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February 2, 2016
REVENGE by Stephen Fry. Ned Maddstone is a happy, charismatic Oxford-bound seventeen-year-old whose rosy future is virtually preordained. Handsome, confident, and talented, newly in love with bright, beautiful Portia, his father an influential MP, Ned enjoys an existence of boundless opportunity. But privilege makes him an easy target for envy, and in the course of one day Ned’s charmed life is changed forever. A promise made to a dying teacher combined with a prank devised by a jealous classmate mutates into a case of mistaken arrest and incarceration. Drugged and disoriented, Ned finds himself a political prisoner in a nightmarish, harrowing exile, far from home and lost to those he loves. Years pass before an apparently mad, obviously brilliant fellow inmate reawakens the younger man’s intellect and resurrects his will to live. The chilling consequences of Ned’s recovery are felt worldwide.
STORM FRONT by Richard Castle. The world’s top bankers are dying—brutally and painfully murdered by an unknown culprit. CIA operative Derrick Storm jets to Paris to hunt for clues…but what he finds is far more enticing. Ling Xi Bang, beautiful press secretary for China’s ministry of finance, has the right curves to throw a curve into Storm’s investigation. But when she reveals that she’s essentially Storm’s Chinese counterpart, the two team up, traveling the globe in a desperate attempt to stop a devious plot.
THE PLAYDATE by Louise Millar. In a quiet London suburb, a group of mothers relies on each other for friendship, favors, and gossip. But some of them shouldn’t be trusted, and others have dark secrets. When Callie moved into her new neighborhood, she thought it would be easy to fit in. The other parents have been strangely hostile, though, and her frail daughter Rae is finding it impossible to make friends. Suzy, with her rich husband and her three energetic children, has been the only one to reach out, although their friendship has recently felt inexplicably strained. Now the police have suggested that someone dangerous may be living in their neighborhood, and the atmosphere feels even more toxic. Then there’s the matter of Callie’s ex-husband, and the shocking truth behind their divorce…a truth that she would do anything to hide.
JENERATION X by Jen Lancaster. Jen is finally ready to put away childish things (except her Barbie Styling Head, of course) and embrace the investment-making, mortgage-carrying, life-insurance-having adult she’s become. From getting a mammogram to volunteering at a halfway house, she tackles the grown-up activities she’s resisted for years, and with each rite of passage she completes, she’ll uncover a valuable—and probably humiliating—life lesson that will ease her path to full-fledged, if reluctant, adulthood.
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January 26, 2016
WHAT YOU SEE by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Jane Ryland’s sister is about to be married—but disaster threatens the wedding when the groom’s daughter goes missing. The flower girl, nine-year-old Gracie, has disappeared, along with her stepdad, Lewis. By all accounts, he’s a wonderful father, and Gracie’s mother doesn’t seem too concerned, but…why won’t Lewis bring her home? Where’s Gracie? And is the little girl in danger? Soon Jane discovers there’s a limit to the bonds of family—and learns to her peril what happens when loved ones are pushed too far. Meanwhile, Detective Jake Brogan is handling a case of a man stabbed to death in front of a crowd of tourists who’ve snapped photos of the murder on their cell phones. Solving the case should be a slam dunk, but the pictures and surveillance video lead Jake to a twisted conspiracy of extortion. There’s no escape from today’s world of constant surveillance, but what if those images aren’t showing reality? As Jake and Jane race to uncover the dark secrets hidden in these pictures, they find a shocking truth that will shatter lives forever…including their own.
NYPD RED 4 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp. It’s another glamorous night in the heart of Manhattan: at a glitzy movie premiere, a gorgeous starlet, dressed to the nines and dripping in millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry on loan, makes her way past a horde of fans and paparazzi. But then there’s a sudden loud noise, an even louder scream, and a vicious crime with millions of witnesses and no suspect—and now NYPD Red has a new case on its hands. Detective Zach Jordan and his partner, Kylie MacDonald, are the best that Red has to offer, brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to crack a case, even if it means putting their own complicated lives on the back burner. Zach and Kylie are soon in hot pursuit of a cold-blooded killer with everything to lose, and millions to gain if he can just shake the detectives on his trail. With the city on edge and the mayor out of patience, Zach and Kylie are facing down their worst fears yet—and their worst enemy yet.
A SPIRIT OF GOLF: STORIES FROM THOSE WHO LOVE THE GAME. This is a collection of stories—heartwarming to humorous, educational to inspiring—from those who truly love the game of golf. Whether you are a weekend enthusiast, seasoned professional, or anything in between, you will be entertained by these exceptional golf stories written by golfers. Included are stories such as: the “midnight lesson” given to reputed mobster, the ingenious construction of the special club designed for Alan Shepard’s famous moon shot, and the teaching professional who boldly told Clint Eastwood that he must listen more carefully…and then realized he had just upset “Dirty Harry.” How about the PGA member who asks Bill Gates to leave his driving range, or the unbelievable odds of four amateur golfers playing together in a local tournament and each achieving their first holes-in-one on four different par-3s on the same day?
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January 19, 2016
MONSTER by Frank Peretti. Reed Shelton organized this survival weekend. Hired the best guide in the region. Meticulously trained, studied, and packed while encouraging his wife, Beck, to do the same. But little did they know that surviving the elements would become the least of their worries. During their first night of camping, an unearthly wail pierces the calm of the forest. Then someone—no, something—emerges from the dense woods and begins to pursue them. Everything that follows is a blur to Reed—except for the unforgettable image of a huge creature carrying his wife into the darkness. Dependent on the efforts of a small town and his own band of friends, Reed knows they have little time to save Beck. Even more important, he soon realizes that they aren’t the only ones doing the hunting. Something much faster, more relentless—and definitely not human—has begun to hunt them.
BREAK NECK by Erica Spindler. Hot on the heels of their last case, partners M.C. Riggio and Kitt Lundgren, detectives in the police department’s Violent Crimes Bureau in Rockford, Illinois, are called out to a college student’s apartment where a young man with no criminal record has been murdered in his sleep. The trail goes cold, until another victim turns up, and then another. The growing list of kills leaves M.C. and Kitt little to go by: all the targets are young adults—kids-next-door types who’ve never taken a step outside the law. As the detectives begin to hunt a faceless killer, they are led deep into the cyberuniverse, where no one is who he seems and you never know who’s watching.
COSA NOSTRA: A HISTORY OF THE SICILIAN MAFIA by John Dickie. The mafia is the world’s best known secret criminal organization, having an unrivaled grip on the popular imagination. Dickie vividly reconstructs the stories of the men and women who have lived and died in the mafia’s shadow. He explains how the mafia began, how it responded to a variety of threats and challenges, and how it holds its grip on the society from which it arose. He takes us inside the minds of the mafia’s leaders and foot soldiers, its friends and foes. Dickie separates the facts from the myths about every aspect of the organization: its code of honor, its initiation rituals, its “family values,” its use of political corruption, and its internal wars. As Dickie shows us, the reality of the mafia is more astonishing than the myths that have grown around it. He uses startling new research to reveal what the mafia is, and has always been: a secret society deriving its power from the ability to murder and get away with it.
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January 12, 2016
THE SOLOMON CURSE by Clive Cussler. There are many rumors about the bay off the Guadalcanal coast in the Solomon Islands. Some say it was the site of the empire of the Solomon king, and that great treasure lies beneath the waters. Others say that terrible things happened there, atrocities and disappearances at the hands of cannibal giants, and that those who venture there do not return. It is cursed, they say. Which is exactly what attracts the husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team of Sam and Remi Fargo. How could they resist? But they have not bargained on the truth that lies behind the legends. Clues and whispers lead them on a hunt from the Solomons to Australia and Japan, and what they find at the end of the trail is both wonderful and monstrous—and like nothing they have ever seen before. There is indeed a curse…and it may be about to claim its next victims.
PLAYING WITH FIRE by Tess Gerritsen. In a shadowy antiques shop in Rome, violinist Julia Ansdell happens upon a curious piece of music—the Incendio waltz—and is immediately entranced by its unusual composition. Full of passion, torment, and chilling beauty, and seemingly unknown to the world, the waltz, its mourning minor key, its feverish arpeggios, appear to dance with a strange life of their own. Julia is determined to master the complex work and make its melody heard. Back home in Boston, from the moment Julia’s bow moves across the strings, drawing the waltz’s fiery notes into the air, something strange is stirred—and Julia’s world comes under threat. The music has a terrifying and inexplicable effect on her young daughter, who seems violently transformed. Convinced that the hypnotic strains of Incendio are weaving a malevolent spell, Julia sets out to discover the man and the meaning behind the score. Her quest beckons Julia to the ancient city of Venice, where she uncovers a dark, decades-old secret involving a dangerously powerful family that will stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.
BROKEN HARBOR by Tana French. On one of the half-built, half-abandoned “luxury” developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care. At first, Murder Squad Detective Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, think it’s going to be an easy solve. But too many small things can’t be explained. The half-dozen baby monitors, their cameras pointing at holes smashed in the Spain’s walls. The files erased from the Spain’s computer. The story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder who was slipping past all the locks. And this neighborhood once called Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher. Seeing the case on the news sends his sister Dina off the rails again, and she’s resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family one summer at Broken Harbor, back when they were children.
