Crime Fiction Stars 2012: July - December

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

July

  • Pies and Prejudice
    Author: Adams, Ellery
    $ 7.99 ISBN:9780425251409 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    When the going gets tough, Ella Mae LaFaye bakes pies. So when she catches her husband cheating in New York, she heads back home to Havenwood, Georgia, where she can drown her sorrows in fresh fruit filling and flaky crust. But her pies aren't just delicious. They're having magical effects on the people who eat them--and the public is hungry for more. Discovering her hidden talent for enchantment, Ella Mae makes her own wish come true by opening the Charmed Pie Shoppe. But with her old nemesis Loralyn Gaynor making trouble, and her old crush Hugh Dylan making nice, she has more than pie on her plate. and when Loralyn's fiancae is found dead--killed with Ella Mae's rolling pin--it'll take all her sweet magic to clear her name.
    Updated 7.31.12
  • The Empty Glass
    Author: Baker, J.I.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399158193 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Weaving together true historical events with infamous conspiracy theories, The Empty Glass is a riveting, paranoiac thriller narrated by the young coroner who is among the first on scene at Marilyn Monroe's bungalow when the actress is reported dead.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Whiplash River
    Author: Berney, Lou
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062115278 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Updated 7.8.12
  • Where the Bodies are Buried
    Author: Brookmyre, Christopher
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780802120250 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    Brookmyre's latest book is richly Scottish, but is his grittiest and most realistic novel yet when a web of drug traffickers becomes entangled with the sleuths who try and put all the pieces together.
    Updated 7.31.12
  • Creole Belle: Dave Robicheaux
    Author: Burke, James Lee
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9781451648133 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star PW
    Picking up where The Glass Rainbow ended, Creole Belle finds David Robicheaux recuperating in New Orleans--near the site an oil well blowout on the Gulf. Robicheaux is visited by a mysterious visitor and is surprised by what's inside a floating block of ice.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • A City of Broken Glass
    Author: Cantrell, Rebecca
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765327345 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    Journalist Hannah Vogel is in Poland with her son when she hears that 12,000 Polish Jews have been deported from Germany. Hannah drops everything to get the story on the refugees, and walks directly into danger.
    Updated 7.31.12
  • The Investigation
    Author: Claudel, Philippe
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385535342 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Claudel undertakes a sweeping critique of the contemporary world through a variety of modes. Like Kafka, Beckett, and Huxley, he has crafted a dark, quest-centered fable that evokes the absurdity and alienation of existence with piercing intelligence and considerable humor.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • XO: Kathryn Dance
    Author: Deaver, Jeffrey
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9781439156377 Date: 2012
    starPW star LJ
    Internationally bestselling author Deaver delivers the latest sensational thriller in his wildly popular series. Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop a celebrity stalker set in the world of country music.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Night Watch
    Author: Fairstein, Linda
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780525952633 Date: 2012
    starBooklist starLJ
    New York Times-bestselling author Fairstein returns with a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that takes Alexandra Cooper into the dark underside of New York City's most storied restaurants and a murder case spanning continents.
    Updated 5. 15.12
  • A Pimp's Notes
    Author: Faletti, Giorgio
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780374231408 Date: 2012
    starPW star LJ
    Faletti's first thriller, I Kill, took Europe by storm, selling over five million copies. In this story, Bravo leads the high life in Milan. When a woman enters his life, what begins as a clandestine romance quickly becomes a nightmare that will transform Bravo into a wanted man.
    Updated 7.28.12
  • Harry Lipkin, Private Eye
    Author: Fantoni, Barry
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385536103 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Meet Harry Lipkin, the world's oldest private detective. He's tough-talking, soft-chewing, and rough-around-the-edges. Someone in his client's home is stealing sentimental trinkets and the occasional priceless jewels from her in a sharp and irresistible story.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Broken Harbor
    Author: French, Tana
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780670023653 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star PW star Kirkus
    With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, French's fourth book of the Dublin murder squad goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • Some Kind of Peace
    Author: Grebe, Camilla & Asa Traff
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781451654592 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A blockbuster international bestseller, this gripping literary crime novel tells the story of a young, recently widowed psychologist who is afraid of the dark and whose past comes to haunt her as she tries to solve crimes, beginning with the brutal murder of one of her patients.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • A Room Full of Bones
    Author: Griffith, Elly
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780547271200 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    In this thrilling installment of the Ruth Galloway mysteries, Ruth investigates a collection of Aboriginal skulls that seems to be cursed, causing people to die from a mysterious fever--one that threatens to claim Det. Inspector Harry Nelson.
    Updated 7.31.12
  • 15 Seconds
    Author: Gross, Andrew
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061655975 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    Gross delivers an electrifying, lightning-paced story of a desperate man on the run, trying to save his family from the faceless enemy that's determined to destroy them all. A gripping tale of a life turned upside-down is a must for fans of James Patterson, David Baldacci, and Lisa Gardner.
    Updated 7.31.12
  • The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken
    Author: Hall, Tarquin
    $ 24 ISBN: 9781451613155 Date: 2012
    starBooklist starPW
    Hall's irresistible protagonist Vish Puri is an international favorite in a series that "splendidly evokes the color and bustle of Delhi and the tang of contemporary India" ("The Seattle Times"). The spectacularly mustachioed sleuth finds himself facing down his greatest fears in an explosive case involving the Indian and Pakistani mafias.
    Updated 7.31.12
  • The Fear Artist
    Author: Hallinan, Timothy
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781616951122 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist star LJ
    An accidental collision on a Bangkok sidewalk goes very wrong when the man who ran into Rafferty dies in his arms, but not before saying three words: Helen Eckersley. Cheyenne. Seconds later, the police arrive, denying that the man was shot. That night, Rafferty is interrogated by Thai secret agents who demand to know what the dead man said, but Rafferty can't remember. When he's finally released, Rafferty arrives home to find that his apartment has been ransacked. In the days that follow, he realizes he's under surveillance. The second time men in uniform show up at his door, he manages to escape the building and begins a new life as a fugitive. As he learns more about his situation, it becomes apparent that he's been caught on the margins of the war on terror, and that his opponent is a virtuoso artist whose medium is fear-- publisher marketing
    Updated 7.8.12
  • Die a Stranger: Alex McKnight
    Author: Hamilton, Steve
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312640217 Date: 2012
    starPW
    The newest novel by two-time Edgar award-winner and New York Times-bestselling author Hamilton about a mysterious plane on a deserted Upper Peninsula airstrip filled with five dead bodies.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Other Woman's House
    Author: Hannah, Sophie
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780143121510 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    The latest gripping psychological thriller from the internationally bestselling author of The Wrong Mother and The Cradle in the Grave Featuring the return of detectives Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse, Sophie Hannah's latest novel offers the spine-tingling thrills her ever-increasing fan base adores. It's past midnight, but Connie Bowskill can't sleep. To pass the time, she logs on to a real estate website in search of a particular house, one she is obsessed with for reasons she's too scared to even admit to herself. As she clicks through the virtual tour, she comes across a scene from a nightmare: a woman lying facedown on the living room floor in a pool of blood. But when she returns to show her husband, there is no body, no blood--just a perfectly ordinary room. With plot twists that will keep readers up all night, The Other Woman's House is another unforgettable story by a new master of the crime novel. - publisher marketing
