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A dark and electrifying novel about addiction fanaticism and what might exist on the other side of life In a small New England town over half a century ago a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man the new minister Charles Jacobs along with his beautiful wife will transform the local church The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs Jacobs the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs including Jamie s mother and beloved sister Claire With Jamie the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family this charismatic preacher curses God mocks all religious belief and is banished from the shocked town Jamie has demons of his own Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen he plays in bands across the country living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family s horrific loss In his mid-thirties addicted to heroin stranded desperate Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again with profound consequences for both men Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil s devising and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the... most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written It s a masterpiece from King in the great American tradition of Frank Norris Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe more
John Grisham has a new hero and she s full of surprises The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track until the recession hits and she gets downsized furloughed escorted out of the building Samantha though is one of the lucky associates She s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay after which there would be a slim chance that she d get her old job back In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady Virginia population 2 200 in the heart of Appalachia a part of the world she has only read about Mattie Wyatt lifelong Brady resident and head of the town s legal aid clinic is there to teach her how to help real people with real problems For the first time in her career Samantha prepares a lawsuit sees the inside of an actual courtroom gets scolded by a judge and receives threats from locals who aren t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town And she learns that Brady like most small towns harbors some big secrets Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining where laws are often broken rules are ignored regulations are flouted communities are divided and the land itself is under attack from Big... Coal Violence is always just around the corner and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly more
Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius forced to play the deadliest game of his career Cross s family--his loving wife Bree the wise and lively Nana Mama and his precious children--have been ripped away Terrified and desperate Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life The stakes have never been higher What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves Widely praised by the greatest crime and thriller writers of our time Cross My Heart set a jaw-dropping story in motion Hope to Die propels Alex Cross s greatest challenge to its astonishing finish proving why Jeffery Deaver says nobody does it better than James Patterson
David Baldacci is one of the world s most popular widely read storytellers In his blockbuster thrillers Zero Day and The Forgotten he enthralled readers with John Puller A combat veteran and special agent with the U S Army Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation But all his training all his experience all his skills will not prepare him for his newest case one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked his own brother THE ESCAPEIt s a prison unlike any other Military discipline rules Its security systems are unmatched None of its prisoners dream of escaping They know it s impossible until now John Puller s older brother Robert was convicted of treason and national security crimes His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive and so Puller must bring in his brother to face justice But Puller quickly discovers that his brother is pursued by others who don t want him to survive Puller is in turn pushed into an uneasy fraught partnership with another agent who may have an agenda of her own They dig more... deeply into the case together and Puller finds that not only are her allegiances unclear but there are troubling details about his brother s conviction and someone out there doesn t want the truth to ever come to light As the nationwide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent Puller s masterful skills as an investigator and strengths as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother-or himself more
THE 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROn a warm summer morning in North Carthage Missouri it is Nick and Amy Dunne s fifth wedding anniversary Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick s clever and beautiful wife disappears Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife s head but passages from Amy s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge Under mounting pressure from the police and the media as well as Amy s fiercely doting parents the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies deceits and inappropriate behavior Nick is oddly evasive and he s definitely bitter but is he really a killer
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThroughout her blockbuster career Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters riveting plots and rich prose brilliantly creating stories that not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us The Boston Globe Now in her highly anticipated new novel she has delivered her most affecting work yet a book unlike anything she s written before For more than a decade Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother Alice who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident Refusing to believe she was abandoned Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice s old journals A scientist who studied grief among elephants Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother s whereabouts Desperate to find the truth Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest Serenity Jones a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons only to later doubt her gifts and Virgil Stanhope the jaded private detective who d originally investigated Alice s case along with the strange possibly linked death of one of her colleagues As the three work together to uncover what happened to... Alice they realize that in asking hard questions they ll have to face even harder answers As Jenna s memories dovetail with the events in her mother s journals the story races to a mesmerizing finish A deeply moving gripping and intelligent page-turner Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers Praise for Leaving Time This moving tale of a girl searching for her missing mom blends suspense the supernatural and heartbreaking insights into elephants People A riveting drama Us Weekly With plenty of twists and a surprising ending Leaving Time explores the grieving process and what happens when we cannot move on Woman s Day Best-selling reliably entertaining and thought-provoking Picoult s newest multifaceted novel is redolent with elephant lore that explores the animals behavior when faced with death and grief and combines a poignant tale of human loss with a perplexing crime story that delivers a powerhouse ending Booklist An entertaining tale about parental love friendship and loss The Washington Post A truly engaging read perfect for Picoult fans and book clubs Library Journal Picoult s novel explores grief memory and motherhood through the unlikely lens of elephant behavior The pachyderms are as complex as the humans making the journey memorable and poignant Publishers WeeklyPraise for Jodi Picoult Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance Stephen King It s hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes Financial Times Picoult writes with a fine touch a sharp eye for detail and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships The Boston Globe Picoult is a master of the craft of storytelling Associated Pressmore
