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IQ

by Joe Ide
ISBN:9780316267724

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores.

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The Fireman

by Joe Hill
ISBN:9780062200631

When a bizarre virulent plague breaks out in the world's major cities, causing victims to spontaneously combust, a dedicated nurse resolves to survive until her baby is born and receives protection from a mysterious infected man who uses his fire symptoms to help others.

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My Father, the Pornographer

by Chris Offutt
ISBN:9781501112461

Upon his father's death, author Chris Offutt inherited the man's four hundred pornographic novels, taking the opportunity to explore the complicated relationship they shared and making sense of his deceased dad's legacy.

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After the Crash

by Michel Bussi
ISBN:9780316309677

 
The only survivor of a plane crash in the alps is a three month old girl. Two families lay claim to the child in this psychological suspense involving mystery, secret love and murder.

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Fallen Land

by Taylor Brown
ISBN:9781250077974

In the final year of the Civil War, a young couple on horseback flees a dangerous band of marauders seeking a bounty reward. Dramatic and thrillingly written with an uncanny eye for glimpses of beauty in a ravaged landscape, Fallen Land is a love story at its core, and an unusually assured first novel.

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Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

by Sunil Yapa
ISBN:9780316386531

 
Follows seven different people, including a marijuana dealer and his estranged police chief father, who have their lives altered one afternoon in Seattle during the WTO protests that tried to shut the city down in 1999.

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Underground Airlines

by Ben H. Winters
ISBN:9780316261241

 
It is the present day, and the world is as we know it. Smartphones, social networking, and happy meals, save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred. A groundbreaking novel, a wickedly imaginative thriller, and a story of an America that is more familiar than most would like to believe.

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Lily and the Octopus

by Steven Rowley
ISBN:9781501126222

A man is reminded of how it feels to love fiercely, to fight for a loved one, and to work through the pain of letting go as he becomes gradually aware of his devoted bond with his aging canine companion.

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Dear Mr. You

by Mary-Louise Parker
ISBN:9781501107832

 
Mary-Louise Parker renders the singular arc of a woman's life through letters she composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person she is today. Beginning with the grandfather she never knew, the letters range from a missive to the beloved priest from her childhood to remembrances of former lovers to an homage to a firefighter she encountered to a heartfelt communication with the uncle of the infant daughter she adopted. The depth and style of the letters reveal the complexity and power to be found in relationships both loving and fraught.

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Pretty Girls

by Karen Slaughter
ISBN:9780062429056

Estranged for years after the disappearance of their sister, trophy wife Claire and struggling single mom Lydia are reunited by the murder of Claire's husband and investigate decades of family secrets to discover the truth.

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