Fiction 2011

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

July

  • Bury Me Deep
    Author: Abbott, Megan
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781416599098 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star LJ
    Edgar Award-winning author Abbott, simply one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation (Laura Lippman), turns her attention to the Jazz Age--one of the most notorious periods for inciting scandalous crimes.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 7.31.09
  • The Dead of Winter
    Author: Airth, Rennie
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670020935 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    The murder of a young Polish girl in wartime London puts John Madden on the trail of a ruthless hired killer. With rich psychological insights and vivid historical details, this riveting third novel in the Madden series promises to thrill discerning fans of crime fiction.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Cavalier of the Apocalypse
    Author: Alleyn, Susanne
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312379889 Date: 2009
    star LJ star PW
    A prequel to Game of Patience and A Treasury of Regrets, Alleyn's latest delivers a thrilling mystery brimming with historical detail.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 7.15.09
  • Breaking Faith: Faith Zanetti
    Author: Blundy, Anna
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312368654 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Everyone's favorite messed-up war correspondent (Sarah Weinman) returns in Blundy's exhilarating sequel to the critically acclaimed Vodka Neat.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • In the Valley of Ancient Rain Gods
    Author: Burke, James Lee
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781439128244 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    From the winner of two Edgar Awards comes another gritty, thrilling mystery with a brand new character: Texas Sheriff Hackberry Holland, cousin of beloved character Billy Bob Holland.
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Dead Man's Boots
    Author: Carey, Mike
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780446580328 Date: 2009
    star PW star Kirkus
    A brutal murder in King's Cross bears all the hallmarks of a long-dead American serial killer, and it takes more good sense than Castor possesses not to get involved.
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres
    Updated 6.10.09
  • Faces
    Author: Cole, Martina
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446179973 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    From international bestselling author Cole comes a gritty, gripping, and utterly unforgettable new tale set in the heart of London's criminal gangland.
    Suggested Reading: Gangs
    Updated 7.29.09
  • Coward on the Beach
    Author: Delingpole, James
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780747592747 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    World War II's answer to Flashman, only much more honorable--Dick's a Coward by name but not by nature--our hero has the uncanny knack of being in just the right place at just the wrong time. The first volume of Coward's adventures finds him storming the Normandy beaches with the green berets of 47 Royal Marines Commando. Outnumbered and outgunned, they have a mission to capture the strategically vital town of Port-en-Bessin--or die trying. Protecting Coward throughout is his hardbitten, long-suffering assistant (and head groom to his estate) Price, for whom "noblesse oblige "died long ago at Passchendaele. But there are worse things than war, Coward knows, not least the horrific possibility that the family estate might fall into the hands of his ghastly, undeserving brother, James. Only by amassing sufficient military glory to appease his difficult father--and living to tell the tale--can Coward guarantee that justice prevails. Such a pity that military decorations tend so often to be posthumous. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Something Missing
    Author: Dicks, Matthew
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780767930888 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    A career criminal with OCD tendencies and a savant-like genius for bringing order to his crime scenes, Martin considers himself one of the best in the biz. After all, he's been able to steal from the same people for years on end--virtually undetected. Of course, this could also be attributed to his unique business model--he takes only items that will go unnoticed by the homeowner. After all, who in their right mind would miss a roll of toilet paper here, a half-used bottle of maple syrup there, or even a rarely used piece of china buried deep within a dusty cabinet? Even though he's never met these homeowners, he's spent hours in their houses, looking through their photo albums and reading their journals. In essence, Martin has developed a friendship of sorts with them and as such, he decides to interfere more in their lives--playing the part of a rather odd guardian angel--even though it means breaking many of his twitchy neurotic rules. Along the way Martin not only improves the lives of others, but he also discovers love and finds that his own life is much better lived on the edge (at least some of the time) in this hilarious, suspenseful and often profound novel about a man used to planning every second of his life, suddenly forced to confront chaos and spontaneity. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.17.09
  • The Magician's Death
    Author: Doherty, P.C.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312565626 Date: 2009
    starPW
    Scholars convene at Corfe Castle to crack the code of Roger Bacon's "Book of Secrets." When murder and mayhem ensue, Sir Hugh Corbett must thread through a maze of mystery while trying to unlock Bacon's great secrets.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 4.22.09
  • Bad Things Happen
    Author: Dolan, Harry
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399155635 Date: 2009
    starBooklist starPW star LJ
    David Loogan finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, the publisher of a mystery magazine. But as several deaths are uncovered--some of them echoing stories published in the magazine--Loogan begins to look more and more like the most promising suspect.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 7.15.09
  • Persona Non Grata
    Author: Downie, Ruth
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781596916098 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Kirkus
    Engrossing, intricate, and wonderfully comic, Persona Non Grata the third novel in the "New York Times"-bestselling Gaius Petreius Ruso series.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 7.20.09
  • Free Agent
    Author: Duns, Jeremy
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670021017 Date: 2009
    star PW
    A riveting spy thriller that spans two continents and probes the limits of loyalty and love, Free Agent is the spectacular story of one man's fight for survival and search for the truth about his father's death and his lover's betrayal.
    Suggested Reading: Espionage
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Floodgates
    Author: Evans, Mary Anna
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590585917 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    In New Orleans, archaeologist Faye Longchamp and her team of archaeologists are horrified when a corpse surfaces that's far too new to be an archaeological find. Faye and her fianc Joe Wolf Mantooth are drawn into the investigation by a detective who believes their professional expertise is critical to the case. They quickly learn that trouble swirled around the victim, Shelly Broussard, like winds around the still, quiet eye of a hurricane. Does Shelly's heroic rescue work in the aftermath of Katrina the key to her death? Or does the sheaf of photos in her work files hold the answer?
    Suggested Reading: New Orleans
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Ravens
    Author: Green, George Dawes
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446538961 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The Boatwrights have just won the Georgia State lottery. Unfortunately, it's going to be the worst day of their lives as the family is taken hostage by two drifters intent on getting half the payout. At once frightening, comic, and suspenseful, Ravens is wholly original and utterly compelling.
    Updated 7.31.09
  • The Crack in the Lens
    Author: Hockensmith, Steve
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312379421 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In 1893, Otto Big Red Amlingmeyer and his brother Gustav, Old Red, find themselves in a situation that they never expected. It's enough to confound even that most unconfoundable of men, their mutual inspiration, Sherlock Holmes.
    Suggested Reading: Elementary | Western Stars
    Updated 7.31.09
  • All the Dead Voices
    Author: Hughes, Declan
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061689888 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Dublin P.I. Ed Loy can't escape the past in this fourth novel in the acclaimed series from the Shamus Award-winning author, hailed as the best Irish crime novelist of his generation. (John Connolly).
    Suggested Reading: P.I's
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Devil's Punchbowl
    Author: Iles, Greg
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780743292511 Date: 2009
    star PW star Booklist
    The poster boy of southern gothic thrillers ("Kirkus Reviews") delivers a powerful and unforgettable reading experience with The Devil's Punchbowl, which marks the return of Penn Cage, the protagonist of The Quiet Game and Turning Angel.
    Updated 7.15.09
  • The Big Steal
    Author: Jenkins, Emyl
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781565124462 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Hired to assess the value of broken and missing antiques following a suspicious burglary at a Virginia manor house, intrepid appraiser and amateur sleuth Sterling Glass finds that her job is more complicated than she'd anticipated.
    Updated 7.29.09
  • The Unscratchables
    Author: Kane, Cornelius
    $ 14 ISBN: 9781416596417 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star PW
    Animal Farm meets The Simpsons in this inventive twist on the hard-boiled detective novel, featuring a world made up exclusively of cats, dogs, and one ruthless fox.
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Vanilla Ride
    Author: Lansdale, Joe R.
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780307270979 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    In this Texas-sized thriller, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine--best friends, freelance troublemakers, and tough guys with good intentions--find themselves in the crosshairs of the Dixie Mafia.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Deadly Intent
    Author: La Plante, Lynda
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781416588313 Date: 2009
    star PW star Booklist
    In the latest police procedural from La Plante, detective Anna Travis must juggle old and new love affairs while tracking down one of the world's deadliest drug dealers.
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 6.18.09
  • House Secrets
    Author: Lawson, Mike
    $ 22 ISBN: 9780802118851 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star PW
    Dirty secrets, beltway politics, and divided loyalties threaten as Joe DeMarco's investigation spirals dangerously out of control. Filled with surprising twists, a captivating plot, and excellent characters both old and new, House Secrets is Lawson's best book yet.
    Updated 7.31.09
  • A Plague of Suspects
    Author: Lescroart, John T.
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780525950929 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Dismas Hardy, Abe Glitsky, and Wyatt Hunt return in a compelling and timely legal thriller filled with blackmail, political intrigue, and multiple murder.
    Suggested Reading:Legal Stars
    Updated 4.22.09
  • The Stolen Voice: Gil Cunningham
    Author: McIntosh, Pat
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781569475829 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In Sir William's remote part of Scotland it seems almost possible that a young boy could have been stolen away by the fairies and returned forty years later without having visibly aged. And if the boy isn't Davie Drummond, who is he? Then he suffers a succession of near-fatal "accidents." Could there be a connection with four other local singers who have vanished, one of them with political information of value to Scotland's enemies? Gil Cunningham and his wife Alys have been sent to Perthshire to investigate.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Arabesk
    Author: Nadel, Barbara
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781934609354 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Confined to his home on sick-leave (and prevented from sneaking his beloved brandy and cigars), Inspector Ikmen of the Istanbul police is forced to hand his latest case over to his protege, the newly promoted Suleyman. That's too bad, because the aristocratic Suleyman knows nothing about Arabesk, the throbbing, deeply sentimental music that is adored by Turkey's working classes, and the case is drenched in those mournful melodies. A secret marriage, a murdered bride, an aging beauty, a father driven mad with grief and guilt,it's all so melodramatic that Suleyman can barely keep his lip from curling. Ikmen, unashamed of his own plebeian tastes, is happy to weigh in from the sidelines, but both cops eventually come to one conclusion: At the real heart of this operatic catastrophe is the city itself. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 7.15.09
  • The Revenge of Captain Paine: A Pyke Mystery
    Author: Pepper, Andrew
    $ 16.95 ISBN: 0753824000  Date: 2009
    star PW
    It is 1834 and with the birth of the Industrial Revolution, railway fever sweeps the country. Pyke is uneasy with the luxury his aristocratic marriage has brought him, and when he is asked to unofficially investigate a decapitation in Cambridgeshire, he can not resist the chance to resuscitate the old skills he learned on the streets. But with the industrial world comes a new and faceless enemy--men who have money and power, and who will stop at nothing in their pursuit of both. For Pyke, with his young wife and child and an elevated place in society to protect, the stakes have suddenly become alarmingly high. From the sweat shops of the east end to the palace of the Queen-in-waiting; from the elegant drawing rooms of the newly rich, to the bloodspattered backrooms of London's taverns; Pyke's investigation stirs up a hornets' nest of trouble. As the death toll rises, his wife becomes involved with the radicals' fight against the industrialists, and an alluring woman from his past returns to threaten the life he has made for them both, Pyke must adapt to the ever-changing world around him and draw on all of his resources if he is to protect his family and survive. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 6.1.09
  • Wife of the Gods
    Author: Quartey, Kwei
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781400067596 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Booklist
    Lyrical and captivating, Kwei Quartey's debut novel brings to life the majesty and charm of Ghana-from the capital city of Accra to a small community where long-buried secrets are about to rise to the surface. This is a compelling and unique mystery, enriched by an exotic setting and a vivid cast. And Inspector Darko Dawson-dedicated family man, rebel in the office, and ace in the field-is one of the most appealing sleuths to come along in years. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 5.15.09
  • Rules of Vengeance
    Author: Reich, Christopher
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780385524070 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In this sequel to the "New York Times"-bestselling thriller Rules of Deception, Doctors Without Borders physician Jonathan Ransom is once more on the run. The only way to clear his name is to locate his wife Emma, but finding her may prove more dangerous than he knows.
    Updated 6.17.09
  • The Doomsday Key
    Author: Rollins, James
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780061231407 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    A "New York Times"-bestselling author continues to dazzle as he sends Sigma Force to solve a centuries-old secret coded in prophecies of doom. Rollins combines real-world science with high-octane action.--"Chicago Sun-Times."
    Suggested Reading: Adrenaline
    Updated 6.10.09
  • Dead Man's Wharf
    Author: Rowson, Pauline
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727867698 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    The new Detective Inspector Horton mystery - Horton and Cantelli are called to a nursing home where an elderly resident claims shes been attacked by an intruder. Ready to dismiss it as senile ramblings, Horton then discovers that her room-mate has died, the dead womans belongings are missing and her son, convicted for armed robbery, has been found dead in his cell. Soon Horton finds he is caught up in a complex investigation that has far-reaching international implications.
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 7.18.09
  • Last Known Address
    Author: Schwegel, Theresa
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312364274 Date: 2009
    star PW star Kirkus
    The Edgar Award-winning author returns with this mystery featuring Chicago Detective Sloane Pearson who is tracking a rapist. The baffling case intensifies when one of the victims turns out to be Sloane's real estate agent, making the investigation more personal than ever.
    Updated 6.10.09
  • Undone
    Author: Slaughter, Karin
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385341967 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    In the trauma center of Atlanta's busiest hospital, Sara Linton treats the city's poor, wounded, and unlucky--and finds refuge from the tragedy that rocked her life in rural Grant County. Then, in one instant, Sara is thrust into a frantic police investigation, coming face-to-face with a tall driven detective and his quiet female partner.... In Undone," " three unforgettable characters from Karin Slaughter's "New York Times "bestselling novels Faithless and Fractured collide for the first time, entering an electrifying race against the clock--and a duel with unspeakable human evil. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.20.09
  • Six Suspects
    Author: Swarup, Vikas
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312605032 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    From the author of the international bestseller Slumdog Millionaire comes a richly textured tale of murder, corruption, and redemption. Audaciously and astutely plotted, "Six Suspects" is the work of a master storyteller.
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Get Real
    Author: Westlake, Donald
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780446178600 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star LJ star PW
    In Westlake's classic caper novels, the bad get better, the good slide a bit, and lord help anyone caught between a thief named John Dortmunder and the current object of his attention.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Capers
    Updated 7.20.09
  • The Innocent Spy
    Author: Wilson, Laura
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312538101 Date: 2009
    starPW star LJ
    "A compelling and wonderfully atmospheric murder mystery" (Robert Goddard), this is the first in an exciting new series of crime novels from celebrated author Wilson.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction| Espionage
    Updated 8.13.09

