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Kathy Reichs--#1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX television hit Bones--returns with the thirteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan. John Lowery was declared dead in 1968--the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada? Tempe sets off for the answer, exhuming Lowery's grave in North Carolina and taking the remains to Hawaii for reanalysis--to the headquarters of JPAC, the U.S. military's Joint POW/ MIA Accounting Command, which strives to recover Americans who have died in past conflicts. In Hawaii, Tempe is joined by her colleague and ex-lover Detective Andrew Ryan (how "ex" is he?) and by her daughter, who is recovering from her own tragic loss. Soon another set of remains is located, with Lowery's dog tags tangled among them. Three bodies--all identified as Lowery. And then Tempe is contacted by Hadley Perry, Honolulu's flamboyant medical examiner, who needs help identifying the remains of an adolescent boy found offshore. Was he the victim of a shark attack? Or something much more sinister? A complex and riveting tale of deceit and murder unfolds in this, the thirteenth thrilling novel in Reichs's "cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series" (The New York Times Book Review). With the smash hit Bones now in its fifth season and in full syndication--and her most recent novel, 206 Bones, an instant New York Times bestseller--Kathy Reichs is at the top of her game.
A previously unknown translation of an ancient grimoire, the Darkhold, has been unearthed by archaeologists in South America. But this chilling discovery will have far-reaching effects. Halfway across the globe, the Darkhold is relentlessly pursued by the Cabal of Scrier, an organization devoted to achieving ultimate power through whatever means necessary. And it is through their actions that a darkness from beyond the grave will return to haunt the Spectacular Spider-Man in the form of one of the most frightening and dangerous foes he's ever encountered....
Summoned by a friend, ex-cop Cam Richter agrees to do a favor: investigate the assault of a young woman in a remote area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cam knows the misty hills and shadowed hollers of the park, and his outdoor skills might break a case that local cops can't-or maybe don't want to-solve. Cam has no idea how dangerous his search will become, because in this part of Appalachia, matriarch Grinny Creigh and her extended family destroy those who intrude into their web. The Creighs control the crystal meth trade and own just about everything and everyone in their neck of the woods. But they also operate a much worse enterprise, a dark secret that terrifies any children unfortunate enough to come within their grasp. Blocked by a menacing sheriff with ties to the family, Cam is shut down and sent away, no wiser about why the young woman was attacked and what she saw. He returns, stealthily stalking the Creighs and their secrets, moving ever closer to Grinny's mountain house and what it might conceal... not knowing that his presence on her web has been detected, and that the Creighs are hunting him with creatures bred for that purpose and starved into relentless fury. Spider Mountain features nonstop action, frightening night pursuits through deep wilderness, and a shocking finale-a masterful novel of suspense by the author of The Cat Dancers.
THREE EXPLOSIVE ACTION THRILLERS OF FANTASTIC CRIME AND SWIFT RETRIBUTION! SATAN'S MURDER MACHINES DEATH REIGN OF THE VAMPIRE KING The Shadow! Doc Savage! The Avenger! The Phantom Detective! All were spawned from the flame and fury of World War corruption and society's hunger for lightning justice and relentless vindication. Yet one alone towered above the others in bringing blazing retaliation to murderous cults and criminal masterminds. He is pulp fiction's most sensational judge, jury and executioner! He is THE SPIDER-Master of Men!
The mystery starts in Nancy's home town. Her lawyer father's client, Floyd Ramsey, who fashions beautiful and unusual synthetic gems, is accused of stealing the magnificent spider sapphire and exhibiting it as his own creation. Mr. Ramsey's enemies blackmail him and by their own vicious acts try to deter Nancy from going on the safari. How the daring young sleuth uncovers a nefarious scheme and also solves the strange disappearance of an injured jungle guide will keep the reader breathless with suspense from first page to last.
