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  Cover Art: Best Served Cold Abercrombie, Joe
Best Served Cold
Duke Orso imagines that he can become king by ending the civil wars that have devastated Styria, but he errs by trying to kill his overly popular general, mercenary Monza Murcatto. Recovering from her massive injuries and mourning her murdered brother, Monza vows vengeance on Orso and half a dozen of his accomplices.
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Coldheart Canyon : a Hollywood Ghost Story Barker, Clive
Coldheart Canyon : a Hollywood Ghost Story
The fiercely loyal agent to film's most popular action star finds his client a place to heal from a surgery gone horribly wrong in a forgotten mansion in the Hollywood Hills. But the original owner, a beautiful woman devoted to pleasure at any cost, and the terrible legacy of her deed, haunts Coldheart Canyon.
2001
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Shining Girls Beukes, Lauren
The Shining Girls
"A time-traveling serial killer is impossible to trace-- until one of his victims survives. In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back. Working with an ex-homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby has to unravel an impossible mystery"--Publisher's web site.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Zoo City Beukes, Lauren
Zoo City
Zinzi has a talent for finding lost things. To save herself, she has to find the hardest thing of all - the truth...But when a client turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheck, she's forced to take on her least favourite kind of job, missing persons. Being hired by famously reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a teenybop pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass, marked by their animals, live in the shadow of the undertow.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: From the Dust Returned : a Family Remembrance Bradbury, Ray
From the Dust Returned : a Family Remembrance
An imaginative, witty novel chronicles the lives of the outlandish Elliott clan--including Cecy, a girl who experiences the world through the travels of her mind; Uncle Einar, a fun-loving vampire; Tom, a farm boy with whom Cecy falls in love during one of her spirit journeys; and Timothy, the Elliott's abnormal adopted son.
2001
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Dreams and Shadows Cargill, C. Robert
Dreams and Shadows
"There is another world than our own-- one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares-- where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same. Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond this veil. Once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish. But while Ewan and Colby left the Limestone Kingdom as children, it has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies argue metaphysics with foul-mouthed wizards, and monsters in the shadows feed on fear, you can never outrun your fate" -- from HarperCollins web site.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Alienist Carr, Caleb
The Alienist
The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels. The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, in a highly unorthodox move, enlists the two men in the murder investigation, counting on the reserved Kreizler's intellect and Moore's knowledge of New York's vast criminal underworld.
2006
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: What I Had Before I Had You Cornwell, Sarah
What I Had Before I Had You
Returning home to Ocean Vista on the Jersey Shore with her teenage daughter and her nine-year-old son Daniel, who has bipolar disorder, Olivia must finally embrace the birthright inherited from her mother, Myla, a beautiful and erratic psychic, when Daniel disappears.
2014
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Wounded Land Donaldson, Stephen R.
The Wounded Land
Four thousand years have passed since Covenant first freed the Land from the devastating grip of Lord Foul and his minions. But he is back, and Convenant, armed with his stunning white gold magic, must battle the evil forces and his own despair....
1981
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: By Blood We Live Duncan, Glen
By Blood We Live
"From the author of the best sellers The Last Werewolf and Talulla Rising, the hair-raising conclusion to the saga that has galvanized readers' imaginations: an electrifying, startlingly erotic love story that gives us the final battle for survival between werewolves and vampires, and one last incisive--brilliantly ironic--look at what it means to be, or to not be, human. Talulla has settled into an uneasy equilibrium: with her twins at her side and the devotion of her lover Walker, it's a normal family life--except for their monthly transformation into werewolves hungry for human flesh. But even this tenuous peace is interrupted for Talulla by nagging thoughts of Remshi, the 20,000-year-old vampire who haunts her dreams. In turn Remshi can't escape the feeling that he knows Talulla from years before (many, many, many years). They have their distractions: Talulla is being pursued by a fanatical Christian cult, and Remshi is following the trail of reckless feedings by a newly turned vampire. But, as the novel unfurls, they are inextricably drawn to each other--and toward the moment when an ancient prophecy may finally come to pass--in this tale of pulse-pounding supernatural suspense"--Provided by publisher.
2014
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Lunar Park Ellis, Bret Easton
Lunar Park
Becoming a best-selling novelist and wealthy celebrity while still in college, only to have his fame disintegrate in a sea of booze, drugs, and vilification, the narrator gets a new chance at life married to the mother of a previously unacknowledged son and living in suburbia, but now his new life unravels in the wake of a series of grotesque murders and the disappearance of young boys.
2005
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Invasion of the Body Snatchers Finney, Jack
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
On the surface, everything in Mill Valley appeared the same to Dr. Miles Bennell, but some mysterious force is changing the town and killing it slowly.
1998
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque Ford, Jeffrey
The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque
Piero Piambo, the leading portraitist in 1890s New York, recieves a bizarre commision. He will be paid a large fee to paint the portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, and although he can ask her any question, he must never look upon his subject.
2002
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Hell Train Fowler, Christopher
Hell Train
"Imagine there was a supernatural chiller that Hammer Films never made. A grand epic produced at the studio's peak, which played like a cross between the Dracula and Frankenstein films and Dr Terror's House Of Horrors... Four passengers meet on a train journey through Eastern Europe during the First World War, and face a mystery that must be solved if they are to survive. As the Arkangel races through the war-torn countryside, they must find out: What is in the casket that everyone is so afraid of? What is the tragic secret of the veiled Red Countess who travels with them? Why is their fellow passenger the army brigadier so feared by his own men? And what exactly is the devilish secret of the Arkangel itself? Bizarre creatures, satanic rites, terrified passengers and the romance of travelling by train, all in a classically styled horror novel"--P. [4] of cover.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Ocean at the End of the Lane Gaiman, Neil
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Generation Loss : a Novel Hand, Elizabeth
Generation Loss : a Novel
Cass, a photographer who made a name for herself in the seventies, now finds herself adrift when someone sends her on a mercy gig where she stumbles across an old mystery that is still claiming victims.
2007
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Silence of the Lambs Harris, Thomas
The Silence of the Lambs
FBI Academy trainee Clarice Starling hopes that Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a criminally insane psychiatrist imprisoned in a Boston hospital, can lead her to the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill.
1988
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: NOS4A2 Hill, Joe.
NOS4A2
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photography, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it's across Massachusetts or across the country. Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing--and terrifying--playground of amusements he calls "Christmasland." Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble--and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx's unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He's on the road again and he's picked up a new passenger: Vic's own son.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Silent Land : a Novel Joyce, Graham
The Silent Land : a Novel
Buried under a flash avalanche while skiing, young married couple Jake and Zoe miraculously dig their way out only to discover themselves alone in an eerily silent, evacuated region and unable to contact the outside world.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Urban Gothic Keene, Brian
Urban Gothic
"When their car broke down in a dangerous neighborhood of the inner city, Kerri and her friends thought they would find shelter in the old dark row house. They thought it was abandoned. They thought they would be safe there until morning. They were wrong on all counts. The residents of the row house live in the cellar and rarely come out in the light of day. They're far worse than anything on the streets outside. And they don't like intruders. Before the sun comes up, Kerri and her friends will fight for their very lives...though death is only part of their nightmare."--p. [4] of cover.
2009
Adult Fiction Book
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