Crime Fiction All Stars (1997-present)

Titles which received three or more starred reviews from major review sources.

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW. The review source assigns the star.
  • Those Bones Are Not My Child
    Author: Bambara, Toni Cade
    Publisher: Pantheon List Price: $ 27.50 ISBN: 0679442618 Date: 1999
    star Library Journal star PW star Kirkus
    The novel that Bambara was working on at the time of her death in 1995 - a story that puts readers at the center of the nightmare of the Atlanta child murders.
  • The Untouchable
    Banville, John
    Knopf List Price: $24 ISBN: 0679451080 Date: 1997
    star LJ star PW star Kirkus
    Twenty years after his "retirement", ex-spy Victor Maskell attempts to come to terms with what has happened to his life by embarking on his memoirs. This is the plot which fuels Banville's stunning new novel - a story that goes beyond the mere facts of espionage to penetrate the intricate heart of the spy.
  • The Silver Swan
    Author: Banville, John/Benjamin Black
    Publisher: Holt $ 25 ISBN: 9780805081534 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist star LJ
    The inimitable Quirke--the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist--returns in another spellbinding crime novel, in which a young woman's dubious suicide sets off a new string of hazards and deceptions.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Big Trouble
    Author: Barry, Dave
    Publisher: Putnam List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399145672 Date: 1999
    star PW star Kirkus star Library Journal
    The humorous Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist makes his fiction debut with a ferociously funny novel about love and mayhem in south Florida, and the the life-changing events that rumble through a odd-ball family after two hit men pull up to their door.
  • Industry of Souls
    Author: Booth, Martin
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312242034 Date: 1999
    star PW star Booklist star Kirkus
    On his 80th birthday, a British citizen arrested in the 1950s for spying in the Soviet Union looks back on his life in Russia - his harrowing life in the "gulag" and his quiet life 20 years later in the village.
  • Nowhere to Run: Joe Pickett
    Author: Box, C.J.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399156458 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star LJ star PW star Kirkus
    The Edgar Award-winning author of the bestselling Joe Pickett series really knows how to create a complex situation, add suspense, and then twist the tale with surprises that make for an intense and satisfying read (The Denver Post).
    Updated 2.28.10
  • Cover Story
    Author: Boyle, Gerry
    Publisher: Prime Crime $ 22.95 ISBN: 042516893x Date: 2000
    star Booklist star PW star Kirkus
    Who killed the mayor of New York City? The answer lies in award-winner Boyle's biggest and boldest novel yet. "Boyle is the genuine article."- Robert B. Parker.
  • Eye of the Abyss
    Author: Browne, Marshall
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312311567 Date: 2003
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    The author of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize-nominated mystery, The Wooden Leg of Inspector Anders, now delivers an atmospheric and powerful thriller set during the rise of the Nazi party.
    Suggested Reading: World War Stars
    Updated 9.22.03
  • The Guards
    Author: Bruen, Ken
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312303556 Date: 2003
    star Kirkus star PW star LJ
    In this mesmerizing work of crime fiction, an ex-member of The Guards--Ireland's police force--is approached in a Galway bar by a dazzling woman with a strange request and a rumor about his talent for finding things.
    Updated 12.23.02
  • Purple Cane Road
    Author: Burke, James Lee
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385488440 Date: 2000
    star Booklist star Library Journal star PW
    While helping out an old friend, Dave Robicheaux is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is Mae Guillory's boy, the whore a bunch of cops murdered 30 years ago. Thus begins Burke's finest Robicheaux novel, a work with all the dimensions of a classic.
  • Cimarron Rose
    Author: Burke, James Lee
    Publisher: Hyperion List Price: $24.95 ISBN:0786862380 Date: 1997
    star PW star Booklist star Kirkus
    The acclaimed author of the Dave Robicheaux novels presents a new work that explodes with the violence, beauty, and history of the American West. To defend his illegitimate son, who has been wrongly accused of murder, Billy Bob Holland takes on the powerful class interests controlling the small town of Deaf Smith, Texas. As a result, he ends up facing the demons of his own past.
  • Crusader's Cross
    Author: Burke, James Lee
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25.95 ISBN: 0743277198 Date: 2005
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    Dave Robicheaux, the tough, former New Orleans cop, is back in perhaps his strongest and most exciting thriller. On a visit to a dying cop whom he once hated, Robicheaux is led towards the solution of the disappearance of a young woman he and his brother once knew--and family secrets he must confront and resolve.
    Suggested Reading: P.I. Stars | Hard-Boiled
    Updated 6.6.05
  • The Emperor of Ocean Park
    Author: Carter, Stephen L.
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 0375413634 Date: 2002
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    The Emperor of Ocean Park is as brilliant in its suspense as in its acute social observation. Set in the privileged world of New York-Washington-Martha's Vineyard upper-crust African-American society and the inner circle of an Ivy League law school, it tells the story of a complex family with a single seductive and dangerous link to the shadowlands of crime.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 4/18/02
  • The Enemy: A Jack Reacher Novel
    Author: Child, Lee
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 25 ISBN: 0385336675 Date: 2004
    star LJ star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    Jack Reacher. Hero. Loner. Soldier. Soldier's son. An elite military cop, he was one of the army's brightest stars. But in every soldier's life, there is a turning point. One case that can shatter a career or turn a lawman into a renegade. And make him question words like honor, valor, and duty. For Jack Reacher, this is that case....
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Persuader
    Author: Child, Lee
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385336667 Date: 2003
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist
    Introducing Persuader, Child's most electrifying suspense novel yet--featuring his utterly unique hero, ex-Army cop Jack Reacher. This time Reacher goes undercover to investigate the disappearance of a federal agent from a drug dealer's home.
    Updated 3.31.03
  • Without Fail
    Author: Child, Lee
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399148612 Date: 2002
    star Kirkus star PW star LJ star Booklist
    Assassins have the new vice president in their sights, until Jack Reacher picks up their trail. For only Reacher has the head and the heart to corner his prey and bring them to justice--without fail.
    Updated 5/9/02
  • Hard Way: Jack Reacher
    Author: Child, Lee
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 25 ISBN: 0385336691 Date: 2006
    star Booklist star LJ star PW
    In Lee Child's new thriller, ex-military cop Jack Reacher sees more than most people would . . . and because of that, he's thrust into an explosive situation that's about to blow up in his face. For the only way to find the truth--and save two innocent lives--is to do it the way Reacher does it best: the hard way.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.27.06
  • A Corpse in the Koryo
    Author: Church, James
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312352085 Date: 2006
    star Booklist star PW star Library Journal
    Like Philip Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy and the Inspector Arkady Renko novels, A Corpse in the Koryo introduces another unfamiliar world (North Korea), a perplexing universe seemingly so alien that the rules are an enigma to the reader and even, sometimes, to Inspector O. Author James Church weaves a story with beautifully spare prose and layered descriptions of a country and a people he knows by heart after decades as an intelligence officer. This is a chilling portrayal that, in the end, leaves us wondering if what at first seemed unknowable may simply be too familiar for comfort. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Lost Light
    Author: Connelly, Michael
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0316154601 Date: 2003
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW star LJ
    The bestselling author of City of Bones and Chasing the Dime brings lone wolf Harry Bosch out of retirement and on a wild excursion into evil, seeking the truth about a cold case that still haunts the LAPD, movie studios--and Bosch himself.
    Updated 3.31.03
  • The Closers
    Author: Connelly, Michael
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 26.95 ISBN: 0316734942 Date: 2005
    star Booklist star PW star LJ
    The death of a teenage girl almost two decades ago comes back to haunt all of L.A.--and detective Harry Bosch--in this spellbinding new thriller from "New York Times" bestselling author Michael Connelly.
