New February Fiction
Find new adult fiction arriving in February listed here!
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Aftershock : A Novel.
In the summer of 1976, an earthquake swallows up the city of Tangshan, China. In a devastating split second, seven-year-old Xiaodeng is separated from her brother and the mother she loves and trusts. Thirty years later, Xiaodeng is an acclaimed writer living in Canada. However, her newfound fame and success do little to cover the deep wounds that disrupt her life, time and again, and edge her toward a breaking point. Xiaodeng realizes the only path toward healing is to return to Tangshan, find her mother, and get closure. Author of "Where Waters Meet." Residence: Toronto, ON.
Almost Surely Dead : A Thriller.
Dunia Ahmed is the subject of a true crime podcast. She's been missing for over a year, and no one knows if she's dead or alive. Her story has listeners obsessed. In the days before her disappearance, something happens that really shakes up her world: someone tries to murder her. When her would-be killer winds up dead, Dunia figures the worst is over. But then there's another attempt on her life - and another. Dunia struggles to make sense of what's happening. And as childhood superstitions seep into her reality, she becomes convinced that someone - or something - is truly after her. Author of "Kismet."
The boy who cried bear
Armstrong, Kelley, author
When Max, Haven's Rock's youngest resident - taught to track animals by Sheriff Eric Dalton - fears a bear is stalking a hiking party, alarms are raised. Even stranger, the ten-year-old swears the bear had human eyes. Detective Casey Duncan and Eric know the dangers a bear can present, so they're taking it seriously. But odd occurrences are happening all around them, and when a dead body turns up, they're not sure what they're up against.
Misery Lark's days of living in anonymity among the Humans are over: she has been called upon to uphold an historic peacekeeping alliance between the Vampyres and their mortal enemies, the Weres. Because Misery has her own reasons to agree to this marriage of convenience, reasons that have nothing to do with politics or alliances, and everything to do with the only thing she's ever cared about. And she is willing to do whatever it takes to get back what's hers, even if it means a life alone in Were territory - alone with the wolf. Author of "Love, Theoretically." Print run 50,000.
The Chaos Agent : A Gray Man Novel.
Someone is killing the world's leading experts on robotics and computers. A desperate Russian scientist approaches Court Gentry and Zoya Zakharova to ask for their protection, but before they can help, they are attacked by a team of professional assassins. They escape, but wherever they turn, it's clear that whoever's tracking them is always going to be one step ahead. With a danger of this level, there's no choice but to attack into the threat.
Crosshairs : A Michael Bennett Thriller.
Officer Rob Trilling doesn't like to talk about himself. But he has an impressive resume as a former Army Ranger and as a sniper with NYPD's Emergency Services Unit. Detective Michael Bennett struggles to connect with the soldier, especially when Trilling begins to log unexplained absences from duty. Trilling may be more comfortable with rifles than he is with people, but only Bennett can prove whether his partner is a lonely hunter or a hardened assassin. Print run 300,000.
Death of a Spy : A Hamish Macbeth Mystery.
Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is worried about how the locals, as well as those in the wider area of his territory in Sutherland, will react to his new assistant officer. The officer is none other than the enigmatic American James Bland. Having recently become involved in identifying a Russian spy ring to solve a murder, Hamish is aware that Bland's mission is to track down the members of a Russian spy ring. Bland trusts Hamish to help him find all of those who may have been, or may still be, in league with the Russians. Print run 60,000.
A Fate Inked in Blood : Book One of the Saga of the Unfated.
Jensen, Danielle L.
Freya possesses a drop of a goddess's blood, which makes her a shield maiden with magic capable of repelling any attack. It was foretold such a magic would unite the fractured nation of Skaland beneath the one who controls the shield maiden's fate. Desperate to prove her strength, Freya must train to fight and learn to control her magic, all while facing perilous tests set by the gods. The first edition hardcover will feature foil page edges, a custom-stamped case, and a premium dust jacket. Author of "Gilded Serpent." Residence: Calgary, AB. Print run 100,000.
Followed by the Lark : A Novel.
Renowned nineteenth-century naturalist, poet and abolitionist Henry David Thoreau's connection to nature was tied to his feelings of loss. Nature provided solace for these losses, but the world was changing around him. Haunting in its quiet spaces, this novel portrays this tension of nature and progress and its effect on a singular man. It is a novel uncommon in its combination of scope and brevity, in its communion with its human subject, and its reflections on an astonishing yet changing world. Author of "Rabbit Foot Bill." Residence: Kingston, ON. Print run 7,500.
The Fox Wife : A Novel.
Manchuria, 1908. A courtesan is found frozen in a doorway. Bao, a detective with an uncanny ability to sniff out the truth, is hired to uncover the dead woman's identity. Meanwhile, when a disruptively winsome servant named Snow enters the family of a famous Chinese medicine shop household, the family's luck seems to change. Snow is a creature of many secrets, but most of all, she's a mother seeking vengeance for her lost child. Navigating the myths and misconceptions of fox spirits, both Snow and Bao will touch on old friends and new foes, even as more deaths occur. Author of "The Night Tiger." Print run 150,000.
The Ghost Orchid An Alex Delaware Novel.
A pool boy enters a secluded Bel Air property and discovers two bodies floating in the bright blue water: Gio Aggiunta, the playboy heir to an Italian shoe empire, and a gorgeous, even wealthier neighbour named Meagin March. Chasing down the answers leads Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis on an exploration of L.A.'s darkest side as they contend with one of the most shocking cases of their careers and learn that some secrets are best left buried in the past.
