Crime Fiction Stars 2008: 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

  • Between Two Seas
    Author: Abate, Carmine
    Publisher: Europa $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781933372402 Date: 2007
    star Kirkus
    The US debut of one of Italy's great contemporary storytellers: The photographer Hans Heumann travels to southern Italy in search of the light that has long attracted artists. There he meets Giorgio Bellusci, who dreams of rebuilding the south's most famous inn. The dark secret behind Giorgio's obsession will change the course of both men's lives. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.11.07
  • Saturday's Child
    Author: Banks, Ray
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 9780151013227 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Cal Innes is fresh out of prison and ducking a past muddied with ties to local gang lord "Uncle" Morris Tiernan. But when Tiernan finds out Innes is working as an unlicensed PI and calls in a favor Innes doesn't owe, Innes is thrust into a cat-and-mouse game with Tiernan's psychotic son, Mo. Ordered to track down a rogue casino dealer who's absconded with a hefty chunk of cash, Innes finds that the case points north to Newcastle. With Tiernan's son on his tail and a Manchester cop determined to put Innes back in jail, Saturday's child has to work hard to keep living. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.19.07
  • The Venetian Betrayal
    Author: Berry, Steve
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780345485779 Date: 2008
    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
  • Blue Heaven
    Author: Box, C.J.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312365707 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star Kirkus
    With true-to-life, unforgettable characters, Box has created a thriller that delves into issues close to the heart--the pervasiveness of greed, the banality of evil, and the truth about what constitutes a family.
    Updated 10.12.07
  • Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance
    Author: Brandreth, Gyles
    Publisher: Touchstone $ 14 ISBN: 9781416534839 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    One of Britains premier royal biographers pens the first in a series of fiendishly clever historical murder mysteries, featuring Oscar Wilde as the detective.
    Updated 10.31.07
  • First the Dead
    Author: Downs, Tim
    Publisher: Thomas Nelson $ 22.99 ISBN: 9781595540249 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Forensic entomologist Nick Polchek realizes that some of the bodies hes seeing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were dead prior to the storm. Nick must fight a desperate race against time and decomposing evidence--and the orders of his superiors--to raise the truth.
    Updated 10.31.07
  • Go With Me
    Author: Freeman, Castle
    Publisher: Steerforth $ 21.95 ISBN: 9781586421397 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus
    "A small masterpiece of black comedy and suspense about a trio of backwoods heroes who embark upon a modern-day quest.... If all novels were this good, Americans would read more."" -- Kirkus Reviews (starred)
    Updated 10.11.07
  • The Blue Door
    Author: Fulmer, David
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 9780151011810 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    As welterweight boxer Eddie Cero makes his way home through a dark Philadelphia alley, he steps in on two punks beating up an older man. It's a favor that's going to turn Eddie's life upside down. Sal Giambroni buys Eddie a round and offers him a part-time gig helping with his private-detective work. Despite Eddie's reluctance, a few days on the job reveal that he has a knack for snooping--and then he stumbles onto a cold case involving a missing soul singer. A music lover with a budding interest in the singer's attractive, talented sister, Eddie finds himself involved in a violent, twisted story of betrayal and intrigue, power and passion--all set to the beat of rock and roll. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Half the Blood in Brooklyn
    Author: Huston, Charlie
    Publisher: Del Rey $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780345495877 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Updated 10.31.07
  • Skeleton Man
    Author: Kelly, Jim
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312377816 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    For many years, the English hamlet of Judes Ferry has been abandoned. Before then, the isolated community was famous for never having recorded a single crime. But when local reporter Philip Dryden joins the army on practice maneuvers, its spotless reputation is literally blown apart.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Touchstone
    Author: King, Laurie R.
    Publisher: Bantam $ 24 ISBN: 9780553803556 Date: 2008
    star Booklist starLJ
    Hailed for her rich and powerful works of psychological suspense as well as her "New York Times" bestselling mysteries, Laurie R. King now takes us to a remote cottage in Cornwall where a gripping tale of intrigue, terrorism, and explosive passions begins with a visit to a recluse upon whom the fate of an entire nation may rest. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.30.08
  • This Is a Bust
    Author: Lin, Ed
    Publisher: Kaya $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781885030450 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    This Is a Bust, the second novel by award-winning author Ed Lin, turns the conventions of hard-boiled pulp stories on their head by exploring the unexotic and very real complexities of New York City's Chinatown, circa 1976, through the eyes of a Chinese-American cop. A Vietnam vet and an alcoholic, Robert Chow's troubles are compounded by the fact that he's basically community-relations window-dressing for the NYPD: he's the only Chinese American on the Chinatown beat, and the only police officer who can speak Cantonese, but he's never assigned anything more challenging than appearances at store openings or community events. Chow is willing to stuff down his feelings and hang tight for a promotion to the detective track, despite the community unrest that begins to roil around him. But when his superiors remain indifferent to an old Chinese woman's death, he is forced to take matters into his own hands. This Is a Bust is at once a murder mystery, a noir homage and a devastating, uniquely nuanced portrait of a neighborhood in flux, stuck between old rivalries and youthful idealism. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.31.07
  • Bone Rattler: A Mystery of Colonial America
    Author: Pattison, Eliot
    Publisher: Shoemaker & Hoard $ 26 ISBN: 9781593761851 Date: 2008
    star PW star LJ
    Aboard a British convict ship bound for the New World, Duncan McCallum witnesses a series of murders and seeming suicides among his fellow Scottish prisoners that thrusts him into the bloody maw of the French and Indian War. As the only man aboard with any medical training, Duncan is ordered to assemble evidence to hold another prisoner accountable for the deaths--or face a lethal punishment. His conclusions--based on the cryptic, ceremonial nature of the killings--suggest that the wave of violence is somehow linked to the "savages" of the American wilderness. Duncan's suspicions that the prison company is to be sacrificed in the war seem to be confirmed when he learns that they are all indentured to Lord Ramsey's estate in the uncharted New York woodlands, a Heart of Darkness where multiple warring factions--the British, rogue Scots, the French, the Huron, and the Iroquois--are engaged in physical, psychological, and spiritual battle. Following a strange trail of clues that seem half Iroquois and half Highland Scot, mesmerized by Lord Ramsey's beautiful daughter--who has a forbidden knowledge of "heathen" ways--and frequently defying death in a dangerous wilderness populated by grizzled European settlers, mysterious scalping parties, and Indian sorcerers, Duncan McCallum, exiled chief of his near-extinct clan, finds the source of all evil at the site of an Indian massacre.
    - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.19.07
  • The Painter of Battles
    Author: Perez-Reverte, Arturo
    Publisher: Random $ 25 ISBN: 9781400065981 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    The internationally bestselling author of The Club Dumas and The Queen of the South delivers his most ambitious and profoundly affecting novel to date--a tale that, more than ever, confirms his ability as a writer of extraordinary literary power.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Bleeding Kansas
    Author: Paretsky, Sara
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399154058 Date: 2008
    star PW star LJ
    The "New York Times" bestselling authors most remarkable novel yet--a story of two families, linked by their Midwestern pioneer pasts, and the dark family secrets that threaten to tear them apart.
