Crime Fiction Stars 2012

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...

  • The Rope: Anna Pigeon
    Author: Barr, Nevada
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780312614577 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star LJ
    In The Rope, Barr gathers together the many strings of Anna Pigeon's past and finally reveals the story of her first case. In 1995, 35-year-old Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, Anna goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she's simply moved on--her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. But Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies, and no clear memory of how she got herself in this situation.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Blotto Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess
    Author: Brett, Simon
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781934609927 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Hurrah for the return of that intrepid duo: Blotto (handsome, honorable, not the sharpest knife in the drawer), and his sister Twinks (just a bit brainier than a girl should be)! As this is the 1920s, they are of course attending a weekend house party, where how astonishing! a murder is announced. One of the guests has the gall to accuse Corky, the siblings family chauffeur, so Blotto and Twinks have no choice but to find the real murderer and clear Corky s good name. And also, you know, keep Corky from hanging and so on. Their sleuthing will take them to an opium den, a crumbling Scottish castle, and most thrillingly the headquarters of the evil League of the Crimson Hand.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • Queen Without a Crown
    Author: Buckley, Fiona
    $ 29 ISBN: 9781780290140 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    The ninth gripping murder mystery to feature Ursula Blanchard, special aide to Elizabeth I -November, 1569.Happily married to her third husband, Hugh Stannard, lady-in-waiting Ursula Blanchard is hoping to give up her undercover work for Queen Elizabeth l in order to enjoy domestic bliss. But when Hugh unwittingly endangers possession of his ancestral home, Ursula is forced to take on a seemingly hopeless - but handsomely paid - private assignment, which the Queen spots is the perfect cover for a covert investigation into a group of rebel barons plotting to put Mary, Queen of Scots on the English throne . . .
    Updated 11.4.11
  • The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen
    Author: Caplan,Thomas
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670023219 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A former soldier turned movie star turned spy must stop a catastrophic nuclear weapons deal. This gripping thriller from Caplan propels readers around the globe-from Hollywood to Rome, the Black Sea to the Mediterranean--and to the very brink of nuclear abyss.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • A Quiet Vendetta
    Author: Ellory, R.J.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781590205082 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    When Catherine Ducane disappears in New Orleans, the cops react fast--she is the governor's daughter, after all. But the case quickly grows strange. Her bodyguard turns up horribly mutilated, and when the kidnapper calls, he doesn't want money: he wants time alone with a minor government functionary.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • Black Site
    Author: Fury, Dalton
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312668372 Date: 2012
    starPW
    From the author of the New York Times bestseller Kill Bin Laden comes the first title in a new series. Meet Kolt Raynor. A Delta Force operator and one-time American hero, he is still trying to make sense of his life--and duty--after a secret mission gone bad. Now he's been given a second chance to do right by his country, his men, and himself.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Believing the Lie
    Author: George, Elizabeth
    $30 ISBN: 9780525952589 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Bloodland
    Author: Glynn, Alan
    $ 16 ISBN: 9780312621285 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A helicopter crash off the coast of Ireland sends unexpected ripples through the international community in this intricate new thriller from the author of Winterland and Limitless.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Mystery in Minster: Matthew Bartholomew
    Author: Gregory, Susanna
    $ 27 ISBN: 9781847442970 Date: 2012
    starPW
    In 1358 the fledging college of Michaelhouse in Cambridge is in need of extra funds. A legacy from the Archbishop of York of a parish close to that city promises a welcome source of income. However, there has been another claim to its ownership and it seems the only way to settle the dispute is for a deputation from Michaelhouse to travel north. Matthew Bartholomew is among the small party that arrives in the bustling city, where the increasing wealth of the merchants is unsettling the established order, and where a French invasion is an ever-present threat to its port. He is both impressed and appalled by what he finds in the teeming streets, the magnificent buildings and the behaviour of its citizens, but he and his colleagues are soon distracted by learning that several of the Archbishop's executors have died in unexplained circumstances and that the codicil naming Michaelhouse as a beneficiary cannot be found.--Dust jacket
    Updated 11.8.11
  • The House at Sea's End
    Author: Griffiths, Elly
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780547506142 Date: 2012
    starKirkus star LJ
    Forensic archeologist, Dr. Ruth Galloway is back--this time investigating a gruesome World War II war crime.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Need You Now
    Author: Grippando, James
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780061840302 Date: 2012
    starPW
    In a new stand-alone novel from New York Times-bestselling author Grippando, a young Wall Street advisor and his girlfriend uncover a financial scheme that reaches into the halls of government.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • $10,000 in Small Unmarked Puzzles
    Author: Hall, Parnell
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312602475 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    When young attorney Becky Baldwin hires Cora Felton to make a blackmail payment drop, it couldn't go worse: Cora stumbles over a corpse and a puzzle, and someone steals the money. This title in the entertaining series features new puzzles by Will Shortz that help readers solve the mystery.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Ran Away: Benjamin January
    Author: Hambly, Barbara
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727880826 Date: 2012
    starPW
    The new Benjamin January novel from the best-selling author - RAN AWAY. So began a score of advertisements every week in the New Orleans newspapers, advertising for slaves who'd fled their masters. But the Turk, Huseyin Pasha, posted no such advertisement when his two lovely concubines disappeared. And when a witness proclaimed he'd seen the devilish infidel hurl their dead bodies out of a window, everyone was willing to believe him the murderer. Only Benjamin January, who knows the Turk of old, is willing to seek for the true culprit, endangering his own life in the process . . .
    Updated 11.21.11
  • The Fear Index
    Author: Harris, Robert
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307957931 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star LJ
    Bestselling author Harris (The Ghost Writer, Pompeii) returns with this intensely suspenseful thriller set at the nexus of high finance and sophisticated computer programming--a searing glimpse into an all-too-recognizable world of greed and fear, a novel that forces readers to confront the deepest questions about what it means to be human.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Orphan Master's Son
    Author: Johnson, Adam
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780812992793 Date: 2012
    starLJ star PW starBooklist
    An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master's Son follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.4.11
  • The Silent Oligarch
    Author: Jones, Christopher Morgan
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781594203190 Date: 2012
    starLJ star PW star Booklist
    Drawing on his decade of experience at the world's largest corporate intelligence firm, Jones leads readers down into the unvarnished realities of our time in the grand tradition of John le Carr. In this debut novel, a London intelligence agent pursues a money launderer to expose the dealings of a shadowy Russian oligarch.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead
    Author: Jones, Darynda
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9781250001542 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she's drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Silence
    Author: Jones, J. Sydney
    $ 12.95 ISBN: 9780727880840 Date: 2012
    starPW star LJ
    The new book in the Viennese Mystery series - Vienna, 1900. Lawyer Karl Werthen is puzzling over the suicide of a local councilman when he is assigned by Karl Wittgenstein, a powerful industrialist with many enemies, to find his recently missing son, Hans. Werthen quickly discovers that the young man appears to be alive and well in another country. But when a friend of Hans - a journalist who wrote a number of articles claiming the councilman who committed suicide was corrupt - is found dead, also from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Werthen fears that sinister forces are at work . . . publisher marketing
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Hunter
    Author: Lescroart, John
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780525952565 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Raised by loving adoptive parents, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt never had an interest in finding his birth family--until he gets a chilling text message from an unknown number: "How did ur mother die?" The answer is murder, and urged on by curiosity and the mysterious texter, Hunt takes on a case he never knew existed, one that has lain unsolved for decades.
    Updated 11.21.11
  • The Retribution
    Author: McDermid, Val
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780802120175 Date: 2012
    starPW
    In The Retribution, criminal psychologist Hill and DCI Jordan are back on the trail of Jacko Vance, the charismatic sports and TV star and serial killer of The Wire in the Blood. He has escaped from prison with a head full of vengeance and heart full of malice. As in all her novels, McDermid creates a brooding tension that allows readers to get close to characters whose lives are about to be ripped apart.--Danuta Kean, The Independent (UK)
    Updated 11.21.11
  • All I Did Was Shoot a Man: Leonid McGill
    Author: Mosley, Walter
    $ 27 ISBN: 9781594488245 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    In the latest and most surprising novel in Mosley's bestselling Leonid McGill series, Leonid finds himself caught between his sins of the past and an all-too-vivid present, in this gripping story of murder, greed, and retribution.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Start Shooting
    Author: Newton, Charlie
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780385534697 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star Kirkus
    " The best way I can describe the Four Corners neighbor-hood of Chicago is find a length of rebar, scratch a big cross into the concrete, set your feet solid in the quadrant you like best, lean back, and start shooting." Officer Bobby Vargas is hard-edged but idealistic, a Chicago cop who stands at the epicenter of a subterranean plot that will have horrific ramifications for both himself and the entire city. Twenty-five years earlier, a gruesome murder rocked the unforgiving streets of Four Corners. Now, sud-denly, a dying Chicago paper is running a serial expose on new evidence in that old case, threatening to implicate Bobby and his older brother, Ruben--a decorated, high-ranking detective and cop- prince of the streets. The smear campaign stirs up decades-old bad blood, leading the Vargas brothers down an increasingly twisted and terrifying path, where the sins of the past threaten to destroy what remains of the truth. As readers and critics discovered in his first novel, Calumet City, Charlie Newton's Chicago is a landscape as brutal and poignant as any in modern crime fiction--a multi-faceted, shockingly violent labyrinth of gangland politics, political backstabbing, corporate malfeasance, and, possibly, hope. Start Shooting is a riveting read. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Chalk Girl: Mallory
    Author: O'Connell, Carol
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780399157745 Date: 2012
    starPW starLJ
    Kathy Mallory returns in the latest novel by a New York Times-bestselling author. This time, the discovery of a body in a tree in Central Park leads Mallory to a story of extraordinary crimes: murders stretching back 15 years, blackmail and complicity, and a particular cruelty that only someone with Mallory's history could fully recognize.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • The Rook
    Author: O'Malley, Daniel
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780316098793 Date: 2012
    starLJ starPW
    "The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.
    Updated 11.4.11
  • Breakdown: V.I. Warshawski
    Author: Paretsky, Sara
    $26.95 ISBN: 9780399157837 Date: 2012
    starBooklist starKirkus starPW
    Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When tweens in Chicago's Carmilla Club hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. For V.I. Warshawski, the questions multiply faster than the answers. As V.I. struggles for answers, she finds herself fighting enemies who are all too human.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Jaguar: Charlie Hood
    Author: Parker, T.Jefferson
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780525952572 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A New York Times-bestselling author and crime fiction's most critically acclaimed and award-winning writer continues "the most groundbreaking crime series in decades." (St. Louis Post- Dispatch) with another gripping tale of the Mexican border.
    Updated 11.21.11
  • The Invisible Ones
    Author: Penney, Stef
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399157714 Date: 2012
    starLJ star LJ
    Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he'd been hired to find Rose Janko, the wife of a charismatic son of a traveling Gypsy family, who went missing seven years earlier. Half Romany himself, Ray is well aware that he's been chosen more for his blood than his investigative skills.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Scarecrow Returns
    Author: Reilly, Matthew
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781416577591 Date: 2012
    starPW
    From the international bestselling author of Seven Deadly Wonders comes the fourth installment in the thrilling Scarecrow series. Marine captain Shane Schofield, call-sign Scarecrow, is back, this time thrown into battle against a large and secretive terrorist group known only as the Army of Thieves.
    Updated 11.21.11
  • Cell 8
    Author: Roslund, Anders
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781402787157 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star PW
    John Meyer Frey rots on Death Row in Utah for murdering a girl when he was 17. Following his suspicions, Detective Inspector Ewert Grens finds himself drawn into an investigation that shocks him to the core and blows open the death penalty debate--and the wider conflict between public justice and private revenge.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Darkening Field
    Author: Ryan, William
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312586515 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    It is 1937, and Captain Alexei Korolev finds himself on an airplane bound for Odessa after the suspicious suicide of a loyal young party member who supposedly had an illicit intimate relationship with the party director. His instructions are to determine if her suicide was actually a cover-up for murder, in this follow-up to The Holy Thief.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Dead Witness: A Connoiseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories
    Author: Sims, Michael (edt)
    $ 20 ISBN: 9780802779182 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Gathering the finest adventures among private and police detectives from the 19th and early 20th centuries--including a wide range of overlooked gems--Sims showcases the writers who ever since have inspired the field of detective fiction, including Mark Twain, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Mary Fortune.
    Updated 11.8.11
  • Fifth Victim
    Author: Sharp, Zoe
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781605982762 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Where Charlie goes, thrills follow, and Zoe Sharp keeps them coming hard and fast. Tess Gerritsen, author of The Keepsake
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Boston Cream
    Author: Shrier, Howard
    $ 17.95 ISBN: 9780307359568 Date: 2012
    starLJ star PW
    Canada's top private eye is back as Jonah Geller resumes his vagabond ways in Boston Cream, the Vintage World of Crime trade paperback original and sequel to the Arthur Ellis-winning novels Buffalo Jump and High Chicago. David Fine is not the kind of guy to go missing. Or so his father tells PI Jonah Geller. A brilliant young surgeon-in-training, devout, devoted to his parents--last seen 2 weeks ago leaving the Boston hospital where he worked. Still recovering from a concussion, Jonah and partner Jenn Raudsepp soon find out that David fled for his life after a vicious Irish crime boss tried to abduct him. And that he's more likely dead than alive. Then Jenn joins the ranks of the missing, and Jonah needs help from former hit man Dante Ryan and two local wise guys as he races the clock to save her life, one step ahead of the Boston law. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Red Means Run
    Author: Smith, Brad
    $ 12 ISBN: 9781451645514 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Smith, a "funny, poignant, evocative" (Dennis Lehane) crime novelist, debuts a new series set in upstate New York featuring jack-of-all trades Virgil Cain, who must clear his name of two murders while on the run from the law.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Agent 6
    Author: Smith, Tom Rob
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780446550765 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star PW
    Former secret police agent Leo Demidov is thrown into a foreign conflict and is forced to question and confront everything he ever thought he knew about his country, his family, and himself.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • All Necessary Force
    Author: Taylor, Brad
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525952626 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    Retired Delta Force officer Taylor--whose debut thriller, One Rough Man, was a national bestseller--continues his electrifying Pike Logan series.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Confession
    Author: Todd, Charles
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062015662 Date: 2012
    starPW
    In the latest entry of Todd's New York Times-bestselling series, troubled Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge wrestles with a startling and dangerous case that reaches far into the past when a false confession from a man who is not who he claims to be leads to a brutal murder.
    Updated 1.14.12

