Psychological Suspense Crime Fiction Booklist

Darkly atmospheric stories, disturbing mind games, engrossing and compelling characters - stories that generate a sense of unease . . . Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.
  • Compulsion
    Author: Ablow, Keith
    Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312266413 Date: 2002
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    Dr. Frank Clevenger, a brilliant forensic psychiatrist, is eager to leave the world of the criminally insane behind until he receives a chilling call. The chief of police on the exclusive island of Nantucket is desperate for help in solving a chilling murder: one of the infant twin daughters of billionaire Darwin Bishop has been murdered in her crib at the family's estate.
  • The Architech
    Author: Ablow, Keith
    Publisher: St Martin $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312323921 Date: 2005
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    Ablow, one of the country's leading forensic psychologists, writes a thriller about an architect who insists on designing the lives of his clients as well as their homes.
    Updated 6.6.05
  • The Tutor
    Author: Abrahams, Peter
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25.95 ISBN: 0345439384 Date: 2002
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    Master of psychological suspense Peter Abrahams returns with an ingenious tale of an ordinary family that unknowingly invites the agent of their destruction into their own home.
    Updated 5/5/02
  • River of Darkness
    Author: Airth, Rennie
    Publisher: Viking Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670885959 Date: 1999
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    A powerful debut novel set in rural England just after World War I. Sent by Scotland Yard to investigate a murderous attack in a small Surrey village, Inspector John Madden sets out to identify and capture the killer--a demented former soldier with a bloody past.
    Suggested Reading: Psycho Killers | Serial Killers | Debuts
  • Shank
    Author: Anscombe, Roderick
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 22.95 ISBN: 0786862394 Date: 1996
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    Anscombe takes deception to vertiginous new heights, leaving his readers in the hands of a seductive, artful and deadly narrator. Dan Cody wants the world to know how much he loved his wife. He loved her so much he killed her--she was HIV positive. Now Dan was broken out of prison with his newest object of his obsession, a prison nurse, and is on the run to prove just how much he loves her, too.
  • The Whispering Wall
    Author: Carlon, Patricia
    Publisher: Soho $ 20 ISBN: 1569470669 Date: 1996
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    Sarah Oatland is confined to her bed by a stroke. She is paralyzed, unable to speak and her greedy relatives, the vulgar sly nurse, unsympathetic doctor and embarrassed visitors assume that she is comatose, a vegetable. But Sarah can hear everything and her keen intelligence makes her helplessness and loss of privacy all the harder to bear. Then, just as she is regaining the power to open and close her eyes, she overhears a plot to commit murder. And it is up to her to foil the plotters and to save her own life. - Publisher Marketing.
  • The Souvenir
    Author: Carlon, Patricia
    Publisher: Soho $ 12 ISBN: 1569470480 Date: 1996
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    An early morning murder in the park of a quiet country town in Australia. Four years later, Marion must find out who killed her brother. The police, the press and ordinary people have lost interest in the case, unable to determine which of two teenage girls was the culprit. Sandra and Peta met each other while hitchhiking across Australia. They travelled together for a short time. Each accused the other of stabbing the boy in the park; each remains tarnished by suspicion, but free from prosecution. To resolve this intolerable state of affairs, Marion seeks the help of Jefferson Shields - she's been told that he solves puzzles. This one is a real challenge. - Publisher Marketing.
  • Crime of Silence
    Author: Carlon, Patricia
    Publisher: Soho List Price: $ 21 ISBN: 1569471312 Date: 1998
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    A brilliantly plotted mystery by one of Australia's best suspense writers, this chilling novel involves the kidnapping a child and the two men, who each for their own reasons, must rescue the child from his abductors. But something goes wrong, and a murder is committed.
  • The Running Woman
    Author: Carlon, Patricia
    Publisher: Soho Price: $ 21 ISBN: 156947110x Date: 1998
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    The acclaimed author of The Souvenir, called "one of the best Australian crime writers" by the Times Literary Supplement, offers a new tale of intrigue and mystery. When witnesses to the possible drowning murder of a young girl ignore please by the police to come forward, the authorities shift their investigation in the direction of newcomer Gabriel Endicott.
