We circulate millions of books every year from all our seven branches; however, only a few can make the list of the most popular adult fiction at Douglas County Libraries in 2014. Here are those titles:
1. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
John Grisham returns to Ford County, which was featured in his first and most famous novel, A Time to Kill. Jake Brigance finds himself once again embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial that exposes a tortured history of racial tension.
2. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
This historical fiction features the Grimké sisters, who were real-life abolitionists in the early 19th century as well as their slaves. Sarah and Angelina (Nina) Grimké hoped to escape the constraints placed on women of that era. While Sarah’s handmaid, Handful (Hetty) wants to be released from the bonds of slavery.
3. The Target by David Baldacci
Baldacci has created another “edge-of-your-seat” thriller with Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. The assassins have a new perilous, high-risk assignment; however, some in power do not trust the pair. And they will do anything to see that they succeed, but they do not survive.
4. King and Maxwell by David Baldacci
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell–former Secret Service agents turned private investigators–are back for their most surprising, dangerous case ever. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns horrible news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then, he receives communication from his father, after his supposed death. Tyler hires King and Maxwell to investigate the mystery surrounding his father’s death. They expose more troubling questions: Could Tyler’s father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target?
5. Stone Cold by C.J. Box
Joe Pickett has his old job back as the Wyoming game warden, and is once again on special assignment for Governor Rulon. A mysterious wealthy landowner is buying up the northeast corner of the state. Rumors abound that his wealth comes from murder for hire. Pickett is sent to find out what the truth is, but he discovers a lot more than he’d bargained for.
6. The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
Connelly’s latest in the Lincoln Lawyer series, hot-shot criminal defense lawyer Mickey Haller agrees to defend a former client’s pimp on a murder charge—the victim is the said former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path. Haller works tirelessly to put the right culprit in prison for a long, long time.
7. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has the perfect suburban life: she is happily married with three lovely daughters and runs a successful Tupperware business while also leading the PTO at the local elementary school. Her life is as spotless as her beautiful home, but a letter changes everything. She stumbles across a note from her husband that he meant for her to open after her death, but her husband is still alive and the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret.
8. Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, and this time she has a run in with the mob when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam. Nobody wants to turn him in, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.
9. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Goldfinch is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
10. Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner
DD Warren returns in a tale of two sisters, one is a successful doctor who can’t feel pain while the other is already incarcerated for multiple murders. They are also daughters of a monster–a father who slaughtered eight prostitutes before dying himself.