Crime Fiction Stars 2013

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...

  • Hit Me
    Author: Block, Lawrence
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780316127356 Date: 2013
    starPW starLJ star Booklist
     A man named Nicholas Edwards lives in New Orleans renovating houses, doing honest work and making decent money at it. Between his family and his stamp collection, all his spare time is happily accounted for. Sometimes it's hard to remember that he used to kill people for a living. 
    But when the nation's economy tanks, taking the construction business with it, all it takes is one phone call to drag him back into the game. It may say Nicholas Edwards on his driver's license and credit cards, but he's back to being the man he always was: Keller. 
    Keller's work takes him to New York, the former home he hasn't dared revisit, where his target is the abbot of a midtown monastery. Another call puts him on a West Indies cruise, with several interesting fellow passengers-the government witness, the incandescent young woman keeping the witness company, and, sharing Keller's cabin, his wife, Julia. But the high drama comes in Cheyenne, where a recent widow is looking to sell her husband's stamp collection... 
    In HIT ME, legendary Edgar Grandmaster and "New York Times" bestselling author Lawrence Block returns to one of his most beloved characters. Welcome back, Keller. You've been missed. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.10.12
  • Blood of War
    Author: Bond, Larry
    $25.99 ISBN: 9780765321404 Date: 2013
    starPW
    In the second installment of Bond's gripping series, CIA Agent Mara Duncan faces her most grueling assignment: get scientist Josh MacArthur and a seven-year-old witness to the Chinese atrocities in Vietnam out of the country safely.
    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Corpse on the Court
    Author: Brett, Simon
    $ 29 ISBN: 9781780290324 Date: 2013
    starBooklist

    The genteel game of Real Tennis takes a murderous twist in Simon Brett's witty and entertaining new Fethering mystery. Jude's life has been turned upside-down thanks her new mant, Piers Targett, who's keen to get her involved in his hobby - or obsession - of Real Tennis. But when one of Piers' friends dies on the court in suspicious circumstances, Jude finds herself caught up in the police investigation. Meanwhile, Jude's neighbour Carole is trying to identify the human remains known locally as the 'Lady in the Lake.' As the two investigations become intertwined, Carole and Jude's efforts to find the truth look set to lead to more murders. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.5.12

  • The Wrath of Angels: Charlie Parker
    Author: Connolly, John
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781476703022 Date: 2013
    starLJ
    Darkly brilliant and intuitive private detective Charlie Parker returns in the next thrilling installment of the "New York Times"-bestselling series by Connolly
    Updated 11.15.12
  • Kinsey and Me: Stories
    Author: Grafton, Sue
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780399163838 Date: 2013
    starBooklist
    In 1982, Grafton introduced readers to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Grafton is a number-one bestselling author. To mark this anniversary year, Grafton delivers stories that reveal Kinsey's origins and the author's past.
    Updated 12.10.12
  • The Third Bullet
    Author: Hunter, Stephen
    $ 27 ISBN: 9781451640205 Date: 2013
    starBooklist star LJ
    A blockbuster alternate narrative to one of the most enduring controversies of our time: The assassination of John F. Kennedy. This time, Bob Lee Swagger is on the case. Why did the third bullet aimed at John F. Kennedy explode? The Warren Commission had no idea. The 4,000 authors and investigators who followed the case remain clueless. But Bob Lee Swagger knows.
    Updated 11.5.12
  • Nightrise
    Author: Kelly, Jim
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780780290331 Date: 2013
    starBooklist
    By popular demand, Philip Dryden returns in an intriguing new fenland mystery. Journalist Philip Dryden is shocked to be informed by police that his father has been killed in a car accident - he drowned during the fenland floods of 1977, 35 years before. At the same time, two unrelated cases are demanding Dryden's professional attention: a body riddled with bullets found hanging in the middle of a lettuce field, and a couple protesting that the local council has buried their baby daughter in a pauper's grave without permission. As Dryden pieces the clues together, he realizes that the three cases may be related after all . . - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 12.10.12
  • A Killer in the Wind
    Author: Klavan, Andrew
    $ 25 ISBN: 978082120670 Date: 2013
    starPW
    Three years ago, working vice for the NYPD, Dan Champion uncovered a sex slavery ring run by a kingpin known only as the Fat Woman. Obsessed with bringing her down, Champion infiltrated a world of sexual obsession and perversity. He broke the case, but the case also broke him.
    Updated 11.5.12
  • The Uninvited
    Author: Jensen, Liz
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781608199921 Date: 2013
    starPW
    A seven-year-old girl puts a nail gun to her grandmother's neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Is violence contagious? Part psychological thriller, part dystopian nightmare, The Uninvited is a powerful and viscerally unsettling portrait of apocalypse in embryo.
    Updated 11.5.12
  • Retribution
    Author: Magson, Adrian
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727882226 Date: 2013
    starBooklist
    An atrocity that allegedly took place under Harry's watch in Kosovo in 1999 has the potential to strike at the very heart of the UN's worldwide standing if proved true. Was one of Harry's Closed Protection teams really guilty of rape and murder?"
    Updated 1.31.13
  • The One I Left Behind
    Author: McMahon, Jennifer
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780062122551 Date: 2013
    starKirkus starPW
    Bestselling author McMahon is back with a gut-wrenching mystery about an architect whose troubled mother has been found 25 years after being kidnapped by a killer who is still on the loose. "One of the brightest new stars of literary suspense."--Los Angeles Times.
    Updated 11.15.12
  • Cover of Snow
    Author: Milchman, Jenny
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345534217 Date: 2013
    starPW starBooklist
    Milchman's Cover of Snow is a remarkable debut, a gripping tale of suspensein the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Chris Bohjalian, and Nancy Pickard. Wakingup one wintry morning in her old farmhouse, Nora instantly knows her world isirretrievably shattered: Her husband has committed suicide.
    Updated 12.10.12
  • The Begger King: Hangman's Daughter
    Author: Potzsch, Oliver
    $ 18 ISBN: 9780547992198 Date: 2013
    starPW
    The third installment of the international best-selling Hangman's Daughter series
    1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse she locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience first-hand the torture he's administered himself for years. As nightmares assail him, Kuisl can only hope to prevail on the Regensburg executioner to show mercy to a fellow hangman. 
    Kuisl's steely daughter, Magdalena, and her young doctor paramour, Simon, rush to Regensburg and try to save Jakob, enlisting an underground network of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy for help. Navigating the labyrinthine city, they learn there is much more behind the false accusation than a personal vendetta: there is a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire. 
    Chock-full of fascinating historical detail, The Beggar King brings to vibrant life another tremendous tale of an unlikely hangman and his tough-as-nails daughter, confirming Potzsch's mettle as a storyteller at the height of his powers.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Blood Gospel
    Author: Rollins, James & Rebecca Cantrell
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9780061991042 Date: 2013
    starLJ
    In his first-ever collaboration, New York Times-bestselling author Rollins combines his skill for cutting-edge science and historical mystery with award-winning novelist Cantrell's talent for haunting suspense and sensual atmosphere in a gothic tale about an ancient order and the hunt for a miraculous book.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • The Russian Donation
    Author: Speilberg, Christoph
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781612184308 Date: 2013
    starPW star Booklist
    Doctor Felix Hoffmann is a seasoned physician at a Berlin hospital, respected by colleagues and devoted to his intelligent girlfriend, Celine. It's a life filled with medical work, televised soccer games, and the chill of German beer. And when a former patient shows up dead by causes unknown, curiosity and sheer medical devotion propel Hoffmann to investigate. But his autopsy order goes unfulfilled as the body is cremated and hospital records vanish. Soon, Hoffmann discovers a diagnosis of conspiratorial proportions, and he must risk everything to save not only himself but the hospital he's always loved.
    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Sign of the Weeping Virgin
    Author: White, Alana
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781432826239 Date: 2013
    starKirkus

    Updated 11.5.12
  • The Intercept
    Author: Wolf, Dick
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780062064837 Date: 2013
    starLJ
    An adrenaline-fueled thriller debut in the tradition of Three Days of the Condor from the famed creator of TV's Law & Order, featuring NYPD Special Agent Jeremy Fisk, who is New York City's last hope against an ingenious, multi-pronged terrorist attack.
    Updated 11.5.12

February...

  • Speaking from Among the Bones: Flavia De Luce
    Author: Bradley, Alan
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780385344036 Date: 2013
    starPW
    When the tomb of St. Tancred is opened at a village church in Bishop's Lacey, its shocking contents lead to another case for Flavia de Luce, where greed, pride and murder result in old secrets coming to light, along with a forgotten flower that hasn't been seen for half a thousand years.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • The Woman Who Wouldn't Die
    Author: Cotterill, Colin
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781616952068 Date: 2013
    starPW
    The long-awaited follow-up to 2011's Slash & Burn and the ninth installment in Colin Cotterill's bestselling mystery series starring the inimitable Lao national coroner, Dr. Siri.
    In a small Lao village, a very strange thing has happened. A woman was shot and killed in her bed during a burglary; she was given a funeral and everyone in the village saw her body burned. Then, three days later, she was back in her house as if she'd never been dead at all. But now she's clairvoyant, and can speak to the dead. That's why the long-dead brother of a Lao general has enlisted her to help his brother uncover his remains, which have been lost at the bottom of a river for many years. 
    Lao national coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun and his wife, Madame Daeng, are sent along to supervise the excavation. It could be a kind of relaxing vacation for them, maybe, except Siri is obsessed with the pretty undead medium's special abilities, and Madame Daeng might be a little jealous. She doesn't trust the woman for some reason─is her hunch right? What is the group really digging for at the bottom of this remote river on the Thai border? What war secrets are being covered up?- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.31.13
  • A Good Death
    Author: Cox, Christopher R.
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250012319 Date: 2013
    starBooklist star LJ

    A nail-biting debut mystery that plunges readers into the seamy side streets of late-90s Bangkok and across the untamed mountains of the Lao-Vietnam border, hot on the heels of an alluring woman who's officially dead - unless she's masterminded a half-million-dollar life-insurance scam

    An expertly crafted debut, A GOOD DEATH introduces Sebastian Damon, a sharp-witted though struggling Boston PI who catches an intriguing case. Linda Watts is a beautiful, talented Southeast Asian refugee with a promising career in finance--or she was, until she turned up dead, the victim of a heroin OD, in a cheap Bangkok guest house. Her death seemed straightforward to the Thai authorities, but her insurance company isn't buying it. They send Sebastian halfway around the world to investigate--where he finds himself confounded and completely out of place chasing faint leads through the broken, bewildering streets of Thailand's teeming capital. 
    An award-winning journalist with decades of experience traveling in and reporting on Southeast Asia, Christopher R. Cox takes readers on a vibrant journey through a corrupt police bureaucracy, a network of steamy Bangkok nightclubs and grimy hostels to a place where you can you feel the humid air and smell the stir-fried street food. Along the way, Sebastian finds romance as he falls for a captivatingly mysterious woman and camaraderie with his father's wise-cracking old Special Forces wingman -- an expat who can navigate Bangkok's chaotic underbelly and the wild mountains of Laos with equal aplomb. For Sebastian, it's the assignment of a lifetime, a chase that will lead him to a long-buried truth at the heart of all the dark lies, a quest that will change him forever in this richly imagined, compelling debut perfect for fans of John Burdett. - Publisher Marketing

    Updated 1.31.13
  • The Burn Palace
    Author: Dobyns, Stephen
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399160875 Date: 2013
    starPW
    The sleepy community of Brewster, Rhode Island, is just like any other small American town. It's a place where most of the population will likely die blocks from where they were born; where gossip spreads like wildfire, and the big entertainment on weekends is the inevitable fight at the local bar. But recently, something out of the ordinary--perhaps even supernatural--has been stirring in Brewster. While packs of coyotes gather on back roads and the news spreads that a baby has been stolen from Memorial Hospital (and replaced in its bassinet by a snake), a series of inexplicably violent acts begins to confound Detective Woody Potter and the local police--and inspire terror in the hearts and minds of the locals. 
    From award-winning author Stephen Dobyns comes a sardonic yet chillingly suspenseful novel: the literary equivalent of a Richard Russo small-town tableau crossed with a Stephen King thriller. The Burn Palace is a darkly funny, twisted portrait of chaos and paranoia, with an impressive host of richly rendered, larger-than-life characters and a thrilling plot that will keep readers guessing until the final pages.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Room No. 10
    Author: Edwardson, Ake
    $ 15 ISBN: 9781451608526 Date: 2013
    starLJ

    A YOUNG WOMAN IS DISCOVERED hanged in a room in a decrepit hotel, and Gothenburg's Chief Inspector Erik Winter must try to figure out what happened. As Winter looks around, he realizes that he was in the same hotel room many years earlier, when it was the last known location of a woman who subsequently disappeared and was never found. The two women seem to have nothing in common except for this hotel room, but Winter suspects that there may be other connections.

    The young woman's parents are bereft and unable to explain the puzzling contents of a note she left behind. Winter, however, senses that they are holding back some secret that might help him to find her murderer. As he pursues his hunch and digs into the old police report on the woman who disappeared--one of his first cases as a young detective--Winter becomes increasingly convinced that the two cases are somehow related. "Room No. 10 "is a first-rate thriller, suffused with the gray seaside beauty of Gothenburg and filled with the characters that Ake Edwardson's readers have come to love: Winter, the veteran detective who veers between pessimism and optimism but never gives up; Bertil Ringmar, the methodical old-timer whose analytical mind keeps everyone focused; hotheaded Fredrik Halders, whose temper sometimes overwhelms his passion for justice; and Aneta Djanali, Halders's girlfriend, an immigrant from Burkina Faso whose ability to talk to other women can open new leads. As compelling as they are dedicated, they are an unforgettable team determined to find a bizarre killer.- Publisher Marketing

    Updated 1.31.13
  • Tuesday's Gone: Frieda Klein
    Author: French, Nicci
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780670025671 Date: 2013
    starLJ starBooklist

    Internationally bestselling authors Nicci Gerard and Sean French, writing as Nicci French, have sold more than eight million copies of their books worldwide. But nothing they've written written before has grabbed the attention of reviewers and readers like Blue Monday and its iconic heroine, Frieda Klein. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it a "superb psychological thriller . . . with brooding atmosphere, sustained suspense, a last-minute plot twist, and memorable cast of characters." 
    In Tuesday's Gone, a London social worker makes a routine home visit only to discover her client, Michelle Doyce, serving afternoon tea to a naked, decomposing corpse. With no clues as to the dead man's identity, Chief Inspector Karlsson again calls upon Frieda for help. She discovers that the body belongs to Robert Poole, con man extraordinaire. But Frieda can't shake the feeling that the past isn't done with her yet. Did someone kill Poole to embroil her in the investigation? And if so, is Frieda herself the next victim? 
    A masterpiece of paranoia, Tuesday's Gone draws readers inexorably into a fractured and faithless world as it brilliantly confirms Frieda Klein as a quintessential heroine for our times. - Publisher Marketing

    Updated 1.31.13
  • Touch & Go
    Author: Gardner, Lisa
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780525953074 Date: 2013
    starPW
    Bestseller Gardner, author of Catch Me and Love You More, returns with a heart-thumping thriller about what lurks behind the facade of a perfect family. A family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their most personal possessions remaining behind.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Out of the Black Land
    Author: Greenwood, Kerry
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781464200380 Date: 2013
    starKirkus star PW
    Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt is peaceful and prosperous under the dual rule of the Pharaohs Amenhotep III and IV, until the younger Pharaoh begins to dream new and terrifying dreams. 
    Ptah-hotep, a young peasant boy studying to be a scribe, wants to live a simple life in a Nile hut with his lover Kheperren and their dog Wolf. But Amenhotep IV appoints him as Great Royal Scribe. Surrounded by bitterly envious rivals and enemies, how long will Ptah-hotep survive? 
    The child-princess Mutnodjme sees her beautiful sister Nefertiti married off to the impotent young Amenhotep. But Nefertiti must bear royal children, so the ladies of the court devise a shocking plan. 
    Kheperren, meanwhile, serves as scribe to the daring teenage General Horemheb. But while the Pharaoh's shrinking army guards the Land of the Nile from enemies on every border, a far greater menace impends. 
    For, not content with his own devotion to one god alone, the newly-renamed Akhnaten plans to suppress the worship of all other gods in the Black Land. 
    His horrified court soon realise that the Pharaoh is not merely deformed, but irretrievably mad; and that the biggest danger to the Empire is in the royal palace itself.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Ghostman
    Author: Hobbs, Roger
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780307959966 Date: 2013
    starKirkus star Booklist star PW
    Stunningly dark, hugely intelligent and thoroughly addictive, Ghostman announces the arrival of an exciting and highly distinctive novelist. 
    When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-thirties and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with. But within hours a private jet is flying this exceptionally experienced fixer and cleaner-upper from Seattle to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess: one heister dead in the parking lot, another winged but on the run, the shooter a complete mystery, the $1.2 million in freshly printed bills god knows where and the FBI already waiting for Jack at the airport, to be joined shortly by other extremely interested and elusive parties. He has only forty-eight hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes, taking with it the wider, byzantine ambitions behind the theft. To contend with all this will require every gram of his skill, ingenuity and self-protective instincts, especially when offense and defense soon become meaningless terms. And as he maneuvers these exceedingly slippery slopes, he relives the botched bank robbery in Kuala Lumpur five years earlier that has now landed him this unwanted new assignment. 
    From its riveting opening pages, Ghostman effortlessly pulls the reader into Jack's refined and peculiar world--and the sophisticated shadowboxing grows ever more intense as he moves, hour by hour, toward a constantly reimprovised solution. With a quicksilver plot, gripping prose and masterly expertise, Roger Hobbs has given us a novel that will immediately place him in the company of our most esteemed crime writers.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.31.13
  • The Jackal's Share
    Author: Jones, Christoper Morgan
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781594205354 Date: 2013
    starKirkus star PW
    A corporate investigator follows the Middle East's criminal money trail in this sequel to The Silent Oligarch. A desperate race against time that pits modern wealth against buried betrayals, The Jackal's Share carries readers from London to Lake Como, from the rotten alleys of Marrakesh to the shining spires of Dubai.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • The Burning Air
    Author: Kelly, Erin
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670026722 Date: 2013
    starBooklist star Kirkus
    An atmospheric thriller about a charmed upper class family, their secrets, and the vengeful obsession of an enemy they don't even know they have. When Rowan and his three grown children gather for the first time since a family death at weekend home, years of secrets surface and they discover a stranger in their midst.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • The Rage
    Author: Kerrigan, Gene
    $ 17 ISBN: 9781609450922 Date: 2013
    starLJ star Booklist
     Just released from jail, a thief is planning for an armored car robbery. An honest policeman, discouraged by his crooked colleagues, is investigating the murder of a banker. A call from an old acquaintance will change his course of investigation.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • The Dinner
    Author: Koch, Herman
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780770437855 Date: 2013
    starPW
    An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives -- all over the course of one meal. 
    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse -- the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.
    Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
    Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, "The Dinner" promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.15.12
  • The Romanov Cross
    Author: Masello, Robert
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780553807806 Date: 2013
    starKirkus star PW
    Nearly 100 years ago, a desperate young woman crawled ashore on a desolate arctic island, carrying a terrible secret and a mysterious, emerald-encrusted cross. A century later, acts of man, nature, and history converge on that same forbidding shore with a power sufficient to shatter civilization.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Three Graves Full
    Author: Mason, Jamie
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781451685039 Date: 2013
    starBooklist starPW
    For fans of the Coen brothers' films or for those who just love their thrillers with a dash of sharp humor--an engaging and offbeat story about a man driven to murder, who then buries the body in his backyard only to discover that there are two other shallow graves on his property.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Loose Ends
    Author: Moody, Susan
    $ 28.95 ISBN: 9780727882271 Date: 2013
    starBooklist
    A woman's unresolved past has disturbing implications for her future in this compelling psychological mystery. When she was nineteen, Kate's father, stepmother and eight-year-old sister were killed in a mysterious car accident in South America. The only survivor, Kate has no recollection of what happened that terrible day. But a proposition from a stranger becomes the catalyst for a series of events that will change Kate's life irrevocably. Somehow everything leads back to that one dreadful day in Ecuador, and loose ends that need to be resolved.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • The Africa Reich
    Author: Saville, Guy
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780805095937 Date: 2013
    starPW
    Demonic Walter Hochburg, architect of Nazi Africa, is threatening Britain's ailing colonies. In England, ex-mercenary Burton Cole is offered one last contract and grabs the chance to settle an old score with Hochburg. If Burton fails, unimaginable horrors will be unleashed in Africa.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Asbury Park
    Author: Scott, Rob
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780575093911 Date: 2012
    starPW
    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 11.15.12
  • A Deniable Death
    Author: Seymour, Gerald
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9781250018809 Date: 2013
    starPW
    A page-turning thriller of life and death in the moral maze of the post-9/11 world from the international bestselling author and "the best spy novelist ever" (Philadelphia Enquirer).
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Bear is Broken
    Author: Smith, Lachlan
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802120793 Date: 2012
    starPW star Booklist
    Leo Maxwell grew up in the shadow of his older brother, Teddy, a successful yet reviled criminal defense attorney who racked up enemies quickly. When Teddy is shot, Leo must examine the life of a brother he realizes he barely knew.
    Updated 12.10.12
  • Bad Blood
    Author: Stabenow, Dana
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780312550653 Date: 2013
    starBooklist
    New York Times-bestselling author Stabenow's latest finds Kate Shugak entangled in a bitter tribal rivalry and murder. One hundred years of bad blood between the villages come to a boil when the body of a young ne'er-do-well is found wedged in a fish wheel.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Black Irish
    Author: Talty, Stephan
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345538062 Date: 2013
    starBooklist
    In this explosive debut thriller by the New York Times-bestselling author of Empire of Blue Water, a brilliant homicide detective returns home, confronting a city's dark demons and her own past while pursuing a serial killer on a vengeful rampage.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Congo Dawn
    Author: Windle, Jeannette
    $ 12.99 ISBN: 9781414371580 Date: 2013
    starBooklist
    While former Marine lieutenant Robin Duncan is no stranger to corruption or conspiracy, she has always been able to tell the good guys from the bad, and the Congo jungle at first seems no different. But as her security team tries to track down an insurgent killer, Robin has to face a man who broke her trust years ago, and she discovers the gray areas extend farther in this jungle wilderness than she anticipated.A ruthless global conspiracy begins to surface, run by powerful men who can't afford to leave any witnesses. Her life at stake, Robin doesn't know who to trust and wonders how she can help protect innocent people. Why is God silent amid all the pain and injustice? And how do these people of faith continue to rejoice in their suffering?
    Suggested Reading: Christian Fiction
    Updated 1.31.13
  • City of Angels: Or the Overcoat of Dr. Freud
    Author: Wolf, Christa
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780374269357 Date: 2013
    starBooklist
    Three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Wolf began to sort through her newly declassified Stasi files. She found an unfamiliar--and disturbing--story: in the early 1960s, Wolf herself had been an informant for the Communist government. But 40 years later, she had absolutely no recollection of it.
    Updated 1.31.13

