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FICTION TITLES PUBLISHED IN
October 2017

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Fantasy & Science

A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne
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A bard in a magical kingdom describes how the world was taken over by invading giants and inspires the remaining humans to fight back, including a mage who discovers how to speak to and control magical beasts. Seven Kennings No. 1

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Blade of Empire by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory
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Runacar, an Elf, helps Vieliessar, his destined Bondmate, lead a tattered group of Otherfolk into war to confront the forces of Darkness, in the second novel of the series following Crown of Vengeance. Dragon Prophecy Trilogy No. 2

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The Book of Swords by Gardner R. Dozois, ed. Stories by George R. R. Martin, et al.
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An anthology of original fantasy tales by some of today's leading genre masters includes contributions by such names as George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear.

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Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card
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A highly anticipated latest solo Ender novel finds Fleet School hopeful Dabeet Ochoa discovering his mysterious connection to the Fleet when he is approached for recruitment by Colonel Graff. By the best-selling author of Ender's Game.

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From a Certain Point of View by Renee Ahdieh, et al.
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A collection of short stories and illustrations by some of today's best-selling authors and trend-setting artists commemorates the Star Wars franchise's 40th anniversary and includes contributions by such notables as Meg Cabot, John Jackson Miller and Nnedi Okorafor. Star Wars series

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Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire
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The best-selling author of Wicked presents an imaginative tale rooted in early 19th-century German Romanticism that explores parallels between the origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves him.

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It Devours! By Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
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When her leading scientist employer gives her an assignment to investigate mysterious rumblings in the desert wasteland outside of the town of Night Vale, Nilanjana Sikdar discovers the existence of a congregation of religious fanatics, including the powerfully attractive Darryl, who are plotting a ritual that threatens the local community. Welcome to Night Vale No. 2

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Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury by Robert Kirkman / Jay Bonansinga
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Despite surviving four years of the zombie apocalypse, Lilly Caul still dreams of her former home in Woodbury, Georgia, and leads a tattered group of survivors back there. Part of a series based on Robert Kirkman’s popular comic books. The Walking Dead No. 8

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A Scandal in Battersea by Mercedes Lackey
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Investigating a serial killer in the rough neighborhood of Battersea, Mary and Dr. Watson discover several additional victims with sketchy memories before learning that a famed Bloomsbury writer has conjured a shadow demon that is inhabited by murderous ghosts. Elemental Masters No. 12

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Shattered Memories by V. C. Andrews
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A conclusion to the darkly gothic trilogy finds Kaylee back at home in the aftermath of her identical twin's betrayal and enrolling in a new school where her hopes for a new start are sabotaged by new heights of malice. By the best-selling author of the Dollanganger Family series. Mirror Sisters No. 3

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Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill
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A collection of four novellas by the award-winning author of The Fireman includes the tales Snapshot, Aloft, Rain and Loaded.

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The Core by Peter V. Brett
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After accidentally setting off a Swarm in their fight against bloodthirsty demons, Arlen and Jardir try to force a prisoner to lead them to the Core . By the author of The Skull Thorne. The Demon Cycle No. 5

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The Mongrel Mage by L. E. Modesitt
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Beltur has talents not seen in hundreds of years in Recluce that blend both white and black magics, and, on the run from a power-hungry white mage, is taken in by black-magic mages of Order, who help him hone his skills; however, when the white mage he fled attempts to invade his newly adopted city, Beltur must hope the new power he received from his training will be enough to save them all. Part of a best-selling series. The Saga of Recluce No. 19

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The Sea Peoples by S. M. Stirling
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Captain Pip of Townsville and a master of magic, Deor Godulfson, lead a dangerous quest through mysterious realms to rescue Prince John. By the author of Prince of Outcasts. Emberverse No. 14

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What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror by David Wong
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Investigating the activities of a shapeshifting entity that is snatching local kids, the friends from This Book Is Full of Spiders are challenged to navigate an uproariously convoluted maze of illusions, incompetence and lies. John Dies at the End No. 3

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General Fiction

Thomas Kinkade's Cape Light: Christmas Blessings by Katherine Spencer
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Return to Cape Light, Massachusetts, and let the magic of Christmas and helpful angels sweep you away. By the New York Times best-selling author of the Angel Island novels.

