It's spooky, creepy, crime, and/or paranormal stories (fiction and nonfiction - books, tv, and film) that take place here in the beautiful and sometimes dreary Pacific NW. (Think Twin Peaks and Ann Rule...)
TV Shows
    
Bates Motel. Season 1 [DVD]
A modern day re-imagining of, and prequel to, the classic film Psycho. The story follows Norman Bates' teenage years, delving into his intricate relationship with his mother, and how she helped forge the most infamous serial killer of them all.
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Dark Angel. the complete first season [DVD]
Set in post-apocalyptic Seattle in the year 2019. Max Guevara is a young genetically created woman and part of a top-secret government elite military squad, who is living life as a bicycle messengerfugitive in the ruins of Seattle. She is hiding from her former commanding officer, Lydecker who is looking to bring her back to his fold. Max meets and turns to Logan Cale, a crippled computer specialistleft-wing rebel who runs a pirated TV system, who helps hide her and asks for her help in cleani
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Eureka. Season 1 [DVD]
In the quirky town of Eureka, America's brightest scientists are working on some of the government's best-kept secrets-- some lead to brilliant inventions and some to total chaos. Making sense of the mysteries is Sheriff Jack Carter, a former U.S. marshal who is stranded in the surreal small town after a random car accident.
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Grimm. Season 1 [DVD]
A new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm's Fairy Tales. Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as 'Grimms', charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures.
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The killing. Season 1 [DVD]
Following a shocking murder, the lives of the police, suspects and victim's family are intricately woven together in this 'spellbinding' (TV Guide) series. This engrossing series has earned huge acclaim, as well as a Golden Globe nomination and multiple Emmy nominations in its first season.
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The X-files. Season 1 [DVD]
Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, join forces to solve cases the FBI has labeled X-files. Both are determined to uncover the hidden truths--one searching for otherwordly answers, the other for more earthbound scientific explanations. Together they will make discoveries neither could have ever imagined.
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Twin Peaks. The complete show with new bonus features [DVD]
Includes both seasons of this Golden Globe-winning series. Follow FBI special agent Dale Cooper as he tries to hunt down just who killed Laura Palmer in the sleepy town of Twin Peaks, Washington.
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Films
    
Crimes of imagination : a case of alleged Satanic ritual abuse in Thurston County [DVD]
Examines the news coverage, evidence, and allegations of a case which resulted in the imprisonment of Paul Ingram, a county law enforcement officer and Republican leader accused of sexual and Satanic abuse. Includes interviews with experts, attorneys, and other suspects.
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If I stay [DVD]
Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.
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McQ [DVD]
A police lieutenant resigns from the force to track down some big dope dealers involved in killing a couple of police officers.
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My own private Idaho [DVD]
Mike - a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him - and Scott - the rebellious son of a prominent family and the object of Mike's desire - embark on a quest from the grungy streets of Portland to the open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home.
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Snow falling on cedars [DVD]
A murder trial has upset the quiet community of San Piedro, and now this tranquil village has become the center of controversy. For a local reporter the trial strikes home when he finds his ex-lover is linked to the case.
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Twilight [DVD]
Isabella Swan moves to gloomy Forks, Washington to live with her father. She begins her junior year in high school and becomes fascinated by Edward Cullen. He holds a dark secret which is only known by his family. To Edward, Bella is what he has waited 90 years for, a true soul mate. But he knows the further they progress in their relationship the more he is putting Bella and those close to her at risk. Edward tries to warn Bella that she should leave him, but she refuses. A new vampire finds it
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Wendy and Lucy [DVD]
Wendy is a down-on-her-luck girl who's hoping to turn things around for herself with a summer job in Alaska, but finds herself stranded with no money in a small Oregon town.
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Books
Alexie, Sherman     
Indian killer
While a serial killer stalks and scalps white men in Seattle, John Smith, a Native American adopted into a white family, becomes dissatisfied with his life, and, as the killer searches for his next victim, John descends into the madness of Seattle's homeless.
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Anne, Missy     
Jimmy James Blood (the man from Angel Road) : a novel
Recounts the dark story of several young people growing up in a rural Washington logging town.
