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Gone
Jonathan Kellerman
0345452615
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Kellerman's pulse-pounding 20th Alex Delaware novel (after 2005's Rage), the Los Angeles psychologist looks into the murder of attractive 23-year-old Michaela Brand, an aspiring actress. Soon after Michaela and a fellow acting student, 24-year-old Dylan Meserve, achieve their 15 minutes of fame by staging their abduction, their hoax is exposed and Michaela turns up dead in circumstances reminiscent of her faked assault. Delaware joins forces with his sometimes official partner in crime, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, and together they pursue an investigative trail littered with corpses leading to an unconventional acting school and the family of the eccentric woman who runs it. While the murderer's identity may not be that surprising, the author's ability to convey the unrelenting sadness of his...


Tonight You're Mine
Carlene Thompson
0312968078
Dec 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
It's been 10 years since two men raped Nicole at knifepoint after her tryst with pianist Paul. After the two were acquitted, they were murdered execution style and Paul, the prime suspect, went on the lam only to supposedly be killed in a crash a year later. Now Nicole is a college professor with a daughter and is separated from her cheating husband. Her father just committed suicide and, at his funeral, she believes she sees Paul. Shortly after the sighting, bad things begin to happen to her and to those who might do her harm. Is Paul back to stalk her or protect her? Thompson's newest (after The Way You Look Tonight) features strong characterizations of Nicole, her daughter and her mother, and the red herrings she throws in work nicely. Where Thompson fails is in developing a believable villain and, overall, in...


The Triskelion
John J. Segreto
0595180159
Jan 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
John J. Segreto’s first novel is an intriguing and entertaining psychological thriller. This unusually suspenseful story centers on a brilliant criminal psychologist, Dr. Helen Kingsley, and her nemesis, a killer in the nation’s capital, whose murders include a number of White House correspondents and members of the foreign press corps. Is the murderer a serial killer or an international terrorist? In light of an upcoming series of peace meetings to be held in the capital, the president, the attorney general and the director of the FBI agree to bring in a famed criminal investigator. But when the celebrated investigator dies unexpectedly, the terms of his will bring together three people—his close friend and former FBI director, his cousin, a writer, and his...


Two Little Girls in Blue
Mary Higgins Clark
0743264908
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Bestseller Clark is at her best when writing of crime against children, as shown in this chilling tale of kidnapping, murder and telepathy. Before leaving for a black-tie affair in New York City, Margaret and Steve Frawley celebrate the third birthday of their twin girls, Kathy and Kelly, with a party at their new home in Ridgefield, Conn. Later that night, when Margaret can't reach the babysitter, she contacts the Ridgefield police. The frantic couple return home to find the children missing and a ransom note demanding $8 million. Though the Frawleys meet all the conditions, only Kelly turns up in a car along with a dead driver and a suicide note saying that Kathy has died. But Kelly's telepathic messages from her sister keep telling her differently, and Margaret won't give up hope. Even the...


Chaos Theory
Matthew Vierling
0595281524
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
They were six academic fugitives from prestigious universities and elite private academies--Connor, Petra, Russell, Octavia, Iain, and Taleah--ronin child prodigies and castaway geniuses too smart for the traditional higher educational system. For Connor Randall, it is the great intellectual challenge he has been seeking his entire life. But there are secrets."Why me? It was this question that made me certain that there had to be a secret plan. But long before then I noticed things that should have been kept hidden." In the beginning, there is an absence of turbulence. Underlying instabilities appear. Flaws in the system are revealed. The second law of thermodynamics law mandates that in closed systems, chaos always prevails. But even in light of this ultimate tendency, small salvations are available within the...


Two Little Girls in Blue: A Novel
Mary Higgins Clark
074355194X
April 2006
Compact Disc
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Bestseller Clark is at her best when writing of crime against children, as shown in this chilling tale of kidnapping, murder and telepathy. Before leaving for a black-tie affair in New York City, Margaret and Steve Frawley celebrate the third birthday of their twin girls, Kathy and Kelly, with a party at their new home in Ridgefield, Conn. Later that night, when Margaret can't reach the babysitter, she contacts the Ridgefield police. The frantic couple return home to find the children missing and a ransom note demanding $8 million. Though the Frawleys meet all the conditions, only Kelly turns up in a car along with a dead driver and a suicide note saying that Kathy has died. But Kelly's telepathic messages from her sister keep telling her differently, and Margaret won't give up hope. Even the...


Chaos Theory
Matthew Vierling
0595747582
June 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
They were six academic fugitives from prestigious universities and elite private academies—Connor, Petra, Russell, Octavia, Iain, and Taleah—ronin child prodigies and castaway geniuses too smart for the traditional higher educational system.

For Connor Randall, it is the great intellectual challenge he has been seeking his entire life. But there are secrets.“Why me? It was this question that made me certain that there had to be a secret plan. But long before then I noticed things that should have been kept hidden.”

In the beginning, there is an absence of turbulence. Underlying instabilities appear. Flaws in the system are revealed. The second law of thermodynamics law mandates that in closed systems, chaos always prevails. But even in light of this ultimate tendency,...



