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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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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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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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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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Beyond Luna, Bob Freeman

H2LiftShips, a tech manual for a futureImagine a world, exactly like ours, but differentPart Road-Trip, part solar sailing, always with food, gambling, jail, and pirates, not necessarily in that order No: Aliens, Monsters, blasters, pyrotechnic computers, or Anti-Grav powered rockets. Yes: Lasers, Primates, Canines, Octopus, Space Travel via Solar Sails, and the rare Rocket Ship.No violence, except for the spinning meat bolas and asteroid pebbles coming to the defense of their home rock. Beyond Luna

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Sophia Freeman and the Mysterious Fountain, T.X. Troan

EARTH AWAKENED … SEED PLANTED … PATH REVEALED. What begins as a special trip for eleven-year-old Sophia Freeman and her father leaves her trapped on a mysterious island with a tree boy and fantastical creatures. Later, she learns she is dying from an eternal curse and the only way to prolong her life is to drink the island’s sacred water. Can Sophia and her companions reach the fountain and defeat the guardian before time runs

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Kenji and Yuki, Hailey Sawyer

Meet Yuki Sakamoto. Sixteen, easily distracted, and a runaway. Coping with the loss of her grandma seems like a mountain she struggles to climb. She hasn’t even had the courage to visit the family grave she’s buried in. After a series of misadventures, she meets another girl in an abandoned house one night. That girl? Kenjiro Furukawa. Seventeen, wired when not on her meds, and resident of the house. The dark strikes fear into her

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Ruby Red, D.L. Croisette

Sometimes you find love only after you lose everything else. One night stands only need apply. Ali Stinson is having a bad day. Her afternoon tryst was interrupted (before they got to the good part) to discover her investment manager ran away with all her money. Now she has to keep up appearances with her high society friends, find a dress for an upcoming charity event, and not fall in love with Sam, the cute

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Embody, Sonee Singh

A peek into physical experiences that anchor us, the emotions that rise within, and the ultimate connection we make with the wisdom of all there is. Embody is an incredible and emotive poetry book that will captivate as well as move its readers with emotion-filled moments and incredibly captivating verses! The book is one that hooked me from the beginning just as the author’s previous book in the series called Embrace did! I found that

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Never Sit in the Lobby, Glenn Poulos

Are you in sales and want to win more customers, make more money, and build a solid reputation that skyrockets your career? Success in selling doesn’t always depend on doing everything right. Closing a deal often relies on remembering what not to do—like don’t hate on your competition and never fax the facts. After three decades in the office trenches, Glenn Poulos has figured out exactly what to do—and what to avoid—to get the deal.Get

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Doppy and the Runaway Balloons, H.R. Manske

One day Doppy hopped to a shop. The balloons in the window made him stop. The love he had for them will never stray. Until the wind took his balloons away… When Doppy’s balloons fly away he finds himself traveling far and wide chasing his precious balloons. He faces many obstacles and challenges while on his journey. Will his determination be enough to get his balloons back? Follow along with Doppy to learn to always

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Maz, Origin, T.L. Ford

Entering the witness relocation program after lawfully escaping a massive walled-in prison, teenage Merrill tries to fit into our society. Unfortunately, her background and decisions may not let her. Maz, Origin is a story of growth and love, guilt and innocence, and changing goals. What is morally right and what is legally right? And what’s legal for humans may not be for aliens… Maz, Origin is a sensational novel that should not be missed! The

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Masquerade, Stephen W. Hiemstra

What happens when an online date goes horribly wrong? Luke Stevens saves the day and pays the ultimate price, but U.S. relations with China preclude him from dying just yet. The CIA recruits his father, the divorced Pastor Phil Stevens, to masquerade as his son and flush out the terrorists. Can he remain faithful to his marriage vows in the midst of deception, temptation, and betrayal? Can he find love again? Author, Stephen W. Hiemstra,

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Florida Retirement Is Murder, Kris Courtney

Snowbirds do more than just Flock “Stewart Johnson had worked hard his entire life to reach retirement. However, his Golden Years would prove to be more of a challenge than he anticipated after his wife passed away. Seeking to find peace of mind and warmth in Florida, Stewart became surrounded by a tribe of Snowbird residents who took him on a journey of laughter and sleuthing inside a gossip riddled community filled with the humorous

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Cinderella’s Jilted Billionaire, Lucy Monroe

Sicilian business tycoon Carlo Messina is used to getting his way, so when his supposedly biddable fiancée leaves him standing at the altar he’s shocked…and furious. Annette has spent her entire life trying to be worthy of her family’s love, but she’s never measured up. Her parents and two perfect sisters make up their own little family and she has no place in it, unless it’s as a modern day Cinderella. When she realizes her

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Pastor Pastor: Feed My Sheep, Alejandro Field

The book follows the lives of two pastors, Pedro Terrero and Juan Cristante, over a period of twenty-five years, starting from their shared time in the Seminary. As they seek to serve as pastors, they show attitudes that lead them along quite different paths. The third protagonist in these eventful stories are the people they engage with, the people they lead and especially those who find themselves outside the institutional church through mistakes or mistreatment