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Barron, Laird     
The croning
"Strange things exist on the periphery of our existence, haunting us from the darkness looming beyond our firelight. Black magic, weird cults and worse things loom in the shadows. The Children of Old Leech have been with us from time immemorial. And they love us. Donald Miller, geologist and academic, has walked along the edge of a chasm for most of his nearly eighty years, leading a charmed life between endearing absent-mindedness and sanity-shattering realization. Now, all things must converge
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Cain, Chelsea     
One Kick
Kick Lannigan, abducted at age six, goes into a tailspin when a second Amber Alert in a month signals the disappearance of a child in the Portland area.That's when the enigmatic Bishop approaches her with a proposition. He made a fortune as a weapons dealer and now wants to make good by using his resources to rescue abducted children. And he is convinced Kick's experiences and expertise can be mined to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifyi
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Clarkson, James E     
Westport UFO crash retrieval event : a case study
What was the fiery object that fell from the night skies of Grays Harbor County on November 25, 1979? Why did the military block the logging roads keeping residents away at gunpoint? Here is the story of what is known and what has remained a perplexing mystery.
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Daily World (Aberdeen, Wash)     
On the harbor : from Black Friday to Nirvana
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Dukes, Brad     
Reflections : an oral history of Twin Peaks
Examines David Lynch and Mark Frost's legendary television series that aired on the ABC network from 1990-91. As the mystery of "Who Killed Laura Palmer?" played out on television sets across the world, another compelling drama was unfolding in the everyday lives of the show's cast and crew. Twenty-five years later, Reflections goes behind the curtain of Twin Peaks and documents the series' unlikely beginnings, widespread success, and peculiar collapse. Featuring first-hand accounts from series
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Egan, Timothy     
Breaking blue
In 1935, the Spokane police regularly extorted sex, food, and money from the reluctant hobos (many of them displaced farmers who had fled the midwestern dust bowls), robbed dairies, and engaged in all manner of nefarious crimes, including murder. This history was suppressed until 1989, when former logger, Vietnam vet, and Spokane cop Tony Bamonte discovered a strange 1955 deathbed confession while researching a thesis on local law enforcement history. Bamonte began to probe what had every appearance of widespread police crime and a massive cover-up whose highlight was the unsolved murder of Town Marshall George Conff. The fact that many of those involved, now in their 80s and 90s, were still alive made it imperative that Bamonte unravel this mystery. The result is Breaking Blue, a white-knuckle ride through institutional corruption and cover-up that vividly documents Depression-era Spokane and an extraordinary case that few believed would ever be brought to light.
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Elkins, Aaron J     
The dark place
A wish upon a star transports the luckless-in-love Jessica Blakely back in time to the thirteenth century. But her desire for a fair and gallant knight yields the fearsome Richard De Galtres. And it will take her tender touch--and stubborn will--to pierce his armor-clad heart...
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Frazier, Karen     
Avalanche of spirits : the ghosts of Wellington
"100 years after the worst avalanche disaster in the history of the United States, they're still trying to find their way home".
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Friel, Bob     
The barefoot bandit : the true tale of Colton Harris-Moore, new American outlaw
The true story of Colton Harris-Moore, America's 21st-century outlaw. Born into a poor family marred by alcohol abuse, Colt had the sheriff after him before age ten. He survived by breaking into homes for food, and learned to evade the police by melting into the Pacific Northwest wilds. As a teenager, he escalated to stealing cars, boats, and identities. Caught, he escaped juvenile prison and fled to nearby Orcas Island, where he stole an airplane without ever having a formal flight lesson. Orca
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Giambanco, V M     
The gift of darkness
In the aftermath of a Seattle lawyer's ritualistic murder, rookie homicide detective Alice Madison and her seasoned partner Detective Sergeant Brown discover unsettling childhood links between the victim, his law partner, and his killer.
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Gloss, Molly     
The jump-off creek
Lydia Sanderson writes about her life on Jump Off Creek in the higher mountain country of Oregon in 1895. She tells of friendship, loss, daily struggles, and achievements.
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Gordon, Alex     
Jericho : a novel
"In this follow-up to the masterful debut Gideon, a young witch must risk death and damnation to defeat a powerful ancient evil.In unearthing her father's secret past, Lauren Reardon discovered a shocking truth about herself. She is a Child of Endor, a sect of witches who believe they are the guardians of the "thin places" areas across the globe where evil can seep through the divide between the worlds separating the living and the restless dead. At any time, she can be called upon to close one of these breaches and prevent demons from infiltrating our realm. When Lauren has a disturbing vision of an Oregon forest, she is drawn back to the familiar woods of the misty Pacific Northwest to investigate. Locals had long whispered about an abandoned logging camp known as Jericho of the strange disappearances and eerie sounds heard in the woods deep in the night. But these ghost stories only hint at the true evil lurking within the camp's dilapidated buildings, a primeval malevolence far more terrifying than Lauren's darkest imaginings. And now, Lauren must face this evil, even if it takes her life. even if it costs her soul"--|cProvided by publisher.
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Gray, Geoffrey     
Skyjack : the hunt for D.B. Cooper
Geoffrey Gray reopens one of the great unsolved criminal cases of the 20th century: the puzzling story of "D. B. Cooper," the only skyjacker never to be caught by authorities.
