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Subject: 3-for 1 -- I HAVE A LOT OF WL ARCs -- order a book, choose two ARCS
Date Posted: 9/10/2007 2:05 PM ET
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A friend brought me EIGHT boxes of ARCs over the weekend!  250 books!  I will offer them a box at a time.  Any that don't get taken will go to a VA hospital or convalescent home.

Please order a book from my shelf and pick two ARCs. 

Please PM me asap so I can take down books that are no longer available!



Books on WLS:



The Return: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery – Hakan Nesser

Black Monday -- L. Scott Reiss 



Exposure – Kurt Wenzel


Gloss – Jennifer Oko – (TWO COPIES)


Pepperfish Keys – Darryl Wimberley


Cures for Heartbreak - Margo Rabb (Young Adult)


The Case of the Missing Books- Ian Sansom  





The Exile – Allan Folsom (some damage to last quarter of book due to spilled Pepsi -- will as a 3rd freebie include if you want the other Allan Folm book below)   Folsom, the author of the thrilling Day after Tomorrow (1994), which has no connection to the recent movie, and the decidedly less thrilling Day of Confession (1998), returns mostly to form in this fast-paced, exciting adventure. John Barron, a young LAPD detective, assists in the capture of a vicious killer, who dies during surgery following a gunfight. But some of his fellow cops are also killed in the process, and Barron is forced to leave the department, and the country, to avoid retribution from his former colleagues and friends. He assumes a new identity, moves to Europe, meets a nice lady--and then is confronted with the terrifying prospect that the villain who supposedly died in L.A. is not dead after all and is moving forward with his original plan. Written in short chapters, with a sturdy hero and a despicably clever villain, the novel grabs readers from the opening scenes and rarely lets them loose. Although it seems as though the author has written the book with an eye toward a future movie adaptation--short chapters, plenty of physical action, a constant reminder of the date and time, some scenes even written from an audience's point of view ("The viewer realized that somewhere out there was Raymond")--it isn't an outline posing as a novel. Sure, it's slick and a bit superficial, but it does what it sets out to do: deliver breathless excitement.


The Ragtime Kid – Larry KarpRagtime suffuses the very air of 1899 Sedalia, Mo., in Karp's sweet-natured historical featuring Scott Joplin and the fictional 16-year-old white boy Brun Campbell, who ignores the racial divide in his determination to play piano Joplin-style. Brun runs away from home in Oklahoma and stumbles on the body of a young woman just hours after arriving in Sedalia. He carelessly grabs a locket and a money clip off the corpse, but soon learns that the objects will incriminate Joplin. To protect his idol, Brun decides to find out who the real murderer is.



Sleight of Hand (A Barbara Holloway Mystery) - Katie Wilhelm - Gregarious Vegas entertainer Wally Lederer has a lucrative showbiz career, but when a childhood friend accuses him of stealing a valuable artifact, his checkered past comes back to haunt him. Wally claims he's turned his life around since spending time in the slammer for picking pockets, but will the police believe him? More important, does Barbara believe him when he pleads his case to her? Wally swears he's innocent. But when his accuser is found murdered, Barbara knows Wally is in serious trouble— the police have named him as their prime suspect.  Barbara begins to dig up the dirt, and before long new evidence points toward an unlikely killer. Now Barbara must decide if protecting her client by revealing the truth will destroy another life she means to save.


False Fortune: A Pinnacle Peak Mystery – Twist Phelan – Business attorney Hannah Dain is in such deep water not even her trusty kayak can keep her afloat. A trip to an abandoned uranium mine with her sister Shelby turns into a daring lake rescue. Then Hannah is appointed lead counsel in Shelby's pollution case on behalf of the local Indian tribe against the Feds—a case that some people will do anything to keep out of the courtroom. When things seem as if they can't get any stranger, a recently discovered family member shows up on Hannah's doorstep. 

