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New Releases: 5/30/17

Here’s what went on sale today!

A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva

Placeholder of  -72To solve Rhode Island’s budget crisis, the state’s colorful governor, Attila the Nun, wants to legalize sports gambling; but her plan has unexpected consequences. Organized crime, professional sports leagues, and others who have a lot to lose—or gain—if gambling is made legal flood the state with money to buy the votes of state legislators.

False Hearts by Laura Lam

Place holder  of - 84Raised in the closed cult of Mana’s Hearth and denied access to modern technology, conjoined sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When the heart they share begins to fail, the twins escape to San Francisco, where they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts. From then on they pursue lives beyond anything they could have previously imagined.

Mormama by Kit Reed

Image Place holder  of - 45Dell Duval has been living on the street since his accident. He can’t remember who he was or where he came from. All he has is a tattered note in his pocket with an address for the Ellis house, a sprawling, ancient residence in Jacksonville. He doesn’t know why he’s been sent here. In the house, Lane and her son Theo have returned to the ancient family home—their last resort. The old house is ruled by an equally ancient trio of tyrannical aunts, who want to preserve everything. Nothing should ever leave the house, including Lane.

Something about the house isn’t right. Things happen to the men and boys living there. There are forces at work one of which visits Theo each night—Mormama, one mama too many.

Night Magic by Jenna Black

Image Placeholder of - 23Philadelphia is locked in the grip of an evil magic that transforms its streets into a nightmare landscape the minute the sun sets each night. While most of the city hunkers down and hopes to survive the long winter nights, Becket Walker is roaming the darkened streets having the time of her life.

Once, the guilt of having inadvertently let the night magic into the city—and of having killed her onetime best friend—had threatened to destroy her. But now she’s been Nightstruck, and all her grief and guilt and terror have been swept away—along with her conscience.

The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan and Harriet McDougal

Poster Placeholder of - 38Over the course of fifteen books and millions of words, the world that Jordan created grew in depth and complexity. However, only a fraction of what Jordan imagined ended up on the page, the rest going into his personal files.

Now The Wheel of Time Companion sheds light on some of the most intriguing aspects of the world, including biographies and motivations of many characters that never made it into the books, but helped bring Jordan’s world to life.


Lightning in the Blood by Marie Brennan

Once, there was a call—a binding—and so, a woman appeared, present in body but absent in knowledge of her past self.

Making the ultimate journey of rediscovery was not without its own pitfalls—or rewards—and now Ree, a roaming Archeron, spirit of legend and time and physically now bound to her current form, has yet to fully uncover her true identity.


Blood of Tyrants by Ken Shufeldt

The Dinosaur Knights by Victor Milan

Panacea by F. Paul Wilson


The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku Story by Muya Agami and cosMo@BousouP; Art by Yunagi

The High School Life of a Fudanshi Vol. 1 Story and art by Michinoku Atami

On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in April

Night Life by David TaylorA Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilvaScent of Murder by James O. Born

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in April! Once a month, we’re collecting info about all of our upcoming author events. Check and see who’ll be coming to a city near you:

James O. Born, Scent of Murder

Tuesday, April 14
Books & Books
Coral Gables, FL
6:30 PM

Wednesday, April 15
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County Courthouse
West Palm Beach, FL
7:00 PM

Saturday, April 18
The University of Central Florida Book Festival
Learn How to Write a Novel with James O. Born
Orlando, FL
10:00 AM

Wednesday, April 22
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL
6:00 PM

Thursday, April 23
West Boynton Beach Library
Boynton Beach, FL
2:00 PM

Saturday, April 25
Haslam’s Bookstore
St. Petersburg, FL
3:00 PM

Bruce DeSilva, A Scourge of Vipers

Thursday, April 9
Mysterious Bookshop
New York, NY
6:30 PM

Saturday, April 11
Readmore Books
Taunton, MA
12:00 PM

Sunday, April 12
Providence Public Library
Providence, RI
2:00 PM

Thursday, April 16
Book Carnival
Also with Terry Shames and Anne Cleeland
Orange, CA
7:00 PM