March...

  • The Guilty One
    Author: Ballantyne, Lisa
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062195517 Date: 2013
    starPW
    Daniel Hunter has spent years defending lost causes as a solicitor in London. But his life changes when he is introduced to Sebastian, an 11-year-old accused of murdering an innocent young boy.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Deadly Virtues
    Author: Bannister, Jo
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781250023445 Date: 2013
    starPW
    In this fast-paced thriller, Bannister proves once again why she is considered "one of the genre's best" (Booklist). Norbold, England, is famous for its low crime rate, thanks to the zero-tolerance policy of Chief Superintendent John Fountain. Norbold's newest police recruit, Hazel Best, is happy to help keep it that way. But numbers never tell the whole story, do they?
    Updated 1.25.13
  • Breaking Point
    Author: Box, C.J.
    $ 27 ISBN: 9780399160752 Date: 2013
    starPW
    The thrilling new Joe Pickett novel from the "New York Times"-bestselling author. Little did Joe know that when he talked to Lyle that day, the man was about to disappear. He was heading into the mountains to hunt, he said, but instead he was running. Two EPA employees had just been murdered, and all signs pointed to him as the killer.
    Updated 1.25.13
  • The Straw Men
    Author: Doherty, Paul
    $ 29 ISBN: 9781780290379 Date: 2013
    starPW
    Medieval mystery fans have cause for rejoicing with the return of Brother Athelstan -Booklist on Bloodstone January, 1381. Guests of the Regent, John of Gaunt, Brother Athelstan and Sir John Cranston have been attending a mystery play performed by the Straw Men, Gaunt's personal acting troupe, when the evening's entertainment is rudely interrupted by the sudden, violent deaths of two of Gaunt's VIP guests, their severed heads left on stage. The Regent orders Athelstan to find out who committed such a heinous act, leading Athelstan to tackle his most baffling case yet.
    Updated 1.25.13
  • Bay of Fires
    Author: Gee, Poppy
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316201681 Date: 2013
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    Sarah Avery's reckless behavior has cost her a job, her boyfriend, and the independence she desperately craves. Reluctantly home for the holidays in the tiny seaside town where her parents live, her hopes for calm are shattered when she finds the body of a young female backpacker, washed up on the shore.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • What Darkness Brings: Sebastian St Cyr
    Author: Harris, C.S.
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9780451239273 Date: 2013
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    In 1812, the death of a notorious London diamond merchant draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife Hero into a sordid world of greed, desperation, and the occult, when the husband of Sebastian's former lover Kat Boleyn is accused of the murder.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • The Book of Killowen
    Author: Hart, Erin
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781451634846 Date: 2013
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    After a year away from working in the field, an archaeologist and pathologist are back in the bogs, investigating a ninth-century body found buried in the trunk of a car. But pinned beneath it is the body of popular television personality. Both men were viciously murdered, but centuries apart--so how did they end up buried together?
    Updated 1.25.13
  • Dark Tide
    Author: Haynes, Elizabeth
    $ 14.99ISBN: 9780062197337 Date: 2013
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    The author of the acclaimed debut thriller Into the Darkest Corner returns with a taut, gripping murder mystery featuring a compelling heroine who unwittingly finds herself caught in an underworld of murder, corruption, and betrayal.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Ordinary Grace
    Author: Krueger, William Kent
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781451645828 Date: 2013
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    That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word.

    New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson's Drugstore, and "Hot Stuff "comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.

    Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family-- which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother-- he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.

    Told from Frank's perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.- Publisher Marketing

    Updated 1.31.13
  • Criminal Enterprise
    Author: Laukkanen, Owen
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399157905 Date: 2013
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    The new Stevens and Windermere novel from the author of the dazzlingly acclaimed The Professionals--"one of the best debuts of the year (Mystery Scene). From the outside, Carter Tomlin's life looked perfect. But Carter has a secret. He's lost his job, the bills are mounting, and that perfect life is hanging by a thread. Desperate, he robs a bank.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Rage Against Dying
    Author: Masterman, Becky
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312622947 Date: 2013
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    Brigid Quinn's experiences in hunting sexual predators for the FBI have left her with memories she wishes she didn't have and lethal skills she hopes never to need again. But the past intervenes when a man confesses to the worst unsolved case of Brigid's career.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Gods and Beasts
    Author: Mina, Denise
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316188524 Date: 2013
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    It's the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • The Boyfriend
    Author: Perry, Thomas
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780802126061 Date: 2013
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    After a respected career as a LAPD homicide detective, Jack Till now works as a private investigator. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case. As Till digs deeper, he realizes that the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Marbeck and the Double-Dealer
    Author: Pilkington, John
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780727882394 Date: 2013
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    From the author of the successful Thomas the Falconer mysteries comes a new historical series featuring Elizabethan intelligencer Martin Marbeck . . . 1600: a new century dawns. War with Spain has dragged on for fifteen years, the conflict in Ireland for six. Unease stalks England in the dying years of Elizabeth I's reign, and Elizabethan intelligencer Martin Marbeck is bored. Then a message from his spymaster, Sir Robert Cecil arrives: the existence of a spy has been discovered, code-named Morera, and Marbeck must uncover the true identity of this traitor quickly, before rumours of the young King Philip III forming a new Armada prove themselves to be true.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • The Demonolgist
    Author: Pyper, Andrew
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781451697414 Date: 2013
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    Fans of The Historian won't be able to put down this spellbinding literary horror story in which a Columbia professor must use his knowledge of demonic mythology to rescue his daughter from the Underworld
    Updated 1.25.13
  • Island 731
    Author: Robinson, Jeremy
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780312617875 Date: 2013
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    The high adventure of James Rollins meets the gripping suspense of Matthew Reilly in Robinson's explosive new thriller. Mark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, is out of his element, working on board a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A series of strange malfunctions plague the ship's high tech systems.
    Updated 1.25.13
  • The Andalucian Friend
    Author: Soderberg, Alexander
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780770436056 Date: 2013
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    When Sophie Brinkmann meets Hector Guzman, her life is perfectly uneventful. She's a nurse and a single mother in a Stockholm suburb. She likes Guzman's quiet charm and easy smile. She quickly learns, though, that his smooth faade masks something much more sinisterNhe's the head of an international crime ring that is at war with a rival organization.
    Updated 1.25.13
  • Death on a Pale Horse: Sherlock Holmes on Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Author: Thomas, Donald
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 97816059832943 Date: 2013
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    In a momentous period of British history, Donald Thomas's latest Sherlock Holmes adventure pits the Great Detective and his faithful biographer, Dr. John Watson, against an international conspiracy led by a disgraced English officer. Colonel Hunter Moran bears upon him The Mark of the Beast; his satanic ingenuity leaves a spectacular trail of devastation. It runs from the annihilation of a British armored column by Zulu tribesmen armed only with shields and spears, to a life-and-death struggle on the sinking passenger steamer Comtesse de Flandre.

