Crime Fiction Stars 2005: 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

  • The Good Guys
    Author: Bonanno, Bill
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0446529656 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The authors' extraordinary lives and experiences infuse this novel with chilling true-to-life details and a real insider's perspective. Bonanno is a former high-ranking member of a crime family, and Pistone is a former undercover FBI agent.
    Suggested Reading: Mobbed Up
    Updated 10.25.04
  • Bloodlines
    Author: Burke, Jan
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24.95 ISBN: 074322390X Date: 2005
    starPW
    Intrepid reporter Irene Kelly covers the groundbreaking of a shopping center--and the discovery of a buried car containing human remains. Old cases are resurrected, and new dangers arise as she pursues a story that may end her career--and her life.
    Suggested Reading: Cold Cases
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Run the Risk
    Author: Frost, Scott
    Publisher: Putnam $ 19.95 ISBN: 0399152482 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    A detective faces a horrifying choice between love and duty in this hair-raising debut. Scott Frost, who is currently at work on a second Alex Delillo novel, is a screenwriter whose credits include the television classics Twin Peaks and Life Goes On.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.5.05
  • Jass
    Author: Fulmer, David
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 0151010250 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    In the rowdy red-light district of Storyville, four players of the new music they call "jass" have turned up dead. When Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr begins to investigate, he discovers every victim once played in the same band, and the only one left alive has gone into hiding.
    Suggested Reading: New Orleans | Music and Fiction
    Updated 12.27.04
  • A Window in Copacabana: Inspector Espinosa
    Author: Garcia-Roza, Luiz A.
    Publisher: Holt $ 23 ISBN: 0805074384 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    A ruthless group of corrupt cops is playing a lethal game of cat and mouse in the latest installment in the seductive bestselling Brazilian crime series Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro.
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Alone
    Author: Gardner, Lisa
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24 ISBN: 0553802534 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    When a sniper with the Massachusetts State Police SWAT Team saves a woman and her young son by shooting her armed husband, he finds himself in a twisted minefield of sordid wealth and family secrets--and a lot of trouble.
    Suggested Reading: Thrillers
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Away With the Fairies
    Author: Greenwood, Kerry
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590580222 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Searching for the murderer of a famous author, sexy, sassy Phryne goes undercover-and is up to her ears in fashion gossip and office politics.... Phryne Fisher is asked to investigate the puzzling death of a famous author and illustrator of fairy stories. To do so, she takes a job within the women's magazine that employed the victim and finds herself enmeshed in her colleagues' deceptions. But while Phryne is learning the ins and outs of magazine publishing first hand, her personal life is thrown into chaos. Impatient for her lover Lin Chung's imminent return from a silk-buying expedition to China, she instead receives an unusual summons from Lin Chung's family followed by a series of mysterious assaults and warnings. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Valley of Bones

    Author: Gruber, Michael
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060577665 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    Gruber explores the nature of faith and madness in this brilliantly conceived follow-up to Tropic of Night, his dazzling debut thriller novel.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Questions of Faith | Psychological Suspense
    Updated 1.23.05
  • Maitland
    Author: Hunt, James Patrick
    Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 1594142726 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Flesh Wounds
    Author: Lawton, John
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 23 ISBN: 0871136988 Date: 2005
    starPW
    In this latest thriller featuring Chief Inspector Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard, an old flame returns to Troy's life: the amorous wife of an American presidential hopeful. When the PI tracking the woman's affairs is killed, bodies start turning up around London, dismembered in the same bizarre way.
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 1.29.05
  • Alice in Jeopardy
    Author: McBain, Ed
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0743262506 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    Since her husband's tragic death, Alice Glendenning has struggled to maintain a normal life. Things turn nightmarish when her children disappear, and the ransom demand is identical to the amount due from insurance after her husband's death.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.2.04
  • Hidden River
    Author: McKinty, Adrian
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 0743247000 Date: 2005
    starPW
    In this electrifying noir thriller from a major new talent, a young Irish ex-cop travels half a world away to investigate the murder of a beautiful girl he once loved.
    Suggested Reading: Noir
    Updated 12.6.04
  • Revolution No. 9
    Author: McMahon, Neil
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 15.95 ISBN: 0060529180 Date: 2005
    starPW
    An ordinary man--a father and doctor--becomes the final obstacle to a charismatic cult leader's fiendish plan for revolution.
    Updated 11.29.04
  • Convictions
    Author: Patterson, Richard North
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 0345450191 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    From the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author comes the harrowing story of a possibly innocent man, the labyrinthine politics of death row, and one lawyer's personal and professional crisis.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 12.27.04
  • Dangerous Women
    Author: Penzler, Otto (edt)
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 24.95/13.95 ISBN: 0892960043/044669584x Date: 2005
    starPW
    The acclaimed authors in this anthology are collectively responsible for dozens of "New York Times" bestsellers. Legendary editor Otto Penzler owns the Mysterious Bookshop in New York and is founder of the Mysterious Press and Otto Penzler books.
    Updated 11.15.04
  • Murder Me for Nickels/Benny Muscles In
    Author: Rabe, Peter
    Publisher: Stark House $ 19.95 (paper) ISBN: 0974943843 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled
    Updated 2.15.05
  • Nickel Plated Soul
    Author: Tierney, Ron
    Publisher: Severn $ 27.95 ISBN: 0727861735 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Updated 11.29.04
  • Cold Treachery
    Author: Todd, Charles
    Publisher: Bantam $ 25 ISBN: 0553803492 Date: 2005
    starPW
    December, 1919: Deep in England's frozen Lake District, constables discover a scene of unimaginable carnage: the bodies of five family members splayed across a bloodied cottage kitchen. Somewhere amidst the peaks and valleys of this beautiful country lurks a murderer who considers so much spilt blood the least of his revenge.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 12.6.04
  • Vanished Hands
    Author: Wilson, Robert
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151008418 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Javier Falcon begins to investigate a case with no solid evidence when suddenly, in quick succession, two suicides occur. Left to discover what made life so unbearable for these victims, Falcon's task is to find the connection--or were they murdered?
    Updated 1.18.05
  • With Red Hands
    Author: Woodworth, Stephen
    Publisher: Dell $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0553586459 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Following up his supernatural thriller Through Violet Eyes, Woodworth continues to chronicle the otherworldly twists and turns in the life of "Violet" Natalie Lindstrom.
    Suggested Reading: Supernatural Stars | Cross Genre Stars
    Updated 11.29.04

February

  • Die a Little
    Author: Abbott, Megan E.
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0743261704 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Shadow-dodging through 1950s Hollywood glamor and its seedy flip-side, Die a Little tells the story of a femme fatale costume girl whose masquerade as the perfect housewife is clever enough to fool her detective husband, but not her suspicious sister-in-law.
    Suggested Reading: Noir
    Updated 12.16.04
  • Speak Ill of the Living
    Author: Arsenault, Mark
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590581393 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Everybody thought the banker surprised by car-jackers was dead and buried--until a photograph of him taken by his captors turns up. If the banker is alive, then whose ashes are buried in his grave?
    Updated 1.19.05
  • Suspense and Sensibility: Or, First Impressions Revisited: A Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery
    Author: Bebris, Carrie
    Publisher: Forge $ 22.95 ISBN: 0765305097 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Fresh from the unsettling matter related in Pride and Prescience," Mr. and Mrs. Darcy intend to enjoy their still newlywed status--until they are confronted with a mysterious mirror, an insidious reprobate from the past, and matters far beyond the social circles around Pemberly.
    Suggested Reading: Jane Austen Stars
    Updated 1.29.05
  • The Forgotten Man
    Author: Crais, Robert
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385504284 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    In his major "New York Times" bestseller The Last Detective, Crais returned to his signature characters, private investigator Elvis Cole and partner Joe Pike. Now, after scratching the surface of Cole's troubled past, Crais returns with a stunning suspense novel that leads to the dark secrets of Cole's own life.
    Suggested Reading: P.I. Stars
    Updated 2.16.05
  • Dead is Forever
    Author: Cray, David
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25 ISBN: 0786714409 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Updated 1.18.05
  • The Mayday
    Author: Eidson, Bill
    Publisher: Justin Charles $ 24.95 ISBN: 1932112332 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The Mayday is the second installment of an acclaimed new series featuring ex-DEA Agent Jack Merchant and boat repo contractor Sarah Ballard. This time they are searching for a man's wife and children, missing on the high seas.
    Updated 11.25.04
  • The Geographer's Library
    Author: Fasman, Jon
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 1594200386 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    This brilliant debut novel takes a young reporter from his small town paper to the heart of an international smuggling ring, centuries old, that amasses the alchemical artifacts that lead to eternal life.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 12.16.04
  • Year of the Hyenas: A Novel of Murder in Ancient Egypt
    Author: Geagley, Brad
    Publisher: S & S $ 23 ISBN: 074325080X Date: 2005
    starLJ
    In this evocative murder mystery set in ancient Egypt, an empire's sumptuous glory and intrigue blend seamlessly with timeless themes of greed, ambition, and crimes of passion.
    Suggested Reading: Egyptian Stars | Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 1.23.05
  • The Quarry
    Author: Galgut, Damon
    Publisher: Grove $ 13 (paper) ISBN: 0802141617 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The Quarry, written ten years ago but never published outside of South Africa, is a stark, intense, and crystalline novel in which human nature betrays itself against the desolate backdrop of rural South Africa.
    Suggested Reading: South Africa
    Updated 10.08.04
  • The Serpent in the Garden
    Author: Gleeson, Janet
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 14 (trade paper) ISBN: 0743260058 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    With sure understanding of period detail and character of 18th-century England, the bestselling author of The Arcanum delivers a stunning and richly nuanced tale of greed, suspense, intrigue, and revenge.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 1.18.05
  • Crazy Eights: Jake Hines
    Author: Gunn, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 0765308061 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    For Jake Hines, Captain of Detectives in Rutherford, Minnesota, the act that Benny Niemeyer was found not guilty of murder is an almost personal insult. Even so, when Benny is found dead two nights after his release, Jake does what he has to do . . . because even a killer deserves justice.
    Updated 3.3.05
  • The President's Assassin
    Author: Haig, Brian
    Publisher: Warner $ 25.95 ISBN: 0446576670 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    With just three days to prevent the assassination of the President, Army lawyer Sean Drummond races the clock in the high-stakes countdown of his career.
    Suggested Reading: Political Thrillers
    Updated 1.5.05
  • The Fire Mirror: An Elizabeth I Mystery
    Author: Harper, Karen
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312326920 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Elizabethan England comes alive as its young queen struggles to stop a serialkiller who uses fire as a weapon.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction | Queen Elizabeth I
    Updated 10.24.05
  • Murder in the Garden
    Author: Heley, Veronica
    Publisher: Severn $ 28.95 ISBN: 072786145x Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 1.11.05
  • Before the Frost
    Author: Mankell, Henning
    Publisher: New Press $ 24.95 ISBN: 1565848357 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPW
    Already an international bestseller, Before the Frost inaugurates Mankell's new mystery series about Linda Wallander, daughter of Inspector Kurt Wallander, and also features Stefan Lindman of The Return of the Dancing Master.
    Suggested Reading: European Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.1.05
  • Unlucky For Some
    Author: McGown, Jill
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 22.95 ISBN: 0345476557 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Detective Chief Inspectors Lloyd and Hill are on the case again when a woman is murdered outside her apartment and the only witness is a well-known journalist.
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 12.16.04
  • Painted Veil
    Author: Myers, Beverle Graves
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590581407 Date: 2005
    starPW
    It's Venice, 1734--after being demoted to secondary roles due to neglecting his vocal practice in favor of dubious pleasures, castrato soprano Tito Amato jumps at the chance to reclaim his status by solving a murder case that threatens to close the opera house.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars | Venice
    Updated 2.28.05
  • Nightcrawlers: Nameless
    Author: Pronzini, Bill
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765309319 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Pronzini's "Nameless" detective has become one of the longest-lived, and most highly praised private investigators in the annals of American crime fiction. Nightcrawlers finds Vanessa kidnapped during an invesigation and carried to a house in the woods. The clock is ticking and it is a race against time for "Nameless" and Jake.
    Suggested Reading: P.I. Stars
    Updated 2.21.05
  • Fleshmarket Alley
    Author: Rankin, Ian
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 22.95 ISBN: 0316095656 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarKirkus
    An illegal immigrant is found murdered in an Edinburgh housing scheme. Rebus is drawn into the case, but has other problems: his old police station has closed for business, and his masters would rather he retire than stick around. But as Rebus investigates, he must deal with the sleazy Edinburgh underworld, and maybe even fall in love.
    Suggested Reading: Scottish Crime Fiction Stars | British Police
    Updated 12.16.04
  • The Devil's Right-Hand
    Author: Rhoades, J.D.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 21.95 ISBN: 0312334192 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Rhoades combines the vivid atmosphere of Elmore Leonard with the furious pace of Stephen Hunter in his riveting, action-packed debut Southern crime novel.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.29.04
  • Strange Affair - Inspector Banks
    Author: Robinson, Peter
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060544333 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Murder cuts close to home in this powerful new tale of suspense from "a gifted creator" ("Boston Globe")--one of the best and most original talents writing today.
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 1.19.05
  • The Suspect