  • The Price of an Orphan
    Author: Carlon, Patricia
    Publisher: Soho List Price: $ 22 ISBN: 1569471738 Date: 1999
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    When an orphan on an outback cattle station claims to have witnessed a murder, Stuart and Kay Heath remind him of the boy who cried wolf. Then Johnnie is about to be sent back to an orphanage when he and Kay are invited on a camping trip - a special treat or a cunning trap?
  • The Unquiet Night
    Author: Carlon, Patricia
    Publisher: Soho $ 22 ISBN: 1569471940 Date: 2000
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    After strangling a girl, Mart stalks a woman and her niece, realizing they are the only ones who can connect him to the crime. Tracking them to a small Australian town, Mart corners the aunt and traps her inside a steel vault where no one can hear her screams, and where air is running out.
    Updated 5/11/00.
  • The Alienist
    Author: Carr, Caleb
    Publisher: Random $ 29.95 ISBN: 0679417796 Date: 1994
    This fast-paced, convincing thriller by the author of The Devil Soldier is set in New York City in 1896, where two men and a brave, determined woman embark on a quest that takes them into the tortured mind of a barbaric serial killer.
  • The Angel of Darkness
    Author: Carr, Caleb
    Publisher: Random List Price: $ 25.95 ISBN: 0679435328 Date: 1997
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    The wait is over. The Alienist is back in this novel of modern evil in old New York. It has been a year since Dr. Kreizler and his companions tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham. Now they reunite to help the wife of a Spanish diplomat solve the kidnaping of her baby daughter. The trail leads the group into the courtroom in a case so controversial it will put the sanctity of American motherhood on trial. And culminate in a race against time to find the child before it is too late.
  • Kissing the Beehive
    Author: Carroll, Jonathan
    Publisher: Doubleday Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385480113 Date: 1998
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    From the author of The Land of Laughs and Outside the Dog Museum comes a stunning novel of obsession and memory. When a thrice-divorced, bestselling author visits his hometown to spark his imagination for his upcoming novel, an unsolved murder, and explosive love affair, and the reappearance of a killer combine to make this a trip he won't soon forget.
  • About the Author
    Author: Colapinto, John
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25 ISBN: 0060194170 Date: 2001
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    Cal Cunningham dreams of writing an autobiographical novel until his roommate beats him to the punch and pens a page-turning work based on Cal's life. When an accident removes the roommate from the scene, Cal appropriates the book and is propelled to success--until he discovers that someone knows his secret.
    Suggested Reading: Author Author
    Updated 5/17/01
  • The Church of the Dead Girls
    Author: Dobyns, Stephen
    Publisher: Holt $ 22 ISBN: 0671001639 Date: 1997
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    One by one, three young girls vanish in upstate New York. With the first disappearance, the townspeople begin to mistrust outsiders. When the second girl goes missing, neighbors eye each other warily. And when a third child vanishes, the sleepy little town awakens to a full-blown nightmare, as panic mounts and citizens take the law into their own hands.
  • Boy in the Water
    Author: Dobyns, Stephen
    Publisher: Holt Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0805060200 Date: 1999
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    With his customary uncanny awareness of the intricacies of human nature, the acclaimed author of The Church of Dead Girls once again probes the daily life of an ordinary community to reveal the depths of good and evil.
  • Talking to the Dead
    Author: Dunmore, Helen
    Publisher: List Price: $21.95 ISBN: 0316197416 Date: 1997
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    When Isabel and Nina were little girls, their baby brother died in his crib - a death that has haunted the sisters always. Now 25 years later, Isabel has given birth to a son and Nina has come back to town to help out. As the weeks pass, searing memories long locked away come rushing back, pushing Nina towards an intimate betrayal - and driving Isabel to a shocking, transforming act.
  • Mapping the Edge
    Author: Dunant, Sarah
    Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375503234 Date: 2001
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    Anna, a self-sufficient and reliable single mother, packs her bags one day for a short Italian vacation. She leaves her beloved six-year-old daughter, Lily, at home with good friends. But when Anna doesn't return, everyone begins to make excuses until the likelihood that she might not come back becomes chillingly real.
