Crime Fiction Stars 2006: July - December

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.

July

  • Dark Gold
    Author: Angsten, David
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312343736 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Jack Duran embarks on a mission to Mexico in search of is incommunicado brother, Dan- with his college buddies Rock and Duff in tow. Following a trail of shady dealings, they soon discover that Dan was searching for an ancient shipwreck laden with gold-and the race to recover the treasure be-gins. Blinded by the prospect of ancient gold, they begin diving towards the shipwreck. Only, one by one, the divers being to disappear. Tension mounts when Jack witnesses a mysterious, and ghastly, sea creature who seems to be gurading the wreck. A fast-paced, high adventure thriller Dark Gold is an excicting tale of ancient gold, a deadly legend and a mythic creature.
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Pegasus Descending: Dave Robicheaux
    Author: Burke, James Lee
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 26 ISBN: 0743277724 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Bestselling author James Lee Burke takes listeners back to New Orleans where detective Dave Robicheaux becomes engulfed in a dangerous mystery surrounding a beautiful girl and stolen money.
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Sweet and the Dead
    Author: Burton, Milton
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312343108 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    A retired deputy sheriff goes undercover in Biloxi, Mississippi, to nail a group of criminals who have been tagged with the name "Dixie Mafia." Drawn into a plan that threatens to engulf him, he learns in the murky world of Southern professional crime, nothing is ever quite what it seems to be.
    Updated 5.4.06
  • Bee's Kiss
    Author: Cleverly, Barbara
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25 ISBN: 078671736x Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    It's 1926, and Joe Sandilands is back from Ranipur, yet there is a darkness behind all the postwar gaiety. Against the background of a looming general strike and pressure from an unseen governmental presence, Joe struggles to solve four murders, picking his way through the political panic and rebelling against authority.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Claire Fontain Crime Fighter: A Novel of LIfe and Death and Shoes
    Author: Enright, Tracey
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312319606 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Claire Fontaine is sassy, sexy, sophisticated, and rich. Henry Bennett is fat, sloppy, slow, and a bad dresser. He's a private eye, and as far as he's concerned, she's his assistant. As far as she's concerned, he's her partner. Their entire relationship, in fact, is one big difference of opinion, and the results are hilarious. Now Henry has been hired to investigate the murder of a young woman who liked to party. Claire helps (or hinders, depending on your point of view) when she can drag herself away from her Brentwood mansion and the James Bond-like hunk who lives next door. As Claire and Henry try to trace the victim's last known companions, they stumble across streets that the rich and famous desperately try to hide. If you like sleuths who are stylish, seductive, and full of great fun, then Claire Fontaine is the crime fighter for you.
    Updated 5.10.06
  • The Prisoner of Guantanamo
    Author: Fesperman, Dan
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 1400044669 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Revere Falk--an FBI veteran and Arabic speaker--is an interrogator at "Gitmo," assigned to a Yemeni prisoner who may have valuable information about al Qaeda. But these duties are temporarily suspended when the body of an American soldier is found washed ashore in Cuban territory. Suddenly, Cold War tension is back and Falk finds himself at the heart of it.
    Updated 5.15.06
  • When the Devil Holds the Candle
    Author: Fossum, Karin
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151011885 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    When the theft of a purse from a stroller results in an infant's death, two teenagers are in trouble. Unaware of the enormity of their crime, Zipp and Andreas are intent on committing still another. They follow an elderly woman home, and Andreas enters her house with his ever-reliable switchblade. Motionless in the dark, Zipp waits for his friend to come out.
    Inspector Konrad Sejer and his colleague Jacob Skarre see no connection between the infant's death and the reported disappearance of a local delinquent. And so while the confusion in the world outside mounts, the chilling, heart-stopping truth unfolds inside the old woman's home.
    Unflappable as ever, Sejer digs below the surface of small-town tranquillity in an effort to understand how and why violence destroys everyday lives. Another brilliantly observed, precisely rendered psychological mystery from the highly acclaimed Karin Fossum. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Ten Second Staircase
    Author: Fowler, Christopher
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24 ISBN: 0553804499 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarPW
    A bizarre killer nicknamed "The Highwayman" has turned London's blazing-hot summer into a ticking time bomb, but never fear, detectives John May and Arthur Bryant are on the case! " Christopher Fowler is a new master of the classical detective story."--"The Denver Post"
    Updated 5.8.06
  • Darkness & Light: Frank Elder
    Author: Harvey, John
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151011338 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarLJ
    Former cop Frank Elder is drawn out of retirement by a request from his ex-wife to look into the disappearance of Claire, her friend's older, widowed sister. When Claire is found dead at home--unmarked and carefully dressed--Elder is surprised by the similarities to an old case.
    Updated 6.20.06
  • What Is Mine
    Author: Holt, Anne
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.99 ISBN: 0446578029 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    This gripping American debut from the most popular crime writer in Norway delves into the twisted psyche of a child killer and follows in the bestselling tradition of thrillers by Ian Rankin and Thomas Harris. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.16.06
  • Wolves of Memory: Harpur & Iles
    Author: James, Bill
    Publisher: Norton $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393061884 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarKirkus
    A large, carefully plotted "cash-in-transit" raid goes hopelessly awry when armed policemen intervene to seize the perpetrators. Relatives and friends of the incarcerated are convinced that information--the date, the time--was leaked by the only man to escape before his arrest. Deputy Constable Colin Harpur and Assistant Constable Desmond Iles are delegated the job of hiding and protecting the informant and his family. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Dead and Buried
    Author: Jardine, Quintin
    Publisher: Headline $ 24.95 ISBN: 0755304098 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Updated 11.1.06
  • Garden of Vipers
    Author: Kerley, Jack
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 0525949526 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Mobile, Alabama, detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus go on alert for further indications of a serial killer-in-the-making. When Ryder is abducted, his partner and his journalist girlfriend discover a dangerous web of secrets. The question becomes: What will the perfect family do to protect an image of perfection?
    Updated 5.4.06
  • Two Time
    Author: Knopf, Chris
    Publisher: Permanent $ 28 ISBN: 1579621295 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    Updated 5.16.06
  • No Good Deeds
    Author: Lippman, Laura
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060570725 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    The unsolved murder of a prosecutor becomes too personal when Tess's boyfriend brings home a street kid who holds an important key to the case. Tess finds out how far official authorities will go to get their way. Soon she's facing felony charges, and the boy has gone into hiding beyond her reach.
    Updated 4.10.06
  • Still Life
    Author: Penny, Louise
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312352557 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarPWstarKirkus
    A Debut Dagger honor book in the U.K., this work introduces an engaging series hero in Inspector Armand Gamache who commands his forces with integrity and quiet courage. Locals are convinced a murder was no more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache uncovers something more sinister.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Learning to Kill: Stories
    Author: McBain, Ed
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151012229 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    These are the 25 stories that prepared Evan Hunter to become Ed McBain, and that prepared McBain to write the beloved 87th Precinct novels. In individual introductions, McBain tells how and why he wrote these stories that were the start of his legendary career.
    Updated 4.3.06
  • Dead Hour
    Author: Mina, Denise
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 0316735949 Date: 2006
    starPWstarKirkus
    Paddy Meehan, a scrappy, self-doubting yet determined reporter, returns with a complex and deadly crime to investigate. Making a connection between a dead prosecutor and a suicide victim, Paddy follows her idea to its shocking--and deadly--conclusion.
    Updated 5.24.06
  • Vanishing Point
    Author: Muller, Marcia
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 24.99 ISBN: 0892968052 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    In the latest installment in this critically acclaimed series, McCone is hired to investigate one of San Luis Obispo County's most puzzling cold cases. New evidence suggests that a missing woman may have led a strange double life.
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Dark Companion
    Author: Nisbet, Jim
    Publisher: Dennis McMillan $ 30 ISBN: 0939767546 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Updated 5.22.06
  • Iron Ties
    Author: Parker, Ann
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $24.95 ISBN: 1590582624 Date: 2006
    starPW
    In the Colorado boom town of Leadville in 1880, Inez Stannert has mixed feelings about President Ulysses S. Grant's upcoming visit to celebrate the arrival of the railroad. She fears that the actions of some folks with wicked memories of the war just might signal a return of lawlessness to the town.
    Updated 4.24.06
  • The Crimes of Jordan Wise
    Author: Pronzini, Bill
    Publisher: Walker $ 24 ISBN: 0802714935 Date: 2006
    star Kirkusstar LJ
    This classic tale of love, greed, betrayal, and violence is told with Pronzini's characteristic twists and turns and his special brand of suspense. It is also a powerful psychological examination of a man, a woman, and the wages of sin.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Impulse
    Author: Ramsey, Frederick
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590582837 Date: 2006
    starPW
    As Frank Smith boards a plane headed for his 50th class reunion, he leaves behind him the highly suspicious disappearance of his wife four years before and the relentless quest of the investigator who thinks he had something to do with it.
    Updated 4.17.06
  • The Ruins
    Author: Smith, Scott
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 1400043875 Date: 2006
    starPW
    From the author of A Simple Plan comes a new novel of unbearable suspense about four friends who slowly come to realize that one unfortunate decision made on their Mexican vacation is leading to an adventure gone horribly wrong.
    Updated 5.15.06
  • The Limehouse Text
    Author: Thomas, Will
    Publisher: Touchstone $ 14 ISBN: 0743273354  Date: 2006
    starBooklist Prowling through an underworld of opium dens, back-room blood sports, and sailors' penny hangs while avoiding the wrath of the district's powerful warlord, Mr. King, Barker and Llewelyn take readers on a perilous tour through the mean streets of turn-of-the-century London. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.4.06
  • 54
    Author: Wu, Ming
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151013802 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Set during the height of the Cold War--with the world divided into East and West--this novel features Italian partisans, KGB agents, Parisian lowlifes, and cameos by David Niven, Marshal Tito, and Grace Kelly in a cinematic romp that is by turns edgy social satire and modern comic send up.
    Updated 5.10.06
  • The Highly Effective Detective
    Author: Yancey, Rick
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 00312347529 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    A bumbling but determined detective employs the help of his loyal secretary--formerly his favorite waitress at the diner--to unravel his first case, a hit-and-run of a family of geese. What can only be called a wild goose chase quickly evolves into an investigation of a vicious murder.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.16.06

