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Thrillers (Fiction)

  • Author:
    Cussler, Clive
    Summary:

    It is called zero point energy, and it really exists--a state of energy contained in all matter everywhere, and thus all but unlimited. Nobody has ever found a way to tap into it, however--until one scientist discovers a way. Or at least he thinks he has. The problem is, his machines also cause great earthquakes, even fissures in tectonic plates. One machine is buried deep underground; the other is submerged in a vast ocean trench. If Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala and the rest of the NUMA team aren't able to find and destroy them, and soon, the world will be on the threshold of a new era of earth tremors and unchecked volcanism.

  • Author:
    Kalteis, Dietrich
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    "If you like your crime hard and fast, Kalteis is for you."-The Globe and Mail Set to the cranking beat and amphetamine buzz of Vancouver's early punk scene, Zero Avenue follows Frankie Del Rey, a talented and rising punk star who runs just enough dope on the side to pay the bills and keep her band, Middle Finger, together. The trouble is she's running it for Marty Sayles, a powerful drug dealer who controls the Eastside with a fist. When Frankie strikes up a relationship with Johnny Falco, the owner of one of the only Vancouver clubs willing to give punk a chance, she finds out he's having his own money problems just keeping Falco's Nest open. Desperate to keep his club, Johnny raids one of the pot fields Marty Sayles has growing out past Surrey, along Zero Avenue on the U.S. border. He gets away with a pickup load and pays back everybody he owes. Arnie Binz, bass player for Middle Finger, finds out about it and decides that was easy enough. But he gets caught by Marty's crew. Johnny and Frankie set out to find the missing Arnie, but Marty Sayles is pissed and looking for who ripped off his other field-a trail that leads to Johnny and Frankie.

  • Author:
    Mattich, Alen
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    Yugoslavia, 1991. The State is crumbling, and in the midst of the political chaos secret policeman Marko della Torre has been working both sides of the law — but somewhere along the way he's crossed the line. When a corrupt cop called Strumbic helps three hired Bosnian thugs to hunt him down and kill him, della Torre makes a run for it through Croatia, Italy, and finally to London, where he’ll take Strumbic for all he's worth. A page-turning thriller shot through with black humour and razor-sharp dialogue, Zagreb Cowboy is the spectacular debut novel in a taut new crime fiction series.

  • Author:
    Cha, Steph
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    A powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in LA, following two families-one Korean-American, one African-American-grappling with the effects of a decades-old crime In the wake of the police shooting of a black teenager, Los Angeles is as tense as it's been since the unrest of the early 1990s. Protests and vigils are being staged all over the city. It's in this dangerous tinderbox that two families must finally confront their pasts. Grace Park lives a sheltered existence: living at home with her Korean-immigrant parents, working at the family pharmacy, and trying her best to understand why her sister Miriam hasn't spoken to their mother in years. The chasm in her family is growing wider by the day and Grace is desperate for reconciliation, and frustrated by the feeling that her sister and parents are shielding her from the true cause of the falling out. Shawn Matthews is dealing with a fractured family of his own. His sister, Ava, was murdered as a teenager back in 1991, and this new shooting is bringing up painful memories. Plus, his cousin Ray is just released from prison and needs to reconnect with their family after so many years away. While Shawn is trying his best to keep his demons at bay, he's not sure Ray can do the same. When another shocking crime hits LA, the Parks and the Matthewses collide in ways they never could have expected. After decades of loss, violence, and injustice, tensions come to a head and force a reckoning that could clear the air or lead to more violence.

  • Author:
    Mussi, Sarah
    Summary:

    Lexi's been in an accident, but she can't remember it-or any of the events leading up to it. The only thing she knows for sure is that she's still in danger. As fragments of her past start to return, she thinks she knows what happened. But can she trust her own memories? Because if she's wrong...she's in more danger now than ever before. Exactly what happened on that spring evening down by the railroad tracks?

  • Author:
    Bradley, Jane
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    A young woman goes missing, and her mother uproots her life to find her daughter. But it is not just the heartbreak or the deep mystery of the hunt for lost loved ones. Rather, with the help of an amazingly dedicated searcher, family and friends somehow learn to move past unspeakable horror and celebrate the tenacity of the human spirit.