    The heir to the French empire lies dead in the African dust. Europe is brought to the brink of war by forged despatches, designed to enrich gun-runners and assassins. The gold-fields and diamond mines of South Africa become the playground of organized crime.

    Only the detective genius of Holmes can prove a match for the unfolding criminality of Moran and his associates. With Watson and Mycroft at his side, Sherlock Holmes again demonstrates although the powers of the state and the underworld may try to overpower him, they will never out-think his splendid analytical mind at the height of its powers.- Publisher Marketing

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  • Capitol Punishment
    Author: Wilson. Robert
    $ 28 ISBN: 9780547935195 Date: 2013
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    Alyshia D'Cruz, daughter of Indian tycoon Frank D'Cruz, has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. After a boozy evening out, she gets in the wrong cab home. 
    Enter Charles Boxer. Ex-army, ex-police, he has found his niche in private security. His specialty: kidnap and recovery. When D'Cruz hires Boxer to find Alyshia, Boxer knows Frank's crooked business empire has made him plenty of enemies. Despite the vast D'Cruz fortune, the kidnappers don't want cash, instead favoring a cruel and lethal game. But the British government doesn't want its big new investor to lose his daughter in the heart of the capital. The MI6 office in India follows Boxer's lead, and soon it seems more lives than Alyshia's are at stake as the trail crosses paths with a terrorist plot on British soil. 
    To save Alyshia, Boxer must dodge religious fanatics, Indian mobsters, and London's homegrown crime lords. Capital Punishment is a thrilling journey to the dark side of people and places that lie just out of view, waiting for the moment to tear a life apart. 
    - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.31.13

April

  • Life After Life
    Author: Atkinson, Kate
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316176484 Date: 2013
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    "What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? " 
    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. 
    Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she? 
    Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.31.13
  • When the Devil Drives
    Author: Brookmyre, Christopher
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780802120892 Date: 2013
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    Updated 4.8.13
  • Tuesday's Gone: Frieda Klein
    Author: French, Nicci
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780670025671 Date: 2013
    starLJ star Booklist
    Internationally bestselling authors Nicci Gerard and Sean French, writing as Nicci French, have sold more than eight million copies of their books worldwide. But nothing they've written written before has grabbed the attention of reviewers and readers like Blue Monday and its iconic heroine, Frieda Klein. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it a "superb psychological thriller . . . with brooding atmosphere, sustained suspense, a last-minute plot twist, and memorable cast of characters.
    In Tuesday's Gone, a London social worker makes a routine home visit only to discover her client, Michelle Doyce, serving afternoon tea to a naked, decomposing corpse. With no clues as to the dead man's identity, Chief Inspector Karlsson again calls upon Frieda for help. She discovers that the body belongs to Robert Poole, con man extraordinaire. But Frieda can't shake the feeling that the past isn't done with her yet. Did someone kill Poole to embroil her in the investigation? And if so, is Frieda herself the next victim? 
    A masterpiece of paranoia, Tuesday's Gone draws readers inexorably into a fractured and faithless world as it brilliantly confirms Frieda Klein as a quintessential heroine for our times.
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Josh Whoever
    Author: Guillebeau, Michael
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781432826840 Date: 2013
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    Updated 1.31.13
  • Prophet of Bones
    Author: Kosmatka, Ted
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780805096170 Date: 2013
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    Paul Carlson, a brilliant young scientist, is summoned from his laboratory job to the remote Indonesian island of Flores to collect DNA samples from the ancient bones of a strange, new species of tool user unearthed by an archaeological dig. The questions the find raises seem to cast doubt on the very foundations of modern science, which has proven the world to be only 5,800 years old, but before Paul can fully grapple with the implications of his find, the dig is violently shut down by paramilitaries.

    Paul flees with two of his friends, yet within days one has vanished and the other is murdered in an attack that costs Paul an eye, and very nearly his life. Back in America, Paul tries to resume the comfortable life he left behind, but he can't cast the questions raised by the dig from his mind. Paul begins to piece together a puzzle which seems to threaten the very fabric of society, but world's governments and Martial Johnston, the eccentric billionaire who financed Paul's dig, will stop at nothing to silence him.- Publisher Marketing

    Updated 1.31.13
  • The Whiteness of the Whale
    Author: Poyer, David
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9781250020567 Date: 2013
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    After a tragic accident maims her laboratory assistant, Dr. Sara Pollard's career as a primate behaviorist lies in ruins. With nothing left to lose, Pollard - descendant of a Nantucket captain whose ship was sunk by a rogue whale - accepts an offer to join anti-whaling activists on a round-the-world racing yacht as the resident scientist. The plan is to sail from Argentina to the stormy Antarctic Sea. There they'll shadow, harass, and expose the Japanese fleet, which continues to kill and process endangered whales in internationally-declared sanctuaries. 
    But everyone aboard Black Anemone has a secret, or something to live down. Her crew--including a beautiful but narcissistic film celebrity, an Afghan War veteran in search of the buzz of combat, and an enigmatic, obsessive captain--will confront hostile whalers, brutal weather, dangerous ice, near-mutiny, and romantic conflict. But no one aboard is prepared for what Nature herself has in store . . . when they're targeted by a massive creature with a murderous agenda of its own. 
    Filled with violence, beauty, and magical evocations of life in the most remote waters on Earth, The Whiteness of the Whale is a powerful adventure by a master novelist.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.31.13
  • Fear in the Sunset
    Author: Upson, Nicola
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062195432 Date: 2013
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    Nicola Upson blends biography and fiction, excitement and menace, and a touch of Alfred Hitchcock in Fear in the Sunlight, a mystery starring real-life writer Josephine Tey.

    Summer, 1936: Josephine Tey joins her friends in the resort village of Portmeirion to celebrate her fortieth birthday. Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, are there to sign a deal to film Josephine's novel, A Shilling for Candles, and Alfred Hitchcock has one or two tricks up his sleeve to keep the holiday party entertained--and expose their deepest fears. But things get out of hand when one of Hollywood's leading actresses is brutally slashed to death in a cemetery near the village. The following day, fear and suspicion take over in a setting where nothing--and no one--is quite what it seems.

    Based in part on the life of Josephine Tey--one of the most popular, best-loved crime writers of the Golden Age, Nicola Upson's Fear in the Sunlight features legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock as a prominent character--and features the classic suspense and psychological tension that fans of Hitchcock films love. - Publisher Marketing

    Updated 1.31.13
  • The Carrion Birds
    Author: Waite, Urban
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780062216885 Date: 2013
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    Life hasn't worked out the way Ray Lamar planned. A widower who's made some tragic mistakes, he's got one good thing going for him: he's calm and efficient under pressure, usually with a gun in his hand. A useful skill to have when you're paid to hurt people who stand in your boss's way.

    But Ray isn't sure he wants to be that man anymore. He wants to go home and see the son he hopes will recognize him. He wants to make a new life far from the violence of the last ten years, and he believes that one last job will take him there. A job that should be simple, easy, clean.

    Ray knows there's no such thing as easy, and sure enough, the first day ends in a catastrophic mess. Now the runners who have always moved quietly through this desert town on the Mexican border want answers. And revenge. Short on time, with no one to trust but himself, Ray must come up with a plan, or else Coronado, New Mexico's lady sheriff will have a vicious bloodbath on her hands.

    Set in a town once rich with oil, now forgotten and struggling, The Carrion Birds is filled with refreshingly realistic and vulnerable characters. With its masterfully orchestrated suspense and unexpected bursts of lyricism, this is a remarkably unsettling and indelible work in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy, Elmore Leonard, and Dennis Lehane.- Publisher Marketing


    Updated 4.8.13

May

  • A Conspiracy of Faith
    Author: Adler-Olsen, Jussi
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780525954002 Date: 2013
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    Detective Carl Morck holds in his hands a bottle that contains old and decayed message, written in blood. It is a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive? 
    Carl's investigation will force him to cross paths with a woman stuck in a desperate marriage- her husband refuses to tell her where he goes, what he does, how long he will be away. For days on end she waits, and when he returns she must endure his wants, his moods, his threats. But enough is enough. She will find out the truth, no matter the cost to her husband--or to herself. 
    Carl and his colleagues Assad and Rose must use all of their resources to uncover the horrifying truth in this heart-pounding Nordic thriller from the #1 international bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • The Caretaker
    Author: Ahmad, A.X.
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250016843 Date: 2013
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    Who is the caretaker hiding in the shadows of the Martha's Vineyard mansions he tends?

    Back in India, Ranjit Singh commanded an elite army squad. But that was years ago, before his Army career ended in dishonor, shattering his reputation. Driven from his homeland, he is now a caretaker on the exclusive resort island of Martha's Vineyard, looking after the vacation homes of the rich and powerful. One harsh winter, faced with no other choice, he secretly moves his family into the house of one of his clients, an African-American Senator. Here, his wife and daughter are happy, and he feels safe for the first time in ages. But Ranjit's idyll is shattered when mysterious men break into the house. Pursued and hunted, Ranjit is forced to enter the Senator's shadowy world, and his only ally is Anna, the Senator's beautiful wife, who has secrets of her own. Together, they uncover a trail of deception that leads from the calm shores of the Vineyard to countries half a world away. And when his investigation stirs up long forgotten events, the caretaker must finally face the one careless decision that ruined his life- and forced him to leave India.

