Crime Fiction Debuts 2011 starred review lists

selected notable debuts

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.


  • The Surrogate
    Author: Carver, Tania
    $25.95 ISBN: 9781605982564 Date: 2011
    star Booklist
    The arresting debut thriller, featuring a very different kind of serial killer, by international bestselling author Tania Carver.
    Suggested Reading:Thrillers
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Burning
    Author: Casey, Jane
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312614171 Date: 2011
    starLJ star PW
    A determined young police constable goes it alone against an enigmatic killer and her bosses in a series debut for fans of Sophie Hannah and Tana French.
    Suggested Reading: Thrillers
    Updated 7.25.11
  • Guilt by Association
    Author: Clark, Marcia
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780316129510 Date: 2011
    starPW star Booklist star Kirkus
    With her tremendous expertise in the nuances of L.A. courts and crime, and with a vibrant ensemble cast of characters, Clark, the lead prosecutor in the criminal trial of O.J. Simpson, combines intimate detail, riotous humor, and visceral action in a debut thriller that marks the launch of a major new figure on the crime-writing scene.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars| Legal Stars
    Updated 4.15.11
  • Red on Red
    Author: Conlon, Edward
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780385519175 Date: 2011
    starPW star Kirkus star LJ star Booklist
    The author of the award-winning, New York Times-bestselling memoir Blue Bloods delivers his first novel--the story of two NYPD detectives with radically different approaches to life and work.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.27.11
  • The Territory
    Author: Fields, Tricia
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312613785 Date: 2011
    starLJ star PW
    Chief of Police Josie Gray faces Mexican drug cartels who have turned her Texas border-town into a battlefield in this compelling debut, the winner of the 2010 Hillerman Prize. Set in a desert landscape as beautiful as it is dangerous, The Territory captures the current border issues from the eyes of a tough, compelling heroine.
    Updated 10.18.11
  • Ranchero
    Author: Gavin, Rick
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312583187 Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ starBooklist
    Repo man Nick Reid will do anything to retrieve his landlady's stolen Ranchero in a wild race across the Mississippi Delta in this unforgettable series debut. Ranchero is a fantastic read for fans of Elmore Leonard, Lawrence Block, and Carl Hiaasen.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 10.14.2011
  • Sister
    Author: Lupton, Rosamund
    $ 24 ISBN: 9780307716514 Date: 2011
    starLJ star PW starBooklist
    As one woman risks everything to uncover the truth about her sister's last moments, this debut novel with a knockout twist shows that nothing is as durable--and as exceptional--as the bond between sisters.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 5.15.11
  • Original Sin
    Author: McMullen, Beth
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9781401324216 Date: 2011
    In this hilarious debut, a former U.S. spy turned stay-at-home mother of a toddler tries to find a most elusive work-life balance when the USAWMD (United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction) decides it desperately requires her services again, and calls her back into the field.
    Suggested Reading:Spy Girls
    Updated 6.19.11
  • A Conflict of Interest
    Author: Mitzner, Adam
    $ 25 ISBN: 9781439157510 Date: 2011
    Mitzner delivers a stunning debut thriller in the bestselling tradition of Scott Turow and John Grisham--the story of a lawyer who discovers the secrets of an old family friend. Annotation: Mitzner delivers a stunning debut thriller in the bestselling tradition of Scott Turow and John Grisham--the story of a lawyer who discovers the secrets of an old family friend.
    Suggested Reading: Thrillers | Legal Stars
    Updated 4.15.11
  • Bent Road
    Author: Roy, Lori
    $ 26 ISBN: 9780525951834 Date: 2011
    starKirkus star LJ star PW
    In her promising debut novel ... Roy proves that dark secrets hide even in the most wide-open places. Set in the beautifully rendered Kansas plains, Bent Road is a family story with a suspenseful gothic core.''--Michael Koryta, author of Tonight I Said Goodbye.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 2.14.11
  • The Informationist
    Author: Stevens, Taylor
    $ 23 ISBN: 9780307717092 Date: 2011
    starPW star LJ
    Stevens's blazingly brilliant debut introduces a great new action heroine, Vanessa Michael Munroe, who doesn't have to kick over a hornet's nest to get attention, though her feral, take-no-prisoners attitude reflects the fire of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander....Thriller fans will eagerly await the sequel to this high-octane page-turner.--Publishers Weekly, starred, boxed review
    Suggested Reading: Thrillers
    Updated 2.7.11
  • Purgatory Chasm
    Author: Ulfelder, Steve
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780312672928 Date: 2011
    starPW star Lj
    This riveting debut mystery features a gritty, razor-sharp new voice in fiction--Conway Sax, a recovering alcoholic and car mechanic who owes everything to the Alcoholics Anonymous group that saved him. When a member turns up dead, Conway must catch the killer.
    Updated 5.15.11
  • Or the Bull Kills You
    Author: Webster, Jason
    $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780312581831 Date: 2011
    starPW starLJ
    An accomplished debut mystery set in the high-stakes and decidedly murky world of bullfighting in Valencia, Spain "Either you kill the bull, or the bull kills you." Chief Inspector Max Camara thinks in proverbs, and he hates one thing above all: bullfighting. One hot afternoon in Valencia, however, he has to stand in for his boss, judging a festival corrida starring Spain's most famous young matador. That night, he is back in the bullring, and what he finds on the blood-stained sand shocks the city of Valencia to its core. Camara is roped into investigating a grisly murder while dealing with violent shadows from his own past, as well as confronting the suspiciousness of the bullfighting community and the stonewalling of local politicians in full electoral campaign. To top it all, Fallas, the loudest fiesta in the country, has just got underway. For Camara, it seems his problems have only just begun... - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 9.19.11


Starred Review Lists

Books that received at least one starred review from Booklist, Kirkus, LJ, and PW.

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