February...

  • Wild Thing
    Author: Bazell, Josh
    $25.99 ISBN: 9780316032193 Date: 2012
    starPW
    When a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, a.k.a. Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers--not to mention a lake monster--are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Death of a Kingfisher
    Author: Beaton, M.C.
    $ 24.99ISBN: 9780446547369 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    To bring in tourists, the quaint Scottish village of Braike markets its woods as The Fairy Glen, and tours soon begin to arrive. However, after a kingfisher is found hanging from a branch in the woods, the town turns to Police Constable Hamish Macbeth. And when violence strikes again, the lawman's investigation quickly turns from animal cruelty to murder.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Guns in the Gallery
    Author: Brett, Simon
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9781780290157 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans - Invited to a Private View of the work of controversial artist Denzil Willoughby, the good citizens of Fethering are not quite sure what to expect. And it turns out to be a lively affair, culminating in several embarrassing confrontations. But what no one could have anticipated was that the evening would end in sudden, violent death. The police seem happy to accept that it was suicide, but Fethering residents Carole and Jude remain unconvinced . . .
    Updated 1.16.12
  • A Parliament of Spies
    Author: Clark, Cassandra
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780312595746 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Abbess Hildegard may consider herself "just a nun with no useful skills or connections," yet her loyalty and intelligence have brought her to the attention of King Richard II himself--not the safest place to be, when the king has enemies on all sides.
    Updated 11.8.11
  • No Mark Upon Her
    Author: Crombie, Deborah
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061990618 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A New York Times-bestselling author makes her mark with this absorbing, finely hued tale of suspense--a deeply atmospheric and twisting mystery full of deadly secrets, salacious lies, and unexpected betrayals involving the mysterious drowning of a rower, a Met detective, on the Thames.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Helios Conspiracy
    Author: DeFelice, Jim
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765323279 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    Rogue FBI agent Andy Fisher is visiting New York City for the first time after saving it from a terrorist attack when he discovers that the only woman he has ever loved has been murdered. Fisher disobeys orders and begins investigating. DeFelice delivers a gripping thriller inspired by real-life advances in clean energy technology.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Archive17
    Author: Eastland, Sam
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345525734 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Stalin's most trusted secret agent, the legendary Inspector Pekkala, is on his deadliest mission--one that could save his country . . . or plunge it into the abyss. With the superb research and stunning suspense that are his trademarks, Eastland delivers his most powerful Pekkala novel yet.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Hunting Sweetie Rose
    Author: Frederickson, Jack
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312605261 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Sweetie Fairbairn is known for big-hearted philanthropy and magnificent soirees in her penthouse high atop one of Chicago's premier boutique hotels. Dek Elstrom is hired by a mysterious man to investigate the death of a clown. What is the connection between the dead clown and Sweetie?
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Bedlam Detective
    Author: Gallagher, Stephen
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307406644 Date: 2012
    starPW star Kirkus
    The author of The Kingdom of Bones returns with a beautifully written literary thriller featuring madmen who see monsters and monsters who hide in plain sight--a powerful story of class, family, and insanity.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Catch Me
    Author: Gardner, Lisa
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780525952763 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A 28-year-old police dispatcher seeks out Boston Sgt. Det. D.D. Warren Grant at a crime scene and asks the homicide detective to investigate her expected murder. Meanwhile, Warren is looking into the execution-style slayings of two pedophiles with the assistance of a female rookie sex crime detective.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • A Death in Tuscany
    Author: Giuttari, Michele
    $12.95 ISBN: 9780349120089 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Personal clashes with professional for Michele Ferrara in the second book in the series of compelling and authentic Italian police procedurals In the picturesque Tuscan hill town of Scandicci, the body of a girl is discovered, scantily dressed and lying by the edge of the woods. After a week the local police investigating the case haven't even identified her, let alone gotten to the bottom of how she died. Frustrated by the lack of progress, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, head of Florence's elite Squadra Mobile, decides to step in. Because toxins were discovered in the girl's body, many assumed that she died of a self-inflicted drugs overdose, but Ferrara quickly realizes that the truth is darker than that: he believes that the girl was murdered. When he delves deeper, there are many aspects to the case that convince Ferrara that the girl's death is part of a sinister conspiracy--a conspiracy that has its roots in the very foundations of Tuscan society. - publisher marketing
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Children of Wrath
    Author: Grossman, Paul
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312601911 Date: 2012
    starPW star Kirkus
    Willi Kraus, the celebrated World War I and detective, returns in this prequel story about how he became the most famous Jewish Detective in Germany in the days of the Weimar Republic. In Children of Wrath Kraus tackles the case of the Kinderfresser, the vicious Child-Eater of Berlin.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Available Dark
    Author: Hand, Elizabeth
    $ 23.99 ISBN: 9780312585945 Date: 2012
    starPW starBooklist
    Photographer Cass Neary is already wanted by the police for questioning when she receives a mysterious job offer that sends her to Helsinki, where an iconic fashion photographer shows her a trove of photos depicting ritual killings. After narrowly escaping death herself, Cass flees to Iceland, where she finds a former lover and a legendary, exiled musician.
    Updated 1.15.12
  • Kill My Darling
    Author: Harrod-Eagles, Cynthia
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727881373 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A new Bill Slider mystery - When Melanie Hunter goes missing, the men in her life come under suspicion. And there's plenty to suspect; lies, half-truths, deceptions. When you pull one thread, the whole fabric of family life can come apart. There are secrets in Melanie's past, and pain she tried to hide from the world. slider and his team need to answer two questions: who loved Melanie, and who loved her too much . . .
    Updated 1.16.12
  • A Darker Shade of Blue
    Author: Harvey, John
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781605982847 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    From the master of British crime fiction, a collection of noir and detective stories from the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger winner.
    Updated 2.14.12
  • Hanging Hill
    Author: Hayder, Mo
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780802120069 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star PW
    Mo Hayder, internationally best-selling author of Skin and Gone, has firmly established her reputation as a master of gritty, gripping page-turners. Fast-paced and addictive, her latest, Hanging Hill, centers around a pair of estranged sisters, one a policeman, and the gruesome homicide of a teenage beauty which leads them deeper than they ever anticipated into an underground world of sex and violence. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Gem of a Ghost
    Author: Jaffarian, Sue Ann
    $14.95 ISBN:  9780738713816 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    When overbearing, ultra-rich Joanna Reid demands that Emma Whitecastle get rid of the ghost of her late husband Max, a former action film star who was killed in a car accident, Emma intends to refuse. But when Joanna reveals that she thinks Max killed himself, Emma decides to help find out why the film star's spirit has returned. Joanna may know more than she lets on, including why Lainey, her daughter with Max, has attempted suicide multiple times. Emma and Granny Apples have their "nosing about" work cut out for them in this multi-faceted, ghost-filled mystery.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Dark Rose
    Author: Kelly, Erin
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670023288 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Paul was led into a life of crime by his boyhood protector, a bully named Daniel; but one night, what started as a petty theft turned into a grisly murder. Now, at nineteen, Paul must bear witness against his friend to avoid prison. Louisa's own dark secrets led her to flee a desperate infatuation gone wrong many years before. Now she spends her days steeped in history, renovating the grounds of a crumbling Elizabethan garden. But her fragile peace is shattered when she meets Paul; he's the spitting image of the one person she never thought she'd see again. The Dark Rose explores the extremes of obsessive love and loyalty, devotion and desperation. Like Kelly's critically acclaimed debut novel, The Poison Tree, this fantastically creepy, atmospheric novel thrills until the final shocking moments...
    Updated 1.14.12
  • One Blood: Sgt Kella and Sister Conchita
    Author: Kent, Graeme
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781616950583 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A Sister Conchita and Sergeant Kella mystery set in the Solomon Islands.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Defending Jacob
    Author: Landay, William
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780385344227 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist star LJ
    Andy Barber has been an ADA in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But after a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.4.11
  • The Royal Wulf Murders
    Author: McCafferty, Keith
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670023264 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A clever and fast-paced murder mystery full of wit, suspense, and fly fishing. When a fishing guide reels in the body of a young man on the Madison, the Holy Grail of Montana trout rivers, Sheriff Martha Ettinger suspects foul play. It's not just the stick jammed into the man's eye that draws her attention; it's the Royal Wulff trout fly stuck in his bloated lower lip. Following her instincts, Ettinger soon finds herself crossing paths with Montana newcomer Sean Stranahan. Fly fisher, painter, and has-been private detective, Stranahan left a failed marriage and lackluster career to drive to Montana, where he lives in an art studio decorated with fly-tying feathers and mouse droppings. With more luck catching fish than clients, Stranahan is completely captivated when Southern siren Velvet Lafayette walks into his life, intent on hiring his services to find her missing brother. The clues lead Stranahan and Ettinger back to Montana's Big Business: fly fishing. Where there's money, there's bound to be crime. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Hitchers
    Author: McIntosh, Will
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781597803359 Date: 2012
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    After a terrorist attack in Atlanta kills 500,000 people and causes the dead to half-possess many of the survivors, Finn Darby must surmount his own ghostly Hitcher--his abusive, deceased grandfather--if he is going to find a way to send the dead back to where they came from.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Man Who Killed
    Author: Nixon, Fraser
    $ 18.95 ISBN: 9781553655695 Date: 2012
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    Montreal, 1926. Mick is down on his luck until an old pal offers him a loaded revolver and a job: riding shotgun in a truck running booze across the border. Stateside Prohibition has opened up a market for certain amusements, vicious or otherwise. Mick takes the job--and his problems begin. Through his old friend Jack, Mick falls deeper into the life of the small-time tough. From whorehouse to gentlemen's club, through back alleys and deluxe hotels, jazz joints, opium dens, baseball diamonds, cheap diners and anywhere trouble is to be found, Mick burns his way through the City of Two Solitudes. Other people are in town for their own reasons. Babe Ruth's here; Harry Houdini, too. The Man Who Killed is a tale of political corruption and crime, of sexual jealousy and heartbreak, a portrait of a city after last call, of smoke-filled saloons and gunfire in the night. Shot through with dark humour and strange pathos, this is a novel of two friends who do bad things mostly for money, sometimes for fun, and the women they love.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • Unwanted
    Author: Ohlsson, Kristina
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439198896 Date: 2012
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    International crime's newest publishing star Ohlsson makes her American debut with Unwanted, the first installment of the Frederika Bergman crime series and winner of Sweden's prestigious Gold Pocket Book Award. 2.16.12
  • Helpless
    Author: Palmer, Daniel
    $25 ISBN: 9780758246653 Date: 2012
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    Palmer, son of bestselling author Michael Palmer, delivers the follow-up to his acclaimed debut Delirious--the story of an award-winning coach who's ordered world is suspended by shocking accusations of murder.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Sacrilege
    Author: Parris, S.J.
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780385535472 Date: 2012
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    Parris presents a gripping historical thriller set in 16th-century England and centered on the highly secretive cult of Saint Thomas Becket, the 12th-century archbishop murdered in Canterbury Cathedral.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Cain at Gettysburg
    Author: Peters, Ralph
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765330475 Date: 2012
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    Two mighty armies blunder toward each other, one led by confident, beloved Robert E. Lee and the other by dour George Meade. They'll meet in a Pennsylvania crossroads town where no one planned to fight. In this sweeping, savagely realistic novel, the greatest battle ever fought on American soil explodes into life at Gettysburg.
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  • The Man from Primrose Lane
    Author: Renner, James
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780374200954 Date: 2012
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    With a deft and singular blend of suspense, literature, and horror, The Man from Primrose Lane boasts as many twists and turns as a roller coaster. It's a spellbinding journey of redemption and a reflection on the roles of fate, destiny, and obsession when it comes to matters of the heart.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • Bleed for Me
    Author: Robotham, Michael
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316126380 Date: 2012
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    A teenage girl--Sienna, a troubled friend of his daughter--comes to Joe O'Laughlin's door one night, covered in blood. The police find Sienna's father, a celebrated former cop, murdered. Tests confirm that it's his blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing. Investigators take aim at Sienna. O'Laughlin senses something different is happening.
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  • Anatomy of Murder
    Author: Robertson, Imogen
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670023172 Date: 2012
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    London, 1781. Harriet Westerman anxiously awaits news of her husband, a ship's captain who has been gravely injured in the king's naval battles with France. As London's streets seethe with rumor, a body is dragged from the murky waters of the Thames. Having gained a measure of fame as amateur detectives for unraveling the mysteries of Thornleigh Hall, the indomitable Mrs. Westerman and her reclusive sidekick, anatomist Gabriel Crowther, are once again called on to investigate. In this intricate novel, Harriet and Gabriel will discover that this is no ordinary drowning-the victim is part of a plot to betray England's most precious secrets. The critics raved about their first adventure, comparing them with the characters of Tess Gerritsen in period clothes. Fans of Instruments of Darkness will find the smart and spirited pair's second outing just as riveting. - Publisher Marekting
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Mirage
    Author: Ruff, Matt
    $25.95 ISBN: 9780061976223 Date: 2012
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    From the beloved cult author of Bad Monkeys comes an unprecedented, mind-bending psychological thriller, in which an alternate history of 9/11 uncovers startling and harrowing truths about America and the Middle East.
    Updated 11.21.11
  • The Truth of All Things
    Author: Shields, Kieran
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307720276 Date: 2012
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    Two hundred years after the Salem witch trials, in the summer of 1892, a grisly new witch hunt is beginning, as the murder of a prostitute in Portland, Maine, kicks off an eerie investigation.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • NIght Rounds
    Author: Tursten, Helene
    $25 ISBN: 9781616950064 Date: 2012
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    One nurse lies dead and another vanishes after their hospital is hit by a blackout. The only witness claims to have seen Nurse Tekla doing her rounds, but Nurse Tekla died 60 years ago. Detective Inspector Irene Huss has the challenge of disentangling wandering ghosts and complex human relationships to get to the bottom of this intriguing case.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Desert Wind: Lena Jones
    Author: Webb, Betty
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590589793 Date: 2012
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    When P.I. Lena Jones's Pima Indian partner Jimmy Sisiwan is arrested in the remote northern Arizona town of Walapai Flats, Lena closes the Desert Investigations office and rushes to his aid. What she finds is a town up in arms over a new uranium mine located only ten miles from the magnificent Grand Canyon. Jimmy's sister-in-law, founder of Victims of Uranium Mining, has been murdered, but the opposing side is taken hits, too. Ike Donohue, the mine's public relations flak, is found shot to death, casting suspicion on Jimmy and his entire family. During Lena's investigation, she finds not only a community decimated by dangerous mining practices, but a connection to actor John Wayne and the mysterious deaths resulting from the 1953 filming of "he Conqueror. Gabe Boone, a wrangler on that doomed film, is still alive, but the only person the aged man will confide in is John Wayne's ghost. It's up to Lena to penetrate Gabe's defenses and find out the decades-old tragedy no one in Walapai Flats wants to talk about. By delving into the area's history, Lena learns that old sins never die; they're still taking lives. As with Desert Wives: Polygamy Can Be Murder, this seventh book in the Lena Jones series exposes real life crimes, and the reason why high-ranking government officials want those crimes to remain under wraps.
    Updated 1.14.12
  • The Midnight Swimmer
    Author: Wilson, Edward
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781906413996 Date: 2012
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    Wilson is a mater at working the history of the period-the Cuban missile crisis in particular-into his intricate tale of high political drama and deadly action. -- Publishers Weekly
    Updated 4.4.12