Saturday, April 18
Murder by the Book
Houston, TX
1:00 PM

Tuesday, April 21
The Poisoned Pen
Also with Michael Robotham and Susan Cummins Miller
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Thursday, April 23
Once Upon a Crime
Minneapolis, MN
7:00 PM

Kevin Egan, The Missing Piece

Wednesday, April 22
Bank Square Books
Author Luncheon
Mystic, CT
12:00 PM

James Grady, Last Days of the Condor

Tuesday, April 21
Pen, Paper, and Palate: International Spies
A Panel with Eric Lichtblau, Scott Anderson, and Alex Berenson, moderated by Frank Delaney
The Half King
New York, NY
7:00 PM

Daryl Gregory, Harrison Squared

Wednesday, April 1
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY
7:00 PM

Thursday, April 2
Union Ave Books
Knoxville, TN
6:00 PM

Mary Pat Kelly, Of Irish Blood

Saturday, April 25
Titcomb’s Bookshop
East Sandwich, MA
2:00 PM

Sunday, April 26
South Yarmouth Library
South Yarmouth, MA
2:00 PM

Jon Land, Black Scorpion

Friday, April 24
Books on the Square
Providence, RI
6:00 PM

David Taylor, Night Life

Wednesday, April 15
Book Soup
Hollywood, CA
7:00 PM

Saturday, April 18
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Mysterious Galaxy In-Booth Signing
Los Angeles, CA
11:00 AM


Starred Reviews: A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva

A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva“…this excellent addition features a bit of romance, a lot of action, plenty of snappy repartee, and social commentary on the fate of newspaper journalism and the corrupting role of money in the political process. Quality all the way.”

Bruce DeSilva’s A Scourge of Vipers got starred reviews in Library Journal and in Publishers Weekly!

Here’s the full Library Journal review, from the January 1 issue:

starred-review-gif Rhode Island Governor Fiona McNerney proposes the legalization of sports betting to reduce the state’s budget deficit. The mob opposes the idea because it would eat into its bookmaking business, and sports oversight groups claim it would open up games to dishonesty. After Atlantic City mobsters show up in Providence with bags of cash, presumably to influence legislators, veteran newspaper reporter Liam Mulligan investigates. When a state legislator and several other people turn up dead, Mulligan soon becomes a prime suspect in several murders. VERDICT DeSilva’s Edgar and Macavity Award-winning books (most recently Providence Rag) is a consistently well-written hard-boiled series. Unfortunately, few of the regular characters have roles here. Still, this excellent addition features a bit of romance, a lot of action, plenty of snappy repartee, and social commentary on the fate of newspaper journalism and the corrupting role of money in the political process. Quality all the way.

Here’s the full Publishers Weekly review, from the February 2 issue:

starred-review-gif-1 Edgar-winner DeSilva’s excellent fourth Liam Mulligan novel (after 2014’s Providence Rag) finds the Providence, R.I., investigative journalist on hard times professionally. His newspaper, The Dispatch, has been reduced to a shell of its former self, publishing fluff rather than substance and largely staffed by wet-behind-the-ears newcomers. His jerk of an editor, Charles Twisdale, is more concerned with the bottom line and advertising revenue than reporting the news, leaving Mulligan feeling like a dinosaur on the verge of extinction. But if that’s to be his fate, the reporter is determined to go down swinging, pursuing the truth behind a series of murders that appear linked to the governor, colorfully known as “Attila the Nun,” who hopes to solve the state’s public-pension crisis by legalizing sports gambling. The lean prose and clever plotting will remind hard-boiled fans of Loren Estleman’s Amos Walker novels.

A Scourge of Vipers will be published on April 7.

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Sneak Peek: A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva

A Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilva

Read an excerpt of A Scourge of Vipers, the newest Liam Mulligan novel from Bruce DeSilva, publishing April 7.


A snake—that’s what Mario Zerilli had called me. And now, just an hour later, something was slithering across my cracked kitchen linoleum. It was three feet long with lemon racing stripes twisting the length of its brown body. I watched it slide past the wheezing fridge and veer toward the kitchen table where my bare feet rested on the floor.

It raised its head and froze, its forked tongue flickering. It had caught my scent.


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