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FICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
DECEMBER 2017

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Fantasy & Science

1636: The Vatican Sanctions by Eric Flint & Charles E. Gannon
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A latest entry in the best-selling series is set in a seven-day period in the spring of 1636 and follows Pope Urban's efforts to establish peace among warring Christian denominations while navigating the assassination plots of Borja and Spanish mastermind Pedro Dolor. Ring of Fire No. 24

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After the End of the World by Jonathan L. Howard
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In an alternate universe where the Nazis are the good guys, Daniel Carter begins working for a German secret security service to uncover a conspiracy behind a major scientific project, in the second novel of the series following Carter & Lovecraft. Carter & Lovecraft No. 2

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Canto Bight by Saladin Ahmed, et al.
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A collection of stories brings to the life the inhabitants and visitors of a mysterious casino city Canto Bight, which will be featured in the forthcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi series

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The Forever Ship by Francesca Haig
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A third entry in the critically acclaimed trilogy that includes The Map of Bones concludes the story of psychic Omega Cass and her powerful Alpha twin, Zach, on a dystopian world struggling for balance between a backward government and its oppressed people centuries after a nuclear apocalypse. Fire Sermon No. 3

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The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
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In a second entry in the Russian fairy tale-inspired series that began with The Bear and the Nightingale finds an adult Vasya, forced to choose between an arranged marriage and life in a convent, fleeing in the disguise of a boy before her defeat of a band of terrorizing bandits earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow. Winternight Trilogy No. 2

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Glass Town by Steven Savile
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A U.S. debut by the award-winning television writer and author of Silver is set 70 years after a rising London actress disappears with one of two rival brothers, a mystery that is investigated by a descendant who explores a magical cityscape to understand the factors that destroyed his grandfather's life.

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Immortal Life: A Soon to Be True Story by Stanley Bing
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A ruthless, aging trillionaire tech inventor engages in a battle of wills against an increasingly desperate man whose body has been created to host the immortality-minded inventor's consciousness. By the best-selling author of Crazy Bosses.

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Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories From the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland by Ellen Datlow
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An anthology of original tales inspired by Lewis Carroll's fantastical world features the work of an award-winning editor and contributions by such leading authors as Richard Bowes, Katherine Vaz and Jane Yolen.

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Mississippi Roll by George R. R. Martin & Wild Cards Trust, eds.
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A collection of fantastical adventures set along one of America's greatest rivers is edited by the award-winning author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series and features contributions by such best-selling authors as Carrie Vaughn, David D. Levine and Cherie Priest. Wild Cards series

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Nemo Rising by C. Courtney Joyner
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When President Ulysses S. Grant is forced by sea monster attacks on navy ships to ask for assistance from death-row inmate Captain Nemo, the notorious seafarer boards his Victorian Steampunk submarine and embarks on an undersea effort to tackle a formidable adversary. By the award-winning author of Shotgun.

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One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning by David Moody
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Trapped on a barren island that has become the location of an extreme sports company specializing in corporate team-building events, 15 people gradually realize that a killer is in their midst as members of the group begin to succumb to suspicious accidents, a situation that is further complicated by rumors of an approaching tsunami. Hater No. 4

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Persepolis Rising by James S. A. Corey
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Presents a latest entry in the best-selling series that includes Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War and has inspired a major television series. The Expanse No. 7

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The Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova
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A new rebellion rises from the still smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny, while on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. By a USA Today best-selling author. The Loom Saga No. 3

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Survival by Ben Bova
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Encountering a civilization of intelligent machines that have survived earlier death waves for eons, the human scouting team struggles to convince the disinterested machines to help secure humanity's survival. By the six-time Hugo Award-winning author of Apes and Angels. Star Quest No. 3

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A War in Crimson Embers by Alex Marshall
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While Zosia struggles to rally her comrades and rebuild a city decimated by her burning thirst for revenge, an abandoned Sullen attempts to carry out the grim commands of a dead goddess. By the author of The Enterprise of Death. The Crimson Empire Trilogy No. 3

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The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer
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In a third entry in the political science-fiction epic set in a future of near-instantaneous travel and abundant provisions, a civilization where nobody living has experienced conflict is torn by the outbreak of war. By the author of Too Like the Lightning. Terra Ignota No. 3