Greta and Valdin : A Novel.
Reilly, Rebecca K.
Follow a brother and sister as they navigate queerness, multiracial identity, and the dramas of their entangled, unconventional family, all while flailing their way to love. It's been a year since Valdin's ex-boyfriend dumped him and moved to Buenos Aires. But when work sends him to Argentina, Valdin is forced to confront the feelings he's been trying to ignore - and the future he wants. Greta would love to focus on the charming fellow grad student she meets at a party and her friendships with a circle of similarly floundering twenty-somethings, but her chaotic family life won't stop intruding.
Harbor Lights : Stories.
Burke, James Lee.
This is a story collection featuring a never-before-published novella. These eight stories move from the marshlands on the Gulf of Mexico to the sweeping plains of Colorado to prisons, saloons, and trailer parks across the South, weaving together love, friendship, violence, survival, and revenge. With his nuanced characters, lyrical prose, and ability to write shocking violence in the most evocative settings, James Lee Burke's singular skills are on display in this superb anthology.
Lone Wolf : An Orphan X Novel.
Not his usual mission, but this unlikely, tiny job finds Evan Smoak battered between twisted AI technocrat billionaires, a mysterious female assassin who seems a mirror of himself, and personal stakes so gut-wrenching he can scarcely make sense of them. Evan's mission pushes him to his limit - he must find and take down the assassin known only as the Wolf, before she succeeds in completing her mission and killing the people who can identify her. Matched skill for skill, instinct for instinct, Evan must outwit an opponent who will literally stop at nothing if he is to survive. Print run 200,000.
The midwife of Auschwitz
Stuart, Anna, author
Ana Kaminski is pushed through the iron gates of Auschwitz beside her frightened young friend Ester Pasternak. As they reach the front of the line, Ana steps forward and quietly declares herself a midwife--and Ester her assistant. Their arms are tattooed and they're ordered to the maternity hut. Holding an innocent new-born baby, Ana vows to do everything she can to save them. When two guards in their chilling SS uniforms march in and snatch a blond-haired baby from its mother it's almost too much for Ana to bear. Consoling the distraught woman, Ana realises amidst the terrible heartache there is a glimmer of hope. The guards are taking the healthiest babies and placing them with German families, so they will survive. And there are whispers the war is nearly over...
Night for Day
Exes Ward Dunbar and Camille Buhay thought they would never see each other again. They had broken up to pursue their dream jobs on opposite sides of the country. But years later, they unexpectedly reconnect in London, where they are interviewing for similar jobs. When Ward and Camille discover they both got the job working opposing shifts, they vow to give their relationship another try. Their fleeting encounter incites longing for each other, but their promise to be together feels impossible. Because they are caught in the middle of a war of the gods - and their choices will determine the outcome. Author of "Sophie Go's Lonely Hearts Club." Residence: Toronto, ON. Print run 40,000.
A Sign of Her Own : A Novel.
Ellen Lark is faced with a dilemma. After losing her sense of hearing as a child, she's learned from the best deaf school teachers, including Alexander Graham Bell. After learning about Bell's past, she has a new story to tell - that Bell has betrayed her and the deaf community in his work on the telephone. When a rival inventor disputes his right to the patent, Bell asks Ellen to speak up publicly in his defense as his gifted former student. Ellen knows that this is her one opportunity to tell the true story - her story. Print run 50,000.
In just one night, at her own 50th birthday, her world has imploded. Her mother has kept a secret hidden all her life. And it changes everything. Before Lou can take another step, she needs to get to the bottom of the shocking truth that alters who she really is. Along with her sister, Toni, who is facing her own life crisis, the two women sets out on a life-changing journey that will take Lou deep into her relationships with her mother, her sister, and her daughter to figure out how to stop pleasing everyone else - and carve out who she really wants to be. Author of "The Wedding Party."
Three-Inch Teeth : A Joe Pickett Novel.
A rogue grizzly bear has gone on a rampage. At the same time, Dallas Cates, who Joe helped lock up years ago, is released from prison. He wants revenge on the people who sent him away: the people he blames for the deaths of his entire family and the loss of his reputation and property. Targeted are a judge, the county prosecutor, his lawyer, a prison guard - and both Nate Romanowski and Joe Pickett. Using the grizzly attacks as cover, Cates devises a method of violence identical to the bear killings and sets out to methodically check off his list.
Welcome to the Hyunam-dong Bookshop : A Novel.
With her high-flying career, demanding marriage, and busy life in Seoul, Yeongju knows she should feel successful, but all she feels is drained. In a leap of faith, she leaves her old life behind. Quitting her job and divorcing her husband, Yeongju moves to a small residential neighbourhood outside the city, where she opens the Hyunam-dong Bookshop. Surrounded by friends, writers, and the books that connect them all, she finds her new story as the Hyunam-dong Bookshop transforms into an inviting space for lost souls to rest, heal, and remember that it's never too late to scrap the plot and start again. Print run 60,000.
The Women : A Novel.
Raised on idyllic Coronado Island and sheltered by her conservative parents, twenty-year-old nursing student Frances "Frankie" McGrath has always prided herself on doing the right thing. But in 1965 the world is changing. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she impulsively joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path. As green and inexperienced as the men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is overwhelmed by the chaos and destruction of war, as well as the unexpected trauma of coming home to a changed and politically divided America. Author of "The Four Winds." Print run 1,000,000.