Crime Fiction Stars 2007: July - December

Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW. The review source assigns the star.

July

  • Songs of Innocence
    Author: Aleas, Richard
    Publisher: Hardcase $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780843957730 Date: 2007
    starPW
    John Blake discovers a terrible secret when he investigates the apparent suicide of a college student who led a double life as a sensual masseuse.
    Updated 5.21.07
  • Her Royal Spyness
    Author: Bowen, Rhys
    Publisher: Berkely $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780425215678 Date: 2007
    starBooklist
    The Agatha Award winner debuts a 1930s London mystery series, featuring a penniless 20-something member of the extended royal family. When an arrogant Frenchman, who wants her family's estate for himself, winds up dead, Victorias most important job is to clear her family name.
    Updated 5.3.07
  • Dead Connection
    Author: Burke, Alafair
    Publisher: Holt $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780805077858 Date: 2007
    starLJ
    In this electrifying thriller, a rookie detective goes undercover on the Internet dating scene to draw out a serial killer targeting single women in Manhattan.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: Dave Robicheaux
    Author: Burke, James Lee
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 26 ISBN: 9781416548485 Date: 2007
    starBookliststarPW star LJ
    Louisiana lawman Dave Robicheaux returns in an adventure as timely as real life. Detective Robicheaux, driven by a keen sense of right versus wrong in the fight against crime following Hurricane Katrina, has his own demons of alcoholism and rage to contend with as well.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.1.07
  • New England White
    Author: Carter, Stephen L.
    Publisher: Knopf $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780375413629 Date: 2007
    starBookliststarKirkusstarLJ
    Carter does for members of the contemporary black upper class what Henry James did for Washington Square society, taking us into their drawing rooms and laying their motives bare.” Now, with the same powers of observation, and the same richness of plot and character, Stephen L. Carter returns to the New England university town of Elm Harbor, where a murder begins to crack the veneer that has hidden the racial complications of the town’ s past, the secrets of a prominent family, and the most hidden bastions of African-American political influence. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.4.07
  • Tug of War: Joe Sandilands
    Author: Cleverly, Barbara
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780786719570 Date: 2007
    starPW
    Joe Sandilands is back and headed to France where he’ s scheduled to stay as the guest of a glamourous French war window on her estate. The widow needs Joe’ s help to support her claim that a shell-shocked soldier suffering from amnesia is actually her husband. The problem is that four other men have identified this soldier differently. As Joe investigates all the claims, he uncovers a cleverly concealed murder committed during the war years. This discovery presents him with an even grater dilemma — he must not only solve a killing in the past, but avert a tragedy in the future.
    Updated 6.11.07
  • Fingerprints and Facelifts
    Author: Copp, Rick
    Publisher: Kensington $ 23 ISBN: 9780758209627 Date: 2007
    starPW
    Updated 5.31.07
  • A Spy by Nature
    Author: Cumming, Charles
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312366353 Date: 2007
    starPW
    A bestseller in England, this debut novel by Cumming introduces Alec Milius, a smart and ambitious economics graduate. When he lands a prime job for a British oil company, Alec finds himself trapped in a world of secrets and lies that could cost him his life.
    Updated 5.21.07
  • Chain of Evidence
    Author: Disher, Garry
    Publisher: Soho $ 23 ISBN: 9781569474617 Date: 2007
    starKirkusstarBookliststarLJ
    Inspector Hal Challis has been summoned to Mawson's Bluff, his childhood home in the Australian Outback, where his father is dying. Sergeant Ellen Destry is left to head an investigation into a ring of pedophiles that has descended on the peaceful Mornington Peninsula, a resort community near Melbourne. A little girl has been abducted from the fairgrounds at the annual Waterloo Show; it takes her mother twenty-four hours to report her missing. By then, hope is slim that the police will find the child before it is too late. Challis' sister's difficult husband disappeared from the Bluff four years ago; since then Meg has received nuisance mail that she assumes comes from him. While Challis is in town, an extra buried body is discovered when a new grave is dug in the local graveyard. A black plastic bag containing the corpse of Meg's husband is found on top of a coffin that was interred four years earlier. With two very different crimes to solve, Challis and Destry have their work cut out for them. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.31.07
  • Eye of the Beholder
    Author: Ellis, David
    Publisher: Putnam 24.95 $ ISBN: 9780399154331 Date: 2007
    starPW
    The Edgar Award-winning author of Line of Vision and In the Company of Liars delivers a stunning new thriller where every character has a secret--and every secret has a price.
    Updated 5.21.07
  • Bite the Moon
    Author: Fanning, Diane
    Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594145490 Date: 2007
    starLJ
    Updated 6.4.07
  • A Beautiful Blue Death
    Author: Finch, Charles
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312359775 Date: 2007
    starLJ
    On any given day in London, all Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, wants to do is relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist another chance to unravel a mystery, even if it means trudging through the snow to her townhouse next door.
    One of Jane's former servants, Prudence Smith, is dead - an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prudence dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by an elusive lack of motive in the girl's death. When another body turns up during the London season's most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence? Or was it something else entirely, something that Lenox alone can uncover before the killer strikes again - disturbingly close to home? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Indian Bride
    Author: Fossum, Karin
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 9780151011827 Date: 2007
    starPW star Booklist
    In this brilliantly conceived, dark novel from one of Europes most successful crime writers, Inspector Konrad Sejer understands that good people can commit atrocious deeds, and that no one is altogether as innocent as he or she may appear.
    Updated 6.21.07
  • The Crime Writer
    Author: Hurwitz, Gregg
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780670063215 Date: 2007
    starKirkus
    In this fast-paced psychological thriller, a crime writer finds himself entangled in his own gruesome mystery.
    Updated 5.11.07
  • The Exception
    Author: Jungersen, Christian
    Publisher: Talese $ 26 ISBN: 9780385516297 Date: 2007
    starLJstarPW
