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10/3: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on October 4, 2009

Audiobooks

Firefly beach / Luanne Rice (unabridged; cassette; read an exerpt)

Coolly sophisticated and steadfastly single, Caroline Renwick has always been the sister everyone could count on. As she and Clea and Skye gathered at Firefly Hill, their childhood home, Caroline thought that they had all put the past behind them. But as summer gets under way, a mysterious man arrives—a man who has the power to bring it all back….

Joe Connor was only six when his father died at Firefly Hill. Though he and Caroline had never met, the five-year-old girl reached out to him. They became pen pals and friends, until a teenaged Joe finally learned the truth about what had happened to his father that night. Now, after years of silence, Joe is suddenly here … and Caroline still feels a connection. But she can’t help but wonder if this handsome man holds the key to her family’s healing—or its destruction. And in his presence, how long will she be able to guard her heart?

Dreaming of the bones / Deborah Crombie (unabridged; cassette; Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series, #5)
It is the call Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid never expected—and one he certainly doesn’t want. Victoria, his ex-wife, who walked out without an explanation more than a decade ago, asks him to look into the suicide of local poet, Lydia Brooke—a case that’s been officially closed for five years. The troubled young writer’s death, Victoria claims, might well have been murder.

No one is more surprised than Kincaid himself when he agrees to investigate—not even his partner and lover, Sergeant Gemma James. But it’s a second death that raises the stakes and plunges Kincaid and James into a labyrinth of dark lies and lethal secrets that stretches all the way back through the twentieth century—a death that most assuredly is murder, one that has altered Duncan Kincaid’s world forever.

Rough justice / Lisa Scottoline (unabridged; cassette; read an exerpt)
Criminal lawyer Marta Richter is hours away from winning an acquittal for her client, millionaire businessman Elliot Steere, on trial for the murder of a homeless man who had tried to carjack him.

But as the jury begins deliberations, Marta discovers the chilling truth about her client’s innocence.

The tenth circle / Jodi Picoult (unabridged; cassette; read a sample chapter)
Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She’s also the light of her father, Daniel’s life — a straight-A student; a pretty, popular freshman in high school; a girl who’s always seen her father as a hero. That is, until her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence. Suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family — and herself — seems to be a lie. Could the boyfriend who once made Trixie wild with happiness have been the one to end her childhood forever? She says that he is, and that is all it takes to make Daniel, a seemingly mild-mannered comic book artist with a secret tumultuous past he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back to protect his daughter.

Cause of death / Patricia Daniels Cornwell (unabridged; cassette; Kay Scarpetta Series, #7; read a sample chapter)
This New Year’s Eve marks the end of a life-and the beginning of a nightmare for Kay Scarpetta.

I’ll be seeing you / Mary Higgins Clark (unabridged; cassette; read an exerpt)
Covering the story of a stabbing victim, television news reporter Meghan Collins stares down at the sheet-wrapped body of a beautiful young woman in a New York City hospital. What she sees in the dead girl’s face draws her into a terrifying web of treachery, where nothing is as it seems and the truth may be too devastating to pursue…

Cross / James Patterson (unabridged; cassette; Alex Cross Series, #12; read a sample chapter)
Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. The killer was never found, and the case turned cold, filed among the unsolved drive-bys in D.C.’s rough neighborhoods.

Years later, still haunted by his wife’s death, Cross is making a bold move in his life. Now a free agent from the police and the FBI, he’s set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex is finally getting in order. He even has a chance at a new love.

Then Cross’s former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi recalls a case Sampson and Cross worked together years earlier. When the case reveals a connection to Maria’s death, Cross latches on for the most urgent and terrifying ride of his life.

The breaking wave / Nevil Shute (unabridged; cassette)

And then you die / Iris Johansen (unabridged; cassette; read a sample chapter)
She expected sunshine and balmy breezes. What she saw was everyone’s worst nightmare.

Bess Grady has heard the unmistakable sound before. She knows what it means. But not even the eerie lament of the howling dogs can prepare her for what has taken place in the small village.