    Updated 10.23.07
  • Silent in the Sanctuary
    Author: Raybourn, Deanna
    Publisher: Mira $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780778324928 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus
    Lady Julia returns to celebrate the holidays only to find her fathers home crowded with family, friends, and Nicholas Brisbane, the one man she had hoped to forget. The celebrations take a ghastly turn after a guest is found brutally murdered, and one of Lady Julias cousins confesses to the crime.
    Updated 11.19.07
  • The Crazy School
    Author: Read, Cornelia
    Publisher: Grand Central $23.99 ISBN: 9780446582599 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star LJ
    From the acclaimed author of A Field of Darkness comes another compelling novel featuring the acerbic and memorable voice of ex-debutante Madeline Dare.
    Updated 10.2.07
  • The Silk Train Murder: A Mystery of the Klondike
    Author: Rowse, Sharon
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780786719464 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    At the turn of the last century, while thousands of hopefuls scrambled to find Klondike gold, sleek clipper ships carried a fortune in silk from the Orient to Vancouver. Silk, more expensive than gold, was insured by the hour and rushed across the continent to New York in specially designed trains. These silk trains quickly became the targets of every crook between Vancouver and New York. John Lansdowne Granville, gentleman adventurer, having tried and failed to find a fortune in the Klondike, takes a job guarding the silk trains, along with his friend and fellow gold-seeker Sam Scott. On Granville's first day on the job, he and Scott foil a sabotage attempt. On the second day, they discover the body of gangster Clive Jackson. No sooner have they reported the dead man to the police than Scott is arrested for the murder. Granville quickly discovers that the police have no other suspects; Scott had several altercations with the dead man and owed him money. And Scott? He isn't talking, not even to Granville. Granville is determined to get Scott out of jail, but neither the police nor Scott is cooperating. He must somehow uncover a killer in a frontier town where he knows no one. The trail to find Jackson's killer leads him to glamorous fan dancers, crime bosses, an enemy from Klondike days, a former Oxford schoolmate, an ambitious young reporter, and a pair of Dupont Street prostitutes. Can Granville sort out silk trains, smunggling rings, opium dealres, houses of ill repute, power struggles, blackmail, and betrayal in time to trap a killer and save his friend? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.2.07
  • 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 Americas 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 1.30.08
  • The Queen's Gambit
    Author: Stuckart, Diane A. S.
    Publisher: Berkley $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780425219232 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Travel to the Milan of 1483 with this intriguing new series, starring the legendary Renaissance man himself-Leonardo da Vinci. On a royal whim, Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, orders a living chess game to be enacted by members of his own court. Court Engineer Leonardo da Vinci conjures the spectacle in a single night, but his latest success turns bitter when one of the "pieces"-the Duke's ambassador to France-is murdered. Given the brutal climate of court politics, even the Duke's closest advisors are suspect. As an outsider, Leonardo is the only man Sforza can trust to conduct the investigation. With his scrupulous eye for detail, and young apprentice Dino gathering information unnoticed, Leonardo uncovers a vile nest of secrets-while danger, like an ill humor, rises to the surface. But the most surprising secret of all may be the true identity of his most talented, most trusted apprentice. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.31.07
  • Vienna Blood
    Author: Tallis, Frank
    Publisher: Random $ 15 ISBN: 9780812977769 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star PW star Kirkus
    In 1902, a serial killer in Vienna embarks upon a bizarre campaign of murder. Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt summons Dr. Max Liebermann to assist him with the case. The investigation draws them into the sphere of Viennas secret societies, in this second novel to feature literature's first psychoanalytic detective.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.30.08
  • A Pale Horse: Inspector Rutledge
    Author: Todd, Charles
    Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780061233562 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist
    A body found in the ruins of an ancient abbey sends Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge after a brutal killer in another superb atmospheric mystery by the author of A False Mirror.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • The Chameleon's Shadow
    Author: Walters, Minette
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307264633 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star LJ
    In this electrifying new novel from the bestselling author of The Devils Feather, British lieutenant Charles Acland returns home from Iraq, but his serious head injuries are only the outward manifestation of a profound inner change.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • The Fault Tree
    Author: Ure, Louise
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312375850 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus starBooklist star LJ
    Arizona auto mechanic Cadence Moran is no stranger to darkness. She was blinded in a horrific car accident eight years ago that also took the life of her three-year old niece. She knows she was only partially to blame, but that doesn't make the loss any easier to bear. She's learned to get by, but there are still painful memories. When she is almost run down by a speeding car on the way home from work, Cadence at first thinks that she is the victim of road rage or a bad driver. But that's not the case. In fact, she is the only witness to the murder of her elderly neighbor, and now the killer believes that she's seen the getaway car.Louise Ure paints the glare of a Southwestern summer with the brush of a blind woman's darkness in this novel of jeopardy and courage ... and the fine line between them--as Cadence fights to stop a killer she can't see. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.30.08

February

  • Special Assignments
    Author: Akunin, Boris
    Publisher: Random $ 14 ISBN: 9780812978605 Date: 2008
    star PW
    The book that brought Akunin to bestseller status in Russia, this collection features two new adventures for Akunins dashing sleuth, Erast Fandorin.
    Updated 1.3.08
  • Missing
    Author: Alvtegen, Karin
    Publisher: Felony & Mayhem $ 24 ISBN: 9781933397863 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Ruth Rendell-style suspense set in Stockholm, by Sweden's Queen of Crime.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Wild Inferno
    Author: Ault, Sandi
    Publisher: Berkley $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780425219225 Date: 2008
    star PW star LJ
    Wild Indigo introduced rough-and-ready Bureau of Land Management agent Jamaica Wild. Now she returns, deployed to a wildfire on the Southern Ute reservation, where a puzzling plea whispered by a burning man points to a mystery more menacing than murder.
    Updated 1.3.08
  • The Dust of Death: Inspector Starrett
    Author: Charles, Paul
    Publisher: Brandon $ 36.95 ISBN: 9780863223693 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Suggested Reading: Irish Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.08
  • A Person of Interest
    Author: Choi, Susan
    Publisher: Viking $ 24.95ISBN: 9780670018468 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star PW
    Intricately plotted and emotionally riveting, A Person of Interest asks how far one man can run from his past, and explores the impact of scrutiny and suspicion in an age of terror.
    Updated 1.3.08
  • The Poisoner of Ptah: A Story of Intrigue and Murder Set in Ancient Egypt
    Author: Doherty, P.C.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312359621 Date: 2008
    star PW star LJ
    A new novel of murder in the reign of Pharaoh Hatusu featuring Judge Amerotkeas the crime solver.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Gas City
    Author: Estleman, Loren D.
    Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780765319562 Date: 2008
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist
    Setting this drama in a blue-collar metropolis dominated by an oil company, Estleman crafts a fascinating, deadly tapestry of love, ambition, revenge, and redemption--in all, a stunning portrait of the human condition.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.30.08
  • The Serpent's Tale
    Author: Franklin, Ariana
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399154645 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus
    Franklin combines the best of modern forensic thrillers with the drama of historical fiction in the enthralling second novel in the Mistress of the Art of Death series, featuring medieval heroine Adelia Aguilar.
    Updated 10.26.07
  • Stalked
    Author: Freeman, Brian
    Publisher: Minotaur $24.95 ISBN: 9780312363277 Date: 2007
    star LJ
    From the bestselling author of Immoral comes a chilling new thriller. Lieutenant Jonathan Stride knows his partner Maggie Bei is in trouble when she reports a deadly crime on a bitter winter night. Shes obviously hiding a terrible secret, and her silence only feeds suspicion.