    A bestseller throughout Europe, this unique and intelligent thriller delivers a gripping dissection of the nature of evil and of the paranoia and obsessions that drive ordinary people to commit unthinkable acts.
    Updated 5.11.07
  • A Welcome Grave
    Author: Koryta, Michael
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312340117 Date: 2007
    starPW
    From award-winning author Koryta comes the third novel featuring private investigator Lincoln Perry. A Welcome Grave is an intense exploration of both character and crime by one of Americas top young mystery writers--"Toronto Sun."
    Updated 4.17.07
  • The Red Dahlia
    Author: La Plante, Lynda
    Publisher: Touchstone $ 14 ISBN: 9781416532194 Date: 2007
    starBookliststarKirkusstarLJ
    Following the 2006 screen presentation of the Black Dahlia murder case, bestselling author La Plante's novel presents a completely new mystery centered around murders copycatting that strange, famous, and unsolved killing in Los Angeles in the 1940s.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.31.07
  • Death in the Truffle Wood
    Author: Magnan, Pierre
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312366667 Date: 2007
    starPW
    Long a renowned crime writer in France, Pierre Magnan has won numerous prizes and has a huge popular following in his native country. Now, with this mouth-watering series debut, Magnan introduces the celebrated Commissaire Laviolette to U.S. readers. In Banon, a small, peaceful village in upper Provence, the local community's principal source of income is the cultivation and sale of truffles. Tourists rarely venture into this remote region, but a small group of outsiders have chosen to set up home on the outskirts of the village. When one of them is found dead in the freezer of a local hotel, and when more bodies are discovered in a family vault in the cemetery, it takes all of Commissaire Laviolette's considerable resources to unravel crimes whose origins can be traced to age-old secrets and superstitions. Brimming with delectable food, eccentric suspects, and the passion of Provence, Death in the Truffle Wood is an exceptional U.S. debut for the highly lauded Pierre Magnan. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.21.07
  • Whispers in the Night
    Author: Massey, Brandon
    Publisher: Dafina $ 14 ISBN: 9780758217417 Date: 2007
    starPW
    Updated 5.11.07
  • The Ever-Running Man
    Author: Muller, Marica
    Publisher: Warner $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446582421 Date: 2007
    starPW star Booklist
    Sharon McCone is hired by her husband's security firm to track down "the ever-running man," a shadowy figure who has been leaving explosive devices at their various offices. He is dangerously close--and anyone connected to the firm seems to be within his deadly range.
    Updated 5.11.07
  • Killer Weekend
    Author: Pearson, Ridley
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399154072 Date: 2007
    starLJstarBooklist
    The first in a new series for Pearson, Killer Weekend pits rural Sheriff Walt Fleming against threats political and corporeal, as madness erupts in Sun Valley, Idaho, when a local attorney announces her candidacy for president.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Tenderness of Wolves
    Author: Penney, Stef
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 9781416540748 Date: 2007
    starLJstarKirkusstarPW
    In this brutal, epic debut novel, a man is found murdered and a 17-year-old boy is on the run. While vigilantes and rescue searchers head out to look for the fugitive, all the mother of the boy wants is her son back. She will do anything to see him home safe, even at the peril of her own life.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | All Stars
    Updated 5.31.07
  • The Mark
    Author: Pinter, Jason
    Publisher: Mira $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780778324898 Date: 2007
    starLJ
    Right as I'm about to die, I realize all the myths are fake. There's no white light at the end of a tunnel. My life isn't flashing before my eyes. All I can think about is how much I want to live. Five minutes ago I thought I had the story all figured out. If I die tonight— more people will die tomorrow.
    Updated 5.1.07
  • The Water's Lovely
    Author: Rendell, Ruth
    Publisher: Crown $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307381361 Date: 2007
    starPW
    From the award-winning author of The Babes in the Wood and The Rottweiler comes another terrifically paced, richly drawn novel of suspense and psychological intrigue.
    Updated 5.21.07
  • The Cliff House Strangler
    Author: Tallman, Shirley
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312357566 Date: 2007
    starLJ
    The serenely self-assured 19th-century lawyer Sarah Woolson is still trying to get her life together when she is suddenly involved in a complicated murder plot involving ghosts, gypsies, and City Hall--all while facing off with a fellow lawyer.
    Updated 6.4.07
  • The Art of Redemption
    Author: Truluck, Bob
    Publisher: Dennis McMillan $ 35 ISBN: 978039767564 Date: 2007
    star Booklist
    Updated 8.20.07
  • The Dark River
    Author: Twelve Hawks, John
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385514293 Date: 2007
    star Booklist
    A mesmerizing return to the places and people so richly portrayed in The Traveler this second book in the Fourth Realm trilogy is propelled by edge-of-your-seat suspense and haunted by a vision of a world where both hope and freedom are about to disappear.
    Updated 7.11.07
  • Restitution
    Author: Vance, Lee
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780307266323 Date: 2007
    star Booklist
    Peter Tyler seems to have it all--a beautiful and accomplished wife, a high-powered Wall Street career, a sprawling house in the suburbs. But beneath this perfect surface, things are not what they seem. Haunted by an unhappy childhood, Peter drifts from his wife and her ideal of family life, and eventually seeds solace in a one-night stand.
    Before Peter can fully come to grips with what he's done, his house is broken into and his wife brutally murdered. when the police discover that a mysterious package from Peter's best friend, Andrei, is the only thing missing, they rule out random robbery. And when they discover Peter's infidelity--combined with his refusal to reveal the identity of his lover--he becomes their prime suspect. To complete the nightmare, Andrei has disappeared without a trace.
    Forced to run, Peter will have to question everything he has ever believed as he struggles to unravel the truth before the police catch up with him. Along the way he'll encounter embittered, conniving foes and a spectacular act of revenge that will take your breath away. Whip-smart and adrenaline-fueled, this is a book you won't be able to stop reading until you know everything. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.20.07
  • Pepperfish Keys: Detective Barrett Raines
    Author: Wimberley, Darryl
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312361396 Date: 2007
    starPW
    Special Agent Barrett Raines and local television reporter Sharon Fowler become unlikely allies when a senators daughter is found dead in her fathers mansion, in this thought-provoking addition to this Gulf noir series.
    Updated 5.21.07

