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William R. Forstchen
The Final Day
Book 3 of John Matherson Novels
2017
After defeating a new, tyrannical federal government, John Matherson and his community intend to restore their world to what it was before the EMP apocalypse. For the most part, they are succeeding. This period of relative stability, however, doesn’t last long.
480 Pages
4/5
240
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Kia Abdullah
Next of Kin
2022
Leila Syed receives a call. Her brother-in-law’s voice is filled with panic. His son’s nursery has called to ask where little Max is. Leila was supposed to drop Max off that morning. But she forgot. Racing to the carpark, she grasps the horror of what she has done.
384 Pages
4/5
270
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Harlan Coben
Tell No One
2021 (First published: 2001)
Dr. David Beck's world shattered when his wife vanished years ago. Haunted by her loss, a mysterious message suggests she might still be alive. With danger lurking, Beck embarks on a perilous quest to uncover the truth. The past resurfaces as he races to unveil a deadly secret while being pursued by unseen forces determined to halt his search.
400 Pages
5/5
122
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Elli Gray
The Unlucky Girl
Blake Wilder FBI Mystery - Book 14
2022 (First published: 2022)
FBI agent Blake Wilder and her team are sent to Las Vegas where two young women have gone missing after a night out. Both are socialites, with well-earned reputations as party girls. One of the women is the daughter of Dylan Powers, a wealthy casino owner and power player in Sin City politics. As Blake digs deeper into the case, she finds herself on a troublesome path of betrayal that leads to a grisly death.
241 Pages
4/5
387
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James M. Cain
The Postman Always Rings Twice
1989 (First published: 1934)
Cain started a new genre: American noir fiction. It may be full of despair, sweltering greed, dark violence and raw sex, but the no-nonsense description of humanity heading towards destruction is impossible to resist. In his laconic style Cain tells the story of Frank, a tramp, who his attracted to Cora, the young wife of brutally violent Nick. When Frank and Cora start an affair behind her older man's back, the story is heading for disaster.
116 Pages
5/5
234
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Jim Tompson
The Killer Inside Me
2014 (First published: 1952)
Everyone in the small town of Central City, Texas loves Lou Ford, the deputy sheriff. He may not be the brightest or the most interesting man in town, but nevertheless, he's the kind of officer you're happy to have keeping your streets safe. But behind the platitudes and glad-handing lurks a monster.Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick praised the novel, stating that it was "probably the most chilling and believable first-person story of a criminally warped mind I have ever encountered."
256 Pages
5/5
195
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Stephen King
The Green Mile
The Complete Serial Novel
2017 (First published: 2000)
Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk “the Green Mile,” the lime-colored linoleum corridor leading to a final meeting with Old Sparky, Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities over the years working the Mile, but he’s never seen anything like John Coffey—a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child.
512 Pages
5/5
180
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Vincent Bugliosi 
Helter Skelter
1995 (First published: 1974)
Helter Skelter is the true Story of The Manson Murders. Bugliosi had served as the prosecutor in the 1970 trial of Charles Manson. The book presents his firsthand account of the notorious 1969 murder of Sharon Tate, Rosemary La Bianca and other by Manson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and other members of the Manson Family. It is the best-selling true crime book in history.
736 Pages
5/5
183
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Robert B. Parker, Helen Brann
Silent Night
Robert B. Parker Series, Book 42
2013
It's December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he's confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide. Slide's mentor, Jackie Alvarez, is being threatened. But it's not a simple case of intimidation - Spenser finds a trail that leads to a drug kingpin. A Christmas good deed could turn bad.
240 Pages
2/5
210
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Robert Traver
Anatomy of a Murder
1983 (First published: 1958)
Anatomy of a Murder immediately became a number-one bestseller in America, and was subsequently turned into the now classic Otto Preminger film of the same name, starring Jimmy Stewart and Duke Ellington. A gripping tale of deceit, murder, and a sensational trial, unmatched in the authenticity of its settings, events, and characters.
448 Pages
5/5
775
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J.D. Robb
Payback in Death
Eve Dallas - Novel 57
2023 (First published: 2023)
Lt. Eve Dallas is just home from a long overdue vacation when she responds to a call of an unattended death. The victim is Martin Greenleaf, retired Internal Affairs Captain. At first glance, the scene appears to be suicide, but the closer Eve examines the body, the more suspicious she becomes. After all, Greenleaf put a lot of dirty cops away during his forty-seven years in Internal Affairs.
368 Pages
3/5
100
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Laura Lippman
Sunburn
2018
They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. Yet she stays and he stays. A pair of lovers. With the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals - and cold-blooded murder.  
320 Pages
4/5
173
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Robin Moore
The French Connection
A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy
2003 (First published: 1969)
In this true, absorbing and often frightening documentary, Detectives Edward Egan and Salvatore Grosso almost stumble into a case of heroin smuggling that ultimately leads to the seizure of the largest cache of heroin ever picked up in New York. Crime syndicate heads in Canada and France are involved.
336 Pages
4/5
264
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Mary Higgins Clark
Where Are the Children
2023 (First published: 1975)
Nancy Harmon long ago fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name and left California for the windswept peace of Cape Cod. Now remarried, she has two more beloved children, and the terrible pain has begun to heal—until the morning when she looks in the backyard for her little boy and girl and finds only one red mitten.
256 Pages
5/5
203
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Robyn Harding
The Swap
2022 (First published: 2020)
Low just doesn’t fit in—and neither does Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer. After signing up for a class, Low quickly falls under Freya’s spell. And Freya, buoyed by Low’s adoration, is compelled to share her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Then one night, after a boozy dinner party, Freya suggests swapping partners. It should have been a harmless fling between consenting adults, but it turns out deadly.
384 Pages
4/5
166
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Ann Rule
Too Late to Say Goodbye
A True Story of Murder and Betrayal
2007 (First published: 2007)
Idyllic life in Atlanta's wealthy suburbs turned into jealous rage, as the murders of two beautiful, successful women were made to look like suicides. Perhaps Ann Rule's best book so far with detailed descriptions of cutting-edge forensic techniques.
480 Pages
4/5
204
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Vince Flynn / Kyle Mills
Enemy at the Gates
Book 20 of Mitch Rapp Series
2022
CIA counterterrorist agent Mitch Rapp has decided to back away from his proffesional life, but then the world’s richest man asks Mitch to rescue a scientist, who’s bio research compound has been burned to the ground and is on the run from an African terrorist.
400 Pages
4/5
278
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Melville Davisson Post
Uncle Abner: Master of Mysteries
2018
The tales of Uncle Abner take place in what is now West Virginia, in the 1840's or 1850's. The mysteries of the crime solving, justice dispensing West Virginian backwoodsman Uncle Abner - written between 1911 and 1928 - have been called some of "the finest mysteries ever written".
146 Pages
2/5
259
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Keith Rosson
Fever House
2023 (First published: 2023)
Leg-breaker Hutch Holtz visits a Portland apartment complex for drug money but finds a severed hand in the fridge, causing uncontrollable violence. As chaos unfolds, government agents pursue the hand, pushing the city to disaster. Meanwhile, agoraphobic singer Katherine and son Nick get involved when Hutch seeks help. They face bloodthirsty mobs, agents, and unearth family secrets crucial for humanity's survival.
448 Pages
4/5
113
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David Baldacci
The 6:20 Man
2022 (First published: 2022)
Every day without fail, Travis Devine puts on a cheap suit, grabs his faux-leather briefcase, and boards the 6:20 commuter train to Manhattan, where he works as an entry-level analyst at the city's most prestigious investment firm. Then one morning Devine's tedious routine is shattered by an anonymous email: She is dead. Sara Ewes, Devine's coworker and former girlfriend, has been found hanging in a storage room of his office building.
432 Pages
5/5
453
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Truman Capote
In Cold Blood
1994 (First published: 1966)
A masterpiece from the author of "Breakfast at Tiffanies". With this thriller Capote invented a new genre. It reconstructs the 1959 murders of four members of the Clutter family in the small farming community of Holcomb, Kansas. Capote describes the investigations, capture, trial and execution of the killers in harrowing, yet empathic prose.
343 Pages
5/5
241
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Janet Evanovich
Going Rogue: Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine
Stephanie Plum Novel - Book 29
2022 (First published: 2022)
Stephanie Plum knows that something is amiss when she turns up for work at Vinnie’s Bail Bonds to find that longtime office manager Connie Rosolli, who is as reliable as the tides in Atlantic City, hasn’t shown up. Stephanie’s worst fears are confirmed when she gets a call from Connie’s abductor. He says he will only release her in exchange for a mysterious coin that a recently murdered man left as collateral for his bail.
336 Pages
4/5
341
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Ann Rule
The Stranger Beside Me
2022 (First published: 1980)
In 1971, while working the late-shift at a Seattle crisis clinic, true-crime writer Ann Rule struck up a friendship with a sensitive, charismatic young coworker: Ted Bundy. Three years later, eight young women disappeared in seven months. But she had no idea that the “Ted” the police were seeking was the same Ted who had become her close friend. Bundy eventually confessed to killing at least thirty-six women.
640 Pages
5/5
198
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John Sandford
Righteous Prey
Prey Novel, Book 32
2022
“The Five" are going to murder people who need to be murdered. When the vigilante killers, who are very bored and very rich, strike again in the Twin Cities, Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport are sent in to investigate. And they soon have their hands full.
416 Pages
3/5
226
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Jonathan Dee
The Locals
2017 (First published: 2017)
Mark Firth finds his family's future in jeopardy after being swindled by a financial advisor. Envious of the wealthy elite, Mark crosses paths with Philip Hadi, a New York City billionaire fleeing post-9/11 turmoil. Hadi hires Mark to fortify his home as a fortress for managing billions. Mark, driven by ambition and desperation, ventures into real estate, igniting a chain of events that pits him against power, corruption, and his own moral compass.
