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Folly

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2002

by Laurie R. King

An acclaimed master of suspense creates a heroine you will never forget in this superbly chilling novel of a woman who begins a desperate undertaking that may transform her life -- or end it.

What happens if...


Cold Is the Grave

Inspector Banks #11

Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel 2001

by Peter Robinson

The nude photo of a teenage runaway shows up on a pornographic website, and the girl's father turns to Detective Chief Inspector Alan banks for help. But these are typical circumstances, for the runaway is the...


Murphy's Law

Molly Murphy #1

Agatha Award for Best Novel 2001

by Rhys Bowen

From the creator of the much-loved Constable Evan Evans mysteries comes a colorful new series set in turn-of-the-century New York City. When spirited redhead Molly Murphy was growing up a peasant on the coast...


Deep South

Anna Pigeon #8

Barry Best Novel 2001

by Nevada Barr

Nevada Barr's ever-popular Anna Pigeon series is consistently praised as "exceptional" (Denver Post), "stunning" (Seattle Times), and "superb" (New York Times Book Review). In Deep South, Park Ranger Anna Pigeon...


A Conspiracy of Paper: A Novel

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2001, Macavity Best First Mystery Novel 2001, Barry Best First Novel 2001

by David Liss

THE HISTORICAL THRILLER OF THE YEAR

Benjamin Weaver is an outsider in eighteenth-century London: a Jew among Christians; a ruffian among aristocrats; a retired pugilist who, hired by London's gentry, travels...


Every Dead Thing

Detective Charlie "Bird" Parker #1

Shamus Best First P.I. Novel 2000

by John Connolly

Hailed internationally as a page-turner in a league with the fiction of Thomas Harris, this lyrical and terrifying bestseller is the stunning achievement of an "extravagantly gifted" (Kirkus Reviews) new novelist....


California Fire and Life

Shamus Best P.I. Hardcover 2000

by Don Winslow

Jack Wade, a claims adjuster for California Fire and Life Mutual Insurance Company, is one of the best arson investigators around. He's a man who knows fire, who can read the traces it leaves behind like a roadmap....


In Big Trouble

Tess Monaghan #4

Shamus Best P.I. Paperback Original 2000

by Laura Lippman

Join the world of New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan in the Shamus and Anthony Award-winning fourth book in the acclaimed series

In Big Trouble

Tess Monaghan has learned the hard way...


The Skull Mantra

Inspector Shan #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 2000

by Eliot Pattison

The corpse is missing its head and is dressed in American clothes. Found by a Tibetan prison work gang on a windy cliff, the grisly remains clearly belong to someone too important for Chinese authorities to...


In a Dry Season

Inspector Banks #10

Anthony Best Novel 2000, Barry Best Novel 2000

by Peter Robinson

In the blistering, dry summer, the waters of Thornfield Reservior have been depleted, revealing the ruins of the small Yorkshire village that lay at its bottom, bringing with it the unidentified bones of a brutally...


Bones: An Irene Kelly Mystery

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 2000

by Jan Burke

For Four Long Years, No One Has Known What Became of Julia Sayre

On the morning after this mother of two disappeared, her family sought the help of reporter Irene Kelly. But despite Irene's best efforts, until...


Mariner's Compass

Benni Harper Mysteries #6

Agatha Award for Best Novel 1999

by Earlene Fowler

To claim an inheritance that a mysterious stranger left her, Benni must delve into the secrets of her own past--and a place she once called home.


Murder With Peacocks

Meg Langslow #1

Barry Best First Novel 2000, Agatha Award for Best First Novel 1999

by Donna Andrews

Three Weddings...And a Murder

So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptuals of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning...


Iron Lake: A Novel

Cork O'Connor #1

Barry Best First Novel 1999

by William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger joined the ranks of today's best suspense novelists with this thrilling, universally acclaimed debut. Conjuring "a sense of place he's plainly honed firsthand in below-zero prairie" (Kirkus...


Gone, Baby, Gone

Kenzie & Gennaro #4

Barry Best Novel 1999

by Dennis Lehane

The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams....


Havana Bay: Martin Cruz Smith

Arkady Renko #4

Hammett Prize 1999

by Martin Cruz Smith

When the corpse of a Russian is hauled from the oily waters of Havana Bay, Arkady Renko comes to Cuba to identify the body. Looking for the killer, he discovers a city of faded loneliness, unexpected danger,...


Sunset Limited

Dave Robicheaux #10

Gold Dagger Award 1998

by James Lee Burke

In a land soaked with sin, Dave Robicheaux is dueling with killers, ghosts, and a woman's revenge....

The townspeople of New Iberia, Louisiana, didn't crucify Megan Flynn's father. They just didn't catch whoever...


Butchers Hill

Tess Monaghan #3

Agatha Award for Best Novel 1998

by Laura Lippman

Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a p.i.-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it's not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and...


The Doctor Digs a Grave

Dr. Andrew Fenimore #1

Agatha Award for Best First Novel 1998

by Robin Hathaway

Available for house calls-- and homicide...

When cardiologist Dr. Andrew Fenimore isn't mending weak hearts, he's solving crimes in Philadelphia's wealthy Society Hill. But murder is the last thing the good doctor...


Tidewater Blood

Hammett Prize 1998

by William Hoffman

Set in Virginia in the 1980s, Tidewater Blood opens at the annual LeBlanc family celebration. Rich, pretentious, and proud, the LeBlancs operate a prosperous plantation and celebrate their heritage each year...