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FICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
DECEMBER 2019

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Fantasy & Science

Anyone by Charles Soule

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When a botched experiment leads to the unexpected development of consciousness-transferring technology, a scientist witnesses the havoc of her innovation throughout two subsequent decades of body-rental violence, entertainment and warfare.

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Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan

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As the final battle approaches, a sellsword, a spy and a general must find unlikely and dangerous allies in order to turn the tides of war. By the the author of Promise of Blood. Gods of Blood and Powder No. 3

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Council of Fire by Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt

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In a world post-Haley’s comet where magic floods the land, causing the disintegration of society, the young English Prince Edward, the only person of royal blood left, must forge a military alliance against the rising dark powers. Arcane America No. 2

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Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

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Lives human and otherwise, from a demon-haunted homeless woman to a messianic blue fox, converge in terrifying and miraculous ways in a nameless city that is overshadowed by a brutally powerful company. Borne No. 2

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Knight of the Silver Circle by Duncan M. Hamilton

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Guillot and Solene seek a legendary sword and the magic of a mysterious Cup while facing critical decisions that will affect all of Mirabaya after three dragons wreak havoc, in the second novel of the series following Dragonslayer. Dragonslayer No. 2

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The Light of All That Falls by James Islington

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After a savage battle, the Boundary is whole again, but it may be too late; Banes now stalk the lands of Andarra, and the Venerate have gathered their armies for a final, crushing blow. By the author of The Shadow of What Was Lost. The Licanius Trilogy No. 3

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The Revisionaries by Andrew Moxon

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When a nearby mental hospital releases its patients to run amok throughout his neighborhood, a man pretending to be a street preacher to hide his dark past struggles to protect his followers from otherworldly forces.

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The Sky Done Ripped by Joe R. Lansdale. Illus by Timothy Truman.

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Ned and his friends Bongo Bill and Suzie Q jump through time into Victorian England where they save a famous ape-man from man-eating birds and agree to help him steal a Golden Fleece with curative powers from Shangri-La. Ned the Seal No. 3

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Splintegrate by Deborah Christian

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Forced to protect her Between-World sisters by agreeing to betray a crime cartel boss, a professional dominatrix is augmented against her will and turned into a brutal experimental weapon that threatens her independence and her relationships with loved ones.

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Upon the Flight of the Queen by Howard Andrew Jones

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A sequel to For the Killing of Kings finds Rylin Corimel infiltrating the highest enemy ranks of the Five Realms to gather intelligence and free hundreds of condemned prisoners, while Varama leads the Altenerai corps on strikes against the Naor. Ring-Sword Trilogy No. 2

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War of the Spark by Greg Weisman

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In an official sequel to Ravnica, the former comrades of Gideon Jura struggle to rebuild while new Gatewatch member, Kaya, embarks on a mission to find and exact retribution on the elusive traitor, Liliana Vess. Magic: The Gathering No. 2

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General Fiction

The Deep by Rivers Solomon, et al.

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The historian of the water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slaves thrown overboard by slavers keeps all the memories of her people both painful and miraculous, until she discovers that their future lies in returning to the past.

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Pack Up Your Troubles by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

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In 1919, the war is over, but peace is yet to come; and as men are demobbed, women must give up positions that gave them freedom. War at Home No. 6

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The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson

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Tells the haunting, vivid story of a nun whose past returns to her in unexpected ways, all while investigating a mysterious death and a series of harrowing abuse claims. By the author of One Station Away.

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Serotonin by Michel Houellebecq. Trans by Shaun Whiteside.

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The author of Submission provides a scathing, frightening, humorous, raunchy, offensive, politically incorrect novel about the current state of Europe, Western civilization and mankind in general.

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Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

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A story about race and privilege is centered around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. A first novel.

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This Is Happiness by Niall Williams

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A young man's first experiences of falling in and out of love are shaped by the arrival of electricity in his small western seaboard village, an enigmatic woman and a mysterious drought. By the author of Four Letters of Love.