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Echo Park
    Author: Connelly, Michael
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 26.99 ISBN: 0316734950 Date: 2006
    star Kirkus star Booklist star Lj
    Detective Harry Bosch--"one of the most complex crime fighters around" ("People")--reopens one of his own unsolved cases and comes face to face with a psychotic killer he has been seeking for years, in this thrilling new novel by Michael Connellly, bestselling author of The Lincoln Lawyer.
    Updated 10.18.06
  • Blood Mud
    Author: Constantine, K.C.
    Publisher: Mysterious Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0892966475 Date: 1999
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist
    Mario Balzic returns for another ride through the fiercely authentic American language and landscape that is the hallmark of this acclaimed series from the author of Brushback.
  • Saving Room for Dessert
    Author: Constantine, K.C.
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 23.95 ISBN: 0892967633 Date: 2002
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    For former Air Force veteran and ex-mall security guard William Rayford, making the cut as Rocksburg's first African-American cop fulfilled one of his life's ambitions, even though it sometimes still gives him a case of the Steel City Blues. Rayford well knows this town's dark history of prejudice, but dealing with it is something else.
    Updated 7.22.02
  • L.A. Requiem
    Author: Crais, Robert
    Publisher: Doubleday List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385495838 Date: 1999
    star PW star Booklist star Kirkus
    A past vendetta strains the partnership of investigators Joe Pike and Elvis Cole when Pike becomes a suspect in the death of his former lover.
  • Demolition Angel
    Author: Crais, Robert
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385495846 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus star PW star Library Journal
    On the heels of the bestselling and critically acclaimed L.A. Requiem, Crais returns to the City of Angels with the most ambitious novel of his career, a stand-alone thriller featuring a complex and engaging female protagonist. When Carol Starkey, a bomb squad technician, survives an explosion designed to kill her, she is pitted against a frighteningly brilliant mastermind for the modern age.
    Updated 4/13/00.
  • See Delphi and Die: Marcus Didius Falco
    Author: Davis, Lindsey
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312357656 Date: 2006
    star Kirkus star Booklist star LJ
    Humor, surprises, and domestic irony await Roman sleuth Falco as he attempts to solve the disappearance of two newlyweds on their honeymoon trip to Ancient Greece.
    Updated 4.3.06
  • The Poacher's Son
    Author: Doiron, Paul
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312558468 Date: 2010
    star LJ star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    Set in the wilds of Maine, this explosive tale tells of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive--his own father.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.23.10
  • Bad Things Happen
    Author: Dolan, Harry
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399155635 Date: 2009
    starBooklist starPW star LJ
    David Loogan finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, the publisher of a mystery magazine. But as several deaths are uncovered--some of them echoing stories published in the magazine--Loogan begins to look more and more like the most promising suspect.
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 7.15.09
  • Medicus
    Author: Downie, Ruth
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781596912311 Date: 2007
    star Booklist star LJ star Kirkus
    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. When he rescues an injured slave girl, she drags trouble in her wake.
    Updated 11.1.06
  • Under the Snow
    Author: Ekman, Kerstin
    Publisher: Doubleday Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385488661 Date: 1998
    star PW star Kirkus star LJ
    From the acclaimed author of Blackwater comes another deeply atmospheric psychological thriller set in northern Sweden. When a man is murdered at a mah-jongg party turned sour, the local police constable receives conflicting reports as to the exact cause of the murder. Gradually, the facts of the case emerge under the relentless summer sun.
  • High Five
    Author: Evanovich, Janet
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312203039 Date: 1999
    star Booklist star Kirkus star PW
    The bestselling author of Four to Score brings back bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, in her fifth hilarious, high-octane thriller. Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie throws caution to the wind and engages in some morally correct yet marginally legal enterprises, including tracking down her Uncle Fred, who's missing after arguing with his garbage company.
  • Hot Six
    Author: Evanovich, Janet
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312205406 Date: 2000
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    In this sixth Stephanie Plum adventure, Ranger the super bounty hunter is on the lam and Stephanie has to team up with vice-cop Joe Morelli to find him. But has Ranger really broken the law? Is he a psychotically dangerous criminal? "(Evanovich) is in a class by herself when it comes to plot and humor".--Liz Smith, syndicated columnist.
  • Gas City
    Author: Estleman, Loren D.
    Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765319562 Date: 2008
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist
    Setting this drama in a blue-collar metropolis dominated by an oil company, Estleman crafts a fascinating, deadly tapestry of love, ambition, revenge, and redemption--in all, a stunning portrait of the human condition.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Avenger
    Author: Forsyth, Frederick
    Publisher: St Martins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0312319517 Date: 2003
    star Booklist star PW star LJ
    In this heart-stopping thriller of murder, intrigue, deception, and revenge, attorney Calvin Dexter is called upon to settle an old score. But the game is changing, and this time CIA agent Kevin McBride must find a way to stop Dexter before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos.
    Updated 9.08.03
  • Faithful Place
    Author: French, Tana
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670021871 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star LJ star PW
    Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was 19, growing up poor in Dublin's inner city, and he and Rosie Daly were all ready to run away to London together. But on the night when they were supposed to leave, Rosie vanished. Twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank is going home whether he likes it or not.
    Updated 6.10.10
  • Never Fear
    Author: Frost, Scott
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399153403 Date: 2006
    star Booklist star PW star Kirkus
    Pasadena homicide detective Alex Delillo faces demons from the past in this chilling psychological suspense by the "L.A. Times" bestselling author of Run the Risk.
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Red Gold
    Author: Furst, Alan
    Publisher: Random Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0679451862 Date: 1999
    star Library Journal star PW star Booklist star Kirkus
    Within the fragmented French resistance, an intelligence officer decides to strike a deal with the devil in this rich and suspenseful part thriller, part love story spy novel.
  • Blood of Victory
    Author: Furst, Alan
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375505741 Date: 2002
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist
    From "the greatest living writer of espionage fiction" (The Houston Chronicle) comes the story of I.A. Serebin, recruited in Istanbul in 1940 by an agent of the British secret service for a desperate operation to block Hitler's conquest of Europe.
    Suggested Reading: Espionage
    Updated 8.13.02
  • The Foreign Correspondent
    Author: Furst, Alan
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400060192 Date: 2006
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist star LJ
    "The greatest living writer of espionage fiction" ("Houston Chronicle") returns with his most suspenseful and stylish novel yet, in which an international news correspondent's secret life leads him to become a target for assassination.
    Suggested Reading: Espionage
    Updated 5.15.06
  • Undercurrents
    Author: Fyfield, Frances
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670896365 Date: 2001
    star Kirkus star LJ star PW
    For 20 years, Henry Evans has been haunted by a blurred but shining memory of his lost love, Francesca Chisholm. Now this shy American has come looking for her in her hometown on the English coast. What he finds there is not what he expects.
  • What Came Before He Shot Her
    Author: George, Elizabeth
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0060545623 Date: 2006
    star Kirkus star Booklist star LJ
    In her compelling new mystery, George explores the unforgettable events leading up to a murder.
    Updated 8.28.06
  • O is for Outlaw
    Author: Grafton, Sue
    Publisher: Henry Holt List Price: $ 26 ISBN: 0805059555 Date: 1999
    star Booklist star Kirkus star Library Journal star PW
    Delving more deeply into P.I. Kinsey Millhone's past than any of Grafton's previous 14 novels, O is for Outlaw finds Kinsey dealing with a man who has purchased the contents of a defaulted storage unit - for 30 bucks, he'll sell her the lot. A letter she finds amid childhood memorabilia forces her to reexamine her beliefs about the breakup of her first marriage - and about an old unsolved murder.
