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Books of 2017
List created by Rodger P. (rapayn01) - , on Dec 29, 2016
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It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
The only one of Sinclair Lewis's later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith, It Can't Happen Here is a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression...  more

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Blockade Billy by Stephen King
2 short stories, "Blockade Billy" and "Morality". From New York Times bestselling author Stephen King comes the haunting story of Blockade Billy, the greatest Major League baseball player to be erased from the game. Even the most die-hard baseball fans don't know...  more

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The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail-But Some Don't by Nate Silver
Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair?s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger?all by the time he was thirty. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation?s...  more

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The Seventh: A Parker Novel (Parker Novels) by Richard Stark
Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark?s eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose style?and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with...  more

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A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre
A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa. Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer,...  more

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House Dick by E. Howard Hunt
House Dick is one of Hunt’s very best, a classic hardboiled story of a detective in a Washington D.C. hotel (no, not that hotel) investigating a twisty tale of burglary and murder, of skullduggery under cover of darkness, of deception and shifting loyalties -- and of the price you pay when...  more

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The Miernik Dossier by Charles McCarry
"Charles McCarry is the best modern writer on the subject of intrigue," wrote P.J. O'Rourke and Time Magazine has declared that "there is no better American spy novelist." McCarry's first book, The Miernik Dossier, originally published in 1973, is a riveting and imaginative tale in which a...  more

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The Bullpen Gospels: A Non-Prospect's Pursuit of the Major Leagues and the Meaning of...
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Motor City Blue (Amos Walker) by Loren D. Estleman
"If I see my name in tomorrow's paper yours will be in the next edition. Bordered in black." Marla Bernstein is a pretty, dark-haired teenager? who also happens to be the ward of Ben Morningstar-a semi-retired mobster who prefers to keep family business out of the newspapers. When...  more

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this timeless classic with a special edition featuring a new foreword by the author and a message that is as relevant today as when it was first published. Since the late 1940s, Ray Bradbury has been revered for his works of science fiction and fantasy. With...  more

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Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down by Dave Zirin
Sportscaster Howard Cosell dubbed it “rule number one of the jockocracy?: sports and politics just don?t mix. But in Game Over, celebrated alt-sportswriter Dave Zirin proves once and for all that politics has breached the modern sports arena with a vengeance. From the NFL lockout and the role of...  more

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Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Nick Hornby
With an affectionate introduction by Sarah Vowell, this is the third and final collection of columns by celebrated novelist Nick Hornby from The Believer magazine. Hornby's monthly reading diary is unlike any arts column in any other publication; it discusses cultural artifacts the way they...  more

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A Morning for Flamingos (Dave Robicheaux, Bk 4) by James Lee Burke
Clutching the shards, of his shattered life, Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux has rejoined the New lberia police force. His partner is dead -- slain during a condemned prisoner's bloody flight to freedom that left Robicheaux critically wounded... and reawakened the ghost of his haunted,...  more

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Nobody's Perfect (Dortmunder, Bk 4) by Donald E. Westlake
Ingram Comic crime hero Dortmunder and his gang of bungling thieves are back in a hilarious caper--out of print since 1979. Mishaps and misunderstandings force the gang to steal a painting not once but twice in this hilarious misadventure starring the inimitable Dortmunder.

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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman
Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman. With an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and an almost effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter, Klosterman attacks the entire spectrum of...  more

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Agent in Place by Helen Macinnes
This sophisticated narrative of spy/counterspy is set in Washington, where the Russians have planted an "agent in place." For nine years he has worked himself quietly into the fabric of government and society. Dedicated and patient, he has everyone's respect. It is a plot where amateurs are the...  more

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Inferno (Movie Tie-In Edition) by Dan Brown
ISBN 978-1-101-97297-7 Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through...  more

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Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" -- the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much...  more

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A Savage Place (Spenser, Bk 8) by Robert B. Parker
Private-eye Spenser is in Hollywood to protect a beautiful reporter investigating corruption and racketeering in the movie industry, and together they search for a murderer in Tinsel Town.