    Updated 11.6.07
  • The Anatomy of Deception
    Author: Goldstone, Lawrence
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 24 ISBN: 9780385341349 Date: 2008
    star PW
    A mesmerizing forensic thriller that thrusts the reader into the operating rooms, drawing rooms, and back alleys of 1889 Philadelphia, this novel follows a young doctor as he grapples with the principles of scientific process to track a daring killer.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 10.31.07
  • Now You See Him
    Author: Gottlieb, Eli
    Publisher: Morrow $ 22.95 ISBN: 9780061284649 Date: 2008
    star PW
    The murder/suicide of celebrated writer Rob Castor and his girlfriend begins a wrenching and enthrallingly suspenseful story that mines the explosive terrains of love and paternity, marriage and family secrets, in this ambitious and thrilling novel that takes readers deep into the human psyche
    Updated 1.3.08
  • Hell's Bay
    Author: Hall, James W.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312359584 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    In this tour de force of suspense, one family's dark past comes back to haunt its remotest member--and may ultimately cost him his life.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Gone to Ground
    Author: Harvey, John
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 9780151013630 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star Booklist
    When police detective Will Grayson and his partner, Helen Walker, investigate the violent death of Stephen Bryan, a gay academic, their first thoughts are of an ill-judged sexual encounter or a fatal lovers quarrel. But they soon shift focus to the book Bryan was writing about a film stars mysterious death.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • The Black Dove: A Holmes on the Range Mystery
    Author: Hockensmith, Steve
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312347826 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    Gustav Old Red Amlingmeyer and his brother Otto, Big Red, are in San Francisco in 1893 with an eye towards a real detective job, in the latest outing in this Edgar Award-nominated series.
    Updated 10.23.07
  • What Never Happens
    Author: Holt, Anne
    Publisher: Grand Central $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446578035 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    All over Oslo, celebrities are turning up dead in the most macabre of situations. Its clear that the killer seeks some sort of retribution, but for what? New parents Adam Stubo and Johanna Vik are reluctantly drawn into the investigation.
    Updated 1.3.08
  • The Eye of Jade: Mei Wang
    Author: Liang, Diane Wei
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 9781416549550 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    This gripping debut novel in a new mystery series features an unforgettable female detective in todays Beijing, whose search for a missing artifact leads her to discover the dishonorable secrets of her nations culture--and her family's past.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.30.08
  • The Automatic Detective
    Author: Martinez, A. Lee
    Publisher: Tor $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780765318343 Date: 2008
    star PW
    The award-winning author of Gil's All Fright Diner returns with this fantastic new novel. Even in Empire city, a town where weird science is the hope of tomorrow, its hard for a robot to make his way--even for a hulking machine designed to bring humankind to its knees.
    Updated 1.3.08
  • Slip of the Knife
    Author: Mina, Denise
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316015585 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star PW
    A brilliant new thriller featuring Paddy Meehan, one of the most praised heroines since Temperance Brennan. Paddy is no stranger to murder--as a reporter she lives at crime scenes--but nothing has prepared her for this visit from the police.
    Updated 1.3.08
  • L.A. Outlaws
    Author: Parker, T. Jefferson
    Publisher: Dutton $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525950554 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star PW
    "New York Times" bestselling author Parker delivers the most indisputably accomplished novel of his career, the kind of well-oiled thriller for which Parker is famous. His books are a race to the finish.--"Los Angeles Times."
    Updated 11.19.07
  • A Grave in Gaza
    Author: Rees, Matt Benyon
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 9781569474723 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star LJ
    As he tries to save the lives of two men, Omar Yussef is confronted with the corruption and violence of Gaza's warring government factions and the criminal gangs with which they are connected, in this "evocative, compassionate tale" ("San Francisco Chronicle").
    Updated 1.30.08
  • At the City's Edge
    Author: Sakey, Marcus
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312360320 Date: 2007
    star LJ
    Home from Iraq and still reeling from his discharge, Jason Palmer plans to spend his summer drinking and chasing girls. But when his brother is brutally murdered, Jason is all that stands between his eight-year-old nephew and a pair of ruthless killers.
    Updated 11.6.07
  • Ice Trap: A Novel of Suspense
    Author: Sewell, Kitty
    Publisher: Touchstone $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781416539971 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    A richly atmospheric and internationally bestselling debut novel of suspense transports readers to the arctic Canadian wilderness, where a man makes one mistake but pays dearly for another.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.19.07
  • The Lost City
    Author: Shukman, Henry
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307266941 Date: 2008
    star PW
    In his first novel, the author of the fiction collection Mortimer of the Maghreb tells the story of a British expat searching for treasure--and more importantly for connection--amid the seductions and dangers of a rootless life.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.3.08
  • Judas Horse: Ana Grey
    Author: Smith, April
    Publisher: Knopf $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781400042050 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star PW starLJ star Booklist
    Maverick FBI Special Agent Ana Grey goes undercover to infiltrate the volatile core of a domestic terrorist cell, where she must negotiate a minefield of loyalty and betrayal under constant threat of discovery.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Prepared for Rage
    Author: Stabenow, Dana
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312369736 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Fresh off her most successful Kate Shugak novel to date, Edgar Award winner and "New York Times" bestselling thriller writer Stabenow delivers a nail-biting, all-too-real novel of international suspense.
    Updated 1.3.08
  • Desert Cut
    Author: Webb, Betty
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590584910 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    While scouting locations for a film documentary on the Arizona's Apache Wars, private investigator Lena Jones and Oscar-winning director Warren Quinn, discover the mutilated body of a young girl. The gruesome manner of the child's death evokes memories of Lenas own rough childhood. Clashing with the local law, Lena's investigation uncovers a small town with a big secret. Los Perdidos is not the Eden it first appears. Founded by the descendants of pioneers who fought Geronimo, the townspeople have now armed themselves against the hordes of illegal immigrants streaming across the Arizona/Mexico border. A significant population of documented foreign-born residents also lives and works in Los Perdedos at a modern plant. Lena senses a sinister force at work in the townbut where? Then two more girls disappear from Los Perdidos, and as the death toll mounts, Lena is tempted to implement some frontier justice of her own. When she finally unmasks the killer, she discovers a chain of horrific crimes responsible for subjugating millions of girls and women around the globe. In Desert Cut, the still vivid memory of Geronimo's war mixes with the modern immigration war, the hard life on the Arizona/Mexico border contrasts with Hollywood's slick production meetings, and the cruelty of an ancient practice is tempered by a growing underground railroad fighting to save its young victims. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.3.08
  • An Incomplete Revenge
    Author: Winspear, Jacqueline
    Publisher: Holt $ 24 ISBN:9780805082159 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    In this latest installment of the bestselling series, Maisie Dobbs, the extraordinary psychologist and investigator, delves into a strange series of crimes in a small rural community.