Checkmate - Karna Small Bodman - (PW) Bodman, a deputy press secretary and later senior director of the National Security Council under Reagan, comes up with a cool premise for her debut thriller. Computer genius Cameron "Cammy" Talbot of Bandaq Technologies has developed a program whereby she's able to hack into the guidance system of an incoming cruise missile and redirect it back against whoever fired it. Lt. Col. Hunt Daniels of the Air Force becomes involved with Cammy after someone tries to kill her, and romantic sparks fly.

All the Flowers are Daying - Lawrence Block - (PW) Starred Review. Matt Scudder, bestseller Block's extraordinary private detective, has been around for almost 30 years, and if his aging has been neither gentle nor graceful, it's certainly been eventful. In his stellar 16th outing, the 60-something Scudder proves to be as tough and resilient as ever when faced with the slickest, sickest killer to ever test his mettle. 

Death and Judgment - Deanna Leon - (PW) The heady atmosphere of Venice and a galaxy of fully realized characters enrich this intriguing and finally horrifying tale, the fourth featuring Guido Brunetti, the stalwart and worldly Commissioner of Police in Venice.

Blonde Lightning - Terrill Lee Lankford - (Booklist)  Following his peripheral involvement in the murder of a studio executive (Earthquake Weather, 2004), Hollywood producer wanna-be Mark Hayes is still struggling on the edges of the film world. Lankford treats readers to a gritty, detail-rich portrait of how a movie gets made, from development to distribution. That the filmmaking process parallels the playing out of the crime drama in a steadily more ironic way adds an extra level of sly entertainment, much in the manner of Elmore Leonard's Get Shorty.

The Naming of the Dead – Jan Rankin -- Rankin fans can get back to the really good stuff: a new John Rebus novel. Coming off what is arguably the best Rebus of all, Fleshmarket Alley (2005), Rankin faces a stern challenge, and while the new offering isn't quite among the series' elite, it's still a damn good book. It's July 2005, and Bush, Blair, and other international leaders are coming to Scotland for the G8 conference to be held outside Edinburgh. Anything but a company man, Detective Inspector Rebus finds himself relegated to the sidelines until he takes a call that lands him smack where he's not supposed to be: butting heads with conference organizers in an attempt to make sense of the apparent suicide of an attendee at a preconference dinner. The focus on international events (including the London subway bombing) adds thematic heft to the novel. Required reading for crime-fiction followers.

The Patience of the Spider – Andrea Canilleri --On the mend from the gunshot wound he sustained at the conclusion of Rounding the Mark (2006), police inspector Salvo Montalbano is called back to work when the kidnapping of a young woman rocks the insular Sicilian community of Vigata. As Montalbano becomes intrigued with the case, he gradually feels himself start to reengage with the rest of humanity, though the almost metaphysical lethargy that has been weighing on his soul will not dislodge easily.  The focus of this consistently entertaining series has always been more on character than mystery, and it delivers what fans have come to expect: a perfectly blended mix of comedy and melancholy, and a hero whose joie de vivre is perpetually under siege from an absurd world.

Cactus Heart – Jon Talton -- Deputy sheriff David Mapstone's background as a history professor serves him well when he stumbles—quite literally—onto a very cold case in Talton's engaging fifth mystery, a prequel set in 1999. One night, after leaving a pro hockey game in Phoenix, Mapstone; his girlfriend, Lindsey Adams; and his boss, Mike Peralta, interrupt a carjacking. They pursue the perp into an abandoned warehouse, where Mapstone falls down an elevator shaft. At the bottom are the bodies of two small children, who turn out to be the Yarnell twins, kidnapped in the 1930s from the most powerful man in the region, cattle baron Hayden Yarnell. Talton does his usual competent job of depicting the history of Phoenix and the American West, in particular the greed that has driven the city's growth and the desert's demise. Mapstone is the kind of modern hero many readers dream of: intellectual but physical, tough but sensitive.