    Updated 11/29/00
  • Killing Me Softly
    Author: French, Nicci
    Publisher: Mysterious List Price: $ 24 ISBN: 089296691 Date: 1999
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    Damage meets Into Thin Air in this spellbinding novel of a forbidden love turned into a dangerous obsession that drives a woman to impulsively abandon her old life and marry a charismatic stranger.
  • Beneath the Skin
    Author: French, Nicci
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 24.995 ISBN: 0892967269 Date: 2000
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    Joe, Jenny, and Nadia each receive a note stating they will be killed. A cruel joke? The police don't think so, but with no clear suspect amid the growing threat of violence, the victims become the accused.
    Suggested Reading: Psycho Killers | Serial Killers
    Updated 4/17/00.
  • The Red Room
    Author: French, Nicci
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 24.95 ISBN: 0892967307 Date: 2001
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    At the request of London police, psychologist Kit Quinn agrees to evaluate Michael Doll, a sexual predator who slashes her face. As she recovers, Kit has horrible dreams of a red room. Months later, Doll is arrested for murder. As Doll's obsession with Kit escalates, Kit is gripped with a paralyzing fear that the killer isn't Doll--but someone close to her heart.
    Updated 6/20/01
  • Land of the Living
    Author: French, Nicci
    Publisher: Warner $ 23.95 ISBN: 0446531510 Date: 2003
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    In the tradition of The Silence of the Lambs, French, bestselling author of Beneath the Skin and The Red Room, delivers what promises to be the psychological blockbuster of the season about a kidnap victim that no one will help.
    Suggested Reading: Amnesia & Memory Stars
    Updated 3.31.03
  • Secret Smile
    Author: French, Nicci
    Publisher: Warner $ 24 ISBN: 0446533475 Date: 2004
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    Miranda's sister has a new boyfriend who isn't the man he claims to be. Miranda should know because she broke off with him a few weeks previously. Like a virus, he starts spreading destruction throughout her life until Miranda realizes what no one else seems to--that behind Brendan's smile lurks a terrible secret.
    Updated 4.5.04
  • Revenge
    Author: Fry, Stephen
    Publisher: Random $ 23.95 ISBN: 0375506233 Date: 2002
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    The brilliant author, actor, and comedian has written his first thriller, a haunting, dramatic story about a young man who is kidnapped and confined for decades, and the crime's vicious aftermath.
    Updated 5.9.02
  • Undercurrents
    Author: Fyfield, Frances
    Publisher: Viking $ 23.95 ISBN: 0670896365 Date: 2001
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    For 20 years, Henry Evans has been haunted by a blurred but shining memory of his lost love, Francesca Chisholm. Now this shy American has come looking for her in her hometown on the English coast. What he finds there is not what he expects.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3/1/01
  • The Tesseract
    Author: Garland, Alex
    Publisher: Riverhead Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 1573221090 Date: 1999
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    Set in the Philippines, this Chinese puzzle of a novel, written by the author of The Beach, spans three generations, following the stories of three sets of characters whose fates are intertwined.
  • A Traitor ot Memory
    Author: George, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Bantam $ 26.95 ISBN: 0553801279 Date: 2001
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    When Gideon Davies, a 28-year-old virtuoso violinist, finds himself center stage, unable to play, his tortured search for his music--and for the truth behind the appalling event that shaped his life--will lead him to the very heart of love's darkest manifestations.
    Updated 6/4/01
  • Painting the Darkness
    Author: Goddard, Robert
    Publisher: Poseidon $ 19.95 ISBN: 0671649477 Date: 1989
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    Eleven years after his apparent suicide, a man claiming to be the heir to the Davenall baronetcy returns, determined to repossess his heritage. Goddard sets a new standard for suspenseful plotting and full-blooded characters.
  • Beyond Recall
    Author: Goddard, Robert
    Publisher: Holt List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0805051104 Date: 1998
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    After a childhood friend - whose father was hanged for murder more than 30 years before - commits suicide, Chris Napier is impelled to investigate the facts behind his friend's insistence that his father was innocent.
