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Patricia Cornwell - Point ​of Origin
Does ​Kay Scarpetta ever have a nice day? No sooner has she been taken from the arms of her FBI lover Benton Wesley by a disquieting note from her niece Lucy's murderous ex-lover Carrie Grethen, locked up ever since The Body Farm (1994), than she gets called to the scene of a particularly horrific arson. Nineteen horses are dead at the farm of black publishing mogul Kenneth Sparkes, a longtime adversary of Scarpetta's, along with what looks like the body of Sparkes's onetime lover Claire Rawley. All indications are that the fire started in the commodious master bathroom, but since there''s no sign of accelerant or fuel, Scarpetta's forced to fall back on her specialty, testimony from the corpse, which eventually leads her back in time to a series of equally inexplicable arson-murders. By now, Carrie Grethen has escaped and written to every newspaper on the East Coast that she was seduced by Lucy and framed by Scarpetta and Wesley; Scarpetta is at loggerheads with Teun McGovern, Lucy's new boss at Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; and Scarpetta's irascible buddy Capt. Pete Marino is indulging himself in intimations of mortality that turn out to be only too well-timed. As in Scarpetta's recent cases (Unnatural Exposure, 1997, etc.), the final face-off between good and evil comes as something of an anticlimax after the trademark grueling forensics, showing once again that Cornwell's most compelling characters tend to be dead.

Patricia Cornwell - At ​Risk
A ​Massachusetts state investigator is called home from the National Forensic Academy in Tennessee. His boss, an attractive but hard-charging woman, is running for governor, and as a showcase plans to use a new crime initiative called At Risk - motto: "Any crime, any time." She's looking for a way to employ cutting-edge DNA technology, and thinks she's found it in a twenty-year-old murder- in Tennessee. If her office solves the case, they'll all look pretty good, right?

Patricia Cornwell - Cruel ​and Unusual
"Killing ​me won't kill the beast" are the last words of rapist-murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell, written four days before his execution. But they can't explain how Dr. Kay Scarpetta finds Waddell's fingerprints on another crime scene -- after she'd performed his autopsy. If this is some sort of game, Scarpetta seems to be the target. And if the next victim is someone she knows, the punishment will be cruel and unusual...

Patricia Cornwell - All ​That Remains
A ​serial killer is loose in Richmond, specializing in attractive young couples whose bodies are inevitably found in the woods months later -- minus their shoes and socks. After months of exposure to all the elements, all that remains of this killer's victims has in every case left Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta unable even to determine an exact cause of death. Frustrated that her high-tech forensic skills have apparently proved useless, Kay enlists the help of and ace crime reporter and a psychic whose powers have been vouched for by the FBI. Racing against time, Kay finds she must draw upon her own personal resources to track down a murderer skilled at eliminating every clue. All that remains to her now is her courage and intuition and the will to stop a killer before he can strike again.

Simon Beckett - Where ​There's Smoke
Kate ​Powell is a successful young businesswoman, but her life feels empty. When she hears of someone who had a baby through artificial insemination, she decides she wants a baby, and advertises for a suitable father. Alex Turner seems perfect, but Kate's plans have devastating consequences.

Simon Beckett - Stone ​Bruises
_‘Somebody!’ ​I half-sob and then, more quietly, ‘Please.’ The words seem absorbed by the afternoon heat, lost amongst the trees. In their aftermath, the silence descends again. I know then that I’m not going anywhere…_ Sean is on the run. We don’t know why and we don’t know from whom, but we do know he’s abandoned his battered, blood-stained car in the middle of an isolated, lonely part of rural France at the height of a sweltering summer. Desperate to avoid the police, he takes to the parched fields and country lanes only to be caught in the vicious jaws of a trap. Near unconscious from pain and loss of blood, he is freed and taken in by two women – daughters of the owner of a run-down local farm with its ramshackle barn, blighted vineyard and the brooding lake. And it’s then that Sean’s problems really start…

Linwood Barclay - A ​Tap on the Window
_On ​a rainy night, a man gives a teenage girl a lift home, but the girl he picks up isn't the same one he drops off. Once again, bestseller Linwood Barclay hooks the reader from page one with his latest suspense masterpiece._ When Cal Weaver stops at red light on a rainy night while driving home, he ignores the bedraggled-looking teenaged girl trying to hitch a lift. Even when she starts tapping on his window. But when she says, 'Hey, aren't you Scott's dad?' and he realizes she's one of his son's classmates, he can't really ignore her. OK, so giving a ride to a teenage girl might not be the smartest move, but how much harm could it do? Over the next 24 hours Cal is about to find out. When the girl, Claire, asks to stop at a restroom on the way home, he's happy to oblige. But the girl who gets back in the car seems strangely nervous, and it's only when they get nearer their destination that Cal realizes she no longer has the nasty cut that he noticed on Claire's hand. After he's finally let her out of the car he remains puzzled and intrigued. But it's only the next morning that he starts to really worry. That's when the police cruiser turns up at his door and asks him if he gave a lift to a girl the previous night. A girl who has now been found brutally murdered. If Cal is going to clear his name he's going to have to figure out what Claire was really up to and what part he played in her curious deception. But doing so will involve him in some of the small town of Griffon's most carefully kept secrets - and a conspiracy as bizarre as it is deadly.

Linwood Barclay - Never ​Look Away
There ​are several nightmares shared by parents, principally involving the disappearance of their children. It is, of course, the job of novelists who deal in suspense to utilise these fears, and that is precisely what Linwood Barclay does in Never Look Away, which is typically mesmerising fare from a writer who knows how to play readers like a musician plays an instrument. In the new book, journalist David Harwood takes his wife and baby son out for the day to a New York amusement park, but while he is buying ice cream, his wife runs to him in a panic and tells him that their child, Ethan, has disappeared. The distressed couple separates to look for their son. When Harwood gives chase to a man with a pushchair, he finds his son unharmed. But to his horror, he discovers that his wife has now disappeared. Harwood is deeply worried, for a variety of reasons -- his wife has been suffering from depression, and his fear is that she has taken some ill-advised -- and irrevocable -- action. But on investigation, it is discovered that surveillance cameras give no indication that she was ever in the rollercoaster park with her husband. To some degree, the best crime novelists (and Linwood Barclay is certainly among their number) are well aware that most of the classic plots have been utilised again and again. Certainly, the sudden disappearance of a loved one, and a search for them in the face of suspicion and distrust (usually based on the fact that proof cannot be produced that the missing person was ever in a given place) is a particularly familiar plot; anyone who has seen the film (directed by Terence Fisher) So Long at the Fair will be familiar with it. But the real question is whether or not something fresh and dynamic can be done with such material, and Barclay admirers will not be surprised to learn that is precisely what he's done here. There are other elements involved (including a businessman working in private prisons who has been bribing local officials, as well as the fact that one of Harwood's wife’s colleagues at work has also vanished), and it is this juggling of a variety of elements that makes Never Look Away such a compelling experience. --Barry Forshaw

Tana French - The ​Likeness
I ​knew her from somewhere, I'd seen that face a million times before. Then the whole world went silent, frozen, darkness roaring in from the edges and only the girl's face blazing white at the center; because it was me, blue-lipped and still, with shadows like dark bruises under my eyes. Still traumatized by her brush with a psychopath, Detective Cassie Maddox transfers out of the Murder squad and starts a relationship with fellow detective Sam O'Neill. When he calls her to the scene of his new case, she is shocked to find that the murdered girl is her double. What's more, her ID shows she is Lexie Madison - the identity Cassie used, years ago, as an undercover detective. With no leads, no suspects and no clues to Lexie's real identity, Cassie's old boss spots the opportunity of a lifetime: send Cassie undercover in her place, to tempt the killer out of hiding to finish the job.

Karin Slaughter - Broken
When ​Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own. Officer Lena Adams is hiding secrets from him, and while her role in the death of the county’s popular police chief is unclear, that man’s widow, Dr. Sara Linton, desperately needs Trent’s help to crack the case of a prisoner’s death. While the police force investigates the murder of a young woman pulled from a frigid lake, Trent investigates the police force. Caught between two complicated and determined women, trying to understand the facts surrounding Chief Tolliver’s death, Trent will uncover explosive secrets—and confront a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.

