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Books of 2018
List created by Rodger P. (rapayn01) - , on Dec 24, 2017
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Killing Orders (V.I. Warshawski, Bk 3) by Sara Paretsky
V.I. Warshawski's latest case has already opened  up old wounds. But when a silky voice on the phone  threatened to throw acid in her eyes, V.I. knew  this one could finish her off with some brand-new  ones. The sour-faced old aunt she had agreed...  more

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The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series-The St...
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Winter: A Novel of a Berlin Family by Len Deighton
Peter and Pauli Winter are two very different brothers born into a time when the horrors of war engulf and extinguish the Germany that is. Yet for all their differences, the destinies of the two brothers are forever bound to the madness that lies ahead. From their sheltered childhood through...  more

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The Butterfly by James M. Cain
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Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler &...
Nudge is about choices -- how we make them and how we can make better ones. Authors Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein offer a new perspective on preventing the countless mistakes we make -- including ill-advised personal investments, consumption of unhealthy foods, neglect of our natural...  more

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The Handle: A Parker Novel 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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1984 by George Orwell
1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "Negative Utopia"--a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is...  more

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A Rage in Harlem (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Chester Himes
For the love of fine and wily Imabelle, hapless Jackson loses his life savings to a con man who knows the secret of turning ten-dollar bills into hundreds and steals from his boss, only to lose the stolen money at a crap table. Luckily for him, Jackson has a savvy twin brother, Goldy, who,...  more

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The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters...
The rise of the internet and other technology has made information more easily-accessible than ever before. While this has had the positive effect of equalizing access to knowledge, it also has lowered the bar on what depth of knowledge is required to consider oneself an "expert." A cult of...  more

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Bordersnakes by James Crumley
Forsaking a hard-fought sobriety after his $3 million inheritance vanishes from his Montana bank account, Milo Milodragovitch travels to El Paso, Tex., to ask his former partner, C. W. Sughrue, to help track the errant banker. He finds Sughrue hiding out in the desert after having been shot...  more

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The War by Marguerite Duras & Barbara Bray (Translator)
The extraordinary pages of The War, written in 1944 but finished in 1985, form a totally new image of the heroine of The Lover and, through her, of Paris during the Nazi occupation and the first months of liberation. Married and living in Paris, part of a resistance network headed by Franois...  more

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No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law -- in the person...  more

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Odds On by Michael Crichton & John Lange
The plan: to rob the Reina, a super-luxury hotel off the coast of Spain. The crew: three seasoned criminals with the skills to pull off the heist of the century. The edge: the scheme has been simulated in a computer, down to the last variable.  The complication: three beautiful women with...  more

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The Ideas Industry by Daniel Drezner
The concept of the "public intellectual" has a rich and colorful history. It began in the early twentieth century, when the new mass media catapulted intellectuals who were able to write for the general public to semi-stardom. The first wave included figures like Walter Lippmann--who coined the...  more

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A Little Yellow Dog (Easy Rawlins, Bk 5) by Walter Mosley
It's 1963. Easy Rawlins has given up the street life that has brought him so much trouble and grief. He’s taken on a job as supervising custodian of Sojourner Truth Junior High School in Watts. For two years he’s been getting up early and going off to work. He wears nice clothes...  more

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Narrative and the Making of US National Security (Cambridge Studies in International ...
Dominant narratives - from the Cold War consensus to the War on Terror - have often served as the foundation for debates over national security. Weaving current challenges, past failures and triumphs, and potential futures into a coherent tale, with well-defined characters and plot lines, these...  more

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Funny Girl: A Novel by Nick Hornby
From the bestselling author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down comes a highly anticipated new novel. Set in 1960's London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television...  more

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Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda by John E. Mueller
Since the end of World War Two, the use of nuclear weapons has been America's-and the world's-worst nightmare. But they have never actually been used, despite the fact that an ever-increasing number of countries have obtained them. Our fear levels remain as high as ever today, but are they...  more

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The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death by Colson Whitehead
In The Noble Hustle Colson Whitehead does for participatory journalism what he did for zombie novels in Zone One: Take one literary genius, add $10,000 and a seat at the World Series of Poker, and stir. On one level, Colson Whitehead's The Noble Hustle is a familiar species of participatory...  more

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The ARMCHAIR BOOK OF BASEBALL (Armchair Library) by Thorn
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In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, Bk 1) by Tana French
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing...  more

