Crime Fiction Stars 2002: January - June

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.

January

  • Death of a Celebrity
    Author: Beaton, M.C.
    Publisher: Mysterious $23.95 ISBN: 0892966769 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Constable Hamish Macbeth returns for his 17th case as he tries to solve the murder of a gorgeous TV reporter whose shows have ripped apart an entire village.
    Updated 12/7/01
  • Queen of Ambition: Ursula Blanchard
    Author: Buckley, Fiona
    Publisher: Scribner $ 23 ISBN: 0743202643 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In the fifth Ursula Blanchard adventure, the resourceful and independent Elizabethan lady-in-waiting goes undercover in a Cambridge pie shop to investigate a possible assassination plot against the Queen.
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Goodnight Sweet Prince: The Mysterious Death of Prince Eddy
    Author: Dickinson, David
    Publisher: Carrol & Graf $ 24 ISBN: 0786709456 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Murder strikes the Royal Family in an intriguing new Victorian mystery introducing investigator Lord Francis Powerscourt. - From the jacket copy.
    Updated 12/11/01
  • The Eyre Affair
    Author: Fforde, Jasper
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670030643 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Based on an imaginary world where time and reality bend in the most convincing and original way since Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Eyre Affair is a an endlessly inventive caper unlike any other. The Thursday Next web site: Here at thursdaynext.com we have put together as much information about the shadowy heroine of The Eyre Affair fame as we can within the strict guidelines of the Special Operations Network.
    Suggested Reading: Reading Group Stars
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Blackwater Sound
    Author: Hall, James W.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312203845 Date: 2002
    starPW
    James W. Hall introduces one of the most evil and dysfunctional families in contemporary fiction and, along with Thorn, brings back other favorite characters from his earlier books, including Alexandra Rafferty, the unforgettable heroine of Body Language. A novel that bristles with all the heat and tension of a tropical Florida summer, Blackwater Sound promises to make James W. Hall the first name in suspense fiction.
    Suggested Reading: Conspiracy Theory
    Updated 11/15/01
  • A Dangerous Thing
    Author: Harrison, Sarah
    Publisher: Severn $ 25.99 ISBN: 0727858106 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 5/9/02
  • Unholy Order: Paul Devlin
    Author: Heffernan, William
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0688165648 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Four young women have been found brutally murdered. At first the cops believe the women were drug couriers. But the discovery of a fifth body dramatically challenges that assumption. Inspector Paul Devlin of the NYPD, experienced in working sensitive cases, is immediately assigned to investigate. But as Devlin and his team delve further, they soon discover this is no simple death: it's the first sign of a conspiracy of epic proportions.
    Updated 12/11/01
  • Chained
    Author: Henderson, Lauren
    Publisher: Three Rivers $ 12.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0609808656 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    The incorrigible Sam Jones is at it again. This time the beloved art chick turned sleuth is tangled up with some overzealous animal-rights activists, and if she doesn't watch her back, she'll end up topping the endangered species lists.
    Updated 11/20/01
  • Dialogues of the Dead
    Author: Hill, Reginald
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385336004 Date: 2002
    starPW
    When Dialogues are submitted to a local literary competition, claiming responsibility for three deaths, Dalziel and Pascoe find themselves embroiled in a deadly duel of wits against a killer known only as the Wordman: a brilliant sociopath who leaves literary clues in his wake . . . and who hides in plain sight.
    Updated 12/13/01
  • The Love of Stones
    Author: Hill, Tobias
    Publisher: Picador $ 25 ISBN: 0312287739 Date: 2002
    starPW
    The Love of Stones follows three lives all linked by one precious jewel. An epic story spanning two continents and six centuries, at the heart of their quests is the Three Brethren, a legendary jewel that binds them together in an irresistible narrative.
    Updated 11/6/01
  • The Jazz Bird
    Author: Holden, Craig
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0743212967 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Based on a true story, The Jazz Bird is at once a love story, a crime novel, and the tale of the courtroom battle between two powerful men whose respective futures hang in the balance, set at the apex of that time of glitz and innocence known as the Jazz Age.
    Updated 10/23/01
  • The Justice
    Author: Hunt, Angela Elwell
    Publisher: Word $ 15.99 (trade paper) ISBN: 0849916313 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    A gripping political mystery about the first woman president of the United States examines the corrupt side of government and the intense impact produced when Christ changes a life.