Ruth Rendell - The ​Babes in the Wood
With ​floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy. Their hysterical mother is convinced that all three have drowned, and as the hours stretch into days Wexford suspects a case of kidnapping, perhaps connected with an unusual sect called the Church of the Good Gospel. But when the sitter’s smashed-up car is found at the bottom of a local quarry–occupied by a battered corpse–the investigation takes on a very different hue. The Babes in the Wood is Ruth Rendell at her very best, a scintillating, precise and troubling story of seduction and religious fanaticism–and murder.

Linwood Barclay - Fear ​the Worst
The ​worst day of Tim Blake's life started out with him making breakfast for his seventeen-year-old daughter Sydney. Syd was staying with him while she worked a summer job - even if he wasn't entirely sure what her job at the Just Inn Time motel actually was - and Tim hoped this quality father-daughter time would somehow help her deal with his divorce. When she didn't arrive home at her usual time, he thought she'd probably gone to the mall to hang with her friends. When she didn't answer her phone he began to worry. When she didn't come home at all, he began to panic. And when the people at the motel said they had no Sydney Blake working there, and never had, he began to see his life going into freefall. If she hadn't been working at the motel every day, what had she been doing? Something she couldn't - or wouldn't - tell her own father about? To find his daughter Tim doesn't need to simply track her down - he needs to know who she really was, and what could have made her step out of her own life without leaving a trace. Only one thing has him convinced the worst hasn't already happened: the fact that some very scary people seem just as eager as he is to find her. The question is: who's going to find her first?

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J. R. dos Santos - Az ​isteni formula
Az ​Egyiptomi Múzeum lépcsőjén, Kairó kellős közepén, Tomás Noronhát megszólítja egy vadidegen nő. A neve Ariana Pakravan, iráni, és nála van egy régi, kiadatlan kézirat másolata. Ezen egy furcsa cím és egy rejtélyes vers áll. A váratlan találkozás életveszélyes kalandokba sodorja Tomást, amelyek során belekeveredik az iráni nukleáris válságba és az Albert Einstein legfontosabb, ám befejezetlen tudományos felfedezése körüli bonyodalmakba. Egy szerelmi történet, egy árulás, egy könyörtelen hajsza, egy spirituális keresés során jut el az olvasó minden idők legmisztikusabb felismeréséig. A regény a legfrissebb és leghaladóbb szellemű fizikai, kozmológiai és matematikai felfedezéseken alapszik. Az isteni formula megdöbbentő utazásra invitálja az olvasót; az úti cél az idők kezdete, az univerzum lényege, az élet értelme.

Michael Crichton - Kalózvizeken
Jamaica, ​1665 - Az angol Hunter kapitány semmi okot nem lát arra, hogy néha-néha odahagyva a főváros biztonságát, a spanyolok uralta vizeken ne támadjon spanyol kincsszállító hajókra, ha erre alkalom kínálkozik. Mostani vállalkozása mindenki szemében őrültségnek tetszik, hisz eddig bárki próbálkozott a titokzatos Matanceros szigetének megtámadásával, csúnyán rajtavesztett. Válogatott legénységgel vág neki őrült vállalkozásának: a kis társaság tudásban, képességekben, nemzetiségben egyaránt sokszínű, még egy fiúként nevelt sasszem lány is derekas részt vállal a kalandból, legyen szó hidegvérű gyilkosságról vagy a hajó életveszélyes zátonyok között való kalauzolásáról. Hogy mi lesz a vállalkozás kimenetele, talán még kitalálható. De az, ami a partraszállást követően vár a kapitányra, őt magát is igencsak meglepi.

Agatha Christie - Ház ​a sziklán
Hercule ​Poirot-t barátja, Hastings kapitány nyaralni viszi. Rájuk fér a pihenés. A szinte mediterrán éghajlatú dél-angol tengerparton sétával és a szállóvendégek kritizálásával tölthetik napjaikat. Egészen addig, míg Poirot nem találkozik a vad, fiatal Nick Buckleyval. A lány jó néhány balesetet megúszott ép bőrrel, és csak nevet rajtuk, de a nyomozó nem találja mulatságosnak a helyzetet. Amikor szinte a szemük láttára kísérli meg valaki lelőni Nicket, Poirot munkába kezd. Megpróbálkozik a lehetetlennel: megakadályozni egy készülő gyilkosságot. Annyit sikerül elérnie, hogy Nick meghívja Maggie Buckleyt, az unokatestvérét, hogy ne legyen egyedül. Néhány nappal később, a tűzijáték éjszakáján, vörös kínai sálba burkolt fiatal nő holtteste hever a sziklán álló ház kertjében. A népes társaságból ki akarhatta Nick halálát, és kinek a kezében volt a pisztoly? A regény – más kiadónál, más fordításban – Ház a világ végén, illetve A vörös sál címen jelent meg.

