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October 20, 2006 Edition

Kingdom Come, by Tim Green

Taking cues from Shakespeare, Green takes readers into the backstabbing, cutthroat world of big business. When James King takes his company public, it makes him rich, but also pulls the rug out from under his loyal employees, particularly his son’s best friend Thane. Faced with seeing his ambitions come to naught and under pressure from his even less-scrupulous wife, Thane conspires with the mob, murders James, and frames James’ son. But when Thane becomes CEO, it raises questions he’d rather have left unanswered. How much further will Thane go to keep his power and money?

Bad Twin, by Gary Troup

Join the debate on the author’s real identity, or just sit back and enjoy the premise in this “Lost” tv show tie-in: author Troup is said to have gone down on Flight 815, the flight which is featured in “Lost.” While the plot of the novel has nothing to do with the show, there are plenty of references and several familiar names pop up as private detective Paul Artisan searches for a missing twin, Zander Widmore. Artisan’s search takes him from Key West to Cuba, helped and hindered by a variety of interesting and enigmatic characters along the way.

Golden Threads, by Kay Hooper

A romance set to the theme of a modern day fairy tale, with a little suspense for good measure, this pairs Lara and Devon as Rapunzel and her prince in a community theater play. Both have secrets: Lara is hiding out from her past, and Devon is quietly looking for something, and they each know better than to tell anyone about their pasts. But when danger threatens, they find themselves on the same side – mostly, just trying to stay alive.

Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell

This coming-of-age novel, set in the very sleepy English village of Black Swan Green in the early 80s, follows 13 year-old Jason. Whether he’s struggling with a seasonal stutter he calls Hangman, dealing with the death of a schoolmate, or spending a blissful afternoon looking for a Roman-era tunnel, Jason’s first-person narrative brings the joys and agonies of adolescence back to life.

The Brief History of the Dead,” by Kevin Brockmeier

The City of the Dead owes its continued existence to the memories of living humans: the recently dead live there until the last person who remembers them dies, and then they move on. Trapped in an Antarctic research station, Laura’s one of the last people left alive after the spread of a deadly virus that has killed off most of the Earth’s population, and her time is running out. When she dies, she’ll go to the City, too, but many of those she remembers will move on. A lovely, moving, and sometimes satirical musing on the power of memory and the connections between the living and the dead.

Copy Cat, by Erica Spindler

Five years ago, a series of murders were committed by a man the police nicknamed the Sleeping Angel Killer for the way he positioned his young victims. Kitt Lundgren was the detective on the case when things went wrong and the SAK slipped through her fingers. Now, he’s back, or someone very like him, and though Kitt’s been told to leave it alone, she soon finds herself deeply enmeshed once again in the killer’s world.

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