  • The Crossing Places: Ruth Galloway
    Author: Griffiths, Elly
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780547229898 Date: 2010
    star LJ star Kirkus star Booklist
    When she's not on the job, quirky archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives in obscurity. But when a child's bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Galloway is called into action. This is the beginning of a captivating new crime series featuring an irresistible heroine.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Valley of Bones
    Author: Gruber, Michael
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060577665 Date: 2005
    star Kirkus star PW star LJ
    Gruber explores the nature of faith and madness in this brilliantly conceived follow-up to Tropic of Night, his dazzling debut thriller novel.
    Updated 1.23.05
  • The Book of Air and Shadows
    Author: Gruber, Michael
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060874469 Date: 2007
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    Hidden in the binding of a charred and ruined book is a cache of letters. They are encrypted and the key to unlocking the mysterious code has been lost for 400 years. If the letters are read, they will lead to one of the most valuable items in the history of the world.
    Updated 1.27.07
  • The Forgery of Venus
    Author: Gruber, Michael
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060874483 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    Gruber creates a fascinating world of secrets, genius, and conspiracies and combines it with brilliant storytelling, complex characterizations, and sterling prose to produce this spellbinding novel.
    Suggested Reading: Art | Forgery of Venus
    Updated 2.26.08
  • The Good Son
    Author: Gruber, Michael
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780805091281 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    New York Times-bestselling author Gruber delivers a taut, multilayered, riveting novel of suspense focused on peace activists who are being held hostage in Pakistan.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Hardscrabble Road
    Author: Haddam, Jane
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312353731  Date: 2006
    star Kirkus star PW star LJ
    When a right-wing radio show host is arrested for illegal possession of prescription drugs, the incident sets into motion a deadly series of events. Leading the investigation is Gregor Demarkian, a retired FBI agent hired to stop a killer from striking again.
    Updated 5.4.06
  • Cheating at Solitaire
    Author: Haddam, Jane
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312343088 Date: 2008
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist star LJ
    Former FBI agent Gregor Demarkian, fleeing from his own wedding preparations, is hired to review a case--one that he finds has little evidence and twisted by an out-of-control media--in what may be the most compelling case of his entire career.
    Updated 3.3.08
  • The Art of Breaking Glass
    Author: Hall, Matthew
    Publisher: Little, Brown List Price: $23.95 ISBN: 0316339245 Date: 1997
    star PW star Booklist star Kirkus
    A breakthrough thriller starring a charismatic urban vigilante and the woman who inspires his greatest, most shattering revenge scheme ever, The Art of Breaking Glass plunges readers into a cunning game of cat and mouse that keeps them guessing right up to the last page. "A totally unique, action-packed, extremely well-written humdinger of a thriller" - James Patterson.
  • The Ninth Daughter
    Author: Hamilton, Barbara
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780425230770 Date: 2009
    star PW star Kirkus star LJ
    In the Massachusetts Colony, political upheaval turns murderous, in this new series featuring First Lady--and sleuth--Abigail Adams.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Gentlemen and Players
    Author: Harris, Joanne
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060559144 Date: 2006
    star PW star Booklist star LJ
    Friendship, murder, revenge, and class conflict collide in an upper-crust English school. As a new term gets under way, a number of annoying incidents befall students and faculty, escalating to murder.
    Suggested Reading: School Stars
    Updated 12.27.05
  • False Mermaid
    Author: Hart, Erin
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781416563761 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    Hart's chilling new suspense novel brilliantly combines forensics, archaeology, and history with Irish myth and mystery.
    Updated 2.23.10
  • The King of Lies
    Author: Hart, John
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 031234161x Date: 2006
    star PW star Booklist star LJ
    When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface, and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.20.06
  • Last Rites
    Author: Harvey, John
    Publisher: Henry Holt Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0805041508 Date: 1999
    star Booklist star PW star Kirkus
    When a convicted murderer out on compassionate leave turns up at his mother's funeral and then abruptly disappears, the local cops don't have much time to spare for a manhunt. This is Resnick's final case - and it's Resnick at his finest.
  • Lucky You
    Author: Hiaasen, Carl
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0679454446 Date: 1997
    star PW star Kirkus star LJ
    The newest- and funniest- novel yet by the bestselling author of Strip Tease and Stormy Weather. When JoLayne Lucks, the most recent winner of the Florida state lottery, has her ticket stolen by two would be "domestic terrorists", she enlists the help of Tom Krome- a journalist stretched thin by divorce, lite news, and a fool of a managing editor- in a chase that leads them to a deliriously righteous outcome - the inspired hallmark of Carl Hiaasen.
  • On Beulah Height
    Author: Hill, Reginald
    Publisher: Delacorte List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385332793 Date: 1998
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist
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    Inspector Andy Dalziel finds himself reliving an event that happened 15 years before, when a little girl goes missing and Dalziel and Peter Pascoe must delve into the past in search of answers that threaten to bring more pain.
  • The Wailing Wind
    Author: Hillerman, Tony
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060194448 Date: 2002
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    Bestselling author Hillerman brings back Chee and Leaphorn in a twisting tale of murder, past and present. Legends of the Navajo Reservation's lost gold mines are an important part of the plot, but the tale also turns on obsessive love and memories of a missing woman's voice wailing in the darkness.
    Updated 4/12/02
  • Holmes on the Range
    Author: Hockensmith, Steve
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312347804 Date: 2006
    star LJ star PW star Booklist
    Somewhere due west of Deadwood, a pair of unlikely cowboy sleuths investigate murder just like their hero, Sherlock Holmes, who they come to know by scouring "Harper's Weekly" for the detective stories.
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres | Elementary Stars
    Updated 2.21.06
  • Where the Truth Lies
    Author: Holmes, Rupert
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 SBN: 0679452206 Date: 2003
    star Kirkus star LJ star Booklist
    " Rupert Holmes seats you gently next to an irresistible narrator only to entangle you completely in her twisted, dark, exhilarating troubles. The ensuing thriller crosses a Dickensian world of deceit and destiny with the slipping glory of 1970s New York and Los Angeles. Every character is so alive with delicious secrets that you'll never suspect Where the Truth Lies." --Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 6.25.03
  • Due Preparations for the Plague
    Author: Hospital, Janette Turner
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 039305764x Date: 2003
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    Hospital's electrifying new novel is a tightly woven web of familial and national histories, of sexual and political passions, and of individual and national complicities in the age of terrorism. She probes with astonishing acuity the murky worlds of espionage and intelligence gathering and the painful meaning of survival.
    Updated 5.29.03
  • Hot Springs
    Author: Hunter, Stephen
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 068486360x Date: 2000
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    The undisputed master of the tough thriller delivers a masterpiece of crime fiction. In the summer of 1946 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, a lawman is called upon by the district attorney to help bring down the mob. As casino raids erupt into nerve-shattering combat, the body count mounts - along with the suspense.
  • Havana: An Earl Swagger Novel
    Author: Hunter, Stephen
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0743238087 Date: 2003
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    It is 1953 and Cuba is at its lush, tropical, and glamorous best. Only one small problem threatens this situation--the rise of a daring revolutionary named Fidel Castro. Now, legendary sniper Earl Swagger has been called in by the CIA to take him out.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Mystery Stars
    Updated 8.13.03
  • Hypothermia
    Author: Indridason, Arnaldur
    $24.99 ISBN: 9780312569914 Date: 2010
    starPW star Booklist star LJ
    One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam in her summer cottage. Driven by a need to find answers, Erlendur embarks on an unofficial investigation to find out why the woman's life ended in such an abrupt and tragic manner. At the same time, he is haunted by the unresolved cases of two young people who went missing 30 years before.
