights the best English-language writers to emerge from Quebec and includes six $2,000 book prizes for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, First Book, Translation, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature. For more information visit: http://www.qwf.org/awards. The winners will be announced on November 19th, 2013! A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry

Ken Howe, The Civic-Mindedness of Trees - 9781894987721; $17.00, Trade Paperback (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers / UTP Distribution)

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Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction

Maximilian Forte, Slouching Towards Sirte - 9781926824529; $27.95, Trade Paperback (Baraka Books / Independent Publishers Group)

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Concordia University First Book Prize

Connie Guzzo-McParland, The Girls of Piazza d’Amore - 9781927535196; $13.95, Trade Paperback (Linda Leith Publishing / LitDistCo)

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Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Jocelyne Dubois, World of Glass - 9781927443316; $14.95, Trade Paperback (Quattro Books Inc. / LitDistCo)

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Cole Foundation Prize for Translation (French to English)

Donald Winkler, The Major Verbs - 9781550653397; $18.00, Trade Paperback (Véhicule Press / LitDistCo)

***Translation of Les Verbes majeurs by Pierre Nepveu (Éditions du Noroît)

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