    Author: Robotham, Michael
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385508611 Date: 2005
    starLJstarKirkusstarBooklist
    Psychiatrist Joe O'Loughlin's comfortable life begins to crumble when he is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and becomes a suspect in a brutal murder case.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Psychological Suspense Stars
    Updated 11.29.04
  • Unknown Soldier
    Author: Seymour, Gerald
    Publisher: Overlook $ 24.95 ISBN: 1585676349 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    Intelligence agents hunt for the world's most lethal terrorist in this thrillingly suspenseful novel from a master of espionage fiction.
    Suggested Reading: Espionage | Terrorism
    Updated 2.7.05
  • Prince of Fire
    Author: Silva, Daniel
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399152431 Date: 2005
    starPW
    A knife-edged thriller of astonishing intricacy and feeling, filled with exhilarating prose, this is Daniel Silva's finest novel yet. Gabriel Allon is pitted against a Palestinian mastermind, as hunter and hunted pursue each other across a landscape drenched with generations of blood.
    Suggested Reading: Espionage | Terrorism
    Updated 1.29.05
  • Miss Gazillions
    Author: Weber, Richard
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312331401 Date: 2005
    starPW
    In the best tradition of the caper, this debut comic thriller follows a couple on the lam as they dodge the law, evade gangsters, multiply their money, and have a wonderful time.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Capers
    Updated 2.28.05
  • Forgiving Solomon Long
    Author: Well, Chris
    Publisher: Harvest House $ 11.95 (trade paper) ISBN: 0736914056 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Fat Cat Catalano doesn't need troublemakers rocking the boat. So he hires a "cleaner" to fly in to make sure the local "churchies" and storeowners get the message. Meanwhile, detective Tom Griggs is determined to bring Fat Cat down, even if it means neglecting--and losing--his own wife.
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled
    Updated 5.20.05
  • Some Welcome Home: Elizabeth Pepperhawk & Avivah Rosen
    Author: Wildwood, Sharon
    Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 1594142750 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Updated 2.7.05

March

  • Rules of Engagement
    Author: Alexander, Bruce
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399152423 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Blind 18th-century judge Sir John Fielding and his assistant Jeremy are confronted with a series of deaths that test even Sir John's legendary skills of deduction.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 1.11.05
  • All the Flowers Are Dying
    Author: Block, Lawrence
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060198311 Date: 2005
    starPW
    The "New York Times" bestselling author is back with another fast-paced novel rich with mystery, atmosphere, and characterization.
    Updated 2.14.05
  • See Isabelle Run
    Author: Bloom, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 22.95 ISBN: 0892967854 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarLJ
    Combining thrills with attitude, this novel follows a jilted bride uncovering sinister secrets at a multimedia empire.
    Suggested Reading: Publishing
    Updated 1.23.05
  • The Magdalen Martyrs
    Author: Bruen, Ken
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312316453 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    The third explosive novel by Edgar-finalist Bruen set in the streets of Galway, The Magdalen Martyrs is a gripping story that takes the Jack Taylor series to new heights.
    Suggested Reading: Hard Boiled
    Updated 1.18.05
  • Pride Runs Deep
    Author: Cooke, R. Cameron
    Publisher: Jove $ 7.99 ISBN: 0515138339 Date: 2006
    star PW
    Set in the days following the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan, this explosive debut "powerfully captures the heroic highs and hellish lows of our WWII submariners--warriors who served valiantly and silently beneath the sea" (W.E.B. Griffin).
    Updated 7.17.06
  • Sympathy Between Humans
    Author: Compton, Jodi
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 22 ISBN: 0385337140 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    In the powerful sequel to The 37th Hour, Compton's Detective Sarah Pribek is drawn into a new investigation even as she is haunted by the case that changed her forever.
    Updated 2.16.05
  • Blood Father
    Author: Craig, Peter
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 21.95 ISBN: 1401300456 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    A teenage runaway must turn to her estranged ex-con father for help after she witnesses a murderous shakedown. He returns to his former wild lifestyle to protect his daughter and, in the process, father and daughter begin to find each other--and the danger that might consume them.
    Updated 1.11.05
  • With No One As Witness
    Author: George, Elizabeth
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0060545607 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPW
    When an adolescent boy's nude body is found mutilated and artfully arranged on the top of the tomb, it takes no large leap for the police to recognize the work of a serial killer. The case goes to New Scotland Yard Acting Superintendent Thomas Lynley, who must pursue the killer despite a devastating tragedy within the department.
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 2.21.05
  • Swing
    Author: Holmes, Rupert
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 140006158x Date: 2005
    starPW
    Updated 2.1.05
  • Dating Is Murder