August

  • Down in the Flood
    Author: Abel, Kenneth
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312377199 Date: 2009
    star LJ starPW
    Following the critically acclaimed works Cold Steel Rain and The Burying Field, this third volume is part of a crime series that has been declared among the best to appear this year ("Booklist").
    Suggested Reading: New Orleans
    Updated 8.13.09
  • City of Silver
    Author: Alfieri, Annamaria
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312383862 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    The silver-rich, Spanish-ruled city of Potos, Peru, faces brutal upheaval in this intricate mystery debut.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction | Debuts
    Updated 7.18.09
  • Sidney Sheldon'g Mistress of the Game
    Author: Bagshawe, Tilly
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061728389 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The Blackwells--a family rife with a past that includes murder, disfigurement, and secret identities--return in this long-awaited sequel to Sheldon's #1 "New York Times"-bestselling work The Master of the Game.
    Updated 7.20.09
  • Out of the Dawn Light
    Author: Clare, Alys
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727867636 Date: 2009
    star PW
    A brand new medieval mystery from the author of the Hawkenlye series - England, 1087. On her sister's wedding day, Lassair meets an attractive and enigmatic stranger who brings a breath of the fascinating outside world to her backwater Fenland village. When he asks Lassair to use her unique talents to help locate a mysterious treasure she accepts, despite the dangers. But this is no ordinary treasure hunt; the object of the perilous search is five hundred years old and has a terrifying power of its own . . .
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 7.31.09
  • Devil's Trill
    Author: Ellis, Gerald
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312541811 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    From concert violinist Elias comes this debut novel set in the classical music world about the theft of a priceless violin. Devil's Trill offers a peek into the world of classical music, with its backstabbing performers, venal patrons, and shady violin dealers.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Heart of the Assassin
    Author: Ferrigno, Robert
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781416537670 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In the third volume in the wildly entertaining epic trilogy that begins with Prayers for the Assassin, a retired shadow warrior and his wife battle to save a futuristic America controlled by an Islamic regime.
    Updated 6.1.09
  • The Arms Maker of Berlin
    Author: Fesperman, Dan
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307268372 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Nat Turnbull, a history professor who specializes in the German resistance, is only mildly surprised when his estranged mentor, Gordon Wolfe, is arrested for possession of stolen World War II archives. But what's in the archives is staggering.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Vanished
    Author: Finder, Joseph
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312379087 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. In his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator--exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden.
    Updated 5.15.09
  • The Water's Edge
    Author: Fossum, Karin
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780151014217 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    From Norway's Queen of Crime comes a riveting portrayal of a community--its insiders, its outsiders, its fissures, and its secrets--after several young boys go missing.
    Suggested Reading: European Crime Fiction
    Updated 7.15.09
  • Fire and Ice
    Author: Jance, J.A.
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061239229 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Beau and Brady join forces once again in "New York Times"-bestselling author Jance's most stunning and suspenseful work to date. Jance delivers a devilish page-turner.--"People."
    Updated 6.17.09
  • The Silent Hour
    Author: Koryta, Michael
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312361570 Date: 2009
    star PW star Kirkus
    Following his critically acclaimed Envy the Night, Koryta returns with a blistering new installment of the Edgar, Shamus, and Quill-nominated Lincoln Perry series.
    Suggested Reading: P.I.'s
    Updated 7.20.09
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire
    Author: Larsson, Steig
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307269980 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star LJ
    The electrifying follow-up to the phenomenal bestseller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo features Lisbeth Salander, the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker, as the focus and fierce heart of its story.
    Suggested Reading: European Crime Fiction
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Dexter by Design
    Author: Lindsay, Jeffry P.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780385518369 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    The macabre, witty "New York Times"-bestselling series--and inspiration for the #1 Showtime series, "Dexter"--continues as the darkly lovable killer matches wits with a sadistic "artiste" who is creating bizarre murder tableaux of his own all over Miami.
    Suggested Reading: Serial Killers
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Cry for Help
    Author: Mosby, Steve
    $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780752874159 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Dave Lewis is a man with a history. Haunted by his brother's murder when they were children, and scarred by his parents' grief, he's built a bitter life denying everything they ever stood for. He spends his time working as a magician, running a cynical magazine that derides his parents' New Age beliefs, and drowning his sorrows over his lost love, Tori. He's trying to convince himself the past is the past. A promise he made to Tori has got him into trouble before, and Dave's determined to move on and not let that happen again. Detective Sam Currie is a man with a past. His failure to prevent his son's death has ended his marriage and cast a shadow over his life and career. He's directed his hatred towards the one man he sees as responsible, but he has other priorities right now. A killer is stalking the city, abducting girls and sending texts and emails to their families before he kills them. When Dave Lewis appears to connect both investigations, it's an opportunity Currie can't resist. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.20.09
  • Wack n' Roll
    Author: Oust, Gail
    $ 6.99 ISBN: 9780451227690 Date: 2009
    star PW
    When not playing Bunco or putting the greens, the 60-ish set at Serenity Cove Estates in South Carolina is gossiping--and partying. So it's no surprise that after Kate McCall and her fellow Bunco Babes come across a dismembered arm during a golf game, rumors--and excitement--follow.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • The Convict's Sword
    Author: Parker, I.J.
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780143115793 Date: 2009
    star PW
    I. J. Parker's phenomenal Akitada mystery series has been gaining fans with each new novel. The latest, The Convict's Sword, is the most fully realized installment to date, weaving history, drama, mystery, romance, and adventure into a story of passion and redemption. Lord Sugawara Akitada, the senior secretary in the Ministry of Justice, must find the mysterious killer of a man condemned to live in exile for a crime he did not commit. Meanwhile, Akitadaas retainer, Tora, investigates the sudden death of a blind street singer, whose past life is a bigger mystery than anyone thought. Told in Parker's clever, vivid prose, The Convict's Sword is a must-read for those who love well-written mysteries in an exotic setting. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Inherent Vice
    Author: Pynchon, Thomas
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9781594202247 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star PW star LJ
    Part noir, part psychedelic romp, and all Pynchon, Inherent Vice spotlights private eye Doc Sportello who occasionally comes out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era, as the free love of the 1960s slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A. fog.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Hard-Boiled\Noir
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Birthing House
    Author: Ransom Christopher
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312385842 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    This psychological thriller with supernatural overtones begins as a story of possession and sexual obsession and ends ultimately in murder, as a centuries-old crime is reenacted in the present with devastating consequences.
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genres
    Updated 4.22.09
  • 206 Bones
    Author: Reichs, Kathy
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780743294393 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The "New York Times"-bestselling author and co-producer of the FOX television hit "Bones" returns with a spectacular new novel featuring America's favorite forensic anthropologist, Tempe Brennan.
    Suggested Reading: Forensics Stars
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Delhi Noir
    Author: Sawhney, Hirsh (edt)
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781933354781Date: 2009
    star PW
    Brand new stories by: Irwin Allan Sealy, Omair Ahmad, Radhika Jha, Ruchir Joshi, Nalinaksha Bhattacharya, Meera Nair, Siddharth Chowdhury, Mohan Sikka, Palash K. Mehrotra, Hartosh Singh Bal, Hirsh Sawhney, Tabish Khair, Uday Prakash, and Manjula Padmanabhan. The eyes of the world are gazing at India--the world's largest democracy. But the books you read about this Asian giant only show part of the picture. Delhi Noir offers bone-chilling, mesmerizing takes on the country's chaotic capital, a city where opulence and poverty are constantly clashing, where old-world values and the information age wage a constant battle. Delhi Noir's fourteen original stories are written by the best Indian writers alive today--the ones you haven't yet heard of but should have. They are veteran authors who have appeared on the Booker Prize short list and budding geniuses who your grandchildren will read about in English class. Delhi Noir is a world of sex in parks, male prostitution, and vigilante rickshaw drivers. It is one plagued by religious riots, soulless corporate dons, and murderous servants. This is India uncut, the one you're missing out on because mainstream publishing houses and glossy magazines can't stomach it. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.20.09
  • Panic Attack
    Author: Starr, Jason
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312387068 Date: 2009
    star PW
    An intruder, a desperate struggle, a family under siege: Panic Attack is Starr's most provocative and suspenseful novel to date. This is the ultimate page-turner--a thriller that brilliantly blends psychological and physical suspense.--Michael Connelly.
    Updated 6.1.09