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Year One by Nora Roberts
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A tale of suspense and survival is set in the wake of a cataclysmic pandemic that wipes out more than half the world's population, replacing science and technology with magic and compelling Lana, a practitioner of good witchcraft, to embark on a perilous journey west with her lover and other survivors. By the best-selling author of the In Death series. Chronicles of the One No. 1

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General Fiction

Firefly Cove by Davis Bunn
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A follow-up to the internationally best-selling Miramar Bay follows the experiences of terminally ill young adult Lucius, who returns to the home of his youth to reunite with the only woman he ever loved. Miramar Bay No. 2

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The Ice House by Laura Lee Smith
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A man on the brink of losing his family's business in the wake of a mysterious accident receives an equally devastating health diagnosis that compels him to reach out to his estranged drug-addict son and the baby granddaughter he has never met. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls.

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In the Fall They Come Back by Robert Bausch
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Embarking on a teaching career in a small northern Virginia private school, Ben becomes inspired to regard teaching as a life calling until his determination to intervene in the lives of three at-risk students causes him to lose sight of himself. By the author of Far as the Eye Can See.

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One Station Away by Olaf Olafsson
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A New York neurologist navigates his bonds with three women—including an overlooked pianist on the brink of success, a recently deceased dancer, and a mysteriously comatose patient—relationships defined by compromise, silence, illness and an obsessive attempt to communicate. By the author of The Journey Home.

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Special Envoy: A Spy Novel by Jean Echenoz. Translated by Sam Taylor.
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An attractive, restless woman in a failing marriage to a washed up rock star is abducted by French intelligence and trained for a mission to destabilize North Korea. By the award-winning, French author of I’m Gone.

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Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
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A tale by the internationally best-selling author of The Architect's Apprentice is set over an evening in contemporary Istanbul and follows the efforts of a woman to navigate cultural, religious and economic tensions during a seaside mansion dinner party while enduring painful memories of her deep multicultural friendships during her Oxford years.

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Ultraluminous by Katherine Faw
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Returning to her native New York City after a mysterious decade spent in Dubai, a high-end, girlfriend-experience prostitute with a secret agenda establishes a rotation of finance-connected clients and a damaged former Army Ranger who she does not charge for her services.

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Historical

Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini
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Rigorously educated in mathematics and science by her mother, an only legitimate child of brilliant Romantic poet Lord Byron is introduced into London society as a highly eligible heiress before forging a deep bond with inventor Charles Babbage and using her unique talents to become the world's first computer programmer. By the best-selling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.

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The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak
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In 1950s Louisiana, Ginny Polk's quest to provide meals for death row prisoners leads her into the secrets of her own past.

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Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors by Conn Iggulden
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A conclusion to the best-selling series is set in 1470 England, where an escalating battle between the House of Lancaster and the army of Edward of York leads to the unexpected rise of the Red Dragon, Henry Tudor. Wars of the Roses No. 4

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The Walworth Beauty by Michèle Roberts
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After moving to Walworth outside London in 2011, a woman’s life becomes obsessed with local history, particularly that of a man who interviewed prostitutes in the same area in 1851, in a novel by the author of Daughters of the House.

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The War Bride's Scrapbook by Caroline Preston
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A second visual novel by the author of The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt traces a World War II love story as narrated through an impulsive new bride's array of vintage postcards, newspaper clippings, photographs and other historical memorabilia.

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Mystery & Detective

Beau Death by Peter Lovesey
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When human remains in 18th-century clothing are discovered on a demolition site, Chief Inspector Peter Diamond eagerly embarks on a mission to prove that a scandal-marked fashion icon from Bath may have had quite a different end than the one popularly believed. Peter Diamond No. 17

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Blood Truth by Matt Coyle
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Rick Cahill opens a safe hidden in his childhood home for decades, uncovering layers of clues to his father’s disgrace and painful death and encountering powerful forces intent on keeping the past buried. Rick Cahill No. 4

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Bloodstains with Brontë by Katherine Bolger Hyde
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When the murdered body of a contractor is discovered at a Halloween murder-mystery fundraiser, detective Luke Richards reluctantly investigates Windy Corner's single-mother housekeeper, Katie; while owner Emily Cavanaugh identifies common traits shared by the victim and St. John Rivers from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Crime with the Classics No. 2