    Updated 5.8.12
  • East of Denver
    Author: Hill, Gregory
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780525952794 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Mixing pathos and humor in equal measure, East of Denver is an unflinching novel of rural America, a poignant, darkly funny tale about a father and son finding their way together as their livelihood inexorably disappears.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Flight from Berllin
    Author: John, David
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780062091567 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    A cynical English reporter and a beautiful, headstrong, American Olympic hopeful are caught in a lethal game of international espionage during the 1936 Berlin Olympics in a riveting debut thriller from a breakout novelist.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Thing about Thugs
    Author: Khair, Tabish
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780547731605 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    A subversive, darkly comic novel of a young Indian man's misadventures in Victorian London as the city is gripped by a series of gruesome murders. Shortlisted for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize, this sly update of the Gothic novel marks the new arrival of a compelling Indian voice in North America.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Mountains of the Moon
    Author: Kay, I.J.
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780670023677 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Told in multilayered, hallucinatory flashbacks, this tale traces the traumatic London youth of Lulu and explores her attempt to transform a broken life into something beautiful in Africa in a dazzling novel from a distinctive new voice.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Say Nice Things about Detroit
    Author: Lasser, Scott
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780393082999 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    A compelling urban portrait and touching love story, "Say Nice Things about Detroit" takes place in a racially polarized, economically collapsing city where a man struggles with the double shooting death of a high school classmate and her brother.
    Updated 7.24.12
  • House Blood: Joe DeMarco
    Author: Lawson, Mike
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780802119940 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    DeMarco is asked to look into the murder conviction of a lobbyist. But he has other problems: his boss is no longer Speaker, his girlfriend has left him, and his friend Emma may be dying. He becomes the target of two of the most callous killers he and Emma have ever encountered.
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Fire Season
    Author: Loomis, Jon
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312668136 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Beleaguered Police Detective Frank Coffin is on the trail of a harmful firebug in "Fire Season," the third in this sharply witty mystery series set in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • Jack 1939
    Author: Mathews, Francine
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594487194 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    In a deft mosaic of fact and fiction, Mathews has written a gripping espionage tale that explores what might have happened when a young Jack Kennedy is let loose in Europe as the world careens toward war. A potent combination of history and storytelling, Jack 1939 is a sexy, entertaining read.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • The Playdate
    Author: Millar, Louise
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781451656671 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    A debut thriller from a striking new talent, "The Playdate" is a chilling evocation of modern life, where seemingly long-standing friendships are superficial, and overwork and exhaustion lead parents to make impulsive decisions about the care of their children.
    Updated 7.24.12
  • Hell Box
    Author: Pronzini, Bill
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765325655 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Bill, the "Nameless Detective," and his wife Kerry were in the Sierra foothills falling in love with a cabin. It was all perfect, until Kerry went missing. In a small town with limited resources, Bill begins his own desperate search in this long-running series.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • A Whispering of Spies
    Author: Rowe, Rosemary
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727881632 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A gruesome discovery leads Libertus on a dangerous quest . . . - Wealthy Volus, ex-lictor to the Imperial Governor of Gaul, is retiring to the town of Glevum. Libertus is sent to his new apartment, where he is informed that one of the ex-lictor's treasure carts has been intercepted, the guards and horses brutally butchered. When his actions are misinterpreted by a network of spies, Libertus is suspected of involvement in the massacre and marched to the garrison to await trial. But after daringly escaping, Libertus embarks on a dangerous quest to discover the truth . . .
    Updated 7.8.12
  • The Tintern Treasure
    Author: Sedley, Kate
    $ 29 ISBN: 9780727881649 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    An important discovery puts Roger the Chapman's life in danger . . . - In the autumn of 1483, Roger goes on an errand of mercy to Hereford, where he is caught up in the Duke of Buckingham's rebellion against the new king, Richard III. Roger takes refuge in Tintern Abbey, but on his return to Bristol, a murder and a series of house robberies lead him to the eventual discovery of the treasure stolen from the abbey on the night he was there. It also means great danger, not only for himself, but a member of his family . . . publisher marketing
    Updated 5.8.12
  • Kill Decision
    Author: Suarez, Daniel
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780525952619 Date: 2012
    starPW
    This shocking techno-thriller is a terrifying, breathtaking, and all-too-plausible vision of the world's near future when unmanned weaponized drones sent by a faceless enemy begin to attack the American homeland.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Advent
    Author: Treadwell, James
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781451661644 Date: 2012
    starPW star LJ
    First in an astonishingly imaginative fantasy trilogy, Advent describes how magic was lost to the world, and how a 15-year-old English boy discovers that its return is his inheritance.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Let the Devil Sleep
    Author: Verdon, John
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307717924 Date: 2012
    starPW
    In this latest novel from bestselling author Verdon, an ingenious puzzle solver puts under the magnifying glass a notorious serial murder--one whose motives have been enshrined as law-enforcement dogma--and discovers that everyone has it wrong.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Death in August
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781605983516 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A new crime series full of Italian flavor the first novel in the Inspector Bordelli series, set in 1960s Florence.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • The Last Policeman
    Author: Winters, Ben H.
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781594745768 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    Most people have stopped doing whatever it is they did before an asteroid hovered into view. But as the time for it to hit grows closer, Hank is still working the case of an insurance man who committed suicide and he's the only one who cares.
    Updated 5.15.12
  • Burrows: A Red Rock Mystery
    Author: Wortham, Reavis Z.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781464200052 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Lyndon B. Johnson is President, Beatlemania is in overdrive and gasoline costs 30 cents a gallon when Ned Parker retires as constable in Center Springs, Texas. But his plan to live a quiet life as a cotton farmer is torpedoed. A phone call leads Ned to a body in the Red River and into the urgent investigation headed by his nephew, the newly elected constable Cody Parker. Together they work to head off a multi-state killing spree that sets northeast Texas on fire. As the weeks pass, Ned's grandchildren, ten-year-old Top and his tomboy cousin Pepper, struggle with personal issues resulting from their traumatic experiences at the Rock Hole only months before. They now find themselves in the middle of a nightmare for which no one can prepare. Cody and Deputy John Washington, the law south of the tracks, follow a lead from their small community to the long abandoned Cotton Exchange warehouse in Chisum. Stunned, they find the Exchange packed full of the town's cast off garbage and riddled with booby-trapped passageways and dark burrows. Despite Ned's warnings, Cody enters the building and finds himself relying on his recent military experiences to save both himself and Big John. Unfortunately, the trail doesn't end there and the killing spree continues... publisher marketing
  • The Renegades
    Author: Young, Tom
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399158469 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A catastrophic earthquake ravages Afghanistan, and American troops rush to deliver aid. The devastation facing them is like nothing they've ever seen and it gets worse when a Taliban splinter group begins its own campaign.
    Updated 7.8.12

