Crime Fiction Stars 2010: January - June

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

January

  • Paganini's Ghost
    Author: Adam, Paul
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780312383855 Date: 2010
    star LJ star PW
    Violinmaker Giovanni Castiglione searches for a long-lost instrument that was possessed by famed violinist Niccolo Paganini. Full of remarkable history and musical lore, Paganini's Ghost will enchant music lovers and Italophiles alike.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 11.4.09
  • Blacklands
    Author: Bauer, Belinda
    $ 23 ISBN: 9781439149447 Date: 2010
    starKirkus starBooklist
    Bauer pens a psychological thriller about the cat-and-mouse game between a boy desperately seeking the truth about this uncle's murder and the murderer himself.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Gutshot Straight
    Author: Berney, Lou
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061766046 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    A fast and funny crime caper in the tradition of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, Gutshot Straight features Shake Bouchon, fresh out of prison and ready for life on the straight and narrow.
    Suggested Reading: Capers
    Updated 11.20.09
  • The Godfather of Kathmandu
    Author: Burdett, John
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307263193 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star Kirkus
    Sonchai Jitpleecheep--Burdett's inimitable Thai police detective--is summoned to the most shocking and intriguing crime scene of his career. Sonchai is more interested in finding Nirvana than in solving murders, in Burdett's most inventive, darkly comic novel yet.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • The Wings of the Sphinx
    Author: Camilleri, Andrea
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780143116608 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Food, love, and murder--Sicilian style--feature prominently in the gripping 11th installment of "The New York Times"-bestselling Montalbano mystery series.
    Updated 11.20.09
  • The 13th Hour
    Author: Doetsch, Richard
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9781439147919 Date: 2010
    star LJ star Booklist
    Bestselling author Doetsch returns with this pulse-pounding thriller. A man is given the chance to go back in time in one hour increments to prevent the murder of his wife--a crime the police think he committed.
    Suggested Reading: Time Travel
    Updated 11.25.09
  • The Parisian Prodigal
    Author: Gordon, Alan
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312384142 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus
    "Only a fool would pass this one up". --Laurie R. King In 1205, Theophilos--a fool by trade, a family man by choice, and a spy by design--belongs, along with his family, to the Fools' Guild, a group that secretly maintains the fragile order of society. In Toulouse, that order is threatened when, unexpectedly, a man claiming to be a full brother of the ruling count is found one morning in a local bordello next to a dead whore, killed with his own sword. Now, Theophilos and his family must uncover the truth. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Wolf in Tiger's Stripes
    Author: Gordon, Victoria
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594148446 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Crossing Places: Ruth Galloway
    Author: Griffiths, Elly
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780547229898 Date: 2010
    star LJ star Kirkus star Booklist
    When she's not on the job, quirky archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives in obscurity. But when a child's bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Galloway is called into action. This is the beginning of a captivating new crime series featuring an irresistible heroine.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Silencer
    Author: Hall, James W.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312359591 Date: 2009
    star PW star Booklist
    Silencer pits brother against brother and wife against husband in a thriller that proves once again that Hall is a master of suspense ("Publishers Weekly").
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Skin
    Author: Hayder, Mo
    $ 22 ISBN: 9780802119308 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The author of the internationally bestselling novels The Devil of Nanking and Ritual picks up the trail of the latter novel's two unforgettable protagonists as they race to staunch a rising tide of blood in a sweltering port town.
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Her Higness's First Murder: Simon & Elizabeth
    Author: Herring, Peg
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594148422 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    Updated 11.4.09
  • I, Sniper
    Author: Hunter, Stephen
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781416565154 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star PW
    Bob Lee Swagger is back, facing off against one of his most ruthless adversaries yet to clear the name of a fellow soldier-in-arms. A Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of 13 novels, Stephen Hunter delivers once again.
    Updated 10.27.09
  • Sleepless
    Author: Huston, Charlie
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345501134 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus
    In this gripping, unnerving, exhilarating, and haunting novel, Parker Hass works undercover as a drug dealer in a Los Angeles. He is tasked with cutting off the illegal trade of Dreamer, the only drug that can give the infected what they most crave: sleep.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Requiem in Vienna
    Author: Jones, J. Syndey
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312383909 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus star Booklist
    Someone is trying to murder conductor and composer Gustav Mahler, and lawyer Karl Werthen sets out to stop the attacks with the help of his new wife, Berthe, and criminologist Hans Gross.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 11.25.09
  • A Whisper to the Living
    Author: Kaminsky, Stuart M.
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780765318886 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    A new Inspector Rostnikov title from America's premier mystery writer, A Whisper to the Living continues the adventures of an honest policeman in a very dishonest post-Soviet Union.
    Updated 11.20.09
  • The Breach
    Author: Lee, Patrick
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780061584459 Date: 2010
    star PW
    In the Alaskan wilds, former cop Travis Chase stumbles upon the wreckage of a 747 filled with dead bodies, including the nation's First Lady. Soon Chase is dragged into a battle for the future that revolves around an amazing artifact.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Corpus Delicti
    Author: McCarthy, Keith
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727868367 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Continuing the Eisenmenger and Robinson forensic mystery series - Eisenmengers relationship with Helena Flemming has deteriorated to the point that Helena wants it to end, leaving Eisenmenger devastated. In order to cope, he throws himself back into his work as a forensic pathologist and is immediately consumed by a disturbing discovery.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • From Cradle to Grave
    Author: MacDonald, Patricia
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727868442 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    A nail-biting novel of domestic suspense from a best-selling author - When Morgan Adair arrives at the small seaside town of West Briar on the Long Island shore, she is looking forward to attending the baptism of her new godson, Drew. Morgan and Drew's mother, Claire, have been friends since childhood, and Morgan was delighted when Claire married the handsome Guy Bolton. But a few days after the christening, Morgan receives a devastating phone call from her friend . . .
    Updated 11.4.09
  • Death at the Alma Mater
    Author: Malliet, G.M.
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780738719672 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    At prestigious St. Michael's College, Cambridge, the Master holds a fundraising weekend for wealthy alums. But all goes awry when the glamorous Lexy Laurant is found viciously murdered. During his investigation, Chief Inspector St. Just discovers unsavory secrets--and a most shocking twist.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Through the Heart
    Author: Morgenroth, Kate
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780452295896 Date: 2010
    star LJ star Booklist
    From the bestselling author of They Did It with Love comes this page-turning love story in which a chance meeting ignites romance and results in murder.
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Iron River
    Author: Parker, T. Jefferson
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780525951490 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    The New York Times-bestselling author of The Renegades returns with his latest thriller featuring Los Angeles Country deputy Charlie Hood. This time, Hood is searching for the iron river--the massive and illegal flow of handguns that fuels the bloody cartel wars south of the border.
    Updated 11.4.09
  • Eye of the Raven
    Author: Pattison, Eliot
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781582435664 Date: 2009
    star PW
    With the aid of the Native American Shaman Conawago, Duncan McCallum has begun to heal from the massacre of his Highland clan by the British. But his new life is shattered when he finds himself in a maelstrom of deception and violence.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 11.25.09
  • Cut Short
    Author: Russell, Leigh
    $ 9.95 ISBN: 9781842432716 Date: 2009
    star PW
    D.S. Geraldine Steel expects the quiet town of Woolsmarsh to be dull. She quickly discovers she is wrong. The park is a place where children play, friends sit and gossip, people walk their dogs, or take a short cut to avoid the streets. But in the shadows a predator prowls, hunting for victims. A woman sees the killer and comes forward as a witness--someone whom the killer must stop at all costs. For D.S. Geraldine Steel, it is a race against time to find the killer before he strikes again, as public pressure mounts with the growing death toll.
    Updated 11.25.09
  • The Bad Book Affair: A Mobile Library Mystery
    Author: Sansom, Ian
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780061452017 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    Israel Armstrong, one of literature's most unlikely detectives, returns for more crime-solving adventure in this hilarious fourth novel in the Mobile Library series.
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Assassins of Athens: A Greek Mystery
    Author: Siger, Jeffrey
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781590587072 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    When the body of a boy from one of Greece's most prominent families turns up in a dumpster in one of Athens' worst neighborhoods, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis of the Greek Police's Special Crimes Division is certain there's a message in the murder. But who sent it and why? Andreas' politically incorrect search for answers takes him deep into the sordid, criminal side of Athens nightlife and on to the glittering world of Athens society where age-old frictions between old money and new breed jealousy, murder, revenge, revolutionaries, and some very dangerous truths.
    Updated 11.20.09
  • Freedom
    Author: Suarez, Daniel
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780525951575 Date: 2009
    star PW
    The propulsive, shockingly plausible sequel to New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom features a world of rapidly diminishing human power, where what's at stake is nothing less than humanity's survival.
    Updated 11.25.09
  • Snow Angels
    Author: Thompson, James
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780399156175 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The first thriller in a new series, Snow Angels features Inspector Kari Vaara, the haunted, hardened detective who must delve into Finland's dark, violent underbelly.
    Updated 11.25.09
  • Kisser
    Author: Woods, Stuart
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399156113 Date: 2009
    star PW
    Stone Barrington is back in this thrilling new page-turner from the "New YorkTimes"-bestselling author of the Stone Barrington series and the Holly Barker series.
    Updated 11.20.09

