Crime Fiction Stars 2009: January - July

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

  • Beat the Reaper
    Author: Bazell, Josh
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316032223 Date: 2009
    star LJ star PW
    In this wild and hilarious debut thriller, Peter Brown is a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with a past, a secret, and a gun--and he has 24 hours to save himself and beat the reaper.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.27.08
  • Old Flame
    Author: Berkowitz, Ira
    $ 12.95 ISBN: 9780307408624 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    A gritty, literate noir that provides a fascinating look at the seedy New York still lurking behind the city's gleaming veneer, Old Flameis both a valentine to hardboiled fiction fans and a great introduction to the genre--Chelsea Cain, author of Heartsick.
    Updated 12.30.08
  • Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness
    Author: Bernhardt, William
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345487582 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Eliot Ness, famous for taking down America's most notorious mobster Al Capone, is recruited by the mayor of Cleveland to clean up the city's widespread crime and corruption. Nemesis chronicles Ness's final case as he tracks America's first known serial killer.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction | Serial Killers
    Updated 12.30.08
  • Murder in the Latin Quarter
    Author: Black, Cara
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781569475416 Date: 2009
    starPW
    A Haitian woman arrives at the office of Leduc Detective and announces that she is Aimee's sister, her father's illegitimate daughter. Aimee is thrilled. A virtual orphan since her mother's disappearance and her father's death, she has always wanted a sister. Her partner, Rene, is wary of this stranger, but Aimee embraces her and soon finds herself involved in murky Haitian politics leading to murder. The setting is the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank of the Seine, in the old university district of Paris. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.31.08
  • Kiling Castro
    Author: Block, Lawrence
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780843961133 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Available for the first time in almost 50 years, this classic novel follows five Americans--a bounty hunter, a murderer on the run, a vengeful college kid, a professional thug, and a bank clerk dying of cancer--who will split $100,000 if they can sneak into Cuba and assassinate Fidel Castro.
    Updated 11.3.08
  • Three Weeks to Say Goodbye
    Author: Box, C. J.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312365721 Date: 2009
    starPW
    The "New York Times"-bestselling author of Blue Heaven delivers a breathtaking new thriller about a man who will do just about anything to protect his wife and adopted daughter.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Cambridge Blue
    Author: Bruce, Alison
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781569475201 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Gary Goodhew is intelligent, intuitive, and the youngest detective at Cambridge's Parkside Station. When Gary discovers the first body in a series of murders involving an eccentric Cambridge family, he gets his chance to work on a homicide investigation. He must use his own initiative to flush out the killer, even though it means risking his job and discovering the truth about the one person he hopes is innocent.
    Updated 12.30.08
  • Die Before I Wake
    Author: Breton, Laurie
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780778325901 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Just five days after they meet, Julie Hanrahan and Dr. Thomas Larkin marry. But the honeymoon is quickly over when Julie learns her husband is a workaholic, her mother-in-law is hostile, her stepdaughter is resentful--and Tom's first wife didn't die in an accident after all.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Messenger
    Author: Burke, Jan
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780743273879 Date: 2009
    starPW
    In Burke's first supernatural thriller, a salvage diver becomes enslaved to a creature who calls to him from the wreckage of a 19th-century ship and orders him to hunt down Tyler Hawthorne, a solitary man who has heard the last thoughts of the dying for more than two centuries.
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres
    Updated 10.31.08
  • The Sky Took Him
    Author: Casey, Donis
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590585719 Date: 2009
    star PW
    While dealing with a family death, Alafair Tucker must track down her missing nephew before his creditors find him.
    Updated 11.3.08
  • The Joys of My Life
    Author: Clare, Alys
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727866950 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The new novel in the Hawkenlye series - May 1199. Abbess Helewise has been summoned by Queen Eleanor to discuss the building of a chapel at Hawkenlye Abbey. Meanwhile, Sir Josse dAcquin is on the trail of a group of mysterious knights rumoured to be devil worshippers. As Helewise heads for home, Josse follows his quarry to Chartres, where he meets the last person he expects: Joanna. And she has grave problems of her own . .
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.09
  • In the Shadow of the Master: Classic Tales by Edgar Allan Poe and Essays by Jeffery Deaver, Nelson Demille, Tess Gerritsen, Sue Grafton, Stephen King, Laura Lippman, Lisa Scottoli
    Author: Connelly, Michael (edt)
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061690396 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth, this anthology gathers a collection of stories by the original master of suspense, with commentary from beloved and bestselling contemporary authors.
    Suggested Reading: Poe
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Judas Kiss
    Author: Ellison, J.T.
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780778326298 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson investigates the brutal murder of a young pregnant woman. After the victim is linked to an amateur porn Web site featuring underage kids, an old adversary uses the footage to implicate Jackson in a murder.
    Updated 11.3.08
  • Never Tell a Lie
    Author: Ephron, Hallie
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061567155 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In the tradition of Harlan Coben, a skilled and imaginative writer ratchets up the suspense in this riveting page-turner that proves when secrets and lies fester into obsession, there's no statute of limitations on revenge.
    Updated 11.3.08
  • Honestly Dearest, You're Dead
    Author: Fredrickson, Jack
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312380922 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    The critically acclaimed author returns with the second in the Dek Ekstrom P.I. series. Smartly plotted, briskly paced, and laced with humor . . . a mystery writer to watch--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review).
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Lost River
    Author: Fulmer, David
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780151011872 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Taking readers back to his acclaimed and much-loved Storyville series, award-winning author Fulmer marks a heart-pounding return to the streets of Detective Valentin St. Cyr's New Orleans.
    Suggested Reading: New Orleans
    Updated 12.30.08
  • Buried Strangers
    Author: Gage, Leighton
    $24 ISBN: 9781569475140 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    A playful dog finds a bone at the outset of this mystery set in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Chief Inspector Mario Silva of the federal police based in Brasilia and his team of investigators, Hector Costa and Arnaldo Nunes, are called in. The bone is human and the investigators soon unearth a clandestine cemetery. Someone has secretly disposed of the bodies of unknown human beings, often interred in family groups. And in Sao Paulo, it turns out, many patrons of a local travel agency have never reached their North American destinations. The motive for these mass murders is completely contemporary and completely appalling. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.30.08
  • A Face at the WIndow: Home Repair
    Author: Graves, Sarah
    $ 22 ISBN: 9780553806793 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Graves hammers home another suspenseful sleuthing-and-spackling installment in the beloved series that features plenty of slapstick, farce, and home-repair tips amid the mayhem ("Boston Sunday Globe").
    Updated 12.30.08
  • The Last Gig
    Author: Green, Norman
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780312385422 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    This sharp series debut introduces Allessandra Martillo, a tough-as-nails P.I. from the Bronx who is trying to catch a mob traitor.
    Updated 12.30.08
  • The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death
    Author: Huston, Charlie
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345501110 Date: 2009
    star PW
    From the acclaimed and bestselling author of The Shotgun Rule and Six Bad Things comes a swift and stylish novel of blood and guts in the City of Angels.
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled/Noir
    Updated 11.3.08
  • The Empty Mirror
    Author: Jones, J. Sydney
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312383893 Date: 2009
    starPW
    With an unmatched knowledge of Vienna's history, culture, and politics, Jones introduces a gripping new mystery series set in a cosmopolitan city at the height of its artistic and social importance.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Bright Futures
    Author: Kaminsky, Stuart
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780765318282 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Lovable everyman Lew Fonesca, the man who makes things work in Sarasota, is once again faced with cases that try his patience and test his sanity. Updated 10.31.08
  • Six Seconds
    Author: Mofina, RIck
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780778326120 Date: 2009
    star PW star PW
    Three strangers become entangled in a plot to change the world in only six seconds, in this engaging global thriller that moves like a tornado ("New York Times"-bestselling author James Patterson).
    Updated 1.15.08
  • Nemesis
    Author: Nesbo, Jo
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061655500 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star PW starBooklist
    Gripping and surprising, Nemesis is the new thriller by one of the biggest stars of Scandinavian crime fiction.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.15.08
  • A Beautiful Place to Die
    Author: Nunn, Malla
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781416586203 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Screenwriter Nunn draws on her true-life experience growing up in Africa to create this darkly romantic crime novel set in 1950s apartheid South Africa. Detective Emmanuel Cooper is caught up in a time and place where racial tensions and the raw hunger for power make for dangerous times.
    Updated 10.31.08
  • Eclipse
    Author: Patterson, RIchard North
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780805087727 Date: 2009
    starPW
    The spellbinding story of an American lawyer who takes on a nearly impossible case--the defense of an African freedom fighter against his corrupt government's charge of murder--Eclipse combines a thrilling narrative with a vivid look at the human cost of the global lust for oil.
    Updated 10.31.08
  • A Rule Against Murder
    Author: Penny, Louise
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312377021 Date: 2009
    starBooklist starLJstar Kirkus
    Agatha and Anthony Award-winning author Penny breathes brilliant new life into the classic drawing-room mystery.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Runner: Jane Whitefield
    Author: Perry, Thomas
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780151015283 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Jane Whitefield--"New York Times"-bestselling writer Perry's most popular character--returns from retirement to the world of the runner, guiding fugitives out of danger.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Contagious
    Author: Sigler, Scott
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307406316 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    This mind-blowing stand-alone sequel to Infected finds the planet on the brink of succumbing to a deadly invasion. Packed with action and propelled by hard science, Contagious offers a massive dose of adrenaline-soaked terror.
    Suggested Reading: Adrenaline
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Portrait of a Lady
    Author: Stuckart, Diane A. S.
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780425225738 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    The legendary Renaissance man and amateur sleuth is back in this exciting follow-up to The Queen's Gambit.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Daemon
    Author: Suarez, Daniel
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780525951117 Date: 2009
    star PW
    This high-tech thriller for the wireless age explores the unthinkable consequences of a computer program running without human control--a daemon--designed to dismantle society and bring about a new world order.
    Suggested Reading: Adrenaline
    Updated 11.3.08
  • A Matter of Justice
    Author: Todd, Charles
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061233593 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The superb new entry in the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series the "New York Times Book Review" hails as outstanding and the "Washington Post" proclaims as one of the best being written today.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 11.3.08

