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#Year1st ReadTitleAuthor(s)My Rating 
1 2010 2023 61 Hours
Jack Reacher #14
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Lee Child  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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"Child is a superb craftsman of suspense, juggling several plots and keeping his herrings well-rouged. Chances are you'll want to seek out other Reacher adventures the moment you finish."
- Entertainment Weekly


A bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation.  In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces.  If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help.  Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

"Masterful... a tour-de-force of both structure and suspense."
- The Providence Journal


Reacher's original plan was to keep on moving.  But the next 61 hours will change everything.  The secrets are deadlier and his enemies are stronger than he could have guessed - but so is the woman he'll risk his life to save.

"Child keeps his foot hard on the throttle.... This is Child in top form, but isn't he always?"
- Booklist (starred review)

"Compulsively addictive [with] an explosive climax that will have you tearing out your hair until Reacher's next appearance."
- The Miami Herald
2 1936 The A.B.C. Murders
Hercule Poirot Mystery #11
Agatha Christie  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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3 1892 2013 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes #3
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Arthur Conan Doyle  Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4
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4 2011 2023 The Affair
Jack Reacher #16
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Lee Child  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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"The [Reacher] novel fans have been waiting for."
- USA Today


Everything starts somwehere.  For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997.

Reacher is ordered undercover to investigate the murder of a young woman.  Evidence points to a U.S. soldier with powerful friends.  Once in Carter Crossing, Reacher meets local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux, who has a thirst for justice and an appetite for secrets.  Uncertain they can trust each other, they reluctantly join forces.  Reacher works to uncover the truth, while others try to bury it forever.  The conspiracy threatens to  shatter his faith in the mission - and turn him into a man to be feared.

"One of the best Reacher books yet...  The tension builds early and continues nonstop"
- The Miami Herald


"Big, exciting... The Affair shakes up the status quo."
- The New York Times
5 1953 After the Funeral
Hercule Poirot Mystery #24
Agatha Christie  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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6 2013 Alex Cross, Run
Alex Cross #20
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James Patterson  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he's made sure that no one will recognize him--by giving himself a new face. A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window, and Alex is called to the scene. The victim recently gave birth, but the baby is nowhere to be found. Before Alex can begin searching for the missing newborn and killer, he's called to investigate a second crime. All of Washington, DC, is in a panic, and when a third body is discovered, rumors of three serial killers send the city into an all-out frenzy. Alex's investigations are going nowhere, and he's too focused on the cases to notice that someone has been watching him--and will stop at nothing until he's dead. With white-hot speed, relentless drama, and hairpin turns, Alex Cross, Run is James Patterson's ultimate thrill ride.
7 2009 Alex Cross's Trial
Alex Cross #15
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Richard DiLallo  
James Patterson  
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SEPARATED BY TIME: From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great-uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan.  Now Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written - a novel called Trial.

CONNECTED BY BLOOD: As a lawyer in Washington, DC, early in the 1900s, Ben Corbett represents the toughest cases.  Fighting against oppression and racism, he risks his family and his life in the process.  When President Roosevelt asks Ben to return to his hometown to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan there, he cannot refuse.

UNITED BY BRAVERY: When he arrives in Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful daughter, Moody.  Ben enlists their help, and the two Crosses introduce him to the hidden side of the idyllic Southern town.  Lynchings have become commonplace, and residents of the black quarter live in constant fear.  Ben aims to break the reign of terror - but the truth of who is really behind it could break his heart.  Written in the fearless voice of Detective Alex Cross, Alex Cross's Trial is a gripping story of murder, love, and, above all, bravery.

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the bestselling writers of all time, with more than 170 million books sold worldwide.  He won an Edgar Award, the mystery world's highest honor, for his first novel.  He lives in Florida.  James Patterson's lifelong passion for books and reading led him to launch a new website, ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children's books for their kids.

RICHARD DILALLO is a former advertising creative director.  He has had numerous articles published in major magazines.  He lives in Manhattan with his wife.

