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The Shining Girls: A Novel

August Derleth Award 2014

by Lauren Beukes Mulholland Books (June 04, 2013)

THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE HUNTS THE KILLER WHO SHOULDN'T EXIST.

The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own."

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past....


Elizabeth Is Missing

Costa Book Award for Best First Novel 2014

by Emma Healey Harper (June 10, 2014)

HOW DO YOU SOLVE A MYSTERY WHEN YOU CAN'T REMEMBER THE CLUES?

In this darkly riveting debut novel—a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity,...


The Wrong Girl

Jane Ryland & Jake Brogan #2

Agatha Award for Best Novel 2013

by Hank Phillippi Ryan Tom Doherty Associates (September 10, 2013)

Award-winning and Boston Globe bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan presents a spine-chilling, heart-wrenching suspense novel that explores a terrifying scenario striking at the heart of every family.

Does...


A Foreign Country

Amelia Levene #1

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012

by Charles Cumming St. Martin's Press (August 07, 2012)

From the internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of The Trinity Six, comes a compelling tale of deceit and betrayal, conspiracy and redemption

On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly...


Before the Poison

Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel 2012

by Peter Robinson William Morrow (February 21, 2012)

From New York Times bestselling author Peter Robinson comes this mesmerizing story-within-a-story about a man pulled into a murder from the past—and his quest to uncover the truth.

Quietly reeling from the...


The Company Man

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Paperback Original 2012

by Robert Jackson Bennett ORBIT (April 11, 2011)

The year is 1919.

The McNaughton Corporation is the pinnacle of American industry. They built the guns that won the Great War before it even began. They built the airships that tie the world together. And, above...


Dead Man's Grip

Roy Grace #7

Barry Best British Novel 2012

by Peter James St. Martin's Press (November 22, 2011)

Carly Chase is still traumatized ten days after being in a fatal traffic accident that kills a teenage American student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living...


Fever of the Bone: A Novel

Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #6

Barry Best Paperback Original 2011

by Val McDermid HarperCollins e-books (September 07, 2010)

“McDermid is as smooth a practitioner of crime fiction as anyone out there….She’s the best we’ve got.”

New York Times Book Review

 

Scottish writer Val McDermid is one of the most respected authors...


Mr. Shivers

Shirley Jackson Award 2010

by Robert Jackson Bennett ORBIT (January 15, 2010)

It is the time of the Great Depression.

Thousands have left their homes looking for a better life, a new life. But Marcus Connelly is not one of them. He searches for one thing, and one thing only: Revenge.

Because...


The Nearest Exit

Milo Weaver #2

Hammett Prize 2010

by Olen Steinhauer St. Martin's Press (May 11, 2010)

Milo Weaver has nowhere to turn but back to the CIA in Olen Steinhauer's brilliant follow-up to the New York Times bestselling espionage novel The Tourist

The Tourist, Steinhauer's first contemporary novel after...


Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

Gold Dagger Award 2011, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller 2010

by Tom Franklin William Morrow (October 05, 2010)

“The classic trifecta of talent, heart, and a bone-deep sense of storytelling….A masterful performance, deftly rendered and deeply satisfying. For days on end, I woke with this story on my mind.”

   — David...


Running from the Devil: A Novel

Emma Caldridge #1

Barry Best Thriller 2010

by Jamie Freveletti HarperCollins e-books (May 05, 2009)

“A breathless, hair-raising read, one of the most gripping thrillers I’ve read in a long, long time.”

—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Keepsake

 

A high-octane debut thriller in...


The Last Child

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2010, Barry Best Novel 2010, CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2009

by John Hart St. Martin's Press (May 26, 2009)

Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel

Heralded by the Washington Post as a "a magnificent creation, Huck Finn channeled through Lord of the Flies", John Hart's The Last Child is his most significant work...


Child 44

Barry Best First Novel 2009

by Tom Rob Smith Grand Central Publishing (April 29, 2008)

The thrilling New York Times bestselling novel that inspired the major motion picture starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace

In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.

Stalin's Soviet Union is an official paradise,...


A Happy Marriage

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2009

by Rafael Yglesias Scribner (July 07, 2009)

A Happy Marriage is both intimate and expansive: It is the story of Enrique Sabas and his wife, Margaret, a novel that alternates between the romantic misadventures of the first weeks of their courtship and...


Envy the Night

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller 2008

by Michael Koryta St. Martin's Press (August 05, 2008)

In the seven years since he learned that his U.S. marshal father lead a double life as a contract killer--and committed suicide to avoid prosecution--Frank Temple III has mostly drifted through life. But when...


Down River

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2008

by John Hart St. Martin's Press (October 02, 2007)

Down River is the winner of the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Everything that shaped him happened near that river....

Now its banks are filled with lies and greed, shame, and murder....

John Hart's debut, The...


The Turnaround

Hammett Prize 2008

by George Pelecanos Little, Brown and Company (August 01, 2008)

On a hot summer afternoon in 1972, three teenagers drove into an unfamiliar neighborhood and six lives were altered forever.

Thirty five years later, one survivor of that day reaches out to another, opening a...


Mr. Clarinet

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2007

by Nick Stone HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

There was nothing waiting for ex-cop Max Mingus when he walked out of Attica Prison after serving hard time for murder—his adored wife died in a car crash while he was locked up. Now Miami's one-time top detective...


The Grave Tattoo

Portico Prize for Fiction 2006

by Val McDermid St. Martin's Press (February 06, 2007)

In The Grave Tattoo, suspense master Val McDermid spins a psychological thriller in which a present-day murder has its roots in the eighteenth century and the mutiny on the H.M.S. Bounty.

