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New Arrivals - Suspense
"The Earl of Druridge wanted only for an heir. So when he learned that his wife was carrying another man's child, he was filled with a thirst for vengeance. But he wasn't the one who caused Katherine's death. Or was he? Rachel McTavish, the beautiful daughter of a coal miner, knows something about the fire that took Lady Katherine's life. In secret, the strong willed girl strikes a bargain with the desperate earl: he must send his physician to help her dying mother or he may go to the scaffold and the devil. The Earl agrees, but Rachel is still unsure that her revelation will be enough to save him when so many wish him dead."--from cover.
When wealthy Seth Hubbard hangs himself from a sycamore tree and leaves his fortune to his black maid, Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a controversial trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.
When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful buildings, the street food, the handsome elusive man next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn't come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans. Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. But who is Lily Hayes? It depends on who's asking. As the case takes shape -- revealing deceptions, secrets, and suspicious DNA -- Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her: the media, her family, the man who loves her and the man who seeks her conviction.
Dashiell Hammett is best known as both pioneer and master of American hard-boiled detective fiction, but these dozen and a half stories both affirm that reputation and present him in a different light. Along with the full-length screen treatments "On the Make" (which became the movie "Mr. Dynamite, "1935) and "The Kiss-Off" (the basis for "City Streets," starring Sylvia Sydney and Gary Cooper, 1931), this collection includes never before and rarely published stories that explore failed romance, courage in the face of uncertainty, hypocrisy, and crass opportunism.
"It's 1924 and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers--a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American--find a way to take their shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home. Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers, joined by the missing boy's female cousin, find themselves being pursued through the night by someone, or something. This nightmare becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet, but what is pursuing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be"--From publisher description.
"An amputated leg won't quell Cutter's passion for the outdoors. His Double Dare Ranch, located in the remote San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, caters to adrenaline junkies craving whitewater rapids and cliff-edged bike trails. But Double Dare Ranch draws someone else into Cutter's life: Radic Vuko, an old enemy bent on revenge. Vuko utilizes his mercenary tricks and a beautiful pawn named Serena to sabotage Cutter's dreams. But which will prove more deadly: the bloodthirsty fugitive or a raging wildfire?"--Page  of cover.
"Carrie Slayton is a successful gossip columnist, but her dream is to become a serious journalist. Finnegan Dalton is a notorious recluse whose book about living in the Alaskan wilds skyrocketed to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Recognizing a golden opportunity, Carrie uses a little guile in tracking down Finn's whereabouts in the snowy Alaskan wilderness outside of Fairbanks, only to discover that he truly is as mysterious and withdrawn as his reputation suggests. As she grows closer to finding out who Finn really is, Carrie will have to decide whether to respect his wishes by abandoning the story that would make her career, and Finn will have to decide whether he can open his heart again"-- Provided by publisher.
With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather's already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather's sure things can't get worse -- until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather's long-lost mother shows up. Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve.
April 1964, and the cruelest month is breeding bad weather and worse news. And plenty of disturbing news is coming to Florence detective Inspector Bordelli. Bordelli?s friend, Casimiro, insists he?s discovered the body of a man in a field above Fiesole. Bordelli races to the scene, but doesn?t find any sign of a corpse. Only a couple of days later, a little girl is found at Villa Ventaglio. She has been strangled, and there is a horrible bite mark on her belly. Then another young girl is found murdered, with the same macabre signature. And meanwhile Casimiro has disappeared without a trace. This new investigation marks the start of one of the darkest periods of Bordelli?s life: a nightmare without end, as black as the sky above Florence.
Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to "see" criminals across the globe and track them down, and he's just started on a new case in which Danny Cangialosi's accused of disappearing with a stolen car--but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he's unable to "see" him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny's stubborn, meddling, and very cute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan.
New York socialte Beret Osmundsen learns that her estranged sister was brutally murdered in a Denver brothel. Determined to find the murderer, Beret makes her way to Colorado and finds herself investigating alongside Detective Mick McCauley. The search for the killer takes them from the seedy underworld of Denver's tenderloin to the city's highest levels of society and exposes the sinister side of the Gilded Age.
Publicist Annabelle Starkey and classic movie fan Mickey Paxton find themselves being chased from Vegas to the San Francisco area by some bad cops, a nursing home resident where Annabelle's grandmother recently died, and a lawyer who volunteered at the home. When Annabelle's cat-sitting friend is killed at Annabelle's apartment, things get really dangerous!