DYLAN BAKER is an actor and director who has been nominated for a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, and an Obie.  Some of his feature film credits include Happiness, Kinsey, Road to Perdition, Along Caine a Spider, and Random Hearts.  On television he has appeared in From the Earth to the Moon, Murder One, and The Laramie Project, among many others.  Baker resides in New York.
8 1993 Along Came a Spider
Alex Cross #1
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When nine-year-old Maggie Rose and her best friend, Michael Goldberg, are kidnapped from theirexclusive school in Washington, D.C., it is clear this is not an ordinarycase. Maggie's mother is a superstar actress, and Michael's father is Secretaryof the Treasury.
Together Alex Cross, deputy chief of detectives, and Jezzie Flanagan, supervisorin the Secret Service, must race to save the children.

Performed by Keith David. Keith David's remarkable versatility is demonstrated by his Tony nominated performance in Jelly's Last Jam, his singing in Puccini's La Boheme, his numerous Shakespearean portrayals, and his work in such films as Final Analysis and Platoon.
9 1969 1982 The Andromeda Strain
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"Will glue you to your chair, just as surely as watching the televised walk on the moon... hideously plausible suspense."
Detroit Free Press

"One of the big books of the season... relentlessly suspenseful... for a hair-raising experience, read THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN!"
Pittsburgh Press

"Brims with authority, moves at white-hot speed.  Disconnect with doorbell, take the phone off the hook.  Once you start this gripper of a novel, you'll tolerate no interruption."
Buffalo News

A Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
10 1999 2022 Angels Flight
Harry Bosch #6
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Michael Connelly  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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ANGELS FLIGHT

An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf.  But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the LAPD are so numerious - that it falls to Harry to solve it.  Now the streets are superheating.  Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling.  And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive.  The question is, did any have the guts?

"A FLIGHT WELL WORTH TAKING."
- People

"A STUNNER, SUPERBLY PACED
- Esquire

"CONNELLY IS, QUITE SIMPLY, THE BEST OF THE BEST."
- Philadelphia Inquirer

"CONNELLY RAISES THE BAR OF EXCELLENCE... ONE OF AMERICA'S FINEST WRITERS.  DON'T MISS HIM.
- Cleveland Plain Dealer
11 1969 The Arctic Patrol Mystery
Hardy Boys (Revised) #48
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Franklin W Dixon  
Andrew E Svenson  
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HARDY BOYS
MYSTERY STORIES by F. W. Dixon


All boys from 10 to 14 who like lively adventure stories. packed with mystery and action, will want to read every one of the Hardy Boys stories listed here.  Sons of a famous American detective, the Hardy boys help solve many thrilling cases after school hours and during vacations, as they follow up the clues they unearth in their quest to bring criminals to justice.

How Many of These Books Do You Own?


   

        THE TOWER TREASURE
        THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF
        THE SECRET OF THE OLD MILL
        THE MISSING CHUMS
        HUNTING FOR HIDDEN GOLD
        THE SHORE ROAD MYSTERY
        THE SECRET OF THE CAVES
        THE MYSTERY OF CABIN ISLAND
        THE GREAT AIRPORT MYSTERY
        WHAT HAPPENED AT MIDNIGHT
        WHILE THE CLOCK TICKED
        FOOTPRINTS UNDER THE WINDOW
        THE MARK ON THE DOOR
        THE HIDDEN HARBOR MYSTERY
        THE SINISTER SIGNPOST
        A FIGURE IN HIDING
        THE SECRET WARNING
        THE TWISTED CLAW
        THE DISAPPEARING FLOOR
        MYSTERY OF THE FLYING EXPRESS
        THE CLUE OF THE BROKEN BLADE
        THE FLICKERING TORCH MYSTERY
        THE MELTED COINS
        THE SHORT-WAVE MYSTERY
        THE SECRET PANEL
        THE PHANTOM FREIGHTER
   

   

