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NPL Best Thrillers of 2011

Started Early, Took My Dog
Started Early, Took My Dog A Novel By Atkinson, Kate (Book - 2011 ) FICTION ATKINSON, K. All copies in use View Details

Annotation:Jackson Brodie is hired by an Australian woman to locate her birth parents in England but can find no trace of them. Meanwhile, a retired cop who worked on a troubling case involving a child years ago makes an impulsive decision when she sees a child being abused.

Long Gone
Long Gone A Novel of Suspense By Burke, Alafair (Book - 2011 ) FICTION BURKE, A. Available now View Details

Annotation:An unemployed woman accepts an offer to manage an art gallery, but when she turns up to find the gallery empty, her boss dead, and herself a suspect, she realizes she’s been set up.

Breaking Silence
Breaking Silence By Castillo, Linda (Book - 2011 ) FICTION CASTILLO, L. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Police Chief Kate Burkholder—who was raised Amish—tries to determine whether three deaths on a farm are linked to a series of escalating hate crimes in the Amish community.

The Affair
The Affair A Reacher Novel By Child, Lee (Book - 2011 ) FICTION CHILD, L. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:In 1997, Major Jack Reacher of the Military Police is sent undercover to investigate a murder near an army base that turns out to be connected to other deaths, in a case that causes Reacher to leave the army and pursue justice on his own.

Red on Red
Red on Red A Novel By Conlon, Edward (Book - 2011 ) FICTION CONLON, E. Available now View Details

Annotation:Two NYPD detective with differing outlooks become partners and work on cases including the apparent suicide of a recently arrived Mexican immigrant woman, gangland slayings by rival drug dealers, and a serial rapist.

The Trinity Six
The Trinity Six By Cumming, Charles (Book - 2011 ) FICTION CUMMING, C. Available now View Details

Annotation:A scholar of Russian history is intrigued when a friend tells him the notorious Cambridge Five KGB cell had a sixth member—and then finds himself in danger after his friend turns up dead.

Pacific Glory
Pacific Glory [a Novel] By Deutermann, Peter T. (Book - 2011 ) FICTION DEUTERMANN, P. Available now View Details

Annotation:Three roommates at Annapolis Naval Academy and the woman they all love take different paths and are caught up in World War II in the Pacific.

Murder One
Murder One A Novel By Dugoni, Robert (Book - 2011 ) FICTION DUGONI, R. Available now View Details

Annotation:David Sloane gets romantically involved with a fellow attorney and agrees to defend her when she’s accused of killing a Russian gangster who allegedly supplied the drugs that caused her daughter to die of an overdose.

Buried Secrets
Buried Secrets By Finder, Joseph (Book - 2011 ) FICTION FINDER, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:An intelligence expert tries to find a teenage girl who’s been buried alive with video of her captivity streamed on the Internet, and he discovers that the girl’s wealthy father is hiding dangerous secrets.

Love You More
Love You More A Novel By Gardner, Lisa (Book - 2011 ) FICTION GARDNER, L. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Detective Warren investigates when a state trooper claims to have killed her husband in self-defense but cannot say what happened to her missing daughter.

The Silent Girl
The Silent Girl A Rizzoli & Isles Novel By Gerritsen, Tess (Book - 2011 ) FICTION GERRITSEN, T. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:A hand found on the street in Boston’s Chinatown leads to a body on the roof of a restaurant where a massacre was allegedly committed by a cook 19 years earlier, sending Rizzoli and Isles on a hunt for the link between the crimes.

Afraid of the Dark
Afraid of the Dark By Grippando, James (Book - 2011 ) FICTION GRIPPANDO, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Working on the pro bono case of an accused terrorist at Guantanamo Bay, Jack Swyteck learns that his client is also suspected of murdering of his girlfriend and blowing up her house to destroy the evidence.

Eyes Wide Open
Eyes Wide Open By Gross, Andrew (Book - 2011 ) FICTION GROSS, A. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:A man tries to help his brother and sister-in-law after the apparent suicide of their troubled son and discovers a link to his brother’s involvement with a cult leader imprisoned 30 years ago for a series of gruesome murders.

These Things Hidden
These Things Hidden By Gudenkauf, Heather (Book - 2011 ) FICTION GUDENKAUF, H. Available now View Details

Annotation:Imprisoned as a teen, a woman is released after five years and is shunned by her family and townspeople, but a child holds the key to the truth about what really happened.

Iron House
Iron House By Hart, John (Book - 2011 ) FICTION HART, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Two brothers raised in a grim orphanage take different paths as one is adopted and becomes an author while the other flees after a boy is murdered and is taken in by a notorious mobster.