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  • Night Vision
    Author: Adams, Jane A.
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727881137 Date: 2012
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    The new 'Naomi Blake' mystery - What had Neil Robinson been about to tell journalist Jamie Dale? Whatever it was, it got them both killed, and Alec and his DCI are called away to help with the investigation. Jamie was an old friend of Naomi's, and now she is being harassed by phone calls seemingly from the dead journalist. With Alec away, Naomi turns to another old friend, Harry Jones, for help. Then the violence strikes close to home, and Alec is forced to question which side of the law he is actually on . . . publisher marketing
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Cop With the Pink Pistol
    Author: Basnight, Gray
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780977378784 Date: 2012
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    NYC Detective Donna Prima, busted down to desk clerk for reasons known only to her and her captain, goes out on what looks to be a routine apartment robbery in Greenwich Village's Sixth Precinct. There she meets actor Conner Anderson, who's enjoying overnight success in TV's most-watched daytime soap, Vampire Love Nest. Conner, a wannabe detective since boyhood, alerts Donna to some strange goings-on in the bar across the street, and Donna sees her chance to make a big-time bust and have her detective status restored. There's only one catch: Conner wants to be part of the investigation. Against her better judgment, and only because she finds Conner so attractive, Donna agrees, and the two set out to find out the connection between a blue-collar watering hole and an upstate New York trash-hauling company, which may be involved in the theft of uranium from a nuclear power plant on the Delaware River. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Murder at the Lanterne Rouge: Aimee Leduc
    Author: Black, Cara
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781616950613 Date: 2012
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    Aime Leduc is happy her longtime business partner Ren has found a girlfriend. Really, she is. But Aime's instincts tell her Meizi isn't trustworthy. And her misgivings may not be far off the mark: Meizi disappears during a Chinatown dinner. Minutes later, the body of a young man is found shrink-wrapped in an alleyway--with Meizi's photo in his wallet.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Force of Nature
    Author: Box, C.J.
    $25.95 ISBN: 9780399158261 Date: 2012
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    Having hidden the truth about a past colleague's violation, former Special Forces agent Nate Romanowski is targeted by a determined killer who threatens Joe Pickett's life as part of a violent plot.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Stay Close
    Author: Coben, Harlan
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780525952275 Date: 2012
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    Three people--a suburban housewife, a talented documentary photographer, and a detective--living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn't recede ... and that desperation and hunger can lurk behind even the prettiest facades.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Clawback
    Author: Cooper, Mike
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670023295 Date: 2012
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    A tough, topical financial thriller that exposes the dark underbelly of Wall Street. After a stint in the Middle East, black ops vet Silas Cade becomes an "accountant"-the go-to for financiers who need things done quickly, quietly, and by any means necessary. Silas is hired by a major player to pay a visit to a hedge fund manager to demand clawback: the mandatory return of compensation paid on a deal that goes bad. But before Cade can tell his client that he got his ten million back, the guy turns up dead. And he's not the first. Someone's killing investment bankers whose funds have gone south. Silas's scrubbed identity, and his insider's perspective, makes him the ideal shadow man to track down whoever's murdering some of the most hated managers on Wall Street. With the aid of a beautiful financial blogger looking to break her first big story, Silas tracks a violent security crew who may be the key to the executions. But as paranoia and panic spread, he begins to wonder: is the threat coming from inside the game-or out? With breakneck pacing, nonstop action, and cutting edge details of today's financial intelligence technology, Clawback hurtles to its final twist, a gripping contemporary tale of shady finance, venal corruption, and greed run rampant. - publisher marketing
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Blind Spy
    Author: Dryden, Alex
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780062088086 Date: 2012
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    Former KGB colonel Anna Resnikov races to prevent a secret Russian plan to destabilize the Ukraine and retake its former territory in this third driving, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller from the new master of international intrigue.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Sailor
    Author: Epperson, Tom
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765328922 Date: 2012
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    The acclaimed novelist of The Kind One and co-screenwriter of"One False Move and The Gift, Epperson brings together the violence-soaked world of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men and the heroism of Jack Schaefer's Shane to create an iconic action thriller.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Gods of Gotham
    Author: Faye, Lyndsay
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399158377 Date: 2012
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    1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever. Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force." And he is less than thrilled that his new beat is the notoriously down-and-out Sixth Ward-at the border of Five Points, the world's most notorious slum. One night while making his rounds, Wilde literally runs into a little slip of a girl-a girl not more than ten years old-dashing through the dark in her nightshift . . . covered head to toe in blood. Timothy knows he should take the girl to the House of Refuge, yet he can't bring himself to abandon her. Instead, he takes her home, where she spins wild stories, claiming that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of 23rd Street. Timothy isn't sure whether to believe her or not, but, as the truth unfolds, the reluctant copper star finds himself engaged in a battle for justice that nearly costs him his brother, his romantic obsession, and his own life. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Memory of Blood: Peculiar Crimes Unit
    Author: Fowler, Christopher
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345528636 Date: 2012
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    Fowler's acclaimed Peculiar Crimes Unit novels crackle with sly wit, lively suspense, and twists as chilling as London's fog. Now the indomitable duo of Arthur Bryant and John May, along with the rest of their quirky team, return to solve a confounding case with dark ties to the British theater and a killer who may mean curtains for all involved.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Blue Monday
    Author: French, Nicci
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670023363 Date: 2012
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    The stunning first book in a new series of psychological thrillers introducing an unforgettable London psychotherapist Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place, but what we can control is what is inside our heads. This attitude is reflected in her own life, which is an austere one of refuge, personal integrity, and order. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A red-haired child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew. She finds herself in the center of the investigation, serving as the reluctant sidekick of the chief inspector. Drawing readers into a haunting world in which the terrors of the mind have spilled over into real life, Blue Monday introduces a compelling protagonist and a chilling mystery that will appeal to readers of dark crime fiction and fans of In Treatment and The Killing. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Trigger Point
    Author: Glass, Matthew
    $ 25 ISBN: 978080211997 Date: 2012
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    It's 2018. Tom Knowles, a moderate Nevada Repubilcan, is the American president hoping to lead his country into a new era of stability and growth. He sees his change to put his stamp on world affairs when thirty-two American aid workers are massacred in Uganda by a terrorist organization. Knowles opts for military intervention even though China considers Uganda its African sphere of influence, and warn him to keep out. Six weeks later, stock prices on Wall Street are falling. Amid rumors of insolvency, a major investment bank leads the rout. When the bank refuses a government bailout, and it becomes known that the Chinese State Investment Corporation is its major shareholder, the market slide turns into a panic. Are U.S. stock prices being manipulated by the Chinese government in retaliation for the president's intervention in Uganda? As the president's team takes drastic action to protect to the U.S. economy, the Chinese government strikes back to protect its interests, and the confrontation shifts rapidly from Wall Street to the coast of East Africa, where the U.S. and Chinese navies stand eye to eye. Trigger Point is an electrifying follow-up to Ultimatum that paints a terrifying portrait of where we might be headed. publisher marketing
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Astride a Pink Horse
    Author: Greer, Robert
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781583946394 Date: 2012
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  • Blood in the Water
    Author: Haddam, Jane
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312644345 Date: 2012
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    Former FBI agent Gregor Demarkian returns in a mind-bending case of death anddisappearance amongst the wealthy suburban elite in Philadelphia.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Angelmaker
    Author: Harkaway, Nick
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307595959 Date: 2012
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    From the author of the international bestseller The Gone-Away World comes a new riveting action spy thriller, blistering gangster noir, and howling absurdist comedy: a propulsively entertaining tale about a mobster's son and a retired secret agent who team up to save the world.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Stolen Bride
    Author: Hays, Tony
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765326294 Date: 2012
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    When Malgwyn accompanies his liege to the West to broker a deal between warring tribes they come across a scene of utmost depravity and murder to sicken even the most battle-hardened warrior, in the next story in Hays' acclaimed Arthurian mystery series.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Good Father
    Author: Hawley, Noah
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780385535533 Date: 2012
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    First-time author Hawley delivers an intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his 20-year old son. Told alternately from the point of view of the guilt-ridden, determined father and his meandering, ruminative son, The Good Father is a powerfully emotional page-turner that keeps one guessing until the very end.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Three A.M.
    Author: John, Steven
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765331168 Date: 2012
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    A startling debut, Three A.M. is a harrowing speculative thriller about what happens when one man asks too many questions about the devastated world around him and finds the horror beneath the haze.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Last Good Man
    Author: Kazinski, A.J.
    $25 ISBN: 9781451640755 Date: 2012
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    Reminiscent of Dan Brown, this major Danish bestselling and award-winning novel centers around the mysterious murders of "good" men and women around the world, and the Danish detective who must solve the riddle--before he becomes the next victim.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Games
    Author: Kosmatka, Ted
    $ 25 ISBN:  9780345526618 Date: 2012