        THE SECRET OF SKULL MOUNTAIN
        THE SIGN OF THE CROOKED ARROW
        THE SECRET OF THE LOST TUNNEL
        THE WAILING SIREN MYSTERY
        THE SECRET OF WILDCAT SWAMP
        THE CRISSCROSS SHADOW
        THE YELLOW FEATHER MYSTERY
        THE HOODED HAWK MYSTERY
        THE CLUE IN THE EMBERS
        THE SECRET OF PIRATES' HILL
        THE GHOST AT SKELETON ROCK
        THE MYSTERY AT DEVIL'S PAW
        THE MYSTERY OF THE CHINESE JUNK
        MYSTERY OF THE DESERT GIANT
        THE CLUE OF THE SCREECHING OWL
        THE VIKING SYMBOL MYSTERY
        THE MYSTERY OF THE AZTEC WARRIOR
        THE HAUNTED FORT
        THE MYSTERY OF THE SPIRAL BRIDGE
        THE SECRET AGENT ON FLIGHT 101
        MYSTERY OF THE WHALE TATTOO
        THE ARCTIC PATROL MYSTERY
        THE BOMBAY BOOMERANG
        DANGER ON THE VAMPIRE TRAIL
        THE MASKED MONKEY
        THE SHATTERED HELMET
        HARDY BOYS DETECTIVE HANDBOOK
   

12 1957 2010 Atlas Shrugged
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The astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did.  Tremendous in scope, breathtaking is its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is unlike any other book you have ever read.  It is a mystery story, not about the murder of man's body, but about the murder - and rebirth - of man's spirit.

With this acclaimed work and its immortal query "Who is John Gault?" Ayn Rand found the perfect artistic form to express her vision of existence.  This is the book that has made her not only one of the most popular novelists in modern times, but also one of its most influential and controversial thinkers.  This anniversary edition of Atlas Shrugged, celebrating the enduring legacy of its author, features and introduction by  Rand's literary executor, Leonard Peikoff, and a Reader's Guide to her writings and philosophy.  This volume is an eagerly welcomed by all admirers of what Dr. Peikoff calls "Ayn Rand's masterwork."

Born February 2, 1905, AYN RAND published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936.  Anthem followed in 1938.  It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success.  Ms. Rand's unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience.  The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three non-fiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtue of Selfishness, and Capitolism: The Unknown Ideal.  They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.
13 2011 Back of Beyond
Highway Series #1
C J Box  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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14 2007 2023 Bad Luck and Trouble
Jack Reacher #11
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Lee Child  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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"[An] action-packed thrill ride."
- Chicago Tribune


From a helicopter high above the California desert, a man is sent free-falling into the night.  On the streets of Portland, Jack Reacher is pulled out of his wandering life and plunged into the heart of a conspiracy that is killing old friends... and the people he once trusted with his life.

Reacher is the ultimate loner - no phone, no ties, no address.  But a woman from his old military unit has found him using a signal only the eight members of their elite team would know.  Then she tells him a terrifying story about the brutal death of a man they both served with.  Soon Reacher is reuniting with the survivors of his team, scrambling to unravel the sudden disappearance of two other comrades.  But Reacher won't give up - because in a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

A slam-bang yarn filled with [Lee] Child's usual terse life-and-death lessons." - Entertainment Weekly

"A breathless, ultra-cool novel with relentless pacing."
- The Plain Dealer
15 2024 The Bad Weather Friend
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Dean R Koontz  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD FOR EVERYONE, JUST FOR BENNY.


Benny Catspaw's perpetually sunny disposition is tested when he loses his job, his reputation, his fiancée, and his favorite chair.  He's not paranoid.  Someone is out to get him.  He just doesn't know who or why.  Then Benny receives an inheritance from an uncle he's never heard of: a giant crate and a video message.  All will be well in time.

How strange - though it's a blessing, his uncle promises.  Stranger yet is what's inside the crate.  He's a seven-foot-tall self-described "bad weather friend" named Spike whose mission is to help people who are just too good for this world.  Spike will take care of it.  He'll find Benny's enemies.  He'll deal with them.  This might be satisfying if Spike wasn't such a menacing presence with terrifying techniques of intimidation.

