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Broken rider / a Ralph Compton western by John Shirley.

Broken rider /  a Ralph Compton western by John Shirley.
Riding into the town of Smoky River on a mangy mule, Dane looks as broken down as his old mount. His Stetson is ragged, his boots are tied together with leather thongs, and he wears a Colt Army revolver with exactly three bullets. He wouldn't know what to say if you asked him where he got the gun, or how he learned to shoot it so well. He doesn't know if Dane is his first name or his last. Something happened that cost him his memory. For three years he's been traveling the West as a cowboy, a buffalo hunter, and a farmhand. Smoky River looks to be a fine place to settle down. If only his past didn't decide to catch up to him here.--Back cover.


Luster / Raven Leilani.

Edie is stumbling her way through her twenties -- sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick and clocking in and out of her admin job. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including a wife who has agreed to an open marriage -- with rules. As if navigating the constantly shifting racial politics weren't hard enough, Edie finds herself unemployed and invited into Eric's home -- though not by Eric. She becomes a hesitant ally to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter. Edie may be the only Black woman young Akila knows. Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life in a tumultuous era--Publisher description.


Missing and endangered / J.A. Jance.

Protecting a brilliant freshman whose homeschooled life has left her unprepared for the outside world, Jennifer invites the vulnerable girl home for a Christmas break that embroils Sheriff Joanna Brady in a volatile missing-persons case.


The wrong family / Tarryn Fisher.

The wrong family /  Tarryn Fisher.
Juno was wrong about Winnie Crouch. Before moving in with the Crouch family, Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage. Only now that Juno's living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling facade are too deep to ignore. Still, Juno isn't one to judge. After her grim diagnosis, the retired therapist simply wants a place to live out the rest of her days in peace. But that peace is shattered the day Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Winnie and Nigel. She shouldn't get involved, but this could be her chance to make a few things right. Because if you thought Juno didn't have a secret of her own, then you were wrong about her, too.--Back cover.


Robert Ludlum's the Treadstone exile / Joshua Hood.

Robert Ludlum's the Treadstone exile /  Joshua Hood.
Operation Treadstone made Jason Bourne, but he's not the only agent they trained. After the revival of Operation Treadstone, former operative Adam Hayes has retreated to Africa, determined to escape the black-ops CIA program for good. Hayes knows just how destructive the program can be, as it turns government agents into nearly superhuman assassins. But his quiet life in Africa changes irrevocably, when Hayes is attacked by extremists while flying a charitable mission in Burkina Faso. Forced to make an emergency landing, his plane is damaged and he is left in a hornet's nest of trouble. In order to get back in the air, Hayes agrees to transport a passenger - Zoe Cabot, the daughter of a tech baron - to a small coastal city. But on arrival, Zoe is abducted. Searching for the missing girl, Hayes runs afoul of multiple enemies, including a rogue Treadstone operative, all of whom are searching for him - and for the information about a wire transfer of millions of dollars bound for the relief effort in Burkina Faso. Hayes must outrun and outgun the factions that are hunting him and prevent the theft of the much-needed millions from one of Africa's poorest nations.


Walk in my combat boots : true stories from America's bravest warriors / James Patterson and Matt Eversmann, with Chris Mooney.

Walk in my combat boots : true stories from America's bravest warriors / James Patterson and Matt Eversmann, with Chris Mooney.
These are the brutally honest stories usually only shared amongst comrades in arms. Here, in the voices of the men and women whove fought overseas from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, is a rare eye-opening look into what wearing the uniform, fighting in combat, losing friends and coming home is really like. Readers who next thank a military member for their service will finally have a true understanding of what that thanks is for.~Shares firsthand wartime accounts describing the courageous battlefield sacrifices of men and women from every branch and operational specialty of the U.S. military, from the Vietnam War through the present.


The wife upstairs / Rachel Hawkins.

The wife upstairs /  Rachel Hawkins.
Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates--a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. Then she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates' most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend. Jane can't help but see an opportunity in Eddie, who is rich, brooding, and handsome. Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty who launched a wildly successful Southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie's heart before her past--or his--catches up to her?


 

 

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