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Guterson, David     
The other
When two boys--John William Barry and Neil Countryman-- meet in 1972 at age sixteen, they're brought together by what they have in common: a fierce intensity and a love of the outdoors that takes them, together and often, into Washington's remote backcountry, where they must rely on their wits--and each other--to survive. Soon after graduating from college, Neil sets out on a path that will lead him toward a life as a devoted schoolteacher and family man. But John Willliam makes a radically diff
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Harun, Adrianne     
A man came out of a door in the mountain : a novel
"The seductive and chilling debut novel from the critically acclaimed author of The King of Limbo. In isolated British Columbia, girls, mostly native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway. Leo Kreutzer and his four friends are barely touched by these disappearances-until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders come to town. Then it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them. In this intoxicatingly lush debut novel, Adrianne Harun weaves together folklore, myth
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Heacox, Kim     
Jimmy Bluefeather : a novel
"Old Keb Wisting is somewhere around ninety-five years old (he lost count awhile ago) and in constant pain and thinks he wants to die. He also thinks he thinks too much. Part Norwegian and part Tlingit Native (with some Filipino and Portuguese thrown in), he s the last living canoe carver in the village of Jinkaat, in Southeast Alaska. When his grandson, James, a promising basketball player, ruins his leg in a logging accident and tells his grandpa that he has nothing left to live for, Old Keb comes alive and finishes his last canoe, with help from his grandson. Together (with a few friends and a crazy but likeable dog named Steve) they embark on a great canoe journey. Suddenly all of Old Keb s senses come into play, so clever and wise in how he reads the currents, tides and storms. Nobody can find him. He and the others paddle deep into wild Alaska, but mostly into the human heart, in a story of adventure, love, and reconciliation" --|cprovided by publisher.
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Hogan, Linda     
People of the whale : a novel
Raised in a remote seaside village, Thomas Witka Just marries Ruth, his beloved since infancy. But an ill-fated decision to fight in Vietnam changes his life forever: cut off from his Native American community, he fathers a child with another woman. When he returns home a hero, he finds his tribe in conflict over the decision to hunt a whale, both a symbol of spirituality and rebirth and a means of survival. In the end, he reconciles his two existences, only to see tragedy befall the son he left
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Jensen, Jeff     
Green River killer : a true detective story
Presents the ultimate insider's account of America's most prolific serial killer--the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women.
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Kesey, Ken     
Sometimes a great notion : a novel
The Stampers, a logging family pitted by circumstance against big business, are rough, hard men and women who live by the motto "never give an inch." Added to the turmoil is the return of Leland, a dope-smoking, college educated half brother whose arrival triggers a tidal wave of events that spiral gradually out of control.
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Lindstrom, Bill     
John Tornow 100 years later : photo book
A re-examining of the manhunt and shoot-out in which the outlaw John Tornow and others were killed. Includes historic photographs, and contemporary photographs of the construction and dedication of the Tornow Victim's Memorial, the shoot-out reenactment, and other related events.
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Lindstrom, Bill     
Victim or villian? : the untold story of John Tornow, "the wildman of the Wynooche" : a novel based on a true historical account
Based on extensive research into the conflicting facts and legends surrounding the manhunt and death of John Tornow, readers are invited to draw their own conclusion as to whether Tornow was guilty of the murders he was hunted down and killed for.
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Lynch, Jennifer     
The secret diary of Laura Palmer
"As seen by" Jennifer Lynch, creator David Lynch's daughter, THE SECRET DIARY OF LAURA PALMER is authentic, creepy, and a perfect book for anyone who loves supernatural suspense.
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Maberry, Jonathan     
Kill switch
"What do you do when the power goes off? A terrorist group has acquired one hundred E-bombs. Each bomb's electromagnetic pulse is powerful enough to blow out all power and all technology from a major city. The terrorists plan to hit one hundred American cities in a campaign of destruction. Word has gotten out about the coming blackout and gangs, criminals and terrorist strike teams are poised to attack when the lights go out. Joe Ledger knows how to stop them. He has the names, locations, abort codes. But a targeted EMP weapon kills the electronics aboard his plane. Joe crashes in the deepest and most remote part of the vast rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Joe and his combat dog, Ghost, survive the crash -but they are lost in the wilderness with no weapons and no way to get the information to the authorities. Time is running out. And Joe is being hunted by a terrifying new kind of assassin. A team of remote viewers have the ability to take over any person and turn ordinary citizens into killers. Joe and Ghost may have to kill the innocent in order to save the entire country from falling during a night of darkness and mass murder"--|cProvided by publisher.
