It is a sunny Saturday in county Cork,and an Irish wedding is in full swing.Drunk uncles are toasting the bride.The Ceilidh band have played for hours.The severed head of Micky Crounan,local baker,is grinning gruesomely up from the bottom tier of his own cake.Katie Maguire of the Irish Garda is baffled until another local businessman goes missing in horrific circumstances.Soon Katie is on the trail of a debt-collecting gang calling themselves the Kings of Erin.But these are very dangerous men.And they will stop at nothing to throw Katie off the trail…
AUTHOR: GRAHAM MASTERTON
TITLE: TAKEN FOR DEAD
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DS Logan McRae gets a phone call from DI Steel ordering him to come to the island at once.One freezing night’s sleep in a hatchback and two storm-battered ferries later,Logan arrives but there’s no sign of Steel.She’s lumped him in the middle of a policing nightmare,with bodies,and bullets,and tiny wee boats.And a dangerous hard man who’s meant to be dead…
Why is DI Steel in an even worse mood than usual? Is it because it’s Christmas? Or maybe it’s because the missing persons case she’s just caught looks like a hoax from a mile off? Or is it because she’s just been left a huge amount of money…?One thing’s for certain: Steel’s having a bad day, and she’s hell bent on making sure Constable Guthrie has one too.
AUTHOR: STUART MACBRIDE
TITLE: PARTNERS IN CRIME
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It was a desperate plan. But Mary Grace Winters knew the only way to save herself and her child from her abusive cop husband was to stage their own death.Now all that remains of their former life is at the bottom of a lake. Armed with a new identity in a new town,she and her son have found refuge hundreds of miles away.As Caroline Stewart,she has almost forgotten the nightmare she left behind nine years ago.She is even taking a chance on love with Max Hunter,a man with wounds of his own. But her past is about to collide with the present when her husband uncovers her trail and threatens her hard-won peace.Step by step,he’s closing in on her and everything and everyone she loves.
AUTHOR: KAREN ROSE
TITLE: DON’T TELL
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Martin Reed is an average man who wonders how he has wound up with such an abysmally empty existence.Working as a senior accountant at Southern Toilet Supply and still living with his nagging mother,his sole source of excitement is the crime novels he cherishes.So immersed is Martin in these escapes he fails to notice the crimes going on all around him.When first one,then another,of his co-workers is brutally murdered,Martin steps in to help the investigation,bringing his amateur detecting skills to bear.But Martin realizes too late that what he has mistaken for the glow of the spotlight,is actually the harsh glare of interrogation.
AUTHOR: KARIN SLAUGHTER
TITLE: MARTIN MISUNDERSTOOD
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The murder of an ex-drug dealer ex-con gunned down on his mother’s doorstep seems just another turf war fatality.Why then has Seattle homicide investigator J.P. Beaumont been instructed to keep this assignment hush-hush? Meanwhile,Beau’s lover and fellow cop,Mel Soames,is involved in her own confidential investigation.Registered sex offenders from all over Washington State are dying at an alarming rate and not all due to natural causes.A metropolis the size of Seattle holds its fair share of brutal crime,corruption, and dirty little secrets.But when the separate trails they’re following begin to shockingly intertwine,Beau and Mel realize that they have stumbled onto something bigger and more frightening than they anticipated a deadly conspiracy that’s leading them to lofty places they should not enter… and may not be allowed to leave alive.
AUTHOR: J.A JANCE
TITLE: JUSTICE DENIED
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The black sheep of a wealthy 1930s grazier dynasty,gentleman artist Rowland Sinclair often takes matters into his own hands.When the matter is murder, there are consequences.
For nearly fourteen years,Rowland has tried to forget,but now the past has returned.
A newly discovered gun casts light on a family secret long kept… a murder the Sinclairs would prefer stayed unsolved.
As old wounds tear open,the dogged loyalty of Rowland’s inappropriate companions is all that stands between him and the consequences of a brutal murder… one he simply failed to mention.
AUTHOR: SULARI GENTILL
TITLE: A MURDER UNMENTIONED
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Vivacious Debbie Flores was a college educated Washington Redskins cheerleader when she headed for “Sin City.” It was a smart move for the aspiring showgirl who’d soon be making her star-making solo debut at the legendary Luxor. But after the morning rehearsals of December 12, 2010, no one saw Debbie alive again.
A cryptic text message she left for her mother led authorities to Debbie’s charismatic boyfriend,Jason “Blu” Griffith. A fellow Vegas dancer,Blu was hiding a terrible secret.It involved a rental van,bags of cement, two plastic tubs,and a handsaw.When the details of the crime unfolded,everyone asked: how could a girl with such passion and promise come to an end so violent and unexpected? In time, the truth would reveal a life more tumultuous than believed and what exactly transpired on Debbie’s tragic final day would stun the nation.
TITLE: DANCING ON HER GRAVE
AUTHOR: DIANA MONTANE AND CAROLINA SARASSA
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August 1917,Britain is mired in bloody stalemate on the Western Front and questions are being asked in government about the leadership of the army.Soldier spy Sandy Innes is summoned from his undercover work in Belgium by the new Secret Service to investigate.Officially transferred to field Marshal Haig’s headquarters in France to prepare agents for the next big push,his secret mission is to spy on Haig’s intelligence chiefs.At GHQ,no one is interested in Innes’s inside knowledge.Instead,he is attached to an advance assault group dubbed ‘ the Suicide Club’.His fellow intelligence officers have little faith in the top secret information being fed to Haig by their superior,and as Innes digs deeper he begins to suspect treachery.
