Mystery & Thriller

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Private: #1 Suspect
James Patterson

Private: #1 SuspectSince former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world’s most effective investigation firm. Private’s investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world–and they always uncover the truth. When his former lover is found murdered in Jack’s bed, he is instantly the number-one suspect. While Jack is under police investigation, the mob strong-arms him into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals for them.

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Little Brown and Company, 2012

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A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel)
Louise Penny

Trick of the LightLillian Dyson is dead. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Surete du Quebec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light.

“Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow’s garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara’s solo show at the famed Musee in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Surete du Quebec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they’ve found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Minotour Books, 2011

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The Complaints
Ian Rankin

The ComplaintsNobody likes The Complaints–they’re the cops who investigate other cops. It’s a department known within the force as “The Dark Side,” and it’s where Malcolm Fox works. He’s a serious man with a father in a nursing home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship, frustrating problems about which he cannot seem to do anything.
Then the reluctant Fox is given a new case. There’s a cop named Jamie Breck, and he’s dirty. The problem is, no one can prove it. As Fox takes on the job, he learns that there’s more to Breck than anyone thinks–dangerous knowledge, especially when a vicious murder takes place far too close to home.

In THE COMPLAINTS, Rankin proves again why he is one of the world’s most beloved and bestselling crime writers, mixing unstoppable pacing with the deeper question of who decides right from wrong.

Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books, 2011

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The Mission Song
John Le Carre

Mission SongHailed everywhere as a masterpiece of suspense, John le Carr ‘s return to Africa is the story of Bruno Salvador (aka Salvo), the 25-year-old orphaned love child of an Irish missionary and a Congolese woman. Quickly rising to the top of his profession as an interpreter, Salvo is dispatched by British Intelligence to a top-secret meeting between Western financiers and East Congolese warlords, where he hears things not meant for his ears – and is forced to interpret matters never intended for his reawoken African conscience. By turns thriller, love story, and comic allegory of our times, THE MISSION SONG recounts Salvo’s heroically na ve journey out of the dark of Western hypocrisy and into the heart of lightness.┬áBut THE MISSION SONG is also a tender love story, a fast-paced thriller, and a story with as many brilliant minor characters as major.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Little Brown & Company, 2008

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Fatale
Jean-Patrick Manchette

FataleWhether you call her a coldhearted grifter or the soul of modern capitalism, there’s no question that Aimee is a killer and a more than professional one. Now she’s set her eyes on a backwater burg–where, while posing as an innocent (albeit drop-dead gorgeous) newcomer to town, she means to sniff out old grudges and engineer new opportunities, deftly playing different people and different interests against each other the better, as always, to make a killing. But then something snaps: the master manipulator falls prey to a pure and wayward passion.

Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: : NYRB Classics, 2011

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Trader of Secrets
Steve Martini

Trader of Secrets
Defense attorney Paul Madriani is on the trail of men who are trying to steal state-of-the-art weapons technology in this latest installment of the “New York Times”-bestselling series.

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: William Morrow, 2011

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Heretic’s Apprentice
Ellis Peters

The Heretics ApprenticeIn her sixteenth chronicle of the medieval monk-detective Brother Cadfael, Ellis Peters throws a variety of puzzles at her hero. In the summer of 1143, Brother Cadfael is torn from his herbarium to investigate the deaths of two visitors.

Paperback: 245 pages
Publisher: Sphere, 1994

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The Prometheus Deception
Robert Ludlum

Prometheus DeceptionNicholas Bryson spent years as a deep cover operative for the American secret intelligence group, The Directorate. After a disastrous mission, Bryson was retired to a new identity. Now, years later, his cover is cracked and Bryson learns that The Directorate was not what it claimed — that he was, in fact, a pawn being used against his country’s interests. The Directorate is headed for a dangerous endgame, and the CIA recruits Bryson to stop them. But after years on the sidelines, Bryson’s field skills are rusty, his contacts unreliable, his instincts suspect, and he no longer knows who – if anyone – can be trusted.

Paperback: 640 pages
Publisher: Orion, 2001

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