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The Horn’s Hoax: The Lost Lands, Hector Cantu Kalifa

Never … Ever … let the Darkness get inside, or you might find the power within. Faced with Henry’s new attitude, young Moris, together with his sister Maya and their mother, desperately search for a way to bring Henry back to Earth before the evil artifact awakens a deadly desire for power deep within his heart. Their journey takes them on a great adventure through the Lost Lands with unexpected discoveries. Meanwhile, Henry wrangles with

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A Scattering of Clouds, Patricia Reynolds

Third in the Keeper of the Souls series set in the American West, 1980. A Scattering of Clouds tells the riveting story of a Lakota Indian, Oliver White Cloud, in search of his missing father, leading him to a corrupt town, run by an even more corrupt sheriff, with a penchant for hanging Indians. Sam Colton, on his way back from Los Angeles meets Oliver in the town of Miners Gulch, setting off a series

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Lunar Base, Kate Rauner

In the battle for space, someone has more than satellites in their sights Winnie Bravo, newly minted pilot, joins veteran Bertram clearing space junk from Earth orbit. She’s brash, reckless, and more than a little annoying as she sets out to prove herself. Capturing a stealth probe that’s destroying satellites seems the perfect way to demonstrate her talents, but the mysterious craft escapes. Now, someone at her corporation’s lunar base is willing to kill to

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As Time Goes By, W. Royce Adams

AS TIME GOES BY Nearing the end, Old asks himself, “Does my life ultimately have any importance in any universal scheme? Am I just taking up space? Have I wasted the time given me? What effect have I had on others? Have I unknowingly, worse, knowingly, hurt others in some fashion? What’s my worth? These are playful existential questions with no pertinent answers for me. So I’m putting down my cane and picking up my

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Shadows and Relics, L.L. Gray

A dark ritual. Werewolves on my trail. A single chance to uncover the truth… Cameron Blaze is my name, living on the edge is my game. Acquiring an ancient artifact? Sure, I like old stuff. Procuring a precious? I’ve got some sticky fingers right here. I will do pretty much anything to make rent and will enjoy the hell out of the ride as I go. When werewolves turn up in New Orleans for the

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The Alas League, Christian-Eric Falardeau

The Alas League is an entertaining humorous series made up of episodes ranging from 80 to 140 pages each. Brief “interlude” short stories are inserted between instalments, adding increasingly funny new angles to the new Worlds they live in. Episode 1: Purgatory In the small village of Verminus lives Mayor Monica Boisse, her son Peter, Father Ferdinand Paradise, the owner of the only bar Sylvia Thomac, the garbage man Mario Sax, the police officer Mable

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Glue, Anh Dao Pham

An Essential Guide to Get Stuff Done How many books have you read on project management? On leadership? Too many, right? But no other book combines the practice of project management and leadership into one balanced approach with practical examples—except this book. You don’t even need Project Manager in your title to employ the lessons in this book. You can be any person on any team who has stepped up to take a leadership role

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C.H.I.S.: Covert Human Intelligence Source, Jody Klaire

Every contract leaves a trace… Ex-Marine and undercover specialist, Nikki Bayliss, is dragged out of witness protection and back to her hometown in order to assist local police when one of their own beloved officers is gunned down in a park when investigating the shootings of several female joggers and only feet away from where a notable gang leader has been felled. Unknown to her colleagues, Nikki hasn’t only been drafted in for her efficiency

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Author Spotlight

John R. Dougherty, Author Spotlight

In Holy Terror, Thumos, the greatest warrior of God’s angelic army, the fiercest of all heavenly soldiers, has had enough of what he perceives to be God’s deference. He decides to take matters into his own hands. But the path he starts down is a path that other angels have traversed before. And many of them have ended up in the camp of the Evil One, the most destructive force the universe has ever known.

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Janet Kravetz, Author Spotlight

The Sky Curse series follows Cecilia Miller, a coder of artificial dreams living in the year 2045. It’s a time when climate chaos has become the norm and the collective mental health of humanity has fallen to a grave state. The world’s population has grown to a horrific twenty-five billion people, maxing Earth to its limit. Most are planning to abandon Earth and leave it to its fate as they colonize a new world through

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R.G de Rouen, Author Spotlight

Benjamin would rather read about adventures in a giant peach than eat one! Unlike his family members who are happily munching away on scraps, Benjamin is a different kind of worm. He loves to read. Yet, all he finds are old newspapers and magazines full of tomato splotches. Not one to give up on his dreams, Benjamin sets off on a quest to find “real” books. Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I

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Iris van Ooyen, Author Spotlight

Poisoned Arrow “How can you call what I have—what I did—a gift?” Raised in solitude to protect her from the world—or is it the other way around?—Iris is fated to save Fleuris from a power-hungry priest. A spirit from the afterworld sends a legendary magician who teaches Iris to master the devastating power lining her veins. Backed by her best friend Auran, Iris struggles to accept her destiny. But when their hiding place is pierced

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