New Arrivals in Fiction
Knopf Publishing Group, July 2005
No sooner has he arrived in the scenario than we discover that Ka's motivations are not purely journalistic. As a snowstorm, the fiercest in memory, descends on the town and seals it off from the modern, westernized world that has always been Ka's frame of reference, he finds himself drawn in unexpected directions: not only headlong toward the unknowable Ipek and the desperate hope for love - or at least a wife - that she embodies, but also into the maelstrom of a military coup staged to restrain the local Islamist radicals, and even toward God, whose existence Ka has never before allowed himself to contemplate. In this surreal confluence of emotion and spectacle, Ka begins to tap his dormant creative powers, producing poem after poem in untimely, irresistible bursts of inspiration. But not until the snows have melted and the political violence has run its bloody course will Ka discover the fate of his bid to seize a last chance for happiness.
Random House Publishing Group, August 2005
A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Body Double. A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes. Very much alive, the woman is rushed to the hospital, where with shockingly cool precision, she murders a security guard and seizes hostages. Who is this violent, desperate soul, and what does she want? As the tense hours tick by, Maura joins forces with Jane's husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, to track down the mysterious killer's identity. When federal agents suddenly appear on the scene, Maura and Gabriel realise that they are dealing with a case that goes far deeper than just an ordinary hostage crisis. Only Jane, trapped with the armed madwoman, holds the key to the mystery. And only she can solve it--if she survives the night.
Penguin Group (USA); August 2005
Polar shifts are magnetic-field reversals. These natural events can be catastrophic, but they are also extremely infrequent, usually occurring from 5,000 to 50,000,000 years apart. In Clive Cussler's full-throttle thriller, an anti-globalisation activist learns how to artificially trigger such a shift. He plans to use the event to jolt industrialised nations into corrective action. Unfortunately, unless NUMA Special Assignment Team can stop him, his "wake-up call" could annihilate the entire population of the world. A fast-paced techno thriller.
(Source: ETC, Gulshan 1, Dhaka)
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