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What’s new for December – sure fire best sellers by favorite authors

  Library Director Mary Chasseur says, “The latest installments are from all the big authors.  My theory is that they all published something special now so that people would put them on their Christmas lists.” There are so many popular authors with new books out right now that, instead of highlighting just a few, I’m going to list ten with a short description each, so no one misses a favorite.

  John Grisham’s The Rooster Bar plays to the strengths of Grisham as a lawyer who understands the downside of practicing law. This book highlights three third year law students who find that they have been had by their third-rate law school with its high-end loans. It is, as we expect, a legal thriller.

  Michael Connelly’s Two Kinds of Truth brings back his most popular protagonist, Harry Bosch, and includes an appearance by Mickey Haller, the Lincoln lawyer. Harry is plunged into the past with a conviction questioned, but lives in the present, dealing with a murdered pharmacist and the world of prescription drug abuse.

  Stuart Woods’ Quick and Dirty takes the reader into the newest Stone Barrington thriller and the rarefied world of art and art forgeries and who would kill for it.

  Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman’s Crime Scene gives us Deputy Coroner Clay Edison, who leaves his comfort zone and engages in the far less scientific circumstances of who kills and why. The natural death of Walter Rennert is, Clay comes to be convinced, not that natural.

  Rita Mae Brown’s Crazy Like a Fox is book one in what will be the Sister Jane series. Set in the eccentric and deeply southern, traditional world of fox hunting, a rivalry leads to murder in the field.

  David Baldacci’s End Game features a familiar team, Will Robie and Jessica Reel, extreme problem solvers for the government. This time, though, their handler Blue Man is missing somewhere in the Colorado outback. What they discover challenges even the skills of Robie and Reel.

  Lee Child’s The Midnight Line gives us a new Jack Reacher story. Reacher discovers a West Point ring in a Wisconsin pawn shop and decides to find its owner and return the ring to her. This simple sounding good deed, of course, leads down a dark and dangerous path.

  Janet Evanovich’s Hardcore Twenty-four brings back Stephanie Plum and all the fun we expect from this series. Grandma Mazur, Joe Morelli, and Ranger are all back, too, tackling the mystery of a series of headless corpses found around town – plus yet another man interested in Stephanie.

  James Patterson brings back his popular protagonist with The People vs Alex Cross. Cross is divided between saving himself, on trial for murder, and pursuing danger in the darkness of the internet.

  Last, Mary Higgins Clark’s Every Breath You Take is the fourth in the Under Suspicion series. Fans of Clark won’t be disappointed as the Under Suspicion team reaches out to solve the murder of a socialite shoved to her death from the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  Don’t see what you want on this list? Stop on in. We have so much more this season.

  See you at the Library!

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  Upcoming Events: Friday, Dec. 8, Crafts and Coffee from 10am-noon. Hour of Code:  Coding activities to encourage computer science education for second through 12th grade. Dec. 7 at 3:15pm, and Dec. 8 at 3pm. Wednesday, Dec. 13 is Family Literacy Night from 6:30-7:30pm. Saturday, Dec. 16 is Cocoa & Candy Canes with the Bavarian Princesses from 11am-12:30pm, an event for all ages. For details of events, see our website, stop in, or call.

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