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The Early Word: New Books for the Week of March 29, 2010

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The good news: there's a new Ian McEwan book. The bad news: out of all that's  new (and true) under the sun, it's about global warming.

I Am Not A Serial Killer
by Dan A. Wells

This dazzling, un-put-downable debut novel proves beyond a doubt that Dan Wells has the gift. His teenage protagonist is as chilling as he is endearing. More John Wayne Cleaver, please.” — F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author

For those who take their humor black, and their horror well done, Dan A. Wells’ debut I Am Not a Serial Killer — the first in a planned trilogy featuring 15-year-old sociopath — tells is the tale of John Wayne Cleaver, who helps out in his mother's mortuary, dreams about death, and, oh, recognizes the early signs that he’s turning into a serial killer. In fact, he has a fixation with serial killers, but it’s not one of his career track goals to find an entry level position. So for his own sake, and the well-being of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, living as normal life as possible and keeping his darker nature in check – aided by sessions with a psychotherapist.

But when the disemboweled remains of a local man turn up behind a Laundromat — the first of several murders in which the killer butchers his prey and takes body parts as trophies – Cleaver finds his expertise leads him to offer his help and investigative skills, even though he still lives in fear that his inner monster will ultimately emerge and act on his violent fantasies. Will that darkness outside deepen the darkness within? And what if there's much more to this killer than anyone expects?

Not for the squeamish at times, not for the teenage at other times, I Am Not a Serial Killer is a mixed bag of genres from horror to thriller to mystery to (to make up a genre), a lot of well-written fun for all ages. As Wells has stated in an interview, “…In publishing terms, a teenager protagonist means the book is YA (young adult), but my book is “adult” enough that different markets are treating it very differently: in the UK it’s a YA horror, in Germany it’s an adult thriller, and in the US it’s being marketed to both audiences. What I’ve seen so far, and what I hope continues, is that the book works well for pretty much anyone.” So: to be continued…

FICTION

Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson Series #5)
by Patricia Briggs

Whiter Than Snow
by Sandra Dallas

31 Bond Street: A Novel
by Ellen Horan

Without Mercy
by Lisa Jackson

Deception (Alex Delaware Series #25)
by Jonathan Kellerman

Solar
by Ian McEwan

Pearl of China
by Anchee Min

The Long Way Home
by Robin Pilcher

Fireworks over Toccoa
by Jeffrey Stepakoff

Beautiful Assassin
by Michael C. White


NONFICTION

The 10 Laws of Enduring Success
by Maria Bartiromo, with Catherine Whitney 

A Nation Forged in War: How World War II Taught Americans to Get Along
by Thomas A. Bruscino

Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead
by Paula Byrne

Giada at Home: Family Recipes from Italy and California
by Giada De Laurentiis

Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda
by Sean Hannity

Franklin Pierce (American Presidents Series)
by Michael F. Holt, Sean Wilentz (Editor), Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (Editor) 

Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown
by James Kwak

A Twisted Faith: A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church
by Gregg Olsen

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques for Sewing, Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing, plus 150 Inspired Projects from A to Z
by Martha Stewart Living Magazine

Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom
by Kristin van Ogtrop

Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage
by Raquel Welch 

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