  • Author:
    Petriw, Myroslav
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    Winner of the 2002 Anna Pidruchney Award For New Writers On a visit to Ukraine to retrieve a family heirloom secretly buried by his grandfather during the Second World War, Yaroslaw, a Ukrainian-Canadian university student, stumbles into a world full of spies and secret organizations, peril and political intrigue. His discovery of the hidden cache yields clues to the location of a fabled lost treasure-the greatest in all Europe. Working against time, Yaroslaw and a small band of accomplices struggle to uncover and save a nation’s heritage, operating in secret to prevent the corrupt leaders of the government and the Russians-from stealing it. Yaroslaw’s Treasure is a thrilling suspense story set against the gripping drama of the Orange Revolution, the 2004 popular uprising that saw hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets in Ukraine to overthrow a corrupt government and reinforce democracy in a land long occupied by repressive and foreign regimes. Rich with history, romance, politics, and danger, Yaroslaw’s Treasure superbly captures the wonders and horrors of Ukraine’s past, swirls through the treacherous currents of its present politics, all the while providing entertainment as a first-rate thriller.

  • Author:
    Pasquella, A.G.
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    Honourable ex-con Jack Palace struggles to repay an unstable criminal who saved his life. What does a man do when he gets out of jail? Jack Palace hits the streets, plunging back into a violent world of crime and corruption. Jack wants out, but first he must repay his debt to Tommy, the man who saved his life in prison. Tommy’s dad, an old school mob boss, is on his deathbed, and Tommy wants to take over the old man’s rackets. Jack and his new girlfriend, Suzanne, are soon caught in the middle of a mob war. Now Jack must fight to defend the people he loves from the man he has sworn to protect while he tries to get out of the criminal life alive.

  • Author:
    Dubé, Martin
    Summary:

    Mon principal défaut : ma générosité. Coup de pouce, oreille attentive, dos large, coeur sur la main. Je me fends toujours en quatre pour aider les autres... à mon détriment. Et j'ai l'embarras du choix. De mon meilleur ami Lucien pour qui je suis le parfait confident, à ma voisine d'en dessous, la charmante Marguerite, qui me prend pour son homme à tout faire, tous me considèrent comme le candidat idéal pour satisfaire leurs caprices et calmer leurs angoisses. Et il y a ma soeur, Myriam, pour qui je donnerais ma vie. La sienne n'est pas facile et j'aime croire que je suis toujours là pour elle. Souvent, je m'oublie pour qu'elle puisse être heureuse. Sauf que, ces derniers temps, je sens que j'ai franchi le point de non-retours. Depuis que je participe à cette étude clinique, ma vie me semble lourde, déréglée, impossible. Oui, l'argent que je reçois aide beaucoup ma sœur, mais toute cette expérience me dépasse. Je suis de moins en moins charitable, de plus en plus impatient. Et je commence à faire des cauchemars. A avoir des hallucinations qui me semblent parfois tellement vraies... Découvrez l'univers de COBAYES à travers la plume de sept auteurs différents. L'horreur et le suspense vous attendent dans les sept romans de cette série, à lire dans l'ordre... ou dans le désordre !

  • Author:
    Palma, Tino
    Summary:

    Contrebassiste à ses heures, grand séducteur, Réal Beauregard est aussi tueur à gages au service de la mafia. Sa première règle a toujours été de n'accepter pour cible qu'un homme déjà lourdement impliqué dans des activités criminelles, et jamais une femme. Mais lorsqu'on lui demande, dans la grisaille de novembre, de s'envoler vers Cancún pour y rayer de la liste des vivants une demoiselle qui s'est éclipsée en emportant une valise bourrée de cash, Réal ne peut résister à la tentation.C'est en voyant pour la première fois la belle Rosalie qu'il comprend, un peu tard, qu'il vient peut-être de signer son propre arrêt de mort. Les dés sont bientôt jetés : Rosalie et lui sont follement épris l'un de l'autre. Réal n'a d'autre choix que de passer aux aveux, ce qui suscite bien des émotions. Rosalie finira par comprendre que, parce que son amant a mis sa tête sur le billot en retournant sa veste, ils ont avantage à s'unir pour sauver leur peau. Traqués, les nouveaux complices se débarrassent de quelques indésirables, avant de mettre le cap sur la Thaïlande, puis l'Australie, pour y exploiter un restaurant qui leur permettra de blanchir les liquidités dont ils disposent. La vie est belle. Mais, rattrapé par ses vieux démons, Réal se retrouvera bientôt dans de sales draps.