February

  • The Midnight House
    Author: Berenson, Alex
    $25.95 ISBN: 9780399156205 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    CIA agent John Wells returns in a cutting-edge novel of modern suspense from a #1 New York Times-bestselling writer.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Diary of Confessions
    Author: Carmichael, Kathy
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781605420950 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Confessions writer Amy Crosby has put her life on hold for the last seven years after the disappearance of her husband, Dan. In writing for True Lies Magazine, guilt-ridden Amy takes on the abilities her fictional characters confess to, such as the time she thought she was psychic after researching clairvoyants. With fatalistic acceptance of the craziness in her life, she uses humor to cope; but when the home Dan bought for them is about to be foreclosed, her only answer is his having him declared legally dead and using his life insurance policy. Her home is safe--that is, until she receives a blackmail note. Equal parts mystery and humor, this novel is sure to keep readers guessing--and laughing--until the end. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated2/23/10
  • Mist Over the Water
    Author: Clare, Alys
    $ 29 ISBN: 9780727868480 Date: 2009
    starBooklist
    The second in a brand-new medieval mystery series from the author of the popular Hawkenlye' series - On Ely Island, the Normans are proclaiming their authority with the construction of a magnificent cathedral. When Morcar, fishing for eels nearby, is attacked, his cousin Lassair is sent to nurse him. Morcar tells Lassair a frightening tale of assassins in the dark and a brief vision of horror. Then the killers strike again, and, as the secret hidden within the walls of Ely Abbey claims more victims, Lassair is forced to face a challenge that she fears is far beyond her . . . - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 11.25.09
  • Bellfield Hall
    Author: Dean, Anna
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780312562946 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Richard Montague rushes off from his engagement party, never to be seen again. Distraught with worry, his fiance, Catherine, sends for her spinster aunt, Miss Dido Kent, to discover the truth behind his disappearance.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Last Nocturne
    Author: Eccles, Marjorie
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312577933 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Two men appear to commit suicide, but the post-mortem reveals surprising results. As Chief Inspector Lamb looks for links between the two men, all paths lead to the enigmatic figure of Mrs. Isobel Amberley and a mysterious event that took place one winter's night in Vienna.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Wild Zone
    Author: Fielding, Joy
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781416585299 Date: 2010
    starPW
    New York Times-bestselling author Fielding tells the chilling story of a seemingly casual bet among friends gone terrifyingly awry.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Cemetery Road
    Author: Haywood, Gar
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727868510 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star PW
    The new novel from a critically acclaimed and award-winning author - When Errol 'Handy' White returns to his native Los Angeles to attend the funeral of his old friend R.J. Burrow, who has been brutally murdered, a terrible secret threatens to reveal itself. Twenty-six years earlier, Handy, R.J. and O'Neal Holden pulled a heist that went horrible awry, and Handy's been waiting for it to come back and haunt them ever since. Was the murder linked to the past? Handy knows he can't leave until he finds out for sure. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.28.10
  • The Crimson Rooms
    Author: McMahon, Katharine
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780399156229 Date: 2010
    starKirkus starLJ
    Still haunted by the death of her only brother, James, in the Great War, Evelyn Gifford is completely unprepared when a young nurse and her six-year-old son appear on the Giffords' doorstep one night.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Information Officer
    Author: Mills, Mark
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781400068180 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    Filled with remarkably poignant and atmospheric details of life under siege, and indelible characters who live and breathe, The Information Officer is a taut, transporting thriller--an enthralling novel told with exceptional skill and style.
    Updated 11.4.09
  • Occupied City
    Author: Peace, David
    $ 25.95 ISBN:9780307263759 Date: 2010
    starKirkus star PW star Booklist
    From the author of Tokyo Year Zero comes a fierce, exquisitely dark novel that returns readers to post-World War II occupied Japan: a Rashomon-like retelling of a murder (based on an actual event), its aftermath, and the hidden wartime atrocities that led to the crime.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars| Historical Crime Fiction Stars
    Updated 2.28.10
  • The Bell Ringers
    Author: Porter, Henry
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119315 Date: 2009
    star LJ
    Absorbing, eerie, and unsettlingly realistic, The Bell Ringers is a fearless, Orwellian work from a talented novelist writing at the top of his game.
    Updated 11.20.09
  • The Fourth Assassin
    Author: Rees, Matt
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781569476192 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Rees tells this grim story with skill, specificity and richly detailed descriptions of people and places. . . . [The Fourth Assassin] offers a vivid portrait of Palestinian life today.--The Washington Post.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Hard Rain
    Author: Rollins, David
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780553805369 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Special Agent Vin Cooper travels to the most dangerous corners of the world, investigating a conspiracy that reaches up the military chain of command, in this explosive thriller from the bestselling author of A Knife Edge.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Drive Time: Charlotte McNally
    Author: Ryan, Hank Phillipe
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780778327974 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    Investigative reporter Charlotte McNally is an expert at keeping things confidential, but suddenly everyone has a secret--and it turns out it is possible to know too much.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • Wake Up Dead
    Author: Smith, Roger
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780805088762 Date: 2010
    star LJ starPW
    An amphetamine-fueled thriller about a bombshell American widow on the run in Cape Town's violent badlands, Wake Up Dead confirms Smith as one of the world's best new thriller writers.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • City of Dragons: A San Francisco Mystery
    Author: Stanley, Kelli
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312603601 Date: 2010
    starBookliststarPW star LJ
    In San Francisco's Chinatown, private investigator Miranda Corbie stumbles upon the fatally shot body of Eddie Takahashi. The Chamber of Commerce wants it covered up, and the cops acquiesce. All Miranda wants is justice--whatever it costs.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.28.10

