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1.
Hunting Badger
by Tony Hillerman

Harpercollins
Hardcover - 288 pages
(November 1999)
(November 9, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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The marvelous Hunting Badger is Tony Hillerman's 13th novel featuring Navajo tribal police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Here the two cops (who appeared in separate books early on but whose paths now cross routinely) are working two angles of the same case to catch the right-wing militiamen... Read more

 


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Saving Faith
by David Baldacci

Warner Books
Hardcover - 451 pages
(November 9, 1999)
(November 9, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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It sounds like a movie pitch: "The story is like Tom Clancy crossed with John Grisham set in the Washington D.C. political world." But David Baldacci's Saving Faith successfully fuses elements from both of these chart-busters in this political thriller spiced with techno-wizardry.

The villain is a... Read more

 


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Pop Goes the Weasel
by James Patterson

Little Brown & Company
Hardcover - 423 pages
(October 1999)
(October 19, 1999)

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3 out of 5 stars
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Likened to a "young Muhammad Ali," Alex Cross, the Porsche-driving profiler, doctor, detective, and father of two has seen his fair share of vicious killers. From a bloodthirsty butcher who came after his family (Cat and Mouse) to a devilish duo working cross-country (Kiss the Girls), Cross has... Read more

 


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O Is for Outlaw
by Sue Grafton, Kinsey Millhone (Epilogue)

Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
Hardcover - 318 pages
(October 1999)
(October 12, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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Wise-cracking, staunchly independent, and chronically curious, Grafton's gritty gumshoe Kinsey Millhone is back. This time, the alphabet series star will take on the toughest case to date: her past. What begins as a random phone call from a "storage space scavenger" (someone who buys the contents of... Read more

 


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Personal Injuries
by Scott Turow

Farrar Straus & Giroux
Hardcover - 403 pages
(October 1999)
(September 28, 1999)

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2.5 out of 5 stars
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Scott Turow has always pushed himself beyond the expectations of readers and critics. In Presumed Innocent (1987), he introduced fictional Kindle County and ushered in the era that spawned such mega-authors as John Grisham, Richard North Patterson, and David Baldacci. In Personal Injuries, Turow... Read more

 


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Atlantis Found
by Clive Cussler

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 544 pages
(January 2000)
(December 6, 1999)

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Dirk Pitt, indestructible hero of 14 previous Clive Cussler novels and special-projects director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (which is something like the CIA of the ocean depths), makes James Bond look like a tuxedoed, martini-swilling poseur. Pitt has raised the Titanic, escaped... Read more

 


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Second Wind
by Dick Francis

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 293 pages
(October 1999)
(October 4, 1999)

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3 out of 5 stars
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Dick Francis's legion of admirers can relax: his year off from writing since the 1998 publication of Field of Thirteen is over, and a new vigor has entered his style. Longtime readers will be happy to find the customary racetrack skullduggery, galvanized by some fascinating new elements.

The very... Read more

 


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Big Trouble
by Dave Barry

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 255 pages
(September 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Dave Barry, the only newsman to win a Pulitzer for exemplary use of words like booger, will please humor and crime-fiction fans alike with this racy debut novel. The scene is Miami. In ritzy Coconut Grove, the teen son of Eliot, a newsman turned adman, sneaks up to spritz a cute girl with a... Read more

 


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Hannibal
by Thomas Harris

Delacorte Pr
Hardcover - 484 pages
(July 1999)
(June 8, 1999)

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3 out of 5 stars
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Horror lit's head chef Harris serves up another course in his Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter trilogy, and it's a pièce de résistance for those with strong stomachs. In the first book, Red Dragon (filmed as Manhunter), Hannibal diabolically helps the FBI track a fascinating serial... Read more

 


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Black Notice
by Patricia Cornwell

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 415 pages
(August 1999)
(July 31, 1999)

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3 out of 5 stars
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The postmortem is in--Black Notice, the 10th in Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta series, is a gore-splattered, intensely exciting read. As winter grips Richmond, Virginia, an air of somberness pervades chief medical examiner Kay Scarpetta's world. Her beloved niece Lucy is involved in a dangerous... Read more

 


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Harm Done : An Inspector Wexford Mystery
by Ruth Rendell

Crown Pub
Hardcover - 346 pages
(November 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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In Harm Done, Rendell has added a remarkable strand of acute social commentary to a book that still functions as an utterly compelling piece of detective fiction. In exploring the controversial subject of pedophilia, she takes the mainstay of her work--the problems of modern life--to a level of... Read more

 


12.   The Brethren
by John Grisham

Doubleday
Hardcover
(March 2000)
(February 1, 2000)


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Trumble, a minimum security federal prison, home to the usual assortment of criminals--drug dealers, bank robbers, swindlers, embezzlers, tax evaders, two Wall Street crooks, one doctor, at least four lawyers.