The Devotion of Suspect X
The Devotion of Suspect X By Higashino, Keigo (Book - 2011 ) FICTION HIGASHINO, K. Available now View Details

Annotation:A math teacher helps his neighbor cover up the death of her abusive ex-husband, whose attempt to extort money from her turned into a violent confrontation.

You're Next
You're Next By Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew (Book - 2011 ) FICTION HURWITZ, G. Available now View Details

Annotation:A man who was abandoned as a child finds himself and his wife and child threatened by shadowy figures from his past, and he turns for help to a dangerous man he met while in foster care.

11/22/63 A Novel By King, Stephen (Book - 2011 ) FICTION KING, S. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:A high school English teacher is convinced by a dying friend to use a time portal to change history by preventing the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The Cypress House
The Cypress House By Koryta, Michael (Book - 2011 ) FICTION KORYTA, M. Available now View Details

Annotation:A man who can foresee death flees from a train doomed by a hurricane with another passenger and ends up at a boarding house run by a woman linked to a corrupt judge.

Turn of Mind
Turn of Mind By LaPlante, Alice (Book - 2011 ) FICTION LAPLANTE, A. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:A retired surgeon with dementia is suspected of killing her best friend, who is found with her fingers surgically removed, but she doesn’t remember what happened.

Damage By Lescroart, John T. (Book - 2011 ) FICTION LESCROART, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:After a man accused of killing maids working for his wealthy and influential parents is released from prison on a technicality, people associated with his trial are murdered in similar ways.

Sister A Novel By Lupton, Rosamund (Book - 2010 ) FICTION LUPTON, R. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Determined to prove that her sister Tess didn’t commit suicide, Beatrice takes over Tess’s apartment and job and tries to find out who killed her.

Trackers By Meyer, Deon (Book - 2011 ) FICTION MEYER, D. Available now View Details

Annotation:A freelance bodyguard agrees to save two black rhinos by smuggling them out of Zimbabwe, while a South African woman leaves her abusive husband and goes to work for a shadowy government organization.

The Cut
The Cut A Novel By Pelecanos, George P. (Book - 2011 ) FICTION PELECANOS, G. Available now View Details

Annotation:An Iraq war vet working as an investigator for a defense attorney gets in over his head when he agrees to track down a drug dealer’s stolen marijuana shipment.

The Informant
The Informant By Perry, Thomas (Book - 2011 ) FICTION PERRY, T. All copies in use View Details

Annotation:When a hitman who took revenge on the Mafia is tracked down by them, he seeks help from a Justice Department official by offering to give her information.

On Borrowed Time
On Borrowed Time By Rosenfelt, David (Book - 2011 ) FICTION ROSENFELT, D. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:A man’s fiancée vanishes from the scene of a car accident and afterwards her parents claim not to know who he is and his friends say they never met her.

Triple Crossing
Triple Crossing A Novel By Rotella, Sebastian (Book - 2011 ) FICTION ROTELLA, S. Available now View Details

Annotation:A rookie Border Patrol agent is recruited to infiltrate a Mexican crime family and he pursues a gangster to the lawless “Triple Border” region of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.

Shock Wave
Shock Wave By Sandford, John (Book - 2011 ) PAPERBACK SAN and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Virgil Flowers races against time to stop a bomber who’s targeting a superstore planning to build an outlet in a Minnesota river town.

Thick as Thieves
Thick as Thieves By Spiegelman, Peter (Book - 2011 ) FICTION SPIEGELMAN, P. Available now View Details

Annotation:After the leader of a gang of thieves is killed in a possible setup, a former CIA agent recruited by him takes charge of the group as they plan an intricate heist.

The Informationist
The Informationist A Thriller By Stevens, Taylor (Book - 2011 ) FICTION STEVENS, T. Available now View Details

Annotation:A woman who was a gun-runner in Africa in her youth agrees to help find a girl who went missing after a safari.

Before I Go to Sleep
Before I Go to Sleep A Novel By Watson, S. J. (Book - 2011 ) FICTION WATSON, S. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:A woman wakes each morning with no memory as a result of a mysterious accident and begins to wonder who she can trust.

The Stranger You Seek
The Stranger You Seek A Novel By Williams, Amanda Kyle (Book - 2011 ) FICTION WILLIAMS, A. Available now View Details

Annotation:An alcoholic former FBI profiler is given a second chance when the Atlanta police seek her help in tracking down an elusive serial killer.

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