Category Archives: contemporary

The Kremlin’s Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy 03) by Jason Matthew

Product info (from Goodreads): The novel opens with Russian president Vladimir Putin planning the covert assassination of a high-ranking US official with the intention of replacing him with a mole whom Russian intelligence has cultivated for more than fifteen years. … Continue reading

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The Purity of Vengeance (Department Q 04) by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Product info (from Goodreads): In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls with ‘bad genes’ in 1950s Denmark. … Continue reading

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A Winter Haunting (Season of Horrors 03) by Dan Simmons

Product info (from Goodreads): A once-respected college professor and novelist, Dale Stewart has sabotaged his career and his marriage — and now darkness is closing in on him. In the last hours of Halloween he has returned to the dying … Continue reading

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The Naturalist (The Naturalist 01) by Andrew Mayne

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something … Continue reading

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The Partenon by Mary Beard

Product info: Oscar Wilde compared it to a white goddess, Evelyn Waugh to Stilton cheese. In observers from Lord Byron to Sigmund Freud to Virginia Woolf it met with astonishment, rapture, poetry, even tears–and, always, recognition. Twenty-five hundred years after … Continue reading

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Sacred Games by Chandra Vikram

Product info (from Goodreads): Sartaj, one of the very few Sikhs on the Mumbai police force, is used to being identified by his turban, beard and the sharp cut of his trousers. But “the silky Sikh” is now past forty, … Continue reading

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This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

Product info: Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales … Continue reading

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The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon 18) by Daniel Silva

Synopsis (from Goodreads): She was his best-kept secret … In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut … Continue reading

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Lethal White (Cormoran Strike 04) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym) J.K. Rowling

Product info: “I seen a kid killed…He strangled it, up by the horse.” When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a … Continue reading

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Talking to Addison by Jenny Colgan

Synopsis: Holly is a frustrated florist who flees the houseshare from hell to move in with a motley crew of friends: there is Josh, a sexually confused merchant banker; Kate, a high-flying legal eagle with talons to match; and the … Continue reading

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