In the company of Spike and a fascinated young waitress-cum-PI-in-training named Harper, Benny plunges into a perilous high-speed adventure, the likes of which never would have crossed the mind of a decent guy like him.

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16 2015 Badlands
Highway Series #3
C J Box  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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17 1984 Banquets of the Black Widowers
Black Widowers #4
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18 2011 2019 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
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Includes the story “Premium Harmony”—set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine

The masterful #1 New York Times bestselling story collection from O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King that includes twenty-one iconic stories with accompanying autobiographical comments on when, why and how he came to write (or rewrite) each one.

For more than thirty-five years, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he introduces each story with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

As Entertainment Weekly said about this collection: “Bazaar of Bad Dreams is bursting with classic King terror, but what we love most are the thoughtful introductions he gives to each tale that explain what was going on in his life as he wrote it."

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. In “Afterlife,” a man who died of colon cancer keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Others address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.

“I made these stories especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”
19 2000 The Bear and the Dragon
Jack Ryan World #10
Tom Clancy  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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20 2009 2023 Below Zero
Joe Pickett #9
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New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box's Below Zero is the 9th novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. The telephone calls from her stepdaughter April send chills down the spine of Joe's daughter Sherry. Wasn't April murdered six years ago in a bloody massacre? Wondering how this youthful caller knows details only April could know, Sherry becomes confused while Joe grows suspicious. Is the caller April-or are Joe and his family victims of a cruel hoax?
21 2021 2024 Better Off Dead
Jack Reacher #26
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Andrew Child  
Lee Child  
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Two Childs are
even better than one."

- JAMES PATTERSON

Jack Reacher is back in a brand-new page-turning thriller from acclaimed
#1 bestselling authors Lee Child and Andrew Child.


Reacher goes where he wants, when he wants.  That morning he was heading west, walking under the merciless desert sun - until he comes upon a curious scene.  A
Jeep has crashed into the only tree for miles around.  A woman is slumped over the wheel.

The woman is Michaela Fenton, an army veteran turned FBI agent trying to find her twin brother, who might be mixed up with some dangerous people.  The mysterious Dendoncker rules from the shadows, out of sight and under the radar, keeping his dealings in the dark.

Reacher is good at finding people who don't want to be found.  And a life hangs in the balance.  Maybe more than one.  But to bring Dendoncker down will be the riskiest job of Reacher's life.  Failure is not an option, because in this kind of game, the loser is always better off dead.

"Superb... Smart writing, vivid action scenes, and dramatic twists mark this seamless effort.  Even those for whom this is their first Reacher novel will be clamoring for more."
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of.  I read every one as soon as it appears."
- KEN FOLLETT

"The mixture of brute-force and intellectual problem-solving is just right"
- Booklist
22 2003 The Big Bad Wolf
Alex Cross #9
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WHO'S AFRAID?

Alex Bross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered - a predator known only as as the Wolf.

Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied.  Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely.  These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes.  They are being bought and sold.  And it looks as if a shadowy figure called the Wolf - a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime - is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

YOU'RE AFRAID

Even as he admires the FBI's vast resources, Alex grows impatient with the Bureau's clumsiness and caution when it is time to move.  A lone wolf himself, he has to go out on his own in order to track the Wolf and try to rescue some of the victims while they are still alive.

As the case boils over, Alex is in hot water at home too.  His ex-fiancée, Christine Johnson, comes back into his life - and not for the reasons Alex might have hoped.

Full of the unexpected twists and heartrending surprises that James Patterson delivers better than any other suspense writer alive, The Big Bad Wolf is an unforgettable thriller from "one of America's most influential authors" (New York Times).

Peter Jay Fernandez is a New York based actor and narrator.  He has appeared on Broadway in JELLY'S LAST JAM and THE MERCHANT of VENICE, and has performed in numerous off-broadway plays and musicals.  His extensive television credits include FUNNY VALENTINES, THE PROSECUTORS, LAW & ORDER, and COSBY.  He currently lives in Harlem with his wife Denise.

