Suspense

Blockade Billy

By Stephen King

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"...the haunting story of Blockade Billy , the greatest Major League baseball player to be erased from the game. Even the most die-hard baseball fans don't know the true story of William 'Blockade Billy' Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first--and only--player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history. Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse... and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all."

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Suicide Squeeze

By Victor Gischler

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The high spot of Teddy Folger's life was the day in 1954 that he got a very special autographed baseball card from Joe DiMaggio himself. It's been downhill ever since. Which is why he just unloaded his freeloading wife and torched his own comic-book store in a strip plaza in Mobile, Alabama. Now Teddy's sitting pretty at the Tiki Bar in Pensacola, Florida, chugging cocktails, unaware that he just pulled off the stupidest insurance scam in American history." "Enter Conner Samson. The down-on-his-luck repo man has just been hired to repossess Teddy's boat. What he doesn't know is there's a priceless stowaway on board - a signed baseball card that some men are willing to kill for. Like Ahira Kurisaka, Yakuza boss and rabid collector of American pop culture. He already paid top dollar for a fingernail clipping from Elvis. Now he wants Folger's DiMaggio card, and has just unleashed a team of bounty hunters to get it for him

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Die in Plain Sight

By Elizabeth Lowell

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When Lacey Quinn inherits the striking landscapes painted by her late, much-loved grandfather, she believes they are as good as anything hanging in museums with California Impressionists today. Against her own family's wishes, she sets out to prove it. But the paintings now in her possession are more than the work of a talented master. They are anguished voices from the grave...crying murder! Suddenly more curious than ever before about the life, career, and recent death of the enigmatic old man she loved but knew less about than she imagined, Lacey begins researching her grandfather's past--and is rocked almost immediately by a strange series of violent events. Someone wants to steal her inheritance, to reduce the paintings to unrecognizable ashes in a suspicious blaze. Someone wants to prevent Lacey from examining her grandfather's work too closely...by any means necessary.

Ian Lapstrake, a security specialist currently employed by the appraisal house Rareties Unlimited, has taken an interest in Lacey's inheritance...and in her. He is troubled by what he sees, so he becomes Lacey's shadow, as her search for answers leads them both down an ever-darkening road paved with lies, blood, and devastating secrets, weaving its way through a twisted and shocking family history. For clues to a series of horrific, unexplained murders may be hidden in the brush strokes-clues that have now indelibly marked Lacey and Ian for death.

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A Death in Vienna

By Daniel Silva

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Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, but the real object of his search becomes something else entirely: to find out the truth about the photograph that has turned his world upside down. It is the face of the unnamed man who brutalized his mother in the last days of World War II, during the Death March from Auschwitz. But is it really the same one? If so, who is he? How did he escape punishment? Where is he now?

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If you like books by Patricia Cornwell

If you like books by Patricia Cornwell

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Patricia Cornwell writes crime novels and is known especially for her series featuring Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner. Her book Postmortem, which is the first novel to feature Dr. Scarpetta, won a slew of awards, including the Edgar Award and the Macavity Award for best first mystery.

If you like books by Patricia Cornwell, here are some other books and authors that you might like:

The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag
Last seen in bestseller Hoag's Dark Horse, Elena Estes, a former undercover cop turned PI, is devastated at the start of this captivating thriller when she realizes a body she finds in a south Florida canal is that of her friend Irina Markova, a beautiful groom with whom she once worked at a horse stable. Assisted by ex-lover Det. James Landry, the tough-as-nails Elena immerses herself in Irina's murder investigation.
One of the suspects happens to be Bennett Walker, the ex-fiancé Elena hasn't seen in 20 years, who was previously tried and acquitted of rape and attempted murder despite her testimony against him. The suspense builds when Elena learns that Bennett is a member of the Alibi Club, a group of wealthy Palm Beach "bad boys" who cover for each other when trouble befalls them. Elena believes she can trust no one, especially after Russian mobster Alexi Kulak insists that Elena help him unearth Irina's killer.  (Publishers Weekly)

Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
A call to examine a skull found in a hidden floor space plunges forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan into a case that may involve ritual murder.  (Catalog description)

 

 

The Stars Shine Down

By Sidney Sheldon

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In a dazzling global setting from London to New York, Reno to Rome, one woman will find everything she has won--her fortune, her fame, the man she loves--shockingly endangered by a secret with the devastating power to destroy her.

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Strong Medicine

By Arthur Hailey

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As Celia Jordan's fast-track career sweeps her into the highest circles of an international drug company, she begins to discover the sins and secrets hidden in the research lab...and in the marketplace. Now the company's powerful new drug promises a breakthrough in treating a deadly disease. But Celia Jordan knows it may deliver a nightmare.

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Heir Apparent

By Kate Coscarelli

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Romantic suspense with corporate intrigue and probate hassles. Lacey Haines expected to take over her father's California packaged foods company upon his death, but is surprised to learn that her younger brother is willed the reins. When her brother is murdered, Lacey suddenly finds she can trust no one.

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The Girl in the Glass

By Jeffrey Ford

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"The Great Depression has bound a nation in despair -- and only a privileged few have risen above it: the exorbitantly wealthy ... and the hucksters who feed upon them. Diego, a seventeen-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant, owes his salvation to master grifter Thomas Schell. Together with Schell's gruff and powerful partner, they sail comfortably through hard times, scamming New York's grieving rich with elaborate, ingeniously staged séances -- until an impossible occurrence changes everything.

"While 'communing with spirits,' Schell sees an image of a young girl in a pane of glass, silently entreating the con man for help. Though well aware that his otherworldly 'powers' are a sham, Schell inexplicably offers his services to help find the lost child -- drawing Diego along with him into a tangled maze of deadly secrets and terrible experimentation."

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Drive Me Crazy

By Eric Jerome Dickey

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"Driver" is an ex-con trying to make his life right but who shares an expensive secret and a past affair with his boss's wife - a woman who is nothing but trouble. Dickey's rich characters jump off the page, drawing readers into the hustle-filled pool hall, the bedroom, and the Lincoln Town Car as Driver chauffeurs his wealthy and notorious clients around. A fast-paced novel of raw emotion softened with humor, this is Dickey at his best.
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