The Jericho Pact – Rachel Lee - After the assassination of the German chancellor, the security of Office 119 is torn by the multitude of threats facing Europe and its people. Now time is running out. Agent Renate Bachle must do everything and anything to stop a conspirator willing to push nations to war and scapegoat an entire race in a bid for deadly power.  In the shadows, a renegade priest and his bodyguard attempt to protect a sacred codex as ancient as it is coveted. But not even those willing to manipulate the Vatican to save the world can grasp the true nature of the power that has fallen into the wrong hands. All they can do is try to harness it long enough to stem the tide of blood and evil before it washes across Europe…and the globe.

The Cruel Stars of the Night – Kjall Eriksson -- In Swedish author Eriksson's fine second ensemble procedural (after 2006's The Princess of Burundi), members of the Uppsala Violent Crime Division try to connect the dots linking the separate murders of two old men and the disappearance of a third. Eriksson eschews crackling dialogue and facile descriptions in favor of longer, slower developing profiles of the principal men and women of the police unit: Ann Lindell, Ola Haver, Sammy Nilsson, Allan Fredricksson and others. Their investigation proceeds in parallel with the story of Laura Hindersten, daughter of the missing man. Eriksson balances these stories nicely as the detectives reach for clues. Lindell, the single mother of a young boy, emerges as the most compelling investigator, but the others are also distinct individuals. The author's squad of detectives displays the kind of interdependency and fractious loyalty that endeared Ed McBain's 87th Precinct squad to fans for so many decades

The Lost – Michelle Hancock -- What if you had irrefutable proof that Jesus Christ was actually an instrument of the Devil? This disturbing knowledge turns Guy Coffee Daniels a brilliant student of ancient languages at Columbia University into a tormented panhandler with a death wish. It all starts when Pia Cecelio, the beautiful daughter of a famous philanthropist, asks him to translate one of the Dead Sea scrolls not yet released to the public. What Coffee discovers is a new testament written by Jesus . . . and secrets sure to crush the faith of Christians worldwide! When Coffee and the document disappear, Pia is forced to track him down. But can she a devout Catholic scarred by a controlling father handle the truths revealed in the sacred text? Christian doctrine is cracked wide open in this provocative suspense thriller that asks the age-old question: What is evil?

Island Blues – Wendy Howell Mills -- Sabrina Dunsweeney left a teaching career in Cincinnati for the gentler clime of Comico Island in 2006's Island Intrigue, but island living has not yet proved entirely carefree for this amateur sleuth, whose new position as island ombudsman has her negotiating some delicate tourist-local relations in Mills's silly but fun follow-up. Both tourism and the death rate rise when an odd organization, Hummers International Inc., comes to Comico for a retreat. The Hummers "hear the Hum," which is the "voice of the universe," explains Hummers president Michael Siderius. But perhaps Hummer spokesman Gilbert Kane, found floating face down in the marina, heard too much. While the remaining Hummers fear for their lives—and their hearing—Sabrina works on cracking the case as well as a string of break-ins. Mills's eccentric, vaguely Southern resort community may tap into the escapist fantasies of people feeling trapped in humdrum lives and searching for a "patch of paradise."

The Interloper - Antoine Wilson -- In Wilson's pleasantly creepy debut novel, Owen Patterson, a Southern California software manual writer, believes that the "soil" of his marriage has been "poisoned" by the aftereffects of his brother-in-law's murder. The killer, Henry Joseph Raven, murdered CJ while Owen and Patty were on their honeymoon. Raven received a "twenty-odd-year" sentence, but Patty and her parents, a year later, are still in mourning. Owen, meanwhile, comes up with a convoluted plan for revenge: he creates alter ego Lily Hazelton, a lovelorn teacher's aide whose identity is a morass of tortured bits from Owen's past—chiefly his infatuation with now-dead cousin (and first love and sexual partner) Eileen—and writes to Raven in prison. Though the plan is never quite concrete, Owen aims to use Lily to seduce Raven through an exchange of letters, and then deny him the object of his desire, thus destroying Raven as CJ was destroyed. But as Owen gets more involved, it becomes apparent the scheme has more to do with Eileen than CJ. Though the plot takes some predictable turns as Owen's obsession darkens and the James Cain–style ending is telegraphed from the opening pages, the pathos, delusion and hope festering within Owen will carry readers through.