And three former judges who call themselves The Brethren: one from Texas, one from... Read more

 


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Monster
by Jonathan Kellerman

Random House
Hardcover - 416 pages
(December 1999)
(December 7, 1999)

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Consulting psychologist Alex Delaware has a novel approach to crime-solving: he uses his training to unlock the secrets in the minds of the victims and jiggles the clues he finds there until the right scenario emerges. So when Alex's LAPD buddy Milo finds the hacked-up body of a woman psychologist... Read more

 


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Battle Born
by Dale Brown

Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd)
Hardcover - 384 pages
(November 1999)
(November 2, 1999)

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5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , September 1, 1999
Brown's jet jockey hero Patrick McLanahan leads a squadron of B-1 bombers into combat over Korea, where a low-intensity nuclear ballistic missile war has broken out. McLanahan saw action in the East Asian theater while bucking a B-52 in Fatal Terrain (1997), and this sequel operates on the fantasy... Read more

 


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The Testament
by John Grisham

Doubleday
Hardcover - 435 pages
1 Ed edition (March 1999)
(February 2, 1999)

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Troy Phelan, a 78-year-old eccentric and the 10th-richest man in America, is about to read his last will and testament, divvying up an estate worth $11 billion. Phelan's three ex-wives, their grasping spawn, a legion of lawyers, several psychiatrists, and a plethora of sound technicians wait... Read more

 


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Every Dead Thing
by John Connolly

Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 395 pages
(May 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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It's a good idea to avoid reading John Connolly's debut novel on a full stomach. His descriptions of mutilated murder victims give him honorary membership in the gore wars club. Every Dead Thing is a fast-paced piece of fiction from an author whose regular stomping ground is as a journalist for the ... Read more

 


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Hard Time : A V.I. Warshawski Novel
by Sara Paretsky

Delacorte Pr
Hardcover - 385 pages
(November 1999)
(September 14, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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V.I. Warshawski, Sara Paretsky's tough-talking, dog-loving, justice-seeking private investigator has been missing in action since 1994, when she ratted out a big city political scandal on the streets of Chicago in Tunnel Vision. But now our Vic is back for her ninth adventure--a wee bit older, a tad... Read more

 


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In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner
by Elizabeth George

Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd)
Hardcover - 596 pages
(October 1999)
(August 31, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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Award-winning novelist Elizabeth George (A Great Deliverance, Well-Schooled in Murder) returns with In Pursuit of a Proper Sinner, her 10th installment in the Lynley-Havers series. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley has his work cut out for him: two mutilated corpses are found in a prehistoric stone... Read more

 


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Devil's Teardrop : A Novel of the Last Night of the Century
by Jeffery Deaver

Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 396 pages
(August 10, 1999)
(August 10, 1999)

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Thriller readers can always count on getting extra value from Jeffery Deaver--strong plots, fascinating research, believable characters, and plenty of surprise endings. Like in The Terminator, the bad guys in The Devil's Teardrop just won't quit, and they create enough havoc in the last 50 pages to... Read more

 


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The Twisted Root
by Anne Perry

Ballantine Books (T)
Hardcover - 346 pages
(October 5, 1999)
(October 6, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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William Monk, the unquestionably handsome, somewhat vain, but genuinely tenderhearted "agent of enquiry" is back on the streets of Victorian London, investigating his 10th case, a missing woman. Miriam Gardiner was due to be betrothed to a much younger man, a well-to-do gentleman named Lucius... Read more

 


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Murder at the Library of Congress
by Margaret Truman

Random House
Hardcover - 336 pages
(November 1999)


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Murder At The Library Of Congress (; Nov.; 336 pp.; 0-375-50068-5) Truman's 16th helping of sedate mayhem amid among D.C.'s monuments sets gallery owner Annabel Smith (Murder at the Watergate, 1998, etc.) on the scent of a rumored diary by one of Columbus's crewmen. Her competition? A... Read more