400 Pages
3/5
18
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Dennis Lehane
Shutter Island
2009 (First published: 2003)
Shutter Island is an army facility turned hospital for the criminally insane. When a patient escapes, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, are called in to investigate. This is one of the best psychological thrillers of all time. One mind-bending plot twist after another! Also a blockbuster movie, directed by Martin Scorsese.
400 Pages
4/5
239
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Mary Higgins Clark
All Around the Town
1993 (First published: 1992)
When Laurie Kenyon, a twenty-one-year-old student, is accused of murdering her English professor, she has no memory of the crime. Her fingerprints, however, are everywhere. When she asks her sister, attorney Sarah, to mount her defense, Sarah in turn brings in psychiatrist Justin Donnelly. Kidnapped at the age of four and victimized for two years, Laurie has developed astounding coping skills.
341 Pages
5/5
211
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Camron Wright
The Orphan Keeper
Adapted for Young Readers from the Bestselling Novel
2022
Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children to be adopted by a family in America.
288 Pages
3/5
199
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Barry Eisler
All the Devils
Livia Lone Novel, Book 3
2019
Ten years ago, the daughter of Homeland Security Investigations agent B.D. Little vanished into thin air. So did seven other girls?the crimes all bearing the same signature characteristics. Now the disappearances have begun again.
364 Pages
5/5
231
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Kevin Powers
A Line in the Sand
2023 (First published: 2023)
Arman, ex-Iraq interpreter, discovers a body on Virginia's beach, linking to his tragic past and a deadly conspiracy. Detective Catherine investigates, while journalist Sally probes a corporate scandal. As body count rises, Cat and Sally unite to shield Arman in this gripping military thriller.
368 Pages
5/5
112
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Cormac McCarthy
The Passenger
The Passenger - Book 1
2022 (First published: 2022)
It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips the jacket of his wet suit and plunges from the Coast Guard tender into darkness. His dive light illuminates the sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating, eyes devoid of speculation. Missing from the crash site are the pilot’s flight bag, the plane’s black box, and the tenth passenger.
400 Pages
5/5
338
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Jimmy Breslin
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
1997 (First published: 1969)
Kid Sally Palumbo, a master in the art of murder and a moron at just about everything else wants to be a boos in the Brooklyn Mafia. To prove himself worthy he tries to organize a six-day bicycle race and keep the profits, but he bungles it ridiculously - kicking off a messy mob war instead. - Was made into a major motion picture starring Robert DeNiro.
249 Pages
5/5
225
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Brian Evenson
Last Days
2016 (First published: 2016)
When Kline is kidnapped by a dark sect that believes amputation brings you closer to God, he's tasked with uncovering who murdered their leader. Will he uncover the truth in time to save himself, take on the mantle of prophet, or destroy all he sees with a rain of biblical violence? But the puzzles grow more craggy and complex.
200 Pages
4/5
210
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Gwen Banta
With Wanton Disregard
2021
Tim Mulrooney is at a crossroads in his life when he meets Lauren: the beautiful wife of a prominent Long Beach physician who has been brutally murdered. In spite of mounting evidence against Lauren, Tim is determined to prove her innocence. But soon, more savage murders occur. Trying to piece together the evidence, Mulrooney makes a startling discovery about the murders.
316 Pages
3/5
177
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Mary Kubica
Local Woman Missing
A Novel of Domestic Suspense
2021 (First published: 2021)
Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community. Are these incidents connected? After an elusive search that yields more questions than answers, the case eventually goes cold. Now, eleven years later, Delilah shockingly returns. Everyone wants to know what happened to her.
378 Pages
4/5
178
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Rivka Galchen
Atmospheric Disturbances
2009 (First published: 2008)
When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single confounding clue: a woman who looks, talks, and behaves exactly like her. A simulatcrum. But Leo is not fooled, and he knows better than to trust his senses in matters of the heart. Certain that the real Rema is alive and in hiding, he embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim her.
256 Pages
4/5
183
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Jess Lourey
The Quarry Girls
2022
Minnesota, 1977. For the teens of one close-knit community, summer means late-night swimming parties at the quarry, the county fair, and venturing into the tunnels beneath the city. But for two best friends, it’s not all fun and games.Heather and Brenda have a secret. They’ve decided to never tell a soul. But then their friend disappears?the second girl to vanish in a week.
335 Pages
3/5
370
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Jennifer Hillier
Jar of Hearts
2021
When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls. But fourteen years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods. And Kaiser?now a detective with Seattle PD?finally learns the truth.
320 Pages
4/5
201
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Scott Turow!
Presumed Innocent
2017 (First published: 1987)
Turow's first courtroom thriller is one of the best legal fiction ever. As a former U.S. prosecutor, Turow had intimate knowledge of legal procedures and could drag the reader into the gritty drama of a murder trial. A dark twist of events transforms prosecutor Susty Sabich from the accuser to the accused. Made into a spectacular Harrison Ford movie.  
496 Pages
5/5
256
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Dennis Lehane
Mystic River
2021 (First published: 2001)
When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled up to their street. One boy got into the car, two did not, and something terrible happened. Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con who owns a corner store. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together. When Jimmy’s daughter is found murdered, Sean is assigned to the case.
496 Pages
5/5
215
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A. G. Riddle
Lost in Time
2022
One morning, Dr. Sam Anderson wakes up to find that the woman he loves has been murdered. For Sam, the horror is only beginning. He and his daughter are accused of the crime. To ensure his daughter goes free, Sam does what he must: he confesses.
416 Pages
4/5
204
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Dean Koontz
The Other Emily
2021
A decade ago, Emily Carlino vanished after her car broke down on a California highway. She was presumed to be one of serial killer Ronny Lee Jessup’s victims whose remains were never found. Writer David Thorne still hasn’t recovered from losing the love of his life. Then David meets Maddison Sutton. Everything about Maddison, down to her kisses, is just like Emily - and terror escalates.
365 Pages
5/5
297
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Megan Abbott
Beware the Woman
2023 (First published: 2023)
Newlyweds Jacy and Jed venture to Michigan's wilds. A health scare disrupts their idyllic trip, stirring family secrets and surveillance. As Jacy grapples with fear, secrets intertwine with paranoia. In Abbott's gripping "Beware the Woman," dangers lurk both outside and in, leaving readers to wonder: What lies hidden in the cottage's depths, and what's the true source of Jacy's unease?
304 Pages
4/5
105
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Charlie Donlea
Twenty Years Later
2022
New DNA technology has allowed the New York medical examiner’s office to make its first successful identification of a 9/11 victim in years. The twist: the victim, Victoria Ford, had been accused of the gruesome murder of her married lover. In a chilling last phone call to her sister from the North Tower on the morning of 9/11, Victoria begged her to prove her innocence.
432 Pages
4/5
183
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Richard Condon
The Manchurian Candidate
2013 (First published: 1959)
Sgt Raymond Shaw is a hero of the first order. He's an ex-prisoner of war, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, stepson of an influential senator...and the perfect assassin. Brainwashed during his time as a POW he is a 'sleeper', a living weapon to be triggered by a secret signal. Was made into an excellent movie - starring Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep.
368 Pages
4/5
273
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John Grisham
The Boys from Biloxi
2022 (First published: 2022)
Keith Rudy and Hugh Malco grew up in Biloxi and were childhood friends. But as teenagers, their lives took them in different directions. Keith’s father became a legendary prosecutor, determined to “clean up the Coast.” Hugh’s father became the “Boss” of Biloxi’s criminal underground. Keith went to law school and followed in his father’s footsteps. Hugh worked in his father’s clubs. Two families heading for a showdown in a courtroom.
464 Pages
5/5
742
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Dashiell Hammett
The Maltese Falcon
1989 (First published: 1930)
Archetypal tough guy, detective Sam Spade, risks his reputation by trying to help a beautiful young lady. As his partner gets killed Spade is suspected for murder. The story is a complex web of betrayal and deception, in which everyone tries to get the gold statuette of a falcon. Sam's masculine strength is refreshing in today's world of male insecurity. Also an excellent movie with Humphrey Bogart - but the book is better.
217 Pages
5/5
264
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Cormac McCarthy
No Country for Old Men
2006 (First published: 2005)
Mixture of action thriller, Western and psychological drama. Starting with an antelope hunt near the Rio Grande the story proceeds into a man-on-the-run thriller, populated by a psychopatic killer and an elderly Sheriff, who is smarter than most, because he knows his limitations. Made into movie by the Coen brothers!
309 Pages
5/5
333
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Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird
2015 (First published: 1960)
One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl.
336 Pages
5/5
205
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Christine McGuire
The Perfect Victim
The True Story of the Girl in the Box
1989 (First published: 1988)
In 1977 twenty-year-old Colleen Stan left home to hitchhike from Oregon to California. Seven years later she emerged from hell, the victim of a bizarre and extraordinary crime. This is Colleen's incredible true story, told by the determined young district attorney who prosecuted the man who had forced her to endure years of sexual perversion.
400 Pages
4/5
202
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Sophie Lark
Brutal Prince: An Enemies To Lovers Mafia Romance
Brutal Birthright, Book 1
2022
Aida has never pictured herself getting married. But one mistake ends with her in an arranged marriage to Callum, the heir to the Irish mafia. Cold, ambitious, and brutal, Callum is determined to tame his headstrong bride. But Aida is more than capable of giving as good as she gets - starting with poisoning Callum on their wedding night.
376 Pages
3/5
218
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Michael C. Grumley
The Last Monument
Book 1 of Monument Series
2020
Outside Denver, Colorado, Joe Rickards stands over a small aircraft wreckage, studying burnt remains still smoldering in a field of freshly fallen snow...an investigator for the NTSB, working to identify the cause of the accident. But nothing adds up.