  • Author:
    Patterson, James, Ledwidge, Michael
    Summary:

    Detective Michael Bennett and FBI Abduction Specialist Emily Parker reluctantly team up to stop a killer targeting not only the children of New York's wealthiest families--but the entire city of New York.

  • Author:
    Bailey, Samantha M.
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    A total stranger on the subway platform whispers, “Take my baby.” She places her child in your arms. She says your name. Then she jumps…. In a split second, Morgan Kincaid’s life changes forever. She’s on her way home from work when a mother begs her to take her baby, then places the infant in her arms. Before Morgan can stop her, the distraught mother jumps in front of an oncoming train. Morgan has never seen this woman before, and she can’t understand what would cause a person to give away her child and take her own life. She also can’t understand how this woman knew her name. The police take Morgan in for questioning. She soon learns that the woman who jumped was Nicole Markham, prominent CEO of the athletic brand, Breathe. She also learns that no witness can corroborate her version of events, which means she’s just become a murder suspect. To prove her innocence, Morgan frantically retraces the last days of Nicole’s life. Was Nicole a new mother struggling with paranoia or was she in danger? When strange things start happening to Morgan, she suddenly realizes she might be in danger, too. Woman on the Edge is a pulse-pounding, propulsive thriller about the lengths to which a woman will go to protect her baby—even if that means sacrificing her own life.

  • Author:
    Box, C. J.
    Summary:

    Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett encounters bad behavior on his own turf--only to have the FBI and the DOJ ask him to stand down--in the thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author C.J. Box. The good news is that Joe Pickett has his job back, after his last adventure in The Disappeared. The bad news is that he's come to learn that a drone is killing wildlife--and the drone belongs to a mysterious and wealthy man whose grandson is dating Joe's own daughter, Lucy. When Joe tries to lay down the rules for the drone operator, he's asked by the FBI and the DOJ to stand down, which only makes him more suspicious. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up in and around Joe's district in shocking numbers. He begins to fear that a pack of four vicious killers working on behalf of the Sinaloa cartel known as the Wolf Pack have arrived. Their target seems to be the mystery man and everyone--including Joe, Nate, and others--who are associated with him. Teaming up with a female game warden (based on a real person, one of the few female game wardens at work in Wyoming today) to confront these assassins, Joe finds himself in the most violent and dangerous predicament he's ever faced.

  • Author:
    Unsworth, Cathi
    Summary:

    Hush, hush, hushHere comes the Bogeyman . . .London during the long, dark days of the Blitz: a city outwardly in ruins, weakened by exhaustion and rationing. But behind the blackout, the old way of life continues: in the music halls, pubs, and cafés, soldiers mix with petty crooks, stage magicians with lonely wives, scandal-hungry reporters with good-time girls — and DCI Edward Greenaway keeps a careful eye on everyone. But out on the streets, something nastier is stirring: London's prostitutes are being murdered, their bodies left mutilated to taunt the police. And in the shadows Greenaway's old adversaries in organized crime are active again, lured by rich pickings on the black market. As he follows a bloody trail through backstreets and boudoirs, Greenaway must use all his skill — and everything he knows about the city's underworld — to stop the slaughter.Based on real events, Without the Moon is an atmospheric and evocative historical crime novel demonstrating Unsworth's masterful grasp of the genre.

