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Whenever a plane crashes, a "go team" is assembled to investigate. The members of that team -- each a leading expert in a specific field -- are known informally as "crashers."

Usually the team has months to determine the cause of a crash. But this time it's different: they have only three days before terror strikes again. When a passenger plane slams into the ground outside Portland, an investigative team is quickly brought together.

"Crashers" is a fresh and utterly compelling thriller, an original mix of action and investigation, with a brilliant cast of characters, that grabs and holds the reader spellbound all the way through to the surprising, breathtaking conclusion.

"Crashers," by Dana Haynes, is on the Reserve Shelf at Walla Walla Public Library.

Featured books will be available for the public today. They can also be placed on hold online at wallawallapubliclibrary,org or call the library for assistance at 527-4550. Other books include:

Fiction

"Rock Paper Tiger," by Lisa Brackmann

American Iraq War veteran Ellie Cooper is down and out in Beijing. Her husband, whom she followed to China, has left her, and she's still suffering from a massive leg injury and PTSD.

Once her divorce goes through, she'll have no way of getting her visa renewed, but she doesn't want to go home. She has made friends in China. One in particular, and artist known as Lao Shang, is something more than a friend.

Then one day a chance encounter with a Uighur -- a member of a Chinese Muslim minority -- at Lao Zhang's house turns her life upside down.

Nonfiction

"Zeitoun," by Dave Eggers

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.

In this startling and deeply humane work of nonfiction, readers will witness our country's worst natural disaster through new eyes, encountering all the hope and contradiction of a unique moment in American history.

"Rock, Water, Wild; an Alaskan Life," by Nancy Lord

For Nancy Lord, what began as a yearning for adventure and a childhood fascination with a wild and distant land culminated in a move to Alaska in the early 1970s. Here she discovered the last place in America "big and wild enough to hold the intact landscapes and the dreams that are so absent today from almost everywhere else."

In "Rock, Water, Wild," Lord takes readers along as she journeys among salmon, sea lions, geese, moose, bears, glaciers and indigenous languages and ultimately into a new understanding, beyond geographic borders, of our intricate and intimate connections to the natural world.

In the tradition of naturalists John Muir and John Burroughs, Lord proves an excellent guide to the challenges and pleasures of making oneself at home on this earth.

Others

"Marcus of Umbria," by Justine Van Der Leun; "The Knife That Killed Me," by Anthony McGowan; "Broken," by Karin Slaughter.

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