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The Black Hour | Lori Rader-Day

For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic-until a student she'd never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why?


The Blood Promise | Mark Pryor
In post-Revolution Paris, an old man signs a letter in blood, then hides it in a secret compartment in a sailor's chest. A messenger arrives to transport the chest and its hidden contents, but then the plague strikes and an untimely death changes history.

Blind Moon Alley | John Florio

Jersey is an albino of mixed race. Known as "Snowball" on the street, he tends bar at a speakeasy the locals call the Ink Well. There, he's considered a hero for having saved the life of a young boy. But when his old grade school buddy, Aaron Garvey, calls from death row and asks for one last favor, all hell breaks loose.

The Bookseller | Mark Pryor

Max—an elderly Paris bookstall owner—is abducted at gunpoint. His friend, Hugo Marston, head of security at the US embassy, looks on helplessly, powerless to do anything to stop the kidnapper.
Marston launches a search, enlisting the help of semiretired CIA agent Tom Green. Their investigation reveals that Max was a Holocaust survivor and later became a Nazi hunter. Is his disappearance somehow tied to his grim history, or even to the mysterious old books he sold?....

Brave Hearts | Carolyn Hart
Catharine Cavanaugh is caught in a loveless marriage. Married to a British diplomat, she goes
through the motions of playing the dutiful American wife in war-time London, while nightly German
bombers bring terror and death to the city. Then she meets American war correspondent Jack
Maguire and discovers hope and love again in the midst of desolation.

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Castle Rock | Carolyn Hart

Serena Mallory came to the huge New Mexico ranch of Castle Rock as a twelve-year-old orphan. She grew up as the ward of owner Dan McIntire. Now in her early twenties, Serena watches the ranch's idyllic summer charm disappear when Dan dies in a riding accident.

Cat on a Cold Tin Roof | Mike Resnick

Hard-luck gumshoe Eli Paxton is hired to find a missing cat-a very important cat, it turns out, because its collar is studded with diamonds worth a small fortune. What starts as a routine search of animal shelters soon becomes a perilous journey through a murky underworld. The woman who hired Paxton is the wealthy widow of a recently murdered financial adviser with an alias and mobster ties.

The Cold Cold Ground | Adrian McKinty

Spring 1981. Northern Ireland. Belfast on the verge of outright civil war. The Thatcher government has flooded the area with soldiers but nightly there are riots, bombings, and sectarian attacks.
In the midst of the chaos, Sean Duffy, a young, witty, Catholic detective in the almost entirely Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, is trying to track down a serial killer who is targeting gay men...

Corrupt Practices: A Parker Stern Novel | Robert Rotstein
Parker Stern's legal career is on the rise. But when his mentor Harmon Cherry commits suicide, Parker begins experiencing stage fright so severe that he becomes paralyzed whenever he steps into a courtroom. Unable to work, he languishes at a coffee house that is owned by his former law partner (and occasional lover) Deanna Poulos.

The Crypt Thief: A Hugo Marston Novel | Mark Pryor
The second Hugo Marston mystery begins when two tourists are murdered in the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The killer leaves the bodies untouched but moves deeper into the cemetery, where he breaks into the crypt of a long-dead Moulin Rouge dancer. In a bizarre twist, he disappears into the night with part of her skeleton.

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Dante's Wood | Lynne Raimondo

Psychiatrist Mark Angelotti knows that genes don't lie. Or do they?
Back at work after a devastating illness, Mark believes he has put his past behind him when he is asked to examine Charlie Dickerson, a mentally handicapped teenager whose wealthy mother insists he is a victim of sexual abuse. Mark diagnoses a different reason for Charlie's ills, but his prescription turns deadly when a teacher is murdered and Charlie confesses to the police...

Dante's Poison | Lynne Raimondo

Attorney Jane Barrett knows all about Lucitrol. She defended the manufacturer of the powerful antipsychotic drug against product liability claims. So when Barrett's lover, investigative journalist Rory Gallagher, collapses from a fatal dose of the same drug, it falls to Hallie Sanchez, Barrett's oldest friend, to defend her on murder charges.

Deadly Catch | E. Michael Helms
When recently retired U.S. Marine Mac McClellan hooks a badly decomposed body while enjoying a leisurely fishing vacation in the Florida panhandle, and then a bag of rare marijuana is discovered stashed aboard his rental boat, he realizes someone is setting him up to take the fall for murder and drug smuggling.
Death By Surprise | Carolyn Hart
K.C. Carlisle and her cousin Kenneth Carlisle both grew up rich. Kenneth is a corporate lawyer in an exclusive Northern California seaside community while K.C. has a storefront office on the seedy side of town. She takes whatever kind of case walks in her door.

The Devereaux Legacy | Carolyn Hart

Leah Devereaux is a dead woman. At least, that's what the folks now running the Devereaux plantation tell her: Leah has been presumed dead for nineteen years—since the day that both her parents died.
Leah, very much alive, has returned to South Carolina to uncover the untold story of her parents' deaths. While some, like her cousin Merrick, welcome her, Cissy and John Edward tell her to stay away, tell her to stop meddling in secrets long kept....

