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  • Jeff Somers 1:00 pm on 2019/03/25 Permalink
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    Getting Ready to Shop B&N’s Buy One, Get One James Patterson Sale? Here’s Where to Start 

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    Calling all James Patterson fans, and new readers ready to make the plunge: have we got a gift for you. Today through April 1 (no foolin’), shop our buy one, get one free sale on James Patterson books, in store and at BN.com! Buy a book by the prolific author of masterful thrillers and hilarious kids’ books, and get a second one of your choice free: it’s that simple! The offer is valid in stores and online while supplies last, and cannot be combined with coupons or any other offer. Some exclusions may apply.

    Looking for suggestions on how to use this opportunity to your greatest advantage? We thought you’d never ask…

    The Cornwalls Are Gone, by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
    Army intelligence officer Amy Cornwall is skilled at dealing with scenarios that would make most people blanch. But nothing in her professional career prepares her for the nightmare she steps into when she comes home to find her husband and young daughter missing. Contacted by the kidnapper, she’s told there’s only one way to save her family: she must somehow secure the release of an unnamed captive. She has two days to accomplish her mission, and if she fails, her family will be killed. Amy has no choice but to go rogue, using her training, contacts, and desperation to find out who took her family and why.

    The Chef, by James Patterson and Max DiLallo
    You might have heard about this one when it was first published on Facebook Messenger, a bold and innovative experiment. Police detective and food truck chef Caleb Rooney serves New Orleans justice and a hot meal, but as Mardi Gras approaches, he finds himself accused of murder. (It probably doesn’t help that his food truck is called the Killer Chef.) Shortly thereafter, Rooney discovers a plot to attack New Orleans being brewed up by homegrown terrorists. Racing against time, Rooney must clear his own name while preventing a slaughter in his beloved city as it gears up for Mardi Gras—the perfect tasty backdrop for a tense thriller.

    Target: Alex Cross, by James Patterson
    If you’re already a huge fan of Alex Cross, this is a perfect opportunity to grab the latest in the series. It opens on a somber scene of mourning as thousands of people gather in Washington, D.C., to mourn the president—among them Alex Cross, whose wife, Bree, has just become D.C.’s chief of detectives. When a sniper takes out a member of the president’s cabinet, it falls to Bree to solve the crime—and it’s clear her job is on the line. Cross begins to suspect the sniper is only getting started, and as usual he’s right. Soon, the country is plunged into a violent crisis like nothing it’s ever seen before.

    The 17th Suspect, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
    How can you resist a book series called the Women’s Murder Club? Answer: you can’t. The seventeenth go-round in the series focuses on Sergeant Lindsay Boxer and ADA Yuki Castellano. Boxer is approached by a homeless woman who tells her the city’s homeless population is being hunted by a killer and the police are slow-walking the investigation. When Lindsay’s initial inquiries seem to confirm this, she’s outraged and goes on the warpath—with unexpected consequences that are serious enough for her friends in the Club to urge her to step back. Meanwhile, Yuki catches a rape case involving a man accusing his female superior of assault, and she thinks she can make the charges stick. But as she moves forward, the case seems to dissolve under her, and her opponent in the courtroom finds ways of getting under her skin. As Yuki struggles, Lindsay finds herself targeted by the killer she was hunting, and both women deal with personal problems that complicate their professional lives to the breaking point.

    Juror #3, by James Patterson and Nancy Allen
    Patterson teams up with Allen, a former attorney, to tell the story of Ruby Bozarth. Ruby is new to the Mississippi bar and the town of Rosedale, but she’s barely got time to find her bearings before she’s assigned to a sensational case: a rich girl is dead, and a college football star stands accused. The prosecutor and judge think Ruby’s inexperience will help them ram through a quick conviction, but she’s determined to prove them wrong. With a little help from a fellow attorney and a short order cook with a lot of secrets, she mounts a defense—and begins to suspect the biggest obstacle to justice might just be the jurors on the case, who have secrets of their own.

    Ambush, by James Patterson and James O. Born
    Detective Michael Bennett is another great character in Patterson’s thrillers. In the latest in the series, he receives an anonymous tip leading him into an attempted assassination. Quickly he realizes it’s the work of a professional, who soon targets his own family, while serving perfect red-herring clues to keep Bennett and his fellow cops chasing their tails. As Bennett puts the pieces together while protecting everyone he cares about, he realizes that the assassin’s motives are related to those of the rival cartels trying to corner the city’s drug traffic—cartels that may have joined forces to take out their main obstacle, Detective Michael Bennett.

    Dog Diaries: A Middle School Story, by James Patterson and Steven Butler, with Richard Watson (illustrator)
    If you’re a kid—or you know a kid—who loves dogs, pick up this crowd-pleaser by the newest member of the Khatchadorian family—their adopted dog Junior! Junior is the goodest boy, but he has a little trouble obeying rules and understanding his pet humans. He loves waking up Rafe (who he calls Ruff Catch-a-Dogy-Bone) by tapping him on the head with his paw, because Rafe takes him on walks to the park for adventures! When one of those adventures see Junior slip his leash and cause a lot of trouble, he’s forced to go to a doggy obedience school run by a mean trainer—but Junior’s certain he’ll graduate with honors. The back of the book includes a list of fun activities to try with your own doggo, and a glossary of “doglish” to help you understand what your dog pup is trying to communicate.