February

  • Sucker Punch
    Author: Banks, Ray
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780151013234 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Cal Innes is back, in a "ferocious asskicker of a novel" (Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone), visiting the City of Angels for a boxing tournament that turns deadly.
    In this, the second Cal Innes novel, Cal is looking forward to continuing his job as caretaker at Paulo's gym without the barbed-wire collar of parole. But a prodigal amateur boxer named Liam needs someone to go with him to his first major tournament in Los Angeles, and with rumors of a rigged competition, Cal's babysitting job swiftly turns into something dangerous. As his codeine habit and Liam's temper spin out of control, Cal finds himself in the desert, staring down the barrel of a gun. Suddenly the City of Angels doesn't seem quite so heavenly.
    With his trademark dark humor, emotional acuity, and pulse-pounding action, Ray Banks takes Cal Innes, the "P.I.
    who always pays the price" (Boston Globe), where he has never gone before. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled/Noir
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Whisper in the Dark
    Author: Browne, Robert Gregory
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780312358662 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Detective Frank Blackburn finds a beautiful Jane Doe naked, incoherent, covered with blood--and brandishing a pair of scissors near the scene of a brutal murder. Is she the perpetrator? Or is she the only eyewitness to the handiwork of a twisted serial killer?
    Suggested Reading: Serial Killers
    Updated 1.30.09
  • Hangman Blind
    Author: Clark, Cassandra
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312537302 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    The stellar debut novel in a new mystery series features a brilliant and brave medieval abbess, in this work set in 1382 Yorkshire, England.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Lost Witness
    Author: Ellis, Robert
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780312366155 Date: 2009
    starPW star Booklist
    Detective Lena Gamble returns. A cop held in disgrace by police higher ups for the explosive way a previous case played out, Gamble is hailed as a hero by her colleagues for catching a killer, in this thriller that features one of the most intense and vivid police characters in modern fiction.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Deepest Cut
    Author: Emley, Dianne
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780345499523 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The dramatic, explosive climax to bestselling author Emley's thrilling Nan Vining trilogy, hurtles the reader down a razor's edge of suspense to the final, shattering end (Lisa Gardner).
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Spade and Archer: The Prequel to the Maltese Falcon
    Author: Gores, Joe
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307264640 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star Kirkus star PW star LJ
    A gritty, pitch-perfect noir novel, Spade & Archer is the authorized prequel to Dashiell Hammett's classic, The Maltese Falcon. In 1921, P.I. Sam Spade tangles with a villain who's planned what he thinks is the perfect crime. And he'll fall in love--though it won't turn out for the best.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Historical Crime Fiction | Hard-Boiled/Noir
    Updated 2.27.09
  • The Seance
    Author: Harwood, John
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780151012039 Date: 2009
    starPW
    From the author of The Ghost Writer comes a haunting tale of apparitions, a cursed manor house, and two generations of women determined to discover the truth--even at the cost of their lives.
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Risk of Darkness
    Author: Hill, Susan
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781585679270 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star LJ
    From the author of The Various Haunts of Men and The Pure in Heart comes Hill's third crime novel, which follows a child's abduction and explores the grief of a widowed husband, a derangement that turns to obsession and threats, violence, and terror.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Wicked Game
    Author: Jackson, Lisa
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781420103380 Date: 2009
    starPW
    It's been 20 years since wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished. Her high school friends believed she ran away. Now, a body has been unearthed on school grounds, and Jessie's old friends find themselves being killed off one by one, in this riveting work of romantic suspense.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Shooters and Chasers
    Author: Kleinfeld, Lenny
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594147395 Date: 2009
    starKirkus
    Updated 1.27.09
  • Blood and Ice
    Author: Masello, Robert
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780553807288 Date: 2009
    starPW starBooklist
    From the battlefields of the Crimean War to the depths of present-day Antarctica, this gripping novel spans centuries to tell a tale that is at once an edge-of-the-seat vampire thriller and sweeping love story.
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres | Adrenaline
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Hater
    Author: Moody, David
    $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780312384838 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star PW
    Soon to be a major motion picture, Hater is the story of Danny McCoyne, an everyman forced to contend with a world gone mad. For reasons unknown, vast numbers of the human population suddenly become irrationally violent, killing all who cross their path.
    Updated 1.27.09
  • A Darker Domain
    Author: McDermid, Val
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780061688980 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    The bestselling master of suspense presents this stand-alone thriller--a brilliant exploration of loyalty and greed that intertwines past and present.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Renegades
    Author: Parker, T. Jefferson
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780525950950 Date: 2009
    starLJ starBooklist starPW
    Some say that outlaws no longer exist, that the true spirit of the American West died with the legendary bandits of pulp novels and bedtime stories. Deputy Charlie Hood knows that nothing could be further from the truth. These days he patrols vast stretches of the new American West, not on horseback but in his police cruiser.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Early's Fall
    Author: Peterson, Jerry
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594146787 Date: 2009
    starKirkus starLJ
    Updated 2.27.09
  • Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery
    Author: Quinn, Spencer
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781416585831 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star LJ star PW
    In this irresistible new detective series featuring a canine narrator, Quinn speaks two languages--suspense and dog--fluently. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and in a few places terrifying . . . [a] one-of-a-kind novel (Stephen King).
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 1.27.09
  • Revelation
    Author: Sansom, C. J.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670020515 Date: 2009
    starLJ star PW
    The fourth book in the Shardlake mystery series takes place in 1543. When an old friend of Matthew Shardlake's is murdered, he vows to bring the killer to justice. His search leads him back to the dark prophecies of the Book of Revelation--and a series of horrific murders.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Disappearance
    Author: Sigel, Efrem
    $ 28 ISBN: 9781579621803 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Samaritan's Secret
    Author: Ress, Matt Beynon
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781569475454 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star LJ
    A member of the tiny but ancient Samaritan community has been murdered. The dead man had controlled millions of dollars of government money. If the World Bank cannot locate it, all aid money to the Palestinians will be cut off. Omar Yussef must solve the murder and find the money, or all Palestinians will suffer.
    Updated 1.27.09
  • Murder at the Academy Awards: A Red Carpet Mystery
    Author: Rivers, Joan and Jerrilyn Farmer
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781416599371 Date: 2009
    starPW
    From the woman who pioneered the dishy Oscar night interview comes a fabulous red carpet roman clef that blends the classic whodunit with a dash of celebrity glitz, glamour, and, of course, gossip.
    Suggested Reading: Hollywood
    Updated 1.27.09
  • The Shanghai Moon: Lydia Chin and Bill Smith
    Author: Rozan, S.J.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312245566 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    Rozan returns to her award-winning, critically acclaimed series featuring Lydia Chin and Bill Smith. Estranged for months from fellow P.I. Smith, Chinese-American private investigator Chin is brought in by former mentor Joel Pilarsky to help with a case that crosses continents, cultures, and decades.
    Updated 1.27.09
  • Drood
    Author: Simmons, Dan
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780316007023 Date: 2009
    starLJ star PW star Booklist
    Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens' life, Drood explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to his final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.28.09
  • Whisper to the Blood: A Kate Shugak Novel
    Author: Stabenow, Dana
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312369743 Date: 2009
    starBooklist starPW
    Between two suspicious murders and a series of attacks on snow mobilers up the Kanuyaq River, part-time P.I. and newly elected chairman of the Niniltna Native Association Kate Shugak has her hands full.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Caryatids
    Author: Sterling, Bruce
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345460622 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The Caryatids looks at the near future and forecasts not just problems but incredible solutions using technology currently under development.
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Dark Paradise
    Author: Waiwaiole, Lono
    $ 35 ISBN: 9780939767618 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Among the Mad
    Author: Winspear, Jacqueline
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780805082166 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    In the thrilling new mystery by the "New York Times"-bestselling author of An Incomplete Revenge, Maisie Dobbs must catch a madman before he commits murder on an unimaginable scale.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.09