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Depraved Indifference
    Author: Indiana, Gary
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060197269 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    A dead ringer for Elizabeth Taylor, Evangeline is driven by the thrill of seducing and killing. No one--not even her husband, children, or friends--is exempt from her bizarre compulsions and grandiosity in this novel of obsession from the acclaimed author of Resentment.
    Suggested Reading: Psychological Suspense Stars
    Updated 11/6/01
  • Double Jeopardy
    Author: James, Bill
    Publisher: Severn $ 25.99 ISBN: 0727858246 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 5/9/02
  • The Analyst
    Author: Katzenbach, John
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25 ISBN: 0345426266 Date: 2002
    starKirkus starLibrary Journal
    On the brink of a month-long August vacation, Dr. Frederick Starks, a New York psychoanalyst, receives a mysterious, threatening letter. The unknown tormentor then lethally begins demonstrating the potential of his (or her) threats. In a race against time, Dr. Starks suddenly finds himself at the mercy of a psychopath's revenge.
    Suggested Reading: Psycho Killers | Psychological Suspense Stars
    Updated 11/6/01
  • Mobtown
    Author: Kelly, Jack
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 0786866152 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    In the deceptively quiet neighborhoods of 1950s Rochester, New York, Ike Van Savage's latest case starts out simply enough: a threatening husband and a beleaguered wife. But before he knows it, he's pulled into a serpentine mystery that involves the town's most notorious gangster, a dead heiress, and one too many "accidents."
    Suggested Reading: Mobbed Up
    Updated 11/21/01
  • Oath
    Author: Lescroart, John
    Publisher: Dutton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0525945768 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Defense attorney Dismas Hardy makes a terrifying discovery while investigating the murder of the head of San Francisco's largest HMO: too many patients have been dying, and it looks like it is the hospital that is killing them. In The Oath, Lescroart pits Hardy and homicide lieutenant Abe Glitsky against each other in a story of bad medicine and hard-hitting justice.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Fiction Stars
    Updated 11/20/01
  • Lying, Crying, Dying
    Author: Martell, Dominic
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 24 ISBN: 0786709553 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    A debut thriller features the elite counterterrorist operative Pascual in a treacherous race from the past he betrayed. The lying has again begun; the crying--and the dying--are yet to come.
    Updated 1/24/02
  • The Distance: A Crime Novel Introducing Billy Nichols
    Author: Muller, Eddie
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743214439 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    The demimonde of professional boxing resounds with echoes of film noir in this thrilling debut novel from an author renowned in both fields.
    Updated 11/21/01
  • Violence, Nudity, Adult Content
    Author: Passaro, Vince
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 068485726x Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLibrary JournalstarBooklist
    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.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Bleeders
    Author: Pronzini, Bill
    Publisher: Caroll & Graf $ 24 ISBN: 0786709421 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    A simple case gets murderously complicated when "Nameless, " Bill Pronzini's seasoned private-eye, exposes a nasty scam that involves junior account executive Jay Cohalan, his unhappy wife, and a mistress with a serious drug problem.
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators
    Updated 11/20/01
  • Love Her Madly
    Author: Smith Tirone, Mary-Ann
    Publisher: Holt $ 25 ISBN: 0805066489 Date: 2002
    star Library Journal
    A tense death-row drama kicks off a winning new series featuring brash FBI investigator Poppy Rice. Funny and fearless, Poppy is just about unstoppable as she reopens an investigation of a woman convicted of being an ax-murderer.
    Updated 11/6/01
  • A Clean Kill
    Author: Stewart, Mike
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399148043 Date: 2002
    starPW
    With his first two mysteries Sins of the Brother and Dog Island, Mike Stewart proved himself "an authentic Southern voice" ("The Charlotte Observer"). Now he's back with a third novel of murder, suspense, and legal intrigue--this time set along the affluent Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay.
    Updated 11/27/01
  • The Execution
    Author: Wilcken, Hugo
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060188235 Date: 2002
    starPW
    From one of England's hottest new writers comes a smart, suspenseful tale about a self-assured young man's descent into madness and despair.
    Updated 12/11/01