  • Caught in the Light
    Author: Goddard, Robert
    Publisher: Henry Holt Price: $ 26 ISBN: 080506155x Date: 1999
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    Photographer Ian Jarrett sets out to solve a mystery that may be 170 years old. At the end of his search, a trap awaits him.
  • Valley of Bones
    Author: Gruber, Michael
    Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060577665 Date: 2005
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    Gruber explores the nature of faith and madness in this brilliantly conceived follow-up to Tropic of Night, his dazzling debut thriller novel.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | Questions of Faith
    Updated 1.23.05
  • Sleep Pale Sister
    Author: Harris, Joanne
    Publisher: Perennial $ 13.95 ISBN: 0060787112 Date: 2005
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    Harris' early novel, never before published in the United States, is a powerful, darkly Gothic evocation of Victorian artistic life. An illicit love draws a controlling artist's wife into a dangerous world of intrigue, blackmail, and revenge.
    Updated 10.3.05
  • Hannibal
    Author: Harris, Thomas
    Publisher: Delacorte List Price: $ 27.95 ISBN: 038529929x Date: 1999
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    Seven years after Dr. Hannibal Lecter's escape from the authorities, the climax of Silence of the Lambs, one of his earlier victims uses Agent Starling as bait to draw the doctor into an intricate and unspeakable design for revenge.
  • Havana Room
    Author: Harrison, Colin
    Publisher: FSG $ 24 ISBN: 0374299862 Date: 2004
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    In his gripping new thriller, Harrison tells the story of a man who falls from the heights of power and wealth in New York, and finds himself in a dangerous and potentially lethal state of affairs.
    Suggested Reading: Drink Up
    Updated 10.7.03
  • Ghost Writer
    Author: Harwood, John
    Publisher: Harcourt $ 25 ISBN: 0151010749 Date: 2004
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    Harwood's tantalizing tale of suspense and family secrets weaves Victorian ghost stories into the present where they start to come true. This astonishing, assured debut shows just how dangerous family skeletons--and stories--can be.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts | Ghosts
    Updated 4.26.04
  • Ripley Under Water
    Author: Highsmith, Patricia
    Publisher: Knopf $ 21 ISBN: 0679416773 Date: 1992
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    Now leading the good life in the French countryside, Tom Ripley--Highsmith's arch villain of five previous novels--only occasionally thinks of the corpses he's left in his wake. But the sudden appearance of a meddlesome American couple begins a game of cat-and-mouse that leads to Tangier and London and back. Here is Ripley at his most devious and Highsmith in peak form.
  • Selected Stories
    Author: Highsmith, Patricia
    Publisher: Norton $ 27.95 ISBN: 0393020312 Date: 2001
    starLJ
    A literary event--five noir masterpieces are offered in this landmark collection by the renowned author of The Talented Mr. Ripley.
    Updated 7/5/01
  • Nothing That Meets the Eye: The Uncollected Stories of Patricia Highsmith
    Author: Highsmith, Patricia
    Publisher: Norton $ 27.95 ISBN: 0393051870 Date: 2002
    starBooklist starLJ
    The Highsmith renaissance continues with this brilliant collection of 28 short stories, a great majority of which have never been seen before. From this new collection, a remarkable portrait of the American psyche at mid-century emerges, unforgettably distilled by the inimitable eye of Patricia Highsmith.
    Updated 10.08.02
  • The Snowman's Children
    Author: Hirshberg, Glen
    Publisher: Carroll & Graf $ 24 ISBN: 0786710829 Date: 2002
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    The Snowman's Children is a moving, psychologically intense first novel that tells the story of an incident from one man's childhood in the 1970s, when a serial killer called The Snowman stalked the streets of suburban Detroit.
    Suggested Reading: First Fiction & Mystery Debuts
    Updated 9.9.02
  • A Trick of the Eye
    Author: Hitchcock, Jane Stanton
    Publisher: Dutton $ 19 ISBN: 0525935290 Date: 1992
    In a stunning first novel, the author creates an engrossing story of psychological suspense, set in the social world of art and money, where a mansion holds old secrets, nothing is as it appears, andraordinary manner.
