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CRRL Picks: Thrillers with a Twist

And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None By Christie, Agatha (Paperback - 2011 ) Available in some locations

Annotation:First, there were ten-a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal-and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion. (Catalog summary)

Beach Road
Beach Road By Patterson, James (Paperback - 2007 ) Available in some locations

Annotation:Down-and-out Montauk lawyer Tom Dunleavy's ship finally comes in when he's hired to defend a local man accused of the triple murder that has the East Hampton world in an uproar. (Catalog summary)

Before I Go to Sleep
Before I Go to Sleep A Novel By Watson, S. J. (Book - 2011 ) FICTION Wat Available in some locations

Annotation:An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor. (Catalog summary)

Gentlemen and Players
Gentlemen and Players A Novel By Harris, Joanne (Book - 2006 ) FICTION Har Available in some locations

Annotation:Roy Straitley, the classics teacher at St. Oswald's School for Boys, is contemplating retirement after more than 30 years tenure at the school. Five new faculty members join the staff of the elite school, including one whose ultimate goal is to destroy it. (Catalog summary)

Gone Girl
Gone Girl A Novel By Flynn, Gillian (Book - 2012 ) FICTION Fly All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 51 on 50 copies

Annotation:On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? (Catalog summary)

Judas Child
Judas Child By O'Connell, Carol (Book - 1998 ) FICTION OCo Available in some locations

Annotation:It is three days before Christmas, and two young girls have disappeared from the local academy. This hasn't happened for fifteen years, since Rouge Kendall's twin sister was murdered. The killer was found, but now Rouge, twenty-five and a policeman, is forced to wonder: was he really the one? Also wondering is a former classmate named Ali Cray, a forensic psychologist with scars of her own. The pattern is the same, she says: a child called out to meet a friend. The friend is the bait, the judas child, and is quickly killed. But the primary victim lives longer . . . until Christmas Day.Rouge doesn't want to hear this. He's spent the last fifteen years trying to avoid the memories: drinking alone, laying low, washing out of school and a promising first career. Now he might abandon law enforcement, too'but something won't let him, not yet. A little girl has haunted his dreams all these years'and he has three days finally to put her to rest. (Catalog summary)

The Lace Reader
The Lace Reader By Barry, Brunonia (Book - 2009 ) FICTION Bar Available in some locations

Annotation:A young woman descended from a long line of mind readers and fortune tellers has returned to her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, for rest and relaxation. Any tranquility in her life is short-lived, however, when her aunt drowns under mysterious circumstances. (Catalog summary)

The Pale Blue Eye
The Pale Blue Eye A Novel By Bayard, Louis (Book - 2006 ) FICTION Bay Available in some locations

Annotation:At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of a young cadet's body swinging from a rope. The next morning, an even greater horror comes to light. Someone has removed the dead man's heart. Augustus Landor--who acquired some renown in his years as a New York City police detective--is called in to discreetly investigate. It's a baffling case Landor must pursue in secret, for the scandal could do irreparable damage to the fledgling institution. But he finds help from an unexpected ally--a moody, young cadet with a penchant for drink, two volumes of poetry to his name, and a murky past that changes from telling to telling. The strange and haunted Southern poet for whom Landor develops a fatherly affection, is named Edgar Allan Poe. (Catalog summary)

Presumed Innocent
Presumed Innocent By Turow, Scott (Book - 2000 ) FICTION Tur Available in some locations

Annotation:Rusty Sabich, a prosecuting attorney investigating the murder of Carolyn Polhemus, his former lover and a prominent member of his boss's staff, finds himself accused of the crime. (Catalog summary)

Primal Fear
Primal Fear By Diehl, William (Book - 1993 ) FICTION Die Available in some locations

Annotation:Martin Vail, the brilliant "bad-boy" lawyer every prosecutor and politician love to hate, is defending Aaron Stampler, a man found holding a bloody butcher's knife near a murdered archbishop. Vail is certain to lose, but Vail uses his unorthodox ways to good advantage when choosing his legal team--a tight group of men and women who must uncover the extraordinary truth behind the archbishop's slaughter. (Catalog summary)

Retribution
Retribution By Hoffman, Jilliane (Book - 2004 ) FICTION Hof Available in some locations

Annotation:When an elite prosecutor faces the most lethal predator she's ever encountered, it all comes down to a choice between justice . . . . . . and retribution. (Catalog summary)

See Jane Run
See Jane Run By Fielding, Joy (Book - 1991 ) FICTION Fie Available in some locations

Annotation:Jane Whittaker has awakened to a nightmare. She doesn't know her name, her age . . .or even what she looks like. Frightened and confused, she wanders the streets of Boston wearing a blood-soaked dress-and carrying $10,000 in her pocket. Her life has become a vacuum--her past vanished. . .or stolen. And all that remains is a handsome, unsettling stranger who claims to be her husband, whispered rumors about a dead child whom she cannot recall. . .and a terrifying premonition that something truly horrible is about to occur. Jane Whittaker has awakened to a nightmare. She doesn't know her name, her age . . .or even what she looks like. Frightened and confused, she wanders the streets of Boston wearing a blood-soaked dress-and carrying $10,000 in her pocket. Her life has become a vacuum--her past vanished. . .or stolen. And all that remains is a handsome, unsettling stranger who claims to be her husband, whispered rumors about a dead child whom she cannot recall. . .and a terrifying premonition that something truly horrible is about to occur. (Catalog summary)

Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects A Novel By Flynn, Gillian (Book - 2012 ) FICTION Fly All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 10 on 7 copies

Annotation:Returning to her hometown after an eight-year absence and a short stay at a psychiatric hospital to investigate the murders of two girls, reporter Camille Preaker is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic, thirteen-year-old half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings. (Catalog summary)

Shutter Island
Shutter Island By Lehane, Dennis (Book - 2009 ) FICTION Leh Available in some locations

Annotation:The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new -partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple-murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades-with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems. (Catalog summary)

Whispers and Lies
Whispers and Lies By Fielding, Joy (Book - 2002 ) FICTION Fie Available in some locations

Annotation:Fielding's story of a middle-aged woman whose tranquil, solitary life is shaken when a mysterious woman rents the small cottage behind her house. (Catalog summary)

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