The Spider Stone is a 350 page modern magics novel Written by Alex Archer and first published in 2006. It is the third book in a series by Archer entitled Rogue Angel, which relates the fast-paced adventures of Annja Creed, an archaeologist and martial arts expert who discovers the magical sword of Joan of Arc. It follows Destiny and Solomon's Jar and comes before The Chosen. A cryptic message linked to a lost African tribe holds a terrifying curse... In the crumbling remains of a tunnel that was part of the Underground Railroad, a mysterious artifact reveals one of the darkest secrets of Africa's ancient past. Intrigued by the strange, encrypted stone, archaeologist Annja Creed opens a door to a world-and a legend-bound by a fierce and terrible force. She is not alone in her pursuit of the impossible. A bloodthirsty African warlord, and an international corporate magnate exploiting a land, a'culture and a people, are equally anxious to stake their claim on the relic's unknown power. Annja's odyssey deep"into the primeval jungles of Senegal becomes a desperate race to stop those eager to unleash the virulence of the Spider God....
Folk art museum curator, rancher and sometime sleuth Benni Harper is back in an unforgettable new mystery. Benni is organizing a Memory Festival--but a sniper threatens to make it a day to remember in the worst way . . . Benni and the ladies of her Coffin Star Quilt Guild are excited to display their Graveyard quilt (inspired by Elizabeth Roseberry Mitchell's famous historic quilt) at San Celina's first ever Memory Festival. The fair promises to be a wonderful and moving event celebrating memories through quilts, crafts, scrapbooks, photographs, written word, oral histories and tributes to loved ones. But when a local cop is wounded by a mysterious sharpshooter who seems to have a vendetta against the police, Benni fears for her own loved ones--especially her police chief husband, Gabe. The shooting sets off post-traumatic stress disorder in Gabe, who starts having violent nightmares. Troubled by her husband's emotional trauma and a mysterious new San Celina". resident--a woman who knows too much about Gabe's past--Benni is drawn into the search for the sniper, determined to make her hometown safe again . . . before their peaceful street fair becomes a shooter's deadly target range.
After Gin's family was murdered by a Fire elemental when she was thirteen, she lived on the streets and eventually became an assassin to survive. Now, Gin is given an assignment by her handler to rub out an Ashland businessman, but it turns out to be a trap. After Gin's handler is brutally murdered, she teams up with the sexy detective investigating the case to figure out who double-crossed her and why. Only one thing is for sure --Gin has no qualms about killing her way to the top of the conspiracy.
In the spring of 666 A.D., Sister Fidelma is summoned to the small Irish village of Araglin. An advocate of the Brehon law courts as well as a religieuse, she is to investigate the murder of the local chieftain. While traveling there with her friend Brother Eadulf, a band of brigands attacks the roadside hostel in which they are staying and attempts to burn them out. While Fidelma and Eadulf manage to beat back their attackers, this incident is only the first in a series that troubles them. When they arrive at Araglin, they find out that the chieftain was murdered in the middle of the night, and next to his body, a local deaf-mute man was found holding the bloody knife that killed him. <BR>While everyone else seems convinced that the man's guilt is obvious, sister Fidelma is not so sure. As she investigates, she's convinced that there is something happening in the seemingly quiet town--something that everyone is trying very hard to keep from her. In what may be the most challenging and confusing situation that she has yet faced, Fidelma must somehow uncover the truth behind the chieftain's murderer and find out what is really going on beneath the quiet surface of this rural town.<BR>
Three novels, They Came to Baghdad, N or M, and Murder in Mesopotamia.
AMERICA'S TOP TEEN DETECTIVES TEAM UP TO CORNER A KILLER INSIDE THE FBI NANCY DREW has gone undercover at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Her mission: protect Judy Noll, Bureau trainee, daughter of a powerful senator, and apparent target of an assassin. But Nancy's investigation takes a sinister and surprising turn when Judy's roommate is murdered. Like Judy and Nancy, the victim was tall, slim, and had reddish blond hair. Nancy decides the only way to catch the killer is to set herself up as a target! Meanwhile ... FRANK and JOE HARDY are also posing as trainees to expose a corrupt FBI agent in an industrial espionage scheme. Huge illegal kickbacks are at stake, and the boys discover that the dirty money could cost lives. The integrity of the FBI hangs in the balance as Nancy, Frank, and Joe follow a twisted trail of treachery and tragedy, bribery and blackmail ...