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The Worst Kind of Want by Liska Jacobs

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Taking a respite from her mother’s sickbed, forty-something Pricilla Messing travels to Italy to keep her eye on her teenage niece, but gets caught up in her youthful, careless world of drinking, dancing and smoking through the Italian summer.

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Historical

Africaville by Jeffrey Colvin

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Three generations of a family of former slaves, the founders of a small Nova Scotia community, navigate prejudice, harsh weather and estrangements against a backdrop of the historical events of the 20th century. A first novel.

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The Book of Science and Antiquities by Thomas Keneally

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Obsessively researching prehistoric remains believed to represent a link between Africa and ancient Australia, an award-winning documentary filmmaker uncovers the complex world of a peaceful, 40,000-year-old tribal human. By the award-winning author of Schindler's List.

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The German House by Annette Hess. Trans by Elisabeth Lauffer.

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Caught between societal and family expectations and her unique ability to speak truth to power, a young translator fights to expose the dark truths of her nation's past. A first novel.

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The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

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A tale set in pre-World War II England follows an unlikely romance between a penniless painter and a wealthy socialite who is forced by tragedy to make a safe choice. By the award-winning author of Letters to the Lost.

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Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2 by Louis L’Amour & Beau L’Amour

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A latest collection of previously unpublished writings from the archives of Louis L’Amour is comprised of short stories, partial novels, notes, journal entries and correspondences that share unique insights into his creative process.

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Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Walking in the woods to escape the pain of his brother's Vietnam tour and complicated family troubles, 14-year-old Lucas bonds with a tragically haunted woman who he would prevent from leaving. By the best-selling author of Pay It Forward.

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Task Force Baum by James D. Shipman

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A best-selling author delivers a novel that illustrates the long-buried secrets and unending costs of war—based on the true story of General Patton’s clandestine unauthorized raid on a World War II POW camp.

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Treachery by S. J. Parris

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When Sir Francis Drake's daring 1585 expedition against the Spanish is sabotaged by an on-board murder, Giordano Bruno uncovers multiple deadly plots in Plymouth's murky underworld. By the best-selling author of Heresy. Giordano Bruno No. 4

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The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams

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Distancing herself from an unethical employer and unfaithful husband, a woman investigates the story of a previous resident in her Greenwich Village apartment, a Prohibition-era flapper who went missing amid an agonizing moral quandary. The Wicked City No. 2

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Mystery & Detective

All That's Bright and Gone by Eliza Nellums

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Unable to get answers from her traumatized family in the aftermath of her older brother's murder, a precocious 6-year-old teams up with a nosy neighbor to uncover painful secrets on the rooftops of Detroit. A first novel.

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And Dangerous to Know by Darcie Wilde

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When the ladies of the ton of Regency London need discreet assistance, they turn to Rosalind Thorne—in a mystery inspired by the novels of Jane Austen. Rosalind Thorne Mysteries No. 3

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The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt by Burt Solomon

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A historical tale based on true events finds Secretary of State John Hay teaming up with journalist Nellie Bly to investigate a suspicious accident that nearly ended the life of the 26th President. By the author of Where They Ain't.

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Beating About the Bush by M. C. Beaton

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Discovering evidence of a gruesome murder in a roadside hedge, private detective Agatha Raisin is embroiled in a case involving industrial espionage, a bad-tempered donkey and her own growing fame. By the best-selling author of the Hamish Macbeth series. Agatha Raisin No. 30

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Blotto, Twinks and the Great Road Race by Simon Brett

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When a beleaguered Dowager Duchess gives her blessing for his participation in the Great Road Race on the condition that he wins, Blotto navigates sabotage to compete, while Twinks is dispatched to the Highlands to find a wealthy husband. Blotto Twinks No. 9

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Brewed Awakening by Cleo Coyle

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Awakening on a park bench with no memory of the past decade, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi becomes a suspect in a kidnapping and must solve the mystery of her own disappearance to prove her innocence. Coffeehouse Mysteries No. 18