    Updated 2.26.08

March

  • The Silver Swan
    Author: Banville, John/Benjamin Black
    Publisher: Holt $ 25 ISBN: 9780805081534 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist star LJ
    The inimitable Quirke--the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist--returns in another spellbinding crime novel, in which a young woman's dubious suicide sets off a new string of hazards and deceptions.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Irish Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Murder in the Rue De Paradis: Aimee Leduc
    Author: Black, Cara
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 9781569474747 Date: 2007
    star LJ
    Aime is thrilled when her one-time lover, Yves, an investigative journalist, returns from his assignment in Egypt and proposes marriage. But after a single night of bliss, his body is discovered in a Paris doorway. His throat has been slit. Aime is determined to avenge him. The trail leads to a sleeper jihadist and embroils her in Turkish and Kurdish politics. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.6.07
  • Cross
    Author: Bruen, Ken
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312341428 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star PW
    Jack Taylor investigates a gruesome crucifixion in Galway, in the fifth entryin this critically acclaimed, award-winning series.
    Suggested Reading: Irish Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Terra Incognita
    Author: Downie, Ruth
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781596912328 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star PW
    Army doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso strikes out for the uncivilized borders of Roman Britain in this highly anticipated sequel to Downie's "New York Times" bestselling debut, Medicus.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Killer Heat
    Author: Fairstein, Linda
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 26 ISBN: 9780385523974 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    Alex Cooper, the Assistant D.A. who has taken New York City by storm, has to solve a string of seemingly unrelated murders and find out who wants her dead. Once again Fairstein brilliantly orchestrates a page-turning mix of cutting-edge legal issues and forensics, New York City history, and spine-tingling suspense.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • The Killer's Wife
    Author: Floyd, Bill
    Publisher: St Martins $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312373399 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    From a major new voice in suspense, The Killer's Wife is a story driven by psychological insight and harrowing revelations, asking how well you can ever "really" know the person sleeping beside you. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 11.19.07
  • The Price of Blood: An Irish Novel of Suspense
    Author: Hughes, Declan
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060825515 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    What's in a name? Apparently everything for Ed Loy, because that's the only information Father Vincent Tyrrell, brother of prominent racehorse trainer F. X. Tyrrell, offers when he asks for Ed's help in finding a missing person. Even the best private eye needs more than just a name, but hard times and a dwindling bank account make it difficult for Loy to say no. In The Price of Blood, Declan Hughes once again paints an arresting portrait of an Ireland not found in any guidebooks. Deadly passions beget dark secrets in a chilling story that will have readers on edge right up to its shocking conclusion. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Irish Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Goodbye Sister Disco
    Author: Hunt, James Patrick
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312361563 Date: 2008
    star LJ star Booklist
    In The Betrayers, Hunt introduced George Hastings, an even-handed St. Louis police detective who caught a dirty FBI agent. Now Hastings is back on the case when the daughter of a wealthy businessman is kidnapped and her boyfriend killed.
    Updated 1.3.08
  • City of the Sun
    Author: Levien, David
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385523660 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Somewhere along his paper route, Jamie Gabriel vanishes without a trace. Fourteen months later, his parents are on the verge of abandoning hope, when they discover private investigator Frank Behr, who begins an unrelenting quest for answers.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Curse of the Spellmans
    Author: Lutz, Lisa
    Publisher:Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 9781416532415 Date: 2008
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    This sidesplitting follow-up to the national bestseller The Spellman Files brings back America's favorite family of private detectives.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Murder Melts in Your Mouth
    Author: Martin, Nancy
    Publisher: NAL $ 22.95 ISBN: 9780451223111 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    The new Blackbird Sisters mystery from the bestselling author of A Crazy Little Thing Called Death, Down-to-earth debutante Nora Blackbird is having a meltdown-and it isn't because of Philadelphia's heat wave, or an overdose at the city's Chocolate Festival. A noted Philly philanthropist has taken a swan dive from an office balcony-and Nora's friend Lexie stands accused of the murder. Then Nora's scheming parents reappear, sending all three Blackbird sisters into a panic. Now Nora must uncover the scandalous hijinks her parents are plotting-before she winds up taking all the heat and strangling her father with his own ascot. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.26.08
  • The Killing Room
    Author: May, Peter
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312364656 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    After the mutilated bodies of 18 women are discovered in a mass grave in Shanghai, detective Li Yan and American pathologist Margaret Campbell arrive and are met by Mei-Ling, deputy head of the citys serious crime squad. The closer they get to the killer, the closer they come to realizing their own personal nightmares.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Calumet City
    Author: Newton, Charlie
    Publisher: Touchstone $ 14 ISBN: 9781416533221 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star LJ
    Among the most self-assured and sharply crafted debuts in recent years, Calumet City detonates a hardnosed cocktail of character-driven suspense and Chicago-ghetto intrigue.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.20.08
  • The Cruelest Month: Three Pines
    Author: Penny, Louise
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312352578 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star LJ star PW
    The cozy, seemingly idyllic town of Three Pines is thrown into chaos when an impromptu sance turns deadly. In this complex, accomplished mystery, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache must confront a myriad of baffling questions surrounding the case.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Lush Life
    Author: Price, Richard
    Publisher: FSG $ 26 ISBN: 9780374299255 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star Kirkus star LJ starPW
    In Lush Life, Price tears the shiny veneer off the "new" New York to show the underground networks of control and violence beneath the glamour, in this novel that reads like a movie in prose" ("New York Times").
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.3.08
  • Friend of the Devil
    Author: Robinson, Peter
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060544379 Date: 2008
    star PW
    From the "New York Times" bestselling author comes his latest novel of suspense revolving around two towns, two murders, and two detectives searching for one indisputable truth.
    Updated 1.30.08
  • Mafiya
    Author: Stella, Charlie
    Publisher: Pegasus $ 25 ISBN: 9781933648651 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    A hooker gone straight, the street-smart Agnes Lynn declares vengeance on the Mafiya when her best friend turns up dead and mutilated, only to find herself enmeshed in grim plots with Russian mavericks on both sides of the law. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.3.08
  • A Paragon of Virtue
    Author: Von Ditfurth, Christian
    Publisher: Toby $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781592642205 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    Updated 3.3.08
  • Black Widow
    Author: White, Randy Wayne
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399154560 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Revenge becomes very personal for Doc Ford, in the stunning new novel by the "New York Times" bestselling author. Ford's goddaughter, Shanay, throws a pretty wild bachelorette party, and someone secretly videotapes it. Now Shanay and her friends are desperate to get the tape back.
    Updated 2.26.08

April

  • Delusion: A Novel of Suspense
    Author: Abrahams, Peter
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061137990 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    Twenty years ago, Nell Jarreau witnessed the murder of her boyfriend. Her testimony put a man behind bars--and led her to her husband, Clay, the gentle detective who solved the case. They've been happy since, until one phone call changes everything.
