Okay, so I probably should never have gone to the library book sale. But I was determined to do so – I even took the afternoon off from work to do so (but I claimed that I needed to get the car registration taken care of and a few other things done, never mentioned the book sale, hehe!). I went to those measures to get the afternoon off because during the last book sale in January, I made the mistake of not going until the second day (due to work) and was really disappointed in the selection of books that was left. So I wanted to make sure I was there on the first day to get some better choices. I don’t know if there were just that many great books this time around or what, but I came home with 12 books for $6. And some of them I’ve been looking for for some time (and didn’t want to waste a PBS credit on them). And what’s even better is that some of these books will be very easy to trade away at PBS! Yay! I love finding books that are either on other people’s wish lists or have very few copies listed in the system. Anyway, enough small talk, here’s what I came home with:
Hide in Plain Sight by Michele Albert
Fiona Kennedy can tell a forgery from the genuine article in a snap. Drop-dead-sexy Grif Laughton, however, is not so easy to read. He’s clearly a masterpiece of the male variety – and the attraction he sparks is definitely the real thing. But Grif is a man of secrets, and the potentially priceless manuscript he’s asked her to appraise is just one of them. But someone is willing to kill for the manuscript, and Grif reveals that he’s a mercenary, hired to protect Fiona. Is he really who he seems, or is he just using her as bait? On the run from an unknown enemy, Fiona gives in to her all-consuming need for the man who may be her one chance for survival – or her final chapter.
The American by Andrew Britton
CIA agent Ryan Kealey has no time to wrestle his demons. Former U.S. soldier Jason March, one of the world’s deadliest assassins and Ryan’s former protegé, is now working with a powerful terror network whose goal is nothing less than the total annihilation of the United States. Ryan puts together the pieces of a terrifying puzzle. With the fate of the country resting on his shoulders, he finds himself caught in a desperate game of cat-and-mouse with the most cunning opponent he’s ever faced, a man who won’t be denied the ultimate act of evil and who is all the more deadly for being one of our own.
Hard Rain by Barry Eisler
All John Rain wants is to disappear forever. What an old nemesis from Japan’s FBI is one last favor: eliminate an assassin at large who kills without conscience. But there’s a lot at stake – including the lives of Rain’s few friends, and a love from his past. Protecting them means plunging into the heart of a war between the CIA and the Japanese mafia, in which the distinctions between friends and foe, truth and deceit, and life and death are as murky as the rain-slicked midnight streets of Tokyo.
Stripped by Brian Freeman
They looked like isolated cases: a hit-and-run and a celebrity murder during a fling with a prostitute. No one could ever imagine they’d be linked to a brutal crime in the city’s steamy past – and that the race against the clock to corner a determined serial killer would stir up secrets long thought buried with the dead. As Detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial are called to investigate, they have no idea of what they’re stepping into: a world where desperate ambition rules and loyalties know no bounds, and where their own uncharted emotions and sexual desires will reach an explosive conclusion.
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome – and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life…. But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of – big surprise – murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party … and to feed. Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining – and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized. A bounty hunter and with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead … or undead.
Evidence Dismissed: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of O.J. Simpson by Det. Tom Lange & Det. Philip Vannatter as told to Dan E. Moldea
In this astonishing New York Times bestseller, veteran LAPD detectives Tom Lange and Philip Vannatter – who headed the investigation of the Brown/Goldman double murder – fully chronicle the police case that brought O.J. Simpson to trial. Here for the first time are the definitive facts of this sensational case, recounted in unflinching detail.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
“My name was Salmon, like the first; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.” So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her – her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling.
The Da Vinci Deception by Thomas Swan
Fine-art connoisseur Jonas Kalem has assembled his team of experts for one purpose: to falsify Leonardo da Vinci’s “lost” manuscripts, including early sketches of the Mona Lisa. If the hoax is successful, these items will fetch more than $100 million at auction – and bring international fame to the conspirators. But when an original Leonardo folio is discovered missing from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, Kalem’s team attempts to cover their tracts … with disastrous results. Now, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Jack Oxby of the Art and Antiques Squad must travel from London to New York and northern Italy to uncover a trail of betrayal, blackmail – and murder.
Reversible Error by Robert K. Tanenbaum
A killer is at work on the New York streets, and no one seems to want to catch him. A serial rapist is savaging one woman after another, and beating every rap. Assistant D.A. Butch Karp, his ultra-liberated lover, Marlene Ciampi, and three maverick cops who fight crime their own way have to cut all corners and bend all rules in a maze of mean streets and crooked courthouse corridors to rip the blindfold off justice and put teeth into the law…
State of the Union by Brad Thor
With the fragile peace between the world’s nations shattered, Harvath must unravel a brilliantly orchestrated, fiendishly timed conspiracy intent upon bringing the United States to its knees. Teamed with beautiful Russian Intelligence agent Alexandra Ivanova and a highly trained CIA paramilitary detachment, Harvath races from the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., to the streets of Berlin, the coast of Finland, and into the heart of Mother Russia herself before returning home for a final showdown with an enemy from America’s past more sinister and deadly than has even been seen before…
Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy
People are dying for the new computer game by the software company Monkeerench. Literally. With Serial Killer Detective in limited release, the real-life murders of a jogger and a young woman have already mimicked the first two scenarios in the game. But Grace McBride and her eccentric Monkeewrench partners are caught in a vise. If they tell the Minneapolis police of the link between their game the murders, they’ll shine a spotlight on the past they thought they had erased – and the horror they thought they’d left behind. If they don’t, eighteen more people will die…