The late Robert B. Parker's 39th, and probably final, "Spenser" novel introduces a new character that some critics feel would have had a recurring role in the series. "Sixkill" is Zebulon "Z" Sixkill, a Native-American former football player who works now as a bodyguard for controversial actor Jumbo Nelson.

"Sixkill" by Robert B. Parker

The late Robert B. Parker's 39th, and probably final, "Spenser" novel introduces a new character that some critics feel would have had a recurring role in the series. "Sixkill" is Zebulon "Z" Sixkill, a Native-American former football player who works now as a bodyguard for controversial actor Jumbo Nelson.

After an evening with Jumbo, Dawn Lopata is dead. Although the actor is charged, Boston Police Department Capt. Martin Quirk thinks the circumstances look fishy enough for Jumbo's lawyer to bring in Spenser to investigate. While Spenser and Jumbo almost come to blows when they first meet, the PI and Zebulon hit it off and begin to work together to find the truth behind what happened the night Dawn died.

"The Devil's Light” by Richard North Patteron

Meticulous plotting and plausible details add a jolt of adrenaline to Richard North Patteron's "The Devil's Light." Osama bin Laden announces al-Qaida plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with another terrorist strike on a major U.S. city. CIA field agent and Middle East expert Brooke Chandler has his doubts. He certainly believes the terrorists have a nuclear device they will detonate on the fateful day, but he thinks Tel Aviv is the target, not the United States. Now all he has to do is find the bomb and foil the plan.

"One Hundred Names for Love" by Paul West

In an incredibly ironic twist of fate, the prolific British author Paul West totally lost his ability to communicate after a massive stroke left the language centers of his brain in shambles. His wife, poet and essayist Diane Ackerman, shared his frustration when conventional therapy offered little improvement. They then turned to some different solutions, based on her research into the workings of the brain, and these exercises began to pay off. Ackerman's "One Hundred Names for Love" is both the fascinating story of West's recovery and a moving chronicle of their marriage.

"Travels in Siberia” by Ian Frazier

While going to Siberia may not be high on your list of things to do, it's been a top priority for New Yorker contributor Ian Frazier for a number of years –– 16, to be exact, beginning in 1993 when he made the first of five trips to that intriguing part of the world. After reading his funny and fact-filled book, "Travels in Siberia,” you just might decide to go there and see this place for yourself.

"Save Me" by Lisa Scottoline

Volunteering as a lunchroom mom for her daughter's third-grade class, Rose McKenna also hopes to keep an eye on her little girl, Melly, who has been the target of a couple of bullies because of the birthmark on her face.  When an explosion rips through the lunchroom, Rose guides three girls, including Melly's tormentor, Amanda, to what looks like a safe area, and then she goes back to find Melly. When Amanda is seriously injured in the aftermath, her mother accuses Rose of neglect. As she suffers through stiff media and public censure, Rose begins to look at a deeper issue –– who was behind that explosion? "Save Me" is the latest page-turner from popular Lisa Scottoline.

"The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" by Wes Moore

Two young African-American men grow up in the same poor Baltimore neighborhood. They are both fatherless and both feel the allure of drugs and crime –– they even have the same name. Yet one becomes a Rhodes scholar and an investment banker, while the other is serving life in prison for killing a policeman. How and why did their paths diverge so dramatically? Wes Moore ponders these questions as he looks at the life of "The Other Wes Moore.”