    Updated 4.24.08
  • MADicine
    Author: Armstrong, Derek
    Publisher: Kunati $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781601640178 Date: 2008
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    Escaping a facility in California, a virus intended to help cure the world of violence unleashes an epidemic of rage infecting every nation on earth. A relief organization with the unfortunate acronym W.A.R.T. is the world's only hope of salvation. Enter Alban Bane, an acerbic, outrageous detective, and his new partner, Dr. Ada Kenner of the Center for Disease Control, who detects a pattern in the mysterious pockets of rage. The unlikely duo chase the virus from Los Angeles to France, Hong Kong, and Africa in a global race against time in the company of a ragtag cast of allies and enemies. This robust adventure satirizes medical thrillers and zombie stories in one suspenseful sweep, delivering equal measures of satire, thrills, suspense, and comedy. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.2.08
  • Wicked City
    Author: Atkins, Ace
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.99ISBN:9780399154577 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus
    From "one of crime fiction's most interesting and passionate voices" (Laura Lippman) comes a new "noir crime classic" ("Mystery Ink") about one of the most notorious towns in American history. In 1955, "Look" magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, "The Wickedest City in America," but even that may have been an understatement. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Vodka Neat
    Author: Blundy, Anna
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312368630 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist
    Vodka Neat features Faith Zanetti, a war correspondent with plenty of libido, good looks, a great sense of humor, and a zest for life that never quits. She's the new Moscow correspondent for a leading newspaper--chosen for the job because she married a Russian when she was a teenager. But the minute she steps on Russian soil, she is instantly arrested in connection with the murders, fifteen years before, of a couple from a neighboring apartment. She was drunk at the time, but surely not "that" drunk. In order to solve the mystery, what she needs to do is find the charming Russian black marketer she married as a nineteen-year-old. And when she finds him, her problems "really" begin. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Russia
    Updated 5.12.08
  • Hold Tight
    Author: Coben, Harlan
    Publisher: Dutton $26.95 ISBN: 9780525950608 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist star LJ
    The "New York Times" bestselling author of The Woods asks the provocative and terrifying question: How much do parents really want to know about their kids and how far will they go to find out?
    Updated 3.31.08
  • Miracle Myx
    Author: Diatalevi, David
    Publisher: Kunati $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781601641557 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Two near-death experiences have transformed Myx Amens; he hasn't slept for three years. His first near-death experience, a lightning strike, left him with a photographic memory while his second, drowning, induced synesthesia, so he smells and feels colors, sees sounds, and tastes the thoughts and feelings of others. These skill sets endow Myx to investigate local unsolved homicides and ruffle a lot of feathers. The murders are disturbing--a beautiful teen with her lower lip cut off; her boyfriend sexually mutilated--and leave Myx wondering "What could the killer possibly want with these body parts?" A third victim, the town's tattoo artist, could be the clue to link the other two victims, but a tattoo seems a thin motive for murder. Myx discovers a baffling puzzle box which may hold secrets dating back centuries to town founder Elbridge Sonnet, and is possibly connected to the tattoo murders. For an unblinking 42 hours, Myx's high-performance synesthetic brain probes the dirty secrets of Miracle, Massachusetts, in search of the astonishing truth. This thoroughly original, beautifully written novel introduces one of the most intriguing protagonists in recent literature. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Barrington Street Blues
    Author: Emery, Anne
    Publisher: ECW $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781550228137 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    Updated 3.3.08
  • Losing You
    Author: French, Nicci
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312375386 Date: 2008
    star PW
    French returns to bestselling form in this race-against-time thriller about a mother's worst nightmare: her child is missing and no one believes her.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Days of Atonement
    Author: Gregorio, Michael
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312376444 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Napoleon's army has swept over Prussia, leaving in its wake a conquered land occupied by the French, in this superb sequel to the acclaimed Critique of Criminal Reason. Days of Atonement continues Gregorio's inimitable and enthralling historical mystery series.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • The Forgery of Venus
    Author: Gruber, Michael
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780060874483 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    Gruber creates a fascinating world of secrets, genius, and conspiracies and combines it with brilliant storytelling, complex characterizations, and sterling prose to produce this spellbinding novel.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Art | Forgery of Venus
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Cheating at Solitaire
    Author: Haddam, Jane
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312343088 Date: 2008
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist star LJ
    Former FBI agent Gregor Demarkian, fleeing from his own wedding preparations, is hired to review a case--one that he finds has little evidence and twisted by an out-of-control media--in what may be the most compelling case of his entire career.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.3.08
  • The Good Physician
    Author: Harrington, Kent
    Publisher: Dennis McMillan $ 35 ISBN: 9780939767061 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star PW
    Updated 4.8.08
  • The Finder
    Author: Harrison, Colin
    Publisher: FSG $ 25 ISBN: 9780374299491 Date: 2008
    star PW star LJ
    In his electrifying thriller, a young, beautiful Chinese woman, Jin-Li, gets involved in a scheme to steal valuable information from corporations in New York City. When the plan is discovered, she must go on the run from those who will stop at nothing to have their fortunes returned.
    Updated 3.3.08
  • Easy Innocence
    Author: Hellmann, Libby Fischer
    Publisher: Bleak House $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781932557664 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    Updated 3.3.08
  • Reconstruction
    Author: Herron, Mick
    Publisher: Soho $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781569475041 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Madman on a Drum
    Author: Housewright, David
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312370817 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Updated 4.24.08
  • An Instinctive Solution
    Author: Jeffries, Roderic
    Publisher: Severn $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727865953 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Updated 4.24.08
  • Roux Morgue
    Author: Johnson, Claire M.
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 978159058473 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Life may not be getting any easier for curate Callie Anson, but it is definitely getting more interesting. Detective Inspector Neville Stewart must deal with the disappearance of father-to-be Trevor Norton. But just when Neville thinks he's solved it, someone else goes missing: young Alex Hamilton.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • The Genius
    Author: Kellerman, Jesse
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399154591 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist
    From bestselling author Kellerman--crime writing's freshest new voice--comes a sinister and provocative thriller.
    Updated 5.12.08
  • Hangman's Corner
    Author: King, Peter
    Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594146459 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    Updated 3.3.08
  • South of Shiloh
    Author: Logan, Chuck
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061136696 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    South of Shiloh is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the South and in the seldom seen world of hardcore Civil War reenactors.
    Updated 3.3.08
  • Headhunters: Inspector Hen Mallin
    Author: Lovesey, Peter
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 9781569474907 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Gemma loathes her sleazy boss, which she confides in her friend Jo. On a double date with Rick and Jake, they discuss forming a mutual murder society, in jest of course. When three of Gemma's coworkers go missing, is it just a coincidence, or has the joke gone too far?
    Updated 2.26.08
  • The Miracle at Speedy Motors
    Author: Mcall Smith, Alexander
    Publisher: Pantheon $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780375424489 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist
    In the ninth mystery of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe visits a game preserve to uncover the truth about an elderly American traveler whose safari proves to be his last journey.
    Updated 3.3.08
  • Virgins and Martyrs: Aria Quynn
    Author: Merkel, E.L.
    Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594146350 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Devil's Peak
    Author: Meyer, Deon
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316017855 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist
    From rising South African thriller writer Meyer comes a gripping suspense novel about revenge, forgiveness, and the race to catch a trained killer.
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Sepulchre
    Author: Mosse, Kate
    Publisher: Putnam $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399154676 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus
    From the author of the "New York Times" bestselling novel Labyrinth comes another haunting tale of secrets, murder, and the occult set in both 19th-century and 21st-century France.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Assassins at Ospreys
    Author: Raichev, R.T.
