New audio books available at the Taylor Community Library.
“A Loss of Innocence” by Richard North Patterson
In 1968 America is in turmoil with civil unrest and in the middle of an unpopular war. Yet for Whitney Dane, spending the summer on Martha’s Vineyard, planning a wedding life couldn’t be any better or safer, nor the future more certain. Educated at Wheaton, Whitney has everything she has ever wanted, and is everything her doting father wants her to be, smart, sensible, predictable. But Whitney is questioning society and her potential role in it is stimulated by the forces transforming the nation.
The Vineyard is disturbed by the appearance of Benjamin Blaine, a fiercely ambitious and charismatic figure who worked as an aide to the recently slain Bobby Kennedy. Ben’s presence accelerates Whitney’s growing intellectual independence, inspires her to question truths about her family. It also brings deep-rooted tensions within the Dane clan to a dangerous head. Soon, Whitney’s future seems far less secure, and her ideal family far more human, than she ever could have suspected.
“One Kick” by Chelsea Cain
Kick Lannigan has taught herself to be dangerous. She can pick any lock, fire any weapon and throw any knife. She has also taught herself to be safe. So when John Bishop shows up asking her to help him rescue missing kids, Kick has every reason to be wary. He appears to have access to limitless money, high-level contacts, and details of Kick’s background long kept sealed by the court. Yet everything he tells her about himself seems to be a lie. Kick can’t help but see the writing on the wall. Together, she and Bishop could make an unstoppable team, willing to do whatever it takes, legal or not, to see justice served. For Kick, whose interest in child abduction is deeply personal, it’s a gamble worth taking.
“Evidence” by Jonathan Kellerman
In a half-built mansion in Los Angeles, a watchman stumbles onto the bodies of a young couple murdered and left in a gruesome postmortem embrace. Homicide cop Milo Sturgis is shocked at the sight, a twisted crime that only Milo and psychologist Alex Delaware can hope to solve. While the female victim’s identity remains in question, her companion is identified as Desmond Backer, notorious for his power to seduce women. The deeper Milo and Alex dig for clues, the longer the list of suspects grows. When the investigation turns suddenly in a startling direction, it’s the investigators who may wind up on the wrong end of a cornered predator’s final fury
“What I Did for Love” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
How did this happen? Georgie York, once the costar of America’s favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating. What should a down-on-her-luck actress do? Not go to Vegas or run into her detestable former costar Bramwell Shepard and certainly not get caught up in an ugly incident that leads to a calamitous elopement. Before she knows it, Georgie has a fake marriage and a fake husband. It’s a paparazzi free-for-all, and Georgie’s non-supporting cast doesn’t help.
Two enemies find themselves working without a script in a town where the spotlight shines bright and where the strongest emotions can wear startling disguises
“Sworn to Silence” by Linda Castillo
In Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and “English” residents have lived side by side for two centuries. Sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. A young Amish girl named Kate Burkholder survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but ultimately decided to leave her community. Now years later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as chief of police. Her Amish roots and big-city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She’s certain she’s come to terms with her past until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. To do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past and expose a dark secret that could destroy her.
“The Kissing Game” by Suzanne Brockmann
When Frankie Paresky was 12, she had a mad crush on her best friend Leila’s older brother, Simon. Now all grown up, Francine still appreciates Simon but she’s well aware that he’s Sunrise Key’s most notorious ladies’ man. She’s glad to be his friend, his sharp sense of humor and love of laughter makes him fun to be around, but she’s careful to follow the “10-foot pole” rule. If she lets him get too close, her resistance starts to melt. But Simon only does short-term flings and Frankie’s looking for forever.
Simon Hunt can’t stop making jokes when Frankie gets a license to become a private eye. Sunrise Key isn’t exactly overrun with crime or mysteries that need solving, so she’s as surprised as he is when a client walks in to her office and drops a hefty retainer on her desk. Her first big assignment is to find a man named “John” who vacationed on the island over a decade ago. Frankie’s lived in the tiny tourist town her entire life and she soon realizes that the key to finding John lies in her tracking down his stepson who just happens to be the boy with whom she shared her first kiss. Will Frankie get her man in the end?
“Turbulent Sea” by Christine Feehan
Joley Drake was born with a legacy of magical gifts, but it was the gift of singing that made her an overnight sensation. Because of the flush of success, she could have any man she wants, but there’s only one man who can give her what she really needs. Ilya Prakenskii is cool, inscrutable and working in the shadow of his infamous reputation that of a secret Russian hit man on the payroll of a notorious mobster. He’s the last man Joley should get close to, yet when her life is threatened on tour she has nowhere left to turn. But in the seductive safe keep of Ilya’s embrace, is Joley really as secure as she imagines?
“It Devours!” by Joseph Fink
Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town’s top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. All of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation’s darkest and most-terrible secret.
“Trap the Devil” by Ben Coes
On restricted duty while he recovers from injuries incurred on a previous mission, Dewey Andreas is sent to Paris by the director of the CIA to accompany the Secretary of State. What should have been a simple job turns into a nightmare when the Secretary is taken out by a hitman and the blame falls on Dewey himself. Now Dewey is on the run and out in the cold, desperately trying to unravel a plot back at home and a secret enemy at his heels before the conspirators succeed in their sinister agenda and kill millions of innocent citizens in the process.
“The Devil and Webster” by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Naomi Roth is the first female president of Webster College, a once conservative school now known for producing fired-up, progressive graduates. So Naomi isn’t surprised or alarmed when Webster students begin the fall semester with an outdoor encampment around “The Stump”-a traditional campus gathering place for generations of student activists-to protest a popular professor’s denial of tenure. A former student radical herself, Naomi admires the protestors’ passion, especially when her own daughter, Hannah, joins their ranks. Then Omar Khayal, a Palestinian student emerges as the group’s leader, and the demonstration begins to consume Naomi’s life, destabilizing Webster College from the inside out. As the crisis slips beyond her control, Naomi must take increasingly desperate measures to protect her friends, colleagues and family from an unknowable adversary.