August

  • Frozen
    Author: Ashford, Lindsay
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312355815 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Megan Rhys has been asked to advise on the murders of two young prostitutes, dumped like rubbish, seemingly the victims of two men working together. But there is something wrong with the information the police are giving her. Is someone is trying to manipulate Megan, or are her own prejudices clouding her judgment?
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Body Movers
    Author: Bond, Stephanie
    Publisher: Mira $ 13.95 ISBN: 0778323331 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    When their parents abandoned them ten years ago, Carlotta Wren raised her younger brother, Wesley. Now a teenager in trouble, Wesley is ordered to get a job--and finds one moving bodies from crime scenes to the morgue. Carlotta is soon dragged into the sordid business herself.
    Updated 8.7.06
  • Calibre
    Author: Bruen, Ken
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 12.95 ISBN: 031234144x Date: 2006
    starPW
    Updated 6.5.06
  • Rounding the Mark
    Author: Camilleri, Andrea
    Publisher: Penguin $ 13 ISBN: 014303478x Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    This dazzling new book in Andrea Camilleri's international bestselling mystery series brings back earthy and urbane Sicilian detective Inspector Montalbano, who must delve deeply into the secret world of illicit trafficking in human lives
    Updated 8.7.06
  • Disco for the Departed
    Author: Cotterill, Colin
    Publisher: Soho $ 23 ISBN: 1569474281 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Dr Siri Paiboun, reluctant national coroner of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos, is summoned to a remote location in the mountains of Huaphan Province to supervise the disinterment of a body, identify the corpse, and discover how he died.
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Merlot Murders
    Author: Crosby, Ellen
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 0743289900 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    The fascinating science and alchemy of winemaking take center stage in this unique mystery debut set at a family-run vineyard in Virginia's historic horse and hunt country.
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Never Fear
    Author: Frost, Scott
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399153403 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarPWstarKirkus
    Pasadena homicide detective Alex Delillo faces demons from the past in this chilling psychological suspense by the "L.A. Times" bestselling author of Run the Risk.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.10.06
  • Dead Cat Bounce
    Author: Green, Norman
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 13.95 ISBN: 0060851694 Date: 2006
    star KirkusstarBooklist
    Updated 8.4.06
  • Murder in Jerusalem: Michael Ohayon
    Author: Gur, Batya
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060852933 Date: 2006
    starPWstarBooklist
    The sixth and final novel from acclaimed Israeli crime novelist Gur is a stunning tale of a beautiful and secretive woman's murder set against the politically charged backdrop of the Israeli media.
    Updated 8.7.06
  • Spying in High Heels
    Author: Halliday, Gemma
    Publisher: Dorchester $ 6.99 ISBN: 0843957352 Date: 2006
    starPW
    High crime meets high fashion in this intriguing mystery as a Los Angeles shoe designer finds herself in over her head when murder, embezzlement, and a hot detective collide in her life.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Dead Wrong
    Author: Jance, J.A.
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060540907 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Coping with the impending delivery of her second child as well as a staff shortage, the last thing Sheriff Joanna Brady needs are two murders with roots deep in the past.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Coronado: Stories
    Author: Lehane, Dennis
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 006113967x Date: 2006
    starLJstarKirkus
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Dying Light
    Author: MacBride, Stuart
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312339976 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarLJ
    MacBride's impressive debut Cold Granite took reviewers by storm, but this follow-up realizes all of its potential--and more.
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Winter's Child
    Author: Maron, Margaret
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 24.99 ISBN: 0892968109 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    In the chilling 12th installment of this award-winning series, Judge Deborah Knott's new marriage will be tested as she and her new husband are drawn into an emotional hunt for his missing ex-wife and son.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • The Expected One
    Author: McGowan, Kathleen
    Publisher: Touchstone $ 25.95 ISBN: 0743299426 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Updated 7.11.06
  • The Night Gardener
    Author: Pelecanos, George P.
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 0316156507 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarLJstarPW
    It's been 20 years since three teenagers were killed and their abused bodies were left in public parks. The case was never solved, but the two lead detectives on the case have pursued very different paths during the last two decades.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics
    Author: Pessl, Marisha
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 067003777x Date: 2006
    starPW
    Structured around a syllabus for a Great Works of Literature class, this mesmerizing debut, uncannily uniting the trials of a postmodern upbringing with a murder mystery, heralds the arrival of a vibrant new voice in literary fiction.
    Updated 5.22.06
  • Three Days to Never
    Author: Powers, Tim
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0380976536 Date: 2006
    starPWstarKirkus
    From the author of Declare and Last Call comes a standout literary thriller in which one man finds the discovery Einstein tried to keep hidden.
    Updated 6.9.06
  • The Messenger
    Author: Silva, Daniel
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399153357 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Israeli agent and art restorer Gabriel Allon faces terrorism once again in this follow-up to Prince of Fire, filled with remarkable characters and breathtaking double and triple turns of plot.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Six To One Against
    Author: Stacey, Lyndon
    Publisher: Hutchinson $ 29.95/14.95 ISBN: 0091796652/9675x Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    A fast-paced, exciting thriller from a talented new crime writer, guaranteed to appeal to all fans of Dick Francis, Jenny Pitman and John Francome. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.27.06
  • Farthing
    Author: Walton, Jo
    Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765314215 Date: 2006
    starPW
    A stunning "what-if" in the manner of Fatherland and The Plot Against America.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Orchid Shroud: A Novel of Death in the Dordogne
    Author: Wan, Michelle
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385514581 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Two murders committed over a century apart in southwestern France draw amateur sleuths Mara Dunn and Julian Wood into the dark history of a prominent family in this captivating sequel to Deadly Slipper.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Messenger of Truth: Maisie Dobbs
    Author: Winspear, Jacqueline
    Publisher: Holt $ 24 ISBN: 0505078983 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Maisie Dobbs investigates the mysterious death of a controversial artist--and World War I veteran--in the fourth entry in the bestselling series set in 1931 London.
    Updated 2.12.07
  • Winter's Bone
    Author: Woodrell, Daniel
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 22.99 ISBN: 031605755X Date: 2006
    starBookliststarKirkusstarLJ
    When Ree Dolly's father skips bail, the 16-year-old knows if he doesn't show up to answer the drug charges against him, her family will lose their home. Her goal had been to leave her messy life of poverty and join the army, but first she must find her father, teach her little brothers to fend for themselves, and escape a downward spiral of misery.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.15.06