    Publisher: Soho $ 22.95 ISBN: 9781569475058 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star LJ
    Mystery writer Antonia Darcy and her husband, Major Hugh Payne, are persuaded to visit a fan’s home. They become suspicious when the dying master of nearby Ospreys leaves his fortune to her. - Publisher Marketing Updated 4.8.08
  • Seven for a Secret
    Author: Reed, Mary & Eric
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590584897 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    Who killed the mosaic girl? As Lord Chamberlain, John spends his days counseling Emperor Justinian while passing the small hours of night in conversation with the solemn-eyed little girl depicted in a mosaic on his study wall. He never expected to meet her in a public square or afterwards find her red-dyed corpse in a subterranean cistern. Had the mysterious woman truly been the model for the mosaic years before as she claimed? Who was she? Why had she sought John out? Who wanted her dead -- and why?The answers seem to lie among the denizens of the smoky streets of that quarter of Constantinople known as the Copper Market, where artisans, beggars, prostitutes, pillar saints, and exiled aristocrats struggle to survive within sight of the Great Palace and yet worlds distant. John encounters a faded actress, a patriotic sausage maker, a sundial maker who fears the sun, a religious visionary, a man who lives in a treasure trove, and a beggar who owes his life to a cartload of melons. Before long he suspects he is attempting to unravel not just a murder but a plot against the empire. Or is John really on a personal quest, to find the reality behind the confidante he thought existed only in his own imagination? Is there such a thing as truth in a place where people live on memories, dreams, and illusions? Even if there is, can John push aside the shadows and find the truth in time? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Devils at Bakersfield
    Author: Shannon, John
    Publisher: $ ISBN: 9781933648293 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    This new Jack Liffey thriller is set in the strange and violent streets of Bakersfield. Shannon writes stories with a European, existentialist feel, mixed with absurdist touches. The Jack Liffey series is a major re-imagining of Los Angeles--"Los Angeles Times."
    Updated 4.8.08
  • The Mirror's Edge
    Author: Sidor, Steven
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312354138 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Two brothers were snatched from their home and out of the arms of their babysitter in a small Midwestern town. Now, disturbing new details of the afternoon that changed their lives will come to light--with unthinkable consequences for all involved.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • Infected
    Author: Sigler, Scott
    Publisher: Crown $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307406101 Date: 2008
    star PW
    The world's most successful podcasting author leaps from Internet sensation to superstar novelist with this no-holds-barred thriller about a bioengineered parasite infecting humanity.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • The Ancient Rain
    Author: Stansberry, Domenic
    Publisher: Minotaur $24.95 ISBN: 9780312364533 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus
    San Francisco's North Beach comes to life as Dante Mancuso retraces a past investigation to clear a fellow PI in the third chilling novel in this series from Edgar Award-winner Stansberry.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • A Carrion Death: Detective Kubu
    Author: Stanley, Michael
    Publisher: Collins $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780061252402 Date: 2008
    star PW
    In A Carrion Death, a memorable new detective makes his debut in a gritty and evocative new series set amid the beauty and darkness of contemporary Africa.
    Updated 2.26.08
  • The Mercy Oak
    Author: Wall, Kathryn R.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312375348 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Tempers run hot and prejudices deep in this eighth entry in the award-winning mystery series set in South Carolina's sultry Lowcountry.
    Updated 5.2.08
  • Hollywood Crows
    Author: Wambaugh, Joseph
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780316025287 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    The master of crime fiction is back with a gripping sequel to the #1 bestselling Hollywood Station. Wambaugh takes readers on a tightly plotted and darkly funny ride-along through Los Angeles with a cast of flawed cops and eccentric lowlifes they won't soon forget.
    Updated 2.26.08

May

  • The Outlander
    Author: Adamson, Gil
    Publisher: $ ISBN: 9780061491252 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Adamson's debut work is simply enough, a superb novel. . . . The frayed material of the North American west is rendered in an astoundingly fresh light. . . . a condition only occasioned by first rate fiction (Jim Harrison).
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk
    Author: Akunin, Boris
    Publisher: Random $ 14 ISBN: 9780812975147 Date: 2008
    star PW
    This follow-up to the first book in Akunin's Pelagia trilogy, Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog, is a mesmerizing--and frightening--foray into Zavolzhsk's spiritual underworld.
    Updated 4.8.08
  • The Fisher Boy
    Author: Anable, Stephen
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590584804 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Boston comic Mark Winslow arrives with his troupe of improv actors ready to break into the Provincetown club circuit. A public fight makes him the prime suspect in the grisly butchering of a Boston blueblood. Mark believes his choice is simple: find the killer or be charged with the crime.
    Updated 3.3.08
  • Last Post
    Author: Barnard, Robert
    Publisher: Scribner $ 24 ISBN: 9781416559405 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Diamond Dagger Award-winner and critically acclaimed contemporary crime-writer Barnard delivers another triumph, with this tale of murder and intrigue.
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Sacrifice
    Author: Bolton, S.J.
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312381134 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star PW
    Part forensic-thriller, part medical-thriller, Sacrifice combines both elements to great effect in this atmospheric and original debut--Simon Beckett.
    Updated 5.2.08
  • Blood Trail: Joe Pickett
    Author: Box, C. J.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399154881 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star LJ
    An award-winning writer returns with a vengeance in this thrilling new novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Blood Alley
    Author: Coffey, Tom
    Publisher: Toby $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781592642236 Date: 2008
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    In this hard boiled detective novel, Patrick Grimes, a World War II veteran and reporter, investigates the murder of a young, wealthy woman in a seedy area of New York City. What Grimes uncovers jeopardizes not only his life but also his sanity.
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Tell No Lies
    Author: Compton, Julie
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312378752 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus
    A sexy and compelling debut about one family man's obsession and the price he's forced to pay, this story is as much a whodunit as it is about why.
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Frames: Valentino
    Author: Estleman, Loren
    Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780765315755 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Loren Estleman marvelously mixes movies and mayhem in a way sure to please film buffs and mystery fans alike. Frames is another winner from a master--John Jakes, "New York Times" bestselling author.
    Updated 5.2.08
  • Baby Shark's High Plains Redemption
    Author: Fate, Robert
    Publisher: $ ISBN: 9780979996023 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus
    It is May 1957, and Kristin Van Dijk will be 22 soon. She has been a PI and Otis Millett's partner more than two years. When Kristin and Otis are hired to deliver the ransom for redheaded Savannah Smike, a kidnapped piano-playing girlfriend of an Oklahoma bootlegger, it's kill or be killed.
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Enlightment
    Author: Freely, Maureen
    Publisher: Overlook $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590200742 Date: 2008
    star PW star LJ
    The celebrated translator of Orhan Pamuk's Nobel Prize-winning Snow offers an arresting vision of contemporary Turkey, in a story of first love, betrayal, and one American girl trapped in the fray.
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Careless in Red
    Author: George, Elizabeth
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780061160875 Date: 2008
    star PW star LJ
    In this eagerly anticipated novel, the "New York Times"-bestselling author brings back Scotland Yard's Thomas Lynley in a stunning mystery in which he's caught in the middle of a seemingly perfect crime.
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Leave No Stone Unturned: Lexie Starr
    Author: Glidewell, Jeanne
    Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594146497 Date: 2008
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    Updated 6.18.08
  • Game Over
    Author: Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
    Publisher: Severn $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727866158 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    A Bill Slider Mystery - When ex-BBC correspondent Ed Stonax is found dead, the last thing Detective Inspector Slider needs to complicate his life is the reappearance of an old enemy issuing death threats. Trevor Bates, aka The Needle, is on the loose and trying to kill him, and with a high-profile murder to solve, Slider must try to find a spare moment to marry Joanna before their baby is born and stay alive long enough to do it . . .