August

  • The Penguin Who Knew Too Much: Meg Langslow
    Author: Andrews, Donna
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312329426 Date: 2007
    starPW
    From the bestselling author of No Nest for the Wicket comes this outrageous, fun mystery that features an eccentric cast of characters and lighthearted humor.
    Updated 6.4.07
  • In Cold Pursuit
    Author: Andrews, Sarah
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312342531 Date: 2007
    starLJ
    Updated 8.20.07
    Andrews, well known for her popular series featuring forensic geologist Em Hansen, builds on that foundation and introduces a new lead character in this compelling mystery set in the isolation of Antarctica.
  • Buried
    Author: Billingham, Mark
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061255694 Date: 2007
    star PW
    From critically acclaimed author Billingham comes his boldly original sixth novel. The hunt for a former high-ranking police officers missing son leads Detective Inspector Tom Thorne into a grisly maze of past cases and past lives. And if hes not careful, he too will wind up dead and buried.
    Updated 6.27.07
  • Tahoe Silence: An Owen McKennan Mystery Thriller
    Author: Borg, Todd
    Publisher: Thriller $ 16.95 ISBN: 9781931296151 Date: 2007
    star LJ
    The autistic girl's mind can lead others to murder... - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.1.07
  • The Lace Reader
    Author: Brunonia, Barry
    Publisher: Flap Jacket $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780979159305 Date: 2007
    star PW
    Look into the lace? When the eyes begin to fill with tears and the patience is long exhausted, there will appear a glimpse of something not quite seen... In this moment, an image will begin to form? in the space between what is real and what is only imagined. Can you read your future in a piece of lace? All of the Whitney women can. But the last time Towner read, it killed her sister and nearly robbed Towner of her own sanity. Vowing never to read lace again, her resolve is tested when faced with the mysterious, unsolvable disappearance of her beloved Great Aunt Eva, Salem's original Lace Reader. Told from opposing and often unreliable perspectives, the story engages the reader's own beliefs. Should we listen to Towner, who may be losing her mind for the second time? Or should we believe John Rafferty, a no nonsense New York detective, who ran away from the city to a simpler place only to find himself inextricably involved in a psychic tug of war with all three generations of Whitney women? Does either have the whole story? Or does the truth lie somewhere in the swirling pattern of the lace? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.20.07
  • Capital Offense
    Author: Doogan, Mike
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399154317 Date: 2007
    starLJ
    From the author of Lost Angel comes this second novel in a new series featuring Detective Nik Kane. Sent to investigate a murder that implicates one of Alaska's most promising young politicians, Kane uncovers a secret so great that he may have to pay for it with his life.
    Updated 8.20.07
  • The Chicago Way
    Author: Harvey, Michael
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780307266866 Date: 2007
    star PW
    From the co-creator and executive-producer of the television show "Cold Case Files" comes this fast-paced, stylish murder mystery, featuring a tough-talking Irish cop turned private investigator.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 6.27.07
  • The Seventh Sacrament
    Author: Hewson, David
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 22 ISBN: 9780385339568 Date: 2007
    star Booklist
    Critically acclaimed author Hewson sets the standard when it comes to twisting plots and powerful characters. Now, in a superb crime thriller with a Da Vinci Code edge, his cops confront an evil older than Christianity--and a killer with less-than-godly motivations.
    Suggested Reading: Archaeology
    Updated 6.4.07
  • Acts of Nature
    Author: King, Jonathan
    Publisher: Dutton $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780525950080 Date: 2007
    star Booklist
    Award-winning author King returns with a new thriller featuring private eye Max Freeman and Detective Sherry Richards. The isolation the two seek in the Florida Everglades becomes a deadly enemy as undesirables invade the area and Max and Sherry must escape before its too late.
    Updated 7.11.07
  • Dead Ex
    Author: Kozak, Harley Jane
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780385518024 Date: 2007
    starPW star LJ
    When David Zetrakis, the producer of a popular soap opera, is found shot to death the day after Christmas, Wollie Shelley finds herself caught up in a murder in which there is no shortage of suspects.
    Updated 6.27.07
  • Thunder Bay
    Author: Krueger, William Kent
    Publisher: Atria $ 24 ISBN: 9780743278416 Date: 2007
    starPW
    Cork OConnor is back in Krueger's eighth action-packed and utterly suspenseful thriller. OConnor is in his hometown and ready for a life of relative peace. But being back at the place where he began comes with its own set of challenges.
    Updated 5.21.07
  • The Intruders
    Author: Marshall, Michael
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061235023 Date: 2007
    starPW
    From the "New York Times" bestselling author of The Straw Men comes this searing, atmospheric tale of suspense. Centering around Jack Whalen, a veteran patrol cop, whose search for answers to a series of bizarre, seemingly unrelated events leads to a shocking conclusion.
    Updated 6.4.07
  • Bloodshot
    Author: MacBride, Stuart
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312339999 Date: 2007
    star PW star Booklist
    From the bestselling and award-winning author of Dying Light and Cold Granite comes an electric new novel in MacBrides Scottish series featuring detective Logan MacRae.
    Updated 7.11.07
  • McCafferty's Nine: Jake Hines
    Author: Gunn, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Severn $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727865144 Date: 2007
    star Booklist
    Updated 7.11.07
  • The Careful Use of Compliments: Isabel Dalhousie
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    Publisher: Pantheon $21.95 ISBN: 9780375423017 Date: 2007
    star Kirkus
    Isabel Dalhousie is back--and with a new baby--in the fourth installment of this bestselling series from the author of phenomenally popular "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series.
    Updated 6.27.07
  • The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense
    Author: Oates, Joyce Carol
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 9780151015313 Date: 2007
    star PW
    In these and other stories, bestselling author Oates explores with bloodcurdling insight the ties that bind--or worse.
    Updated 6.11.07
  • Dangerous Admissions: Secrets of a Closet Sleuth
    Author: O'Connor, Jane
    Publisher: Avon $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780061240867 Date: 2007
    starPW
    From the bestselling author of more than 30 childrens books, O'Connor has written a smart, satiric, and sexy mystery that is sure to delight and entertain.
    Updated 6.4.07
  • Bad Monkeys
    Author: Ruff, Matt
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 20 ISBN: 9780061240416 Date: 2007
    starBooklist
    Jane Charlotte claims to be a member of a secret organization--the Bad Monkeys--devoted to ridding the world of especially evil people. As Janes tale grows increasingly bizarre, a psychiatrist tries to sort truth from lies. Is she lying or crazy, or is her tale unbelievably true?
    Updated 5.11.07
  • The Secret Servant
    Author: Silva, Daniel
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399154225 Date: 2007
    starLJstarPW
    Intense, provocative, and filled with breathtaking double and triple plot twists, The Secret Servant is not only a fast-paced international thriller but an exploration of some of the most daunting questions of our time.
    Updated 5.21.07
  • Beyond Reach
    Author: Slaughter, Karin
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 25 ISBN: 9780385339476 Date: 2007
    starPW
    The internationally bestselling author returns to rural Grant County, Georgia, in a riveting tale of murder in a small town, a troubled woman cop at the center of it all, and the shocking secrets that keep a killer just beyond reach, as this powerful novel races toward its final, unforgettable twist.
    Updated 6.11.07
  • Victory Square
    Author: Steinhauer, Olen
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312369712 Date: 2007
    star Booklist star LJ
    The revolutionary politics and chaotic history of life inside Olen Steinhauer’ s fictionalized Eastern European country have made his literary crime series, with its two Edgar Award nominations along with other critical acclaim, one of today’ s most acclaimed. Finally having reached the tumultuous 1980s, the series comes full circle as one of the earliest cases of the People’ s Militia reemerges to torment all of the inspectors, including Emil Brod, now the chief, who was the original detective on the case. His arrest of one of the country’ s revolutionary leaders in the late 1940s resulted in the politician’ s conviction and imprisonment, but Emil was too young in those days to understand what it meant to go up against someone so powerful— and win. Only now, in 1989, when he is days from retirement and spends more time looking over his shoulder than ahead, does he realize that what he did may get him— and others— killed. 
      Told against the backdrop of the crumbling forty-year-old government— with the leaders who were so new in the series debut, The Bridge of SighsVictory Square is Steinhauer at his best. Once again he masterfully makes crime fiction both personal and political, combining a story of revenge at any cost with a portrait of a country on the brink of collapse. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.1.07
  • Death of a Murderer
    Author: Thomson, Rupert
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23 ISBN: 9780307265845 Date: 2007
    starPW
    Thomson gives readers his most powerful work yet, with this story of a woman who, even after her death, inflames an entire nation and the man who comes under her spell.
    Updated 6.11.07
  • Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand
    Author: Vargas, Fred
    Publisher: Penguin $ 14 ISBN: 9780143112167 Date: 2007
    starKirkus
    In this remarkable addition to the Commissaire Adamsberg series, a serial killer has followed Adamsberg to Canada on his training mission in a novel that will keep readers spellbound until the very end.
    Updated 5.11.07

