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Jennie McGrady barely has time to do her homework, much less read the school newspaper. But when an article announces that her classmate Annie Phillips was a trash-can baby, Jennie takes notice. Who would publish such horrible news? And in the wake of the recent murders of vocal pro-life advocates, Jennie wonders if there could be a connection. Annie Phillips didn't even know she was adopted, so learning she'd been abandoned in a trash bin sends her reeling. Unable to face her family and friends, and unsure of who she is anymore, Annie disappears. Everyone believes she's run away, but Jennie knows that Annie suspects she was being followed ... Debra Noble is the first television reporter on the scene when Annie disappears. Her motives seem to go beyond those of a journalist, though, and Jennie suspects Debra knows something of Annie's past. Does she know where Annie is? A tangled web surrounds a baby's birth ... Abandoned
An account of Danny Stutzman's abuse and murder by his father, Eli Stutzman.
For FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett, her colleague's wedding is cause for celebration. Until a woman staggers down the aisle--incoherent, wearing only a white nightgown. A fingerprint check determines that she's been missing for nearly eight years. Her coldly efficient captor toyed with her mind and body, imprisoning her, depriving her of any contact with the outside world. As Smoky fits together the pieces of what remains of the victim's fractured life, a chilling picture emerges of a cerebral psychopath who doesn't take murder personally, never makes a mistake, follows his own sinister logic, and has set the perfect trap.
"My life would have been more tranquil had I not seen the birds. Whatever it was they had found lay in the shadow of the oak, so I was nearly upon the thing before I recognized what they were feasting upon. The corpse wore black. " Master Hugh is making his way towards Oxford when he discovers the young Benedictine - a fresh body, barefoot. The nearby abbey's novice master confirms the boy's identity: John, one of three novices. He had gone missing four days previously, and his corpse is fresh. There has been plague in the area, but this was not the cause of death: the lad has been stabbed. To Hugh's sinking heart, the abbot commissions him to investigate.
The knights templar They were warrior monks, dedicated to the protection of pilgrims in the Holy Land -- until an avaricious king savagely destroyed the order. One knight, however, escaped the stake, vowing justice for his murdered brothers. A gathering of evil With scores of merchants streaming into Devon to participate in the Tavistock fair of 1319, a goodly amount of unlawful activity is expected. No one, however, anticipates a murder. The guests of Abbot Robert Champeaux, former Knight Templar Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Simon Puttock, bailiff of Lydford, have been asked by their host to investigate the grisly discovery of a headless corpse by a local butcher. Hunting a killer in the din and bustle of the fair could prove a daunting task, especially with the victim's identity a mystery. But Sir Baldwin and Simon are determined to unravel the complex weave of intrigue, rage, and violence that has brought death to Tavistock -- even if it means courting their own destruction.
After school one day, Abby and the other members of the Baby-Sitters Club find a baby on her porch! They have to find out where the baby came from and to whom he belongs.
Stuck at home, sick, Abby passes the time at her window snooping on the neighbors with her binoculars. It pays off when she spots a criminal just profiled on the "Mystery Trackers" TV show!
Abby and the Baby-Sitters Club help restore an abandoned country club. While doing so, they're drawn into an old murder mystery relating to a blackmailing ...
Tech personality Pogue delivers a whimsical debut novel about silly magical powers and kids on the run.
Abby Cooper is a P. I. , psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients--or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.
The world's bestselling master of the medical thriller, Robin Cook skillfully combines human drama and high-tech thrills with the latest breakthroughs and controversies of modern medicine. Now, in his most daring novel yet, a mysterious transmission from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean leads a crew of oceanographers and divers to a phenomenon beyond scientific understanding - a discovery that will change everything we know about life on Earth...