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Meyer, Stephenie     
Twilight
When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.
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Olsen, Gregg     
Starvation heights
In this true story--a haunting saga of medical murder set in an era of steamships and gaslights--Gregg Olsen reveals one of the most unusual and disturbing criminal cases in American history.
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Rock, Peter     
My abandonment
A thirteen-year-old girl and her father live in Forest Park, the enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. There they inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, bathe in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water's edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden, even keep a library of sorts. Once a week, they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilized world. But one small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover them, which derails their entire existence, ultimately provoking a deeper flight.
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Rule, Ann     
Green River, running red : the real story of the Green River killer, America's deadliest serial murderer
In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than forty-nine young women. "Green River, Running Red" is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry -- of who these young women were and who they might have become. A chilling look at the darkest side of human nature, this is the most important and most personal audiobook of Ann Rule's long career.
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Rule, Ann     
The stranger beside me
"Ted Bundy was handsome, charming, brilliant in law school, and on the verge of a dazzling career. On January 24, 1989, he was executed for the murders of three young women, having confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more." "This is the story of one of the most fascinating killers in American history - of his magnetic power, his bleak compulsion, his double life, his string of vulnerable victims. It is also the story of Ann Rule, a writer working on the biggest story of her lif
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Schlosser, S E     
Spooky Washington : tales of hauntings, strange happenings, and other local lore
Each book in this series is a collection of folktales highlighting famous and not-so-famous ghosts, mysterious happenings,powers of darkness, and wonders of the invisible world. Folkloreis kept alive through the master storytelling of S. E. Schlosserand the evocative illustrations by Paul Hoffman. Set in bigcities, rugged mountains, and ......
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Sheppard-Wolford, Sali     
Valley of the Skookum : four years of encounters with Bigfoot
Sali Sheppard-Wolford's encounters in the late 1970s with a group of Bigfoot that played in her yard and walked by her house, plus her spirit journeys with Indian guide Dream Walker, and investigations of other strange phenomena near Orting including an old UFO crash.
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Waite, Urban     
Sometimes the wolf
"Sheriff Patrick Drake tried to lead an upstanding life and maintain some financial stability until his wife passed away. He did okay for a while, singlehandedly raising his family in a small mountain town. Then he was hit with money troubles, fell in with some unsavory men, and ended up convicted of one of the biggest crimes in local history. Twelve years later Patrick is on parole under the watchful eye of his son Bobby, who just happens to be a deputy sheriff in his father's old department"--Amazon.com.
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Woog, Adam     
Haunted Washington : uncanny tales and spooky spots from the upper left-hand corner of the United States
Among the Pacific Northwest's many treasures is the Evergreen State, a state rich in eerie events. Haunted Washington, a collection of stories of ghosts, mysteries, and paranormal happenings, will leave readers delightfully frightened. Haunted Washington includes dozens of stories, from the royal Native American ghost of Seattle's Pike Place Market to the haunted mansion that inspired horrormeister Stephen King's TV mini-series Rose Red all of them guaranteed to send chills up the spines of even the most daring ghosthunters. Each story includes notes on historical significance and local lore so that readers and visitors can learn more about each ghostly locale.A bibliography, a resources list of contact information to visit the haunted sites, and a brief "Ghost Hunter's Guide" are also included, giving readers the resources to explore the haunted areas for themselves."
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Wright, Lawrence     
Remembering Satan
In 1988 Ericka and Julie Ingram began making a series of accusations of sexual abuse against their father, Paul Ingram, who was a respected deputy sheriff in Olympia, Washington. At first the accusations were confined to molestations in their childhood, but they grew to include torture and rape as recently as the month before. At a time when reported incidents of "recovered memories" had become widespread, these accusations were not unusual. What captured national attention in this case is that, under questioning, Ingram appeared to remember participating in bizarre satanic rites involving his whole family and other members of the sheriff's department. Remembering Satan is a lucid, measured, yet absolutely riveting inquest into a case that destroyed a family, engulfed a small town, and captivated an America obsessed by rumors of a satanic underground. As it follows the increasingly bizarre accusations and confessions, the claims and counterclaims of police, FBI investigators, and mental health professionals. Remembering Satan gives us what is at once a psychological detective story and a domestic tragedy about what happens when modern science is subsumed by our most archaic fears.
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Books - YA
Forman, Gayle     
If I stay : a novel
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
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Henry, April     
Girl, stolen
When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.
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McBride, Lish     
Hold me closer, necromancer
Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.
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McNeil, Gretchen     
Ten
"Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast . . . only for them to picked off by a killer one by one"--Provided by publisher.
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  Olympia Library Staff -- August 2016