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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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  • Jeff Guinn

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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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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  • Robert Galbraith

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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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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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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Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey

by Carl Hiaasen

Hardcover, 317 pages, Knopf, $15, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Carl Hiaasen

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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Tilt a Whirl

Tilt a Whirl

by Chris Grabenstein

Paperback, 330 pages, Perseus Books Group, $14.95, published May 14 2006 | purchase
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  • Chris Grabenstein

A billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-A-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The murder pushes his deep sense of honor and integrity to the limits, as the truth spins wildly in every direction.

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Fun House

Fun House

by Chris Grabenstein

Paperback, 292 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $14.95, published May 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Chris Grabenstein

When one of the cast members of a raucous reality television show set in the New Jersey seaside resort town of Sea Haven is murdered, John Ceepak and Danny Boyle must move to protect the others and find the killer.

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Whack a mole

Whack a mole

by Chris Grabenstein

Hardcover, 310 pages, Perseus Books Group, $24.95, published May 21 2007 | purchase
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  • Chris Grabenstein

In the wake of a series of grisly clues that point to the reemergence of a long-dormant serial killer, honor-driven Jersey shore cop John Ceepak and his wise-cracking rookie partner, Danny Boyle, confront an increasingly dangerous adversary.

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Mad Mouse

Mad Mouse

A John Ceepak Mystery

by Chris Grabenstein

Paperback, 323 pages, Perseus Books Group, $14.95, published May 27 2007 | purchase
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  • A John Ceepak Mystery
  • Chris Grabenstein

Grabenstein's second humorous procedural reunites police officer John Ceepak and his callow young sidekick, Danny Boyle, who's promoted from part-time summer cop to full-time status. Paintball vandalism becomes something more serious when the assailant switches to actual gunfire, targeting Boyle and his friends.

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Brilliance

Brilliance

by Marcus Sakey

Paperback, 439 pages, Amazon Pub, $14.95, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Marcus Sakey

Federal agent Nick Cooper draws on his supernatural ability to eliminate terrorists to hunt down a dangerous man who committed a horrific massacre on Wall Street that left hundreds dead and injured.

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The Black Country

The Black Country

by Alex Grecian

Hardcover, 384 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published May 21 2013 | purchase
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  • Alex Grecian

When members of a prominent coal-mining family go missing, Scotland Yard's Murder Squad teammates Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith, aided by newly arrived forensics pioneer Dr. Bernard Kingsley, investigate dark secrets and realize that the family's village is slowly sinking into underground mines.

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Hour of the Red God

Hour of the Red God

A Detective Mollel Novel

by Richard Crompton

Hardcover, 190 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $26, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • A Detective Mollel Novel
  • Richard Crompton

Detective Mollel, a former Maasai warrior in Nairobi, investigates the brutal murder of a prostitute. He suspects the killing is part of a far more extensive plot associated with the turbulent elections of 2007.

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No Regrets, Coyote

No Regrets, Coyote

by John Dufresne

Hardcover, 328 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $25.95, published July 15 2013 | purchase
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  • John Dufresne

Forensic consultant Wylie "Coyote" Melville is at odds with the police after viewing a crime scene where a family of five was brutally murdered, and begins his own investigation that uncovers a web of corruption.

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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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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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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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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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Pilgrim's Wilderness

Pilgrim's Wilderness

A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier

by Tom Kizzia

Hardcover, 336 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
  • Tom Kizzia

Years after Robert "Papa Pilgrim" Hale and his anti-establishment family settlement in remote Alaska, they were exposed as a cult-like prison where Hale brutalized and isolated his wife and 15 children. The family endured torturous abuse before the older children escaped and reported Hale to authorities.

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The Dead Man

The Dead Man

by Joel Goldman

Paperback, 341 pages, Createspace Independent Pub, $13.97, published November 27 2011 | purchase
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  • Joel Goldman

Jack Davis' formidable detection skills are in demand again, as state-of-the-art research into the human brain is going badly wrong. People are having terrible nightmares and they're dying in exactly the same way they dreamed.

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No Way Out

No Way Out

by Joel Goldman

Paperback, 354 pages, Createspace Independent Pub, $13.97, published April 14 2012 | purchase
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  • Joel Goldman

Jack Davis meets Roni Chase in the middle of a shoot-out. He follows her into a complex web of deceit, as lives are at stake, unaware of how deadly the case will become.

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Shakedown

Shakedown

by Joel Goldman

Paperback, 356 pages, Createspace Independent Pub, $13.97, published November 27 2011 | purchase
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  • Joel Goldman

This dark tale of betrayal, murder and cold revenge follows FBI Agent Jack Davis as he investigates a series of murders while grappling with a debilitating medical condition.

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The Silver Pigs

The Silver Pigs

A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery

by Lindsey Davis

Paperback, 327 pages, St Martins Pr, $16.99, published September 13 2011 | purchase
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Black Star Nairobi

Black Star Nairobi

by Mukoma wa Ngugi

Paperback, 268 pages, Melville International Crime, $15.95, published May 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Mukoma wa Ngugi

An American cop and his Kenyan partner investigate a murder tied to a hotel bombing in Nairobi that the CIA and police wrongly believe was an al-Qaida attack. Soon, they find themselves on a round-the-world pursuit for the perpetrators.

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