September

  • To Thine Own Self Be True
    Author: Clemens, Judy
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590582985 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Halfway through Stella's sitting at Wolf Ink, her tattoo artist and his wife disappear into the back room. Stella dozes off; when she awakes, and they've not come back, she drives home. Before long, the police arrive to inform her that Mandy has been discovered dead behind the tattoo parlor, while Wolf is nowhere to be found.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Back to Bologna
    Author: Dibdin, Michael
    Publisher: Vintage $ 12.95 ISBN: 0307275884 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    When the corpse of the shady industrialist who owns the local football team is found both shot and stabbed, Italian police inspector Aurelio Zen is called to Bologna to oversee the investigation. Soon a world-famous university professor is shot with the same gun, immediately after publicly humiliating Italy's leading celebrity television chef.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Playing God
    Author: Flora, Kate
    Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 1594144613 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    Updated 8.2806
  • Under Orders
    Author: Francis, Dick
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399154000 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarLJ
    Sid Halley, former jockey-turned-detective, returns. Death at the races is not uncommon, but three in one day--including a winning horse and champion jockey--are more than enough to raise Halley's suspicions.
    Updated 8.28.06
  • Mad Dogs
    Author: Grady, James
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765316498 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    James Grady revolutionized the political thriller with his first novel, Six Days of the Condor. Now Grady breaks fresh thriller territory with a brilliant novel launched from a totally original creation: the CIA's secret insane asylum for "retired" agents.
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Stamping Butterflies
    Author: Grimwood, Jon Courtnenay
    Publisher: Spectra $ 12 ISBN: 0553383779 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarLJ
    From acclaimed author Jon Courtenay Grimwood comes an exotic new novel that defies expectation at every turn. A mystery, a thriller, and a cutting-edge sci-fi adventure all in one, Stamping Butterflies bends time, genre, and consciousness itself to tell the spellbinding story of two worlds, three lives, one future-and the question upon which everything depends: who is dreaming whom.... - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Knights of the Cross: The Epic Novel of the Crusades
    Author: Harper, Tom
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312338708 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Updated 6.20.06
  • Why We Die
    Author: Herron, Mick
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25.95 ISBN: 0786718277 Date: 2006
    starPW
    When Tim Whitby checks into a hotel, he's not intending to check out again -- but then he meets Katrina Blake, a woman in need of rescue. When Arkle, Baxter and Trent inherit the family business, they're not planning on making a go of it -- there are quicker ways of getting rich, if you're not squeamish about the violence involved. And when Zoe Boehm agrees to track down the the masked men who robbed Harold Sweeney's jewellery shop, she's hoping to pay off the taxes she's avoided. She's not expecting to wind up in a coffin. But Arkle has a crossbow; Tim has a life that's run out of purpose, and even battered Katrina has her secrets. And death, like taxes, can't be avoided forever.
    Updated 8.16.06
  • Chourmo
    Author: Izzo, Jean-Claude
    Publisher: Europa $ 14.95 ISBN: 1933372176 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    In this second installment of Izzo's legendary Marseilles Trilogy, Fabio Montale has left a police force riddled with corruption, racism, and greed to follow the ancient rhythms of his native town, but his cousin's son has gone missing, and Montale is dragged back onto the mean streets of a violent, crime-infested Marseilles.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • The One From the Other
    Author: Kerr, Philip
    Publisher: Putnam $ 26.95 ISBN: 0399152997 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    Bernie Gunther, Kerr's best-loved protagonist, takes center stage in this fast-paced, twist-filled thriller that turns his acclaimed German trilogy into a surprise-laden quartet.
    Updated 9.18.06
  • Copper River
    Author: Krueger, William Kent
    Publisher: Atria $ 24 ISBN: 0743278402 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    The sixth novel in Krueger's award-winning suspense series finds Cork O'Connor running for his life--straight into a murderous conspiracy involving teenage runaways.
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Damnation Street
    Author: Klaven, Andrew
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151012172 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Julie Wyant spent one night with John Foy--a night of psychopathic cruelty that Foy, a professional killer, called love. Desperate to get away from him, she vanishes. From a town called Paradise, through a wilderness that feels like hell, Private Detective Scott Weiss searches for Julie--and the killer follows, waiting for his chance.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Coronando
    Author: Lehane, Dennis
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 006113967X Date: 2006
    star Kirkus
    From Dennis Lehane, the award-winning author of Mystic River, Shutter Island, and the Kenzie-Gennaro series, comes a striking collection of five short stories and a play. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.9.06
  • The Shadow of the Lords
    Author: Levack, Simon
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 031234841x Date: 2006
    starPW
    Before he can solve the mystery of his son's disappearance, Yaotl discovers a murder and must use all his wits to stay alive for Lord Feathered-in-Black and his henchmen are never far away.
    Updated 8.28.06
  • Kill All the Lawyers
    Author: Levine, Paul
    Publisher: Bantam $ 6.99 ISBN: 0440242754 Date: 2006
    starPW
    The courtroom will never be the same when the legal world's oddest couple team up in their third mystery. "Levine writes some of the funniest--and most wickedly accurate--courthouse dramas you'll ever read."--Carl Hiassen
    Updated 7.24.06
  • Man Who Smiled: Kurt Wallander
    Author: Mankell, Henning
    Publisher: New $ 24.95 ISBN: 1565849930 Date: 2006
    starPW
    The long-awaited fourth mystery in the bestselling Kurt Wallander series finds the detective deep in crisis after killing a man in the line of duty. Vowing to quit the police force, he instead becomes involved in solving a friend's murder.
    Updated 7.24.06
  • Alibi Club
    Author: Mathews, Francine
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24 ISBN: 055380331x Date: 2006
    starPW
    Mathews weaves a web of betrayal, passion, espionage, and the foundations of atomic fusion against the backdrop of a stunning, little-known episode of early World War II. Four women, thrown together by chance, make a perilous attempt to smuggle a brilliant scientist and his lethal secrets away from Nazi control.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Right Attitude to Rain: Isabel Dalhousie
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 21.95 ISBN: 0375423001 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    When friends from Dallas arrive in Edinburgh and introduce Isabel Dalhousie to Tom Bruce--a bigwig at home in Texas--several confounding situations unfurl at once. Isabel is certain of the ethical basis for a little sleuthing now and again, especially when the problems involve matters of the heart.
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Boy Detective Fails
    Author: Meno, Joe
    Publisher: Akashic $ 14.95 ISBN: 1933354100 Date: 2006
    star KirkusstarLJ
    After a mysterious childhood full of wonder, Billy Argo returns from an extended stay at St. Vitus's Hospital for the Mentally Ill to discover the world full of unimaginable strangeness: office buildings vanish without reason, small animals turn up without their heads, and cruel villains ride city buses to complete their evil schemes.
    Updated 8.28.06
  • Dark Water: The Strange Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
    Author: Pirie, David
    Publisher: Pegasus $ 25 ISBN: 1933648112 Date: 2006
    starPWstarKirkus
    Pirie brings his rich familiarity with both the Doyle biography and the Sherlock Holmes canon to a mystifying Victorian tale of vengeance and villainy. The howling man on the heath, a gothic asylum, the walking dead, the legendary witch of Dunwich--perils lurk in every turn of the page throughout this ingenious pastiche.
    Updated 8.16.06
  • The Interpretation of Murder
    Author: Rubenfeld, Jed
    Publisher: Holt $ 26 ISBN: 0805080988 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    In this ingenious, suspenseful historical thriller, Sigmund Freud is drawn into the mind of a sadistic killer who is savagely attacking Manhattan's wealthiest heiresses.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • Mineral Spirits
    Author: Sharfeddin, Heather
    Publisher: Bridge $ 21.95 ISBN: 1882593987 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarKirkus
    Sheriff Kip Edelson investigates the story behind a woman's skeleton that a young boy stumbles across on a river bank. As he traces Mineral County residents and seeks clues to who might have killed her and why, a story evolves that includes drug dealers, a shootout, an abandoned boy, and the sheriff's own marital strains.
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Lights Out
    Author: Starr, Jason
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312359721 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    This razor-sharp crime novel combines biting social satire, explosive suspense, and revealing human drama. Both Ryan and Jake were Major League-bound til an injury sidelined Ryan. Returning home, Jake discovers Ryan's having an affair with his fiance, and none of the players in the triangle have any idea what's about to play out.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • Liberation Movements
    Author: Steinhauer, Olen
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312332041 Date: 2006
    starLJstarPW
    The personal becomes political in the latest in Steinhauer's award-nominated, acclaimed Eastern European crime series.
    Updated 5.15.06
  • Long in the Tooth
    Author: Turrill, David
    Publisher: Toby $ 24.95 ISBN: 1592641660 Date: 2006
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    Tin's brother Satchel was on the verge of his major league debut when he took his fiance to meet his brother. He couldn't have known that Tin and Wendy would fall in love and break his heart. Several years later, Wendy is murdered, bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat, and Satchel is the prime suspect.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • The Zero
    Author: Walter, Jess
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060898658 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    In the tradition of Franz Kafka, Joseph Heller, and Don DeLillo, comes this extraordinary story of searing humor and sublime horror, of blindness, bewilderment, and that achingly familiar feeling that the world has suddenly stopped making sense.
    Updated 7.11.06
  • The Devil's Feather
    Author: Walters, Minette
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0307264629 Date: 2006
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    When five woman are brutally murdered in Sierra Leone, Reuters correspondent Connie Burns suspects a British mercenary who seems to be using the chaos of war to act out sadistic, misogynist fantasies. Connie's suspicions fall on deaf ears, but she's determined to expose the man and his secret--a choice that causes devastating consequences.
    Updated 6.28 .06
  • The Devil's Backbone
    Author: Wozencraft, Kim
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312290632 Date: 2006
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    One sister's murder leads to the other's investigation of it and into a worldmore deadly than she can imagine.
    Updated 7.10.06

