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Thrillers and Suspense December 2012
"I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at."
~ Maya Angelou, American author and poet
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Cold Light - by Jenn Ashworth
Publisher: HarperCollins
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/16/2012
Share Cold Light ISBN-13: 9780062076038
ISBN-10: 0062076035
Psychological Suspense. Ten years ago in a small English city, Laura's best friend, 14-year-old Chloe, died in a suicide pact with her much older boyfriend. In the intervening years, Laura has been unable to move forward, while the media has turned Chloe into something of a tragic martyr. But when ground is broken for a memorial statue in Chloe's honor, another body turns up. Narrated by Laura, who is unreliable at best, this leisurely paced, atmospheric, and tension-filled novel slowly releases the circumstances of Chloe's death and the secret that Laura protects to this day. English author Jenn Ashworth excels at depicting teenage relationships and slowly unspooling suspense, and has been compared to Ruth Rendell and Tana French.
The Right Hand - by Derek Haas
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/13/2012
Share The Right Hand ISBN-13: 9780316198462
ISBN-10: 0316198463
Spy Fiction. Austin Clay works for the CIA, but his missions, if made public, would never be acknowledged by the agency. In his 1st adventure on the page, he's seeking a missing American operative who could be dead, captured, or turned traitor, but the case is complicated by a beautiful Hungarian, a cohort of Russian hit men, and the possibility of a mole high up in the agency's leadership. A smart, moral man with crackerjack field skills, Clay follows the rules only when they suit him, which comes in handy on this assignment. Snappy dialogue and big action scenes combine for a transfixing story that has already been optioned for big-screen treatment.
Young Philby: A Novel - by Robert Littell
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/13/2012
Share Young Philby%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9781250005168
ISBN-10: 1250005167
Spy Fiction. As many of you will know, notorious real-life British intelligence agent Kim Philby worked secretly for the Soviet Union, passing them sensitive information for years before finally defecting in 1963. In this thoroughly believable novel, author Robert Littell puts forward a plausible scenario -- that Philby was actually a triple agent -- based on actual (if not definitive) evidence. Starting with Philby's early years in the game and building from first-person accounts of those surrounding him, Littell offers a fascinating if slow-paced tour of the thrills of espionage that fans of Cold War fiction will not want to miss. 
Fear Itself - by Andrew Rosenheim
Publisher: Overlook Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/25/2012
Share Fear Itself ISBN-13: 9781468300727
ISBN-10: 1468300725
Spy Fiction. In 1936, FBI agents do not go undercover. Unless, that is, you're 26-year-old Jimmy Nessheim and your boss, FBI assistant director Harry Guttman, is more concerned with the looming Nazi threat than with what J. Edgar Hoover thinks. At any rate, Nessheim is dispatched to infiltrate the pro-Nazi German-American Bund organization -- and in so doing discovers a plot targeting the White House. Fear Itself is the 1st in a series projected to run right through the end of World War II, so readers who have finished everything by Alan Furst and are looking for more will be pleased by this intelligent historical spy novel.
The Labyrinth of Osiris - by Paul Sussman
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/06/2012
Share The Labyrinth of Osiris ISBN-13: 9780802120410
ISBN-10: 0802120415
Suspense Fiction. Part murder mystery, part thriller, this novel concerns itself with religious clashes and ancient treasures. Set in Jerusalem, it follows Detective Arieh Ben-Roi as he investigates the death of a nosy journalist who has just been found garroted in an Armenian cathedral. With the help of his Egyptian friend Yusuf Khalifa, a Luxor police detective, he discovers connections to a mysterious disappearance in the 1930s, a powerful American mining corporation, and a supposed labyrinth of unfathomable treasures. "A mayhem-rich view of the world through the eyes of mummies and villains, and a lot of fun," says Kirkus Reviews.
Focus on: Brothers
Fault Line - by Barry Eisler
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 04/27/2010
Share Fault Line ISBN-13: 9780345505095
ISBN-10: 0345505093
Thriller. Patent law is no joke, especially when it comes to a piece of software people are willing to kill for. When one of patent lawyer Alex Treven’s clients -- the inventor of an encryption program -- is murdered and Alex is attacked in his own home, he reluctantly turns to the big brother he never wanted to see again. Ben, a secret-ops agent in a military anti-terrorist organization, grudgingly agrees to help, but long-simmering resentments over a family tragedy threaten to erupt as the brothers argue over what to do -- and whether to trust Alex's beautiful Iranian coworker. Fault Line is the 1st thriller to star Ben Treven, followed by Inside Out; he also appears in The Detachment, which stars perennial series favorite John Rain.
The Wild Zone: A Novel - by Joy Fielding
Publisher: Pocket Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/25/2011
Share The Wild Zone%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9781416585305
ISBN-10: 1416585303
Suspense Fiction. Like so many bad ideas, it all begins at a bar. An attractive young woman has captured the attention of three men -- charismatic, buff Jeff, his shy half-brother Will, and Jeff's best friend, Tom -- and they've decided to place a bet on who can bed her first. Though she picks Will for a date, the situation soon turns nightmarish, with consequences not just for Will but also for Tom, who's a dishonorably discharged veteran with some serious anger issues. Shifting perspectives and a quick pace will keep you reading as the male characters' histories are slowly revealed and events come to a head. 
Vanished - by Joseph Finder
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/03/2010
Share Vanished ISBN-13: 9780312946517
ISBN-10: 0312946511
Corporate Thriller. After an assault leaves his estranged brother nowhere to be found and his sister-in-law in the hospital, corporate espionage investigator (and former Special Forces soldier) Nick Heller begins looking into the attack -- and uncovers the sorts of secrets that a very powerful, very secretive corporation would go to great lengths to keep hidden. With all the action and suspense of a thriller, plus enough corporate wrongdoing to chill your blood, this series debut is "outstanding" (Library Journal). Follow it up with the 2nd and most recent in the series, Buried Secrets.
Iron House - by John Hart
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/12/2011
Share Iron House ISBN-13: 9780312380342
ISBN-10: 0312380348
Suspense Fiction. Twenty years ago, brothers Michael and Julian lived, unhappily, in a grim North Carolina orphanage. When another orphan was killed, Michael, the strong one, fled to New York City and eventually ended up as a hitman for the Mob. Sensitive, vulnerable Julian was adopted and took to exorcising his demons through his writing. They haven't seen each other since the night Michael ran away, but that's about to change as Julian comes under threat by one of Michael's rivals. With themes of loyalty and love laid against the violence and brutality of men and boys alike, their reconnection makes for compelling, if blood-soaked, reading.
The Book of the Dead - by Douglas J. Preston and Lincoln Child
Publisher: Warner Vision Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/01/2007
Share The Book of the Dead ISBN-13: 9780446618502
ISBN-10: 0446618500
Suspense Fiction. In this conclusion of the trilogy that started with Brimstone, Agent Aloysius Pendergast is imprisoned, framed for murders committed by his disturbed brother Diogenes, whose singular aim is to destroy Aloysius. At the same time, the NY Museum of Natural History, caught in an embarrassing PR situation, decides to unveil an ancient Egyptian tomb that just happens to be plagued with a curse of insanity. These and other plot points combine to create a story that Kirkus Reviews calls "fast, punchy, and relentlessly action-packed."
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