August

  • The Absent One
    Author: Adler-Olsen, Jussi
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780525952893 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Detective Carl Morck is back in this shocking, fast-paced follow-up to "The Keeper of Lost Causes." A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects confessed. But once Morck reopens the case, all is not what it seems.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • Miss Me When I'm Gone
    Author: Arsenault, Emily
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062103109 Date: 2012
    starPW

    Author Gretchen Waters made a name for herself with her bestseller "Tammyland"--a memoir about her divorce and her admiration for country music icons Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton that was praised as a "honky-tonk "Eat, Pray, Love."" But her writing career is cut abruptly short when she dies from a fall down a set of stone library steps. It is a tragic accident and no one suspects foul play, certainly not Gretchen's best friend from college, Jamie, who's been named the late author's literary executor.

    But there's an unfinished manuscript Gretchen left behind that is much darker than "Tammyland" a book ostensibly about male country musicians yet centered on a murder in Gretchen's family that haunted her childhood. In its pages, Gretchen seems to be speaking to Jamie from beyond the grave--suggesting her death was no accident . . . and that Jamie must piece together the story someone would kill to keep untold. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.8.12

  • Vengeance
    Author: Black, Benjamin
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780805094398 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A bizarre suicide leads to a scandal and then still more blood, as one of our most brilliant crime novelists reveals a world where money and sex trump everything.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • Kill You Twice
    Author: Cain, Chelsea
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312619787 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star PW
    America's most seductive serial killer is back, haunting every page of bestseller Cain's latest heart-stopping thriller, this time drawing Portland detective Archie Sheridan deeper into the dark secrets of her past.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • Pines
    Author: Crouch, Blake
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781612183954 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America ? or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels?off. As the days pass, Ethan's investigation into his colleagues? disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can't he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn't anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what's the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.31.12
  • Bad Little Falls
    Author: Doiron, Paul
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312558482 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Anthony- and Edgar-Award nominated author Doiron delivers another "masterpiece of high-octane narrative" ("Booklist") with his newest harrowing thriller about the hunt for a murderer at the height of a major snowstorm in Maine.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • The Double Game
    Author: Fesperman, Dan
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780307700131 Date: 2012
    starBooklist

    Updated 11.15.12
  • Simple
    Author: George, Kathleen
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312569143 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star Kirkus
    George has declared Pittsburgh her turf with her phenomenal police procedural series, including "The Odds," which was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. "If anyone's writing better police thrillers than George, I don't know who it is."--"Entertainment Weekly"
    Updated 9.28.12
  • St Petersburg Noir
    Author: Gouman, Julia (edt)
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781617751011 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Following Akashic's success with Moscow Noir, this new volumes explore the dark beating heart of Russia's cultural mecca.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.12
  • The Thing Itself
    Author: Gutteridge, Peter
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727880819 Date: 2012
    starKirkus

    Updated 11.15.12
  • Shake Off
    Author: Hiller, Mischa
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316204200 Date: 2012
    starPW
    An internationally acclaimed thriller of love, espionage, and subterfuge, in which Middle East meets West with dangerous consequences set in the streets of London, Berlin, and the Scottish countryside.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • The Survivor
    Author: Hurwitz, Gregg
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312625511 Date: 2012
    starBooklist starKirkus
    The #1 international bestselling author of "You're Next" unleashes his most accomplished, compelling thriller yet about a former soldier suffering from PTSD who takes on a group of bank robbers.
    Updated 9.28.12
  • The Broken Ones
    Author: Irwin, Stephen M.
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780385534659 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Award-winning author Irwin returns with a thrilling, supernatural crime novel built around an intriguing question: What happens when every single person ishaunted by a ghost only they can see?
    Updated 7.31.12
  • A Killing in the Hills
    Author: Keller, Julia
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250003485 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist star LJ
    In this powerful, intricate debut from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a mother and a daughter try to do right by a town and each other before it's too late when three men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner in West Virginia.
    Updated 7.28.12
  • And When She Was Good
    Author: Lippman, Laura
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061706875 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star PW star LJ star Kirkus
    A brilliant new stand-alone novel from "New York Times"-bestselling author Lippman. A suburban madam, a convicted murderer whose sentence is about to be overturned, and the child who they will both do anything to keep.
    Updated 9.14.12
  • The Shadow of the Rock
    Author: Mogford, Thomas
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780802779991 Date: 2012
    starLJ
    Skillfully evoking the exotic landscapes and complicated politics of Gibraltar and Morocco, this book marks the arrival of a compelling new thriller series featuring loads of corporate deception, murder, and lies threatening to unravel.
    Updated 7.31.12
  • Summon Up the Blood
    Author: Morris, R.N.
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9781780290256 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    First in a brand-new historical mystery series featuring decidedly unconventional turn of the century sleuth, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn. ""London, 1914." A killer is at liberty in the dark alleys of the city. The cadavers of his victims all have one thing in common: there is no blood in their bodies. As the killer's reign of terror continues, Scotland Yard's Detective Inspector Silas Quinn finds his suspicions focusing on the members of an exclusive gentleman's club . . . Atmospheric and macabre, Summon Up the Blood takes the reader on a disturbing yet fascinating journey through London's aristocratic watering holes, seedy brothels and shadowy underworld in the turbulent months leading up to World War I. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.28.12
  • Munster's Case: Inspector Van Veeteren
    Author: Nesser, Hakan
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307906861 Date: 2012
    starPW
    When the Leverkuhn's formidable neighbor goes missing and is later discovered murdered in gruesome fashion, Detective Mnster and his team find themselves back in the fog and chasing after wisps of clues that indicate two murders are inextricably linked.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • The Beautiful Mystery: Chief Inspector Gamache
    Author: Penny, Louise
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312655464 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist star LJ
    The brilliant new novel in the "New York Times" bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as "the beautiful mystery." But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery's massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Surete du Quebec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Bloody Winter
    Author: Pepper, Andrew
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781780220116 Date: 2012
    starPW
    In the fifth Pyke mystery, the troubled head of the Detective Branch returns for an intriguing case of kidnap, rebellion, and murder The body of a vagrant is discovered in a ditch in County Tipperary. Knox, a young Irish policeman with divided loyalties, is told that the landowner wants the case dealt with swiftly and quietly. However, when Knox examines the corpse, he realizes that this supposed vagrant was wearing a Savile Row suit. Three months earlier, Detective Inspector Pyke was investigating a kidnapping in Wales. The crime seems to be linked to a group of rebels, but Pyke soon suspects the case is not as clear cut as it seems. What are the links between the rebellion in Wales and the unrest in Ireland--and has Pyke finally bitten off more than he can chew?
    Updated 7.8.12
  • A Sunless Sea: Monk
    Author: Perry, Anne
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345510648 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    Perry's spellbinding Victorian mysteries, especially those featuring William Monk, have enthralled readers for a generation. True to form, this new Perry masterpiece is as deceptively deep and twisty as the Thames.
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Whiskey Island
    Author: Roberts, Les
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781938441097 Date: 2012
    starBooklist