Denis O'Hare won the 2003 Tony award for his performance in TAKE ME OUT, directed by Joe Mantello.  He was also seen in the Broadway productions of MAJOR BARBARA, CABARET, and in the films HAMLET, directed by Campbell Scott, and SWEET AND LOWDOWN, directed by Woody Allen.
23 2019 The Bitterroots
Highway Series #5
C J Box  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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24 2012 2023 The Black Box
Harry Bosch #16
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THE BLACK BOX


Harry Bosch first encountered journalist Anneke Jespersen in a dark alleyway.  She'd been shot, execution-style, on the night Los Angeles burned in riots and the police protected no one.  His investigation was reassigned and the murder was never solved.  Now, twenty years later, Bosch comes across shocking evidence - a gun used in recent crimes is the same one that killed Anneke Jespersen.  With this sliver of a lead, Bosch must pry open the case that he has never been able to forget.

The investigation will stretch from the roughest neighborhoods of Los Angeles to distant battlegrounds where Jespersen once covered bloody conflicts.  What really brought her to Los Angeles?  And in a new age, will Bosch find the "black box," the one piece of evidence that pulls the case together - and makes justice possible at last?

"I decided several years ago that this is the finest crime series written by an American, and nothing in the new book changes my mind."
-Washington Post

"Continues [Connelly's] streak of telling stellar crime stories... one of the top detectives in crime fiction."
-Chicago Sun-Times
25 1992 2022 The Black Echo
Harry Bosch #1
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THE FIRST HARRY BOSCH NOVEL
WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD
FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL

THE BLACK ECHO


For maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mullholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic.  This one is personal... because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war.  Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam.  From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit.  Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.

"Recalls no one so much as Raymond Chandler... ambitious, skillful, moving, intricate, and clever."
- Los Angeles Times

"Connelly is one of those masters... who can keep driving the story in runaway locomotive style."
- USA Today
26 1993 2022 The Black Ice
Harry Bosch #2
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THE BLACK ICE

Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing.  Instead, he ends up in a motel room with a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.  Working the case, L.A.P.D. detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago: Don't look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together.  Soon Harry's making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border.  Now this battle-scarred veteran will findhimself in the center of a complex and deadly game - one in which he may be the next and likeliest victim.

"MICHAEL CONNELLY IS ONE OF TODAY'S TOP CRIME NOVELISTS." -Associated Press

"TERRIFIC." -Los Angeles Times Book Review

"OUTLANDISHLY REALISTIC AND DARKLY ENTERTAINING." -Houson Chronicle
27 2008 2023 Blood Trail
Joe Pickett #8
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"One of today's solid-gold A-list must-read writers."
- LEE CHILD

"An original voice...  Box is exploring new territory.  He is fresh, captivating, and has something to say."
- MICHAEL CONNELLY

It's elk season in the Rockies - but a different kind of hunter is stalking a different kind of prey.  Game wardens have found a man dead at a mountain camp - strung up, gutted, and flayed as if he were the elk he'd been pursuing.  A poker chip lies next to his body.  As ripples of horror spread through the community, Governor Rulon is forced to end hunting season early.  Are the murders the work of a deranged anti-hunting activist or of a lone psychopath with a personal vendetta?  Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is the man to track the murderer down before someone declares open season on humans.

"Box ratchets up the suspense in this tightly plotted example of his writing genius."
- LIBRARY JOURNAL

"[Box] continues to be red-hot."
- BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW)
28 1998 2022 Blood Work
Terry McCaleb #1
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FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE HARRY
BOSCH SERIES AND THE LINCOLN LAWYER SERIES

BOOK WORK


When Graciella Rivers steps onto his boat, ex-FBI agent Terrell McCaleb has no idea he's about to come out of retirement.  He's recuperating from a heart transplant and avoiding anything stressful.  But when Graciella tells him the way her sister, Gloria, was murdered, it leaves Terry no choice.  Now the man with the new heart vows to take down a predator without a soul.  For Gloria's killer shatters every rule McCaleb ever learned in his years with the Bureau - as McCaleb gets no more second chances at life... and just one shot at the truth.