February

  • Hunting Season
    Author: Barr, Nevada
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399148469 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Tightly plotted and beautifully written, Hunting Season offers solid evidence that mankind can be as unpredictable and dangerous as the great outdoors. When Park Ranger Anna Pigeon answers a call to historic Mt. Locust on Mississippi's Natchez Trace Parkway, the last thing she expects to encounter is murder. But the man Anna finds in the stand's old bedroom is no tourist in distress. He's nearly naked, and very dead, his body bearing marks consistent with an S&M ritual gone awry.
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Dream of Broken Horses
    Author: Bayer, William
    Publisher: Pocket $ 25 ISBN: 0743403363 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    New York Times bestselling author Bayer returns with this breathtaking, multilayered new tale of a 25-year-old society murder and the many long shadows it still casts.
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Money Wanders
    Author: Dezenhall, Eric
    Publisher: Dunne $ 24.95 ISBN: 031228753 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Get Shorty brought the mob to Hollywood. In this hilarious debut, Dezenhall brings a wiseguy mentality to Washington spin, media, and image as a Beltway pollster is "persuaded" by a mob boss to launch a PR campaign to help improve his image.
    Money Wanders web site
    Updated 2/4/02
  • Eureka
    Author: Diehl, William
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25 ISBN: 0345411463 Date: 2002
    starPWstarLJ
    In Diehl's thrilling new novel, the seamy past of glamorous California lies in the deceptively peaceful town of Eureka, a once lawless place from which young, rugged Thomas Culhane escaped to fight World War I. Now, two decades later in 1941, police detective Zeke Bannon investigates a death that seems a sad accident until he looks a bit closer. What he discovers just might threaten the ambitions of Sheriff Thomas Culhane, who is launching a bid to be California's next governor.
    Updated 1/14/02
  • Sinister Heights
    Author: Estleman, Loren D.
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 24.95 ISBN: 08929673852 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 2/4/02
  • Buried at Sea: A Novel of Suspense
    Author: Garrison, Paul
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060198672 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Jim Leighton has always craved a real adventure, and sailing to Rio de Janeiro as deckhand and personal trainer to venture capitalist Will Spark feels like a dream come true. But Spark suddenly insists they're in danger from deadly pursuers and changes course for Africa. Jim isn't sure what to believe. Are they being hunted, or is he trapped with a dangerous paranoid? He doesn't have time to wonder, though, for soon he's alone at sea and fighting for survival.
    Suggested Reading: Sea Stories
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Tarmac
    Author: Heitman, Lynne
    Publisher: Onyx $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0451410084 Date: 2002
    starPW
    On her way to Detroit for a new job with an upstart airline, Alex Shanahan is detoured to Miami after the death of her friend John McTavish. There, Alex connects John's murder to the black-market of used airplane parts passed off as new. The man behind the scam doesn't want to be found--and he's not about to let Alex cause any turbulence.
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Tishomingo Blues
    Author: Leonard, Elmore
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060008725 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPWstarLJ
    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?
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1/15/02
  • Absolute Zero
    Author: Logan, Chuck
    Publisher: HarperCollins $24.95 ISBN: 0060185724 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarPW
    Absolute Zero is Chuck Logan's breakout thriller, a page-turning tour de force that begins with a white-knuckle rescue of a canoeing expedition, and comes to a stunning conclusion on the coldest night in Minnesota history. It's a story of love, manipulation, and revenge that puts Logan in the elite company of fictional-series-heavyweights.
    Updated 12/6/01
  • One Step Behind: Kurt Wallender
    Author: Mankell, Henning
    Publisher: New Press $ 24.95 ISBN: 1565846524 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    An unknown killer is on the loose, but their only lead is a photograph of three dead young people in costume. Forced to dig more deeply than he'd like into the personal life of one of his colleagues, Wallander's investigation uncovers something he could never have imagined. One Step Behind is the fifth book to appear in English in what the Los Angeles Times Book Review calls the "exquisite" Kurt Wallander series.
    Suggested Reading: European Mysteries
    Updated 2/24/02
  • Tropical Heat
    Author: Miller, John
    Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 0765301652 Date: 2002
    starPW
    When an army officer is found dead in the small Virginia town of Hopewell, it sets in motion a sequence of events that will forever change the life of Sheriff A.G. Farrell.
    Updated 1/4/02
  • Angel Fire
    Author: Miscione, Lisa