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    This stunning first novel from Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist Kosmatka is a riveting tale of science cut loose from ethics. Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, The Games envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than readers think.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • Edge of Dark Water
    Author: Lansdale, Joe R.
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316188432 Date: 2012
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    May Lynn once dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she's dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River. Sue Ellen, May Lynn's strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn's body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. Only problem is, Sue Ellen has some stolen money that her enemies will do anything to get back.
    Updated 1.16.12
  • The Professionals
    Author: Laukkanen,Owen
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399157899 Date: 2012
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    Four friends, recent college graduates, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise-quick, efficient, low risk-works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man. Now two groups they've very much wanted to avoid are after them-the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized-crime outfit looking for payback. As they all crisscross the country in deadly pursuit and a series of increasingly explosive confrontations, each of them is ultimately forced to recognize the truth: The true professionals, cop or criminal, are those who are willing to sacrifice . . . everything. A finger-burning page-turner, filled with twists, surprises, and memorably complex characters, The Professionals marks the arrival of a remarkable new writer. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Child Who
    Author: Lelic, Simon
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780143120919 Date: 2012
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    A chance phone call throws the biggest murder case in southern England into the hands of provincial attorney Leo Curtice. Twelve-year-old Daniel Blake stands accused of murdering an 11-year-old girl. But who is truly responsible when one child kills another?
    Updated 4.4.12
  • November Hunt
    Author: Lourey, Jess
    $ 14.95 ISBN:  9780738731360 Date: 2012
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    November in Battle Lake, Minnesota, is cold enough to freeze the balls off a pool table. lt's also deer hunting season. When Tom Kicker is killed in a hunting accident, Mira James is hired to investigate--a job that brings her closer to a P.I. license. Braving subzero temps and shrieking blizzards, Mira uncovers a decades-old scandal that has never quite died, unlike the cold stiffs who are piling up in the town morgue. As she pieces together the clues, Mira discovers that Battle Lake's good-old boys have been up to some bad business. But with threats and enemies around every icy corner, she may not live long enough to expose the truth. - publisher marketing
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Dublin Dead
    Author: O'Donovan, Gerard
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781451610635 Date: 2012
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    Irish detective Mike Mulcahy returns in this suspenseful follow-up to the highly acclaimed international bestseller The Priest--and now he's hot on the trail of an international drug gang.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Icon Thief
    Author: Nevala-Lee, Alec
    $9.99 ISBN: 9780451236203 Date: 2012
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    A controversial masterpiece resurfaces in Budapest. A ballerina's headless corpse is found beneath the boardwalk at Brighton Beach. And New York's Russian mafia is about to collide with the equally ruthless art world, in this riveting debut. 
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Fall from Grace
    Author: Patterson, Richard North
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781451617054 Date: 2012
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    The novel begins with the arrival of Adam Blaine at the funeral of his estranged father, Ben Blaine, a famous and charismatic writer who left behind him a string of secret legal and financial arrangements. Using his training as a CIA operative, Adam seeks to find the truth of his father's death, even if it means exposing one or more of his own family members as the killer and discovering secrets about himself that he was never supposed to know.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Expats
    Author: Pavone, Chris
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780307956354 Date: 2012
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    Can We Ever Escape Our Secrets? Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage . . . and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn't speak, doing the housewifely things she's never before done--playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry. Meanwhile, her husband works incessantly, at a job Kate has never understood, for a banking client she's not allowed to know. He's becoming distant and evasive; she's getting lonely and bored. Then another American couple arrives. Kate soon becomes suspicious that these people are not who they say they are, and she's terrified that her own past is catching up to her. So Kate begins to dig, to peel back the layers of deception that surround her. She discovers fake offices and shell corporations and a hidden gun, a mysterious farmhouse and numbered accounts with bewildering sums of money, and finally unravels the mind-boggling long-play con that threatens her family, her marriage, and her life. Stylish and sophisticated, fiercely intelligent and expertly crafted, The Expats proves Chris Pavone to be a writer of tremendous talent. - Publisher Marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Girl Next Door
    Author: Parks, Brad
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312667689 Date: 2012
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    Reading his own paper's obituaries, Carter Ross comes across a woman who died in a hit-and-run while she was actually on the job delivering copies of that very paper. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and anecdotes. But it's the last place Carter expects to find controversy.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Poison Flower: Jane Whitefield
    Author: Perry, Thomas
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802126054 Date: 2012
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    Poison Flower, the seventh novel in Thomas Perry's celebrated Jane Whitefield series, opens as Jane spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife's murder, out of the heavily guarded criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles. But the price of Shelby's freedom is high. Within minutes, men posing as police officers kidnap Jane and, when she tries to escape, shoot her. 
    Jane's captors are employees of the man who really killed Shelby's wife. He believes he won't be safe until Shelby is dead, and his men will do anything to force Jane to reveal Shelby's hiding place. But Jane endures their torment, and is willing to die rather than betray Shelby. Jane manages to escape but she is alone, wounded, thousands of miles from home with no money and no identification, hunted by the police as well as her captors. She must rejoin Shelby, reach his sister before the hunters do, and get them both to safety. 
    In this unrelenting, breathtaking cross-country battle, Jane survives by relying on the traditions of her Seneca ancestors. When at last Jane turns to fight, her enemies face a cunning and ferocious warrior who has one weapon that they don't. -publisher marketing
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Another TIme, Another Life: The Story of a Crime
    Author: Persson, Leif, G.W.
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307377463 Date: 2012
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    From the grand master of Scandinavian crime fiction--and one of the best crime writers of our time--a critically acclaimed novel bristling with dramatic intensity and wit, centered around the unsolved murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Hide Me Among the Graves
    Author: Powers, Tim
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061231544 Date: 2012
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    From the award-winning author of Declare, Last Call and Three Days to Never comes a standout historical thriller in which art and the supernatural collide.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Nine for the Devil: John the Lord Chamberlain
    Author: Reed, Mary
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590589946 Date: 2012
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    The year is 548 and Empress Theodora is dead of disease. Or so everyone in Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire, believes. Everyone except Emperor Justinian, who orders John, his Lord Chamberlain, to find her murderer or suffer the consequences.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Book of Lost Fragrances
    Author: Rose, M.J.
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781451621303 Date: 2012
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    A sweeping and suspenseful tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra--and lost for 2,000 years.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Nameless Dame: Murder on the Russian River
    Author: Schneider, Bart
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781593764357 Date: 2012
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    Detective Augie Boyer leaves a Minnesota winter to visit the Sonoma homestead of a longtime buddy. There he's asked to investigate a murder whose trail leads through cannabis commerce, religion, and a Russian casino syndicate.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Truth of All Things
    Author: Shields, Kieran
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307720276 Date: 2012
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    Two hundred years after the Salem witch trials, in the summer of 1892, a grisly new witch hunt is beginning, as the murder of a prostitute in Portland, Maine, kicks off an eerie investigation.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Ashes to Dust
    Author: Sigurdattoir, Yrsa
    $14.99 ISBN: 9780312641740 Date: 2012
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    In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried an entire Icelandic village in lava and ash. Now this macabre tourist attraction proves deadly once again--when the discovery of fresh bodies casts a shadow of suspicion onto Markus Magnusson, a man accused of killing ...
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Inquisitor
    Author: Smith, Mark Allen
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780805094268 Date: 2012
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    Geiger has a gift: he knows a lie the instant he hears it. Unlike most of his competitors, Geiger rarely sheds blood--and he never works with children. So when his partner, former journalist Harry Boddicker, unwittingly brings in a client who insists that Geiger interrogate a 12-year-old boy, Geiger responds instinctively.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 11.4.11
  • An American Spy
    Author: Steinhauer, Olen
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312622893 Date: 2012
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    Milo Weaver, New York Times bestseller Steinhauer's reluctant spy, is unwillingly drawn into his bosses' plans for revenge against the Chinese agent who orchestrated the deaths of 33 tourists. Steinhauer, the best espionage writer in a generation, delivers a searing, unputdownable international thriller that will settle once and for all who is pulling the strings and who is being played.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.10.12
  • Games Traitors Play
    Author: Stock, Jon
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312644772 Date: 2012
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    n an absorbing thriller that combines the nuances of Cold War espionage with the ejector-seat excitement of Top Gun, renegade MI6 officer Daniel Marchant discovers that treachery is the greatest game of all.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Helsinki White
    Author: Thompson, James
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399158322 Date: 2012
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    Two days after their daughter is born, Kari Vaara drops a bombshell on his American wife, Kate: He has a brain tumor . . . and he's been handpicked to run a rogue black-ops unit, using crime to fight crime.

