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The Secret Chapter (The Invisible Library #6)

There had to be a heist at some point in the story, didn’t there? And there are certain tropes that consistently occur in a heist narrative, whether the protagonists are trying to get away with the Mona Lisa, a casino’s earnings, or the entire gold stocks of Turin and Fort Knox . . . Many Read more

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The Guardians by John Grisham

The Guardians by John Grisham

Duke Russell is not guilty of the unspeakable crimes for which he was convicted; nonetheless, he is scheduled to be executed for them in one hour and forty-four minutes. As always during these dreadful nights, the clock seems to tick faster as the final hour approaches. I’ve suffered through two of these countdowns in other Read more

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All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg

All This Could Be Yours

He was an angry man, and he was an ugly man, and he was tall, and he was pacing. Not much space for it in the new home, just a few rooms lined up in a row, underneath a series of slow-moving ceiling fans, an array of antique clocks ticking on one wall. He made Read more

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The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

ND I COULD ONLY have seen her there on the stone bridge, a dancer wreathed in ghostly blue, because that was the way they would have taken her back when I was young, back when the Virginia earth was still red as brick and red with life, and though there were other bridges spanning the Read more

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Call Her Mine (Harmony Pointe Book 1)

Call Her Mine (Harmony Pointe Book 1)

AURELIA LOOKED LONGINGLY at the muscular arm circling her waist and the large hand cupping her breast over her shirt and promptly closed her eyes, chastising herself for doing it again. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride was beginning to ring too true, and it was all Ben Dalton’s fault. She’d had a ridiculous crush Read more

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Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25)

Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich

VINCENT PLUM BAIL Bonds is one of several storefront businesses on Hamilton Avenue in Trenton, New Jersey. It’s run by my cousin Vinnie and owned by his wiseguy father-in-law, Harry the Hammer. Connie Rosolli is the office manager. My name is Stephanie Plum, and my official title is bond enforcement agent. I’m assisted by Lula. Read more

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Guilty Wives by James Patterson, David Ellis

Guilty Wives by James Patterson, David Ellis

THEY TELL ME I will die here. This place I do not know, this dark, dank, rancid dungeon, where nobody wishes me well and most speak languages I don’t understand—this is the place I will call home for the rest of my life. That’s what they tell me. It’s getting harder to disbelieve them. There Read more

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The Inheritance Trilogy (Inheritance, #1-3.5)

The Inheritance Trilogy (Inheritance, #1-3.5)

I AM NOT AS I ONCE WAS. They have done this to me, broken me open and torn out my heart. I do not know who I am anymore. I must try to remember. My people tell stories of the night I was born. They say my mother crossed her legs in the middle of Read more

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Redemption (Amos Decker, #5) by David Baldacci

ON A REFRESHINGLY BRISK, beautifully clear fall evening, Amos Decker was surrounded by dead bodies. Yet he wasn’t experiencing the electric blue light sensation that he usually did when confronted by the departed. There was a perfectly good reason for this: None of these were recent deaths. He was back in his hometown of Burlington, Read more

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Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones was born in 1951 and grew up in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California. The daughter of Frank Jones, the well-known British painter, and Jeanne LeFevre, a French model, Daisy started to make a name for herself in the late sixties as a young teenager on the Sunset Strip. Elaine Chang (biographer, Read more

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