    A gripping tale of hidden histories, political intrigue and dangerous attractions, A. X. Ahmad's The Caretaker introduces a new hero for our times: an immigrant caught between two worlds and a man caught between two loves. - Publisher Marketing

    Updated 4.8.13
  • Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol
    Author: Brandeth, Gyles
    $ 16 ISBN: 1439153752  Date: 2013
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    In this new installment in the engaging mystery series "Booklist "called "pitch-perfect" and "enthralling"--currently in development as a BBC television series--the incomparable playwright, novelist, raconteur, and now ex-convict Oscar Wilde faces his most fiendishly puzzling case yet.

    It is 1897, France. Oscar Wilde has fled the country after his release from Reading Gaol. Tonight he is sharing a drink and the story of his cruel imprisonment with a mysterious stranger. Oscar has endured a harsh regime: the treadmill, solitary confinement, censored letters, no writing materials. Yet even in the midst of such deprivation, his astonishing detective powers remain undiminished--and when first a brutal warder and then the prison chaplain are found murdered, who else should the Governor turn to for help other than Reading Gaol's most celebrated inmate? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13

  • He's Gone
    Author: Caletti, Deb
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780345534354 Date: 2013
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    From National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti comes an intensely gripping story about love, loss, marriage, and secrets--perfect for readers of Jodi Picoult, Kristin Hannah, and Anna Quindlen. 
    "One of the best books I've read all year."--Barbara O'Neal, author of "The Garden of Happy Endings" 
    ""What do you think happened to your husband, Mrs. Keller?"
    The Sunday morning starts like any other, aside from the slight hangover. Dani Keller wakes up on her Seattle houseboat, a headache building behind her eyes from the wine she drank at a party the night before. But on this particular Sunday morning, she's surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. Irritation shifts to worry, worry slides almost imperceptibly into panic. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He's gone. 
    As the police work methodically through all the logical explanations--he's hurt, he's run off, he's been killed--Dani searches frantically for a clue as to whether Ian is in fact dead or alive. And, slowly, she unpacks their relationship, holding each moment up to the light: from its intense, adulterous beginning, to the grandeur of their new love, to the difficulties of forever. She examines all the sins she can--and cannot--remember. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth--about herself, her husband, and their lives together. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • Onion Street
    Author: Coleman, Reed Farrel
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781440539459 Date: 2013
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    A Moe Prager Mystery

    It's 1967 and Moe Prager is wandering aimlessly through his college career and his life. All that changes when his girlfriend Mindy is viciously beaten into a coma and left to die on the snow-covered streets of Brooklyn. Suddenly, Moe has purpose. He is determined to find out who's done this to Mindy and why. But Mindy is not the only person in Moe's life who's in danger. Someone is also trying to kill his best and oldest friend, Bobby Friedman.

    Things get really strange when Moe enlists the aid of Lids, a half-cracked genius drug pusher from the old neighborhood. Lids hooks Moe up with his first solid information. Problem is, the info seems to take Moe in five directions at once and leads to more questions than answers. How is a bitter old camp survivor connected to the dead man in the apartment above his fixit shop, or to the OD-ed junkie found on the boardwalk in Coney Island? What could an underground radical group have to do with the local Mafioso capo? And where do Mindy and Bobby fit into any of this?

    Moe will risk everything to find the answers. He will travel from the pot-holed pavement of Brighton Beach to the Pocono Mountains to the runways at Kennedy Airport. But no matter how far he goes or how fast he gets there, all roads lead to Onion Street.

    - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • Fatherhood: And Other Stories
    Author: Cook, Thomas
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781605984674 Date: 2013
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    Over his acclaimed career, Cook's novels have haunted, riveted, and spellbound readers across the world, and his short stories are equally acclaimed. They range from the intensely focused world of "Fatherhood," the Herodotus prize-winning title story, to the Edgar nominated "Rain," a dark, kaleidoscopic tale of Manhattan on a single, rain-swept night. "The Fix," the story of a famous boxing fix that was, well, not a fix at all, was selected for inclusion in Best Mystery Stories of the Year. "What She Offered," the gripping tale of a one-night stand, was included in The Best Noir Stories of the Century. Like Cook's novels, the range of this collection is, itself, astonishing. From a backwoods Appalachian shack during the Depression ("Poor People") to a Midwestern college campus in the throes of Sixties revolt ("The Sun-Gazer") to a midtown Manhattan bookstore on Christmas Eve, "The Lessons of the Season," this collection demonstrates precisely that, in the words of Michael Connolly, "no one tells a story better than Thomas H. Cook."- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • Lucky Bastard
    Author: Coonts, Deborah
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780765335463 Date: 2013
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    Lucky O'Toole is head of customer relations at a premier mega-resort on the Vegas Strip thinks it's just another night in Las Vegas. But Lucky's day takes a turn for the worse when a beautiful woman with a stiletto heel embedded in an artery is found on a red Ferrari.
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  • Sacred Games
    Author: Corby, Gary
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781616952273 Date: 2013
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    The third book in the critically acclaimed series set in Classical Athens, featuring the historically inspired amateur detective Nicolaos. 
    It is the Olympics of 460 BC. Nico's best friend, Timodemus, is a competitor in the pankration, the deadly martial art of ancient Greece. Timo is hot favorite to win. His only serious rival is Arakos from Sparta. When Arakos is found beaten to death, it is obvious Timodemus must be the killer. Who else could have killed the second-best fighter in all Hellas but the very best? The Judges of the Games sentence Timodemus to be executed in four days' time, as soon as the Sacred Games have finished. 
    Complicating everything is the fact that Athens and Sparta are already at each other's throats, in the opening stages of a power struggle for control of Hellas. If an Athenian is found to have cheated at the Games by murdering a Spartan, it will be everything the hawks in Sparta need to declare open war the moment the Sacred Truce is over. And that's a war Athens cannot hope to win. 
    Nico and his partner in sleuthing, the annoyingly clever priestess Diotima, have four days to save their friend and avert a war that would tear their world apart.
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    Updated 4.8.13
  • Requiem Mass: DCI Andrew Fenwick
    Author: Corley, Elizabeth
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781250028068 Date: 2013
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    The first deaths are just a warm-up... 
    A Buried Past. 
    When Deborah Fearnside, a young wife and mother, goes missing, police interest is minimal. She would hardly be the first woman to abandon a tired marriage. Four weeks later it is DCI Andrew Fenwick, back from compassionate leave, who notices the set of coincidences that should have transformed a routine missing person's case into a suspected abduction. But by then it is too late for Debbie. 
    A Dark Secret. 
    Twenty years ago, a young woman fell tragically to her death. The only people with her were four schoolfriends. One--or maybe all of them--is responsible. Now there's someone intent on letting them have their just deserts. 
    A Bloody Revenge. 
    Fenwick is soon caught in a desperate race against time to find the murderer before he completes his brutal vendetta. As the death toll mounts, Fenwick stares failure in the face--unless he can draw the predator out of the shadows and into an unconventional and highly dangerous trap with the ultimate bait in "Requiem Mass," a chilling mystery from Elizabeth Corley.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • Yesterday's Echo
    Author: Coyle, Matt
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781608090761 Date: 2013
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    Rick Cahill was never convicted of his wife's murder, but he was never exonerated either. Not by the police. Not by the media. Not even by himself. Eight years later, police suspicion and his own guilt remain over his responsibility in his wife's death. When he meets Melody Malana, a beautiful yet secretive TV reporter, he sees a chance to love again. When she is arrested for murder and asks Rick for help, the former cop says no, but the rest of him says yes and he grasps at a chance for redemption. But Rick's attempt to help turns terribly wrong, and he becomes a suspect in the murder and the target of a police manhunt. On the run, Rick encounters desperate people who'll kill to keep their pasts buried. Before Rick can save himself and bring down a murderer, he must confront the truth about his own past and untangle his feeling for a woman he can never fully trust.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • The Roots of Betrayal
    Author: Forrester, James
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9781402272691 Date: 2013
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    A Wild and Captivating Ride from Bestselling British Author James Forrester:

    "A whale of a yarn...a winner for any reader who loves historical, action-packed novels."--Kirkus

    Your Choice. Your Faith. Your Fate.

    1564: Catholic herald William Harley, known as Clarenceux, guards a highly dangerous document. It's a manuscript he'd rather not have--destruction and death have followed in its wake. But things get much worse when the document is stolen, and he plunges into a nightmare of suspicion, deception, and conspiracy. As England teeters on the brink of a bloody conflict, Clarenceux knows the fate of the country and countless lives hang in the balance. The roots of betrayal are deep and shocking, and the herald's journey toward the truth entails not just the discovery of clues and signs, but also of himself.

    In this brilliant new Elizabethan conspiracy from the internationally acclaimed author of Sacred Treason, faith and fear stir up a powerful story of loyalty, lies, and secrets.

