Woes of the True Policeman by Roberto Bolano: Follows Amalfitano, exiled Chilean university professor and widower with a teenage daughter, as his political disillusionment and love of poetry lead to the scandal that will force him to flee from Barcelona and take him to Santa Teresa, Mexico.
Cold Days by Jim Butcher: Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness, must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own … his soul.
Nano by Robin Cook: Taking a year off from her medical studies and leaving New York City, Pia Grazdani accepts a job at Nanobots, a nanotechnology institute, where she is quickly warned not to investigate the other work done at the facility and not to ask questions about their source of funding.
The Black Box by Michael Conelly: Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots.Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off and never solved. Now Bosch’s ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence but personal and connected to a deeper intrigue.
The Round House by Louise Erdrich: After Geraldine Coutts is attacked on the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota, her husband Bazil, a tribal judge, tries to find justice for his wife, and their teenage son Joe tries to help his mother heal.
Breaking News by Fern Michaels: Teresa “Toots” Amelia Loudenberry decides to stay in Charleston, North Carolina, to care for her ailing housekeeper and also finds an opportunity to model for her friend’s new line of cosmetics, and at the same time she is planning her daughter’s upcoming wedding, her criminal ex-boss shows up.
Private London by James Patterson: Dan Carter, head of the London division of Private, the world’s most exclusive detective agency, must join forces with his ex-wife if he is going to save American student Hannah Shapiro from a threat that has stalked her for eight years.
Political Suicide by Michael Palmer: Supervising an unrepentant alcoholic doctor who has been implicated in the death of a powerful Congressman, Dr. Lou Welcome uncovers a wealth of incriminating facts that leads to a high-level conspiracy that places Lou’s life at risk.
Shiver by Karen Robards: A pretty single mother supported herself and her son as best she could by repo-ing cars. When she hooked her junker of a tow truck up to a BMW the last thing she expected was to find a beaten, bloody man in the in the trunk–or to be catapulted into a terrifying fight to survive.