Highlights of New Fiction

  • The appeal by John Grisham – In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town’s water supply, causing the worst “cancer cluster” in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it. Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided? Check availability
  • Roma by Steven Saylor – “Roma” is the story of the ancient city of Rome, from its mythic beginnings as a campsite along a trade route to its emergence as the centre of the most extensive, powerful empire in the ancient world. Beginning with the prehistory days when Roma was a way station among seven hills for traders and merchants and the founding of the city itself by Romulus and Remus, critically acclaimed historical novelist Steven Saylor tells the epic saga of a city and its people, its rise to prominence among the city-states of the area, and, ultimately, dominance over the entire ancient Western world. Check availability
  • Silvermeadow by Barry Maitland – Two cases. One location. The first case, a girl gone missing, seems a decidedly local affair. The second, the return of a violent criminal who had escaped justice and fled the country, instantly attracts the interest of Scotland Yard and Detective Chief Inspector David Brock. Check availability
  • When we were Romans by Matthew Kneale – Nine-year-old Lawrence watches protectively over his mother and his sister. His mother decides the three of them must leave their life in England behind. Their destination is Rome. Though short of money, it seems that their new life is beginning to take shape. But the mystery that brought them to Italy will not quite leave them in peace.Check availability
  • A kind of vanishing by Lesley Thomson – A child disappears. A woman grows up harbouring a terrible secret. Her daughter wants to know the truth. It is the summer of 1968, the day Senator Robert Kennedy is shot. Two nine-year-old girls are playing hide and seek in the ruins of a deserted village. Alice has discovered a secret… Check availability
  • The uninvited by Geling Yan – Dan Dong is an unemployed factory worker, but his life takes a series of unexpected twists upon his discovery that, simply by posing as a journalist, he can eat exquisite gourmet meals free of charge at state-sponsored banquets. Check availability