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  Cover Art: When Will There be Good News? Atkinson, Kate
When Will There be Good News?
On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever... On a dark night thirty years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound... At the end of a long day, 16-year-old Reggie is looking forward to watching a little TV. Then a terrifying noise shatters her peaceful evening. Luckily, Reggie makes it a point to be prepared for an emergency... These three lives come together in unexpected and deeply thrilling ways in the latest novel from Kate Atkinson, the critically acclaimed author who Harlan Coben calls "an absolute must-read."
Adult Fiction Book ATKINSO
  Cover Art: The Elegance of the Hedgehog Barbery, Muriel
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The enthralling international bestseller. We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.
Adult Fiction Book BARBERY
  Cover Art: Heartsick Cain, Chelsea
Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while Archie is in a prison of another kind -- addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind.
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  Cover Art: The Legal Limit Clark, Martin
The Legal Limit
While Gates Hunt chose to fight his abusive father head-on, his younger brother, Mason, eventually escaped their bitter, impoverished circumstances by earning a free ride to college and law school...But Mason's idyll is abruptly pierced by a wicked tragedy, and soon afterward his life further unravels when Gates, convinced that his brother's legal influence should spring him from prison, attempts to force his cooperation by means of a secret they'd both sworn to take with them to the grave. And with his closest friend and staunch ally suddenly threatened by secrets of his own, Mason ultimately finds himself facing complete ruin and desperately defending everything and everyone he holds dear.
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  Cover Art: The Shadow Woman Edwardson, Ake
The Shadow Woman
It's August and the annual Gothenburg Party is in full swing. But this year the bacchanalian blowout is simmering with ethnic discord spurred by nativist gangs. When a woman is found murdered in the park-her identity as inscrutable as the blood-red symbol on the tree above her body-Winter's search for her missing child leads him from sleek McMansions to the Gothenburg fringes, where "northern suburbs" is code for "outsider" and the past is inescapable-even for Sweden's youngest chief inspector.
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  Cover Art: Blackwater Ekman, Kerstin
A woman and her six-year-old daughter discover a double homicide in a camping ground. The mother sees a boy running away, but he is not found and the crime is never solved. Eighteen years later the mother recognizes the boy as the man dating her daughter.
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  Cover Art: He Who Fears the Wolf Fossum, Karin
He Who Fears the Wolf
Inspector Sejer is hard at work again, investigating the brutal murder of a woman who lived alone in the middle of the woods. The chief suspect is another loner, a schizophrenic recently escaped from a mental institution. The only witness is a twelve-year-old boy, overweight, obsessed with archery, and a resident at a home for delinquents. Fossum once again provides extraordinary insight into marginalized lives and richly evokes the atmosphere she captured so brilliantly in Don't Look Back.
Adult Mystery Book FOSSUM
  Cover Art: In the Woods French, Tana
In the Woods
"As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home from play. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent wood. When the polic arrive, they find only one child, gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same wood, he and Detective Cassie Maddox -- his partner and closest friend -- find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.
Adult Fiction Book FRENCH
  Cover Art: Ritual Hayder, Mo
...Hayder gives us a taut, chilling tale of clandestine occult practices, New Age medicine, and the drug underground, set in a hyper-modern urban landscape challenged by colliding immigrant cultures. Just after lunch on a Tuesday in April, nine feet under water, police diver Flea Marley closes her gloved fingers around a human hand. The fact that there's no body attached is disturbing enough. Even more disturbing is the discovery, a day later, of the matching hand. Both have been recently amputated, and the indications are that the victim was still alive when they were removed.
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  Cover Art: Smilla's Sense of Snow Heg, Peter
Smilla's Sense of Snow
In his first novel to be published in English, Danish author Hoeg offers readers a wonderfully original, elegantly crafted, ominously savage story. The plot is cryptically clever, beginning with the death of a six-year-old boy and ending with the discovery of an international smuggling ring. The pervasive violence--both to the body and to the soul--is recounted so matter-of-factly as to be doubly chilling, and the characters are as mesmerizing, as enigmatic, and as engrossing as any populating the pages of recent crime fiction. (Reviewed July 1993)0374266441Emily Melton
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  Cover Art: The Talented Mr. Ripley ; Ripley Under Ground ; Ripley's Game Highsmith, Patricia
The Talented Mr. Ripley ; Ripley Under Ground ; Ripley's Game
Three classic crime novels by a master of the macabre appear here together in hardcover for the first time. Suave, agreeable, and completely amoral...the inimitable Tom Ripley, stops at nothing--not even murder-- to accomplish his goals. In achieving for himself the opulent life that he was denied as a child, Ripley shows himself to be a master of illusion and manipulation and a disturbingly sympathetic combination of genius and psychopath.
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  Cover Art: Jar City Indriðason, Arnaldur
Jar City
When a lonely old man is found dead in his Reykjavk flat, the only clues are a cryptic note left by the killer and a photograph of a young girl's grave. Inspector Erlendur discovers that many years ago the victim was accused, but not convicted, of an unsolved crime, a rape. Did the old man's past come back to haunt him? As Erlendur reopens this very cold case, he follows a trail of unusual forensic evidence, uncovering secrets that are much larger than the murder of one old man.
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  Cover Art: The Stonecutter Lackberg, Camilla
The Stonecutter
When a young girl's body is pulled out of the harbor in the small Swedish resort town of Fjallbacka, Det. Patrik Hedstro¨m becomes the lead investigator as he struggles with lazy and inept colleagues and an even remoter-than-usual boss. It's his grim task to discover who could be behind the murder of the child both he and his partner Erica knew well.
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  Cover Art: The Black Path Larsson, Asa
The Black Path
A grisly torture-murder, a haunting northern Sweden backdrop, and a dark drama of twisted sexuality collide in a masterpiece of suspense.
Adult Mystery Book LARSSON
  Cover Art: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Larsson, Stieg
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age -- and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation.
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  Cover Art: The Man from Beijing Mankell, Henning
The Man from Beijing
Hudiksvall, January 2006. Police find eighteen people massacred in a small village. They think it's the work of a mad man, but Birgitta and August believe they were killed by the same person who killed their mother.
Adult Fiction Book MANKELL
  Cover Art: Garnethill Mina, Denise
In Glasgow, Maureen O'Donnell is accused of murdering a doctor who had sex with her while she was in a mental institution. She did not do it and to clear her name she has to find the real killer. A tale of exploitation of mental patients.
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  Cover Art: The Redbreast Nesb, Jo
The Redbreast
A tale moving from the final months of World War II to the present, and from the Russian front to contemporary South Africa, follows the dual adventures of a freedom-seeking war martyr and an alcoholic police officer who is drawn into a mystery with past origins.
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  Cover Art: Mallory's Oracle O'Connell, Carol
Mallory's Oracle
Escaping from the streets of New York when a kind police sergeant takes her in, Kathleen Mallory grows up to become a proud member of the NYPD and embarks on a dangerous case to find her father's murderer.
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  Cover Art: Gorky Park Smith, Martin Cruz
Gorky Park
Brilliant...One of the best books of the season." ASSOCIATED PRESS A triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces and fingers missing. Chief homicide investigator Arkady Renko is brilliant, sensitive, honest, and cynical about everything except his profession. To identify the victims and uncover the truth, he must battle the KGB, FBI, and New York police as he performs the impossible--and tries to stay alive doing it. From the Paperback edition.
Adult Fiction Book SMITH
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