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Sara Paretsky (2013) Critical Mass (A V.I. Warshawski Novel).

Judy, the drug-addicted daughter of Kitty Binder, calls Lotty Herschel for help and then disappears. Kitty, a Holocaust survivor whom Lotty knew in wartime Vienna, seems uninterested in finding her daughter, but she hires Vic Warshawski to locate her grandson. Now Vic has to solve two missing person cases. Heartbraking!

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Richard North Patterson (2007) Exile.

Rare combination of a thrilling story with an intelligent political analysis of the ongoing tragedy between Israelis and Palestinians. A courtroom drama, a love story, and a political thriller on a most complex and controversial subject. There is not one page that is boring!

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Stef Penney (2008) The Tenderness of Wolves: A Novel.

Stef Penney's haunting debut casts the frigid isolation of Scottish immigrants living on the late 19th-century Canadian frontier. In this harsh, unforgiving environment a seventeen-year old boy disappears the same day his mother discovers the scalped body of his friend. The gripping story reveals a complex web of human desires, motivations, and relationships.

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Kathy Reichs (2012) Bones Are Forever: A Novel.

Kathy Reichs, like her fictional character, Temperance Brennan, is forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec, Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina. Obviously, she knows what she is writing about. She also keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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Ruth Rendell (2000) A Judgement in Stone. (First published 1977)

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Stella Rimington (2010) Dead Line (Kindle Edition)

After working for 27 years in Britain's intelligence agency MI 5, Rimington knows what she is talking about. When she retired as Director General of the agency she started a series of credible espionage thrillers. Her fourth thriller is about a plot to disrupt a Middle East peace conference in Scotland.

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Ann Rule (2007) Too Late to Say Goodbye: A True Story of Murder and Betrayal.

Idyllic life in Atlanta's wealthy suburbs turned into jealous rage. Perhaps Ann Rule's best book so far with detailed descriptions of cutting-edge forensic techniques.

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Georges Simenon (2005) Tropic Moon.

In the former French colony of Gabon, Joseph Timar has taken on a job with a timber company. He stays at a small hotel in Libreville, where he gets obsessed with the hotelier's wife, Adèle. In the sweltering heat of the tropical sun, Joseph is dragged into the moral decay of crude lust, drinking and brutality of the French expatriates.

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Georges Simenon (2005) The Man Who Watched Trains Go By. (First published in 1938)

Kees Popinga, a Dutch bourgeois and model husband, likes to play chess and look on impassively as the trains to the outside world go by. But then his life falls apart as his company goes into bankruptcy. He quickly degenerates into a amoral creature and embarks on a journey of ruthless brutality.

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Douglas Starr (2010) The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science.

Carefully researched, articulate, gripping. One of the classics in true crime. A forensic thriller.

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