    Publisher: Minotaur $23.95 ISBN: 0312283040 Date: 2002
    starLJ
    Memories of her mother's brutal murder 15 years ago plague a reclusive true crime writer on the trail of a serial killer--a compelling debut novel of a talented new writer.
    Updated 1/15/02
  • Hell to Pay
    Author: Pelecanos, George
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316695068
    starBookliststarPW
    Derek Strange and Terry Quinn, the team of private investigators who made their debut in Right As Rain, are hired to find a teenager turned prostitute and enter their most dangerous territory ever.
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators
    Updated 12/11/01
  • South Hampton Row
    Author: Perry, Anne
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25 ISBN: 034544003X Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    During a bitter election between Tories and Liberals, a late-night seance wounds one candidate's chances when the clairvoyant is found brutally murdered the next morning. This riveting new Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novel once again proves Anne Perry to be an absolute master of the people, mores, and politics of the Victorian era.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Mystery Stars
    Updated 1/15/02
  • A Good Hanging: Stories
    Author: Rankin, Ian
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312280270 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Twelve terrific stories starring detective Inspector John Rebus, in his home city of Edinburgh, as only Ian Rankin can portray it: not just the tartan tearooms and cobbled streets but a modern urban metropolis with a full range of criminals--blackmailers, peeping Toms, and more than one kind of murderer.
    Updated 12/6/01
  • Three for a Letter
    Author: Reed, Mary & Eric
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN:1890208825 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 1/2/02
  • Area 7
    Author: Reilly, Matthew
    Publisher: St Martins Dunne $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312266855 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Lt. Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield returns in the electrifying sequel to the bestselling Ice Station.On a routine inspection of bases in the Nevada desert, he escorts the President to the super-secret Area 7, where rogue Air Force commander Caesar Russell waits to launch his master plan to wrest away control of the country.
    Suggested Reading: Action & Adventure
    Updated 12/6/01
  • Adam and Eve and Pinch Me
    Author: Rendell, Ruth
    Publisher: Crown $ 25 ISBN: 0609610252 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    This chilling novel about serial killer in contemporary London is penned by one of the most celebrated mystery writers of our time. As the story gets under way, readers have no idea how a series of vicious stabbings could connect to the colorful cast of interacting characters.
    Suggested Reading: Psychological Suspense Stars | Serial Killers
    Updated 1/28/02
  • Winter and Night
    Author: Rozan, S. J.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312245556 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    From the award-winning author of Reflecting the Sky comes an explosive, breakout novel about the corrosive power of secrets and corruption in a small town.
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Bad Seed: Alex Bernier
    Author: Saulnier, Beth
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 23.95 ISBN: 0892967498 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Journalist Alex Bernier has her hands full investigating a breaking story for the Gabriel Monitor. A legion of activists has besieged Benson University to protest research on genetically engineered food. When Kate Barnett, a charismatic plant science professor and avid proponent of genetic engineering, is found beaten to death in her lab, the activists are the number one suspects. But is it really such an open-and-shut case?
    Updated 1/2/02
  • The English Assassin
    Author: Silva, Daniel
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 03991458515 Date: 2002
    starPWstarBooklist
    Israeli intelligence operative Gabriel Allon (The Kill Artist) probes a murder in which he is implicated in the ingenious new espionage thriller by the bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy.
    Suggested Reading: Espionage
    Updated 1/24/02
  • A Winter Haunting
    Author: Simmons, Dan
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN:0380978865 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    The author Dean Koontz hails as "brilliant" returns with this elegantly written, terrifying new tale. After an intense love affair, Professor Dale Stewart has lost everything--even his confidence as a novelist. To salvage his sanity and pride, he returns to a farmhouse in the small Illinois town of his childhood to work on his manuscript. But peace is the last thing he'll find, for the house is haunted in more ways than one.
    Updated 1/2/02
  • The Ice Curtain
    Author: White, Robin
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385333161 Date: 2002
    starLJstarPW
    From the bestselling author of Siberian Light comes a breathtaking new thriller, a story of murder, deceit, and diamonds set in Russia's far north.
    Suggested Reading: Action & Adventure
    Updated 2/1/02

March

  • A Murder of Promise
    Author: Andrews, Robert
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399148329 Date: 2002
    starPW
    When legendary Washington Post reporter Mary Keegan is found murdered, homicide detectives Frank Kearney and Jose Phelps find that the killer is one step ahead of them. In a climactic nightmare chase, Kearney races to save the person dearest to him as he faces off against a cunning homicidal maniac.
    Updated 1/2/02
  • London Boulevard
    Author: Bruen, Ken
    Publisher: Dufour $ 14.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 1899344772 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 5/9/02
  • The Stone Monkey
    Author: Deaver, Jeffrey
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0743221990 Date: 2002
    starLJ
    With The Stone Monkey, New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver revives his most beloved characters, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, and takes them to another level. The book abounds with Deaver's famous trademarks: deadlines every few hours, wholly unexpected plot twists, his breakneck pacing, and characters who are heartbreakingly real.
    Suggested Reading: Crime Scene Investigations
    Updated 3/5/02
  • Sacrament of Lies
    Author: Dewberry, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Bluehen $ 23.95 ISBN: 039914854x Date: 2002
    starLJ
    An allusive, psychological mystery is filled with murders, corruption, politics Southern-style, and shadowy conspiracies as Grayson Guillory investigates the apparent suicide death of her mother
    Updated 1/15/02
  • Death in the Venetian Quarter: A Medieval Mystery
    Author: Gordon, Alan
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312242670 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    In 1204, with the Fourth Crusade besieging the walls of Constantinople, a minor death may hold the key to the Empire's survival.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Mystery Stars
    Updated 1/24/02
  • The Disappearing Body
    Author: Grand, David
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385500343 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Grand, whose first novel, Louse, transformed the last days of Howard Hughes into compelling fiction, works the same dark magic in The Disappearing Body, weaving suspenseful mystery into his stunning, perversely hilarious portrait of the corruption, ambition, passion, and innocence of post-Prohibition America.
    Disappearing Body web site
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Split
    Author: James, Bill
    Publisher: Dufour/Do Not $ 29.95 (hard) $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1899344721 (hard) 189934473x (paper) Date: 2002
    starPW
    Updated 2/21/02
  • Justice Hall
    Author: King, Laurie R.
    Publisher: Bantam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0553111132 Date: 2002
    starPW
    The sixth episode in King's novels that celebrates and reinvents Mary Russell and her famous spouse Sherlock Holmes.
    Suggested Reading: Sherlockian Stars
    Updated 2/18/02
  • Company: A Novel of the CIA 1951-1991
    Author: Littell, Robert
    Publisher: Overlook $ 27.95 ISBN: 1585671975 Date: 2002
    starLibrary JournalstarKirkusstarBooklist
    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: All Stars | Espionage
    Updated 2/6/02
  • In the Forest
    Author: O'Brien, Edna
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $ 24 ISBN: 0618197303 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Taken from a true story, this psychological thriller returns to the countryside of western Ireland, the vivid backdrop of the author's Wild December. Michen O'Kane's problems go beyond early loss and abuse--the killing instinct is already kindled in him as he earns the title of Kinderschreck: someone of whom children are afraid.
    Updated 1/24/02
  • 2nd Chance
    Author: Patterson, James with Andrew Gross
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 26.95 ISBN: 0316693200 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Full of unexpected twists and turns, 2nd Chance is Patterson's second book featuring the Women's Murder Club. When a little girl is shot on the steps of a San Francisco church, Detective Lindsay Boxer knows it's time for the club to reconvene. The members suspect that the killer may be an ex-cop, but nothing could prepare them for the demented logic behind his choice of victims.
    Updated 2/18/02
  • In the Bleak Midwinter
    Author: Spencer-Fleming, Julia
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312288476 Date: 2002
    starPW
    It's a cold, snowy December in the upstate New York town of Millers Kill. When a newborn baby is abandoned and a young mother is brutally murdered, newly-ordained Clare Fergusson has to pick her way through the secrets and silence that shadow the town like the ever-present Adirondack mountains.
    Updated 2/8/02
  • The School of Night
    Author: Wall, Alan
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 031228778X Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    A strange, secret Elizabethan society becomes one man's obsession in this dark, skillful novel.
    Updated 2/24/02

April

  • The Burying Field: Danny Chaisson
    Author: Abel, Kenneth
    Publisher: Putnam $ 26.95 ISBN: 0399147969 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Abel returns to Louisiana politics with a mystery that pits the Old South against the new, as a racist crime drags up a murder that is 30-years-old, involving a few powerful men who have an interest in keeping it secret. With compelling characters and dead-on dialogue, The Burying Field is an enthralling crime novel.
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction | Cold Cases
    Updated 3/26/02
  • Murder in the Sentier
    Author: Black, Cara
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 1569472785 Date: 2002
    starPW
    The third Aimee Leduc investigation is set in the historic Sentier district, where once-fashionable private mansions now house the Parisian "rag" trade and nightclubs. Members of a 1960s Red gang are seeking their hidden loot, which leads to new murders. Aimee fears the killers may include her long-lost mother.
    Suggested Reading: European Mysteries | Paris Stars
    Updated 3/7/02
  • The Ash Child
    Author: Bowen, Peter
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN:0312288506 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    When an eccentric old woman is found dead in her living room, her head beaten in with a hatchet, Gabriel Du Pr feels compelled to look into the matter. His only clue is the sighting of two teens snooping around the house. Later these same two are found dead in the Montana mountains, buried beneath ash and riddled with bullets.
    Updated 3/14/02
  • City of Bones
    Author: Connelly, Michael
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0316154059 Date: 2002
    starPWstarBookliststarLJ
    The bones of a 12-year-old boy are found scattered in a remote canyon in the Hollywood Hills. For Harry Bosch, the City of Angels becomes the City of Bones. The case awakens police and political machinations, delves into a family's dark history, and opens-up Bosch's own childhood memories.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4/1/02
  • Silence is Golden
    Author: Dams, Jeanne M.
    Publisher: Walker $ 23.95 ISBN: 0802733735 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Hilda Johansson, the sleuth/maid in Dams' turn-of-the-century novels, is a perfect observer and commentator in this latest installment. All is not what it seems in the Studebaker household, as the rich keep secrets, and the poor suffer for them.
    Updated 5/9/02
  • Steps to the Altar
    Author: Fowler, Earlene
    Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime $ 22.95 ISBN: 0425183491 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Ninth in the Agatha Award-winning series that's been hailed as "engrossing" (Publishers Weekly), Steps to the Altar finds California folk art expert Benni Harper preparing for two upcoming weddings, digging up clues to a decades-old unsolved murder, and struggling with a very personal crisis of the heart.
    Suggested Reading: Cold Cases
    Updated 3/21/02
  • Stay
    Author: Griffith, Nicola
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385503008 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Award-winning writer Griffith reinvents literary noir with Stay, where she fashions a narrative pulled taut by its own internal tensions--between sanity and letting go, between past and present, between right and wrong--and fully demonstrates her remarkable ability to bring a unique energy and literary lyricism to the noir tradition.
    Updated 3/7/02
  • Code 61
    Author: Harstad, Donald
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385501188 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    In Code Sixty-One, Harstad brings the offbeat, Fargo-esque style of his previous books to a stunning tale about modern-day vampires. Investigating the apparent suicide of a colleague's niece, Iowa deputy sheriff Carl Houseman comes to the chilling conclusion that the young woman was the victim of a 21st-century Dracula.
    Updated 2/24/02
  • Posted to Death: Simon Kirby
    Author: James, Dean
    Publisher: Kensington $ 22 ISBN: 1575668858 Date: 2002
    starPW
    England has found itself a new sleuth to call its own, but Simon Kirby-Jones is not only a vampire, he's an American to boot. He's pulled up stakes in the States to settle in the quaint English village of Snupperton Mumsley, where his southern charm will be put to work uncovering the deadly secrets of his neighbors.
    Updated 2/28/02
  • The Blue Edge of Midnight
    Author: King, Jonathan
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 0525946438 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Featuring Max Freeman, an ex-cop from Philadelphia, The Blue Edge of Midnight marks the debut of a powerful new crime series.
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators | Debuts | Florida Fiction
    Updated 2/21/02
  • The Horned Man
    Author: Lasdun, James
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393003361 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Updated 4/1/02
  • Year Zero
    Author: Long, Jeff
    Publisher: Pocket $ 25 ISBN: 0743406117 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    On a remote Greek island, a wealthy artifact collector pries open a relic and unwittingly releases an ancient airborne plague, a virulent threat primed to obliterate all life on Earth.
    Suggested Reading: Bio Thrillers
    Updated 3/14/02
  • The Anchoress of Shere
    Author: Moorcraft, Paul
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590580117 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Updated 3/28/02
  • Black Water: A Merci Rayborn Novel
    Author: Parker, T. Jefferson
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 078686804x Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    From the bestselling, Edgar-nominated author comes a new novel crackling with murder, love, betrayal--and marking the highly anticipated return of detective Merci Rayborn. Welcome to a cat and mouse game that only bestselling novelist T. Jefferson Parker could script.
    Updated 2/1/02
  • Scorched Earth
    Author: Robbins, David L.
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0553801767 Date: 2002
    starPW
    With a historical novelist's keen eye, David L. Robbins takes his literary game to a blazing new level with Scorched Earth, a tour-de-force portrait of a small southern town torn apart by hate.
    Updated 2/18/02
  • No Good Deed
    Author: Scott, Manda
    Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell $ 22.95 ISBN: 0553802674 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    From the award-winning author of Stronger Than Death comes a powerful thriller about a woman detective and a nine-year-old boy in danger after he witnesses an act of savagery by one of the most feared criminals in Europe.
    Updated 2/18/02
  • Bone Key: A John Deal Novel
    Author: Standiford, Les
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399148744 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Updated 3/21/02
  • No Show of Remorse
    Author: Walker, David J.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312252404 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Mal Foley was a lawyer once, until he disobeyed a court order requiring him to reveal a client's role in a shootout that killed a cop. Years later, Mal wants his law license reinstated, but someone stands in serious opposition: anonymous notes turn into savage beatings and finally into murder.
    Updated 1/24/02
  • Put a Lid on It
    Author: Westlake, Donald
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 23.95 ISBN:0892967188 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of The Ax and The Hook is back in rare form as he introduces Meehan, a character who keeps the lid from blowing off Washington politics.
    Suggested Reading: Political Fiction
    Updated 3/14/02
  • Gold Rush
    Author: Yu, Miri
    Publisher: Welcome Rain $ 25 ISBN: 156649155x Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Kazu, a 14-year-old boy, is obsessed with money but cold and indifferent toward his own feelings. He possesses an uncontrollable temper, which drives him to murder his father in cold blood and tries to take over his father's shady gambling business. Gold Rush is Miri Yu's gritty, violent, explicit portrayal of the seldom-seen, ugly underbelly of Japanese society.
    Updated 5/9/02

May

  • The Best Murder of the Year
    Author: Bloch, Jon P.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312280904 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Gossip columnist Rick Domino is hosting a live telecast of the Academy Awards the same night that his secret lover, actor Shane Kirk, is a nominee for Best Actor. Soon Domino finds himself a prime suspect for a murder that occurs during the ceremony.
    Updated 4/12/02
  • The Shape of Water: Salvo Montalbano
    Author: Camilleri, Andrea
    Publisher: Viking $ 20.95 ISBN: 0670030929 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano has become an international sensation whose adventures have been translated from Italian into eight languages, from Dutch to Japanese. The Shape of Water is the first book in this sly, witty, engaging series with its sardonic take on Sicilian life.
    Suggested Reading: European Mysteries
    Updated 3/28/02
  • Without Fail
    Author: Child, Lee
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399148612 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJstarBooklist
    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.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5/9/02
  • Spy's Fate
    Author: Correa, Arnoldo
    Publisher: Akashic $ 24.95 ISBN: 1888451289 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Updated 2/18/02
  • Cat in a Midnight Choir
    Author: Douglas, Carole Nelson
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312857977 Date: 2002
    starPW
    In this 14th Midnight Louie mystery, the black cat detective is hunting a mysterious and possibly murderous organization of renegade magicians called the Synth, which has been making Las Vegas too hot for some of Louie's human friends.
    Updated 4/18/02
  • Turncoat
    Author: Elkins, Aaron
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060197706 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    This alluring thriller of long-buried secrets and unexpected double crosses from the Edgar, Agatha, and Nero award-winning author concerns a man who discovers some tragic--and deadly--secrets about his wife.
    Updated 5/9/02
  • North of Nowhere
    Author: Hamilton, Steve
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312268971 Date: 2002
    starPW
    It's summertime in Paradise, Michigan, and reclusive Alex McKnight is playing poker when three masked men arrive at the bar/restaurant where he hangs out. The private detective is forced to realize that not only is there no place to hide, but sometimes that can be a blessing.
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators
    Updated 3/14/02
  • Learning to Fly
    Author: Henry, April
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312290527 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarLJ
    The chaotic scene of a huge chain-reaction car accident leaves Free Meeker in possession of a bag of money and a dead hitchhiker in the passenger seat. But when the owner of the money realizes that it didn't burn up in the fire, things get complicated.
    Updated 3/26/02
  • Wrongful Death
    Author: Kerr, Blaine
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25 ISBN: 0743211170 Date: 2002
    starPW
    The worlds of European war crimes and killings in a Colorado hospital converge in this sensational courtroom thriller by a journalist who is also a medical malpractice lawyer.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars | Medical Thrillers
    Updated 4/30.02
  • The Patient's Eyes
    Author: Pirie, David
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312290950 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    This compelling new Victorian mystery reveals the untold story behind the creation of the world's most celebrated detective: Sherlock Holmes.
    Suggested Reading: Sherlockian Stars
    Updated 5/5/02
  • Open and Shut
    Author: Rosenfelt, David
    Publisher: Warner $ 23.95 ISBN: 089296748x Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Defense attorney Andy Carpenter manages to sail through any tough situation, whether inside the courtroom or in his personal life. But this all changes when his marriage breaks up and his father suddenly dies, leaving him distraught--and 22 million dollars richer.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 5/9/02
  • Exposure
    Author: Russell, Alan
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312289243 Date: 2002
    starPW
    A photographer accidentally causes the death of two celebrities, setting off a chain of events in this thriller about the life-threatening difference between what is seen and what is to be believed.
    Updated 3/21/02
  • Mortal Prey
    Author: Sandford, John
    Publisher: Putnam $ 26.95 ISBN: 0399148639 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarPW
    In Sandford's 13th "Prey" novel, Lucas Davenport encounters his old nemesis, Clara Rinker, the best hitwoman in the business. The FBI and DEA draft Davenport to track her down--but the St. Louis mob, a Mexican druglord, and the sometimes warring forces of U.S. law enforcement are all trying to beat him to the punch.
    Updated 3/14/02
  • Streets on Fire: Jack Liffey
    Author: Shannon, John
    Publisher: Carrol & Graf $ 24 ISBN: 0786710187 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Walk L.A.'s mean streets in private-eye Jack Liffey's shoes as he searches for the missing son of a man involved with white supremacists, black separatists, and skinheads.
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators
    Updated 3/26/02
  • If Looks Could Kill
    Author: White, Kate
    Publisher: Warner $ 22.95 ISBN: 0446530239 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Bailey Weggins, a clever writer for a leading women's magazine, Gloss, is dragged into a murder investigation by her editor-in-chief and boss from hell, Cat Jones. The investigation takes Bailey from New York City to the Connecticut suburbs and Bucks County retreats--and everyone is a suspect.
    Suggested Reading: Publishing
    Updated 4/5/02

