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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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Becoming Okay (When You’re Not Okay), Bryan Bushman

There is a difference between pain and suffering. Pain happens to all who are alive, while suffering depends on how we respond to our pain.Pain is often part of living; yet, humans naturally resist pain and – in the process of resisting – create more pain for themselves and those they love. In contrast, demonstrating acceptance means approaching the pain of living in a way that gives it less control and less ability to produce

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Dear Woman of My Dreams, Lois Kathryn Herr

Dear Woman of My Dreams is Kathryns 1923 diary, covering her nineteenth year. This coming-of-age story is told in her own words as she goes about her daily life at college with her friends and with her mother and grandmother at home. She writes to the woman that she sees as herself in later years, and the book closes with a brief chapter based on letters and the diary Kathryn wrote when she was one

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Harry’s War, Ed Benjamin

Is this what DEATH feels like? Experience the raw emotions of air to air combat. Feel the tension as Harry flies against seven enemy aircraft. This book will place you inside the cockpit of an F-15 fighter as Harry must decide how to deal with incoming seven state-of-the-art Su-27 Iranian fighters. Even though he faces insurmountable odds, Harry chooses to stay and fight. The reader can feel his muscles tense as he put his fighter

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A Step Ahead of the Fall, I.W. MacDonald

Over ninety per cent of all the species that have ever lived on planet Earth are extinct. Yet humanity is asleep at the wheel, complacent in the belief that borders, governments, and technology will prevent it from heading the way of the dodo. A select few, inside and outside of the halls of power, have known that it was only a matter of time before the instrument of our destruction would spawn from a breeding

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Beautiful Nightmare, L.C. Son

Damina Nicaud, a beautiful, successful art buyer in Washington, D.C., has been plagued by hauntingly romantic dreams of a mystery man every night. While she knows she shouldn’t consider her dreams to be anything more than anxiety brought on by her upcoming nuptials, she can’t help but be lured into its entreat. Unbeknownst to her, the dreamscape that plagues her mind will be all that carries her through eventual heartbreak and learning the truth of

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Too Deep In With The Auditor, Marina Peters

Martin Muller is an Audit Manager working with one of the big auditing firms. On a newly assigned auditing engagement, he is challenged by fulfilling the demands of his boss as well as coping with deadlines. And then there is the attractive mid-forty female CEO of the small regional bank he is auditing this week. As the door of the vault of the bank closes unexpectedly and both of them are locked in it gets

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Places: You Will Be From, S. Forrest Nomakeo

A contemporary woman finds herself immersed in the body of a NinthCentury runaway after accidentally engaging the cyclic properties of thefifth dimension. She must find a way to survive and bide her timeuntil a rescue can be arranged or be lost to the ages. Places: You Will Be From is an incredible, unique, and brilliant novel that took me on a wild and enthralling journey! Places: You Will Be From is quite frankly a novel

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Keeping the Lights on for Ike, Rebecca Daniels

Most people don’t realize that during the war in Europe in the 1940s, it took an average of six support soldiers to make the work of four combat soldiers possible. Most of what’s available in the literature tends toward combat narratives, and yet the support soldiers had complex and unique experiences as well. This book is based on personal correspondence, and it is primarily a memoir that creates a picture of the day-to-day realities of

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I Am NOT!, Rachel Boehm

When enough of the world comes at you, telling you you’re nothing, you believe. You become what you believe. You become until the pain of becoming is too great to bear. You constantly ask yourself: What if I don’t know the answer? What if I’m wrong? What if they know I’m wrong? What if they laugh? What if fearing failure makes you fail? You’re faced with a choice. To stay. Or to change. Or to

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The Dragon Chronicles: Lunaria, Jasmine Brown

A kingdom of dragons overrun by tyrants that seek to enslave them. Only the fated Champion can save her people from certain destruction. After the hostile takeover of her kingdom, Princess Lunaria simply wanted to lay low and stay alive. Even after she rescued a poor stranger from a group of rowdy Titans, she planned to return to a life of hiding. But when her enemies identify her as the former princess and demand she

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The Cerberus Affair, Charlotte Valentine

Catherine Preston, an ex-investigative journalist, vows to expose those responsible for the death of her friend, a UK junior health minister tipped for Cabinet promotion. His wife believes he was murdered, although officialdom insists he died of natural causes. Catherine finds herself drawn into a sinister web of corporate corruption and murder, and into the controversial world of cutting-edge genetics research. With so much money at stake those involved in the conspiracy will silence anyone

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Death to the Prosecution, John Paul Carinci

The trial of Peter “Big Hands” Crangi, the aging head of the Filaggio Mafia family is scheduled to begin in a week. Crangi, suspected of murdering over one hundred victims in his long career, is on trial for racketeering, gambling, narcotics trafficking, tax evasion, and murder. But everything changes when Stanley Soloman, the lead federal prosecutor on the case, drowns in an alleged boating accident while vacationing in Florida. Now as Assistant Prosecutor Justin Flavin

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Deadly Pretenses, Angelique Snowden

