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FICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN May 2020

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Fantasy & Science Fiction

Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

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An information broker whose librarian team uses knowledge to protect a crumbling America and a battle-weary supersoldier who is fighting for survival after refusing to target innocents become rivals and then unlikely partners in a quest to save the world. Mercenary Librarians No. 1

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Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks

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A modern retelling of the Bigfoot legend is presented as a gripping journal by a woman from a high-tech Pacific Northwest community who becomes cut off from civilization by a volcanic eruption before witnessing the flight of starving humanoid beings.

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Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore

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An uproarious hardboiled mystery inspired by Shakespeare's most-performed play finds The Serpent of Venice's Pocket of Dog Snogging assuming the duties of a murdered Puck to identify hidden adversaries who have complicated an arranged marriage.

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Historical Fiction

Book of the Little Axe by Lauren Francis-Sharma

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Quietly but purposefully rebelling against the life others expect of her in late-18th-century Trinidad, Rosa loses her family's farm when her homeland transitions to British rule, before her half-Crow son finds his coming-of-age challenged by decades-old secrets.

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The Book of V by Anna Solomon

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A modern family woman grappling with sexual and intellectual desires, a Watergate-era political wife confronting a life-changing choice and an independent-minded sacrifice to an ancient Persian king combine to explore enduring women's realities that have not changed for millennia.

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The City of Tears by Kate Mosse

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A continuation of the story that began with The Burning Chambers is set in Paris, London and Amsterdam and follows the failed efforts of a royal marriage to end a decade-long religious conflict. By the best-selling author of Labyrinth. Burning Chambers No. 2

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Daughter of the Reich by Louise Fein

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Questioning her dutiful support of her Nazi father in the wake of her growing attraction to a longtime Jewish friend, Hetty embarks on a secret affair that is challenged by rising anti-Semitism. A first novel.

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Exile Music by Jennifer Steil

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The daughter of respected Jewish music artists finds her culturally rich life in 1938 Vienna shattered by the Nazi invasion and a devastating secret that threatens her efforts to start over in a Bolivian Andes refugee community.

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The First Actress: A Novel of Sarah Bernhardt by C. W. Gortner

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A historical tale inspired by the life of French actress Sarah Bernhardt traces the rise of a courtesan's daughter whose rebellious style and refusal to give up her child lead her to become the most acclaimed performer of her time.

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The Florios of Sicily by Stefania Auci

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Captures the many lives of Italy’s greatest family, the Florios, from their humble origins as Sicilian shopkeepers to their dominance as titans of industry.

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In the Lion's Den by Barbara Taylor Bradford

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A sequel to Master of His Fate finds James Lionel Falconer's unlikely rise to the head of a prestigious London shipping company challenged by a devastating fire, a paramour's life-changing secret and his evolving feelings for runaway Alexis Malvern. House of Falconer No. 2

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The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

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A group of disparate bibliophiles bands together in the small English village of Chawton in the hopes of restoring the final home of Jane Austen, revealing their respective losses along the way. A first novel.

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Katheryn Howard, the Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir

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A latest series entry traces the story of the tragic fifth wife of Henry VIII, Katheryn Howard, a teenage beauty who succumbs to the courtship of the ailing king and tries to bear him a son while hiding a dangerous secret. Six Tudor Queens No. 5

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Keep Saying Their Names by Simon Stranger

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Traces the parallel stories of a Norwegian family navigating generations of fallout in the aftermath of World War II and the Nazi double agent who sent their ancestor to his death and used their home as a torture chamber.

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Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin

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Separated by a devastating loss, two estranged college roommates reach out to each other years later in the face of unpredictable hardships before discovering the power of their unbreakable bond to transform their lives.

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The Paris Hours by Alex George

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Four individuals share an extraordinary day in Paris between the wars, including a maid in possession of a lone surviving Marcel Proust manuscript and a lovesick artist who would repay an impossible debt through a partnership with Gertrude Stein.

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Passage West by Rishi Reddi

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Follows a family of Indian sharecroppers at the onset of World War I, revealing a little-known part of California history. A first novel.

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The Queen's Secret: A Novel of England's World War II Queen by Karen Harper

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Endearing herself to the British people with her kindness and strength, Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the wife of George VI and mother of a future Elizabeth II, orchestrates Edward VIII's exile while hiding damaging secrets.

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Summer Darlings by Brooke Lea Foster

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Set during the splendid summer days of 1960s Martha’s Vineyard, a historical novel pulls back the curtain on a mysterious and wealthy family, as seen through the eyes of their nanny—a college student who, while falling in love on the elegant island, is also forced to reckon with the dark underbelly of privilege.