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Madman on a Drum
    Author: Housewright, David
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312370817 Date: 2008
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    The secret behind a kidnapping and a murder lies hidden in McKenzie's own difficult past, in the latest work from the Edgar Award-winning author.
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Head Wounds
    Author: Knopf, Chris
    Publisher: $ ISBN: 9781579621650 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Updated 4.8.08
  • The Lost
    Author: Kray, Roberta
    Publisher: Soho $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781569475065 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Updated 3.3.08
  • The Girl of His Dreams
    Author: Leon, Donna
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 9780871139801 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Updated 3.3.08
  • Fever
    Author: Pronzini, Bill
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95ISBN: 9780765318183 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus
    The Nameless Detective series has become the longest-running series of its kind. These works faithfully embod[y] the spirit of classic private-eye fiction . . . [they are] classy, noir storytelling ("Cleveland Plain-Dealer").
    Updated 4.8.08
  • How the Dead Live
    Author: Raymond, Derek
    Publisher: Serpents Tail $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781852427986 Date: 2008
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    Updated 4.8.08
  • Holy Moly
    Author: Rehder, Ben
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312357542 Date: 2008
    star PW
    A popular televangelist intends to build a massive religious complex in Blanco County, until a dinosaur fossil spoils his plans, in this twisted tale of greed, corruption--and paleontology.
    Updated 4.8.08
  • River Ghosts
    Author: Robb, B. R.
    Publisher: Five Star $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594146541 Date: 2008
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    Updated 4.8.08
  • The Triumph of Caesar
    Author: Saylor, Steven
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312359836 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist
    The "New York Times"-bestselling author of Roma returns with the latest installment in his critically acclaimed series.
    Updated 5.12.08
  • The Walking Dead
    Author: Seymour, Gerald
    Publisher: $ ISBN: 9781590200056 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star
    The Walking Dead is a breathtakingly suspenseful thriller about the modern world, with all its dangers and complexities, and two men on very different paths--one a terrorist, the other a police officer.
    Updated 4.8.08
  • Child 44
    Author: Smith, Tom Rob
    Publisher: Grand Central $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446402385 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star PW star Kirkus
    In Stalin's Soviet Union, it's a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer--much less a serial killer--is in the midst of the populace. Exiled from his home, a war hero must find and stop a criminal that the State won't admit even exists.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.3.08
  • The Big Both Ways
    Author: Straley, John
    Publisher: Alaska Northwest $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780882407395 Date: 2008
    star PW star Booklist
    It's 1935. Jobs are scarce. Yet Slippery Wilson walks off his job at a logging camp afer a gruesome accident kills a coworker. He's headed for Seattle with his savings and plans to buy a piece of farmland and be his own boss. When he stops to help a woman get her car out of a ditch, his life takes a serious detour. The woman is Ellie Hobbs, an anachist from the docks of Seattle who watches out for her young neice and dreams of flying planes. But right now she's got a busted nose and has just stuffed a dead man's body into the trunk of her car. So begins the action that will take Slip, Ellie, her neice, and her noisy yellow bird on a heart-stopping adventure up the Inside Passage from Puget Sound to Alaska. They travel by dory to stay off the roads, and are followed not only by union men out for revenge but by a dogged Seattle police detective who recently lost his wife and is looking for a new life of his own. A gripping period crime story, THE BIG BOTH WAYS incorporates actual events and real places. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.12.08
  • Chateau Beyond Time
    Author: Tobias, Michael
    Publisher: Council Oaks $ 25 ISBN: 9781571782137 Date: 2008
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    Updated 3.3.08
  • Black Out
    Author: Unger, Lisa
    Publisher: $ ISBN: 9780307338488 Date: 2008
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    This is a stunning, mind-bending shocker with moments of sheer terror--one of the best thrillers I've read this year!--Tess Gerritsen, author of The Bone Garden.
    Updated 4.8.08
  • The Dawn Patrol
    Author: Winslow, Don
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 9780307266200 Date: 2008
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    The author of The Winter of Frankie Machine is back with a razor-sharp novel as cool as its California surfer heroes, and as heart-stopping as a wave none of them sees coming.
    Updated 6.18.08
  • The Calling
    Author: Wolfe, Inger
    Publisher: $ ISBN: 9780151013470 Date: 2008
    star LJ star PW
    When terminally ill patients are found gruesomely murdered in Port Dundas, Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef finds herself tracking a truly terrifying serial killer across the country, while everything she had been barely holding together begins to spin out of control.
    Updated 4.8.08

June

  • Final Theory
    Author: Alpert, Mark
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 24 ISBN: 9781416572879 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    An exciting new thriller--and science--writer presents this action-packed debut that seamlessly weaves issues of science, history, and politics with white-knuckle chases and a gun battle that crosses into the extra dimensions of space and time.
    Updated 5.2.08
  • The Blood of Caesar: A Second Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger
    Author: Bell, Albert
    Publisher: Ingalls Dist $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781932158823 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    Pliny the Younger and Tacitus have another mystery to solve - actually layers of mysteries. During dinner at the emperor Domitian's palace, a workman is discovered dead in the archives. Why is this humble man's death important to the ruler of Rome? Domitian assigns Pliny to uncover references to an unknown heir of Augustus Caesar in a memoir of Nero's mother. Why does Domitian suspect his own copy of the memoir is incomplete? And how does his suspicion relate to the niece of Pliny's old friend and mentor? Is Tacitus' father-in-law Agricola a villain or a potential victim? Like a sinister red line slashed through a carefully prepared manuscript, the legacy of the great Augustus marks the connections to slaves of Pliny's own household. Pliny and Tacitus must descend to the Stygian underworld of Nero's buried "golden house" to find answers. Will the answers save the peace of Rome, or mark its doom? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.2.08
  • Singularity
    Author: Casey, Kathryn
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312379506 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star PW
    Profiler Sarah Armstrong knows what it's like to be in a sticky situation. As a single mother and one of the few female Rangers in Texas history, she has had to work twice as hard to rank among the best cops in the Lone Star State. But when megawealthy businessman Edward Lucas III is found murdered along with his mistress, their bodies posed in grotesque ways, Sara quickly senses that this will be the deadliest case of her career. While others focus the investigation on Lucas's estranged wife, Sarah disagrees and hunts a suspect only she believes in. Yet nothing in her career could have prepared her for the horror of a young man who believes he has been sent from heaven to massacre innocent people. When Sarah picks up on the killer's elusive trail, following his scent all over Texas, the psychopath makes her his next target. And as Sarah closes in, the madman sets his sights on all she holds dear. Singularity features a feisty, funny, and tough heroine and a truly creepy killer, as it races along to a chilling and unexpected climax. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.29.08
  • Nothing to Lose
    Author: Child, Lee
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 27 ISBN: 9780385340564 Date: 2008
    starBooklist
    All Jack Reacher wants is a cup of coffee when he stops in a small town in Colorado. What he gets is big trouble. In Child's electrifying new novel, Reacher--a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose--goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.
    Updated 3.30.08
  • The Reapers
    Author: Connolly, John
    Publisher: Pocket $ 26ISBN: 9781416569527 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Darkly brilliant and intuitive detective Charlie Parker returns in the newest thriller by "New York Times"-bestselling author Connolly.
