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Author: Stephen King (Writing as Richard Bachman)

Genre: Horror

Rating: *** (3 Stars)

Summary:


Billy Halleck is a successful lawyer, husband, and father. He is also dangerously overweight. One day, driving with and distracted by his wife, he runs over and kills a jaywalking gypsy woman. He is tried and acquitted of any wrongdoing, but as he leaves the courthouse, the woman’s father approaches, lightly strokes Billy’s cheek, and whispers, “Thinner.”

Although Billy’s eating habits don’t change, he begins to lose weight, passing his ideal weight and continuing downward. Concerned, he visits his doctor, who, after a series of tests, assures him that nothing is wrong. The weight loss continues, and Billy, who by this time has become desperate, sends a private investigator to find out where the band of gypsies has moved on to. At the same time, he learns that the police officer who responded to his accident, as well as the judge in the case, have each developed mysterious afflictions of their own.

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Author: Dan Brown

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rating: ***** (5 Stars)

Summary:


Rachel Sexton works for the National Reconnaissance Office as a “gister.” Her job is to take complex information from multiple sources and reduce it to one-page briefings for the White House. One day, Rachel is called away from her job by the President, Zach Herney, who sends her to the Milne Ice Shelf in the Arctic Circle, where NASA has found a meteorite containing fossil evidence of extraterrestrial life. There, she meets Michael Tolland, an oceanographer and documentary host, who has been hired as part of a team of civilian scientists to verify the discovery.

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Author: Stephen King

Genre: Horror, Mystery

Rating: ***** (5 Stars)

Summary:


Lisey Landon is the widow of Scott Landon, a popular and prolific fiction writer. The story begins two years after Scott’s death, as Lisey begins the painful process of cleaning out Scott’s home office, and confronts memories that are both poignant and frightening. She also faces family challenges, including a sister who suffers from mental illness and is taking a turn for the worse, and harassment from memorabilia collectors who want access to Scott’s notes and personal effects.

Early on, we are introduced to Scott and Lisey’s “interior language of marriage,” which includes unique new words such as “bool.” A bool is a gift, a prize, or a prank. As boys, Scott and his older brother, Paul, had a game called “Hunting the Bool,” or simply “Bool Hunt.” Paul would hide a candy bar or soda, and place a series of clues which Scott was to follow to the bool.

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Author: Robert Crais

Genre: Mystery

Rating: ***** (5 Stars)

Summary:


Max Holman has just completed a ten year prison sentence for bank robbery. Upon being released, he learns that his son, Richie, a Los Angeles police officer, was one of four officers killed in a shooting. The police close the case as a revenge killing, but Holman, feeling that the facts don’t add up, starts looking for more information.

While seeking the truth about his son, Holman attempts to re-establish contact with Richie‚Äôs mother, Donna Banik, only to learn that she has died. His only remaining connection to Richie is Liz Holman, Richie’s widow. From Liz, he learns that Richie and the other three murdered officers were investigating a pair of serial bank robbers named Marchenko and Parsons, who were killed in a shootout with police. Curious as to why uniformed officers were conducting an investigation that was officially closed, and that would normally be assigned to detectives, Holman enlists the help of Katherine Pollard, a retired FBI agent. Together, they learn that over $16 million from the Marchenko and Parsons robberies was never recovered, and that the four murdered officers were looking for it.

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