325 Pages
3/5
243
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Rebecca Makkai
I Have Some Questions for You
2023 (First published: 2023)
Bodie Kane, a successful film professor and podcaster, has a troubled past she tries to forget. However, when the Granby School invites her back to teach a course, she becomes drawn to the flaws in the case of her former roommate's murder. Is the real killer still out there? A compelling mystery that explores one woman's struggle with her past. This literary triumph is a must-read for anyone looking for a page-turning, thought-provoking novel.
448 Pages
5/5
183
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Dashiell Hammett
The Thin Man
1989 (First published: 1934)
New York City in December 1932, the last days of Prohibition. Nick Charles, a former private detective, and Nora, his clever young wife are drawn, mostly against their will, into investigating a murder.The case brings them in contact with the Wynants, a rather grotesque family, and with various policemen and lowlifes.
208 Pages
5/5
232
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Louis Sachar
Holes
Book 1 of Holes Series
2000
Stanley is under a curse. It began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep.
233 Pages
3/5
247
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J.C. Paulson
Adam's Witness
Book 1 of Adam & Grace
2017
When journalist Grace Rampling learns that the Pride Choir has been banned from performing in the cathedral, she rushes to the church. She literally stumbles onto a grisly crime scene: the bishop is lying in a pool of his own blood. Lead investigator Detective Sergeant Adam Davis is thrown by the fierce attraction he feels toward Grace.
308 Pages
4/5
280
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Iris Yamashita
City Under One Roof
2023 (First published: 2023)
When a local teenager discovers a severed hand and foot washed up on the shore of the small town of Point Mettier, Alaska, Cara Kennedy is on the case. After a blizzard, Cara is stuck among the odd and suspicious residents of the town—all 205 of whom live in the same high-rise building and are as icy as the weather.
304 Pages
4/5
125
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Cormac McCarthy
Stella Maris
The Passenger - Book 2
2022 (First published: 2022)
Alicia Western, twenty years old, with forty thousand dollars in a plastic bag, admits herself to the hospital. A doctoral candidate in mathematics at the University of Chicago, Alicia is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. She does not want to talk about her brother, Bobby. Stella Maris is a conclusion to The Passenger, a philosophical inquiry that questions our notions of God, truth, and existence.
208 Pages
365
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Elli Gray
The missing Girls
Blake Wilder FBI Mystery - Book 12
2022 (First published: 2022)
Teenage girls from prominent families are going missing and the local Sheriff is at a loss to understand who’s taking them. As Blake and her team start investigating, they find themselves caught up in a power struggle between the town’s locals and a community of indigenous people. But when the girls start turning up dead and the pressure to find the killer starts ramping up, Blake finds herself peeling back the layers of a monstrous series of murders.
252 Pages
4/5
347
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Patricia Highsmith
Strangers on a Train
2021 (First published: 1950)
In her first novel, Patricia Highsmith introduced the character of a subtle, murderous, sociopath who lives unsuspected for years. Highsmith's psycho-thriller was the source of a famous Alfred Hitchcock film in 1953. The book is one of the great classics of psychological crime fiction.
288 Pages
5/5
218
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Phillip Tomasso
You Choose
Falcone & Richards - Book 1
2018
Someone takes an officer's family hostage. Of the two people the officer loves most, one will live, the other will die. Its up to him. Homicide Investigators Vincent Falcone and Farrah Richards take the case. Every effort is made for snatching the psychopath off the streets before the next murder. Surprisingly, the killer makes mistakes; it's almost as if getting caught doesn't matter.
441 Pages
3/5
202
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Lisa Scottoline
What Happened to the Bennetts
2022 (First published: 2022)
Jason Bennett is a suburban dad who owns a court-reporting business, but one night, his life takes a horrific turn. He is driving his family home after his daughter’s field hockey game when a pickup truck begins tailgating them, on a dark stretch of road. Suddenly two men jump from the pickup and pull guns on Jason, demanding the car. A horrific flash of violence changes his life forever.  
400 Pages
5/5
328
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Ivy Pochoda
Sing Her Down
2023 (First published: 2023)
Florence "Florida" Baum arrives at an Arizona women's prison, claiming innocence, but her ex-cellmate Diosmary Sandoval knows the truth about her crimes. Dios is determined to reveal the darkness in Florida, and when they both gain unexpected freedom, Dios's obsession becomes deadly. Ivy Pochoda's incisive prose in the dark Western thriller "Sing Her Down" is following two indelible women on a collision course towards destruction.
288 Pages
4/5
118
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Jess Lourey
Bloodline
2021
In a tale inspired by real events, pregnant journalist Joan Harken is cautiously excited to follow her fiancé back to his Minnesota hometown. After spending a childhood on the move and chasing the screams and swirls of news-rich city life, she’s eager to settle down. Lilydale’s motto, “Come Home Forever,” couldn’t be more inviting. And yet, something is off in the picture-perfect village.
347 Pages
3/5
201
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P.J. Vernon
When You Find Me
2021
Visiting her family’s South Carolina estate, socialite Gray Godfrey wakes from a night out to an empty bed. Her husband Paul is gone and a thrashing hangover has wiped her memory clean. At first, she’s relieved for the break from her tumultuous marriage; perhaps Paul just needed some space. But when his car is found abandoned on the highway, Gray must face the truth: Paul is gone. And Gray may not want him found. 
336 Pages
4/5
192
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Mario Puzo
The Godfather
2002 (First published: 1969)
Puzo's epic novel redefined the public image of the Italian mafia. With Don Vito Corleone's violent struggle to control the underworld of New York we glimpse into an ancient world of honor and vendetta, Italian family tradition, friendship and loyalty were betrayal is punished with merciless vengeance. Made into a famous movie with Marlon Brando, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  
448 Pages
5/5
231
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Dennis Lehane
Gone, Baby, Gone
Patrick Kenzie & Angela Gennaro Series - Book 4
2010 (First published: 1998)
The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. Its territory is defined by hard heads and even harder luck; its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case. But after pleas from the child's aunt, they open an investigation.
560 Pages
5/5
181
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William R. Forstchen
One Second After
Book 1 of John Matherson Novels
2009
A story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages, a war based upon the terrifying weapon emitting an massive Electro Magnetic Pulse.
352 Pages
4/5
237
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Tiffany McDaniel
On the Savage Side
2023 (First published: 2023)
Inseparable twins Arcade and Daffodil, linked by imagination and red hair, escape into a world of their creation. A vintage convertible becomes a time machine, and grass hides a secret. Amid family chaos, the sisters hold tight. Now, as adults, they face haunting memories and a series of deaths. Arcade's promise to protect her sister collides with a sinister tide, testing their bond against a growing threat
464 Pages
4/5
115
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Sean Adams
The Thing in the Snow
2023 (First published: 2023)
The Thing in the Snow captivates with its bizarre oddity. At an isolated arctic research facility, a handful of workers are testing chairs and counting desks. Suddenly, a strange object in the snow outside stirs their curiosity – it shifts and hints at a purpose. But what drives this suspicious presence and its intentions?
288 Pages
4/5
109
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Ashley Flowers
All Good People Here
2022 (First published: 2022)
When she was six years old, Margot’s next-door neighbor, January, was murdered in their small hometown of Wakarusa, Indiana. Now a big-city journalist, Margot returns home to help care for her uncle when another girl disappears. Natalie Clark has gone missing under circumstances eerily similar to January’s. Margot is determined to find the missing girl and solve January’s murder.
320 Pages
5/5
306
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William Goldman
Marathon Man: A Novel
2001 (First published: 1974)
An epic, fast-paced thriller with just enough humor to prevent you from getting overwhelmed by the violence, evil and sadism. Made into a movie with Dustin Hoffman with the most harrowing visit to the dentist in cinematic history.
336 Pages
4/5
391
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Janet Evanovich
One for the Money
Stephanie Plum Novel - Book 1
2018 (First published: 1994)
Meet Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie’s opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey. Out of work and out of money, Stephanie blackmails her bail-bondsman cousin Vinnie into giving her a try as an apprehension agent.
320 Pages
3/5
221
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J.T. Geissinger
Ruthless Creatures
Queens & Monsters: Book 1
2021
Five years ago, my fiancé disappeared. He left me with a wedding dress I’d never wear. Until a mysterious stranger arrives in town. Tall, dark, and dangerous, Kage is as full of secrets as he is sex appeal. Though I know he’s hiding something, I’m drawn to him like a moth to flame.
376 Pages
3/5
274
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Michael C. Grumley
The Desert of Glass
Book 2 of Monument Series
2021
Half a century ago, an aberration was spotted by one of our earliest satellites, and summarily dismissed as a hardware malfunction. But it was no aberration. And no malfunction. It was an accidental glimpse of something extraordinary, and very old.
356 Pages
3/5
331
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Scott Pratt
An Innocent Client
Joe Dillard Series - Book 1
2012 (First published: 2012)
In Tennessee, a preacher is brutally murdered, and a beautiful young girl is accused. Criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard, though jaded, takes on her case, torn between his conscience and career. Despite personal struggles with family issues and professional challenges, Dillard's commitment to proving her innocence remains unwavering. "An Innocent Client" captivates with rich characters and a plot twist that will leave you shaking your head in wonder.
393 Pages
4/5
131
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Louis Sachar
Small Steps
Book 2 of Holes Series
2008
 Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it's hard when you have a record and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believes in Armpit is Ginny, his ten-year-old disabled neighbor.
257 Pages
3/5
213
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Dough Dorst
S.
A book in a book
2013
The craziest, most unusual mystery book of 2013. A brilliant story filled with secrets, fun and intrigues. One of the most creative novels I ever read. This is a must-read for literary puzzle fans...(Publishers Weekly). A book in a book.
