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Best of BARD: September 2017

In September Grisham was kicked out of first place after two consecutive months.  Lee Child overtook him with a collection of short stories about Jack Reacher entitled No Middle Name.  Somehow, King Patterson managed to hold second place but with a different title this time.  I’m pleased to say an authoress appeared in the top five this month, too.  And I see that Michael Connelly maintained fifth place in the top titles downloaded by our Western Pennsylvania patrons.  This month’s picks, like last month’s, are full of mystery and mayhem.  Will November be the same, or will our readers mix it up?  I bet some holiday books appear, but we won’t find out until next month’s Best of BARD.

No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories
DB88274 / CL16634
By Lee Child
Twelve entries featuring itinerant loner Jack Reacher, who constantly stumbles upon–and tackles–crime. In “Too Much Time,” Reacher thwarts a bag snatcher, only to be arrested after giving his witness statement. Includes some stories found elsewhere in the NLS/BPH collection. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller.  2017.

The Medical Examiner: A Women’s Murder Club Story
By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
A woman checks into a hotel room and entertains a man who is not her husband. A shooter blows away the lover and wounds the millionairess, leaving her for dead. Is it the perfect case for the Women’s Murder Club–or just the most twisted. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Y is for Yesterday
By Sue Grafton
In 1979, four teenage boys filmed themselves sexually assaulting a fourteen-year-old classmate. The tape went missing, the suspected thief was murdered, and two boys were convicted. Released a decade later, one of them receives a copy of the missing tape with a ransom demand. His parents hire PI Kinsey Millhone. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2017.

Paradise Valley
By C.J. Box
Cassie Dewell, investigator for Bakken County, North Dakota’s sheriff’s department, has finally set a trap for the serial-killing truck driver known as the Lizard King. But it goes horribly wrong, leaving Cassie unemployed and on the hunt for her son’s missing friend. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Late Show
DB88433 / CL16664
By Michael Connelly
Night-shift LAPD detective Renee Ballard must turn over all investigations to the day shift. A once up-and-coming detective, she’s on this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against her supervisor. But one night she catches two assignments she refuses to part with. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2017.

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