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The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer - In Chapter Four of the Bible, Cain kills Abel. It is the world's most famous murder. But the Bible is silent about one key detail: the weapon Cain used to kill his brother. That weapon is still lost to history. In 1932, Mitchell Siegel was killed by three gunshots to his chest. While mourning, his son dreamed of a bulletproof man and created the world's greatest hero: Superman. And like Cain's murder weapon, the gun used in this unsolved murder has never been found... Until now. (May 2009 pb) author page

The Dead Man's Brother by Roger Zelazny - A lost manuscript from Hard Case Crime from a six -time Hugo winner. This is the only mystery/thriller he wrote. (January 2009)author page

American Outrage by Tim Green - An adopted child's need to know his birth mother puts his father on the trail of treachery and deception practiced by Albanian Mafiosi and a powerful political family. (January 2009) author page

Blasphemy by Douglas Preston - The world's biggest supercollider, locked in an Arizona mountain, was built to reveal the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. The Torus is the most expensive machine ever created by humankind, run by the world’s most powerful supercomputer. It is the brainchild of Nobel Laureate William North Hazelius. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of Heaven? (December 2008)author page

Korea Strait by David Poyer - United States Navy officer and Medal of Honor winner Dan Lenson's mission is to observe an international military exercise involving the navies of South Korea, Japan, Australia, and America. It should be routine duty for Dan, but old alliances are unraveling, as North Korea threatens the U.S. and China expands its influence. (December 2008) author page

Sword Song: The Battle for London by Bernard Cornwell - 4th in the new Saxon Chronicles series. (December 2008) author page

The Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly - Unlocking the secret of the Seven Ancient Wonders was only the beginning... (December 2008) author page

Patriot ActsPatriot Acts by Greg Rucka - Greg Rucka is back with a vengeance in this electrifying thriller starring suspense fiction’s most dangerous hero: Atticus Kodiak. This time the bodyguard turned fugitive must go underground to protect the woman he loves and a country he may have to betray to defend. (November 2008) Read Review

The Road to Samarcand by Patrick O'Brian - This story begins where Patrick O'Brian's devoted fans would want it to, with a sloop in the South China Sea barely surviving a killer typhoon. But the time is the 1930s, and the protagonist a teenaged American boy whose missionary parents have just died. In the company of his rough seafaring uncle and an elderly English cousin, an eminent archaeologist, Derrick sets off in search of ancient treasures in central Asia. (December 2008)

A Spy by NatureA Spy By Nature by Charles Cumming - This debut novel is touted in England as the heir apparent to psychological espionage masters such as those written by John le Carre and Len Deighton. (November 2008) Read Review

ZugzwangZugzwang by Ronan Bennett - A masterpiece of literary suspense unfolds in a city on the verge of revolution. On a blustery April day, a respected St. Petersburg newspaper editor is murdered in front of a shocked crowd. Five days later, Dr. Otto Spethmann, the celebrated psychoanalyst, receives a visit from the police. There has been another murder in the city—and somehow he is implicated. The doctor is mystified and deeply worried, as much for his young, spirited daughter as for himself. (September 2008) author page

The Water Cure by Percival Everett - Everett’s most lacerating indictment to date, The Water Cure follows the gruesome reasoning and execution of revenge in a society that has lost a common moral ground, where rules are meaningless. A master storyteller, Everett draws upon disparate elements of Western philosophy, language theory, and military intelligence reports to create a terrifying story of loss, anger, and helplessness in our modern world. This is a timely and important novel that confronts the dark legacy of the Bush years and the state of America today. (August 2008)

Stone Cold by David Baldacci - Oliver Stone, the leader of the mysterious group that calls itself the Camel Club, is both feared and respected by those who've crossed his path. Keeping a vigilant watch over our leaders in Washington, D.C., the Camel Club has won over some allies, but it has also earned formidable enemies... (August 2008) author page

Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett - Sonchai Jitpleecheep—the devout Buddhist Royal Thai Police detective returns in this blistering new novel. Sonchai has seen virtually everything on his beat in Bangkok’s District 8, but nothing like the video he’s just been sent anonymously: “Few crimes make us fear for the evolution of our species. I am watching one right now.” (June 2008) author page