John R. Brice should be on top of the world: he's brilliant, has a beautiful family, and his company's about to go public, which will make him a multimillionaire. But when his ten-year-old daughter is kidnapped, which exposes fractures in the Brice family, John would give it all up in a heartbeat to get her back. More than just a kidnap-for-ransom, though, Gracie's abduction is part of a plot that threatens the White House. When the FBI and local law enforcement close the case, it's John's father, Ben, a Vietnam vet, who helps the Brice family unravel the long-held secrets that hold the key to Gracie's return. In his dynamic follow-up to The Color of Law, Gimenez has written a startling, multilayered thriller in which complex characters and a fast-moving plot grab the reader immediately. Smart dialog and a spunky Gracie, who never loses her cool, make for a memorable read that twists and turns until the final, cinematic conclusion. Highly recommended for all public libraries. -- From Library Journal. Starred review
#1 New York Times bestseller John Grisham's next Theo Boone novel, now in paperback! When we last saw Theo Boone, he ensured that justice was served by uncovering evidence that kept a guilty man off of the streets. Hot off this high-profile murder trial, thirteen-year-old Theo is still dispensing legal advice to friends and teachers. But just when it seems as if his life has calmed down and gone back to the status quo, a new legal mystery comes to town, and this time it's personal.
Matt is missing. Bonnie's brother left his classroom to use thebathroom --and disappeared. A police dog traces his scent to the curb, where he apparently got into a vehicle. But why would Matt go anywhere with a stranger? Overwhelmed with fear, Bonnie discovers that her dog is gone, too. Was Pookie used as a lure for Matt? Bonnie makes one big mistake in her attempt to find her brother. In a chilling climax on a Washington State ferry, Bonnie and Matt must outsmart their abductor or pay with their lives.
Gordon Korman offers another edge-of-your-seat action/adventure in a return to the trilogy format that sold more than 1 million copies of Island, Everest, and Dive.<P> It's every brother's worst fear: As Aiden and his sister Meg are walking home from school one day, a van pulls over and Meg is kidnapped. There's no way for Aiden to stop it from happening. He's the only witness to his sister's disappearance.<P> Why has Meg been kidnapped? Is it for ransom? As a vendetta against Meg and Aiden's parents? Or is there an even bigger conspiracy at work?<P> While Meg fends off her kidnappers and plans an escape, Aiden must team up with the FBI to try to find her--tracking down clues only a brother could recognize.
The striking seventh novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Beck facing one of the greatest challenges in his professional career.The gruesome murder of a police captain in his hospital room reveals the unsavory history of a man who spent forty years practicing a horrible blend of strong-arm police work and shear brutality. Martin Beck and his colleagues feverishly comb Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman, who has plans for even more chaos. As the tension builds and a feeling of imminent danger grips Beck, his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption. That's when an even stronger sense of responsibility and something like shame urge him into taking a series of drastic steps, which lead to a shocking disaster.
A beautiful woman stands by the side of the road, barefoot and bleeding, a child in her arms. Someone just tried to kill her, but she wouldn't recognize him if she saw his face. She doesn't even remember her own name.A suburban cop surveys a kitchen in disarray--a woman and child missing, a chilling note. This crime scene is unlike any he has ever seen.The man who calls himself Gideon waits and plans. He sees himself as a destroyer of evil, one who rids the world of abominations. He has already killed five. He will kill again. And somewhere in the wilderness, in a secret geocache near where the wild swans gather, lies the unspeakable clue that links them all together. Michigan's rugged and beautiful Upper Peninsula is the setting for this absorbing tale of love and loss, beauty and terror, grievous sins and second chances. A deftly woven thriller from the popular author of the Rock Harbor novels.
The pretty-boy movie star. The fat producer. The buxom blackmailer. The grubby undertaker. These four people never would have associated with one another runder ordinary circumstances. But they were drawn together in a shady swindle that promised to net a handsome profit. It was a neat little deal and everything worked out exactly as planned--until private eye Johnny Liddell showed up on the scene. That was the day the movie star was murdered. He made a pretty corpse. The first of four.
She was guilty until proven innocent Celebrated by the townsfolk of Jefferson City, Louisiana, for her sunny disposition and her good works, innkeeper Jenny Castle was suddenly acting like a bear with a sore paw. The reason? Not the antebellum white elephant she operated at a loss for tourists, nor her runaway pet poodle, Dulcie-although either would have tried the patience of a saint. No, the cause of her ire was one Jonah McCai, private investigator and incorrigible pest, who'd privately tried and convicted her for being the brains behind a dognapping ring! Maddening though his accusations were, even worse was the fact that she'd fallen for a man who suspected her of everything... except loving him.
