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An Officer and a Spy
by Robert Harris
This is the story of the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage. Paris in 1895. Bringing to life the scandal that mesmerized the world at the turn of the twentieth century, Robert Harris tells a tale of uncanny timeliness--a witch hunt, secret tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, the fate of a whistle-blower--richly dramatized with his singular storytelling mastery.
How the Light Gets In
by Louise Penny
In Three Pines Chief Inspector Armand Gamache investigates the disappearance of a woman who was once one of the most famous people in the world and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo. 2013 Agatha Award nominee for best contemporary novel.
In the Morning I'll Be Gone
by Adrian McKinty
A Catholic cop tracks an IRA master bomber amidst the sectarian violence of the conflict in Northern Ireland.
Series -
Troubles trilogy
Natchez Burning
by Greg Iles
Penn Cage must investigate when his father, a beloved family doctor and pillar of the community, is accused of murdering Violet Davis, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the early 1960s.
Series -
Penn Cage
Night Film
by Marisha Pessl
When the daughter of a cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman's death.
Shovel Ready
by Adam Sternbergh
Working as a hit man on the ravaged streets of New York City after a dirty bomb is unleashed on Times Square, Spademan takes an assignment to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist only to discover that his mark holds a shocking secret and that his client hides a more sinister agenda.
The Cairo Affair
by Olen Steinhauer
Sophie Kohl is living her worst nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband, Emmett, a mid-level diplomat at the American embassy in Hungary, that she had an affair while they were in Cairo, he is shot in the head and killed. Stan Bertolli, a Cairo-based CIA agent, has fielded his share of midnight calls. But his heart skips a beat when, this time, he hears the voice of the only woman he ever truly loved, calling to ask why her husband has been assassinated.
The Orphan Choir
by Sophie Hannah
Tormented by the haunting melodies of a choir, which no one else can hear, Louise Beeston starts to suspect that this sinister chorus is a warning of some kind and is plunged into a world of obsession, loss and evil as she tries to find its source.
The Rules of Wolfe
by James Carlos Blake
Eddie Gato Wolfe is a young, impetuous member of the Wolfe family of Texas gun-runners that goes back generations. Increasingly unfulfilled by his minor role in family operations and eager to set out on his own, Eddie crosses the border to work security for a major Mexican drug cartel led by the ruthless La Navaja. Eddie falls for a mysterious woman named Miranda, whom he learns too late is the property of an intimate member of La Navaja's organization. [This novel is] at once a riveting thriller and an inside look at the blood-drenched Mexican drug trade
The Thicket
by Joe Lansdale
Recently orphaned, Jack Parker witnesses his grandfather's murder and his sister's kidnapping by bank robbers while traveling to his uncle's farm in East Texas and vows revenge.
Updated 07/03/2014
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