March

  • The Alexander Cipher
    Author: Adams, Will
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446404686 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Daniel Knox's first love is archaeology, more specifically Alexander the Great. In this adventure, he competes with rival archaeologists, Egyptian officials, and Macedonian nationalists in the hunt for one of the greatest archaeological prizes in the world.
    Suggested Reading: Adrenaline
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Krapp's Last Cassette
    Author: Argula, Anne
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780345498441 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Quinn, a sharp-tongued private investigator in Seattle who's been busy waving goodbye to her philandering husband while fanning her hot flashes with her other hand, has just bumped into a case that threatens to expose the compassionate heart beneath her hard-boiled exterior.
    A fifteen-year-old named Danny has suffered hideous abuse at the hands of his twisted parents, and now he's battling a life-threatening illness. Danny's saga has been turned into a bestselling memoir that is about to be adapted into a made-for-TV movie. The screenwriter, Alex Krapp, has talked to the weak, reclusive Danny only over the phone. But now a cynical reporter who believes that the kid doesn't exist is about to put his suspicions in print. Can Quinn find and vindicate Danny before he dies?
    Quinn is not only moved by the tale but a little attracted to Krapp himself. And yet something seems strange. Why does the story have so many similarities to her high-profile murder case, and why has Krapp hired her? While Quinn gets in touch with her feminine side, her suspicions force her to keep one hand on her Smith & Wesson LadySmith. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Wild Sorrow
    Author: Ault, Sandi
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780425225837 Date: 2009
    starPW
    With a flair for the outdoors, ("Rocky Mountain News") the Mary Higgins ClarkAward-winning author returns with agent Jamaica Wild.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • August Heat: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
    Author: Camilleri, Andrea
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780143114055 Date: 2009
    starPW
    When a friend's child suddenly disappears into a narrow shaft hidden under a beach rental, Inspector Salvo Montalbano, in pursuit of the boy, uncovers something terribly sinister, in the latest work in the popular series.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Vengeance Child
    Author: Clark, Simon
    $28.95 ISBN: 9780727867056 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Can revenge reach out from the grave? - Orphan Jay doesnt want to hurt anyone he tries so hard not to. Yet he has a terrible secret . . . Nurse Laura Parris is determined to protect him, but when she meets Victor Brodman, a widower, she wonders if she can finally reveal Jays disturbing past. That hes the only survivor of a terrifying shipwreck, the vengeance child, and that soon his shadow will fall over all humanity . . .
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Long Lost
    Author: Coben, Harlan
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780525951056 Date: 2009
    starKirkus
    A blistering new Myron Bolitar thriller from the "New York Times"-bestselling author of Hold Tight. Caught in a foreign landscape where nothing is as it seems, Bolitar must tear apart the city--and eventually the globe--fighting for answers to unfathomable questions.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Girl She Used to Be
    Author: Cristofano, David
    $ 22.99 ISBN: 9780446582223 Date: 2009
    starPW
    When Melody Grace McCartney was six, she and her parents witnessed an act of violence so brutal it changed their lives forever. Now, Jonathan Bovaro, the mafioso sent to hunt her down in the Witness Protection Program, is insistent that she's just a pawn in the government's war against the Bovaro family.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Fault Line
    Author: Eisler, Barry
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345505088 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    Smart, fast-paced, and terrifyingly real, Fault Line is a tale of personal and national betrayal, a war of emotions, and a conspiracy that has spiraled out of the realm of professionals to the streets of America.
    Suggested Reading: Adrenaline
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Therapy
    Author: Fitzek, Sebastian
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780312382001 Date: 2009
    star PW star Booklist
    No witnesses, no evidence, no body: Star psychologist Viktor Larenz's twelve-year-old daughter, Josy, who had suffered from an inexplicable illness, has vanished under mysterious circumstances during a visit to her doctor, and the investigation into her disappearance has brought no results. Four years later, Viktor remains a man shattered by this tragedy. He has retreated to a remote vacation cottage on a North Sea island, where a beautiful stranger named Anna Glass pays him a visit. She claims to be a novelist who suffers from an unusual form of schizophrenia: all the characters she creates for her books become real. While writing her most recent novel, Anna has been tortured by visions of a little girl with an unknown illness who has vanished without a trace, and she asks Dr. Larenz to treat her. Viktor reluctantly begins therapy sessions with the stranger, but very soon these sessions take a dramatic turn as the past is dragged back into the light. What really happened to Josy? Do Anna's delusions describe Josy's last days? And is Larenz a danger to himself and others? Therapy is an absolutely gripping psychological thriller, an intelligent, fast and furious read that will stay with you for a long time after you have followed Viktor into the depths of his own psyche, and have figured out who Anna Glass really is. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.3.09
  • Grave Goods
    Author: Franklin, Ariana
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399155444 Date: 2009
    starLJ star PW
    Combining the best of modern forensic thrillers with the drama of medieval fiction, "New York Times" abestselling author Ariana Franklin returns with the third title in the Mistress of the Art of Death series.
    England, 1176. Beautiful, tranquil Glastonbury Abbeya one of Englandas holiest sites, and believed by some to be King Arthuras sacred Isle of Avalonahas been burned almost to the ground. The arsonist remains at large, but the fire has uncovered something even more shocking: two hidden skeletons, a man and a woman. The skeletonsa height and age send rumors flyingaare the remains those of Arthur and Guinevere?
    King Henry II hopes so. Struggling to put down a rebellion in Wales, where the legend of Celtic savior Arthur is particularly strong, Henry wants definitive proof that the bones are Arthuras. If the rebels are sure that the Once and Future King will not be coming to their aid, Henry can stamp out the insurgence for good. He calls on Adelia Aguilar, Mistress of the Art of Death, to examine the bones.
    Henryas summons comes not a moment too soon, for Adelia has worn out her welcome in Cambridge. As word of her healing powers has spread, so have rumors of witchcraft. So Adelia and her household ride to Glastonbury, where the investigation into the abbey fire will be overseen by the Church authoritiesain this case, the Bishop of St. Albans, who happens also to be the father of Adeliaas daughter. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 1.27.09
  • The Bellini Card
    Author: Goodwin, Jason
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780374110390 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Yashim, the eunuch detective who first appeared in the internationally acclaimed The Janissary Tree, returns in this historical mystery set in 1840 Istanbul as he investigates a missing Bellini masterpiece.
    Suggested Reading: Adrenaline
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Starvation Lake
    Author: Gruley, Bryan
    $ 14 ISBN: 9781416563624 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star LJ star PW
    In the dead of a Michigan winter, pieces of a snowmobile wash up near the crumbling, small town of Starvation Lake -- the same snowmobile that went down with Starvation's legendary hockey coach years earlier. But everybody knows Coach Blackburn's accident happened five miles away on a different lake. As rumors buzz about mysterious underground tunnels, the evidence from the snowmobile says one thing: murder.
    Gus Carpenter, editor of the local newspaper, has recently returned to Starvation after a failed attempt to make it big at the "Detroit Times", In his youth, Gus was the goalie who let a state championship get away, crushing Coach's dreams and earning the town's enmity. Now he's investigating the murder of his former coach. But even more unsettling to Gus are the holes in the town's past and the gnawing suspicion that those holes may conceal some dark and disturbing secrets secrets that some of the people closest to him may have killed to keep. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 3.3.09
  • A Quiet Flame: Bernie Gunther
    Author: Kerr, Philip
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399155307 Date: 2009
    starPW starBooklist
    Philip Kerr returns with his best-loved character, Bernie Gunther, in the fifth novel in what is now a series: a tight, twisting, compelling thriller that is firmly rooted in history.