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Comfort to the Enemy and Other Carl Webster Stories by Elmore Leonard
From the back of the book: The "Hot Kid" of the U.S. Marshals Service, Carl Webster maintains the law with a cool, showdown attitude. He's one of the richest creations in Elmore Leonard's half century of delivering the goods. From his appearances in the critically acclaimed...  more

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The Green Ripper (Travis McGee, Bk 18) by John D. MacDonald
In what is nearly his final adventure, Travis McGee falls deeply in love with Gretel, his live-aboard boatmate. Then Gretel is horribly and impersonally murdered. Desperate and half-demented, McGee sets out to find the killers. The trail leads him to the Church of Apocrypha, an eerily...  more

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Pray for a Brave Heart by Helen MacInnes
POWER GAMES… Denning rose abruptly. He opened the windows wife. Anger, raging anger, wasn’t the way to deal with kidnappers and torturers. Cold, determined purpose; calculations as in a chess game. That was the way. And how did you calculate, forestall each move of the enemy and...  more

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Why Me by Donald E. Westlake
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The Killing of Osama Bin Laden: And Other Fables by Seymour M. Hersh
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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel by Stephen King
WINNER OF THE 2015 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL #1 New York Times bestseller! In a high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. ?Mr. Mercedes is a rich, resonant, exceptionally readable...  more

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Citizen Vince by Jess Walter
It's October 1980, and laid-back loner Vince Camden never misses a morning making maple bars at the doughnut shop he manages in Spokane, Washington. And he rarely misses a night relieving locals of their bankrolls at an after-hours poker game, selling his hooker pals pot at cost, and running...  more

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Blindness by Jose Saramago & Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)
A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven...  more

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Baseball Prospectus 2018 by Baseball Prospectus
The 2018 edition of The New York Times Bestselling Guide.The 23rd edition of this industry-leading baseball annual contains all of the important regular and advanced statistics, player predictions and insider-level commentary that readers have come to expect, along with significant improvements...  more

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H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 8) by Sue Grafton
His name was Parnell Perkins, and until shortly after midnight, he'd been a claims adjustor for California Fidelity. Then someone came along and put paid to that line of work. And to any other. Parnell Perkins had been shot at close range and left for dead in the parking lot outside...  more

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A Stained White Radiance by James Lee Burke
Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux knows the Sonnier family of New Iberia -- their connections to the CIA, the mob, and to a former Klansman now running for state office. And he knows their past -- as dark and murky as a night on the Louisiana bayou. An assassination attempt and the death...  more

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Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler
"An almost flawless story of love...Morgan emerges as a true hero."LOS ANGELES TIMESMorgan Gower works at Cullen's hardware store in north Baltimore. He has seven daughters and a warmhearted wife, but as he journeys into the gray area of middle age, he finds his household growing tedious. Then...  more

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The Far Side of the Dollar (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Ross Macdonald
Has Tom Hillman run away from his exclusive reform school, or has he been kidnapped? Are his wealthy parents protecting him or their own guilty secrets? And why does every clue lead Lew Archer to an abandoned Hollywood hotel, where starlets and sailors once rubbed shoulders with grifters--and...  more

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Kalki by Gore Vidal
Who is Kalki, and why is he planning to destroy the world -- and everything in it? And if Kalki is a mystical legend, then why does his ultimate world include only a select few chosen to breed a new human race?

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Ceremony (Spenser, Bk 9) by Robert B Parker
Pretty teenager April Kyle is in grown-up-trouble, involved with people who'd beat her up for a dollar and kill her for five. Now she's disappeared, last seen in the Combat Zone, that side of Boston where nothing's proper, especially the sex for sale. With Hawk, his sidekick, Spenser takes...  more

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The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill Ja...
Using unprecedented, dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history. Between 1898 and 1912, families...  more

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The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future by Robert A. Pastor
In its first seven years, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) tripled trade among the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, and the region's share of the world economy grew from 30 to 36 percent. In 2001, however, North America peaked. Trade slowed among the three, manufacturing jobs shrunk,...  more

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Travels with My Aunt (Twentieth Century Classics) by Graham Greene
In this wickedly funny book, poor stick-in-the-mud Henry Pulling gets talked into accompanying his repobate Aunt Augusta on a questionable journey. The unlikely duo find themselves, in the course of the novel, in Brighton, aboard the Orient Express, on a boat from Buenos Aires to Asuncion -- and...  more

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The Cooperstown Casebook: Who's in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and W...
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, tucked away in upstate New York in a small town called Cooperstown, is far from any major media market or big league stadium. Yet no sports hall of fame?s membership is so hallowed, nor its qualifications so debated, nor its voting process so...  more

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Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, th...
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