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The Shell Game
Steve Alten

ALTEN

In 2012, oil expert Ace Futrell is charged by his dying wife with preventing the U.S. government’s plan to blow up an American city and pin the blame on Iran, whose nuclear capabilities pose a considerable threat.


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Blacklands
Belinda Bauer

BAUER

Twelve-year-old Steven Lamb digs holes on Exmoor, hoping to find a body. Every day after school, while his classmates swap football stickers, Steven goes digging to lay to rest the ghost of the uncle he never knew, who disappeared aged eleven and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery.


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The Paris Vendetta: A Novel
Steve Berry

BERRY

Awakened by a housebreaking stranger who is revealed to be a friend of Henrik Thorvaldsen and the father of a young man he once tried to save, Cotton Malone flees with the intruder when they are pursued by a shadowy organization.


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Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising: Shadows of War
Larry Bond,Jim DeFelice

BOND

In the year 2014, with the world torn by climate change and economic and geopolitical chaos, the Chinese premier reacts to mass riots by marching on traditional Chinese enemies through Southeast Asia, while the United States struggles to prevent a nuclear war.


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Rogue Forces
Dale Brown

BROWN

Kevin Martindale and Patrick McLanahan take an assignment in northern Iraq during the withdrawal of U.S. troops and find themselves a solitary force in an unexpected clash between Kurdish nationalists and Turkish invaders.


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The Lost Symbol
Dan Brown

BROWN

Called to Washington D.C., Langdon must investigate the centuries-old secrets of the Freemasons. However, with treachery around every corner, will Langdon’s eidetic memory and insurmountable knowledge of history be able to guide him through another adventure?


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Terminal Freeze
Lincoln Child

CHILD

When a scientific expedition discovers a giant cat frozen in the Alaskan wilderness, the media conglomerate sponsoring the trip makes plans to thaw out the creature on live television, unaware that it is an ancient killing machine that may not be dead.


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Nine Dragons (A Harry Bosch Novel)
Michael Connelly

MYS CONNELLY

Harry Bosch’s latest case sees him alone, without backup – and this time it’s personal.


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Spartan Gold (A Fargo Adventure)
Clive Cussler,Grant Blackwood

CUSSLER

After discovering a U-boat in a Delaware swamp containing a map to Napoleon’s “lost cellar,” the Fargo brothers race to find the treasure before a rival collector can, in this new-series debut from the best-selling author.


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The 13th Hour: A Thriller
Richard Doetsch

DOETSCH

After witnessing his wife’s murder then being accused of the crime, a man is given the chance to travel back in time by one hour to prevent disaster from happening twice.


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The Bone Garden
Tess Gerritsen

GERRITSEN

Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil, human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.


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The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway Mysteries)
Elly Griffiths

MYS GRIFFITHS

When a child’s bones are found near an ancient henge in the wild saltmarshes of Norfolk’s north coast, Ruth Galloway, a university lecturer in forensic archaeology, is asked to date them by DCI Harry Nelson who thinks they may be the bones of a child called Lucy who has been missing for ten years.


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The Last Child
John Hart

HART

A year after his family is shattered by the disappearance of his twin sister, thirteen-year-old Johnny Merrimon risks everything in a final, desperate search through the dark side of his hometown with the aid of a giant-sized man.


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Red Cell
Mark Henshaw

HENSHAW

Reassigned to a CIA think tank in Langley after an assignment gone awry, rookie case officer Kyra Stryker is partnered with a straitlaced analyst with whom she investigates an imminent invasion of Taiwan by China that could trigger a global conflict.


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Sleepless: A Novel
Charlie Huston

HUSTON

Working undercover to stop the black market trade of a sleep-aid drug that has become aggressively sought by a world stricken by pandemic insomnia, Los Angeles cop Parker Haas finds his work compromised by pharmaceutical company corruption.


