Wisconsin vs. Florida

Representing the University of Wisconsin is Shotgun Lovesongs, written by Wisconsin native, Nickolas Butler. Leland, Hank, Ronny, and Kip are childhood friends from Little Wing, Wisconsin who have all taken very different paths in life. One of them never left town, while the other three pursued new ventures elsewhere, but when they are reunited back in their…
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Baylor vs. South Carolina

Representing Baylor University is James Lee Burke's House of the Rising Sun. After a violent encounter, Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland makes it out alive, with a stolen artifact in tow. Pursued by an Austrian arms dealer who believes the artifact to be the Holy Grail, Holland soon finds out that the dealer has a plan to retrieve…
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UCLA vs. Kentucky

Representing UCLA, Jonathan Kellerman's Motive follows LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis and psychologist, Alex Delaware, as a murder investigation uncovers clues that are eerily similar to an unsolved case, and indicates that a serial killer may be on the loose. For Kentucky, the fearless, often trigger-happy US Marshal Raylan Givens was the only choice for us…
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North Carolina vs. Butler

Representing North Carolina, See Me by Nicholas Sparks offers up more suspense than his past novels. Colin Hancock has been given a second chance at life, and he is determined to avoid anything from his destructive past that could jeopardize his plans, and when he meets Maria Sanchez one night in North Carolina, he finds the…
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Oregon vs. Michigan

Representing Oregon is Chelsea Cain's The Night Season. Portland detective, Archie Sheridan, is back on the case after being captured by the last killer he tried to find, and the city is about to be under water. As the Williamette River's waters continue to rise during torrential downpours of rain, multiple drownings occur. That is, until…
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Kansas vs. Purdue

Representing Kansas is James McBride's The Good Lord Bird. Set in the Kansas Territory in 1857, McBride's novel explores the struggle between pro and anti-slavery forces. Henry Shackleford is born a slave, but when John Brown, an abolitionist, arrives in Kansas Territory, Henry's master turns violent, and he is forced to leave town with Brown, disguised…
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Gonzaga vs. West Virginia

Representing Gonzaga University is Wilderness by Lance Weller. It has been 35 years since the Civil War ended, and veteran Confederate soldier, Abel Truman, is about to make one final journey back to the life he once led. Traveling on foot through the Olympic Mountains, Abel ruminates over the traumas of war and the aftermath of his…
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