"Compelling... A spine-tingling manhunt guaranteed to boost the blood pressure." - People
29 2012 A Bloody Storm
Derrick Storm #0.3
Richard Castle  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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30 2019 Blue Moon
Jack Reacher #24
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"Child is at the top of his game in this nail-biter."
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Reacher is on a Greyhound bus, minding his own business, with no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. Then he steps off the bus for a good deed... that turns into something bad. Now Reacher wants to make it right.

An elderly couple owes big money to some dangerous people. One brazen move leads to another, and suddenly Reacher finds himself in the middle of a brutal turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.

Reacher has to stay one step ahead of thugs and assassins. He teams up with a fed-up waitress who knows a little more than she’s letting on, and sets out to make the greedy pay. It’s a long shot. The odds are against him. But Reacher believes in a certain kind of justice... the kind that comes along once in a blue moon.

"Reacher is so irresistible a character that he draws fans from every demographic."
- Nooklist (starred review)
31 1970 1975 The Bombay Boomerang
Hardy Boys (Revised) #49
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Vincent Buranelli  
Franklin W Dixon  
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HARDY BOYS
MYSTERY STORIES by F. W. Dixon


All boys from 10 to 14 who like lively adventure stories. packed with mystery and action, will want to read every one of the Hardy Boys stories listed here.  Sons of a famous American detective, the Hardy boys help solve many thrilling cases after school hours and during vacations, as they follow up the clues they unearth in their quest to bring criminals to justice.

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        THE TOWER TREASURE
        THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF
        THE SECRET OF THE OLD MILL
        THE MISSING CHUMS
        HUNTING FOR HIDDEN GOLD
        THE SHORE ROAD MYSTERY
        THE SECRET OF THE CAVES
        THE MYSTERY OF CABIN ISLAND
        THE GREAT AIRPORT MYSTERY
        WHAT HAPPENED AT MIDNIGHT
        WHILE THE CLOCK TICKED
        FOOTPRINTS UNDER THE WINDOW
        THE MARK ON THE DOOR
        THE HIDDEN HARBOR MYSTERY
        THE SINISTER SIGNPOST
        A FIGURE IN HIDING
        THE SECRET WARNING
        THE TWISTED CLAW
        THE DISAPPEARING FLOOR
        MYSTERY OF THE FLYING EXPRESS
        THE CLUE OF THE BROKEN BLADE
        THE FLICKERING TORCH MYSTERY
        THE MELTED COINS
        THE SHORT-WAVE MYSTERY
        THE SECRET PANEL
        THE PHANTOM FREIGHTER
   

   

        THE SECRET OF SKULL MOUNTAIN
        THE SIGN OF THE CROOKED ARROW
        THE SECRET OF THE LOST TUNNEL
        THE WAILING SIREN MYSTERY
        THE SECRET OF WILDCAT SWAMP
        THE CRISSCROSS SHADOW
        THE YELLOW FEATHER MYSTERY
        THE HOODED HAWK MYSTERY
        THE CLUE IN THE EMBERS
        THE SECRET OF PIRATES' HILL
        THE GHOST AT SKELETON ROCK
        THE MYSTERY AT DEVIL'S PAW
        THE MYSTERY OF THE CHINESE JUNK
        MYSTERY OF THE DESERT GIANT
        THE CLUE OF THE SCREECHING OWL
        THE VIKING SYMBOL MYSTERY
        THE MYSTERY OF THE AZTEC WARRIOR
        THE HAUNTED FORT
        THE MYSTERY OF THE SPIRAL BRIDGE
        THE SECRET AGENT ON FLIGHT 101
        MYSTERY OF THE WHALE TATTOO
        THE ARCTIC PATROL MYSTERY
        THE BOMBAY BOOMERANG
        DANGER ON THE VAMPIRE TRAIL
        THE MASKED MONKEY
        THE SHATTERED HELMET
        HARDY BOYS DETECTIVE HANDBOOK
   

32 2018 2022 The Bone Farm
Jane Hawk #0.5
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Dean R Koontz  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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An audio original novella featuring bestselling author Dean Koontz’s compelling new heroine, Jane Hawk. From the case files of the former FBI agent before she became the nation’s most wanted fugitive - The Bone Farm details a desperate man-hunt for a serial killer before he murders again.