Wall and Mean by Tom Bernard - Wholesome Pennsylvania kid and Wall Street phenom George Wilhelm is poised to become one of the most successful young bond traders in the business. A gambler at heart, George has turned his old poker skills into big profits on the Emerging Markets desk. Now those same skills have got him trying to out-trade the sports bookies in Vegas, and George's hard-won security is in jeopardy. (June 2008)

Step on a Crack by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge - Meet James Patterson's newest and most compelling hero yet: Detective Michael Bennett, father of 10, as he pursues the most diabolical criminal ever to terrify New York City. (June 2008) cover

Betrayal by Paul Carson - Dr. Frank Rya is the Chief Medical Officer at Dublin's Harmon Penitentiary, Europe's most dangerous jail. When Ryan is lured from his high-security apartment and kidnapped one night, he is embroiled in a seemingly unending nightmare. After he is finally set free, his girlfriend is missing and his ordeal denied by everyone. (July 2008)

Secret Asset by Stella Rimington - With her debut novel, At Risk, Stella Rimington established herself as a top-notch thriller writer, and introduced us to Liz Carlyle—a smart, impassioned MI5 intelligence officer whose talents and ambitions are counterbalanced by an abiding awareness of her job’s moral complexities. In Secret Asset, we are plunged back into her high-stakes, high-tension world. (May 2008) author page

Requiem for an Assassin by Barry Eisler - When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder. (May 2008) More on Author

Volk’s Game by Brent Ghelfi - Russian gangster Alexei Volkovoy, a battle hardened veteran of Russia’s brutal war in Chechnya, is commissioned to steal a long lost Da Vinci painting from St. Petersbrug’s hermitage Museum. Advanced praise of the book – best “original character to come down the Russian pike since Arkady Renko.” (April 2008) Read Review

The Good Guy by Dean Koontz - Timothy Carrier, having a beer after work at his friend’s tavern, enjoys drawing eccentric customers into amusing conversations. But the jittery man who sits next to him tonight has mistaken Tim for someone very different—and passes to him a manila envelope full of cash. (April 2008) More on Author

The Quickie by James Patterson - A story of love, lust and dangerous secrets will have reader's hearts pounding to the very last page (April 2008) author page

The Steep Approach to Garbadale by Iain Banks - Dark family secrets, a long-lost love affair and a multi-million gaming business lie at the heart of Iain Banks' fabulous new novel. (February 2008)

Sliver of TruthSliver of Truth by Lisa Unger - From the cryptic opening section, which ends with a New York Times reporter finding her husband bleeding to death, Unger grabs the reader by the throat and doesn't let go. (March 2008)

Scavenger by David Morrell - While attending a lecture about time capsules, Frank mysteriously blacks out. When he awakens, he discovers that the lecture was a ruse, and his girlfriend, Amanda, is missing. Turns out a fiendish puppet master is playing a deadly game with Frank and Amanda (and an assortment of other people), and the key to winning the game--and staying alive--is, like a time capsule, buried somewhere in the past. (May 2008) cover

The King of Methlehem by Mark Lindquist - A ripped from-the-headlines look at the drug underworld, in which veteran police detective Wyatt James tracks a powerful methamphetamine distributor through a world of addition, destruction and madness. (May 2008)

The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly - "The Lizard Cage is a thrilling, vital excoriation of the military junta that has ruled Burma for decades....Karen Connelly's language and imagery evoke the short stories and poems that trickle out of Burma, by turns fearful and violent, beautiful and rancid." --The Wall Street Journal (April 2008)

The Echelon Vendetta by David Stone - An international spy thriller that traverses from Venice to London to Washington, D.C. (March 2008)

Power Play by Joseph Finder - It was the perfect retreat for a troubled company. No cell phones. No BlackBerrys. No cars. Just a deluxe lodge surrounded by thousands of miles of wilderness and desolate seacoast. Jake Landry is ordered to fill in for his boss at the annual offsite. He's out of his element, the only person he knows is the CEO's assistant, which is his ex. Then a band of hunters crash the open-night festivities. (March 2008) author page

 

 

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