October

  • One Good Turn
    Author: Atkinson, Kate
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 0316154849 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    From the author of 2005's breakout favorite Case Histories comes a brilliant new thriller featuring the irresistibly reluctant detective Jackson Brodie. A triumphant novel filled with wit and surprise, One Good Turn will delight the many fans who cheered Kate Atkinson's foray into thrillers.
    Updated 7.10.06
  • Chemistry of Death
    Author: Beckett, Simon
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 22 ISBN: 0385340044 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Blending cutting-edge forensics with the psychological punch of an Ian Rankin thriller, this chiller is destined to be one of the most spine-tingling crimenovels of the year.
    Updated 9.18.06
  • The Hard Way: Rachel Alexander
    Author: Benjamin, Carol Lea
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060539038 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Private investigator Rachel Alexander and her pit bull Dashiell once again team up in this gritty mystery from a former detective and noted dog trainer turned acclaimed mystery writer.
    Updated 8.29.06
  • Death's Dark Abyss
    Author: Carlotto, Massimo
    Publisher: Europa $ 14.95 ISBN: 1933372184   Date: 2006
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    A riveting drama of guilt, revenge, and justice, Massimo Carlotto's Death's Dark Abyss tells the story of two men and the savage crime that binds them. During a robbery, Raffaello Beggiato takes a young woman and her child hostage and later murders them. Beggiato is arrested, tried, and sentenced to life. The victims' father and husband, Silvano, is undone by his loss. He plunges into an ever-deepening abyss until the day, years later, when the murderer seeks his pardon, and the wounded Silvano turns predator as he ruthlessly plots his revenge. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.13.06
  • A Corpse in the Koryo
    Author: Church, James
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312352085 Date: 2006
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    Like Philip Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy and the Inspector Arkady Renko novels, A Corpse in the Koryo introduces another unfamiliar world (North Korea), a perplexing universe seemingly so alien that the rules are an enigma to the reader and even, sometimes, to Inspector O. Author James Church weaves a story with beautifully spare prose and layered descriptions of a country and a people he knows by heart after decades as an intelligence officer. This is a chilling portrayal that, in the end, leaves us wondering if what at first seemed unknowable may simply be too familiar for comfort. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Echo Park
    Author: Connelly, Michael
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 26.99 ISBN: 0316734950 Date: 2006
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    Detective Harry Bosch--"one of the most complex crime fighters around" ("People")--reopens one of his own unsolved cases and comes face to face with a psychotic killer he has been seeking for years, in this thrilling new novel by Michael Connellly, bestselling author of The Lincoln Lawyer.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.18.06
  • A Single Eye
    Author: Dunlap, Susan
    Publisher: Garroll & Graf $ 24.95 ISBN: 0786718501 Date: 2006
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    After a terrifying stunt gone wrong leaves her plummeting into the tops of forest trees, a shaken Darcy Lott is dispatched by her Zen master to a remote monastery in California's redwood forest to face her worst fear -- but also to deliver a message. This monastery has its own secrets. A student has disappeared and is feared dead. The leader of the monastery, Leo, Garson-roshi, is soon to leave under mysterious circumstances, and Darcy fears that trusting the likeable Leo will lead her into further danger. Yet, as Darcy struggles with her phobia, she becomes drawn further into this mystery, one she learns she must solve it in order to get out alive.
    Updated 11.1.06
  • Sharp Objects
    Author: Flynn, Gillian
    Publisher: Shambhala $ 24 ISBN: 0307341542 Date: 2006
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    After eight years, the murders of two preteen girls--timed nearly a year apart--bring reporter Camille Preaker reluctantly back to her hometown. As she works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, Camille finds herself forced to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past.
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Stripped
    Author: Freeman, Brian
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312340443 Date: 2006
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    In this stunning follow-up to Freeman's remarkable debut novel, Immoral, Detective Jonathan Stride discovers that there are only two ways to go in Las Vegas. You can hit the jackpot--or you can get "stripped."
    Updated 8.7.06
  • What Came Before He Shot Her
    Author: George, Elizabeth
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26.95 ISBN: 0060545623 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarBookliststarLJ
    In her compelling new mystery, George explores the unforgettable events leading up to a murder.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.28.06
  • Cruel Sister: A Haunted Ballad
    Author: Grabien, Deborah
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312357575 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    This is the fourth in Deborah Grabien's gripping and unusual Haunted Ballad series. Her stories pair two sophisticated and very likable people whose lives are invaded by tortured souls from England's history. With each encounter, Penny and Ringan are forced to find a way to lay a long-suffering ghost to rest. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.18.06
  • Silence of the Grave
    Author: Indridason, Arnaldur
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312340710 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Downtrodden detective Erlendur and his team must once again look into Reykjavik's hidden past to unravel a case of human nastiness. Alive with tension and atmosphere and disturbingly real, this is an outstanding continuation of the Reykjavik Murder Mysteries.
    Updated 6.28.06
  • The Wrong Man
    Author: Katzenbach, John
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25.95 ISBN: 0345464834 Date: 2006