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Absolute Fear
Lisa Jackson

ROM JACKSON

Eve Renner can’t remember the night she was almost killed, but she does remember the body of an old friend lying in a pool of blood, and the face of her lover, Cole Dennis. Now there are more murders, and the only connection between them is a crumbling old asylum that was once the scene of unspeakable madness.


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Stalemate
Iris Johansen

JOHANSEN

Eve Duncan the forensic sculptor goes to South America to help a drug lord in need of her services, after he offers to help her find her seven-year-old daughters’ body and killer.


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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson

LARSSON

Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family, her octogenarian uncle hires journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, an unconventional young hacker, to investigate.


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River of Heaven: A Novel
Lee Martin

MARTIN

Past and present collide in Lee Martin’s highly anticipated novel of a man, his brother, and the dark secret that both connects and divides them. Haunting and beautifully wrought, River of Heaven weaves a story of love and loss, confession and redemption, and the mystery buried with a boy named Dewey Finn.


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The Missing: A Thriller
Chris Mooney

MOONEY

Police officer Darby is shocked by a murder investigation during which she realizes that the perpetrator is a serial killer who brutalized one of her friends years earlier and who is now targeting Darby as his next intended victim.


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The Last Dickens: A Novel
Matthew Pearl

PEARL

When Daniel Sand’s body is discovered by the docks where he awaited Charles Dickens’s unfinished novel, publishing partner James Osgood and Rebecca Sand, Daniel’s sister, attempt to uncover Dickens’s final mystery.


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The Race
Richard North Patterson

PATTERSON

Corey Grace, a Republican senator from Ohio noted for voting his own conscience rather than the party line, becomes locked in a no-holds-barred presidential primary campaign with his rival, a member of the party establishment and leader of the Christian right.


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Breaking Cover
J.D. Rhoades

RHOADES

Tony Wolf, the FBI’s most talented undercover agent, is forced into the open during the rescue of two kidnapped children and becomes caught in the middle of a massive federal manhunt led by a traitorous agent and the ruthless biker gang he has betrayed.


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Altar of Eden
James Rollins

ROLLINS

Pregnant veterinarian Lorna Polk, along with U.S. Marshall Jack Menard, risks everything to unravel the mystery of a smuggler’s cache of mutated animals, a puzzle that involves fractal intelligence, stem cell research, and a secret history of the Book of Genesis.


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Daddy's Girl
Lisa Scottoline

SCOTTOLINE

Law professor Natalie Greco is plunged into dangerous new world when a mortally wounded prison guard asks her with his dying words to deliver a cryptic message. Forced into hiding to stay alive, she sets out to save herself by deciphering the puzzle behind the dead guard’s last words and learns the secret behind the greatest puzzle of all, herself.


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The Defector
Daniel Silva

SILVA

Gabriel Allon’s idyllic world is once again thrown into turmoil with shocking news from London. The defector and former Russian intelligence officer Grigori Bulganov, who saved Gabriel’s life in Moscow, has vanished without a trace.


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Hush: A Novel
Kate White

MYS WHITE

An ordinary woman flees the scene of a murder—and realizes it’s not just the law that may be coming after her.


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Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration
David Roberts

BIOGRAPHY MAWSON

On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders.


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Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival
Dean King

HISTORY AFRICA KIN

Everywhere hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure, this enthralling narrative recounts the experiences of twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the bone-dry heart of the Sahara.


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Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places
Andrew Blackwell

SCIENCE ENVIRON BLA

A tour of the world’s most environmentally compromised regions provides satirical analysis of “destinations” ranging from hidden bars and convenience stores to radioactive wildernesses and the waters of India.


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The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
Sebastian Junger

TRANSPOR BOATS JUN

The incredible true account of the most extraordinary storm of the 20th century, this is the story of a tempest born from so rare a combination of factors it was deemed “perfect” and of the doomed fishing boat with her crew of six that was helpless in the midst of a force beyond comprehension.


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