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The Sun Sister by Lucinda Riley

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Still reeling from her father's death a famous model grieves through drugs and alcohol until she receives a shocking letter from a stranger claiming to be her grandmother, in a follow up to The Moon Sister. The Seven Sisters No. 6

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To Wake the Giant: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Jeff Shaara

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The best-selling author of The Frozen Hours draws on extensive research and unprecedented access to the Pearl Harbor memorial and museum archives in a high-suspense, historically accurate thriller inspired by the 1941 attack.

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Mystery & Detective

Auntie Poldi and the Handsome Antonio by Mario Giordano. Trans by John Brownjohn.

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When her idyllic Sicilian retirement is interrupted by one of her unfaithful detective inspector husband's cases, the irascible Auntie Poldi uncovers shocking secrets in her effort to rescue an in-law from the Mafia. Auntie Poldi Adventures No. 3

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Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney

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A woman hiding her identity behind half a century of secrets lands in the center of a dangerous conspiracy involving a neighbor's disappearance from their South Carolina retirement community. By the best-selling author of The Face on the Milk Carton.

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The Coyotes of Carthage by Steven Wright

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In a small South Carolina town, a political operative runs a dark-money campaign for his corporate clients. A first novel.

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The Devil's Bones by Carolyn Haines

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Visiting a Jerusalem-inspired garden with the newly pregnant Tinkie, Sarah Booth and Cece stumble on the body of an underhanded local lawyer before taking the case of a wrongly implicated pharmacist. By the award-winning author of Game of Bones. Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries No. 21

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From the Grave by David Housewright

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When a psychic's reading connects him to a stolen fortune, McKenzie is swept up in a conflict involving a man from his past and a dangerous adversary. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Dead Man's Mistress. Twin Cities P. I. Mac McKenzie No. 17

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Furmidable Foes by Rita Mae Brown

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Mary Minor "Harry" Harristeen and her pet sleuths investigate hidden enemies in their effort to expose a scam involving an upmarket organic grocery store that is selling substandard produce. By the author of the "Sister" Jane series. Mrs. Murphy No. 29

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Indigo by Loren D. Estleman

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Collecting a valuable, never-before-released noir film that was shelved for its possible mob ties, film detective Valentino searches for clues about the film's believed-dead star as part of a mainstream marketing campaign. Valentino Mysteries No. 6

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The Murder of Twelve by Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land

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Jessica Fletcher tackles an Agatha Christie-style mystery when a sudden blizzard traps her in a hotel with hostile strangers who are barely tolerating each other during the nuptials of a bride and groom from rival families. Murder, She Wrote No. 51

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Read or Alive by Nora Page

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Delighted when the Georgia Antiquarian Book Society chooses Catalpa Springs for its annual fair, septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins investigates the murder of a con artist who had stolen a prized book from Cleo's cousin. Bookmobile Mysteries No. 3

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Robert B. Parker's Grudge Match by Mike Lupica

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Reluctantly taking the case of a long-time gangster associate who will forgive a betrayal in return, private investigator Sunny Randall tracks down the man's missing girlfriend and business partner before the murder of a witness reveals unanticipated dangers. Sunny Randall No. 8 

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The Secrets of Bones by Kylie Logan

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A follow-up to The Scent of Murder finds Jazz Ramsey giving a cadaver dog demonstration at a school career day before her canine companion uncovers the body of a former teacher who went missing under suspicious circumstances. Jazz Ramsey No. 2

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The Shooting at Chateau Rock by Martin Walker

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When a wealthy farmer is found dead amid revelations about his disinherited family, Bruno follows leads to a Russian oligarch and a shadowy multinational conglomerate in a case involving the chief suspect's daughter and an aging rock star. Bruno, Chief of Police No. 13

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The War Widow by Tara Moss

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When her career is sidelined by returning male soldiers, World War II correspondent Billie Walker reopens her late father's private investigation agency, only to be swept up in a dangerous missing-persons case. By the best-selling author of The Fictional Woman. Billie Walker Mysteries No. 1

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Romance

Close Up by Amanda Quick

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Protecting a crime-scene photographer who has identified elusive details connecting a string of murders, reclusive investigator Nick Sundridge uses his own uncanny talents to tie the killer to 1930s Hollywood society. By the best-selling author of the Arcane Society series. Burning Cove, California No. 4

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Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

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A live-tweet event goes viral for a camera-shy ex-model, shoving her into the spotlight—and into the arms of the bodyguard she’d been pining for. By the author of The Right Swipe. Modern Love No. 2

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Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews

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When the dream job she has pursued all her adult life suddenly disappears, an ambitious journalist returns to her family's small-town newspaper before witnessing a car accident that ends the life of a local war hero.