September

  • Flawed
    Author: Bannister, Jo
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312375669 Date: 2007
    starLJ
    Brodie Farrell, who has taken on plenty of dangerous cases, embarks on her most demanding case yet to help a child in danger.
    Updated 9.10.07
  • Red Sea
    Author: Benedek, Emily
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312354916 Date: 2007
    starLJ
    Based on real intelligence, this debut novel takes readers on a frighteningly plausible thrill ride into the dark heart of international terrorism.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 8.20.07
  • First Wave
    Author: Benn, James R.
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 9781569474716 Date: 2007
    star LJ
    In this meaty, old-fashioned and thoroughly enjoyable tale of WWII-era murder and espionage" ("The Seattle Times"), Lieutenant Billy Boyle must solve a series of murders while trying to rescue the girl he loves, a captured British spy.
    Suggested Reading: WWII
    Updated 8.1.07
  • Stuff to Die For
    Author: Bruns, Don
    Publisher: Oceanview $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781933515106 Date: 2007
    star Booklist
    James' and Skip's new moving business takes a shocking turn when the contents of their first job reveals some unexpected cargo, a bloody human finger, and James and Skip must scramble to stay ahead of the criminals.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 8.20.07
  • Heartsick
    Author: Cain, Chelsea
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312368463 Date: 2007
    star Booklist star PW star LJ
    Cain's novel is completely entrancing and totally original--what a read. Between the humanity of Portland cop Archie Sheridan and the chilling and twisted design of his beautiful nemesis, Gretchen Lowell, Heartsick is utterly unforgettable.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 8.20.07
  • Billy, Come Home
    Author: Callaghan, Mary Rose
    Publisher: Brandon $ 22.95 (paper) ISBN: 9780863223662 Date: 2007
    star Kirkus
    Updated 10.23.07
  • Agnes and the Hitman
    Author: Crusie, Jennifer and Bob Mayer
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312363048 Date: 2007
    star Booklist star LJ
    Take one food writer named Cranky Agnes, add a hitman named Shane, mix them together with a Southern mob wedding and a missing necklace, and the result is a sexy, hilarious adventure from the bestselling author team of Crusie and Mayer.
    Updated 8.1.07
  • Sweet Revenge
    Author: Davidson, Diane Mott
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780060527334 Date: 2007
    star PW star LJ
    The "New York Times" bestselling author of Dark Tort and Double Shot delivers another knockout novel featuring Colorado caterer Goldy Schultz.
    Updated 9.10.07
  • The Bone Garden
    Author: Gerristen, Tess
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780345497604 Date: 2007
    starKirkus
    Shifting seamlessly between the 1830s and present-day Boston, one of the worlds bestselling authors delves into the past with a blazing new historical thriller featuring beloved character Maura Isles.
    Updated 8.27.07
  • The Abduction
    Author: Gimenez, Mark
    Publisher: Vanguard $22.95 ISBN: 9781593154639 Date: 2007
    star LJ
    Ben Brice lives alone in the New Mexico wilderness where he battles memories of Vietnam with oceans of Jim Beam. Miles away in Texas, his estranged son, John, an internet geek-turned-billionaire, half watches his daughter Gracie's soccer game while conducting business on his cell phone. When her mother Elizabeth arrives, the coach reports that her uncle has already collected Gracie. But Gracie has no uncle - she was kidnapped.
    From international bestselling author Mark Gimenez comes a terrifying child-in-jeopardy thriller in which dark family secrets make the finding of 10-year-old Gracie Brice more uncertain with every passing minute. And so begins a furious race against time to save Gracie from unknown kidnappers. With the FBI camped out in the Brice mansion, the family offers a reward of $25 million. Somehow, Ben and John Brice must find Gracie before it is too late. As the story unfolds with riveting twists and turns, the listener discovers that behind the kidnapping is an extraordinary government plot that could change the course of American history. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.2.07
  • Never Go Back
    Author: Goddard, Robert
    Publisher: Delta $ 12 ISBN: 9780385340632 Date: 2007
    star Booklist
    A group of ex-RAF comrades journey to a Scottish castle for a reunion, but bythe time they reach their destination, two of them are dead. As Harry Barnett tries to solve the mystery he uncovers an extraordinary secret that convinces him he will never leave the castle alive.
    Updated 7.11.07
  • Snitch Jacket
    Author: Goffard, Christopher
    Publisher: Overlook $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781585679546 Date: 2007
    star PW
    Combining elements of classic noir, dark comedy, and a misfits memoir reminiscent of Notes from the Underground, Goffard brings life to the darker side of West Coast counter-culture, in a literary crime novel that will delight readers.
    Updated 8.20.07
  • 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 8.7.07
  • Strike Dog: Woods Cop
    Author: Heywood, Joseph
    Publisher: Lyons $ 19.95 ISBN: 9781599211602 Date: 2007
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    The newest Joseph Heywood mystery novel set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula finds Grady Service out to avenge the murder of his girlfriend and his son. Conservation officers in several states are being gruesomely slaughtered and Service, alone and devastated, navigates the mind of a serial killer before he becomes the next victim. Hunting the hunter through Wisconsin and Missouri, this is Heywood's most suspenseful and psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Thomas Perry, James Lee Burke or Nevada Barr. The fifth book in the series, STRIKE DOG is the perfect introduction to Heywood's fiction for outdoorsmen and animal lovers as well. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.1.07
  • The Contractor
    Author: Holdefer, Charles
    Publisher: Permanent $ 26 ISBN: 9781579621735 Date: 2007
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    George Young is a U.S. government interrogator at a secret holding facility for suspected terrorists when a detainee unexpectedly dies after repeatedly asking, Who are you? The words send George on a painful journey of self-interrogation.
    Updated 9.24.07
  • The 47th Samuari: Bob Lee Swagger
    Author: Hunter, Stephen
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 26 ISBN: 9780743238090 Date: 2007
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    New York Times" bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hunter combines the raw grittiness of 1945 Iwo Jima with the mystique of the samurai culture to create his best thriller to date.
    Suggested Reading: WWII
    Updated 7.11.07
  • The Shotgun Rule
    Author: Huston, Charlie
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780345481351 Date: 2007
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    The first stand-alone thriller by critically acclaimed author Charlie Huston, The Shotgun Rule is a raw tale of four teenage friends who go looking for a little trouble– and find it. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.1.07
  • Tree of Smoke
    Author: Johnson, Denis
    Publisher: FSG $ 27.50 ISBN: 9780374279127 Date: 2007
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    This book chronicles the story of Skip Sands--spy-in-training, whos engaged in psychological operations against the Vietcong--and the disasters that befall him thanks to his famous uncle, a war hero known in intelligence circles simply as the Colonel.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.20.07
  • A Killer's Kiss
    Author: Lashner, William
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061143465 Date: 2007
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    The "New York Times" bestselling author of Marked Man returns with this thriller featuring Victor Carl, one of the genres most compelling, most morally ambiguous characters ("Booklist").
    Updated 9.24.07
  • Dexter in the Dark
    Author: Lindsay, Jeff
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780385518338 Date: 2007
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    Crime scene investigator Dexter Morgan is not unaccustomed to seeing evil deeds--particularly because he commits them himself. But at a particularly disturbing scene, he realizes hes being hunted by an adversary more sinister than hes ever faced.
    Updated 9.10.07
  • Deeper
    Author: Long, Jeff
    Publisher: Atria $ 25 ISBN: 9780743284547 Date: 2007
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    In the intense, macabre follow-up to his bestselling The Descent, acclaimed author Long takes readers into the depths of the earth to confront a primordial evil that waits in the darkness.
    Updated 7.11.07
  • High Season
    Author: Loomis, Jon
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312367695 Date: 2007
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    Loomis's crime debut showcases a fantastic mix of nail-biting suspense and sharp, dry wit in this insiders look at life--and death--in Providence.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 8.20.07
  • Hard Row
    Author: Maron, Margaret
    Publisher: Grand Central $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446582438 Date: 2007
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    For Judge Deborah Knott, it becomes clear that deep resentments over race, class, and illegal immigration are brewing in the countryside. When mutilated bodies are found, Deborah's search for the killer leads her to a desperate realm of undocumented farm workers exploited for cheap labor.
    Updated 8.1.07
  • Our American King
    Author: Martin, David Lozell
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 9780743267311 Date: 2007
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    In this conflict between forms of government, in a people's fight for survival, Our American King unearths massive forces and powerful truths and challenges readers with provocative questions: If a calamity destroyed the American government, who among us would survive? Who would die from weakness and fear? What kind of leaders would emerge?