    After recovering from surgery, he gets to work. The black-ops unit is small, and reports directly to Finland's national chief of police. They have secrecy, autonomy, and the cash to buy all the high-tech gear. Soon the unit is cleaning house, robbing Helsinki's mobsters blind of their cash, dope, and illegal firearms. But Kari's team is too good, and their actions have unintended consequences. . . .

    Meanwhile, Finland roils with hatred as its most extreme right political party gains popularity despite having no agenda besides xenophobia. When the country's leading immigrants' rights advocate is assassinated and her head sent by mail to the Finnish Somalia Network, the president assigns Kari to the murder. Cracking this case will involve the unsolved kidnapping of a billionaire's children, a Faustian bargain with a former French legionnaire-and Kate. - publisher marketing

    Updated 2.16.12
  • Elegy for Eddie
    Author: Winspear, Jacqueline
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062049575 W Date: 2012
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    In this latest entry in the acclaimed, bestselling mystery series, Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet, a twisting investigation that will take her across London, from her childhood neighborhood to the highest echelons of power.
    Updated 4.4.12

April

  • White Horse
    Author: Adams, Alex
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781451642995 Date: 2012
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    The first book in a unique debut trilogy--a post-apocalyptic thriller chronicling one woman's quest to nurture those she holds dear in a shocking, new world where humans may no longer be a viable species.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Exit Plan
    Author: Bond, Larry
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780765331465 Date: 2012
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    Jerry Mitchell and his submarine crew find themselves surrounded by Iranian Revolutionary Guards and they create a bold plan to escape by sea. It's a desperate gamble, but it's the only way to get the proof of the Iranian plot to the U.S. and prevent ...
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Lucky Bastard
    Author: Browne, S.G.
    $ 23 ISBN: 9781451657197 Date: 2012
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    A radically funny, satirical novel about Nick Monday, a private detective who is able to steal people's luck--ideal for fans of bestselling authors Christopher Moore and Chuck Palahniuk.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Midnight Alley
    Author: Corwin, Miles
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781608090389 Date: 2012
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    Detective Levine sets out to solve the murder of two young men, but is soon thrown into the world of the Russian Mafia, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, and Middle Eastern archeologists.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • A Woman of Consequence: Dido Kent
    Author: Dean, Anna
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312626846 Date: 2012
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    The third installment in Dean's charming mystery series is a captivating continuation of the Dido Kent series: rich in suspense, historical detail, and most of all, characters.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Ghosting
    Author: Gann, Kirby
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781935439479 Date: 2012
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    A genre-subverting literary noir set in the drug underworld.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Havana Requiem
    Author: Goldstein, Paul
    $ 26 ISBN:  9780809053933 Date: 2012
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    A richly plotted legal chessboard of a thriller that pits a litigator against Cuba's security police, the U.S. State Department, his firm's own partners, and a closetful of skeletons in a desperate gambit to save a stunning seductress.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Prague Fatale
    Author: Kerr, Philip
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399159022 Date: 2012
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    September 1941: Reinhard Heydrich is hosting a gathering to celebrate his appointment as Reichsprotector of Czechoslovakia. All of his guests are high-ranking Party members and each is a suspect in a crime as yet to be committed: the murder of Heydrich himself.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Easy Money
    Author: Lapidus, Jens
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780307377487 Date: 2012
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    From one of Sweden's most successful criminal defense lawyers--and one of the country's youngest bestselling authors--comes an unflinchingly raw and suspenseful novel about three men caught up in the twisted justice that rules in Stockholm's underworld.
    Updated 11.8.11
  • One Red Bastard: Robert Chow
    Author: Lin, Ed
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312660901 Date: 2012
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    When 1976 New York's Chinatown is thrown into turmoil by Chairman Mao's daughter's efforts to defect, detective-in-training Robert Chow is challenged to prove his girlfriend's innocence after a Chinese representative she has interviewed is found dead.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Afterwards
    Author: Lupton, Rosamund
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307716545 Date: 2012
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    From the author of the acclaimed bestseller Sister comes a gripping, thrilling story of a mother who will do anything to protect her child when a school catches on fire.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Fallen: Jade De Jong
    Author: MacKenzie, Jassy
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781616950651 Date: 2012
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    When P.I. Jade de Jong invites a superintendent on a scuba diving trip, she hopes the time away will rebuild their conflicted relationship. Jade's dreams are soon shattered when the affair ends, but all is put aside when a scuba diving instructor is brutally ...
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: Maggie Hope
    Author: MacNeal, Susan Ella
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780553593617 Date: 2012
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    For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, Mr. Churchill's Secretary captures the drama of an era of unprecedented challenge--and the greatness that rose to meet it. 
    London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined--and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history. 
    Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family's hidden secrets, she'll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin's murderous plan and Churchill himself. 
    In this daring debut, Susan Elia MacNeal blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character, Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel. - publisher marketing
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307378408 Date: 2012
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    The new installment in the perpetually delightful and bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series and Precious Ramotswe is busy with her daughter's discipline issues, her assistant's marriage, and the arrival of Clovis Anderson in Botswana.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Strange Flesh
    Author: Olson, Michael
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781451627572 Date: 2012
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    Elite hacker and Harvard dropout James Pryce enters a world of sex and games to unravel a young woman's death.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Driven: The Sequel to Drive
    Author: Sallis, James
    $ 19.95 ISBN:9781464200106 Date: 2012
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    Driven is the sequel to Drive, now also an award-winning film. As we exit the initial novel, Driver has killed Bernie Rose, the only one he ever mourned, ending his campaign against those who double-crossed him.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Coming Home
    Author: Scottoline, Lisa
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780312380823 Date: 2012
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    From the New York Times-bestselling author of Save Me and Look Again comes an explosive new novel about a woman faced with the ultimate choice: Should she confront her past at the expense of her future?
    Updated 2.16.12
  • Harbor Nocturne
    Author: Wambaugh, Joseph
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780802126108 Date: 2012
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    In the southernmost Los Angeles district of San Pedro, one of the world's busiest harbors, an unlikely pair of lovers is unwittingly caught between the two warring sides of the law in a story with elaborate detail and spot-on humor that only a master like Wambaugh can provide.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • A Teeny Bit of Trouble
    Author: West, Michael Lee
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312571238 Date: 2012
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    In this hilarious follow-up to Gone with a Handsomer Man, Charleston pastry chef Teeny Templeton witnesses a murder and discovers that her laywer-boyfriend, Coop O'Malley, has been keeping secrets.
    Updated4.4.12
  • Walking Into the Ocean
    Author: Whellams, David
    $24.95 ISBN: 9781770410428 Date: 2012
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    Introducing veteran Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Peter Cammon, this novel finds Cammon journeying to the Jurassic Coast to solve a seemingly ordinary domestic crime. At first glance, the perpetrator appears to have murdered his wife before drowning in the English Channel, but Cammon soon learns that his case is merely a sideshow. A broader series of murders has been unfolding along the cliffs, baffling the local police. Realizing that his assignment cannot be completed without figuring out the serial killings that threaten the region, the detective travels from London, Dorset, and Devon to the island of Malta, relentlessly following the overlapping threads of the two cases to their shocking climax. The first installment in a series of three, this cliffhanger sets a chilling tone for the British sleuth's forthcoming mysteries.
    Updated 5.8.12

May

  • The Columbus Affair
    Author: Berry, Steve
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780345526519 Date: 2012
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    Many questions about Christopher Columbus exist. But now there's an exciting new novel that challenges the notions about the discovery of America in a story of mysterious strangers, sabotage, and a dangerous international game.
    Updated5.15.12
  • A Dark Anatomy
    Author: Blake, Robin
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780230748354 Date: 2012
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    In 1740s England, the roots of evil run deep... The year is 1740. George II is on the throne, but England's remoter provinces remain largely a law unto themselves. In Lancashire a grim discovery has been made: a squire's wife, Dolores Brockletower, lies in the woods above her home at Garlick Hall, her throat brutally slashed. Called to the scene, Coroner Titus Cragg finds the Brockletower household awash with rumor and suspicion. He enlists the help of his astute young friend, doctor Luke Fidelis, to throw light on the case. But this is a world in which forensic science is in its infancy, and policing hardly exists. Embarking on their first gripping investigation, Cragg and Fidelis are faced with the superstition of witnesses, obstruction by local officials, and denunciations from the squire himself. A Dark Anatomy marks the arrival of a remarkable new voice in mystery and a pair of detectives both cunning and complex. - publisher marketing
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Never Tell
    Author: Burke, Alafair
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780061999161 Date: 2012
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    Detective Ellie Hatcher will be forced to uncover the truth behind the apparent suicide of a teenaged girl with intriguing connections to both New York's wealthiest--and its most dispossessed.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Chessman
    Author: Burton, Jeffery B.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781596923706 Date: 2012
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    Hidden forces are willing to kill any and all who stand in the way of untold billions. To toss the authorities off track, they borrow the modus operandi of a brutal serial killer, The Chessman, who stalked the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. some years earlier. The ruse is working brilliantly except for one minor detail: the real Chessman is not pleased not pleased one iota that someone has stolen his M.O. - publisher marketing
