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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 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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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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Who Could That Be at This Hour?

Who Could That Be at This Hour?

by Lemony Snicket and Seth

Hardcover, 258 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15.99, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain'd By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.

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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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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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Insane City

Insane City

by Dave Barry

Hardcover, 341 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Dave Barry

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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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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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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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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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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  • Chris Morgan Jones

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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Killing Time

Killing Time

by Cindy Gerard

Paperback, 400 pages, Pocket Books, $7.99, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Cindy Gerard

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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