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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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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 Oral History of the Zombie War
  • Max Brooks

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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Life After Life

Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson

Paperback, 544 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Kate Atkinson

The award-winning author of Behind the Scenes at the Museum follows the experiences of a woman who, after being born on a snowy night in 1910, repeatedly dies and reincarnates into the same life to correct missteps and, ultimately, save the world.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 Round House

The Round House

by Louise Erdrich

Paperback, 321 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • Louise Erdrich

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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The Good Nurse

The Good Nurse

A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

by Charles Graeber

Hardcover, 307 pages, Twelve Books, $16.86, published April 15 2013 | purchase
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  • A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
  • Charles Graeber

An award-winning journalist describes the serial killer who was responsible for as many as 300 deaths during the 16 years he worked as a nurse and offers an inside look at the broken U.S. medical system that allowed this to happen.

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Nine Days

Nine Days

by Fred Hiatt

Hardcover, 241 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $17.99, published April 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Fred Hiatt

Tenth-graders Ethan and Ti-Anna go to Hong Kong seeking her father, an exiled Chinese democracy activist who has disappeared. They follow his trail to Vietnam and back, uncovering illegal activity along the way.

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State Of Fear

State Of Fear

by Michael Crichton

Paperback, 897 pages, Harpercollins, $27.95, published December 1 2004 | purchase
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  • Michael Crichton

An eco-thriller takes readers to such far-flung locales as Paris, Iceland, Antarctica, and the Solomon Islands.

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The Missing File

The Missing File

by D. A. Mishani

Paperback, 289 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published February 18 2014 | purchase
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  • D. A. Mishani

When 16-year-old Ofer Sharabi goes missing on his way to school, Tel Aviv detective Avraham Avraham assumes the boy will show up soon. Instead, Avraham's crime-solving theories are tested in an investigation that leads him to question all he believes about guilt and innocence. Translated by Steven Cohen.

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Maya's Notebook

Maya's Notebook

by Isabel Allende

Hardcover, 387 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Isabel Allende

After the death of her beloved grandfather, 19-year-old Maya Vidal turns to drugs, alcohol and petty crimes. She becomes trapped in a war between assassins, the police, the FBI and Interpol, until her grandmother helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile where she tries to make sense of her life. Translated by Anne McLean.NPR Bestseller

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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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  • A Novel
  • Adam Johnson

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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Istanbul Passage

Istanbul Passage

by Joseph Kanon

Paperback, 404 pages, Pocket Books, $16, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Joseph Kanon

The big war is over, and the Cold War has just begun. Leon Bauer, an American tobacco man, and his wife, Anna, a German Jew, made it to Istanbul just before World War II began. His U.S. passport and fluency in German and Turkish made him useful to Allied intelligence. But before he assumes a more peaceful life, Bauer is given a last big job — slip Alexi, a Romanian defector with important Soviet secrets, out of Istanbul. Alexi's secrets might help old allies — but the defector once helped massacre Jews in Romania. Bauer is being asked to help a man in this new war who represents what he fought in the last one.NPR Bestseller

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Little Green

Little Green

An Easy Rawlins Mystery

by Walter Mosley

Hardcover, 304 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Walter Mosley

Surviving a near-fatal car wreck and cruising the streets of the Sunset Strip during the heyday of the late 1960s, Easy Rawlins investigates the disappearance of a young African-American, a case that is complicated by Rawlins's changing perspectives. By the O. Henry Award-winning author of the Socrates Fortlow series.

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Every Contact Leaves a Trace

Every Contact Leaves A Trace

by Elanor Dymott

Paperback, 395 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published March 3 2014 | purchase
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  • Elanor Dymott

In an attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding his wife's murder, a grieving lawyer discovers a tangled web of blackmail, sex, jealousy and the poems of Robert Browning.

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Inferno

Inferno

by Dan Brown

Hardcover, 461 pages, Random House Inc, $29.95, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Dan Brown

In the heart of Italy, Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces — Dante's Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon, the hero of The Da Vinci Code, battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle.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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Live By Night

Live By Night

by Dennis Lehane

Paperback, 401 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Dennis Lehane

During Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict, law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime. Starting as a petty thief in Boston, he travels south and eventually becomes the Gulf Coast's most successful rumrunner. In Tampa, Fla., and in Cuba, he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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