Greece, 1940. Not sunny vacation Greece: northern Greece, Macedonian Greece, Balkan Greece-the city of Salonika. In that ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out. On the northern border, the Greek army has blocked Mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to Albania-the first defeat suffered by the Nazis, who have conquered most of Europe. But Adolf Hitler cannot tolerate such freedom; the invasion is coming, it's only a matter of time, and the people of Salonika can only watch and wait. At the center of this drama is Costa Zannis, a senior police official, head of an office that handles special "political" cases. As war approaches, the spies begin to circle, from the Turkish legation to the German secret service. There's a British travel writer, a Bulgarian undertaker, and more. Costa Zannis must deal with them all. And he is soon in the game, securing an escape route-from Berlin to Salonika, and then to a tenuous safety in Turkey, a route protected by German lawyers, Balkan detectives, and Hungarian gangsters. And hunted by the Gestapo. Meanwhile, as war threatens, the erotic life of the city grows passionate. For Zannis, that means a British expatriate who owns the local ballet academy, a woman from the dark side of Salonika society, and the wife of a local shipping magnate. Declared "an incomparable expert at his game" by The New York Times, Alan Furst outdoes even his own finest novels in this thrilling new book. With extraordinary authenticity, a superb cast of characters, and heart-stopping tension as it moves from Salonika to Paris to Berlin and back, Spies of the Balkans is a stunning novel about a man who risks everything to right-in many small ways-the world's evil.
[From the back cover] THE SECRET HISTORY OF PUR TIMES! From the jungles of Southeast Asia to the terrorist lairs of Hamburg and Rome. From high society orgies to the discovery of the Russian "mole" who burrowed his way to the peaks of power in America, THE SPIKE traces through international political intrigue with shattering power. Written by the only two insiders who could tell the story, this strikingly authentic thriller unveils the KGB's sinister Directorate A and its "disinformation" conspiracy--a Red plot to turn the Western media into an ' unwitting Communist pawn in the Soviet drive for global supremacy. THE SPIKE is the acclaimed bestselling superthriller of today-but it may be the frightening reality of tomorrow.
Corla was blonde, beautiful, and on her way to a lifetime of happiness when she suddenly headed for Las Vegas and faded out of sight...
[from the back cover] "A Baby-sitter's Worst Nightmare Puck can't stand babies. So when his parents open up a trendy restaurant called Baby Bistro and hire Puck and his friend, Jackson, to entertain the young guests, Puck is less than thrilled. But when a child star is kidnapped from the restaurant, Puck and his parents become the number-one suspects. Determined to clear his family name, Puck sets out to solve the mystery--and becomes involved in more dangerous adventures than he ever imagined ..."
Nicholas Greer is a writer who's broke and on the verge of divorce. The life of Frank Spira, the controversial painter he's been researching for six years, has become more real to him than his own. Nick has just finished writing his book when he gets a call telling him that one of Spira's closest friends, Jacob Grossman, a man who went missing twenty-six years ago, has been spotted in Manhattan. Nick tracks Grossman down, hoping to find answers to the few niggling questions that remain. Instead he gets news of a work created by Spira, which the artist supposedly destroyed. If it existed, it would be worth millions. When Grossman is brutally murdered an hour after the interview, Nick finds himself drawn into a search for explanations. Only as he comes to understand the disturbing truth behind the lost painting, does he realize that he too is the object of someone's scrutiny, a ruthless art collector for whom the missing work is Spira's crowning achievement. Moving between London, New York, and Tangier,Spiralis a relentlessly suspenseful story of art and obsession.
