Baldacci, David. Divine Justice Signed ($30). Dodging a new hired gun on his tail, government watchdog Oliver Stone of The Camel Club-aka John Carr, a former CIA assassin-hides out in the small Appalachian town of Divine, Virginia, a coal mining community that proves to be as corrupt and dangerous as DC where coal miners are as ripe for addiction as any urban population....
Berry, Steve. The Charlemagne Pursuit Signed - Not in but please reserve for December delivery.
Picture King Ludwig's Fairy Tale castles, lots of other architecture, and a plot unfolding in the German Alps, at the monastery at Ettal, and in the remote home of a Bavarian family down to two dueling heirs, both daughters of a ruthless mother. Here is former Justice Department ace agent Cotton Malone, a rare books bookseller still in the game despite himself, in Garrnisch and beyond. What fun to have just scene the landscape of this thriller first hand. The Amber Room; The Templar Legacy; The Romanov Prophecy; The Third Secret; The Templar Legacy; The Alexandria Link ($10 each).
Woman, David. Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling (Collins $25). The Indie Next Pick: "An informative and humorous look at how we ended up with our English orthography. This is a book for many of us who find that English words never look quite right-even when correctly spelled. A wonderful weekend read!" And a killer gift, no?