    Author: Kozak, Harley Jane
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 19.95 ISBN: 0385510349 Date: 2005
    starLJstarKirkusstarPW
    With Dating Is Murder, Kozak delivers another sparkling treasure, a laugh-out-loud funny, literate mystery for readers of Janet Evanovich and Sue Grafton, and for Kozak's own growing legion of fans.
    Suggested Reading: If You Like Janet Evanovich | All Stars | Dating
    Updated 2.7.05
  • War At Home
    Author: Nelscott, Kris
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312325274 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Smokey Dalton confronts the anti-Vietnam war movement when a radical Yale student disappears into the activist population of New York City in the next thrilling crime novel from award-winner Kris Nelscott.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.3.05
  • Rebels of Babylon
    Author: Parry, Owen
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060513926 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Civil War detective Abel Jones investigates murder and theft in New Orleans in this dark and rich sixth installment in the Hammett and Herodotus award-winning series.
    Suggested Reading: New Orleans | Historical Crime Fiction Stars | Civil War Stars
    Updated 1.5.05
  • The Mapmaker's Daughter
    Author: Pilkington, John
    Publisher: Severn $ 27.95 ISBN: 0727861603 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 1.18.05
  • Rosa
    Author: Rabb, Jonathan
    Publisher: Crown $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400049210 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    From the bestselling author of The Overseer comes a riveting historical mystery about a German police inspector in post-World War I, post-Revolution Berlin, who stumbles upon the body of famed social activist Rosa Luxemburg and a conspiracy involving the highest levels of the new National Socialist government and the political police. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars | Berlin
    Updated 12.6.04
  • The Heartbreak Lounge
    Author: Stroby, Wallace
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312300956 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Ex-state trooper Harry Rane, who first appeared in Stroby's brilliant debut novel, The Barbed-Wire Kiss, becomes caught up with Nikki Ellis, a woman desperate for help. Her ex, Johnny Harrow, has just been released from prison, and he's on his way to settle his accounts.
    Suggested Reading: Hard Boiled
    Updated 11.25.04
  • Mr. Lucky: A Novel of High Stakes
    Author: Swain, James
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 19.95 ISBN: 0345475445 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    After a death-defying jump from a burning casino hotel room, Ricky Smith's luck changes. Surviving the five-floor nosedive into the pool, the loser is miraculously transformed into a major-player winner.
    Suggested Reading: Take a Gamble
    Updated 1.5.05

April

  • Oblivion
    Author: Abrahams, Peter
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060726571 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Blending evocative imagery with psychological complexity, Oblivion is a dark, disturbing story of identity and memory from the acclaimed author of The Tutor and The Fan.
    Suggested Reading: Amnesia and Memory Stars | Psychological Suspense Stars
    Updated 12.16.04
  • Bleedout
    Author: Brady, Joan
    Publisher: Touchstone $ 24.95 ISBN: 0743270088 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    In the tradition of Scott Turow and Stephen L. Carter comes a mesmerizing and suspenseful novel that is also an affecting observation of contemporary social mores. Bleedout confirms Joan Brady's outstanding literary reputation as a master of imaginative and entertaining fiction.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 3.21.05 Slight Trick of the Mind