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The Devil You Know by Mary Monroe
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Lola seeks revenge on her nasty relatives who cheated her out of everything she worked for while Joan reels from her husband’s devastating betrayal, in the final novel in the series following Never Trust a Stranger. Lonely Heart, Deadly Heart No. 3

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The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison
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The best-selling author of The Clique series presents the story of a secretly lonely woman who relocates to California in the aftermath of a betrayal, a new start that leads to an older neighbor's invitation to join a secret erotic book club.

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Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn
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A modern reimagining of Shakespeare's King Lear follows the experiences of a man who, in the wake of an orchestrated public mental breakdown, is sent to a Switzerland sanatorium by the daughters who would seize his fortune, a plot he resolves to foil with the assistance of a colorful sidekick. Hogarth Shakespeare series

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The First Day by Phil Harrison
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The fallout from an affair between a married pastor and a young Beckett scholar has unexpected and explosive consequences for their son decades later, challenging his family's faith and the carefully controlled life he has built. By the award-winning screenwriter of The Good Man.

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The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst
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Refusing to evacuate when Hurricane Katrina approaches the Louisiana Coast, Cora, the fragile eldest daughter of the Boisdorés family, inadvertently triggers a chain of events that strains her parents' marriage and subjects her to a mysterious act of violence. A first novel.

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Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
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An unnamed visitor travels to wartime Berlin, where she learns about the city through the things she sees and the disparate people she meets. By the National Book Award-finalist author of Dreaming in Cuban.

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Home for Christmas by Holly Chamberlin
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In a charming Maine seaside town, a single mother longs to create a memorable Christmas for her two daughters—and receives a chance to make her own wishes come true.

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An Irish Country Practice by Patrick Taylor
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Expanding his practice to include a new trainee and a spirited Labrador pup, Irish country doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly investigates a new series of professional challenges, including a mysterious cough, a housewife's frequent accidents and a colleague's susceptibility to an old vice. Irish Country No. 12

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Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin
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When faced with a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood and home, Jules—a 74-year-old maître at Paris-Sorbonne, cellist, widow, veteran of the war in Algeria and child of the Holocaust—must confront his complex past and find a way forward. By the author of Winter's Tale and A Soldier of the Great War.

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Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz
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Forced by her mother's illness to return to the Pemberley of her childhood during the Christmas holidays, power-driven professional Darcy Fitzwilliam unexpectedly falls for humble carpenter Luke Bennet, a member of a family of slacker brothers. By the best-selling author of Witches of East End.

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Pupcakes: A Christmas Novel by Annie England Noblin
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Trying to stabilize her life after a divorce, Brydie accepts an offer to live rent-free while taking care of the landlord’s pug and start a bakery for dog treats. By the author of Sit! Stay! Speak!.

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Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
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Looking forward to a Christmas family reunion for the first time in years, the Birch family is upended by the news that their physician activist daughter has been exposed to a foreign virus that forces the entire family into quarantine for a week also shaped by respective anxieties, past glory and a shocking secret. A first novel by the author of Worry With Mother.

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Smile by Roddy Doyle
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Approached by a man he does not remember who claims they attended secondary school together, a man on his own for the first time in years reluctantly reflects on unhappy memories from the past, including those of a brutal teacher who left him traumatized and struggling to hold fast to his sanity. By the award-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

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Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman
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A recovering alcoholic struggling with esteem issues while trying to return home for Thanksgiving and a pregnant flight attendant from a racially torn family forge an unlikely bond over the course of a day marked by fragile emotions, past reckonings and important decisions about their futures. By the author of The Book of Jonah.

