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Best Books of 2012 ~ Adult Fiction

January 12th, 2013 at Sat, 12th, 2013 at 8:00 am by Kerry

Check out some of the Best Books of 2012 chosen by the Selection Team at the King County Library System:

 

Throne of the Crescent Moon
by Saladin Ahmed
Three superheroes in the Crescent Moon Kingdoms bound together by a series of magical murders must work together in a race against time to prevent a sorcerer’s plot from destroying the world.  finalist for the Nebula and Campbell Awards.

 

The Middlesteins
by Jami Attenberg
Two siblings with very different personalities attempt to take control of their mother’s food obsession and massive weight gain to save her life after their father walks out and leaves her reeling in the Chicago suburbs.  This is an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession.

 

 

Running the Rift
by Naomi Benaron
Rwandan runner Jean Patrick Nkuba dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal and uniting his ethnically divided country, only to be driven from everyone he loves when the violence starts.

 

A Land More Kind than Home
by Wiley Cash
Jess Hall is plunged into an adulthood for which he is not prepared when his autistic older brother, Stump, sneaks a look at something he is not supposed to see, which has catastrophic repercussions.

 

 

Bartender’s Tale
by Ivan Doig
Running a venerable bar in 1960 Montana while raising his twelve-year-old son, single father Tom Harry finds his world upended by the arrival of a woman from his past and her beatnik daughter, who claims Tom as her father.

 

Gone Girl: a novel by Gillian Flynn
When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.

 

 
 

Mission to Paris
by Alan Furst
Arriving in Paris on the eve of the Munich Appeasement in 1938, Hollywood star Frederic Stahl is unwittingly entangled in the region’s shifting political currents when he discovers that his latest film is linked to the destinies of fascists, German Nazis and Hollywood publicists.

 

The Dogstars
by Peter Heller
Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.

 

 

Flight Behavior
by Barbara Kingsolver
Drawing on both her Appalachian roots and her background in biology, Kingsolver delivers a passionate novel on the effects of global warming.

 

The Prophet
by Michael Koryta
Two brothers, estranged since their sister’s abduction and murder when they were teens, are forced into a reunion through a new killing in their small Midwestern town.

 

 

 

Trapeze
by Simon Mawer
During World War II Briton Marian Sutro is recruited for service in the Special Operations Executive, only to find that another secret organization wants her to infiltrate Paris to persuade a research physicist to join the Allied war effort.

 

Live by Night
by Dennis Lehane
Joe Coughlin defies his strict law-and-order upbringing by climbing the ladder of organized crime in this masterful crime epic.  By 1926, Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops.

 

 

Sweet Tooth
by Ian McEwan
In 1972, beautiful Serena Frome is finishing her maths degree at Cambridge when she is tapped by M15 for Operation Sweet Tooth, which aims to fund artists and writers with the correct political views.

 

Sutton
by J. R. Moehringer
A fictionalized account of Willie Sutton, one of the most notorious criminals in American history, traces his life, his doomed romance with his first love, and his surprise pardon on Christmas Eve in 1969.

 

 

The Long Earth
by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Finally finding the mecca of isolation in a distant region known as the High Meggas, Larry Lynsey, finds his quiet existence shattered by the arrival of two accidental tourists and will do everything in his power to make them leave.

 

The Art Forger
by Barbara Shapiro
Broke and painting copies of famous artists’ work for a reproduction site, artist Claire Roth is enticed by gallery owner Aidan Markel’s request to forge a painting by Degas that was stolen from the Isabella Gardner Museum in 1990.

 

 

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan
After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.

 

The Light Between Oceans: a Novel
by M.L. Stedman
A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore. . .

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