Katherine Haskell, a young college co-ed is on her way back to school, but she never makes it there. Instead, she becomes the latest prey of the rapist and murderer dubbed by the tabloids the “Mother Hater.” He is a twisted soul who kidnaps young girls for pleasure then discards them.

Katherine is missing, but she’s not yet dead. FBI agents Jane Hawk and her partner Gary Burkett must descend into the hell of this killer’s mind to solve the case before it is too late. The question is - will they both get out alive?
33 1980 2017 The Bourne Identity
Jason Bourne #1
Robert Ludlum  Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4
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34 1986 2018 The Bourne Supremacy
Jason Bourne #2
Robert Ludlum  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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35 1990 2018 The Bourne Ultimatum
Jason Bourne #3
Robert Ludlum  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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36 2008 2023 The Brass Verdict
Mickey Haller #2
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THE BRASS VERDICT


After two years of wrong turns, defense attorney Mickey Haller is back in action.  His former colleague Jerry Vincent has been slain and Haller inherits his biggest case yet: defending a Hollywood producer accused of multiple murders.  With a key part of the defense strategy missing, Haller scrambles to prepare for trial - and gets more pressure when he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.  Enter Harry Bosch, who will do whatever it takes to crack the Vincent case, including using Haller as bait.  But as danger quickly mounts, these two loners will soon realize that their only chance is to work as a team.

"HITS IT OUT OF THE PARK."
- DENVER POST

"A TERRIFIC RIDE."
- WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
37 2013 2023 Breaking Point
Joe Pickett #13
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"An exceptionally well-told story that will entertain, thrill, and maybe even outrage its readers."
- USA TO DAY

Joe Pickett always liked Butch Roberson - a hard-working local business owner whose daughter is friends with his own.  Little does he know that when Butch says he is heading into the mountains to scout elk, he is actually going on the run.

Two EPA employees have been murdered, and all signs point to Butch as the killer.  Soon, Joe hears of the land Butch and his wife had bought to retire on - until they are told the EPA declared it a wetland - and the penalties the agency charged Butch until the family was torn apart.  Finally, it seems, the man just cracked.

It's an awful story.  But is it the whole story?  The more Joe investigates, the more he begins to wonder - and the more he finds himself in the middle of a war in which he must choose sides.

"Fans of this series will burn through the pages...  Another must-read."
- LIBRARY JOURNAL (STARRED REVIEW)
38 2012 A Brewing Storm
Derrick Storm #0.1
Richard Castle  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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39 1966 2022 The Broken Gun
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THE BROKEN GUN


Begin with the massacre of 27 innocent men.  Follow it with two brutal murders almost 90 years later.  Add two curious, hard-bitten verterans of guerrilla fighting, and a beautiful, terror-stricken girl.

Mix with a pack of vicious killers, who would have been more than a match for the most notorious gunmen of the old West, and you have Louis L'Amour blistering novel of action and adventure in the new West.

LOUIS L'AMOUR
Our foremost storyteller of the authentic West, L'Amour has thrilled a nation by bringing to vivid life the brave men and women who settled the American frontier.  There are now over 140 million of his books in print around the world.
40 1960 The Bungalow Mystery
Nancy Drew (Revised) #3
Patricia Doll  
Carolyn Keene  
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41 2014 2023 The Burning Room
Harry Bosch #17
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Michael Connelly  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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"[Bosch is] one of the most popular and eduring figures in American crime fiction."
- Chicago Tribune

THE BURNING ROOM


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.