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The Body in the Casket by Katherine Hall Page
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Catering the lavish birthday party of a Broadway legend, Faith Fairchild is astonished when her client reveals that he hired her less for her culinary prowess and more for her skills as a detective and that one of his guests is trying to kill him. Includes recipes. By the Agatha Award-winning author of The Body in the Birches. Faith Fairchild Mysteries No. 24

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Colorado Boulevard by Phoef Sutton
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When his roommate and honorary brother is kidnapped, Los Angeles' toughest bodyguard and bouncer springs into action on the estate of the victim's estranged father, a wealthy developer who is obsessed with building California's bullet train. Crush Mysteries No. 3

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Dark Asylum by E. S. Thomson
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Set in a crumbling Victorian asylum where a gruesome murder is committed, a sequel to Beloved Poison explores the early science of brain study while giving chilling insight into an asylum's workings. Jem Flockhart No. 2

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Dark Dawn Over Steep House by M. R. C. Kasasian
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Detective Sidney Gower and his ward, March Middleton, must solve a mystery that involves a Prussian Count, two damsels in distress, a Chinese man from Wales, a gangster looking for love and the shadowy ruin of a once-loved family home, Steep House. The Gower Street Detective No. 5

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Dead Man's Blues by Ray Celestin
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In 1928 Chicago, a team of Pinkerton detectives work on three cases—a clique of city leaders is poisoned in a fancy hotel; a white gangster is found mutilated in an alleyway in the Blackbelt; and a famous heiress vanishes without a trace—that soon become intertwined in the most dangerous of ways.

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Death at the Emerald by R. J. Koreto
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When the 30-year disappearance of a famous actor becomes the obsession of an elderly family friend, Lady Frances Ffolkes immerses herself in the glamorous world of Edwardian theater and the motion-picture craze in London to unravel a dangerous conspiracy. Frances Ffolkes No. 3

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A Devious Death by Alyssa Maxwell
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In the sobering yet hopeful years following the First World War, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, find their summer plans marred by an instance of murder. Lady & Lady's Maid Mysteries No. 3

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Ginger Snapped by Gail Oust
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When their town's Realtor of the Year, a suspected romantic interest for police chief Wyatt McBride, is found murdered, Wyatt is targeted with suspicion and suspended from his post, compelling Piper Prescott to launch an investigation to clear his name. By the author of Rosemary and Crime. Spice Shop Mysteries No. 5

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My Brother's Keeper by Donna Malane
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Helping an ex-convict track down the teenage daughter she lost contact with while in prison, missing-persons expert Diane Rowe struggles with concerns that her client's intentions may not be as honorable as they seem. By the award-winning author of Surrender.

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Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson
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A U.S. release of an international best-seller follows the murder of a policeman with a haunted past and the arrival of a mysterious young woman whose own secrets threaten the safety of everyone in a tight-knit Northern Iceland fishing village. Dark Iceland No. 2

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The Ninth Grave by Stefan Ahnhem
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A second entry in the internationally best-selling and award-winning series finds criminal investigator Fabian Risk and his Danish colleague, Dunja Hougaard, teaming up on a serial murder case involving a Swedish minister of justice and a Danish television star's wife, in a thriller set six months before the events of Victim Without a Face. Fabian Risk No. 2

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The Sorcerer's Appendix by P. J. Brackston
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When Gretel from the popular children's tale—now all grown up and working as a private investigator—takes on the case of a missing sorcerer, she doesn't realize that it will take her into the heart of the deep, dark woods, and face to face with an old enemy. Brothers Grimm Mysteries No. 4

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Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong
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Former Marine MP Brynn Callahan returns to her insular community in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee with PTSD and her canine partner, Wilco, only to discover the body of a woman that has personal connections to her. Bone Gap Travellers No. 1

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Strong to the Bone by Jon Land
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Fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong pursues a killer who eluded her grandfather more than half a century earlier, a case that reveals a conspiracy connecting a World War II-era Nazi POW camp and a modern-day neo-Nazi gang. By the best-selling author of Strong Cold Dead. Caitlin Strong No. 9

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Trespass by Anthony Quinn
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Detective Celsius Daly searches for a missing boy, which leads to an unsolved mystery from the era of The Troubles, an ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland during the late 20th century. Inspector Celcius Daly Mysteries

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Unholy City by Carrie Smith
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When a senior churchwarden is found murdered in the herb garden of his Manhattan church, detectives Claire Codella and Brian Haggerty set aside their differences to identify a killer among several possible suspects. By the award-winning author of Forgotten City. Claire Codella No. 3

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The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen
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An award-winning first novel follows the experiences of a police officer who hides her identity as a serial killer's only surviving victim while overseeing petty crime in a sleepy community where the disappearances of three people on a fateful anniversary compels the officer to reach out to the FBI agent who saved her years earlier.

