Detective and mystery stories

Luck of the Draw

By Carolina Garcia-Aguilera

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"Gambling runs through the blood of the Navarro family. And like the luck needed to score big, the Navarro clan will certainly need a lot of it, if they're going to hold themselves together through a hilariously highstakes game of family history and secrets. Having heard her entire life of the lost glory of La Estrella -- 'The Star,' the name of the casino the Navarro family owned in Havana before Castro took power -- Esmeralda thinks it a joke when her mother informs her and her siblings Sapphire, Ruby, and Quartz that the family has a duty to bring La Estrella back into existence.

"With a mandate given to her through a dream, the Navarro matriarch announces that in order for La Estrella to thrive once more, the family must be reunited in Miami. Only there's a hitch: the youngest daughter, Diamond, a journalist living in Las Vegas, is missing. The family must find a way to rescue her, not only in time to restore the family's lost business to its shimmering glory, but also to save Diamond's life."

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Home Killings

By Marcos McPeek Villatoro

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Rookie homicide detective Romilia Chacon is haunted by the unsolved murder of her sister. On the broken streets of Nashville, she longs for vengeance but finds herself an outsider--within a Latino community that views her with suspicion, and within a police force that makes no place for a brainy, beautiful woman. Partnered with the department hero, a detective famed for catching a vicious, ritualistic serial killer, she learns that her bilingual skills are valued more than her investigative insights. But when a reporter turns up dead, Romilia alone is convinced that it was murder, not suicide--and, worse, that it may be the work of the very killer her partner thinks he's already caught.
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Havana Twist

By Lia Matera

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"Attorney Willa Jansson's mother has never balked at breaking the law, especially not for a good cause. So when Willa learns her mother has flouted federal regulations and gone off to Cuba, she figures it's just a harmless pilgrimage to lefty Graceland. But when her mother doesn't return with the rest of her peacenik tour group, Willa fears the feds might consider the trip 'trading with the enemy' -- with a penalty of ten years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Worse, her mother's bleeding heart may finally have gotten her into more trouble than she can get herself out of.

"In Lia Matera's Havana Twist, Willa risks her career and passport by rushing to Cuba to retrace her mother's steps. But she finds that nothing there is quite as it seems. Following clues to neighborhoods tourists never see, through secret tunnels beneath the street, and into the finest luxury hotels, Willa is manipulated, misled, and nearly arrested. And in the meantime, newfound reporter friends -- or are they CIA agents? -- disappear as suddenly and inexplicably as her mother did."

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The Vulture Fund

By Stephen W. Frey

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Wall Street investment banker Mace McLain takes over the management of a new investment fund founded on the belief that the economy is going to crash and, in the process, discovers a high-level political plot that threatens the United States.

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Savage Run

By C.J. Box

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When a massive explosion occurs deep within the forests of Twelve Sleep County and a colorful environmental activist appears to have perished in the blast, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is called to the scene to help investigate. Pickett soon discovers clues that lead to a deadly conspiracy-one that will test his courage, his survival skills, and his determination to "do the right thing" despite all costs.

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The Last High Ground

By Robin A. White

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I know why our aircraft are going down reads the cryptic note left by a disgraced employee of America's leading aircraft manufacturer. But for the passengers and crew of Flight 262, a brand-new aircraft, it comes too late. The worst aviation disaster in U.S. history is about to take place.

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Desperate Measures

By David Morrell

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Fallen star journalist Matt Pittman holds a gun in his hand, ready to commit suicide...until he's abruptly interrupted by a phone call and a bizarre assignment: to write the obituary of a man who is not yet dead. Suddenly, clinging desperately to a life he'd so recently been eager to discard, Matt is thrust into the heart of a global conspiracy whose sinister machinations promise a terrifying endgame. He will find himself both a murder suspect by the police and a target for murder by invisible assassins determined to destroy him. Now Matt Pittman is on a desperate, great final story -- and his last byline may be written on a tombstone.

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Deceptions

By Michael Weaver

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What happens when a clandestine, violent crime, born of a perversity no law can reach, is ordered at the highest levels of the United States government -- and, by an unforeseen twist of luck, the crime is never carried out?
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The Whispering Wall

By Patricia Carlon

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"Sarah Oatland is confined to her bed by a stroke. She is paralyzed, unable to speak and her greedy relatives, the vulgar sly nurse, unsympathetic doctor and embarrassed visitors assume that she is comatose, a vegetable.

"But Sarah can hear everything and her keen intelligence makes her helplessness and loss of privacy all the harder to bear. Then, just as she is regaining the power to open and close her eyes, she overhears a plot to commit murder. And it is up to her to foil the plotters and to save her own life."

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Skull Session

By Daniel Hecht

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Paul Skoglund, at the mercy of the bizarre effects of his Tourettes's syndrome, is desperate for a job. When his wealthy aunt hires him to repair her damaged home, Paul unknowingly enters a world where everything he values is at risk.

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