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Flesh and Blood

by Patricia Cornwell

Published 2014 by William Morrow & Company     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780062325341

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Endangered

by C J Box

Published 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780399160776

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"New York Times-bestselling writer C. J. Box returns with a thrilling new novel, featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. She was gone. Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more-Joe's eighteen-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway-alive, but just barely, the victim of blunt force trauma. It is April, and the doctors aren't sure if she'll recover. Cates denies having anything to do with it-says she ran away from him, too-and there's evidence that points to another man. But Joe knows in his gut who's responsible. What he doesn't know is the kind of danger he's about to encounter. Cates is bad enough, but Cates's family is like none Joe has ever met before. Joe's going to find out the truth, even if it kills him. But this time, it just might"--

 

 

Drop

by Dennis Lehane

Published 2014 by William Morrow & Company     Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780062365446

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Dennis Lehane returns to the streets of Mystic River with this love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith the basis for the major motion picture The Drop, from Fox Searchlight Pictures directed by Michael Roskam, screenplay by Dennis Lehane, and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini.

Three days after Christmas, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live rescues an abused puppy from a trash can and meets a damaged woman looking for something to believe in. As their relationship grows, they cross paths with the Chechen mafia; a man grown dangerous with age and thwarted hopes; two hapless stick-up artists; a very curious cop; and the original owner of the puppy, who wants his dog back. . . ."

 

 

Inspector of the Dead

by David Morrell

Published 2015 by Mulholland Books     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780316323932

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LEGENDARY THRILLER WRITER DAVID MORRELL TRANSPORTS READERS TO THE FOGBOUND STREETS OF LONDON, WHERE A KILLER PLOTS TO ASSASSINATE QUEEN VICTORIA.

The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation.

This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself.

 

 

Shark Skin Suite

by Tim Dorsey

Published 2015 by William Morrow & Company     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780062240019

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Bottom feeders beware: the Sunshine State's favorite psychotic killer and lovable Floridaphile Serge Storms has found a new calling, legal eagle, and he's going to make a killing as a crusading attorney--and star as a dashing lawyer on the big screen--in this madcap escapade from the insanely funny New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey.

When it comes to swimming with the sharks, there is no bigger kahuna than Serge Storms. Binging on a marathon of legal movies set in Florida, Serge finds his calling: the law. Never mind law school or that degree, Serge becomes a freelance fixer--wildcat paralegal and pilgrim to the hallowed places where legal classics of the big screen such as Body Heat, Cool Hand Luke, and Absence of Malice were filmed practically in his own backyard.

One of Serge's old flames, young lawyer Brook Campanella, is also a rising star thanks to her expertise in the field of foreclosure law. Ruthless at taking down the greedy banksters kicking people out of their homes, she lands a major class-action lawsuit, and wins big. The opposition is determined to shut her down and they'll go to extreme lengths to do it.

Luckily for her, Serge has been hired to do some investigative legwork on the case. There's nothing he likes better than saving a damsel in distress, especially when it means kicking a bunch of shyster butt. The mayhem comes to a hilarious head at the Key West courthouse, at the height of the island's raucous Fantasy Fest street carnival, and no one, including Serge, will ever be the same.

 

 

Private Vegas

by James Patterson

Published 2015 by Little Brown and Company     Compact Disc, English. ISBN: 9781611130478

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Las Vegas is a city of contradictions: seedy and glamorous, secretive and wild, Vegas attracts people of all kinds--especially those with a secret to hide, or a life to leave behind. It's the perfect location for Lester Olsen's lucrative business. He gets to treat gorgeous, young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows, and limo rides--and then he teaches them how to kill.

Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin--and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he's witnessed before. PRIVATE VEGAS brings James Patterson's Private series to a sensational new level.

 

 

Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country

by C J Box

Published 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780399158582

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From C. J. Box, the "New York Times"-bestselling author of the Joe Pickett novels, comes a thrilling book of suspense stories about the Wyoming he knows so well and the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there.
Over the course of eighteen books, C. J. Box has been consistently hailed for his brilliant storytelling and extraordinary skills at creating character, suspense, and a deep sense of place. All of those strengths are in the ten riveting stories three of them never before published that make up "Shots Fired."
In One-Car Bridge, one of four Joe Pickett stories, Pickett goes up against a just plain mean landowner, with disastrous results, and in Shots Fired, his investigation into the radio call referred to in the title nearly ends up being the last thing he ever does. In Pirates of Yellowstone, two Eastern European tough guys find out what it means to be strangers in a strange land, and in Le Sauvage Noble, the stranger is a Lakota in Paris who enjoys playing the noble savage for the French women until he meets Sophie. Then he discovers what savage really means.
"Shots Fired" is proof once again why Box is a force to be reckoned with ("The Providence Journal-Bulletin")."