    Middle School: Born to Rock, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
    Middle school struggles are real, and the Middle School series is hilarious, fun, and very, very real. The 11th book in the series continues the adventures of the Khatchadorian kids, older brother Rafe and younger sister Georgia. Normally, Georgia can’t stand her annoying brother, but when a secret crush, a class project, and a battle of the bands that could lead to a jam session with her favorite rock star all converge on her middle school life, she might be willing to make an exception and ask for his help. Georgia gets her all-girl band, We Stink, together, while dealing with resident Mean Girl Missy Trillin and her Princess Patrol on top of everything else—because as every middle schooler knows, life is complicated.

    The post Getting Ready to Shop B&N’s Buy One, Get One James Patterson Sale? Here’s Where to Start appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • Jeff Somers 8:00 pm on 2016/12/01 Permalink
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    5 Reasons We Can’t Wait to Read The Girl on the Train Author Paula Hawkins’ Next Book 

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    If you needed one more reason to fervently await spring fever, here you go: Paula Hawkins just announced that her follow-up to smash hit thriller The Girl on the Train will hit shelves May 2 of next year. Titled Into the Water, this forthcoming novel of psychological suspense is set in a small riverside town where the bodies of a woman and a teen girl are discovered a few days apart. The investigation that follows begins to uncover a complex connection between the two murders, with, we assume, a whole new pack of the kind of delicious twists and turns that made Girl an ongoing literary phenomenon.

    The announcement has us giddy with anticipation, and not just because it’s confirmation Hawkins is sticking with the twisty thriller tales we love. Here are five reasons we just drew a big red heart around May 2 on our calendars.

    The Slipperiness of Truth
    One of the most brilliant aspects of The Girl on the Train was the way Hawkins played with perception in a variety of ways. Rachel’s alcoholism made her an unreliable narrator to begin with, but also degraded her ability to see things clearly even in the moment. This not only made the surprises of the plot more powerful, but gave the book a depth many thrillers lack. Based on the descriptions of Into the Water, Hawkins is exploring similar themes; the story concerns “family secrets and ‛the slipperiness of truth.'” Her U.S. editor says the book will “interrogate the deceitfulness of memory,” which is a fascinating extension of the themes that made Girl sooooo good.

    There’s Gonna be Witchcraft
    When most of us think witch hunts and trials, we think Salem and America. But Scotland saw its own rash of women being accused of witchcraft, and in an interview last year Hawkins said, “I wanted there to be something about women being accused of witchcraft” in her next novel. That works perfectly with those themes of unreliable memory and slippery truth and adds a macabre element of hysteria and creepiness that makes us even more excited. (The only thing that could make us more excited about the witch angle is if Hawkins announced a starring character named Black Philip.)

    The Focus on Women
    Hawkins has taken a genre often dominated by men and focused it on women—flawed, complicated women. In The Girl on the Train, Rachel is weak, crippled by her addiction and making awful decisions based on loneliness and obsession. She’s also the victim of psychological abuse, and the story is as much about her slowly crawling out of the hell created for her—by men—as it is the mystery. Hawkins doesn’t simply write the so-called “strong female character,” but rather writes about women who feel real, complex, warm-blooded people with problems, frailties, and a difficult relationship with the modern world. We frankly can’t wait to meet the females Hawkins has created for us in Into the Water.

    Those Twists, Tho
    All right, let’s be honest: Hawkins is a modern master of the twisty plot. When The Girl on the Train dropped it was one of those books your friends pushed into your hands, telling you you simply must read this. The book has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide because it surprised everyone who read it. Even if you went in with your eyes wide open, seeking clues and trying to outsmart Hawkins, chances are pretty good she shocked you at least once or twice. We’re absolutely thrilled to repeat that experience, and since no one does the twists like Hawkins, no other novel can get us quite as excited as Into the Water.

    The Feels
    Finally, our biggest reason for being excited about a new book from Paula Hawkins is the emotional power of her writing. In a lot of thrillers and mystery stories, the victims exist mainly to kick the story into motion. They’re a spur for an avenging detective, or a toys for a horrifying villain. In Girl Hawkins told a story in which every single character had a life, a back story, ambitions and real depth. It’s a rare writer who can spin a great mystery that also tells more than one story that kind of shatters you. Hawkins is that writer, and as a result we’re buying every book she writes forever.

    In other words, if Into the Water is even half as good as The Girl on the Train, we’re in. Go to your boss and schedule your reading vacation days for next May right now—you’re going to need them.

    The post 5 Reasons We Can’t Wait to Read The Girl on the Train Author Paula Hawkins’ Next Book appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • BN Editors 1:30 pm on 2016/04/25 Permalink
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    J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay Is Coming on November 19 

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    Major news for Harry Potter lovers (aka everyone): Scholastic has just announced that it’s publishing the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 19, the day after the movie’s release. And every good Potter fan knows the drill: pre-order your copy now, so you can get to reading right after you’ve seen and loved the movie.

    The movie adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stars Eddie Redmayne as intrepid magizoologist (and Hogwarts evictee!) Newt Scamander. On a research trip spent studying magical creatures around the world, Scamander runs into trouble when some of his beasts escape into the “No-maj” (that’s American for “Muggle”) world of New York City. Rowling is making her screenwriting debut with this ninth silver-screen entry into the Potter world—so you know it has to be good.

    2016 is shaping up to be the year of Harry Potter. From this summer’s release of the script book for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, to Rowling’s new Potter stories on Pottermore, to the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets coming October 4, hungry fans have numerous reasons to escape, yet again, into the magical universe of the Boy Who Lived.

    Does all this amazing news from the Potterverse seem too good to be true? We’re not complaining. And while all our dreams are coming true, we might as well request our very own Nimbus 2000, thanks very much!

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits shelves November 19, and is available for pre-order now.

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