    starPW
    "New York Times" bestselling author Katzenbach delivers his next major novel--a riveting tour-de-force of psychological suspense.
    Updated 7.31.06
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Presents Fifty Years of Crime and Suspense
    Author: Landrigan, Linda (edt)
    Publisher: Pegasus $ I 16.95 SBN: 1933648031 Date: 2006
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    Updated 6.20.06
  • The Mission Song
    Author: Le Carre, John
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 26.99 ISBN: 0316016748 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    A naive young interpreter stumbles into the heart of an outrageous British plot in the astonishing new novel by the master of the literary thriller.
    Updated 8.10.06
  • Vicious Circle
    Author: Littell, Robert
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24.95 ISBN: 1585678554 Date: 2006
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    A well-known fundamentalist rabbi is taken hostage by a kidnapper who demands the release of several Palestinian prisoners. As Israel coaxes an aging Mossad officer out of retirement, the prisoner and captor find themselves building an extraordinary relationship.
    Updated 8.4.06
  • No Trace: Brock and Kolla
    Author: Maitland, Barry
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 031235892x Date: 2006
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    In a London neighborhood known for its artists and bohemian style, six year old Tracey Rudd is abducted from her home without any warning, or sign of violence. She is the third child abucted under similar circumstances in recent weeks. But this case is different. She is the daughter of notorious contemporary artist Gabriel Rudd, best known for the grotesque "Dead Puppies," a work centered around his wife's suicide five years earlier. While Rudd exploits Tracey's abduction as an inspiration for a major new work in his upcoming exhibit, D.C.I. David Brock and Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla hunt for the missing girls' kidnapper, who is suspiciously connected to the eccentric community of artists, dealers, and collectors in the neighborhood. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.28.06
  • The Best American Mystery Stories 2006
    Author: Penzler, Otto (edt)
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin $28/14 ISBN: 0618517464/73 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    This volume brings together the genre's finest from the past year. With stories from mystery veterans and newly discovered talents, this thrilling collection is sure to appeal to crime fiction fans of all tastes.
    Updated 8.7.06
  • Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime: Rat Pack
    Author: Randisi, Robert J.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312338627 Date: 2006
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    Robert J. Randisi, the man "Booklist" claims "may be the last of the true pulp writers," takes his readers on a vivid, neon-lit tour of back rooms, bars, and famed gambling dens of the desert mirage that was---and still is---Las Vegas. Broads, blackjack, and bourbon flow. Celebrities, from John F. Kennedy to Angie Dickinson, strut in and out of this amazing first in a series that Rat Pack fans and crime fiction lovers will not want to miss. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.7.06
  • Chasing the Dead
    Author: Schreiber, Joe
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 16.95 ISBN: 0345487478 Date: 2006
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    In the hope of saving her daughter from a kidnapper whose origin seems darker than anything she could ever have imagined, Sue will discover just how much trauma and fright the human body is capable of absorbing.
    Updated 8.16.06
  • Mineral Spirits
    Author: Sharfeddin, Heather
    Publisher: Bridge Works $ 21.95 ISBN: 1882593987 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Sheriff Kip Edelson investigates the story behind a woman's skeleton that a young boy stumbles across on a river bank. As he traces Mineral County residents and seeks clues to who might have killed her and why, a story evolves that includes drug dealers, a shootout, an abandoned boy, and the sheriff's own marital strains.
    Updated 7.27.06
  • All Mortal Flesh
    Author: Spencer-Fleming, Julia
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312312644   Date: 2006
    starLJstarPWstarKirkus
    One horrible murder. Two people destined for love or tragedy. Emotions explode in Spencer-Fleming's most accomplished mystery yet.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.16.06
  • Missing in Precinct Puerto Rico
    Author: Torres, Steven
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312321112 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    Angustias, Puerto Rico, 1982 "Even a tropical paradise can have its little murders..." In the early morning hours, a neighbor named Tomas Villareal knocks on the door of the home of Luis Gonzalo, the sheriff of Angustias, a small town in the mountains of Puerto Rico. Tomas reports that his son is missing, and the sheriff agrees to help search for the boy. Gonzalo is certain there is a simple explanation--that the child has just wandered off to visit a friend or fallen asleep in a field. But then a second child is reported missing, and there are no clues to her whereabouts either. Soon the sheriff, the parents, and the entire town are searching frantically, but the horrors have only just begun. Gonzalo begins to suspect an organized plot to harm the children of Angustias, and he races against the clock to prevent the town's children from disappearing one by one. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.29.06
  • Sleep With the Fishes
    Author: Wiprud, Brian M.
    Publisher: Dell $ 6.99 ISBN: 0440243130 Date: 2006
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    Sid "Sleep" Bifulco, a mobster-turned-snitch who always put his victims gently to sleep before whacking them, did his time and has a new hideaway and new avocation--trout fishing--but the local yokels won't leave him alone.
    Updated 8.28.06
  • Short Straw
    Author: Woods, Stuart
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399153683 Date: 2006
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    Ed Eagle--first introduced in Santa Fe Rules--returns in this new, heart-stopping novel by "New York Times" bestselling author Stuart Woods.
    Updated 7.27.06

