Fiction Pile -- HIVES ATTACK!
Wrath of the Savage by Charles G. West. Indians kidnap two women during a raid through several homesteads. Army officer Bret Hollister sets out on their trail.
Graveyard of Memories by Barry Eisler. John Rain in 1972 as he learns to become a murderer for hire. I'll read this.
Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh. Murder mystery in the rural Ozarks. Teen girl looks to find out what happened to her murdered pal. Looks pretty decent.
The Accident by Chris Pavone. Some thriller about rich and famous people being revealed as goons. Author photo is in a restaurant. Nina Subin took the photo. According to Subin's website she takes a lot of author photos. I've read books by only two of the ones listed on the site. I've no idea who Ana Marie Cox is but she's good looking.
Runner by Patrick Lee. We have two of these. I hate when I order duplicates by mistake. That's okay. People will read the book. Ex-soldier encoutners 12-year-old on the run from a secret government prison. Lee's author photo is by Henry Stampfel. Maybe Stampfel is this guy.
Thirty Girls by Susan Minot. "Literary tour de force set against the haunting canvas of war-torn Africa." 30 teen girls kidnapped y Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. Minot's author photo is black and white. Not unlike The Hives.
Bread and Butter by Michelle Wildgen. Three brothers have competing restaurants in a small town. "A dazzling, brilliantly observed novel of food and siblings." Wildgen has a professional portrait shot for her author photo - like the people above. Wildgen attended Madison. Most author bios list the writer's current hometown or state. Wildgen's does not. Since Wildgen does a ton of food writing I'm betting she secretly lives somewhere like Minot. I presume the Northern Plains are not a hot bed of culinary activity and she has to hide this.
While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell. The cover dsign says, "Vampires." The dust cover says, "[Sleeping Beauty's maid]." Blackwell's author photo is kinda small. Heidi Jo Brady took the picture. Hey, Heidi Jo Brady also took Gillian Flynn's headshot. Brady must be the Chicago author photographer.
Frommer's Easy Guide to National Parks of the American West. Yes, people still enjoy travel guides in print. Page 136 gives a one star review to the Panamint Springs Resort by Death Valley.
Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea handler. Something about traveling. many color photos on the inside including many dog photos.