September

  • The Tale of Applebeck Orchard
    Author: Albert, Susan Wittig
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780425229774 Date: 2009
    starBooklist

    Updated 9.23.09
  • Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile
    Author: Brandeth, Gyles
    $ 14 ISBN: 9781416534853 Date: 2009
    star PW star Booklist
    This shining star of historical crime fiction returns with the eagerly anticipated addition to the series that "Booklist" has hailed as pitch-perfect.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated8.13.09
  • The Lost Symbol
    Author: Brown, Dan
    $ 29.95 ISBN: 9780385504225 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The eagerly awaited follow-up to his #1 international phenomenon The DaVinci Code, The Lost Symbol once again features Brown's unforgettable protagonist, Harvard symbol expert Robert Langdon.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Smash Cut
    Author: Brown, Sandra
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781416563082 Date: 2009
    star PW
    "New York Times"-bestselling author Brown returns with a new novel hot on the heels of Smoke Screen that contains her trademarks--shocking twists, breathless suspense, and sizzle.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Evil at Heart
    Author: Cain, Chelsea
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312368487 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell return in a follow-up to the bestsellers Heartsick and Sweetheart. Gretchen is still on the loose and Archie is still hospitalized after his ploy to catch her goes spectacularly wrong.
    Suggested Reading: Serial Killers
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Red to Black
    Author: Dryden, Alex
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061803864 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Anna, a beautiful and brilliant KGB Colonel who comes from a family of Soviet spies and power brokers, falls in love with her mark and together they have to face the truth about her country.
    Suggested Reading: Espionage
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Skull Duggery
    Author: Elkins, Aaron J.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780425227978 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    Gideon Oliver and his wife are on vacation in Mexico when a local police chief requests his assistance on a case. After Oliver realizes the coroner has misidentified two bodies, he concludes these two mistakes are no coincidence.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • The Hidden Man
    Author: Ellis, David
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399155796 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Another exhilarating thriller from Edgar Award-winner Ellis, The Hidden Man introduces the new series protagonist, Jason Kolarich.
    Suggested Reading: Adrelenaline
    Updated 7.20.09
  • Blood's a Rover
    Author: Ellroy, James
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780679403937 Date: 2009
    star PW star Kirkus
    Political noir as only Ellroy can write it, Blood's A Rover is a novel of astonishing depth and scope, a massive tale of corruption and retribution, of ideals at war and the extremity of love. Set in the tumultuous year of 1968, this novel is the largest and greatest work of fiction by an American master.
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled\Noir
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Baby Shark's Jugglers at the Border
    Author: Fate, Robert
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780979996023 Date: 2009
    star PW star Booklist
    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.
    Suggested Reading: P.I.'s
    Updated 9.1.09
  • Even Money
    Author: Francis, Dick & Felix
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399155918 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star Booklist
    The "New York Times"-bestselling authors return with a heart-stopping new novel. On the first day of Royal Ascot, a man steps forward claiming to be Ned Talbot's long-lost father. Barely an hour later, the man is found stabbed to death. Ned embarks on a race to solve his father's murder.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Deadly Descent
    Author: Hinger, Charlotte
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590586457 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    In historian Lottie Albright's Western Kansas community, false accusations threaten senatorial candidate Brian Hadley's political career, secrets whispered to her as editor of the county history books spur a personal search for his aunt's murderer.
    Updated 7.18.09
  • Arctic Chill
    Author: Indridason, Arnaldur
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312381035 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star PW
    On an icy January day, the Reykjavik police are called to a block of flats where a body of the young boy has been found in the garden, frozen to the ground in a pool of his own blood. Erlendur and his team embark on an investigation but have little to go on.
    Suggested Reading: European Crime Fiction
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Crush
    Author: Jacobson, Alan
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781593155483 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Karen Vail, the memorable heroine of The 7th Victim, faces the most evil serial killer of her career in Crush.
    Suggested Reading: Serial Killers
    Updated 9.1.09
  • The Rapture
    Author: Jensen, Liz
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385530446 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star PW
    "A first-class apocalyptic thriller of futuristic science, geophysics, and religion. It's clever, intelligent, and--most terrifying of all--plausible" --Kate Mosse, author of Labryinth and Sepulchre - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Cross Genre
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Stardust
    Author: Kanon, Joseph
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9781439156148 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star PW
    The author of The Good German returns with his most accomplished novel yet--a tale of Hollywood glamour, postwar espionage, and family secrets.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction | Hollywood
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Grinder
    Author: Knowles, Mike
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781550228953 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Two years ago Wilson left his old boss alive in exchange for a clean slate, keeping up his end of the bargain and staying off the grid. Then, thousands of miles from the city he once escaped, a man comes calling on Wilson with a gun in hand and a woman in his trunk. Wilson is pulled back into his old life as a "grinder" to work under the radar to quietly find out who is responsible for a dangerous mobster's missing nephews--and this time all bets are off. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.31.09
  • Bloodroot
    Author: Loehfelm, Bill
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780399155925 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The author of the acclaimed Fresh Kills follows up that work with this brilliantly ambitious thriller. Bloodroot is frightening, twisted, and filled with secrets and heartbreak.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • September Fair
    Author: Lourey, Jess
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780738718729 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The Minnesota State Fair-the beloved home of 4H exhibits, Midway rides, and everything on a stick. The festival fun is riding high until the recently crowned Milkfed Mary, Queen of the Dairy, a Battle Lake native, is brutally murdered while her regal likeness is carved in butter. Can Mira James, covering the fair for the Battle Lake Recall, expose a deadly State Fair secret and win a blue ribbon for caging a killer? You bet your last deep-fried Nut Goodie! Praise for the Lefty Award-nominated Murder-by-Month Series [star] ." . . hilarious, fast paced, and madcap."--Booklist (starred review)- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.1.09
  • Skeleton Hill
    Author: Lovesey, Peter
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781569475980 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    The author has the gift of making the most ordinary characters interesting and engaging, and knows how to ratchet up the suspense. . . . Nobody can write the modern traditional detective novel as perfectly as Lovesey.--"The Denver Post."
    Updated 7.18.09