    In vintage Martin style, Our American King grabs the reader on page one and never lets go. This is a journey by turns dire and thrilling, authoritative and mythical, heartbreaking and magical. For decades now, David Lozell Martin's novels, including cult favorites Lie to Me and The Crying Heart Tattoo, have set the bar for powerful and eccentric thrillers. This new one is his most powerful yet. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.2.07
  • Fresh Kills
    Author: Nadelson, Reggie
    Publisher: Walker $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780802715999 Date: 2007
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    The acclaimed author of Disturbed Earth has created in Artie Cohen one of the mystery genres most interesting and complex characters: tough, unusually sensitive, deeply flawed, and unabashedly human.
    Updated 10.2.07
  • Tokyo Year Zero
    Author: Peace, David
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 9780307263742 Date: 2007
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    From British crime fictions most exciting new voice in decades ("GQ") comes an electrifying novel that revisits a series of shocking crimes committed in postWorld War II, bombed-out, American-occupied Tokyo.
    Suggested Reading: WWII
    Updated 7.9.07
  • The Wheel of Darkness
    Author: Preston, Douglas and Lincoln Child
    Publisher: Grand Central $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780446580281 Date: 2007
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    At a remote monastery in Tibet, a rare and dangerous artifact mysteriously disappears. Aloysius Pendergast agrees to take up the search that leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the "Queen Victoria"--and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.
    Updated 9.24.07
  • The Reincarnationist
    Author: Rose, M.J.
    Publisher: Mira $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780778324201 Date: 2007
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    A bomb erupts in Rome and photojournalist Josh Ryders world will never be the same. As he recovers, his mind is invaded by emotionally intense and vivid memories--but they are not "his" memories.
    Updated 7.9.07
  • Patriot Acts
    Author: Rucka, Greg
    Publisher: Bantam $ 25 ISBN: 9780553804737 Date: 2007
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    It begins with a shocking betrayal, a brutal ambush, and a murder. Atticus is about to discover that hes been falsely identified as one of The Ten--a short list of the worlds most wanted assassins. And to survive, hes going to have to become exactly what theyre accusing him of being.
    Updated 8.1.07
  • Death and the Devil
    Author: Schatzing, Frank
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780061349485 Date: 2007
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    The author of the #1 international bestseller The Swarm returns with a gripping and historically rich thriller set in medieval Germany.
    Updated 8.20..07
  • Second Shot
    Author: Sharp, Zoe
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312358952 Date: 2007
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    A Barry Award-finalist for First Drop, Sharp outdoes herself with the second thrilling novel featuring motorcycle-riding, female ex-army bodyguard Charlie Fox.
    Updated 6.4.07
  • Grave Imports: Ray Sharp
    Author: Stone, Eric
    Publisher: Bleak House $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781932557473 Date: 2007
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    A routine investigation into a Chinese art supplies company unearths a smuggling ring. The trail leads through a warehouse filled with looted antiquities in the boomtown of Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong; to the lair of a vicious ex-South Vietnamese general now living in Thailand; and finally to the murderous Khmer Rouge in the ancient temples and more recent killing fields of Cambodia. Based on the sordid facts of the illegal trade in stolen Cambodian art, GRAVE IMPORTS is a hotpot of high adventure in exotic locales, fascinating characters, high commerce, terrible crime and one mixed-up, reluctant hero trying to shed light into some of the darkest corners of Asia. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.20.07

