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Linda Barnes – Deep Pockets
A black Harvard professor having an affair with a white student hires Carlotta to find his blackmailer, but her investigation uncovers a suspicious death as well.

Edna Buchanan – Contents Under Pressure
A Miami crime reporter investigates excessive police violence in Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Buchanan’s closely observed and compelling series launch.

Mary Higgins Clark – I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Five years after her husband’s murder, Laurie Moran, an award-winning TV producer and single mother, starts filming a new “cold case” series in which four women involved in the unsolved murder of a wealthy Westchester matron reunite to recreate the scene of the crime — along with the real killer.

Linda Fairstein – Final Jeopardy
When assistant district attorney Alexandra Cooper allows friend and film star Isabella Lascar to borrow her summer home on Martha’s Vineyard, she has no idea that Isabella will end up dead and that Alexandra’s boyfriend will emerge as the prime suspect. Who is the real murderer? Was Alexandra the intended target?

Sue Henry – Murder on the Iditarod Trail
After three “accidental” deaths early in the running of the torturous Iditarod Trail dog sled race, Alaskan police and race officials step up efforts to prevent further mayhem. State trooper Alex Jensen falls upon the puzzling events with relish, comparing lists, visiting checkpoints, searching sled cargoes, etc.

Craig Johnson – The Cold Dish
Two years earlier, four high school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

Marcia Muller – Dead Midnight
After her brother’s suicide, Sharon investigates the puzzling suicide of Roger Nagasawa, the middle of three sons in a wealthy family of Japanese descent. Basing his logic on a successful case in Japan, Roger’s bereaved father wants Sharon to find evidence supporting a wrongful death suit against Roger’s employer, InSite, a high-pressure dot-com with abusive personnel practices.

Thomas Perry – Vanishing Act
The New York Times Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads people out of the wilderness–not the tree-filled variety but the kind created by enemies who want you dead. She is in the one-woman business of helping the desperate disappear. Thanks to her membership in the Wolf Clan of the Seneca tribe, she can fool any pursuer, cover any trail, and then provide her clients with new identities, complete with authentic paperwork.

Dana Stabenow – A Cold Day for Murder
Up in the cold Alaskan countryside, a young National Park Ranger disappears. When the investigator on the case also vanishes, it’s time for detective Kate Shugak to start hunting for answers.

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?

C. J. Box – Open Season
Events center on a desperate battle to save an endangered species, lifting this work above standard genre fare. Box is president and CEO of Rocky Mountain International Corporation, which manages tourism for several Western states.

Carol Higgins Clark – Decked
The daughter of a successful mystery writer and a P.I. with pizzazz, Regan Reilly is attending her class reunion at St. Polycarp’s England, when the long-dead body of her former roommate turns up under the bushes.

Bill Crider – Ghost of a Chance
Amid rumors that the Blacklin County jail is haunted, someone discovers a body in the neighboring town. In his 11th mystery, Sheriff Dan Rhodes tackles both problems in his own inimitable way.

Lisa Gardner – Alone
After downing an armed man, a hot SWAT team sniper discovers that he may have been set up to commit murder.

Judith Jance – Desert Heat
Joanna Brady finds her husband, Andy, shot in the Arizona desert on the night of their tenth wedding anniversary. But this, and Andy’s subsequent suspicious death in the hospital, is only the beginning of the destruction of the comfortable world of Joanna and her nine-year-old daughter, Jenny.

William Kent Krueger – Iron Lake
Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Once a cop on Chicago’s South Side, there’s not much that can shock him. But when the town’s judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal.

James Patterson – 1st to Die
A killer is murdering recently married couples, and police detective Lindsay is stumped. Off duty, she forms a murder club comprising three of her friends: an assistant district attorney, a newspaper reporter, and a coroner. The four women use everything at their disposal to figure out who the killer is before he can strike again.

John Sandford – Rules of Prey
The “maddog” murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. When Lieutenant Lucas Davenport–a dedicated cop and a serial killer’s worst nightmare–is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.