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A Stab in the Dark (Matthew Scudder, Bk 4) by Lawrence Block
Louis Pinell, the recently apprehended "Icepick Prowler," freely admits to having slain seven young women nine years ago -- but be swears it was a copycat who killed Barbara Ettinger. Matthew Scudder believes him. But the trail to Ettinger's true murderer is twisted, dark and...  more

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Smart Baseball: Why Pitching Wins Are for Losers, Batting Average is for Suckers, and...
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Journey Into Fear (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Eric Ambler
Returning to his hotel room after a late-night flirtation with a cabaret dancer at an Istanbul b™ite, Graham is surprised by an intruder with a gun. What follows is a nightmare of intrigue for the English armaments engineer as he makes his way home aboard an Italian freighter. Among the...  more

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Case Histories (Jackson Brodie, Bk 1) by Kate Atkinson
A triumphant new novel from award-winner Kate Atkinson: a breathtaking story of families divided, love lost and found, and the mysteries of fate. Includes reading group guide with author interview and discussion questions. Case One: Olivia Land, youngest and most beloved of the Land girls,...  more

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The Chill (Lew Archer, Bk 11) by Ross Macdonald
In The Chill a distraught young man hires Archer to track down his runaway bride. But no sooner has he found Dolly Kincaid than Archer finds himself entangled in two murders, one twenty years old, the other so recent that the blood is still wet. What ensues is a detective novel of nerve-racking...  more

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No Impact Man by Colin Beavan
The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process What does it really take to live eco-effectively?  For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity,...  more

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Rhino Ranch: A Novel (Thalia Trilogy) by Larry McMurtry
In this poignant and striking final chapter in the Duane Moore story, which began in 1966 with The Last Picture Show, Pulitzer Prize- and Oscar-winning author Larry McMurtry takes readers on one last unforgettable journey to Thalia, Texas, a town that continues to change at a breakneck pace even...  more

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G is for Gumshoe (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 7) by Sue Grafton
"G" is for Gumshoe. "G" is also for guilt and guile, greed and grief, and the grim reaper. Three things happened to Kinsey Millhone on May 5th -- the day she turned 33: the reconstruction of her apartment was completed; she was hired by a Mrs. Clyde Gersh to bring her...  more

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Look Who's Watching: Why the World Is Losing Faith in the Internet by Fen Osler Hamps...
The Internet ecosystem is held together by a surprisingly intangible glue--trust. To meet its full potential, users need to trust that the Internet works reliably and efficiently when providing them with the information they seek, while also being secure, private and safe. When trust in the...  more

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The Ax by Donald E. Westlake
The suspense is tight as a steel coil. Burke Devore has been in the paper business for twenty-five years, provides well for his family, and plays by the rules. Now the victim of corporate downsizing, Devores life begins to disintegrate. From his attempt to find a job to the growing rift between...  more

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The Empty Copper Sea: A Travis McGee Novel by John D. MacDonald
From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Empty Copper Sea is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Asking for help is something a proud man like Van Harder would never do. So when he shows up at the Busted Flush, Travis McGee...  more

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Echo House by Ward Just
Here is Just's masterpiece - an epic chronicle of three generations of Washington power brokers and the womenfolk who loved them (except when they didn't). The Washington Post described this book as "a fascinating if ultimately painful fairy tale, complete with a family curse. The decline of the...  more

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11/22/63 by Stephen King
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination -- a thousand page tour de...  more

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The Rule of Law in the Real World by Paul Gowder
In The Rule of Law in the Real World, Paul Gowder defends a new conception of the rule of law as the coordinated control of power and demonstrates that the rule of law, thus understood, creates and preserves social equality in a state. In a highly engaging, interdisciplinary text that moves...  more

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From Doon with Death (Inspector Wexford, Bk 1) by Ruth Rendell
When Margaret Parsons disappears, Inspector Burden tries to reassure her frantic husband that she will be back by morning. Privately, though, he is certain Margaret has run off with another man. But then the missing woman's body is found, strangled and abandoned in a nearby wood. And when...  more

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Goldfinger: 007, A James Bond Novel by Ian Fleming
Auric Goldfinger, the most phenomenal criminal Bond has ever faced, is an evil genius who likes his cash in gold bars. This powerful villain is planning the biggest and most daring heist in history-robbing all the gold in Fort Knox.

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Nobody Move by Denis Johnson
Jimmy Luntz owes money to a man called Juarez. Trouble is, Juarez isn't the most patient of men. And when he gets bored of waiting, he sends someone round to collect. Luntz doesn't actually plan to shoot the guy, but the way he sees it, it's shoot or be shot. Either way, though, Luntz is out of...  more

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The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway by Ben Mezrich
This real-life The X-Files and Close Encounters of the Third Kind tells the true story of a computer programmer who tracks paranormal events along a 3,000-mile stretch through the heart of America and is drawn deeper and deeper into a vast conspiracy. Like “Agent Mulder” of The...  more

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Nightmare Town : Stories by Dashiell Hammett
Twenty long-unavailable stories by Dashiell Hammett, the author of The Maltese Falcon and the incomparable master of detective fiction.In the title story, a man on a bender enters a small town and ends up unraveling the dark mystery at its heart. A woman confronts the brutal truth about her...  more

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Baseball Prospectus 2017 by Baseball Prospectus
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