Nevada Barr – Track of the Cat
As a park ranger in western Texas, Anna Pigeon stumbles upon the body of another female ranger in an isolated canyon. Suspicious of “official” evidence pointing to a cougar as killer, Anna looks instead for a human murderer.
Raymond Chandler – The Big Sleep
When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, 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.
Patricia Cornwell – Postmortem
Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the narrator, dwells on her efforts to identify “Mr. Nobody,” the strangler of young women. The doctor devotes days and nights to gathering computer data and forensic clues to the killer, although she’s hampered by male officials anxious to prove themselves superior to a woman.
Meg Gardiner – The Dirty Secrets Club
An ongoing string of high-profile and very public murder-suicides has San Francisco even more rattled than a string of recent earthquakes: A flamboyant fashion designer burns to death, clutching the body of his murdered lover. A superstar 49er jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge. And most shocking of all, a U.S. attorney launches her BMW off a highway overpass, killing herself and three others.
Susan Isaacs – Long Time No See
Long Island housewife, mother, and sleuth Judith Singer returns, now a widow with grown children, she pursues a lackluster career as a history professor at a small local college. Things begin to liven up, however, when one of her neighbors, a perfect wife and mother, suddenly disappears without a trace on a Halloween-night trip to the grocery store
Alex Kava – A Perfect Evil
Little boys are being savagely murdered in a small Nebraska town, and playboy sheriff Nick Morelli is way out of his league dealing with a serial killer. To the rescue comes expert FBI profiler Maggie O!Dell, who also happens to be young and drop-dead gorgeous.
Sara Paretsky – Indemnity Only
Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling summer night is asking for trouble. But trouble is Chicago private eye V.I. Warshwski’s specialty. Her client says he’s the prominent banker, John Thayer. Turns out he’s not. He says his son’s girlfriend, Anita Hill, is missing. Turns out that’s not her real name. V.I.’s search turns up someone soon enough — the real John Thayer’s son, and he’s dead.
Kathy Reichs – Deja Dead
As forensic scientist Temperance Brennan works on the dismembered remains of a murder victim, she begins to suspect–despite the skepticism of local police–that there is a link between this homicide and the torture-killing of a teenager several years earlier.
Kate Wilhelm – Death Qualified
Barbara had given up the law five years before, but she’s still “death qualified,” still able to defend clients in Oregon who face the death penalty if convicted. And now her lawyer father needs her back in the arena to defend Nell Kendricks, who’s been indicted for the murder of her estranged husband, Lucas Kendricks. But did she do it?