June

  • The Tutor
    Author: Abrahams, Peter
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25.95 ISBN: 0345439384 Date: 2002
    starLJ
    Master of psychological suspense Peter Abrahams returns with an ingenious tale of an ordinary family that unknowingly invites the agent of their destruction into their own home.
    Suggested Reading: Psychological Suspense Stars
    Updated 5/5/02
  • Money to Burn
    Author: Block, James B./James Zagel
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399148914 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Told in an Irish Catholic tenor indigenous to Chicago, this caper questions the true meaning of justice and probes the criminal mind from the seat of the law. In the end, a federal court judge must answer a question he has directed toward defendants for years: "Does crime really pay?"
    Updated 3/28/02
  • Savage Run: Joe Pickett
    Author: Box, C.J.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399148876 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    C.J. Box's debut novel, Open Season, hit the mystery-book world with the force of a speeding rifle bullet. Now Box returns with a gripping and suspenseful new novel, as dramatic and brutal as its Wyoming wilderness setting.
    Suggested Reading: Conspiracy Theory | Wildlife
    Updated 5/20/02
  • Nuremberg: The Reckoning
    Author: Buckley, William F.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151006792 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    With his customary authority and audacity, Buckley has taken a pivotal moment in history and shaped it into absorbing and original fiction. The result is a riveting novel of insight and deep understanding exploring the characters and issues that made history.
    Updated 4/18/02
  • Jolie Blon's Bounce
    Author: Burke, James Lee
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0743204840 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Bestselling author James Lee Burke's most popular character, Dave Robicheaux, returns in this suspenseful and enthralling story of two brutal murders in New Iberia, Louisiana. Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and always compelling, Jolie Blon's Bounce is classic storytelling from a writer dubbed "the Faulkner of crime fiction."
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators
    Updated 4/18/02
  • The Emperor of Ocean Park
    Author: Carter, Stephen L.
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 0375413634 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    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: All Stars | African American Stars
    Updated 4/18/02
  • White Male Infant
    Author: D'Amato, Barbara
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN:0765300249 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Surgeon Dooley McSweeny and his wife dearly love the son they adopted from Russia six years ago. But when medical tests indicate that their little boy could not possibly have come from Russia, the couple is plunged into the dark, complex, and emotionally fraught world of international adoption.
    Updated 6/10/02
  • Before the Cradle Falls
    Author: David, James F.
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765303191 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Paralyzed by drink and despair since the accidental death of his young daughter Shelby, Detective Kyle Sommers nonetheless must lead a task force to catch a brutal serial killer.
    Suggested Reading: Serial Killers | Cross Genres
    Updated 4/30.02
  • Hard Eight
    Author: Evanovich, Janet
    Publisher: St Martins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312265859 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    In Hard Eight, Stephanie, Morelli, Ranger, Lula, Valerie, and Grandma Mazur are strapped in for the ride of their lives. This time, Stephanie is hired to find a missing child. But things aren't always as they seem and Stephanie must determine if she's working for the right side of the law.
    Suggested Reading: If You Like Janet Evanovich | Humorous Mysteries
    Updated 5/20/02
  • The Silence of the Rain
    Author: Garcia-Roza, Luiz Alfredo
    Publisher: Holt $ 24 ISBN: 0805068899 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    A Brazilian bestseller, this sophisticated story of murder, sex, and corruption introduces a riveting new crime series--an intelligent, unconventional detective novel with a distinctly Latin American flavor.
    Updated 5/9/02
  • Seventh Inning Stretch
    Author: Gunn, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Walker $ 23.95 ISBN: 0802733743 Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPW
    Someone's cheating the citizens of Rutherford: a gang of scam artists has hit town and has Jake Hines and his team spinning, trying to follow a trail of dodging and deceit. When the grifters' leader turns up dead, the stakes start to rise.
    Suggested Reading: Cops
    Updated 5/9/02
  • Bohannon's Women
    Author: Hansen, Joseph
    Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 0786241772 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Updated 7.15.02
  • The Wailing Wind
    Author: Hillerman, Tony
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060194448 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    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.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | If You LikeTony Hillerman
    Updated 4/12/02
  • Acrobat
    Author: Lira, Gonzalo
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312286945 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    They are young, they are tough, they are resourceful--and they have been targeted for assassination by their own agency. Most important of all, what will it take for them to realize they have a traitor among them?
    Suggested Reading: Spy Girls
    Updated 3/14/02
  • Diamond Dust
    Author: Lovesey, Peter
    Publisher: Soho $ 23 ISBN: 1569472912 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Peter Diamond, the head of Bath's murder team, reveals no joy when gang leader Jake Carpenter is sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. But the next day, when a woman is shot dead in Royal Victoria Park, Diamond's self-control dissolves in an instant. The dead woman is Stephanie, his own wife. Traumatized and angry for justice, Diamond is told that the case he is desperate to solve is the one he won't be allowed to work on...
    Updated 4/5/02
  • Resolution
    Author: Mina, Denise
    Publisher: Carrol & Graf $ 25 ISBN: 0786710101 Date: 2002
    starPWstarBooklist
    Blending suspense, compassion, raw instinct, and grim wit, this powerful conclusion to the Garnethill trilogy returns to the seamy side of downtown Glasgow and the untidy world of Maureen O'Donnell.
    Suggested Reading: Scottish Crime Fiction
    Updated 5/9/02
  • Deeper Waters
    Author: Morgan, Mary
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312290357 Date: 2002
    starKirkus
    Attorney Noah Richards moves to a peaceful island near Seattle only to land in the middle of a tribe's racial dispute--and murder.
    Updated 4/18/02
  • Dead Midnight
    Author: Muller, Marcia
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 24.95 ISBN: 089296765x Date: 2002
    starPWstarLibrary Journal
    From the author of Point Deception comes a new Sharon McCone mystery set in San Francisco. McCone throws herself into work so she can get past her brother's suicide, but the wrongful-death suit she is working on hits too close to home.
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators
    Updated 6/7/02
  • The Dream of Scipio
    Author: Pears, Iain
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 27.95 ISBN: 157322202x Date: 2002
    starBookliststarPWstarKirkus
    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.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Poets
    Updated 5/23/02
  • Sudden Death
    Author: Penzler, Otto (ed)
    Publisher: New Millennium $ 23.95 ISBN: 1893224562 Date: 2002
    starPW
    Updated 6/3/02
  • Cabinet of Curiousities
    Author: Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child
    Publisher: Warner $ 25.95 ISBN: 0446530220 Date: 2002
    starPW
    The "New York Times" bestselling authors of The Ice Limit and The Relic return with another nerve-shattering thriller. In downtown Manhattan, a gruesome discovery has just been made--an underground charnel house containing the bones of dozens of murder victims.
    Updated 5/9/02
  • A Fine and Bitter Snow: Kate Shugak
    Author: Stabenow, Dana
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312205481 Date: 2002
    starPW
    In a tense battle between conservationists and developers of Alaska's pristine wilderness, P.I. Kate Shugak finds herself in a murderous environment. Set in Alaska, Edgar Award-winner StabenowUs novels combine an evocative portrait of life in the frozen north with taut suspense and topnotch characters.
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators
    Updated 5/23/02
  • Funny Money: Tony Valentine
    Author: Swain, James
    Publisher: Pocket $ 24 ISBN: 0743436865 Date: 2002
    starPW
    After making the mystery scene in a big way with the acclaimed Grift Sense, the author serves up a crackling new Tony Valentine caper. This time around, it's personal: Valentine's ex-partner Doyle Flanagan has been blown to pieces by a car bomb and Tony is on the case.
    Suggested Reading: Take a Gamble
    Updated 3/28/02
  • Precenct Puerto Rico: Book One
    Author: Torres, Steven
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312285809 Date: 2002
    starKirkusstarLibrary Journal
    In a small Puerto Rican beachfront town of Santa Domingo, arrangements are being made to smuggle illegal immigrants into the U.S. Soon, however, the bodies of those same immigrants wash up on a beach, and Sheriff Luis Gonzalo sets out to investigate.
    Updated 6/7/02

 

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