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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a

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Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under

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The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick

Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will

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City of Bones, Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or

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Room, Emma Donoghue

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive

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From Darkest Skies, Sam Peters

After a five year sabbatical following the tragic death of his wife and fellow agent Alysha, Keona Rause returns to the distant colony world of Magenta to resume service with the Magentan Intelligence Service. With him he brings an artificial recreation of his wife’s personality, a simulacrum built from every digital trace she left behind. She has been constructed with one purpose – to discover the truth behind her own death – but Keona’s relationship

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The Hatching, Ezekiel Boone

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these

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Bright Air Black, David Vann

In Bright Air Black, David Vann transports us to 13th century B.C. to give a nuanced and electric portrait of the life of one of ancient mythology’s most fascinating and notorious women, Medea. In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia’s Colchis – where Medea flees her home and father with Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece. Vann’s

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Swimming Lessons, Claire Fuller

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid

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The Witchfinder’s Sister, Beth Underdown

Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth–but more has changed than merely his fortunes. Alice fears that even as the cruel burns of a

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The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman, Denis Thériault

Bilodo lives a solitary daily life, routinely completing his postal rounds every day and returning to his empty Montreal apartment. But he has found a way to break the cycle—Bilodo has taken to stealing people’s mail, steaming open the envelopes, and reading the letters inside. And so it is he comes across Ségolène’s letters. She is corresponding with Gaston, a master poet, and their letters are each composed of only three lines. They are writing

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Good Me, Bad Me, Ali Land

Fifteen year old Milly was raised by a serial killer: her mother. When she finally breaks away and tells the police everything about her mother’s crimes and years of abuse, she is given a new identity and placed in an affluent foster family and an exclusive private school. She wrestles with being the daughter of a murderer and the love she still feels for her mother, despite her crimes, but her hopes are simple. Milly

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The White Raven, Carrie D. Miller

In her thirteenth life, Aven has settled into the now witchcraft-friendly Salem where she has found true happiness and friendship, maybe even love. Despite her contentment, the truth of Aven’s existence haunts her. When she dies, her Spirit is forced from the Veil to live again in the body of a stranger. Does the elusive white raven, who has shadowed Aven through each of her lives, hold the secret to her release–or is it the

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The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather O’Neill

The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with a difference. Set throughout the roaring twenties, it is a wicked fairytale of circus tricks and child prodigies, radical chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians and brooding clowns, set in an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. It is the tale of two dreamers, abandoned in an orphanage where they were fated to meet. Here, in the face of cold, hunger and unpredictable beatings, Rose

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Before the Fall, Noah Hawley

On a foggy summer night, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the passengers disappear into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs–the painter–and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the tragedy and the backstories of the passengers and crew members–including a Wall Street

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Blackwing, Ed McDonald

The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow’s Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer’s legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard’s paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost. The

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Di Di Mau, Darren Walton

In 1969, Darren Walton, at the tender age of nineteen, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, trading life in idyllic Marin County in California for the chaos of a raging jungle war in Southeast Asia. In no time, he got pressed into service as a member of a Marine reconnaissance unit operating near Da Nang, Vietnam. There were a few times when he basked in the breathtaking beauty of the triple canopy jungle, the contoured

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Off Season, Clive Fleury

Detective Ramesh Ryan’s career with Sydney’s prestigious Organized Crime Unit is on the up, until he loses a court case against the city’s most powerful drug dealer. In disgrace, the detective is relocated to the tiny Australian beach town of Barton. It is off-season in Barton-when its few criminals usually take a well-earned rest. But not this year! With the detective’s arrival, the town suddenly becomes murder central. Two bodies are discovered in the space

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In Search of Justice, Rene Vecka

An epic fantasy steeped in a post-Ragnarök world awaits… Bounty hunter to the Gods, Vidarr Allefar, is an outcast, a misfit exiled from his true home. To rise to the next rank in his Order’s hierarchy, he must hunt down a famed swordsman turned killer, and to do that, he must venture through the perilous wilds and enter the dangerous human city of Hjulstadt. His life and the lives of his kin are on the

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Bells, Tails & Murder, Kathy Manos Penn

She crossed an ocean to start her life over. Can she nab a killer before her quaint village becomes a graveyard? Recently widowed Leta Parker desperately needs a change of scenery. Pursuing her lifelong dream of retiring to the Cotswolds, she leaves her soulless corporate hustle in Atlanta and moves to England with her talking dog and cat companions—Dickens and Christie. But she’s barely begun making new friends when she stumbles across her housekeeper’s body

