The Storyteller, by Jodi Picoult
Sage Singer becomes friends with an old man who's particularly beloved in her community after they strike up a conversation at the bakery where she works. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses, but then he tells her he deserves to die. Once he reveals his secret, Sage wonders if he's right. What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever redeem themselves with good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all--if Sage even considers his request--is it murder, or justice?
Tenth of December, by George Saunders
A collection of stories includes "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit.
Balancing Act: All She Can Be / Free Spirit
Divorced novelist Rita Bellamy's fragile confidence is boosted when a younger man shows an interest in her, and New Yorker Dory, after moving to Washington, D.C. to be with a man, has a hard time adjusting to her new life.
Don't Go, by Lisa Scottoline - out 4/9
When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he's acutely aware of the dangers he'll face and the hardships it will bring his wife Chloe and newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn't think of himself as a hero, but a healer. However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparently freak household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart. He's a stranger to his baby girl, and his medical practice has downsized in his absence. Worse, he learns a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral.
The Boyfriend, by Thomas Perry
Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case. Jack Till must delve into the shadowy world of the online escort business to find a serial killer who hops from city to city.
Robert Ludlum's The Utopia Experiment, by Kyle Mills
While assessing the military potential of a new intelligence device, Covert-One's Colonel Jon Smith realizes the technology must never fall into the hands of America's enemies.
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, by Chip & Dan Heath
Explains how to overcome natural biases and irrational thinking to make better decisions in work and life, drawing on extensive studies and research to outline specific strategies for enabling clear-headed thinking.