300 Pages
4/5
222
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William R. Forstchen
One Year After
Book 2 of John Matherson Novels
2016 (First published: 2009)
The story begins two years since nuclear weapons brought America to its knees. After months of suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths, the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina, are beginning to recover technology and supplies they had once taken for granted.
448 Pages
4/5
292
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Kelley Armstrong
Murder at Haven's Rock
2023 (First published: 2023)
Enter the chilling world of 'Haven’s Rock' in the wild Yukon. Detective Casey Duncan and Sheriff Eric Dalton create a refuge for those escaping the past. But when two workers vanish after breaking the town's only rule—staying out of the forest—Casey and Eric must solve the mystery to save Haven's Rock. As danger escalates, they race against time to uncover the truth and protect the town's fragile peace.
352 Pages
4/5
98
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Elli Gray
No More Lies
Blake Wilder FBI Mystery - Book 13
2022 (First published: 2022)
Sixteen years ago, young Blake Wilder arrived home to find her parents brutally murdered. As the devastated Blake frantically searched her house for her baby sister. She soon realized the young girl was missing, nowhere to be found. Now no longer a helpless child, agent Wilder must fight mysterious forces that are willing to do whatever it takes to keep her from the answers and revenge she’s been searching for.
243 Pages
4/5
376
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Norman Mailer
The Executioner's Song
2012 (First published: 1979)
The Executioner's Song is a Pulitzer Prize-winning true crime novel that depicts the events related to the execution of Gary Gilmore for murder by the state of Utah. He robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous.
1126 Pages
5/5
203
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Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl
2014 (First published: 2012)
Nick Dunne comes home one day to find his beautiful wife Amy missing and all signs point to something sinister had happened while he was away. Passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. And Nick is oddly evasive and definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?
560 Pages
5/5
263
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Colleen Hoover
Verity
2021
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts a job from Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford. He has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. When Lowen starts her work she finds the wife's unfinished autobiography with page after page of bone-chilling admissions.
336 Pages
5/5
230
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Jeneva Rose
The Perfect Marriage
2020
Sarah Morgan is a successful defense attorney and her life is going exactly how she planned. The same cannot be said for her husband, Adam. He is a struggling writer who has had little success in his career. Out in the secluded woods, at Adam and Sarah’s second home, Adam engages in a passionate affair with Kelly Summers. But then, one morning Adam is arrested for Kelly’s murder.
342 Pages
5/5
231
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Layne Fargo
They Never Learn
2021
Scarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder. Every year, Dr. Clark searches for the worst man at Gorman University - professor, student, or otherwise - and plots his well-deserved demise. Thanks to her meticulous planning, she’s avoided drawing attention to herself…but as she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the schools starts probing.  
352 Pages
4/5
163
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John Grisham
The Firm
2009 (First published: 1991)
About a law firm controlled by the Mafia. Fast-paced, smart, with believable characters. One of the best legal thrillers on the market. Made into a movie directed by Sydney Pollack - starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman.  
544 Pages
5/5
267
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Mary Higgins Clark
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry
A Novel
2020 (First published: 2019)
When investigative journalist Gina Kane receives an email from a “CRyan” describing her “terrible experience” while working at REL, a high-profile television news network, Gina knows she has to pursue the story. But when Ryan goes silent, Gina is shocked to discover the young woman has died tragically in a jet ski accident while on holiday. But was Ryan’s death truly an accident? Or will someone go to depraved lengths to keep the story from seeing the light.
480 Pages
5/5
181
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Freida McFadden
Never Lie
An addictive psychological Thriller
2022
As they visit the remote manor that once belonged to Dr. Adrienne Hale, a renowned psychiatrist who vanished without a trace four years earlier, a violent winter storm traps them at the estate. In search of a book to keep her entertained until the snow abates, Tricia happens upon a secret room.
336 Pages
5/5
180
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Megan Miranda
The Perfect Stranger
2018
When Leah Stevens’ career implodes, a chance meeting with her old friend Emmy Grey offers her the perfect opportunity to start over. Emmy, just out of a bad relationship, convinces Leah to come live with her in rural Pennsylvania. But when the town sees a spate of vicious crimes, Leah must ask herself: who really is Emmy Gray?
368 Pages
3/5
260
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Alaina Urquhart
The Butcher and The Wren
2022 (First published: 2022)
Something dark is lurking in the Louisiana bayou: a methodical killer with a penchant for medical experimentation is hard at work completing his most harrowing crime yet, taunting the authorities who desperately try to catch up. But forensic pathologist Dr. Wren Muller never encountered a case she couldn't solve. Until now. Soon she is sucked into an all-consuming cat-and-mouse chase with a brutal murderer.
256 Pages
5/5
306
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S.J. Watson
Before I Go To Sleep
2012 (First published: 2011)
Every morning, she awakens beside a stranger in an unfamiliar bed. She sees a middle-aged face in the bathroom mirror that she does not recognize. And every morning, the man patiently explains that he is Ben, her husband, that she is forty-seven-years-old, and that an accident long ago damaged her ability to remember. But Christine has been keeping a journal and she’s starting to ask questions.
368 Pages
5/5
207
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Janet Evanovich
Hot Six
Stephanie Plum Novel - Book 6
2001 (First published: 2000)
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and Trenton vice cop Joe Morelli join forces to find the madman killer who shot and barbecued the youngest son of international black-market arms dealer Alexander Ramos. Carlos Manoso is caught on video just minutes before the crime occurs. He's at the scene and he's the number-one suspect. But he is a former special forces soldier and more than her friend.
368 Pages
3/5
183
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Vince Flynn / Kyle Mills
Oath of Loyalty
Book 21 of Mitch Rapp Series
2022
The new murder business is based on double-blind secrecy. Neither the killer nor the client knows the other’s identity. Because of this, assassins can’t be called off nor can they afford to fail. No matter how long it takes until their target is dead.
368 Pages
4/5
393
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Scott Pratt, J.D. Pratt
Last Resort 
Joe Dillard Series - Book 10
2023 (First published: 2023)
In the 10th book of the best-selling Joe Dillard series, a young girl disappears in the night. Joe's life is spiraling, with family struggles and his wife battling cancer. When the missing girl is linked to his son's little league team, Joe takes on the mission to find her. As the investigation unfolds, a shocking suspect emerges, intensifying the urgency to bring the girl home safely.
381 Pages
4/5
97
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Delia Owens
Where the Crawdads Sing
2021
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove. The locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. A worldwide sensation, hailed by New York Times Book Review as “a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.”
400 Pages
5/5
240
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Lisa Gardner
Before She Disappeared
Frankie Elkin Novel - Book 1
2021 (First published: 2021)
Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman, a recovering alcoholic with more regrets than belongings. But she spends her life doing what no one else will--searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie starts looking.
400 Pages
3/5
210
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Freida McFadden
The Housemaid
Book 1
2022
“Welcome to the family,” Nina Winchester says as I shake her elegant, manicured hand. I smile politely, gazing around the marble hallway. Working here is my last chance to start fresh. I can pretend to be whoever I like. But I’ll soon learn that the Winchesters’ secrets are far more dangerous than my own…
336 Pages
3/5
584
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Victoria Hamilton
A deadly Grind
Vintage Kitchen Mystery - Book 1
2012
When vintage cookware collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it’s love at first sight. She successfully outbids the other buyers and triumphantly takes it home. But that night on the summer porch where they’ve left the Hoosier to be cleaned up, a man is murdered.
304 Pages
3/5
328
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Korina Moss
Cheddar Off Dead
Cheese Shop Mystery - Book 1
2022 (First published: 2022)
Cheesemonger Willa Bauer is proving that sweet dreams are made of cheese. She’s opened her very own French-inspired cheese shop, Curds & Whey, in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. The small town of Yarrow Glen is Willa's fresh start – starting with a visit from the local food critic. What Willa didn’t know is that this guy never gives a good review, and when he shows up nothing goes according to plan.
304 Pages
4/5
399
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Jenifer Ruff
Only Wrong Once
FBI & CDC Medical Thriller, Book 1
2017
In Los Angeles, FBI counterterrorism agent Quinn Traynor receives an urgent call from CDC agent, Madeline Hamilton. She's discovered the first victim of a lethal, unfamiliar virus. Their joint investigation uncovers an imminent bio-terror attack, and their only hope is to identify the terrorists carrying the disease. 
411 Pages
4/5
329
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A.R. Torre
The Girl in 6E
Deanna Madden Novel - Book 1
2014
My life is simple, as long as I follow the rules. 1. Don't leave the apartment. 2. Never let anyone in. 3. Don't kill anyone. I've obeyed these rules for three years. But rules were made to be broken. This is a dark, edgy, erotic, thrilling and - most of all unusual - story of a cold female killer. Explicit sexual content and graphic language! Some readers may be disturbed.
352 Pages
5/5
187
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Tami Hoag
Deeper than the Dead
Oak Knoll Series, Book 1
2010 (First published: 2009)
Four children and young teacher Anne Navarre make a gruesome discovery: a partially buried female body, her eyes and mouth glued shut. A serial killer is at large, and the very bonds that hold their idyllic town together are about to be tested to the breaking point.
560 Pages
5/5
261
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Thomas Harris
Hannibal Rising
Hanibal Lecter - Book 4
Read first
2007 (First published: 2006)
Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal’s uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle’s beautiful wife, Lady Murasaki.
384 Pages
3/5
2639
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Raymond Chandler
The Big Sleep
Philip Marlowe - Book 1
1988 (First published: 1939)
A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in. Marlowe - a no-nonsense private investigator.
231 Pages
5/5
277
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Elmore Leonard
Swag
Frank Ryan Novels - Book 1
2012 (First published: 1976)
The smallest of small-time criminals, Ernest Stickley Jr. figures his luck's about to change when Detroit used-car salesman Frank Ryan catches him trying to boost a ride from Ryan's lot. Frank's got some surefire schemes for getting rich quick—all of them involving guns—and all Stickley has to do is follow "Ryan's Rules" to share the wealth. But sometimes rules need to be bent, maybe even broken.  