  • The Lost Art of Gratitude: Isabel Dalhousie
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780375425141 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Isabel and her son, Charlie, attend a birthday party, where she finds Minty Auchterlonie, the high-flying financier from "The Sunday Philosophy Club". When Minty confides to Isabel about the troubles at the investment bank she heads, Isabel wonders if Minty can be trusted.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Beneath the Bleeding
    Author: McDermid, Val
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780061688973 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Criminal profiler Tony Hill and his ally DCI Carol Jordan are back in a terrifying psychological thriller from bestselling author and mistress of suspense McDermid.
    Updated 6.17.09
  • Gallows Lane
    Author: McGilloway, Brian
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780312384326 Date: 2009
    star PW star Booklist
    The heart-stopping follow-up to McGilloway's acclaimed debut Borderlands continues the compelling series that captures modern Ireland and showcases a striking new voice in crime writing.
    Suggested Reading: Ireland | British Police
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Shimmer
    Author: Norman, Hilary
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727867841 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The new Detective Sam Becket novel - In Miami Beach, all hell is breaking loose. First, a swimmer makes a gruesome discovery, and then the city is rocked by an explosion. Detective Sam Becket has a vicious killer to find.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Soul Murder
    Author: Nugent, Andrew
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312536565 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    A riveting crime novel by Irish Benedictine monk Andrew Nugent explores the darkness found in the human soul. When Maurice Tyson, housemaster at a top boys' boarding school in Ireland, is found with his throat slit, Superintendent Denis Lennon and Sergeant Molly Power of the Irish Police Force struggle to uncover any probable motive for the brutal killing. Was it revenge? A kidnap attempt by terrorists gone badly wrong? Or is there a connection to a former student who killed himself barely a year ago? A boy mysteriously disappears and the hunt is on for his abductors. But when another body is found, the situation gets even darker. Someone out there has a terrible secret, and will stop at nothing to keep it hidden. Andrew Nugent's third police procedural is a tour de force, filled with the compassion, insight, and humor that consistently mark the work of this very talented author. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Hardball
    Author: Paretsky, Sara
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399155932 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Chicago politics--past, present, and future--take center stage in "New York Times"-bestselling author Paretsky's brilliant new V.I. Warshawski novel.
    Suggested Reading: P.I.'s
    Updated 8.13.09
  • War After Armageddon
    Author: Peters, Ralph
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765323552 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Peters' long-anticipated new novel, The War After Armageddon, strips away all stereotypes of war and fanaticism. Brutally wrought, realistically told . . . [this work is] a shocking tour-de-force for our troubled times.--James Rollins.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • In Their Blood
    Author: Potts, Sharon
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781933515700 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Born into a life of privilege, Jeremy Stroeb loves freedom, loathes responsibility and drops out of college to start backpacking across Europe. But this free-spirited drifter crashes back to brutal reality when his parents, Rachel and Daniel Stroeb, are murdered in their home on Miami Beach. When he returns to Miami, Jeremy assumes guardianship of his teenage sister, Elise, who is traumatized and convinced the killer will be back for her. With steely, urgent resolve, Jeremy vows to find out what really happened to Rachel Stroeb, the respected CPA and Daniel Stroeb, the controversial professor. Determined to get on the inside of his parents' lives, Jeremy takes a job at the accounting firm where his mother worked, and enrolls at the university where his father taught. But too many details don't add up. With mounting certainty that his parents were anything but the people he thought they were, Jeremy must face the toughest questions of all. Who were Rachel and Daniel Stroeb? And when will the killer be back for the next of kin? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.31.09
  • New Tricks
    Author: Rosenfelt, David
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780446505871 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner had been brutally murdered. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • The Yard Dog
    Author: Russell, Sheldon
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312566708 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The Yard Dog takes place near the close of World War II, when a large number of Nazi POWs were incarcerated in camps scattered across the prairies of the United States. At Waynoka Divisional Point, near POW Camp Alva, the disillusioned Hook Runyon is assigned by the railroad to run off hobos and arrest pickpockets. Left behind in the war because of the loss of his arm in a car accident, Hook lives in a caboose, collects rare books, and drinks busthead liquor. When a coal picker by the name of Spark Dugan is found run over by a reefer car, Hook and his sidekick, Runt, the local moonshiner, suspect foul play and are drawn into a scheme far greater than either could have imagined. This conspiracy reaches the highest echelons of the camp and beyond and will push Hook and Runt to their physical and mental limits. Hook is a complex character, equal parts rough and vulnerable, an unlikely and unwilling hero. He is more than matched by Dr. Reina Kaplan, a Jewish big-city transplant to Camp Alva who is battling her own demons and has been put in charge of educating the Nazi inmates in the basics of democracy before their eventual return to Germany. Vivid descriptions of period detail, stark landscapes, and unique characters make this first book in the Hook Runyon series a fascinating mystery full of tension and deep insight. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 8.13.09
  • The Coral Thief
    Author: Stott, Rebecca
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385531467 Date: 2009
    star PW star Kirkus star Booklist star LJ
    In her debut, Ghostwalk, Stott unfolded an extraordinary and true mystery, involving Isaac Newton and set in 17th-century Cambridge. The Coral Thief offers another intriguing mystery, centering on pre-Darwinian theories of evolution, and set in 1815 France.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 9.24.09
  • A Duty to the Dead
    Author: Todd, Charles
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061791765 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    A Duty to the Dead, the first book of an exciting new series, is set in England during World War I, and features a spectacular female protagonist.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 7.15.09
  • Top Producer: A Novel of Dark Money, Greed and Friendship
    Author: Vonnegut, Norb
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312384616 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In a world that moves as fast as finance does, top producers have to think three steps ahead and make snap decisions. Vonnegut has crafted a sharp, dark thriller that will make readers think--and then double-check their investments.
    Suggested Reading: Financial | Debuts
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Blood Atonement
    Author: Waddell, Dan
    $24.95 ISBN: 9780312378912 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Genealogist Nigel Barnes's second case leads him into the dark heart of the Mormon church and a gruesome, century-old secret.
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Siege
    Author: White, Stephen
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525951223 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    A "New York Times"-bestselling author returns with a relentlessly propelled thriller. In this latest addition to the Alan Gregory series, Gregory's longtime friend Sam Purdy takes centerstage in a story that feels ripped from tomorrow's headlines.
    Suggested Reading: Adrenaline
    Updated 8.18.09