    A Quiet Flame opens in 1950. Falsely fingered a war criminal, Bernie Gunther has booked passage to Buenos Aires, lured, like the Nazis whose company he has always despised, by promises of a new life and a clean passport from the Persian government. But Bernie doesnat have the luxury of settling into his new home and lying low. He is soon pressured by the local police into taking on a case in which a girl has turned up dead, gruesomely mutilated, and anotherathe daughter of a wealthy German banker has gone missing. Both crimes seem to connect to an unsolved case Bernie worked on back in Berlin in 1932. Itas not so far-fetched that the cases might be linked: after all, the scum of the earth has been washing up on Argentine shoresastate-licensed murderers and torturers so why couldn't a serial killer be among them? But Argentina, just like Germany, holds terrible secrets within its corrupt halls of power. When beautiful Anna Yagubsky seeks Gunther out, desperate for help, to find out what happened to her Jewish aunt and uncle who have disappeared, he is drawn into a horror story that rivals everything he has tried so hard to leave behind half a world away. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.27.09
  • The Sign
    Author: Khoury, Raymond
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780525950974 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    The "New York Times"-bestselling author of The Last Templar and The Sanctuary returns with this thriller that combines gripping contemporary suspense with a high-concept mystery rooted in history, philosophy, religion, and science.
    Suggested Reading: If You Like Dan Brown
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Conquerer
    Author: Kjaerstad, Jan
    $ 17.95 ISBN: 9781934824030 Date: 2009
    starKirkus
    Young gay man seeking the truth about his mother's past--from one of Italy's greatest writers.
    Updated 1.27.09
  • The Falconer's Tale
    Author: Kent, Gordon
    $ 9.95 ISBN: 9780007178759 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Jerry Piat has been on the run from the FBI for two years, but he's about to be made an offer he cannot refuse. Clyde Partlow--a CIA executive--needs Piat for a mission that involves a fearsome member of the Saudi ruling class who has been cheating his own associates out of funding for terrorism against the West. Piat's job is to entice former agent Digger Hackbutt into working for the CIA again. Hackbutt will use his exemplary skills as a falconer as bait for the Saudi aristocrat, which in turn will hatch a daring plan for blackmail. Meanwhile, suspicions within the CIA arise concerning Clyde Partlow's intentions in the affair. With the bait set everything seems set for success . . . but a terrible disaster looms.
    Updated 1.27.09
  • Life Sentences
    Author: Lippman, Laura
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061128899 Date: 2009
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    In this blazing stand-alone novel of twisting suspense, the "New York Times"-bestselling author of What the Dead Know raises difficult, illuminating questions about the nature of memory and truth.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Kindly Ones
    Author: Littlell, Jonathan
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780061353451 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Massive in scope, horrific in subject matter, and shocking in its protagonist, Littell's prize-winning fictional memoir of a former Nazi officer who survived the war is intense and utterly original.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Revenge of the Spellmans
    Author: Lutz, Lisa
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781416593386 Date: 2009
    starPW starLJ star Booklist
    The author of the "New York Times" bestseller The Spellman Files and Curse of the Spellmans returns with the third installment in the series that features the zany, dysfunctional Spellman family.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.3.009
  • Hounding the Pavement
    Author: McCoy, Judi
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780451226310 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Ellie Engleman, the newest dog-walker on Manhattan's Upper East Side, has a talent--she can hear what her canine clientele is thinking. So when a dog's owner turns up dead, Ellie must bone up on her sleuthing to find a killer.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Darling Jim
    Author: Moerk, Christian
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780805089479 Date: 2009
    starPW
    A modern gothic novel of suspense that reveals, through their diaries, the story of sisters who fall in love with a beguiling stranger, and of the town that turns a blind eye to his murderous ways- Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres | Gothic
    Updated 4.22.09
  • All the Colors of Darkness
    Author: Robinson, Peter
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061362934 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    Detective Inspector Alan Banks returns in another electrifying novel from theacclaimed, award-winning author of Friend of the Devil.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Shatter
    Author: Robotham, Michael
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385517911 Date: 2009
    starKirkus
    In Michael Robotham's latest thriller, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin--the appealing hero of Suspect--tries to prevent a suicide and finds himself locked in a deadly duel with a very clever killer.
    Updated 1.27.09
  • Old City Hall
    Author: Rotenberg, Robert
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374225421 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star LJ
    Canada's leading radio show host, Kevin Brace, admits to killing his young wife. Detectives figure this is an open-and-shut case. With the appearance of strange fingerprints in the Brace apartment, however, the mystery gets more complex just as it should be getting simpler.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Private Midnight
    Author: Saknussemm, Kris
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590201763 Date: 2009
    starPW
    From the author of Zanesville comes a seductive story of grit, gunplay, vampirism, and a bit of bondage.
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Pain Killers
    Author: Stahl, Jerry
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780060506650 Date: 2009
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    The master of absurdist postmodern pulp fiction (Elle) returns with his long-awaited follow up to the acclaimed Plainclothes Naked, in his most hallucinogenic work yet.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The Tourist
    Author: Steinhauer, Olen
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312369729 Date: 2009
    starLJ star Booklist star PW
    Steinhauer--twice nominated for an Edgar Award--tackles an intricate story of betrayal and manipulation, loyalty and risk in an utterly compelling novel that is both thoroughly modern and yet also reminiscent of classic espionage thrillers by Graham Greene and John LeCarre.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.27.09
  • Fatal Lies
    Author: Tallis, Frank
    $15 ISBN: 9780812977776 Date: 2009
    starPW starBooklist
    The eagerly awaited third novel in the Max Liebermann series about a psychoanalytic detective is set in Vienna, 1903. At St. Florian's military school, a young cadet is found dead. Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt calls on his friend, Dr. Liebermann, to help him investigate.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.27.09
  • The Darkness and the Deep
    Author: Templeton, Aline
    $ 9.95 ISBN: 9780340838570 Date: 2009
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    The loss of a lifeboat along with all three of its crews is a hard blow for the small town of Knockhaven. But it's harder still when police discover that the wreck may not have been a simple accident. Was it the act of bored vandals in a fishing port stricken with unemployment? Was there a link to the drug trade which has taken root in the locality? Or is there someone who, in their determination to kill one person, was callous enough to take two innocent lives? As Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming and her team investigate the murders with a whole community hungry for justice, the pressure--professional and personal--is on. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.30.09
  • The Little Sleep
    Author: Tremblay, Paul
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780805088496 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    Wildly imaginative and with a pitch-perfect voice, The Little Sleep is the first in a new series that casts a fresh eye on the rigors of detective work, and introduces a character who has a lot to prove.
    Updated 1.27.09
  • Beyond Suspicion
    Author: Viel, Tanguy
    $ 19.95 ISBN: 9781595581563 Date: 2009
    starPW
    A master of style and suspense explores moral dilemmas, in this story of marriage, murder, and double-crosses.
    Updated 1.27.09
  • The Birthday Present: A Novel
    Author: Vine, Barbara
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307451989 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Writing under the pen name Barbara Vine, the international bestselling author Ruth Rendell--the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world (Time)--has created an unrelentingly riveting novel of mystery and suspense.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • White Riot
    Author: Waites, Martyn
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781605980270 Date: 2009
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    When the savagely beaten body of a Muslim student is discovered in a rundown area of Newcastle, blame falls on the far right National Unity Party--but for once they appear to be innocent. Joe Donovan, the hero of Waites' acclaimed trilogy of thrillers, is called in to investigate.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Feelers
    Author: Wiprud, Brian M.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312388614 Date: 2009
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    Morty Martinez's job is looking for stashes of cash left out of wills, kept out of banks, and hidden away for decades. When Morty hits upon the biggest score of his life, he must operate quickly to safeguard his riches--and his life.
    Updated 1.30.09