Dog in the Manger | Mike Resnick

A dog is missing. Not just any dog. The number one Weimaraner in the country and current Westminster winner.
Down-on-his-luck private eye Eli Paxton is hired to find him. Not exactly an elite assignment, but better than nothing. Maybe it will help him pay his rent.
It turns out to be anything but a routine case. People start dying in mysterious ways, a cargo plane goes missing, and someone is taking shots at him. It makes no sense. Even a top show dog isn't worth that much...

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Escape from Paris | Carolyn Hart
The year is 1940. As England braces for invasion and the German army overruns Europe,
two American sisters in Paris risk their lives to save a downed British airman from Nazi arrest.
   

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Fear of Beauty | Susan Froetschel

The battered body of an Afghan boy is found at the base of a cliff outside a remote village in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Did he fall as most of the villagers think? Or is this the work of American soldiers, as others want to believe? Not far from the village, the US Army has set up a training outpost.
Sofi, the boy's illiterate young mother, is desperate to find the truth about her son's death. But extremists move in and offer to roust the "infidels" from the region, adding new pressures and restrictions for the small village and its women....

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Hammett Unwritten | Owen Fitzstephen

A worthless bird statuette—the focus of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. And much more.
As Dashiell Hammett closes his final case as a private eye, the details of which will later inspire his most famous book, he acquires at a police auction the bogus object of that case, an obsidian falcon statuette. He casually sets the memento on his desk, where for a decade it bears witness to his literary rise. Until he gives it away.....

I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel | Adrian McKinty

A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case.
But Sean Duffy isn't easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of distraction. So, with Detective Constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that's left of an American tourist who once served in the US military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

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In the Morning I'll Be Gone | Adrian McKinty
The early 1980s. Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze Prison.

   

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A Killing at Cotton Hill: A Samuel Craddock Mystery | Terry Shames
"Rodell wouldn't know how to investigate his way out of an outhouse with two doors," says attorney Jenny Sandstone. It's true. The chief of police of Jarrett Creek, Texas, doubles as the town drunk.

   

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The Last Death of Jack Harbin | Terry Shames

Just before the outbreak of the Gulf War, two eighteen-year-old football stars and best friends from Jarrett Creek, Texas signed up for the army. But Woody Patterson was rejected and stayed home to marry the girl they both loved, while Jack Harbin came back from the war badly damaged. The men haven't spoken since. Just as they are about to reconcile, Jack is brutally murdered.

   

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No Stone Unturned | James W. Ziskin

A dead girl in the woods. Three little oil spots on the dirt road. A Dr. Pepper bottle cap in the shallow grave. And a young reporter, armed with nothing but a camera.

   

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The Ragnarök Conspiracy | Erec Stebbins

An American bin Laden. An FBI agent. Connected by a terrible loss on 9/11, they now confront each other over acts of vengeance so horrific, the world is brought to the brink of war.
As Muslims around the world are being targeted in a series of devastating attacks, agent John Savas is drawn into a web of international intrigue. He must put aside his personal pain and work with a man who symbolizes all he has come to hate. Both are drawn into a race against time to prevent a plot so terrible that it could shatter civilization itself.

Reckless Disregard | Robert Rotstein

Former topnotch attorney Parker Stern, still crippled by courtroom stage fright, takes on a dicey case for an elusive video game designer known to the world only by the name of "Poniard." In Poniard's blockbuster online video game, Abduction!, a real-life movie mogul is charged with kidnapping and murdering a beautiful actress who disappeared in the 1980s. Predictably, the mogul-William "the Conqueror" Bishop-has responded with a libel lawsuit. Now it's up to Parker to defend the game designer in the suit.

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Skulduggery | Carolyn Hart

Beijing, 1941: The ancient bones of the famed "Peking Man" areplaced in two wooden crates for shipment to the United States to escape the invading Japanese army. The bones are never seen again.
New York City, 1970s: a mysterious
woman offers to sell the bones to an unknown man on top of the Empire State Building. But when someone takes a photograph, she makes a hasty retreat and disappears forever....

Styx & Stone | James W. Ziskin
Ellie Stone is sure that Sgt. McKeever meant that as a compliment, but that identity-a girl wanting to do a man's job-has throttled her for too long. It's 1960, and Ellie doesn't want to blaze any trails for women; she just wants to be a reporter, one who doesn't need to swat hands off her behind at every turn.

Sugar Pop Moon: A Jersey Leo Novel | John Florio

Jersey Leo is the quintessential outsider—an albino of mixed race. Known as "Snowball" on the street, he makes a living as the bartender at a mob-run speakeasy in Prohibition-era Hell's Kitchen. Being neither black nor white, he has no group to call his own. His own mother abandoned him as a baby. And his father—a former boxing champ with his own secrets—disapproves of Jersey's work at a dive owned by one of New York's most notorious gangsters.

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The Trojan Colt: An Eli Paxton Mystery | Mike Resnick
What starts as a routine security assignment turns
out to be anything but for down-on-his-luck private eye Eli Paxton. Hired to guard the high-priced yearlings of "Trojan," a recently retired classic winner in Lexington, Kentucky, Paxton is no sooner on the job than he must respond to a fracas in the horse barn.

   

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White Ginger | Thatcher Robinson
Armed with Buddhist philosophy and wicked knife skills, Bai Jiang works at being a better person by following her conscience, while struggling with what she likes to think of as "aggressive assertiveness."

   

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