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theMystery.doc by Matthew McIntosh
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A western American writer and his wife navigate the challenges of writing his second novel against a backdrop of the decade after September 11, an effort marked by his observations and desire to authentically capture the period's cultural truth in potential literary venues ranging from pop-up ads and search results to lines of code and television stills.

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Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
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Preparing for a particularly joyful holiday season after Bart's safe return from Afghanistan, the Quinn family members count their blessings, from Kevin's marriage to Patrick's rehabilitation, only to encounter unexpected challenges. Winter No. 4

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Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
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A young woman reveals the dark secrets of her outwardly happy family before she leaves them behind, only to be confronted by the consequences of her decision when her escape plan fails. By the best-selling author of It Ends with Us.

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Historical

Crimes of the Father by Thomas Keneally
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Sent away from his native Australia to Canada because of his radical preaching against the Vietnam War, apartheid, celibacy and other volatile subjects, psychologist and monk Father Frank Docherty returns home for a lecture, only to be pulled into the worlds of a suicide victim and a nun who claim to have been sexually abused by a prominent monsignor.

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In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
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A minor traffic accident becomes a catalyst for an unexpected bond among a human rights scholar, his Chilean lecturer tenant and an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, who explore firsthand the difficulties of immigrants and refugees in today's world. By the best-selling author of The House of the Spirits.

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The It Girls by Karen Harper
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Promoting themselves from genteel poverty to fame, two beautiful sisters, one a daring fashion designer and the other a writer of scandalous novels, become each other's most staunch supporter and harshest critic in the face of misunderstandings and confidences. By the award-winning author of Dark Angel.

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The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
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Inspired by actual events, a tale set in the Appalachian foothills of 1929 North Carolina follows the struggles of an ordinary woman to reclaim her dignity and rights in a labor mill, where she earns a paltry salary before risking her family and future to join a union.

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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
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Years after she is placed in the hands of a stranger vital to her family's survival, Anna takes a job at the Brooklyn Naval Yard during the war while meeting with the man who helped them and learning important truths about her father's disappearance. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.

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Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel of Christmas Past by Samantha Silva
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When his successful world is threatened by poor reviews about his latest book, writer Charles Dickens is given a one-month ultimatum by his publisher to write a successful, nostalgic Christmas book, a challenge that is complicated by worldly associates, self-doubt and the hardships of an impoverished young woman and her son. A first novel.

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The Prague Sonata by Bradford Morrow
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Coming into the possession a mysterious 18th-century sonata manuscript, a young musicologist is astonished by the mastery of the music and embarks on a search for the identities of the composer and the manuscript's true owner. By the author of The Foragers.

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
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A prequel to the best-selling Practical Magic traces the story of the children of Susanna Owens, who, in spite of their mother's fierce edicts against witchcraft, develop powerful abilities while struggling to escape the family curse that leads to tragedy if they fall in love. Practical Magic series

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The Tiger's Prey by Wilbur A. Smith & Tom Harper
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One of four sons of master mariner Sir Hal Courtney, Tom embarks on a treacherous voyage across the vast reaches of the ocean and confronts dangerous enemies in exotic locales while following passions that lay the future for his family. By the best-selling author of the Ancient Egypt series. Courtney Family series

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The Vineyard by Maria Duenas
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Moving to Spain in the aftermath of a shattering misfortune, a hardworking Mexican falls in love with the wife of a London wine merchant and resolves to restore her family's vineyard before finding himself immersed in the rich culture of the 19th-century sherry trade.