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Reckoning
    Author: Casey, Jane
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312622008 Date: 2012
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    Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan returns to investigate the disappearance of a mobster's daughter with ties to cases better left untouched in Jane Casey's stunning follow-up to The Burning.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Guilt by Degrees
    Author: Clark, Marcia
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316129534 Date: 2012
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    Someone has been watching D.A. Rachel Knight--someone who's Rachel's equal in brains, but with more malicious intentions. Harrowing, smart, and riotously entertaining, Guilt by Degrees is a thrilling ride through LA courts with the unforgettable Rachel Knight.
    Updated 6.14.12
  • Guilt Trip: Lina Townend
    Author: Cutler, Judith
    $ 29 ISBN: 9780727881427 Date: 2012
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    Troubles never arrive singly for antiques dealer Lina Townend and her business partner Griff Tripp . . . - "The local antiques fair Lina Townend and Griff Tripp set up stall at may be a disaster, but when a local director swoops in and begs Griff to star in her latest production, Lina hopes it will take Griff's mind off a problem he won't share. Lina's own good luck is non-existent - her relationship is going nowhere and her business is faltering. But there's worse to come: 'pranks' played on the "Curtain Call" cast turn nasty. Could the play's name be a terrible omen?
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Sadness of the Samurai
    Author: Del Arbol, Victor
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780805094756 Date: 2012
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    Fierce, edgy, brisk, and enthralling, this brilliant novel by del Arbol pushes the boundaries of the traditional historical novel in story of a betrayal and murder in pro-Nazi Spain.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Cliff Walk: Liam Mulligan
    Author: DeSilva, Bruce
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780765332370 Date: 2012
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    Prostitution has been legal in Rhode Island for more than a decade; and an old-school investigative reporter suspects the governor has been taking payoffs to keep it that way. But this isn't the only story making headlines in this hard-boiled mystery of sex and religion.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Emerald Storm: Ethan Gage
    Author: Dietrich, William
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061989209 Date: 2012
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    In this adventure series, the action races from the slopes of the Alps to the sultry tropics of the Caribbean, with a mysterious and magical Spanish treasure, the fate of England, and the first successful slave revolt in history hanging in the balance.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Flat Spin
    Author: Freed, David
    $ 28 ISBN: 9781579622725 Date: 2012
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    Update4.4.12
  • Don't Ever Get Old
    Author: Friedman, Daniel
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312606930 Date: 2012
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    This is the first in a one-of-a-kind, spectacularly well-written mystery series featuring Buck Schatz, an 87-year-old retired Memphis cop. When an old adversary escapes Germany with a fortune in stolen gold, Buck decides to hunt down the fugitive and claim the loot.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Hush Money
    Author: Greaves, Chuck
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250005236 Date: 2012
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    A newly minted member of Pasadena's oldest and snobbiest law firm, Jack MacTaggart is assigned to handle an insurance claim on behalf of a socialite's racing horse. He goes deep into the high-stakes world of professional show jumping and down a path to romance.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Long Island Noir
    Author: Jones, Kaylie (edt)
    $ 15.95 ISBN:  9781617750625 Date: 2012
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    Stories covering Long Island's extremes, from the comfortably rich, to the horribly poor, and all darkness between.
    Update4.4.12
  • Istanbul Passage
    Author: Kanon, Joseph
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781439156414 Date: 2012
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    From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Stardust, The Good German, and Los Alamos--a gripping tale of an American undercover agent in 1945 Istanbul who descends into the murky cat-and-mouse world of compromise and betrayal.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • A Simple Murder
    Author: Kuhns, Eleanor
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250005533 Date: 2012
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    The murder of a young Shaker woman in 1796 Maine draws traveling weaver and former soldier Will Rees into a suspicious community to investigate in an outstanding debut from MB/MWA's 2011 First Crime Novel Competition Winner.
    Updated5.15.12
  • The Stonecutter
    Author: Lackberg, Camilla
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781605983301 Date: 2012
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    In the third novel from the bestselling female writer in Sweden and for the first time in English, the mysterious drowning of a little girl threatens to tear apart the town of Fjallbacka.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Beastly Things
    Author: Leon, Donna
    $25 ISBN: 9780802120236 Date: 2012
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    When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. The autopsy shows a way forward: it turns out the man was suffering from a rare, disfiguring disease.
    Updated 2.16.12
  • The Prisoner's Wife
    Author: MacDonald, Gerard
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780312591809 Date: 2012
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    A contemporary literary thriller about a forcibly retired agent hired to track down a man kidnapped by the CIA in a tense trip through the murky worlds of state-sponsored terrorism, secret American jails, and extraordinary and lawless rendition.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Trapeze
    Author: Mawer, Simon
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781590515273 Date: 2012
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    Barely out of school and doing her bit for the British war effort, Marian Sutro has one quality that makes her stand out--she is a native French speaker. This attracts the attention of a special operations unit, but her mission has been hijacked by another secret organization.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Constant Lovers
    Author: Nickson, Chris
    $ 29 ISBN: 9781780295183 Date: 2012
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    A tale of greed, ambition and thwarted love in eighteenth-century Leeds -July, 1732. On a hot summer morning, Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds, is called out when a young woman is found stabbed to death among the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. In her pocket is a love note: Soon we'll be together and our hearts can sing loud, my love, W.' What happened to the maid who accompanied her mistress on her final, fatal journey? Who is the mysterious 'W' who signed the note? Nottingham must delve into the dark secrets of the rich and influential to uncover the truth.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Nights of Awe
    Author: Nykanen, Harri
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781904738923 Date: 2012
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    Eccentric Jewish policeman Ariel Kafka investigates four Arabs' murders in this fresh take on the Nordic crime novel.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Life Without Parole
    Author: O'Donohue, Clare
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780452297821 Date: 2012
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    When Kate is offered a chance to produce a documentary about lifers in the state prison, she jumps at it. It's only a matter of time before someone turns up dead. And then the heat is on while Kate races to exonerate the innocent, uncover the guilty, and keep her own sanity.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Bloodman
    Author: Pobi, Robert
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781612182131 Date: 2012
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    FBI contractor Jake Cole deciphers the language of murderers by reconstructing three-dimensional crime scene models in his head, a talent that has left his nerves frayed and his psyche fragile. Jake returns to Montauk, New York, for the first time in a quarter of a century when his father, a renowned painter, lights himself ablaze and crashes through a plate-glass window. Once home, Jake is pulled into a gruesome local homicide investigation that echoes his mother's murder three decades earlier. As he sifts through the detritus of his father's madness, Jake discovers thousands of seemingly meaningless paintings stacked in the studio - a bizarre trail of dust-covered breadcrumbs the painter left as he tumbled down the rabbit hole of dementia. Breadcrumbs that Jake believes lead to the killer.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Dark Monk: Hangman's Daughter
    Author: Potzsch, Oliver
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780547807683 Date: 2012
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    Picking up where international bestseller The Hangman's Daughter left off, the highly anticipated sequel about a dark legacy of the Knights Templar.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
    Author: Runcie, James
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781608198566 Date: 2012
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    Detective Sidney Chambers inquires into a Cambridge solicitor suicide, a scandalous jewelry theft at a New Year's Eve dinner party, the unexplained death of a jazz promoter's daughter, and a shocking art forgery in this new detective series.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Seven Wonders: A Novel of the Ancient World
    Author: Saylor, Steven
    $ 26 ISBN:9780312359843 Date: 2012
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    The year is 92 B.C. Traveling the world for the first time, Gordianus discovers that amorous exploration goes hand-in-hand with crime-solving. The mysteries of love are the true wonders of the world, and at the end of the journey, an Eighth Wonder awaits him in Alexandria.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Solitary House
    Author: Shepherd, Lyn
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345532428 Date: 2012
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    Shepherd introduces an unforgettable duo of detectives into the gas-lit world of Dickens. London, 1850. A former Metropolitan police officer struggles to eke out a living by tracking down criminals.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Watchers
    Author: Steele, Jon
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780399158742 Date: 2012
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    A suspenseful thriller about a series of murders that may be the handiwork of a gang of international killersNor fallen angels. Eerie things are around the cathedral, including tremblings in the crypt and gruesomely murdered bodies showing up in nearby streets.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Whole Lie
    Author: Ulfelder, Steve
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312604547 Date: 2012
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    Seven years ago, Conway helped Savannah disappear--but not before they had a sizzling, knock-down-drag-out affair. Now she's back with a shocking revelation. But when she turns up brutally murdered, Conway has no choice but to sort lies from truth.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Don't Cry Tai Lake: Inspector Chen
    Author: Xiaolong, Qiu
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312550646 Date: 2012
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    Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department must tread carefully if he is to uncover the truth behind a brutal murder and find a measure of justice for both the victim and the accused.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Seventh Gate
    Author: Zimler, RIchard
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781590207130 Date: 2012
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    By the author of the critically acclaimed international hits The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon and The Warsaw Anagrams, this novel proves Zimler's mastery in a mystery about Nazi collaborators set in 1932.
    Updated 4.4.12