256 Pages
4/5
197
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Jack Carr
The Terminal List
Book 1 of Terminal List
2022 (First published: 2018)
On his last combat deployment, Lieutenant Commander James Reece’s entire team was killed in a catastrophic ambush. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government.
496 Pages
5/5
201
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Tess Gerritsen
The Surgeon
Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Book 1
2016 (First published: 2001)
A killer who targets lone women. He slips into homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, about to awaken to a living nightmare. He performs terrifying ritualistic acts of torture on them before finishing them off. His surgical skills lead police to suspect he is a physician - a physician who, instead of saving lives, takes them.
464 Pages
4/5
187
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Carl Hiaasen
Bad Monkey
Andrew Yancy Series - Book 1
2014 (First published: 2013)
Andrew Yancy-late of the Miami Police - has a human arm in his freezer. There's a logical explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident / shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig. But first Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events.
400 Pages
5/5
183
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L.T. Ryan / Brian Shea
Drift
Rachel Hatch - Book 1
2021 (First published: 2019)
Ex-Army criminal investigator Rachel Hatch is a drifter. No home. No commitments. Until her sister's drowning drags her back to the town she left fifteen years ago. Convinced her sister's death was no accident, Hatch partners with the local sheriff, Dalton Savage to uncover the truth. Every answer unlocks another question, and as the investigation begins to unravel, Hatch and Savage find their lives on the line.
292 Pages
3/5
185
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C.S. Dodds
Fractured: The Stealth Stalker
Cameron Cooper Series - Book 1
2022 (First published: 2022)
The Stealth Stalker has killed three times when Cameron is recruited by Detective Hunter Finnegan and his team tasked with hunting a cold-blooded murderer. She pores over the evidence to get inside the head of a psychopath as the memories of a serial killer who got away haunt her. When she compares notes on the two killers, one from her past and one from her present, she realizes they could be the same person.
307 Pages
5/5
334
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David Baldacci
Memory Man
Amos Decker Series - Book 1
2019 (First published: 2015)
When Amos Decker returned home eighteen months ago to find the bodies of his wife and only daughter, he didn't think he could carry on living. Overwhelmed with grief, he saw his life spiral out of control, losing his job as a detective, his house and his self-respect. Then tragedy strikes at the local school. Thirteen teenagers are gunned down, and the killer is at large.
592 Pages
3/5
286
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James Patterson
Along Came a Spider
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 1
2017 (First published: 1993)
Alex Cross, a homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology, works in the ghettos of D.C. and looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime. But he also has two adorable kids of his own. Mysterious Jezzie Flanagan is the first woman ever to hold the sensitive job as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington. Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair-at the worst possible time, because Gary Soneji wants to commit the "crime of the century".
480 Pages
5/5
177
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Nelson DeMille
Plum Island
John Corey - Book 1
1998 (First published: 1997)
NYPD homicide detective John Corey has moved into Long Island, restlessly recuperating from wounds received in the line of duty when he's hired to consult on the double murder of Tom and Judy Gordon, biologists who worked on Plum Island. This is the site of animal disease reseach for the Department of Agri­culture. Were the Gordaons murdered because they'd stolen some valuable new vaccine, or even a dreaded virus?
574 Pages
4/5
190
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Donald Westlake
The Hot Rock
The Dortmunder Novels - Book 1
2016 (First published: 1970)
John Archibald Dortmunder is the archetypal criminal. Brought up in an orphanage in the Midwest, was arrested twice for robbery, and was briefly married to a nightclub entertainer named Honeybun Bazoom from whom he was granted an uncontested divorce. For reasons totally beyond his comprehension, Dortmunder is chosen to lead a gang of master hoodlums.  
287 Pages
3/5
197
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Lee Child
Killing Floor
Jack Reacher - Book 1
2012 (First published: 1997)
Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he’s arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn’t stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.
576 Pages
5/5
218
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Michael Connelly
The Lincoln Lawyer
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 1
2016 (First published: 2005)
Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers -- they're all on Mickey Haller's client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it's about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it's even about justice.
480 Pages
4/5
208
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Tom Clancy
The Hunt for Red October
A Jack Ryan Novel Book 1
2018 (First published: 1984)
Somewhere under the freezing Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. Made into a spectacular film directed by John McTiernan and starring Sean Connery.
656 Pages
5/5
242
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Patricia Highsmith
The Talented Mr. Ripley
2008 (First published: 1955)
Patricia Highsmith wrote stories in which you almost physically feel the coming of a catastrophe. It is so unnerving that you might just want to throw away the book, because you can no longer stand the tension. But then you read on through the night. Don't get confused by the silly title or lousy cover. This is one of the best psycho-thrillers - ever!
288 Pages
939
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Don Winslow
City on Fire
The City - Book 1
2022 (First published: 2022)
Two criminal empires control all of New England. Until a beautiful woman comes between the Irish and the Italians, launching a war that will see them kill each other and set a city on fire. The bloody conflict stacks body on body and brother turns against brother. To save his family and the family he has sworn to protect, Danny becomes a leader, a master of the treacherous game in which the winner will forge a dynasty.
384 Pages
4/5
316
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Ed McBain
Cop Hater
87th Precinct Mysteries - Book 1
2012 (First published: 1956)
The murder of three detectives in quick succession in the 87th Precinct leads Detective Steve Carella on a grim search that takes him into the city's underworld - from a notorious brothel to the lair of a beautiful, dangerous widow and ultimately to a .45 automatic aimed straight at his head.
224 Pages
4/5
116
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Patricia Cornwell
Postmortem
Kay Scarpetta Series 1
2021 (First published: 1991)
Patricia Cronwell's first book in the Kay Scarpetta series is about a brilliant serial killer who is strangling young women. Kay is applying latest forensic techniques to identify the killer, but someone is sabotaging the investigation.
448 Pages
5/5
210
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Valerie Burns
Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder
Baker Street Mystery - Book 1
2023 (First published: 2023)
In her delicious and charming cozy mystery of this brand-new culinary series with a fresh edge and a delightful small-town setting, the acclaimed author introduces Maddy Montgomery, a social media expert who’s #StartingOver in small town Michigan after inheriting her great-aunt’s bakery…and a 200-pound English Mastiff named Baby.
272 Pages
3/5
169
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Michael Connelly
The Brass Verdict
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 2
2022 (First published: 2008)
Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. He is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott. But as Haller prepares for the case, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next. Enter Harry Bosch. As danger mounts these two loners realize their only choice is to work together.
432 Pages
4/5
182
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Ed McBain
The Mugger
87th Precinct Mysteries - Book 2
2012 (First published: 1956)
He preys on women, waiting in the darkness and snatches their purses. He tells them not to scream and as they’re on the ground, reeling with pain and fear, he bows and nonchalantly says, “Clifford thanks you, madam.” But when he puts one victim in the hospital and the next in the morgue, the detectives of the 87th Precinct are not amused.
212 Pages
5/5
99
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Lisa Gardner
One Step Too Far
Frankie Elkin Novel - Book 2
2022 (First published: 2022)
Timothy O’Day knew the woods. Yet when he disappeared on the first night of a bachelor party camping trip with his best friends, he didn’t leave a trace. What he did leave behind were two heartbroken parents, a crew of guilt-ridden groomsmen, and a pile of clues that don’t add up. Frankie Elkin doesn’t know the woods, but she knows how to find people. So she heads to Wyoming.
416 Pages
5/5
318
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Joseph Finder
Buried Secrets
Book 2 of Nick Heller Novels
2011 (First published: 2011)
Hedge fund titan Marshall Marcus desperately needs Nick’s help. His teenaged daughter, Alexa, has just been kidnapped. Nick Heller, a private spy who finds out things powerful people want to keep hidden. Clearly one of the best action thrillers of the year.
400 Pages
4/5
299
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A.R. Torre
Do Not Disturb
Deanna Madden Novel - Book 2
2015
1. Don't leave the apartment. 2. Never let anyone in. 3. Don't kill anyone. The rules were simple - but I broke them. Now I must face the consequences. Everyone else must face me. - One of the most eagerly anticipated sequels of the year. Every bit as twisted and exciting as its predecessor. Explicit sexual content!
384 Pages
4/5
239
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Tami Hoag
Secrets to the Grave
Oak Knoll Series, Book 2
2011 (First published: 2010)
A 911 call from a small child sends the idyllic town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Then a brutal crime scene is discovered: the body of Marissa Fordham with her young daughter, Haley, injured but alive. Sheriff’s detective Tony Mendez faces a puzzle with nothing but pieces that won’t fit.
592 Pages
5/5
234
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Korina Moss
Gone for Gouda
Cheese Shop Mystery - Book 2
2022 (First published: 2022)
Yarrow Glen’s newest cheese shop, Curds & Whey, has a lot on its plate, but cheesemonger Willa Bauer relishes a challenge. There’s a float to build for the fall festival, plus the French-inspired cheese shop is playing host to celebrity vegan chef Phoebe Winston. But when photos surface that prove this vegan influencer is, in fact, a carnivore, things crumble faster than any cheese on the market: Phoebe is murdered.
320 Pages
4/5
277
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Jenifer Ruff
Only One Cure
FBI & CDC Medical Thriller, Book 2
2020
A debilitating neurological toxin has stricken the children of several political families, and one of them is the son of U.S. President Anna Moreland. Madeline assembles a team of medical experts, but the investigation takes a horrifying turn when she starts receiving messages from terrorists.