    Updated 11.15.12
  • Crow's Landing
    Author: Smith, Brad
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781451678536 Date: 2012
    starPW
    A jack-of-all-trades gets tangled up in an old crime surfacing from the waters of the Hudson River, in this second novel in a series from Smith.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • The Resistance
    Author: Steiner, Peter
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9781250003713 Date: 2012
    starBooklist
    Steiner's previous novel in this series, The Terrorist, was named one of the Top Ten Crime Novels of the Year by Booklist. In this story, Detective Louis Morgon finds evidence hidden under the floor of his house in a French village of a long-ago massacre of the town's resisters.
    Updated 7.31.12
  • Syndrome E
    Author: Thilliez, Franck
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780670025787 Date: 2012
    starPW
    The classic procedural meets cutting edge science in this huge international bestseller. Already a runaway bestseller in France, it tells the story of a beleaguered detective, whose friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare--and violent--film. 
    Updated 7.8.12
  • Hostage
    Author: Wiesel, Elie
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307599582 Date: 2012
    starKirkus
    The acclaimed novelist and Nobel laureate returns to the subjects that have brought him the widest critical and commercial success, in an impassioned and deeply moving new novel about the legacy of the Holocaust and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    Updated 10.1.12
  • The Kings of Cool: Prequel to Savages
    Author: Winslow, Don
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781451665321 Date: 2012
    starBooklist star LJ
    Published to coincide with the release of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone's major film of "Savages," this is the much-anticipated prequel to Winslow's acclaimed "New York Times" bestseller about 1960s Southern California and family of all forms.
    Updated 7.28.12

September

  • Trust Your Eyes
    Author: Barclay, Linwood
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780451237903 Date: 2012
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    Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves his bedroom. But with a new computer program, he travels the world while never stepping out the door. That is until he sees something in downtown New York City.
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  • The Creeper
    Author: Carver, Tania
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781605983592 Date: 2012
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    Powerful and unflinching, the sequel to the acclaimed thriller The Surrogate, by rising star Tania Carver.
    Updated 7.31.12
  • A Wanted Man: Jack Reacher
    Author: Child, Lee
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780385344333 Date: 2012
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    Reacher is back in a new masterpiece of suspense--from #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author Child. As the tension rises, the twists come fast and furious, keeping readers guessing and gasping until the explosive finale.
    Updated 10.1.12
  • The Laughterhouse
    Author: Cleave, Paul
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781451677959 Date: 2012
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    From an internationally bestselling author comes an unforgettable new thriller featuring private detective Theodore Tate. In a revisitation of his first murder case, Tate has to find the connection between a killer, an old abandoned slaughterhouse, and the city's suddenly growing murder rate.
    Updated 7.28.12
  • The Tombs
    Author: Cussler, Clive & Thomas Perry
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780399159268 Date: 2012
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    Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are intrigued when an archaeologist friend requests their help excavating a top secret historical site. What they find will set them on a hunt for a prize greater than they could ever imagine.
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  • More Than Sorrow
    Author: Delaney, Vicki
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781590589854 Date: 2012
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    Once, Hannah Manning was an internationally-renowned journalist and war correspondent. Today, she's a woman suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Haunted by her memories, Hannah goes to her sister's small-scale vegetable farm in Prince Edward County, ...
    Updated 10.1.12
  • The Malice of Fortune
    Author: Ennis, Michael
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780385536318 Date: 2012
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    Against a teeming canvas of Borgia politics, Niccolo Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci come together to unmask an enigmatic serial killer, as readers learn the secret history behind one of the most controversial works in the western canon The Prince.
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  • St. Petersburg Noir
    Author: Goumen, Julia and Natalia Smirnova (edt)
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781617751011 Date: 2012
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    Following Akashic's success with Moscow Noir, this new volumes explore the dark beating heart of Russia's cultural mecca.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • Kept in the Dark
    Author: Hancock, Penny
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780452298330 Date: 2012
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    When her neighbor's 15-year-old nephew goes missing, Sonia is the last person that anyone would suspect. But from the moment he shows up on Sonia's doorstep, the gorgeous teenage boy awakens a torrent of memories that threaten to reveal a terrifying truth.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • The Hollow Man
    Author: Harris, Oliver
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062136718 Date: 2012
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    The first in a series of gritty and original thrillers following cunning detective Nick Belsey, from a rising voice in British crime fiction.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • Outrage: An Icelandic Thriller
    Author: Indridason, Arnaldur
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312659110 Date: 2012
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    "Indridason fills the void that remains after you've read Stieg Larsson's novels." --"USA Today"

    Arnaldur Indridason has proven himself to be a master of the mystery genre with his critically acclaimed Inspector Erlunder series, which has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. Now, in "Outrage, "this superlative crime writer author has written his best book to date, with exceptional prose, heart pounding suspense, and a mystery that is not solved until the last page.

    Haunted by personal demons, Detective Erlunder decides to take a short leave of absence, putting a female detective, Elinborg, in charge while he is gone. When a troubling case lands on Elinborg's desk, she's quickly thrust into a violent and volatile situation with extremely high stakes. Soon, her investigation uncovers a twisted tale of double lives that may be connected to the unsolved disappearance of a young girl. The clock is ticking to solve the case before a serial rapist strikes again.

    Reviewers everywhere rave about Indridason's smart and fast-paced thrillers, which exemplify the very best in international crime fiction. Perfect for the many devoted fans of this series as well as for the reader who's never visited Iceland through Indridason's books, "Outrage "will lead you down a trail of hidden violence, psychological brutality, and wrongs that may never fully be righted. ""

    - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Detroit Breakdown
    Author: Johnson, D.E.
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9781250006622 Date: 2012
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    Will Anderson and Elizabeth Hume are called to the vast Eloise Insane Asylum outside of Detroit, where Elizabeth's cousin Robbie is a patient and now a murder suspect. The victim, like three others before him at the asylum in recent months, was killed with the infamous "Punjab lasso," the murder weapon of the Phantom of the Opera.

    Certain of Robbie's innocence, they begin an investigation with the help of Detective Riordan. Will has himself committed to the asylum to investigate from the inside, and Elizabeth volunteers at Eloise and questions people outside the asylum. While Will endures horrific conditions in his search for the killer, Elizabeth and Riordan follow the trail of a murder suspect all the way to Kalamazoo, where they realize the killer might still be at Eloise, putting Will in extreme danger. They race back to Detroit, but will they arrive in time to save Will and bring the killer to justice?

    Filled with Johnson's trademark roller-coaster plot, nuanced characters, and brilliant historical research, "Detroit Breakdown" is a compelling, dark mystery set in the once- flourishing Paris of the West. - Publisher Marketing.

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  • The Eyes of Lira Kazan
    Author: Joly, Eva
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781908524003 Date: 2012
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    "Plot twists galore, relentless suspense and expert insights to satisfy anyone fascinated by today's financial crisis."--Culture TF1

    From Lagos to London, by way of the Faroe Islands and St. Petersburg, an investigation turns deadly. The head of the Nigerian fraud squad is evacuated from Lagos by secret service operatives. Meanwhile a junior prosecutor in Nice probes the mysterious death of the wife of a powerful banker and a crusading journalist in St. Petersburg pursues a corrupt oligarch and his criminal business empire.

