New audio books available at the Taylor Community Library.
“A Tap on the Window” by Linwood Barclay
Since private investigator Cal Weaver’s teenage son died, Cal and his wife have drifted apart. Cal is immersed in a grief he can’t move past. Driving home one rainy night, a girl taps on his car window and asks for a ride. He knows a grown man picking up a teenage hitchhiker is foolish, but he lets her in. Cal soon senses that something’s not right with the girl or the situation. But it’s too late, he’s already involved. Drawn into a nightmare of secrets, lies and cover-ups in his small, upstate New York town, Cal knows that the only thing that can save him is the truth. Now he’s about to expose the town’s secrets one by one, if he lives long enough.
“The Thirst” by Jo Nesbo
The murder victim, a self-declared Tinder addict. The one solid clue, fragments of rust and paint in her wounds, but they leave the investigating team baffled. Two days later, there’s a second murder, a Tinder user, a similar scene. The chief of police knows there’s only one man for this case, but Harry Hole is no longer with the force. He made a promise that he’d never go back, not after his last case. However there’s something about these murders that catches his attention, something in the details that the investigators have missed. Now, despite his promises, despite everything he risks, Harry throws himself back into the hunt for a figure who haunts him, the monster who got away.
“Sunday Kind of Love” by Dorothy Garlock
Gwendolyn Foster’s life seems like a dream come true. A bright future in front of her, the successful, traditional man her parents wanted at her side. What more could a girl ask for? Gwen has a different dream altogether, to be a writer and she won’t rest until it comes true. Strong arms to support her that’s what she needs also. Finally she finds them in the most unexpected of places. Hank Ellis has long been haunted by his little brother’s death. He knows the entire town blames him for the accident, but it’s only fitting. He blames himself too. So he’s shocked when Gwen ignores the vicious gossip and befriends him. Before long, everything changes for them. Folks warn Gwen about Hank, but she knows in her heart that they’re wrong. Drawn to this man of bravery and kindness who encourages her to pursue her passions, Gwen can finally envision the life she’s always wanted. Hank finds the strength to let go of his guilt, as he dares to hope for a future with her. Braving the town that turns against them isn’t the only challenge they face. For Hank still harbors a dark secret, a shocking truth that may force him to lose Gwen forever .
“Scrivener’s Moon” by Phillip Reeve
In a future land once known as Britain, nomad tribes are preparing to fight a terrifying enemy, the first ever mobile city. Before London can launch itself, young engineer Fever Crumb must journey to the wastelands of the North. She seeks the ancient birthplace of the Scriven mutants. In the chaotic weeks before battle begins, Fever finds a mysterious black pyramid. The extraordinary secrets it contains will change her world forever.
“The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George
The town of Ludlow is stunned when one of its most revered and respected citizens, Ian Druitt, the local deacon, is accused of a serious crime. Then, while in police custody, Ian is found dead. Did he kill himself or was he murdered? When Barbara Havers is sent to Ludlow to investigate the chain of events that led to Ian’s death, all the evidence points to suicide. Barbara can’t shake the feeling that she’s missing something. She decides to take a closer look at the seemingly ordinary inhabitants of Ludlow, mainly elderly retirees and college students and discovers that almost everyone in town has something to hide. Will she find the truth or will these secrets remain buried forever.
“21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Harari
As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. In 21 accessible chapters that are both provocative and profound, Harari builds on the ideas explored in his previous books, untangling political, technological, social and existential issues and offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future from the world we now live in: How can we retain freedom of choice when Big Data is watching us? What will the future workforce look like, and how should we ready ourselves for it? How should we deal with the threat of terrorism? Why is liberal democracy in crisis?
“Robicheaux” by James Lee Burke
Dave Robicheaux is a haunted man. Between his recurrent nightmares about Vietnam, his battle with alcoholism and the sudden loss of his beloved wife, Molly, his thoughts drift from one memory to the next. Images of ghosts at Spanish Lake live on the edge of his vision. During a murder investigation, Dave discovers he may have committed the homicide he’s investigating, one which involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave’s beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, he encounters many people and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves.
“The Moscow Offensive” by Dale Brown
On a remote island estate, a wealthy investor sells his air freight company to the president of Russia, Gennadiy Gryzlov. The Russians are plotting to use these massive private planes to secretly transport dangerous cargo into the United States. The American president, Stacy Anne Barbeau, has failed to account for the Russian threat. Top-notch aviator Brad Mc Lanahan and the elite Iron Wolf Squadron have joined forces with the Alliance of Free Nations in Eastern Europe to prepare for the imminent horrifying attack. Working with cutting-edge technology, the team will expertly pilot CIDs (Cybernetic Infantry Devices) twelve-foot-tall humanoid combat robots—each armed with more firepower than a conventional platoon. Their state-of-the-art weapons and honed battle skills may not be enough to stamp out this new menace. For the Russians have reverse engineered their own combat robots and they are smuggling them across America’s borders, planning to attack from within. Mc Lanahan and the Iron Wolf Squadron will once again put their lives on the line to fiercely protect the home of the brave and the free world.
“The Luster of Lost Things” by Sophie Chen Keller
Walter Lavender Jr. is a master of finding, wears of high-tops and makes of croissants. A son keeping vigil, twelve years counting. However he wouldn’t be able to tell you. Silenced by his motor speech disorder, Walter’s life gets lonely. Fortunately, he has The Lavenders—his mother’s enchanted dessert shop, where marzipan dragons breathe actual fire. He also has a knack for tracking down any missing thing, except for his lost father. So when the Book at the root of the bakery’s magic vanishes, Walter, accompanied by his dog, journeys through New York City to find it. Along the way they encounter an unforgettable cast of lost souls. Will Walter find the book, but most of all will he find himself?
“Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver
Willa Knox and her husband followed all the rules as responsible parents and professionals, and have nothing to show for it but debts and an inherited brick house that is falling apart. The magazine where Willa worked has folded, the college where her husband had tenure has closed. When the family’s one success story, an Ivy-educated son, is uprooted by tragedy he seems likely to join them, with dark complications of his own. In another time, a troubled husband and public servant asks, “How can a man tell the truth, and be reviled for it?” A science teacher with a passion for honest investigation, Thatcher Greenwood finds himself under siege: his employer forbids him to speak of the exciting work just published by Charles Darwin. His young bride and social-climbing mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal, and dismiss his worries that their elegant house is unsound. In a village ostensibly founded as a benevolent Utopia, Thatcher wants only to honor his duties, but his friendships with a woman scientist and a renegade newspaper editor threaten to draw him into a vendetta with the town’s powerful men.