Genesis Long and Sebastian Campbell are childhood sweethearts that meet their untimely end in a tragic car accident that occurs on the night of their Senior Prom. But one year later, their spirits continue to haunt their beloved town of Savannah, desperate to be reunited in the afterlife. But is a happy ending all they seek, or does their unfinished business have much deeper, darker roots? Colette Vaughn is the new girl in town, a

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How to Cure Yourself of Narcissism, Seth McDonough

Narcissists live among us. (As do the self-obsessed, the conversationally incompetent, and those maniacal co-workers who purposefully spoil the movie you’re planning to see this weekend.) Interacting with such inconsiderate earthlings is exhausting. How to Cure Yourself of Narcissism is an exercise in catharsis as our author, Seth McDonough, takes you on an imaginary adventure in which he talks to the narcissists among us, and provides helpful tips for how they could (if only they

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The Art of Forgiveness: A Promise of Peace, Carolyn CJ Jones

Dr. John Gray, Ph.D., New York Times #1 bestselling author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus says, “From ‘The Art of Forgiveness,’ you gain skills to grow beyond resentment to healing and forgiving. These tools bring peace to you and your relationships, especially the one with your mate, so you can resolve differences and live in harmony.” In this book you discover ways to move beyond resentment to peace, freedom, and empowerment. As you read through the

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The Mystery at Mount Forest Island, Pat Camalliere

Crime, deceit, love and the value of friendship set in the forests of Lemont, Illinois, in suburban Chicago. A woman whose family’s involvement in the Chicago Mob devastates lives throughout generations. When an automobile accident leaves Valerie Pawlik totally blind, she masters the daily activities of a dark world, but due to painful mysteries from her childhood, she lacks the confidence to lead the independent life she desperately longs for with her young daughter. With

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My Happy Place: How I DIY’d My Own Bliss, Katie Fehlinger

The 2:45 A.M. alarm was always going to have a shelf life. Katie had an existence that looked great on paper with a big market on-air TV career. But out of the public view, she was miserable. No one else was going to fix her situation. In My Happy Place, Katie lays out her DIY roadmap to authentic personal bliss: how she self-audited and beat down roadblocks to actualize her most joyous path, plus her practical

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Morals Clause, John E. Riddle

Instead of paying him the $ multi-million incentives he has earned, they have decided that a more economical approach would be to bury him and his family. Morals Clause is a truer than fiction story about an entrepreneur, Sam Barns, that literally explodes off the pages after his California-based company becomes a major success and is acquired by a Fortune 500 Company whose management team consists of brown-collar thugs rather than white-collar executives. They will

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The Swastika Tattoo, Geraldine Birch

Rudolf Meier is a young German POW whose love for Nazi Germany is as visible as the swastika tattoo on his forearm. Captured by the Americans, he is sent to a camp near Phoenix, Arizona where he comes face-to-face with the prejudice and bigotry he learned as a Hitler Youth. Through long months of internment, his only joy is his friendship with the farmer’s son, a Jew, who shows him the true meaning of humanity,

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Keep Smiling: A Career Guide For Models, Tiana Pongs

Tiana Pongs was Germany’s leading commercial face. Due to the astonishing amount of more than 1,000 ad productions in the span of her career, industry insiders consider her to be Germany’s best commercial model. She’s featured on numerous international magazine covers and product packaging’s, as well as in TV and promotional campaigns. Her list of references reads like the “Who’s Who” of the branded article industry. In her guide dedicated to prospective models, Tiana Pongs

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Author Spotlight

AC Michael, Author Spotlight

One cat. One person. Many problems. Mister Pushkin always knows what’s good for Klem. But Klem only thinks he knows what’s good for Mister Pushkin.With luxuriant blue fur and golden eyes, Mister Pushkin is not like other cats.And although his instinct is usually reliable, his ability to see things others can’t can be a mixed blessing.Avoiding the vet’s thermometer may be impossible, but somehow, he must find a way to escape Klem’s short leash. If

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Katie Marshall, Author Spotlight

After his mother’s death, Brian suffers severe trauma from his abusive father. When the abuse becomes too much, Brian’s mind splits into multiple personalities and starts him down a path of murder and destruction. Lizzie ’s life is turned upside down when she is tortured by a serial killer. Now she has to learn to cope with a new school, new friends, and a new life with a sister that she didn’t meet until recently.

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Gill D. Anderson, Author Spotlight

FARZAD ABED is an unhinged Iranian immigrant living in Australia. His sociopathic tendencies coupled with his political views make him a very dangerous man indeed. Farzad wants the world to sit up and take notice of him and randomly selects six bystanders to hold hostage at a city restaurant. JACOB BROWN is a fitness fanatic who finds himself at the centre of a bizarre situation when he arrives at his favourite restaurant to pick up

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Lana Lindemann, Author Spotlight

Mary is your typical student, your typical homebody. She doesn’t know what to do with her life and doesn’t expect much out of the days to follow until things suddenly change for her. A serial killer is on the loose and kidnaps her off the streets with the intent of ending her life. But then his plans change. Instead, he keeps her like a pet, chained up in his apartment.Abuse follows as well as the

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