The Machiavelli Covenant - Allan Folsom - (PW) Nicholas Marten, an ex-LAPD detective, pursues an international conspiracy in this frenetic page-turner. When an old love of Marten's, Caroline Parsons, dies of a mysterious infection shortly after her congressman husband and son perish in a plane accident, her dying words set Marten on the trail of a South African bioterrorist. The former cop soon finds himself allied with another man trying to foil a cabal bent on creating a new world order—the U.S. president himself, John Henry Harris. 

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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 2:28 PM ET
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I have PMd you. Carly, I have ordered your Modern Manners book. For the two freebie ARCs, please send Shopaholic and Baby and A Thousand Bones. Thanks so much!

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 2:58 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 4:45 PM ET
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Hi Carly. I ordered Talked to Death and would like The 13th Apostle and The Mark as my freebie ARCs. Thanks for the deal.


Date Posted: 9/10/2007 5:02 PM ET
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Thanks, ladies!

Any more takers?

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 7:36 PM ET
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NOTE:  More books added!

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 7:43 PM ET
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OMG!! You are soooo lucky! I can't wait to see what other ARCs you will be posting! I'll keep checking back here unless you are PMing the list to swappers. Thanks!
Date Posted: 9/10/2007 8:12 PM ET
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Carly Thank you for the deal!!  I will also be checking back on your arcs but for now I ordered Sick of Shadows by  Sharon McCrumb  and would like The Cleaner by Brett Battles and  She Walks These Hills by Sharon McCrumb as my free ARCs

Thanks again


Date Posted: 9/10/2007 8:49 PM ET
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I too will be checking back Carly...and if it's on my WL, I certainly don't mind an arc...

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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 9:06 PM ET
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I ordered A New Leash on Death and would like The Case of the Missing Books (Ian Sansom) and And Murder for Dessert by Kathleen Delaney. Thanks! I've had the Ian Sansom book wishlisted for a couple months now and I'm still NO. 7 on the list!!

I'm going to PM you as well with my order.


Date Posted: 9/10/2007 9:32 PM ET
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Hi Carly,

I've just ordered Mama Makes Up Her Mind and would like these two ARCs:

The Tenderness of Wolves – Stef Penney
The Hellfire Conspiracy – Will Thomas



Date Posted: 9/11/2007 1:30 AM ET
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Hi Carly! I just ordered Harm's Way by Stephen White and would like these as my freebies!

The Devil You Know – Mike Carey

Disturbing the Dead – Sanda Parshall

Thanks for the deal!

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 9:50 AM ET
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I don't see anything right now, but I'll check back for the ARCs from other boxes.  Kinda like a treasure hunt!

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 12:59 PM ET
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Thanks, everybody -- getting them out ASAP!

You will note that I replied that I would be mailing the last 3 orders later than 2 days.  That is just to be on the safe side, since my car desperately needs to go to the mechanic (serious overheating), so I may not be to the P.O. by Thursday, depending on if the old clunker has to stay in the "E.R." overnight!

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Donna, no I am not PMing lists -- this is open to all!

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 5:03 PM ET
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I just ordered Princess Alice and would like A Man After His Own Heart: A True Story - Charles Siebert. I don't see a 2nd ARC I would like at this time but I do really want this one since I may be facing a heart transplant of my own someday.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 6:05 AM ET
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bumping while waiting to see what new and wonderful ARCs you'll post next. :-)

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 1:55 PM ET
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I was hoping someone would choose that book.  Off as soon as possible to you, Bren!

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 2:30 PM ET
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Hi, I would like the 2 ARCS: The Case of the Missing Books and Cures for Heartbreak

i am ordering The Perfect Storm. My hubby wants to read it

Thanks for the nice deal


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Date Posted: 9/12/2007 2:42 PM ET
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Megan -- I had to turn down your request because of the smoking restriction!