October

  • No Time for Goodbye
    Author: Barclay, Linwood
    Publisher: Bantam $ 22 ISBN: 9780553805550 Date: 2007
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    Cynthia Archer wakes up one morning in high school to discover that her entire family has disappeared. Twenty-five years later, she begins to notice odd and sinister signs. As dark secrets unfold, the shocking truth slowly emerges, in this gripping, pulse-pounding thriller
    Updated 9.10.07
  • Written in Bone
    Author: Beckett, Simon
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 24 ISBN: 9780385340052 Date: 2007
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    Forensic expert Dr. David Hunter ignites a harrowing murder investigation on a windswept Scottish island, unraveling a tale of menace, sexuality, and revenge.
    Updated 8.20.07
  • Noble Lies
    Author: Benoit, Charles
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590584507 Date: 2007
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    For Mark Rohr, a decorated Desert Storm vet, the last ten years have been filled with shady jobs like his current stint as a bouncer at a nameless whorehouse/bar in Thailand. When the beautiful and nave Robin Antonucci arrives in Phuket City from the States and hires him to help find her missing brother Shawn, Mark sees the chance to make some easy money. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.16.07
  • Reasonable Doubts
    Author: Carofiglio, Gianrico
    Publisher: Bitter Lemon $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781904738244 Date: 2007
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    "Carofiglio writes crisp, ironical novels that are as much love stories and philosophical treatises as they are legal thrillers".-The New Yorker - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.20.07
  • Interred With Their Bones
    Author: Carrell, Jennifer Lee
    Publisher: Dutton $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525949701 Date: 2007
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    On the eve of the Globe's production of "Hamlet," Shakespearean scholar Kate Shelton is given what is claimed to be the Bards long-lost work. When a killer decides to stage theatrical murders as flesh-and-blood realities, Shelton must decipher a string of clues before anyone else dies.
    Updated 8.20.07
  • World Without End
    Author: Follett, Ken
    Publisher: Dutton $ 35 ISBN: 9780525950073 Date: 2007
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    In 1989, Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in 12th-century England that centered on the building of a cathedral and the hundreds of lives it affected. This sequel takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries later.
    Updated 10.2.07
  • Wolf Woman Bay and Nine More of the Finest Crime Novellas of the Year
    Author: Gorman, Ed and Martin H. Greenberg (edt)
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 17.95 ISBN: 9780786719808 Date: 2007
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    The annual that has included "The Deadly Bride" and "The Adventure of the Missing Detective" is back with another array of traditional mysteries and tales of crime and suspense from a sparkling roster of luminaries, from Joyce Carol Oates, Jon L. Breen, and Edward D. Hoch to Doug Allyn and the late Ed McBain, as well as Carole Nelson Douglas, Jeremiah Healy, Brendan DuBois, Steve Hockensmith, and Sharyn McCrumb. More focused than a novel, yet fuller in scope than a short story, these novellas represent ten of the year's finest, handpicked by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg to present an intriguing look at the state of mystery.
    Updated 8.20.07
  • Die With Me
    Author: Forbes, Elena
    Publisher: Macadam Cage $ 24 ISBN: 9781596922778 Date: 2007
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    A new detective series in the style of Prime Suspect from a great new talent from the UK. A series of deaths -- apparent suicides -- of vulnerable young girls is baffling police in London: the bodies are found in the naves of churches after having fallen from a great height. Elena Forbes writes the kind of creepy and atmospheric crime novel that we love, populated by a cast of fresh and engaging characters. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.10.07
  • The Snake Stone
    Author: Goodwin, Jason
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 9780374299354 Date: 2007
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    When a French archaeologist arrives in 1830's Istanbul determined to track down a lost Byzantine treasure, the local Greek communities are uncertain how to react. Yashim Togalu, who brilliantly solved the mysterious murders in The Janissary Tree, is once again enlisted to investigate.
    Updated 8.27.07
  • An Ice Cold Grave
    Author: Harris, Charlaine
    Publisher: Berkley $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780425217290 Date: 2007
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    Hired to find a boy who has gone missing in Doraville, North Carolina, Harper Connelly and her brother discover that the boy is only one of several who had disappeared over the years. As she uncovers the towns dark secrets, Harper becomes the next person likely to rest in an ice-cold grave.
    Updated 9.10.07
  • Down River
    Author: Hart, John
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312359317 Date: 2007
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    In this follow-up to his "New York Times" bestselling debut, The King of Lies, John Hart takes readers into the heart of a small Southern town, where he explores the lengths to which people will go for money, family, and pure greed--and just whether or not forgiveness is ever attainable.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 8.7.07
  • Inside
    Author: Harvey, Kenneth J.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 9780151014835 Date: 2007
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    After fourteen years in prison, Myrden is released, proven innocent by new DNA evidence. Greeted by friends and enemies, and a wife who'd lost no time moving on while he was away, he is now unwittingly famous as he awaits a hefty financial settlement from the government. Myrden clings to his young granddaughter and to a girlfriend from his past, hoping that the money can free them all from the cycles of revenge and failure that have marked his life. But it's not easy to leave the old neighborhood behind.
    Written in prose that brilliantly reflects Myrden's cautious evaluation of everyone and everything in the outside world, Inside pulls the reader forward with the quiet gravity of Greek tragedy. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.23.07
  • The Best American Mystery Stories 2007
    Author: Hiaasen, Carl (edt)
    Publisher: Houghton $ 28 ISBN: 9780618812639 Date: 2007
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    Updated 9.10.07
  • Voices
    Author: Indridason, Arnaldur
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312358716 Date: 2007
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    From the Gold Dagger Award-winning author of Silence of the Grave. As the Christmas rush peaks in a Reykjavk hotel, Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson is called in to investigate the murder of the hotel Santa, who at one time was famous. Sveinsson hopes that the story of his downfall may provide a motive for the crime.
    Updated 8.7.07
  • An Absolute Gentleman
    Author: Kinder, R.M.
    Publisher: Counterpoint $ 14 ISBN: 9781582433882 Date: 2007
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    Based on the authors real-life relationship with a convicted murderer, this gripping first novel delves with subtlety and nuance--rather than violence and sensationalism--into the mind of a serial killer.
    Updated 8.20.07
  • Down into the Darkness
    Author: Lawrence, David
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312347420 Date: 2007
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    The naked body of a young woman is found hanging from a tree on a London roadside with the words dirty girl scrawled across her back. With no means to identify the victim and no apparent motive, Detective Stella Mooney is baffled. Until a man is found dead by the river: another body, another message.
    Updated 9.10.07
  • Kennedy's Brain
    Author: Mankell, Henning
    Publisher: New $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781595581846 Date: 2007
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    Internationally acclaimed and bestselling author Mankell delivers a timely and riveting thriller that will have readers on the edge their seats until the very end.
    Updated 9.10.07
  • The Vengeance Man/Park Avenue Tramp/The Prettiest Girl I've Ever Killed: A Trio of Gold Medals
    Author: Marlowe, Dan J., Fletcher Flora, Charles Runyon
    Publisher: Stark House $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781933586144 Date: 2007
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    Updated 5.21.07
  • Blonde Faith
    Author: Mosley, Walter
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316734592 Date: 2007
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    In this tenth supercharged novel in Walter Mosleys Easy Rawlins series, L.A.s most reluctant detective finds himself immersed in a sea of problems--and in a world of danger.
    Updated 8.7.07
  • Island of Exiles
    Author: Parker, I.J.
    Publisher: Penguin $ 14 ISBN: 9780143112594 Date: 2007
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    In I.J. Parker's newest mystery set in eleventh-century Japan, Akitada disguises himself as a prisoner to solve the murder of a prince. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.1.07
  • The Death Trust
    Author: Rollins, David
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24 ISBN: 9780553805345 Date: 2007
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    In an electrifying debut, Rollins's thrilling novel is a tale of military intrigue as duplicitous, explosive, and terrifyingly immediate as tomorrows headlines.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.2.07
  • When One Man Dies
    Author: White, David
    Publisher: Three Rivers $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780307382788 Date: 2007
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    While investigating a friends mysterious death, private investigator Jackson Donne discovers that another seemingly unrelated case may hold the key to catching a killer and unlocking the truth within his own past.
    Updated 7.9.07
  • The Last Secret of the Temple
    Author: Sussman, Paul
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 9780871139726 Date: 2007
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    "Jerusalem, 70 AD." As the legions of Rome besiege the Holy Temple, a boy is given a secret that he must guard with his life...Southern "Germany, December 1944," Six emaciated prisoners drag a mysterious crate deep into a disused mine. They too give their lives to keep the secret safe: murdered by their Nazi guards..."Egypt, Valley of the Kings, the present day." A body is found amongst some ruins. It appears to be an open-and-shut case for Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor police. But what begins as a routine investigation rapidly turns out to be the most trying case of his career. Forced into an uneasy alliance with Arieh Ben-Roi, a hard-drinking Jerusalem detective, and Layla al-Madani, a daring Palestinian journalist, Khalifa enters a murky, murderous world of greed, duplicity, intrigue and revenge as he goes in search of an extraordinary long-lost artifact that could, in the wrong hands, turn the Middle East into a blood bath. Traveling from ancient Jerusalem to contemporary Egypt, and involving Cathar heretics, coded medieval manuscripts, and hidden Nazi treasures, The Last Secret of the Temple is an absorbing thriller set against the tumultuous politics of the present-day Middle East. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.24.07
  • Midnight Rambler
    Author: Swain, Jim
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780345475466 Date: 2007
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    Explosive. Pulse-pounding. Heart-racing. From the bestselling author The Wall Street Journal hails as "one terrific writer," Midnight Rambler is the breakout thriller of the year-a brawny, brainy novel of suspense that pairs James Swain's trademark smooth-as-silk prose with a plot bigger and bolder than anything he's done before. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.24.07