262 Pages
4/5
183
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Jack Carr
True Believer
Book 2 of Terminal List
2020 (First published: 2019)
When a string of horrific terrorist attacks plagues the Western world during the holiday season, the broader markets fall into a tailspin. The attacks are being coordinated by a shadowy former Iraqi commando who has disappeared into Europe’s underground. The United States government has an asset who can turn the Iraqi against his masters: James Reece, the most-wanted domestic terrorist alive.
592 Pages
4/5
191
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Thomas Harris
Red Dragon
Hanibal Lecter - Book 1
Read second
1990 (First published: 1981)
Will Graham, the FBI man who hunted Lecter down, risks his sanity and his life to duel a killer called the Red Dragon - a madman who's been butchering entire families. The FBI needs Graham's insight, and Graham needs Lecter's genius. But Lecter is a clever fiend, and he manipulates both Graham and the killer at large from his cell.
464 Pages
4/5
275
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Raymond Chandler
Farewell, My Lovely
Philip Marlowe - Book 2
1992 (First published: 1940)
Philip Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.
292 Pages
3/5
231
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Elmore Leonard
Stick
Frank Ryan Novels - Book 2
2012 (First published: 1983)
After serving time for armed robbery, Ernest "Stick" Stickley is back on the outside and trying to stay legit. But it's tough staying straight in a crooked town -- and Miami is a pirate's paradise, where investment fat cats and lowlife drug dealers hold hands and dance. And when a crazed player chooses Stick at random to die for another man's sins, the struggling ex-con is left with no choice but to dive right back into the game.  
400 Pages
3/5
324
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Tom Clancy
Patriot Games
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 2
2013
While on vacation with his family, Jack Ryan prevented an assassination attempt on Britain’s royal family and earned him the gratitude of an entire nation—and the scorn of an ultra-left-wing faction of the IRA. Irish terrorist Sean Miller and his followers in the Ulster Liberation Army intend to make sure Ryan pays for his interference in blood.
800 Pages
4/5
258
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Lee Child
Die Trying
Jack Reacher - Book 2
1999 (First published: 1991)
In a plot to overthrow the U.S. government, Montana neo-Nazis abduct the daughter of the nation's top general and her male companion, Jack Reacher. One of the kidnapper in a truck filled with dynamite is driving to San Francisco, where he plans to detonate in the middle of a crowd celebrating the Fourth of July. Reacher, however, turns the tables on the captors.  
677 Pages
4/5
217
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Tess Gerritsen
The Apprentice
Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Book 2
2016 (First published: 2002)
In a boiling hot Boston summer a series of brutal crimes shocks the city: Wealthy men are made to watch while their wives are brutalized. The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt, recently removed from the city’s streets. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires.
448 Pages
3/5
190
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Ross Macdonald
The Drowning Pool
Lew Archer Series - Book 2
1996 (First published: 1950)
The Drowning Pool opens in classic hard-boiled fashion, with a well-dressed woman hesitantly engaging Archer's services at his L.A. office. Soon he's digging up secrets in her oil-rich hometown: tormented families, buried secrets that fester through multiple generations, environmental destruction, concealed paternity, and the brutal contrast between rich and poor.
256 Pages
5/5
186
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David Baldacci
The Last Mile
Amos Decker Series - Book 2
2016 (First published: 2016)
Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution--for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier--when he's granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime. Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars's case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life. Then a member of Decker's team disappears.
464 Pages
3/5
217
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James Patterson
Kiss the Girls
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 2
2000 (First published: 1995)
In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. Washington D.C.'s Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying murder case ever. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing-and they are working coast to coast.
481 Pages
4/5
192
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Nelson DeMille
The Lion's Game
John Corey - Book 2
2001 (First published: 2000)
Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.
577 Pages
3/5
228
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Carl Hiaasen
Razor Girl
Andrew Yancy Series - Book 2
2019 (First published: 2016)
Merry Mansfield, the eponymous Razor Girl, specializes in kidnapping for the mob. Her preferred method is rear-ending her targets and asking them for a ride. Her latest mark is Martin Trebeaux, owner of a private beach renourishment company who has delivered substandard sand to a mob hotel. But there's just one problem: Razor Girl hits the wrong guy.
432 Pages
5/5
266
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L.T. Ryan / Brian Shea
Downburst
Rachel Hatch - Book 2
2021 (First published: 2020)
The quaint town of Luna Vista, turns out to be anything but. A ruthless gang runs a section of the town. In searching for the truth about her father's past, Rachel Hatch is pitted against a criminal network that exposes the town's dark secret. Hatch puts her life on the line to help a boy escape the clutches of the gang. Her act puts her in peril. She finds herself in a battle as treacherous as any she's faced before, against an enemy hellbent on stopping her.
308 Pages
3/5
174
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Megan Goldin
Dark Corners
Rachel Krall Series - Book 2
2023 (First published: 2023)
Megan Goldin's "Dark Corners" delves into the sinister world of social media influencers and online deception. Terence Bailey, a potential serial killer, is released from prison, only for a famous influencer to vanish shortly after she had visited him. Investigative journalist Rachel Krall becomes embroiled in the case, uncovering a web of intrigue and danger.
352 Pages
4/5
106
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Patricia Cornwell
Body of Evidence
Kay Scarpetta Series 2
2011 (First published: 1991)
Kay Scarpetta gets involved in the case of a brutal stabbing death: romance writer Beryl Madison. Madison's greedy lawyer accuses Scarpetta of losing his client's latest manuscript, an autobiographical expose of Beryl's early life as protégé of a legendary novelist. As more deaths occur, Kay finds herself also having to deal with the unexpected reappearance of long-lost lover Mark James.
448 Pages
4/5
257
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Donald Westlake
Bank Shot
The Dortmunder Novels - Book 2
2021 (First published: 1972)
John Dortmunder has been working an encyclopedia-selling scam while waiting for his next big heist. Unfortunately, his latest mark seems to be wise to the con, and he has to cut his sales pitch short and make a quick escape. Then he has the great idea to steal a bank. No, not rob a bank. Steal a whole bank. What can go wrong?  
238 Pages
4/5
228
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David Baldacci
The Fix
Amos Decker Series - Book 3
2018 (First published: 2017)
Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, orders Decker to back off the case. Decker must forge an uneasy alliance with the Defense Intelligence Agency to prevent an international incident that could spell the end of the United States as we know it.
528 Pages
3/5
238
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James Patterson
Jack and Jill
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 3
1997 (First published: 1996)
In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill" promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house.
480 Pages
4/5
256
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Nelson DeMille
Night Fall
John Corey - Book 3
2015 (First published: 2004)
On a Long Island beach at dusk, Bob Mitchell and JanetWhitney conduct their illicit love affair in front of a video camera. Suddenly a terrible explosion lights up the sky. Five years later, the crash of Flight 800 has been attributed to a mechanical mal-function. But John Corey and Kate Mayfield, both members of the Elite Anti-terrorist Task Force, suspect a cover-up at the highest levels.
528 Pages
3/5
241
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Patricia Cornwell
All That Remains
Kay Scarpetta Series 3
2009 (First published: 1992)
In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president's newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfriend, Dr. Kay Scarpetta knows time is short.
480 Pages
4/5
233
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Lee Child
Tripwire
Jack Reacher - Book 3
2012 (First published: 1999)
Ex military policeman Jack Reacher is enjoying the lazy anonymity of Key West when a stranger shows up asking for him. He’s got a lot of questions. Reacher does too, especially after the guy turns up dead. The answers lead Reacher on a cold trail back to New York, to the tenuous confidence of an alluring woman, and the dangerous corners of his own past.  
416 Pages
5/5
145
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Michael Connelly
The Reversal
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 3
2016 (First published: 2010)
Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After twenty-four years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.
464 Pages
3/5
114
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A.R. Torre
If You Dare
Deanna Madden Novel - Book 3
2015
The rules are the same. I can't open the door. I can't leave. I can't kill anyone. The only difference is, I don't set the rules anymore. Guards in grey uniforms do. It is everything I never wanted and everything I always deserved. I write to you now, from a prison cell. My home for the next twenty to thirty years.
368 Pages
4/5
188
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Tami Hoag
Down the Darkest Road
Oak Knoll Series, Book 3
2022 (First published: 2011)
Four years after Lauren Lawton’s sixteen-year-old daughter disappeared, the world has given up the girl for dead. Lauren’s husband took his own life. Her younger daughter Leah is still looking for what’s left of her childhood. But Lauren never surrendered. She knows who took her child. But there’s not a shred of evidence against him.
448 Pages
5/5
226
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Jenifer Ruff
Only One Wave
FBI & CDC Medical Thriller, Book 3
2020
CDC epidemiologist Dr. Madeline Hamilton and her fiancé, FBI operative Quinn Traynor, go to Nalowale Island to investigate a deadly outbreak of unknown origin. Victims become aggressive and irrational, suffering from insomnia, hallucinations, and eventual death.
283 Pages
4/5
214
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Jack Carr
Savage Son: A Thriller
Book 3 of Terminal List
2020
Former Navy SEAL James Reece must infiltrate the Russian mafia and turn the hunters into the hunted. Deep in the wilds of Siberia, a woman is on the run, pursued by a man harboring secrets—a man intent on killing her.
512 Pages
4/5
201
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Thomas Harris
The Silence of the Lambs
Hanibal Lecter - Book 2
Read third
1991 (First published: 1988)
As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknames "Buffalo Bill," FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him. That man, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a former psychiatrist with unusual tastes and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. Better than the successful movie!
384 Pages
5/5
230
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Raymond Chandler
The High Window
Philip Marlowe - Book 3
1988 (First published: 1942)
A wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortune—the elements don't quite add up until Marlowe discovers evidence of murder, rape, blackmail, and the worst kind of human exploitation.
272 Pages
3/5
268
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Tom Clancy
The Cardinal of the Kremlin
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 3
2013
Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace ... or war.