Agatha Christie - A ​Hét Számlap rejtélye
Nagy-Britanniában ​1929-ben, Magyarországon viszont csak 1995-ben jelent meg először a G. K. Chesterton fő művének tartott, Az ember, aki Csütörtök volt című regény hatásait tükröző regény, A Hét Számlap rejtélye. Melynek helyszíne Chimneys, Lord Caterham vidéki kastélya, ahol fiatalokból álló vidám társaság vendégeskedik. Egyikük sem éppen korán kelő, ám akad közöttük egy, Gerald Wade, aki minden képzeletet felülmúlóan sokáig alszik. Olyannyira, hogy mire leér reggelizni, szinte már ebédre terítenek. Ez persze nem csak a háziasszonyt, hanem a többieket is bosszantja, ezért – legalábbis szerintük – remek tréfát eszelnek ki, néhány hangosabbnál hangosabb ébresztőóra közreműködésével. Csakhogy a fiatalember másnap nem hogy a megszokottnál korábban, de egyáltalán nem érkezik le a reggelihez. Mi több, később sem. Majd megjelenik az inas, aki szörnyű hírrel szolgál az érdeklődőknek: „… a szerencsétlen fiatalember örökre elaludt.” Majd kicsivel később az akkori társaság újabb tagja leheli ki lelkét. Már az első haláleset is kétségeket ébresztett egyes emberekben, ám ez a második komoly lavinát indít el – minden szinten. Főleg, mert mindkét esetben szóba kerül a Hét Számlap, ám senki nem tudja biztosan, mi is az pontosan. Csak annyiban lehetünk biztosak, hogy valami rejtély van a dologban. És persze nincs olyan rejtély, amit Lady Eileen Brent ne akarna felderíteni. Főleg, ha érintett az ügyben. Miss Marple és Hercule Poirot helyett vele, és a két „tökfilkóval” kell beérnünk. A rend hivatalos őreit pedig Battle főfelügyelő képviseli. Persze nincs könnyű helyzetben, de ehhez valószínűleg már hozzászokott. Vagy ha nem, hát most alkalma nyílik rá. Miss Brent ugyanis olyan, de olyan dolgokat művel…

Lisa Lutz - Spellman ​nyomozóiroda
Ismerkedjenek ​meg Isabel „Izzy” Spellman magánnyomozóval. Lehet, hogy ez a huszonnyolc éves lány nem rendelkezik a legfeddhetetlenebb múlttal, amit romantikus botlások, túlzott alkoholfogyasztás és találékony vandalizmus is beárnyékol, lehet, hogy él-hal a Get Smart sorozatért és jobban szeret az ablakon keresztül közlekedni, mint az ajtón át – de mindezt jócskán feledteti a családi cégnél, a Spellman Nyomozóirodánál kamatoztatott magánnyomozói tehetsége. Az emberek magánéletében való turkálás Izzy számára teljesen magától értetôdô tevékenység. Valójában az egész család számára az. De bárcsak sikerülne a munkát az irodára korlátozniuk. Spellmannak lenni annyit jelent, mint kémkedni egy Spellman után, követni egy Spellmant, vajat keresni egy Spellman füle mögött, zsarolni és lehallhatni egy Spellmant. A félig Nancy Drew, félig Piszkos Harry Izzy vékony pengeélen táncol a Spellman családtag és Spellman alkalmazott státusz között. Feladatai közé tartozik végrehajtani a fônökeitôl, azaz Anyutól és Aputól (lehetôleg alapos vizsgálat nélkül) kapott megbízatásokat, féken tartani (olykor kényszert is alkalmazva) krónikusan tökéletes ügyvéd bátyját, jó példát mutatni tizennény éves húgának, Rae-nek (aki túlságosan is rákapott a szabadidôs követésekre), és idôrôl idôre felkutatni és hazahozni nagybátyját (aki bármelyik pillanatban el talál tûnni nagy tivornyázás közepette az ún. Eltûnt Hétvégéken). De mikor Izzy szülei felbérelik Rae-t, hogy kövesse a nôvérét (hogy kiderítsék Izzy új fiújának kilétét), Izzy-ben végleg eldôl a borjú, és rájön, csak úgy válhat belôle valaha is normális ember, ha otthagyja a családi vállalkozást. De van egy kis bökkenô: mielôtt elengednék, még egy utolsó megbízást kell elvállalnia – egy réges-rég elfeledett, tizenöt éve eltûnt személy ügyét. A feladatot vállalja, miközben egy családját sokkal közelebbrôl érintô eltûnési eset is megrázza, mely élete legkomolyabb ügyévé válik. A Spellman akták az elsô része annak a kiváló és szellemes új regénysorozatnak, amelyben a Spellman család imádnivalóan szövevényes élete tárul elénk.