    The paths of all three cross in London, where they find themselves embroiled in violent events obviously linked to financial and political interests and hunted by the oligarch's men, the Western secret services, and goons sent by Nigerian oil magnates.

    A satirical, intelligent, and fast-paced thriller set in the world of high finance and low politics, "The Eyes of Lira Kazan" is co-written by Eva Joly and Judith Perrignon.- Publisher Marketing


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  • The Three Day Affair
    Author: Kardos, Michael
    $ 24 ISBN: 97808021210267 Date: 2012
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    The first debut novel from the newly relaunched Mysterious Press introduces a phenomenal new voice in the realm of crime fiction. 
    Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends. Each have gone their separate ways as adults, living their own lives while forging their own careers. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them. Until one shocking moment changes everything... 
    Will is a part-time drummer who spends the rest of his time in recording studios. He has lived a sheltered existence. Then one night Jeffrey attempts to rob a convenience store, drags a young woman into Will's car, and shouts a single word: "Drive!" Shaken and confused, Will obeys. 
    Suddenly three ordinary men find themselves completely out of their element, holding a young girl hostage without the slightest idea of what to do next. They are already guilty of kidnapping and robbery; it is only a matter of time before they find out just what else they're capable of. For these four people, three days will decide their fate--between freedom and prison, innocence and guilt...and life and death. In the tradition of Scott Smith's classic A Simple Plan, THE THREE-DAY AFFAIR marks the emergence of a truly talented new crime writer.  - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.14.12
  • Dead Season: A Mystery in Florence
    Author: Kent, Christobel
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781605983745 Date: 2012
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    Every August, Florence shimmers in the summer heat. But this year the heatwave is fiercer than usual, and the city's inhabitants have fled to the cool of the hills and beaches of the surrounding countryside. So it is no surprise that amidst the shrubbery of a normally busy roundabout, a corpse lies unnoticed, bloating in the humid air.

    Sandro Cellini will not be joining the crowds of holidaymakers this year. The former policeman turned private detective has a case: a man who seems to have vanished into thin air - leaving his pregnant young wife alone in the city. Meanwhile, bank teller Roxana Delfino is also stuck in the city for the season, with nothing to do but worry for her aging mother and puzzle over the disappearance of one her regular clients.

    As all Florence sweats it out, Cellini attempts as best he can to grapple with his case and the complications it throws up. And when the weather finally breaks, it brings with it a shocking revelation . . .

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    Updated 10.1.12
  • Garment of Shadows: Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes
    Author: King, Laurie R.
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780553807998 Date: 2012
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    The "New York Times"-bestselling novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, comprise one of today's most acclaimed mystery series. Now, in their newest and most thrilling adventure, the couple is separated by a shocking circumstance.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • Dead Anyway
    Author: Knopf, Chris
    $28 ISBN: 9781579622831 Date: 2012
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    Updated 9.28.12
  • The Prophet
    Author: Koryta, Michael
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316122610 Date: 2012
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    Two brothers in a small Midwestern town: one the high school's beloved football coach, one scraping by as a bail bondsman. Their sister was murdered when they were teenagers, and now a new killing with ties to each of them has forced a painful and adversarial reunion.
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  • Death in Breslau
    Author: Krajewski, Marek
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781612191645 Date: 2012
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    Introducing one of the most stylish and moody historic detective series ever: The Inspector Eberhard Mock Quartet 
    Occupied Breslau, 1933: Two young women are found murdered on a train, scorpions writhing on their bodies, an indecipherable note in an apparently oriental language nearby ...Police Inspector Eberhard Mock's weekly assignation with two ladies of the night is interrupted as he is called to investigate. 
    But uncovering the truth is no straightforward matter in Breslau. The city is in the grip of the Gestapo, and has become a place where spies are everywhere, corrupt ministers torture confessions from Jewish merchants, and Freemasons guard their secrets with blackmail and violence. 
    And as Mock and his young assistant Herbert Anwaldt plunge into the city's squalid underbelly the case takes on a dark twist of the occult when the mysterious note seems to indicate a ritual killing with roots in the Crusades ...- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.14.12
  • They Disappeared
    Author: Mofina, Rick
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 97807783816 Date: 2012
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  • Phantom
    Author: Nesbo, Jo
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780307960474 Date: 2012
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    Following from Jo Nesbo's electrifying international best-sellers "The Snowman" and "The Leopard," now comes "Phantom," which plunges the brilliant, deeply troubled, now former police officer Harry Hole into a full-tilt investigation on which his own tenuous future will come to depend. 
    When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong--fleeing the traumas of life as a cop--he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets of Oslo (and the careers of some of the city's highest officials), and into the maze of his own past, where he will find the wrenching truth that finally matters to Oleg, and to himself.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.12
  • The Lincoln Conspiracy
    Author: O'Brien, Timothy L.
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780345496775 Date: 2012
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    Police detective McFadden makes a startling discovery -two documents that reveal the truth of the Lincoln conspiracy. His quest to bring the conspirators to justice takes him on a perilous journey into bawdy houses and back alleys where ruthless enemies await him in every corner.
    Updated 7.31.12
  • Zoo
    Author: Patterson, James
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780316097444 Date: 2012
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    Young biologist Jackson Oz watches escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late.
    Updated 10.1.12
  • The Beautiful Mystery: Chief Inspector Gamache
    Author: Penny, Louise
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312655464 Date: 2012
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    The brilliant new novel in the bestselling series by Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time.
    Updated 7.28.12
  • The Other Woman
    Author: Ryan, Hank Phillippi
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780765332578 Date: 2012
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    Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news . . . until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, she finds herself tracking down a candidate's secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election.
    Updated 9.14.12
  • Resurrection Express
    Author: Romano, Stephen
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781451668643 Date: 2012
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    A cutting-edge storm of white-knuckle action and suspense--the year's most exciting debut thriller! Meet Elroy Coffin. He's a 21st-century high-tech thief with deadly hands. But even the best can fall.
    Updated 7.28.12
  • The Incense Game: A Novel of Feudal Japan
    Author: Rowland, Laura Joh
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312658533 Date: 2012
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    In the wake of a terrifying earthquake, Sano races to solve a crime that could bring down the shogun's regime. Rowland--author of one of the "five best historical mystery novels" ("The Wall Street Journal")--brings her most evocative thriller yet.
    Updated 7.8.12
  • Black Fridays
    Author: Sears, Michael
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399158667 Date: 2012
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    Jason Stafford is a former Wall Street hotshot who made some bad moves, paid the price with two years in prison, and is now trying to put his life back together. He's unemployable, until an investment firm asks him to look into possible problems left by a junior trader who died recently.
    Updated 9.14.12
  • Asbury Park
    Author: Scott, Rob
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9780575093911 Date: 2012
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    Following on from "15 Miles," this second thrilling police procedural with supernatural elements is perfect for fans of Patricia Cornwell, John Connolly, and Stephen King Ten weeks ago, Homicide Detective Sailor Doyle worked his first solo case, a gruesome double murder in a remote farmhouse in Virginia, and things turned very nasty for him. Now Sailor is recuperating with his family at a beach house in Belmar, on the New Jersey shore. He's struggling with prescription drug withdrawal while trying to build up strength in his shattered shoulder and leg, and he's also trying to rebuild his shattered relationship with his wife. Jenny, while pleased he's alive, is less enamored with the idea of reconciliation. Seeking refuge in a century-old beachfront resort hotel, Sailor meets an elderly man, Mark "Moses" Stillman, a former minor league baseball player whose wife and daughter drowned in the ocean off Belmar years earlier. Sailor's having nightmares about his previous case, and when he starts seeing things again, he realizes that once again he's being guided to the truth, even if it's not what he wants to hear--and it's not long before he finds himself investigating the Stillman deaths. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 7.8.12
  • A Death in Valencia
    Author: Webster, Jason
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312581848 Date: 2012
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    Detective Max Camara, with his love of flamenco and brandy, delves into issues that rouse and divide the Spanish people today. Max stumbles into a web of corruption and violence, uncovering deep animosities and hidden secrets, and forcing him to question his own doubts and desires.
    Updated 7.8.12