The man that corrupted Hadleyburg / Mark Twain (unabridged; cassette)
Very much revealing Twain’s dour side, this short story satirizes the pomposity of small town virtues that really aren’t what they seem. A stranger sets out to ruin Hadleyburg’s reputation as “the most honest and upright town in all the region.” His scheme involves a fake bag of gold coins and notes that lure leading townsmen into greed – and eventual public ridicule.

I want to grow hair, I want to grow up, I want to go to Boise : children surviving cancer / Erma Bombeck (unabridged; cassette)

Up country / Nelson DeMille (abridged; CD; read a sample chapter)
The last thing Paul Brenner wanted to do was to return to work for the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division, an organization that thanked him for his many years of dedicated service by forcing him into early retirement.

The 5th horseman / James Patterson (unabridged; CD; Women’s Murder Club Series #5)
A young mother is recuperating in a San Francisco hospital when she is suddenly gasping for breath. The call button fails to bring help in time. The hospital’s doctors, some of the best in the nation, are completely mystified by her death. How did this happen?

This is not the first such case at the hospital. Just as patients are about to be released with a clean bill of health, their conditions take a devastating turn for the worse.

Accompanied by the newest member of the Women’s Murder Club, Yuki Castellano, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer probes deeper into the incidents. Could these cases just be appalling coincidences? Or is a maniac playing God with people’s lives? When someone close to the Women’s Murder Club begins to exhibit the same frightening symptoms, Lindsay fears no one is safe.

Nature girl / Carl Hiaasen (unabridged; CD)
Honey Santana – impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed “queen of lost causes” – has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. She’s taking rude, gullible Relentless, Inc., telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress, Eugenie – the fifteen-minute-famous girlfriend of a tabloid murderer – into the wilderness of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands for a gentle lesson in civility.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s being followed by her Honey-obsessed former employer, Piejack (whose mismatched fingers are proof that sexual harassment in the workplace is a bad idea). And he doesn’t know he’s being followed by Honey’s still-smitten former drug-running ex-husband, Perry, and their wise-and-protective-way-beyond-his-years twelve-year-old-son, Fry. And when they all pull up on Dismal Key, they don’t know they’re intruding on Sammy Tigertail, a half white/half Seminole failed alligator wrestler, trying like hell to be a hermit despite the Florida State coed who’s dying to be his hostage . . .

High plains tango / Robert James Waller (unabridged; CD; read an exerpt)
The wild places are where no one is looking anymore. Out there on the high plains, among the Sioux reservations and the silent buttes, among the small towns dying and the people with them, you can hear the wind. And on the back of the wind is the sound of an old accordion—tangos—mingling with the lonely thump of a single drum in the nighttime and a far-off warrior’s cry. On the back of the wind is the smell of worn saddle leather and sawdust, of sandalwood, and smoke from ancient ceremonial fires. To this, to a town called Salamander, comes Carlisle McMillan, a traveler and master carpenter seeking a place of quiet amid the grinding roar of progress. Near Wolf Butte, a strange and apparently haunted monolith, he finds his quiet, or so he believes, and begins rebuilding a decrepit house as a tribute to the gruff old man who taught him a carpenter’s skills, rebuilding his life at the same time.

On the run / Iris Johansen (unabridged; CD; read an exerpt)
For eight years, single mother Grace Archer has been living a picture-perfect life raising her daughter on a horse farm in the small town of Tallanville, Alabama. Watching Frankie grow into a talented and confident young girl has made Grace as happy as any mother could hope to be. Happy enough, even, to forget the past. But the past never quite goes away. Which is why a certain charismatic man also moved to Tallanville eight years ago to watch over her.

But when violence threatens to shatter Grace and Frankie’s idyllic home, the waiting is over. The ghosts of the past have returned. And they’re hungry for blood. Now Grace must resume an identity she thought she had cast off forever, and match wits with an opponent as deadly as he is cunning. The prize: an extraordinary secret that only she can unfold. The forfeit: losing the thing more precious to her than life itself.

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