Crime Fiction Stars 2004: 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

  • Hostage
    Author: Allebeury, Ted
    Publisher: Severn $ 25.99 ISBN: 077860372 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Updated 2.23.04
  • Aphrodite
    Author: Andrews, Russell
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 23.95 ISBN: 0892967846 Date: 2004
    starBookliststarPW
    Bestselling author Russell Andrews returns with a new thriller about a small-town cop who must get to the bottom of one of the greatest conspiracies of his time.
    Updated 11.17.03
  • The Killing of the Tinkers
    Author: Bruen, Ken
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312304110 Date: 2004
    starPW
    When Jack Taylor blew town at the end of Bruen's dazzling novel The Guards, his alcoholism was a distant memory and his sober dreams of a new life in London were shining in his eyes. Now Jack's back in Galway a year later with a new leather jacket on his back and a pint of Guinness on his mind. So much for new beginnings.
    Updated 12.29.03
  • 18
    Author: Burke, Jan
    Publisher: Pocket $ 7.50 (paper) ISBN: 0743480511 Date: 2004
    starPW
    From the USA Today bestselling author comes a first-ever collection of 18 of her early short stories, including her first published work, "The Loveseat" and her first Irene Kelly story, "A Fine Set of Teeth."
    Updated 12.29.03
  • Vertical Coffin: Shane Scully
    Author: Cannell, Stephen J.
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312304250 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The Edgar and Emmy Award-winning writer and producer delivers a high-concept thriller of inter-bureau conspiracy and betrayal. "Scully has ample opportunity to prove how 'Hollywood tough' he is . . . veteran writer/TV producer Cannell has concocted his special brand of reader candy." --Kirkus Reviews.
    Updated 12.10.03
  • 37th Hour
    Author: Compton, Jodi
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 21.95 ISBN: 0385337132 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    With a bold assurance that is especially striking in a debut novel, Compton introduces Detective Sarah Pribek, a successful missing persons specialist facing the most disturbing case of her career when her husband, another officer, simply vanishes into thin air.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 10.8.03
  • Partners
    Author: Cray, David
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25 ISBN: 0786712929 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    In this gripping, new police procedural, the enthusiastically reviewed Cray again lays bare the ambitions and betrayals among New York City's police detectives at the same time that he explores the darker side of the criminal mind.
    Suggested Reading: Cops
    Updated 2.2.04
  • Paranoia
    Author: Finder, Joseph
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312319142 Date: 2004
    starLJstarPW
    From the critically acclaimed author of The Zero Hour and High Crimes comes an electrifying, original new novel. Adam Cassidy is a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime.
    Suggested Reading: Financial Thrillers
    Updated 12.15.03
  • The Ten Word Game
    Author: Gash, Jonathan
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312323476 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Lovejoy cannot be said to have clean hands and a pure heart. In The Ten Word Game, Lovejoy is hiding out from the law in a port city far from London. By a ruse, he is shanghaied aboard a cruise ship on its way to Russia. There a group of schemers feed him well, but hold him prisoner because they need his talents for their daring plan.
    Suggested Reading: Antique Mysteries
    Updated 1.6.04
  • The Grenadillo Box
    Author: Gleeson, Janet
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0743246861 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The debut novel from the bestselling author of The Arcanum transports readers to 18th century Georgian England for an intricate, romantic tale of murder and intrigue.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Antique Mysteries | Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 11.25.03
  • Havana Room
    Author: Harrison, Colin
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN: 0374299862 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    In his gripping new thriller, Harrison tells the story of a man who falls from the heights of power and wealth in New York, and finds himself in a dangerous and potentially lethal state of affairs.
    Suggested Reading: Psychological Suspense Stars | Drink Up
    Updated 10.7.03
  • Retribution
    Author: Hoffman, Jiliane P.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399151273 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    An elite prosecutor faces the most lethal predator she's ever encountered, in this debut novel inspired by the author's own experiences as an Assistant State Attorney in Florida.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Legal Stars
    Updated 3.15.04
  • Dating Dead Men
    Author: Kozak, Harley Jane
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385510187 Date: 2004
    starLJstarKirkusstarPW
    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 | All Stars | If You Like Janet Evanovich | Dating
    Updated 12.8.03
  • Havana World Series
    Author: Latour, Jose
    Publisher: Grove $ 23 ISBN: 0802117546 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Alive with vibrant detail and a fantastic cast of misfit characters, Havana World Series is first-rate crime fiction and a brilliant portrait of a torn country hungry for revolution even as it lives gloriously, sometimes violently in the moment. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Cuba
    Updated 10.8.03
  • Bluffing Mr. Churchill
    Author: Lawton, John
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 0871139073 Date: 2004
    starPW
    With his Inspector Troy series, Lawton has been compared to top historical espionage writers such as John le Carr and Len Deighton. Now Lawton offers "one of the most entertaining thrillers . . . in years" (Sunday Telegraph).
    Suggested Reading: Espionage
    Updated 12.8.03
  • Absolute Friends
    Author: Le Carre, John
    Publisher: Little, Brown $ 26.95 ISBN: 0316000647 Date: 2004
    starPWstarBooklist
    This epic tale of loyalty and betrayal spans the lives of two friends from the riot-torn West Berlin of the 1960s to the grimy looking-glass of Cold War Europe to the present day of terrorism and new alliances. This is the novel le Carr fans have been waiting for, a brilliant, ferocious, heartbreaking work for the ages.
    Updated 12.15.03
  • Mr. Paradise
    Author: Leonard, Elmore
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060083956 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Is one of the best-known popular, contemporary authors writing today. Leonard's latest, Mr. Paradise, is his first Detroit homicide book in 20 years, and has a whole new cast of characters of the kind that only he can create.