April

  • Devil's Garden
    Author: Atkins, Ace
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399155369 Date: 2009
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    From the critically acclaimed, award-nominated author comes a new noir crime classic about one of the most notorious trials in American history--the 1921 manslaughter case against silent-screen comedy star Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Borderline
    Author: Barr, Nevada
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399155697 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    "New York Times"abestselling author Nevada Barr delivers another extraordinary Anna Pigeon novel set in the wide open vistas of southwestern Texas. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The Dakota Cipher
    Author: Dietrich, William
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780061568008 Date: 2009
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    Ethan Gage, the hero of Napoleon's Pyramids and The Rosetta Key, is back in a rollicking new tale that takes him deep into colonial America's wilderness in search of adventure and treasure.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 1.27.09
  • The Cold Light of Morning
    Author: Duncan, Elizabeth J.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312558536 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Duncan spins a charming tale of murder and intrigue in this winning first novel. With its bucolic Welsh setting and vivid, colorful characters, this mystery is sure to delight the most discerning of traditional mystery fans.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • In the Dark
    Author: Freeman, Brian
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312363291 Date: 2009
    starBooklist starPW
    A brutal unsolved murder case from Jonathan Stride's past is reopened and deadly secrets emerge, in bestselling author Freeman's newest thriller.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • A Visible Darkness: A Mystery
    Author: Gregorio, Michael
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780312544355 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Dark, intelligent, and vividly written, A Visible Darkness continues a masterful series of historical mysteries that portray a past torn between nationalism and humanism, superstition and science.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Living Witness: A Gregor Demarkian Novel
    Author: Haddam, Jane
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780312380861 Date: 2009
    starPW star Booklist
    he Gregor Demarkian series keeps getting better, each novel just a little more dramatic, more thought provoking, and more entertaining then the last ("Booklist").
    Updated 4.22.09
  • Server Down
    Author: Hayes, J.M.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590586273 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Attending the Yaqui tribe's Easter Ceremonies in Tucson should be a dream come true for a Cheyenne wannabe shaman like Mad Dog. But, immediately after his midnight arrival, he is accused of being a witch and blamed for a police officer's murder. Mad Dog's niece, Heather English, a part-time deputy for her father in Kansas, combs Tucson to clear her uncle. Meanwhile, someone has blown up Mad Dog's house. Sheriff English investigates, acting as a long-distance go-between for Arizona law enforcement and his daughter and brother. Mad Dog has been playing a massive online computer game, War of Worldcraft. There, a vampire wizard has made a habit of tormenting him. He recognized the monster as the cop killer at the Yaqui ceremonies. Somehow, he says, the creature has reached out of the game to come after him in the real world. The ghost in the machine promises death for Mad Dog and explicit and horrible tortures for Heatherhalf a country away, and all before dawn. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Killing Way
    Author: Hays, Tony
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780765319456 Date: 2009
    starLJ star PW
    Britain's leaders have come to elect a new supreme king, and Arthur is favored. But when a young woman is brutally murdered and the blame is placed at Merlin's feet, Arthur's reputation is at stake and his enemies are poised to strike.
    Updated 3.31.09
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
  • Hardstop
    Author: Knopf, Chris
    $ 28 ISBN: 9781579621834 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    In this, the fourth installment in the Sam Acquillo series, Sam's past reaches out to pull him back into the world of big money and even bigger egos, where the term "corporate intrigue" is redundant and ambition the only virtue. It seems a woman vital to the private life of a very important person has gone missing in the Hamptons. And it looks like the best way to get her back is to extort the cooperation of Sam Acquillo. After finally achieving some measure of peace and contentment on Long Island, Sam is yet again an accidental player in other people's dramas. It takes him into the world of private security goons, predatory financiers and lifestyles of young hedonists, some brave, some beautiful, all a bit lost. This time Sam has a few ambitions of his own that lead him into something all his battles in the ring and corporate boardrooms could never have prepared him for. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.15.09
  • About Face
    Author: Leon, Donna
    $ 24 ISBN:9780802118967Date: 2009
    star LJ
    After an investigator from the Carabiniere looking into the illegal hauling of garbage asks for a favor, Brunetti soon finds himself in the middle of murder and corruption more dangerous than anything he's seen before.
    Suggested Reading: Venice
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Italian Shoes
    Author: Mankell, Henning
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781595584366 Date: 2009
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    Updated 2.26.09
  • Teatime for the Traditionally Built
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780375424496 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star PW
    The 10th installment of the bestselling The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel series finds Precious Ramotswe in personal need of her own formidable detection talents.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The Book of Love
    Author: McGowan, Katheleen
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780743299978 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    The author of the "New York Times" bestseller The Expected One continues to illuminate the fascinating world of Christian esoterica as her heroine searches for the mysterious and explosive Book of Love, the gospel written in Jesus' own hand.
    Suggested Reading: If You Like Dan Brown
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The Prosecution Rests: New Stories About Courtrooms, Criminals, and the Law
    Author: Mystery Writers of America
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316012522 Date: 2009
    star PW
    A page-turning collection--filled with shocking twists, double-crosses, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Execution Dock
    Author: Perry, Anne
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345469335 Date: 2009
    starPW star LJ
    From the bestselling author of Buckingham Palace Gardens and Dark Assassin comes a deftly plotted Victorian crime novel featuring the long-awaited return of police superintendent William Monk.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 3.3.09
  • Handle with Care
    Author: Picoult, Jodi
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780743296410 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Handle with Care explores the knotty tangle of medical ethics and personal morality. When faced with the reality of a fetus who will be disabled, should a parent have the right to consider termination? Bestselling author Picoult explores a timely yet controversial issue in her latest novel.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Shadow and Light
    Author: Rabb, Jonathan
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374261948 Date: 2009
    starLJ star PW starBooklist
    When an executive at the renowned Ufa film studios is found dead, it falls to Nikolai Hoffner, a chief inspector in the Kriminalpolizei, to investigate. With the help of Fritz Lang and Alby Pimm, Hoffner finds this case taking him into the treacherous underbelly of Berlin.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Look Again
    Author: Scottoline, Lisa
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780312380724 Date: 2009
    starKirkus star LJ star PW
    Bestselling author Scottoline's writing is sharp, intelligent, funny, and hip. . . she gives fans of thrillers a good, twisty plot, lively characters, andan all-around fun read ("USA Today").
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Palos Verdes Blues: Jack Liffey
    Author: Shannon, John
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781605980379 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Jack is hired to find Blue, the missing teen-aged daughter of his ex-wife's best friend. As he investigates, Jack discovers that there is a low-intensity war going on in the L.A's posh Palos Verdes peninsula. The Bayboys, rich teen surfers, routinely vandalize cars and terrorize outsiders to enforce a locals-only policy for surfing at their own Lunada Bay. They have also started terrorizing the Mexican day-laborers who camp in the ravines between the mansions where they work as gardeners and houseboys. Jack discovers that Blue may have been bringing them food and supplies. When one stubborn Mexican boy decides that he wants to learn to surf in Lunada Bay, the feud turns violent, drawing in arsonists, angry bikers, racist border vigilantes, and Jack's daughter Maeve, who once again puts herself at risk to help her dad. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Cold Hand of Malice
    Author: Smith, Frank
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727867490 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    A DCI Neil Paget Mystery - When Laura Holbrook, co-owner of Holbrook Micro-Engineering Labs, is brutally murdered one evening while her womanizing husband is out, and with little more than a few dog hairs as evidence, it is believed that Laura was killed by burglars. But DCI Paget and DS Tregalles suspect otherwise, and suspicion falls on several potential suspects. It is up to Paget and Tregalles to try to find the true killer . . .
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The Pain Nurse
    Author: Talton, Jon
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590586242 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    Cheryl Beth Wilson is an elite nurse at Cincinnati Memorial Hospital who finds a doctor brutally murdered in a secluded office. Does her past affair make her the next victim?
    Updated 2.26.09
  • Liar's Anonymous
    Author: Ure, Louise
    $25.95 ISBN: 9780312375867 Date: 2009
    starKirkus starBooklist star LJ star PW
    A roadside assistance operator hears a man being killed while she's on the phone with him and now she's the only witness--to murder.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.27.09
  • The Birthday Present
    Author: Vine, Barbara
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307451989 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    Writing under the pen name Barbara Vine, the international bestselling author Ruth Rendell--the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world ("Time")--has created an unrelentingly riveting novel of mystery and suspense.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The Mao Case: Inspector Chen
    Author: Xialong, Qiu
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312538743 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is the head of the Special Case group and is often put in charge of politically "sensitive" cases. Inspector Chen takes his job as a policeman very seriously, and is unwilling to compromise his principles in favor of political expedience.
    Updated 3.31.09