 

 

Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

by Christopher Fowler

Published 2014 by Bantam     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780345547651

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NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST MYSTERIES OF THE YEAR BY THE SEATTLE TIMES - London's wiliest detectives, Arthur Bryant and John May, are on the case in this fiendishly clever mystery. And when a cemetery becomes the scene of a crime, neither secrets--nor bodies--stay buried.

Romain Curtis sneaks into St. George's Gardens one evening with his date, planning to show her the stars. A centuries-old burial ground, the small, quiet park is the perfect place to be alone. Yet the night takes a chilling turn when the two teenagers spy a strange figure rising from among the tombstones: a corpse emerging from the grave. Suffice it to say that wherever there's a dead man walking, Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit are never far behind.

As the PCU investigates the sighting, a second urgent matter requires their unusual brand of problem-solving. Seven ravens have gone missing from their historic home in the Tower of London, and legend has it that when the ravens disappear, England will fall. Bryant has been tasked with recovering the lost birds, but when Romain is suddenly found dead, the two seemingly separate mysteries start to intertwine and point to a plot more sinister than anyone could ever imagine.

Soon Bryant and May find themselves immersed in London's darkest lore, from Victorian-era body snatchers, to arcane black magic, to the grisly myth behind Bleeding Heart Yard, a courtyard long associated with murder. And as the body count spikes and more coffins are unearthed, they will have to dig deep to catch a killer and finally lay these cases to rest.

Darkly funny and fast-paced, Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart is a brilliantly twisting puzzle, conjured from the inventive mind of Christopher Fowler.

Praise for Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart

"Let's talk about guilty pleasures. . . . A historic burial ground like St. George's Garden, scene of the unfortunate incident of resurrection, is right up [Arthur Bryant's] dark alley. And mine."--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"Delectably droll . . . criminally underappreciated . . . guaranteed to amuse . . . [Bryant & May are] endearing throwbacks to a time when this genre was brainy and pure. They are the last of a breed and they know it. . . . Their very credibility puts quaint old Bryant & May in a class of their own."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Fans of the series will enjoy the continuing travails of these two long-suffering octogenerian friends and their fellow officers. Newcomers will appreciate the twists and turns of the case as well as the many details from the odd corners of one of the world's great cities."--Library Journal

"Endearingly eccentric . . . intriguing."--Publishers Weekly

"Hilarious . . . a charming and intriguing mystery mixed with marvelous characters. [Christopher] Fowler's snarky writing elevates what could be dull or routine and makes it a true joy to read."--RT Book Reviews

"Make Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart the next book you read. . . . These stories are witty, challenging, engrossing, informative and incredibly well written. . . . Picture a television series that is a rough mash-up of Law & Order, The X-Files and Monty Python's Flying Circus. . . . I sensed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ed McBain and Agatha Christie nodding in approval. . . . [Fowler's] latest book contains some of his best writing."--Bookreporter

 

 

Corsican Caper

by Peter Mayle

Published 2014 by Knopf Publishing Group     Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780307962867

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Here is Peter Mayle at his effervescent best his master sleuth, Sam Levitt, eating, drinking, and romancing his way through the South of France even as he investigates a case of deadly intrigue among the Riviera s jet set.
Billionaire Francis Reboul is taking in the view at his coastal estate, awaiting the arrival of vacationing friends Sam Levitt and Elena Morales, when he spies a massive yacht whose passengers seem a little too interested in his property. The yacht belongs to rapacious Russian tycoon Oleg Vronsky, who, for his own purposes, will stop at nothing to obtain Reboul s villa. When Reboul refuses to sell, Vronsky s methods quickly turn unsavory. Now it s up to Sam he s saved Reboul s neck before to negotiate with an underworld of mercenaries and hit men, not to mention the Corsican mafia, to prevent his friend from becoming a victim of Vronsky s Russian diplomacy.
The dire situation doesn t stop Sam and Elena from attending glamorous fetes where the wines and starlets alike sparkle, and enjoying sumptuous meals from multicourse revelations to understated delights like the first asparagus of the season, on which one must make a wish. But as Sam s sleuthing draws him closer to the truth of Vronsky s schemes, he realizes Reboul might not be the only one unable to enjoy the good life for long.
Brimming with entertaining twists, sparkling scenery, and mouthwatering gustatory interludes as only Peter Mayle can write them, The Corsican Caperis a one-way ticket to pleasure, Provencal style."