BESTSELLER Club Authors

Unfortunately, several authors from the BESTSELLER Club have died over the course of the last year. Additionally, it appears some BESTSELLER Club authors are no longer publishing new novels. Authors Lori Wick, John Saul, and Judith McNaught will all be removed from the BESTSELLER Club list. If they publish any novels in the future, Scott County Library System will purchase them, but it will be the responsibility of the patrons to place holds as we will not do that automatically.

Author Dr. Michael Palmer dead at 71


Physician Michael Palmer, who began writing in 1978 to escape alcohol and drug addiction, died on October 30, 2013. After retiring from clinical practice in the mid 1990′s he became associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Physician Health Services, a nonprofit organization that provides doctors with confidential mental health and substance abuse help. The author of such top sellers as Extreme Measures and Natural Causes, he died a day after having a heart attack while returning from an African safari. Read his full New York Times obituary here.

His 20th novel, Resistant, will be published in May and holds have been placed for BSC patrons. No more books are planned, and he will be taken off of the BESTSELLER Club author list.

Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard 1925-2013


Prolific crime novelist Elmore Leonard, author of Get Shorty among others, passed away in his home on August 20, 2013. 60 years into his career he was still writing a book a year, because he said, “It’s fun.” Click here for his full New York Times obituary.

His last book was published in 2012, and there are no more planned for the future, so he will be removed from the BESTSELLER Club author list.

 

Prolific Romance Author Janet Dailey dead at 69


Janet Dailey, a former secretary who wrote her first novel on somewhat of a dare and became one of the most successful American romance novelists of her time, died on December 14, 2013 due to complications of heart surgery. She was 69. Read her full New York Times obituary here.

She was able to recover from a blow to her career in 1997, when she was sued for copyright infringement after borrowing ideas and passages from two Nora Roberts books. She apologized and explained she had been under immense stress due to her husband’s cancer surgery. The suit was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

Her last novel, Christmas in Cowboy Country, is scheduled to be published in September, 2014, and holds have been placed for BSC patrons. It is not known at this time if someone else is taking over her legacy, but we will be removing her from the BESTSELLER Club author list. If there are any Dailey books published in the future, Scott County Library will purchase them but fans will be responsible for placing their own holds.

Writer Andrew Greeley 1928-2013


Author Andrew Greeley died in his sleep on May 29, 2013. He was a Roman Catholic priest, a sociologist, a journalist, and a popular novelist. He had been in poor health and under 24 hour care since suffering severe head injuries in 2008, when his clothing caught on the door of a cab as it pulled away and he was thrown to the pavement. Click here to read the full New York Times obituary.

Andrew Greeley had his last work published in 2009 and there are no more books planned, therefore he will be removed from the BESTSELLER Club list.

Vince Flynn Novel Holds

As of this time, the release of two upcoming Vince Flynn novels, Survivor and Untitled, has been postponed indefinitely due to his passing. Bestseller club holds have been placed for these, but these will be the last of the Vince Flynn novels that will be included on the BSC list. We will purchase any Vince Flynn books that are published in the future, but fans will be responsible for placing their own holds.

Newest Bestseller Club Holds

woman of courage
Woman of Courage, by Wanda E. Brunstetter, coming April 2014.
This historical romance adventure follows the three-thousand mile journey of Amanda Pearson as she leaves a broken engagement and enters the work of a Quaker mission in the western wilds. The trip is fraught with danger, but love follows her into the wilderness and will determine the course of her future. 

skin game
Skin Game, by Jim Butcher, coming May 2014.
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. He must help a group of supernatural villains break into the highest-security vault in town. Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive, assuming his own allies don’t end up killing him before his enemies get the chance.

savage planet
Saucer: Savage Planet, by Stephen Coonts, coming April 2014.
Aliens, flying saucers, big pharma, futuristic technology, and unforgettable characters. This is classic storytelling at its best . . . and pure, unadulterated fun.

rainy day dreams
Rainy Day Dreams, by Lori Copeland, coming April 2014.
This is the second volume of the Seattle Brides series. When the Burgert family moves to Seattle in 1852, Kathryn is convinced her father has destroyed her life – until she meets Jason. Kathryn and Jason’s plans for a happy future become entwined with Seattle’s struggle to survive.

christmas in cowboy country
Christmas in Cowboy Country, by Janet Dailey, coming June 2014.
Ski instructor Annie Bennett is disappointed she has to miss Christmas parties in Aspen and Vail so she can help her parents with their Colorado ranch. It’s not easy, but Annie does her best. Marshall Stone, a surveyor on their neighbor’s land, makes it easier. 

top secret twenty-one
Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich, coming June 2014.
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, and she’s looking to bring in Trenton’s favorite used-car dealer. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. Meanwhile, Ranger has been the target of an assassination plot, Stark Street is being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas, and Grandma Mazur is working on a wild bucket list. All in a day’s work.

shiver of light
A Shiver of Light, by Laurell, K. Hamilton, coming June 2014.
Merry Gentry, private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility has plagued the high ranks of faerie for centuries. Now nobles of both courts of faerie are coming to court Merry and her men, at their home in exile in the Western Lands of Los Angeles, because they will do anything to have babies of their own. War ensues, and they try to keep the war from spreading to innocent humans in Los Angeles, who are in danger of becoming collateral damage.

mr. mercedes
Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King, coming June 2014.
In the pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Brady Hartfield  loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes. He was never caught, and he wants that rush again. When retired cop Bill Hodges gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, he wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, bent on preventing another tragedy.

child of mine
Child of Mine, by David & Beverly Lewis, coming June 2014.
Kelly Maines’ baby was kidnapped, the apparent victim of a black market adoption ring, and for eight years, Kelly pursued every lead to its bitter end. Now, there’s one last lead: Just a few miles away lives a girl who matches the profile. Jack Livingston has been raising his nine-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents’ lives. Desperately, Kelly initiates a “chance” meeting with Jack. It goes so well that Jack asks her out. One date leads to another, and what was supposed to be so simple is anything but…

stormy persuasion
Stormy Persuasion, by Johanna Lindsey, coming June 2014.
Judith and Jacqueline Malory are not simply cousins; they are inseparable best friends. Refusing to miss Jacqueline’s come-out in Connecticut, Judith convinces her parents to let her delay her London debut by a few weeks so she can accompany her cousin. Neither girl intends to fall in love during her first Season. But Judith’s plans are overturned when aboard ship she comes face-to-face with the ghost who has been haunting her dreams.  

bourne ascendancy
Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Ascendancy, by Eric Lustbader, coming June 2014.
Jason Bourne is faced with an impossible mission. He has been hired to impersonate a high-level government minister at a political summit meeting in Qatar. Bourne is kidnapped by a terrorist and transported to an underground bunker, where he finds “El Ghadan” wants him to kill the president. Bourne must make a choice: save his friend Soraya and her daughter, who are being held hostage, or save the President… 

invisible
Invisible, by James Patterson, coming June 2014.
Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy Dockery has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. With newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire, not even Emmy’s ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of crimes are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day–and they’re all inexplicable. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?