What’s HOT: Top 10 Fiction Books at the Library Right Now (Jan. 2016)

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1.) The Crossing by Michael Connelly

Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it’s a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

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2.) The Guilty by David Baldacci

Will Robie is the government’s most professional, disciplined, and lethal assassin. He infiltrates the most hostile countries in the world, defeats our enemies’ advanced security measures, and eliminates threats before they ever reach our shores.

But now, his skills have left him. Sent overseas on a critical assignment, he fails, unable to pull the trigger. Absent his talents, Robie is a man without a mission, and without a purpose.

To recover what he has lost, Robie must confront what he has tried to forget for over twenty years: his own past.

THE GUILTY

Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. His father, Dan Robie, has been arrested and charged with murder.

Father and son haven’t spoken or seen each other since the day Robie left town. In that time, Dan Robie – a local attorney and pillar of the community-has been elected town judge. Despite this, most of Cantrell is aligned against Dan. His guilt is assumed.

To make matters worse, Dan has refused to do anything to defend himself. When Robie tries to help, his father responds only with anger and defiance. Could Dan really be guilty?

With the equally formidable Jessica Reel at his side, Robie ignores his father’s wishes and begins his own desperate investigation into the case. But Robie is now a stranger to his hometown, an outsider, a man who has forsaken his past and his family. His attempts to save his father are met with distrust and skepticism . . . and violence.

Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father’s case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son. And this time, there may be no escape for either of them.

 

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3.) Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

In her second standalone novel, bestselling author Karin Slaughter tells the story of estranged sisters — Claire and Lydia — reunited by the murder of Claire’s husband, whom Lydia had accused of harassment years ago. Hidden computer files pique Claire’s interest and provoke suspicion that he may have known something about the disappearance of their oldest sister, Julia, decades previously. Realistic characters, unexpected humor, poignant chapters from their father’s perspective, ample suspense, and the slow healing of damaged relationships make for a tense, unsettling, and utterly compelling read.

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4.) Fancy Dancer by Fern Michaels

Finding himself in an awkward position when he is sentenced to community service–with his newly-found half-brother, Alex, as his parole officer–Jake St. Cloud decides to make the most of his work with Angelica Dancer and her daughter, Fancy, at their foundation for neglected children.

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5.) Make Me by Lee Child

Jack Reacher is back. Jack gets off a train at an isolated town. Soon, he is learning much more about the town, and its residents are learning not to mess around with Jack Reacher. Readers new to this series will find this book a good starting point, and fans will be pleased to see Jack again.

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6.) Undercover by Danielle Steel

When a gunshot wound disables his arm, DEA Special Agent Marshall Everett, who is restricted from undercover work, finds himself drawn into an unexpected case involving an ambassador’s daughter.

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7.) Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee, his driver, who’s also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy. He lives alone in a small but extremely safe penthouse apartment, and his primary piece of furniture is a vintage pool table. He drinks small-batch bourbon and carries a gun. Sebastian defends people other lawyers won’t go near: a drug-addled, tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult, who is accused of molesting and murdering two little girls; a vicious crime lord on death row; a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that mistakenly invaded his house. Why these clients? Because he believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial, even if he, Sebastian, has to cheat to secure one.

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8.) Tricky Twenty Two by Janet Evanovich

A much-anticipated Stephanie Plum thriller pits the trouble-prone bounty hunter and her companions against a sticky adversary. By the #1 New York Times best-selling co-author of the Fox and O’Hare series.

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9.) Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline

Taking the case of a former classmate who has been wrongly accused of murdering a bully who sent him to juvenile detention when they were children, Bennie is forced to relive some of the darkest memories of her life in order to defend the boy she once failed.

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10.) Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

Centuries after guardian stars tied to the powers of fire, ice, and water fall to earth and place the fates of worlds in the hands of their finders, reclusive artist Sasha Riggs is drawn by vivid dreams to a Greek island to search for the fire star and passion.

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