October

  • Loot the Moon
    Author: Arsenault, Mark
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312555764 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Former journalist and beaten-down gambler Billy Povich returns in this electrifying work from the Shamus Award nominee of Spiked.
    Updated 9.1.09
  • 13.5
    Author: Barr, Nevada
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781593155537 Date: 2009
    star LJ star PW
    Polly Deschamps is at a lonely crossroads, until she meets and marries Marshall Marchand. As Polly begins to settle into her new life, she becomes uneasy about her husband's increasingly dark moods, fearing that his brother may be influencing Marshall in ways she cannot understand.
    Suggested Reading: New Orleans
    Updated 8.31.09
  • Death Message
    Author: Billingham, Mark
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061432750 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    From one of Britain's most compelling and talented crime writers comes an unforgettable new entry in the Tom Thorne detective series. This chilling thriller begins with a body and a phone line--both dead.
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Poisonville
    Author: Carlotto, Massimo & Marco Videtta
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781933372914 Date: 2009
    star PW
    This bestselling noir novel features murder, moral ambiguity, and a protagonist who is hardly heroic. In this thriller, however, the killer is not an individual but an entire system.
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled/Noir
    Updated 8.31.09
  • Nine Dragons
    Author: Connelly, Michael
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780316166317 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    While investigating the murder of a Chinese liquor store owner, Harry Bosch gets word his daughter, who lives in Hong Kong with her mother, has been kidnapped. Bosch drops everything and journeys across the Pacific to a new city where nothing is as it seems.
    Updated 9.23.09
  • Typhoon
    Author: Cumming, Charles
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312558529 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Just as the British are about to return Hong Kong to Chinese rule, Joe Lennox, a young operative for SIS, loses both his girlfriend and his first high-profile asset--a prominent defector who disappears from a safe house.
    Updated 8.31.09
  • The Best American Mystery Stories 2009
    Author: Deaver, Jeffrey (edt)
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780547237503 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Bestselling novelist Deaver edits this latest collection of the genre's finest from the past year. Featuring gritty tales told with panache, this is a must-read for anybody who cares about crime stories ("Booklist").
    Updated 8.31.09
  • The Ninth Daughter
    Author: Hamilton, Barbara
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780425230770 Date: 2009
    star PW star Kirkus star LJ
    In the Massachusetts Colony, political upheaval turns murderous, in this new series featuring First Lady--and sleuth--Abigail Adams.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction | All Stars
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Wrong Mother
    Author: Hannah, Sophie
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780143116301 Date: 2009
    starBooklist star PW
    A chilling exploration of a mother's unspeakable betrayal from the author of Little Face. It's been a year since Sally Thorning's brief affair with Mark Bretherick. The two planned to never meet again. But now, Mark's wife and daughter are dead--and the safety of Sally's own family is in doubt.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Black Friday
    Author: Kava, Alex
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780778326519 Date: 2009
    star PW
    On the busiest shopping day of the year, idealistic students plan to carry out protests in malls across the nation. But the results are incendiary--and people lie dead. As Maggie O'Dell and her partner sift through the facts of the case, they uncover a sinister secret agenda.
    Updated 8.31.09
  • David's Revenge
    Author: Kettenbach, Hans Werner
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781904738398 Date: 2009
    star PW
    "Wonderfully terrifying novel from a leading thriller writer."--Le Monde. When David Ninochvili arrives from war-torn Georgia, the peaceful existence of a schoolteacher's family in Germany comes to an abrupt end. Christian Kestner has all but forgotten his stay in Tbilisi seven years before under Soviet rule, but when he receives a letter from David announcing his visit, he begins to worry. Why is David coming? To seek revenge for a relationship that Christian had with his wife? To conspire with one of the different factions now vying for the control of Georgia? Christian becomes intensely suspicious of David's secretive ways, jealous of the Georgian's attraction to his wife, and even resentful of his relationship with his teenage son. Fear turns into panic, a feeling so corrosive that it almost transforms this most rational individual into a monster. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Blind Eye
    Author: MacBride, Stuart
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780312382643 Date: 2009
    star PW star Booklist
    Investigator Logan McRae tackles another thankless case in MacBride's sharp and suspenseful fifth novel.
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Dark Mirror: Brock & Kolla
    Author: Maitland, Barry
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312383992 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Newly promoted to Detective Inspector, Kathy Kolla is called in to investigate a student's poisoning. As Kolla looks further into the case, it becomes increasingly clear that behind what really happened--and why--lies the most difficult-to-crack case the team has ever faced.
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Rizzo's War
    Author: Manfredo, Lou
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312538057 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star LJ
    Rizzo's War is an introduction to a wonderful new voice in crime fiction, ringing with authenticity, full of personality, and perfect for fans of police procedurals.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Chinese Whispers
    Author: May, Peter
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590586082 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    His victims are young, beautiful and viciously mutilated. He calls himself the Beijing Ripper. The media and terror-sticken public are demanding the arrest of the Beijing Ripper and Li Yan, the head of Beijing's serious crime squad, has been put in the spotlight. American pathologist Margaret Campbell is invited to perform an autopsy on one of the victims and her results send shockwaves through the investigation. Then Li begins receiving personal letters from the killer, and his life and career start falling apart. The need to uncover the Ripper's identity becomes paramount if he is to save himself and his family. Peter May's terrifying new China thriller pits Li Yan and Margaret Campbell against an unscrupulous foe who could prove to be their deadliest enemy yet. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.1.09
  • The Hunt for Atlantis
    Author: McDermott, Andy
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780553592856 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The explosive first novel in a series from debut adventure thriller writer McDermott takes readers on a legendary journey to find the greatest treasure in human history--the lost city of Atlantis.
    Suggested Reading: Adrenaline
    Updated 8.31.09
  • Blood Safari
    Author: Meyer, Deon
    $ 19.95 ISBN: 9780802119032 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    Tough in-your-face crime writing that spares nothing in language, visceral sense of blood and mayhem . . . and never waivers from the compelling pace of the story. [Blood Safari] also has a mean line in humor that comes through in the snappy dialogue.--"The Sunday Independent."
    Updated 8.18.09
  • Locked In
    Author: Muller, Marcia
    $ 24.99 ISBN:9780446581059 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    After being shot in the head by an unknown assailant, San Francisco private-eye Sharon McCone finds herself trapped by locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but an alert, conscious mind. As Sharon lies in her hospital bed, the members of her agency fan out to find the assailant.
    Updated 8.13.09
  • Ghosts of Belfast
    Author: Neville, Stuart
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781569476000 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star PW star LJ
    Fegan has been an IRA killer in northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is haunted day and night by the ghosts of his innocent victims. In order to appease the spirits, he's going to have to kill the men who had given him orders.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 9.24.09
  • The Brutal Telling
    Author: Penny, Louise
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312377038 Date: 2009
    star PW starLJ star Booklist
    The peace of Three Pines is shattered when a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing long-buried secrets.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Box 21
    Author: Roslund, Anders
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374282950 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    This suspenseful, gripping, and intelligently written ("Solo") Scandinavian thriller delves into the seedy underbelly of Stockholm.
    Suggested Reading: European Crime Fiction
    Updated 8.18.09
  • The Professional
    Author: Parker, Robert B.
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399155949 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    A knock on Spenser's office door can only mean one thing: a new case. This time the visitor is a local lawyer who claims her friends are being blackmailed. Spenser agrees to take the seemingly straightforward case, but when women start turning up dead, Spenser's assignment takes a sinister turn.
    Suggested Reading: P.I. 's
    Updated 8.13.09
  • The Price of Love and Other Stories
    Author: Robinson, Peter
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061809484 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Best-known--and much-admired--for his long-running and bestselling Inspector Banks series, Robinson is also widely and highly praised by mystery fans for his riveting short stories. This work collects 12 of his very best mystery stories.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Grace Hammer: A Novel of the Victorian Underworld
    Author: Stockbridge, Sara
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780393067187 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Stockbridge delivers an engrossing suspense novel set in Victorian London about stolen fortunes, romance, murder, and revenge.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 9.1.09
  • The Darkest Room
    Author: Theorin, Johan
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780385342223 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Winner of Sweden's Best Crime Novel Award, The Darkest Room is the latest thriller from the bestselling author of Echoes from the Dead.
    Updated 9.1.09
  • The Financial Lives of the Poets
    Author: Walter, Jess
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061916045 Date: 2009
    star PW
    From National Book Award-finalist Walter comes a hysterically funny--and painfully timely--new novel of one man's attempt to save his family from economic disaster by putting his entrepreneurial leanings toward a life of petty crime.
    Updated 8.31.09

November

  • The Poisoning in the Pub
    Author: Brett, Simon
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594148903 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Updated 9.1.09
  • The Big Wake Up
    Author: Coggins, Mark
    $ 14.95/24.95 ISBN: 9781606480564/9781606480557 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Flirting ends in tragedy for San Francisco private eye August Riordan when a beautiful university student from Buenos Aires is shot. After a harrowing chase involving a cable car, he catches the man responsible, but that is only the beginning.
    Suggested Reading: P.I's
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Cape Greed
    Author: Cole, Sam
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780312373405 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Set along the coast of Cape Town, this first rate crime novel introduces two private investigators who get involved in seemingly different cases. Jeffrey is hired by the wife of an adulterous financial consultant, while Vincent is contracted to find out who is stealing from an abalone farm. But the two cases converge, and the mastermind behind them both is a mesmerizing international gangster. Cape Greed highlights a fascinating locale for America's crime fiction fans. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled\Noir
    Updated 9.1.09
  • Dixie Noir
    Author: Curnutt, Kirk
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594148217 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Winter of Secrets
    Author: Delany, Vicki
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590586761 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Siblings Wendy and Jason Wyatt-Yarmouth and their friends are in the peaceful mountain town of Trafalgar, B.C. enjoying a two-week vacation. Tragedy strikes the group of privileged students when two of them crash through the ice into the frozen river.
    Updated 9.23.09
  • The Widow's Revenge
    Author: Doss, James D.
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312364618 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus
    Rancher and sometime tribal investigator Charlie Moon gets the call when the widow Montoya starts fussing about witches. When no one listens to her concerns, she takes matters into her own hands, with disastrous results.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Bryant & May on the Loose
    Author: Fowler, Christopher
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780553807196 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    The Peculiar Crimes Unit is no more. After years of defying the odds and infuriating their embarrassed superiors, detectives Arthur Bryant and John May have at last crossed the line. This is the twenty-first century and not even their eccentric genius or phenomenal success rate solving London's most unusual crimes can save them. While Bryant takes to his bed, his bathrobe, and his esoteric books, the rest of the team take to the streets looking for new careers--leading one of them to stumble upon a gruesome murder. It isn't so much the discovery of the headless corpse that's potentially so politically explosive as where it's found. Still it takes the bizarre sightings of a great horned creature--half man, half stag--carrying off young women to convince Bryant that this is a case worth getting dressed and leaving the house to solve. The Home Office has reluctantly authorized the PCU to reunite for one last encore performance--in a rented office with no computer network, no legal authority, and a broken toilet. They've got until the end of the week to solve a murder with unlikely links to gangland crime, Slavic mythology, the 2012 London Olympics, and the sort of corruption only obscene amounts of money and power can buy. It's the kind of case that Bryant and May live to solve--and it could be just the case that kills them. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.1.09
  • Darkness Visible
    Author: Gregson, J.M.
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727867988 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    A Lambert and Hook mystery - When small-time drug dealer Darren Chivers narrowly escapes a police arrest, he begins to develop a different sort of criminal activity. Blackmail proves lucrative, but ultimately lethal. As Chief Superintendent Lambert and DS Hook interview the dead man's contacts, secrets tumble out as the investigation progresses and the solution to the puzzle is as startling as it is shocking . . .
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 9.23.09
  • What Remains of Heaven
    Author: Harris, C.S.
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780451228024 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    The fifth work in the fast-moving ("Publishers Weekly"), British-set historical mystery series once again stars the charismatic Sebastian St. Cyr.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Mirror and the Mask
    Author: Hart, Ellen
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312375270 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Jane Lawless has decided to train as a PI, and her first job seems simple enough: Find Annie Andrews' father. Jane succeeds, but begins to feel that there's a lot more to this story.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Midnight Fugue
    Author: Hill, Reginald
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061451966 Date: 2009
    star PW
    It starts with a phone call to Superintendent Dalziel from an old friend asking for help. But where it ends is a very different story. Gina Wolfe has come to mid Yorkshire in search of her missing husband, believed dead. Her fiancE, Commander Mick Purdy of the Met, thinks Dalziel should be able to take care of the job. What none of them realize is how events set in motion decades ago will come to a violent head on this otherwise ordinary summer's day. A Welsh tabloid journalist senses the story he's been chasing for years may have finally landed in his lap. A Tory MP's secretary suspects her boss's father has an unsavory history that could taint his son's prime ministerial ambitions. The ruthless entrepreneur in question sends two henchmen out to make sure the past stays in the past. And the lethal pair dispatched have some awkward secrets of their own. Four stories, two mismatched detectives trying to figure it all out, and twenty-four hours in which to do it: Dalziel and Pascoe are about to learn the hard way just how much difference a day makes. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 8.31.09
  • The Vows of Silence: Simon Serrailler
    Author: Hill, Susan
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590202456 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    In Hill's fourth crime novel featuring Chief Inspector Serrailler, a gunman is terrorizing young women in the cathedral town of Laffterton. Serrailler must determine what--if anything--links the apparently random murders.
    Suggested Reading: British Police
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Dial H for Hitchcock: CeCe Caruso
    Author: Kandel, Susan
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780061826672 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Cece Caruso--mystery biographer extraordinaire, vintage clothing enthusiast, and part-time sleuth--is in freefall. First, she calls off her wedding, for reasons even she can't explain. Second, her newest biography (of Alfred Hitchcock) is way past due.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Bodies in Winter
    Author: Knightly, Robert
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727868022Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    When NYPD detective Harry Corbin and his partner Adele Bentibi arrive at the scene of a murder, it looks like an open-and-shut case. As they investigate, they uncover a murky world of dirty cops and cover-ups that puts both of their careers--and their lives--in serious danger. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Boston Noir
    Author: Lehane, Dennis (edt)
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781933354910 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Each story in Boston Noir is set in a different neighborhood of the city. This impressively diverse collection of mystery stories extends from Roxbury to Cambridge, from Southie to the Boston Harbor, and all stops in between.
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled\Noir
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Murdered House
    Author: Magnan, Pierre
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312367206 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    From one of Frances's leading crime writers, whose The Messengers of Death was named by "Publishers Weekly "as one of their 10 Best Mysteries of 2008, comes this exceptional classic mystery.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Phoenix Noir
    Author: Milikin, Patrick (edt)
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781933354859 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Brand-new stories by: Diana Gabaldon, Lee Child, James Sallis, Luis Alberto Urrea, Jon Talton, Megan Abbott, Charles Kelly, Robert Anglen, Patrick Millikin, Laura Tohe, Kurt Reichenbaugh, Gary Phillips, David Corbett, Don Winslow, Dogo Barry Graham, and Stella Pope Duarte.
    Suggested Reading: Hard-Boiled\Noir
    Updated 10.27.09
  • A Rumpole Christmas
    Author: Mortimer, John
    $ 21.95 ISBN: 9780670021352 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    A Rumpole Christmas is a witty and compulsively readable collection of five holiday stories--never before published in book form--depicting the Old Bailey Hack at his lovable best.
    Updated 9.23.09
  • The Long Division
    Author: Nikitas, Derek
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312363987 Date: 2009
    star LJ star PW
    From the Edgar-nominated author of Pyres comes the story of an Atlanta housecleaner who makes a desperate attempt to locate the teenage son she had given up for adoption. But mother and son soon find themselves ensnared in a deadly game of murder and deceit.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Crisis
    Author: Poyer, David
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312544393 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Featuring exciting action, espionage, and exotic locales, The Crisis raises questions about America's obligations to relieve the suffering of other countries and the role of a democratic government in nations with no central leadership.
    Updated 9.23.09
  • The Dead Hand of History
    Author: Spencer, Sally
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727868053 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Updated 11.4.09
  • Broken Jewel
    Author: Robbins, David L.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781416590583 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star LJ
    Set against the backdrop of the Los Banos prison raid--one of the most daring episodes of World War II--Broken Jewel tells a powerful story of war, love, and survival .
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Cloud Pavilion
    Author: Rowland, Laura Joh
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312379490 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Samurai detective-turned-chamberlain Sano Ichiro is approached by his estranged uncle for help: his daughter has disappeared, and he begs Sano and his wife--who once suffered through the kidnapping of their own son--to find her before it is too late.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 9.23.09
  • The Creed of Violence
    Author: Teran, Boston
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781582435251 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Set against a backdrop of intrigue and corruption, The Creed of Violence is a saga about the scars of abandonment, the greed of war, and America's history of foreign intervention for the sake of oil.
    Updated 10.27.09

December

  • The Paris Vendetta
    Author: Berry, Steve
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345505477 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In Berry's most twisted thriller yet, Cotton Malone faces down the shadowy figures behind the killing that once changed the trajectory of his career and his life. As the action moves from Copenhagen to Britain to France, Cotton uncovers an astounding secret that Napoleon took to his grave.
    Suggested Reading: Adrenaline
    Updated 8.18.09
  • London Boulevard
    Author: Bruen, Ken
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312561680 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    A masterful work of double-dealing and suspense from one of the great crime writers, London Boulevard is the basis of a soon-to-be motion picture from Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Manahan and Quentin Curtis.
    Updated 11.4.09
  • The Red Velvet Turnshoe
    Author: Clark, Cassandra
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312537364 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In the midst of a long, bleak winter in the year 1383, a brave and brilliant nun embarks on a quest for a precious relic. She will need remarkable skills to survive because there are many who want her mission to fail--and one, above all, who plans a deadly revenge.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Disciple
    Author: Coonts, Stephen
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780312372835 Date: 2009
    star PW
    In this new novel by "New York Times"-bestselling author Coonts, Iran is weeks away from acquiring nuclear weapons and has every intention of using them to strike first. Only Tommy Carmellini and Jake Grafton can stop a nuclear nightmare.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Pirate Latitudes
    Author: Crichton, Michael
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780061929373 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    This irresistible tale of swashbuckling pirates in the New World offers a classic story of treasure and betrayal. Pirate Latitudes was discovered as a complete manuscript in Crichton's files after his death in 2008.
    Updated 11.25.09
  • Alone: A Valentino Mystery
    Author: Estleman, Loren D.
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765315762 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The second wacky comedic murder romp starring Hollywood film detective Valentino marvelously mixes movies and mayhem in a way sure to please film buffs and mystery fans alike (John Jakes, "New York Times"-bestselling author).
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Writ in Stone
    Author: Harrison, Cora
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780727868121 Date: 2009
    star PW
    A Mystery of Medieval Ireland - Christmas, 1509. Mara, the investigating judge of the Burren, has accepted the offer of marriage made by King Turlough. But on the eve of the marriage festivities, a man kneeling in prayer in the abbey church is violently murdered. Who could have planned to kill the king? Cut off from the outside world by heavy snow, Mara must act quickly to catch the assassin before a second death occurs.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Sting of Justice
    Author: Harrison, Cora
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312372699 Date: 2009
    star PW star LJ
    The year is 1509 and autumn has come to western Ireland. When Mara attends the funeral of a local priest, the last thing she expects to discover is a corpse on the church steps. As Mara investigates, she is determined to bring a killer to justice.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 11.4.09
  • Untraceable
    Author: Griffin, Laura
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9781439149195 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The first book in the thrilling new Tracers series--from rising romantic suspense star Griffin--features a group of high-level forensics experts that solves the crimes no one else can.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Let Darkness Come
    Author: Hunt, Angela
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780778326533 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Accused of the murder of his society wife, the scion of one of Chicago's wealthiest, most powerful families is being defended by attorney Briley Lester. A tragic, shocking secret could be the key to proving his innocence.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Village of the Ghost Bears: Nathan Active
    Author: Jones, Stan
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781569476062 Date: 2009
    star Kirkus star PW
    Alaska State Trooper Nathan Active must figure out what connects a dead hunter on a remote Arctic lake with a year-old fatal plane crash in the Brooks Range and a fire at the Chukchi Recreation Center that killed eight people, including the town's basketball star. The case turns out to involve a lucrative polar bear poaching operation and the intense bond between a brother and sister from the village of Cape Goodwin, famous in the Arctic for twins, polar bears, and schizophrenia. The heart of the matter, he discovers, is a dead woman whose killer remembers her as having a mouth so sweet "it was like kissing a Hershey bar." - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.27.09
  • La's Orchestra Saves the World
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780307378385 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The first stand-alone novel to be published by Pantheon from the best-selling author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series: a delightful and moving story that celebrates the healing powers of friendship and music. It is 1939. Lavender-La to her friends-decides to flee London, not only to avoid German bombs but also to escape the memories of her shattered marriage. The peace and solitude of the small town she settles in are therapeutic . . . at least at first. As the war drags on, in need of some diversion and to boost the town's morale, La organizes an amateur orchestra, drawing musicians from the village and the local RAF base. Among the strays she corrals is Feliks, a shy, proper Polish refugee who becomes her prized recruit-and the object of feelings she thought she'd put away forever. Does La's orchestra save the world? The people who come to hear it think so. But what will become of it after the war is over? And what will become of La herself? And of La's heart? With his all-embracing empathy and his gentle sense of humor, Alexander McCall Smith makes of La's life-and love-a tale to enjoy and cherish. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.1.09
  • The Good Son
    Author: McLean, Russel D.
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312576684 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    There is something rotten behind the apparent sucide of Daniel Robertson and it's about to come bursting into the life of J. McNee, a Scottish private investigator with a near-crushing level of personal baggage. James Robertson, a local farmer, finds his estranged brother's corpse hanging from a tree. The police claim suicide. But McNee is about to uncover the disturbing truth behind the death. With a pair of vicious London thugs on the move in the Scottish countryside, it's only a matter of time before people start dying. As the body count rises, McNee finds himself on a collision course with his own demons and an increasing array of brutal killers in a violent, bloody showdown that threatens to leave none involved alive. Plumbing the depths of love, loss, betrayal, and one broken man's attempt to come to terms with his past, The Good Son successfully blends the classic style of the gumshoe era with the outer edges of modern noir. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Hardboiled\Noir
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Tainted
    Author: Morgan, Brooke
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780061853371 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Morgan pens a tale of gripping suspense and betrayal, set against the deceptively placid backdrop of Cape Cod.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Ark of Fire
    Author: Palov, C.M.
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425231463 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Photographer Edie Miller witnesses a murder and the theft of an ancient Hebrew relic. Fearing authorities are complicit, she turns to a historian for help. Neither realizes the breadth of the crime, its ties to a government conspiracy, or its connection to the most valuable relic in history.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Predators
    Author: Ramsay, Frederick
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590586846 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Leo Painter is the CEO of Earth Global, a large energy, mining and real-estate development firm. He and his party of company executives are traveling in Botswana to consult with the government of Botswana about accessing their extractable resources.
    Updated 9.1.09
  • Hard to Hold
    Author: Tyler, Stephanie
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780440244349 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The first novel in an all-new trilogy. Lieutenant Jake Hansen has survived some of the riskiest missions known to man, but now the wounded Navy SEAL faces his toughest job yet: smuggling Dr. Isabelle Markham out of Africa without triggering an international incident. O
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Hollywood Moon
    Author: Wambaugh, Joseph
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780316045186 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Wambaugh once again masterfully gets inside the hearts and minds of the cops whose jobs have them constantly on the brink of danger. Hollywood Moon is his most thrilling and deeply affecting ride yet through the singular streets of LA.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Desert Lost: Lena Jones
    Author: Webb, Betty
    $ 22.95 ISBN: 9781590586822 Date: 2009
    star LJ star Booklist
    When private investigator Lena Jones discovers the body of a woman connected to an infamous polygamy cult, she soon uncovers a shocking secret about the group's practices.
    Suggested Reading: P.I.'s
    Updated 10.27.09

 

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