  • Depraved Indifference
    Author: Indiana, Gary
    Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060197269 Date: 2002
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    A dead ringer for Elizabeth Taylor, Evangeline is driven by the thrill of seducing and killing. No one--not even her husband, children, or friends--is exempt from her bizarre compulsions and grandiosity in this novel of obsession from the acclaimed author of Resentment.
    Updated 11/6/01
  • The Earthquake Bird
    Author: Jones, Susanna
    Publisher: Mysterious $ 22.95 ISBN: 0892967420 Date: 2001
    starKirkus starLibrary Journal
    A haunting first novel set in Tokyo, The Earthquake Bird reveals a murder on its first page and takes its readers into the mind of the chief suspect, Lucy Fly, a young vulnerable English girl living and working in Tokyo as a translator.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
    Updated 9/17/01
  • Half Broken Things
    Author: Joss, Morag
    Publisher: Delta $ 22 ISBN: 0385339402 Date: 2005
    starPW starBooklist
    When a mixture of deceit, good luck, and misfortune draws three strangers--an aging house-sitter, a struggling con man, and a pregnant young woman--together at Walden Manor, each sees one final chance to start over.
    Updated 8.15.05
  • The Analyst
    Author: Katzenbach, John
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 25 ISBN: 0345426266 Date: 2002
    starKirkus starLibrary Journal
    On the brink of a month-long August vacation, Dr. Frederick Starks, a New York psychoanalyst, receives a mysterious, threatening letter. The unknown tormentor then lethally begins demonstrating the potential of his (or her) threats. In a race against time, Dr. Starks suddenly finds himself at the mercy of a psychopath's revenge.
    Suggested Reading: Psycho Killers
    Updated 11/6/01
  • The Madman's Tale
    Author: Katzenbach, John
    Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345464818 Date: 2004
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    From the "New York Times" bestselling author of Just Cause and The Analyst comes a menacing depiction of long-dormant evil--a tale set in and around an asylum and told by a madman.
  • Odd Thomas
    Author: Koontz,Dean
    Publisher: Bantam $ 26.95 ISBN: 0553802496 Date: 2003
    starPW starBooklist
    Fate and destiny converge in this haunting tale of love and terror, suspense and self-discovery. Odd Thomas is an unassuming young hero who regularly communicates with the dead--a gallant sentinel called upon to stop a mysterious man on a day of catastrophe.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 1.6.04
  • Intensity
    Author: Koontz, Dean
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 067942525x Date: 1996
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    Chyna Shepherd, a young woman struggling to rise above a troubled, difficult past, finds herself suddenly caught in the black shadow of a sociopath--a "homicidal adventurer" whose belief in a life of intensity utterly discounts the value of others. Over the course of just 36 hours, Chyna discovers in herself depths of fear she has never before known.
  • The Hamilton Case
    Author: De Kretser, Michelle
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.95 ISBN: 0316735485 Date: 2004
    starBooklist starPW
    Lawyer Sam Obeysekere's involvement in murder case that shakes the upper echelons of an island society makes a name for him, but sets his life on course for disappointment.
    Suggested Reading: Legal Stars
    Updated 4.12.04
  • Shutter Island
    Author: Lehane, Dennis
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0688163173 Date: 2003
    starKirkus starPW starBooklist starLJ
    The New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River and master of the new noir returns with a scorching psychological thriller set in 1954 at Ashcliffe Hospital--a federal institution for the criminally insane. As a storm threatens to strand U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule, they stumble into an evil darker than any nightmare.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 4.29.03
  • Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation
    Author: Littell, Robert
    Publisher: Overlook $ 25.95 ISBN: 1585676969 Date: 2005
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    Martin Odum is a one-time CIA field agent turned private detective in Brooklyn, struggling his way through a labyrinth of memories of past identities--"legends" in CIA parlance. Is he suffering from multiple personality disorder, brainwashing, or simply exhaustion? Is he a creation of the Legend Committee at the CIA's Langley headquarters? Can he trust the CIA psychiatrist? Or the Deputy Director of Operations? Or Stella Kastner a young Russian woman who engages him to find her brother-in-law so he can give her sister, an Orthodox Jew, a divorce, which under religious law requires the husband's presence? As Martin Odum redeploys his dormant tradecraft skills to solve Stella's case, battling mortal danger and psychological disorientation. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 5.23.05
  • The Reaper
    Author: Lovesey, Peter
    Publisher: Soho $ 23 ISBN: 1569472270 Date: 2001
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    Otis Joy is the handsome young rector of St. Bartholomew's Church in Foxford, England. His bishop has just accused him of embezzling church funds and ordered him to resign. But before that can happen, the bishop commits suicide. How opportune. One sudden death seems to lead to another. But then Otis Joy finds his soul mate.