May

  • First Family
    Author: Baldacci, David
    $27.99 ISBN: 9780446539753 Date: 2009
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    Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, back from their harrowing and near-fatal adventure in the blockbuster "New York Times" bestseller Simple Genius, return in a mesmerizing new thriller. A daring kidnapping turns a children's birthday party at Camp David into a national security nightmare, but the hostage is not who anyone would expect.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • 5 Bodies to Die for
    Author: Bond, Stephanie
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780778327059 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The Charmed Killer is on the loose in Atlanta, and Carlotta Wren is caught up in the terror--especially when her body-moving side business brings her dangerously close to the action. Carlotta can't shake the feeling that the killer's exploits are becoming personal.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
    Author: Bradley, Alan
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780385342308 Date: 2009
    starKirkus starBooklist
    In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It is the summer of 1950--and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.1.09
  • Brothers Boswell
    Author: Baruth, Philip
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781569475591 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The Brothers Boswell is such an impressive book, both for its ability to inhabit its source material and for how well it shines on its own merits. Many novels claim to be literary thrillers, but rarely are they quite this literary and quite this thrilling.--David Liss, author of The Whiskey Rebels.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction | Literary Crime Fiction
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The Frightened Man
    Author: Cameron, Kenneth
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312538965 Date: 2009
    starKirkus star Booklist
    Cameron brings turn-of-the-century London vividly to life in this intelligent and compelling mystery. The Frightened Man delves deeper than the mere circumstances of a murder to investigate the dark side of human nature.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 5.1.09
  • A Trace of Smoke
    Author: Cantrell, Rebecca
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780765320445 Date: 2009
    starKirkus star PW star LJ
    This suspenseful first novel follows an undercover crime reporter in Berlin in 1931 as she searches for her brother's killer, a trail that leads from the city's dark underbelly to the top ranks of the rising Nazi party.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts | Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 5.18.09
  • The Signal
    Author: Carlson, Ron
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670021000 Date: 2009
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    Carlson's love for the mountains and his mastery of fiction radiate in the pages of this thrilling, fast-paced love story.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Gone Tomorrow: Jack Reacher
    Author: Child, Lee
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780385340571 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star LJ star PW
    New York Times"-bestselling author Child returns with his latest explosive and nearly impossible to put down ("People") thriller. Jack Reacher is back and he's been cast as a suspect on the world's biggest stage: New York City.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Adrenaline
    Updated 4.22.09
  • Matryr
    Author: Clements, Rory
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780385342827 Date: 2009
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    Introducing John Shakespeare, master sleuth in the service of the Elizabethan queen, Matyr is rich with tension and historical immediacy as it builds to an explosive finale.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Neptune Avenue
    Author: Cohen, Gabriel
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312380618 Date: 2009
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    "If we took it all personally," Brooklyn South homicide detective Jack Leightner tells his rookie NYPD partner, "there's no way we could do the job." Very soon, though, that notion gets shot to hell, as the deeply principled cop hears about the murder of an old Russian friend on Neptune Avenue---and then is disturbed to find himself increasingly drawn to the man's stunning widow, Eugenia. She informs Jack of her husband's troubles with Semyon Balakutis, a local nightclub operator and extortionist. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger in central Brooklyn is killing young women and posing them as suicides. From the Russian emigre community of Brighton Beach to the racially charged neighborhood of Crown Heights, from the crimes of World War II to the harshness of his own father, Jack's latest cases plunge him deep into the roots of why men act in anger---and into the eternal mystery of love. Gabriel Cohen stuns in this riveting third addition to the Brooklyn-set series. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.1.09
  • The Scarecrow
    Author: Connelly, Michael
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780316166300 Date: 2009
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    Forced out of the "Los Angeles Times" amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.1.09
  • Alexandria: Marcus Didius Falco
    Author: Davis, Lindsey
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312379018 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    In first century A.D. Rome, Marcus Didius Falco works as a private informer. When he and his wife travel to Alexandria, Egypt, they aren't there long before Falco finds himself in the midst of nefarious doings.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 5.15.09
  • A Breed Apart
    Author: Davis, Pierre
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780440245087 Date: 2009
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    A dog with extraordinary abilities goes missing and two men are sent to retrieve her. One is a detective in need of redemption, the other is a hired assassin. Their paths soon meet during their search, in this innovative, science-based thriller.
    Suggested Reading: Dog Tales
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Cecilian Vespers
    Author: Emery, Anne
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781550228618 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Lawyer and bluesman Monty Collins is used to defending murderers--and occasionally investigating murders himself--but he's never come up against anything like the case of Reinhold Schellenberg, a world-renowned German theologian who has been found dead on the altar of an old church in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saint Cecilia's day. The controversial priest, once a top insider in the Vatican, was known to provoke strong feelings in Catholics of all ideological stripes, and now those feelings have overflowed with horrifying results. At least Monty knows where to look for clues; his friend Father Brennan Burke has just opened a choir school at the church, and the students provide an international cast of suspects--including a flamboyant Sicilian priest, an eccentric English monk, a disgruntled American, a Vatican enforcer, a church lady with a history of violence, and, most perplexing of all, a police officer from the former East Berlin. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Dark Places
    Author: Flynn, Gillian
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307341563 Date: 2009
    starBooklist starPW
    "Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre."--Stephen King.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Father's Day
    Author: Gilman, Keith
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312383657 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Keith Gilman's provocative debut is a dark and atmospheric tale of an ex-cop from Philadelphia who must face old ghosts. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Vish Puri: The Case of the Missing Servant
    Author: Hall, Tarquin
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781416583684 Date: 2009
    starKirkus star LJ star Booklist
    The first in an irresistible new detective series introduces Vish Puri, who styles himself as the best private investigator in India. His main gig is running background checks, but bigger, more sensational cases are coming his way.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Last Child
    Author: Hart, John
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312359324 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Booklist star Kirkus
    Fresh off the success of his Edgar Award-winning, "New York Times" bestseller Down River, Hart returns with the story of a young boy's hunt for his missing sister, and the dark truths he uncovers in his North Carolina hometown.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Jelly's Gold: McKenzie
    Author: Housewright, David
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312370824 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Frank "Jelly" Nash was suspected of masterminding a daring robbery of gold bars in 1933, and now millionaire and unlicensed P.I. Rushmore McKenzie is looking for a killer and the long-hidden truth behind Jelly's gold.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Hunt at the Well of Eternity: Doomsday
    Author: Hunt, Gabriel (Jim Reasoner)
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780843962468 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Backed by the resources of the $100 million Hunt Foundation, dashing Gabriel Hunt travels the globe, in this brand-new, action-adventure pulp series from the creators of Hard Case Crime. Each installment is written from Hunt's point of view by well-known authors.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Marine One
    Author: Huston, James
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312364311 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Marine One expertly mixes political intrigue with courtroom drama and fast-paced action in one of the most exciting thrillers of the year.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The Increment
    Author: Ignatius, David
    $I26.95 ISBN: 9780393065046 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus starLJ
    By the author of the bestselling Body of Lies comes a novel that takes the reader inside the most volatile secret of the 21st century: the Iranian nuclear program.
    Suggested Reading: Adrenaline | Espionage
    Updated 4.22.09
  • The Book of God and Physics: A Novel of the Voynich Mystery
    Author: Joven, Enrique
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780061456862 Date: 2009
    starPW star Booklist
    Spanning more than 400 years, moving from the Holy Roman Empire to modern America, and featuring some of the most brilliant scientific minds in history, this ingenious debut brings past and present together in a thrilling literary debate between creationism and science.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Language of Bees
    Author: King, Laurie R.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780553804546 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    In a case that will push their relationship to the breaking point, Mary Russell must help reverse the greatest failure of her legendary husband's storied past--a painful and personal defeat that still has the power to sting...this time fatally.
    - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Road Dogs
    Author: Leonard, Elmore
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780061733147 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Legendary "New York Times"-bestselling author Leonard returns with two of his favorite characters, Cundo Rey, last seen in LaBrava, and Jack Foley from Out of Sight, in his first contemporary novel since Mr. Paradise.
    Updated 2.26.09
  • The Stalin Epigram
    Author: Littell, Robert
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781416598640 Date: 2009
    starPW star LJ
    The legendary spy novelist and bestselling author presents a luminous historical novel that chronicles the famous Russian poet Osip Mandelstam's defiance of Stalin's regime, his subsequent exile, and tragic death.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 5.1.09
  • Mating Season
    Author: Loomis, Jon
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312367701 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    In Loomis's winning follow-up to the critically-acclaimed debut High Season, Detective Frank Coffin has to get a grip on his panic attacks in order to investigate the murder of one of the town's most "popular" women.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Death and the Lit Chick: St Just
    Author: Malliet, G.M.
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780738712475 Date: 2009
    starPW star Booklist
    As the wildly successful darling of the publishing industry, chick lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is the guest of honor at an exclusive writers' conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland. But jealousy and resentment are soon replaced with shock when Kimberlee is found dead at the bottom of the castle's bottle dungeon.
    Who didn't want to see prima donna Kimberlee brutally extinguished like one of her ill-fated characters? It's up to Detective Chief Inspector St. Just to track down the true killer in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis... - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.3.09
  • Metal Heads
    Author: Maremmaa, Tom
    $ 22.95 ISBN: 9781601641700 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    In a military hospital for wounded veterans of the Iraq war, ex-Marine Jeremy Witherspoon, called Spoon by his comrades, is trying to come to terms with his life-changing injuries. The hospital specializes in treating "metal heads," those with severe head trauma whose injuries require the insertion of a metal plate. Spoon passes the long hours in bed trading war stories with his fellow patients and recounts his complicity as a witness to a brutal crime of war in Ramadi, and his coercion in a cover-up when threatened by a private contractor who goes by the nickname Skank. When the wounded Skank appears at the hospital, he bluntly threatens Spoon to keep his mouth shut about Ramadi. One by one, Spoon's friends on the ward begin dying in mysterious ways, and he knows he must defeat Skank or die himself. This powerful, heartbreaking novel about the aftermath of war creates a vivid world populated by odd characters who struggle with being outcasts and victims. The young narrator mingles his quirky slang about the war with eloquent and often lyrical emotion. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Havana Fever
    Author: Padura, Leonardo
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781904738367 Date: 2009
    star PW