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Mystery & Detective

Cast Iron by Peter May
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Forensic expert Enzo Macleod investigates after a murder victim’s remains are exposed in a lake during a summer heat wave and inadvertently discovers a mistake that could endanger his family, in the final novel of the series following Blowback. The Enzo Files No. 6

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Crazy Like a Fox by Rita Mae Brown
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Trying to stop the activities of a wily fox that has been poaching farms throughout Virginia hunt country, Master of the Hunt "Sister" Jane Arnold; her gentleman friend, Gray Lorillard; the members of the Jefferson Hunt Club; and their loyal hounds find themselves confronted by an all-too-human adversary. Jane Arnold No. 10

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The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
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When a popular former high school classmate is found murdered, a lead homicide investigator in a rural town uncovers puzzling mysteries in the victim's life, from her abrupt departure from a dream teaching job to her run-down existence in spite of wealthy family ties.

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Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander
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After catching her husband cheating on her, craft-brew expert Sloan Krause leaves the family business to work for a hip, new nano-brewery, only to discover a competitor dead in the fermenting tub, clutching a secret recipe.

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Even If It Kills Her by Kate White
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Regretting that she has not kept more in touch with a college roommate whose family was brutally murdered years earlier, journalist-turned-sleuth Bailey Weggins helps investigate when the man convicted of the crime is exonerated and secrets from her roommate's past begin to surface. Bailey Weggins No. 7

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Ghost on the Case by Carolyn Hart
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When a young woman is blackmailed into breaking into her wealthy employer's home to steal ransom money in exchange for her sister's life, the ghostly Bailey Ruth Raeburn follows heavenly orders to assist the distraught young woman and outmaneuver a brutal killer. Bailey Ruth No. 18

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How the Finch Stole Christmas! by Donna Andrews
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When her husband organizes a full-scale production of A Christmas Carol with a famous veteran actor in the starring role, Meg finds herself navigating unexpected challenges in the star's baggage and enemies. By the award-winning author of Duck the Halls. Meg Langslow No. 22

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Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women by Emily Brightwell
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After an unpopular guest at Abigail Chase’s Guy Fawkes Night dinner party turns up murdered, Inspector Witherspoon has too many suspects with Christmas fast approaching, in the latest addition to the long-running series following Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong. Mrs. Jeffries No. 36

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Odd Child Out by Gilly Macmillan
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Investigating the death of a man who may have been a casualty of a prank gone wrong, detective Jim Clemo is rapidly embroiled in an escalating public debate surrounding the victim, a British youth; and his best friend, a Somali refugee who is unwilling or unable to reveal what happened. Jim Clemo No. 2

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Righteous by Joe Ide
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A follow-up to the award-winning IQ finds Isaiah and his volatile sidekick, Dodson, confronting Chinese gangsters and a formidable loan shark in Vegas, where they follow leads to uncover the truth about Isaiah's brother's death 10 years earlier. IQ No. 2

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The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
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Impulsively ending her engagement to another man to marry a mysterious stranger from a small North Carolina community in 1944, Tess rapidly discovers that she is trapped in a loveless relationship and is treated with suspicion by secretive neighbors before discovering her talents as nurse during a devastating polio outbreak.

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The Trouble With Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones
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Navigating the son of Satan's violent determination to destroy his heavenly Brother's world, Charley struggles to redomesticate her husband and protect humanity in ways that involve covering up a murder. By the award-winning author of First Grave on the Right. Charley Davidson No 12

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The Witches' Tree by M. C. Beaton
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Investigating the cruel murder of an elderly spinster whose body was discovered hanged from tree at the edge of their small village, Agatha Raisin tackles an escalating mystery that risks both her reputation and her life. Agatha Raisin No. 28

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Romance

Can't Let Go by Gena Showalter
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Ryanne, a bartender with trust issues, and Jude, a former army ranger who has suffered unimaginable losses both in battle and in life, begin a cautious, but heated, romance. By the author of White Rabbit Chronicles. The Original Heartbreakers No. 5

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Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
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A scenic holiday season in the idyllic Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne finds Polly busily keeping up with demands for gingerbread and other festive fare at her bakery, only to find herself teaming up with her neighbors to safeguard everyone from a dangerous storm that cuts them off from the mainland. Little Beach Street Bakery No. 3

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Fairytale by Danielle Steel
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When her idyllic life on her family's Napa Valley vineyard is shattered by her mother's sudden death, a young Stanford graduate finds herself at the mercy of a cold-hearted stepfamily at the same time she bonds with her stepmother's kind mother and a loving friend from her childhood.