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Hideaway by Nora Roberts

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Years after escaping a kidnapper with the help of a young man, a Hollywood hopeful pursues healing in Ireland before she is compelled to return to Los Angeles, where she encounters unexpected opportunities in love and vengeance.

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Seeing Darkness by Heather Graham

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When a terrifying past-life regression during a girls' weekend in Salem reveals a local politician's sinister nature, FBI Krewe of Hunters special agent Jon Dickson teams up with an apprehensive witness to stop a twisted serial killer. Krewe of Hunters No. 30

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The Somerset Girls by Lori Foster

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As Autumn and Ember work hand-in-hand to save the animal rescue property their grandparents created, they’ll see that family can be a blessing and a curse. By the New York Times best-selling author of Worth the Wait.

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Truth and Justice by Fern Michaels

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Alexis Thorn and Joe Esposito rally the Sisterhood around an Afghanistan War soldier's grieving widow, a victim of a fertility clinic con artist who has destroyed her chance to have a child with her late husband. Sisterhood No. 31

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Story Collections

Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors by Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini, eds.

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Celebrates the 75th anniversary of the founding of Mystery Writers of America with new stories from an all-star author roster of MWA Grand Masters, MWA presidents and Edgar Award winners, including Sue Grafton's final work of fiction and tales by Lee Child, Meg Gardiner and more.

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Sorry for Your Trouble: Stories by Richard Ford

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A new short-story collection by the award-winning author of Independence Day includes the novella, "The Run of Yourself," in which a New Orleans lawyer tackles the challenges of living beyond his Irish wife's death.

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Suspense

The 20th Victim by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

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Investigating three simultaneous murders in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, SFPC sergeant Lindsay Boxer identifies an unsettling link between the victims before the killer's escalating shootings galvanize the country. Women's Murder Club No. 20

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Black Flag by David Ricciardi

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When two American ships are captured by Somali pirates, CIA agent Jake Keller goes undercover as a rival to lure out the gang's mastermind, an unconventional plan that is complicated by Keller's growing feeling for a Greek shipping heiress. Jake Keller No. 3

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Bombshell by Stuart Woods & Parnell Hall

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Former CIA operative-turned-movie producer Teddy Fay becomes embroiled in two sticky situations involving a vengeful criminal thug and malicious gossip that is overshadowing the career of a rising Centurion star. By the authors of Smooth Operator. Teddy Fay No. 4

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The Bounty by Janet Evanovich & Peter Evanovich

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Searching a train carrying billions in lost Nazi gold, Special Agent Kate O'Hare and con man Nick Fox team up with Kate's stubborn father to protect Nick's father from the relentless assassins of a vast international criminal organization. Fox and O'Hare No. 7

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Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution by P. W. Singer & August Cole

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Narrowly averting a Union Station bombing, an FBI special agent teams up with the world's first police robot before investigating a criminal conspiracy that is armed with cutting-edge tech. By the authors of Ghost Fleet.

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Eagle Station by Dale Brown

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When Russia and China forge an unlikely alliance to claim the moon's natural resources, Brad McLanahan and the Iron Wolf Squadron scramble to prevent the construction of a heavily armed moon base. Brad McLanahan No. 24

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The End of October by Lawrence Wright

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Investigating dozens of mysterious deaths in an Indonesian internment camp, a World Health Organization doctor finds himself on a race to uncover the origins of a mysterious killer virus and find a cure before it decimates world populations.

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Fair Warning by Michael Connelly

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When a woman with whom he shared a one-night stand is found brutally murdered, veteran reporter Jack McEvoy tracks a serial killer who has been operating under the radar. By the best-selling author of The Poet. Jack McEvoy No. 3

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The Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella

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Defying her family to investigate the suspicious suicide of her schizophrenic genius brother, a Harvard freshman begins to hear the voices of three paranoia-inducing ghosts from different eras in American history. A first novel.

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A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

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Begged for help by an old friend, an overworked lawyer investigates a suspicious death in a Brooklyn brownstone before she is confronted by a close-knit circle of parents who would protect an exclusive school.