816 Pages
4/5
187
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Tess Gerritsen
The Sinner
Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Book 3
2015 (First published: 2003)
Not even the icy temperatures of a typical New England winter can match the bone-chilling scene of carnage discovered at the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light. The brutal crime appears to be without motive, but medical examiner Maura Isles’s autopsy of the dead woman yields a shocking surprise: Twenty-year-old Sister Camille gave birth before she was murdered.
432 Pages
3/5
234
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Tom Clancy
Clear and Present Danger
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 4
2018
When Colombian drug lords assassinate both the U.S. ambassador and the visiting head of the FBI, their actions trigger a covert response from the American government--a response that goes horribly wrong... As the newly named Deputy Director of Intelligence for the CIA, Jack Ryan should be privy to the Colombia operation, but he's been left completely in the dark.
976 Pages
4/5
246
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Len Deighton
The Billon Dollar Brain
Harry Palmer Novels - Book 4
2021 (First published: 1966)
Texan billionaire General Midwinter will stop at nothing to bring down the USSR - even if it puts the whole world at risk. Palmer is sent from his shabby Soho office to bone-freezing Helsinki in order to penetrate Midwinter's vast anti-Communist network - and stop a deadly virus from wiping out the planet.
312 Pages
3/5
290
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David Baldacci
The Fallen
Amos Decker Series - Book 4
2019 (First published: 2018)
Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes--obscure bible verses, odd symbols--have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville, when they stumble on a horrific double murder scene. Then a next killing hits sickeningly close to home.
528 Pages
3/5
248
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James Patterson
Cat and Mouse
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 4
1998 (First published: 1997)
Gary Soneji, a dying prison escapee, is looking for revenge on Cross, while another insane killer is pursued by Thomas Augustine Pierce - a relentless detective who may even be better than Cross. As the bodies pile up, and Cross is nearly murdered in his own home, the game of cat and mouse leads to one final trap.The body count is high and the two killers on the loose are watching every move their pursuers make. Who is the cat, and who is the mouse?
480 Pages
4/5
334
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Nelson DeMille
Wild Fire
John Corey - Book 4
2015 (First published: 2006)
Custer Hill Club is an informal men's club set in a luxurious Adirondack hunting lodge whose members include some of America's most powerful business leaders, military men, and government officials. One Fall weekend, the Executive Board of the Custer Hill Club gathers to talk about the tragedy of 9/11 and what America must do to retaliate.
544 Pages
3/5
235
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Patricia Cornwell
Cruel And Unusual
Kay Scarpetta Series 4
2010 (First published: 1993)
Convicted murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell is pronounced dead in the electric chair and Scarpetta prepares for his post mortem. But then the grotesquely wounded body of a young boy is found propped against a rubbish skip. The two cases seem unrelated, until Scarpetta recalls that the body of Waddell's victim had been arranged in a strikingly similar position.
416 Pages
4/5
304
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Michael Connelly
The Fifth Witness
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 4
2016 (First published: 2011)
Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too.
496 Pages
4/5
124
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Thomas Harris
Hannibal
Hanibal Lecter - Book 3
Read fourth
2009 (First published: 1999)
Seven years have passed since Dr. Lecter escaped from custody. And for seven years he’s been at large. For the multimillionaire Hannibal left maimed, for a corrupt Italian policeman, and for FBI agent Clarice Starling, who once stood before Lecter and who has never been the same, the final hunt for Hannibal Lecter has begun. 
560 Pages
4/5
377
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Raymond Chandler
The Lady in the Lake
Philip Marlowe - Book 4
1988 (First published: 1943)
Two missing wives - one a rich man's and one a poor man's - have become the objects of Philip Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care.
272 Pages
3/5
366
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Raymond Chandler
The Little Sister
Philip Marlowe - Book 5
1988 (First published: 1949)
Her name is Orfamay Quest and she's come all the way from Manhattan, Kansas, to find her missing brother Orrin. Or leastways that's what she tells PI Philip Marlowe, offering him a measly twenty bucks for the privilege. But Marlowe's feeling charitable - though it's not long before he wishes he wasn't so sweet.
250 Pages
3/5
395
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Tom Clancy
The Sum of All Fears
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 5
2018
Peace may finally be at hand in the Middle East, as Jack Ryan, Deputy Director of Intelligence for the CIA, lays the groundwork for a plan that could end centuries of conflict. But ruthless terrorists have a final, desperate card to play: a nuclear weapon hidden somewhere in the United States.
1216 Pages
4/5
300
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Ed McBain
Killer's Choice
87th Precinct Mysteries - Book 5
2012 (First published: 1957)
Annie Boone is dead. She was shot four times in the chest, pieces of the liquor store’s windows spread over her body like raindrops from a lethal storm. For 87th Precinct Detectives Carella, Kling, and newcomer Hawes, even more troubling is the loss of one of their own. Detective Roger Havilland is murdered shortly thereafter, a shard of glass through his jugular.
204 Pages
4/5
111
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David Baldacci
Redemption
Amos Decker Series - Book 5
2019 (First published: 2019)
Decker is visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by a man named Meryl Hawkins. Hawkins is a convicted murderer. In fact, he's the very first killer Decker ever put behind bars. But he's innocent, he claims. Now suffering from terminal cancer, it's his dying wish that Decker clear his name. And then Hawkins turns up dead with a bullet in his head.
464 Pages
3/5
202
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James Patterson
Pop Goes the Weasel
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 5
2021 (First published: 1999)
Alex Cross happiness is threatened by a series of chilling murders with a pattern so twisted, it leaves investigators reeling. Cross's ingenious pursuit of the killer produces a suspect: a British diplomat named Geoffrey Shafer. But proving that Shafer is the murderer becomes a potentially deadly task. As the diplomat engages in a brilliant series of surprising countermoves.
464 Pages
5/5
208
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Nelson DeMille
The Lion
John Corey - Book 5
2015 (First published: 2010)
John Corey, special agent for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is back. And, unfortunately for Corey, so is Asad Khalil, the notorious Libyan terrorist otherwise known as "The Lion." He is a killing machine once again loose in America with a mission of revenge. But Corey will stop at nothing to achieve his own goal -- to find and kill Khahil.
464 Pages
3/5
270
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Michael Connelly
The Gods of Guilt
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 5
2014 (First published: 2013)
Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.
416 Pages
4/5
190
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Raymond Chandler
The Long Good-bye
Philip Marlowe - Book 6
1988 (First published: 1953)
Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.
379 Pages
3/5
216
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Tom Clancy
Dept of Honor
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 6
1995 (First published: 1994)
Jack Ryan plunges into two, seemingly unrelated, occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.
1008 Pages
4/5
237
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David Baldacci
Walk the Wire
Amos Decker Series - Book 6
2020 (First published: 2020)
A lone hunter discovers the remains of a woman in North Dakota’s Badlands. She appears to have had a post-mortem performed on her reminiscent of those only seen on TV shows – but this time, there was no slab, morgue or camera in sight. FBI investigator, Amos Decker and his colleague, Alex Jamison, are summoned to seek answers.
528 Pages
3/5
316
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James Patterson
Roses Are Red
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 6
2001 (First published: 2000)
In a series of terrifying crimes, bank robbers have been laying out precise demands when they enter the building-and then killing the bank employees and their families if those instructions are not followed to the letter. Detective Alex Cross takes on the case, certain that this is no ordinary bank robber at work; the pathological need for control and perfection is too great.
416 Pages
4/5
192
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Nelson DeMille
The Panther
John Corey - Book 6
2016 (First published: 2012)
Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen-one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther.
656 Pages
3/5
217
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Lee Child
Without Fail
Jack Reacher - Book 6
2011 (First published: 2002)
Jack Reacher arrives in Atlantic City after hitching a ride cross-country with a couple of aging blues musicians. There he is approached by the Secret Service to test their shield around the new vice president of the United States, ex-miliary copy Jack Reacher discovers that a team of assassins is already planning a hit on the vice president.
592 Pages
4/5
223
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Michael Connelly
The Law of Innocence
Lincon Lawyer Novel - Book 6
2021 (First published: 2020)
On the night he celebrates a big win, defense attorney Mickey Haller is pulled over by police, who find the body of a former client in the trunk of his Lincoln. Haller is immediately charged with murder but can’t post the exorbitant $5 million bail slapped on him by a vindictive judge. Mickey elects to represent himself and is forced to mount his defense from his jail cell. Haller knows he’s been framed, whether by a new enemy or an old one.
432 Pages
4/5
209
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Raymond Chandler
Playback
Philip Marlowe - Book 7
1988 (First published: 1958)
Marlowe is hired by an influential lawyer he's never heard of to tail a gorgeous redhead, but then decides he'd rather help out the redhead. She's been acquitted of her alcoholic husband's murder, but her father-in-law prefers not to take the court's word for it.
176 Pages
3/5
320
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Tom Clancy
Executive Orders
A Jack Ryan Novel - Book 7
1997
At the climax of Debt of Honor, the most devastating terrorist act in the history of the world left the President, the Joint Chiefs, the Supreme Court, and nearly all of Congress dead. Only Jack Ryan, confirmed Vice President mere minutes before, survived to take the reins of a shaken and leaderless country. Now he must rebuild a government.
1376 Pages
4/5
391
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David Baldacci
Long Shadows
Amos Decker Series - Book 7
2022 (First published: 2022)
When Amos Decker is called to South Florida to investigate a double homicide, the case appears straightforward: A federal judge and her bodyguard have been found dead, the judge’s face sporting a blindfold with two eye holes crudely cut out. Decker finds that the judge had more enemies than he can count—from violent gang members, drug dealers, and smugglers to a resentful ex-husband.
448 Pages
3/5
239
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James Patterson
Violets Are Blue
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 7
2002 (First published: 2001)
Detective Alex Cross has seen a lot of crime scenes. But even he is appalled by the gruesome murders of two joggers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park - killings that look more like the work of savage beasts than humans. Local police are horrified. Then, as Cross is called in to take on the case, a carnage takes off, leaving a trail of bodies across America and sweeping him to Savannah, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Los Angeles.
