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The Return

The Return

by Michael Gruber

Hardcover, 366 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Michael Gruber

When a shattering piece of news awakens his buried desire for vengeance, Richard Marder, with nothing left to lose, sets out to punish the people whose actions years earlier changed his life.

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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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Joyland

Joyland

by Stephen King

Paperback, 288, Hard Case Crime, $7.77, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • Stephen King

In a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. 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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  • Ian McEwan

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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The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling

by Robert Galbraith

Hardcover, 455 pages, Little Brown & Co, $26, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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Working as a private investigator after losing his leg in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike takes the case of a legendary supermodel's suspicious suicide and finds himself in a world of multimillionaire beauties, rock star boyfriends, desperate designers and hedonist pursuits. Author Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. NPR Bestseller

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How the Light Gets In

How the Light Gets In

by Louise Penny

Hardcover, 405 pages, St Martins Pr, $25.99, published August 27 2013 | purchase
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Struggling to maintain the Homicide group during the holiday season in the wake of interdepartmental estrangements, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache quietly investigates the disappearance of a once-famous mad poet.NPR Bestseller

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Night Film

Night Film

by Marisha Pessl

Hardcover, 512 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • Marisha Pessl

When the daughter of an enigmatic cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman's death. He finds himself drawn into the director's eerie world in this new novel by the author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics.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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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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Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey

by Carl Hiaasen

Hardcover, 317 pages, Knopf, $15, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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Anticipating his retirement from the Key West Police, Andrew Yancy tackles a murder case involving a human arm in his freezer — an investigation that pits him against a twitchy widow, a clueless real estate developer and a voodoo witch with a string of hapless lovers.NPR Bestseller

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The Cutting Season

The Cutting Season

by Attica Locke

Paperback, 384 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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When the body of a young woman is found on the grounds of a Louisiana plantation named Belle Vie, manager Caren Gray launches her own investigation into the estate's history. A century-spanning story of two murders unfolds as Gray delves deeper into a mystery involving the plantation's slave quarters — and her own past. In this historical thriller, novelist Attica Locke examines the troubled racial past of a United States that, according to her, remains in its "adolescent phase."

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Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

by Stephen King

Hardcover, 531 pages, Simon & Schuster, $30, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of The Shining with the story of a middle-aged Dan Torrance. Now an itinerant alcoholic himself, Dan uses his remnant powers to help a 12-year-old girl who is being tortured by a tribe of murderous paranormals.NPR Bestseller

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Manson

Manson

The Life and Times of Charles Manson

by Jeff Guinn

Hardcover, 495 pages, Simon & Schuster, $27.50, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • The Life and Times of Charles Manson
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This account of one of the most notorious criminals in American history puts Charles Manson in the context of his times, the turbulent end of the '60s. What is revealed is a rock star wannabe whose killings were directly related to his musical ambitions.

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Nightmare Range

Nightmare Range

The Collected Sueno and Bascom Short Stories

by Martin Limon

Hardcover, 400 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • The Collected Sueno and Bascom Short Stories
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Nightmare Range is a collection of Martin Limón's award-winning short stories, featuring the heroes of his critically acclaimed crime novels. It includes pieces that have been published throughout the past 20 years in such magazines as Alfred Hitchcock.

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From Norvelt to Nowhere

From Norvelt to Nowhere

by Jack Gantos

Hardcover, 278 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer and the sad passing of the founder of Norvelt, PA, twelve-year-old Jack accompanies his slightly mental mentor, Miss Volker, on a cross-country run as she pursues the oddest of outlaws.

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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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Blowback

Blowback

by Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett

Hardcover, 324 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett

Narrowly escaping a sniper attack that leaves a key informant dead, covert CIA ops officer Vanessa Pierson resolves to capture the nuclear arms dealer behind the killing and defies orders by involving a fellow officer with whom she is romantically linked.

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The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October

by Tom Clancy

Paperback, 654 pages, Berkley Pub Group, $9.99, published September 7 2010 | purchase
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  • Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy's first bestseller is a tense Cold War standoff in which the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. race to track down a runaway nuclear sub whose captain has decided to defect.

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W Is for Wasted

W Is for Wasted

by Sue Grafton

Hardcover, 400 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • Sue Grafton

Kinsey Millhone investigates two seemingly unrelated deaths: a local, shady PI and a John Doe on the beach.NPR Bestseller

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