November

  • Murder 101
    Author: Barbieri, Maggie
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312355378 Date: 2006
    starPW
    "Maggie Barbieri's debut, Murder 101, offers traditional mystery lovers a real treat in her heroine Alison Bergeron, a recently divorced, clog-wearing college professor . . . the perfect antidote to the oh-so-hip chick-lit protagonist. Oblivious to fashion, Ali's more concerned with keeping her nervous stomach in check when one of her students turns up dead . . . and a hot cop eyes her as the prime suspect."
    ---Susan McBride, author of the Debutante Dropout Mysteries
    Updated 9.25.06
  • The Book of Lost Things
    Author: Connolly, John
    Publisher: Atria $ 23 ISBN: 0743298853 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    In the tradition of C.S. Lewis and Gregory Maguire's Wicked, bestselling author Connolly (The Black Angel) offers a creative coming-of-age story about one boy's journey into adulthood by combining dramatic themes with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a fantastical imagination.
    Updated 8.29.06
  • Wild Fire
    Author: DeMille, Nelson
    Publisher: Warner $ 26.99 ISBN: 044657967X Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    From #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Nelson DeMille comes a suspenseful new novel featuring Detective John Corey and an all-too-plausible conspiracy to detonate a nuclear bomb in two major cities.
    Updated 10.2.06
  • The Cleanup
    Author: Doolittle, Sean
    Publisher: Dell $ 6.99 ISBN: 0440242827 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Busted to night patrol at a robbery-prone Omaha supermarket, Matthew Worth is doing time, wearing his uniform, and asking shoppers if they want paper or plastic. If that isn't enough, he suspects he might be falling for Gwen, the shy checkout girl who may be an even bigger mess than he is. When Gwen comes to him one night scared and desperate for help, Worth discovers just how far he's willing to go to protect and serve.
    Updated 10.2.06
  • A Safe Place for Dying
    Author: Fredrickson, Jack
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312351682 Date: 2006
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    An extortion letter arrives at Crystal Waters, one of Chicago's wealthiest gated communities. It makes no specific threats, gives no instructions, demands only that $50,000 be gotten ready---chump change for an enclave where the cheapest house is worth three million. It's easy to see it as harmless---a note from a nut.
    Then a mansion explodes. The homeowners panic, and want it hushed up. If word gets out that a bomber is targeting Crystal Waters, their multimillion-dollar homes will become worthless, a last catastrophe for people strung out from living the good life too well. They hire Dek Elstrom to investigate.
    Another bomb goes off, and Dek realizes the culprit must be someone who is angry, needs money, and used to live at Crystal Waters. Then he realizes something else. He himself is the prime suspect.
    A sly and clever caper among the richest of the rich, A Safe Place for Dying is for fans of Carl Hiaasen and Robert Crais. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.23.06
  • Berlin
    Author: Frei, Pierre
    Publisher: Grove $ 24 ISBN: 0802118321 Date: 2006
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    Updated 9.18.06
  • Blind Submission
    Author: Ginsburg, Debra
    Publisher: Shaye Areheart $ 23.95 ISBN: 0307346048 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    Angel Robinson lands a job as the assistant to literary agent Lucy Fiamma, and soon discovers that working for Lucy is no picnic, particularly when she's ordered to whip a mysterious manuscript into shape. But when the chapters take a disturbing turn, Angel finds her sanity in danger.
    Updated 10.23.06
  • When God Dies: Sebastian St. Cyr
    Author: Harris, C.S.
    Publisher: New American $ 23.95 ISBN: 0451219686 Date: 2006
    starKirkusstarPW
    Following What Angels Fear comes the second masterful historical mystery featuring "troubled but compelling antihero" ("Booklist") Sebastian St. Cyr.
    Updated 9.18.06
  • The Lizard's Bite
    Author: Hewson, David
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 22 ISBN: 0385339550 Date: 2006
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    In this spellbinding new novel featuring Detective Nic Costa, author Hewson weaves together the rich fabric of Europe's most beguiling city with a riveting tale of passion, corruption, and the poisonous bite of betrayal.
    Updated 9.18.06
  • Nature Girl
    Author: Hiassen, Carl
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25.95 ISBN: 0307262995 Date: 2006
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    In his latest riotous and righteous, nonstop, hilarious novel, bestselling author Hiaasen introduces impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes" Honey Santana, who has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls.
    Updated 9.18.06
  • Critique of Criminal Reason
    Author: Jacobs, Michael
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312349947 Date: 2006
    starPWstarBooklist
    "A sweeping and brilliantly detailed read. . . . Gregorio threads philosophical underpinnings through his dark narrative with genuine assurance."
    ---"Crime Time "(UK)
    Updated 9.18.06
  • Bloody Harvests
    Author: Kunzmann, Richard
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312360339 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    "Bloody Harvests is a valuable addition to the South African canon. It is a brilliant first novel by an engaging author. It charts new ground for the thriller/crime genre in South African literature." ---The CapeTimes (South Africa) - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.1.06
  • Rumpole and the Reign of Terror
    Author: Mortimer, John
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670038040 Date: 2006
    starBooklist
    A Pakistani doctor has been imprisoned without charge or trial under suspicion of aiding al Qaeda in its plans for a terrorist attack. With the doctor's wife begging Rumpole to help her husband, the Great Defender is determined to bring the case before a jury.
    Updated 9.18.06
  • The Body in the Library
    Author: Page, Katherine Hall
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 0060763655 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    In this fabulous reimagining of the Agatha Christie classic And Then There Were None, caterer and part-time sleuth Faith Fairchild is lured to a private island to help solve a very old murder.
    Updated 10.18.06
  • Red Chrysanthemum
    Author: Rowland, Laura Joh
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312355327 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    When the heir to the shogun is found brutally murdered, with samurai sleuth Sano Ichiro's pregnant wife Reiko laying beside him naked and covered in blood, Sano seeks the truth behind the Rashomon-like accounts of the murder in this latest thriller set 17th-century Japan.
    Updated 11.1.06
  • The Blonde
    Author: Swierczynski, Duane
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312343795 Date: 2006
    starLJ
    The night before a big meeting, Jack Eisley is sitting in an airport bar in Philadelphia, chatting up a pretty young blonde. Sure, Jack has a wife and daughter at home, but this is just a little harmless flirting. Harmless, that is, until the blonde leans forward and says, "I poisoned your drink."
    She tells Jack that unless she can keep someone within ten feet of her at all times, she'll die. And if he wants the antidote, he'll have to take her back to his hotel room and promise to stay by her side.
    Jack thinks: psycho. But as the violent night wears on, and he encounters a relentless government assassin, a threatening voice on a cell phone, a deadly waitress, dirty cops, and shady cab drivers . . .
    He begins to believe her. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.18.06
  • A Whole New Life
    Author: Thornton, Betsy
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312357591 Date: 2006
    starPW
    Although Thornton introduces a new group of characters to her readers, they live in the same mountains and desert in which we met and loved the Victim's Advocate, Chloe Newcombe. Readers will be cheering for all these new friends as they do their best to clear Jackson's name---often at peril to themselves. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.18.06
  • Master of Souls: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland
    Author: Tremayne, Peter
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312348320 Date: 2006
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    In this latest historical whodunit, Fidelma of Cashel faces one of her most perplexing mysteries when she is called to investigate the brutal murder of an abbess and the disappearance of six young female religieuse.
    Updated 9.13.06
  • Seeking Whom He May Devour: Chief Inspector Adamsberg Investigates
    Author: Vargas, Fred
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 14 ISBN: 074328402x Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Each day, inhabitants of a small community in the French Alps find another of their ewes with its throat cut. When one of the villagers too is killed people begin to wonder: could it be the work of a werewolf? Soon suspicion falls on Massart, one of the villagers.
    Updated 8.28.06
  • Hidden Assasins
    Author: Wilson, Robert
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151012393 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    The discovery of a mosque in the basement of a devastated apartment building in Seville confirms everybody's terrorist fears. As more bodies are dragged from the rubble, the media interest and political pressure intensify, and Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon suspects that all is not what it appears to be.
    Updated 9.13.06
  • The Godfather's Revenge
    Author: Winegardner, Mark
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 0399153845 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    The third and final installment in Puzo's epic chronicle of the Corleone crime family achieves a stunning crescendo with a story that imagines the role of the Mafia in the assassination of a young, charismatic president.
    Updated 10.2.06