    "No one can create a sense of historical space as convincingly as [Forrester] does."--The Daily Telegraph

    - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • The Old Turk's Load
    Author: Gibson, Gregory
    $24 ISBN: 9780802121134 Date: 2013
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    A sprawling, historical debut mystery from acclaimed non-fiction writer Gregory Gibson that will appeal to fans of classic noir. Angelo DiNoto is the most powerful crime lord in New Jersey, his empire bolstered by importing pure heroin courtesy of the poppies grown by an old Turkish farmer. Yet when a five million dollar shipment goes missing, DiNoto isn't the only one willing to turn over every rock (and bust some heads, arms, legs, etc.) to locate it. 
    Richard Mundi is a shady developer who sees the heroin as the key to replenishing his fading business with new capital. His daughter, Gloria, is literally in bed with a band of wannabe revolutionaries, and sees the heroin as her ticket out of her meek boyfriend's arms and away from her father's looming shadow. 'Mailman' is a longtime postal clerk who has seen it all--until throat cancer robs him of his voice and the will to live--and thinks finding the drugs is the perfect cap to a failed life. 'Walkaway' Kelly is a punch-drunk P.I. hired by Mundi to tail Gloria, but when he uncovers the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Mundi's wife, he'll do anything to uncover the truth. 
    Stir in Kelly's young protege, brothers who work as DiNoto's ruthless enforcers, Mundi's conflicted collections agent, and you have an Elmore Leonard-esque cast of characters running rampant in a twisting crime novel in which each disparate thread leads directly to an unforgettable showdown over the Old Turk's Load.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.18.13
  • Dead Lions
    Author: Herron, Mick
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781616952259 Date: 2013
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    London's Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their failed careers. The "slow horses," as they're called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. Maybe they messed up an op badly and can't be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle--not unusual in this line of work. One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there─even if it means having to collaborate with one another. 
    Now the slow horses have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. The despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade's circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world. How many more people will have to die to keep those secrets buried? - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • Hard Ground: Woods Cops Stories
    Author: Heywood, Joseph
    $ 16.95 ISBN: 9780762781263 Date: 2013
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    "Hard Ground" is a treasure chest of stories for lovers of the outdoors, fans of smart crime fiction, and, of course, the legions of Joseph Heywood fans. Featuring the game-warden colleagues of Woods Cop star Grady Service, the tales in this collection follow the men and women patrolling Michigan's wilds as they encounter everything from poachers determined to defend their kills with deadly resistance to drug pushers selling their wares at an Elvis Convention camping retreat. There are search-and-rescue operations, a rookie game warden's first day on the job, and much, much more. With Heywood's trademark ability to capture the eccentric characters of the Upper Peninsula, his wonderful ear for dialogue, and his vivid descriptions of hunting, fishing, and outdoorsmanship, these twenty-plus stories will delight Heywood fans and entice any reader who loves stories about the great outdoors or law-and-order. As an added bonus, one story features Woods Cop protagonist Grady Service early in his career, while another story stars Heywood's new series protagonist Lute Bapcat.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • The Man Without a Breath: Bernie Gunther
    Author: Kerr, Philip
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780399160790 Date: 2013
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    From the national bestselling author of "Prague Fatale," a powerful new thriller that returns Bernie Gunther, our sardonic Berlin cop, to the Eastern Front. 
    Berlin, March, 1943. A month has passed since the stunning defeat at Stalingrad. Though Hitler insists Germany is winning the war, commanders on the ground know better. Morale is low, discipline at risk. Now word has reached Berlin of a Red massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk. If true, the message it would send to the troops is clear: Fight on or risk certain death. For once, both the Wehrmacht and Propaganda Minister Goebbels want the same thing: irrefutable evidence of this Russian atrocity. To the Wehrmacht, such proof will soften the reality of its own war crimes in the eyes of the victors. For Goebbels, such proof could turn the tide of war by destroying the Alliance, cutting Russia off from its western supply lines. 
    Both parties agree that the ensuing investigation must be overseen by a professional trained in sifting evidence and interrogating witnesses. Anything that smells of incompetence or tampering will defeat their purposes. And so Bernie Gunther is dispatched to Smolensk, where truth is as much a victim of war as those poor dead Polish officers. 
    Smolensk, March, 1943. Army Group Center is an enclave of Prussian aristocrats who have owned the Wehrmacht almost as long as they've owned their baronial estates, an officer class whose families have been intermarrying for generations. The wisecracking, rough-edged Gunther is not a good fit. He is, after all, a Berlin bull. But he has a far bigger concern than sharp elbows and supercilious stares, for somewhere in this mix is a cunning and savage killer who has left a trail of bloody victims. 
    This is no psycho case. This is a man with motive enough to kill and skills enough to leave no trace of himself. Bad luck that in this war zone, such skills are two-a-penny. Somehow Bernie must put a face to this killer before he puts an end to Bernie.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • The Stranger
    Author: Lackberg, Camilla
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781605984254 Date: 2013
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    A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn't a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim's blood contains high alcohol levels, but she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a reality TV show begins shooting in the town, and as cameras shadow the stars' every move, tempers start to flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant's murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery. Detective Patrik Hedstrom finds himself increasingly unable to focus on the strange circumstances of the first case, but what if that holds the key to a series of other unsolved cases across Sweden? Under the unforgiving media spotlight, Patrik tackles his toughest investigation yet.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • Angel Baby
    Author: Lange, Richard
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316219822 Date: 2013
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    A woman goes on the run in this intense and cinematic thriller by an award-winning writer.
    To escape the awful life she has descended into, Luz plans carefully. She takes only the clothes on her back, a Colt .45, and all the money in her husband's safe. The corpses in the hallway weren't part of her plan. 
    Luz needs to find the daughter she left behind years earlier, but she knows she may die trying. Her husband isEl Principe, a key player in a high-powered drug cartel, a business he runs with the same violence he has used to keep Luz his perfect, obedient wife. 
    With the pace and relentless force of a Scorsese film, ANGEL BABY is the newest masterpiece from one of the most ambitious and talented crime novelists at work today.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • A Delicate Truth
    Author: Le Carre, John
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780670014897 Date: 2013
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    "One of our great writers of moral ambiguity, a tireless explorer of that darkly contradictory no-man's land." --Tim Rutten, "Los Angeles Times" 
    Nearly five decades ago, John le Carre became an international sensation with the publication of his third novel, "The Spy Who Came In from the Cold." His last novel, "Our Kind of Traitor," won unanimous critical acclaim and hit the "New York Times" bestseller list just as the Oscar-nominated film version of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy "introduced a new generation to his chillingly amoral universe. 
    "A Delicate Truth "opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far-right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it. 
    Cornwall, UK, 2011. A disgraced Special Forces Soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be--or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher ("Kit") Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely observed by Kit's beautiful daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary to the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, how can he keep silent?- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.18.13
  • Close to the Bone
    Author: MacBride, Stuart
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780007344260 Date: 2013
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    The third consecutive No.1 bestselling crime novel from the author of the DI Logan McRae series and Birthdays for the Dead.

    The first body is chained to a stake: strangled, and stabbed, with a burning tyre around its neck. But is this a gangland execution or something much darker?

    Someone s leaving little knots of bones outside Detective Inspector Logan McRae s house, but he s got more pressing things to worry about. Rival drug gangs are fighting over product and territory; two teenage lovers are missing; someone s crippling Asian immigrants; and Logan s been lumbered with an ambitious new Detective Sergeant, a mountain of paperwork, and the unwelcome attention of his superiors and the local crime boss.

    When another body turns up, it looks as if the similarities between these murders and the plot of a bestselling novel are more than just a coincidence. And perhaps those little knots of bones are more important than they look- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 1.31.13

  • Original Skin
    Author: Mark, David
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780399158650 Date: 2013
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    Detective Aector McAvoy returns in a thrilling new case set in Yorkshire; a series of salacious murders has him on the hunt for a sadistic killer in David Mark's critically acclaimed series. 
    When "swinger" Simon Appleyard is found strung-up and naked in his Hull apartment, the authorities are only too happy to chalk up his death to a suicide. After all, a new gang has taken over the local drug trade, and Detective Superintendent Trish Pharaoh's Serious and Organized Crime Unit is being run ragged by this well-connected and merciless group of criminals. With violent drug-related crime on the rise, the last thing the police need is an investigation of a depressed young man's death.
    But more bodies begin to turn up, and all are somehow connected to the local underground erotic scene. Although Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy would be perfectly content to stay at home with his beloved wife and newborn baby, he begins to suspect that murder is just the tip of the iceberg. As his shrewd investigation brings him uncomfortably close to the local political elite--powerful people who would kill to keep their secrets buried, and who have the power to make or break his career--McAvoy realizes he is hunting a killer who has plenty more targets in sight, and a lust that won't be satisfied until the River Humber runs red- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • Red Sparrow
    Author: Matthews, Jason
    $ 26.99 ISBN: 9781476706122 Date: 2013
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    IN THE GRAND SPY-TALE TRADITION OF JOHN LE CARRE . . . comes this shocking thriller written with insider detail known only to a veteran CIA officer.

    In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a "Sparrow," a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency's most important Russian mole.

    Spies have long relied on the "honey trap," whereby vulnerable men and women are intimately compromised. Dominika learns these techniques of "sexpionage" in Russia's secret "Sparrow School," hidden outside of Moscow. As the action careens between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy, and the United States, Dominika and Nate soon collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and--inevitably--forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but those of others as well. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate's game reaches a deadly crossroads. Soon one of them begins a dangerous double existence in a life-and-death operation that consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to Washington, DC.