November

  • Stone Cold
    Author: Baldacci, David
    Publisher: Grand Central $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780446577397 Date: 2007
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    In a razor-sharp story of revenge, recurring characters Oliver Stone and his Camel Club are back to save the life of a beautiful con-artist, to implicate a shady casino king, and to solve a string of murders of Washington, D.C., political staffers.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.23.07
  • Zugzwang
    Author: Bennett, Ronan
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781596912533 Date: 2007
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    Taking its title from a chess term used to describe a position in which a player is reduced to utter helplessness, this compelling, literary thriller is set in St. Petersburg in 1914 amidst an international chess tournament and a series of mysterious murders.
    Updated 9.10.07
  • Hidden Moon
    Author: Church, James
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312352097 Date: 2007
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    Inspector O returns from a mission abroad to find that there has been a bank robbery--the first ever in Pyongyang--and his new police commander wants action. Set in North Korea, this follow-up to A Corpse in the Koryo takes readers into an unfamiliar, perplexing universe, seemingly so alien that the rules are an enigma.
    Updated 9.10.07
  • The Tomb of Zeus
    Author: Cleverly, Beverly
    Publisher: Delta $ 13 ISBN: 9780385339902 Date: 2007
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    Headstrong Laetitia Talbot, Cleverly's precocious new heroine, is an aspiring archaeologist with a passion for adventure and mystery. Its 1928, and Letty arrives at an archaeological dig on the isle of Crete. But something goes amiss, and the site becomes a stage for murder.
    Suggested Reading: Archaeology
    Updated 10.2.07
  • The Chase
    Author: Cussler, Clive
    Publisher: Putnam $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399154386 Date: 2007
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    Cussler pens one of his wildest, most entertaining historical thrillers in years. Filled with intricate plotting, dazzling signature set pieces, and not one but two extraordinary villains, this is the work of a master writing at the height of his powers.
    Updated 9.10.07
  • Three Sisters
    Author: Doss, James D.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312364595 Date: 2007
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    A local woman, one of three daughters of a wealthy rancher, is found dead, mauled beyond recognition. Soon afterward, the womans two sisters, one of whom is a popular TV psychic, show up and begin to demand answers. Ute tribal investigator Charlie Moon enlists the help of his aunt Daisy Perika, a shaman, as he tracks down a killer.
    Updated 9.24.07
  • Garcia's Heart
    Author: Durcan, Liam
    Publisher: Thomas Dunne $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312367084 Date: 2007
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    " Like a cross between John le Carre and Ian McEwan -- Garcia's Heart, treads the line between an elegant, elegiac novel of ideas and a sophisticated political thriller. It was exciting, intellectually compelling, and beautifully written. It was also that rarest of books: A literary work with an intensely humanistic core. I am so happy to have discovered Liam Durcan; he will be a major writer for years to come." -- Pauls Toutonghi
    Updated 9.24.07
  • Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam
    Author: Ewan, Chris
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312376338 Date: 2007
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    Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living, about an intrepid burglar named Faulks. To supplement his income---and to keep his hand in---Charlie also has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission.
    When a mysterious American offers to pay Charlie 20,000 euros if he steals two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; he doesn't know how the American found him, and the job seems too good to be true. And, of course, it is. Although the burglary goes off without a hitch, when he goes to deliver the monkeys he finds that the American has been beaten to near-death, and that the third figurine is missing.
    Back in London, his long-suffering literary agent, Victoria (who is naive enough to believe he actually looks like his jacket photo), tries to talk him through the plot problems in both his latest manuscript and his real life---but Charlie soon finds himself caught up in a caper reminiscent of a Cary Grant movie, involving safe-deposit boxes, menacing characters, and, of course, a beautiful damsel in distress. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.24.07
  • Why Mermaids Sing: Sebastian St. Cyr
    Author: Harris, C.S.
    Publisher: NAL $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780451222268 Date: 2007
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    In 1811, murder has jarred London's elite. The sons of prominent families have been found dead, their bodies discovered at dawn in public places. Sebastian St. Cyr is struck by the oddness of their murders and is determined to track down the assassin--even at the risk of his own life.
    Updated 10.2.07
  • The Pure in Heart
    Author: Hill, Susan
    Publisher: Overlook $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781585679287 Date: 2007
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    In this follow-up to The Various Haunts of Men, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler is on vacation in Venice, trying to come to terms with the brutal murder of a young woman who had been in love with him. His trip is cut short after he is summoned home to the cathedral town of Lafferton, where a little boy has been snatched.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 9.10.07
  • The Man Who Killed Shakespeare
    Author: Hodgson, Ken
    Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594145988 Date: 2007
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    Updated 10.2.07
  • The Quiet Girl
    Author: Hoeg, Peter
    Publisher: FSG $ 26 ISBN: 9780374263690 Date: 2007
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    Set in Denmark in the here and now, Hoegs masterful, inventive novel centers around Kaspar Krone, a world-renowned circus clown with a deep love for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and an even deeper gambling debt.
    Updated 9.10.07
  • Third Degree
    Author: Iles, Greg
    Publisher: Scribner $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780743292504 Date: 2007
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    From the "New York Times" bestselling author of True Evil--acclaimed as one of the most original and entertaining . . . writers to come down the pike in a long time ("The Denver Post")--comes a new big-trouble-in-a-small-town thriller that takes place in the span of a terrifying single day.
    Updated 10.31.07
  • Salamander Cotton
    Author: Kunzmann, Richard
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312360344 Date: 2007
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    "A dark, chilling mystery set in the brooding, atmospheric lands of South Africa" In his debut thriller, Bloody Harvests, Richard Kunzmann gave readers a glimpse into the turbulent South African landscape. Now Detective Inspector Jacob Tshabalala and his former colleague Harry Mason return with another beautifully spellbinding thriller combining murder, revenge, greed, and the classic struggle between good and evil. Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.10.07
  • The Wandering Ghost
    Author: Limon, Martin
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 9781569474815 Date: 2007
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    Updated 9.10.07
  • Chat
    Author: Mayor, Archer
    Publisher: Grand Central $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446582582 Date: 2007
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    In the latest gripping police procedural from award-winning author Archer Mayor, Joe Gunther and his team investigate a disturbing case of homicide and Internet child predators.
    Updated 10.2.07
  • Love over Scotland
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    Publisher: Anchor $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780307275981 Date: 2007
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    From the phenomenon Alexander McCall Smith comes the third book in the bestselling 44 Scotland Street series.
    Domenica Macdonald has left for the Malacca Straits to research the domestic economy of contemporary pirate households. Meanwhile, back in Edinburgh, painter Angus Lordie’ s dog, Cyril, has been dog-napped, and Pat gets herself caught up in a potential love triangle. Bertie, the six-year-old prodigal son of the insufferable Irene, is accidentally left behind in France. In the interstices of all these happenings, the beloved Alexander McCall Smith makes observations on a wide range of issues, including the merits of various forms of olive oil and our human search for happiness. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.24.07
  • The Queen of Bedlam
    Author: McCammon, Robert
    Publisher: Pocket $ 16 ISBN: 9781416551119 Date: 2007
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    "New York Times" bestselling author McCammon returns with this new novel featuring Matthew Corbett, the magistrates clerk who investigates New York Citys first serial killer in 1702.
    Updated 8.20.07
  • Bowled Over
    Author: Michaels, Kasey
    Publisher: Kensington $ 14 ISBN: 9780758208842 Date: 2007
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    "USA Today" and "New York Times" bestselling author Michaels lovable mystery-writer-turned-sleuth, Maggie Kelly, finds business is getting personal when her dad is accused of murder.
    Updated 10.31.07
  • Rumpole Misbehaves
    Author: Mortimer, John
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780670018307 Date: 2007
    star Booklist
    Mortimer's beloved Rumpole is back to solve a new and peculiar mystery, in this tale that pits the New Labour party against the curmudgeonly barrister. When Rumpole is called upon to defend a Timson child cited for playing soccer on a posh street, he tries to get to the bottom of the silly law.
    Updated 10.31.07
  • Now and Then
    Author: Parker, Robert B.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399154416 Date: 2007
    star Booklist
    When a simple case turns into a treacherous and politically charged investigation, Boston private investigator Spenser faces his most difficult challenge yet--keeping his cool while his beloved Susan Silverman is in danger.
    Updated 7.11.07
  • The Race
    Author: Patterson, Richard North
    Publisher: Henry Holt $ 26 ISBN: 9780805079487 Date: 2007
    star LJ
    Depicting contemporary power politics at its most ruthless, this timely and provocative novel takes on the most incendiary issues in American culture: racism, terrorism, religious fundamentalism, gay rights, and the rise of media monopolies with their own agenda and lust for power.
    Updated 9.24.07
  • The Snow Empress
    Author: Rowland, Laura Joh
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312365424 Date: 2007
    star PW
    Samurai detective Sano Ichiro has risen to power and influence in the shoguns court, and has attracted dangerous rivals. After their son is kidnapped, Sano and his wife, Reiko, set off on a desperate search, only to find themselves caught up in an intricate scheme involving racial tensions, jealous husbands, and murderous intrigue.
    Updated 9.10.07

