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Week of August 6, 2012

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Week of August 6, 2012

In Nicholas Spark'sTHE BEST OF ME, high school students Amanda and Dawson were deeply in love. But after unforeseen events tore them apart, the two followed radically divergent paths and became estranged. Now, 25 years later, the funeral of their beloved mentor, Tuck, brings them both back to Oriental, North Carolina. Following instructions Tuck has left for them, Amanda and Dawson are finally forced to confront their painful past.

In Raymond Khoury's Templar novels, FBI agent Sean Reilly and his girlfriend, archaeologist Tess Chaykin, traveled the globe to unravel ancient mysteries with present-day ramifications. In THE DEVIL'S ELIXIR, they find themselves in a race --- against the clock, against drug kingpins, and even against the DEA --- to merge two divergent trails: one several hundred years old, the other as current as a heartbeat, which together may lead humanity to the brink of annihilation.

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks - Fiction

 

High school students Amanda and Dawson were deeply in love. But after unforeseen events tore them apart, the two followed radically divergent paths and became estranged. Now, 25 years later, the funeral of their beloved mentor, Tuck, brings them both back to Oriental, North Carolina. Following instructions Tuck has left for them, Amanda and Dawson are finally forced to confront their painful past.

A Burial at Sea by Charles Finch - Historical Mystery

 

In 1873, a string of English spies is found dead on French soil, and the threat of all-out war prompts government officials to ask Charles Lenox to visit the newly-dug Suez Canal on a secret mission. Once he is on board the Lucy, however, Lenox finds that the ship’s second lieutenant has been murdered on the first night, his body cruelly abused.

Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb - Mystery

 

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she's managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. But a twist in the movie suddenly lands her at the center of a crime scene --- and she is more than ready to step into the role she was born to play: cop.

The Choice by Robert Whitlow - Fiction

 

Even as a pregnant, unwed teen in 1974, Sandy Lincoln wanted to do the right thing. But when an ageless woman approached her in a convenience store with a mysterious prophecy and a warning, doing the right thing became even more unclear. She made the best choice she could…and has lived with the consequences. More than 30 years later, a pregnant teen has come into her life, and Sandy’s long-ago decision has come back to haunt her.

A Crimson Warning: A Lady Emily Mystery by Tasha Alexander - Historical Mystery

 

Lady Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves, an agent of the crown, begin investigating the murder of a well-known London businessman with many odd leads. When red paint, a calling card for the revelation of long-held, scandalous secrets, begins appearing on doorsteps, all of high society holds its collective breath waiting to find out who will be next and what secrets will be revealed.

Death Benefit by Robin Cook - Medical Thriller

 

Fourth-year medical student Pia Grazdana is a rising star at a prestigious medical research hospital in New York City. Her life is put in jeopardy after her mentor, along with his co-researcher, are infected with a deadly strain of a virus --- just as they are about to announce a major medical breakthrough.

The Devil's Elixir by Raymond Khoury - Thriller

 

In Raymond Khoury's Templar novels, FBI agent Sean Reilly and his girlfriend, archaeologist Tess Chaykin, traveled the globe to unravel ancient mysteries with present-day ramifications. In THE DEVIL'S ELIXIR, they find themselves in a race --- against the clock, against drug kingpins, and even against the DEA --- to merge two divergent trails: one several hundred years old, the other as current as a heartbeat, which together may lead humanity to the brink of annihilation.

Dick Francis's Gamble by Felix Francis - Thriller

 

Nicholas "Foxy" Foxton, a former jockey, is out for a day at the Grand National races when his friend and co-worker Herb Kovak is murdered, execution style, right in front of him --- and 60,000 other potential witnesses. As he struggles to come to terms with Kovak's seemingly inexplicable death, Foxton begins to question everything, from how well he knew his friend to how much he understands his employer.

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski - Memoir

 

 

When Laura Schroff first met Maurice on a New York City street corner, she had no idea that she was standing on the brink of an incredible and unlikely friendship that would change both their lives. As one lunch at McDonald’s with Maurice turns into two, then into a weekly occurrence that is fast growing into an inexplicable connection, Laura learns heart-wrenching details about Maurice’s horrific childhood.

Ladies and Gentlemen: Stories by Adam Ross -

 

After his widely celebrated debut, MR. PEANUT, Adam Ross now present a darkly compelling collection of stories about brothers, loners, lovers, and lives full of good intentions, misunderstandings, and obscured motives.

Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga - Fiction

 

Real estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a new building that promises to be one of the city’s most elite addresses. Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in a retired schoolteacher named Masterji, who flat-out refuses to leave the apartment that Shah is on the brink of demolishing.

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson - Thriller

 

Pak Jun Do is the son of a lost mother and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Jun Do comes to the attention of state superiors, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return: he boldly takes on the role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves.

The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck - Christian Fiction, Romance

 

Daphne Sweeten left Paris --- and a job she loved --- to marry the man of her dreams in the U.S. But when he stands her up on their wedding day, she's left reeling and senseless. Literally. She's been trained as a perfume creator, and now her sense of smell has disappeared along with her fiancé. She has to figure out why her nose isn't working, fix it, and get back to Paris.

What Happened to My Sister by Elizabeth Flock - Fiction

 

In this follow-up to ME & EMMA, nine-year-old Carrie Parker and her mother have fled their small North Carolina town for a fresh start, when they meet another mother-daughter pair, Honor and Cricket, with a troubled past of their own. Carrie and Cricket become fast friends, especially when they discover a surprising secret that could change both of their lives forever.