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Wild Chamber by Christopher Fowler
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Octogenarian detectives Arthur Bryant and John May investigate the baffling case of a girl and a dog who vanish into thin air from London's Regent Park on an early summer morning. By the award-winning author of Strange Tide. Peculiar Crimes Unit No. 14

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Romance

The Art of Running in Heels by Rachel Gibson
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Runaway reality-show bride Lexie shares a one-night stand with Sean, the biggest star on the Seattle Chinooks hockey team, only to have a photo of their passionate night published online, a high-profile scandal that compels them to spin the whole story. By a New York Times best-selling author.

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If Ever I Should Love You by Cathy Maxwell
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One of three heiress debutantes who have been on the marriage market longer than ideal finally meets her match in a penniless earl who would win her love in spite of her resolve to have a marriage in name only. The Spinster Heiresses No. 1

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It's Hard Out Here for a Duke by Maya Rodale
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An American-born man about to become the Duke of Durham has a one-night stand with a commoner who he can’t quite escape. By the USA Today best-selling author of Lady Claire is All That. Keeping Up With the Cavendishes No. 4

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Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
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Returning to her hometown in the hopes of reconciling with her estranged family, a woman who recently survived a brush with death makes discoveries with the potential to heal the rift or permanently separate her from her surviving relatives. By the New York Times best-selling author of If You Only Knew.

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Story Collections

Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired by Lawrence Block, ed. Contributions by Joyce Carol Oates, et al.
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Pairs full-color reproductions of famous paintings with the stories they inspired, in a collection that includes contributions from such authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, Sarah Weinman, Michael Connelly, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Jeffery Deaver, Jill D. Block, Joe R. Lansdale, Gail Levin, David Morrell and others.

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Suspense

Death at Nuremberg by W. E. B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth, IV
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Assigned to the Nuremberg war trials, special agent James Cronley, Jr., finds himself fighting wars on multiple fronts, in a dramatic entry in the popular series about the birth of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Cold War. By the author of Curtain of Death. Clandestine Operations No. 4

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The Demon Crown by James Rollins
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The members of Sigma Force reluctantly join forces with their most hated enemy to stop a primordial threat with ties to the American Civil War and the secret work of Alexander Graham Bell. Sigma Force No. 12

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Direct Fire by A. J. Tata
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When someone starts killing banking executives and military brass and families, Jake Mahegan joins forces with combat JAG officer Alexandra Russell to take down a killer who goes by the name “Jackknife,” a Syrian refugee-turned-terrorist who vows to avenge the bombing of a Syrian wedding, by killing as many Americans as possible. Captain Jake Mahegan No. 4

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Insidious Intent by Val McDermid
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A latest entry in the best-selling series by the award-winning author of Splinter the Silence finds Tony Hill and Carol Jordan on the trail of a serial killer who targets single women at weddings. Tony Hall & Carol Jordan No. 10

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The Last Man in Tehran by Mark Henshaw
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When an attack on an Israeli port triggers a Mossad campaign of sabotage and assassination, new Red Cell chief Kyra Stryker turns to her former mentors, retired Red Cell chief Jonathan Burke and former CIA director Kathryn Cooke, to identify Langley moles who are helping the Mossad wage its covert war. By the author of Cold Shot. Red Cell No. 4

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The Wanted by Robert Crais
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Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, embark on a seemingly simple case involving a client who fears her troubled teen son is dealing drugs, an investigation that reveals the young man's dangerous role in a string of high-end burglaries that have resulted in a murder and a disappearance. By the award-winning author of The Promise. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike

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We'll Sleep When We're Old by Pino Corrias
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Rising to the head of the Italian film industry, a controversial producer, his scriptwriter best friend and his actress muse navigate the cutthroat realities of fame and fortune before the producer goes missing in the wake of a devastating fire, triggering national speculation.

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You Can Run by Steve Mosby
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As the manhunt for the Red River Killer intensifies, Detective Inspector Will Turner finds himself fighting to stay involved in the investigation.

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