Monthly Archives: April 2014

Bestseller Club Author Greg Iles Back to Writing After Life-Threatening Accident

Thriller and crime novelist Greg Iles found himself at a crossroads, literally and figuratively. He was at a stop-sign in Mississippi thinking about which direction to take his next novel when he pulled onto the highway and got hit by another car going 70 mph.

Iles lost his leg and says he came pretty close to dying. After extensive rehab and soul-searching, Iles finished Natchez Burning, the first in a trilogy about unsolved civil rights murders.

In an interview with Book Page, Iles said he is not pulling any punchs in this book. “Life’s too short; I’m not going to play that game. I’m just going to put it down.

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In his first published novel in five years, Iles features former prosecutor Penn Cage in rural Mississippi trying to solve the mystery of a late night incident that may get his Atticus Finch-like father charged with murder. The trail points to a group of secretive KK members who call themselves the “Double Eagles” and may have been responsible for a string of unsolved murders in the 1960s.

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New Titles for Summer!

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Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke, coming July 2014
Sixteen-year-old Weldon Holland has a chance encounter with outlaws Bonnie & Clyde during the Great Depression that sets the stage for dramatic events a decade down the road. From the trenches of WWII to the Texas-Louisiana oil fields, Burke takes readers on a wild ride.

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Blind Date by Melody Carlson, coming June 2014
The girls of the dating game are at it again, trying to find blind dates for the masquerade ball. But is it all a hoax? And will their friendships survive?

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For All Time by Jude Deveraux, coming July 2014
Deveraux returns to Nantucket for the next generation of weddings in this epic romance involving noble twins and the search for true love.

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Fast Track by Julie Garwood, coming July 2014
Raised by her father from a young age, Cordelia Kane is shocked to learn her mother is alive. When she asks a good friend and longtime crush to help her search for answers, Kane gets pulled into a sizzling romance and a dangerous liaison with a corrupt congressman.

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Cold, Cold Heart by Tami Hoag, coming August 2014
Kidnapped by a notorious serial killer, Dana Nolan escaped and is trying to move on with her life but symptoms of PTSD are wreaking havoc with her personal life and career. A return to her hometown provides more questions than answers – was anything she believed real?

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Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance, coming July 2014
Sheriff Joanna has two cases in two areas of the country that may just be connected. How can she tie together a dying hoarder in Massachusetts and a man found dead in a limestone pit in the Southwest.

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Sight Unseen by Iris Johansen, coming July 2014
A controversial surgery gave Kendra Michaels sight after she had developed her other senses to amazing capacities. Now, she’s the only one to realize that an apparent traffic accident is really a murder. As she works to solve the mystery, the body count increases and her detective work attracts an unwanted following.

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Raina’s Choice by Gilbert Morris, coming June 2014
Raina Vernay is trying to escape an abusive situation and thinks the stranger in town, Ty Kinkaid may be the answer. Morris takes his characters on a rollicking Western adventure in the latest book in the Western Justice series.

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Eden in Winter by Richard North Patterson, coming July 2014
The final installment in a trilogy, Eden in Winter concludes the story from Fall from Grace and Loss of Innocence. Two months after his father’s suspicious death on Martha’s Vineyard, Adam Blaine is trying to stitch his life back together and protect his family. Patterson’s latest novel brings a complex family drama to life.

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Moment in Time by Tracie Peterson, coming June 2014
Alice Chesterfield has survived a vicious attack, but the memories and fear still haunt her. Alice thinks Texas may be her peaceful sanctuary, but long buried family secrets force her to turn to God for comfort.

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Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons, coming July 2014
They met every August for years, renting a different beach house each time, but one of the four “girls” died tragically, they drift apart. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they head back to the beach for a revealing and emotional vacation.

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Perfect Life by Danielle Steel, coming July 2014
Blaise McCarthy is an icon in television news, a strict disciplinarian who seems to have the perfect life. A perfect life, that is, until her blind daughter comes home after her boarding school closed. Now everything is upside down, can Blaise and her daughter reestablish a relationship?

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Cut and Thrust by Stuart Woods, coming July 2014
Stone Barrington enters the cutthroat world of politics in the newest thriller from bestselling author Stuart Woods. At the biggest political convention of the year can Barrington find a desirable outcome?

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.