    Mario Conde has retired from the police force and makes a living trading in antique books. Havana is now flooded with dollars, populated by pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers, and other hunters of the night. In the book collection of a rich Cuban who fled after the fall of Batista, Conde discovers an article about Violeta del Rio, a beautiful bolero singer of the 1950s who disappeared mysteriously. A murder soon follows. This is a crime story set in today's darker Cuba, but it is also an evocation of the Havana of Batista, the city of a hundred night clubs where the paths of Marlon Brando and Meyer Lansky crossed.

    Probably Leonardo Padura's best book, Havana Fever is many things: a suspenseful crime novel, a cruel family saga, and an ode to literature and his beloved, ravaged island.

    - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Stone's Fall
    Author: Pears, Iain
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780385522847 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    n his most dazzling novel since the groundbreaking "New York Times" bestseller An Instance of the Fingerpost, Pears tells the story of John Stone, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War I, he was able to manipulate world markets.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.1.09
  • The Way Home
    Author: Pelecanos, George
    $25 ISBN: 9780316156493 Date: 2009
    starKirkus
    Thomas Flynn's rocky relationship with his son Chris is finally moving away from distrust and scorn, a decade after Chris served time. When a burglary break their uneasy dtente, will Chris be pulled back into treachery and violence?
    Updated 4.22.09
  • The Devlin Diary
    Author: Phillips, Christi
    $25 ISBN: 9781416527398 Date: 2009
    star PW
    From the acclaimed author of The Rossetti Letter comes a haunting novel of intrigue, romance, and murder that shifts tantalizingly between present-day Cambridge, England, and Restoration-era London.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • In the Shadow of Gotham
    Author: Pintoff, Stephanie
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312544904 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    An atmospheric, taut, and truly original historical mystery, In the Shadow of Gotham features an engaging main character and a gorgeously rendered setting: turn-of-the-century New York.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Cemetery Dance
    Author: Preston, Douglas and Lincoln Childs
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780446580298 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Aloysius Pendergast--the world's most enigmatic FBI special agent--returns to New York City to investigate a murderous cult. His serpentine journey takes him into a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here he finds his true peril is just beginning.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Walking Dead
    Author: Rucka, Greg
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780553804744 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    In this explosive new thriller, Greg Rucka, the acclaimed author of Shooting at Midnight and Patriot Acts, sets bodyguard-turned-international-fugitive Atticus Kodiak on a one-man crusade where being willing to die for your ideals isn't enough. You have to be willing to do much worse....- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Pythagoras' Revenge
    Author: Sangalli, Arturo
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780691049557 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    "A fascinating thriller that weaves together historical fiction, mathematical intrigue, and mighty philosophical clashes, all with Pythagoras' teachings as a backdrop. It will keep you riveted from the first page to the last."--Eli Maor, author of The Pythagorean Theorem
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Gaslight Crime: Con Artists, Burglars, Rogues and Scoundrels
    Author: Sims, Michael (edt)
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780143105664 Date: 2009
    star PW
    An exclusive collectionathe first- ever gathering of rogues from the gaslight era
    collected here for the first time: the best crime fiction from the gaslight era. All the legendary thieves are presentaArsA]ne Lupin and A. J. Raffles, Colonel Clay and Simon Carne, Romney Pringle, Get Rich Quick Wallingford, and the Infallible Godahlaburgling London and Paris, conning New York and Ostend, laughing all the way to the bank. Also featured are stories by distinguished writers from outside the mystery and detective genres, including Sinclair Lewis, Arnold Bennett, H. G. Wells, and William Hope Hodgson.- Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The Secret Speech
    Author: Smith, Tom Rob
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446402408 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star Kirkus
    Smith's first novel, Child 44, was one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year. Now the author returns with a new thriller set in the turmoil and upheaval of the post-Stalinist Soviet Union.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 3.31.09