December

  • Grounds for Murder: Maggy Thorsen
    Author: Balzo, Sandra
    Publisher: Severn $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727865496 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    A sharp and amusing mystery from a talented writer - Set in Milwaukee at a scaldingly competitive trade show for the coffee industry, events reach a head when coffeehouse-owner Maggy Thorsen discovers a body under a table at the conference centre. As the reluctant conference coordinator and a potential suspect Maggy must track the murderer, save her coffeehouse, and hopefully put some froth in her love life . . .
    Updated 11.19.07
  • The Venetian Betrayal
    Author: Berry, Steve
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780345485779 Date: 2007
    star Booklist
    The "New York Times" bestselling author of The Alexandria Link offers a gripping international thriller that sends Cotton Malone on a perilous quest for the truth about the mysterious death of Alexander the Great
    Updated 10.2.07
  • Twilight
    Author: Dubois, Brendan
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312361372 Date: 2007
    star PW
    Samuel Simpson is a young, idealistic journalist from Canada. Seeking adventure, he volunteers to become a records keeper for a UN war-crimes investigation team at work in upper New York State. Months earlier, a crippling terrorist attack against the United States resulted in its cities being emptied, its countryside set afire, and its government shaken to its knees. In the aftermath of this attack, a virtual civil war broke out, until UN peacekeepers arrived to establish an uneasy peace. While Samuel and his team travel through the New York countryside, searching for evidence of an atrocious war crime, he promptly realizes that death is quick to strike from any farmhouse, road corner, or rest area. Even more chillingly, he begins to suspect that there is a traitor in his team, trying not only to conceal important evidence, but working to betray and kill them all, including the woman he loves. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.2.07
  • T is for Tresspass
    Author: Grafton, Sue
    Publisher: Putnam $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399154485 Date: 2007
    starKirkus star PW star LJ
    trespass \'trespes\ n: a transgression of law involving one's obligations to God or to one's neighbor; a violation of moral law; an offense; a sin "-Webster's New International Dictionary", Second Edition, Unabridged In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing readers to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs. The true horror of the novel builds with excruciating tension as the reader foresees the awfulness that lies ahead. The suspense lies in whether Millhone will realize what is happening in time to intervene. Though set in the late eighties, T is for Trespass could not be more topical: identity theft; elder abuse; betrayal of trust; the breakdown in the institutions charged with caring for the weak and the dependent. It reveals a terrifying but all-too-real rip in the social fabric. Once again, Grafton opens up new territory with startling results. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.2.07
  • The Night of the Wolf
    Author: Halter, Paul
    Publisher: Wildside $ 12.95 ISBN: 9780809562596 Date: 2007
    star PW
    Collected here are ten superb tales by today's master of the seemingly impossible crime, the Frenchman Paul Halter. Coffins dancing in a hermetically sealed crypt, a tunnel that murders people, a werewolf killer who leaves no trace on the snow, a victim killed by an invisible hand at the top of a guarded tower, a homicidal snowman that kills in front of witnesses... There cannot be a rational explanation for these and other hideous crimes; and yet there is. Each story is a glittering example of the brilliant plotting and atmosphere of foreboding that characterized the Golden Age of detective fiction. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.23.07
  • Siege of Heaven
    Author: Harper, Tom
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312338725 Date: 2007
    star PW
    A powerful novel of intrigue, sacrifice, savagery and holy war---the apocalyptic ending of the First Crusade trilogy. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.23.07
  • The Darkest Evening of the Year
    Author: Koontz, Dean R.
    Publisher: Bantam $ 27 ISBN: 9780553804829 Date: 2007
    star Booklist star PW
    Koontz delivers suspense for all seasons with a transcendent thriller--a heart-gripping tour de force featuring a dedicated dog rescuer, a very special golden retriever she saves, and the murderous adversaries they must face together.
    Updated 10.31.07
  • Darkness Falls
    Author: Mills, Kyle
    Publisher: Vanguard $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781593154592 Date: 2007
    star Booklist star PW
    From the author of the award-winning The Second Horseman comes an all-too-plausible eco-thriller, in which a new bacteria with a voracious appetite for oil threatens the worlds energy supply.
    Updated 11.6.07
  • They Did It With Love
    Author: Mogenroth, Kate
    Publisher: Plume $ 14 ISBN: 9780452288973 Date: 2007
    star PW
    Secrets lurk under the smooth surface of a wealthy Connecticut neighborhood, until a murder reveals all Sofie and her husband have left Manhattan in search of a more tranquil life in the suburbs. But when a member of Sofies new neighborhood book club turns up dead, things get messy. She discovers that everybody has something to hide, including her own husband. Her neighbor Priscilla has been married to Gordon for fifteen years, but the love left their marriage a long time ago. Susan is Priscillas biggest supporter until she has to choose between loyalty to her friend and telling the truth. Ashley is eager to fit in, but her youth and status as a second wife keep her on the outside. She may know more than they think she does, though. Julia seems to have it allthe perfect house, job and husband. But her untimely death has people questioning how perfect her life really was. Through this swamp of suburban secrets, Sofie must wade to find the truth behind Julias murder and the state of her own marriage. They Did It with Love is a delightful, twisty, and twisted exploration of the things well do for love. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.23.07
  • The Redbreast
    Author: Nesbo, Jo
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061133992 Date: 2007
    star PW star LJ star Booklist
    The Redbreast is the winner of the Glass Key prize for the best Nordic crime novel, and has been voted Norway's best work of crime fiction.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.19.07
  • Critical Threat
    Author: Oldham, Nick
    Publisher: Severn $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727865502 Date: 2007
    star Booklist
    It started out as a kidnap, turned into a brutal murder and ended up as a plot to assassinate the American State Secretary... - DCI Henry Christie leaps at the chance to investigate the brutal killing of an ex-cop turned sleazy private eye. But as he investigates, Christie stumbles into a plot by Muslim extremists and finds himself plunged into the world of international terrorism . . .
    Updated 9.24.07
  • Prayer of the Dragon
    Author: Pattison, Eliot
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 9781569474792 Date: 2007
    star LJ
    Former Beijing investigator Shan becomes our Don Quixote. . . . Set against a background that is alternately bleak and blazingly beautiful, this is at once a top-notch thriller and a substantive look at Tibet under siege" ("Publishers Weekly").
    Updated 11.6.07
  • Salt River
    Author: Sallis, James
    Publisher: Walker $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780802716170 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    The poignant and surprising new thriller by one of America's most acclaimed writers follows ex-cop, ex-con, and war veteran John Turner as he goes in search of a truth hes not sure he can live with.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.6.07
  • Person of Interest
    Author: Schwegel, Theresa
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312364267 Date: 2007
    star PW
    The Edgar Award-winning author of Officer Down delivers a compelling portrait of the life of a cop--from his wifes eyes. Schwegel shows a remarkably compelling ability to get inside a cops world, at the precinct and at home.
    Updated 9.24.07
  • Mausoleum: Ben Abbott
    Author: Scott, Justin
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590584682 Date: 2007
    star Kirkus
    When Newbury Connecticuts three hundred year old village cemetery is invaded by a gaudy, half-million dollar mausoleum, Ben Abbott is not happy. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.24.07
  • Red Mandarin Dress: Inspector Chen
    Author: Xiaolong, Qiu
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312371074 Date: 2007
    star Kirkus
    When two women are murdered--and redressed in identical red mandarin dresses--the newspapers start screaming that Shanghai is being stalked by its first sexual serial killer. Chief Inspector Chen Cao quickly finds himself in the midst of his most potentially dangerous case to date.
    Updated 9.24.07

 

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