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World War Z

World War Z

An Oral History of the Zombie War

by Max Brooks

Paperback, 342 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors — soldiers, politicians, civilians and others — who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.NPR Bestseller

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Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Paperback, 560 pages, Random House, $7.99, published November 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Gillian Flynn

After a woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage. Her husband is desperate to clear himself of suspicion and soon discovers that the truth about what happened is even more disturbing than murder.NPR Bestseller

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The Beautiful Mystery

The Beautiful Mystery

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

by Louise Penny

Hardcover, 373 pages, Minotaur Books, $25.99, published August 28 2012 | purchase
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  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • Louise Penny

When a peaceful monastery in Quebec is shattered by the murder of its renowned choir director, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Surete du Quebec are challenged to find the killer in a cloistered community that has taken a vow of silence.NPR Bestseller

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Broken Harbor

Broken Harbor

by Tana French

Paperback, 450 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Tana French

In the aftermath of a brutal attack that left a woman in intensive care and her husband and young children dead, brash cop Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, struggle with perplexing clues and Scorcher's haunting memories of a shattering incident from his childhood.NPR Bestseller

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A Wilderness of Error

A Wilderness Of Error

The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald

by Errol Morris

Paperback, 544 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published January 22 2014 | purchase
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  • The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald
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More than 30 years ago, Jeffrey MacDonald was convicted of murdering his family, despite his claim that his loved ones were slaughtered by four hippies. In A Wilderness Of Errors, writer, filmmaker and former private detective Errol Morris suggests that the infamous Army doctor might not be guilty after all.

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Death and the Penguin

Death and the Penguin

by Andrey Kurkov and George Bird

Paperback, 227 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published June 7 2011 | purchase
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Bad Things Happen

Bad Things Happen

by Harry Dolan

Paperback, 338 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published June 16 2010 | purchase
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  • Harry Dolan

In the aftermath of a mystery magazine publisher's untimely murder, Ann Arbor detective Elizabeth Waishkey wonders if David Loogan, a man with a violent past who was having an affair with the victim's wife, is responsible for the crime, or an ally who could help her to solve the case.

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Very Bad Men

Very Bad Men

by Harry Dolan

Paperback, 412 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published July 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Harry Dolan

Mystery magazine editor David Loogan receives a sinister manuscript that begins with a murder confession and names individuals who are being stalked and killed for their involvement in a notorious robbery years earlier.

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The Fear Index

The Fear Index

by Robert Harris

Paperback, 285 pages, Vintage, $15, published August 21 2012 | purchase
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  • Robert Harris

Dr. Alex Hoffmann has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets. He is a legend among the secretive circles of the ultrarich; his hedge fund based in Geneva makes billions. But after a sinister intruder breaches the security of his mansion, Hoffmann must discover who is trying to destroy him.NPR Bestseller

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Taken

Taken

by Robert Crais

Hardcover, 341 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published January 24 2012 | purchase
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Hired along with Joe Pike to investigate the alleged kidnapping of a wealthy industrialist's son, Elvis Cole quickly disproves police theories and goes undercover to infiltrate a ring of professional border kidnappers — only to be abducted himself.NPR Bestseller

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Suspect

Suspect

by Robert Crais

Hardcover, 320 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published January 15 2013 | purchase
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After losing his partner, Stephanie, to a nighttime assault, LAPD officer Scott James teams up with a traumatized military patrol dog named Maggie to track down Stephanie's killers.NPR Bestseller

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The Sentry

The Sentry

by Robert Crais

Paperback, 382 pages, Berkley, $9.99, published January 3 2012 | purchase
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After witnessing an attack on a Hurricane Katrina survivor by a Los Angeles protection gang, Joe Pike offers help to the victim's niece before discovering that she is not who she seems and that she is also being targeted by federal agents.

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Triple Crossing

Triple Crossing

A Novel

by Sebastian Rotella

Paperback, 397 pages, Mulholland Books, $14.99, published August 14 2012 | purchase
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  • A Novel
  • Sebastian Rotella

Rookie Border Patrol agent Valentine Pescatore is recruited as an informant by a beautiful U.S. agent investigating a powerful Mexican crime family and is plunged into the lawless "triple border" region of South America in a showdown of violence and betrayal.

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Murder Casts a Shadow

Murder Casts a Shadow

A Hawai'i Mystery

by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl

Paperback, 277 pages, University of Hawaii Press, $14.99, published August 1 2008 | purchase
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Playwright Ned Manusia and newspaperwoman Mina Beckwith join forces to investigate a decades-old mystery — was the last king of Hawai'i murdered?

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Sneaky Pie for President

Sneaky Pie for President

by Rita Mae Brown

Hardcover, 239 pages, Bantam, $26, published August 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Rita Mae Brown

In a story written from Sneaky Pie's perspective, the intrepid feline sleuth temporarily halts her busy writing career to run for president, a campaign marked by a revolutionary animal-rights agenda and a frisky flock of prospective cabinet members.

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The Orphan Master's Son

The Orphan Master's Son

A Novel

by Adam Johnson

Paperback, 456 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published August 7 2012 | purchase
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Pak Jun Do, the son of an influential man who runs an orphan work camp, rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il.NPR Bestseller

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Paper Towns

Paper Towns

by John Green

Paperback, 305 pages, Penguin Group USA, $9.99, published September 22 2009 | purchase
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One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life, until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

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The Twilight Saga Complete Collection

The Twilight Saga Complete Collection

by Stephenie Meyer

Hardcover, 5 v., Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $97, published October 12 2010 | purchase
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  • The Twilight Saga Complete Collection
  • Stephenie Meyer

When 17-year-old Bella Swan leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Wash., she meets Edward, an exquisitely handsome boy at school, for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction, and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. Bella must choose between vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob, while avoiding the attentions of less friendly vampires.

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Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy

by Richelle Mead

Paperback, 332 pages, Razorbill, $8.99, published August 16 2007 | purchase
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  • Richelle Mead

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one girl focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks and sinister plots.

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Hardcover, 352 pages, Quirk Books, $17.99, published June 7 2011 | purchase
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After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering that the children once kept there — including his own grandfather — may have been dangerous, and may be still alive.

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Dead Man's Grip

Dead Man's Grip

by Peter James

Hardcover, 401 pages, St Martins Pr, $25.99, published November 22 2011 | purchase
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Traumatized by a car accident in which a student was killed, Carly Chase learns that the drivers of the other two cars were subsequently tortured and murdered, leading her to seek protection from Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex Police.

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