    Author: Cullin, Mitch
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385513283 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Cullin goes behind Sherlock Holmes's cool, unflappable surface to reveal for the first time the inner world of an obsessively private man. Cullin weaves together Holmes's hidden past and private struggles to transform him into an ordinary man, confronting and acquiescing to emotions he's resisted his entire life.
    Suggested Reading: Elementary Stars
    Updated 2.14.05
  • In the Company of Liars
    Author: Ellis, David
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399152474 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    Told in chronological reverse, from its enigmatic end to its brilliant beginning, this original thriller is centered on a woman on trial for murder and caught between compelling forces, each represented by someone who may not care if the pressure kills her in the end.
    Suggested Reading: Thrillers
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Little Black Dress: Peter Macklin
    Author: Estleman, Loren D.
    Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 0765308940 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Peter Macklin was a hit man for a long time but he has taken steps to distance himself from his tattooed past, like quitting the mob, moving away from Detroit, and marrying the gorgeous, intelligent Laurie. But retirement isn't easy for an ex-hit man.
    Suggested Reading: Hit Men | Hard Boiled
    Updated 2.23.05
  • Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders
    Author: Gaspar De Alba, Alicia
    Publisher: Pinata $ 23.95 ISBN: 1558854460 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Updated 3.10.05
  • The Devil of Nanking
    Author: Hayder, Mo
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN: 0802117945 Date: 2005
    starPWstarKirkus
    Spine-chilling characters take readers on an electrifying ride deep inside the secret history of one of the 20th century's most brutal events--the Nanking Massacre in 1937--as a young Englishwoman obsessively searches Tokyo for film footage of the massacre and its survivors.
    Suggested Reading List: Rape of Nanking
    Updated 2.8.05
  • Gasa-Gasa Girl
    Author: Hirahara, Naomi s
    Publisher: Delta $ 12 ISBN: 0385337604 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Both a riveting mystery and a powerful story of passionate relationships across a cultural divide, Gasa-Gasa Girl is a tale told with heart and wisdom: an unforgettable portrait of fathers, daughters, and other strangers.
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Funeral Music
    Author: Joss, Morag
    Publisher: Dell $ 6.99 ISBN: 044024241x Date: 2005
    starPW
    The first in an acclaimed British mystery series that introduces international cellist Sara Selkirk, a musician-turned-sleuth who investigates a murder while visiting the ancient Roman ruins in Bath, England.
    Updated 3.14.05
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 19.95 ISBN: 0375422714 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPWstarKirkus
    This time around, the charming and ever-resourceful Precious Ramotswe finds herself overly beset by problems. She is busier than usual at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, when a strange intruder in her house forces her to confront a painful secret from her past.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Kookaburra Gambit: Kylie Kendall
    Author: McNab, Claire
    Publisher: Alyson $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 1555839045 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    "An Aussie outback dyke taking on Hollywood? As Kylie Kendall would say, 'Stone the crows!' Don't miss this intro to the most unconventional, laugh-out-loud private eye in lesbian crime fiction. Claire McNab's always been one of our best, and she's outdone herself with this one."--Katherine V. Forrest, on The Wombat Strategy.
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Cold Service: Spenser
    Author: Parker, Robert B.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399152407 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Spenser--"God's gift to the Boston crime scene" ("Kirkus")--and his redoubtable sidekick, Hawk, seek revenge on a cold-blooded killer. Spenser is forced to employ some questionable techniques and even more questionable hired guns while redefining his friendship with Hawk in the name of vengeance.
    Suggested Reading: P.I. Stars
    Updated 1.18.05
  • Drama City
    Author: Pelecanos, George
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316608211 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    In this blistering and soulful novel of the DC underworld, an ex-con finds himself caught between the light and the dark sides of the street after a malevolent young killer spoils his chances to stay straight.
    Suggested Reading: Drug Traffic Stars | Hard Boiled
    Updated 3.3.05
  • Monster
    Author: Peretti, Frank E.
    Publisher: Westbow $ 24.99 ISBN: 084991180x Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Miles away from the hectic city, Reed and Rebecca hike into the beautiful Northwestern woods. They're surrounded by gorgeous mountains, waterfalls, and hundreds of acres of unspoiled wilderness. But something--or someone--begins closing in on them, and it's killing everyone in its path without remorse.
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • The Serpent on the Crown
    Author: Peters, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060591781 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Once again the incomparable "New York Times" bestselling master of suspense, Elizabeth Peters, brings an exotic world of adventure, intrigue, and danger to vivid life, in a tale as exciting, mysterious, and powerful as ancient Egypt.
    Suggested Reading: Egyptian Stars | Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Self's Punishment
    Author: Schlink, Bernhard
    Publisher: Vintage $ 12 (paper) ISBN: 037570907x Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    When private detective Gerhard Self's chum asks Self to investigate some strange alterations to computer files, it looks to be a relatively routine case, save for the coincidental car-crash death of the suspected culprit.
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Detour
    Author: Siegel, James
    Publisher: Warner $ 23.95 ISBN: 0446531855 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    From the bestselling author of Derailed comes the adrenaline-charged story of one man who must betray everything he believes in to save his family.
    Suggested Reading: Drug Traffic Stars | Thrillers
    Updated 12.16.04
  • Watch Your Back!
    Author: Westlake, Donald
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 0892968028 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPW
    After a year on the lam, the return of bumbling thief Dortmunder is a cause celebre. The author's most recent Dortmunder caper. The Road to Ruin, and the short story collection, Thieves' Dozen, received rave reviews in the "New York Times Book Review, New York Daily News," and "Kirkus Reviews" (starred review), among other publications.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Capers
    Updated 3.14.05
  • The Genizah At the House of Shepher
    Author: Yellin, Tamar
    Publisher: Toby $ 19.95 ISBN: 1592640850 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    A scholar, returning to her family home in Jerusalem becomes embroiled in a family dispute over a discovered Codex, brought home originally her great-great grandfather. Set against the backdrop pf a hundred and thirty years of change, this is a novel of exile and belonging, displacement and the quest for both love and a true promised land.
    Suggested Reading: If You Like the Da Vinci Code
    Updated 3.10.05

