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Staff Picks - Macho Men

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All items are shelved in the fiction section alphabetically by the author’s last name, unless otherwise noted.

A Prisoner of Birth
by Jeffrey Archer
A man framed for the murder of his best friend seeks revenge against the four men who put him in Belmarsh prison, the highest-security jail in the land, from which no inmate has ever escaped.

The Escape
by David Baldacci
When John Puller's older brother Robert inexplicably escapes from the military's most secure prison, Puller finds himself part of an investigation to hunt down his own brother.

Bowl of Heaven (SCIENCE FICTION)
by Gregory Benford
A human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by the discovery of an immense bowl-shaped structure in space that leads to hostile alien encounters and profound revelations about humanity's place in the universe.

The Counterfeit Agent
by Alex Berenson
Unable to prevent the assassination of a CIA station chief by Iranian hostiles who are allegedly plotting a nuclear attack on the United States, John Wells goes undercover to discern the truth.

Rolling Thunder
by Mark Berent
This is the story of three men and the Vietnam War. Air Force Captain Court Bannister is trying to prove to himself that he is as good as his famous father. Lt. Toby Parker is a starry-eyed kid until he joins an intelligence unit and loses his innocence. And Col. Wolf Lochert, tough and all business, volunteers to rescue a downed pilot and discovers a trap.

The Columbus Affair
by Steve Berry
When his beloved daughter falls in the clutches of a ruthless zealot, disgraced journalist Tom Sagan risks everything to embark on a perilous quest from Florida through Prague to Jamaica in search of an invaluable historical treasure.

Edge of Battle
by Dale Brown
With tensions escalating along the U.S.-Mexican border, the U.S. launches Operation Rampart under the command of Major Jason Richter and his Task Force TALON, who find themselves targeted by drug kingpin Enrique Fuera and a nationalist Mexican president out to regain control of the U.S. Southwest.

Make Me
by Lee Child
“Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

Dead or Alive
by Tom Clancy
Receiving intelligence from the Campus that the world's most threatening terrorist has been tracked to a specific location, Jack Ryan, Jr., the organization's latest recruits and his cousins embark on a dangerous mission to capture him.

Gone for Good
by Harlan Coben
Investigating his girlfriend's mysterious disappearance, Will Klein learns that she is somehow tied to his brother's death and becomes increasingly disturbed when he realizes that everyone he loves is harboring dark secrets. 

The Crossing
by Michael Connelly
Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup.

The Disciple
by Stephen Coonts
When it is discovered that Iran is weeks away from having operational nuclear weapons and that Ahmadinejad is plotting a brutal holy war, CIA agents Tommy Carmellini and Jake Grafton receive vital information from a group of Iranian dissidents and begin a world-saving race against time.

Suspect
by Robert Crais
Struggling to reclaim his career after the devastating murder of his partner eight months earlier, LAPD cop Max Kent is teamed with a traumatized military canine named Maggie who assists Max in an effort to track down his late partner's killer.

Devil’s Gate
by Clive Cussler
Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and members of the NUMA Special Assignments Team are called in to investigate after ships are destroyed near the Azores and they find themselves entangled in the ambitions of an African dictator who may have developed a weapon with extraordinary power.

Spartan Gold
by Clive Cussler
Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are shocked to discover a bottle of a rare wine taken from Napoleon's lost cellar. However, someone else is also searching for this treasure.

Radiant Angel
by Nelson DeMille
When Vasily Petrov, a colonel in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service posing as a diplomat with the Russian U.N. Mission, mysteriously disappears from a Russian oligarch's party in Southampton, it's up to Corey to track him down.

The Name of the Rose
by Umberto Eco
The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. His delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in 7days and nights of apocalyptic terror.

Blood’s a Rover
by James Ellroy
Summer, 1968. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy are dead. The assassination conspiracies have begun to unravel. A dirty-tricks squad is getting ready to deploy at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. Black militants are warring in southside L.A. The Feds are concocting draconian countermeasures. And fate has placed three men at the vortex of history.

Quantum of Solace
by Ian Fleming
A comprehensive anthology of short fiction chronicling the exploits and adventures of the suave British agent includes the tales that served as the inspiration for such films as Octopussy, The Living Daylights, & For Your Eyes Only.

Protect and Defend
by Vince Flynn
In the aftermath of an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, CIA director Irene Kennedy and operative Mitch Kelly are dispatched to the Middle East to diffuse Iran's sworn retaliation against the United States.

The Hammer of Eden
by Ken Follett
Young FBI agent Judy Maddox & maverick seismologist Michael Quercus race against time to stop an enigmatic terrorist group, called Stop Now, threatening to generate a deliberately engineered earthquake that will level San Francisco.

Avenger
by Frederick Forsyth
Living a secret double life, lawyer Cal Dexter embarks on a deadly quest for vengeance that threatens global security, prompting CIA agent Kevin McBride to race against the clock to stop him.

Forced Out
by Stephen Frey
Spotting a remarkable minor-league ballplayer, unhappily retired Yankees scout Jack Barrett hopes to re-enter his former life by bringing the young athlete into the big leagues, an effort that is challenged by the boy's bad attitude and a dangerous secret.

Born to Run
by James Grippando
Intrepid Miami attorney Jack Swyteck comes to the aid of his former governor father as he investigates the suspicious hunting death of the vice president.

The Associate
by John Grisham
Three months after leaving Yale, Kyle McAvoy becomes an associate at the largest law firm in the world, where, in addition to practicing law, he is expected to lie, steal, and take part in a scheme that could send him to prison, if not get him killed.

Night of Thunder
by Stephen Hunter
A tale set against a backdrop of a week-long NASCAR event in the heart of Dixie finds Marine Corps master sniper Lee Swagger facing off against an adversary known as Sinnerman, an effort that is compromised by corrupt police, meth dealers, & fanatical evangelicals. 

Last of the Breed
by Louis L’Amour
When his experimental aircraft is forced down over the Bering Sea by Russians, U.S. Air Force Major Joseph "Joe Mack" Makatozi must seek his safety in the uncharted wilds of Siberia, pursued by Colonel Zamatev of the GRU and by a Yakut tracker.

The Sigma Protocol
by Robert Ludlum
When a childhood friend unexpectedly attempts to murder him in Switzerland, an American investment banker begins to unravel a mystery involving his famous financier father and a mysterious OSS case code-named Sigma.

The Fifth Assassin
by Brad Meltzer
Archivist Beecher White discovers a connection that may link the individuals responsible for the only four successful assassinations of American Presidents after discovering a modern-day killer who is recreating the assassins' crimes.

Pandora’s Clock
by John J. Nance
When a passenger suddenly collapses during a flight from Frankfurt to New York, Captain Jack Holland attempts an emergency landing, only to be informed that the passenger is infected with a deadly virus capable of killing millions.

Storm Front (MYSTERY)
by John Sandford
Approached by an Israeli police officer who is tailing a man in possession of a stolen religious relic, Virgil Flowers learns that the artifact reveals startling details about the biblical King Solomon and that dangerous rivals are killing everyone who would protect it.

The English Spy
by Daniel Silva
Gabriel Allon investigates the murder of the former princess of England and enlists the help of Christopher Keller, a British commando turned professional assassin, to track down master bomb maker Eamon Quinn.