"The master of action-adventure returns with the follow-up to his New York Times bestselling novel Those in Peril starring Hector Cross Wilbur Smith has won fans the world over for his heart-racing novels that span continents and centuries. For nearly fifty years, his books have hit bestseller lists in the United States --and everywhere else -- and sold millions of copies. As a writer of action-adventure and the African continent, Smith is without peer, and with Vicious Circle he is about to prove that he shows no signs of letting up on the gas pedal. His most recent bestseller, Those in Peril, launched a new contemporary series of thrillers that give Clive Cussler and Stephen Coonts a run for their money. Hero Hector Cross, a tough former soldier who has fought pirates and terrorists in the lawless waters off the coast of Africa, returns in another surefire bestseller. With film rights already acquired for Those in Peril, this new series promises to continue building on Wilbur Smith's history of blockbuster success"-- Provided by publisher.
"Alisha Bailey left a life of privilege for the dangerous but thrilling world of search and rescue. Denying the lure of attraction to her teammate is another sacrifice she's made to prove to everyone-- including her family-- that she's more than a pretty face or a business commodity. Since their training days, Devon Leblanc has used the competitive fire between them to hide his fascination with the petite beauty. When a natural disaster forces their rivalry aside, heated passion finally flares between them. Sexual pleasure slowly gives way to a new appreciation for each other's skills-- on the field and in the bedroom. But when unexplained accidents begin happening to the Lifeline team, their newfound unity may be their only hope for survival" -- from publisher's web site.
A father and his son leave Atlanta, Georgia, for Australia and find themselves taken as slaves by a savage, unknown jungle tribe.
Every fall in northern Michigan brings a spate of dogman sightings. A radio DJ?s invention, the dogman was created as an attention-getting joke. But millions of Michiganders believe in angels and vampires, werewolves, Bigfoot... and the dogman. Late summer, the horribly mutilated bodies of two Native American girls are found in a tent in a remote campground in the Huron Mountains. Grady Service, who wants nothing more than to return to patrolling his beloved Mosquito Wilderness, is called into the case. Strange animal tracks are found, mayhem ensues, a bloody trail of victims begins to accumulate, and the governor, in a political panic, and on her way out of office, orders Grady to hunt down and eliminate the killer--on her office?s dime. Grady Service does not believe in Easter bunnies, Santa Claus, or dogmen, and the "monster" hunt that unfolds in Killing a Cold One builds to a violent finish in some of the Upper Peninsula?s harshest and deadliest terrain. Joseph Heywood's legendary woods cop is called upon to use all of his investigative skills to sort fantasy from reality in order to do what the governor wants.
Joined by Russian FSB agent Larisa Tchoumitcheva, FBI agent John Reilly investigates the apparent suicide of a Russian embasy attache and uncovers a deadly search for a mysterious device whose origins reach back in time to the darkest days of the Cold War and to Imperial Russia and which, in the wrong hands, could have a devastating impact on the modern world.
In one moment, high school teacher and single mother Brooke Davenport interrupts a vicious assault, saves a young woman?s life, and attracts the attention of a serial killer.
American spy and war correspondent Christopher Marlowe Cobb follows a man who may be a German secret service agent with vital information onto the Lusitania during World War I.
While investigating a robbery in which an old lady is murdered and a rare watch is stolen, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace discovers he is dealing with new and ancient hatreds that center around an elderly man with a score to settle.
"Sarah Beiler grows increasingly concerned about Ashley, her friend who also works at the farmers market. Ashley acts strange, even nervous, when anyone talks about the rash of fires. When Sarah asks her what she knows, Ashley only heightens Sarah's suspicions. But that's not Sarah's only trouble. She remains distracted by Matthew Stoltzfus, who says that God is calling him to leave the Amish community. When he begs her to join him, Sarah's heart is torn in two"--From publisher description.
When a thirteen-year-old genius and member of the most powerful family in the country believes that the man imprisoned for killing her sister six years earlier is innocent, the all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates agree to reopen the case.
An elderly Australian woman lets a mysterious and possibly sinister caretaker into her beach-side home and into her life.
The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone--least of all himself.
V.I. Warshawski's closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. When Kitty's daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who, in turn, summons V.I. to help.