    Updated 8.9.10
  • Monstrum
    Author: James, Donald
    Publisher: Villard List Price: $24.95 ISBN: 0679457704 Date: 1997
    star PW star Booklist star LJ
    Gorky Park visits Fatherland in this thrilling suspense novel, starring a Moscow homicide detective and set in war-torn Russia in the year 2015. Nationalist forces in the new Russia have finally defeated the Anarchist rebels in an enervating campaign. As the nation attempts to rebuilt, a serial killer implants a fear worse than bombings and firefights in the citizens, and Provencial Detective Constantine Vadim is summoned to Moscow to crack the case.
  • Looking Good Dead
    Author: James, Peter
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25.95/14.95 ISBN: 9780786718801/9780786716425 Date: 2007
    star Kirkus star PW star LJ
    Tom Bryce did what any decent person would do. But within hours of picking up the CD that had been left behind on the train seat next to him, and attempting to return it to its owner, he is the sole witness to a vicious murder. Then his young family are threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. But supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statemenet to the murder enquiry team headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a man with demons of his own to contend with. And from that moment, the killing of the Bryce family becomes a mere formality — and a grisly attraction. Kellie and Tom's deaths have already been posted on the internet; you can log on and see them on a website. They are looking good dead.
    Updated 1.16.06
  • Vengeance: Lew Fonesca
    Author: Kaminsky, Stuart M.
    Publisher: Forge List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312869274 Date: 1999
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    A process server quits his job and flees town to escape the memories of his beloved late wife. When his car breaks down in Florida, Lew Fonesca settles there and is hired find a man's missing wife.
  • Los Alamos
    Author: Kanon, Joseph
    Publisher: Broadway List Price: $25 ISBN: 0553062247 Date: 1997
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    Kanon recreates the most compelling real-life drama of this century - an audacious flight of the imagination which interweaves real and fictional figures to create a "what- if" novel of historical intrigue. Spring 1945: As work on the first atom bomb nears completion in New Mexico, Manhattan Project security officer Karl Bruner is found murdered. Is Bruner's killing a result of a violent sexual encounter, or part of a plot that threatens to jeopardize the project itself?
  • Billy Straight
    Author: Kellerman, Jonathan
    Publisher: Random House Price: $ 25.95 ISBN: 0679459596 Date: 1999
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    A Dickensian tale of innocence, urban depravity, and one boy's efforts to maintain his own code of ethics in the face of danger, by the author of Survival of the Fittest. Twelve-year-old Billy has fled the abuse of his life at home and is fighting to survive on L.A.'s meanest streets. After he witnesses a brutal murder, Billy becomes the center of terrifying attention from the media, from violent bounty hunters, and from the murderer himself.
  • The Death Collectors
    Author: Kerley, Jack
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0525948775 Date: 2005
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    The Hundredth Man was universally praised as the debut novel in a series to watch. Now, author Jack Kerley returns with The Death Collectors, which will establish him as one of the most innovative thriller writers today.
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Dark Matter
    Author: Kerr, Philip
    Publisher: Crown $ 24 ISBN: 0609609815 Date: 2002
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    As Dark Matter opens in 1696, young Christopher Ellis is sent to the Tower of London--not as a prisoner, but as assistant to Sir Isaac Newton, renowned scientist. Newton has been appointed by the King to uncover a ring of counterfeiters. Ellis lacks Sir Isaac's erudite mind, but he is quick with a pistol and proves an invaluable sidekick to the great scientist/sleuth.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Mysteries
    Updated 8.16.02
  • Esau
    Author: Kerr, Philip
    Publisher: Holt List Price: $22.50 ISBN:0805051759 Date: 1997
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    In his most dazzling thriller to date, "England's answer to Michael Crichton" (The Financial Times) spins a tale of high adventure in which science, politics, and human frailty combine to take readers on a stunning foray into the nature of man. In a lab on a Berkeley campus, a paleoanthropologist learns that what she took to be a fossil of the first order in fact the scientific discovery of a lifetime.
  • Keeping Watch
    Author: King, Laurie R.
    Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell $ 23.95 ISBN: 0553801910 Date: 2003
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    After years of rescuing children and on the brink of retirement, Alan Carmichael decides to rescue one last teenager from an abusive parent. But, once the boy is safely hidden, Carmichael begins to doubt his decision to intervene: Has he turned a killer free to kill again?
    Updated 2.4.03
  • Locked Rooms
    Author: King, Laurie R.
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24 ISBN: 055380197x Date: 2005
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    As Mary Russell and her husband, the eminent Sherlock Holmes, attempt to settle their affairs in the City by the Bay, Mary's past isn't the only thing that catches up with them: a mysterious stranger is waiting for the pair, and may be the only one who holds the key to the locked rooms that have been haunting Mary's dreams.
    Suggested Reading: Elementary Stars
    Updated 5.9.05
  • The Cypress House
    Author: Koryta, Michael
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316059723 Date: 2011
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    A journey to Florida's coast becomes an inescapable nightmare in the newest supernatural thriller from international bestseller Koryta (So Cold the River).
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.29.10
  • Dating Dead Men
    Author: Kozak, Harley Jane
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385510187 Date: 2004
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    Kozak's debut novel is a smart, funny, fast-paced mystery in the tradition of Janet Evanovich featuring greeting card artist and small business owner Wollie Shelley, a woman who's looking for love--and job satisfaction--in all the wrong places when she literally stumbles across a murder that irrevocably changes her life (in some ways, for the better).
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | If You Like Janet Evanovich
    Updated 12.8.03
  • Dating Is Murder
    Author: Kozak, Harley Jane
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 19.95 ISBN: 0385510349 Date: 2005
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    With Dating Is Murder, Kozak delivers another sparkling treasure, a laugh-out-loud funny, literate mystery for readers of Janet Evanovich and Sue Grafton, and for Kozak's own growing legion of fans.
    Suggested Reading: If You Like Janet Evanovich
    Updated 2.7.05
  • The Grand Complication
    Author: Kurzweil, Allen
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 24.95 ISBN: 0786866039 Date: 2001
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    The anticipated new novel from the author of A Case of Curiosities, Kurzweil returns with another work narrated by Alexander Short, a reference librarian who takes on an unusual research assignment when he feels his passions--both professional and personal--waning.
  • The Dead Sit Round in a Ring
    Author: Lawrence, David
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312327102 Date: 2004
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    "Four people sitting in a ring. Two men and two women. All of them dead." Thus begins a case that will take DS Stella Mooney from the fabulous flats of Notting Hill to the decidedly tougher side of town. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 5.7.04
  • Mystic River
    Author: Lehane, Dennis
    Publisher: Morrow $ 22 ISBN: 0688163165 Date: 2001
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    When Jimmy Marcus's daughter is found dead, his childhood friend Sean Devine is assigned the case. Sean's personal life begins to unravel as his investigation takes him back into a world of violence and pain he thought he'd left behind. His quest also leads him on a collision course with Marcus--a man with his own dark past--and David Boyle, a man who hides monstrous secrets beneath a bland facade.
  • Shutter Island
    Author: Lehane, Dennis
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0688163173 Date: 2003
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    The New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River and master of the new noir returns with a scorching psychological thriller set in 1954 at Ashcliffe Hospital--a federal institution for the criminally insane. As a storm threatens to strand U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule, they stumble into an evil darker than any nightmare.
