Liars Anonymous, by louise Ure This masterfully constructed psychological thriller, which rests on fiercely moral underpinnings, cements Ures position alongside such masters as Ruth Rendell and Minette walters. The limehouse text, by will Thomas Scottish private inquiry agent Cyrus Barker and his assistant, welshman Thomas Llewelyn, return in their third adventure in a series that has quickly placed itself near the top of the historical-mystery pecking order. Live by night, by dennis Lehane a magnetic reimagining of the great themes of popular fiction—crime, family, passion, betrayal—set against an exquisitely rendered historical backdrop. The long way home, by louise penny As always, penny dexterously combines suspense with psychological drama, overlaying the whole with an all-powerful sense of landscape as a conduit to meaning. The meaning of Night: a confession, by michael Cox Cox invokes emotions, from the iciest betrayal to all-consuming love, on a grand scale and gives them an equally impressive backdrop: a fetid London, its streets filthy but its people in thrall to the smallest details. Mine All Mine, by Adam davies In a novel that is equal parts comic monologue, screwball romance, and crime story, davies employs clichéd suspense devices with results that are wholly original. Natchez burning, by Greg Iles This first in a planned trilogy represents perhaps the authors finest work, with remarkably sharp characterizations and a story of deep emotional resonance. The nearest Exit, by Olen Steinhauer The world of the cia black-ops unit called the tourists is a dazzling, dizzying, complex web of clandestine warfare that is complicated further by affairs of the heart.
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Gone tomorrow, by lee child Child grounds his heros hard body and hard-drive brain in believable detail, and he always sets the action in a precisely described landscape. Gone, by mo hayder The meticulously crafted plot is heightened by hayders skillful evocation of mood in this utterly gripping thriller. Heartsick, by Chelsea cain cain never misses a beat here, turning the psychological screws ever tighter and introducing us to the genres most compelling villain since hannibal Lecter. How the light Gets In, by louise penny Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has a new case involving the murder of the last surviving sister of quintuplets, a woman with ties to Three pines, the idyllic, off-the-grid village outside montreal where several of Gamaches previous adventures. The novel not only puts Gamache in harms way but also exposes Three pines to defilement—a cozy setting under attack from a decidedly hard-boiled world. Another bravura performance from the magnificent Penny. Hush Hush, by laura lippman With an intriguing cast of characters, stinging dialogue, and a superbly suspenseful plot, this is a provocative tale about parents good and evil. In the morning Ill be gone, by Adrian reading McKinty McKintys exceptionally smart police procedural brilliantly sets a familiar device from the golden Age of British mysteries against the gritty backdrop of 1980s Belfast. Iron house, by john Hart The present-time plot—hit man Michael trying to carve a new life without endangering those he loves—makes a superb thriller on its own, but its what Hart does with the backstory that gives the novel its beyond-genre depth. The leopard, by jo nesbø just as we wonder if Nesbø finally has played out the theme of Oslo cop Harry hole versus his demons, we are sucked in again, drawn by the specter of a good man undone by a bad world and.
What makes this wicked thriller so compulsively readable is the way the author expertly mines female archetypes. The girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson Charismatic computer hacker Lisbeth Salander is one of those characters who comes along only rarely in fiction: a true original, larger than life yet firmly grounded in realistic detail. The god of the hive, by laurie. King What makes Kings series the absolute best of all the latter-day sherlock holmes novels isnt just the focus on the compelling Mary russell but the way the novels create their own friend world, standing almost independently of Conan doyle. The godfather of Kathmandu, by john Burdett The fourth novel starring Sonchai jitplecheep, the Thai police detective whose mother runs a brothel and whose boss is a drug kingpin, is stuffed with a dizzying array of story lines, all of which exude the moral ambiguity. The good Physician, by kent Harrington Harringtons unflinching examination of the humanity of the terrorist and the inhumanity of terrorism follows the transformation of a doctor at the American embassy in Mexico city, who is also a diffident cia employee, from dilettante to reluctant antiterrorist. A powerful yet remarkably subtle novel in which Harrington heaps plagues upon all the ideological houses whose bombs spray their shrapnel across our landscape. Gone girl, by gillian Flynn Flynn combines a corkscrew of a plot with her own twisted sense of humor in a compelling thriller and a searing portrait of a marriage.
