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  • A Pearl in the Storm - Tori Murden McClure - "In the end," writes Tori McClure, "I know I rowed across the Atlantic to find my heart, but in the beginning, I wasn't aware that it was missing." This is both a thrilling adventure story and an absorbing journey of self discovery.
  • Coop - Michael Perry - In this funny and delightful memoir of rural life in Wisconsin subtitled "A year of poultry, pigs, and parenting," Perry also reflects on his upbringing by Christian parents who welcomed many foster children into their home.
  • Vanished Smile - R.A. Scotti - Scotti, a historian and novelist, provides a charming and suspenseful account of the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa.


  • Love Stories in This Town - Amanda Eyre Ward - Ward's first collection contains twelve stories richly told of ordinary people who search for love. Kirkus Reviews called it "luminous work from a gifted writer."

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  • Spade and Archer - Joe Gores - Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade is given a back story in this prequel to the Maltese Falcon. Fans of Hammett will not be disappointed.

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  • The Tourist - Olen Steinhauer - When Milo Weaver, a CIA legend now working a desk job and enjoying family life, gets a call from his boss to identify the Tiger, an assassin, his life quickly becomes complicated by secret agendas and dangerous pursuits. Steinhauer has been favorably compared to Le Carre.

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