    Updated 4.29.03
  • Blood From a Stone: Commissario Guido Brunetti
    Author: Leon, Donna
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 23 ISBN: 0871138875 Date: 2005
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    Updated 3.21.05
  • Cuba Libre
    Author: Leonard, Elmore
    Publisher: Delacorte Price: $ 28.95 ISBN: 0385323832 Date: 1998
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    Set in Cuba just before the Spanish-American War, Elmore Leonard's latest novel is filled with high adventure, history, romance, and, of course, nefarious undertakings. Circumstance, nonchalance, and a remarkable streak of bad luck have turned Ben Tyler from cowboy to bank robber to convict, without ever changing his genial disposition. On yet another crooked attempt to return to the straight and narrow, Tyler finds himself in Havana agreeing to complete a series of deals that will completely turn his luck around.
  • Tishomingo Blues
    Author: Leonard, Elmore
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060008725 Date: 2002
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    Girls love Dennis Lenahan, he's cool and he's a daredevil. Dennis is performing in a Tunica, Mississippi casino, when he witnesses a murder and the local Dixie Mafia warns him, "You talk, you're dead." Along comes Robert Taylor, a black gangsta from Detroit. Robert has his own agenda for taking on the Cornbread Cosa Nostra and wants Dennis to come in with him. Readers will wonder: is Dennis hooked up with the bad guys or the really bad guys?
    Updated 1/15/02
  • Motherless Brooklyn
    Author: Lethem, Jonathan
    Publisher: Doubleday List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385491832 Date: 1999
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    Lethem fulfills the promise of his earlier, critically acclaimed novels with the gritty and uproarious tale of a Brooklyn P.I. with problems: a dead boss, woman trouble, and an uncontrollable case of Tourette's syndrome.
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter
    Author: Lindsey, Jeff
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 038551123x Date: 2004
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    Darkly Dreaming Dexter is a new kind of mystery novel starring a lovable serial killer, one Dexter Morgan, who only kills bad people and who cringes at the sight of blood.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Serial Killers
    Updated 6.17.04
  • Conspiracy of Paper
    Author: Liss, David
    Publisher: Random $ 25 ISBN: 0375502920 Date: 2000
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    "In A Conspiracy of Paper, David Liss has woven a tale of 18th-century finance, murder, and religion that is a remarkable debut and a thoroughly satisfying novel." - Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha.
  • Company: A Novel of the CIA 1951-1991
    Author: Littell, Robert
    Publisher: Overlook $ 27.95 ISBN: 1585671975 Date: 2002
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    The magnum opus of acclaimed espionage novelist Littell is a mesmerizing, dazzlingly plotted epic that tells the life and death struggle of two generations of CIA operatives during a long Cold War.
    Suggested Reading: Espionage
    Updated 2/6/02
  • Alice in Jeopardy
    Author: McBain, Ed
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0743262506 Date: 2005
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    Since her husband's tragic death, Alice Glendenning has struggled to maintain a normal life. Things turn nightmarish when her children disappear, and the ransom demand is identical to the amount due from insurance after her husband's death.
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Cold Granite
    Author: MacBride, Stuart
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 031233995x Date: 2005
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    DCI Logan McRac returns to his job in Aberdeen CID after recuperating from a gunshot wound and finds himself assigned to a brutal serial killer case.
    Sugg Suggested Reading: Scottish Crime Fiction Stars |Debuts
    Updated 6.15.05
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 19.95 ISBN: 0375422714 Date: 2005
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    This time around, the charming and ever-resourceful Precious Ramotswe finds herself overly beset by problems. She is busier than usual at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, when a strange intruder in her house forces her to confront a painful secret from her past.
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Old Boys
    Author: McCarry, Charles
    Publisher: Overlook $ 25.95 ISBN: 1585675458 Date: 2004
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    When crack intelligence agent Paul Christopher disappears, his ex-agent cousin enlists the support of four other retired colleagues to find him. Harassed by American intelligence and hunted by terrorists, they travel the globe in search of the unspeakably dangerous truth.
    Suggested Reading: Espionage
    Updated 5.7.04
  • Heart of the Hunter
    Author: Meyer, Deon
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316935492 Date: 2004
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    In his stunning American debut, the South African thriller writer delivers the story of a kidnapping and of a man refusing to reclaim the ruthless methods he mastered in the darkest days of South Africa's battle for survival.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 7.6.04
  • Dead at Daybreak
    Author: Meyer, Deon
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316000124 Date: 2005
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    The newest headspinning thriller from the breakout South African crime writer, author of Heart of the Hunter, is the story of an ex-cop who has seven days to solve a seemingly unsolvable crime--the answer to which lies in his own dark past.
    Suggested Reading: South Africa
    Updated 7.11.05
  • Walkin' the Dog
    Author: Mosley, Walter
    Publisher: Little Brown List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316966207 Date: 1999
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    Mosley returns with a character his fans know and love - Socrates Fortlow, the widely praised hero of Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, starring in a brilliant new book that explores life outside the law in modern-day Los Angeles.
  • Little Scarlet: Easy Rawlins
    Author: Mosley, Walter
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN:0316073032 Date: 2004
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    An irresistible story of love and death, this latest Easy Rawlins mystery takes place during the devastating 1965 Watts riots. Easy's hunt for a killer reveals a new city emerging from the ashes--and a new life for Easy and his friends.
    Suggested Reading: African American Stars
    Updated 6.1.04
  • The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
    Author: Mosley, Walter
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781594487729 Date: 2010
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    In a masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family, Mosley captures the compromised state of his protagonist's mind with profound sensitivity and insight, and creates an unforgettable pair of characters at the center of a novel that is sure to become a true contemporary classic.
    Updated 9.27.10
  • Days of Rage: Smokey Dalton
    Author: Nelscott, Kris
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312325290 Date: 2006
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    Updated 3.16.06
  • The Devil's Star
    Author: Nesbo, Jo
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061133978 Date: 2010
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    Assigned to investigate a series of bizarre murders, detective Harry Hole is partnered with Tom Waaler, a colleague he neither likes nor trusts. Determined to find the killer and expose the crooked Waaler, Harry discovers the two investigations melding in unexpected ways.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Ghosts of Belfast
    Author: Neville, Stuart
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781569476000 Date: 2009
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    Fegan has been an IRA killer in northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is haunted day and night by the ghosts of his innocent victims. In order to appease the spirits, he's going to have to kill the men who had given him orders.
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 9.24.09
  • Collusion: Jack Lennon
    Author: Neville, Stuart
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781569478554 Date: 2010
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    The line between friend and foe disappears as Detective Jack Lennon stalks a killer haunting the streets of Belfast.
    Updated 9.3.10
  • Shell Game: A Mallory Novel
    Author: O'Connell, Carol
    Publisher: Putnam List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399144951 Date: 1999
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    The recreation of a legendary magic trick goes horribly awry on live television - a terrible accident, everyone agrees. But two people know otherwise. One is an aged magician in a private hospital and the other is streetwise Kathy Mallory, now a New York City policewoman.
  • The Unburied
    Author: Palliser, Charles
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0374280355 Date: 1999
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    Three separate tales are interwoven in this novel about Dr. Courtine, an unworldly academic, who is invited to spend the days before Christmas with an old friend. Doubly distracted, he becomes unwittingly enmeshed in the sequence of terrible events that follows his arrival.
