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Mystery Discussion Group Title: Starvation Lake

Title: Starvation Lake


Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, Harlan Coben meets early Dennis Lehane in this "smashing debut thriller" (Chicago Tribune), set in a small northern Michigan town by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. In the dead of a Michigan winter, pieces of a snowmobile wash up near the crumbling, small town of Starvation Lake--the same snowmobile that went down with Starvation's legendary hockey coach years earlier. But everybody knows Coach Blackburn's accident happened five miles away on a different lake. As rumors buzz about mysterious underground tunnels, the evidence from the snowmobile says one thing: murder. Gus Carpenter, editor of the local newspaper, has recently returned to Starvation after a failed attempt to make it big at the Detroit Times. In his youth, Gus was the goalie who let a state championship get away, crushing Coach's dreams and earning the town's enmity. Now he's investigating the murder of his former coach. But even more unsettling to Gus are the holes in the town's past and the gnawing suspicion that those holes may conceal some dark and disturbing secrets--secrets that some of the people closest to him may have killed to keep.


Author: Bryan Gruley


Group Leader Mary Beth Logas

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ISBN: 9781416563624
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Published: Gallery Books - March 3rd, 2009

Mystery Discussion Group Title: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Title: Mr. Mercedes


#1 New York Times bestseller In a high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. -Mr. Mercedes is a rich, resonant, exceptionally readable accomplishment by a man who can write in whatever genre he chooses- (The Washington Post). The stolen Mercedes emerges from the pre-dawn fog and plows through a crowd of men and women on line for a job fair in a distressed American city. Then the lone driver backs up, charges again, and speeds off, leaving eight dead and more wounded. The case goes unsolved and ex-cop Bill Hodges is out of hope when he gets a letter from a man who loved the feel of death under the Mercedes's wheels... Brady Hartsfield wants that rush again, but this time he's going big, with an attack that would take down thousands--unless Hodges and two new unusual allies he picks up along the way can throw a wrench in Hartsfield's diabolical plans. Stephen King takes off on a -nerve-shredding, pulse-pounding race against time- (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) with this acclaimed #1 bestselling thriller.


Author: Stephen King


Discussion Leader: Madeline Moon



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ISBN: 9781501125607
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Published: Pocket Books - December 29th, 2015

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Title: The Bottom of Your Heart: Inferno for Commissario Ricciardi

Author: Maurizio de Giovani

Leader: Diana Di Stefano


The Bottom of Your Heart: Inferno for Commissario Ricciardi (Paperback)

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By Maurizio De GiovanniAntony Shugaar (Translator)



In the middle of a summer heat wave, as Naples prepares for one of its most important holy days, a renowned surgeon falls to his death from the window of his office. For Commissario Ricciardi and Brigadier Maione it is the beginning of an investigation that will bring them into contact with the most torrid, conflicting and enduring of human passions. In the world Ricciardi and Maione are about to enter, infidelity appears inextricable from the most joyful expressions of love, and, this interdependence sows doubt and uncertainty in both men, compromising their own attempts at love. Ricciardi is one of the most intriguing and unique figures to appear in crime fiction in recent years. He possesses the dubious gift of being able to see and hear the last seconds in the lives of those who have suffered a violent death. This ability makes him an unusually effective investigator but plagues him and renders human relationships almost impossible. He is a classic noir hero and the cursed son of a city that, for all its Mediterranean splendor, is a perfect noir city. 
In this new installment in the Commissario Ricciardi series, Maurizio de Giovanni creates a large cast of unforgettable characters and a compelling, suspenseful plot that demonstrates once more why he is considered one of the best crime writers working today.

About the Author

Maurizio de Giovanni lives and works in Naples. He is the author of five previous books in the Commissario Ricciardi series, "I Will Have Vengeance, " "Blood Curse," "Everyone in their Place, " "Day of the Dead, By My Hand, Viper, "and the contemporary Neapolitan thriller, "The Crocodile."



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By Maurizio De Giovanni, Antony Shugaar (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781609452933
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Published: Europa Editions - November 3rd, 2015

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: I Let You Go (Set in Modern Wales)              

Author: Clare Mackintosh

Leader: Julie Jezuit

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On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . . 
I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. 
At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.

About the Author

Clare Mackintosh spent twelve years on the police force in England and has written for The Guardian, Good Housekeeping, and other publications. A columnist for Cotswold Life and Writing Magazine, she is the founder of Chipping Norton Literary Festival and lives in the Cotswolds with her family. She is the author of I See You and I Let You Go.


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ISBN: 9781101987506
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Published: Berkley - November 29th, 2016


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