John Grisham - The ​Last Juror
In ​1970, one of Mississippi's more colourful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college drop-out, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper. The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courtroom in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling and dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison. But in Mississippi in 1970, 'life' didn't necessarily mean 'life', and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began.

Dan Brown - Deception ​Point
A ​shocking scientific discovery. A deception of staggering brilliance. A political thriller unlike any you’ve ever read... When a new NASA satellite spots evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory… a victory that has profound implications for U.S. space policy and the impending presidential election. With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches White House Intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton to the Milne Ice Shelf to verify the authenticity of the find. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic academic Michael Tolland, Rachel uncovers the unthinkable—evidence of scientific trickery—a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy.

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Patricia Cornwell - Predator
Kay ​Scarpetta and her colleagues-Benton Wesley, Pete Marino, and her niece Lucy Farinelli-return to a series of forensic cases as haunting as any they have ever tackled. Working with the National Forensic Institute in Florida, Scarpetta and Marino examine the X-rays of a man who has died from a shotgun blast to the chest. But the pellets embedded show a strange 'pinball' pattern and the two can't help but wonder if this points to suicide-or to murder. In an abandoned house in the rural South, a woman is held against her will. Her captor is unknown to her-and indeed unseen-but even in the dark, she knows that he is near. And on Cape Cod, Lucy awakens to a gray winter morning and the sure feeling that she has made a dreadful mistake.

Jeffery Deaver - The ​Coffin Dancer
_The ​New York Times_ proclaimed Jeffery Deaver's previous bestselling novels "dazzling" ( _The Bone Collector_ ) and "a screaming hit" ( _A Maiden's Grave_ ). Now he combines spine-chilling forensic detail with gripping suspense to keep his trademark plot twists - and brilliant, driven hero - moving at breathtaking speed. Detective Lincoln Rhyme, the foremost criminalist in the NYDP, joins his beautiful protégé, Amelia Sachs, in the hunt for The Coffin Dancer - an ingenious killer who changes appearance even faster than he adds to his trail of victims. So far, they have only one clue: the assassin has a tattoo on his arm - of the Grim Reaper waltzing with a woman in front of a coffin. Rhyme, a quadriplegic from a line-of-duty accident, must rely on his wits and Sachs's intuition to track the elusive murderer through the subways, parks, and airports of an ever-tumultuous New York City -- knowing they have only forty-eight hours before the Coffin Dancer strikes again.

