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Week of June 24, 2013

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Week of June 24, 2013

In THE LONG EARTH by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson finds a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and…a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.

After serving prison time for assaulting her sister's abusive husband, Clare Burke has become used to living without family. However, when her grown niece, Grit, contacts her, Clare welcomes her with open arms in an attempt to rebuild severed relationships and garner answers to her confusing and painful past. Luanne Rice's LITTLE NIGHT is a riveting story about women and the primal, tangled family ties that bind them together.

Backfire: An FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter - Thriller

 

When Judge Ramsey Hunt is shot in the back while presiding over the trial of two accused killers’ things for the judge, the judge’s two FBI friends, and the Federal prosecutor turn from bad to worse. Suddenly, FBI agents Savich and Sherlock are on a race to San Francisco to find out what went wrong in the case.

Blood and Ashes by Matt Hilton -

 

Brook Reynolds died in a car crash. Tragic accident, the police say. But her father Don Hoffman knows otherwise. And he wants Joe Hunter to find the men responsible. Joe is not convinced - until he is attacked by two troublemakers, and Don's other daughter is also threatened. Looks like more than coincidence. And sure enough, the entire family is soon under siege with only Joe to protect them.

The Family Corleone by Edward Falco - Historical Fiction

 

While his youngest children are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his adopted son is a college student, Vito Corleone worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but the 17-year-old wants nothing more than to follow in his father's footsteps and become a part of the real family business.

Flight from Berlin by David John - Historical Thriller

 

During the 1936 Berlin Olympics, cynical British journalist Richard Denham and American Olympic hopeful Eleanor Emerson are determined to report the brutality behind the carefully staged imagery of the Third Reich. They soon become entangled in a treacherous game involving the Gestapo and the British Secret Intelligence Service. At stake: a mysterious dossier that threatens to destroy the leadership of the Third Reich.

Friends Forever by Danielle Steel - Contemporary Women's Fiction

 

Two girls and three boys, all with strikingly different, meet at the Atwood School as young children. Together, they become an inseparable group-known to outsiders as “The Big Five,” but when the group graduates and scatters to different colleges some friends are lost forever, and the ones that remain struggle to understand that even the unbreakable bonds are not proof against tragedy.                                                                                                                                                                                       

Little Night by Luanne Rice - Fiction

 

Clare Burke's life took a devastating turn when she tried to protect her sister, Anne, from an abusive and controlling husband and ended up serving prison time for assault. The verdict largely hinged on Anne's defense of her spouse, and the sisters have been estranged ever since. Nearly 20 years later, Clare’s niece turns up on her doorstep. The two long for a relationship with each other, but they’ll have to dig deep into their family’s difficult past in order to build one.

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter - Science Fiction/Fantasy

 

Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson finds a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and…a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu - Fiction

 

Yael, Avishag and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain.

The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison - Psychological Thriller

 

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she (the killer) and he (the victim) rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose.

The Spymasters: A Men at War Novel by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV - Thriller/Adventure

 

Two of the Allies’ most important plans for winning World War II are at grave risk. A furious FDR turns to OSS spy chief Wild Bill Donovan --- and Donovan turns to his top agent, Dick Canidy, and his team. In the weeks to come, they must fight not only the enemy in the field, but the enemy within. If the Soviets build their own atomic bomb, who knows where that might lead?

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann - Historical Fiction

 

Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sun-bleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha's Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. However, after the Second World War, their lives start to crack. When Helena's children discover the victim of a brutal murder, it causes everyone's lives to unravel.

Valley of Ashes by Cornelia Read - Mystery

 

Madeline Dare trades New York's gritty streets for the tree-lined avenues of Boulder, Colorado, when her husband lands a promising job. But Boulder isn't nearly as tranquil as it seems: there's a serial arsonist at large in the city. As Madeline closes in on the culprit, the fires turn deadly --- and the stakes tragically personal. She'll need every ounce of strength and courage she has to keep the flames from reaching her own doorstep, threatening all she holds most dear.