Now Bosch and his new partner, Detective Lucia 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.  When their work starts to threaten careers and lives, Bosch and Soto must decide whether it's worth risking everything to find the truth, or if it's safer to let some secrets stay buried.
42 1981 Captive Witness
Nancy Drew (Revised) #64
Richard Ballard  
Carolyn Keene  
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43 1988 Cardinal of the Kremlin
Jack Ryan World #3
Tom Clancy  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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44 1936 Cards on the Table
Hercule Poirot Mystery #13
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45 2015 Career of Evil
Cormoran Strike #3
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CAREER OF EVIL
A Cormoran Strike Novel
by Robert Galbraith


When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed.  There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men.  But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them. ...

Career of Evil is the third book in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott.  A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

"Robert Galbraith has written a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Cormoran Strike to follow the stealth hit The Cuckoo's Calling. ...Astutely observed, well-paced, and full of Galbraith's trademark acerbic wit, The Silkworm thoroughly engages as a crime novel." -Sue Corbett, People on The Silkworm
46 1927 2013 The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes #9
Arthur Conan Doyle  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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47 1980 1991 Casebook of the Black Widowers
Black Widowers #3
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A DOZEN MASTERPIECES OF MYSTERY, MURDER, AND UNEARTHLY DETECTION!

Every month, the Black Widowers convene for sumptuous food, fine wine, and a cosmically baffling mystery.  Attended by Henry, the all-knowing waiter, these gentle rogues ponder such imponderables as:

• the one-syllable middle name that represents what every schoolboy knows, yet doesn't... • a murder by solar eclipse very far out in space... • a Soviet spy's dying message utilizing a Scabble set and a newspaper sports page... • a satanic cult leader's Martian connection... • a computer criminal's strange equation of Christmas and Halloween... • an ancient symbol that provides the key to a woman's mysterious disappearance...

Dip into these wonderfully wizardly concoctions of surprising murder and Asmovian logic that have delighted readers of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
48 1953 2017 Casino Royale
James Bond #1
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In the first of Fleming’s James Bond novels, 007 declares war on Le Chiffre, French communist and paymaster of the Soviet murder organization SMERSH. The battle begins with a fifty-million-franc game of baccarat, gains momentum during Bond’s fiery love affair with a sensuous lady spy, and reaches a chilling climax with fiendish torture at the hands of a master sadist. For incredible suspense, unexpected thrills, and extraordinary danger, nothing can beat James Bond in his inaugural adventure.
49 2012 2023 The Casual Vacancy
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Unabridged
THE CASUAL VACANCY
by J.K. Rowling
A BIG NOVEL ABOUT A SMALL TOWN...


When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.  Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa?ade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...  Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.  Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.  It is the work of a storyteller like no other.
50 1997 Cat & Mouse
Alex Cross #4
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James Patterson  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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Alex Cross is back - and so is a raging and suicidal Gary Soneji. Out of prison and dying from the AIDS virus he contracted there, he will get revenge on Cross before he dies. In addition, we are introduced to a new pair of rivals whose paths cross that of Alex and Soneji. Thomas Augustine Pierce has been chasing his demon, Mr. Smith, since the savage murder of his fiancée. Mr. Smith is a unique monster, with actions toward his victims so insane - so unimaginable - that he is thought of as "not of the Earth". Pierce, known in the business as St. Augustine because of his track record for catching killers and his invaluable status to the FBI and Interpol, may even be better than Cross. When things heat up and Alex is in a near-death coma following an attack in his own home, Pierce goes to Washington to help with the investigation. But just as he begins to piece together the mystery of how Gary Soneji could have mortally wounded Cross after he was believed to be dead, he is summoned to Paris, with a postcard from Mr. Smith inviting him to a very special killing. The body count is high, the tension the highest, and the two killers on the loose are watching every move their pursuers make. Who is the cat, and who is the mouse? What and where is the final trap? And who survives?






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