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The Goodbye Man by Jeffery Deaver

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A sequel to The Never Game finds Colter Shaw investigating a mysterious organization in Washington State that is either a therapeutic healing colony or a dangerous cult under the sway of a charismatic leader. Colter Shaw No. 2

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The Guest List by Lucy Foley

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An expertly planned celebrity wedding between a rising television star and an ambitious magazine publisher is thrown into turmoil by petty jealousies, a college drinking game, the bride's ruined dress and an untimely murder.

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Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich

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Investigating a murder in a Jacksonville motel room, Dane Kirby and his FBI counterpart, Special Agent Roselita Velasquez, find themselves in a race against time to save a boy on the autism spectrum whose savant talents are being violently exploited.

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If It Bleeds by Stephen King

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The award-winning literary master presents a collection of four novella-length tales, complementing the title piece with the stories, Mr. Harrigan's Phone, The Life of Chuck and Rat.

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The Last Trial by Scott Turow

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A brilliant octogenarian defense lawyer on the brink of retirement seeks to prove the innocence of a long-time friend, a former Nobel Prize winner who has been charged with murder. By the best-selling author of Presumed Innocent. Kindle County No. 11

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The Lion's Den by Katherine St. John

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Accepting a friend's invitation to a glamorous Mediterranean cruise, an actress struggling with a stalled career becomes a member of a group of friends under the control of a gold-digging host who would expose dangerous secrets.

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The Mother Code by Carole Stivers

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Racing to protect human survival in the wake of a bio-warfare attack gone wrong, a team of scientists creates a generation of genetically engineered children who struggle to survive when their robot protectors are slated for demolition. A first novel.

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My Mother's House by Francesca Momplaisir

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Moving his family to an immigrant enclave in New York in the hopes of starting over, an emotionally damaged Haitian man succumbs to dark impulses that have dangerous ripple effects for the others living in his home.

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The Nemesis Manifesto by Eric Van Lustbader

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Dedicating her life to protecting her country after surviving an unspeakable tragedy, DOD black-ops field agent Evan Ryder investigates a hostile cabal behind the assassinations of her fellow agents. By the best-selling author of Blood Trust. Evan Ryder No. 1

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The Paladin: A Spy Novel by David Ignatius

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Set up to take the fall for an illegal covert ops mission targeting a hostile cyber intelligence organization, operations officer Michael Dunne emerges from a year in prison determined to bring justice to the CIA insiders who destroyed his life.

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The Poison Flood by Jordan Farmer

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Ghostwriting songs from an isolated rural church, the hunchbacked son of a West Virginia hill preacher is discovered by a fan who embroils him in a case involving a local chemical spill and an untimely murder.

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A Private Cathedral by James Lee Burke

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Swept up in a criminal underworld rivalry involving a pair of star-crossed teen lovers, Detective Dave Robicheaux is targeted by a time-traveling superhuman assassin who forces him to confront the demons of his own past. Dave Robicheaux No. 23

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Risk Factor by Michael Brandman

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Returning to Freedom to investigate a gang-related home invasion at his father's house, acting sheriff Buddy Steel teams up with LAPD gang-enforcement expert Quinn Anthony to expose a band of tech-savvy millennials operating under the protection of elite cartel leaders. Buddy Steel No. 4

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The Silence by Susan Allott

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Reluctantly returning to her Sydney hometown when her father is implicated in a disappearance from 30 years earlier, Isla confronts devastating secrets about her parents and their long-ago next-door neighbors. A first novel.

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Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcey Bell

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After her daughter is kidnapped, Charlotte suspects her brother’s girlfriend, who seemed a little obsessed with the child, but all is not as it seems. By the best-selling author of A Simple Favor.

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These Women by Ivy Pochoda

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Connected by the deadly obsessions of a single man, five very different women endure lives of danger and anguish, including a mother whose daughter's murder remains unsolved. By the award-winning author of Wonder Valley.

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This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf

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A pregnant detective, still haunted by the cold case murder of her best friend decades earlier is forced to relive the past and finally understand what happened when new evidence comes to light and the case is reopened.

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Wrath of Poseidon by Clive Cussler & Robin Burcell

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A latest entry in the best-selling series that includes, The Oracle, continues the high-risk exploits of husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo. Co-written by the co-author of the Dirk Pitt Adventures. Sam and Remi Fargo Adventures No. 12

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The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine

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When the husband she has been patiently supporting for years ends their marriage upon falling in love with another woman, Joanna finds herself enmeshed in an ugly custody battle while struggling with a therapist who dismisses her concerns.

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