    Updated 3/7/01
  • Candyland
    Author: McBain, Ed & Evan Hunter
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 25 ISBN: 0743213165 Date: 2001
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    Written from the point of view of a man obsessed, the first, fever-paced half of this two-part novel is classic Evan Hunter and ends in a late night confrontation in a mid-town bordello. The next morning, in the book's second section, the story is picked up by Ed McBain, the celebrated inventor and master of the modern police procedural. This masterpiece combines the bestselling styles of two authors into one powerful, sexy, and shocking crime story.
    Updated 1/18/01
  • A Likeness in Stone
    Author: Martin, J. Wallis
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312186266 Date: 1998
    starKirkus
    A grisly discovery in the darkened waters of a reservoir, unlocks the secret to a decades-old murder, in this chilling first novel by an author who combines psychological insight with an intricate plot that will keep readers guessing to the end.
    Suggested Reading: Debuts
  • Deception
    Author: Mina, Denise
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 23.95 ISBN: 0316735922 Date: 2004
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    Scotland's most exciting up-and-coming mystery novelist offers the story of a man's desperate search for evidence to overturn his wife's murder conviction. As Lachlan searches the forbidden sanctuary of Susie's home office for proof of her innocence, he uncovers evidence of her secret life.
    Suggested Reading: Scottish Crime Fiction
    Updated 7.26.04
  • Taking Lives
    Author: Pye, Michael
    Publisher: Knopf Price: $ 23 ISBN:0375402608 Date: 1999
    starKirkus starBooklist
    A chilling hit-and-kill scene begins this riveting psychological novel about a young serial killer who takes on the identities of his victims.
  • The Crocodile Bird
    Author: Rendell, Ruth
    Publisher: Crown $ 20 ISBN: 0517595761 Date: 1993
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    A story of obsessive love between mother and daughter and its connection to aseries of unexplained deaths near a remote English manor. Reviewers, writers, and knowledgeable mystery readers know Ruth Rendell as a master novelist.
  • Sight for Sore Eyes
    Author: Rendell, Ruth
    Publisher: Crown Price: $ 24 ISBN: 0609604171 Date: 1999
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    A child witnesses the murder of her mother; a fading beauty seeks to alleviate the boredom of her marriage to a wealthy, older man; a boy discovers that killing is an easy way to get what he wants. When the lives of these three people converge, the effect is surprising, harrowing, and unforgettable.
  • Piranha to Scurfy: And Other Stories
    Author: Rendell, Ruth
    Publisher: Crown $ 23 ISBN: 0609608533 Date: 2001
    starBooklist
    The internationally celebrated mystery novelist and author of Harm Done now offers a collection of deeply unsettling stories evocative of Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and other masters of the chilling touch.
    Updated 11/17/00
  • Adam and Eve and Pinch Me
    Author: Rendell, Ruth
    Publisher: Crown $ 25 ISBN: 0609610252 Date: 2002
    starBooklist starPW
    This chilling novel about serial killer in contemporary London is penned by one of the most celebrated mystery writers of our time. As the story gets under way, readers have no idea how a series of vicious stabbings could connect to the colorful cast of interacting characters.
    Updated 1/28/02
  • 13 Steps Down
    Author: Rendell, Ruth
    Publisher: Crown $ 25 ISBN: 1400098424 Date: 2005
    starPW
    From the multi-award-winning author of The Babes in the Wood and The Rottweiler, comes a chilling new novel about obsession, superstition, and violence. Mix Cellini's sharp-eyed landlady senses that his obsession with a model is taking a dark and dangerous turn.