June

  • The Neruda Case
    Author: Ampurero, Roberto
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594487439 Date: 2012
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    Published for the first time in English, an atmospheric, brilliant novel from an internationally bestselling literary luminary about a wonderfully roguish detective navigating the rough terrain of 70's-era Chile, Cuba, and East Berlin.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Drowned
    Author: Bohman, Therese
    $ 14.95 ISBN:  9781590515242 Date: 2012
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    Set in the idyllic countryside during a short-lived Swedish summer, this novel creates an atmosphere of foreboding when a single young woman visits her older sister, who is married to a writer as charismatic as he is violent.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Dead Scared
    Author: Bolton, S.J.
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312600532 Date: 2012
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    London Police officer Lacey Flint must go deep undercover to stop whoever is preying on Cambridge students in the sequel to Bolton's widely acclaimed Now You See Me in another work of brilliant psychological suspense that plumbs the most sinister depths.
    Updated5.15.12
  • Thriller 3: Love is Murder
    Author: Brown, Sandra (edt)
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780778313441 Date: 2012
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    Readers should prepare for heart-racing suspense in this original collection by 30 of the hottest bestselling authors and new voices writing romantic suspense today, including Allison Brennan, Roxane St. Claire, and Lee Child among others.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Age of Doubt
    Author: Camilleri, Andrea
    $15 ISBN: 9780143120926 Date: 2012
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    A corpse is found on a boat--poisoned--and two boats are still in port. Sailors from all over the Mediterranean are questioned; something mysterious occurred aboard a luxury yacht--and the only thing that is clear is that the rules of the sea are different than those on land.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Third Gate
    Author: Child, Lincoln
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780385531382 Date: 2012
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    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of ancient pharaoh King Narmer. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive double crown of the two Egypts.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Last Trade
    Author: Conway, James
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780525952824 Date: 2012
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    Conway has written the corporate thriller for our age, in a relentlessly entertaining, adrenaline-fueled work about the forces that shape our culture--and a lone man desperate to achieve redemption while averting a global economic catastrophe.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach: Jimm Juree
    Author: Cotterill, Colin
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780312564544 Date: 2012
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    In rural Thailand, former crime reporter Jimm Juree must grapple with her quirky family, a mysterious mother and daughter on the lam, and the small matter of a head on the beach.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Death and Transfiguration: Daniel Jacobus
    Author: Elias, Gerald
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780312678357 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star PW star LJ
    The fourth book in the series featuring the irascible but loveable amateur sleuth Daniel Jacobus Vaclav Herza, the last of a dying breed of great but tyrannical conductors, has been music director of Harmonium for forty years. The world famous touring orchestra was created for him when he fled Czechoslovakia for America during the political turmoil in Eastern Europe in 1956. It is the eve of the opening of a dramatic new concert hall designed by Herza himself. It is also the eleventh hour of intense contract negotiations with the musicians that have strained relations within the organization. When the acting concertmaster, Scheherazade O'Brien, is summarily dismissed by the despotic Herza for the permanent concertmaster position, an audition she was poised to win, O'Brien slits her wrists and the orchestra becomes convulsed. Now, blind, cantankerous violin teacher Daniel Jacobus, who had shunned O'Brien's earlier plea for help against Herza's relentless harassment, investigates Herza's dark past not only in Prague, but in Tokyo and New York. With the help of his old friends Nathaniel Williams, Max Furukawa, and Martin Lilburn, he seeks not only revenge but redemption from the guilt of his own past. - publisher marketing
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Wrong Man
    Author: Ellis, David
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780399158285 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    An edge-of-your-seat thriller from the Edgar Award winner and James Patterson's new coauthor unleashes a story about a homeless Iraq war veteran who is charged with murdering a paralegal that changes with a trail of unlikely evidence.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Burning Midnight: Amos Walker
    Author: Estleman, Loren D.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780765331205 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star PW
    Amos Walker knows Detroit, from the highest to the lowest, and that includes the gangs of Mexicantown. When a friend asks Walker to get his son's brother-in-law out of one of two feuding gangs, Walker gets in trouble fast and is caught in the middle of a gang war.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Faithful Until Death: Sugar Land Mystery
    Author: Evans, Stephanie Jaye
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780425247730 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    Bear Wells is a former college football player now serving as a minister at a master-planned community in Sugar Land, Texas. He deals daily with emotional and spiritual problems, but never murderNuntil a man is found facedown on a nearby golf course, his skull crushed.
    Updated5.15.12
  • Gone Girl
    Author: Flynn, Gillian
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307588364 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist starLJ star Kirkus
    Flynn's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds readers at every turn. When his wife disappears on their anniversary, Nick starts having cringe-worthy daydreams and becomes oddly evasive, eschewing his golden boy past.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Kingdom of Strangers
    Author: Ferraris, Zoe
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780316074247 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    A secret grave in the desert is unearthed revealing the mutilated bodies of 19 women and the shocking truth that a serial killer has been operating undetected for more than a decade.
    Updated 5.16.12
  • Red Star Burning
    Author: Freemantle, Brian
    $ 27 ISBN: 9781250006363Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    MI5 tolerates Charlie because he's their best field agent. What no one knows is that he is married to Natalia Fedova, a colonel in the FSB, the Russian intelligence successor to the KGB. It's a secret that could land her in front of a firing squad, and land him in jail for life.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Mission to Paris
    Author: Furst, Alan
    $ 27 ISBN:  9781400069484 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    From a New York Times-bestselling author and the Omodern-day master of the genre ("Newsday") comes a gripping novel of espionage and deception in 1938 prewar Paris. At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star Frederic Stahl.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Kop Killer
    Author: Hammond, Warren
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780765328274 Date: 2012
    starPW

    KOP Killer, a darkly dystopian science fiction thriller from Warren Hammond

    Juno Mozambe once had a life. That was when he was a dirty cop, married to a woman who suffered such profound abuse that she murdered her vile, drug kingpin father. Juno loved his wife and did his best to help her survive her guilt, her drug habit, and her desire to end her life on the dead-end planet of Lagarto.

    When she died, however, Juno's life went downhill. And then his first partner, the corrupt chief of the Koba Office of Police, was murdered. The man responsible, Emil Mota, is using the KOP for his personal gain. Juno has been laying low, but now he's ready to do whatever it takes to take down the bastard.

    Rather than working from inside the system, he's decided that the only way to take down the KOP is to create an independent base of power. So he gets involved with a team of dirty cops and starts working as a rent-a-thug for a whorehouse that needs protection.

    Juno's last partner knows that his risky plan has a purpose, but she's that rarest of creatures on the hothouse planet of Lagarto: an honest cop. She can't help him.

