“True Believer,” by Jack Carr. Former Navy SEAL James Reece’s skill and heroism put the U.S. government back in his debt and has set him on another path of revenge. When a string of terrorist attacks troubles the Western world during the holiday season, the broader markets fall into a tailspin. The attacks are being coordinated by a former Iraqi commando who has disappeared into Europe’s underground. The United States government has an asset who can turn the Iraqi against his masters: James Reece, the most wanted domestic terrorist alive. When a series of events uncovers his whereabouts, the CIA recruits him, using a presidential pardon for Reece. Now Reece travels the globe, unraveling a geopolitical conspiracy that exposes a traitorous CIA officer and uncovers an assassination plot with worldwide repercussions.

“The Gryphon Heist,” by James R. Hannibal. Talia Inger is a rookie CIA case officer assigned to the forgotten backwaters of Eastern Europe, a department only known as “Other.” When she is tasked with helping a Moldovan executive secure his designs for a revolutionary defense technology, she figures she’ll be back in D.C. within a few days. But that’s before she knows where the designs are stored and who’s after them. With her shifty civilian partner, Adam, Talia takes a deep dive into a world where criminals compete for access to the Gryphon, a high-altitude data vault that hovers in the mesosphere. But is Tyler actually helping her? Or is he using her for his own dark purposes?

“Fatal Strike,” by DiAnn Mills. There’s a killer on the loose in Galveston, targeting law enforcement officials and using a fatal injection of snake venom to take them down. FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to hunt down those responsible. Their best lead is an eyewitness who identifies a young man ditching the third body on a church doorstep. But their suspect has gone into hiding, and those closest to him are unwilling to reveal anything that might help investigators find him. As Leah and Jon dig deeper into motives, they discover appearances may be deceiving. Someone is desperate to keep their secrets hidden, and Leah and Jon must face their greatest fears in order to stop the next fatal strike.

“A Christmas Gathering,” by Anne Perry. As beautiful as it may be, their friends’ country home is not where Lady Vespasia wishes to spend Christmas with her new husband, Victor Narraway. She’d rather pass the holiday at home with him, especially because Victor, former head of the London Special Branch, seems to be hiding some undercover dealings with beautiful Iris Watson-Watt. Unbeknownst to Vespasia, Iris carries a message for Victor that may help expose a British traitor. As Victor plots his moves, he is reminded of a case from 20 years before, when a young Frenchwoman also carried a secret message, one that ended in her murder. Now, with all eyes on Iris, Victor must act fast before history repeats itself.


“Season of Malice,” by Marla Madison. Her wedding, planned for New Year’s Eve, has Detective Kendall Halsrud looking forward to the holiday season. Recently disciplined for involving nonprofessionals in a case she was working, Kendall is dismayed to find out that her friend is interested in her newest assignment when Brynn befriends the wife of a murder victim. After two seemingly unrelated deaths, Kendall must put off her wedding and risk a friendship in order to stop a killer.

Story Time

Story time is held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 45–60 minutes. Participants read books, followed by a craft or activity.

Chetek Library hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday: 1–6 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. – noon

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