The Grisham-esque thriller about a young Harvard Law School graduate caught up in a Washington conspiracy involving the 500 most powerful people in the U.S.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
(Random House, 288 pages, $26. Out June 26)
This debut coming-of-age novel is getting stong buzz from librarians, booksellers and journalists who have read an advance copy. Walker sets the story of 10-year-old Julia dealing with childhood's difficulties--her parents fight, a loved one dies, she faces her first romantic heartbreak--against the sci-fi premise of the earth's rotation slowing, making the days longer, altering gravity and changing the environment.
Amped by Daniel H. Wilson
(Doubleday, 288 pages, $25)
The follow up novel from the author of last summer's hit Robopocalypse, which Spielberg is adapting for a 2014 release. When nanotech-enhanced humans (Amps) face discrimination they band together. Amped lead character Owen Gray must decide if they are trying to save the world or destroy it.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
(Harper, 352 pages, $25.99. Out June 12)
In 1962, an Italian innkeeper falls in love with a mysterious American starlet who shows up after having bolted from the nearby set of the infamous flop Cleopatra, in which she has a supporting role. Richard Burton and a young producer retrieve the girl, but the young Italian is smitten. Fifty years later, he travels to Hollywood to find out what happened to the mysterious beauty. From there, the story traces the lives and loves of the producer, the starlet and her would-be Italian lover over a half-century.
Between You & Me by Emma McLaughlin/Nicola Krauss
(Atria, 272 pages, $25. Out June 12)
A fictional spin on Britney Spears' life involves a young woman becoming the personal assistant to her pop star cousin, only to find herself caught in a fight between the star and her parents over money. The mix of pop-star craziness and Nanny Diaries wit and social commentary is irresistible.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
(Ecco, 320 pages, $25.99)
The story of Bravo Squad, eight soldiers who won a silver star in a firefight in Iraq, is movingly told over the course of the day they are honored at halftime of a Dallas Cowboys' game.
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Henry Holt, 432 pages, $28)
The second book in Mantel's fictional trilogy retelling of the life of Henry VIII's advisor Thomas Cromwell focuses on the moment when Jane Seymour replaced Anne Boleyn as Queen. Mantel's Cromwell would have made a great agent or studio executive. His manipulations are a master class in pleasing your bosses and getting ahead. The first novel in the series, Wolf Hall, won the Man Booker prize and is being adapted for TV in a joint BBC/HBO production.
Canada by Richard Ford
(Ecco, 432 pages, $27.99)
One of America's most celebrated novelists tells the story of a teenage boy who ends up in Canada after his parents are arrested for murder and is taken in by an enigmatic American with a violent streak. The boy tries to come to terms with his family's history as he hurtles toward a dangerous confrontation with his host.
Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon
(Atria, 416 pages, May 29, $26)
With World War II having just ended, an American spy must smuggle a Romanian defector with Russian secrets out of Istanbul. But the Romanian was also a Nazi collaborator involved in a massacre of Jews. Now others want to bring him to justice before the Americans can get away with him. Kanon, a master of atmosphere and moral ambiguity, makes Istanbul itself a character, both beautiful and haunting, and the early Cold War a morally ambiguous place where enemies have become allies and allies enemies.
The Kings of Cool by Don Winslow
(Simon & Schuster, 336 pages, $25. Out June 19)
A prequel to the novel Savages (the Oliver Stone film adaptation debuts in June), follows Ben and Chon, the pot-dealing main characters from the earlier story and their families from the 1960s to the near present, tracing how their history shaped who they would become as men. The prequel adds backstory and characters but retains the original's kinetic plot and witty, hard-boiled dialogue.
The Last Man by P.T. Duetermann
(St. Martin's 365 pages, $25.99)
An American nuclear engineer goes searching for a missing woman at the legendary fortress at Masada where he makes an astonishing discovery about hidden treasure that will change the world today. He and a beautiful archaelogist embark on the race for the truth as Israeli intelligence hunts them down.
The Last Trade by James Conway
(Dutton, 416 pages, $26.95. Out June 14)
A compelling thriller set in the world of high finance by a "hedge fund insider" writing under a pseudonym. Young hedge funder trader Drew Havens starts to worry when traders around the world start dying after doing deals with his Rising Fund. Six deaths in six days put Havens and Cara Sobieski, a sorta FBI version of Lisbeth Salander, at work to prevent a global financial catastrophe.
Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
(Ballantine, 400 pages, $26)
Alice Buckles is having a midlife crisis. She has reached the same age her mother was when she died, her marriage has hit a lull and her kids are a mess. She re-examines her life after participating in a survey of middle-aged married women and starts flirting with the researcher conducting the survey. Cleverly told in part through texts and e-mails, Wife 22 promises "confession is a powerful aphrodisiac." Thiscould be the anti-Fifty Shades of Grey chick-lit hit of the summer.
The Yard by Alex Grecian
(Putnam Adult, 432 pages, $26.95)
A Victorian thriller in the tradition of The Alienist imagines Scotland Yard's "Murder Squad" in the wake of the failure to solve the 1888 Jack the Ripper murders. Now another serial killer appears, and he is taunting detectives who try to solve the case using the new science of forensic pathology. Think CSI: Scotland Yard.
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