New at the Walla Walla Public Library


Featured books will be available for the public today.

They can also be placed on hold online at or call the Library for assistance at 527-4550.

Featured books include:


“Shanghai Factor,” by Charles McCarry.

“McCarry’s unnamed protagonist is a young spy for a shadowy U.S. intelligence agency. His assignment is simply to live in Shanghai, absorb its culture, and hone his language skills.

In time, he comes to the attention of Luther Burbank, head of counterintelligence, who thinks the young man may be his key to penetrating Guoanbu.

Character is crucial in “The Shanghai Factor.” The unnamed spy is nearly a perfect isolate, a third-generation spook raised by proper but emotionally remote New England WASPs, close to no one except his current lover.

His isolation suits him. Burbank is both ascetic and eccentric—and possibly modeled on legendary CIA counterintelligence chief, James Jesus Angleton. ... “The Shanghai Factor” is wildly entertaining and further proof that McCarry is a modern master of the genre.”

—Reviewed by Thomas Gaughan, Booklist , May 01, 2013.

“Asylum,” by John Harwood.

“Tregannon House in the Cornwall countryside was not always an asylum, but, having been in the hands of weak-minded, ailing owners over generations; it now houses insane and depressed mental patients under the care and control of Dr. Maynard Straker.

Unfortunately, Miss Georgina Ferrars is neither mad nor voluntarily committed. ... But the staff is convinced she’s Lucy Ashton and insist that she stay until she recovers her “correct” memory ... Twisted in every sense of the word and wonderfully atmospheric, this dark psychological tale shocks by degree until truth of a sort is revealed.”

—Reviewed by Jen Baker, Booklist, April 01, 2013.


“The Murder of the Century,” by Peter Graham.

“On June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme—better known as bestselling mystery writer Anne Perry—and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a New Zealand park with Pauline’s mother, Honora ... when Honora Parker was found in a pool of blood with the brick used to bludgeon her to death close at hand, Juliet and Pauline were quickly arrested, and later confessed to the killing.

This mesmerizing book offers a brilliant account of the crime and sensational trial, and shares dramatic revelations about the fates of the young women after their release from prison.”

— jacket notes

“Peking to Paris; Life and Love on a Short Drive Around the World,” by Dina Bennett.

“It’s May 2007. Leaving China’s Great Wall is Car 84, one of 125 antique autos racing in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge.

The 1940 LaSalle is guided by Dina Bennett, the world’s least likely navigator: a daydreamer prone to carsickness, riddled with self-doubt. She’s married to the driver, a thrill-seeking perfectionist who is half-human, half racecar. What could go wrong? Funny, self-deprecating, and marred by only a few acts of fortitude, ‘Peking to Paris’ is ... a voyage of renewal.”

—jacket notes


“My Fathers’ Ghost is Climbing in the Rain,” by Patricio Pron. “Norwegian By Night,” by Derek B. Miller.

“Prospero’s Son,” by Seth Lerer. “Robert Oppenheimer; Life Inside the Center,” by Ray Monk.


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