False mermaid, by Erin Hart Few writers combine as seamlessly as Hart does the subtlety, lyrical language, and melancholy of literary fiction with the pulse-pounding suspense of the best thrillers. Field of Darkness, by cornelia read every page is a pleasure in this mystery debut featuring barb-wielding, ex-debutante madeline dare. . This is sure to be loved by fans of comic mysteries, but dont be surprised if Tom Wolfe readers are equally smitten by reads venomously witty portrait of a fallen wasp. The foreign Correspondent, by Alan Furst What makes Fursts world so utterly seductive is the tantalizing sliver of time he writes about: not World War ii but the period just prior to its beginning in earnest, when secret agents of every stripe were huddled. Free fire,. Box In the sixth installment of his celebrated joe pickett series, box forges a perfect alloy of familiar and fresh. Setting the action in the bubbling Yellowstone caldera—which could blow sky high at any moment, were told—is a masterstroke, lending both urgency and the long view to the proceedings. Ghostman, by roger Hobbs First-novelist Hobbs possesses that rare ability for first unleashing and then shrewdly directing a tornado of a plot, but he also evokes Elmore leonard in the subtle interplay of his characters. The girl on the Train, by paula hawkins Melding the voyeurism of rear Window with the unreliable narration of Gone girl, hawkins delivers a riveting tale about a woman peering into the lives of her former husband and his new lover.
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Death without Company, by Craig Johnson like. Box in his joe pickett series, johnson business uses the element landscape of the wyoming high country to evoke the sense of lives crushing in upon one another, as secrets refuse to stay buried and old wounds continue to fester. Johnson combines a vivid sense of the dailiness of life with a sure-handed touch for jolting both his characters and his readers out of their comfort zones and deep into harms way. Devils peak, by deon meyer meyer weds his plot to deep social issues and to flawed but compelling characters in a novel that is almost unbearably suspenseful. Down into darkness, by david Lawrence Stella mooney, the tough London cop at the center of Lawrences noir-driven series, is merely one in a cast of uniformly strong players—Lawrence treats good guys and bad, leads and bit parts, with the same respect, showing interest. Echo park, by michael Connelly After the killer in a 1993 murder is caught by chance and linked to nine more deaths, it is revealed that Harry bosch may have missed a clue that could have solved the case at the outset. As Harry confronts the train wreck that could destroy his career, he must answer a fundamental question about himself: Is he a good cop with no tolerance for phonies, or an uncontrollable rogue whose hubris costs lives?
That issue has been at the core of Connellys landmark series for years, and the answers that emerge here are not as clear as one might assume. As suspenseful as it is psychologically acute. Exit Music, by ian Rankin With only a few days until he is officially retired, rankins iconic Edinburgh police inspector John Rebus isnt going gently into any good nights, not with one more meaty case on his plate. Rebus goes out the way he came in, mistrusting teamwork in all its guises—or as his partner, siobhan, says, summing up his career, decades of bets hedged, lines crossed, rules broken. We wouldnt have it any other way.
The collaborator of Bethlehem, by matt beynon rees In the complex, uncompromising tale of a good man caught in an untenable world, rees captures the human spark of daily lives being led in totally polarized, soul-deadening conditions. Cripple Creek, by james Sallis The superb second entry in Sallis Turner series is a violent tale told quietly but powerfully. . While his Lew Griffin series remains a cult favorite among devoted hard-boiled fans, dont be surprised if the turner novels eventually claim pride of place in the authors oeuvre. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by tom Franklin Edgar-winner Franklin delivers luminous prose and a cast of unforgettable characters in this moody, masterful mix of crime and literary fiction. Dare me, by megan Abbott This is cheerleading as blood sport, Bring It On meets Fight Club— just try putting it down.
The dark horse, by Craig Johnson From the motel backdrop (think touch of evil on the high plains through the indelibly inked characters, and on to the set piece ending (in snow and lightning atop a mesa this is one of Johnsons best. The darkest room, by johan Theorin Swedish author Theorins latest thriller begins with the drowning death of a woman on the remote island of Oland, but it quickly spirals both backward into the past and downward into the troubled minds of its characters, especially the. The dawn Patrol, by don Winslow This mainstream hard-boiled detective novel becomes something special thanks to its sandy setting and the panache with which Winslow writes about the light and dark sides of San diego and the wave-crashing characters who call its coastline home. The devil She Knows, by bill loehfelm Character drives this follow-up to loehfelms fine Bloodroot (2009 the deeply conflicted cocktail waitress maureen coughlin, in particular, is brilliantly developed, and drives a novel that is both suspenseful and remarkably textured. Darkness, darkness, by john Harvey after an exquisite coda to the Charlie resnick series ( Cold in Hand, 2008 harvey delivers a definitively final episode in the story of a detective whose focus is perpetually clouded by his abiding melancholy over the all-too-human lives. Dead Game, by kirk russell Russell is at the top of his game with this novel, giving readers fascinating background into wildlife, compelling undercover procedure, well-drawn characters, and the kind of description—whether of action or scenery—that leaves one gasping.
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Penny hits every note perfectly in what is one of the most elaborately constructed mysteries in years. The cairo Affair, by Olen Steinhauer Steinhauer follows his acclaimed Milo weaver trilogy with a stand-alone that is as emotionally rich as it is layered with intrigue. This complex tale leaves us with the feeling that, despite all the information won, lost, hoarded, and put to use, the world of intelligence is no stronger than the fragile, fallible human beings who navigate. Cemetery road, by gar Anthony haywood The author of the critically acclaimed Aaron Gunner series makes a long-awaited return with this gripping stand-alone thriller, which melds an intricately plotted but highly suspenseful supermarket thriller to a moving story of belated coming-of-age. City of Tiny lights, by patrick neate a star was born when neate created Tommy akhtar, a london pi of Ugandan-Indian heritage with a fondness for Wild Turkey, benson hedges, and the game of cricket. Akhtar is one-of-a-kind, his voice a rollicking blend of erudite thought delivered in delightfully crude slang. Neates literary fiction has tended to be overweening, but here, in the service of a tightly plotted crime novel, he finds his voice. Cold in Hand, by john Harvey in this coda-like, deeply melancholy novel that features the return of Nottingham detective charlie resnick, harvey reveals once again his ability to capture not only the plodding nature of police work but also the uncommon determination of a good copper.
Broken Monsters, by lauren beukes. Yes, detroit homicide detective gabriella versado is tracking a serial killer, but not just any serial killer: this one likes to fuse the upper halves of his victims bodies with various animal parts. Think peter Straub meets Karin Slaughter and Chelsea cain. The Broken Shore, by peter Temple, evoking a view of Australia that is more ian Rankin than Crocodile dundee, temple tells a troubling tale of race and class conflict—with an even darker crime at the heart. This deeply intelligent thriller starts slowly, builds inexorably, and ends unforgettably. The Brutal Telling, by louise penny, this fifth in Pennys celebrated Armand Gamache series finds the chief inspector of the sûreté du quebec returning once again to the tiny village of Three pines, where murder seems to disrupt the comfortable routines of the residents with. With rich shredders characters and a firm grasp of human psychology, penny compares with. James and Donna leon, writers who use police stories to explore depth of character and the intrigue of human relationships. Bury your dead, by louise penny pennys sixth Armande gamache novel is her best yet, a true tour de force of storytelling.
yet and an even more. The beautiful Mystery, by louise penny, when the choir director of a monastery in a remote corner of quebec is murdered, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Inspector jean-guy beauvoir are charged with finding a killer among a group of largely silent monks, whose recording. Roiling human passion set against the sublime serenity of the chants produces a melody of uncommon complexity and beauty. Black Fly season, by giles Blunt, blunts characters, even down to the lonely guy at the end of the bar, are wonderfully realistic, and his pacing never flags; in the end, he leaves us not so much with a story as with a perfectly realized world. Bleed for me, by michael Robotham. Beautiful but understated prose; bright, funny, and touching characters; plotting that is both clever and well thought out—this one has it all. Blood of Angels, by reed Arvin, this nail-biter is Arvins third thriller, and each has been better than the last. He matches sinister plots with flawed protagonists to create melancholy, suspenseful, epiphany-filled, and pain-drenched noir novels. Blotto, twinks, and the dead Dowager Duchess, by simon Brett, brett is a devastating social critic and master of equally devastating physical characterization. This is the kind of book youll have to put down frequently, as you roar with laughter.
The Andalucian Friend, by Alexander Söderberg, superficial similarities. The girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2008) aside, this gripping Scandinavian crime novel, a fast-paced thriller whose multistranded daddy plot holds together as exquisitely as finely wound silk, deserves to stand entirely on its own. Angelmaker, by nick harkaway, joe spork, a mild-mannered clockmaker in contemporary london, is trying to live down the legacy of his Mob-boss father when he finds himself forced to rebuild and then disarm a doomsday machine of unimagined power. A tour de force of Dickensian bravura and genre-bending splendor. The Anniversary man,. Ellory, entirely free of formula, ellorys breakthrough procedural follows nypd detective ray irving—overworked, underpaid, and absolutely dedicated to his job—who risks his sense of ethics and, ultimately, his life to track down a serial killer who is imitating the crimes of some of the worst monsters. Bangkok haunts, by john Burdett.
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Mystery month is in full swing here. Booklist, with all of the interviews, webinars, and blog posts about mystery fiction you could possibly want. And now, all of the book recommendations you need. Every year in the may 1 issue, our Mystery Showcase, booklist compiles the 10 best adult crime novels reviewed over the previous 12 months. As a special treat. The booklist reader faithful, weve collected all of these titles from the past decade, spanning 20062015, in this post, with links to their dates respective reviews. Thanks to one of those 10 best lists stretching to 11 titles (in 2007 that makes for 101 novels that will keep you reading into the next year, or at least until August. Put on your best trench coat, grab a spot in your favorite shadowy alley, and dive. The Ancient rain, by domenic Stansberry, what makes Stansberry stand out from the crowd is the genuine noir sensibility he brings to his work, that overwhelming feeling that things will, even must, go wrong.