May

  • Tears of the Dragon
    Author: Baxter, Holly
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590581466 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Tears of the Dragon launches an intelligent new cozy series set in Chicago, where the Browne family holds things together in the midst of the Depression. When Elodie Browne takes a job serving at a party given by an importer of antiques and jade, the evening is disturbed--and the mystery begins--as a dying man stumbles in raving about "Ming Dao."
    Updated 4.5.05
  • Out of Range: Joe Pickett
    Author: Box, C. J.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399152911 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    Game warden Joe Picket returns in a twisting, action-packed tale of greed, power, and murder.
    Suggested Reading: Wildlife
    Updated 5.9.05
  • Bangkok Tattoo
    Author: Burdett, John
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 1400040450 Date: 2005
    starPW
    From the author of Bangkok 8 comes a head-spinning new novel that puts readers back in the company of the inimitable Royal Thai Police detective, Sonchai Jitpleecheep.
    Suggested Reading: Thai Stars
    Updated 4.25.05
  • The Innocent
    Author: Coben, Harlan
    Publisher: Dutton $ 26.95 ISBN: 0525948740 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    An electrifying thrill-ride of a novel that peeks behind the white picket fences of suburbia, The Innocent is at once a twisting, turning, emotionally-charged story, and a compelling tale of the choices people make and the repercussions that remain.
    Updated 3.10.05
  • The Closers
    Author: Connelly, Michael
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 26.95 ISBN: 0316734942 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPWstarLJ
    The death of a teenage girl almost two decades ago comes back to haunt all of L.A.--and detective Harry Bosch--in this spellbinding new thriller from "New York Times" bestselling author Michael Connelly.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.19.05
  • The Right Madness
    Author: Crumley, James
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 0670034061 Date: 2005
    starPW
    From the author of the classic The Last Good Kiss, Sughrue is as tough and cynical as he is goodhearted and weak kneed when it comes to women and booze. He's back to take readers on a bender through small towns, dark bars, and dank hotel rooms in a novel charged with Crumley's genius for the poetry of violence.
    Suggested Reading: P.I. Stars
    Updated 4.19.05
  • The Poet's Funeral
    Author: Daniel, John M.
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 159058144x Date: 2005
    starPW
    This romp rich, with poetry, publishing, book collecting, and literary gossip, is a story of ego, love, art, and murder during four hot days at the 1990 American Booksellers Association convention.
    Updated 3.14.05
  • Company Man
    Author: Finder, Joseph
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 03112319169 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Recent widower and CEO of the major company in a small town is trapped by a conspiracy to sell the company out from under him and to corner him on murder charges for the death of a man who was stalking his family.
    Suggested Reading: Financial Crime Fiction
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Delectable Mountains
    Author: Fowler, Earlene
    Publisher: Prime Crime $ 23.95 ISBN: 0425202496 Date: 2005
    starPW
    When the musical director of Benni Harper's church is called away, Benni finds herself "volunteered" to take over a children's play already in rehearsal.The production comes to a screeching halt, however, after Benni discovers the badly beaten body of the church handyman right in front of the altar.
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Two to Tango
    Author: Gutteridge, Peter
    Publisher: Speck $ 14 ISBN: 1933108002 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Journalist Nick Madrid finds himself up the proverbial creek-the Amazon-without a paddle when he's dispatched to South America to report on a Rock Against Drugs tour. As if monstrous spiders, piranhas, kidnapping and tiny, spiky fish that swim up a stream of urine to lodge where a man least wants a tiny, spiky fish to lodge aren't enough, Madrid is drawn into the mystery of who is trying to kill the tour's headlining, larger-than-life, pain-in-the-posterior rock megastar Otis Barnes. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Humorous Crime Fiction
    Updated 5.4.05
  • The Headmaster's Wife: Gregor Demarkian
    Author: Haddam, Jane
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312313144 Date: 2005
    starPW
    At the Windsor School, an exclusive prep school in Connecticut, a student is found hanged in the cellar after rumors of an affair with the headmaster's wife.
    Suggested Reading: School Stars
    Updated 2.28.05
  • Savage Garden
    Author: Hamilton, Denise
    Publisher: Scribner $ 22 ISBN: 0743261925 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Nationally bestselling author Hamilton returns with a dynamic new Eve Diamond novel that takes readers deep into the ethnic, multicultural back streets of L.A. in search of a killer.
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Dead as a Doornail
    Author: Harris, Charlaine
    Publisher: Ace $ 22.95 ISBN: 0441012795 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Sookie Stackhouse discovers that her brother Jason is about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. But her concern becomes fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population in this "New York Times" bestseller.
    Updated 5.24.06
  • Alibi
    Author: Kanon, Joseph
    Publisher: Holt $ 26 ISBN: 080507886x Date: 2005
    starLJ
    A riveting tale of love, revenge, and murder by the author of Los Alamos and The Good German. As Europe slowly begins to recover from the ravages of the Second World War, a young American comes to Venice, where he falls in love with a Jewish woman haunted by her own devastating experiences from the war.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 3.21.05
  • The Crime Trade
    Author: Kernick, Simon
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312340591 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    When Operation Surgical Strike, a police sting designed to catch Colombian drug traffickers in the act of selling a large consignment of cocaine to undercover police officers, goes horribly wrong, suspicion quickly falls on one of the police officers involved: "Stegs" Jenner. Stegs is no ordinary cop. Something of a maverick, he has in the past played the role of a criminal just a little too well. Now suspended from duty, and with his close friend killed in the shoot-out, he determines to go at it alone.