October

  • Eleven Pipers Piping
    Author: Benison, C. C .
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780385344463 Date: 2012
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    The welcome return of Benison's delectable series featuring Father Tom Christmas. The recently widowed vicar reluctantly attends a festival when a huge snowfall begins. The festivities are interrupted by an enigmatic stranger seeking shelter.
    Updated 10.1.12
  • The Hot Country
    Author: Butler, Robert Olen
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780802120465 Date: 2012
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  • The Big Exit
    Author: Carnoy, David
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9781590205150 Date: 2012
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    Updated 11.15.12
  • Gun Church
    Author: Coleman, Reed Farrel
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9781440551703 Date: 2012
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    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Panther
    Author: Demille, Nelson
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780446580847 Date: 2012
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    Updated 11.15.12
  • When a Heart Stops
    Author: Eason, Lynette
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 978080072087Date: 2012
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    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 11.15.12
  • Killing the Emperors: A Baroness Jack Troutbeck and Robert Amiss Mystery
    Author: Edwards, Ruth Dudley
    $ 22.95 ISBN: 9781590586396 Date: 2012
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    Why have luminaries of the world of conceptual art been kidnapped? And why has Baroness (Jack) Troutbeck - who has publicly described them all as knaves or fools - gone missing too? As victims surface publicly and horrifically dead, in what become 'The Hommage Murders', can she be rescued in time?
    Updated 10.1.12
  • The Stockholm Octavo
    Author: Englemann, Karen
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780061995347 Date: 2012
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    Life is close to perfect for Emil Larsson, a self-satisfied bureaucrat in the Office of Customs and Excise in 1791 Stockholm. He is a true man of the Town--a drinker, card player, and contented bachelor--until one evening when Mrs. Sofia Sparrow, a fortune-teller and proprietor of an exclusive gaming parlor, shares with him a vision she has had: a golden path that will lead him to love and connection. She lays an Octavo for him, a spread of eight cards that augur the eight individuals who can help him realize this vision--if he can find them.

    Emil begins his search, intrigued by the puzzle of his Octavo and the good fortune Mrs. Sparrow's vision portends. But when Mrs. Sparrow wins a mysterious folding fan in a card game, the Octavo's deeper powers are revealed. For Emil it is no longer just a game of the heart; collecting his eight is now crucial to pulling his country back from the crumbling precipice of rebellion and chaos. Set against the luminous backdrop of late eighteenth-century Stockholm, as the winds of revolution rage through the great capitals of Europe, "The Stockholm Octavo" brings together a collection of characters, both fictional and historical, whose lives tangle in political conspiracy, love, and magic in a breathtaking debut that will leave you spellbound. - Publisher Marketing

