Mystery & Thrillers
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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Mary Higgins Clark
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2012, Apr 3rd).
In The Lost Years, Mary Higgins Clark, America’s Queen of Suspense, has written her most astonishing novel to date. At its center is a discovery that, if authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history—“the holiest of the holy”—and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world. Biblical scholar Jonathan Lyons believes he has found the rarest of parchments—a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. Stolen from the Vatican Library in the 1500s, the letter was assumed to be lost forever. Now, under the promise of secrecy, Jonathan is able to confirm his findings with several other experts. But he also confides in a family friend his suspicion that someone he once trusted wants to sell the parchment and cash in. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: David Baldacci
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Vision; Reprint edition (2011, Jan 3rd).
From David Baldacci-the #1 bestselling author of The Whole Truth and First Family-comes his most timely, surprising, and heart-stopping thriller, DELIVER US FROM EVIL. Evan Waller is a monster . . . He has built a fortune from his willingness to buy and sell anything . . . and anyone. In search of new opportunities, Waller has just begun a new business venture: one that could lead to millions of deaths all over the globe. On his trail is Shaw, the mysterious operative from The Whole Truth, who has tracked Waller to Provence and must prevent him from closing his latest deal. But someone else is pursuing Waller: Reggie Campion, an agent for a secret vigilante group headquartered in a musty old English estate-and she has an agenda of her own. Hunting the same man and unaware of each other's mission, Shaw and Reggie will be caught in a deadly duel of nerves and wits. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jens Lapidus
Publisher: Pantheon (2011, Nov 1st).
From one of Sweden’s most successful defense lawyers comes an unflinching look at Stockholm’s underworld, told from the perspective of the mob bosses, the patsies, and the thugs who help operate its twisted justice system. JW is a student having trouble keeping up appearances in the rich party crowd he has involved himself with. He’s desperate for money, and when he’s offered a job dealing drugs to the very crowd he’s vying for a place in, he accepts it. Meanwhile, Jorge, a young Latino drug dealer, has just broken out of jail and is itching for revenge. When JW’s supplier gets wind of Jorge’s escape, he suggests JW track him down and attempt to win his trust in order to cover more area in the drug circuit. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Pantheon (2012, Apr 3rd).
THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Book 13 Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor—not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea. Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a repeated dream: a vision of a tall, strange man who waits for her beneath an acacia tree. Odd as this is, she’s far too busy to worry about it. The best apprentice at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors is in trouble with the law and stuck with the worst lawyer in Gaborone. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Alison Gaylin
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Harper (2012, Feb 21st).
“A deftly plotted, completely involving novel with one of the most memorable protagonists to come along in years.”—Laura Lippman “Label me a big fan.”—Harlan CobenEdgar® Award nominated author Alison Gaylin is rapidly becoming a major player in the thriller game. A breathtaking novel of suspense, Gaylin’s And She Was introduces a remarkable new protagonist: Brenna Spector, a missing persons investigator afflicted with Hyperthymestic Syndrome, a rare disorder that enables her to remember every moment of every day of her life. A twisting mystery, both chilling and surprising, And She Was sets the haunted investigator on the trail of a missing child who vanished more than a decade earlier—a case with disturbing echoes in Brenna’s own scrupulously remembered past. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Mickey Spillane
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2011, May 25th).
Mike Hammer has been away from New York too long. Recuperating in Florida after a deadly mob shootout, the private eye learns that an old mentor on the New York police force has committed suicide. Hammer returns for the funeral—and because he knows that Inspector Doolan would never have killed himself. But Manhattan in the 1970s no longer feels like home. Hammer’s lovely longtime partner, Velda, has disappeared after he broke it off for her own safety, and his office is shut down. When a woman is murdered practically on the funeral home’s doorstep, Hammer is drawn into the hunt for a cache of Nazi diamonds that makes the Maltese Falcon seem like a knickknack, and for the mysterious beauty who had been close to Doolan in his final days. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Michael Robotham
Publisher: Mulholland Books (2012, Feb 27th).
She's standing at the front door. Covered in blood. Is she the victim of a crime? Or the perpetrator? A teenage girl--Sienna, a troubled friend of his daughter--comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door one night. She is terrorized, incoherent-and covered in blood.The police find Sienna's father, a celebrated former cop, murdered in the home he shared with Sienna. Tests confirm that it's his blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing.Joe O'Loughlin is a psychologist with troubles of his own. His marriage is coming to an end and his daughter will barely speak to him. He tries to help Sienna, hoping that if he succeeds it will win back his daughter's affection. But Sienna is unreachable, unable to mourn her father's death or to explain it.Investigators take aim at Sienna. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Sanjay Gupta
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (2012, Mar 9th).
Every time surgeons operate, they're betting their skills are better than the brain tumor, the faulty heart valve, the fractured femur. Sometimes, they're wrong. At Chelsea General, surgeons answer for bad outcomes at the Morbidity and Mortality conference, known as M & M. This extraordinary peek behind the curtain into what is considered the most secretive meeting in all of medicine is the back drop for the entire book.Monday Mornings, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, follows the lives of five surgeons at Chelsea General as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings, often in front of their peers at M & M. It is on Monday mornings that reflection and introspection occurs, usually in private. It is Monday Mornings that provides a unique look at the real method in which surgeons learn - through their mistakes. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Ed Gorman
Publisher: Severn House Publishers (2012, Jan 1st).
The new Dev Conrad mystery from the author of the Sam McCain and Jack Dwyer series - Political consultant Dev Conrad knows that helping Congressman Michael Robards to get re-elected is going to be tough. Robards’ liberal voting record stands against him, and his staff seem resentful of Dev himself – which could doom the campaign. But there’s a bigger problem. A campaign worker has been shot behind Robards’ headquarters. Both Dev and the police presume it was a mugging, but as the election draws near, Robards is implicated in the murder by his enemies . . . (20120115) moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (2012, Jan 16th).
No husbands allowed Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they're free to live someone else's life. As the weekend moves into pulsating discos, high-stakes casinos, and beyond, Abbie is transported to the greatest pleasure and release she has ever known.What happened last night?In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened--something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability