Crime Fiction Stars 2007: 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 Song Is You
    Author: Abbott, Megan E.
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 9780743291712 Date: 2007
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    From Edgar Award-nominated novelist Megan Abbott, who makes ("devotees of Cain and Chandler fall down and beg for mercy" )"The Hollywood Reporter"), comes an imaginative new novel about the mysterious murder of an actress that remains unsolved today.
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled | Noir
    Updated 11.27.06
  • Pelagia and the White Bulldog
    Author: Akunin, Boris
    Publisher: Random $ 9.95 ISBN: 9780812975130 Date: 2007
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    "Pelagia's family likeness to Father Brown and Miss Marple is marked, and reading about her supplies a similarly decorous pleasure."
    -"The Literary Review"
    In a remote Russian province in the late nineteenth century, Bishop Mitrofanii must deal with a family crisis. After learning that one of his great aunt's beloved and rare white bulldogs has been poisoned, the Orthodox bishop knows there is only one detective clever enough to investigate the murder: Sister Pelagia. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.27.06
  • Wild Indigo: A Jamaica Wild Novel
    Author: Ault, Sandi
    Publisher: Berkley $23.95 ISBN: 9780425213698 Date: 2007
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    In this debut mystery, Jamaica Wild, an agent with the Bureau of Land Management, witnesses a Tanoah man being trampled to death by stampeding buffalo. Was it an accident? Suicide? Foul play?
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 12.28.06
  • Head Games
    Author: Cavanagh, Thomas B.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312361327 Date: 2007
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    "I have a tumor in my head. I call it Bob . . ."
    Fast-paced and acidly funny, Head Games sends up the best (and the worst) of Orlando's entertainment industry, marking Thomas B. Cavanagh as a name to watch in the world of Florida crime fiction. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.27.06
  • Sacred Games
    Author: Chandra, Vikram
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 29.95 ISBN: 978006113035Date: 2007
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    Set in present-day Mumbai, this work tells the story of a notorious Hindu gangster and a police inspector whose lives unfold and eventually intersect with cataclysmic consequences. A gripping epic saga, the tale is filled with humour, tragedy, and characters who prove to be all too human.
    Updated 11.16.06
  • Deep Storm
    Author: Child, Lincoln
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385515504 Date: 2007
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    In his major new suspense story, Lincoln Child takes readers to a top-secret laboratory 12,000 feet beneath the icy Atlantic and into the search for the greatest--and most deadly--archeological find in history.
    Updated 12.27.06
  • The Cloud of Unknowing
    Author: Cook, Thomas H.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 9780151012602 Date: 2007
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    Following the death of her schizophrenic son, Diana refuses to accept the authorities' conclusion that his death was accidental. She begins to send her brother David faxes and e-mails about ancient murders, and David soon fears for his own family's safety as the seductive qualities of Diana's manic energy become impossible to ignore.
    Updated 10.31.06
  • Death on the Nevskii Prospekt
    Author: Dickinson, David
    Publisher: Carroll & Graff $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780786718979 Date: 2007
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    Powerscourt, coaxed out of retirement one last time, heads for St Petersburg where a British diplomat has been discovered, his throat cut, on a bridge spanning Nevsky Prospekt. It would seem the man knew a secret -- and it proved fatal. As Powerscourt paces the Winter Palace and ponders the mystery, other matters press in on him. With Russia edging towards revolution, he must make his escape -- before time runs out on him too.
    Updated 11.27.06
  • The Arsenic Labryinth
    Author: Edwards, Martin
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590583289 Date: 2007
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    After 10 years, Guy--a drifter with a taste for deception--has returned to Coniston in England's Lake District. A local journalist, Tony di Venuto, is campaigning to revive interest in the disappearance of Emma Bestwick, and Guy knows what happened to her.
    When he tips off the newspaperman that Emma will not be coming home, DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of Cumbria's Cold Case Review Team, re-opens the old investigation. Her enquiries take her to the Museum of Myth and Legend and to the remote and eerie Arsenic Labyrinth--a series of stone tunnels used to remove arsenic from tin ore.
    Meanwhile, historian Daniel Kind is immersing himself in the work of John Ruskin, whose neighbors created the Arsenic Labyrinth. A shocking discovery makes it clear to Hannah that there is not one mystery to solve, but two, and she turns to Daniel for help in untangling the secrets of the past. As Hannah and Daniel struggle to resist a growing but dangerous attraction, Guy's plan to make a quick buck runs into trouble, and he has to resort to desperate measures. Someone is determined to kill to keep their secrets safe.
    Set against the stunning backdrop of the Lake District in winter, the novel depicts how passionate relationships can lead to obsession and murder. -Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.17.06
  • White Blood
    Author: Fleming, James
    Publisher: Atria $ 25 ISBN: 9780743299381 Date: 2007
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    An epic novel of Russia on the eve of revolution. Beautifully written, richly imagined, by turns savage and tender, this exhilarating novel confirms James Fleming as one of the very best novelists at work today. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.16.06
  • Sight Unseen
    Author: Goddard, Robert
    Publisher: Delta $ 12 ISBN: 9780440242802 Date: 2007
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    Another classic mystery from the "master of the clever twist." - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.16.06
  • The Book of Names
    Author: Gregory, Jill and Karen Tintori
    Publisher: St Martins $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780312366322 Date: 2007
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    When a childhood tragedy comes back to haunt Professor David Shepherd, he finds himself in possession of ancient knowledge that holds the world in a delicate balance. He discovers the Book of Names, an ancient text originating with the biblical Adam.
    Updated 10.2.06
  • Man in the Middle
    Author: Haig, Brian
    Publisher: Warner $25.99 ISBN: 9780446530569 Date: 2007
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    Ripped from today's headlines, this novel finds Army lawyer Sean Drummond caught between duty to Washington's elite and the soldiers in Iraq after he's sent to investigate the suicide of one of the most influential defense officials.
    Updated 12.27.06
  • No Dominion
    Author: Huston, Charlie
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780345478252 Date: 2007
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    Joe Pitt’ s life sucks. He hasn’ t had a case or a job in God knows how long and his stashes are running on empty. What stashes? The only ones that count to a guy like Joe: blood and money. The money he uses to buy blood; the blood he drinks. Hey, buddy, it’ s that or your neck– you want to choose? The only way to lay his hands on both is to take a gig with the local Vampyre Clan. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.27.07
  • Letters from Carthage
    Author: James, Bill
    Publisher: Severn $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727864604 Date: 2007
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    A fresh and original take on a mystery within a mystery - Fresh from the inner city, Vince and Kate are new to the suburbia of Tabbett Drive, delighted to have accessed this middle-class paradise. They've even found the neighbours remarkably friendly Jill and Dennis Seagrave seem particularly affable. However, Kate begins to detect all is not as it seems with the Seagraves. Can it be that beneath the fagade of this perfect suburban calm lie secrets as dangerous as any inner city? Is everything is anything as it seems?
    Updated 1.16.07
  • Trouble
    Author: Kellerman, Jesse
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399154034 Date: 2007
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    Following up his critically acclaimed debut Sunstroke, Kellerman pens a brilliant new thriller--twisted, sexy, and unrelentingly gripping
    Updated 11.27.06
  • The Coldest Blood
    Author: Kelly, Jim
    Publisher: Minotaur $24.95 ISBN: 9780312364786 Date: 2007
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    In this fourth entry in Kelly's highly praised series, small-town newspaper reporter Philip Dryden's wife Laura is slowly emerging from her coma, but she's not sure she wants to go on living. Meanwhile, Dryden follows a trail of betrayals to a brilliantly executed crime--and a half-remembered mystery from his own past.
    Updated 12.28.06
  • The Necropolis Railway: A Jim Stringer Mystery
    Author: Martin, Andrew
    Publisher: Harvest $ 14 ISBN: 9780156030687 Date: 2007
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    Bright and ambitious, young Jim Stringer moves from the English countryside to London deter- mined to become a railway man. It is 1903, the dawn of the Edwardian age, when steam runs the nation and the railways drive progress. Jim can't believe his luck to have gotten his foot in the door at South East Railway, run out of Waterloo Station. He finds, however, that his duties involve a graveyard shift, literally--a railway line that takes coffins from London morgues to the gigantic new cemeteries being dug in the city's outskirts. He also learns that his predecessor had disappeared and that his coworkers seem to have formed an instant loathing for him. Forced to live by his wits and to arrive at his own deductions--assisted by his landlady, for whom he falls-- he tries to figure out what is going on before he is issued a one-way ticket on the Necropolis Railway. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.2.06
  • The Hunter
    Author: Nonami, Asa
    Publisher: Kodansha $ 24.95 ISBN: 9784770030252 Date: 2007
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    In this first English translation of the atmospheric, gritty, and character-driven work of a prize-winning, bestselling Japanese writer, American readers are introduced to Takako Otomichi, a strong, complex female detective who stars in this sophisticated, challenging, and evocative noir mystery.
    Updated 1.17.06
  • Find Me
    Author: O'Connell, Carol
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399153952 Date: 2007
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    From one of the most acclaimed crime writers in America comes her most astonishing novel: a story of love, loss, death, and discovery. Kathy Mallory will find herself hunting a killer like none she has ever known, and will undergo a series of revelations not only of stunning intensity, but stunning effect.
    Updated 11.16.06
  • Lesser Creatures
    Author: Pirnie, Amy
    Publisher: Carroll & Graff $ 25.95 ISBN: 0786718927 Date: 2006
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    Convinced she is the target of animal-rights activists after her car is blown up, journalist Sue Bennett begins her own hunt for the bombers. As more blasts, more deaths follow, Sue's investigations lead her to a known supplier of Semtex to terrorists. And now Special Branch is interested in her work. But their surveillance doesn't prevent her kidnap, and Sue's ordeal is only just beginning.
    Updated 11.27.06
  • Silent in the Grave
    Author: Raybourn, Deanna
    Publisher: Mira $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780778324102 Date: 2007
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    When her husband dies under suspicious circumstances, Lady Julia Grey investigates and discovers "disturbing truths about a husband she never truly knew and a world of deception, disease and sexual obsession she could never have imagined" ("Publishers Weekly").
    Updated 11.27.06
  • Homicide 69
    Author: Reaves, Sam
    Publisher: $ ISBN: 9780786718122 Date: 2007
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    It's the summer of 1969, and veteran Chicago homicide detective Mike Dooley is investigating the brutal torture-murder of a young woman. The victim is a former Playboy bunny and mobster’ s girlfriend. Dooley suspects this is more than a sex killing, which leads him into the deep waters of mob intrigue and political corruption.
    Updated 1.27.07
  • The Blade Itself
    Author: Sakey, Marcus
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 9780312360313 Date: 2007
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    In an explosive debut thriller reminiscent of the best of Dennis Lehane and Harlan Coben, a young Chicago professional learns that the more he has, the more he has to lose. "Taut, involving, and memorable, Marcus Sakey is an authentic, original new voice in crime fiction."--George Pelecanos.
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 10.18.06
  • The Case of the Missing Books: A Mobile Library Mystery
    Author: Sansom, Ian
    Publisher: Harpercollins $ 12.95 ISBN: 9780060822507 Date: 2007
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    Israel Armstrong is a passionate soul, lured to Ireland by the promise of an exciting new career. Alas, the job that awaits him is not quite what he had in mind. Still, Israel is not one to dwell on disappointment, as he prepares to drive a mobile library around a small, damp Irish town. After all, the scenery is lovely, the people are charming— but where are the books? The rolling library's 15,000 volumes have mysteriously gone missing, and it's up to Israel to discover who would steal them . . . and why. And perhaps, after that, he will tackle other bizarre and perplexing local mysteries— like, where does one go to find a proper cappuccino and a decent newspaper? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.28.06
  • Probable Cause
    Author: Schwegel, Theresa
    Publisher: Minotaur $ ISBN: 9780312343163 Date: 2007
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    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 1.27.07
  • The Terror
    Author: Simmons, Dan
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316017442 Date: 2007
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    Based on the true story of two ice ships that disappeared in the Arctic Circle during the Sir John Franklin Expedition in 1845.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.16.06
  • A Deeper Sleep: Kate Shugak
    Author: Stabenow, Dana
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312343224 Date: 2007
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    Returning to her popular series featuring Alaskan P.I. Kate Shugak, "New York Times" bestselling author Stabenow pens a tightly drawn, fast-paced, ultimately shocking tale about a man who gets away with murder--or does he?
    Updated 10.16.06
  • Treason's River
    Author: Thomas, Edwin
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312325169 Date: 2007
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    Updated 10.25.06
  • A False Mirror
    Author: Todd, Charles
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780060786731 Date: 2007
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    A love triangle turned deadly sends Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge to Hampton Regis, a small harbor town that simmers with secrets. Accused of beating the husband of a woman who jilted him, Rutledge's former trenchmate takes her hostage to escape arrest, and he demands Rutledge prove his innocence.
    Updated 10.31.06
  • Sliver of Truth
    Author: Unger, Lisa
    Publisher: Crown $ 23 ISBN: 9780307338464 Date: 2007
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    Love hurts, sometimes it even kills. Just as Ridley Jones, first introduced in Beautiful Lies, begins to move on with her life, a seemingly mundane act--picking up a few prints at a photo lab--puts her at the nexus of a global network of crime.
    Updated 11.16.06
  • The Motive from the Deed
    Author: Wynn, Patricia
    Publisher: Pemberley $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780977191338 Date: 2007
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    In the third adventure of the Blue Satan Mystery series, Mrs. Kean and the earl-turned-highwayman Blue Satan solve a murder against a backdrop of espionage and treason.
    Updated 12.27.06

February

  • Murder on the Celtic
    Author: Allen, Conrad
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312356194 Date: 2007
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    On an ocean crossing aboard the "Celtic," ship detectives George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Masefield seek the help of passenger Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as they encounter the usual array of card sharps, drug smugglers, and crooked passengers of all kinds.
    Updated 12.28.06
  • Lion Eyes
    Author: Berlinski, Claire
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781400062959 Date: 2007
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    Using Loose Lips as her point of departure, Berlinski's entirely new story of love and espionage is both a suspenseful spy drama and an arch comedy about romance.
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 10.23.06
  • By the Time You Read This
    Author: Blunt, Giles
    Publisher: Holt $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780805080612 Date: 2007
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    In Blunt's most masterful and thrilling novel yet, Detective John Cardinal is on the hunt for an ingenious killer even as he mourns his own wife's tragic death.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.1.07
  • Water Like Stone
    Author: Crombie, Deborah
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060525279 Date: 2007
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    Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James's idyllic holiday is interrupted by murder. As the detectives are drawn deeper, they find that the past never truly dies, and that not even Kincaid's family is safe from harm.
    Updated 2.1.07
  • Napoleon's Pyramids
    Author: Dietrich, William
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060848323 Date: 2007
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    An 18th-century explorer travels to Egypt as part of Napoleon's great expedition, where he stumbles into a deadly 6,000-year-old mystery. Dietrich, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is also the author of The Scourge of God and Hadrian's Wall.
    Updated 1.17.06
  • Mistress of Death
    Author: Franklin, Ariana
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399154140 Date: 2007
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    Set in medieval England, this chilling, mesmerizing novel combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the detail and drama of historical fiction, as a "mistress of the art of death"--an early version of a medical examiner--arrives in Cambridge from Italy to investigate the suspicious deaths of four children.
    Updated 10.16.06
  • Hide
    Author: Gardner, Lisa
    Publisher: Bantam $ 25 ISBN: 9780553804324 Date: 2007
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    Ex-sniper Bobby Dodge, from Gardner's "New York Times" bestseller Alone, returns in this thriller about a woman who is thrust into the center of a 20-year-old crime with terrifying repercussions.
    Updated 12.1.06
  • Fever Moon
    Author: Haines, Carolyn
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312351618 Date: 2007
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    Following the acclaimed Penumbra, Haines continues her literary exploration of the dark side of the post-World War II South.
    Updated 1.17.06
  • Heart-Shaped Box
    Author: Hill, Joe
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061147937 Date: 2007
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    Sooner or later the dead catch up, as Judas Coyne buys a ghost for sale on the Internet. This pulse-pounding supernatural thriller is a remarkable debut novel from a blazing new talent.
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 12.27.06
  • The Next Victim
    Author: Jacobs, Jonnie
    Publisher: Kensington $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780758208019 Date: 2007
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    Kali O'Brien's brother John was desperate to tell her something. Now he's dead from an apparent suicide. The cops have more bad news: John was also the lead suspect in the murders of two Tucson women. Kali's only hope for solving the case lies in finding a witness who knows far more than she should.
    Updated 1.27.07
  • The Pact
    Author: Kray, Roberta
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780786719020 Date: 2007
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    For 34-year-old Eve Weston, life couldn't get much bleaker. Her con artist father recently committed suicide and her younger brother Terry was sent to jail. Then she lost her job too, because a close friendship with married solicitor Henry Baxter was misconstrued as an affair. Having temporarily moved away from London, she's now living in her father's old flat in one of the shabbier parts of Norwich. On a visit to see Terry, Eve is shocked to find him battered and bruised. He refuses to tell her who has done it or why. Eve begins to have serious fears that her brother won't survive his sentence, and in desperation she turns to another prisoner, a dangerous-seeming individual called Martin Cavelli. They make a secret pact: if Cavelli protects Terry then she will pay whatever it costs.
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Lost Echoes
    Author: Lansdale, Joe R.
    Publisher: Vintage $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780307275448 Date: 2007
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    From a six-time Bram Stoker Award winner comes this masterful thriller of a young man plagued by murderous and violent images that lead him to secrets from the past.
    Updated 12.6.06
  • The Blood Split
    Author: Larsson, Asa
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 22 ISBN: 9780385339827 Date: 2007
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    It’ s midsummer in Sweden— when the light lingers through dawn and a long, isolating winter finally comes to an end. In this magical time, a brutal killer has chosen to strike. A female priest— who made enemies and acolytes in equal number— has been found hanging in her church. And a big-city lawyer quite acquainted with death enters the scene as police and parishioners try to pick up the pieces... In prose that is both lyrical and visceral, Larsson has crafted a novel of pure entertainment, a taut, atmospheric mystery that will hold you in thrall until the last, unforgettable page is turned. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.28.06
  • The Fourth Sacrifice
    Author: May, Peter
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312364649 Date: 2007
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    From the author of The Firemaker comes a mystery that again links American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell with Chinese police detective Li Yan. The two are necessary partners investigating an outbreak of gruesome murders that shake Beijing.
    Updated 2.1.07
  • The Grave Tattoo
    Author: McDermid, Val
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312339210 Date: 2007
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    In a novel reminiscent of The Dante Club and The Historian, suspense master McDermid spins a psychological thriller in which a present-day murder has its roots in the 18th century and the mutiny on the HMS "Bounty."
    Updated 11.16.06
  • The Commission
    Author: Norman, Michael
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: s Date: 2007
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    A parole board chair's murder makes both politicians and the press anxious. In his fiction debut, Norman offers a refreshing throwback to the lean, straight-ahead police procedures of the Dragnet era.
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled | Noir
    Updated 12.6.06
  • Strangled
    Author: McGrory, Brian
    Publisher: Atria $ 25 ISBN: 9780743463683 Date: 2007
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    From the bestselling author of Dead Line, The Nominee, and The Incumbent comes the fourth thriller featuring intrepid and darkly humorous newspaperman Jack Flynn.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • High Profile: Jesse Stone
    Author: Parker, Robert B.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399154041 Date: 2007
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    In the seventh novel of Parker's series, the murder of a controversial talk-show host puts Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone in the harsh glare of the media spotlight. When the body of a young woman is discovered a few days later, Stone is thrust into a mystery when the medical examiner reveals a heartbreaking link between the two victims.
    Updated 11.16.06
  • Collaborator of Bethlehem
    Author: Rees, Matt Beynon
    Publisher: Soho $ 22 ISBN: 9781569474426 Date: 2007
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    "The Collaborator of Bethlehem is the best-and the rarest-sort of mystery: exciting and compelling, but it is also a deeply moving story that will, for many readers, shed much needed light on the conditions in the Palestinian territories. Matt Beynon Rees's ability to blend the political and the emotional is reminiscent of Graham Greene." -David Liss, author of The Ethical Assassin
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 11.27.06
  • The Echelon Vendetta
    Author: Stone, David
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399154089 Date: 2007
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    Stone's debut novel is elegant, horrifying, and chillingly suspenseful. He has produced a supremely satisfying international spy thriller of the highest order that traverses from Venice to London to Washington, D.C.
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 10.25.06

March

  • Christine Falls
    Author: Black, Benjamin (John Banville)
    Publisher: Holt $ 25 ISBN: 9780805081527 Date: 2007
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    In the debut crime novel from a Booker Prize-winning author, a Dublin pathologist follows the corpse of a mysterious woman into the heart of a conspiracy among the city's high Catholic society.
    Updated 12.27.06
  • Murer on the Ile Saint-Louis
    Author: Black, Cara
    Publisher: Soho $ 23 ISBN: 9781569474440 Date: 2007
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    When a mysterious phone call leads Leduc to an infant, the search for the mother is on. Two murders and an abortive bombing keep Aimee running until, in the sewers beneath the Seine, she finds the woman she has been looking for, and discovers that the man she has fallen for is a ruthless criminal.
    Updated 1.27.07
  • The Priest
    Author: Bruen, Ken
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312341404 Date: 2007
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    From the award-winning author of The Dramatist comes an unsettled and original novel. Readers will appreciate Bruen's stripped-down noir poetry, his superbly rendered sense of place and his evocative portrait of a person balanced on the razor's edge. ("Publishers Weekly").
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled | Noir
    Updated 1.27.07
  • The Watchman: Joe Pike
    Author: Crais, Robert
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780743281638 Date: 2007
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    The bestselling author of The Two Minute Rule returns with his most popularcharacters, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike--and this time, the darkly compelling Joe gets to take the driver's seat. The result is Crais' most blistering thrille rto date.
    Updated 1.16.07
  • Neon Dragon
    Author: Dobbyn, John
    Publisher: Hardscrabble $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781584656142 Date: 2007
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    This explosive first novel by veteran short story mystery writer Dobbyn brings to life the legal detective team of Michael Knight and Lex Devlin, who have been featured in a dozen short stories in such magazines as Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Amid the flash and din of Boston's raucous Chinese New Year's celebration an elderly man named Chen An-Yong is shot while watching the parade from his Tyler Street window. Anthony Bradley, the young son of an African-American judge is standing across the street at the time and is immediately arrested for the crime.
    Michael Knight is a young lawyer who's going places, but even he is surprised when Judge Bradley asks him to defend his son in such a high profile and politically delicate case. Luckily, Knight finds he has powerful support when a senior partner at his firm, the legendary Lex Devlin, gets involved. Once the foremost criminal defense attorney in Boston, Devlin has mysteriously withdrawn from defense work in recent years. As Knight and Devlin investigate the incident and prepare their client's defense, the older lawyer's passion and ability come to the fore, forcing Knight to wonder about and delve into the murky allegations that eclipsed his mentor's career.
    But before he can defend the young Bradley, Knight is forced to enter into the shadow world of gangland Chinatown, where Triads and Tongs rule through fear and intimidation. From the halls of Harvard to the streets of Chinatowns in Boston and Toronto, Knight doggedly pursues an investigation that involves drugs, prostitution, human trafficking and, ultimately, a corruption scandal that could bring down the most powerful people in Boston. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled | Noir
    Updated 1.16.07
  • Medicus
    Author: Downie, Ruth
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781596912311 Date: 2007
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    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. When he rescues an injured slave girl, she drags trouble in her wake.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 11.1.06
  • Fools Rush In: Sam McCain
    Author: Gorman, Ed
    Publisher: Pegasus $ 24 ISBN: 9781933648323 Date: 2007
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    Sam McCain is the kind of hero any small town could take to its heart."-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review. In America's heartland, Sam seeks justice for a black college student who's found dead in a car trunk at the drive-in, while thousands gather in the nation's capital for the March on Washington with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Death Pans Out
    Author: Graves, Ashna
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590583739 Date: 2007
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    Journalist Jeneva Leopold seeks solitude at her uncle's idle gold mine in the desert region of Oregon. Unaware of the town's secrets, the appalling business she uncovers shocks the region and nearly claims her life, but it also brings closure to an old family misunderstanding and the enigma of her uncle's fate.
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Magic City
    Author: Hall, James W.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312271794 Date: 2007
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    Like the film Chinatown, Magic City evokes a time in our nation's history when powerful men were willing to do whatever they thought necessary to achieve their goals. This character-driven thriller exposes decades-old secrets in the place.
    Updated 2.1.07
  • Cold Day in Hell
    Author: Hawke, Richard
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781400064267 Date: 2007
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    Hawke pens another immediately and thoroughly gripping Fritz Malone novel for fans of his previous Speak of the Devil.
    Updated 1.16.07
  • Pig Island
    Author: Hayder, Mo
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 9780871139528 Date: 2007
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    The acclaimed author of The Devil of Nanking returns with a riveting, disturbing thriller of religious fanatics, hoax debunkers, and the dark side of belief. Startling and uncompromising, Pig Island confirms Hayder as a talented and compelling thriller writer.
    Updated 1.27.07
  • Death Comes for the Fat Man
    Author: Hill, Reginald
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060820824 Date: 2007
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    Award-winning author Hill returns with an explosive new novel featuring his popular Yorkshire policemen Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe.
    Updated 1.11.06
  • On the Wrong Track
    Author: Hockensmith, Steve
    Publisher: Minotaur $23.95 ISBN: 9780312347819 Date: 2007
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    Crime-solving cowboys Big Red and Old Red ride again in a dazzling follow-up to the universally acclaimed Holmes on the Range.
    Updated 1.27.07
  • The Betrayers
    Author: Hunt, James Patrick
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312362768 Date: 2007
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    On a busy suburban street at almost nine o'clock on a misty November evening, two beat cops are machine-gunned down in one of the most brutal crimes St. Louis has ever seen. Did Deputy Chris Hummel and Deputy Wade Childers simply pull over the wrong reckless driver, or did someone target these two for a more sinister reason?
    Lieutenant George Hastings is the primary investigator on the case, along with his detective Bobby Cain, an inexperienced but connected detective who is ambitious and impolitic. Hastings and Cain dissect the lives the two murdered officers, focusing in on Hummel after they learn that he did a year-long stint with narcotics undercover and helped put away one of the biggest meth dealers in the area. But what they uncover is much bigger than one bitter dealer's revenge, and much more personal.
    With The Betrayers, James Patrick Hunt decisively marks his territory as a crime novelist to rival the best writers on the shelf today. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled | Noir
    Updated 12.1.06
  • Looking Good Dead
    Author: James, Peter
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25.95/14.95 ISBN: 9780786718801/9780786716425 Date: 2007
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    Tom Bryce did what any decent person would do. But within hours of picking up the CD that had been left behind on the train seat next to him, and attempting to return it to its owner, he is the sole witness to a vicious murder. Then his young family are threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. But supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statemenet to the murder enquiry team headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a man with demons of his own to contend with. And from that moment, the killing of the Bryce family becomes a mere formality — and a grisly attraction. Kellie and Tom's deaths have already been posted on the internet; you can log on and see them on a website. They are looking good dead.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.16.06
  • Kindess Goes Unpunished: Walt Longmire
    Author: Johnson, Craig
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780670031573 Date: 2007
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    Walt Longmire returns for his third adventure, but this time the Wyoming Sheriff is in the City of Brotherly Love, where no act of kindness goes unpunished.
    Updated 12.28.06
  • Looks to Die For
    Author: Kaplan, Janice
    Publisher: Touchstone $ 24 ISBN: 9781416532118 Date: 2007
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    A smart and sassy heroine makes her debut in a stylish new mystery series from the bestselling coauthor of The Botox Diaries and Mine Are Spectacular!
    Updated 1.27.07
  • Con Ed
    Author: Klein, Matthew
    Publisher: Warner $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780446579551 Date: 2007
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    This darkly comic debut novel is about the world's greatest con man (before he got busted), the con man's son (who's in debt to the Russian mob), and a billionaire's beautiful wife (who's got an evil plan).
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 12.1.06
  • Vinnie's Head
    Author: Lecard, Marc
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312360214 Date: 2007
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    Lecard's debut novel, a darkly comic whodunit, is quickly drawing comparisons to Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard. After Johnnie reels in the biggest catch of his life--his best friend's Vinnie's head--he finds that Mafia thugs, bounty hunters, and Vinnie's girlfriend are after him.
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled | Noir | Debuts
    Updated 1.27.07
  • What the Dead Know
    Author: Lippman, Laura
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061128851 Date: 2007
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    Bestselling author Lippman returns to the compelling terrain of Every Secret Thing and To the Power of Three with this indelible story of crime and vengeance in which the past becomes all too present.
    Updated 1.27.07
  • Poison Pen
    Author: Lowe, Sheila
    Publisher: Capital Crime $14.95 ISBN: 9780977627608 Date: 2007
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    Updated 1.27.07
  • The Spellman Files
    Author: Lutz, Lisa
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 9781416532392 Date: 2007
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    Meet Izzy Spellman, a 28-year-old private eye working for her family's investigative business--a family that puts the 'fun' in dysfunctional--in this irresistible, laugh-out-loud debut novel.
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 3.15.07
  • The Cover-Up
    Author: Martinez, Michelle
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780060899004 Date: 2007
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    The acclaimed author of The Finishing School and Most Wanted brings back savvy federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas in a riveting tale of suspense.
    Updated 1.27.07
  • The Bloomsday Dead
    Author: McKinty, Adrain
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 9780743266444 Date: 2007
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    In this heart-pounding finale of the "Dead" trilogy, tough-guy Michael Forsythe travels from Lima, Peru to Dublin, Ireland--where he finds even more trouble than he bargained for.
    Updated 12.1.06
  • Scavenger
    Author: Morrell, David
    Publisher: Vanguard $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781593154417 Date: 2007
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    David Morrell's Creepers was A publishing event in 2005, a powerful, edgy, dark thriller by a master of the genre. A New York Times best-seller, it won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award and earned numerous critical raves. Scavenger, Morrell's latest novel, takes us in a harrowing new direction: a desperate high-tech scavenger hunt for a 100-year-old time capsule. Frank Balenger, the resolute but damaged hero of Creepers, now finds himself trapped in a nightmarish game of fear and death. To save himself and the woman he loves, he must play by the rules of a god-like Game Master with an obsession for unearthing the past. But sometimes the past is buried for a reason. Scavenger is a brilliant, frightening hunter-hunted tale that layers modern technology over the dusty artifacts of earlier times. The result is a surreal palimpsest, one that contains the secret of survival for Balenger and a handful of unwilling players who race against the game's clock to solve the puzzle of the time capsule, only to discover that time is the true scavenger. Morrell's trademark action sequences are embedded with fascinating historical clues that make Scavenger a thrill-a-minute page-turner as well as a mesmerizing literary experience. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.28.06
  • Storm Runners
    Author: Parker, T. Jefferson
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780060854232 Date: 2007
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    From the bestselling author of The Fallen and California Girl comes the powerfully wrought novel of a damaged former cop who must outwit a brutal and cunning adversary.
    Updated 1.17.06
  • Disturbing the Dead
    Author: Parshall, Sandra
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590583784 Date: 2007
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    Tom Bridger thought he had escaped his mountain community's prejudice when he left to work for the Richmond, Virginia, Police Department. When a family tragedy brings him back home and into his father's job as sheriff's deputy, he discovers that his father was not the man he idolized.
    Updated 12.27.06
  • Knock Off
    Author: Pollero, Rhonda
    Publisher: Kensington $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780758215574 Date: 2007
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    Updated 1.27.07
  • Rat Run: A Thriller
    Author: Seymour, Gerald
    Publisher: Overlook $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781585678945 Date: 2007
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    In the military family there is no worse crime than cowardice. Malachy Kitchen, Intelligence officer, posted to Iraq, appears guilty of it while on patrol with an infantry platoon ambushed by insurgents. When word spreads that he was 'yellow' under hostile fire, his life starts to disintegrate.
    Kicked out of the army, he becomes an isolated recluse in a drugs infested London estate. But the mugging of his neighbour of an elderly widow by addicts lights the flame that draws him to regain his lost pride and to take the fight to the narcotics network he sees around him. But it is not so simple -because the drugs routes have been colonized by other factions who want to deliver equally dangerous packages around the world. And if Malachy is to complete his quest, he must first enter one of the darker alleyways of life . . . - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.13.06
  • The Picasso Flop
    Author: Van Patten, Vince & Robert Randisi
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780892960705 Date: 2007
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    Van Patten, host of Travel Channel's "World Poker Tour," and mystery writer Randisi team up to deliver this first novel in a new fast-paced, high-stakes poker mystery series.
    Updated 2.1.07
  • Execution of Sherlock Holmes: New Adventures of the Great Detective
    Author: Thomas, Donald
    Publisher: Pegasus $ 24 ISBN: 9781933648224 Date: 2007
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    Crossing historical fact with detective fiction, the cache of the celebrated detective's private papers is once again opened, bringing Holmes and Watson out of retirement to investigate the most notorious mysteries in the annals of true crime. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Dry Ice
    Author: White, Stephen
    Publisher: Dutton $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525949978 Date: 2007
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    "New York Times" bestselling author White brings back his popular character, psychologist Alan Gregory, to take on the sociopathic killer who, 15 years after the mayhem began, has walked away from a mental hospital and is hungry for revenge.
    Updated 1.27.07
  • The Lying Tongue
    Author: Wilson, Andrew
    Publisher: Atria $ 24 ISBN: 9780743293976 Date: 2007
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    In this standout debut novel, aspiring novelist Adam Woods becomes the personal assistant to the reclusive Gordon Crace, an acclaimed but mysterious writer. In clearing out the author's study, Woods finds two letters that hint at a dark secret in Crace's past, and begins to discreetly probe his employer's past, with calamitous results.
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 5.31.07

April

  • A Treasury of Regret
    Author: Alleyn, Susanne
    Publisher: Minotaur $24.95 ISBN: 9780312343712 Date: 2007
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    From the author of Game of Patience comes a new historical mystery, bringing alive the sights and sounds of eighteenth-century Paris---brimming with atmospheric details, scandal, and murder. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Virgin Lies
    Author: Anscombe, Roderick
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312365677 Date: 2007
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    Is it possible to tell when a suspect is lying? Suspenseful, intriguing, and informed by years of the author's real-life interrogations, Anscombe has written a first-class thriller.
    Updated 11.27.06
  • The Dying Game
    Author: Barton, Beverly
    Publisher: Zebra $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780821776896 Date: 2007
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    Gutsy detective Lindsay McAllister is caught up in a game of murder with a twisted killer in this sizzling tale of romantic suspense. Lindsay is determined to stop the fiend with the help of Judd Walker, whose wife was murdered years before by the same killer.
    Updated 5.21.07
  • The Woods
    Author: Coben, Harlan
    Publisher: Dutton $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780525950127 Date: 2007
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    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, their lives are about to change again.
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Soul Patch
    Author: Coleman, Reed Farrel
    Publisher: Bleak House $ 24/14.95 ISBN: 9781932557411/9781932557350 Date: 2007
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    Fourth book in the acclaimed Moe Prager mystery series taking place in New York City.
    Updated 4.17.07
  • Black Hats: A Novel of Wyatt Earp and Al Capone
    Author: Culhane, Patrick
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060892531 Date: 2007
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    A brilliant, original thriller that re-creates an exciting and dangerous timein American history and brings together Wyatt Earp and Al Capone--two storied and feared crime legends.
    Updated 1.17.06
  • Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead
    Author: Drake, Nick
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060765897 Date: 2007
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    A thrilling novel set in ancient Egypt in which a savvy detective is secretly assigned to unravel the mysterious disappearance of the world's most enigmatic queen.
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 2.5.07
  • Murdering Americans
    Author: Edwards, Ruth Dudley
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590584132 Date: 2007
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    When the proper Baroness Troutbeck accepts a visiting professor position at an American university, she is instantly at odds with the knee-jerk liberals that make up the faculty. But does she believe the late Provost was murdered, and if so, what should she do about it?
    Updated 3.2.07
  • American Detective
    Author: Estleman, Loren D.
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780765312242 Date: 2007
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    Hard-boiled detective Amos Walker returns for his 19th outing in his most challenging case yet. A murder has taken place that seems like an open-and-shut case. But every time Walker thinks he has solved the case, he finds out he is further from the truth than when he started.
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled | Noir
    Updated 5.11.07
  • Murder Needs Imagination
    Author: Jeffries, Roderic
    Publisher: Severn $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727864802 Date: 2007
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    A new case for Inspector Alvarez . . . Majorcan Inspector Enrique Alvarez is called out to investigate the seemingly routine accidental death of Englishman Jasper Vickers, but all is not as straightforward as it seems. Despite being made to hand the case over to the slick, suave Inspector Pocavi, Alvarez remains determined to solve the case in the hope that his imaginative approach might win the day.
    Updated 4.17.07
  • Helpless
    Author: Gowdy, Barbara
    Publisher: Metropolitan $ 24 ISBN: 9780805082883 Date: 2007
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    In this haunting and suspenseful novel of abduction and obsessive love, Gowdy draws on her trademark empathy to create a portrait of love at its most consuming and ambiguous to uncover the volatile point at which desire gives way to the unthinkable.
    Updated 2.19.07
  • The Book of Air and Shadows
    Author: Gruber, Michael
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060874469 Date: 2007
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    Hidden in the binding of a charred and ruined book is a cache of letters. They are encrypted and the key to unlocking the mysterious code has been lost for 400 years. If the letters are read, they will lead to one of the most valuable items in the history of the world.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.27.07
  • Glass Houses: Gregor Demarkian
    Author: Haddam, Jane
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312343071 Date: 2007
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    Philadelphia has been gripped by a serial killer, dubbed the Plate Glass Killer. When a down-and-out member of a socially prominent family is arrested and falsely confesses to the latest murder, Gregor Demarkian is called to look into the case.
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Generation Loss
    Author: Hand, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Small Beer 24 $ ISBN: 9781931520218 Date: 2007
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    Cass Neary made her name in the 1970s as a photographer in New York City. But 30 years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out. Out on one last gig, Cass stumbles across a decades-old mystery that is still claiming victims, and into one final shot at redemption.
    Suggested Reading: Photography
    Updated 5.11.07
  • The Color of Blood: An Irish Novel of Suspense
    Author: Hughes, Declan
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060825492 Date: 2007
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    In The Color of Blood, Declan Hughes once again brings the city of Dublin to life in all its gritty glory. The dark realities of the streets converge with the lethal secrets of the past in a sinister and graphic thriller that will have readers on edge right up to its shocking conclusion. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.11.07
  • Body of Lies
    Author: Ignatius, David
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780393065039 Date: 2007
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    Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism whose mission is to penetrate the network of a master terrorist. In a scheme that binds friend and foe in a web of extraordinary subtlety and complexity, Ferris finds himself flying blind into a hurricane.
    Updated 2.12.07
  • Midnight Choir
    Author: Kerrigan, Gene
    Publisher: Europa $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781933372266 Date: 2007
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    A sophisticated crime story of contemporary Ireland, The Midnight Choir teems with moral dilemmas as Dublin emerges as a city of ambiguity: a newly scrubbed face hiding a criminal culture of terrible variety.
    Updated 2.12.07
  • Depths
    Author: Mankell, Henning
    Publisher: New $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781595580894 Date: 2007
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    In Depths, Mankell confirms his status as a writer deserving acclaim beyond the crime genre. By delving deep into the male psyche, he has produced a novel at once tense and compelling, but also powerful, moving, and ultimately tragic.
    Updated 2.12.07
  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780375422737 Date: 2007
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    For Mma Ramotswe, there is rarely a dull moment, and in her newest round of adventures, the same certainly holds true. One thing above all else is keeping her occupied--her estimable husband has been hinting that he intends to do something special for their adopted daughter.
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Season of the Witch
    Author: Mostert, Natasha
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780525950035 Date: 2007
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    The Matrix meets Interview with the Vampire in this sexy gothic thriller about two beautiful witch sisters and the love triangle that consumes the information thief who is drawn into their intrigues.
    Updated 5.31.07
  • Mortal Coil
    Author: Mcgowan, Anthony
    Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton $ 12.50 ISBN: 9780340830499 Date: 2007
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    There is a London you might not know. A London of dingy pubs and brutal alleyway encounters; a seething metropolis populated by weasel-faced burglars, psychotic doormen, and professional killers with cold hearts and cruel intentions. It's a place Matthew Moriarty knows only too well. Jobless, hopeless, and half-crippled by a beating, Moriarty is at rock bottom, left with only a dwindling supply of prescription painkillers for company. And when he accepts a lucrative offer to track down a missing friend, things get a whole lot worse. As the search leads Moriarty into mortal danger, one thing becomes clear: mess with this city and it messes with you. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled | Noir
    Updated 5.21.07
  • Lone Creek
    Author: McMahon, Neil
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060792213 Date: 2007
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    In this edgy thriller set on his home turf of Montana, McMahon interweaves the story of family dynasties and an unsolved mystery, all against the backdrop of the beautiful, hard Western landscape.
    Updated 3.5.07
  • After a Dead Dog
    Author: Murray, Colin
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780786719617 Date: 2007
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    Once a budding literary lion, the pugnacious lain Lewis now ekes out a living writing the odd TV script in his isolated cottage on the west coast of Scotland. To complicate his life, Carole, his first love, has returned to the area with her husband to help run the family business. And everyone knows Iain has never really gotten over her. But it's after the funeral of Carole's mother that Lewis's problems really begin. Arriving home, he interrupts a break-in at his house. Only it's a burglary with a difference: The intruder's left something behind. Something other people want very badly....Atmospheric and tense, this gripping debut novel tells the story of a man caught up in a criminal plot. He finds himself catapulted into a dangerous situation in the backstreets of Edinburgh and Glasgow, then back to the serene beauty of rural Kintyre--and even greater danger. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.17.07
  • The Bad Quarto: Imogen Quy
    Author: Paton Walsh, Jill
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312354091 Date: 2007
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    A "New York Times" bestselling author returns to her popular series with this latest installment. Imogen Quy, an inquisitive amateur sleuth, takes it upon herself to uncover the truth behind a research fellow's mysterious death in this literate and compelling mystery.
    Updated 2.12.07
  • We Shall Not Sleep
    Author: Perry, Anne
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780345456601 Date: 2007
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    Updated 2.5.07
  • Killing Che
    Author: Pfarrer, Chuck
    Publisher: Random $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781400063932 Date: 2007
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    A former Navy SEAL pens this gripping, spellbinding thriller, set in 1967. CIA officer Paul Hoyle is a "contractor" sent to Bolivia with a team of Green Berets to stamp out a looming communist insurgency, as well as one Ernesto Che Guevara.
    Updated 1.31.07
  • The Naming of the Dead: Rebus
    Author: Rankin, Ian
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316057578 Date: 2007
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    A vicious serial killer is on the hunt, and only Rebus can stop him. Marking the 20th anniversary of John Rebus, this newest thriller is by the bestselling author of Fleshmarket Alley.
    Updated 2.1.07
  • Crime & Clutter: Friday Afternoon Club Mystery
    Author: Salzmann, Cynthia
    Publisher: Howard $ 12.99 ISBN: 9781582296449 Date: 2007
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    A storage unit, a 1963 Volkswagen minibus, and tattered letters...reveal shattering secrets from the '60s. It's been a year since Mary Alice lost her father -- the father she never really knew. Now she's stuck cleaning out his rubbish from a storage unit. Just when she'd rather it all go away from her well-ordered life, her long-held secret is discovered by the feisty Marina, one of the six members of the Friday Afternoon Club. When these friends make it their mission to help Mary Alice tackle her stash, they arrive at the storage unit, prepared to clean. But what they discover takes them on a riotous ride through the crime and clutter of the sixties, the angst and betrayal of those caught in The Revolution, and the forgiveness that can only come through acceptance of a different kind of Cause. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.17.07
  • Sovereign: Matthew Shardlake
    Author: Sansom, C.J.
    Publisher: Viking $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670038312 Date: 2007
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    From one of P.D. James's favorite mystery authors comes the third Shardlake novel, set in autumn 1541 during the reign of Henry VIII. This time Matthew Shardlake is faced with the most terrifying fate of the age: imprisonment in the Tower of London.
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Anatomy of Fear: A Novel of Visual Suspense
    Author: Santlofer, Jonathan
    Publisher: Morror $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060881979 Date: 2007
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    Featuring provocative sketches throughout, this novel of visual suspense offers a truly radical way of storytelling that is sure to enthrall thriller fans.
    Updated 4.17.07
  • Zig Zag
    Author: Somoza, Jose Carlos
    Publisher: Rayo $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061193712 Date: 2007
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    ABC's hit show Lost meets Michael Crichton's Timeline in a lightning-paced techno-thriller from an award-winning novelist about the dark side of advanced technology.
    Updated 1.16.07
  • Turquoise Girl
    Author: Thrulo, Aimee and David
    Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 97808765317155 Date: 2007
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    Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah has not seen anything quite as bad as the latest violent murder of a young Navajo woman. Something about the crime scene reminds Ella of her days in the FBI, and she calls on Agent Dwayne Blalock for help.
    Updated 4.4.07
  • The Glass Devil
    Author: Tursten, Helene
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 9781569474525 Date: 2007
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    The principal of a high school telephones his friend, Inspector Andersson of the Goteborg Crime Police; one of his teachers failed to show up for work. To Inspector Irene Huss' surprise, on the basis of this vague complaint her boss drives out with her to a remote cottage in snowbound southern Sweden to investigate. There they find a body, its head blasted by a rifle. Teacher Jacob Schyttelius has been murdered. When they go to break the news to his elderly parents, Pastor Sten Schyttelius and his wife, they find the couple dead in their beds, each shot between the eyes. Upside-down pentagrams have been drawn in blood on their computer screens. The only surviving member of the family is a daughter, now residing in London, but she is too distressed to be interviewed. Is the killer a member of a satanic cult? Is it the parish treasurer, rumored to have been embezzling church funds? Or one of the assistant pastors, tired of waiting for a promotion? Perhaps the attractive blonde who sings in church and practices witchcraft? Irene Huss has a hunch that the answer lies in England, and she travels there twice to discover the reason for this triple homicide. - Publisher Marekting Updated 4.17.07

May

  • The Silent Assassin
    Author: Andrews, Lori
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312352714 Date: 2007
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    Geneticist Dr. Alexandra Blake investigates a brutal murder that may have long-buried connections to the Vietnam War in this explosive follow-up to Sequence.
    Updated 3.30.07
  • Simple Genius
    Author: Baldacci, David
    Publisher: Warner $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780446580342 Date: 2007
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    Bestselling author Baldacci returns with another heart-pounding thriller. Secret Service agent Sean King agrees to investigate a murder at an exclusive scientific retreat. Suddenly, he and his partner Michelle Maxwell find themselves in a race against time to expose those who would tip the entire global power structure and destroy what's left of their lives.
    Updated 5.11.07
  • A Fall from Grace
    Author: Barnard, Robert
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 9780743272209 Date: 2007
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    One of the most critically acclaimed of all contemporary crime writers and a Diamond Dagger Award winner delivers another triumph with this witty tale of family discord and murder.
    Updated 5.11.07
  • Free Fire
    Author: Box. C.J.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399154270 Date: 2007
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    In this newest mystery, former game warden Joe Pickett returns to investigate a murder in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Five Skies
    Author: Carlson, Ron
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780670038503 Date: 2007
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    Award-winning short story writer Carlsons first novel in 30 years delivers a stirring tale about three men confronting their pasts and their purpose.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.17.07
  • The Yiddish Policeman's Union
    Author: Chabon, Michael
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780007149827 Date: 2007
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    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay pens an homage to the stylish menace of 1940s noir, in a novel that imagines if Alaska, not Israel, had become the homeland for the Jews after World War II.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Hard-Boiled | Noir
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Tango for a Torturer
    Author: Chavarria, Daniel
    Publisher: Akashic $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781933354194 Date: 2007
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    Daniel Chavarria authentically portrays the sensuousness and skullduggery of contemporary Havana, a city that offers erotic thrills to pleasure-seeking tourists, even as it hides villains in its humid embrace. While Rios thrives on bribery and corruption, Bianchi is driven by a desire to see justice done. Tango for a Torturer is a sexy and political thriller chock-full of bawdy humor and chilling evocations of the evils wrought by Latin American military dictatorships. - Publisher Marketing Updated 6.21.07
  • Bad Luck and Trouble
    Author: Child, Lee
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 26 ISBN: 9780385340557 Date: 2007
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    From the first shocking scenes in Child's explosive new novel, Jack Reacher is plunged like a knife into the heart of a conspiracy that is killing old friends and is on its way to something even worse.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.30.07
  • The Unquiet
    Author: Connolly, John
    Publisher: Atria $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780743298933 Date: 2007
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    Private detective Charlie Parker is faced with untangling a twisted story brimming with betrayal, secrets, and murder when a psychiatrist goes missing following revelations about the harm done to children in his care.
    Updated 3.30.07
  • Final Undertaking
    Author: De Castrique, Mark
    Publisher: Poisonen Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590582299 Date: 2007
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    When Barry Claytons father developed Alzheimers, Barry gave up his career in law enforcement to return to the North Carolina mountain town of Gainesboro and run the familys funeral home. But even a small town in the Appalachians is not immune to crime. At a summer street dance, Barrys friend Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins is gunned down by an old man distraught at the death of his wife. Barry confronts a conspiracy that runs so deep he no longer knows who to trust. One false step, one betrayal, will make this case Buryin Barrys final undertaking. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.17.07
  • Baby Shark's Beaumont Blues
    Author: Fate, Robert
    Publisher: Capital Crime $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780977627622 Date: 2007
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    The second book in the popular Baby Shark series begins as 21-year-old Kristin Van Dur accepts an invitation to join a P.I. firm; but things go bad--fast. There are a dozen ways her life can turn even worse, but Kristin's instinct to survive keeps her alive even as mobsters hunt her down.
    Updated 3.30.07
  • The Sudoku Murder
    Author: Freydont, Shelley
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780786719778 Date: 2007
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    Professor P.T. Avondale is found murdered at his desk at the Avondale Puzzle Museum. Katie McDonald, master puzzle-solver, has returned home to save her childhood mentor’ s museum from being auctioned off when she learns of the Professor’ s death. Now she finds herself curator of the museum and in charge of the Professor’ s newest mentee, a fourteen-year-old runaway. Katie is now faced with working to solve the puzzle of the Professor’ s murder before a ruthless killer applies his own deadly solution.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Second Objective
    Author: Frost, Mark
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781401302221 Date: 2007
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    From the bestselling author of The List of Seven and The Six Messiahs comes this riveting World War II thriller, based on a shocking real-life German operation run by the most dangerous man in Europe.
    Suggested Reading: WWII Fiction Stars
    Updated 5.11.07
  • Always
    Author: Griffith, Nicola
    Publisher: Riverhead $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594489358 Date: 2007
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    Aud Torvingen--"a hero who makes La Femme Nikita look like a Powerpuff Girl" ("Details")--returns to teach a new round of lessons in hard-hitting justice and to confront new adversaries: her own vulnerability and desire.
    Updated 3.15.07
  • The Various Haunts of Men
    Author: Hill, Susan
    Publisher: Overlook $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781585678761 Date: 2007
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    Updated 1.17.06
  • Fresh Fields
    Author: Kocan, Peter
    Publisher: Europa $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781933372297 Date: 2007
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    Homeless and alone, a disturbed youth drifts between town and the Australian Outback, growing increasingly isolated and distrustful in a society lacking the means and seemingly the will to help him. He is coerced by strange voices and haunted by a history of family violence. This compelling coming-of-age novel tells Peter Kocan's own story, offering us an intimate portrait of the dark forces at work in the evolution of a loner. "No more authentic study of this type of loner exists," wrote The Times, naming Fresh Fields book of the year in 2005. "Taxi Driver is a melodrama by comparison." - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Suffer the Little Children: Commissario Guido Brunetti
    Author: Leon, Donna
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 9780871139603 Date: 2007
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    Donna Leon’ s charming, evocative, and addictive Commissario Guido Brunetti series continues with Suffer the Little Children, When Commissario Brunetti is summoned in the middle of the night to the hospital bed of a senior pediatrician, he is confronted with more questions than answers. Three men -- a young Carabiniere captain and two privates from out of town -- have burst into the doctor's apartment in the middle of the night, attacked him and taken away his eighteenth-month old baby boy. What could have motivated an assault by the forces of the state so violent it has left the doctor mute? Who would have authorized such an alarming operation? At the same time, Brunetti’ s colleague Inspector Vianello discovers a money-making scam between pharmacists and doctors in the city. But it appears as if one of the pharmacists is after more than money. Donna Leon's new novel is as subtle and fascinating as ever, set in a beautifully-realized Venice, a glorious city seething with small-town vice. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.30.07
  • The Damned Season
    Author: Lucarelli, Carol
    Publisher: Europa $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781933372273 Date: 2007
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    It is 1946. De Luca suffers from insomnia and has lost his appetite. He's got problems with women and a case that he can't crack. In this second installment of the heralded De Luca trilogy, the Commissario is posing as a certain Giovanni Morandi to avoid reprisals for the role he played during the fascist dictatorship. Exposed by a member of the partisan police, De Luca is forced to investigate a series of brutal murders, becoming a reluctant player in Italy's postwar power struggle. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.21.07
  • Second Sight: Paul Christopher
    Author: McCarry, Charles
    Publisher: Overlook $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781585678785 Date: 2007
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    In this seventh book in the series, which spins its way from pre-Nazi Germany to Vietnam, legendary spy Paul Christopher is pulled out of retirement to engage in a global manhunt that swiftly turns into something far closer to home.
    Updated 4.17.07
  • The Savage Garden
    Author: Mills, Mark
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399153532 Date: 2007
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    Set in the Tuscan hills, this new work by the bestselling author of Amagansett is the story of two murders, 400 years apart--and the ties that bind them.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.5.07
  • Cruel Choices
    Author: O'Brien, Charles
    Publisher: Severn $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727864635 Date: 2007
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    Updated 3.30.07
  • A Fatal Grace: A Three Pines Mystery (Armand Gamache Mysteries )
    Author: Penny, Louise
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312352561 Date: 2007
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    From the Dagger and Arthur Ellis Award-winning author of Still Life comes the second Gamache mystery set in the stunning countryside of Quebec.
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Gun Shy
    Author: Rehder, Ben
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312357528 Date: 2007
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    In his most ambitious, hilarious, and commercial novel yet, Rehder mercilessly skewers all sides of America's gun culture.
    Updated 3.5.07
  • Nine
    Author: Stasiuk, Andrzej
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 9780151010646 Date: 2007
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    Pawel, a young businessman in debt to loan sharks, wakes up one April morning in a sea of debris, broken glass, ripped upholstery, and clothes spilling out of the wardrobe. He turns to two friends for help: Bolek, a former coal miner, now a drug dealer who lives in tasteless luxury; and Jacek, an addict, who is himself on the run through Warsaw, a washed-out city, a hostile landscape of apartment blocks, railroad stations, wild gardens, factories, and suburban wastelands.
    In this novel Andrzej Stasiuk portrays a generation of Poles, freed from outdated ideologies but left feeling adrift and disconnected from family, neighbors, and friends. At once existential crime fiction and a work of art, Nine establishes Stasiuk as a major voice in European literature. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.15.07
  • Ghostwalk
    Author: Stott, Rebecca
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385521062 Date: 2007
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    A stunningly original display of scholarship centering around a real historical mystery that Rebecca Stott uncovered involving Newton's alchemy, her novel is a rare debut that will change the way many readers think about scientific innovation, the force of history, and time itself.
    Suggested Reading: Ghosts | Debuts
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    Updated 5.3.07
  • Kept: A Victorian Mystery
    Author: Taylor, D.J.
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061146084 Date: 2007
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    Madness, greed, love, obsession, Machiavellian schemes, and a great train robbery--all are interwoven in this wonderfully imaginative novel that reinvents Victorian life and passions with dazzling skill and wit.
    Updated 3.2.07
  • The Chrysalis
    Author: Terrell, H.B.
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780345494665 Date: 2007
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    An international thriller that spans centuries, this stunning debut traces a mysterious Dutch masterpiece through the clutches of the Nazis and into the dark underbelly of today's art world.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Nazi Plunder
    Updated 10.25.06
  • Asphalt Moon
    Author: Tierney, Ronald
    Publisher: Severn $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727864932 Date: 2007
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    Updated 3.30.07
  • The Ship Breakers
    Author: Tonkin, Peter
    Publisher: Severn $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727864864 Date: 2007
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    The new Mariner adventure. Richard and Robin Mariner are supplying retired tankers to a Russian consortium. When Robin attracts the attentions of a shadowy group of men, she seeks refuge on board Prometheus and makes a desperate phone call to Richard. But Richard is incommunicado in Archangel police station, standing over a corpse found aboard Prometheus that very morning. And the Russian investigators suspect there are plenty more where that one came from...
    Updated 4.4.07
  • What's So Funny?
    Author: Westlake, Donald
    Publisher: Warner $ 24 ISBN: 9780446582407 Date: 2007
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    Hapless crook John Dortmunder is back with all the wrong moves in another tale of larcenous greed from one of America's favorite authors.
    Updated 1.31.07
  • The Religion
    Author: Willocks, Tim
    Publisher: FSG $ 26 ISBN: 9780374248659 Date: 2007
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    Willocks, a novelist (Bad City Blues) and screenwriter (Sin), strikes gold with this epic account of the Turkish siege of Malta in 1565--the first of a planned trilogy featuring Mattias Tannhauser, the son of a Saxon blacksmith.-"Publishers Weekly," starred review.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.12.07

June

  • Origin
    Author: Abu-Jaber, Diana
    Publisher: Norton $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780393064551 Date: 2007
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    A fingerprint expert's investigation of a series of crib deaths leads her back to the mystery of her own childhood. The beauty and originality of Diana Abu-Jaber's writing are here accompanied by deft, page-turning narrative tension and atmosphere, tugging the reader to an unforgettable conclusion. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 5.3.07
  • Love Kills
    Author: Buchanan, Edna
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 9780743294768 Date: 2007
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    The heroine of eight of Buchanans acclaimed novels, Britt Montero joins forces with the Cold Case Squad. Solving the mystery of the Honeymoon Killer while helping the Cold Case Squad find a killer of their own, Britt has to brave the dark waters of her heart and put old hurts behind her.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Bangok Haunts
    Author: Burdett, John
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307263186 Date: 2007
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    Sonchai Jitpleecheep— the devout Buddhist Royal Thai Police detective who led us through the best sellers Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo— returns in this blistering new novel. Sonchai has seen virtually everything on his beat in Bangkok’ s District 8, but nothing like the video he’ s just been sent anonymously: “ Few crimes make us fear for the evolution of our species. I am watching one right now.” - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.3.07
  • The Cairo Diary
    Author: Chattam, Maxim
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312360993 Date: 2007
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    British-occupied Cairo, 1928: Several young children have disappeared and were then found, horribly mutilated, in the tombs just outside the city. Panic is spreading among the locals after a cloaked giant is sighted. Has a ghoul from "One Thousand and One Nights" been brought to life? British inspector Jeremy Matheson follows the trail of the monster, which takes him into the depths of underground Cairo, as well as deep into his own tortured past.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.30.07
  • Raven Black
    Author: Cleeves, Ann
    Publisher: Minotaur $24.95 ISBN: 9780312359669 Date: 2007
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    Celebrated crime writer in Britain and winner of the coveted 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Cleeves now introduces a dazzling new suspense series--featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez--to U.S. mystery readers.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Overlook
    Author: Connelly, Michael
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 21.99 ISBN: 9780316018951 Date: 2007
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    From bestselling author Connelly comes this electrifying new Harry Bosch novel. In his first case since he left the LAPDs Open Unsolved Unit for the Homicide Special squad, Bosch is called out to investigate a murder that may have chilling consequences for national security. Updated 4.17.07
  • Double Take
    Author: Coulter, Catherine
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399154249 Date: 2007
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    Updated 5.31.07
  • School's Out
    Author: Dufosse, Christophe
    Publisher: Penguin $ 14 ISBN: 9780143038115 Date: 2007
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    In this brilliant and surreal French thriller, a teacher commits suicide and a colleague takes over his class of strangely unsettling children. A novel that skates close to fantasy, it is also chillingly observant about society and the children it produces.
    Updated 5.21.07
  • Obit
    Author: Emery, Anne
    Publisher: E C W $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781550227543 Date: 2007
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    Long ago, Declan Burke fled Ireland in the dark of night, started a new life in New York City,   and has never looked back— until one morning he picks up the newspaper and reads the obituary of one Cathal Murphy. He sees at once that the obituary is not about Murphy at all, but is instead a coded summary of his own life and probably a thinly veiled death threat.  After turning to an attorney for advice, Declan  decides not to reveal  his IRA past, but keeping  old secrets becomes much more difficult after a burst of gunfire at a  family wedding and the appearance of Leo Killeen, the commanding officer of Declan’ s former battalion in Dublin. The subsequent discovery of a body in a rundown Brooklyn flat brings other enigmatic characters onto the scene, including a woman nursing a grudge; a shady importer of Irish artifacts; the owner of a nightclub frequented by the New York mob; a sultry chanteuse; and Declan’ s hotheaded son Francis, whose resentment and  criminal activities force Declan, the past master of self-control, to confront the suspicion that he has been manipulated all along by an unseen hand. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.17.07
  • Lean Mean Thirteen
    Author: Evanovich, Janet
    Publisher: St Martins 26.95$ ISBN: 9780312349493 Date: 2007
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    The #1 blockbuster phenomenon continues in the 13th book in the series. The stakes are raised even higher as Stephanie Plum finds herself in her most dangerous, hilarious, hottest chase yet.
    Updated 5.31.07
  • A Good and Happy Child
    Author: Evans, Justin
    Publisher: Crown $ 24 ISBN: 9780307351227 Date: 2007
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    A darkly suspenseful literary thriller with the eerie heart of a ghost story, Evans's debut novel delves into 30-year-old George Davies's childhood memories to reveal ominous visions and mysteries that have been long suppressed.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.15.07
  • In the Woods
    Author: French, Tana
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780670038602 Date: 2007
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    Richly atmospheric, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, this novel marks the debut of an astonishing new voice in psychological suspense.
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 5.11.07
  • White Corridor
    Author: Fowler, Christopher
    Publisher: Bantam $24 ISBN: 9780553804508 Date: 2007
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    For uniquely atmospheric, richly rewarding, and teasingly thrilling mysteries, there's nothing better than the latest adventure of crime fiction's oddest couple, Bryant and May, and London's Peculiar Crimes Unit.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.21.07
  • Straits of Fortune
    Author: Gagliano, Anthony
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780060878092 Date: 2007
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    With sharp and witty dialogue, Gagliano creates a mystery-solving personal trainer who takes the reader on a breathtaking ride.
    Updated 5.11.07
  • Volk's Game
    Author: Ghelfi, Brent
    Publisher: Holt $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780805082548 Date: 2007
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    The explosive debut introducing Russian gangster Alexei Volkovoy delivers at every turn, announcing Volk as the boldest hero of a new generation.
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 3.2.07
  • The Sonnet Lover
    Author: Goodman, Carol
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780345479570 Date: 2007
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    Goodman's most ambitious novel yet features a suspenseful literary treasure hunt set against the stunning backdrop of provincial Italy, where a literature professor joins the search for a poem possibly authored by Shakespeare himself, or by his mysterious Dark Lady.
    Updated 5.11.07
  • McCafferty's Nine: Jake Hines
    Author: Gunn, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Severn $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727865144 Date: 2007
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    The latest in the acclaimed Jake Hines detective series - Chief of Detectives Jake Hines has his work cut out. Somebodys stealing cash and charging merchandise to dozens of local credit card holders, in the same month when a purse-snatcher is assaulting women. One of Jakes team catches the mugger, but at the same time Jake is confronted with an identical-seeming crime elsewhere. Theres great confusion about cars, signatures, intentions identity becomes a slippery slope...
    Updated 6.4.07
  • Slipknot
    Author: Greenlaw, Linda
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780786866786 Date: 2007
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    From bestselling author Greenlaw comes her exciting fiction debut of a snappy, spirited, and irresistible mystery series featuring marine investigator Jane Bunker.
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 6.4.07
  • Earthly Delights
    Author: Greenwood, Kerry
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590583937 Date: 2007
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    Corinna Chapman was once a high profile accountant and banker. That is until she walked out on the money market and her dismissive and unpleasant husband James, threw aside her briefcase, and doffed her kitten heels forever. Now she is a baker working in her own business, Earthly Delights, in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia. Corinna is living in an eccentric building on the Roman model called Insula, which has eight stories, sixteen apartments, and a lot of strange and interesting people. Corinna is quite content with her cat Horatio and her shop until a junkie falls half dead on her grate, a gorgeous sabra stalks along her alley and tells her that she is beautiful, and she starts receiving threatening letters accusing her of being a scarlet woman. Then it is Goths, lost girls, fraud, late nights, nerds, and beautiful slaves. Life for Corinna has suddenly become interesting. And she still needs to get her bread out in time for the morning rush.... Includes recipes. Earthly Delights is the first book in this delicious new series by the award-winning author who brought us the Phryne Fisher series. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Hard Man
    Author: Guthrie, Allan
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 9780151012985 Date: 2007
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    Pearce, an ex-con and Edinburgh hard man, is invited to protect a pregnant 16-year-old from her husband. When the man kills Pearces dog, he goes too far. Now its personal. But has Pearce finally met his match? Its time to find out who the real hard man is.
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled | Noir
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Circumference of Darkness
    Author: Henderson, Jack
    Publisher: Bantam $ 23 ISBN: 9780553805154 Date: 2007
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    Updated 5.11.07
  • Blood Lies
    Author: Kalla, Daniel
    Publisher: Forge 24.95$ ISBN: 9780765318329 Date: 2007
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    Set against the backdrop of the emergency room, this page-turner is a medical thriller and a "Fugitive"-style suspense novel with a major twist. As Ben struggles to solve a tragic mystery from his past and clear his name, he might just learn that, sometimes, blood can lie.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Good Guy
    Author: Koontz, Dean
    Publisher: Bantam $ 27 ISBN: 9780553804812 Date: 2007
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    Timothy Carrier has a dry sense of humor, but his deadpan wit lands him in a precarious situation when a stranger Tim converses with mistakes him for a hit man.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Secret Hangman
    Author: Lovesey, Peter
    Publisher: Soho $ 23 ISBN: 9781569474570 Date: 2007
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    In the tenth mystery of the series, set in Bath, England, widowed Inspector Peter Diamond is being pursued by a secret admirer as he pursues a serial killer who murders his victims by hanging.
    Updated 4.17.07
  • The Face of Death
    Author: Mcfadyen, Cody
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24 ISBN: 9780553804669 Date: 2007
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    McFadyen's debut Shadow Man mesmerized and terrorized readers from coast to coast--garnering rave reviews along the way. Now he takes the serial-killer thriller to a place it's never dared to go before.
    Updated 3.30.07
  • The Day of the Dandelion: Arthur Hemmings
    Author: Pringle, Peter
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 9781416540755 Date: 2007
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    In this suspenseful, witty thriller, an irresistible hero (a handsome scientist-adventurer cum cunning spy) confronts a murderous international conspiracy to control the world's food supply.
    Suggested Reading:Debuts
    Updated 3.2.07
  • Dust Devils
    Author: Reasoner, James
    Publisher: Pointblank $ 16.95 ISBN: 9780809572458 Date: 2007
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    An isolated farm . . . A lonely woman . . . And a young man who may not be what he seems . . . But when the wind whips up dust devils on the Texas plains, nothing is what it seems. Toby McCoy is full of questions when he is shoved headfirst into a mix of robbers, murderers, betrayals and death. Toby has his own share of dark secrets that will have to come out before any answers are found. James Reasoner is the author of the classic noir TEXAS WIND and finally returns to his roots in this action-packed redneck-noir thriller. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled | Noir
    Updated 8.20.07
  • Play Dead
    Author: Rosenfelt, David
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446582414 Date: 2007
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    Edgar Award finalist and "Today" show Book Club pick author David Rosenfelt spins a tale of crime and courtroom theatrics where the only witness to a high-profile murder is a golden retriever.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.17.07
  • Justice for the Damned
    Author: Royal, Priscilla
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590583302 Date: 2007
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    It is May of 1272, and Prioress Eleanor, recovering from a near-fatal winter fever, returns to Amesbury Priory to visit her aunt in time for the Feast of Saint Melor. Although Eleanor hopes to regain her strength in the midst of pleasant childhood memories, Death reveals a most troublesome fondness for her company, thwarting her desire for peace.
    Updated 4.17.07
  • Stalin's Ghost
    Author: Smith, Martin Cruz
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780743276726 Date: 2007
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    Gorky Park's Detective Arkady Renko returns to his Moscow base in Martin Cruz Smith's latest entry in the internationally bestselling series about Russian crimes, broken hearts, and the mysteries of the soul.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • Wall Street Noir
    Author: Spiegleman, Peter (edt)
    Publisher: Akashic $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781933354231 Date: 2007
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    A new collection of suspense stories from some of the hottest in the genre, including Jim Fusilli, John Burdett, Lauren Sanders, and more, edited by the Shamus Award-winning author Spiegelman.
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled | Noir
    Updated 5.31.07
  • Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story
    Author: Swann, Leonie
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 22.95 ISBN: 9780385521116 Date: 2007
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    A witty philosophical murder mystery with a charming twist: the crack detectives are sheep determined to discover who killed their beloved shepherd in this internationally bestselling tale.
    Updated 3.15.07
  • The Broken Shore
    Author: Temple, Peter
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 9780374116934 Date: 2007
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    Winner of the Colin Roderick Award as well as Australia's major prize for crime fiction, the Ned Kelly Award, Temple has written a transfixing and moving novel about a place, a family, politics and power, and the need to live decently in a world where so much is rotten.
    Updated 5.31.07
  • Price of Silence
    Author: Trinchieri, Camilla
    Publisher: Soho $ 22ISBN: 9781569474587 Date: 2007
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    Having taken a young Chinese woman under her wing, teacher Emma Perotti finds herself on trial for the girl's murder. As the trial progresses, An-ling is revealed not to have been who she claimed, and readers learn that Emmas family members all have their own dark secrets.
    Updated 5.21.07

 

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