Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee,Kansas.” She survived and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother,Ben,was the killer. Twenty-five years later,the Kill Club,a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes locates Libby and pumps her for details.They hope to discover proof that may free Ben.Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history:She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club for a fee.As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns,the unimaginable truth emerges,and Libby finds herself right back where she started on the run from a killer.
AUTHOR: GILLIAN FLYNN
TITLE: DARK PLACES
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A wild child turned New York City policewoman,Mallory was adopted off the streets as a small girl. Very little has ever really been known about what happened to her back then, how she lived-but the past is about to come alive.”Crime School” begins with the discovery of a woman found hanging in a burning apartment, tufts of her own blond hair stuck in her mouth and red candles scattered all around. Immediately, Mallory knows several things.The fire was set so the woman would be discovered.The crime is identical to another one twenty years old. And she knows this woman.She is a prostitute named Sparrow,who took her in all those many years ago,and then betrayed her.There is unfinished business between Mallory and Sparrow,and the quest to settle it will send her spinning back to a time of secrets and desperation,and into the mind of a criminal whose work has only just begun.
Kathleen Mallory’s past has finally caught up with her.
AUTHOR: CAROL O’CONNELL
TITLE: CRIME SCHOOL
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Caren Gray is the general manager of Belle Vie,a sprawling antebellum plantation where the past and the present coexist uneasily.The estate’s owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction complete with full-dress reenactments and carefully restored slave quarters.Outside the gates,an ambitious corporation has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have grown sugar cane for generations, replacing local employees with illegal laborers.Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property,her throat cut clean. The list of suspects is long, but when the cops zero in on a person of interest,Caren has a feeling they’re chasing the wrong leads.Putting herself at risk,she unearths startling new facts about an old mystery—the long ago disappearance of a former slave that has unsettling ties to the modern-day crime.In pursuit of the truth about Belle Vie’s history and her own,Caren discovers secrets about both cases that an increasingly desperate killer will do anything to keep hidden.
AUTHOR: ATTICA LOCKE
TITLE: THE CUTTING SEASON
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Arthur Pfefferkorn is an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at a small university. His best and oldest friend,Bill de Vallée,is a world renowned author.At one point Arthur had been happy for the success of his friend, but when it turns out that Bill died in a boating accident,he can’t help but feel bitter over the things that could have been his.Riches,fame,longevity… these are the things that Arthur had wanted,but his preoccupation with trying to create art instead of something that sells unfortunately cost him dearly.However,as he visits Carlotta,Bill’s widow,he stumbles upon an unfinished manuscript of Bill’s,sitting on his desk.Without realising what he’s doing,he betrays his oldest friend, steals the manuscript and turns it into his own.But the price he will pay for his weakness will be dire…Will Arthur survive all the untold secrets that are going to reveal themselves to him? Only time will tell.
AUTHOR: JESSE KELLERMAN
TITLE: I’LL CATCH YOU
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Farah Jafari needs sanctuary,but now she is dead.A man is in custody and soon the case will be closed.DC Tina Barraclough works with refugees like Farah and the man under arrest and she knows there is something wrong with the official version.She is off the case,but needs to find out what really happened.What price is she prepared to pay?
AUTHOR: DANUTA REAH
TITLE: NOT SAFE
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London’s grand Mayfair mansions, where the arrogant masters of the Western world hold sway and to the teeming Thames waterfront, where one summer afternoon, Monk witnesses the horrifying explosion of the pleasure boat Princess Mary,which sends to their deaths nearly two hundred merrymakers.The tragedy is no accident. As commander of the River Police,Monk should handle the case,but the investigation is turned over to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. An Egyptian man is swiftly caught, tried, and sentenced to die.But almost as quickly,Monk presents evidence that Habib Beshara,though a nasty piece of work,was elsewhere at the time of the blast.The investigation, now in complete disarray,is hastily turned over to Monk.
Is the crime connected with the soon-to-be-opened Suez Canal,which will enormously benefit wealthy British shipping companies? Or did all of those innocent people drown to ensure the death of just one? How did the bomber board the ship,and how did he manage to escape? Is he an anarchist or a madman? Backed up by his astute wife,Hester,and his old reliable friend Oliver Rathbone,Monk vows to find answers but instead finds himself treading the dangerous waters of international intrigue,his questions politely turned aside by a formidable array of the powerful and privileged.Events twist and turn like the Thames itself,leading to the shattering moment when Monk realizes,perhaps too late,that he is the next target.
AUTHOR: ANNE PERRY
TITLE: BLOOD ON THE WATER
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Narcotics officer Cal Moore’s orders were to look into the city’s latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket. Working the case,LAPD detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago: Don’t look for the facts,but the glue that holds them together.Soon Harry’s making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border.Now this battle-scarred veteran will find himself in the center of a complex and deadly game-one in which he may be the next and likeliest victim.
AUTHOR: MICHAEL CONNELLY
TITLE: THE BLACK ICE
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A gorgeously told novel in verse written with intimacy and power,Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and fought tenaciously for equal rights. Bucking the norms of both her traditional Jewish family and societal conventions, Clara refuses to accept substandard working conditions in the factories on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. For years, Clara devotes herself to the labor fight, speaking up for those who suffer in silence. In time, Clara convinces the women in the factories to strike,organize, and unionize,culminating in the famous Uprising of the 20,000.
AUTHOR: MELANIE CROWDER
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A hot debut trilogy and a riveting story of survival,courage,and romance in a future where creating a master civilization is the only thing prized, no matter the method. After the Omega (the end of the end), 16 year old guys known as LTs discover their overseers are raising them not to be soldiers (lieutenants) as promised,but to be sold as bait because of their Less Than status and hunted for sport.They escape and join forces with a girls’ camp,the Sisters,who have been imprisoned and experimented on for the “good of the Republic,”by a government eager to use twins in their dark research.In their plight for freedom,these heroes must find the best in themselves to fight against the worst in their enemies.
AUTHOR: TOM ISBELL
TITLE: THE PREY
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