Middletown Thrall Library moves you... Beyond the Bestsellers - Your Seasonal Guide to New and Interesting Authors - Fall 2012 Edition

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Beyond the Bestsellers highlights new and notable authors not often found on bestseller lists.

To learn more about a book and check on its availablity within the library system, click on a title below.

You can also click on an author's name to find any additional titles by that author in the library system.

General Fiction

  • Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See - Juliann GareyToo Bright to Hear Too Loud to See - Juliann Garey
    Greyson Todd is a high-rolling Hollywood executive with well-kept secrets: a hectic past with an unstable father and his ongoing struggle with bipolar disorder. Overwhelmed with the constant pressures of his job and the stresses of keeping disorder at bay, Greyson leaves his wife, children, and home behind to travel the world from Rome to Thailand and then to Uganda. After a decade abroad and a nervous breakdown, New York City, stability, and treatment are the new destinations..

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Historical Fiction

  • The Kashmir Shawl - Rosie ThomasThe Kashmir Shawl - Rosie Thomas
    While sorting through her deceased parents possessions, Mair Ellis discovers an exquisite kashmir shawl once belonging to her grandmother Nerys Watkins. Wrapped in the garment she finds an envelope containing a single lock of hair. Her curiosity piqued, Mair traces the history of the shawl to its first owner, trekking across the globe from Wales to India. Connected by the shawl, the tales of two generations - Mair and a young WWII-era Nerys - intertwine in trials of love, longing and growth, all in the beautiful and romantic locale of Kashmir..

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • Nexus - Ramez NaamNexus - Ramez Naam
    Taking place in the not-so-distant future, an illicit nano-drug known as Nexus gives users the ability to link minds. Revered for its potential by some and detested by others, this drug, in the wrong hands, can be used to turn ordinary people into killers. With a killing spree on their hands, the American government turns to Nexus dabbler and grad student Kade Lane to infiltrate the suspected mind-control organization and take it down. But will Kade stay loyal to his government, or will he sympathize with the manipulators?.

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  • The Bubble Gum Thief - Jeff MillerThe Bubble Gum Thief - Jeff Miller
    What does a stick of pilfered bubblegum and a bank robbery have in common? Answer: a note left behind at the crime scene with the ominous warning of "This is my first crime. My next will be bigger." With the crimes escalating, the FBI takes notice putting thousands of agents on the case - all but agent Dagney Gray. Fighting her own demons and deemed unstable, Gray is relegated to desk work and menial tasks. But that does not stop her, her counterterrorism mentor "the Professor," and his partner Victor from sleuthing on their own. The memorable cast of characters and unpredictable plot turns can leave readers hoping this will lead to a series..
  • The Boy in the Snow - M. J. McGrathThe Boy in the Snow - M. J. McGrath
    The second in the series by McGrath (following White Heat), an exciting and enlightening high-arctic adventure, follows half-Inuit Edie Kiglatuk and her propensity for uncovering a mystery. An expert hunter and guide, Edie finds herself playing support-staff for her ex-husband's participation in the famous 1,150 mile Iditarod Dog Race across Alaska until she comes upon the body of a frozen infant in the wilderness. With the help of fellow Inuit, policeman, and friend Derek Palliser, Edie is determined to uncover the truth behind the child. The frozen environment comes to life as you read, making this the perfect winter read for any mystery / thriller buff..

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  • Intercept - Dick WolfIntercept - Dick Wolf
    Creator of Law & Order Dick Wolf enters the literary scene with this action-packed thriller, the first in a series revolving around NYPD anti-terrorist Intelligence Division Detective Jeremy Fisk. Just days before the dedication of the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero, a plane hijacker is overtaken by passengers. Crisis averted? Perhaps not: another dire plot is afoot. With just 36 hours until the July 4th dedication, a citywide manhunt is set in motion with a Saudi art dealer and suspected terrorist as its target..
  • The Right Hand - Derek HaasThe Right Hand - Derek Haas
    So top-secret that even most American intelligence agencies know nothing of his existence, Austin Clay is the guy you call when you need to get things done... silently. To rescue missing agent Blake Nelson (deemed an intelligence risk by the CIA), Austin must travel to Moscow undercover (but with a beautiful Russian informant at his side, of course) and undertake a dangerous mission. When a high-ranking CIA double-agent and an assassination plot enter the mix, the stakes are raised even higher!.

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