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Weekend Picks for Book Lovers — Feb. 18, 2017

The thriller that launched lawyer Kate Lange into the hearts of a quarter of a million readers–and into the hands of a serial killer…
Haunted by the death of her sister and wounded by her ex-fiancé’s accusations, lawyer Kate Lange throws herself into her new career at a high-powered law firm.
When the grandmother of a lonely private school student seeks her counsel, Kate thinks it’s just another custody case. But then the teen is brutally murdered. And it isn’t only Kate who wonders if her legal advice led to the girl’s death.

Put on notice by Randall Barrett, the firm’s charismatic managing partner, Kate must fight for her career, her reputation–and for redemption.

Unwilling to live with the damage she may have caused, Kate pursues the case on her own and unearths some chilling facts.

Facts that lead straight to the heart of a legal conspiracy.

Facts that lead Kate directly into the surgically skilled hands of The Body Butcher.

 


All private eye Jaxon Jennings wanted was a vacation— just a few days to lie under the warm Caribbean sun with a cold beer. A much-deserved break from tailing cheating spouses, ex-cons, and insurance scammers.
But Jaxon’s hopes for time off are upended when his friend Max’s strange behavior lands the poor guy in the middle of an island murder investigation.

Jaxon works hard, and fast, to clear his friend’s name but makes a startling discovery: Max is a man with a dark past.

Unfortunately, someone from that dark past wants Max in prison or dead or both—along with anyone who tries to protect him.
Desperate for answers, Jaxon races to save Max from a killer—and a murder rap.

Can Jaxon exonerate his friend in time, or will the killer find him first? Is Jaxon next on the hit list?

From the first page of his latest Jaxon Jennings thriller, Eye Strain, author Richard C Hale mashes the gas and refuses to let up. A pulse-pounding manhunt that hooks you in and refuses to let go, Eye Strain will keep you guessing to the very end.


Sarah Keller is a skip tracer, tracking criminals who have gone on the lam. She’s also a single mother to five-year-old Zoe, living quietly in small-town Oklahoma—until an accident sends Zoe to the ER, and their life changes in a heartbeat. Medical tests reveal a desperate secret Sarah has been hiding for years: Zoe is not her daughter, but rather a girl once rescued from a nightmare of murder, vengeance, and harrowing family ties she can’t possibly remember. Sarah does. And someone wants to make sure she never forgets.

Now Sarah must abandon her carefully constructed life and take Zoe on the run. Using her knowledge as a skip tracer to stay off the grid, she must remain one step ahead of her pursuers if she is to stay alive, save Zoe, and bury the past once and for all.

 

 

 

 


“We cannot be conscious of what we are not conscious of.” Julian Jaynes. The Origin of Consciousness in The Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.

“Before there was just me now, there was a bunch of other stuff that I don’t remember. People keep telling me I should remember, but maybe if you can’t remember there is a reason.” Thus begins Lara’s story as she escapes from a mental Institution. Who is she? What reality should she believe?

In a crowded marketplace in Haifa, Lukas’s body is wrapped in a bomb, his hand on the detonator. But then, the young man has an awareness of all the lives of those around him, the possibilities, their hopes, their dreams and Lukas doesn’t detonate the bomb. Whisked away to a black site, the interrogators brutally try to find out why. Only to discover he has identical DNA with a patient in a mental Institution in the United States:Lara.

But this is impossible.
A psychological thriller traveling into the intimate and infinite realm of time and parallel worlds, in the genre of Westworld.

Is Lara’s reality the one where she’s holding a bloody knife and her family has been slaughtered? Is it the one where she’s in the mental institution against her will, being experimented upon? Is it the one where’s she working as a gardener for a woman who has secrets of her own?

There’s an even more frightening possibility with even more potential: That all of them are true.

The powers-that-be think they can dig for the answer. By sending her to the Fourth Floor.

That’s a mistake. Because there is a Fifth.


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Some say the Cold War never truly ended
A rising threat is upon us— the New Cold War
Spies of old are back, bearing secrets from the past
The battle to reveal the truth might be the most treacherous warfare of all

Julia Bagal’s life has hit rock bottom. A murder in her duplex, a missing body, and then, her hated supervisor is strangled. Only this dead body was found in Julia’s cubicle.
Now, sitting in a police station, she is scared she might be a suspect…or worse yet, the intended victim.

She suspects who might be involved, but before she can question her, the woman disappears. Entangled in a web of deceit, Julia is afraid the missing woman is in danger and searches to find her. With the clock ticking, she’s forced to accept the help of a man she believes is dangerous. A man trained to kill by the best, the U.S. Army. Julia finds herself drawn to the man who seems to know too much about her.

Suddenly, Julia uncovers a terrifying secret. A bungled CIA operation twenty-three years ago has put her on a deadly collision course of vengeance and betrayal.

One leading all the way to the White House.


There are two types of people: those who have been hacked and know it, and those who have been hacked and don’t know it.

Former Naval Intelligence Officer turned secret operative Jake Pendleton finds himself in a pulse-pounding race to stop a cyber-terrorist from releasing a string of the most heinous cyber-crimes the world has ever seen. Crimes that could render the world’s advanced technology useless.

Jake teams with his partner, Francesca Catanzaro, to track down their only lead, a white-hat hacker in Italy known only as The Jew. A man who might hold the key to stop a group of black-hat hackers from causing worldwide chaos—tag named Disruption.

After a search of the hacker’s flat in Rome turns up empty, Jake and Francesca follow the clues—a trail of dead bodies that leads them across Europe. Along the way, Jake discovers a possible link between recent hacks and a Malaysian airliner that mysteriously disappeared.

In the final adrenaline-charged moments before Disruption, Jake and Francesca find themselves in a high-voltage race to stop these cyber terrorists from unleashing destruction against their sworn mortal enemy.

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