Homicide by David Simon

Homicide

In 1988, David Simon lingered like a ghost in the hallways of the Baltimore PD, immersing himself into the homicide department of one of America’s most violent cities. He rode in the backseats of department-issued Chevy Cavaliers and stood on the sidelines while detectives deconstructed grotesque crime scenes and inspected bodies still cooling on couches,…

Time Siege by Wesley Chu

Time Siege

After rescuing his formerly doomed sister from the past and rushing her into the present, former Chronman James Griffin-Mars is devastated to learn that she has become gravely ill.  Without a doctor, it seems as if she will die.  As James sets off  in search of help, his partner and resident scientist Elise continues to…

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

Underground Airlines

Ben Winters’ Underground Airlines imagines a modern world where the U.S. Civil War never happened and without that war, slavery remained legal in South.  The story follows a young black man named Victor (one of many aliases he uses), a former slave himself who had been given freedom in exchange for a position with the…

At Home by Bill Bryson

At Home

Resident information sponge Bill Bryson goes through his home, room-by-room, to present the history of private life and how many of the items we see and interact with on a daily basis came to find their way into our everyday lives. At Home feels like a handbook for making small talk at social gatherings.  Let’s…

True Crime Addict by James Renner

True Crime Addict

In 2011, the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray caught the eye of freelance investigative journalist James Renner.  But this wasn’t exactly new territory for Renner.  Years before, he had dug into the disappearance of Amy Mihaljevic, a case that left Renner with PTSD.  Why would he want to subject himself to this scenario again, you…

The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman

“The world was on fire and no one could save me but you..” A deadly plague dubbed “dragonscale” – a disease that causes its carriers to burst into flames shortly following the appearance of black and gold scale-like patterns on their skin – is sweeping the nation.  Small town nurse Harper Grayson becomes infected following…

Titan Screwed by James Dixon and Justin Henry

Titan Screwed

In 1997, three organizations battled for sports entertainment supremacy. You had the juggernaut WWF (World Wrestling Federation), who despite a massively successful 1980s, had entered a cooling off period as it struggled to find its footing amid a steady stream of superstar exits. You had Ted Turner’s WCW (World Championship Wrestling), a company filled with…

Good Morning Midnight

Good Morning, Midnight

A unspecified world catastrophe forces the evacuation of a northern Canadian astronomical research station but disaffected scientist and perennial loner Augustine decides to stick around to finish his work. He doesn’t care what happened nor is he particularly bothered by the seriousness of the event – he just wants to be left alone to dither…