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No Crying in the Operating Room, Cecily Wang

Cecily Wang wanted to become a doctor to help people in the most fundamental ways possible, only to become disillusioned with the profession during medical school and residency. It wasn’t until she went on an international relief mission to Haiti in 2006 that she found herself practicing medicine as she had originally envisioned. She was able to help a sick person in great need, unencumbered by red tape and regulations. The patient’s health was all

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Built to Finish, Steven Pivnik

Entrepreneurs, go the distance with an endurance athlete’s formula for success: the grit to start, the stamina to finish, and the balance to live fully along the way. Taking a company all the way through scale-up to a successful exit is a grueling, long-haul endeavor, a special kind of endurance sport. Get a competitive advantage by learning the secrets of the masters of sustained performance: endurance athletes. In Built to Finish, Steven Pivnik takes you

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All Nature Sings, Ben Cooper

All Nature Sings is a devotional book about animals in the Bible. It is written to answer the question, “What can we learn from animal characteristic traits as it relates to our Christian walk with the Creator of all things?” Since all scripture is “God breathed,” there are lessons to be learned by looking into these created beings. This book can be used for sermon illustrations, Bible study, children sermons, and homeschool curriculum. All of

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Raising Owen, Suzanne Lezotte

Raising Owen: An Extra-ordinary Memoir of Motherhood is the story of a first time mother coming to terms with her oldest son’s surprise diagnosis of Down syndrome shortly after his birth.  Like any first time mother, Suzanne Lezotte assumed having her first baby would come with all the usual pleasures and trials of motherhood, except one-an unexpected diagnosis of Down syndrome when her son Owen was seven days old. Her every expectation of parenthood was derailed. The

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Kodi’s Adventures, Mindy Hudon

It’s the first day of middle school, and Kodi is ready for a new start. Goodbye to missed buses, lost papers, and incomplete homework, and hello to being on time, getting good grades, and having time for video games! But Kodi’s plans don’t go as he imagined. Day after day, time keeps getting away from him, and he feels defeated. What can be snatching his time away from him? With the help of his friend,

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Money for Nothing, Aaron Palmer

Chicago. Taylor Street. 1986. Accomplished burglar Ralph “Beans” Trombino surrounds himself with the fringe elements that frequent the neighborhood social clubs. Outfit guys, dirty cops, thieves, bookies, and gamblers. With his photographic memory and almost supernatural instincts, Beans has developed a reputation among his kind as an exceptional planner of heists. He and his lifelong friends, Cosh and Izzy, consider themselves honorable thieves. No stickups. No killing for money. No stealing from people who don’t

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How to Monetize Despair, Lisa Mottolo

How to Monetize Despair is a captivating exploration of a wide range of subjects and ideas, from traumatic loss and the sorrows of human relationships to the natural but absurd world of neurotic caterpillars and philosophical cockroaches. With a unique blend of imagery, self-help inspired titles, and Mottolo’s peculiar brand of humor, this collection takes readers on a one-of-a-kind journey through human experience. This collection is a must-read for anyone seeking to explore the complexities

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Awakening Resilience, Heidi Wren

Looking to reignite your resilience and passion? Let this book help you overcome burnout and start living well. Do you sometimes feel like you’re losing yourself to the grind of daily life, constantly battling against burnout? If you feel fatigued and find yourself wandering aimlessly in life, know that you’re not alone. In today’s high-pressure world, burnout is an epidemic. It’s not just the feeling of being overworked that makes you feel unappreciated and lost,

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Invisible, Cecily Anne Paterson

Jazmine Crawford doesn’t make decisions. She doesn’t make choices. She doesn’t make friends. Jazmine only wants one thing: to be invisible. It’s a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothing’s wrong than it is to admit that she’s heartbroken. Being in the school drama production is the first thing that’s made thirteen year old Jazmine feel alive and happy in years. But to keep her part, and her

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I Am Abigail, Jamie Collins

ONE OF THE MOST DISTURBING CASES OF SEXUAL ABUSE ON RECORD—AND THE INSPIRING TRUE STORY OF THE WOMAN WHO SURVIVED TO SPEAK HER TRUTH My name is Abigail Alvarado. When I was nine, Child Protective Services removed me and my siblings from my mother’s home—a known crack house—due to neglect. After an extended stay at a children’s shelter in San Antonio, Texas, we were adopted by our Uncle Chevo, a Sergeant in the Army, and