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Ismeretlen szerző - Anyák ​könyve
A ​könyv szerzőinek legfőbb törekvése a segítés. Segíteni az előkészítő időszakban, az első napokban, az első években, az indulásnál. Szerzői nemzetközileg elismert szakemberek, akiknek előadásaiból, írásaiból szülők számos nemzedéke tanulta a csecsemő és a kisgyermek megértését. A könyv több mint 30 éve kézikönyve a kisgyermekes szülőknek, ez a 14. átdolgozott, bővített kiadása. Miben van sikerének titka? - Abban, hogy igyekszik rávezetni olvasóit arra, hogy gyermeküket első perctől kezdve tekintsék személynek, partnernek; - abban, hogy tanácsai konkrétak, gyakorlatiak, számos olyan részletre kitérnek, melyek ismerete jelentős segítséget jelent a gyermek környezetének kialakításában, az együttlét zavartalanságában; - abban, hogy több évtizedes gyermekorvosi, pszichológusi tapasztalatra épülve a leggyakrabban előforduló gondok megelőzésére, megoldására kínál segítséget; - abban, hogy szerzői éberen figyelik a könyv olvasóinak véleményét, tapasztalatait, és az újabb kiadásokban igyekeznek kiküszöbölni a félreértéseket és pótolni a hiányokat. A könyv több évtizedes tapasztalat és dialógus eredménye.

Heather Graham - The ​Vision
The ​gift of sight comes at a dangerous price When Deep Down Salvage begins the hunt for the Josephine Marie, it seems like any other dive . . . until Genevieve Wallace sees the vision of a dead woman in the water, her vacant eyes boring into Genevieve's very soul. Terrified and confused by what she saw, Genevieve is haunted by the memory, but no one -- including her diving partner Thor Thompson -- believes her. When a dead woman washes up on shore, everyone assumes this is Genevieve's "vision," but Genevieve knows the truth: the dead woman is not the ghost she saw but another victim of the same brutal killer. Sensing that the threat of death is coming closer, she and Thor are forced to acknowledge that some things can't be explained, but simply are. Somehow they have to link a violent past with a present-day mystery or risk losing themselves in an abyss of terror.

James Patterson - 1st ​to Die
Four ​women--four friends--share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each one holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle. But the usual procedures aren't bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving each other a hand. The four women develop intense bonds as they pursue a killer whose crimes have stunned an entire city. Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer they have ever encountered--before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong. Full of the breathtaking drama and unforgettable emotions for which James Patterson is famous, 1st to Die is the start of a blazingly fast-paced and sensationally entertaining series of crime thrillers.

Michael Marshall - The ​Lonely Dead
The ​electrifying sequel to the bestselling THE STRAW MEN A guilty man on the verge of suicide makes a bizarre discovery in the deepest corner of the dark forests of Washington State - a discovery that threatens to overturn the whole of American history. Ward Hopkins and John Zandt, now full-time on the trail of the world's hidden murderers, become involved in a battle not just to save the lives of two individuals, but to protect something of far greater consequence - from those dedicated to destroying it. And in the background, as ever, are the shadowy Straw Men, exerting a mysterious and sinsiter influence on both individuals and historic events.

John Connolly - The ​Black Angel
A ​young woman goes missing from the streets of New York. Those who have taken her believe that nobody cares about her, and no one will come looking for her. They are wrong. She is 'blood' to the killer Louis, the man who stands at the right hand of private detective Charlie Parker, and Louis will tear apart anyone who stands in the way of his efforts to find her. But as Louis's violent search progresses, Parker comes to realize that the disappearance is part of an older mystery, one that is linked to an ornate church of bones in Eastern Europe; to the slaughter at a French monastery in 1944; and to the quest for a mythical prize that has been sought for centuries by evil men: the Black Angel. Yet the Black Angel is more than a myth. It is conscious. It dreams. It is alive. And men are not the only creatures that seek it...

Patricia Cornwell - Book ​of the Dead
The ​"book of the dead" is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning. Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace-not only personally and professionally, but geographically. Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues-including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy-offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsies to communities that lack local access to competent death investigation and modern technology. It seems like an ideal situation, until the new battles start-with local politicians, with entrenched interests, with someone whose covert attempts at sabotage are clearly meant to run her out of town. And that's even before the murders and other violent deaths begin. A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multi-million-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh. Meanwhile, in distant New England, problems with a prominent patient at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital begin to hint at interconnections that are as hard to imagine as they are horrible. Scarpetta has dealt with many brutal and unusual crimes before, but never a string of them as baffling, or as terrifying, as the ones that face her now. Before she is through, that book of the dead will contain many names-and the pen may be poised to write her own. The first name in forensics. The last name in suspense. Once again, Patricia Cornwell proves her exceptional ability to entertain and enthrall.

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