    Updated 8.15.05
  • Summertime
    Author: Rigbey, Liz
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95ISBN: 0399150943 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    From the acclaimed author of Total Eclipse comes a novel that "combines a gripping murder mystery; a moving tale of love, loss, and redemption; the powerful saga of a family haunted by tragedy; and the bleak drama of one woman's agonizing confrontation with her past."--"Booklist," starred review.
    Updated 7.17.03
  • The First Cut: A Novel of Suspense
    Author: Robinson, Peter
    Publisher: Dark Alley $ 13.95 (paper) ISBN: 006073535x Date: 2004
    starLJ
    The First Cut is a vivid and compelling psychological thriller, from the author of the critically acclaimed Inspector Banks series. - Publisher Marketing.
    Suggested Reading: Psychological Suspense Stars
    Updated 7.13.04
  • Absent Friends
    Author: Rozan, S.J.
    Publisher: Delacorte $ 24 ISBN: 0385338031 Date: 2004
    starPW starBooklist starLJ
    The secrets of a group of childhood friends unravel in this haunting thriller by Edgar Award winner S.J. Rozan. Set in New York in the unforgettable aftermath of September 11, Absent Friends brilliantly captures a time and place unlike any other.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | 911 Stars
    Updated 9.22.04
  • Electrical Field
    Author: Sakamoto, Kerri
    Publisher: W.W. Norton Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0393046293 Date: 1999
    starPW
    A rare and haunting debut about memory and murder, the unusual friendship between an aging Japanese-Canadian woman and a young girl desperate to uncover the truth.
  • A Simple Plan
    Author: Smith, Scott
    Publisher: Knopf $ 21 ISBN: 0679419853 Date: 1993
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    Hank, a young man whose family has been wrecked by debt and poverty, and his brother and a friend discover a wrecked plane--and a suitcase containing four million dollars. They plan to keep, and eventually divide, the fortune. But panic--and impatience--soon endangers them all. An astonishing debut novel.
  • The Confession
    Author: Steinhauer, Olen
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312303289 Date: 2004
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    Eastern Europe 1956: Comrade Inpector Ferenc Kolyeszar, homicide detective and aspiring writer, is watching his life unravel. Estranged from his wife, frustrated by writer's block and tracking a murderer through the shadowy capital. By the author of Bridge of Sighs.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars | European Crime Fiction
    Updated 1.10.04
  • Anna's Book
    Author: Vine, Barbara
    Publisher: Harmony $ 22 ISBN: 0517587963 Date: 1993
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    The bestselling author of King Solomon's Carpet presents a tour de force of psychological suspense involving the malevolent consequences of a 75-year old murder. Vine is the recipient of three Edgars and four Gold Dagger Awards.
  • No Night Is Too Long
    Author: Vine, Barbara
    Publisher: Harmony $ 23 ISBN: 0517799642 Date: 1995
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    Tim thought he'd gotten away with it. For months after the murder he'd heard not a word--then the letters began. At first they seemed almost innocuous, accounts of historical events. But a common thread engaged quickly. It was peculiarly germane to Tim, and it related directly to murder. Barbara Vine, the author of Anna's Book presents a compelling tale of sexual obsession, mistaken identity, and murder.
  • The Brimstone Wedding
    Author: Vine, Barbara
    Publisher: Harmony $ 24 ISBN: 0517703394 Date: 1996
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    Both a finely crafted mystery and a disturbingly honest depiction of the kinship between love and madness, The Brimstone Wedding tells an unsettling story about the power and the poison of love. A gracious, dignified woman, who's dying in an English nursing home, reveals the secrets of her erotic past to her young caretaker.
  • Grasshopper
    Author: Vine, Barbara
    Publisher: Harmony $ 25 ISBN: 0609607898 Date: 2000
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    Ruth Rendell's tenth novel, written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine, tells the chilling story of an English woman who recalls her life, realizing her compulsion for climbing and peering into windows saved her life, but admitting it cost a terrible price.