  • Author:
    Massey, Brandon
    Summary:

    Andrew Wilson has it all: a great house, a great job as a mystery writer, and all the money he can handle. But he's missing one thing: someone to share it all with. One day while writing at a small Georgia coffee shop, he meets Mika Woods, a sophisticated woman who seems to be the answer to Andrew's prayers. After a hot night of passion, Andrew regrets his decision and wants to take things slowly. But slow is not Mika's speed, and suddenly Andrew's world plunges into a nightmare as he discovers Mika is not all what she seems.

  • Author:
    DeWees, Amanda
    Summary:

    Captivating historical romantic suspense from the author of the award-winning Sea of Secrets! Includes book club discussion questions. Can a curse strike twice in a woman's life? In 1854, teenaged chambermaid Clara Crofton was dismissed from Gravesend Hall for having fallen in love with Richard Blackwood, the younger son of the house. Alone in the world, Clara found a tenuous position as a seamstress, but she always blamed the Gravesend curse for the disaster that had befallen her — and for Richard's death soon after in the Crimean War. A proposal... Now, more than 18 years later, Richard's twin Atticus seeks out Clara with a strange proposal: if she will marry him and live with him as his wife in name only to ease the mind of his dying father, Atticus will then endow her with a comfortable income for the rest of her life. Clara knows that he is not disclosing his true motives, but when she runs out of options for an independent life, she has no choice but to become Atticus's wife. A deception... For Clara, returning to Gravesend as a bride brings some triumph, but also great unease. Not only must she pretend to be a wellborn lady and devoted wife to a man whose face is a constant reminder of the love she lost, but ominous portents whisper that her masquerade brings grave danger. "This house will take from you what you most treasure," her mother once warned her. But the curse has already taken the man Clara loved. Will it now demand her life? Learn how Clara's thrilling story unfolds in With This Curse, an addictive Victorian romantic suspense novel by Amanda DeWees. Readers who enjoyed DeWees's acclaimed gothic romance novel Sea of Secrets, as well as those who love traditional gothic romance and cozy mystery alike, will be captivated by this strong, yet vulnerable heroine and her suspenseful journey through the perils of heartbreak, danger and love. From the theater world of Victorian London to the austere grandeur of a Cornwall manor house, Clara's adventure takes her into the most dangerous territory of all: her own heart.

  • Author:
    Locke, John
    Summary:

    Be careful what you wish for! When Buddy Pancake and his drinking buddies stumble across the Wish List website, they jokingly post their "impossible" wishes. Imagine their surprise when, one by one, the wishes start coming true! But Buddy and his pals neglected to read the fine print explaining the price they must pay for the wishes they've been granted.

  • Author:
    Barr, Nevada
    Summary:

    The roving park ranger and amateur detective Anna Pigeon investigates a case on Isle Royale. Amidst its barren landscape, a group of researchers observe a group of ravenous wolves. But a killer is on the loose as well, and only Anna can halt his murderous designs.

  • Author:
    Hilderbrand, Elin
    Summary:

    Spend the coldest days of winter on a Caribbean beach with New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand. Join New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand on the stunning beaches of St. John's for the beginning of her thrilling new winter series-the Paradise. Winter Paradise, the first book in the Paradise series, has everything that readers have come to know and love about an Elin Hilderbrand novel, plus a healthy dose of intrigue. Irene Steele's idyllic life-house, husband, family-is shattered when she is woken up by a late-night phone call. Her beloved husband has been found dead, but before Irene can process this tragic news, she must confront the perplexing details of her husband's death. He was found on St. John's island, a tropical paradise far removed from their suburban life. Leaving the cold winter behind, Irene flies down to the beautiful Caribbean beaches of St. John's only to make another shocking discovery: her husband had a secret second family. As Irene investigates the mysterious circumstances of her husband's death, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit belied by the pristine white sand beaches of St. John's. This exciting first book in the Paradise series will transport readers to a new beach locale-another world that Elin knows as well as her beloved Nantucket-and have them longing for winter.

  • Author:
    Dickson, Athol
    Summary:

    A 15-year-old autistic savant vanishes from his Texas home without a trace. Thirteen years later, Siggy Gamble's body washes ashore on a remote island off the rocky coast of Maine. Arriving at Winter Haven to claim her brother, 24-year-old Vera is shocked to see Siggy hasn't aged at all.

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