Monthly Archives: August 2012

All About Max Allan Collins

Max Allan Collins lives in Muscatine, Iowa and has been writing successful mysteries and film novelizations for decades.

Target Lancer, coming in November 2012, is the last in his Nathan Heller “PI to the Stars” series. This one will take readers back to the days of JFK and involves a conspiracy involving his assassination.

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Collins has also written for comic strips and plays in a band called Cruisin’. He is an independent filmmaker in the Midwest and wrote the script for the Last Quarry (2008) based on his own novel.

Check out Max Allan Collins’ work from the Scott County Library nearest you!

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All About Karen Kingsbury

Inspirational author Karen Kingsbury is calling her October 2012 debut, the Bridge, her most anticipated novel ever. That’s saying something for this award-winning writer of 50 novels!

The Bridge is about a small-town bookstore trying to make it in the digital age and the power of miracles today.

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Kingsbury’s first book was called Missy’s Miracle (1989) and was based on a murder she covered as a reporter in Los Angeles. The book is now out of print, but you can get many of her titles through the Scott County Library System.

Kingsbury is incredibly active on Facebook and Twitter and tries to get her readers involved in her writing. One of her more well-known methods is Life-Changing Fiction, where she auctions off chances to feature as minor characters in her novels. The proceeds go to charity. Kingsbury also actively campaigns for adoption, based on her experiences with her own three adopted children.

Fall Preview of Your Favorite Authors

  Forgotten by David Baldacci – Combat veteran Special Agent John Puller is used to danger, but this time it’s personal. His aunt has been found dead. Although ruled an accident by the authorities, her death may be the key to uncovering a shocking conspiracy.
Coming November 2012
 Target Lancer  Target Lancer by Max Allan Collins – JFK Conspiracy theorists will love this tale of Nathan Heller, private investigator. Privy to inside information on the early stages of a plan to assassinate Fidel Castro, Heller knows all the players leading up to the events of November 22, 1963 and only he knows why JFK has been targeted.
Coming November 2012
 Black Box  Black Box by Michael Connelly – Harry Bosch is back investigating a case that spans 20 years. A young female photographer was killed during the L.A. Riots and two decades after her death, Bosch suspects she may have been targeted – and part of a much deeper intrigue.
Coming November 2012
 Bone Bed  Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell – Searching for dinosaurs can be a deadly occupation. The only evidence in a mysterious crime has ended up in the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta. Scarpetta will travel thousands of miles digging for more clues.
Coming October 2012
 Poseidon's Arrow Poseidon’s Arrow by Clive Cussler – Exotic locations, ruthless villains, narrow escapes, and ancient clues characterize Cussler’s hero Dirk Pitt – and the Associate Press is calling this Pitt’s most dangerous adventure yet!
Coming November 2012
 Notorious Nineteen  Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum, lovable bounty hunter, is back in her nineteenth installment!
Coming November 2012
 Winter Dream  Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans – Joe is forced out of the family business by his jealous siblings but soon rises to the top in another company. When the economy goes south, Joe is called on to save his family from ruin. Based on the Biblical account of Joseph and the coat of many colors, Evans produces another heartwarming holiday story.
Coming October 2012
 Empire & Honor  Empire & Honor by W.E.B. Griffin – WWII is over but the OSS still has work to do. Agent Cletus Frade has to close a secret deal with the head of German intelligence’s Soviet section – all without anyone knowing.
Coming December 2012
 Racketeer  Racketeer by John Grisham – Raymond Fogletree just became the fifth federal judge in the country’s history to be murdered. No forced entry, no struggle. One lawyer knows what happened, but he’s in prison.
Coming October 2012
 Sleep No More  Sleep No More by Iris Johansen – A mysterious dream, a chase through the woods and a cry for help cause Eve Duncan questioning everything she knows about her past. The mystery involves a mental hospital, a rogue FBI profiler and a sinister plot.
Coming October 2012
 Bridge  Bridge by Karen Kingsbury – Molly Allen and Ryan Kelly live across the country from each other – both remembering the love they once had, and lost. When their favorite local bookstore is in trouble, a miracle may just bring them back together.
Coming October 2012
 Season of Angels  Season of Angels by Thomas Kinkade – A heartwarming Christmas tale from bestselling author Thomas Kinkade.
Coming November 2012
 Angels at the Table  Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber – Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy make a return for the holiday season with a trip to Time Square in NYC. Of course, there’s a hearty dose of angelic intervention involved.
Coming November 2012
 NYPD Red  NYPD Red by James Patterson – All the Hollywood stars are in New York for an event but the death of a well-known producer brings NYPD Red detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald to the scene. And that’s only the beginning of the grisly murders.
Coming October 2012
 Merry Christmas Alex Cross  Merry Christmas Alex Cross by James Patterson – It’s Christmas Eve and Alex Cross is pulled away from his own family dealing with a terrifying hostage situation.
Coming November 2012
 Mad River  Mad River by John Sandford – Three teenagers with dead-end lives – and guns. First, they kill a highway patrolman, next a woman during a robbery. And that’s just the beginning of a string of murders through rural Minnesota, striking terror in the hearts of residents.
Coming October 2012
 Sins of the Mother  Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel – Olivia Grayson made a choice. Putting career over family for many years, now her estranged children begin displaying many of the same traits. Can Olivia salvage these relationships during one lavish holiday dinner?
Coming October 2012

Residents of the Quad Cities can click the titles above to place their own holds. Scott County Library System users can join the BESTSELLER Club to be one of the first on the holds list!
Certain authors are also available in Large Print!