    DI John Gallan and his partner Tina Boyd are part of the subsequent investigation that will take them to the heart of one of London's most notorious criminal gangs. What they cannot know is that they've also embarked on a journey that will lead one of them straight into the rifle sights of the enemy.
    - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 3.25.05
  • The Last Refuge
    Author: Knopf, Chris
    Publisher: Permanent $ 26 ISBN: 157962118X Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Updated 5.9.05
  • Falls the Shadow
    Author: Lashner, William
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060721561 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    A beautiful young woman is dead, and her husband convicted of a grisly murder. In seeking his acquittal, defense attorney Victor Carl must confront not only a determined prosecutor and a police detective who might have set up his client, but also a strange dentist named Bob.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 3.25.05
  • The Inside Ring
    Author: Lawson, Michael
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 0385515316 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    After an assassination attempt on the president, an honest lawyer with strong political connections flies under the radar on a twisted path through the Secret Service, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security to uncover how security's inside ring has been compromised.
    Suggested Reading: Political Thrillers
    Updated 2.8.05
  • Blood From a Stone: Commissario Guido Brunetti
    Author: Leon, Donna
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 23 ISBN: 0871138875 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarBookliststarPWstarLJ
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | European Cime Fiction
    Updated 3.21.05
  • The Hot Kid
    Author: Leonard, Elmore
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060724226 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    Hot cars, gun molls, speakeasies, bank robbers and murder are the game in this powerfully entertaining story from Elmore Leonard, the undisputed master of the crime novel. Set in Oklahoma during the 1930s, The Hot Kid introduces Carl Webster, one of the coolest lawmen ever to draw on a fugitive felon.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation
    Author: Littell, Robert
    Publisher: Overlook $ 25.95 ISBN: 1585676969 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Martin Odum is a one-time CIA field agent turned private detective in Brooklyn, struggling his way through a labyrinth of memories of past identities--"legends" in CIA parlance. Is he suffering from multiple personality disorder, brainwashing, or simply exhaustion? Is he a creation of the Legend Committee at the CIA's Langley headquarters? Can he trust the CIA psychiatrist? Or the Deputy Director of Operations? Or Stella Kastner a young Russian woman who engages him to find her brother-in-law so he can give her sister, an Orthodox Jew, a divorce, which under religious law requires the husband's presence? As Martin Odum redeploys his dormant tradecraft skills to solve Stella's case, battling mortal danger and psychological disorientation. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Psychological Suspense Stars | Espionage
    Updated 5.23.05
  • Transgressions
    Author: McBain, Ed (ed)
    Publisher: Forge $ 27.95 ISBN: 0765308517 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    This amazing collection of novellas, compiled by "New York Times" bestselling author Ed McBain, features short fiction by Donald E. Westlake, Anne Perry, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, John Farris, Sharyn McCrumb, Jeffery Deaver, and Lawrence Block.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.4.05
  • The Torment of Others
    Author: McDermid, Val
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312339194 Date: 2005
    starPWstarBooklist
    After a vicious assault, Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan has returned to Bradfield to resume her career. When she is assigned a case involving the grotesque murder of a prostitute, she turns to Dr. Tony Hill for help.
    Suggested Reading: Psychological Suspense Stars
    Updated 5.9.05
  • Blown
    Author: Mathews, Francine
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24 ISBN: 0553803301 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Using her firsthand expertise of international espionage, Mathews offers another suspense novel that blurs the line between fact and fiction. Caroline Carmichael returns in a tale of terror on the streets of Washington, D.C., where she must gamble her life to save her country.
    Suggested Reading: Spy Girls | Espionage | Terrorism
    Updated 5.4.05
  • The Four Courts Murder
    Author: Nugent, Andrew
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312327587 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Inspector Denis Lennon and his sergeant, Molly Power, are given a lead in the murder of a hated judge. Bring in a series of high and low Irish characters, add a delightful young German student, and one has a highly seasoned story in unusual settings, told with a small twinkle sure to endear readers to this new author.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Sudden Death
    Author: Rosenfelt, David
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 23.95 ISBN: 0892967838 Date: 2005
    starPWstarLJ
    Following the success of Bury the Lead, a "Today" show Book Club Pick selected by Janet Evanovich, Rosenfelt delivers an exciting new mystery featuring defense attorney Andy Carpenter. When a star running back for the New York Giants is murdered, could rivalry have turned a player from the Jets into a cold-blooded killer?
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 5.4.05
  • Broken Prey
    Author: Sandford, John
    Publisher: Putnam $ 26.95 ISBN: 0399152725 Date: 2005
    starBookliststarPW
    Lucas Davenport confronts a living nightmare in one of the scariest Prey novels yet from the #1 bestselling author.
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Extreme Cuisine
    Author: Sloane, Kit
    Publisher: Durban House $ 12.95 ISBN: 193075468x Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Updated 3.10.05
  • The Power of the Dog
    Author: Winslow, Don
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25.95 ISBN: 0375405380 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    From the highly praised author of The Life and Times of Bobby Z comes a huge, sprawling, breakneck-paced novel about America's drug world--its devastations and deliriums, its complexities of alliances and betrayals, its life-shaping effect on all the pawns, the kings, and the law enforcers who inhabit it both willingly and not.
    Suggested Reading: Drug Traffic
    Updated 5.4.05
  • Margarettown
    Author: Zevin, Gabrielle
    Publisher: Miramax $ 21 ISBN: 1401352421 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Updated 2.8.05