March

  • The Extinction Event
    Author: Black, David
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765322616 Date: 2010
    star PW
    John Grisham meets Whitley Strieber in this headlong chase-thriller that plunges a man and woman into an apocalyptic maelstrom of violence and intrigue. David Black is a renaissance man . . . and this is his best work!--Stuart Woods.
    Updated 4.22.10
  • Play Dead
    Author: Brown, Ryan
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439171301 Date: 2010
    star PW
    In Brown's fresh and riveting supernatural thriller, football-player zombies bent on revenge take over a football-obsessed Texas town.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • 61 Hours
    Author: Child, Lee
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780385340588 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star LJ star Kirkus
    New York Times-bestselling author Lee Child's latest thriller is a ticking time bomb of suspense that builds electric tension on every page. A bus accident lands Jack Reacher in a small South Dakota town, where a single witness is the only hope police have.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.7.10
  • Tressed to Kill
    Author: Dare, Lila
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425234747 Date: 2010
    star PW
    When hairdresser Grace Terhune and her mother, Violetta, gussy up all the high-society ladies attending the town meeting, they find their snobbiest client dead. The police believe the mother-daughter duo did her in. Grace sets out to clear their names.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Eye of the Red Tsar
    Author: Eastland, Sam
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780553807813 Date: 2010
    starKirkus star LJ
    In a remarkable debut with the chilling atmosphere of Gorky Park and the historical paranoia of Child 44, a brilliant secret agent is brought back form the brink of civilization to solve the very crime that put him there.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Children in the Morning
    Author: Emery, Anne
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781550229271 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    When Beau Delaney, the Halifax hotshot whose exploits are the subject of a new Hollywood film, is charged with the murder of his wife Peggy, it's lawyer and bluesman Monty Collins who takes the case. But when Beau's family dynamics and the appearance of a mysterious child alert Monty that his client is keeping secrets, others join in to help keep Beau from a life in prison. Monty's pal, Father Brennan Burke, has a hand in the investigation, as does Monty's estranged wife, Maura. Watching all this is Normie, Monty and Maura's daughter, who has the gift of second sight. When she starts having visions that involve Beau, she can't tell whether they reflect something he's done in the past--or something he might do in the future. It then becomes clear that Normie and Monty must rely on each other to discover the truth about Peggy's death. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.8.10
  • The Other Side of the Door
    Author: French, Nicci
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780312375409 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    When Bonnie discovers her secret lover dead on the floor of his apartment, her first panicky thought is to cover it up--to hide the body, straighten the scene, and remove any trace of her presence, in this unforgettable game of cat and mouse.
    Updated 4.5.10
  • Crossing
    Author: Fukada, Andrew Xia
    $ 13 ISBN: 9781935597032 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Crossing is a thriller about an immigrant Chinese teenager who suddenly finds himself at the center of mysterious abductions occurring in his high school. A loner in his all-white high school, Xing has only one friend: Naomi Lee. Also originally from China, she is a brilliant, beautiful classmate. For years she has been Xinga (TM)s best friend, but now he longs for more. His staid existence is intruded upon by a series of bizarre incidents. Students at his school are disappearing. No one can explain it; classmates simply vanish into thin air, victims of a serial abductor. The blue collar community is completely flummoxed by the unfolding events. Only Xing, alone on the sidelines of life, is privy to some peculiar sightings around town. Yet his quest to uncover the truth is delayed by the most unlikely turn of events. A miraculous discovery of a singing talent thrusts Xing into the limelight as the lead of the school musical. By a single stroke, he can now achieve two elusive dreams: acceptance from classmates and affection from Naomi. But the disappearances continue. And as Xing draws closer to unveiling the identity of the abductor, he senses a noose of suspicion tightening around his own neck. Xing's immigrant story a " his desperate bid for acceptance in white America, the devastating sting of rejection a " not only serves as the backdrop to this psychologically rich tale, but propels the action toward a chilling climax. -Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.8.10
  • This Body of Death: Inspector Lynley
    Author: George, Elizabeth
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780061160882 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley is on compassionate leave after the murder of his wife. But when the body of a woman is found in an isolated London cemetery, he is prevailed upon to come back to work. Soon Lynley and his former partner, Barbara Havers, find that the roots of the crime trace to a long-ago act of violence.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Good Son
    Author: Gruber, Michael
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780805091281 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    New York Times-bestselling author Gruber delivers a taut, multilayered, riveting novel of suspense focused on peace activists who are being held hostage in Pakistan.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.18.10
  • When Winter Returns
    Author: Haines, Kathryn Miller
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780061579578 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Back from their USO stint in the South Pacific in the fall of 1943, Rosie Winter and her best friend, Jayne, head upstate to visit the home of Jayne's recently deceased fiancE. But what they find leaves Rosie wondering if the man ever existed to begin with. As Rosie searches for the truth behind his identity--and a way to help heal Jayne's broken heart--she faces an unpleasant homecoming of her own. The newspapers are filled with tales of saboteurs infiltrating the East Coast. Her ex, Jack Castlegate, is also back in Manhattan, nursing severe war injuries, under scrutiny for desertion, and engaged to a gorgeous WAC private. Rosie and Jayne's friend Al is in hiding and no one seems willing to help him out. Desperate to make things right, Rosie finds herself telling lie after lie to protect her friends and herself. But as her deceit mounts and lures danger out of hiding, she starts to wonder if they weren't all safer on the warfront than they are on the home front. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 3.18.10
  • City of Fear
    Author: Hewson, David
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385341509 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    In this latest Nic Costa novel, the men and women of the Questura work in secret to uncover a conspiracy that reaches higher than any of them could have anticipated.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • The Silent Places
    Author: Hunt, James Patrick
    $26 ISBN: 9780312545796 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    St. Louis Police Lt. George Hastings races to catch an escaped convict and former CIA assassin bent on killing the Senator who put him away, but he isn't the only hunter stalking this dangerous prey.
    Updated 4.5.10
  • Gunshot Road: Emily Temple
    Author: Hyland, Adrian
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781569476369 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star PW
    Half-aboriginal amateur detective Emily Tempest in her second investigation set in the Australian outback.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Death Watch
    Author: Kelly, Jim
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780312644901 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Rookie detective Peter Shaw teams up with his father's tough ex-partner to investigate a gruesome series of present-day murders along with some unfinished business from the past.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • The God of the Hive
    Author: King, Laurie R.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780553805543 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    In the mesmerizing, powerful conclusion to the blockbuster hit The Language of Bees, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are each on the trail of exposing a ruthless villain. Will being apart help them solve a devilishly difficult mystery, or make them easier targets?
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.23.10
  • Elysiana
    Author: Knopf, Chris
    $ 28 ISBN: 9781579621988 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles
    Author: Kuhlken, Ken
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781590586976 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    In 1926, musician Tom Hickey reads about a lynching that the Los Angeles newspapers failed to report and discovers the Negro victim was an old friend. Tom decides to investigate and discovers that the key to the murder, as is too often the case, lies close to home.
    Updated 4.5.10
  • The Ice Princess
    Author: Lackberg, Camilla
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781605980928 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    The American debut of internationally bestselling Swedish writer Lackberg's haunting first novel. A more than welcome addition to the growing ranks of Scandinavian fiction . . . Fjallbacka and its crimes and people will soon be as popular here as they are in her native Sweden.--Peter Robinson, author of All the Colors of Darkness.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
    Author: Larsson, Steig
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780307269997 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star Kirkus
    Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Lisbeth Salander is ready to fight back. [The trilogy] is intricately plotted, lavishly detailed but written with a breakneck pace and verve . .[Hornet's Nest] is a tantalizing double finale--first idyllic, then frenetic . . . Larsson has made the literary moods of saga and soap opera converge--with suspense as the adhesive.--Independent.
    Updated 4.5.10
  • A Question of Belief
    Author: Leon, Donna
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119421 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star PW
    Donna Leon's best-selling series featuring the principled, warmhearted Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti has won her countless fans, critical acclaim, and international renown as one of the world's best crime writers. In A Question of Belief, Brunetti must contend with ingenious corruption, bureaucratic intransigence, and the stifling heat of a Venetian summer. With his hometown beset by hordes of tourists and baking under a glaring sun, Brunetti's greatest wish is to go to the mountains with his family, where he can sleep under a down comforter and catch up on his reading. But before he can go on vacation, a folder with court records has landed on his desk, brought by an old friend. It appears that cases at the local court--hardly known as a model of efficiency--are being delayed to the benefit of one of the parties. A creative new trick for corrupting the system, perhaps, but what can Brunetti do about it? And just when it looks like Brunetti will be able to get away, a shocking, violent crime forces him to stay in Venice. This is a stellar addition to Leon's celebrated series: atmospheric, packed with excellent characters, and building to an explosive, indelible ending. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Tom Wasp and the Newgate Knocker
    Author: Meyers, Amy
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781594148705 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Updated 6.8.10
  • The Same River Twice
    Author: Mooney, Ted
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780307272737 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus
    When a French clothing designer agrees to help smuggle Communist folk art out of the former Soviet Union, she bargains only on cash payment and a few days' inconvenience. But by the time she returns home, her fellow courier has disappeared, her apartment has been ransacked, and she has set in motion events that will endanger everyone she holds dear.
    Updated 4.7.10
  • Strip
    Author: Perry, Thomas
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780151015221 Date: 2010
    star PW
    As an odd series of difficulties explodes into a triple killing, innocent bystander Joe Carver finds himself in the middle of a brewing gang war, while the actual thief journeys into territory more strange and violent than he ever imagined.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • A Curtain Falls
    Author: Pintoff, Stefanie
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312583965 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Following on the heels of In the Shadow of Gotham, Pintoff's acclaimed and award-winning debut, A Curtain Falls is a moody and evocative tale of detective Simon Ziele and his partners who scour the dark streets of early-20th-century New York City in search of a true fiend.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Fever Dream
    Author: Preston, Douglas J.
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780446554961 Date: 2010
    star LJ star Booklist starPW
    Special Agent Pendergast embarks on a quest to uncover the mystery of his wife's murder. But as Pendergast probes the circumstances of her death, he is faced with an even greater question: Who was the woman he married?
    Suggested Reading:All Stars
    Updated 4.5.10
  • Storm Prey
    Author: Sandford, John
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780399156496 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Three men burst through the door of a hospital pharmacy and clean the place out, killing one of the workers. The robbers find themselves face to face with Weather Karkinnen, surgeon, and wife of investigator Lucas Davenport. Gnawing it over later, it seems to them there is only one thing they can do: find out who she is, and eliminate the only possible witness.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Black Minutes
    Author: Solares, Martin
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780802170682 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star PW
    When a young journalist named Bernardo Blanco is killed in the fictional Mexican port city of Paracun, investigation into his murder reveals missing links in a disturbing multiple homicide case from 20 years earlier.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • The Ring of Death: DCI Monika Paniatowski
    Author: Spencer, Sally
    $ 29 ISBN: 9780727868688 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Updated 6.8.10
  • No Going Back
    Author: Stacey, Lyndon
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727868831 Date: 2010
    star PW
    The first in an exciting new mystery series featuring ex-police dog handler Charlie Whelan - When two young sisters run away on Dartmoor, Charlie Whelan and his German shepherd, Taz, are called into action, and a desperate search quickly turns up one of the girls. However, rather than showing relief at being rescued, she seems terrified. Darkness halts their hunt for her elder sister, and Charlie returns home with one distressing question on his mind: just what were the girls running from?
    Updated 4.29.10
  • The Terrorist
    Author: Steiner, Peter
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780312373443 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    In this third electrifying installment of Steiner's highly acclaimed thriller series, ex-CIA operative Louis Morgon must track down his friend before the boy's fate is tragically sealed in a deadly game of international intrigue.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • The Nearest Exit
    Author: Steinhauer, Olen
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312622879 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Milo Weaver has nowhere to turn but back to the CIA in Steinhauer's brilliant follow-up to the New York Times bestselling espionage novel, The Tourist.
    Updated 2.23.10
  • Follow Me Down: Orwell Brennan
    Author: Strange, Marc
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781550229264 Date: 2010
    star PW
    A man, hanging from a tree at the edge of the forest that surrounds Dockerty, Newry County, has been shot with arrows, two of which pin his belly to the tree trunk. Orwell Brennan, Dockerty's chief of police, wonders whether it's a hunting accident when a sergeant tells him it's been ruled a murder. He also tells the chief that it's now in the hands of Metro Homicide and outside his concern. But Orwell has never listened much to those telling him to mind his own business, and this case has far too many unanswered questions to suit him. He decides he can't and won't let it go until he knows what really happened--no matter whose toes he steps on. With a fast-paced, cinematic-like narrative, this murder mystery introduces a take-no-prisoners police chief, whose determination unearths some better-left-alone secrets. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.5.10
  • The Wolves of Fairmount Park
    Author: Tafoya, Dennis
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780312531164 Date: 2010
    starPW
    In The Wolves of Fairmount Park Dennis Tafoya's lyrical, intense, sometimes tragic and sometimes hopeful second novel, the details of a drive-by shooting of two teenagers in a rough Philadelphia neighborhood are filled in from four perspectives: Brendan Donovan, a cop and the father of the boy shot and left comatose; George Parkman Sr., another father, this one of the boy who was killed; Danny Martinez, a cop whose job it is to investigate the killing; and Orlando Donovan, the junkie uncle of the cop's kid, who happens to live nearby. No one knows what the two boys were doing in front of a dope house on Roxborough Avenue in the middle of the night, what business they might have had with gangs like Green Lane or the Tres Nortes. Even though they had a thousand dollars with them, they were good boys. Everyone says, "They were good boys." Through the fast-paced interweaving of these four distinct voices, Dennis Tafoya, author of the acclaimed Dope Thief, tells the moving story of two kids in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the lengths that the people around them will go to find the truth.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Deadline Man
    Author: Talton, Jon
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781590587140 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    A novel that is both electrifying and intelligent, Deadline Man follows a man known only as the columnist and an intrepid young reporter who are running to make the deadline of their lives.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Truth
    Author: Temple, Peter
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374279370 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Inspector Stephen Villani has a full agenda: a murdered woman in a penthouse apartment, three men butchered in a sadistic rampage, a tattoo-faced drug dealer corrupting his rebellious daughter, and a crumbling marriage.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Shoot to Thrill
    Author: Tracy, P.J.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780399155208 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Minneapolis homicide cops Gino Rolseth and Leo Magozzi are called to the Mississippi River and find a bride dead in the water. It's not long before the Monkeewrench crew discovers the link between the unlucky bride and the latest, most horrific use of the Internet yet.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Innocent
    Author: Turow, Scott
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780446562423 Date: 2010
    star PW star Kirkus star LJ
    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match.
    Updated 6.10.10
  • Think of a Number
    Author: Verdon, John
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307588920 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    An extraordinary fiction debut, "Think of a Number" is an exquisitely plotted novel of suspense that grows relentlessly darker and more frightening as its pace accelerates, forcing its deeply troubled characters to moments of startling self-revelation.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Half-Priced Homicide: A Dead-End Job Mystery
    Author: Viets, Elaine
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780451229892 Date: 2010
    star PW
    The national bestselling author who turns minimum wage into maximum hilarity (Nancy Martin, author of Murder Melts in Your Mouth) presents a high-society murder mystery.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Mapping of Love
    Author: Winspear, Jacqueline
    $ 25.95 ISBN:9780061727665 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    In this latest installment in the New York Times-bestselling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death--an investigation that leads her to a doomed affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.25.10

April

  • Liars All
    Author: Bannister, Jo
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312612399 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    When detective Brodie Farrell is enlisted to investigate a brutal attack on a young couple, she and her friend Daniel are determined to leave no stone unturned. But just as new clues are uncovered, Brodie faces challenges of her own.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Never Look Away
    Author: Barclay, Linwood
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780553807172 Date: 2010
    starLJ star PW
    In this tense, mesmerizing thriller by the critically acclaimed author of Fear the Worst and Too Close to Home, a man's life unravels around him when the unthinkable strikes.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Elegy for April
    Author: Black, Benjamin
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780805090918 Date: 2010
    starPW star Booklist
    Quirke, the hard-drinking, insatiably curious Dublin pathologist, is back, and he's determined to find his daughter's best friend. Both an absorbing crime novel and a brilliant portrait of the difficult love between a father and daughter, this is Black at his sparkling best.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Nowhere to Run: Joe Pickett
    Author: Box, C.J.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399156458 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star LJ star PW star Kirkus
    The Edgar Award-winning author of the bestselling Joe Pickett series really knows how to create a complex situation, add suspense, and then twist the tale with surprises that make for an intense and satisfying read (The Denver Post).
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.28.10
  • Hello Kitty Must Die
    Author: Choi, Angela S.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781935562030 Date: 2010
    starPW
    American Psycho meets The Joy Luck Club, with a pinch of Heathers for the thirty-something set.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Strange Images of Death
    Author: Cleverly, Barbara
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781569476321 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Cleverly maintains the high standards set by earlier Sandilands tales, blending a sophisticated whodunit with full-blooded characters and a revealing look at her chosen time and place.--Publishers Weekly, starred review.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Poacher's Son
    Author: Doiron, Paul
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312558468 Date: 2010
    star LJ star Kirkus star PW star Booklist
    Set in the wilds of Maine, this explosive tale tells of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive--his own father.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
    Updated 2.23.10
  • The Third Rail
    Author: Harvey, Michael
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780307272508 Date: 2010
    starPW
    The ferocious new novel from the author of The Chicago Way and The Fifth Floor finds Harvey at the top of his game in an expertly plotted, impossible-to-put-down thriller, set in Chicago's public transit system.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Divine Sacrifice
    Author: Hays, Tony
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765319463 Date: 2010
    starLJ star PW
    This new mystery from the author of The Killing Way continues the story of King Arthur's conselor, Malgwyn ap Cuneglas, a soldier who lost his arm in battle but was saved by his kind.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Killer
    Author: Hinshelwood, Tom
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312558048 Date: 2010
    starPW
    This debut thriller involves a classic cat-and-mouse game between governmentsand assassins and is filled with adrenaline-charged action.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 2.25.10
  • 31 Bond Street
    Author: Horan, Ellen
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780061773969 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    The sensational murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell in his lower Manhattan townhouse was the biggest news story in the U.S. before the Civil War. Deftly interweaving fiction and fact, 31 Bond Street is a clever historical narrative that blends romance, politics, and intrigue.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Without Mercy
    Author: Jackson, Lisa
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780758225641 Date: 2010
    starPW
    From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Malice, Lost Souls, and Shiver comes a riveting thriller--her most intense to date--that goes behind the doors of an exclusive academy where members of the student body are disappearing, one by one.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Executor
    Author: Kellerman, Jesse
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399156472 Date: 2010
    starPW
    The bestselling author of The Genius returns with this masterful, inventive thriller. Kellerman has a gift for creating compelling characters as well as for crafting an ingenious plot that grabs the reader and refuses to let go.--Publishers Weekly.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Snakes Can't Run
    Author: Lin, Ed
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312569884 Date: 2010
    star PW
    An epic of New York Chinatown noir in the vein of George Pelacanos and Richard Price, this is the riveting sequel to the highly acclaimed This Is a Bust.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • The Double Comfort Safari
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780375424502 Date: 2010
    starPW
    The delightful new installment in Smith's bestselling series finds Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi traveling to the north of Botswana to visit a safari lodge, where there have been several unexplained and troubling events--including the demise of one of the guests.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Random Violence
    Author: Mackenzie, Jassy
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781569476291 Date: 2010
    starPW star LJ
    While investigating the car-jacking and murder of a wealthy woman in Johannesburg, Jade de Jong probes into other recent car-jacking cases. Soon, a pattern begins to emerge, one that goes back to her father's murder and involves a vast and intricate series of crimes for profit.
    Updated 4.5.10
  • Let the Dead Lie
    Author: Nunn. Malla
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781416586227 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Australian filmmaker Nunn's follow-up to her classic murder mystery A Beautiful Place to Die once again features the intrepid sleuth, Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • A Scent of Rain of Lightning
    Author: Pickard, Nancy
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345471017 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star PW
    Written with the wisdom and grace readers have come to expect from the award-winning author of The Virgin of Small Plains this brilliantly moving tale is one of family, murder, and redemptive love.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Orange County
    Author: Phillips, Gary
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781936070039 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Orange County, California, brings to mind the endless summer of sand and surf, McMansion housing tracts, a conservative stronghold, and tony shopping centers. Orange County Noir pulls back the veil to reveal what lurks behind the curtain.
    Updated 2.25.10
  • Eight for Eternity
    Author: Reed, Mary & Eric Mayer
    $ 24.95/14.95 paper ISBN: 9781590587027/9781590587188 Date: 2010
    starPW
    In January 532 mobs ruled Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire. Against a murderous backdrop lit by raging fires, John, Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian, must find those seeking to use the Nika Riots to dethrone the emperor. But are the ringleaders still in the city -- or even alive? Porphyrius, the most famous charioteer of his time, may know more than he tells about the mysterious disappearance of two men under imperial guard. What roles are a pair of brothers with a distant claim on the throne playing? Does a headstrong young girl hold the key to the mystery? With the fate of the empire at stake, will General Belisarius and his armed troops side with the rioters or remain loyal to Justinian? To some the riots portend the end of the empire, to others the end of the world itself. John must untangle a web of intrigue in a city where death holds court at every corner before the escalating violence in the streets removes all hope of finding those he seeks. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.25.10
  • In the Shadow of the Cypress
    Author: Steinbeck, Thomas
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439168257 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    From Thomas Steinbeck, son of novelist John Steinbeck, comes a thrilling story of a group of Chinese immigrants in turn-of-the-century California.
    Updated 4.8.10
  • Vienna Secrets
    Author: Tallis, Frank
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780812980998 Date: 2010
    starPW
    In the dangerous, dazzling Vienna of 1903, an ingenious doctor and an intrepid detective again challenge psychotic criminals across a landscape teetering between the sophisticated and the savage, the thrilling future and the primitive past.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.25.10
  • The Inheritance
    Author: Tolkien, Simon
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312539078 Date: 2009
    starLJ
    The Inheritance is a complex mystery of deception and betrayal that follows the court case of a young man set to hang for the murder of his father.
    Updated 3.22.10
  • Kapitol
    Author: Wayne, Teddy
    $13.99 ISBN: 9780061873218 Date: 2010
    star PW
    In a singular and captivating voice, Wayne marks his literary debut with the chronicle of one young Middle Eastern man's attempt to live the American Dream in New York city without sacrificing his ideals.
    Updated 1.28.10
  • In Free Fall
    Author: Zeh, Juli
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780385526425 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    The gripping international bestseller that fuses an ingenious detective tale with stunning, cinematic storytelling--and a provocative riff on quantum physics--from Germany's foremost young literary talent.
    Updated 4.8.10

May

  • The Extinction Event
    Author: Black, David
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765322616 Date: 2010
    star PW
    John Grisham meets Whitley Strieber in this headlong chase-thriller that plunges a man and woman into an apocalyptic maelstrom of violence and intrigue. David Black is a renaissance man . . . and this is his best work!--Stuart Woods.
    Updated 4.22.10
  • Play Dead
    Author: Brown, Ryan
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439171301 Date: 2010
    star PW
    In Brown's fresh and riveting supernatural thriller, football-player zombies bent on revenge take over a football-obsessed Texas town.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • 61 Hours
    Author: Child, Lee
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780385340588 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star LJ star Kirkus
    New York Times-bestselling author Lee Child's latest thriller is a ticking time bomb of suspense that builds electric tension on every page. A bus accident lands Jack Reacher in a small South Dakota town, where a single witness is the only hope police have.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.7.10
  • Tressed to Kill
    Author: Dare, Lila
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425234747 Date: 2010
    star PW
    When hairdresser Grace Terhune and her mother, Violetta, gussy up all the high-society ladies attending the town meeting, they find their snobbiest client dead. The police believe the mother-daughter duo did her in. Grace sets out to clear their names.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Eye of the Red Tsar
    Author: Eastland, Sam
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780553807813 Date: 2010
    starKirkus star LJ
    In a remarkable debut with the chilling atmosphere of Gorky Park and the historical paranoia of Child 44, a brilliant secret agent is brought back form the brink of civilization to solve the very crime that put him there.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Children in the Morning
    Author: Emery, Anne
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781550229271 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    When Beau Delaney, the Halifax hotshot whose exploits are the subject of a new Hollywood film, is charged with the murder of his wife Peggy, it's lawyer and bluesman Monty Collins who takes the case. But when Beau's family dynamics and the appearance of a mysterious child alert Monty that his client is keeping secrets, others join in to help keep Beau from a life in prison. Monty's pal, Father Brennan Burke, has a hand in the investigation, as does Monty's estranged wife, Maura. Watching all this is Normie, Monty and Maura's daughter, who has the gift of second sight. When she starts having visions that involve Beau, she can't tell whether they reflect something he's done in the past--or something he might do in the future. It then becomes clear that Normie and Monty must rely on each other to discover the truth about Peggy's death. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.8.10
  • The Other Side of the Door
    Author: French, Nicci
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780312375409 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    When Bonnie discovers her secret lover dead on the floor of his apartment, her first panicky thought is to cover it up--to hide the body, straighten the scene, and remove any trace of her presence, in this unforgettable game of cat and mouse.
    Updated 4.5.10
  • Crossing
    Author: Fukada, Andrew Xia
    $ 13 ISBN: 9781935597032 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Crossing is a thriller about an immigrant Chinese teenager who suddenly finds himself at the center of mysterious abductions occurring in his high school. A loner in his all-white high school, Xing has only one friend: Naomi Lee. Also originally from China, she is a brilliant, beautiful classmate. For years she has been Xinga (TM)s best friend, but now he longs for more. His staid existence is intruded upon by a series of bizarre incidents. Students at his school are disappearing. No one can explain it; classmates simply vanish into thin air, victims of a serial abductor. The blue collar community is completely flummoxed by the unfolding events. Only Xing, alone on the sidelines of life, is privy to some peculiar sightings around town. Yet his quest to uncover the truth is delayed by the most unlikely turn of events. A miraculous discovery of a singing talent thrusts Xing into the limelight as the lead of the school musical. By a single stroke, he can now achieve two elusive dreams: acceptance from classmates and affection from Naomi. But the disappearances continue. And as Xing draws closer to unveiling the identity of the abductor, he senses a noose of suspicion tightening around his own neck. Xing's immigrant story a " his desperate bid for acceptance in white America, the devastating sting of rejection a " not only serves as the backdrop to this psychologically rich tale, but propels the action toward a chilling climax. -Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.8.10
  • This Body of Death: Inspector Lynley
    Author: George, Elizabeth
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780061160882 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley is on compassionate leave after the murder of his wife. But when the body of a woman is found in an isolated London cemetery, he is prevailed upon to come back to work. Soon Lynley and his former partner, Barbara Havers, find that the roots of the crime trace to a long-ago act of violence.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Good Son
    Author: Gruber, Michael
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780805091281 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus star Booklist star PW
    New York Times-bestselling author Gruber delivers a taut, multilayered, riveting novel of suspense focused on peace activists who are being held hostage in Pakistan.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.18.10
  • When Winter Returns
    Author: Haines, Kathryn Miller
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780061579578 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Back from their USO stint in the South Pacific in the fall of 1943, Rosie Winter and her best friend, Jayne, head upstate to visit the home of Jayne's recently deceased fiancE. But what they find leaves Rosie wondering if the man ever existed to begin with. As Rosie searches for the truth behind his identity--and a way to help heal Jayne's broken heart--she faces an unpleasant homecoming of her own. The newspapers are filled with tales of saboteurs infiltrating the East Coast. Her ex, Jack Castlegate, is also back in Manhattan, nursing severe war injuries, under scrutiny for desertion, and engaged to a gorgeous WAC private. Rosie and Jayne's friend Al is in hiding and no one seems willing to help him out. Desperate to make things right, Rosie finds herself telling lie after lie to protect her friends and herself. But as her deceit mounts and lures danger out of hiding, she starts to wonder if they weren't all safer on the warfront than they are on the home front. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 3.18.10
  • City of Fear
    Author: Hewson, David
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385341509 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    In this latest Nic Costa novel, the men and women of the Questura work in secret to uncover a conspiracy that reaches higher than any of them could have anticipated.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • The Silent Places
    Author: Hunt, James Patrick
    $26 ISBN: 9780312545796 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    St. Louis Police Lt. George Hastings races to catch an escaped convict and former CIA assassin bent on killing the Senator who put him away, but he isn't the only hunter stalking this dangerous prey.
    Updated 4.5.10
  • Gunshot Road: Emily Temple
    Author: Hyland, Adrian
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781569476369 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star PW
    Half-aboriginal amateur detective Emily Tempest in her second investigation set in the Australian outback.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Death Watch
    Author: Kelly, Jim
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780312644901 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Rookie detective Peter Shaw teams up with his father's tough ex-partner to investigate a gruesome series of present-day murders along with some unfinished business from the past.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • The God of the Hive
    Author: King, Laurie R.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780553805543 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    In the mesmerizing, powerful conclusion to the blockbuster hit The Language of Bees, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are each on the trail of exposing a ruthless villain. Will being apart help them solve a devilishly difficult mystery, or make them easier targets?
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.23.10
  • Elysiana
    Author: Knopf, Chris
    $ 28 ISBN: 9781579621988 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles
    Author: Kuhlken, Ken
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781590586976 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    In 1926, musician Tom Hickey reads about a lynching that the Los Angeles newspapers failed to report and discovers the Negro victim was an old friend. Tom decides to investigate and discovers that the key to the murder, as is too often the case, lies close to home.
    Updated 4.5.10
  • The Ice Princess
    Author: Lackberg, Camilla
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781605980928 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    The American debut of internationally bestselling Swedish writer Lackberg's haunting first novel. A more than welcome addition to the growing ranks of Scandinavian fiction . . . Fjallbacka and its crimes and people will soon be as popular here as they are in her native Sweden.--Peter Robinson, author of All the Colors of Darkness.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
    Author: Larsson, Steig
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780307269997 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star Kirkus
    Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Lisbeth Salander is ready to fight back. [The trilogy] is intricately plotted, lavishly detailed but written with a breakneck pace and verve . .[Hornet's Nest] is a tantalizing double finale--first idyllic, then frenetic . . . Larsson has made the literary moods of saga and soap opera converge--with suspense as the adhesive.--Independent.
    Updated 4.5.10
  • A Question of Belief
    Author: Leon, Donna
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802119421 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star PW
    Donna Leon's best-selling series featuring the principled, warmhearted Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti has won her countless fans, critical acclaim, and international renown as one of the world's best crime writers. In A Question of Belief, Brunetti must contend with ingenious corruption, bureaucratic intransigence, and the stifling heat of a Venetian summer. With his hometown beset by hordes of tourists and baking under a glaring sun, Brunetti's greatest wish is to go to the mountains with his family, where he can sleep under a down comforter and catch up on his reading. But before he can go on vacation, a folder with court records has landed on his desk, brought by an old friend. It appears that cases at the local court--hardly known as a model of efficiency--are being delayed to the benefit of one of the parties. A creative new trick for corrupting the system, perhaps, but what can Brunetti do about it? And just when it looks like Brunetti will be able to get away, a shocking, violent crime forces him to stay in Venice. This is a stellar addition to Leon's celebrated series: atmospheric, packed with excellent characters, and building to an explosive, indelible ending. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Tom Wasp and the Newgate Knocker
    Author: Meyers, Amy
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781594148705 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Updated 6.8.10
  • The Same River Twice
    Author: Mooney, Ted
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780307272737 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus
    When a French clothing designer agrees to help smuggle Communist folk art out of the former Soviet Union, she bargains only on cash payment and a few days' inconvenience. But by the time she returns home, her fellow courier has disappeared, her apartment has been ransacked, and she has set in motion events that will endanger everyone she holds dear.
    Updated 4.7.10
  • Strip
    Author: Perry, Thomas
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780151015221 Date: 2010
    star PW
    As an odd series of difficulties explodes into a triple killing, innocent bystander Joe Carver finds himself in the middle of a brewing gang war, while the actual thief journeys into territory more strange and violent than he ever imagined.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • A Curtain Falls
    Author: Pintoff, Stefanie
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312583965 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Following on the heels of In the Shadow of Gotham, Pintoff's acclaimed and award-winning debut, A Curtain Falls is a moody and evocative tale of detective Simon Ziele and his partners who scour the dark streets of early-20th-century New York City in search of a true fiend.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Fever Dream
    Author: Preston, Douglas J.
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780446554961 Date: 2010
    star LJ star Booklist starPW
    Special Agent Pendergast embarks on a quest to uncover the mystery of his wife's murder. But as Pendergast probes the circumstances of her death, he is faced with an even greater question: Who was the woman he married?
    Suggested Reading:All Stars
    Updated 4.5.10
  • Storm Prey
    Author: Sandford, John
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780399156496 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Three men burst through the door of a hospital pharmacy and clean the place out, killing one of the workers. The robbers find themselves face to face with Weather Karkinnen, surgeon, and wife of investigator Lucas Davenport. Gnawing it over later, it seems to them there is only one thing they can do: find out who she is, and eliminate the only possible witness.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Black Minutes
    Author: Solares, Martin
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780802170682 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star PW
    When a young journalist named Bernardo Blanco is killed in the fictional Mexican port city of Paracun, investigation into his murder reveals missing links in a disturbing multiple homicide case from 20 years earlier.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • The Ring of Death: DCI Monika Paniatowski
    Author: Spencer, Sally
    $ 29 ISBN: 9780727868688 Date: 2010
    starLJ

    Updated 6.8.10
  • No Going Back
    Author: Stacey, Lyndon
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727868831 Date: 2010
    star PW
    The first in an exciting new mystery series featuring ex-police dog handler Charlie Whelan - When two young sisters run away on Dartmoor, Charlie Whelan and his German shepherd, Taz, are called into action, and a desperate search quickly turns up one of the girls. However, rather than showing relief at being rescued, she seems terrified. Darkness halts their hunt for her elder sister, and Charlie returns home with one distressing question on his mind: just what were the girls running from?
    Updated 4.29.10
  • The Terrorist
    Author: Steiner, Peter
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780312373443 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    In this third electrifying installment of Steiner's highly acclaimed thriller series, ex-CIA operative Louis Morgon must track down his friend before the boy's fate is tragically sealed in a deadly game of international intrigue.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • The Nearest Exit
    Author: Steinhauer, Olen
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312622879 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Milo Weaver has nowhere to turn but back to the CIA in Steinhauer's brilliant follow-up to the New York Times bestselling espionage novel, The Tourist.
    Updated 2.23.10
  • Follow Me Down: Orwell Brennan
    Author: Strange, Marc
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781550229264 Date: 2010
    star PW
    A man, hanging from a tree at the edge of the forest that surrounds Dockerty, Newry County, has been shot with arrows, two of which pin his belly to the tree trunk. Orwell Brennan, Dockerty's chief of police, wonders whether it's a hunting accident when a sergeant tells him it's been ruled a murder. He also tells the chief that it's now in the hands of Metro Homicide and outside his concern. But Orwell has never listened much to those telling him to mind his own business, and this case has far too many unanswered questions to suit him. He decides he can't and won't let it go until he knows what really happened--no matter whose toes he steps on. With a fast-paced, cinematic-like narrative, this murder mystery introduces a take-no-prisoners police chief, whose determination unearths some better-left-alone secrets. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.5.10
  • The Wolves of Fairmount Park
    Author: Tafoya, Dennis
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780312531164 Date: 2010
    starPW
    In The Wolves of Fairmount Park Dennis Tafoya's lyrical, intense, sometimes tragic and sometimes hopeful second novel, the details of a drive-by shooting of two teenagers in a rough Philadelphia neighborhood are filled in from four perspectives: Brendan Donovan, a cop and the father of the boy shot and left comatose; George Parkman Sr., another father, this one of the boy who was killed; Danny Martinez, a cop whose job it is to investigate the killing; and Orlando Donovan, the junkie uncle of the cop's kid, who happens to live nearby. No one knows what the two boys were doing in front of a dope house on Roxborough Avenue in the middle of the night, what business they might have had with gangs like Green Lane or the Tres Nortes. Even though they had a thousand dollars with them, they were good boys. Everyone says, "They were good boys." Through the fast-paced interweaving of these four distinct voices, Dennis Tafoya, author of the acclaimed Dope Thief, tells the moving story of two kids in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the lengths that the people around them will go to find the truth.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Deadline Man
    Author: Talton, Jon
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781590587140 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    A novel that is both electrifying and intelligent, Deadline Man follows a man known only as the columnist and an intrepid young reporter who are running to make the deadline of their lives.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Truth
    Author: Temple, Peter
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374279370 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    Inspector Stephen Villani has a full agenda: a murdered woman in a penthouse apartment, three men butchered in a sadistic rampage, a tattoo-faced drug dealer corrupting his rebellious daughter, and a crumbling marriage.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Shoot to Thrill
    Author: Tracy, P.J.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780399155208 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Minneapolis homicide cops Gino Rolseth and Leo Magozzi are called to the Mississippi River and find a bride dead in the water. It's not long before the Monkeewrench crew discovers the link between the unlucky bride and the latest, most horrific use of the Internet yet.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Innocent
    Author: Turow, Scott
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780446562423 Date: 2010
    star PW star Kirkus star LJ
    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match.
    Updated 6.10.10
  • Think of a Number
    Author: Verdon, John
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307588920 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    An extraordinary fiction debut, "Think of a Number" is an exquisitely plotted novel of suspense that grows relentlessly darker and more frightening as its pace accelerates, forcing its deeply troubled characters to moments of startling self-revelation.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Half-Priced Homicide: A Dead-End Job Mystery
    Author: Viets, Elaine
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780451229892 Date: 2010
    star PW
    The national bestselling author who turns minimum wage into maximum hilarity (Nancy Martin, author of Murder Melts in Your Mouth) presents a high-society murder mystery.
    Updated 3.18.10
  • The Mapping of Love
    Author: Winspear, Jacqueline
    $ 25.95 ISBN:9780061727665 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    In this latest installment in the New York Times-bestselling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death--an investigation that leads her to a doomed affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Crime Fiction
    Updated 2.25.10

June

  • A Stranger in the Family
    Author: Barnard, Robert
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781439176740 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Diamond Dagger award-winner Barnard--one of the deftest stylists in the field ("New York Times Book Review")--returns with an exquisitely written mystery about a man who discovers he had been abducted as a baby.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Blood Harvest
    Author: Bolton, S.J.
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312600518 Date: 2010
    star PW
    The Fletchers' beautiful home has been built between two churches in Heptonclough, a small village on the moors that time forgot. It ought to be paradise for this young family of five, but they barely have a chance to settle in before they find that they're anything but welcome.
    Updated 4.29.10
  • The Bohemian Girl
    Author: Cameron, Kenneth
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312538972 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    In his follow-up to the critically acclaimed The Frightened Man, Cameron mixes classic noir with the twists of a psychological thriller to create a fresh take on the historical mystery.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • A Murder of Crows
    Author: Chisholm, P.F.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781590586570 Date: 2010
    starLJ

    Updated 6.8.10
  • The Ninth Step
    Author: Cohen, Gabriel
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312625016 Date: 2010
    starKirkus starLJ
    Brooklyn South homicide detective Jack Leightner is at home enjoying a quiet day off when a stranger appears at his door and completely overturns his understanding of his own past. The following day, what looks like a mundane killing in a Brooklyn deli takes a bizarre turn when a crew of Homeland Security agents suddenly show up wearing anti-radiation gear. Soon Jack is embroiled in two dangerous and far-reaching investigations: a hunt for the Pakistani-American deli killer, who may be a member of a terrorist cell planning a new attack on New York, and an inquiry into his own family's history on the Mafia-dominated waterfront of Red Hook in the 1960s. At the same time, Jack is trying to figure out if he can forgive his former love Michelle. Throw in a couple of incredible (and true stories) that transport the reader to the Gulf of Aden in the age of modern pirates and to New York Harbor back in 1943, and you have the ingredients for a fascinating and thrilling new crime novel from Edgar Award finalist Gabriel Cohen. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Snowbound
    Author: Crouch, Blake
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780312425739 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Suspected of murder after his wife disappears during an electrical storm, Will Innis takes his daughter and flees. Then one night, a hard-edged FBI agent appears on their doorstep and says, I know you're innocent, because Rachel wasn't the first . . . or last.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • The Spy: Isaac Bell
    Author: Cussler, Clive & Justin Scott
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780399156434 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    In 1908, a brilliant American battleship gun designer dies in a sensational apparent suicide. The man's grief-stricken daughter turns to the legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency to clear her father's name. Van Dorn puts his chief investigator on the case, and Isaac Bell soon realizes that the clues point not to suicide but to murder.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • The Burning Wire: Lincoln Rhymes
    Author: Deaver, Jeffrey
    $ 27 ISBN: 9781439156339 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear. The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire. When the first explosion occurs in broad daylight, reducing a city bus to a pile of molten, shrapnel-riddled metal, officials fear terrorism. Rhyme, a world-class forensic criminologist known for his successful apprehension of the most devious criminals, is immediately tapped for the investigation. Long a quadriplegic, he assembles NYPD detective Amelia Sachs and officer Ron Pulaski as his eyes, ears and legs on crime sites, and FBI agent Fred Dellray as his undercover man on the street. As the attacks continue across the city at a sickening pace, and terrifying demand letters begin appearing, the team works desperately against time and with maddeningly little forensic evidence to try to find the killer. Or is it killers . . . ? Meanwhile, Rhyme is consulting on another high-profile investigation in Mexico with a most coveted quarry in his crosshairs: the hired killer known as the Watchmaker, one of the few criminals to have eluded Rhyme's net. Juggling two massive investigations against a cruel ticking clock takes a toll on Rhyme's health. Soon Rhyme is fighting on yet another front--and his determination to work despite his physical limitations threatens to drive away his closest allies when he needs them most . . . - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.22.10
  • The Broken Blue Line
    Author: Dial, Connie
    $ 28 ISBN:9781579622008 Date: 2010
    starLJ

    Updated 6.8.10
  • Bodily Harm
    Author: Dugoni, Robert
    $25 ISBN: 9781416592969 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Attorney David Sloane is back seeking vengeance for the death of a young boy, in this work from New York Times-bestselling author Dugoni.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Inside Out
    Author: Eisler, Barry
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345505101 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus
    Torture. Ghost detainees. And a massive cover-up that continues even today. This is the propulsive thriller that only former CIA operative turned bestselling novelist Barry Eisler could write. Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton, who explains the price of Ben's release: Find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator from Ben's unit who has stolen ninety-two torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government. But other players are after the tapes, too, and to find Larison, Ben will have to survive CIA hit teams, Blackwater mercenaries, and the long reach of the White House. He'll also have to find a way to handle Paula Lanier, a smart, sexy FBI agent who has her own reasons for wanting the tapes and is determined to get them before Ben does. With the stakes this high, everyone has an angle--everyone but Ben, who will have to find the right alliance if he wants to stay alive. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 3.18.10
  • Spies of the Balkans
    Author: Furst, Alan
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781400066032 Date: 2010
    starBooklist star LJ
    Greece, 1940. Not sunny vacation Greece: northern Greece, Macedonian Greece, Balkan Greece--the city of Salonika. In that ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out. On the northern border, the Greek army has blocked Mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to Albania--the first defeat suffered by the Nazis, who have conquered most of Europe. But Adolf Hitler cannot tolerate such freedom; the invasion is coming, it's only a matter of time, and the people of Salonika can only watch and wait. At the center of this drama is Costa Zannis, a senior police official, head of an office that handles special "political" cases. As war approaches, the spies begin to circle, from the Turkish legation to the German secret service. There's a British travel writer, a Bulgarian undertaker, and more. Costa Zannis must deal with them all. And he is soon in the game, securing an escape route--from Berlin to Salonika, and then to a tenuous safety in Turkey, a route protected by German lawyers, Balkan detectives, and Hungarian gangsters. And hunted by the Gestapo. Meanwhile, as war threatens, the erotic life of the city grows passionate. For Zannis, that means a British expatriate who owns the local ballet academy, a woman from the dark side of Salonika society, and the wife of a local shipping magnate. Declared "an incomparable expert at his game" by The New York Times, Alan Furst outdoes even his own finest novels in this thrilling new book. With extraordinary authenticity, a superb cast of characters, and heart-stopping tension as it moves from Salonika to Paris to Berlin and back, Spies of the Balkans is a stunning novel about a man who risks everything to right--in many small ways--the world's evil. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.1.10
  • The Liar's Lullaby
    Author: Gardiner, Meg
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525951728 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    In Edgar Award-winner Gardiner's third thriller featuring forensic psychologist Jo Beckett, politics and pop culture cross paths with deadly results.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • The Case of the Man Whoe Died Laughing: From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator
    Author: Hall, Tarquin
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781416583691 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Murder is no laughing matter. Yet a prominent Indian scientist dies in a fit of giggles when a Hindu goddess appears from a mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The only one laughing now is the main suspect, a powerful guru named Maharaj Swami, who seems to have done away with his most vocal critic. Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator, master of disguise and lover of all things fried and spicy, doesn't believe the murder is a supernatural occurrence, and proving who really killed Dr. Suresh Jha will require all the detective's earthly faculties. To get at the truth, he and his team of undercover operatives--Facecream, Tubelight, and Flush--travel from the slum where India's hereditary magicians must be persuaded to reveal their secrets to the holy city of Haridwar on the Ganges. How did the murder weapon miraculously crumble into ash? Will Maharaj Swami have the last laugh? And perhaps more important, why is Puri's wife, Rumpi, chasing petty criminals with his Mummy-ji when she should be at home making his rotis? Stopping only to indulge his ample Punjabi appetite, Puri uncovers a web of spirituality, science, and sin unique in the annals of crime. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.22.10
  • The Dead Lie Down
    Author: Hannah, Sophie
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780143117490 Date: 2010
    star PW star Booklist
    A breathtaking novel of psychological suspense from the author of Little Face and The Wrong Mother Featuring the return of Sergeant Charlotte "Charlie Zailer" and DC Simon Waterhouse, The Dead Lie Down is another sophisticated, addictive read from the new mistress of the page-turner. Ruth Bussey once did something wrong-horribly wrong-and was nearly destroyed by her punishment. Now, she has tentatively rebuilt her life and unexpectedly found love with a man named Aidan Seed. But Aidan also has a secret-he killed someone years ago, a woman named Mary Trelease. Ruth's horror turns to confusion when she realizes that she knows Mary Trelease, and Mary is very much alive. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Eye of the Law
    Author: Harrison, Cora
    $ 29 ISBN: 9780727868732 Date: 2010
    star PW star LJ
    A Mystery of Medieval Ireland - 1510. A great feast is being held. Into a crowd listening to the story of Balor, the one-eyed god, come two strangers. The younger of the two, Iarla, bears a letter that claims that the wealthy Ardal O'Lochlainn is his true father - which Ardal vociferously denies. So when Iarla is found dead, with one eye missing, some think he was killed by the god - but most suspect Ardal. Mara, the Brehon - or lawgiver - of the Burren, is called to investigate.
    Updated 6.9.10
  • Intelligence
    Author: Hasler, Susan
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312576035 Date: 2010
    star PW
    A team of Intelligence agents tries to prevent an impending terrorist attack, but is thwarted by bureaucratic hurdles, in this darkly humorous debut written by a former CIA agent.
    Updated 4.5.10
  • Crashers
    Author: Haynes, Dana
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312599881 Date: 2010
    star LJ
    This brilliantly conceived, high-energy thriller combines cutting-edge "CSI"-style investigation with a straight-out-of-"24" ticking-clock chase.
    Updated 4.5.10
  • Grace Under Pressure
    Author: Hyzy, Julie
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425235218 Date: 2010
    star PW
    From the author of the successful White House Chef mysteries comes a new series. Everyone wants a piece of millionaire Bennett Marshfield, owner of Marshfield Manor, but now it's up to a new curator Grace Wheaton and groundskeeper Jack Embers to protect Marshfield.
    Updated 4.22.10
  • Junkyard Dogs: Walt Longmire
    Author: Johnson, Craig
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780670021826 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    A missing thumb and dead developers are only the beginning for Sheriff Walt Longmire in this sixth book in Johnson's mystery series.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Cut, Past, Kill: Lomax & Biggs
    Author: Karp, Marshall
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312378226 Date: 2010
    star PW
    In the best Lomax and Biggs adventure yet, the two detectives are on the hunt for a vigilante stalking unpunished criminals. They must race to decode the scrapbooks left at the murder scenes before the avenger has time to cut and paste the story for another kill.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Leaving the World
    Author: Kennedy, Douglas
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781439180785 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    A literary professor decides to leave her privileged world behind when personal tragedy strikes, and she is drawn into a young girl's disappearance.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Frankenstein, Lost Souls
    Author: Koonts, Dean R.
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780553808018 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    Every city has secrets, but none as terrible as this. His name is Deucalion, a sleight-of-reality artist who's traveled centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives as a serial killer, one who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that he is missing. Detective Carson O'Connor and her partner Michael Maddison get on the case and may just end up in hell itself. Show Less
    Updated 5.1.10
  • So Cold the River
    Author: Kortya, Michael
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780316053631 Date: 2010
    star PW
    As a gift for her husband, Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to make a documentary about her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose past is wrapped in mystery. Eric soon discovers a long-forgotten evil that will stop at nothing to regain its lost glory.
    Updated 4.5.10
  • Silencing Sam
    Author: Kramer, Julie
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781439177990 Date: 2010
    starLJ
    The newest page-turner in Kramer's bestselling series finds intrepid heroine Riley Spartz charged with the murder of a despicable gossip columnist.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Stong Justice: Caitlin Strong
    Author: Land, Jon
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765323361 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong learns that only strong justice can save the day when she comes face to face with a serial killer who's left a trail of bodies along the Mexico border.
    Updated 4.29.10
  • A Bad Day for Pretty
    Author: Littlefield, Sophie
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312559755 Date: 2010
    star PW
    This is the thrilling sequel to Littlefield's debut, the IMBA and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller A Bad Day for Sorry. Crime fiction hasn't seen a character as scrappy, mean, and incredibly appealing as Stella in a long time.--Entertainment Weekly.
    Updated 4.29.10
  • Neighborhood Watch
    Author: McGovern, Cammie
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780670022038 Date: 2010
    star PW
    Twelve years after being cleared of the murder of her neighbor, Betsy Treading returns to her suburban community to salvage her life and find the true killer. Betsy suspects that her tightlipped neighbors may know something that she has denied even to herself.
    Updated 4.5.10
  • The Nobodies Album
    Author:Parkhurst, Carolyn
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385527699 Date: 2010
    starBooklist
    From the bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel" comes an emotionally gripping and resonant mystery about a mother and her son, and about the possibility that one can never truly know another person.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Agents of Treachery: Breathtaking, Never Before Published Spy Fiction
    Author: Penzler, Otto (edt)
    $ 16 ISBN: 9780307477514 Date: 2010
    star PW star Booklist starLJ
    Penzler has selected these original international espionage stories by some of today's hottest writers: Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Stephen Hunter, David Morrell, Robert Wilson, Charles McCarry, and others.
    Updated 6.9.10
  • The Dog Park Club
    Author: Robinson, Cynthia
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312559731 Date: 2010
    starKirkus
    Max Bravo, an opera singer, is the unlikely protagonist in the first in a dynamite new cozy series that is wry, darkly comic, terminally knowing (David Gates, bestselling author of Jernigan).
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Mr. Peanut
    Author: Ross, Adam
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307270702 Date: 2010
    star Kirkus star Booklist
    David Pepin has loved his wife since the moment they met and, after 13 years of marriage, he still can't imagine living without her--yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she is dead, and he's both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.
    Updated 5.1.10
  • Broken
    Author: Slaughter, Karin
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780385341974 Date: 2010
    starPW star LJ
    When Special Agent Will Trent arrives in Grant County, he finds a police department determined to protect its own and far too many unanswered questions about a prisoner's death. As he investigates, Trent will unleash a case filled with explosive secrets--and encounter a thin blue line that could be murderous if crossed.
    Updated 6.8.10
  • Moscow Noir
    Author: Smirnova, Natalia & Julia Goumen
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781936070060 Date: 2010
    starPW
    Moscow has been chomping at the bit to enter the Noir Series--with the intention of perpetrating extreme Russian menace.
    Updated 4.8.10
  • Speak No Evil: Joe Donavan
    Author: Waites, Martyn
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781605980966 Date: 2010
    star PW
    In the new Joe Donovan thriller, Waites' ravaged hero must help a woman determine if her recent visions are related to the death of a young boy.
    Updated 4.14.10
  • Buy Back
    Author: Wiprud, Brian M.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312601881 Date: 2010
    starKirkusstar LJ
    Tom Davin's business is a bit unusual--he finds stolen art and sells it back to its owners for a good penny--until he uncovers a devious plot and finds himself on the run from a vicious Russian assassin.
    Updated 6.8.10

 

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