December

  • Brother Odd
    Author: Koontz, Dean
    Publisher: Bantam $ 27 ISBN: 0553804804 Date: 2006
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    Koontz's beloved hero, who triumphed in two "New York Times" bestsellers, leaves the small desert town of Pico Mundo for the solitude and peace of an isolated monastery as he tries to find a way to live fully again. But Odd Thomas has a knack for finding trouble and must confront an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.
    Updated 11.27.06
  • Do-Re-Mi
    Author: Kuhlken, Ken
    Publisher: Poisoned Press $ 24.95 ISBN: 159058337x Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    Clifford Hickey, scheduled to perform a guitar gig at a music festival, arrives at his brother Alvaro's peaceful woodland campsite, and within moments their camp is stormed by armed men who arrest the brothers for murder. Soon they are pitched into not just a murder but a duel between the Hickeys and a motorcycle gang, and the locals.
    Updated 8.28.06
  • The Adultress
    Author: Margolin, Leslie
    Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 154144818 Date: 2006
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    Updated 10.2.06
  • Extraordinary People
    Author: May, Peter
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 1590583353 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    What has happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher who trained some of France's best and brightest at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration as future Prime Ministers and Presidents vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. Talk about your cold case.
    The mystery inspires a bet, one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland can ill afford to lose. The wager is that Enzo can find out what happened to Jacques Gaillard by applying new science to an old case.
    Enzo comes to Paris to meet journalist Roger Raffin, the author of a book on seven celebrated unsolved murders, the assumption being that Gaillard is dead. He needs Raffin's notes. And armed with these, he begins his quest. It quickly has him touring landmarks such as the Paris catacombs and a chateau in Champagne, digging up relics and bones. Yes, Enzo finds Jacques Gaillard's head. The artifacts buried with the skull set him to interpreting the clues they provide and to following in someone's footsteps--maybe more than one someone--after the rest of Gaillard. And to reviewing some ancient and recent history. As with a quest, it's as much discovery as detection. Enzo proves to be an ace investigator, scientific and intuitive, and, for all his missteps, one who hits his goals including a painful journey toward greater self-awareness. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.13.06
  • Erased from Memory
    Author: O'Hehir, Diana
    Publisher: Berkely $ 23.95 ISBN: 0425212165 Date: 2006
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    Updated 10.2.06
  • Black Arrow
    Author: Parker, I.J.
    Publisher: Penguin $ 14 ISBN: 0143035614 Date: 2006
    starPW
    I. J. Parker's engrossing historical novels bring eleventh-century Japan to life in all its colorful, treacherous glory. As Black Arrow opens, Sugawara Akitada assumes his new post as provisional governor of Echigo, a frigid province in the far north notorious for its hostility to outsiders. But the snow that threatens to completely isolate the region is the least of his problems -- which include a local uprising, a series of brutal murders, and a mystery that's as old as the frozen hills and a lot more dangerous. Superbly written and rich in period detail, Black Arrow is another bravura performance from a master of the historical thriller. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.16.06
  • Uncertain Endings: The World's Greatest Unsolved Mystery Stories
    Author: Penzler, Otto (edt)
    Publisher: Pegasus $ 23 ISBN: 1933648163 Date: 2006
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    An anthology of challenging riddle mysteries that leave the solution-if there is one-to a different kind of detective: the reader. Uncertain Endings collects the most para-doxical puzzle stories ever written and guarantees to baffle even the most astute aficionado. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.23.06
  • Probable Cause
    Author: Schwegel, Theresa
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312343167 Date: 2006
    starKirkus
    This follow-up to Schwegel's phenomenal debut Officer Down is a gripping tale of a rookie cop who of does what he'd told by his superiors and finds a corpse instead of his promised reward. How far will they make him go to prove he's one of them? And will they get away with it?
    Updated 8.28.06
  • Ask the Parrot
    Author: Stark, Richard
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 23.99 ISBN: 089296068x Date: 2006
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    In this follow-up to his acclaimed Nobody Runs Forever, Stark bring back master criminal Parker, who's now on the run from a heist gone terribly wrong.
    Updated 8.28.06
  • Hollywood Station
    Author: Wambaugh, Joseph
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 0316066141 Date: 2006
    starBookliststarPWstarLJ
    The Grand Master of the police procedural returns to the LAPD in a gripping new novel about life in the country's most sensational police force.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.2.06
  • A Case of Two Cities: Inspector Chen
    Author: Xiaolong, Qiu
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312359853 Date: 2006
    starPWstarLJ
    At once a compelling crime novel and a moving portrayal of contemporary China, A Case of Two Cities is the finest novel in the award-winning Inspector Chen series.
    Updated 11.1.06

 

Starred Review Lists

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2013 Crime Fiction: Jan-June | Fiction: Jan-June | Speculative Fiction

2012 Crime Fiction: July-Dec | Fiction: July-Dec | Speculative Fiction

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Crime Fiction... 2013 | 2012 | 2011

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