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Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods
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A proud woman, reeling from the loss of the first man she was able to love decades after the abandonment of her husband, is urged to return to her Virginia home to help run an Irish pub, where she clashes with an equally strong-minded chef who shares many of her heartaches. Chesapeake Shores series

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Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
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Enduring a challenging year of constant work and family care, Merry struggles to take a break from her everyday responsibilities by creating an online dating profile and striking up an online friendship with a charming stranger who turns out to be someone she recognizes.

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Wilde in Love by Eloisa James
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After returning home from dangerous adventures, the notoriously rakish Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, finds himself drawn to the very private, but very witty, Miss Willa Ffynche. By the best-selling author of My American Duchess. Wildes of Lindow Castle No. 1

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Wyoming Winter by Diana Palmer
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Two former lovers encounter danger and a second chance at love when they reunite on a Wyoming ranch during the Christmas season, in a latest romantic adventure by the best-selling author of Wyoming Brave. Wyoming Men No. 7

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Story Collections

The Best American Short Stories 2017 by Meg Wolitzer & Heidi Pitlor, eds.
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Guest edited by the best-selling author of The Interestings, an annual anthology of top-selected short fiction includes pieces by a diverse group of writers stands as a collective reflection of today's literary world.

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Fresh Complaint: Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides
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A first collection of short fiction by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Virgin Suicides features some of his most acclaimed pieces including the title story, in which a high school student, desperate to escape the strictures of her immigrant family, makes a drastic decision that upends the life of a British physicist.

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The Relive Box and Other Stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle
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A raucous collection of one dozen short stories by the best-selling author of The Terranauts includes the title piece, in which a "relive box" allows users to re-experience almost any moment from their past.

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A Selfie as Big as the Ritz: Stories by Lara Williams
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A collection of short stories focuses on women trying to navigate their lives, including a woman whose relationship goes sour in the most romantic city on earth and another woman who supports her best friend through an abortion.

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Tell Tale: Short Stories by Jeffrey Archer
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A highly anticipated next collection of short tales by the acclaimed author of Best Kept Secrets features a series of protagonists reflecting the author's experiences with the people he has met and the cultures he has visited throughout the past decade.

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The King Is Always Above the People: Stories by Daniel Alarcon
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A collection of short stories from the author of At Night We Walk in Circles features tales about people forging into new lands and a man dealing with the mysterious deaths of his blind relatives.

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Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
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The two-time Oscar winner presents a first collection of short fiction that includes the stories of a bowling champion who fears his celebrity has ruined his love of the game and an eccentric billionaire and faithful assistant who, while searching for acquisitions, discover romance and real life in a down-and-out motel.

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Suspense

Act of Betrayal by Matthew Dunn
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A former intelligence operative investigates the poisoning of a CIA agent who uncovered a mysterious situation involving the assassination of a terrorist financier. By the author of A Soldier's Revenge. Spycatcher No. 7

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Death in St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander
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When the body of a prima ballerina is discovered in the snow, Lady Emily races through Saint Petersburg to investigate a case that is complicated by a distraught lover, the politics of Tsarist Russia and sightings of a ghostly dancer. By the author of A Terrible Beauty. Lady Emily No. 12

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Deep Freeze by John Sandford
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When a woman from a community where he exposed school-board corruption years earlier is found dead, Virgil Flowers identifies clues linking the case to a 20-year high school reunion and its related traumas, dramas and rivalries. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Prey series. Virgil Flowers No. 10

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Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit
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An American debut by an acclaimed writer from Berlin follows the experiences of an architect who reevaluates what he believes about his upbringing when his formidable, gun-loving father is imprisoned for the murder of a man who had been harassing their family.