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Dead Blow by Lisa Preston

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Drawn into the town’s old intrigues instead of planning for her wedding, horseshoer Rainy Dale, mystified as to how her new client became a widow, must dig deep to defend herself and her loved ones. Horseshoer Mysteries No. 2

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Fear on the Phantom Special by Edward Marston

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On Halloween 1861, a person is murdered on a special train steaming through night on its way to a place notorious for its record of supernatural incidents. Railway Detective No. 17

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Laetitia Rodd and the Case of the Wandering Scholar by Kate Saunders

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A sequel to The Secrets of Wishtide finds Victorian detective Laetitia Rodd assisting a terminally ill gentleman in a search for his long-missing Oxford academic brother, before uncovering a formidable adversary lurking in the English countryside. Laetitia Rodd No. 2

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The Lonely Hour by Christopher Fowler

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Tangled in a cat-and-mouse hunt with a killer who has been performing ritual murders at 4 A.M., Bryant and May explore technological and academic leads that are bizarrely connected by arson, kidnapping and blackmail. Bryant & May Peculiar Crimes Unit No. 16

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No Man’s Land by Sara Driscoll

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Special Agent Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue dog are on the trail of a killer hiding where others fear to tread. FBI K-9 No. 4

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Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens

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A high school boy growing up in the Ozark hills rethinks his understanding of the world, race and class when he befriends a black family that moves in across the street.

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Now You See Them by Elly Griffiths

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Detective Edgar Stephens is enmeshed in an investigation involving a string of kidnappings that have pitted his wife, Emma, against a police force rival, while an increasingly famous Max Mephisto embarks on a search of his own. Magic Men No. 5

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Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury by Lee Hollis

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For retiree-turned-PI Poppy Harmon, spending her golden years running the Desert Flowers Detective Agency is far from the glamorous life she once knew, but becoming ensnared in two twisted Palm Springs crimes might be her worst look yet. Desert Flowers Mysteries No. 2

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Potions Are for Pushovers by Tamara Berry

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A follow-up to Séances Are for Suckers finds fake medium Eleanor Wilde implicated in a poisoning murder that her apprentices believe is actually the work of a werewolf, a theory that is complicated by the disappearances of local animals. Eleanor Wilde No. 2

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Puddin' on the Blitz by Tamar Myers

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Arrested for murder when a guest at the PennDutch Inn dies after eating a slice of her delicious pie, proprietor Magdalena Yoder is forced to identify a ruthless killer to clear her own name. Pennsylvania-Dutch Mysteries No. 21

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River Run by J. S. James

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Newly minted deputy Delia Chavez is thrust into the cutthroat world of hunting, where some are willing to kill people in order to be able to land their quarry. Delia Chavex Mysteries No. 1

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Shatter the Night by Emily Littlejohn

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When her friend, a retired judge, is killed in an explosion minutes after he reveals that he has been receiving death threats, detective Gemma Monroe and her team follow leads to a local production of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Detective Gemma Monroe No. 4

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A Step So Grave by Catriona McPherson

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Dandy Gilver investigates after discovering Lady Lavinia, the mother of his son's betrothed, murdered in the middle of her famous knot garden. By the author of Dandy Gilver and a Spot of Toil and Trouble. Dandy Gilver Mysteries No. 12

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Thin Ice by Paige Shelton

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The best-selling author of the Scottish Bookshop mysteries presents a first entry in a new series that finds a best-selling writer escaping from an obsessed fan by hiding in Alaska, where she is embroiled in a local murder case. Thin Ice No. 1

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Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard

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A rookie detective in a small New York community investigates the whereabouts of nine missing transients while navigating painful memories about her sister's unsolved murder years earlier. By the award-winning author of Darkness Peering. Natalie Lockhart No. 1

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Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower

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When a pesky private investigator is murdered during a bicycle race fundraiser, Charming Books proprietor Violet Waverly is guided by the works of Walt Whitman to find the killer and clear her own name of suspicion. Magical Bookshop Mysteries No. 4

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When Old Midnight Comes Along by Loren D. Estleman

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Hired to prove the death of an influential politician's missing wife, Amos Walker is embroiled in a case involving questions about the woman's disappearance, the death of an investigating officer and his client's upcoming nuptials. Amos Walker No. 28

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Winter Grave by Helene Tursten. Trans by Marlaine Delargy.