  • Fire Sale
    Author: Paretsky, Sara
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399152792 Date: 2005
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    Warshawski takes over coaching duties of the girls' basketball team at her former high school. Shortly after the mother of one of the players voices concerns about sabotage in the manufacturing plant where she works, a deadly explosion occurs. As Warshawski investigates, she must track down a particularly cruel murderer.
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators
    Updated 6.20.05
  • The Fallen
    Author: Parker, T. Jefferson
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060562382 Date: 2006
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    The award-winning author of California Girl plumbs the depths of the human heart in this electrifying new novel of suspense. "Some of the finest writing you will ever read."--"Chicago Sun Times."
    Updated 2.2.06
  • Stone Cold
    Author: Parker, Robert B.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399150870 Date: 2003
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    Fans have embraced each amazing new creation to spring from the fertile imagination of Parker. In Stone Cold, Jesse Stone has a problem. Actually, several problems: dead bodies turning up--and no clues.
    Updated 9.25.03
  • The Fallen
    Author: Parker, T. Jefferson
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060562382 Date: 2006
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    The award-winning author of California Girl plumbs the depths of the human heart in this electrifying new novel of suspense. "Some of the finest writing you will ever read."--"Chicago Sun Times."
    Updated 2.2.06
  • Violence, Nudity, Adult Content
    Author: Passaro, Vince
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 068485726x Date: 2002
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    With Violence, Nudity, Adult Content, the noted essayist and short story writer Vince Passaro offers a revelatory first novel of crime, sexual damage, and personal redemption--in a story that combines the grit of a Scott Turow courtroom thriller with an astute vision of a crumbling marriage, worthy of Russell Banks or Lorrie Moore. With present-day New York City teeming darkly as a backdrop to the relentless action, this thriller fires on all cylinders as a compelling literary page-turner.
    Updated 1/2/02
  • The Skull Mantra
    Author: Pattison, Eliot
    Publisher: Minotaur List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312204787 Date: 1999
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    When a headless corpse is found on a windy Tibetan mountainside, the astonishing early evidence shows that the killer is a mythical Buddhist demon.
  • Protect and Defend
    Author: Patterson, Richard North
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 0679450440 Date: 2001
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    In a compelling new novel, Patterson makes a major departure that confirms his place among the most important writers at work today. A newly elected president faces the unexpected chance to nominate a new chief justice of the Supreme Court, but the Senate majority leader is determined to thwart the nomination for reasons that cross the boundary between the political and the personal. What results is the definitive novel of politics and law at the dawn of the 21st century.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars | Political Fiction
  • Hard Time: V.I. Warshawski
    Author: Paretsky, Sara
    Publisher: Delacorte List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385313632 Date: 1999
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  • Occupied City
    Author: Peace, David
    $ 25.95 ISBN:9780307263759 Date: 2010
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    From the author of Tokyo Year Zero comes a fierce, exquisitely dark novel that returns readers to post-World War II occupied Japan: a Rashomon-like retelling of a murder (based on an actual event), its aftermath, and the hidden wartime atrocities that led to the crime.
    Updated 2.28.10
  • The Dream of Scipio
    Author: Pears, Iain
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 27.95 ISBN: 157322202x Date: 2002
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    From the author of An Instance of the Fingerpost comes this anticipated novel that is constructed around Provence in three different centuries, and each has at its heart a love story. Expertly imagined and perfectly realized, The Dream of Scipio is a feat of storytelling.
    Updated 5/23/02
  • An Instance of the Fingerpost
    Author: Pears, Iain
    Publisher: Riverhead Price: $ 27 ISBN: 1573220825 Date: 1998
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    Deserving comparison to the works of John Fowles and Umberto Eco, Iain Pear's stunning new novel is an ingenious tour de force. In England in the 1660's, a young woman is accused of the murder of a New College fellow, who has been found dead under mysterious circumstances. Four extremely diverse witnesses give their accounts of the events - but only one reveals the extraordinary truth.
  • Right as Rain
    Author: Pelecanos, George
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316695262 Date: 2001
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    Derek Strange, a private detective, is hired to clear the lingering doubts about a young black police officer killed in the line of duty. After Strange interviews Terry Quinn, the officer who pulled the trigger, Quinn joins the investigation and helps seek answers in the darkest sectors of Washington, D.C., where racism and ruthless capitalism create a lawless world.
  • The Night Gardener
    Author: Pelecanos, George P.
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 0316156507 Date: 2006
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    It's been 20 years since three teenagers were killed and their abused bodies were left in public parks. The case was never solved, but the two lead detectives on the case have pursued very different paths during the last two decades.
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Still Life
    Author: Penny, Louise
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312352557 Date: 2006
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    A Debut Dagger honor book in the U.K., this work introduces an engaging series hero in Inspector Armand Gamache who commands his forces with integrity and quiet courage. Locals are convinced a murder was no more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache uncovers something more sinister.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.10.06
  • The Cruelest Month: Three Pines
    Author: Penny, Louise
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312352578 Date: 2008
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    The cozy, seemingly idyllic town of Three Pines is thrown into chaos when an impromptu sance turns deadly. In this complex, accomplished mystery, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache must confront a myriad of baffling questions surrounding the case.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • The Brutal Telling
    Author: Penny, Louise
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312377038 Date: 2009
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    The peace of Three Pines is shattered when a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing long-buried secrets.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Bury Your Dead: Inspector Gamache
    Author: Penny, Louise
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312377045 Date: 2010
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    Chief Inspector Gamache receives a letter from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. The letter proclaims Olivier's innocence, so Gamache must relive the terrible events that killed one of his men before he can bury the dead.
    Updated 8.6.10
  • Freedomland
    Author: Price, Richard
    Publisher: Broadway List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0767900243 Date: 1998
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    The bestselling author of Clockers tells his most compelling and emotionally charged story yet, in the tale of an injured woman who claims that a carjacker has kidnapped her son, and the shrewd police officer and ambitious young reporter who smell a hoax.
  • Lush Life
    Author: Price, Richard
    Publisher: FSG $ 26 ISBN: 9780374299255 Date: 2008
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    In Lush Life, Price tears the shiny veneer off the "new" New York to show the underground networks of control and violence beneath the glamour, in this novel that reads like a movie in prose" ("New York Times").
    Updated 3.3.08
  • Inherent Vice
    Author: Pynchon, Thomas
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9781594202247 Date: 2009
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    Part noir, part psychedelic romp, and all Pynchon, Inherent Vice spotlights private eye Doc Sportello who occasionally comes out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era, as the free love of the 1960s slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A. fog.
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled\Noir
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Lost Girls
    Author: Pyper, Andrew
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 23.95 ISBN: 038533446x Date: 2000
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    This literary gothic debut, a #1 "National Post" bestseller in Canada, is a chilling tale in which one mystery fractures into many as a young defense attorney, assigned to his first murder trial, returns to the haunted town of his past.
  • The Falls
    Author: Rankin, Ian
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312206100 Date: 2001
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    A student is missing, a coffin is found, and John Rebus must match wits with a fiendishly clever killer as ancient and modern evils are brought together in contemporary Scotland.
  • Set In Darkness
    Author: Rankin, Ian
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312206097 Date: 2000
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    As the first Scottish Parliament in 300 years prepares to convene, Queensbury House is in the middle of John Rebus's turf, keeping him busy with ceremonial tasks. But when a long dead body is found in the fireplace, and two more deaths occur, Rebus is led to a confrontation with one of Edinburgh's most notorious criminals.