    Updated 10/23/00
  • The Blood Doctor
    Author: Vine, Barbara
    Publisher: Crown $ 25 ISBN: 1400045045 Date: 2002
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    In the tenth mystery bearing the pen name of Barbara Vine, internationally celebrated novelist Ruth Rendell illuminates the struggle between the desire to heal and the baser human instincts.
    Updated 5.20.02
  • Yellow
    Author: Visman, Janni
    Publisher: Viking $ 22.95 ISBN: 0670034029 Date: 2005
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    Stella is an agoraphobic aromatherapist in a relationship with the seemingly decent Ivan, but as doubts about his past and present creep in, her shut-in status makes for a perfect theatrical evocation of claustrophobia and paranoia.
    Updated 5.9.05
  • The Ice House
    Author: Walters, Minette
    Publisher: St Martins $ 18.95 ISBN: 0312078013 Date: 1992
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    Walters makes a brilliant debut with this dark and suspenseful mystery that has the Book-of-the-Month Club raving, "One of the most impossible-to-put-down mysteries we've read this year". Three women who live together are thrown into turmoil when a mutilated body is found in their estate's ice house.
  • The Sculptress
    Author: Walters, Minette
    Publisher: St Martins $ 21.95 ISBN: 0312099096 Date: 1993
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    In order to write a book about Olive Martin--in prison for committing a heinous double murder--journalist Roz Leigh begins visiting the huge and menacing woman. But Roz's visits reveal more about Olive than she expects--and Roz soon finds herself drawn into Olive's disturbing world.
  • The Scold's Bridle
    Author: Walters, Minette
    Publisher: St Martins $ 21.95 ISBN: 0312113773 Date: 1994
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    The Ice-House won Britain's John Creasey Prize, while The Sculptress was hailed as a top crime novel of 1993 by "The Los Angeles Times Book Review". Now Minette Walters returns with her third novel, in which a wealthy English woman is killed with a "scold's bridle"--a medieval instrument of torture.
  • The Dark Room
    Author: Walters, Minette
    Publisher: Putnam $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399140786 Date: 1996
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    Suffering from posttraumatic amnesia, a respected fashion director and millionaire's daughter is placed in an exclusive private clinic after she is involved in a mysterious car accident. She soon begins to recover, but her memories are filled with desperation and absolute terror. A spellbinding tale of psychological suspense from the Edgar-winning author of The Sculptress.
  • The Echo
    Author: Walters, Minette
    Publisher: Putnam List Price: $23.95 ISBN: 0399142517 Date: 1997
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    A new novel of psychological suspense and terror by the Edgar Award-winning author of The Dark Room. When a homeless man is discovered dead in the garage of a wealthy woman in one of the richest neighborhoods in the world, journalist Michael Deacon's curiousity about the case leads him on a chilling journey into the past.
  • The Breaker
    Author: Walters, Minette
    Publisher: Putnam Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0399144927 Date: 1999
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    The acclaimed author of The Echo spins a hypnotic tale of mystery and intrigue. After a woman is brutally raped and murdered - events to which her mute three-year-old daughter was a witness - the police turn their investigation on the victim's husband.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
  • Shape of Snakes
    Author: Walters, Minette
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399147330 Date: 2001
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    This New York Times Notable Book begins on a rainy winter night. It takes hours for a black woman known as "Mad Annie" to die in the gutter. It will take 20 years for the woman who found her to shape her neighbors' racism, the indifference of the police, and her own rage into the truth.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 6/13/01
  • Acid Row
    Author: Walters, Minette
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399148620 Date: 2002
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    Walters has been compared to Ruth Rendell and P.D. James. In Acid Row, she takes readers to a place that is all the more frightening because it is so real--a crime-riddled, decaying housing project.
  • Telling Lies to Alice
    Author: Wilson, Laura
    Publisher: Delta $ 22.95 ISBN: 0385335806 Date: 2004
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    Hailed as "a subtle mind reader" by The New York Times, Wilson is a master at combining psychological suspense with mesmerizing story lines. Now she explores the haunting world of a woman whose psyche has been shaken by fate.
    Updated 12.29.03