416 Pages
4/5
196
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Nelson DeMille
Radiant Angel
John Corey - Book 7
2016 (First published: 2015)
John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission. It is thought to be "a quiet end". But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. Then Vasily Petrov, a colonel in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service posing as a UN diplomat, mysteriously disappears
320 Pages
3/5
346
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James Patterson
Four Blind Mice
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 8
2003 (First published: 2002)
Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington, D.C., Police Force when his partner's oldest friend - a Vietnam veteran - is arrested for murder. He is subject to the iron hand of the United States Army, and the evidence against him is strong enough to send him to the gas chamber. Sampson is certain his friend has been framed, and Alex's investigation turns up evidence overlooked-or concealed-by the military authorities.
416 Pages
4/5
167
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Nelson DeMille
The Maze
John Corey - Book 8
2022
On the verge of retirement, John Corey is sitting on a porch, lazily looking out across the ocean, scanning the horizon for his enemies, calculating escape routes, drinking a beer for breakfast. But then trouble does appear, and Corey can’t ignore it. A series of bodies has been found along a beach close to his home and he can no longer deny that a serial killer is on the loose.
432 Pages
4/5
288
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Lee Child
The Enemy
Jack Reacher - Book 8
2011 (First published: 2004)
North Carolina. New Year's Day, 1990. A soldier is found dead in a sleazy motel bed. Jack Reacher is the officer on duty. The soldier turns out to be a two-star general. The situation is bad enough, then Reacher finds the body of the general's wife. This stomach-churning thriller turns back the clock to a younger Reacher, in dogtags. A Reacher who still believes in the service.
592 Pages
4/5
208
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Lee Child
One Shot
Jack Reacher - Book 9
2011 (First published: 2005)
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. - Was adapted into a 2012 film starring Tom Cruise
384 Pages
4/5
219
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James Patterson
The Big Bad Wolf
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 9
2004 (First published: 2003)
Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues baffled. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks as if a shadowy figure called the Wolf-a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime-is behind this business. As the case boils over, Alex is in hot water at home too.
432 Pages
4/5
178
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L.T. Vargus / Tim McBain
When Darkness Falls
Violet Darger Series - Book 10
2022 (First published: 2022)
The most recent body was discovered in the woods just beyond a logging cabin. Dismembered. Put on display. Ghostly pale skin stark against the forest's green. Before that, two campers were found a few miles off. Cut apart. Impaled. Left in public places where they'd surely be found. The grisly crimes summon FBI profiler Violet Darger to a tiny island off the Alaskan coast - 2,500 square miles of forested land populated by just 6,000 souls.
492 Pages
4/5
321
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James Patterson
London Bridges
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 10
2010 (First published: 2004)
In broad daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant. The Russian supercriminal known as the Wolf claims responsibility for the blast. Alex Cross is on vacation in San Francisco with his girlfriend, Jamilla Hughes, when he gets the call. N198
416 Pages
4/5
207
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Lee Child
Bad Luck and Trouble
Jack Reacher - Book 11
2011 (First published: 2007)
From a helicopter high above the empty California desert, a man is sent free-falling into the night. In Chicago, a woman learns that an elite team of ex–army investigators is being hunted down one by one. And on the streets of Portland, Jack Reacher - soldier, cop, hero - is pulled out of his wandering life by a code that few other people could understand.  
528 Pages
5/5
202
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L.T. Vargus / Tim McBain
Lonesome Highway
Violet Darger Series - Book 11
2022 (First published: 2022)
Her body lies tucked in the shadows beneath the overpass. Steel girders yawing over her delicate form. Above her, the traffic thunders without end. Tires thumping over the bridge, over the asphalt. The black ribbon of the highway stretches into the night. When a second body turns up in a truck stop parking lot, FBI profiler Violet Darger heads to rural North Carolina to investigate.
374 Pages
4/5
320
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Tess Gerritsen
Listen To Me
Rizzoli & Isles Novel - Book 13
2023 (First published: 2022)
Homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are plagued by what seems like a completely senseless murder. Sofia Suarez, a widow and nurse who was universally liked, lies bludgeoned to death in her own home. But Sofia seemed to have plenty of secrets in her last days. What exactly was Sofia involved in? One thing is clear: The killer will do anything it takes to keep their secret safe.
336 Pages
4/5
366
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Lisa Regan
Local Girl Missing
Detective Josie Quinn - Book 15
2022 (First published: 2022)
On a winding mountain road into the small town of Denton, Detective Josie Quinn finds the body of a local teenage girl, Dina Hale. The sight of plum-colored bruises gathering around the girl’s neck pierces Josie’s heart, but the discovery of a second girl’s empty purse in the dirt nearby gives her a flicker of hope that one person, at least, made a lucky escape. The town rallies together in a desperate search for the second girl.
408 Pages
4/5
301
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Lisa Regan
The Innocent Wife
Detective Josie Quinn - Book 16
2022 (First published: 2022)
When Denton’s most loved TV presenter returns home to find his wife dead at the dining table, it shatters the close-knit community. Beautiful and absolutely besotted with each other, Beau and Claudia Collins were idolized for being the perfect couple. But the devastating scene Detective Josie Quinn finds in their remote hideaway has her asking what dark secrets lurk beneath the surface of this seemingly flawless marriage?
356 Pages
4/5
306
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Lee Child
Better Off Dead
Jack Reacher - Book 26
2022 (First published: 2021)
That morning Reacher he was heading west, walking under the merciless desert sun - until he comes upon a curious scene: A Jeep has crashed into the only tree for miles around. A woman is slumped over the wheel. Dead? No, nothing is what it seems. The woman is Michaela Fenton, an army veteran turned FBI agent trying to find her twin brother, who might be mixed up with some dangerous people.
592 Pages
4/5
225
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Lee Child
No Plan B
Jack Reacher - Book 27
2022 (First published: 2022)
A woman dies under the wheels of a moving bus. The death is ruled a suicide. But Jack Reacher saw what really happened: A man in a gray hoodie and jeans, moving stealthily, pushed the victim to her demise—before swiftly grabbing the dead woman’s purse and strolling away. When another homicide is ruled an accident, Reacher knows this is no coincidence. With a killer on the loose, Reacher has no time to waste to track down those responsible.
368 Pages
4/5
321
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James Patterson
Deadly Cross
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 28
2022 (First published: 2020)
Kay Willingham led a life as glamorous as it was public. She was a gorgeous Georgetown socialite, philanthropist, and the ex-wife of the vice president. So why was she parked in a Bentley convertible idling behind a DC private school, in the middle of the night, with the man who was the head of that school? Who shot them both, point blank, and why? The shocking double homicide is blazed across the internet, TV, newspapers—and across Alex Cross's mind.
448 Pages
4/5
225
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James Patterson
Fear No Evil
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 29
2022 (First published: 2021)
Dr. Alex Cross and Detective John Sampson venture into the rugged Montana wilderness—where they will be the prey. They’re not on the job, but on a personal mission. Until they’re attacked by two rival teams of assassins, controlled by the same mastermind who has stalked Alex and his family for years. Darkness falls. The river churns into rapids. Shots ring out through the forest. No backup. No way out. Fear no evil.
432 Pages
4/5
154
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James Patterson
Triple Cross
Alex Cross Thriller - Book 30
2022 (First published: 2022)
The killer always moves under the cover of darkness, flawlessly triggering no alarms, leaving no physical evidence. Cross and Sampson aren’t the only ones investigating. Also in on this case is the world’s bestselling true-crime author. The writer, Thomas Tull, calls the Family Man murders the perfect crime story. Cross knows there is no perfect crime, and he’s going to hunt down the Family Man no matter what it takes.
416 Pages
4/5
355
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Michael Connelly
The Late Show
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 1
2018 (First published: 2017)
Renée Ballard works the midnight shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing few, as each morning she turns everything over to the daytime units. It's a frustrating job for a once up-and-coming detective, but it's no accident. She's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night Ballard catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with.
448 Pages
3/5
190
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Michael Connelly
Dark Sacred Night
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 2
2019 (First published: 2018)
Detective Renée Ballard is working the night beat and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard can't let him go through department records, but when he leaves, she looks into the case herself and feels a deep tug of empathy and anger.
480 Pages
4/5
174
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Michael Connelly
The Night Fire
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 3
2020 (First published: 2019)
Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, John Jack Thompson, is dead, and his widow gives Bosch a murder book, one that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD twenty years before -- the unsolved killing of a troubled young man.
512 Pages
5/5
166
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Michael Connelly
The Dark Hours
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 4
2022 (First published: 2021)
There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. Only minutes after midnight, Ballard is called to a scene where a auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a street party. Ballard quickly concludes that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky.
400 Pages
5/5
117
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Michael Connelly
Desert Star
Renée Ballard & Harry Bosch Novel - Book 5
2022 (First published: 2022)
LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch team up to hunt the brutal killer who is Bosch’s “white whale”—a man responsible for the murder of an entire family. The two must put aside old resentments and new tensions to run to ground not one but two dangerous killers who have operated with brash impunity.
400 Pages
5/5
335
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Michael Connelly
The Black Echo
Harry Bosch Series - Book 1
2017 (First published: 1992)
For LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam was more than another anonymous statistic. This one was personal . . . because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.
544 Pages
4/5
191
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Michael Connelly
Two Kinds of Truth
Harry Bosch Series - Book 20
2018 (First published: 2017)
Harry Bosch, now exiled from the LAPD, is working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department when all hands are called out to a local drugstore, where two pharmacists have been murdered in a robbery. Bosch and the tiny town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big-business world of prescription drug abuse.
480 Pages
4/5
169
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