    When Juno discovers a series of profoundly twisted murders, he faces a bleak possibility: in his desperate quest for vengeance against the man who targeted him for death, Juno may have placed himself beyond any hope of redemption....publisher marketing

    Updated 5.8.12
  • Deadly Negatives
    Author: Hill, Russell
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781929355846 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    A photographer discovers some black-and-white negatives hidden in a old camera. Wanting to find out about the photos leads him to people and places he didn't expect, not all of them friendly, and to long-unsolved crimes by prominent and powerful people. Suddenly those negatives become extremely dangerous to possess.
    Updated5.15.12
  • Blind Goddess
    Author: Holt, Anne
    $ 15 ISBN:9781451634761 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    From the internationally acclaimed author of 1222 comes the suspenseful tour de force that started it all--the unforgettable debut of Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen in a stunning literary skein of corruption, drugs, and murder.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Curse of the Jade Lily: McKenzie
    Author: Housewright, David
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780312642310 Date: 2012
    starPW star LJ
    A stolen gem with a tragic history, a curse and a million dollar ransom is McKenzie's latest case Several years ago, Rushmore McKenzie became an unexpected millionaire and set about doing not much of anything. Now, showing up at his doorstep is the insurance company that paid the settlement that made him rich--and they want a favor. Someone has stolen a very expensive gem from a local art museum and is willing to ransom it back. The only condition is that McKenzie has to be the go between. And this is no ordinary gem--it is a jade with a history going back to the Qing Dynasty and a reputed curse that stories claim has ruined or killed everyone who has ever owned it. McKenzie agrees to help but what starts out as a simple ransom quickly becomes complicated. Suddenly other parties--including the State Department and a mysterious woman named Heavenly--start showing up, wanting McKenzie to turn over the gem to them. When the murdered body of on of the thieves turns up in a snow drift, it looks like the cursed Jade Lily has claimed its latest victim. And there may well be more to follow... - publisher marketing
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Paris Detective: Inspector Mazarelle
    Author: Jay, Gerald
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385535489 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    For the travel-hungry reader whose wish list says France, but whose wallet says stay-cation, this tantalizing and skillfully written thriller is just the ticket. Jay delivers delicious food and wine, lush countryside, and characters with panache to spare in a wonderful cat-and-mouse game.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Midwinter Blood
    Author: Kallentoft, Mons
    $ 22 ISBN: 9781451642476 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Join crime investigator Malin Fors on a manhunt that takes her to the darkest corners of the human heart in this chilling first novel from Scandanavian crime writer Kallentoft. The first in a series of four books that will keep readers coming back for more, again and again.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • What Comes Next
    Author: Katzenbach, Kohn
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780802126115 Date: 2012
    starPW star LJ star Booklist
    When a retired academician witnesses a lovely young woman snatched off the street, he is unhappy with the police and vows to find her on his own. She is held prisoner by a couple who have started an exclusive website on which viewers can watch what befalls their victims.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.16.12
  • Sunset
    Author: Lamanda, Al
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781432825843 Date: 2012
    starKirkus

    Updated 5.8.12
  • Sniper
    Author: Lilin, Nicolai
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780393082111 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Writing with unhindered directness and power, Lilin combines his own experiences as a sniper in Chechnya together with the stories of those he fought beside to forge an autobiographical novel unique in the literature of war.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • Cop to Corpse: Peter Diamond
    Author: Lovesey, Peter
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781616950781 Date: 2012
    starPW starLJ
    Harry Trasker is the third policeman in the Bath area to be shot dead in less than 12 weeks. The assassinations are the work of a sniper no one has been able to pin down. This is a job for Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond, and it might be the most dangerous investigation of his life.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Dancing in the Dark
    Author: Moody, Susan
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727881496 Date: 2012
    starPW

    A woman's search for her identity leads her to confront a series of disturbing truths in this enthralling psychological mystery - "Abandoned at the age of eleven by her beautiful, capricious mother, Theodora Cairns, twenty years on and with a painful divorce behind her, is still struggling to get over her childhood abandonment. With the urging of her new love interest, Fergus Costello, and a chance discovery, Theo becomes determined to find her mother and demand answers to the questions she should have asked years ago. Her search for answers leads her to Vermont, USA - but will she be able to handle the disturbing truth?

    Updated 5.15.12
  • Blessed Are the Dead
    Author: Nunn, Malla
    $ 14 ISBN: 9781451616927 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Detective Emmanuel Cooper returns to solve a darkly romantic mystery in this rich and complex novel by Nunn, author of Let the Dead Lie and A Beautiful Place to Die.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Wrath of Shiva
    Author: Oleksiw, Susan
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781432825911 Date: 2012
    starLJ

    Updated5.15.12
  • The Risk Agent
    Author: Pearson, Ridley
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399158834 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    A Chinese National working for an American-owned construction company is grabbed off the streets of Shanghai in broad daylight. His one-man security detail goes missing as well in the start of a brilliant new series.
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Taken
    Author: Pettersson, Vicki
    $ 13.99 ISBN: 9780062064646 Date: 2012
    starPW star LJ
    The first book in Pettersson's sexy, supernatural noir mystery series features a former P.I.-turned-fallen angel and a beautiful, tough Las Vegas reporter who confront a terror that threatens to wreak murderous havoc in both the mortal and the immortal worlds.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Last Kind Words
    Author: Piccirilli, Tom
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780553592481 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    From award-winning author Piccirilli comes a wholly original crime novel introducing the Rands, a vipers' nest of crooks and cons, one generation stealing from the next. A pair of brothers are frayed by betrayals and guilt, juxtaposed with shocking violence and sly humor.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The 500
    Author: Quirk, Matthew
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780316198622 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A former con artist is plucked from his Harvard Law School classroom and becomes an associate at Washington's most high-powered consulting firm. Quickly pulled into a seductive, dangerous web of power and corruption, he struggles to find his way out.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Watch
    Author: Roy-Bhattacharya, Joydeep
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307955890 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    At a stark outpost in the Kandahar mountain range, a team of American soldiers watches a young Afghan woman approach. She has come to beg for the return of her brother's body. The camp's tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil as the men argue about what to do next. Taking its cues from the Antigone myth, this significant, eloquent novel recreates the chaos, intensity, and immediacy of war, and conveys the inevitable repercussions felt by the soldiers, their families, and by one sister - publisher marketing
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Dead Man's Tunnel
    Author: Russell, Sheldon
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781250001009 Date: 2012
    starPW
    The third installment in Russell's 1940's series featuring yard dog Hook Runyon, who explores a suicide by train and a love triangle that may lead to something more sinister.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Ministers of Fire
    Author: Saunders, Mark Harril
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780804011402 Date: 2012
    starPW
    "Veteran cold warriors confront the post-9/11 world in Saunders's impressive first novel, a complex spy thriller. . . . While the intricate plotting and vivid action scenes are sure to please genre fans, more general readers should also find plenty to enjoy, from Saunders's meticulous prose to his closely observed characterizations."--Publishers Weekly
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Target Tinos: Inspector Kaldis
    Author: Siger, Jeffrey
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590589762 Date: 2012
    starPW star LJ
    In an isolated olive grove on the idyllic Aegean island of Tinos, revered by pilgrims around the world as the Lourdes of Greece, the remains of two bodies charred beyond recognition are discovered chained together amid bits and pieces of an incinerated Greek flag. An enraged press screams out for justice for the unknown victims, until the dead are identified as gypsies and the story simply falls off the face of the earth. Is it a gypsy clan war, a hate crime, or something else? With no one seeming to care, the government has no interest in resurrecting unwanted media attention by a search for answers to such ethnically charged questions and orders the investigation closed. But Andreas Kaldis, feared head of Greece's special crimes division, has other plans. - publisher marketing
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton
    Author: Speller, Elizabeth
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780547547527 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    When the body of an unknown woman is discovered on the grounds of the Easton manor house, a World War I veteran is drawn into a dangerous labyrinth of secrets. A gripping new installment in Elizabeth Speller's literary mystery series set in England between the wars.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • An Unmarked Grave: Bess Crawford
    Author: Todd, Charles
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780062015723 Date: 2012
    starPW
    The critically acclaimed, New York Times-bestselling author of the Ian Rutledge mystery series, Todd once again spotlights World War I nurse Bess Crawford in a gripping, powerful, and evocative masterwork that unfolds during the deadly Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Heartbroken
    Author: Unger, Lisa
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307465207 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    A shattering new thriller about three women, strangers, on a heart-wrenching collision course none of them could have seen coming. 
    Long after anyone expected Kate to do anything with her life, she did. Using the journals left behind by her aunt and grandmother, she wrote a novel based on a very real generation-old love story that ended in tragedy. On the other side of town, Emily is about to set fire to her life. She's in a dead-end job and is involved with the wrong man; she can feel herself being drawn into darkness, with horrific consequences. With nowhere to go, she finds herself on the run. Without knowing each other, and with lives that couldn't be more different, Kate and Emily head to the same point on the map: Heart Island, an idyllic place in the middle of a lake in the Adirondacks, owned for generations by Birdie Burke's family. The harsh and unyielding Birdie is at one with this island, which has a terrifying history all its own. She, too, has consequences to face."
    Heartbroken" is a tense, mesmerizing novel about the limits of dysfunctional families, of an island haunted by dark memories and restless ghosts, and of the all-too-real demons we must battle. Wonderfully suspenseful, exquisitely crafted, and written with raw, emotional power, this is Lisa Unger at her very best. - publisher marketing
    Updated 4.4.12
  • The Bellwether Revivals
    Author: Wood, Benjamin
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780670023592 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A masterful work of psychological suspense and emotional resonance sure to appeal to fans of Donna Tartt and Marisha Pessl, this sophisticated debut novel explores a group of Cambridge friends entangled in a strange and opulent world of music, medicine, and its healing ability.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • What Dies in Summer
    Author: Wright, Tom
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780393064025 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star PW
    When Jim and L.A. discover the body of a girl, brutally raped and murdered in a field, an investigation begins that will put both their lives in danger. This riveting Southern Gothic coming-of-age novel casts its spell on the very first page and leaves an indelible mark.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • The Orphanmaster
    Author: Zimmerman, Jean
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780670023646 Date: 2012
    starBooklist LJ
    From a debut novelist, a gripping historical thriller and rousing love story set in 17th-century Manhattan. Orphan children are going missing, and among those looking are a quick-witted 22-year-old trader and a dashing British spy.
    Updated 5.15.12

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