Some mysteries have no answers - like why an airplane falls out of the sky, and why the woman you love was onboard that flight. When unfathomable tragedy strikes Boston private investigator John Francis Cuddy, all he can do is begin to grieve. There's no revenge. No perp. And no cure except time. But when Cuddy is jarred by a call for help from an old Vietnam-era comrade, time is a luxury he can't afford. Cuddy goes because he has to. And what he finds in Fort Lauderdale is a tragedy that rivals his own: a proud vet brought down by a stroke, searching for his granddaughter's killer. The girl was found dead in Colonel Nicolas Helides' heavily guarded mansion on the Intracoastal Waterway at his birthday party.
Both a razor-sharp thriller and a poignant love story, this twisting tale of psychological suspense is Patterson's most compelling novel in years. Mark Darrow grew up in a small Ohio town with no real advantages beyond his intelligence and athletic ability. But thanks to the intervention of Lionel Farr--a professor at Caldwell, the local college--Darrow became an excellent student and, later, a superb trial lawyer. Now Farr asks his still-youthful protégé for a life-altering favor. An embezzlement scandal has threatened Caldwell's very existence--would Darrow consider becoming its new president? Darrow accepts, but returning to his alma mater opens old wounds. Sixteen years ago, on the night of his greatest triumph as Caldwell's star quarterback, he discovered the body of a black female student named Angela Hall at the base of the Spire, the bell tower that dominates the leafy campus. His best friend, Steve Tillman, was charged with Angela's murder and ultimately sent to prison for life. But now, even as Darrow begins the daunting task of leading Caldwell, he discovers that the case against his friend left crucial questions unanswered. Despite his new obligations--and his deepening attachment to Farr's beautiful though troubled daughter--Darrow begins his own inquiry into the murder. Soon he becomes convinced that Angela's killer is still at large, but only when another mysterious death occurs does he understand that his own life is at risk.
For Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings. She's mastered her shamanic abilities (mostly), survived a cannibalistic serial killer (barely) and now she's facing the biggest challenge of her career-attending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison. But when the performance--billed as transformative--actually changes her into a coyote, she and Morrison have bigger things to deal with. And there's more. Homeless people are disappearing, a mystical murder puts Joanne way out of her jurisdiction and with the full moon coming on, it's looking like the killer is a creature that can't possibly exist. But Jo could probably handle all of that, if one ordinary homicide hadn't pushed her to the very edge....
With the pressure on after his success in Gaol, Eli Monpress, professional thief and degenerate, decides it's time to lie low for a bit. Taking up residence in a tiny seaside village, Eli and his companions seize the chance for some fun and relaxation. Nico, however, is finding it a bit hard. Plagued by a demon's voice in her head and feeling powerless, she only sees herself as a burden. Everyone's holiday comes to an untimely close, though, when Pele arrives to beg Eli's help for finding her missing father. But there are larger plans afoot than even Eli can see, and the real danger, and the solution, may lie with one of his own and her forgotten past. If only Nico could remember whose side she's on.
Eli Monpress is brilliant. He's incorrigible. And he's a thief. He's also still at large, which drives Miranda Lyonette crazy. While she's been kicked out of the Spirit Court, Eli's had plenty of time to plan his next adventure. But now the tables have turned, because Miranda has a new job -- and an opportunity to capture a certain thief. Things are about to get exciting for Eli. He's picked a winner for his newest heist. His target: the Duke of Gaol's famous "thief-proof" citadel. Eli knows Gaol is a trap, but what's life without challenges? Except the Duke is one of the wealthiest men in the world, a wizard who rules his duchy with an iron fist, and an obsessive perfectionist with only one hobby: Eli. It seems that everyone is hunting for Eli Monpress.
Holly Campbell's life has suddenly become a newspaper headline nightmare. Her friend Cody's parents have just been found murdered, and Cody is the prime suspect. Even Holly's father the police detective in charge of the investigation, thinks Cody is guilty. Holly knows she must help her friend. Will a mysterious psychic help her solve the case and prove Cody's innocence?
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