    Page by page, veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews's "Red Sparrow "delights and terrifies and fascinates, all while delivering an unforgettable cast, from a sadistic Spetsnaz "mechanic" who carries out Putin's murderous schemes to the weary CIA Station Chief who resists Washington "cake-eaters" to MARBLE, the priceless Russian mole. Packed with insider detail and written with brio, this tour-de-force novel brims with Matthews's life experience, including his knowledge of espionage, counterintelligence, surveillance tradecraft, spy recruitment, cyber-warfare, the Russian use of "spy dust," and covert communications. Brilliantly composed and elegantly constructed, "Red Sparrow "is a masterful spy tale lifted from the dossiers of intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic. Authentic, tense, and entertaining, this novel introduces Jason Matthews as a major new American talent. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13

  • Rapscallion: A Regency Crime Thriller
    Author: McGee, James
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9781605984278 Date: 2013
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    For a French prisoner of war, there is only one fate worse than the gallows: the hulks. Former man-o-wars, now converted to prison ships, their fearsome reputation guarantees a sentence served in dreadful conditions. Few survive. Escape, it's said, is impossible. Yet reports persist of a sinister smuggling operation within this brutal world, and the Royal Navy is worried enough to send two of its officers to investigate. When they disappear without a trace, the Navy turns in desperation to Bow Street for help. It's time to send in a man as dangerous as the prey. It's time to send in Hawkwood.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • Sign of the Cross; Spike Sanguinetti
    Author: Mogford, Thomas
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781620402009 Date: 2013
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    Just as a degree of calm returns to Spike Sanguinetti's life in Gibraltar, he receives the shocking news that his Maltese uncle and aunt are dead after a domestic dispute escalated into a blood-soaked murder-suicide.Accompanied by his aging father, Spike crosses the Mediterranean to Malta for the funerals. It falls to Spike, a lawyer, to act as executor of the wills. The more he looks into his relatives' deaths, however, the more he is faced by a troubling question: what could have prompted a mild-mannered art historian to stab his wife to death, then turn the knife upon himself?After reuniting with an ex-girlfriend, Zahra, now working in Malta as a translator, Spike embarks on a dangerous trail that leads all the way from the island's squalid immigrant tent camps to the ornate palazzos of the legendary Knights of St John. In Malta, the oldest Christian nation in the world, self-interest can masquerade as charity, and what first appears to be worthless can prove valuable beyond price.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • The Extinction Club
    Author: Moore, Jeffrey
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9781611458374 Date: 2013
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    Nile Nightingale is on the run. Fleeing across the border to rural Quebec, he seeks refuge at an abandoned church when his junked-up, overstimulated mind takes in that he has just witnessed a body drop--in a bloody sack tied with Christmas ribbon. The contents, unconscious but still alive, turn out to be fifteen-year-old Celeste Jonqueres, who has been beaten and slashed, like wild game, to slowly bleed out. From his hideout, as he nurses his patient back from the brink and begins to face his own life, he pieces together what he has stumbled into. Animal rights activists, Celeste and her beloved grandmother have taken on a vicious poaching ring, operating from Quebec's Laurentian Mountains and dealing in bear and other animal parts for the international market, with the collusion of corrupt rangers and police. Her grandmother has died suspiciously. And now that Nile has saved Celeste from the dead, the poachers and their accomplices in this small town have taken notice and are cautiously, but inexorably, closing in. Featuring two brilliant misfits as unlikely sleuths and by turns comic and darkly tragic, this haunting thriller is a neo-noir tour de force, abounding in puzzles and mysteries from a missing cat to the fate of the Eastern cougar.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.18.13
  • Murder As a Fine Art
    Author: Morrell, David
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9780316216791 Date: 2013
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    GASLIT LONDON IS BROUGHT TO ITS KNEES IN DAVID MORRELL'S BRILLIANT HISTORICAL THRILLER. 
    Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, "is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier. 
    The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts." Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives. 
    In "Murder as a Fine Art, " David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe Highway murders from history. Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • Little Green: Easy Rawlins
    Author: Mosley, Walter
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780385535984 Date: 2013
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    When Walter Mosley burst onto the literary scene in 1990 with his first Easy Rawlins mystery, "Devil in a Blue Dress"--a combustible mixture of Raymond Chandler and Richard Wright--he captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of readers (including future president Bill Clinton). Eleven books later, Easy Rawlins is one of the few private eyes in contemporary crime fiction who can be called iconic and immortal. In the incendiary and fast-paced "Little Green," he returns from the brink of death to investigate the dark side of L.A.'s 1960s hippie haven, the Sunset Strip. 
    We last saw Easy in 2007's "Blonde Faith," fighting for his life after his car plunges over a cliff. True to form, the tough WWII veteran survives, and soon his murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of L.A., in all their psychedelic 1967 glory, to look for a young black man, Evander "Little Green" Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator's Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem. Written with Mosley's signature grit and panache, this engrossing and atmospheric mystery is not only a trip back in time, it is also a tough-minded exploration of good and evil, and of the power of guilt and redemption. Once again, Easy asserts his reign over the City of (Fallen) Angels.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.18.13
  • The Redeemer
    Author: Nesbo, Jo
    $25.95 ISBN: 9780307595850 Date: 2013
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    Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. An explosion cuts through the music and the bitter cold: one of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole--the Oslo Police Department's best investigator and worst civil servant--has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry's troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry's chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia. 
    Yet it's when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness: among the homeless junkies and Salvationists, eagerly awaiting a savior to deliver them from misery--whether he brings new life or immediate death. 
    With its shrewdly vertiginous narrative, acid-etched characters, and white-hot pace, " The Redeemer" is resounding proof of Jo Nesbo's standing as one of the best crime writers of our time.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • Red Moon
    Author: Percy, Benjamin
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9781455501663 Date: 2013
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    They live among us.
    They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.
    They change.
    When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin.- Publisher Marketing


    Updated 4.8.13
  • Silken Prey
    Author: Sandford, John
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780399159312 Date: 2013
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    The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner. 
    "If you haven't read Sandford yet, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time."--Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly" 
    Murder, scandal, political espionage, and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport's going to be lucky to get out of this one alive. 
    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he's waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he's breathing," and another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that's the last thing he knows. 
    Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man's disappearance, then--very troublingly--to the Minneapolis police department, then--most troublingly of all--to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, and the money, ruthlessness, and sheer will to make it happen. 
    No matter who gets in the way. 
    Filled with John Sandford's trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, "Silken Prey" is further evidence for why the Cleveland "Plain Dealer "called the Davenport novels "a perfect series," and "Suspense Magazine "wrote, "If you haven't read any of the Prey series, you need to jump on board right this second.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.18.13
  • Deadly Harvest
    Author: Stanley, Michael
    $ 14.99 ISBN: 9780062221520 Date: 2013
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    Girls are disappearing in Botswana. The rumor is they're being harvested for muti, a witch doctor's potion traditionally derived from plants and animals--and which, some believe, can be made more potent by adding human remains. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu joins the investigation with the police force's newest detective--and only woman--Samantha Khama, for whom the case is personal.

    Soon one girl's father, convinced that his daughter's death is linked to the recent popularity of a political candidate, takes the law into his own hands. After the father flees, what Kubu and Samantha find in the politician's home confirms their worst fears: muti containing human DNA is real.

    Now Kubu and Samantha are thrust into a harrowing race to stop a serial killer or killers--and those who would pay for their special, lethal muti. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13

  • The Night Detectives: David Mapstone
    Author: Talton, Jon
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781464201325 Date: 2013
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    The private-detective business starts out badly for former Phoenix Deputy David Mapstone, who has teamed up with his old friend and boss, Sheriff Mike Peralta. Their first client is gunned down just after hiring them. The case: A suspicious death investigation involving a young Arizona woman who fell from a condo tower in San Diego. The police call Grace Hunter's death a suicide, but the client doesn't buy it. He's her brother. Or is he? After his murder, police find multiple driver's licenses and his real identity is a mystery. To complicate things further, an Arizona state senator who was instrumental in Peralta's recent election defeat owns the condo. In San Diego, David finds the woman's boyfriend, who is trying to care for their baby and can't believe Grace would kill herself. He, too, hires the pair to solve Grace's death. But a darker story emerges. Grace was putting herself through college as a high-priced call girl, an escort for rich men who valued her looks and discretion. Before the day is out, the boyfriend is murdered and David barely escapes with his own life. Someone is killing their clients. And may be coming for them. Solving the case will take Mapstone and Peralta into the world of human trafficking, corrupt politics, and the white supremacist movement. Neither the lovely beaches of San Diego nor the enchanting desert of Arizona can conceal the brutal danger that lies beneath. They no longer have badges but they are still detectives. The night detectives.
    - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • The Healer
    Author: Tuomainen, Antti
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780805095548 Date: 2013
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    One man's search for his missing wife in a dystopian futuristic Helsinki that is struggling with ruthless climate change

    It's two days before Christmas and Helsinki is battling a ruthless climate catastrophe: subway tunnels are flooded; abandoned vehicles are left burning in the streets; the authorities have issued warnings about malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola, and the plague. People are fleeing to the far north of Finland and Norway where conditions are still tolerable. Social order is crumbling and private security firms have undermined the police force. Tapani Lehtinen, a struggling poet, is among the few still able and willing to live in the city.

    When Tapani's beloved wife, Johanna, a newspaper journalist, goes missing, he embarks on a frantic hunt for her. Johanna's disappearance seems to be connected to a story she was researching about a politically motivated serial killer known as "The Healer." Desperate to find Johanna, Tapani's search leads him to uncover secrets from her past. Secrets that connect her to the very murders she was investigating...

    "The Healer" is set in desperate times, forcing Tapani to take desperate measures in order to find his true love. Written in an engrossingly dense but minimal language, "The Healer" is a story of survival, loyalty, and determination. Even when the world is coming to an end, love and hope endure.- Publisher Marketing

    Updated 4.8.13
  • Shotgun Lullaby
    Author: Ulfelder, Steve
    $ 25.99 ISBN: 9781250028082 Date: 2013
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    From critically acclaimed, Edgar-nominated author Steve Ulfelder--Conway Sax is back in a thrilling and heart-wrenching story of how far a father will go to save his son


    Conway Sax is a man seeking redemption. A man with a deeply checkered past currently paying for his sins by helping Gus Biletnikov stay sober. Wise-ass Gus, son of a wealthy investment banker, drives Conway nuts. But he also reminds him of his own estranged son, and so Conway finds himself deeply invested in his wellbeing. 
    When a brutal triple-murder takes place in Gus's halfway house, Conway suspects Gus was the intended victim, and resolves to find the killer in his usual full-tilt, no-holds-barred fashion. The list of suspects soon includes the longtime organized-crime warlord of Springfield, Massachusetts; Gus's own father, who's a bundle of insecurity despite his fortune; the father's second wife, a stunning beauty webbed in ugly motives; and a Houston con man who'll swipe your gold fillings but crack you up while he does so. But the case is no laughing matter to Conway when somebody close to him is murdered. To find the killer and prevent yet more senseless death, he needs help from both an ambitious Brazilian-American state cop, and an unlikely criminal source. Along the way, Conway's personal responsibilities clash with his vow to help fellow alcoholics, forcing him to make his toughest decision yet in this unforgettable page-turner reminiscent of Robert B. Parker and Dennis Lehane.

