The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais

November 12, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): The novel that introduced Elvis Cole, L.A. Private Eye and his partner, Joe Pike. Ellen Lang walks into Cole’s Disney-Deco office and hires Elvis to find her missing husband and son. Elvis and Joe’s search through Hollywood leads them to a world of drugs, sex, and murder. Warning: Spoilers below! […]


Zero Day by David Baldacci

August 23, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to […]


Tripwire by Lee Child

July 14, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): Reacher’s anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who’s come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI’s trail back to New York, Reacher’s compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be […]


Stone Cold by David Baldacci

May 24, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): Oliver Stone, the leader of the mysterious group that calls itself the Camel Club, is both feared and respected by those who’ve crossed his path. Keeping a vigilant watch over our leaders in Washington D.C., the Camel Club has won over some allies, but it has also earned formidable enemies-including […]


Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

May 12, 2015

Summary (from the publisher): Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds […]


11th Hour by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

April 24, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): Your best friend Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn’t slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco’s most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her […]


Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais

April 22, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): Bradley Warren has lost a very valuable thirteenth-century Japanese manuscript, the Hagakure, and hires Elvis Cole to recover it. Elvis and Joe Pike search through Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo and the nest of the notorious Japanese mafia, known as the yakuza. Warning: Spoilers below! Liked: So far, Elvis is still […]


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

April 19, 2015

Summary (from the publisher): At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the […]


Charm City by Laura Lippman

March 13, 2015

Plot summary (from the publisher): Reporter-turned-p.i. Tess Monaghan loves every inch of her native Baltimore—-a quirky city where baseball reigns, and homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon “Wink” Wynkowski wants to change all of that by bringing pro-basketball back to town—-a laudable mission that’s greeted with widespread cheers . . […]


Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

March 12, 2015

Summary (from the publisher): Millions of readers have thrilled by bestselling authors Bill O’Reilly and historian Martin Dugard’s Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, page-turning works of nonfiction that have changed the way we read history. Now the anchor of The O’Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man […]