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January 5, 2016
UNDERCOVER by Danielle Steel. Marshall Everett has traveled a twisting, dangerous road from the jungles of South America to the streets of Paris. As an undercover DEA agent, Marshall penetrated a powerful drug cartel and became the trusted right-hand man of a ruthless drug lord. The price he paid was devastating, costing him everything—and everyone—he loved. Back in the United States, on temporary assignment to the Secret Service on the presidential detail, Marshall performs an act of heroism that alters his course forever. Ariana Gregory has her whole future ahead of her, with an exciting life in Manhattan and a coveted job at an online fashion magazine. But when her father, recently widowed, is appointed U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, she reluctantly agrees to accompany him to Buenos Aires. Then an unthinkable act of violence shatters her world. Nearly a year later, Ariana arrives in Paris, on a fragile road to recovery. There, as she strives to bury painful memories forever, she crosses paths with Marshall Everett. But dangerous forces watch her every move, and Ariana and Marshall will once more have to fight for their survival.
FANCY DANCER by Fern Michaels. On his thirty-fifth birthday, Jake St. Cloud inherits a fortune—and learns the whereabouts of his mysterious half-brother. On her deathbed, Selma St. Cloud revealed that Jake had a sibling, a product of his father’s affair. At last, Jake is in a position to track down Alex Rosario and make amends for their father’s past neglect. At least, that’s the plan. When their initial meeting goes badly, a distraught Jake crashes his car and is sentenced to community work—with Alex as his parole officer. Jack must spend a year helping Angelica Dancer and her daughter, Fancy, at the Dancer Foundation for neglected children. Fancy, scarred within and without by the accident that ended her ballet career, is even less happy with the arrangement than Jake. Yet as they’re thrown together, Jake, Alex, Angelica, and Fancy make unexpected connections. And as he unravels the painful truths of his past, Jake realizes that his mother’s greatest gift to him lies not in his inheritance, but in the future, and the family, he’s slowly piecing together.
50 CHILDREN by Steven Pressman. Two ordinary Americans. Fifty innocent lives. One unforgettable journey. In early 1939, few Americans were thinking about the darkening storm clouds over Europe. Nor did they have much sympathy for the growing number of Jewish families who were increasingly threatened and brutalized by Adolf Hitler’s policies in Germany and Austria. But one ordinary American couple decided that something had to be done. Despite overwhelming obstacles—both in Europe and in the United States—Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus made a bold and unprecedented decision to travel into Nazi Germany in an effort to save a group of Jewish children. This is their story.
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December 15, 2015
THE MISTLETOE INN by Richard Paul Evans. At thirty-two, Kimberly Rossi, a finance officer at a car dealership, has had her heart broken more times than she cares to remember. She hardly seems the type to dream of being a famous romance author. Dreading another holiday alone, and knowing it’s time to either fulfill her dream or let it go, she signs up for the Mistletoe Retreat, a writing workshop at Vermont’s famous Mistletoe Inn. What mostly catches her eye about this conference is that Kimberly’s inspiration, H.T. Cowell, once the bestselling romance writer in America, will be there, speaking in public for the first time in more than a decade. At the conference, Kimberly meets another aspiring writer, Zeke, who seems as interested in Kimberly as he is in the retreat. As Kimberly begins to open up to him, she shares her writing, her dreams, and her own troubled past. Zeke’s response is not what she expects. Was she a fool to trust him? Or does his insight into her deepest secrets come from his own dark experience, a past he’s unwilling to talk—or write—about?
ALL DRESSED IN WHITE by Mary Higgins Clark. Five years ago Amanda Pierce was excitedly preparing to marry her college sweetheart in a lavish ceremony in Palm Beach. Then, with their guests and families onsite, Amanda disappeared. In present-day New York City, television producer Laurie Moran accepts Amanda’s mother’s desperate plea to investigate Amanda’s long-cold disappearance. Soon, Laurie and her team are re-creating the night of the disappearance at the Florida resort with Amanda’s friends and family in attendance, hoping to shed new light on the mystery, as the series has done in the past. With Amanda’s former fiancé now married to one of Amanda’s bridesmaids, her jealous sister now integral in the family business, playboy groomsmen still behaving badly, a too-friendly wedding photographer, and rumors about the “beloved” bride herself, Laurie and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley quickly realize everyone has a theory about why Amanda vanished into thin air. One thing is certain: whoever was behind Amanda’s disappearance plans to keep the truth hidden “until death do they part…”
TRICKY TWENTY-TWO by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum might not be the world’s greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she’s being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kitman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren’t adding up, and Stephanie can’t shake the feeling that something funny is going on at the college—and it’s not just Zeta fraternity pranks. As much as people love Gobbles, they hate Doug Linken. When Linken is gunned down in his backyard it’s good riddance, and the list of possible murder suspects is long. The only people who care about finding Linken’s killer are Trenton cop Joe Morelli, who has been assigned the case, security expert Ranger, who was hired to protect Linken, and Stephanie, who has her eye on a cash prize and hopefully has some tricks up her sleeve.