    Updated 11.24.03
  • Dead Line
    Author: McGrory, Brian
    Publisher: Atria $ 25 ISBN: 0743463668 Date: 2004
    starPW
    For his entire career, Jack Flynn has been like a heat-seeking missile in pursuit of news, with the sole goal of splashing his revelations on the pages of his beloved Boston Record. But now, he comes across a story that might be the hardest--and maybe the last--of his life.
    Updated 12.8.03
  • The Zero Game
    Author: Meltzer, Brad
    Publisher: Warner $ 25.95 ISBN: 0446530980 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    The New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaires and The First Counsel returns to Washington, D.C., with the story of an insider's game that turns deadly.
    Updated 12.29.03
  • Island of Bones
    Author: Parrish, P.J.
    Publisher: Pinnacle $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0786016051 Date: 2004
    starPW
    The New York Times bestselling author brings back detective Louis Kincaid for a fast-paced, fascinating thriller about a mysterious

February

  • High Country
    Author: Barr, Nevada
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399151443 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    It's fall in the Sierra Mountains, and Anna Pigeon is investigating the disappearance of four seasonal park employees in Yosemite National Park. She follows the scent of evil, taking a solo hike up a snowy trail to the high country, seeking answers. What waits for her is a nightmare of death and greed--and perhaps her final adventure.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Wild Life
    Updated 11.25.03
  • Pride and Prescience: Or, a Truth Universally Acknowledged; a Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery
    Author: Bebris, Carrie
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 076530589 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Mr. and Mrs. Darcy, the joyous newlyweds from Pride and Prejudice, have not even left for their honeymoon when they find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving one of their wedding guests.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Jane Austen Stars
    Updated 1.10.04
  • Relative Danger
    Author: Benoit, Charles
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590580915 Date: 2004
    starPWstarBooklist
    Picture a hotel room in 1948 Singapore. Picture a dispute between black marketer and thief Russell Pearce and an associate-an associate who opens fire and murders Russell Pearce. Fast forward to present-day Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Young Doug Pearce, just fired from his steady job in the brewery, has never strayed far from home. But he's always found stories of his Uncle Russ, the family black sheep, fascinating. In comes a letter from an old friend of his dead uncle inviting him up to Toronto. Doug, at loose ends and bored with killing time, accepts. On arrival, he learns that wealthy and glamorous Edna has an agenda: she has assembled enough clues to solve the murder of Russell Pearce and to recover a legendary red diamond he was thought to be smuggling. Doug, nervous but game, agrees to play detective. How bad can it be to jet off to a glamour spot or two and have an adventure? Whoa! By the end of his first day in Casablanca, Doug knows he's made a mistake. And while he meets people eager to help-a retired museum curator, a beautiful and self-absorbed heiress, and her elderly father, a colleague of Russell Pearce-it becomes clear that someone else is interested in Doug, someone who is also looking for the diamond. From Morocco to Egypt to Bahrain to Singapore, Doug stumbles on. And whether he's escaping across Cairo rooftops, ducking bullets in a high-speed desert chase, or killing time in a crowded Egyptian jail cell, Doug is sure of one thing: He has no clue what he's doing. But surely he'll think of something as he's propelled full circle back to Singapore and the famed Raffles Hotel. He's definitely not 007...but will he prove to be a zero? - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 2.5.04
  • Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors
    Author: Bland, Eleanor Taylor (ed)
    Publisher: Berkley $ 23.95 ISBN: 0425194027 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Updated 1.21.04
  • The Cloud Atlas
    Author: Callahan, Liam
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385336942 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarLJ
    In a richly inspired debut reminiscent of Snow Falling on Cedars and The English Patient, this stirring novel, set against a magnificent Alaskan backdrop, reveals one of the most closely guarded secrets of World War II in a tale that is both a heart-quickening mystery and a unique love story.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts | Historical Crime Fiction Stars | World War Stars
    Updated 3.1.04
  • Goofy Foot: Alex Rasmussen
    Author: Daniel, David
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312323492 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In Goofy Foot, private investigator Alex Rasmussen, embarking on a rather routine search for a missing teenager, finds himself in cold water that couldn't be hotter, as the simple task balloons into murderous surfers and a heart-stopping search for a killer.
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators
    Updated 1.5.04
  • Kiss It Away
    Author: Davis, Carol Anne
    Publisher: Do Not $ 32.95/16.95 ISBN: 1904316085/1904316093 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Updated 2.5.04
  • Medusa: Aurelio Zen
    Author: Dibdin, Michael
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23 ISBN: 0375422692 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    Michael Dibdin's veteran Italian police officer is back. The newest addition to this remarkable series is a novel of long-held secrets set against a sweeping background of political and passionate intrigue.
    Suggested Reading: European Crime Fiction | Conspiracy Theory
    Updated 2.2.04
  • Mask of Night
    Author: Gooden, Philip
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 24 ISBN: 0786713127 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Elizabeth I approaches the end of her illustrious reign, the plague is raging in London, and the Privy Council has ordered the theaters closed. Still, author Philip Gooden's fifth novel in the popular Shakespearean series brings us a great mystery as actor-sleuth Nick Revill and the Chamberlain's Men travel to Oxford, where a local physician, Dr. Hugh Fern, has commissioned a private performance of Romeo and Juliet. While Fern's motive is obscure-an attempt to reconcile two feuding families to the prospect of a marriage, perhaps; or maybe simply a ploy to get himself a role in the production-his fate is not. Indeed, he is decidedly dead, when his body is discovered during a performance at the Golden Cross Inn. No matter that the deceased lies inside a locked room or that the pestilence has followed the Chamberlain troupe from London, Revill is convinced Fern has not succumbed to natural causes. Nor is Fern's death the only one that rouses Revill's suspicions. The mysteries multiply as a strange band of men in cowls patrols the town at night, a simple carter meets a baffling end, and a corpse changes its shoes. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Shakespearean Stars
    Updated 2.23.04
  • An Antic Disposition: A Medieval Mystery
    Author: Gordon, Alan
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312300964 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In 1204 A.D., The Fool's Guild, on the run from an enraged Innocent III and the Papal troops, has established a secret guildhall in the Black Forest. While laying low, one of the great stories of the Guild's history is revealed--how in 1157 A.D., the Guild intervened in a complicated, soon to be bloody dispute over the crown of Denmark.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars | Shakespearean Stars | Legendary Characters
    Updated 12.29.03
  • The Last Juror
    Author: Grisham, John
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 27.95 ISBN: 0385510438 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Mississippi, 1970: Only nine years after being sentenced to life in prison for the brutal rape and murder of a young mother, Danny Padgitt is paroled and returns to Ford County to seek revenge against the members of the jury that convicted him.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 2.2.04
  • Muletrain to Maggody: An Arly Hanks Mystery
    Author: Hess, Joan
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0743226380 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    In the newest entry in the madcap Maggody series--starring mystery fans' favorite offbeat sleuth, Arly Hanks--a disgruntled ghost is the prime murder suspect when a band of Civil War reenactors descends on the town.
    Updated 1.15.04
  • Hunter's Dance
    Author: Hills, Kathleen
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 159058094x Date: 2004
    starPW
    Autumn in Michigan's Upper Peninsula means hunting season, and the fall of 1950 finds most everyone in St. Adele township hunting for something--deer, grouse, uranium; love, redemption, escape; a story, a husband, a murderer. When the son of summer residents at the exclusive Shawanok Club is found dead after an uproarious dance at the town hall, the sheriff is flummoxed, and everyone is appalled: Bambi was found in the loft over the tool shed, bound, gagged, and inexpertly scalped. Who better to search for the killer than St. Adele's reluctant constable, John McIntire? The trail he must follow branches off like the spokes of a wheel, in multiple directions, leading to multiple dead ends. The only common link seems to be the boy's parents: a father who is mysteriously unavailable, a mother, on a mission to see her son's killer dead, who remains sequestered in her rented mansion, baking cream pies and playing the piano. Her imported private eye seems more interested in dallying with McIntire's exotic Aunt Siobhan, who's just turned up on his doorstep some 25 years after she ran off with a carnival worker as a teen. And Bambi's mentor on a summer's search for uranium, a hot prospect in Flambeau County, is more conversant with archaeological artifacts than Geiger counters. McIntire's investigation takes him from the haunts of the affluent visitors, to the backwoods camp of a Rube Goldberg hermit, and finally to an abandoned gold mine where he learns what really happened that summer's night.... - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 12.29.03
  • Cutting Room
    Author: Klavan, Laurence
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345462742 Date: 2004
    starPW
    This tale of the long-lost complete version of Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons launches a mystery series about cinemaniacs--people who literally would kill to see, or own, a movie.
    Suggested Reading: Film Fiction
    Updated 12.29.03
  • In the Miso Soup
    Author: Murakami, Ryu
    Publisher: Kodansha $ 22.95 ISBN: 4770029578 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Tokyo tour guide Kenji takes on Frank--a great white whale of an American tourist--and soon begins to suspect that he might be the serial killer that is terrorizing the city. Full of dark humor and suspense, this book takes readers on a wild ride through the underbelly of Tokyo compliments of the legendary Ryu Murakami.
    Updated 11.12.03
  • Stone Cribs
    Author: Nelscott, Kris
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312287844 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    Edgar-finalist Nelscott once again delivers a heart-stopping novel that is part thriller and part chronicle of one of the country's most turbulent times. It's 1969 in Chicago. Smokey Dalton saves the life of a young woman after a botched illegal abortion, and this act of charity blooms into a more complicated situation when Smokey learns that the woman had been raped.
    Updated 12.15.03
  • The Bone Parade
    Author: Nykanen, Mark
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 1401300189 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The Bone Parade is a terrifying page-turner that penetrates the psyche of a killer. Ashley Stassler has been wildly praised for a series of bronze sculptures that depict people in moments of excruciating physical and emotional pain--but the art world has no clue as to how he creates such authentic, gruesome, representations.
    Updated 11.12.03
  • A Question of Blood: Inspector Rebus
    Author: Rankin, Ian
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 22.95 ISBN: 0316095648 Date: 2004
    starPW
    When a former soldier and recluse murders two 17-year-old students at a posh Edinburgh boarding school, Rebus immediately suspects there is more to the case than meets the eye.
    Suggested Reading: Scottish Crime Fiction
    Updated 1.5.04
  • Weeping: A Fritillary Quilter Mystery
    Author: Reuben, Shelly
    Publisher: Justin Charles $ 13.99 (paper) ISBN: 1932112200 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Tilly Quilter, a sassy, opinionated New York fire investigator, knows that something's amiss when a victim's family doesn't seem at all interested in helping get to the bottom of a fatal fire.
    Suggested Reading: On Fire
    Updated 2.23.04
  • Playing With Fire
    Author: Robinson, Peter
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 006019877x Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Multiple-prize-winning and international bestselling author Robinson returns with a new novel of burning suspense, as a deadly case of arson leads Inspector Banks into his most dangerous case yet.
    Suggested Reading: On Fire | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 11.25.03
  • Cottonwood
    Author: Phillips, Scott
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 0345461002 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The author of The Ice Harvest and The Walkaway returns with a novel set in 1870s and 1880s Kansas and California.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 11.24.03

March

  • The Last Goodbye
    Author: Arvin, Reed
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060555513 Date: 2004
    starPWstarBooklist
    When a down-on-his-luck attorney gets mixed up with a gorgeous singer with a secret past, it results in an absorbing tale of love, betrayal, and murder.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 1.10.04
  • Deep Pockets
    Author: Barnes, Linda
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312282710 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Barnes, one of today's most popular crime fiction writers, returns with another engaging novel featuring Boston P.I. Carlotta Carlyle. Carlotta's curiosity gets the better of her in this complicated, surprising mystery infused with the personality and suspense that have become the trademarks of one of mystery fiction's most beloved authors.
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators
    Updated 1.15.04
  • The Burgler on the Prowl
    Author: Block, Lawrence
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060198303 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In this long-awaited new installment of the popular series, burglar extraordinaire Bernie Rhodenbarr, "one of the slickest characters in crime" (the Houston Post), steals with style but never simplicity.
    Updated 3.1.04
  • Blacksad Book 2: Arctic Nation
    Author: Canales, Juan Diaz and Juanjo Guarnido
    Publisher: Ibooks $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 0743479351 Date: 2004
    starPW
    The acclaimed team of Canales and Guarnido have turned the cliche of the private eye upside down by casting the entire world into anthropomorphized characters.
    Updated 6.14.04
  • Hot Plastic
    Author: Craig, Peter
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 13 (paper) ISBN: 1401300448 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In this cleverly conceived suspense novel about family and criminal intent, a female con artist comes between father and son grifters.
    Suggested Reading: Grift Sense
    Updated 1.21.04
  • Jury of One
    Author: Ellis, David
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399151494 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Life Sentence, David Ellis's follow-up to his Edgar-winning debut, Line of Vision, inspired great admiration from lovers of courtroom suspense. In Jury of One, Shelly Trotter, the daughter of the state's governor and a children's-rights advocate, is thrust into a world in which she's completely unschooled--the criminal court.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 1.26.04
  • Don't Look Back: Inspector Sejer
    Author: Fossum, Karin
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 0151010323 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Meet Inspector Sejer: smart and enigmatic, tough but fair. Critically acclaimed across Europe, Fossum's Inspector Sejer novels are masterfully constructed, psychologically convincing, and compulsively readable. They evoke a world that is at once profoundly disturbing and terrifyingly familiar.
    Suggested Reading: European Crime Fiction
    Updated 12.29.03
  • Southwesterly Wind: Inspector Espinosa
    Author: Garcia-Roza, Luiz Alfredo
    Publisher: Holt $ 22 ISBN: 08050688910 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    A young man predicts a murder and identifies the perpetrator--himself--in this third entry in the critically acclaimed Brazilian crime series. Garcia-Roza once again "breathes fresh air into the crime novel genre" (Los Angeles Times).
    Updated 2.2.04
  • The Devil You Know
    Author: Johnson, Wayne
    Publisher: Crown $ 23 ISBN: 0609609645 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The Devil You Know combines the breathtaking intensity of a first-rate literary thriller with the complexity and heart of a classic coming-of-age novel as a 15-year-old boy struggles to protect his family on a wilderness trip.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.23.04
  • The Game
    Author: King, Laurie R.
    Publisher: Bantam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0553801945 Date: 2004
    starBookliststarPW
    From the award-winning author of Justice Hall and Folly comes a new novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.
    Suggested Reading: Sherlockian Stars | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.26.04
  • Sunset and Sawdust
    Author: Lansdale, Joe R.
    Publisher: Knopf $ 22 ISBN: 0375414533 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    A fast-moving, steamy murder mystery set in depression-era East Texas, this new story is from a writer the Washington Post has praised as "a terrifically gifted storyteller with a sharp country-boy wit."
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 3.22.04
  • The Spectacle of Corruption
    Author: Liss, David
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375508554 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Benjamin Weaver, the quick-witted pugilist-turned-private-investigator, returns in Liss's sequel to the Edgar Award-winning novel, A Conspiracy of Paper.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Cat Fear No Evil
    Author: Murphy, Shirley Rousseau
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0066209498 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Following several trails, Joe and Dulcie claw out the truth in this delightful ninth Joe Grey Mystery from an award-winning author.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.2.04
  • 3rd Degree
    Author: Patterson, James and Andrew Gross
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 26.95 ISBN: 0316603570 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Delivering the breakneck pace and never-saw-it-coming plot twists that have made Patterson the most addictive writer at work today, 3rd Degree is another searing and unforgettable thriller from the nation's #1 bestselling suspense writer.
    Updated 2.23.04
  • Hard Revolution
    Author: Pelecanos, George P.
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316608971 Date: 2004
    starBookliststarPW
    In this epic showdown from "one of the best crime novelists alive" (Dennis Lehane), police officer Derek Strange hunts his brother's killer through a city erupting with rage.
    Suggested Reading: Drug Traffic Stars
    Updated 1.5.04
  • Scarecrow
    Author: Reilly, Matthew
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312289588 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The newest action thriller from the author of the bestselling Ice Station and Area 7 marks the return of Shane "Scarecrow" Schofield in his fastest, most nail-biting challenge yet. "Matt Reilly, the pedal-to-the-metal action novelist . . . can inspire awe. Speed demons, take note."--Publishers Weekly.
    Suggested Reading: Action & Adventure | If You Like Clive Cussler. . .
    Updated 12.29.03
  • A Death in Vienna
    Author: Silva, Daniel
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399151435 Date: 2004
    starPW
    The sins of the past reverberate into the present, in an extraordinary novel by the new master of international suspense. Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, but the real object of his search becomes something else entirely: to find out the truth about a photograph that has turned his world upside down.
    Suggested Reading: Espionage
    Updated 1.5.04
  • The Confession
    Author: Steinhauer, Olen
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312303289 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJstarBooklist
    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: All Stars | European Crime Fiction | Psychological Suspense Stars
    Updated 1.10.04
  • Telling Lies to Alice
    Author: Wilson, Laura
    Publisher: Delta $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385335806 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Hailed as "a subtle mind reader" by The New York Times, Wilson is a master at combining psychological suspense with mesmerizing story lines. Now she explores the haunting world of a woman whose psyche has been shaken by fate.
    Suggested Reading: Psychological Suspense Stars
    Updated 12.29.03

April

  • Murder on the Leviathan: An Erast Fandorin Mystery
    Author: Akunin, Boris
    Publisher: Random $ 21.95 ISBN: 1400060516 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Paris, March, 1878: When Lord Littleby is discovered in his rue Grenelle residence with his head bashed in, surrounded by the bodies of seven servants and two children who appear to have died from overdoses of morphine, the distinguished Paris police commissioner Gauche is determined to solve the case.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 2.23.04
  • The Tumbler: Gabriel Du Pre
    Author: Bowen, Peter
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312277334 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Gabriel Du Pre, the protagonist of Bowen's atmospheric, engrossing series set in the dirty, dusty Montana prairie lands, is besieged by a rumor about a parcel containing the lost journals of Lewis and Clark.
    Updated 2.23.04
  • Just One Look
    Author: Coben, Harlan
    Publisher: Dutton $ 25.95 ISBN: 0525947914 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    From the manicured lawns of suburbia to a maximum security penitentiary where a killer has an extraordinary secret to tell, one tragic mistake from years ago will not be forgotten in this powerful thrill ride of a novel unlike any other.
    Suggested Reading: Thrillers
    Updated 3.11.04
  • The Accusers
    Author: Davis, Lindsey
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 25 ISBN: 0892968117 Date: 2004
    starPW
    The 15th novel in the popular series finds the "Sam Spade in a toga" confronting forces that threaten him and his family's financial safety.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 2.16.04
  • The Holmes Inheritance
    Author: Freemantle, Brian
    Publisher: Severn House $ 28.95 ISBN: 0727860569 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Updated 4.19.04
  • Summer of the Big Bachi
    Author: Hirahara, Naomi
    Publisher: Delta $ 12 (paper) ISBN: 0385337590 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In a stunning debut novel set against the lush and dangerous backdrop of modern-day Los Angeles, a Hiroshima survivor must come face-to-face with the past he thought he had buried at war's end.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 3.29.04
  • Shadow Men: Max Freeman
    Author: King, Jonathon
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0525948074 Date: 2004
    starBookliststarPW
    It begins with an 80-year-old mystery. Three men--a father and his two sons--vanished while working as laborers on a dangerous project to build the first road through the Florida Everglades. Now, years later, a series of letters are unexpectedly discovered by a descendant of these men.
    Suggested Reading: Cold Cases | Priviate Investigators | Florida Fiction
    Updated 2.23.04
  • Earthquake Weather
    Author: Lankford, Terrill Lee
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345467779 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Mark Hayes goes from aspiring movie producer to murder suspect in the blink of an eye in veteran filmmaker Lankford's sizzling Hollywood noir.
    Suggested Reading: Film Fiction | Noir
    Updated 3.11.04
  • The Full Cupboard of Life: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 19.95 ISBN: 0375422188 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Here is the fifth novel in the internationally bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency hit series. Once again we are transported to Gaborone, capital city of Botswana, and into the world of Mma Ramotswe and her friends. - Book Jacket.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.29.04
  • Beautiful Ghosts
    Author: Pattison, Eliot
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312277598 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Disgraced former Beijing Inspector Shan Tao Yun has been living in the remote mountains of Tibet since his unofficial release from a work camp. But now there's apparently been a murder in a ruined monastery and the very officials who exiled Shan are after his help.
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Five for Silver
    Author: Reed, Mary and Eric Mayer
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590581121 Date: 2004
    starPW
    The year is 542. While plague stalks Constantinople, an angel sets John the Eunuch on the trail of a human killer. Peter, John's elderly servant, claims a heavenly visitor revealed a murder to him. It transpires Peter's old army friend has indeed been stabbed, but then John discovers that Gregory was not what he appeared to be. Is the solution to the mystery to be found in a hidden identity, in the will made by a dying ship owner with a wayward son, or perhaps even amid the oracles in the merchant's garden? John's quest leads him to churchmen and whores, lawyers and bear trainers. Suspects include a dealer in dubious antiquities, a resourceful bookseller, a court poet fixated on bereavement, and a holy fool who outrages the city by dancing with the dead and invading the empress' private bath. Only a man of unbending principle could hope to find justice in a terrified city where the good and the bad are struck down indiscriminately, where disorder rules, and where witnesses may die before they can be questioned. A city, in short, where death is the murderer's accomplice. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Out of the Deep I Cry: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery
    Author: Spencer-Fleming, Julia
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312312628 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Julia Spencer-Fleming does it again in this third mystery series featuring Episcopal priest (and retired Army chopper pilot) Clare Fergusson and Police Chief Russ van Alstyne in the quiet town of Millers Kill, New York.
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Thieves' Dozen: The Dortmunder Stories
    Author: Westlake, Donald
    Publisher: Mysterious Press $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 0446693022 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Featuring Westlake's hapless hero John Dortmunder, this original compilation of short stories ties in to the author's latest Dortmunder hardcover, The Road to Ruin.
    Suggested Reading: Capers
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Shadow of the Wind
    Author: Zafon, Carlos Ruiz
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1594200106 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    The international literary sensation--a runaway bestseller in Spain--is about a boy's quest through the secrets and shadows of postwar Barcelona for a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget.
    Updated 1.29.05

May

  • Q
    Author: Blissett, Luther
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 26 ISBN: 0151010633 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Amidst the chaos of the Reformation Age, a young theology student adopts the cause of heretics and the disinherited and finds himself pursued by those keen to spill the blood of any would-be supporter of Martin Luther.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 2.5.04
  • The Rule of Four
    Author: Caldwell, Ian & Dustin Thomason
    Publisher: Dial $ 24 ISBN: 0385337116 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    When a long-lost diary surfaces, it seems Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris have found the key to a secret labyrinth. However, when a fellow researcher is murdered only hours after their find, the friends suddenly realize that they are caught in a web of great danger.
    Links: Rule of Four web site | Overbooked Author Connections | If You Liked the Da Vinci Code | Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 3.15.04
  • Fade to Clear: Allen Choice
    Author: Chang, Leonard
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312308450 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    As Allen Choice investigates the abduction of his ex-lover's niece, he unearths links to drug smuggling and money laundering, and becomes the target of even deadlier forces.
    Suggested Reading: Asian American Fiction Stars | Drug Traffic Stars
    Updated 2.10.04
  • The Enemy: A Jack Reacher Novel
    Author: Child, Lee
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 25 ISBN: 0385336675 Date: 2004
    starLJstarKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    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....
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Conspiracy Theory | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Death Match
    Author: Child, Lincoln
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385506708 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    In Child's latest thriller, former FBI forensic psychologist Christopher Lash is asked to investigate when seemingly perfect young couples begin committing double-suicides. The case leads him to a high-tech matchmaking company and brings him face-to-face with his own demons.
    Suggested Reading: Dating Stars | Thrillers
    Updated 3.11.04
  • The Narrows
    Author: Connelly, Michael
    Publisher: Little, Brown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0316155306 Date: 2004
    starPWstarBooklist
    Investigating what appears to have been the natural death of the husband of an old friend, LAPD detective Harry Bosch decides to dig deeper, given the man's ties to the hunt for the infamous serial killer, The Poet. What Harry discovers leads him into the most terrifying situation he has ever encountered.
    Updated 4.12.04
  • Liars and Thieves: A Tommy Carmellini Novel
    Author: Coonts, Stephen
    Publisher: St Martins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312283628 Date: 2004
    starPW
    A beautiful woman is being blackmailed, an illegal break-in occurs, and a massacre at a government safe house puts CIA agent Tommy Carmellini on the trail of a dark conspiracy.
    Suggested Reading: Espionage | Conspiracy Theory
    Updated 3.11.04
  • Broken Dishes
    Author: Fowler, Earlene
    Publisher: Berkeley $ 23.95 ISBN: 042519597x Date: 2004
    starPW
    In the latest installment of the "breezy and¨ humorous" (Chicago Sun-Times) series, Benni Harper uncovers the remains of a murdered man buried in a shallow grave at a friend's struggling dude ranch. Now, she must keep the guests safe and happy while unearthing the truth behind the terrible crime.
    Updated 4.12.04
  • Caught Stealing
    Author: Huston, Charlie
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 21.95 ISBN: 034546477x Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Huston's debut novel is "Tarantino meets Hitchcock meets Westlake meets Bukowski in a wild, relentlessly entertaining ride." -- Wallace Strobe, author of The Barbed-Wire Kiss.
    Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 4.6.04
  • The Taking
    Author: Koontz, Dean
    Publisher: Bantam $ 27 ISBN: 055380250x Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Epic in scope, searingly intimate and immediate in its perspective, The Taking delivers a novel of surpassing suspense and visceral terror, telling the story of a small town's encounter with doomsday.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 5.7.04
  • The Hamilton Case
    Author: De Kretser, Michelle
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316735485 Date: 2004
    starBookliststarPW
    Lawyer Sam Obeysekere's involvement in murder case that shakes the upper echelons of an island society makes a name for him, but sets his life on course for disappointment.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars | Psychological Suspense Stars
    Updated 4.12.04
  • Past Due
    Author: Lashner, William
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060508175 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    A maze of false identities, missing corpses and resurrections bedevils Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl in Lashner's riveting new thriller which delivers colorful characters, witty dialogue and nonstop suspense.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 1/10/04
  • The Dead Sit Round in a Ring
    Author: Lawrence, David
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312327102 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPWstarBooklist
    "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: All Stars | Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 5.7.04
  • Sleeping Beauty
    Author: Margolin, Phillip
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060083263 Date: 2004
    starLJ
    With a blend of dizzying plot twists and thrilling suspense, Margolin creates a terrifying suspense novel about a young woman on the run from her parents' killer.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 2.2.04
  • Old Boys
    Author: McCarry, Charles
    Publisher: Overlook $ 25.95 ISBN: 1585675458 Date: 2004
    starLJstarKirkusstarBooklist
    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 | All Stars
    Updated 5.7.04
  • Death of an Effendi
    Author: Pearce, Michael
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590580664 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The latest in Michael Pearce's charming, award-winning series set in Edwardian Egypt. Cairo, 1909.The murder capital of the world, where deaths are two a piastre. But the death of an effendi? That is something different. Because effendis - the Egyptian ilite - are important. Especially if - in a country ruled by foreigners - they happen to be foreign. When Tvardovsky, an effendi and a foreigner, is shot at a gathering of financiers, Gareth Owen - the Mamur Zapt, Chief of Cairo's Secret Police - is called in to investigate. But is he the right man for the job? In some countries, if someone goes for a walk, or a boat ride, with the Head of the Secret Police and doesn't come back, it's best not to ask any questions. And there are powerful people who might have preferred Tvardovsky dead. As the maverick financier said, before going on the fatal shooting party, there were still crocodiles in Egypt. Of all kinds. And perhaps the place to look for them was Crocodilopolis, the ancient City of the Crocodiles, where the financiers were to hold their meeting. It is when the crocodiles start cooperating, said Tvardovsky, that you really have to watch out. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars | Egyptian Stars
    Updated 6.10.04
  • Southtown: Tres Navarre
    Author: Riordan, Rick
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24 ISBN: 0553801848 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Will "the Ghost" Stirman has just staged a bloody escape from prison with a gang of violent cons, leaving behind him a trail of brutal, unforgiving violence that will end in an area of San Antonio known as Southtown--but may soon just as well be called hell on earth.
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators
    Updated 4.5.04
  • Hidden Prey
    Author: Sandford, John
    Publisher: Putnam $ 26.95 ISBN: 039915180x Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Six months ago, Lucas Davenport tackled his first case as a statewide troubleshooter, and he thought that one was plenty strange enough. But that was before the Russian with government connections was killed.
    Updated 3.25.04
  • Unwilling Accomplice: Munch Mancini
    Author: Seranella, Barbara
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 074324558x Date: 2004
    starPWstarBooklist
    Bestselling author Seranella pits her charismatic heroine against a puzzling organized crime ring involving exploited children, burglary and murder in this seventh installment of the Munch Mancini series.
    Suggested Reading: If You Like Nina Zero . . .
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Live Bait
    Author: Tracy, P.J.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399151478 Date: 2004
    starPW
    From the author of Monkeewrench, Live Bait takes every ounce of the first book's quirky energy--and runs with it. Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are bored until the current crime draught ends with a series of killings.
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Down Here: Burke
    Author: Vachss, Andrew
    Publisher: Knopf $ 19.95 ISBN: 1400041732 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    When a former sex crimes prosecutor is arrested for attempted murder, Burke knows something is double-wrong and deals himself in.
    Updated 4.6.04
  • Tampa Burn
    Author: White, Randy Wayne
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399151818 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Marion "Doc" Ford hoped he'd left his violent past behind him long ago, but he knows he has no choice but to return when his son is kidnapped by a thuggish politico set on revenge.
    Suggested Reading: Florida Fiction Stars | If You Like Carl Hiaasen
    Updated 6.1.04

June

  • Bad Move
    Author: Barclay, Linwood
    Publisher: Bantam $ 22 ISBN: 0553803859 Date: 2004
    starPW
    In one day, Zack Walter turns his model life into a model disaster--so, he's got to do some serious damage control before his wife gets home from work. Whoever said the 'burbs were boring will think again after laughing through this hilarious page-turner.
    Updated 6.1.04
  • Dead Lines
    Author: Bear, Greg
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345448375 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    This gripping ghost story for fans of Dean Koontz and Stephen King is the most mainstream novel yet from an author who knows how to mix scientific ideas with gripping narrative.
    Suggested Reading: Supernatural Stars | Ghost Stories
    Updated 3.25.04
  • Lazybones
    Author: Billingham, Mark
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060560851 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Detective Inspector Thorne is on the trail of a serial killer who is preying upon serial rapists in the third in Billingham's chilling series.
    Suggested Reading: Serial Killers
    Updated 5.7.04
  • Walking Money
    Author: Born, James O.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399151699 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    Filled with a rich array of characters, a constantly twisting plot, and an astonishing authenticity, this novel is indeed proof that "Jim Born is the real thing" (Elmore Leonard).
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | If You Like Carl Hiaasen
    Updated 5.7.04
  • In the Moon of Red Ponies
    Author: Burke, James Lee
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24.95 ISBN: 0743245431 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke--"one of the best writers of our time" (The Denver Post)--returns with another tale of evil and redemption, featuring his beloved Texas lawyer, Billy Bob Holland.
    Updated 5.24.04
  • Cold Case Squad
    Author: Buchanan, Edna
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 22.95 ISBN: 0743250532 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Twelve years later after her husband's death in a freak explosion, a widow turns to Miami's Cold Case Squad to reopen the case and use new forensic techniques to investigate. Soon, they're faced with more questions than answers.
    Suggested Reading: Cold Cases | Florida Fiction
    Updated 4.8.04
  • Shakedown Beach
    Author: Dezenhall, Eric
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24 ISBN: 0312307721 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Jackie Disaster, an ex-boxer who runs the Jersey shore's most ruthless damage control firm, digs up the macabre truth about a New Jersey governor with White House fantasies.
    Updated 5.10.04
  • Ten Big Ones: Stephanie Plum
    Author: Evanovich, Janet
    Publisher: St Martins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312289723 Date: 2004
    starPW
    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes the latest Stephanie Plum adventure. The fun shifts into fear when Plum is the lone witness to a gang-executed robbery and cop shooting. There's a contract issued for her head and a California-based killer looking to fill that contract.
    Suggested Reading: If You Like Janet Evanovich
    Updated 6.7.04
  • Waking Raphael
    Author: Forbes, Leslie
    Publisher: Bantam $ 25 ISBN: 0553382810 Date: 2004
    starLJstarPW
    The restoration of an enigmatic painting unlocks unspeakable secrets and drives a mute woman to commit a shocking act of violence--which sparks an investigation into a nearly forgotten war crime and a series of events that will shatter the silence gripping this community.
    Suggested Reading: Art Stars
    Updated 6.7.04
  • Full Dark House
    Author: Fowler, Christopher
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24 ISBN: 0553803875 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    When a bomb claims the life of his partner of over 50 years, Detective Arthur Bryant must revisit their first case to uncover the killer's identity. Fowler combines dark drama and black comedy in this deliciously sinister crime novel.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.25.04
  • Secret Smile
    Author: French, Nicci
    Publisher: Warner $ 24 ISBN: 0446533475 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Miranda's sister has a new boyfriend who isn't the man he claims to be. Miranda should know because she broke off with him a few weeks previously. Like a virus, he starts spreading destruction throughout her life until Miranda realizes what no one else seems to--that behind Brendan's smile lurks a terrible secret.
    Suggested Reading: Psychological Suspense Stars
    Updated 4.5.04
  • The Tarnished Eye: A Novel of Suspense
    Author: Guest, Judith
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 0743257367 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    The New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary People crafts a gripping, character-driven novel of suspense that explores the fragile dynamics of family in the aftermath of tragedy.
    Updated 3.22.04
  • Ice Run: Alex McKnight
    Author: Hamilton, Steve
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 21.95 ISBN: 0312301219 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarPW
    P.I. Alex McKnight's romantic weekend with Natalie Reynaud turns into an investigation of a mysterious note and a terrible family secret.
    Suggested Reading: Private Investigators
    Updated 5.24.04
  • Flesh and Blood
    Author: Harvey, John
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25 ISBN: 0786713593 Date: 2004
    starBookliststar
    Retired Detective Inspector Elder is drawn back into the unsolved disappearance of a young girl when his prime suspects are released from prison and another girl dies. An increasingly desperate Elder battles his own demons as he and his family are drawn into the very heart of the crime.
    Updated 7.13.04
  • I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason: A Cece Caruso Mystery
    Author: Kandel, Susan
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060581050 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Susan Kandel has written an adventurous, humorous debut novel that takes us on a well-researched romp through California's past and present, complete with turn-of-the-century robber barons and the haute couture of the '40s."--Barbara Seranella (Unpaid Dues and Unwilling Accomplice).
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Author, Author
    Updated 3.25.04
  • The Madman's Tale
    Author: Katzenbach, John
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345464818 Date: 2004
    star PW
    From the "New York Times" bestselling author of Just Cause and The Analyst comes a menacing depiction of long-dormant evil--a tale set in and around an asylum and told by a madman. Suggested Reading: Psychological Suspense Stars
  • The Hundredth Man
    Author: Kerley, Jack
    Publisher: Dutton $ 23.95 ISBN: 052594821x Date: 2004
    starBookliststarKirkusstarLJ
    Recalling Michael Connelly's taut storytelling and James Patterson's searing narrative twists, Kerley creates a world where heroes can't succeed without madmen, and the dead are the most dangerous of all.
    Link: The Hundredth Man web site
    Suggested Reading: Psycho Killers | Serial Killers | Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 4.20.04
  • Whiskey Sour
    Author: Konrath, J.A.
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 21.95 ISBN: 1401300871 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Between avoiding the FBI and its moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth P.I., Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels must find a frightening killer who calls himself "The Gingerbread Man."
    Suggested Reading: Debuts| Dating Stars | Rhyming Stars
    Updated 2.1.05
  • Country of Origin
    Author: Lee, Don
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0393058123
    starPWstarBooklist
    The mystery of an American woman's disappearance in Tokyo is intertwined with the mystery of her origins. Her best chance at being found may lie in the improbable hands of a neurotic Japanese cop ridiculed by his peers.
    Suggested Reading: Asian American Stars | Debuts
    Updated 5.7.04
  • Darkness Falls
    Author: Murphy, Margaret
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312328516 Date: 2004
    starBooklist
    A high-flying attorney and devoted mother is kidnapped and chained to the stone wall of a cold, dark cellar, but her assailant won't speak to her. As the police chase fruitless leads, Clara begins to suspect why her jailer has let her live so far.
    Updated 6.10.04
  • Queen of the South
    Author: Perez-Reverte, Arturo
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399151850 Date: 2004
    starBookliststarPW
    When Teresa Mendoza's drug smuggling boyfriend is killed, she must find inside herself a woman who is tough enough to inhabit a world as ugly and dangerous as that of the narcos--a woman she never before knew existed.
    Suggested Reading: Drug Traffic
    Updated 4.10.04
  • Semiautomatic
    Author: Reuland, Rob
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375505024 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    Antihero Andrew Giobberti, a prosecutor reckoning with his daughter's accidental death, has an opportunity for personal and professional rebirth: a murder trial. Soon the difficulty of playing things by the book become apparent.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 4.8.04
  • Judgment of Caesar: A Novel of Ancient Rome
    Author: Saylor, Steven
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312271190 Date: 2004
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    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.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Egyptian Stars | Adult Books for Teens | Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.10.04
  • She Smiled Sweetly: Poppy Rice
    Author: Smith, Mary-Ann Tirone
    Publisher: Holt $ 25 ISBN: 0805072241 Date: 2004
    starPW
    When intrepid FBI agent Poppy Rice is asked to solve two cases--separated by thirty years, but connected by DNA--she finds herself snared in a web of political deceit, family intrigue, and out-and-out bad guys.
    Updated 5.17.04
  • Loaded Dice
    Author: Swain, James
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 22.95 ISBN: 0345463269 Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    When his son goes missing in Las Vegas, ex-cop Tony Valentine jets after him and lands inside a treacherous game with higher stakes than he has ever encountered before.
    Suggested Reading: Take a Gamble
    Updated 4.8.04
  • Wiley's Shuffle
    Author: Waiwaiole, Lono
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 031230384x Date: 2004
    starKirkus
    In Wiley's world, violence runs deep and loyalty runs even deeper. So when a prostitute named Miriam gets attached to the wrong guy, Wiley leaves the poker table, grabs his best friend Leon and starts looking for a way to shake her loose. Trouble is, the guy is a sociopathic pimp named Dookie who's on the lucky streak of a lifetime and who is starting to feel invincible.

    Their quest takes Wiley and Leon to Vegas and L.A.-plus a few desolate, dangerous spots in-between-until they reach a brutal, vicious showdown back on the streets of the Portland they all call home. To Wiley, it's more clear than ever that the only things worth knowing are who's on your side and who's got your back. Wiley has emerged as one of the darkest yet most human characters in modern noir fiction, and Waiwaiole has hit his stride in" Wiley's Shuffle, a powerful second novel from a true talent. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 4.8.04
  • Black
    Author: Whitcomb, Christopher
    Publisher: Little, Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316601012 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Special Agent Jeremy Waller is elated to chosen as a member of the FBI's most elite group: the Hostage Rescue Team. But Waller quickly finds that his missions are taking him off the map, off the grid, off the books, and into the world of black ops--where nobody is who they seem, and no rules apply.
    Updated 4.12.04
  • Birds of a Feather
    Author: Winspear, Jacqueline
    Publisher: Soho $ 25 ISBN: 1569473684 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Maisie Dobbs is back and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's missing daughter. The case is complicated by the violent deaths of three of the heiress' friends. Maisie discovers that the answers lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.3.04
  • While I Disappear: John Ray Horn
    Author: Wright, Edward
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399151982 Date: 2004
    starPWstarBooklist
    This stunning crime novel takes readers into Hollywood's underbelly during a time when the studio system was crumbling yet memories of the glory days were all too familiar.
    Suggested Reading: Film Fiction
    Updated 5.7.04

 

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