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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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Big, Casey Cox

You’ve never met a boy like Nick Macklin. He’s an enigma, wrapped in warm cinnamon pastry, wearing a belly-exposing tank top. He’s two hundred and forty pounds of confident, cocky, curvy yumminess. He’s proud of his body and proud to be a big boy. He’s also loud, unfiltered, loyal, and fiercely independent. In other words, everything smart, successful, sexy silver fox Daddy Steel Crawford has ever wanted in a boy. There’s just one problem: Nick

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When Courage Comes, Paul M. Fleming

It’s 1943 in Huntsville, Texas. Stephan, a German army conscript, is imprisoned in one of the first POW camps hastily built in America. The hostile community opposes the enemy on American soil, but Stephan’s greatest threat lurks inside the camp, where Nazis demand his loyalty to a cause he despises. Stephan arrives in Huntsville after his surrender in North Africa where he saves the life of his American interrogator Captain Ralph Bauer. After parting ways,

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Charm and Strange: Poems, Linda Casebeer

Linda Casebeer has worked for many years as a medical education researcher. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Slant, Earth’s Daughters, Chest, Hospital Drive, Pinyon, Crab Orchard Review, Canary, The Big Window Review, Bones, The Raven’s Perch. She has published one collection of poems, The Last Eclipsed Moon, from Cherry Grove Collections in 2008. She lives with her husband, writer, and literature professor emeritus, Edwin Casebeer, in Birmingham, Alabama. They have five children.

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Trouble Blows West, Monique Bucheger

Ginnie doesn’t always think… …sometime she just acts. Was it a mistake to stand up to the bully? Gennie and the bully, Pierce, get sent to the principal’s office. It doesn’t matter if he had threatened her twin brother, Toran, they both are suspended. Two days off school isn’t the scary part. What will her dad say? Things get taken up a notch, next. When the West twins and Chandler brothers execute a prank to

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The [New] New Patriotism, Jennifer Blackburn

“The [New] New Patriotism” takes the reader on a journey of American history, circumstance, and perspective. Stunning events of early 2020 provide context for an American culture that has required redirection for decades. Our society is slowly abdicating liberty to the very outlets promoting fear and division. Explore the dark truths of racism Americans have struggled with for centuries and how the demographic of a bold generation is insisting on social reforms, redefining American culture,

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Her Eyes Underwater, Romona Simon

Do you lock your doors and windows at night? Will tonight be the night you’ll find out why you should? In the first installment of The Bowman Case Files, bored and entitled university student Julia Strauss meets a captivating man during a random encounter at a cafe. She is instantly attracted to the handsome stranger and pursues him obsessively. What she doesn’t know is that behind all the charm, he has a secret agenda of

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Enabler? I Hardly Know Her!, T. Melissa Madian

Sales, marketing and customer-success organizations are under enormous pressure to hit increasing targets. Are you giving them their best chance to succeed? Imagine a world where instead of being viewed as an annoyance, salespeople are viewed as valuable resources to the customer. This book will explain what “sales enablement” is, why it’s important to your business, and how to successfully implement it within your organization, aligned to your buyer’s journey. And you will discover how

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Between Us. Harper Gale

She waited 20 years for him to return to her. Now four of her patients are dead, and the cause of their deaths lead back to the man she loves. Mimi de Soto is the Administrator of Hope for Another Day convalescent home. Known for her devotion and duty to her profession, Mimi takes on the dilapidated rest home and vows to restore it so her patients will have a safe place to call home.

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Simon’s Tree Party, Stephen G. Bowling

He’s inviting everyone to his house. But will anyone come? Simon Invites his barnyard friends to his birdhouse for lunch. He asks the goose, the cow, the pig….and soon discovers he has a BIG problem. Will anyone come? Can Mother Bird help? If you and your child enjoy heartwarming beautifully illustrated children’s picture books, with great rhymes and a well written, fun stories, you will love Stephen G, Bowling’s book Simon’s Tree Party. Simon’s Tree Party

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Exit 8, John Bragg

Construction of the nation’s massive Interstate Highway System is underway, heading north, tearing through the bucolic Connecticut River Valley. Unstoppable. In its path, sits the small Vermont hill farm that Roland Tuttle’s ancestors settled generations ago, where Roland has spent his entire life—caring for his animals, plowing with his team of horses, harvesting by hand, walking to town. Living in the past. Exit 8 tells the history of the Tuttle family and Roland’s place in

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Long Nose Legacy, J.G. Eastman

Gracie, a snobby royal Russian Wolfhound show dog, expects her noble puppies to follow in her pawprints of being a pampered princess. Daughter Carnegie has inherited Gracie’s aristocratic attitude and assumes she’ll be pick of the litter. When the coveted title goes to her humble but perfect sister, Madison, she is resentful and scoffs at being a silly show dog. Carnegie sets her sights on becoming a famous “woof hunter” and living as royalty in

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The Veil of Corruption, C.B. Lyall