  • Field of Darkness
    Author: Read, Cornelia
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 22.95 ISBN: 089296023x Date: 2006
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    A tough-talking, shotgun-toting debutante gets in over her head investigatinga pair of cold case murders in this assured, thrilling first novel.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.20.06
  • Deja Dead
    Author: Reichs, Kathy
    Publisher: Scribner List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0684841177 Date: 1997
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    A dazzling debut, this forensic thriller was the toast of the Frankfurt Book Fair, leading Variety to hail Reichs as " the next Patricia Cornwell". Tempe Brennan had planned a quiet weekend, but duty calls. The chopped-up body parts she is faced with remind Tempe of the unsolved case of the torture and murder of a 16-year-old girl. Tempe suspects a connection between the two and must use all her forensic and investigative skills to convince police.
  • Cold Is the Grave
    Author: Robinson, Peter
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24 ISBN: 0380978083 Date: 2000
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    After trying to destroy the career of Inspector Alan Banks, Chief Constable Riddle now turns to Banks for help when pictures of Riddle's missing daughter turn up on a pornographic web site. The search for the missing young woman draws Banks deep into London's sordid underbelly of drugs, crime, and sex.
  • In a Dry Season
    Author: Robinson, Peter
    Publisher: Twilight Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0380975815 Date: 1999
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    A playful child wandering in remains unearths a human skeleton that forensics determine to belong to a woman who appears to have been murdered and hidden beneath the floor of an old building.
  • The Suspect
    Author: Robotham, Michael
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385508611 Date: 2005
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    Psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin's comfortable life begins to crumble when he is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and becomes a suspect in a brutal murder case.
    Updated 11.29.04
  • The Rhetoric of Death
    Author: Rock, Judith
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780425236642 Date: 2010
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    "An amazing debut historical novel "(Ariana Franklin, national betselling author of Grave Goods)Paris, 1686: When The Bishop of Marseilles discovers that his young cousin Charles du Luc, former soldier and half-fledged Jesuit, has been helping heretics escape the king's dragoons, the bishop sends him far away-to Paris, where Charles is assigned to assist in teaching rhetoric and directing dance at the prestigious college of Louis le Grand. Charles quickly embraces his new life and responsibilities. But on his first day, the school's star dancer disappears from rehearsal, and the next day another student is run down in the street. When the dancer's body is found under the worst possible circumstances, Charles is determined to find the killer in spite of being ordered to leave the investigation. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.28.10
  • Play Dead
    Author: Rosenfelt, David
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446582414 Date: 2007
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    Edgar Award finalist and "Today" show Book Club pick author David Rosenfelt spins a tale of crime and courtroom theatrics where the only witness to a high-profile murder is a golden retriever.
    Updated 4.17.07
  • Reflecting the Sky
    Author: Rozan, S.J.
    Publisher: Minotaur $24.95 ISBN: 0312244274 Date: 2001
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    Lydia Chin . . . is hired by Grandfather Gao, one of the most respected figures in New York City's Chinatown, for what seems to be a simple task. Lydia, along with her professional partner Bill Smith, is to fly to Hong Kong to deliver a family heirloom to the young grandson of a recently deceased colleague. They arrive in Hong Kong safely, but before they can deliver the heirloom, the grandson is kidnapped and two separate ransom demands are made. While the family of the kidnapped boy tries to freeze them out, Lydia and Bill must quickly learn their way around a place where the rules are different, the stakes are high, and the cost of failure is too dire to imagine. - from the jacket copy.
  • A Bitter Feast
    Author: Rozan, S.J.
    Publisher: St. Martins List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312192592 Date: 1998
    star PW star Booklist star Kirkus
    Chinese-American P.I. Lydia Chin has lived in New York City's Chinatown all her life. But even to her, the complex interactions of this city-within-a-city are often elusive. A simple missing persons case leads Lydia and her sometime-partner Bill into a deadly conflict between powerful rivals, the Feds, and the NYPD. This is a brilliant thriller by one of the genre's emerging masters. From the St. Martin's catalog.
  • Cripple Creek
    Author: Sallis, James
    Publisher: Walker $ 23 ISBN: 0802733824 Date: 2006
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist
    In the sequel to Cypress Grove, deputy sheriff Turner returns to Memphis, the city that formed him, and confronts his ghosts and sets in motion a tempest that threatens to destroy his newfound sanctuary.
    Updated 3.6.06
  • Salt River
    Author: Sallis, James
    Publisher: Walker $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780802716170 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    The poignant and surprising new thriller by one of Americas most acclaimed writers follows ex-cop, ex-con, and war veteran John Turner as he goes in search of a truth hes not sure he can live with.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Judgement of Caesar: A Novel of Ancient Rome
    Author: Saylor, Steven
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312271190 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    In the late days of the Roman civil war, Gordianus the Finder is caught in Egypt in the midst of the last struggle between Pompeii and Julius Caesar, and between Ptolemy and Cleopatra while he searches for his missing wife.
    Updated 5.10.04
  • Reservation Road
    Author: Schwartz, John Burnham
    Publisher: Knopf List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0375402632 Date: 1998
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist
    A compulsively readable novel of feeling and suspense about two men and their families, and the hit-and-run death of a young boy. "A nonstop read about people locked in a terrible embrace" (Ward Just), Reservation Road is powerful, wrenching, impossible to put down.
  • Mistaken Identity
    Author: Scottoline, Lisa
    Publisher: HarperCollins Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0060187476 Date: 1999
    star PW star Kirkus star Library Journal
    An accused murderer is a dead ringer for the attorney hired to protect her - claiming to be her long-lost twin sister. From that startling opening, Mistaken Identity sweeps up readers on a roller coaster rider of breathless suspense, the kind only bestselling author Lisa Scottoline can deliver.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
  • The Sexual Occupation of Japan
    Author: Setlowe, Richard
    Publisher: HarperCollins List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 006018934 Date: 1999
    star Kirkus star PW star Library Journal
    A smart, riveting thriller and poignant love story set amid Japan's volcanic economy and political intrigues. An American lawyer fights to keep a secret, multibillion dollar deal - and himself - alive in a country haunted by the past.
  • The Terror
    Author: Simmons, Dan
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316017442 Date: 2007
    star Kirkus star PW star LJ
    Based on the true story of two ice ships that disappeared in the Arctic Circle during the Sir John Franklin Expedition in 1845.
    Updated 11.16.06
  • Judas Horse: Ana Grey
    Author: Smith, April
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781400042050 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star PW starLJ star Booklist
    Maverick FBI Special Agent Ana Grey goes undercover to infiltrate the volatile core of a domestic terrorist cell, where she must negotiate a minefield of loyalty and betrayal under constant threat of discovery.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • December 6
    Author: Smith, Martin Cruz
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 26 ISBN: 0684872536
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    As seen through the eyes of an American con man living in Tokyo days before the Japanese attack, December 6 is Smith at the top of his game. The #1 bestselling author of Gorky Park, Red Square, Havana Bay and Rose returns with his most audaciously original and brilliant novel yet.
    Suggested Reading: World War Fiction | Historical Mysteries
    Updated 8.13.02
  • Havana Bay
    Author: Smith, Martin Cruz
    Publisher: Random Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0679426620 Date: 1999
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    Bestselling author Martin Cruz Smith has found a way to exploit the last cutting edge of the Cold War. When the body of a Russian embassy official is found floating in Havana Bay, Arkady Renko, the memorable detective from Gorky Park is sent to identify it.
  • Spares
    Author: Smith, Michael Marshall
    Publisher: Bantam List Price: $22.95 ISBN: 055310604x Date: 1997
    star PW star Booklist star Kirkus
    For the last five years, Jack Randall has been hiding out on a Spares Farm, working at the only job still available to him: guarding people who have never seen the outside world - people who can't even spell the word "escape". Now Jack is on the run with seven of the Farm's inmates - and the people who own them will do anything to get them back - anything.