    Updated 5.2.08
  • The Master of the Delta
    Author: Cook, Thomas H.
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 9780151012541Date: 2008
    star Booklist star PW
    While conducting a class on historical evil, Jack is shocked to discover that his unassuming student Eddie is the son of a notorious local murderer. When Eddie's investigation into his past leads him to Jack's own father, Jack finds himself questioning Eddie's motives--and his own.
    Updated 4.14.08
  • Blackman's Coffin: Sam Blackman
    Author: De Castrique, Mark
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590585177 Date: 2008
    star LJ star PW
    Sam Blackman is an angry man. A Chief Warrant Officer in the Criminal Investigation Detachment of the U.S. military, he lost a leg in Iraq. His outspoken criticism of his medical treatment resulted in his transfer to the Veteran's Hospital in Asheville, NC. Then an ex-marine and fellow amputee named Tikima Robertson walks into his hospital room.
    Tikima hints that she has an opportunity for Sam to use his investigative skills--if he can stop feeling sorry for himself. But before she can return, Tikima is murdered, her body found floating in the river.
    Tikima's sister, Nakayla, brings Sam a journal she finds in Tikima's apartment. The volume dates to 1919 and contains the entries of a twelve-year-old boy who accompanies his father, a white funeral director, as they help a black man, Elijah Robertson, transport his deceased relative to a small family plot in Georgia. Nearly ninety years ago, Elijah's body was found in the French Broad River, a crime foreshadowing his great-great granddaughter Tikima's death.
    Sam and Nakayla must delve into Asheville's rich history--the legacy of the Vanderbilts at the Biltmore estate and of author Thomas Wolfe--to uncover the murderous truth.
    Blackman's Coffin starts a new series by Mark de Castrique, author of the Buryin'' Barry Mysteries. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.24.08
  • The Spies of Warsaw
    Author: Furst, Alan
    Publisher: Random $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781400066025 Date: 2008
    starBooklist star PW star LJ
    Set in Warsaw, Selsia, and Paris, Furst's stunning, action-packed new thriller combines espionage with deadly romance, all happening during the rearing threat of Hitler's gathering war against Europe.
    Updated 4.24.08
  • China Lake
    Author: Gardiner, Meg
    Publisher: NAL $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780451224552 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Evan Delaney learns that not only has her former sister-in-law joined a religious cult, but the unstable mother plans to regain custody of her son and disappear with him into the fold of the fanatical group. But when murder raises the stakes, Evan is dragged deeper into the nightmare.
    Updated 6.18.08
  • Heavenly Pleasures: Corinna Chapman
    Author: Greenwood, Kerry
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590584262 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Baker Corinna Chapman is happy with her life and has no intention of doing any more investigative work. At least until she bites into what should have been a lovely gourmet chocolate and instead finds a chili-filled catastrophe. Is this tampering part of an elaborate and horrible joke--or a warning?
    Updated 4.24.08
  • August Moon
    Author: Lourey, Jess
    Publisher: Midnight Ink $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780738713250 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    Mira James' fury over getting stood up by Johnny Leeson is hotter than the scorching summer heat in this fourth Murder-by-Month mystery. She's getting out of Battle Lake, Minnesota, "where the women are churchgoers, the men like to hunt, and the body count is above average." But before our sassy young heroine can hightail it back to Minneapolis to become a "cat-collecting, fist-shaking, asexual English professor," a high school cheerleader is found murdered. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.23.08
  • A Vengeful Longing
    Author: Morris, R.N.
    Publisher: Penguin $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781594201806 Date: 2008
    star PW
    Following in the footsteps of the highly acclaimed novel The Gentle Axe, A Vengeful Longing features the detective Porfiry Petrovich in another atmospheric and gripping slice of 19th-century Russia.
    Updated 4.24.08
  • Vita Nuova
    Author: Nabb, Magdalen
    Publisher: Soho $ 24 ISBN: 9781569474938 Date: 2008
    starBooklist
    Daniela is a quiet single mother studying for a doctorate in chemistry. She rarely goes out, so her murder in her bedroom at the family's new villa seems inexplicable. The prosecutor asks specifically for Marshal Guarnaccia to head the investigation, in this 14th book in the series.
    Updated 3.30.08
  • Cezanne's Quarry
    Author: Pope, Barbara
    Publisher: Norton $ 25 ISBN: 9781933648835 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    A young woman is found murdered ...and the clues to her death point to her spurned lover, Paul Cezanne.
    In this richly atmospheric novel, a mysterious young woman named Solange Vernet arrives in Aix-en-Provence with her lover, a Darwinian scholar named Charles Westbury, and a year later is found strangled in a quarry outside the city. The young and inexperienced magistrate, Bernard Martin, finds his investigation caught in the crossfires of a raging cultural debate Exploring questions of science and religion--and the role of women in these realms--that persist even today, Cezanne's Quarry is an impressive debut mystery about life, death, love, and art. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.23.08
  • Not in the Flesh: Wexford
    Author: Rendell, Ruth
    Publisher: Crown $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307406811 Date: 2008
    star PW
    From the award-winning author and grand dame of British crime fiction ("The Gazette") comes the chilling new novel featuring Chief Inspector Wexford and the Kingsmarkham Police Force.
    Updated 4.24.08
  • No One You Know
    Author: Richmond, Michelle
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 23 ISBN: 9780385340137 Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    From the author of The Year of Fog comes this intensely emotional and startlingly provocative family drama, in which a woman's search for her sister's killer spirals into a journey of secrets, revelations, and damaged lives.
    Updated 6.18.08
  • The Walking Dead
    Author: Seymour, Gerald
    Publisher: Overlook $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590200056 Date: 2008
    star Kirkus star LJ
    The Walking Dead is a breathtakingly suspenseful thriller about the modern world, with all its dangers and complexities, and two men on very different paths--one a terrorist, the other a police officer.
    Updated 6.18.08
  • I Shall Not Want
    Author: Spencer-Fleming, Julia
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312334871 Date: 2008
    star Booklist star LJ
    Award-winning author Spencer-Fleming shows that it is possible to escape danger--but not desire--in her most suspenseful, passionate novel yet.
    Updated 6.2.08
  • An Expert in Murder: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey
    Author: Upson, Nicola
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061451539 Date: 2008
    star LJ
    For fans of classic detective stories, including the mysteries of Agatha Christie, comes this brilliant first novel set in the exotic world of British theater in the 1930s.
    Updated 6.2.08
  • The Club of Angels
    Author: Verssimo, Luis Fernando
    Publisher: New Directions $ 16.95 ISBN: 9780811217552Date: 2008
    star Booklist
    A literary mystery about cooking and gourmands by one of Brazil's most popular authors.
    The Club of Angels is an irresistible, enticing book about the sin of gluttony. With wit and dark humor, Verissimo tells the story of ten well-to-do men who meet every month to dine fabulously. When their leader and chef dies of AIDS, he is replaced by a mysterious, strangely taciturn cook who gives them gastronomic experiences to die for! - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.18.08
  • The Evil That Men Do
    Author: White, Dave
    Publisher: Three Rivers $ 13.95 ISBN: 9780307382795 Date: 2008
    starPW
    From one of the most acclaimed young voices in crime fiction comes the gripping second novel featuring New Jersey P.I. Jackson Donne.
    Updated 7.4.08

 

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