Multcolib Picks: Novels Set in Portland

Glaciers A Novel By Smith, Alexis M. Book - 2012 FICTION SMITH 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:The reader follows Isabel over the course of a day as she muses on her life while working at the library, nursing a crush on a coworker and coveting a vintage dress on display at a local store.

Lean on Pete
Lean on Pete A Novel By Vlautin, Willy Book - 2010 FICTION VLAUTIN 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 0 copies

Annotation:Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson and his father move from Spokane to Portland to start over. Charley takes a job in the tack room of a run-down horse track and is comforted by his friendship with a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.

Fixation By Schorr, Mark Book - 2008 MYSTERY SCHORR Available in some locations

Annotation:A Vietnam vet with post-traumatic stress disorder and a history of substance abuse, Brian Hanson has turned his life around working as a counselor with some of Portland, Oregon's, most troubled citizens. Taking readers from Portland's mysterious underground tunnels, to computer dives in Seattle, to the back streets and alleyways of the Rose City, Fixation offers gripping characters with a rich sense of place.

Portland Noir
Portland Noir Book - 2009 MYSTERY PORTLAND 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Explore the dark, rainy underbelly of one of America's most beautiful but enigmatic cities.

My Abandonment
My Abandonment By Rock, Peter Book - 2009 FICTION ROCK 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Inspired by a true story, Rock offers a riveting and unsettling account of a girl and her father who live off the grid in the forest park outside Portland, Oregon.

The Shanghai Tunnel
The Shanghai Tunnel By Newman, Sharan Book - 2008 FICTION NEWMAN Available in some locations

Annotation:A widow takes over her husband's business in the rough, bustling trading outpost of 1868 Portland, Oregon. She must deal with his hostile partners and investigate the murder of a man in her kitchen.

Magic on the Storm
Magic on the Storm By Monk, Devon Book - 2010 SF MONK 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Allison Beckstrom is committed to her work tracing illegal spells. Now there's an apocalyptic storm bearing down on Portland, and when it hits, all the magic in the area will turn unstable and destructive.

Sleeping With the Devil
Sleeping With the Devil By Marlow, Vanessa Book - 2008 FICTION MARLOW Available in some locations

Annotation:A chef in Portland is seduced and introduced to a life of luxury and dark sexual kinks. She allows herself to be trapped in a web of lust and sexual depravity, pain and pleasure — and she may not survive

Wrenn Egypt House By Lynn, Alice Book - 2008 FICTION LYNN 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Wrenn is a journey of romance and personal growth set in turn-of-the-20th-century Portland, Oregon. Wrenn's adventures lead her to New York, where she is treated to the opera and riding lessons in Central Park. Returning to Portland, Wrenn struggles to resume her working-class life against the backdrop of the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition

Forest Moon Rising
Forest Moon Rising A Tess Noncoiré Adventure By Frost, P. R. Book - 2011 SF FROST 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A dark elf has settled in the heart of Portland's Forest Park and is ravishing women, leaving them pregnant and stealing the babies. Tess Noncoiré, successful fantasy writer and Celestial Blade Warrior, forfeits her own dreams in order to save those nearest and dearest to her.

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky A Novel By Durrow, Heidi W. Book - 2011 FICTION DURROW 2011 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 5 copies

Annotation:The daughter of a Danish immigrant and a black G.I., Rachel survives a family tragedy only to face new challenges. Sent to live with her strict African-American grandmother in a racially divided Portland, Oregon, she must suppress her grief and reinvent herself in a mostly black community. The world wants to see her as either black or white, but that's not how she sees herself.

42 A Novel By Cooper, M. Thomas Book - 2008 FICTION COOPER All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Portland, Oregon resident, George Olson works for an insurance company in a downtown office, The Black Box, from where he begins noticing a string of disappearances, strange disasters and the recurrence of the number 42.

Hard Rain Falling
Hard Rain Falling By Carpenter, Don Book - 2009 FICTION CARPENTER 2009 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 7 on 7 copies

Annotation:Hard Rain Falling follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the fleabag hotels and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon.

Day One
Day One By Cameron, Bill Book - 2010 MYSTERY CAMERON 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:A retired Portland homicide cop about to give up on life helps a woman escape an abusive past.

The Night Season
The Night Season By Cain, Chelsea Book - 2011 MYSTERY CAIN 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 21 copies

Annotation:Portland is threatened by the worst flood since 1948, when the town of Vanport, just north of the city, was wiped from the map. Now several victims are discovered with mysterious puncture wounds. Detective Archie Sheridan and Journalist Susan Ward investigate.

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