    Praise for "Shotgun Lullaby"

    "Gritty, intense, completely original. Ulfelder nails the voice, nails the story, and pushes Conway Sax, his unforgettable main character, beyond his breaking point. "Shotgun Lullaby" Y is more than just a page-turner of a mystery--it's a masterful study of a good guy gone bad, and his heart-breaking struggle to be good again." --Hank Phillippi Ryan Agatha, Anthony & Macavity winning author of "The Other Woman"

    "Steve Ulfelder is one of the most street-smart authors writing crime fiction today. "Shotgun Lullaby" is a thrill ride that hits the gas hard on page one and races all the way to a heart-pounding finish." -Paul Doiron, author of "Bad Little Falls"

    ""Shotgun Lullaby" is exactly as tough, and exactly as full of heart, as the title suggests. Steve Ulfelder is a major talent." -Timothy Hallinan, author of "The Fear Artist"

    - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • Murder on Olympus
    Author: Warren, Robert B.
    $ 16.95 ISBN: 9780985023065 Date: 2013
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    Reimagining the Greek Gods of Olympus and placing them on modern Earth, this urban fantasy novel focuses on Plato Jones, who, after a stint with the Olympic Bureau of Investigation, is through with the Gods and their political games. While at first glance the Gods of Olympus are as different from one another as salt is from sugar, and despite their bickering, they share a universal bond, a thread of commonality that unites them: they're all jerks. Against Plato's protests, he's drawn into a murder investigation where the murderer's targets are the Gods themselves. Plato has cracked some tough cases: exposing cheating spouses, capturing treasonous heretics, and hunting three-headed dogs, but this time he's in over his head. How can he solve a crime that's impossible to commit? And what chance does Plato--a mere mortal--have against something powerful enough to kill a God?- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • The Drowned Man: Peter Cammon
    Author: Whellams, David
    $ 24.95 ISBN: 9781770411487 Date: 2013
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    In this second mystery featuring Chief Inspector Peter Cammon, the veteran detective is lured out of retirement once more. With a familiar cast of characters reacquainting themselves with readers of the series, the novel follows Peter as he embarks on his seemingly simple assignment: travel to Canada to retrieve the body of a murdered Scotland Yard colleague. But Peter can't resist delving into the oddities of the crime. His colleague was brutally attacked, run over by a car, and then dumped into a canal--all seemingly for the theft of three letters from the American Civil War era, one of which is signed by John Wilkes Booth. Meanwhile, Alice Nahri, the girlfriend of the dead man, looms over the investigation.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • Blood Makes Noise
    Author: Widen, Gregory
    $ 14.95 ISBN: 9781611098990 Date: 2013
    starPW
    Widen's atmospheric thriller, full of broken men in a broken country, succeeds in capturing the hold that Evita had over so many, even in death. Publishers Weekly On a summer's night in 1955, CIA officer Michael Suslov is summoned to a secret vault in the heart of Buenos Aires. His mission: transport the corpse of Eva Peron to a safe hiding place in the wake of her husband's fall from power. But before Michael can comply, everything goes tragically, horribly wrong . . . Fifteen years later, Suslov is a ghost of a man living off the radar and the only soul alive that knows where Evita is buried. When a shadow from his past appears and asks him for help in bringing the body home, as part of a peace deal to end the civil war tearing Argentina apart, Michael agrees, hoping this last mission will quiet the demons from his former life. But Michael Suslov isn't the only one on a recovery mission. Others are desperate to unearth Eva Peron first and last claim to the shattering secret she took to the grave . . . Based on a little-known yet fascinating true story, Blood Makes Noise is both a riveting thriller and an examination of the power of the dead over the lives of the living.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13

June

  • The Square of Revenge: Inspector Van In
    Author: Aspe, Pieter
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781605984469 Date: 2013
    starPW
    The beautiful medieval architecture of Bruges belies the dark longings of her residents. When the wealthy and powerful Ludovic Degroof's jewelry store is broken into, nothing is stolen, but the jewels have been dissolved in jars of aqua regia, an acid so strong it can even melt gold. In the empty safe is a scrap of paper on which a strange square has been drawn. At first, Inspector Van In pays little attention to the paper, focusing on the bizarre nature of the burglary. But when Degroof's offspring also receive letters with this same square, Van In and the beautiful new DA Hannelore Martens find themselves unraveling a complex web of enigmatic Latin phrase and a baroness' fallen family and Degroof's relationship with a hostage grandchild, ransomed for a priceless collection of art.
    - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.18.13
  • Lexicon
    Author: Barry, Max
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9781594205385 Date: 2013
    starKirkus
    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics--at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science .Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets" adept wielders of languagewho belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive. 
    Whip-smart orphan Emily Ruff is making a living running a three-card Monte game on the streets of San Francisco when she attracts the attention of the organization's recruiters. She is flown across the country for the school's strange and rigorous entrance exams, where, once admitted, she will be taught the fundamentals of persuasion by Bronte, Eliot, and Lowell--who have adopted the names of famous poets to conceal their true identities. For in the organization, nothing is more dangerous than revealing who you are: Poets must never expose their feelings lest they be manipulated. Emily becomes the school's most talented prodigy until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love. 
    Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Jamieson is brutally ambushed by two strange men in an airport bathroom. Although he has no recollection of anything they claim he's done, it turns out Wil is the key to a secret war between rival factions of poets and is quickly caught in their increasingly deadly crossfire. Pursued relentlessly by people with powers he can barely comprehend and protected by the very man who first attacked him, Wil discovers that everything he thought he knew about his past was fiction. In order to survive, must journey to the toxically decimated tow nof Broken Hill, Australia, to discover who he is and why an entire town was blown off the map. 
    As the two narratives converge, the shocking work of the poets is fully revealed, the body count rises, and the world crashes toward a Tower of Babel event which would leave all language meaningless. Max Barry's most spellbinding and ambitious novel yet, Lexicon is a brilliant thriller that explores language, power, identity, and our capacity to love--whatever the cost.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • The Names of Our Tears
    Author: Gaus, P. L.
    $ 15 ISBN: 9780452298194 Date: 2013
    starKirkus
    Ruth Zook returns home to Holmes County, Ohio, carrying a heavy suitcase and a heavier heart. Coerced into becoming a drug mule, Ruth retaliates by destroying her illicit burden and pays for it with her life. When Fannie Helmuth confesses that she was similarly coerced, Sheriff Bruce Robertson realizes that the drug dealers' operation reaches all the way to Florida's Pinecraft Amish community. He immediately moves the investigation South, where more innocent lives are in jeopardy. 
    Like the bestselling books in Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series, "The Names of Our Tears" is a riveting mystery loaded with the page-turning thrills and suspense that readers love.
    - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • Claire Dewitt and the Bohemian Highway
    Author: Gran, Sara
    $ 20 ISBN: 9780547429335 Date: 2013
    starLJ
    "The eagerly awaited second book in the Claire DeWitt mystery series, featuring "one of the genre's most original characters in years . . . as if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel." (CNN)" 
    When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt's musician ex-boyfriend, is found dead in his Mission District home, the police are convinced it's a simple robbery. But Claire knows nothing is ever simple. 
    With the help of her new assistant, Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Paul's fate in her other cases--especially that of a missing girl in the gritty 1980s East Village and a modern-day miniature horse theft in Marin. As visions of the past reveal the secrets of the present, Claire begins to understand the words of the enigmatic French detective Jacques Silette: "The detective won't know what he is capable of until he encounters a mystery that pierces his own heart." And love, in all its forms, is the greatest mystery of all--at least to the world's greatest PI. 
    An addictive new adventure featuring an irresistible heroine.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • A Serpent's Tooth: Walt Longmire
    Author: Johnson, Craig
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780670026456 Date: 2013
    starPW
    The inspiration for A&E's "Longmire" finds himself in the crosshairs in the ninth book of the "New York Times" bestselling series 
    The success of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series that began with "The Cold Dish" continues to grow after A&E's hit show "Longmire" introduced new fans to the Wyoming sheriff. "As the Crow Flies" marked the series' highest debut on the "New York Times" bestseller list. Now, in his ninth Western mystery, Longmire stares down his most dangerous foes yet. 
    It's homecoming in Absaroka County, but the football and festivities are interrupted when a homeless boy wanders into town. A Mormon "lost boy," Cord Lynear is searching for his missing mother but clues are scarce. Longmire and his companions, feisty deputy Victoria Moretti and longtime friend Henry Standing Bear, embark on a high plains scavenger hunt in hopes of reuniting mother and son. The trail leads them to an interstate polygamy group that's presiding over a stockpile of weapons and harboring a vicious vendetta.- Publisher Marketing
    Updated 4.8.13
  • The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession
    Author: Lovett, Charlie
    $ 27.95 ISBN: 9780670026470 Date: 2013
    starLJ

    Updated 4.8.13
  • Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night
    Author: Runcie, James
    $ 16 ISBN: 9781608199518 Date: 2013
    starPW

    Updated 4.8.13
  • The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
    Author: Silver, Elizabeth
    $ 25 ISBN: 9780385347433 Date: 2013
    starKirkus

    Updated 4.8.13
  • Loyalty
    Author: Thoft, Ingrid
    $ 25.95 ISBN: 9780399162121 Date: 2013
    starPW

    Updated 4.8.13
  • Crime of Privilege
    Author: Walker, Walter
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780345541536 Date: 2013
    starLJ

    Updated 4.8.13

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