No Place Like Home
Mary Higgins Clark
0743497287
March 2006
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Clark's clever use of a bit of New Jersey real estate code fits perfectly into her usual formula for minting bestsellers in a novel about past deadly secrets coming to haunt the present. At One Old Mill Lane, in Mendham, N.J., 10-year-old Liza Barton wakes to find her stepfather, Ted Cartwright, attacking her mother, Audrey. Liza grabs a gun in defense, but in the ensuing melee Audrey is killed and Ted is wounded. Dubbed "Little Lizzie Borden," Liza is taken away and almost convicted of murdering her mother and attempting to kill the lying, scheming Ted. Twenty-four years later, Liza, now known as Celia Foster Nolan, has just been presented with a surprise birthday present from her new husband, Alex: the house at One Old Mill Lane. Alex doesn't know Celia is really Liza, and he doesn't know the house's grim...


If You Should Read This, Mother . . .
Vivian Rhodes
1403303770
Dec 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Megan Daniels attempts to track down her biological mother by probing the lives of strangers in a small town, anyone of whom might hold the answers she's seeking. Unbeknownst to Megan she sets into motion a series of events, including murder --all aimed at preventing her from learning the truth about the unorthodox and diabolical circumstances surrounding her childhood.


Saturday
Ian McEwan
1400076196
April 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Crossley offers a smart, measured performance of McEwan's cerebral novel about an ominous day seen through the eyes of Henry Perowne, a reflective neurosurgeon whose comfortable life is shaken following a run-in with a street thug. Crossley's polished English accent is a fine accompaniment to a story that focuses on the people of privileged London, and while most of the novel consists of Perowne's narration, Crossley easily and subtly shifts into a handful of characters, including Perowne's wife, the jumpy goon Baxter and even a hawkish American anesthesiologist. But what truly suits Crossley's approach to the text is his cool, precise, almost distant tone. Perowne is a surgeon and, aside from his frequent ruminations and flights of thought, he is nothing in his actions if not cautious and calculating. In this...


Two Little Girls in Blue: A Novel
Mary Higgins Clark
0743551923
April 2006
Compact Disc
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Bestseller Clark is at her best when writing of crime against children, as shown in this chilling tale of kidnapping, murder and telepathy. Before leaving for a black-tie affair in New York City, Margaret and Steve Frawley celebrate the third birthday of their twin girls, Kathy and Kelly, with a party at their new home in Ridgefield, Conn. Later that night, when Margaret can't reach the babysitter, she contacts the Ridgefield police. The frantic couple return home to find the children missing and a ransom note demanding $8 million. Though the Frawleys meet all the conditions, only Kelly turns up in a car along with a dead driver and a suicide note saying that Kathy has died. But Kelly's telepathic messages from her sister keep telling her differently, and Margaret won't give up hope. Even the...


Velocity
Dean Koontz
0553588257
April 2006
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. A diabolic killer plays a harrowing game of cat and mouse with a reclusive bartender in Koontz's latest gripping suspense thriller. Billy Wiles, a 30-something bartender and former writer, is content with his solitary Napa County existence listening to "beer-based psychoanalysis" from tavern regulars; visiting his hospitalized, comatose fiancée, Barbara; and carving wood sculptures. But the simple life gets mighty complicated when he finds a note with a deadly, time-sensitive ultimatum: he must choose between the death of a young schoolteacher or an elderly humanitarian in six hours. Reluctant local sheriff Lanny Olsen dismisses it as a joke until a comely teacher is found strangled and another threatening note appears—offering even less time for Billy to decide the fate of two more...


The Husband
Dean Koontz
0553804790
May 30, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Koontz (Forever Odd) is likely to have himself another bestseller in this pulse-pounding thriller with echoes of Hitchcock and Cornell Woolrich. One morning, Southern California gardener Mitchell Rafferty gets a call on his cellphone from a stranger saying that Mitch's beloved wife, Holly, has been kidnapped and that he has less than three days to come up with $2 million in cash. Of course, he's warned not to involve the police. While Mitch is still on the phone, the kidnapper proves his seriousness by directing Mitch's attention to a man walking a dog across the street. A moment later the man is shot dead. Mitch must walk a fine line—cooperating with the police inquiry into this murder without revealing Holly's plight. Koontz ratchets up the tension in a manner sure to captivate most readers, though some...


The Innocent
Harlan Coben
045121577X
April 2006
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Matt Hunter made a mistake when he was 20 years old and paid for it with a four-year stint in prison that left him with a determination never to be locked up again. Finally, his life is back on the promising track he was taking before he accidentally killed a man: He has a good job, a newly pregnant wife he adores, and is about to close on the home of their dreams. Then he gets a couple of bizarre photos on his cell phone that seem to show his wife in a compromising position with a black-haired stranger. But before he can sort out who sent the anonymous pictures and why, he's running from the law--especially from the cop who was his best friend in grade school, and a sharp young detective who's stepped right into the middle of an FBI investigation spurred by the discovery that a dead nun who wasn't who she claimed to be is...


Prior Bad Acts
Tami Hoag
0553801988
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. A simple court hearing explodes into a multifaceted case at the start of this stunning meld of thriller and police procedural from bestseller Hoag. Shortly after Minneapolis judge Carey Moore decides that the many "prior bad acts" of accused serial killer Karl Dahl can't be used in his trial, Dahl escapes from jail and someone attacks Moore. Homicide cops Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, introduced in Ashes to Ashes (1999), are assigned to protect the judge, whom the police hate for her liberal views. Moore's disintegrating marriage and her husband's shady business dealings lead the investigation in new directions, while more murders exacerbate the hunt for Dahl. Hoag, who began her career as a romance writer, has experimented with several mystery subgenres. Here she stands above the competition,...

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