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Insane City

Insane City

by Dave Barry

Hardcover, 341 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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Seth Weinstein is on his way to his destination wedding in Florida. He has survived an airport prank by his groomsmen, and he thinks it's going to be smooth sailing from now on. Little does he know what's in store: Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a desperate Haitian refugee and her two children on the run from some very bad men, and an 11-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.NPR Bestseller

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Manifest Injustice

Manifest Injustice

The True Story of a Convicted Murderer and the Lawyers Who Fought for His Freedom

by Barry Siegel

Hardcover, 384 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Barry Siegel

Bill Macumber served 38 years in prison for a double homicide he vehemently denies committing. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barry Siegel tells the story of Macumber's imprisonment and the long struggle for his freedom.

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The End of the Wasp Season

The End of the Wasp Season

A Novel

by Denise Mina

Paperback, 390 pages, Little Brown & Co, $14.99, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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Detective Inspector Alex Morrow uncovers clues in the savage murder of a young woman in a wealthy suburb of Glasgow that may ultimately be linked to the suicide of a notorious millionaire banker 100 miles away.

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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 Round House

The Round House

by Louise Erdrich

Paperback, 321 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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After a brutal attack on his mother, 13-year-old Joe Coutts pursues the truth — and a sense of justice, separate from law enforcement. In this National Book Award-winning novel, Louise Erdrich unspools a mystery that has upturned both a North Dakota reservation and the family that Coutts hopes to save.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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  • Robert Crais

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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Sweet Tooth

by Ian McEwan

Paperback, 378 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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Serena Frome isn't much of a spy. She got recruited into MI5 by her Cambridge history tutor and winds up on the clerical side of the operation, cross-filing schemes and plots to stop terrorists. Then one day, in the middle of the Cold War, she's handed her first secret mission: to cultivate and fund British intellectuals whose politics align with those of the government. Its code name is "Sweet Tooth."NPR Bestseller

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Micro

Micro

by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston

Paperback, 448 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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The acclaimed late author of Jurassic Park and the award-winning author of The Hot Zone present the story of a group of graduate students who accept work with a mysterious biotech company in Hawaii only to be abandoned in a treacherous wilderness when they discover their employer's dark agenda.NPR Bestseller

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The Wolf Gift

The Wolf Gift

by Anne Rice

Paperback, 18 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Anne Rice

The best-selling author of The Vampire Chronicles and Lives of the Mayfair Witches imagines the origins and history of the werewolf while portraying a romantic, sensualist being who experiences tragedy and transcendence when bestowed with transformational powers.NPR Bestseller

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The Rage

The Rage

by Gene Kerrigan

Paperback, 313 pages, Penguin Group USA, $11, published February 5 2013 | purchase
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A recently-released convict, a discouraged policeman and a retired nun become involved in planning a high-stakes robbery in this new crime fiction tale from the author of The Midnight Choir and Little Criminals.

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Speaking From Among the Bones

Speaking From Among The Bones

by Alan Bradley

Hardcover, 378 pages, Random House Inc, $24, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce, an 11-year-old genius and chemistry whiz, has found yet another homicide to solve. When Flavia's town opens the crypt of its patron saint, it finds a body that's far from ancient: the disturbingly masked corpse of the church organist. Who would have killed him, and why would the killer hide him there? Flavia's on the case.NPR Bestseller

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Killing Time

Killing Time

by Cindy Gerard

Paperback, 400 pages, Pocket Books, $7.99, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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Rogue CIA attorney Eva Salinas lures hard-living hero Mike Brown from the streets of Lima, Peru, to the desolate Idaho wilderness as she pursues the truth behind the military operation that killed her husband eight years ago.

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The Jackal's Share

The Jackal's Share

by Chris Morgan Jones

Hardcover, 322 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published February 21 2013 | purchase
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Corporate espionage, art smuggling, and murder mark the second novel from the author of The Silent Oligarch. Ben Webster, former journalist and current corporate spy, has been hired to clear the reputation of an Iranian-born philanthropist, but as Webster follows the man's trail through London, Dubai, Marrakech and Tehran, he finds more danger than redemption.

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Ten White Geese

Ten White Geese

by Gerbrand Bakker

Paperback, 230 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Gerbrand Bakker

Fleeing her marriage and her life in Amsterdam, an Emily Dickinson scholar rents a Welsh farm. The landscape is stark, the woman, wrapped in mystery, and the ten geese of the title? They're vanishing. Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer.

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Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice

by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy

Paperback, 528 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $16.95, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice
  • Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy

Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy trace James "Whitey" Bulger's life, from his childhood and extraordinary criminal career to his time as an informant and his capture in 2011.NPR Bestseller

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He Died With His Eyes Open

He Died With His Eyes Open

by Derek Raymond

Paperback, 211 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published October 4 2011 | purchase
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"As it turns out, a dead man can tell stories ... Murders are a dime a dozen in Margaret Thatcher's London, and when it comes to the brutal killing of a middle-aged alcoholic found dumped outside of town, Scotland Yard has more important cases to deal with. Instead it's a job for the Department of Unexplained Deaths and its head Detective Sergeant. With only a box of cassette-tape diaries as evidence the rogue detective has no choice but to listen to the haunting voice of the victim for clues to his gruesome end. The first book in Derek Raymond's acclaimed Factory Series is an unflinching yet deeply compassionate portrait of a city plagued by poverty and perversion, and a policeman who may be the only one who cares about the 'people who don't matter and who never did.'"--Back cover.

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The Watch

The Watch

by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Paperback, 318 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Nizam, a disabled Pashtun woman, pushes her cart toward an American military base where she seeks permission to bury her brother, Yusuf. But the base's tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil when soldiers begin arguing about how to respond to her request. The Watch transposes Sophocles' Antigone to barren, present-day Kandahar.

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Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes To Pemberley

by P.D. James

Paperback, 291 pages, Vintage , $15, published January 1 2013 | purchase
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Pemberley is thrown into chaos after Elizabeth Bennett's disgraced sister Lydia arrives and announces that her husband, Wickham, has been murdered.NPR Bestseller

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