After torrential summer...


Echo Park

Harry Bosch #12

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller 2006

by Michael Connelly Little, Brown and Company (October 09, 2006)

In 1995, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket in Hollywood. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the 22-year-old woman never turned up, dead or alive. Now Bosch is in...


Paranoia/Company Man

Barry Best Thriller 2006

by Joseph Finder St. Martin's Press (September 05, 2006)

PARANOIA

Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime....


Immoral

Jonathan Stride #1

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2006

by Brian Freeman St. Martin's Press (April 01, 2010)

In a riveting debut thriller, Brian Freeman's Immoral weaves obsession, sex, and revenge into a story that grips the reader with vivid characters and shocking plot twists from the first page to the last.

Lieutenant...


The Lincoln Lawyer: A Novel

Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer #1

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2006, Shamus Best P.I. Hardcover 2006

by Michael Connelly, Big Kenny & Allen Rucker Little, Brown and Company (October 01, 2005)

This #1 bestselling legal thriller from Michael Connelly is a stunning display of novelistic mastery - as human, as gripping, and as whiplash-surprising as any novel yet from the writer Publishers Weekly has...


Mercy Falls

Cork O'Connor #5

Anthony Best Novel 2006

by William Kent Krueger Atria Books (August 16, 2005)

A stunning new suspense novel in William Kent Krueger's prize-winning Corcoran O'Connor series finds the charismatic detective steeped in his most dangerous case to date.

Back on the beat as sheriff of Tamarack...


Blood Hollow

Cork O'Connor #4

Anthony Best Novel 2005

by William Kent Krueger Atria Books (February 03, 2004)

Tough-as-nails former small-town sheriff Cork O'Connor is forced into the center of an eerie mystery with a shocking twist in this "vivid and realistic" (Booklist) Anthony Award-winning novel from critically...


Garden of Beasts

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2004

by Jeffery Deaver Simon & Schuster (July 20, 2004)

In the most ingenious and provocative thriller yet from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, a conscience-plagued mobster turned government hitman struggles to find his moral compass...


Prince of Thieves

Hammett Prize 2004

by Chuck Hogan Scribner (August 10, 2004)

From the author of The Strain comes a tense, psychologically gripping, Hammet award-winning thriller.

Four masked men—thieves, rivals, and friends from the tough streets of Charlestown—take on a Boston bank...


The White Road

Detective Charlie "Bird" Parker #4

Barry Best British Novel 2003

by John Connolly Atria Books (February 17, 2003)

In his fourth thriller, international bestselling author John Connolly once again takes readers into the dark world of private detective Charlie Parker, whose deadly fight against evil begins when the daughter...


City of Bones

Harry Bosch #8

Anthony Best Novel 2003, Barry Best Novel 2003

by Michael Connelly Little, Brown and Company (April 16, 2002)

On New Year's Day, a dog finds a bone in the Hollywood Hills--and unearths a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. It's a cold case, but for Detective Harry Bosch, it stirs up memories of his childhood...


Mystic River

Anthony Best Novel 2002, Barry Best Novel 2002

by Dennis Lehane William Morrow (October 13, 2009)

The New York Times bestselling novel from Dennis Lehane is a gripping, unnerving psychological thriller about the effects of a savage killing on three former friends in a tightly knit, blue-collar Boston neighborhood....


A Place of Execution

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2001, Barry Best British Novel 2000

by Val McDermid St. Martin's Press (April 01, 2010)

Winter 1963: two children have disappeared off the streets of Manchester; the murderous careers of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady have begun. On a freezing day in December, another child goes missing: thirteen-year-old...


A Cold Day in Paradise

Alex McKnight #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1999

by Steve Hamilton St. Martin's Press (February 15, 2000)

When first published, A Cold Day in Paradise won both the Edgar and Shamus awards for Best First Novel, launching Steve Hamilton into the top ranks of today's crime writers. Now, see for yourself why this extraordinary...


Blood Work

Terry McCaleb #1

Anthony Best Novel 1999, Macavity Best Mystery Novel 1999

by Michael Connelly Little, Brown and Company (April 29, 2003)

New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly presents his most ambitious, most gripping achievement to date--a novel of masterly suspense and righteous obsession that will never let you go.

When Graciella...


Trunk Music

Harry Bosch #5

Barry Best Novel 1998

by Michael Connelly Little, Brown and Company (January 01, 2002)

Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for.

It starts with the body of a Hollywood...


The Mermaids Singing

Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #1

Gold Dagger Award 1995

by Val McDermid St. Martin's Press (April 01, 2007)

This was the summer he discovered what he wanted--at a gruesome museum of criminology far off the beaten track of more timid tourists. Visions of torture inspired his fantasies like a muse. It would prove so...


Cruel and Unusual: Scarpetta 4

Kay Scarpetta #4

Gold Dagger Award 1993

by Patricia Cornwell Scribner (December 01, 2009)

“A knockout” (People) of a thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell featuring medical examiner Kay Scarpetta.

“Killing me won’t kill the beast” are the last words of rapist-murderer...


The Black Echo: A Novel

Harry Bosch #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1993

by Michael Connelly Little, Brown and Company (January 01, 2002)

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch -- hero, maverick, nighthawk -- the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal.

The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a...


Postmortem

Kay Scarpetta #1

Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 1991, Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1991

by Patricia Cornwell Scribner (December 01, 2009)

Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign...


The Quiller Memorandum

Quiller #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1966

by Adam Hall Tom Doherty Associates (May 07, 2004)

You are a secret agent working for the British in Berlin. You are due to go home on leave, but you are being followed-by your own people, or by the enemy. A man meets you in the theater and briefs you on a plot...