Young detective Anna Travis has been assigned to her first murder case -- and it couldn't be a more shocking, more horrific set of killings. They began eight years earlier; now the body count is up to six. The method of killing is identical, the backgrounds of the girls very similar -- all of them were drug-using prostitutes. Then a seventh body is found, same modus operandi, but this time the victim is a young student, sweet and innocent, with "the face of an angel. " The profile of the murderer has changed dramatically. Anna stumbles on a vital piece of information that links one man to the killings. A household name, a much-loved actor who is about to become an international movie star -- he has plenty of charm and good looks. Denial and protestations of innocence spring easily and confidently to his lips. An arrest, in the face of intense publicity, would create media frenzy. If he was found beyond doubt to be the wrong man, his career would be finished and Anna's hard-fought-for reputation in the police force destroyed once and for all. With absolute authenticity and extraordinary power, Lynda La Plante takes us deeper into the criminal mind and the criminal world. And in heroine Anna Travis, she has created another memorable and utterly engaging female detective.
When a federal drug bust goes awry, Luke Garrison must investigate a baffling government cover-up<P> In a remote region of the California hills, Mexican drug lord Reynaldo Juarez has built a fortress, complete with a landing strip long enough for a Boeing 737. He has planned the biggest deal of his long and dangerous career: a $100 million cocaine buy that will make him a legend. With the DEA waiting in the hills, the Feds storm the Juarez compound. Four agents end up dead and the drug lord is shot through the skull. In the aftermath of the disastrous raid, former Santa Barbara District Attorney Luke Garrison is tasked with finding the shooter who killed Reynaldo. He will discover that a strange conspiracy, replete with a sinister cover-up, lies behind the assault on the kingpin's compound. Going up against the DEA is a fearsome prospect, but fearlessness is all that Luke has left.
Readers last saw Casey Jordan in The Letter of the Law, where she defended her law professor for the grisly murder of a student only to discover he was guilty. After, Casey left her high-powered practice and wealthy husband and opened a legal aid clinic. When an illegal Mexican immigrant is shot on a ranch outside Dallas, it makes the news, not because of the immigrant, but because of the shooter, Senator Tucker Dean. It looks like a hunting accident, and the well-loved young Senator spins the disaster artfully with his tearful press conference. . . until the sister in law of the victim steps forward with another tale. The senator's wife was regularly visiting the victim, so Casey theorizes he was shot by the husband for revenge. When INS takes the victim's daughter away and tries to deport his wife, it looks like a cover-up of epic proportions. Casey approaches the D.A.'s office with information, only to discover that no prosecutor will take on this case. The senator is powerful and on track for a presidential nomination in a few years, so no one wants to tangle with him. Casey is determined to see the truth come out. If the state won't prosecute a murderer, she will sue him in civil court on behalf of the mother. But this popular senator is wily, vindictive, and dangerous. What will happen to Casey when she goes up against a man who seems above the law?
A new prescription for suspense: Take the medical chills of Robin Cook. Add the criminal thrills of Elmore Leonard. And ... Abra Cadaver Real-life doctor James Tucker unveils the anatomy of crime--in the most original medical thriller of the year. When a body turns up in the Allegheny River, it's rushed to the Pittsburgh coroner's office for an autopsy. But something's wrong--the person died of natural causes and has already been embalmed. So how did the corpse end up in the river? A year later, Dr. Jack Merlin, a dedicated young surgeon, makes another shocking discovery. The body currently being dissected in the gross anatomy lab at Pittsburgh University Medical Center is his roommate, who went missing months earlier. No foul play had been suspected. But now ... As an amateur magician, Dr. Merlin knows a little bit about disappearing acts. This one is a killer. He'll have to use all his skills--in medicine and magic--to find the truth. And stay alive...
A delightfully wicked, two-part comic mystery caper revolving around an alluring but unpredictable heroine named Glenna Flanning.
At Brian Ludlow's birthday party, the big attractions are master magician Lee Merlino and a preview of Jimmy Han's new karate movie. But when the movie disappears, Frank and Joe must conjure it up again.
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