June

  • Below Zero
    Author: Box, C, J.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780399155758 Date: 2009
    starLJ star PW
    Award-winning and national-bestselling author Box returns with a vengeance in this thrilling new novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.
    Updated 4.22.09
  • Sworn to Silence
    Author: Castillo, Linda
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312374976 Date: 2009
    star LJ star PW starBooklist
    Kate Burkholder, who grew up in the Amish community before leaving for the outside world, has recently been appointed Chief of Police in her former hometown. What she returns to find is a world where good and evil collide.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 5.1.09
  • The Lovers
    Author: Connolly, John
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781416569541 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Charlie Parker returns in "New York Times"-bestselling author Connolly's most chilling and mesmerizing thriller to date.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Fate of Katherine Cook
    Author: Cook, Thomas
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780151014019 Date: 2009
    star PW
    George Gates used to be a travel writer who had specialized in places where people had disappeared--until his own young son had been murdered. When he gets drawn into the unsolved case of Katherine Carr, he begins to suspect that her tale holds the key not only to her fate, but to his own as well.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Knock Out
    Author: Coulter, Catherine
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780399155840 Date: 2009
    star PW
    FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are back in this electrifying thriller from the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author of TailSpin. This time they're working to protect a seven-year-old girl with telepathic gifts.
    Updated 5.20.09
  • The Strain: Book One of the Stain Trilogy
    Author: Del Toro, Guillermo & Chuck Hogan
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780061558238 Date: 2009
    star PW
    An epic battle for survival begins between human and vampire in this heart-stopping thriller--the first in a trilogy--from the visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning "Pan's Labyrinth" and a Hammett Award-winning writer.
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres | Adrenaline |Vampires
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Fragment
    Author: Fahy, Warren
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780553807530 Date: 2009
    star PW
    A television crew stumbles onto an unexplored island inhabited by terrifying creatures and seething with danger. There's no question it is the reality-TV chance of a lifetime, but will it be the death of the crew--or something more precious?
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres | Adrenaline
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Odds
    Author: George, Kathleen
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312549992 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    A young boy in Pittsburgh's North Side neighborhood dies of a suspicious overdose. In this same neighborhood, four young kids have been abandoned and are living on their own. Connecting these people and their stories is Nick Banks, who is just out of prison.
    Updated 6.10.09
  • Even
    Author: Grant, Andrew
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312540265 Date: 2009
    star LJ star PW
    David Trevellyan is a Royal Navy intelligence operative who usually works undercover. On a late-night walk in New York City, he finds a homeless man who has been shot to death. Just then, a cop car arrives. A split second too late, Trevellyan realizes he's been set up.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Adrenaline
    Updated 3.31.09
  • The Enthusiast
    Author: Haas, Charlie
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780061711824 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Henry Bay is a modern nomad, associate-editing his way from state to state, exploring the small worlds that make up modern America in a string of comic literary adventures.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Personal Effects: Dark Art
    Author: Hutchins, J.C. & Jordan Weisman
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312383824 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Personal Effects follows the extensive notes of therapist Zach Taylor's investigation into the life and madness of an accused serial killer, who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims' deaths.
    Suggested Reading: Serial Killers
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Dark Horse
    Author: Johnson, Craig
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780670020874 Date: 2009
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist star Lj
    Interweaving classic noir sensibilities and humor with contemporary themes of social justice, Johnson's popular Walt Longmire mystery series transports readers to the sparse and rugged landscape of Wyoming.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.10.09
  • Death Wore White
    Author: Kelly, Jim
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312570811 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star PW star LJ
    Rookie detective Peter Shaw, along with his chain-smoking, hard-as-nails veteran partner is confronted with a baffling crime that stretches him to the breaking point.
    Updated 6.11.09
  • Relentless
    Author: Koontz, Dean R.
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780553807141 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    "New York Times"-bestselling master of suspense Koontz delivers a mesmerizing new thriller that explores the razor-thin line between the best and worst of human nature--and the anarchy simmering just beneath society's surface.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Black Water Rising
    Author: Locke, Attica
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061735868 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    In the tradition of Greg Iles and Dennis Lehane comes a powerful new new voice in American fiction. Locke's debut thriller involves murder, greed, and redemption, set in the oil boomtown of 1980s Houston.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Fugitive
    Author: Margolin, Phillip
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780061236235 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    "New York Times"-bestselling author Margolin returns with his best-loved character, defense attorney Amanda Jaffe, in this twisting tale of international intrigue and murder that leads her deep into the past--and into the crosshairs of a killer.
    Updated 6.10.09
  • Londongrad
    Author: Nadelson, Reggie
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780802717528 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ star Kirkus
    Through seven previous novels, Nadelson has created one of the more memorable characters in detective fiction: Artie Cohen. In Londongrad, Artie is faced with a murder that strikes at him personally and will ultimately place his best friend's life in his hands.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6.10.09
  • Lord of Death
    Author: Pattison, Eliot
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781569475799 Date: 2009
    starPW star Booklist
    Shan Tao Yun is an exiled Chinese national and a former Beijing investigator on parole from the Tibetan gulag to which he had been consigned as punishment. He is ferrying a corpse on muleback over the slopes of Chomolungma--Everest--at the request of a local wisewoman who says the gods have appointed this task to him, when he encounters what looks like a traffic accident. A government bus filled with imprisoned illegal monks has overturned. Then Shan hears gunfire. Two women in an approaching sedan have been killed. One is the Chinese minister of tourism; the other, a blond Westerner, organizes climbing expeditions. Though she dies in his arms, Shan is later met with denials that this foreigner is dead.
    Shan must find the murderer, for his recompense will be the life and sanity of his son, Ko, imprisoned in a Chinese "yeti factory" where men are routinely driven mad. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 5.1.09
  • Choker
    Author: Ramsey, Frederick
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590586358 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Nick Reynolds, his pilots rating barely a month old, drops off the radar at night over the Chesapeake Bay. Investigating agencies call it another tragic pilot error accident. No trace of the plane is found in the Bays murky waters. Ike Schwartz, erstwhile sheriff of Picketsville, on vacation, is approached by Charlie Garland, an old CIA friend, to look into the disappearance. Ikes wide-eyed entry into a simple missing persons case catapults him into an international thriller with intimations of terrorism that might threaten the nation and its leaders.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Baker Street Letter
    Author: Robertson, Michael
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312538125 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    This first work in a new series features two brothers who lease offices on Baker Street. They soon begin receiving mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes--who had famously occupied the same address.
    Suggested Reading: Elementary
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu: Detective Kubu
    Author: Stanley, Michael
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061252495 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Booklist
    Botswana's Detective Kubu is caught in a twisted tangle of money, murder, and hidden motives, in his second evocative mystery from the author of A Carrion Death.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Herring Seller's Apprentice
    Author: Tyler, L.D.
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781934609231 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Ethelred Tressider is a mystery writer with problems, not the least of which is his incurably nosy, chocolate-chomping agent, who couldn't give two toffees for mystery novels. She does, however, have a passion for real-life mysteries, and that passion gets stirred up when Ethelred's ex-wife goes missing and Ethelred -- none too tightly wound at the best of times -- starts behaving in an extremely peculiar fashion.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Ignorance of Blood
    Author: Wilson, Robert
    $ 27 SBN: 9780151012459 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    As a sweltering Seville recovers from the shock of a terrorist attack, Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon is struggling to find the bombers. He might be able to bring the perpetrators of the bombing to justice, but there will be a devastating price to pay.
    Updated 5.15.09

 

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