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Proportional Revenge, David G. Williamsson

Incarcerated, broken but unbowed – she’s ready for her revenge. Chique, a victim of abuse all her life, has just killed her boss and affair partner in a moment of tortured fury. Covered in his blood in his top-floor office, and with no one else to turn to, Chique finds sanctuary in the promises of American socialite Mary van Ark— her boss’ wife. As a cunning woman fully aware of her predatory husband’s sadistic tendencies,

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Carbon Copy, James P Angel

The backcountry of the Rocky Mountains is a tranquil place. A refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily life. That’s how photographer Earl Warnes sees it, anyway-until he stumbles upon a troubling scene in a mountain glen. A helicopter appears, and a group of men subdue and capture a strange, hairless animal. As Earl snaps off a few shots, the men spot him and give chase. Earl manages to escape, but he is haunted

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To End Every War, Raymond Wilkinson

Assassinations headlined. Revolutions smoldering. War without end. Welcome to an optimistic, progressive-era world on the brink of an unfathomable global war rooted in division and rebellion. Six unique women must rise above societal prejudices and find unexpected friendship, unity, and love. It is 1901, and the Vespa Academy of Sciences is at the forefront of a myth-filled globe teeming with radiant magic, new science, and old religion. The Academy seeks to end every war between

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Recruiting Murder, Frank Lazarus

Lenny Goldstein & his company, Future Stars, evaluate high school and collegiate basketball talent and sell their rankings to colleges and NBA teams respectively. From its humble beginnings in 1975, Future Stars had grown into a behemoth; with fifteen NBA teams and seventy-eight colleges paying subscriptions for his rankings. Lenny is semi-retired these days, with his son and son-in-law running the business until he gets a call from an old buddy in Newport News, who

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Urbex Predator, Jens Boele

Abandoned Horrors. Deranged Souls. A Deadly Survival Story. In the chilling new horror novel, “Urbex Predator,” by Jens Boele, a group of intrepid urban explorers embarks on what they believe to be a routine trip to an abandoned barracks in the middle of nowhere. As a relict from the Cold War era, they are a popular destination for photographers, influencers, and adventurers. A place that is closely guarded and harbors a multitude of risks. But

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My New Friend, Laurenn Prater Barker

The book is one in the Lae Lae book collection which has been awarded a Family Choice Award for the best in children’s and parenting products. In this 44 page book, Lae Lae meets a little girl from Colombia, South America who has moved to Lae Lae’s home town in the United States. They enjoy playing together, become best friends and learn about other cultures. The book is 44 pages long and includes a read

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Author Spotlight

Jeffrey Jay Levin, Author Spotlight

After watching a documentary about a 50-year-old unsolved crime, an otherwise ordinary guy finds himself both blessed and burdened by the ability to travel through time and space, but not in the physical sense, and only as it may relate to that unsolved crime. Braving the debilitating physical effects of his space time continuum journeys, he faces 1970s Mob bosses and their cronies, and murder and deceit, from both sides of the law. Determined to

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Kelly Artieri, Author Spotlight

Murder happens. Not all murders are gory heinous crimes. Killing someone isn’t always done by a seasoned criminal. Some are just passionate reactions to a situation, but it is murder just the same. Perfectly sane, responsible people can find themselves in the wrong places at the wrong times. By the Water is a pithy collage of tasty morsels. Though the stories are short, each tale still packs a punch. Everyone has a breaking point, what

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Matthew Harrison, Author Spotlight

Were you a child from a broken home? Have you been in difficult relationships or been abused? Do you struggle with addiction or ever been falsely accused and your life turned upside down? If so, this book will help you to discover ways to overcome these challenges and to look to the source of ultimate healing, God. For Matthew Harrison growing up in a strong religious family, the last thing he ever expected was to

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Nicholas Dufresne, Author Spotlight

Adrian thought his time as a human experiment was over, that he was done suffering and had finally died. Never did he expect to wake up somewhere new, somewhere alien and far different than he could’ve ever imagined. Has he found salvation, or is a test subject all he’s destined to be? *** When a scouting mission brings Reya and her team to a star sector that doesn’t support life, they stumble into far more

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