June

  • The Interview Room
    Author: Anscombe, Roderick
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312323999 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    A psychiatrist who works with the criminally insane is trapped in an ever-tightening web of circumstance and scrutiny. With his career on the line and his life over the edge, he must learn to play the game by one of his patient's rules because he who tells the best lie wins.
    Updated 3.10.05
  • Black Fly Season
    Author: Blunt, Giles
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399152555 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    A beautiful young woman stumbles into a rough Algonquin Bay tavern covered in black fly bites and bits of leaves stuck in her hair. A full examination reveals that her woozy behavior isn't due to drugs or diminished mental capacity. She has a bullet in her brain and no memory of how it got there or who she is.
    Suggested Reading: Amnesia and Memory Stars
    Updated 5.9.05
  • One Shot: Jack Reacher
    Author: Child, Lee
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 25 ISBN: 0385336683 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    This astonishing new thriller takes Jack Reacher on his most relentless quest for justice yet. The case isn't what it seems; lives are tangled in baffling ways; and the killer missed one shot--giving Reacher one shot at the truth.
    Updated 3.21.05
  • Marker
    Author: Cook, Robin
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399152938 Date: 2005
    starPW
    New York City medical examiners Dr Laurie Montgomery and Dr. Jack Stapleton are back to pursue the causes of seemingly unrelated patient deaths. When Laurie is pulled into the nightmare as a potential victim herself, she and Jack race to connect the dots-and save her life.
    Suggested Reading: Medical Thrillers | Medical Fiction
    Updated 4.25.05
  • The Smoke Room
    Author: Emerson, Earl
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345462904 Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    The blistering new thriller by the Shamus Award-winning author of Vertical Burn and Pyro finds a rookie firefighter caught in an ever-escalating spiral of crime.
    Suggested Reading: On Fire
    Updated 3.25.05
  • Mosiac of Shadows
    Author: Harper, Tom
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312338678 Date: 2005
    starPW
    In this thrilling historical drama set in medieval Constantinople, Demetrios the Apokalyptor is commissioned to investigate an assassination attempt on the Emperor's life -- before the assassin can strike again.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.16.05
  • Dark Harbor
    Author: Hosp, David
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.95 ISBN: 044657693x Date: 2005
    starLJ
    A stunning debut thriller reminiscent of the novels of David Baldacci. When the body of his co-worker and ex-lover is found in Boston Harbor, attorney Sean Finn becomes a suspect in her murder. With an ambitious female police detective also after answers, Finn is unaware of what's at stake if the truth about the killing is finally uncovered.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Thrillers | If You Like David Baldacci
    Updated 5.18.05
  • Stealing with Style
    Author: Jenkins, Emyl
    Publisher: Algonquin $ 22.95 ISBN: 1565124456 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Antiques appraiser Jenkins turns her talents to fiction in the first of a series of mysteries that follow the heroine behind the scenes of the sometimes murky world of antiques, sophisticated scammers, and shifty associates.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Antiques Mysteries | Virginia Stars
    Updated 5.9.05
  • The Death Collectors
    Author: Kerley, Jack
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0525948775 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    The Hundredth Man was universally praised as the debut novel in a series to watch. Now, author Jack Kerley returns with The Death Collectors, which will establish him as one of the most innovative thriller writers today.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.29.05
  • Hitler's Peace: A Novel of the Second World War
    Author: Kerr, Philip
    Publisher: Putnam $ 26.95 ISBN: 0399152695 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    From the author of the Berlin Noir trilogy comes a stunning World War II "what if" thriller in which the fate of Europe--and of its remaining three million Jews--hangs in the balance.
    Suggested Reading: Alternate History | World War Stars | Thrillers | Stalin
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Velocity
    Author: Koontz, Dean
    Publisher: Bantam $ 27 ISBN: 0553804154 Date: 2005
    starPW
    Koontz delivers the must-read thriller of the summer, with a tour de force of suspense squarely in the tradition of his classic #1 "New York Times" bestseller, Intensity.
    Suggested Reading: Thrillers
    Updated 4.25.05
  • Nothing Like the Night
    Author: Lawrence, David
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 031232880x Date: 2005
    starKirkus
    Heading up a murder investigation, Detective Stella Mooney soon has a likely suspect, but then another body is discovered.
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 4.25.05
  • Circle
    Author: Lovesey, Peter
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 1569473927 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    When van driver Bob Naylor, who likes to write jingles, is prodded by his teenage daughter into joining the Chichester Writers' Circle, he scarcely expects to find that, among the anticipated set of literary snobs, he will be rubbing elbows with one or more potential victims of murder by arson.
    Updated 3.28.05
  • Fade
    Author: Mills, Kyle
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312335776 Date: 2005
    starPW
    In this new thriller by the bestselling author of Rising Phoenix, a secret department of Homeland Security tries to recruit a retired agent who is bitterly angry at the government he believes abandoned him.
    Suggested Reading: Terrorism
    Updated 5.2.05
  • Disturbed Earth: Artie Cohen
    Author: Nadleson, Reggie
    Publisher: Walker $ 24 ISBN: 0802733832 Date: 2005
    starLJstarPW
    Winter 2003: New York City is hit by the worst blizzard in years, and Artie Cohen is called to investigate a case: a pile of blood-soaked children's clothes has been found on the beach in Brooklyn. Artie finds himself drawn into a case that involves the death of one child and the strange disappearance of another, all against the backdrop of a city already on edge. Walker & Company is pleased to present Reggie Nadelson to a new audience with Disturbed Earth. This is the first book of a New York trilogy that will follow Artie Cohen as he navigates a post 9/11world. Revealing a side of New York that few of us know, a city of islands and inlets, Nadelson tells a story of horror and deceit that reminds us how the ever-present past can have terrifying consequences in our present. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 5.205
  • Dance of Death
    Author: Preston, Douglas J. and Lincoln Child
    Publisher: Warner $ 25.95 ISBN: 0446576972 Date: 2005
    starLJ
    Framed for diabolical murders, Agent Pendergast enlists aid from his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta as he races to stop his murdering brother--who has had 20 years to plan the world's most horrendous crime.
    Updated 5.18.05
  • In the Shadow of the Law
    Author: Roosevelt, Kermit
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN: 0374261873 Date: 2005
    starPW
    In this complex, ambitious, and gripping first novel, Roosevelt vividly illustrates the subtle and stark effects of the law on the lives not only of a group of lawyers, but also on communities and private citizens.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Legal Stars
    Updated 4.25.05
  • Thicker Than Blood
    Author: Rudolph, Penny
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590581482 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    Rachel Chavez only wants to stay sober and keep her recently inherited parking lot in downtown LA financially afloat. When she unknowingly becomes tangled in the conniving cross-purposes of California water politics, it becomes agonizingly clear that the killer is closing in on her.
    Updated 8.15.05
  • A Gladiator Dies Only Once: Gordianus the Finder
    Author: Saylor, Steven
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312271204 Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    This is the second compilation of short pieces featuring Gordianus the Finder, filling in the gaps between the novels Roman Blood and Catilina's Riddle.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.7.05
  • Dangerous Games: Jack Liffey
    Author: Shannon, John
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25 ISBN: 078671543x Date: 2005
    starBooklist
    To escape abuse, Luisa runs away to L.A.'s porn industry. A bumbling army of suitors and rescuers touch off a gun battle and dangerous firestorm that sweeps Jack Liffey and everyone else ahead of it down the Malibu Hills toward the ocean.
    Suggested Reading: P.I. Stars
    Updated 5.9.05
  • To Darkness and to Death: Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne
    Author: Spencer-Fleming, Julia
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312334850 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPW
    This is the fourth in the series featuring a female priest and the chief of police in an Upstate New York town.
    Updated 6.3.05
  • 36 Yalta Boulevard
    Author: Steinhauer, Olen
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312332017 Date: 2005
    starLJstarBooklist
    Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Historical Dagger finalist Olen Steinhauer continues his brilliant and acclaimed suspense series.
    Suggested Reading: European Crime Fiction
    Updated 4.19.05
  • Two Trains Running
    Author: Vachss, Andrew
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 1400043816 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarLJ
    In a thrilling departure, Vachss, the creator of the Burke novels, takes readers back to 1959 in this masterful crime novel that is also an epic story of postwar America.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 7.12.05

 

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