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Friends and Traitors by John Lawton
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Newly promoted after his service during Khrushchev's visit to 1958 Britain, Chief Superintendant Fredrick Troy of Scotland Yard reluctantly accompanies his older brother on a birthday tour of Europe, only to be approached by an old friend, a Soviet spy who is desperate to come back home. Inspector Troy No. 8

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Killing Season by Faye Kellerman
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A young man's investigation into the death of his sister draws him into the path of a sadistic serial killer, in a psychological thriller by the best-selling author of Murder 101.

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The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
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A coolly manipulative woman worms her way into the lives of a wealthy golden couple from Connecticut as part of her plot to achieve a privileged life, unveiling dark secrets along the way.

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Mind Game by Iris Johansen
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Searching for a long-missing treasure in Scotland, Jane MacGuire experiences vivid dreams of a girl in danger at the same time that she reconnects with a volatile ex and is confronted by stunning changes in the lives of those closest to her. By the best-selling author of Hide Away. Eve Duncan No. 21

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Origin by Dan Brown
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Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon navigates a dangerous intersection of humanity's two most enduring questions, interweaving codes, science, religion and other disciplines before making a paradigm-shifting discovery. By the #1 best-selling author of The Da Vinci Code. Robert Langdon No. 5

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Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay
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After a drunk man steals a Porsche and hits and kills a girl in Promise Falls, Cal Weaver is asked to investigate the threats being made to the accused’s family. By a #1 New York Times best-selling author. Promise Falls No. 4

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Pulse: A Dick Francis Novel by Felix Francis
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When a smartly dressed man dies in the hospital after being found unconscious at a local racetrack, doctor Chris Reynolds, a specialist struggling with mental-health challenges, searches for the victim's identity and clues about what happened, only to be targeted by a ruthless killer. By the author of Triple Crown.

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Quick & Dirty by Stuart Woods
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A latest entry in the best-selling series finds New York City cop turned Manhattan law firm rainmaker Stone Barrington tackling an explosive case that tests his signature composure. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Chiefs. Stone Barrington No. 43

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The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
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The author of such best-sellers as A Time to Kill and The Pelican Brief presents a new high-octane thriller of non-stop suspense.

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Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost
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A sequel to the best-selling The Secret History of Twin Peaks bridges former and current storylines while sharing insights into mysteries raised by the new series, providing character histories, behind-the-scenes details and insider commentary on the latest plots. Twin Peaks No. 2

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Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
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An investigation into the murder of a young pharmacist leads Harry Bosch and San Fernando's detective squad into the big-business world of pill mills and prescription-drug abuse at the same time that an old case from Bosch's days with the LAPD returns to haunt him. Harry Bosch No. 22

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Vengeance by Newt Gingrich & Pete Earley
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When a terrorist crashes a truck loaded with explosives into her Washington, D.C. wedding, killing the president, Major Brooke Grant resolves to track down the master terrorist responsible and joins a clandestine CIA team under the leadership of an unorthodox new commander-in-chief. Major Brooke Grant No. 3

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Winter Warning by Jerome Charyn
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In the 1980s, former New York City police commissioner and mayor Isaac Sidel becomes president of the United States after the former president resigns due to corruption, and, as vice president, Sidel is next in line; but soon, Sidel must evade assassins sent by a shady cabal of Swiss bankers, with only the captain of his helicopter fleet and a sexy naval intelligence officer to help him. Isaac Sidel No. 12

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Wolf's Revenge by Lachlan Smith
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Attorney Leo Maxwell defends a young woman who was manipulated into murdering a white supremacist in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, bringing unexpected trouble to his own family. By the author of Panther’s Prey. Leo Maxwell No. 5

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