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When a mentally disabled boy is wrongly targeted with suspicion in the wake of a child's disappearance, Detective Inspector Embla uncovers suspicious links to an unsolved missing-persons case from her childhood. By the author of the Irene Huss series. Embla Nyström Investigations No. 2

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Story Collections

From Sea to Stormy Sea: 17 Stories Inspired by Great American Paintings by Lawrence Block, ed.

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Master of crime fiction Lawrence Block has gathered together the best talent from popular fiction—including John Sandford, Sara Paretsky and others—to produce an anthology of short stories based on masterpieces of American art.

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Pushcart Prize XIIV: Best of the Small Presses 2020 Edition by Bill Henderson

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A 44th edition of the most celebrated literary series in America presents 600 pages of literary works from both new and established authors, featuring both traditional and experimental forms.

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Suspense

The Attack by W. E. B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth, IV

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When the cheerleader daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur is found brutally murdered, Philadelphia Homicide sergeant Matt Payne uses video footage to identify the killer, the victim's arrogant ex-boyfriend, who has gone into hiding. Badge of Honor No. 14

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The Dead Girls Club by Damien Walters

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Decades after her friend's obsessive belief in a witch's ghost led to tragedy, Heather receives her late friend's necklace in the mail and discovers that she is being targeted by a vengeful killer. By the award-winning author of Paper Tigers.

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Genesis by Robin Cook

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Investigating the suspicious death of a social worker, Chief New York City Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery makes the controversial decision to use genealogic DNA databases to identify a mysterious killer. By the best-selling author of Coma. Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery No. 12

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Good Girls Lie by J. T. Ellison

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In a follow-up to Lie to Me and Tear Me Apart, a popular transfer student at an elite prep school races to protect a dangerous secret when a killer sets her up for a string of murders.

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How the Dead Speak by Val McDermid

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When skeletal remains are found on the site of an orphanage renovation, imprisoned psychological profiler Tony Hill painfully reunites with ex-DCI Carol Jordan to investigate the discovery of a victim who is believed to be behind bars. Tony Hill & Carol Jordan No. 11

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Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay

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Targeting a crown jewel collection that is protected by airtight security, a Robin Hood-type master thief finds his efforts complicated by an equally skilled nemesis cop and an expert forger with dubious loyalties. By the author of the Dexter series. Riley Wolfe No. 1

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A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

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Returning to her impoverished New Zealand hometown to reconnect with familiar things after a personal tragedy, Anahera Rawiri bonds with detective Will Gallagher to uncover the community secrets behind a missing-persons case.

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The Network by L. C. Shaw

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Investigating the suspicious death of a senator who had predicted his murder days before, investigative journalist Jack Logan and the victim's wife, Taylor, uncover a dangerous plot by a powerful political influencer. Jack Logan No. 1

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Oppo by Tom Rosenstiel

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Offered the vice presidential spot by both major parties during a tumultuous primary season, a respected centrist senator hires investigator Peter Rena to uncover an anonymous adversary who is threatening her career.

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Overthrow: The War With China and North Korea—Fall of an Empire by David Poyer

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Admiral Dan Lenson leads an allied invasion in South China in the hopes of ending World War III, while his wife conducts secret negotiations with Beijing rebels and his daughter fights against a dangerous new epidemic. Dan Lenson No. 19

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The Playground by Jane Shemilt

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A follow-up to The Daughter finds the lives of three very different couples upended by illicit affairs and shocking violence when their children join the same tutoring circle during a hot London summer.

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The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

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A woman in a voluntarily bigamous marriage befriends one of her husband's other wives by chance only to discover that the gentle husband she knows may be abusing his other families.

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