After being thrust into a long-standing conflict between the witches and wizards that has destabilized the Magical Realm and finding the antidote for the Virus of Beauty, Wilf would like to return to his normal soccer playing teenage life. But he can’t rest until his stepsister, Myra, is caught and brought to justice. It’s been three days since Myra took to the skies above Hong Kong and disappeared. Now Wilf is accused of corrupting the

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APEX, Tyler Michael

A camping trip gone wrong as a mysterious stranger and an ominous competition leave three friends in a race for survival. Chris, Kevin and Kate wake up in a rugged wilderness far from their planned campsite. Their gear nowhere to be found, the three friends are left to make do with nothing but a pack of matches, water canteen, and strange devices displaying a fast approaching countdown fastened around their wrists. In their search for

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The Dagger, Marieke Lexmond

“The Dagger” is the first in a mystical, magical series featuring three generations of powerful, headstrong witches from the Madigan family. The family struggles to work together to keep a centuries-old promise. One leg in the real world, one in the magical, Bridget Madigan is a young detective working in Boston. Even though she has sworn never to use magic again, she caves to watch a flashback from the murder. She never dreamed her findings

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The Hound of Hell: Rise of the Imperionista, Rory D. Nelson

He wants to escape his ruthless past. Can he evade the hitman hellbent on destroying his future? Renault accepted that defeating his tormentors would come at a dangerous cost.Fearing for his family’s safety after fleeing his prison wagon, he reveals his secret title as the infamous war criminal…the Hound of Hell.And with a bounty hunter hot on his trail, Renault must hide those closest to him from the wrath of the sadistic assassin. Malachai excels

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Moraturi Lost, Marti Ward

When you’re 2.5 million lightyears from any other help, you can’t afford people who only have single skill… 20-year-old Veterinary Nurse/Trainee Medical Officer Eva Hughes is junior officer on SS Moraturi, transporting 500 colonists to New Eden. Eva’s responsibility is the domestic and farm animals they are bringing, but she is working towards qualifying as both a veterinary and a medical doctor. After a gamma burst in the wormhole, Eva finds herself looking after colonists

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Apophis, Raj Anand

January, 2022: A dark monstrous apparition – Apophis – feverishly races past the expanse of the Milky Way galaxy and bolts to the edge of the solar system. Recklessly accelerating, this sinister twin-headed asteroid continues its inebriated journey to soon rain a resolute chaos upon Earth.Five ancient philosophers reincarnated (nine years earlier) in different cities across the planet – New York, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Azores Islands in Portugal and Buyukada Island in Turkey, discover

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Chronomancer and the Time God: Death of a Paradise, James J. Meadows III

More than a millennium since the God Wars ended, the world of Zarethea remains a battle ground. Aleister, a young sorcerer from the magical kingdom of Mystas, finds himself tasked with saving a world still torn asunder by discordant, warring theocracies. The Chronomancer, a mysterious sorcerer of unknown origin, threatens to plunge the world into a state of chaos unless Aleister can lead three rival priests on a mission to reach the mythical city of

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Piss & Vinegar, Sam Sumac

When the twenty-three Altoonian spaceships arrive at Earth, they not only shatter the shaky peace of the place, they thrust Vice President James Fenimore Hunter into a role he may not be ready for. While the aliens keep saying they’ve come in peace, the real reasons and the real costs are more than the vice president can ignore. Unfortunately, in his bungling attempts to stop this absurd madness, he unwittingly makes the most foolish decisions

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Mind Masters: Awakening, B. McQueen

Magan, jobless and aimless, is suddenly forced into the middle of global mayhem as she struggles to remain alive. Terrified, she watches humanity tear each other apart and empires fall as truth is revealed… and it’s all her fault. Hiding in a forest cabin with a group of survivors, Magan learns to master her thoughts to become a fierce warrior. Evolved skills are discovered in her quest to stop one who can mind-control others to their end.

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Author Spotlight

Charles Sacchetti, Author Spotlight 2

DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU’VE BEEN TOUCHED? In 2017, soon after the author published his first book, It’s All Good: Times and Events I’d Never Want To Change, he had a feeling that there was more to be done. While attending mass one Sunday, he realized that God was doing the nudging. Clearly, it was time to write Knowing He’s There: True Stories of God’s Subtle Yet Unmistakable Touch, a book highlighting how our loving

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D.R. Bailey, Author Spotlight

Bernadette Mackenna, top criminal barrister in Dublin. Faced with two challenges, one professional, one personal. A kidnapper killed by his victim. The victim is charged with murder. Bernadette wonders if she really can get her acquitted. The victim is hiding something, it’s going to take all Bernadette’s skill to get her to tell. Even then maybe she won’t. Closer to home Bernadette’s new conquest might be girlfriend material or otherwise just too good to be

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Wendy Whitaker Hoke, Author Spotlight

“That’s child abuse!” When the author heard those words on a plateau in the Himalayas, her life changed forever. She learned that she could speak truth about the abuse she endured as a young child. Wendy’s grandfather, Konrad Frederick Koosmann, was a Bishop in the American Lutheran Church. He was also a pedophile who preyed on little girls in his own family, including Wendy. This story addresses the family dynamics that allow child sexual abuse

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Rebecca Daniels, Author Spotlight

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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