The stakes could be higher: the fate of hundreds of thousands of British soldiers.In a tense race against time,against the background of political machinations in government and at GHQ,Innes must survive behind enemy lines to uncover the truth.
TITLE: THE SUICIDE CLUB
AUTHOR: ANDREW WILLIAMS
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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec has solve his previous cases in the fall,winter and spring in the idyllic.Three pines village of Quebec’s Eastern Townships.But now it is a scorching summer and he is on vacation at the nearby historic Manoir Bellechasse to celebrate Canada Day,July 1,and his thirty-fifth anniversary with his beloved Reine-Marie.Murder,however as everyone knows,never vacations,so he has no sooner settled into the inn and its amenities than he is called upon to solve the most puzzling ” How ” of all the murder cases in his career as a several ton statue topples from its marble pedestal to church its bloodied,mud covered victim,but leaves the pedestal unblemished?
TITLE: THE MURDER STONE
AUTHOR: LOUISE PENNY
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Deep in England’s green and pleasant land something evil lurks……Dr. John Watson is back home,fresh from his time in the trenches of Flanders Fields.The horrors of war weigh heavy on his mind,and now,his task is to help rehabilitate soldiers suffering from the crippling effects of shell-shock.But the war is not yet over and in one corner of England lies a secret,one that the establishment is determined to keep under wraps.
For the woodlands of the lush countryside,the government is building the secret weapon which will win the war for Britain,Here they are developing the land ship never before seen “tanks” which the army is convinced will end the statemate on the Western Front.But then disaster strikes.After a training exercise in one of the tanks,eight men are mysteriously struck down,seven of them dead.There is just the one survivor,and he’s not talking.It is clear something is horribly wrong,and the army calls in the only man who will know how to solve the mystery: Dr. John Watson.
TITLE: THE DEAD CAN WAIT
AUTHOR: ROBERT RYAN
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Jack Reacher,Hero,Loner,Soldier’s son.An elite military cop,he was one of the army’s brightest stars.But in every cop’s life there’s one case that changes everything.For Jack Reacher,this is that case.
New year’s day,1990.In a North Carolina motel,a two star general is found dead.His brief case is missing.Nobody knows what was in it.Within minutes Reacher has his orders: control the situation.Within hours the general’s wife is murdered.Then the dominoes really start to fall.Somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army,Reacher is being set up as a fall guy with the worst enemies a man can have.But Reacher won’t quit.He’s fighting a new kind of war against an enemy he didn’t know he had.And against a conspiracy more chilling,ingenious,and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.
TITLE: THE ENEMY
AUTHOR: LEE CHILD
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Inspector Sejer is hard at work again,investigating the murder of a woman who lived alone in the middle of the woods.The chief suspect is another loner,a schizophrenic recently escaped from a mental institution.The only witness is a twelve year old boy,overweight,obsessed with archery,and a resident at home for delinquents.When a demented man robs a nearby bank and accidentally takes the suspect hostage,the three misfits are drawn into an uneasy alliance.
Shrewdly,patiently,as is is way,Inspector Sejer confronts a case where strangeness of the crime is matched only by the strangeness of the criminals,and where small-town prejudices warp every piece of information he tries to collect.
TITLE: HE WHO FEARS THE WOLF
AUTHOR: KARIN FOSSUM
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Driving along the freeway,LAPD Sergeant Shane Scully glances over and sees at the wheel of a neighboring car his oldest friend and LAPD colleague,Jody Dean.Why is Scully surprises? Because it’s been two years since Jody committed suicide.Now Shane is confronted by the bizarre truth: Jody and five other cops thought to be dead are anything but originally sent deep undercover to bust an extremely violent International criminal network,they’ve gone bad.Calling themselves the Vikings,they are LAPD’s worst nightmare: dangerous rougue cops who know how the system works.There’s only one way to discover a dead mans secrets,by returning to the ashes.
TITLE: THE VIKING FUNERAL
AUTHOR: STEPHEN J. CANNELL
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POOR MAN. RICH MAN. DEAD MAN.
It sounded like a fairy tale: A homeless man named Abraham Shakespeare spent his last dollars on a Florida State lottery ticket and miraculously won $31million.
Unprepared for his newfound fortune,Abraham hired Dorice” Dee Dee” Moore to help manage his winnings and field the numerous request for loans and assistance that he received.
But somehow,Dee Dee was the only one benefitting.When Abraham quietly disappeared from his home in Florida,friends and family grew suspicious-though he could not read or write,his only form of contact was through odd letters and texts.But it wasn’t until investigators began to question Dee Dee about her role in Abraham’s finances that a complicated web of lies and the desperate lengths to which one woman would go to cover it up was exposed.
TITLE: UNLUCKY NUMBER
AUTHOR: DEBORAH MATHIS WITH GREGORY TODD SMITH
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In Holt Douglas line of work,there’s nothing sweeter than a confession of guilt.Assistant D.A. Holt Douglas makes his living exposing lies and sending criminals to jail in Ashley County,Georgia.His job is always easy when defendants,instead of remaining silent,blame someone else or try to excuse their actions.When a confession in his hand,Holt knows a guilty plea will soon follow.
But lurking in Holts past is a dark secret that could end his successful career and possibly his relationship with Angelina,his hoped for fiance.When Holt reopens a cold case involving a death of the town’s wealthiest businessman-allegedly killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest–Holt doesn’t believe it was suicide.Instead he suspects murder.
As he investigates,Holts own guilt threatens to destroy him and the cause of justice he’s sworn and to serve.While he knows his own confession could absolve him of his sin,it could cost him his future. Will he survive long enough to uncover the true crime that this small Southern town has been hiding?
TITLE: THE CONFESSION
AUTHOR: ROBERT WHITLOW
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