  • Child 44
    Author: Smith, Tom Rob
    Publisher: Grand Central $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446402385 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star PW star Kirkus
    In Stalin's Soviet Union, it's a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer--much less a serial killer--is in the midst of the populace. Exiled from his home, a war hero must find and stop a criminal that the State won't admit even exists.
    Updated 3.3.08
  • All Mortal Flesh
    Author: Spencer-Fleming, Julia
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312312644   Date: 2006
    star LJ star PW star Kirkus
    One horrible murder. Two people destined for love or tragedy. Emotions explode in Spencer-Fleming's most accomplished mystery yet.
    Updated 8.16.06
  • City of Dragons: A San Francisco Mystery
    Author: Stanley, Kelli
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312603601 Date: 2010
    starBookliststarPW star LJ
    In San Francisco's Chinatown, private investigator Miranda Corbie stumbles upon the fatally shot body of Eddie Takahashi. The Chamber of Commerce wants it covered up, and the cops acquiesce. All Miranda wants is justice--whatever it costs.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Confession
    Author: Steinhauer, Olen
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312303289 Date: 2004
    star Kirkus star PW star LJ star Booklist
    Eastern Europe 1956: Comrade Inpector Ferenc Kolyeszar, homicide detective and aspiring writer, is watching his life unravel. Estranged from his wife, frustrated by writer's block and tracking a murderer through the shadowy capital. By the author of Bridge of Sighs.
    Suggested Reading: European Crime Fiction
    Updated 1.10.04
  • Still Missing
    Author: Stevens, Chevy
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312595678 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star Kirkus, starLJ
    Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape--her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
    Updated 6.10.10
  • The Coral Thief
    Author: Stott, Rebecca
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385531467 Date: 2009
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist star LJ
    In her debut, Ghostwalk, Stott unfolded an extraordinary and true mystery, involving Isaac Newton and set in 17th-century Cambridge. The Coral Thief offers another intriguing mystery, centering on pre-Darwinian theories of evolution, and set in 1815 France.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 9.24.09
  • Vienna Blood
    Author: Tallis, Frank
    Publisher: Random $ 15 ISBN: 9780812977769 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star PW star Kirkus
    In 1902, a serial killer in Vienna embarks upon a bizarre campaign of murder. Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt summons Dr. Max Liebermann to assist him with the case. The investigation draws them into the sphere of Viennas secret societies, in this second novel to feature literature's first psychoanalytic detective.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • The Little Friend
    Author: Tartt, Donna
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26 ISBN: 0679439382 Date: 2002
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW star LJ
    The hugely anticipated new novel by the author of The Secret History--"an elegant, edifying work of art" (Entertainment Weekly). Even more transfixingly suspenseful than its predecessor, this is a dark novel of lost childhood, rich in moral paradox, as a 12-year-old Mississippi girl sets out to find her brother's murderer.
    Updated 10.16.02
  • Reversible Errors
    Author: Turow, Scott
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 28 ISBN: 0374281602 Date: 2002
    star Kirkus star PW star LJ
    The bestselling author of Burden of Proof returns with a supercharged, exquisitely suspenseful novel about a vicious triple murder and the man condemned to die for it. Further complicating the situation is that the judge who originally found the man guilty is only recently out of prison herself, having served time for taking bribes.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 9.23.02
  • Ordinary Heroes
    Author: Turow, Scott
    Publisher: FSG $ 26 ISBN: 0374184216 Date: 2005
    star Kirkus star PW star LJ
    In reconstructing the terrible events and agonizing choices his father faced on the battlefield during World War II, in the courtroom, and in love, Stewart Dubinsky gains a closer understanding of his past, of his father's character, and of the brutal nature of war itself.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars | Veterans
    Updated 10.11.05
  • The Fault Tree
    Author: Ure, Louise
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312375850 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus starBooklist star LJ
    Arizona auto mechanic Cadence Moran is no stranger to darkness. She was blinded in a horrific car accident eight years ago that also took the life of her three-year old niece. She knows she was only partially to blame, but that doesn't make the loss any easier to bear. She's learned to get by, but there are still painful memories. When she is almost run down by a speeding car on the way home from work, Cadence at first thinks that she is the victim of road rage or a bad driver. But that's not the case. In fact, she is the only witness to the murder of her elderly neighbor, and now the killer believes that she's seen the getaway car.Louise Ure paints the glare of a Southwestern summer with the brush of a blind woman's darkness in this novel of jeopardy and courage ... and the fine line between them--as Cadence fights to stop a killer she can't see. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Shape of Snakes
    Author: Walters, Minette
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399147330 Date: 2001
    star Kirkus star LJ star PW
    This "New York Times" Notable Book begins on a rainy winter night. It takes hours for a black woman known as "Mad Annie" to die in the gutter. It will take 20 years for the woman who found her to shape her neighbors' racism, the indifference of the police, and her own rage into the truth.
  • The Breaker
    Author: Walters, Minette
    Publisher: Putnam Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399144927 Date: 1999
    star Booklist star PW star Kirkus
    The acclaimed author of The Echo spins a hypnotic tale of mystery and intrigue. After a woman is brutally raped and murdered - events to which her mute three-year-old daughter was a witness - the police turn their investigation on the victim's husband.
  • Hollywood Station
    Author: Wambaugh, Joseph
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 0316066141 Date: 2006
    star Booklist star PW star LJ
    The Grand Master of the police procedural returns to the LAPD in a gripping new novel about life in the country's most sensational police force.
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Watch Your Back!
    Author: Westlake, Donald
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0892968028 Date: 2005
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    After a year on the lam, the return of bumbling thief Dortmunder is a cause celebre. The author's most recent Dortmunder caper. The Road to Ruin, and the short story collection, Thieves' Dozen, received rave reviews in the "New York Times Book Review, New York Daily News," and "Kirkus Reviews" (starred review), among other publications.
    Updated 3.14.05
  • Get Real
    Author: Westlake, Donald
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780446178600 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star LJ star PW
    In Westlake's classic caper novels, the bad get better, the good slide a bit, and lord help anyone caught between a thief named John Dortmunder and the current object of his attention.
    Suggested Reading:Capers
    Updated 7.20.09
  • The Religion
    Author: Willocks, Tim
    Publisher: FSG $ 26 ISBN: 9780374248659 Date: 2007
    star PW star LJ star Kirkus
    Willocks, a novelist (Bad City Blues) and screenwriter (Sin), strikes gold with this epic account of the Turkish siege of Malta in 1565--the first of a planned trilogy featuring Mattias Tannhauser, the son of a Saxon blacksmith.-"Publishers Weekly," starred review.
    Updated 2.12.07
  • Pardonable Lies: Maisie Dobbs
    Author: Winspear, Jacqueline
    Publisher: Holt $ 23 ISBN: 0805078975 Date: 2005
    star LJ star PW star Booklist
    In the third novel of this bestselling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful World War I memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's death.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 8.16.05
  • Winter's Bone
    Author: Woodrell, Daniel
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 22.99 ISBN: 031605755X Date: 2006
    star Booklist star Kirkus star LJ
    When Ree Dolly's father skips bail, the 16-year-old knows if he doesn't show up to answer the drug charges against him, her family will lose their home. Her goal had been to leave her messy life of poverty and join the army, but first she must find her father, teach her little brothers to fend for themselves, and escape a downward spiral of misery.
    Updated 5.15.06

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