    Updated 9.28.12
  • The Woman Who Died a Lot: Thursday Next
    Author: Fforde, Jasper
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670025022 Date: 2012
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    The newest tour de force starring Thursday Next in the "New York Times" bestselling series 
    The Bookworld's leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into a semiretirement following an assassination attempt, returning home to Swindon and her family to recuperate. 
    But Thursday's children have problems that demand she become a mother of invention: Friday's career struggles in the Chronoguard, where she is relegated to a might-have-been; Tuesday's trouble perfecting the Anti-Smote shield, needed in time to thwart an angry Deity's promise to wipe Swindon off the face of the earth; and the issue of Thursday's third child, Jenny, who doesn't exist except as a confusing and disturbing memory. 
    With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, and a call from the Bookworld to hunt down Pagerunners who have jumped into the Realworld, Thursday's convalescence is going to be anything but restful as the week ahead promises to be one of the Next family's oddest. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Dick Francis's Bloodline
    Author: Francis, Felix
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399160806 Date: 2012
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  • Beluga
    Author: Gavin, Rick
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250015228 Date: 2012
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    Updated 11.15.12
  • Salvation of a Saint
    Author: Higashino, Keigo
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312600686 Date: 2012
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    From the author of the internationally bestselling, award-winning "The Devotion of Suspect X" comes the latest novel featuring Detective Galileo. The detective returns in a new case of impossible murder, where instincts clash with facts and theory with reality.
    Updated 10.1.12
  • City of Saints
    Author: Hunt, Andrew
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250015792 Date: 2012
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    Winner of the 2011 Hillerman Prize--an engaging historical mystery set in 1930s Salt Lake City starring a newly-minted Mormon lawman. When a socialite turns up dead, an inexperienced deputy finds himself thrust into the role of detective.
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Undercover
    Author: James, Bill
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9781780290287 Date: 2012
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    When Harpur and Iles are called in to investigate an undercover investigation gone wrong, they can sense dark, hazardous times ahead . . . - After a gang shooting involving an undercover police officer, Colin Harpur and his boss Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles are called to another Force's ground to investigate what the Home Office see as spectacular failings. Harpur can imagine the pressure the officer would have been under. If a gang decided to kill, a spy would have to go along with it. But with careers of fellow officers - who might be in secret, dangerous alliance with villains - at risk, Harpur knows that he and Iles have an exceptionally tough inquiry ahead.
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Invisible Murders
    Author: Kaaberbol, Lene
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781616951702 Date: 2012
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  • Live by Night
    Author: Lehane, Dennis
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780060004873 Date: 2012
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    Lehane has proven himself to be one of the most versatile and exciting novelists working in America today. He's back with an epic, unflinching tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition Era.
    Updated 11.2.12
  • Murder in the Rue Dumas: Verlaque and Bonnet Provencal Mystery
    Author: Longworth, M.L.
    $ 14 ISBN: 9780143121541 Date: 2012
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    Aix-en-Provence is renowned for its lavender, wine, and murders. When Longworth debuted her charming mystery series featuring the crime-solving duo of Judge Antoine Verlaque and his on-again, off-again girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet, she won rave reviews.
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy
    Author: Macneal, Susan Ella
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780553593624 Date: 2012
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  • A Fatal Winter: Max Tudor
    Author: Malliet, G.M.
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312647971 Date: 2012
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    "There are certain things you want in a village mystery: a pretty setting, a tasteful murder, an appealing sleuth . . . Malliet delivers all that.--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times. Last year, Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet charmed mystery lovers, cozy fans, and Agatha Christie devotees with "Wicked Autumn, "the first mystery featuring her captivating protagonist, Max Tudor, and the small English village of Nether Monkslip. In A Fatal Winter, Max--Anglican priest, former MI5 agent, and village heartthrob--investigates two deaths at Chedrow Castle. But his growing attraction to Awena Owen complicates his case, as does the recent arrival at Chedrow Castle of a raucous group of long-lost, greedy relatives, any one of whom has a motive for murder. With a cozy setting, intricate puzzles, and a handsome (non-celibate) priest doing the sleuthing, the books in this series are destined to become instant classics in the mystery world.
    Updated 11.1.12
  • The Dark Winter
    Author: Mark, David
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399158643 Date: 2012
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    In northern England, a series of suspicious deaths capture the attention of Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy, whose keen intelligence leads him to notice a pattern missed by others: all of the victims were at one time the sole survivors of tragedies large and small.
    Updated 10.1.12
  • The Black House
    Author: May, Peter
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781454901273 Date: 2012
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    From acclaimed author and dramatist Peter May comes the first book in the Lewis Trilogy--a riveting mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's Outer Hebrides. When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to investigate. As he unravels the murder, Fin is forced to confront the tragic events of the past that shaped--and nearly destroyed--his life.
    Updated 10.2.12
  • The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds
    Author: McCall Smith, Alexander
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307907332 Date: 2012
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  • Island of Bones
    Author: Robertson, Imogen
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670026272 Date: 2012
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    Robertson's first two historical suspense novels featuring the forthright Mrs. Harriet Westerman and reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther have earned both glowing praise and a growing readership. In this new book, Crowther's haunting past is at last revealed.
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Say You're Sorry
    Author: Robotham, Michael
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316221245 Date: 2012
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    During a turbulent blizzard, a husband and wife are brutally killed in their home while half of London is without power. A troubled young man, who reported the killings, is in custody, unwilling to explain his presence in the couple's home. If the suspect isn't the killer, who is?
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Fear Itself
    Author: Rosenheim, Andrew
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781468300727 Date: 2012
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    A compelling, finely-crafted, intelligent thriller set in the Second World War. 
    It is 1940, and war is raging in Europe. With forty million citizens of German ancestry, there is great pressure within America to stay out of the fight. Elements ranging from the Nazi-sympathetic German-American Bund to the WASP-led America First movement are working feverishly to make sure America does not intervene on the side of a beleaguered Great Britain. 
    Stephen Nessheim, a 28-year-old German-American Lutheran, is working for the still-fledgling FBI. Having grown up in a small Wisconsin town, Nessheim has attended the University of Chicago already known for its radical theories of education and Leftist sympathies. But Nessheim is conservative, befitting his small town upbringing as the son of a schoolteacher, and plays American football in college. Dealing with his own conflicts and that of his divided community, Nessheim finds himself assigned to infiltrate the Bund to seek out suspected Nazi-extremists. His investigations take him deep into the heart of Roosevelt's government. But as he moves closer to the truth, another even more sinister plot emerges which threatens the very foundations of American democracy.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Mad River
    Author: Sandford, John
    $ 27.95 ISBN:9780399157707 Date: 2012
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  • Big Maria
    Author: Shaw, Johnny
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781612184395 Date: 2012
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    Somewhere in Arizona's Chocolate Mountains lie the Big Maria Mine and a wealth of gold lost for a hundred years. There's only one problem: those mountains are now the home of the US Army Proving Ground, the world's largest active artillery range. But for Harry, Ricky, and Frank, three down-at-the-heels guys with few dollars but plenty of dreams, the gold offers each of them a chance for a new life. Are scuba diving through an underwater ghost town; facing down a hungry mountain lion; doing the hesitation waltz across a minefield; matching wits with potheads, pit bulls, and bikers; and braving the might of Uncle Sam's full arsenal worth it? With little more than a samurai sword, a severed head, and an impractical amount of optimism, these intrepid soldiers of (mis)fortune are about to find out.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Death and the Maiden: Max Liebermann
    Author: Tallis, Frank
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780812983340 Date: 2012
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    Tallis, acclaimed author of the Edgar Award-nominated "Vienna Secrets," returns with a new and masterfully woven tale full of deceit, love, and rich mystery. A top diva at the Vienna Opera has gone silent for good after an apparent laudanum overdose. Learning of her professional rivalries and her scandalous affairs, a doctor and detective suspect foul play.
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Death on Telegraph Hill: Sarah Woolson
    Author: Tallman, Shirley
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250010438 Date: 2012
    starKirkus star PW
    "Tallman offers an entertaining mystery . . . will appeal to fans of Anne Perry and Rhys Bowen"--"Library Journal." San Francisco, 1882. When her brother is hit by a bullet, a crusading young lawyer discovers more murder and mayhem on Telegraph Hill.
    Updated 10.1.12
  • This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It
    Author: Wong, David
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312546342 Date: 2012
    starPW

    Fan favorite David Wong takes readers to a whole new level with this blistering sequel to the cult sensation "John Dies at the End, " soon to be a movie starring Paul Giamatti

    Originally released as an online serial where it received more than 70,000 downloads, "John Dies at the End" has been described as a "Horrortacular," an epic of "spectacular" horror that combines the laugh out loud humor of the best R-rated comedy, with the darkest terror of H.P. Lovecraft. The book went on to sell an additional 60,000 copies in all formats.

    As the sequel opens, we find our heroes, David and John, again embroiled in a series of horrifying yet mind-bogglingly ridiculous events caused primarily by their own gross incompetence. The guys find that books and movies about zombies may have triggered a zombie apocalypse, despite a complete lack of zombies in the world. As they race against the clock to protect humanity from its own paranoia, they must ask themselves, who are the real monsters? Actually, that would be the shape-shifting horrors secretly taking over the world behind the scenes that, in the end, make John and Dave kind of wish it had been zombies after all.

    Hilarious, terrifying, engaging and wrenching, "This Book Is Full of Spiders, " the next thrilling installment, takes us for a wild ride with two slackers from the midwest who really have better things to do with their time than prevent the apocalypse. 

    - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.12

November

  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas
    Author: Bowen, Rhys
    $ 24.995 ISBN: 9780425252789 Date: 2012
    starPW star LJ
    She may be thirty-fifth in line for the throne, but Lady Georgiana Rannoch cannot wait to ring in the new year--before a Christmas killer wrings another neck... 
    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me--well, actually, "my "true love, Darcy O'Mara, is spending a "feliz navidad" tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I'm snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig. 
    So it's a miracle when I contrive to land a position as hostess to a posh holiday party in Tiddleton. The village is like something out of "A Christmas Carol"! But no sooner have I arrived than a neighborhood nuisance, a fellow named Freddie falls out of a tree, dead.... Dickensian, indeed. 
    Freddie's merely a stocking stuffer. On my second day in town, another so-called accident turns up another mincemeat pie--and yet another on my third. The village is buzzing that a recent prison break could have something to do with it... that, or a long-standing witch's curse. I'm not so sure. But after Darcy shows up beneath the mistletoe, anything could be possible in this wicked wonderland.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.1.12
  • The Ice Maiden Commeth Not
    Author: Boyle, Alistair
    $ 23 ISBN: 9781888310092 Date: 2012
    starBooklist

    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Black Box
    Author: Connelly, Michael
    $ 27.99 ISBN: 9780316069434 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. 
    Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together. 
    Riveting and relentlessly paced, THE BLACK BOX leads Harry Bosch, "one of the greats of crime fiction" ("New York Daily News"), into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.12
  • A Drop of Chinese Blood
    Author: Church, James
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312550639 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist

    James Church's Inspector O novels have been hailed as "crackling good" ("The Washington Post") and "tremendously clever" ("Tampa Tribune"), while Church himself has been embraced by critics as "the equal of le Carre" ("Publishers Weekly," starred). Now Church--a former Western intelligence officer who pulls back the curtain on the hidden world of North Korea in a way that no one else can--comes roaring back with a new novel introducing Inspector O's nephew, Major Bing, the long-suffering chief of the Chinese Ministry of State Security operations on the border with North Korea.

    The last place Bing expected to find the stunningly beautiful Madame Fang--a woman Headquarters wants closely watched--was on his front doorstep. Then, as suddenly as she shows up, Madame Fang mysteriously disappears across the river into North Korea, leaving in her wake both consternation and a highly sensitive assignment for Bing to bring back from the North a long missing Chinese security official. Concerned for his nephew's safety, O reluctantly helps him navigate an increasingly complex and deadly maze, one that leads down the twisted byways of O's homeland. In the tradition of Philip Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy, and the Inspector Arkady Renko novels, "A Drop of Chinese Blood" presents an unfamiliar world, a perplexing universe where the rules are an enigma to the reader and even, sometimes, to Inspector O. Once again, James Church has crafted a story with beautifully spare prose and layered descriptions of a country and a people he knows by heart.

    - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.12
  • The Colony
    Author: Colucci, A.J.
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250001290 Date: 2012
    starPW

    Updated 11.15.12
  • Poseidon's Arrow
    Author: Cussler, Clive and Dirk
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780399162923 Date: 2012
    starPW
    It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades--an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. Nothing else in any other nation's naval arsenal even comes close. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype is missing--and the man who developed it is dead. 
    At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are, sometimes bodies are found aboard . . . burned to a crisp.What is going on? And what does it have to do with an Italian submarine that itself disappeared in 1943, lost at sea? Or was she? 
    It is up to NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his team, aided by a beautiful NCIS agent and by Pitt's children, marine engineer Dirk and oceanographer Summer, to go on a desperate international chase to find the truth, from Washington to Mexico, Idaho to Panama. What they discover at the end of it is a much, much greater threat than even they imagined.If they don't succeed in their mission, the world as they know it might end up a very different place--and not a pleasant one. 
    Filled with breathtaking suspense and extraordinary imagination, "Poseidon's Arrow "is further proof that when it comes to adventure writing, nobody beats Clive Cussler.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.12
  • The Thieves of Legend
    Author: Doestch, Richard
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781416598985 Date: 2012
    starBooklist

    Updated 11.15.12
  • Safe House
    Author: Ewan, Chris
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250012562 Date: 2012
    starPW

    Updated 11.15.12
  • A Death in the Small Hours
    Author: Finch, Charles
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250011602 Date: 2012
    starPW
    rom the critically acclaimed author of "A Beautiful Blue Death" and "A Burial at Sea" comes an intriguing new mystery in what "The New York Times" calls "a beguiling series" Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. His days of regularly investigating the crimes of Victorian London now some years behind him, he plans a trip to his uncle's estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops: broken windows, minor thefts, threatening scrawls. 
    Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley. Now, with his protege, John Dallington, at his side, the race is on for Lenox to find the culprit before he strikes again. And this time his victim may be someone that Lenox loves.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Archie Meets Nero Wolfe
    Author: Goldsborough, Robert
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9781453270974 Date: 2012
    starPW

    Updated 11.15.12
  • Hard Twisted
    Author: Greaves, C. Joseph
    $ 25 ISBN: 978160898559 Date: 2012
    starLJ

    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Right Hand
    Author: Haas, Derek
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316198462 Date: 2012
    starPW
    Meet Austin Clay, the CIA's best-kept secret. 
    There has always been a need in the spy game for operations outside the realm of legality-covert missions so black no one in the American government, and almost no one in intelligence itself, is aware of their existence. The left hand can't know what the right hand is doing. 
    Austin Clay is that right hand, executing missions that would be disavowed by his own government were he ever to be compromised. His team consists of only his trusted handler and himself. His missions are among the most important and dangerous in U.S. history. 
    Clay is sent to track down a missing American operative, a man who was captured outside of Moscow, in the Russian countryside. Soon he discovers the missing officer is only the beginning of the mission, and finds himself protecting a desperate woman who believes a mole has penetrated the top levels of the U.S. government, throwing the international balance of power into jeopardy. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 10.1.12
  • Good Junk: Cliff St. James
    Author: Kovacs, Ed
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312600891 Date: 2012
    starPW

    Updated 11.15.12
  • Cold Quiet County
    Author: Lindemuth, Clayton
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781849821667 Date: 2012
    starPW

    Updated 11.15.12
  • Young Philby
    Author: Littell, Robert
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250005168 Date: 2012
    starKirkus

    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Buzzard Table
    Author: Maron, Margaret
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 97804446555821 Date: 2012
    starKirkus

    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Marseille Caper
    Author: Mayle, Peter
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780307594198 Date: 2012
    starBooklist

    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Boy in the Snow: Edie Kiglatuk
    Author: McGrath, M.J.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780670023691 Date: 2012
    starPW

    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Cold Cold Ground
    Author: McKinty, Adrian
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781616147167 Date: 2012
    starBooklist

    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Bubble Gum Thief
    Author: Miller, Jeff
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781612184838 Date: 2012
    starBooklist

    Updated 11.15.12
  • Stalking Season
    Author: Miller, Maryann
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781432825980 Date: 2012
    starPW

    Updated 11.15.12
  • Mandarin Gate
    Author: Pattison, Eliot
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312656041 Date: 2012
    starPW

    Updated 11.15.12
  • Beneath the Abbey Wall
    Author: Scott, A.D.
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781451665772 Date: 2012
    starBooklist

    Updated 11.15.12
  • Staten Island Noir
    Author: Smith, Patricia (edt)
    $ 15.95 ISBN: 9781617751295 Date: 2012
    starKirkus

    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Clause: Five Enemies, One Man, Zero Options
    Author: Wiprud, Brian
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780738734163 Date: 2012
    starLJ

    Updated 11.15.12

December

  • Dying on the Vine
    Author: Elkins, Aaron J.
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780425247884 Date: 2012
    starBooklist

    Updated 11.15.12
  • Sanctity of Hate
    Author: Royal, Priscilla
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781464200182 Date: 2012
    starPW

    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Child's Child
    Author: Vine, Barbara
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781451694895 Date: 2012
    starKirkus

    Updated 11.15.12

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