Ken Follett s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families American German Russian English and Welsh as they make their way through the twentieth century It has been called potent engrossing Publishers Weekly and truly epic Huffington Post USA Today said You actually feel like you re there Edge of Eternity the finale covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all the 1960s through the 1980s encompassing civil rights assassinations Vietnam the Berlin Wall the Cuban Missile Crisis presidential impeachment revolution and rock and roll East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for generations George Jakes himself bi-racial bypasses corporate law to join Robert F Kennedy s Justice Department and finds himself in the middle of not only the seminal events of the civil rights battle but also a much more personal battle Cameron Dewar the grandson of a senator jumps at the chance to do some espionage for a cause he believes in only to discover that the world is much more dangerous than he d imagined Dimka Dvorkin a young aide to Khrushchev becomes an agent for good and for ill as the Soviet Union and the United... States race to the brink of nuclear war while his twin sister Tania carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw and into history These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as they add their personal stories and insight to the most defining events of the 20th century From the opulent offices of the most powerful world leaders to the shabby apartments of those trying to begin a new empire from the elite clubs of the wealthy and highborn to the passionate protests of a country s most marginalized citizens this is truly a drama for the ages With the Century Trilogy Follett has guided readers through an entire era of history with a master s touch His unique ability to tell fascinating brilliantly researched stories that captivate readers and keep them turning the pages is unparalleled In this climactic and concluding saga Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew but now will never seem the same again more
A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City and a package of forged documents goes missing The pieces are there but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan Jr and his fellow Campus agents precious time Time they don t have The challenge facing President Jack Ryan is an old one with a terrifying new twist The international stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade A young untested dictator is determined to prove his strength by breaking the deadlock Like his father before him he hangs his plans on the country s nuclear ambitions Until now that program was impeded by a lack of resources However there has been a dramatic change in the nation s economic fortune A rich deposit of valuable minerals have been found in the Hermit Kingdom Coupled with their nuclear capabilities the money from this find will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage There s just one more step needed to complete this perfect plan the elimination of the president of the United States
In the new thriller from 1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly Detective Harry Bosch and his rookie partner investigate a cold case that gets very hot very fast In the LAPD s Open-Unsolved Unit not many murder victims die a decade after the crime So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh but any other clues are virtually nonexistent Even a veteran cop would find this one tough going but Bosch s new partner Detective Lucia Soto has no homicide experience A young star in the department Soto has been assigned to Bosch so that he can pass on to her his hard-won expertise Now Bosch and Soto are tasked with solving a murder that turns out to be highly charged and politically sensitive Beginning with the bullet that has been lodged for years in the victim s spine they must pull new leads from years-old evidence and these soon reveal that the shooting was anything but random As their investigation picks up speed it leads to another unsolved case with even greater stakes the deaths of several children in a fire that occurred twenty years ago But when their work starts to threaten careers and lives Bosch and Soto must... decide whether it is worth risking everything to find the truth or if it s safer to let some secrets stay buried In a swiftly-moving novel as relentless and compelling as its hero Michael Connelly shows once again why Harry Bosch is one of the most popular and enduring figures in American crime fiction Chicago Tribune more
Check out the 1 New York Times bestseller Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty called a surefire hit by Entertainment Weekly The secrets burrowed in this seemingly placid small town are so suburban noir they would make David Lynch clap with glee Moriarty is a fantastically nimble writer so sure-footed that the book leaps between dark and light seamlessly even the big reveal in the final pages feels earned and genuinely shocking Entertainment Weekly Reading one of Liane Moriarty s novels is a bit like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic BIG LITTLE LIES is a fun engaging and sometimes disturbing read USA Today Sometimes it s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal A murder a tragic accident or just parents behaving badly What s indisputable is that someone is dead But who did what Big Little Lies follows three women each at a crossroads Madeline is a force to be reckoned with She s funny and biting passionate she remembers everything and forgives no one Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline s youngest how is this possible And to top it all off Madeline s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline s... ex-husband over her How Is This Possible Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare While she may seem a bit flustered at times who wouldn t be with those rambunctious twin boys Now that the boys are starting school Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body But royalty often comes at a price and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay New to town single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son But why While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives mothers and daughters schoolyard scandal and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive more