Middletown Thrall Library Invites You to Go... BEYOND THE BESTSELLERS: Your Personal Guide to Interesting Books Not Necessarily Found on Bestseller Lists: SUMMER 2005 Edition

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Adored by Tilly Bagshawe. If you're a fan of Sidney Sheldon, Jackie Collins or Judith Krantz, you'll love Tilly Bagshawe's sexy larger-than-life blockbuster. This epic romance, filled with ultraglamorous characters, will keep you turning the pages.

Fade by Kyle Mills. When American agent and former Navy SEAL Salam al Fayed's (Fade) last mission fails, the government treats him shamefully. Now they desperately need him for an undercover operation in the Middle East; will he help? Mills has created a top-notch action thriller.

The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks. Twelve Hawks, a mysterious recluse, has produced an exciting modern fantasy thriller of good versus evil replete with cutting-edge technology and remarkable storytelling. It is the first of a trilogy.

The Smoke Room by Earl Emerson. Firefighter Jason Gumm loves his work, but when a prize winning pig skydives from a plane at 11,000 feet, Jason makes a mistake that may cost him his career. The Smoke Room is a suspenseful and funny morality tale.


Lord Byron's Novel by John Crowley. If you enjoyed A.S. Byatt's Possession, this sophisticated book within a book might appeal to you. An unknown gothic romance of Lord Byron's, encoded and annotated by his mathematician daughter, is discovered one hundred fifty years later by Alexandra Novak (aka Smith), a young American woman in London. In deciphering the code, Smith explores her estranged relationship with her own father.

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Sons of Liberty by Marie Jakober. In this novel set in Baltimore during 1862, "love and war conspire so that, win or lose, there will be a terrible cost either in lives or by the betrayal of the human heart."





  • Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker. Robert Parker's second western has all the makings of a Spur Award winner. Parker weaves a classic western with great insight into the lives of men and women of the Old West. Also consider: