Crime Fiction Stars 2010
: July - December
- The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree
Author: Albert, Susan Wittig
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9780425234457 Date: 2010
The country may be struggling through the Great Depression, but the ladies of Darling, Alabama, are determined to keep their chins up. After a treasure trove of sterling silver is found, two of the Darling Dahlias claim ownership, which leads to some very unladylike behavior.
- The Glass Rainbow: Dave Robicheaux
Author: Burke, James Lee
$ 26 ISBN: 9781439128299 Date: 2010
Detective Dave Robicheaux returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders, in this latest installment by a two-time Edgar Award-winning author and Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America.
- Stalked by Shadows
Author: Collet, Chris
$ 8.99 ISBN: 9780749909543 Date: 2010
Lucy Jarrett is terrified. She's convinced that somebody is watching her, following her home from work and lurking in shadows. But when she looks, there's nobody there. The phone calls are real enough, even if the caller never speaks, although they never seem to happen when her husband is at home. She's struggling to make anybody believe her, but with the recent murder of another young woman, DI Tom Mariner must take Lucy's fears seriously. That's not all that DI Mariner has to contend with--his team is stretched to the limits when Nina Silvero, the widow of a former police officer, is found brutally murdered in an attack that could hark back to her husband's past misdemeanors. Someone, it seems, is out for revenge. - Publisher Marketing
- The Whisperers: Charlie Parker
Author: Connolly, John
$ 26 ISBN: 9781439165195 Date: 2010
A group of disenchanted former soldiers has begun its own smuggling operation. Anything can be smuggled between Maine and Canada--drugs, cash, and even people. To stop it, Charlie Parker must form an uneasy alliance with a killer he fears more than any other--The Collector.
- Faithful Place
Author: French, Tana
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670021871 Date: 2010
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Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was 19, growing up poor in Dublin's inner city, and he and Rosie Daly were all ready to run away to London together. But on the night when they were supposed to leave, Rosie vanished. Twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank is going home whether he likes it or not.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Live to Tell
Author: Gardner, Lisa
$ 26 ISBN: 9780553807240 Date: 2010
On a warm summer night in one of Boston's working-class neighborhoods, an unthinkable crime has been committed: four members of a family have been brutally murdered. Veteran police detective D.D. Warren is certain of only one thing: there's more to this case than meets the eye.
- The Magician's Accomplice
Author: Genelin, Michael
$ 25 ISBN: 9781569476260 Date: 2010
Contract killings of an indigent student and of Jana Matinova's lover. Are they connected?
- Hostage Zero
Author: Gilstrap, John
$ 6.99 ISBN: 9780786020881 Date: 2010
Hostage rescue operative Jonathan Grave returns in a new, fast-paced, action-packed thriller from the New York Times-bestselling author of No Mercy, which reveals a clandestine world where a treacherous secret is about to explode.
- A Murder on London Bridge
Author: Gregory, Susanna
$ 30 ISBN: 9781847442529 Date: 2010
The murder of a man in broad daylight on London Bridge is the first indication that the Earl of Clarendon's fears of a rebellion against the newly restored monarchy may be well-founded. His spy, Thomas Chaloner, suspects the assassin may be a member of a group dedicated to seeing the return of Puritanism, and at the same time he learns of a faction close to the King determined to bring back the old ways of the Roman Catholic Church. He discovers, too, that the killing on the Bridge is not the only assault committed there recently, and begins to decipher a link between the violence and the people who manage the Bridge and its tottering, ramshackle buildings. As he moves unobtrusively between White Hall, the elegant mansions along the Strand, and the heaving congestion on the only river crossing he becomes aware of an undercurrent of restlessness in the capital. And it soon becomes clear that the groups he is investigating are planning some extraordinary climax to achieve their separate aims on Shrove Tuesday, which gives him very little time to identify the ring-leaders and thwart their intentions. - Publisher Marketing
- They're Watching
Author: Hurwitz, Gregg
$ 24.99 ISBN:9780312534905 Date: 2010
Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble and then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Now, DVDs start being delivered to his house--DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife. With every step he falls deeper into a web of intrigue.
- House Justice: Joe Demarco
Author: Lawson, Mike
$ 22 ISBN: 9780802119377 Date: 2010
An American defense contractor goes to Iran to sell missile technology, and the CIA knows all about it thanks to a spy in Tehran. But the story is leaked to an ambitious journalist and the spy is executed. DeMarco and the CIA aren't the only ones looking for the source of the leak.
- Murder in the Pit
Author: Miner, Erica
$ 16.95 ISBN: 9781606191101 Date: 2010
Julia Kogan, a brilliant young violinist, teams up with opera-loving cop Larry Somers to solve the high profile murder of a famous opera conductor. In the process, Julia and Larry discover an opera house rife with with a dangerous web of secrets, intrigue, lethal rivalries, and danger.
- Deb on Arrival: Live at Five
Author: Moore, Laurie
$ 26 ISBN: 9781594148774 Date: 2010
- The Blood of Lorraine
Author: Pope, Barbara
$ 27 ISBN: 9781605980980 Date: 2010
In the wake of the Dreyfus Affair, the murder of two Jews in the French town of Nancy reveals the darker side of human nature.
- The Man Who Never Returned
Author: Quinn, Peter
$ 25 ISBN: 9781590203880 Date: 2010
Judge Joe Crater's disappearance in 1930 spawned countless conspiracy theories and captured the imagination of a nation caught in the grip of The Depression. Fifteen years later, Fintan Dunne the detective encountered in QuinnAs novel Hour of the Cat, recently retired and bored, answers a summons to New York where he is asked to solve the old case for a newspaper magnate only interested in making a profit from the story. Peter Quinn once again has written a compelling blend of history and fiction that is simply unputdownable. -Publisher Marketing
- Rules of Betrayal
Author: Reich, Christopher
$ 27 ISBN: 9780385531542 Date: 2010
The most riveting novel yet in Reich's New York Times-bestselling series. Jonathan Ransom returns as the resourceful doctor thrown into a shadowy world of double and triple agents, where absolutely no one can be trusted. To stay alive, Ransom must unravel the mystery surrounding his wife--an enigmatic and lethal spy who plays by her own rules.
- Still Missing
Author: Stevens, Chevy
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312595678 Date: 2010
Booklist Kirkus, LJ
Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent as the captive of psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape--her struggle to piece her shattered life back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Empty Mile
Author: Stokoe, Matthew
$ 17 ISBN: 9781936070121 Date: 2010
Matthew Stokoe's first mainstream crime-fiction novel will shock and awe.
- An Ordinary Criminal
Author: Van Rooy, Michael
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312606282 Date: 2010
When ex-drug addict and reformed thief Montgomery Haavik foils a robbery, killing the intruders, it doesn't make staying straight any easier. He soon finds he has both a small-time crime boss and a star police sergeant looking for ways to ruin him and run him out of town.
Author: Winslow, Don
$ 25 ISBN: 9781439183366 Date: 2010
Young, independent Laguna Beach-based marijuana kingpins are blackmailed into working for the Baja Cartel, after one of their threesome is kidnapped.
- The Taken
Author: Wolfe, Inger Ash
$ 25 ISBN: 9780151013531 Date: 2010
The second novel featuring Hazel Micallef finds the Detective Inspector's recuperation from back surgery interrupted by the case of a body fished out of one of the lakes near Port Dundas--a scenario in a serialized story published by the local newspaper.
- The Last Talk With Lola Faye
Author: Cook, Thomas H.
$ 25 ISBN: 9780151014071 Date: 2010
Historian Lucas Page visits St. Louis to give a reading. Among the attendees is someone he does not expect: Lola Faye Gilroy, the "other woman" he has long blamed for his father's murder decades earlier. Now he must discover why Lola Faye has come and what she is after.
- Love Songs from a Shallow Grave: Dr. Siri
Author: Cotterill, Colin
$ 25 ISBN: 9781569476277 Date: 2010
Three young Laotian women have died of fencing sword wounds. Before he can complete his investigation, Dr. Siri is lured to Cambodia by an all-expenses-paid trip. Accused of spying for the Vietnamese, he is imprisoned, beaten, and threatened with death.
- A Hundred Thousand Dragons
Author: Gordon-Smith, Dolores
$ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727869104 Date: 2010
The latest 'Jack Haldean' mystery, set in the Roaring Twenties -"A hundred thousand dragons lie, underneath an Arabian sky. How do a few lines of poetry, a chance encounter in a London hotel, and a death in Sussex lead to a lost city of Arabia, and to the tombs of the Whispering Dead? Jack Haldean has evaded the truth for years, but now, enmeshed in the web of murder, theft and deception, he must find the answer and face up to the truth - a truth as deadly as any dragon . . .
- The Queen of Patpong: Poke Rafferty
Author: Hallinan, Timothy
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780061672262 Date: 2010
For American travel writer Poke Rafferty, life finally seems to hold some semblance of stability. He and his longtime love, Rose, have gone through with their much-deferred marriage ceremony, their adopted daughter, Miaow, a former street child, has become a loving--if sometimes difficult--part of the family, and the three of them live in relative comfort thanks to Rose's housekeeping business and Rafferty's writing. Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world, shattering the peace they've worked so hard to obtain. His appearance threatens everything they cherish: their love, their home . . . their very lives. As a foreigner who's seen some of the worst Bangkok has to offer and survived confrontations with Thailand's most powerful and dangerous elements, Rafferty feels equal to most of the challenges Bangkok can throw at him. But now his only hope is to discover the whole truth of Rose's past--a journey down the dark and twisting road that turned a shy, awkward village teenager into the queen of Asia's most lurid red-light street: Patpong Road. And just when Rafferty thought life was looking good, reality comes crashing in as he learns that the secrets from Rose's former life are almost impossible to accept--and even harder to survive. The Queen of Patpong is a terrifying, heart-breaking, electrifying story of peril, love, and, ultimately, redemption in modern-day Thailand--and the most ambitious, affecting novel yet from thriller master Timothy Hallinan. - Publisher Marketing
- Star Island
Author: Hiaasen, Carl
$ 27.95 ISBN: 9780307272584 Date: 2010
Twenty-two-year-old pop star Cherry Pye is attempting a comeback from her latest drug and alcohol disaster. Ann DeLusia is Cherry's undercover stunt double, portraying Cherry whenever the singer is too wasted to go out in public. But, one night, Ann-as-Cherry is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by an obsessed paparazzo. Now the challenge for Cherry's handlers is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence secret from the public--and from Cherry herself.
Author: Hunt, James Patrick
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594148613 Date: 2010
- Queen of the Night
Author: Jance, Judith A.
$ 26 ISBN: 9780061239243 Date: 2010
From a New York Times-bestselling author comes an interrelated thriller involving members of the Walker family, last seen in Day of the Dead. Two murders committed generations apart resonate through three separate families, threatening to destroy them.
- I'd Know You Anywhere
Author: Lippman, Laura
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061706554 Date: 2010
An edgy, utterly gripping tale of psychological manipulation that will leave readers racing to the final page, I'd Know You Anywhere is a virtuoso performance from acclaimed, award-winning author Lippman that is sure to be her biggest hit yet.
- Blind Man's Alley
Author: Peacock, Justin
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385531061 Date: 2010
A concrete floor 300 feet up in a SoHo condo development collapses, hurling three workers to their deaths. The developer, Roth Properties, faces a vast tangle of legal problems, including allegations of mob connections. Roth's lawyers are assigned the task of cleaning up the mess. Much of the work lands on the plate of seasoned associate Duncan Riley. Soon Riley will be walking the knife edge of legal ethics and personal morality.
- A Small Death in the Glen
Author: Scott, A.D.
$ 15 ISBN: 9781439154939 Date: 2010
In the Highlands of 1950s Scotland, a boy is found dead in a canal lock. Two members of the local newspaper staff set out to investigate the crime. Together, these very different Scots harbor deep and troubling secrets underneath their polished and respectable veneers.
- Three Stations: Arkady Renko
Author: Smith, Martin Cruz
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780743276740 Date: 2010
Arkady Renko returns in a new mystery about crime and corruption in the cold, dark, impenetrable landscape of modern-day Moscow.
- The Garden of Betrayl
Author: Vance, Lee
$ 25 ISBN: 9780307269775 Date: 2010
After a stunning debut with Restitution, Vance makes a triumphant return: a whip-smart, fast-paced, and eerily timely thriller that ties the 2008 global economic meltdown and international energy wars to the heartbreaking story of one family's loss and slow reformation.
Suggested Reading: Debuts
- The Dark Vineyard: A Novel of the French Countryside
Author: Walker, Martin
$ 23.95 ISBN: 9780307270184 Date: 2010
The riveting sequel to Walker's internationally acclaimed Bruno, Chief of Police in which the Dordogne's great pleasures--wine, romance, and intrigue--threaten Bruno's beloved village of Saint-Denis.
- The Crocodile's Last Embrace: Jade del Cameron
Author: Arruda, Suzanne
$ 15 ISBN: 9780451231178 Date: 2010
Returning from Europe, intrepid explorer Jade del Cameron arrives in Kenya with bittersweet memories-and the certainty that Africa is her home and Sam Featherstone the man she wants to share her life with. When a letter arrives from America, Jade hopes it's Sam sending word of his return. Instead, it's a message written in the hand of her long- dead fianc asking "Why did you let me die?" When two men die under mysterious circumstances and Jade discovers that her old nemesis, Lilith Worthy, has escaped from prison, the deaths and the letter form the most dangerous case Jade has ever faced, pitting her against a ferocious crocodile-and an even more deadly human killer. - Publisher Marketing
- The Vaults
Author: Ball, Toby
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312580735 Date: 2010
Ball presents a dystopian period thriller in which a chilling series of events leads three different men to join in exposing the legacy of a radical program for punishing murderers.
- The Network
Author: Elliot, Jason
$ 23 ISBN: 9781608190355 Date: 2010
With characters based on real people and drawing on the author's firsthand knowledge of Afghanistan, this bold novel by the author of Unexpected Light illuminates the dark recesses of the intelligence community during the struggle to avoid a terrorist attack.
- Rag and Bone: Billy Boyle WW II Mystery
Author: Benn, James R.
$ 25 ISBN: 9781569478493 Date: 2010
As a diplomatic crisis looms, Billy must navigate the London underworld amidst a Luftwaffe bombing offensive to find a killer.
- Getting Sassy
Author: Brod, D.C.
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781935562221 Date: 2010
Horseracing fans will find lots to love in this caper centered on the kidnapping of a horse's companion goat.
- The Thieves of Darkness
Author: Doetsch, Richard
$ 25 ISBN: 9781416598954 Date: 2010
In the third book of the series featuring reformed master thief Michael St. Pierre, Michael heads to Istanbul and must keep an ancient artifact from falling into the hands of a man who will stop at nothing to possess it.
- Absolute Risk: Graham Gage
Author: Gore, Steven
$ 25 ISBN: 9781590587713 Date: 2010
An FBI Agent, disgraced and dead. A Muslim economist, deported from the US and tortured. The world's largest hedge fund, secreted off-shore. A Federal Reserve Chairman who suspects a dangerous connection among them. And private investigator Graham Gage, to whom he turns to learn the truth. From New York to Boston to Marseilles to Washington DC, Gage races to expose an economic terrorism conspiracy against the United States. Underlying each plot turn are questions about the vulnerability of the debt-burdened US economy, market manipulation and insider trading, the use of rendition and torture, US corporate complicity in foreign corruption, and America's commitment to its own values. - Publisher Marketing
Author: Indridason, Arnaldur
$24.99 ISBN: 9780312569914 Date: 2010
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One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam in her summer cottage. Driven by a need to find answers, Erlendur embarks on an unofficial investigation to find out why the woman's life ended in such an abrupt and tragic manner. At the same time, he is haunted by the unresolved cases of two young people who went missing 30 years before.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- The Detroit Electric Scheme
Author: Johnson, D.E.
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312644567 Date: 2010
Set against the fascinating backdrop of the burgeoning electric car industry and filled with strong historical detail and dozens of real-life characters, this sure-handed and accomplished debut takes readers back to 1910 Detroit.
Suggested Reading: Debuts
- Crystal Death: Conor Bard
Author: Kipps, Charles
$ 26 ISBN: 9781439139950 Date: 2010
N.Y.P.D Detective Conor Bard (with an attractive woman as his new partner in tow) investigates the murder of Israeli diamond dealer Zivah Gavish in her Manhattan apartment.
- Vermillion Drift
Author: Krueger, William Kent
$ 25 ISBN: 9781439153840 Date: 2010
Krueger's next nail-biting suspense has Cork O'Connor investigating a series of decades-old murders and their connection to his past.
- Liar Liar: Cat Deluca
Author: Larsen, K.J.
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590587256 Date: 2010
Private Investigator Cat DeLuca and her Pants on Fire Detective Agency have a reputation for catching cheaters. It's a skill Cat mastered when married to her run-around ex, Johnnie Ricco. Life takes a strange turn when a reporter for the "Chicago Tribune" (Rita Polansky) masquerades as a client with a liar-liar husband. Rita retains Cat to follow Chance Savino, a steamy guy with a pocketful of smuggled diamonds. Can Cat solve the case before she becomes the next victim?
- Dexter is Delicious
Author: Lindsey, Jeff
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385532358 Date: 2010
America's most-read, most-watched, and most-beloved serial killer--Dexter Morgan--is back. Family bliss is cut short when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires, but more resemble cannibals.
- The Body and the Blood: John Jordan
Author: Lister, Michael
$ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594148934 Date: 2010
Author: Mankell, Henning
$ 27 ISBN: 9781595581938 Date: 2010
In the 1870s, Hans Bengler arrives in Cape Town from Sweden, driven by a singular desire: to discover an insect no one has seen before and name it after himself. But then he impulsively adopts a young orphan and brings with him back to Sweden--a quite different specimen than he first contemplated.
- The Charming Quirks of Others: Isabel Dalhousie
Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
$ 25 ISBN: 9780307379177 Date: 2010
A couple who are old friends of Isabel's ask for her help in a rather tricky situation: A successor is being sought for the headmaster position at their alma mater, and one of the finalists has a very serious skeleton in the closet. Could Isabel discreetly look into it?
- Fever of the Bone
Author: McDermid, Val
$ 14.99 ISBN: 9780061986482 Date: 2010
Criminal profiler Tony Hill and his ally Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan are back in a terrifying psychological thriller in which the team tracks down a brutal killer targeting a group of young people through a social networking site.
- Angel Interrupted: Dead Detective
Author: McGee, Chaz
$ 7.99 ISBN: 9780425233146 Date: 2010
A lost soul in limbo, Kevin Fahey is trying to prove he's a better ghost than he ever was a man. And trying to help Maggie Gunn, the detective who replaced him, is a good way to start.
- Bleed a Deep River
Author: McGilloway, Brian
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312599478 Date: 2010
World politics, industry, and organized crime collide in McGilloway's most accomplished, most gripping, and most powerful work yet--a labyrinthine tale of big business, the new Europe, and the dispossessed.
- Thirteen Hours
Author: Meyer, Deon
$ 24 ISBN: 9780802119582 Date: 2010
When an American backpacker disappears in Cape Town, South Africa, panicked politicians know who to call: Detective Benny Griessel, who has just 13 hours to save the girl, save his career, and crack open a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.
- The First Assassin
Author: Miller, John J.
$ 15 ISBN: 9781935597117 Date: 2010
Washington, D.C., 1861: A new president takes office, a nation begins to break apart--and Colonel Charles Rook must risk insubordination to stop a mysterious assassin who prowls a nervous city. He will need the help of an ally he does not even know he has: Portia, a beautiful slave who holds a vital clue, hundreds of miles away. Mixing actual historical figures with fictionalized characters (a la a oeRagtimea ), a oeThe First Assassina is as gripping as any contemporary espionage thriller, and has the added bonus of being a fascinating look at the political realities of America at the dawn of the Civil War. - Publisher Marketing
- Body Work
Author: Paretsky, Sara
$ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399156748 Date: 2010
The enigmatic performer known as the Body Artist takes the stage at Chicago's Club Gouge and allows her audience to use her naked body as a canvas for their impromptu illustrations. Days later, the woman is shot outside the club and dies in V.I.'s arms. As V.I. seeks answers, her investigation will take her from the North Side of Chicago to the far reaches of the Gulf War.
- The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories
Author: Penzler, Otto (edt)
$ 25 ISBN: 9780307455437 Date: 2010
Here are 45 of the best stories and the major writers who ever appeared in celebrated pulps like Black Mask, Dime Detective, and Detective Fiction Weekly. These are the classic tales that created the genre and gave birth to hard-hitting detectives.
- Between Summer's Longing and Winter's End: The Story of a Crime
Author: Persson, Leif G.W.
$ 28 ISBN: 9780307377456 Date: 2010
Beginning with the death of an unknown American citizen in Stockholm, Persson slowly unravels the complex web of international espionage, greed, sheer incompetence, and work by a poorly constructed Swedish intelligence force that in this fiction lead to the murder of the Swedish prime minister Olaf Palme.
Author: Rendell, Ruth
$ 26 ISBN: 9781439148518 Date: 2010
From Rendell, "reigning queen of crime fiction" (Time Out), comes a psychologically intense novel about a small crime and its devastating aftermath.
- Bad Boy: Alan Banks
Author: Robinson, Peter
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061362958 Date: 2010
The acclaimed international bestselling author delivers a fast-paced, nail-biting thriller in which Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks must face his most challenging and personal case yet--one in which he must save his daughter's life.
- The Unbelievers
Author: Sim, Alastair
$ 24 ISBN: 9780312621698 Date: 2010
Scotland's richest man has been shot dead and dumped down a well. Was the Duke of Dornoch murdered by one of the miners whose wages he cut because of market forces? Inspector Allerdyce and Sergeant McGillivry are on the case.
- Blackstone and the Wolf of Wallstreet
Author: Spencer, Sally
$ 29 ISBN: 9780727869166 Date: 2010
- In Search of Mercy
Author: Ayoob, Michael
$ 25 ISBN: 9780312644925 Date: 2010
Former hockey goalie Dexter Bolzjack is offered a fortune by a terminally ill drunk named Lou Kashon to find his lost love, the actress Mercy Carnahan. Dexter follows Mercy's trail to New York, where he finds a voyeuristic film of the actress recorded shortly before her disappearance.
- Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron: Jane Austen
Author: Barron, Stephanie
$ 15 ISBN: 9780553386707 Date: 2010
The restorative power of the ocean brings Jane Austen and her beloved brother Henry, to Brighton after Henry's wife is lost to a long illness. But the crowded, glittering resort is far from peaceful, especially when the lifeless body of a beautiful young society miss is discovered in the bedchamber of none other than George Gordon--otherwise known as Lord Byron. As a poet and a seducer of women, Byron has carved out a shocking reputation for himself--but no one would ever accuse him of being capable of murder. Now it falls to Jane to pursue this puzzling investigation and discover just how "mad, bad, and dangerous to know" Byron truly is. And she must do so without falling victim to the charming versifier's legendary charisma, lest she, too, become a cautionary example for the ages. - Publisher Marketing
- Busy Body: Agatha Raisin
Author: Beaton, M.C.
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312387013 Date: 2010
A Grinch-like health and safety inspector gets his comeuppance in this irresistible new Agatha Raisin mystery from the New York Times -bestselling reigning queen of cozies (Booklist).
- The Prostitute's Ball
Author: Cannell, Stephen J.
$ 26 ISBN: 9780312557300 Date: 2010
Cannell delves deep into the two worlds he knows best--movies and crime--as Detective Shane Scully investigates the murder of a producer in the aftermath of a decadent Hollywood party.
- The Best American Mystery Stories 2010
Author: Child, Lee (edt)
$ 15 ISBN: 9780547237466 Date: 2010
Bestselling novelist Child 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).
- Innocent Monster
Author: Coleman, Reed Farrel
$ 25 ISBN: 9781935562207 Date: 2010
The sixth in the NPR-favorite Moe Prager series features the PI getting older and facing the collapse of his second marriage.
- The Reversal
Author: Connelly, Michael
$ 27.99 ISBN: 9780316069489 Date: 2010
Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. Together, Bosch and Haller set off on a case fraught with political and personal danger. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a defense attorney who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after so many years. With the odds and the evidence against them, Bosch and Haller must nail a sadistic killer once and for all. If Bosch is sure of anything, it is that Jason Jessup plans to kill again. - Publisher Marketing
- The Pericles Commission
Author: Corby, Gary
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312599027 Date: 2010
This first novel in an exciting new series takes readers to ancient Greece to follow the adventures of Nicolaos, son of a minor sculptor, as he becomes embroiled in murder and political intrigue.
- One for Hell
Author: Davis, Jada M.
$ 20 ISBN: 9781933586304 Date: 2010
- Fatal Undertaking: A Buryin' Barry Mystery
Author: de Castrique, Mark
$ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590588017 Date: 2010
Funeral director and part-time sheriff Barry Clayton lends Jaycee member Archie Donovan a casket to be the centerpiece of a haunted house, the Jaycees' charity event. But when the organization's president is murdered in the casket on Halloween, the national press descends upon Gainesboro. The sheriff assigns the case to Barry. Then someone shoots at Archie Donovan, and Barry wonders if the murder victim was even the intended target. Barry must follow a trail of winding clues. The unexpected destination: a mountainside of Christmas trees. Somewhere behind them lurks a killer whose unmasking will be a fatal undertaking. - Publisher Marketing
- Rogue Island
Author: DeSilvia, Bruce
$ 25 ISBN: 9780765327260 Date: 2010
Someone is burning down the neighborhood that newspaper man Liam Mulligan grew up in, and the public is on the verge of panic. With the whole city of Providence, Rhode Island, on his back, Mulligan must weed through a colorful array of characters to find the truth.
Suggested Reading: Debuts
- Swift Justice
Author: Disilverio, Laura
$ 25 ISBN: 9780312641504 Date: 2010
PI Charlotte "Charlie" Swift prefers working alone. Then her silent partner flees the country, leaving his wife, Gigi, with nothing but the house and a half interest in Swift Investigations. Charlie ends up with a heap of debt and Gigi, who has decided to be a not-so-silent partner.
- The Immortals
Author: Ellison, J.T.
$ 7.99 ISBN: 9780778327639 Date: 2010
It is Samhain--the Blood Harvest. Nonbelievers call it Hallowe'en. The night when eight Nashville teenagers are found dead, with occult symbols carved into their naked bodies. It's a ritual the killers believe was blessed by Death himself. When children are victimized, emotions always run high, and this case has the public both outraged and terrified: a dangerous combination. Recently reinstated homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows she has to act quickly, but tread carefully. Exploring the baffling culture of mysticism and witchcraft, Taylor is immersed in a darkness that threatens to unbalance the order of her world, and learns how unchecked wrath can push a killer to his limits. - Publisher Marketing
- Byrant & May Off the Rails: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
Author: Fowler, Christopher
$ 25 ISBN: 9780553807202 Date: 2010
To catch the most ingenious killer they've ever faced, the beloved oddballs (New York Times) of the Peculiar Crimes Unit must venture into the London Underground, where they all may end up six feet deep.
- Unholy Awakening
Author: Gregorio, Michael
$ 15 ISBN: 9780312625023 Date: 2010
A woman's body has been found at the bottom of a well. The death wounds are startling: two small, round punctures to the jugular vein. . . . Vampire fever is spreading throughout the countryside, and suspicions soon fall on the recently arrived Emma Rimmele. Investigator Hanno Stiffeniis must do everything he can to find the true culprit before the mob's hysteria reaches its breaking point and turns violent. Set in a nineteenth-century world where people truly believed in vampires, Unholy Awakening pits rational, scientific detection against unhindered, violent superstition. - Publisher Marketing
- The Sleepwalkers
Author: Grossman, Paul
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312601904 Date: 2010
In 1932, during the final weeks of the Weimar Republic, beautiful girls are seen sleepwalking through the streets. Then one day a young woman washes up in the Havel River with her legs bizarrely deformed. Willi Kraus---Germany's most celebrated detective---is sent to investigate. Willi has seen awful things in life, has fought behind enemy lines in WWI, captured serial killers, but he's never seen anything like this. The investigation he undertakes will drag him through a world of debauched nightclubs, prostitutes with secrets to hide, and a hypnotist whose star is hitched to the swastika. Willi's life, the life of his friends, and even his family will never be the same. He's a Jew, and the Nazis are on the rise. But while everything may come at a price, it's his duty to solve the murder. What he will uncover just may be the darkest part of human depravity. - Publisher Marketing
- Three Bedroom, Two Baths, One Very Dead Corpse
Author: James, David
$ 22 ISBN: 9780758206312 Date: 2010
In the first installment in a brand-new, laugh-out-loud mystery series, Palm Springs realtor, Amanda Thorne goes in search of the killer of a local ecologist.
Author: Jacobson, Alan
$ 26 ISBN: 9781593156213 Date: 2010
Karen Vail, the memorable heroine of The 7th Victim, stars in her third suspense thriller from Alan Jacobson.
- A Lily in the Field
Author: Lawton, John
$ 24 ISBN: 9780802119568 Date: 2010
- Our Kind of Traitor
Author: Le Carre, John
$ 27.95 ISBN: 9780670022243 Date: 2010
The unrivaled master of spy fiction returns with a taut and suspenseful novel of dirty money and dirtier politics. Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua. But the charm begins to pall when a big-time Russian money launderer enlists their help to defect.
Author: Leonard, Elmore
$ 26.99 ISBN: 9780061735172 Date: 2010
Dara Barr, a documentary filmmaker, is at the top of her game, but now she's looking for an even bigger challenge. So she and her right-hand-man--a six-foot-six, 72-year-old, African-American man named Xavier--head to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, to tackle modern-day pirates. Once they start filming, though, they find more than they bargained for.
- Mister X: Frank Quinn
Author: Lutz, John
$ 7.99 ISBN: 9780786020263 Date: 2010
- Red Herring: Joe Gunther
Author: Mayor, Archer
$ 25 ISBN: 9780312381936 Date: 2010
VBI (Vermont Bureau of Investigation) head Joe Gunther and his team are called in to investigate a series of violent deaths that appear unrelated until telltale clues reveal a linkage between them that reveals that all of the deaths are, in fact, murders.
- Blood Count: Artie Cohen
Author: Nadelson, Reggie
$ 25 ISBN: 9780802777676 Date: 2010
A white detective in a black world, Artie Cohen is drawn inexorably into the realm of Harlem's Sugar Hill neighborhood and the Louis Armstrong Apartments, where over the course of a weekend, residents one after another die.
- Collusion: Jack Lennon
Author: Neville, Stuart
$ 25 ISBN: 9781569478554 Date: 2010
LJ PW Booklist
The line between friend and foe disappears as Detective Jack Lennon stalks a killer haunting the streets of Belfast.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- The Broken Token
Author: Nickson, Chris
$16 ISBN: 9780956056610 Date: 2010
When Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds, discovers his former housemaid murdered in a particularly sickening manner, his professional and personal lives move perilously close. Circumstances conspire against him, and more murders follow. Soon the city fathers cast doubt on his capability, and he is forced to seek help from an unsavory source. Not only does the murder investigation keep running into brick walls as family problems offer an unwelcome distraction; he can't even track down a thief who has been a thorn in his side for months. When answers start to emerge, Nottingham gets more than he bargains for.
- Painted Ladies
Author: Parker, Robert B.
$ 24 ISBN: 9780399156854 Date: 2010
Called upon by The Hammond Museum and renowned art scholar Dr. Ashton Prince, Spenser accepts his latest case: to provide protection during a ransom exchange--money for a stolen painting. The case becomes personal when Spenser fails to protect his client and the valuable painting remains stolen.
- Bury Your Dead: Inspector Gamache
Author: Penny, Louise
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312377045 Date: 2010
Kirkus Booklist PW
Chief Inspector Gamache receives a letter from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. The letter proclaims Olivier's innocence, so Gamache must relive the terrible events that killed one of his men before he can bury the dead.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- The Best American Noir of the Century
Author: Penzler, Otto (edt)
$ 30 ISBN: 9780547330778 Date: 2010
Ellroy and Penzler have mined 100 years of writing--1910-2010--for this treasure trove of 39 stories from such favorite authors as Mickey Spillane, Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, Dennis Lehane, and Joyce Carol Oates.
- The Rhetoric of Death
Author: Rock, Judith
$ 15 ISBN: 9780425236642 Date: 2010
PW Booklist Kirkus
"An amazing debut historical novel "(Ariana Franklin, national betselling author of Grave Goods)Paris, 1686: When The Bishop of Marseilles discovers that his young cousin Charles du Luc, former soldier and half-fledged Jesuit, has been helping heretics escape the king's dragoons, the bishop sends him far away-to Paris, where Charles is assigned to assist in teaching rhetoric and directing dance at the prestigious college of Louis le Grand. Charles quickly embraces his new life and responsibilities. But on his first day, the school's star dancer disappears from rehearsal, and the next day another student is run down in the street. When the dancer's body is found under the worst possible circumstances, Charles is determined to find the killer in spite of being ordered to leave the investigation. - Publisher Marketing
Suggested Reading: All Stars | Debuts
- Voltaire's Calligrapher
Author: Santis, Pablo de
$ 15 ISBN: 9780061479885 Date: 2010
The acclaimed author of The Paris Enigma is back with new novel, this one set during the height of the 18th century's Enlightenment, in pre-revolution France, where the skilled, yet fading, craft of a renowned calligrapher is at the heart of a breathless steampunk mystery.
- The Demon's Parchment: A Medieval Noir
Author: Westerson, Jeri
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312621049 Date: 2010
The acclaimed author of Veil of Lies and Serpent in the Thorns delivers her third novel of medieval noir, featuring disgraced knight Crispin Guest.
- The Shooting in the Shop: Carole Seddon
Author: Brett, Simon
$ 26 ISBN: 9781594149245 Date: 2010
- Kind of Blue
Author: Corwin, Miles
$ 26 ISBN: 9781608090075 Date: 2010
When a legendary ex-cop is mudered in L.A, the pressure's on to find the killer. Lt. Frank Duff needs his best detective on the case, but his best detective, Ash Levine, quit a year ago. A tenacious, obsessive detective, Ash resigned after Latisha Patton, the witness in a homicide case he was working, was murdered. Without his job, Ash is left unanchored -- and consumed with guilt that he somehow caused Latisha's murder. When he's asked to rejoin the force, Ash reluctantly agrees. Getting his badge back could give him the chance to find Latisha's killer. Ash dives headfirst into the shadowlands of Southern California to investigate the ex-cop's murder. But even when he has a suspect in custody, something about this case doesn't sit right with Ash, and he continues working the increasingly dangerous investigation while quietly chasing leads in Latisha's murder. Unable to let either case go, Ash finds that his obsessive nature might prove fatal. - Publisher Marketing
Author: Deaver, Jeffrey
$ 27 ISBN: 9781439156353 Date: 2010
Acclaimed bestselling author Deaver takes readers on a brand-new adventure: a race to find and stop a professional criminal whose gruesome specialty lies in extracting information from his innocent victims by any means necessary.
- A Dead Man's Tale
Author: Doss, James D.
$ 25 ISBN: 9780312613693 Date: 2011
- A Stranger in Mayfair
Author: Finch, Charles
$ 25 ISBN: 9780312625061 Date: 2010
- The Killer of Pilgrims: The Sixteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
Author: Gregory, Susanna
$ 25 ISBN: 9781847442987 Date: 2010
When a wealthy benefactor is found dead in Michaelhouse, Brother Michael and Matthew Bartholomew must find the culprit before the college is accused of foul play. At the same time, Cambridge is plagued by a mystery thief, who is targetting rich pilgrims. Moreover, pranksters are at large in the University, staging a series of practical jokes that are growing increasingly dangerous, and that are dividing scholars into bitterly opposed factions. Bartholomew and Michael soon learn that their various mysteries are connected, and it becomes a race against time to catch the killer-thief before the university explodes into a violent conflict that could destroy it forever.
Baker Street Irregular
- Devoured: Hatton and Roumonde
Author: Meredith, Denise
$ 25 ISBN: 9780312557683 Date: 2010
- The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
Author: Mosley, Walter
$ 26 ISBN: 9781594487729 Date: 2010
PW Booklist Kirkus
In a masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family, Mosley captures the compromised state of his protagonist's mind with profound sensitivity and insight, and creates an unforgettable pair of characters at the center of a novel that is sure to become a true contemporary classic.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Coming Back: Sharon McCone
Author: Muller, Marcia
$ 25 ISBN: 9780446581066 Date: 2010
San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone is shot in the head and suffers from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. When her friend from physical therapy goes missing, she must call upon those closest to her to find out the truth behind the disappearance.
- Faith, Hope, Love
Author: Owen, Llwd
$ 18 ISBN: 9780955527272 Date: 2010
Alun Brady is a 30-year-old man, still living with his parents in Cardiff, Wales when his grandfather moves home to die. He brings fresh air into Al's cushy life and makes Al face a difficult decision. But after his death Al's world seems almost empty. Haunted by his brother's perfect new family, Al seeks in dangerous new friends what he needs from his lost kin. Drawn into Cardiff's underbelly, events take a turn towards the tragic as he discovers he cannot break free of his own blood ties. This is an authentic urban thriller with a strong colloquial voice, stepping between social classes to say important things about memory and identity.
- The Masuda Affair
Author: Parker, I.J.
$ 29 ISBN: 9780727869258 Date: 2010
A Sugawara Akitada Mystery of Ancient Japan - Eleventh-century Japan. Government official Sugawara Akitada finds a small mute boy on a deserted road. Akitada, still grieving for his own small son, determines to find the boy's parents. Meanwhile, Akitada's faithful servant Tora has troubles of his own: he has lost his new bride to a powerful man who pursues beautiful women and will stop at nothing to possess them. The trails of these two seemingly unrelated cases lead Akitada and Tora to the entertainers and prostitutes of the amusement quarter, and murder follows in their footsteps . . .
- To Fetch a Thief: Chet & Bernie
Author: Quinn, Spencer
$ 25 ISBN: 9781439157077 Date: 2010
Following Dog On It and Thereby Hangs a Tail, To Fetch a Thief is the third Chet and Bernie mystery featuring an irresistible canine narrator.
- Sword and Song
Author: Southey, Roz
$ 15 ISBN: 9780956056627 Date: 2010
Author: Llenberg, Jon
$ 40 ISBN: 9781552469224 Date: 2010
BAKER STREET IRREGULAR is a mystery and espionage tale told by a member of a whimsical Sherlock Holmes club born in a speakeasy, as Woody Hazelbaker undergoes America's political struggles in the 1930s and Second World War in the '40s, stretching from the Great Depression's worst year to the beginning of the Cold War. - Publisher marketing
Suggested Reading: Elementary Stars
- Dead Spy Running
Author: Stock, Jon
$ 26 ISBN: 9780312644765 Date: 2010
The first in a new spy series. As elegant as le Carr and an cynical as the 21st century . . . Exactly what we need from a spy novel now.--Lee Child.
- Palace of Justice: Aristide Ravel
Author: Alleyn, Susanne
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312379896 Date: 2010
In the pre-Revolutionary atmosphere of distrust and anxiety, police agent Aristide Ravel must stop a ruthless killer who is terrorizing the city.
- The Emperor's Tomb
Author: Berry, Steve
$ 26 ISBN: 9780345505491 Date: 2010
Former government operative Cotton Malone begins his most harrowing adventure to date--one that takes him from Denmark to Pakistan and then to China, in search of his kidnapped friend, Cassiopeia Vitt. He knows only one thing about this vast and mysterious ...
- Nights of the Red Moon
Author: Burton, Milton T.
$ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312648008 Date: 2010
In Sequoya County, Texas, Sheriff Bo Handel becomes entangled in the web of the Southern drug scene after a local minister's wife is murdered.
- The Left-Handed Dollar
Author: Estleman, Loren D.
$ 25 ISBN: 9780765319548 Date: 2010
- City of Dreadful Night
Author: Gutteridge, Peter
$ 29 ISBN: 9780727869432 Date: 2010
First gripping mystery in the Brighton Trilogy - July 1934. A woman's torso is found in a trunk at Brighton railway station's left luggage office. Her identity is never established, her killer never caught. But someone is keeping a diary . . . July 2009. Ambitious radio journalist Kate Simpson hopes to solve the notorious Brighton Trunk Murder, and she enlists the help of ex-Chief Constable Robert Watts, whose role in the recent botched armed-police operation in Milldean, Brighton's notorious no-go area, cost him his job. But it's only a matter of time before past and present collide . . .
- The Four Stages of Cruelty
Author: Hollihan, Keith
$ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312592479 Date: 2010
Intense and arresting, this powerful debut follows a female corrections officer who works with a young male inmate to uncover a criminal organization that has taken control of a maximum security prison.
Suggested Reading: Debuts
- Moonlight Mile
Author: Lehane, Dennis
$ 26 ISBN: 9780061836923 Date: 2010
New York Times-bestselling author Lehane delivers an explosive tale of vengeance and redemption in this brilliant sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone--heralding the long-awaited return of beloved private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.
- Red Station
Author: Magson, Adrian
$ 29 ISBN: 9780727869395 Date: 2010
- The Sherlockian
Author: Moore, Graham
$ 25 ISBN: 9780446572590 Date: 2010
When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he never imagines he's about to be thrust onto the hunt for the holy grail of Holmes-ophiles: Doyle's missing diary.
Suggested Reading: Elementary Stars
- Cat Coming Home: Joe Grey
Author: Murphy, Shirley Rousseau
$ 17 ISBN: 9780061860933 Date: 2010
- Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly: And Other New Adventures of the Great Detective
Author: Thomas, Donald
$ 25 ISBN: 9781605981345 Date: 2010
"Few authors have done as well in bringing these beloved and familiar characters to life. Donald Thomas masterfully evokes the flavor of Doyle's original stories of the great detective."--Publishers Weekly
Suggested Reading: Elementary Stars
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