 


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The Lamorna Wink : A Richard Jury Mystery
by Martha Grimes

Viking Pr
Hardcover - 368 pages
(October 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Fans of Martha Grimes will know that the Lamorna Wink must be a British pub, and one to which Superintendent Richard Jury or his aristocratic sidekick Melrose Plant can be counted on to repair in the process of solving a mystery or two. This time, with Jury off in Ireland, Plant takes the starring... Read more

 


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Void Moon
by Michael Connelly

Little Brown & Company
Hardcover - 400 pages
(December 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , October 1, 1999
Life has dealt Cassie Black a very poor hand. Her father simply abandoned the family for the Las Vegas casinos. Attempting to rob a high roller, Max, the love of Cassie's life, plunged from a casino penthouse through a glass ceiling. Through a quirk in Nevada law and the casinos' desire to make an... Read more

 


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Family Honor
by Robert B. Parker

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 322 pages
(September 1999)
(September 6, 1999)

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Let's get this settled right away: Sunny Randall is nothing like Spenser. True, she's a private eye in Boston with good connections to the cops, and she also knows a lot of bad guys. And yes, she happens to have a trusty sidekick named Spike, and a close friend who could easily be related to Susan... Read more

 


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The Price of Honor
by Colonel David H. Hackworth

Doubleday
Hardcover - 489 pages
(November 1999)
(October 12, 1999)

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4.5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , August 19, 1999
The ghost of the Vietnam War figures prominently in this action-packed novel of betrayal, greed, and ambition. Army Special Forces Captain Sandy Caine is from a long line of military men and war heroes. Sandy is haunted by his deceased father's service in Vietnam. And Sandy's issue is not just the... Read more

 


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The Lion's Game
by Nelson Demille

Warner Books
Hardcover - 528 pages
(January 2000)
(January 6, 2000)

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Everybody knows theres something fishy about the defection of Libyan terrorist Asad Khalil to the US as soon as the lineup of talent waiting for him at KennedyCIA, FBI, NYPD, and other members of the Anti-Terrorist Task Forceloses radio contact with the airliner that picked him up after he... Read more

 


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Murder Duet
by Batya Gur, Batya Goor

Harpercollins
Hardcover - 288 pages
(October 1, 1999)


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2.5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , September 15, 1999
Gur's previous Michael Ohayon novels have taken the introspective Jerusalem policeman inside three distinctly insular worlds: those of the psychiatrist, the literary critic, and the kibbutznik. The pattern holds in this long-awaited fourth installment in the superb series. This time Ohayon enters... Read more

 


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High Five
by Janet Evanovich

St Martins Pr (Trade)
Hardcover - 292 pages
1 Ed edition
(June 22, 1999)

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Uncle Fred was someone I saw at weddings and funerals and once in a while at Giovichinni's Meat Market, ordering a quarter pound of olive loaf. Eddie Such, the butcher, would have the olive loaf on the scale and Uncle Fred would say, 'You've got the olive loaf on a piece of waxed paper. How much... Read more

 


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Occam's Razor
by Archer Mayor

Mysterious Press
Hardcover - 304 pages
(November 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , September 15, 1999
The adage of Occam's razor reminds us that when weighing competing theories, the simplest may be best. Lieutenant Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont, PD has to keep reminding himself of the proverb as the bodies pile up and possible linkages between seemingly unrelated crimes multiply. A man's... Read more

 


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A Clue for the Puzzle Lady
by Parnell Hall

Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd)
Hardcover - 304 pages
(November 1999)
(November 2, 1999)

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5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , October 1, 1999
There are plenty of formulaic cozy ingredients here: obvious bad guys; bright, attractive principals; a nice suburban setting. But Hall works with them in such deft ways, with such spiffy dialogue, that we are immediately seduced. Add to that a very clever interweaving of the art and craft of... Read more

 


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Secret Honor
by W. E. B. Griffin

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 544 pages
(January 2000)
(January 10, 2000)

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From Booklist , November 1, 1999
Griffin's twenty-ninth novel, the third in his Honor Bound series, is a story of espionage during World War II. It concerns a German general who realizes that his country is losing the war, Hitler and his cohorts are evil, and the Allies will demand a terrible retribution upon their victory. He... Read more

 


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Sick Puppy
by Carl Hiaasen

Knopf
Hardcover - 352 pages
(January 2000)
(January 4, 2000)

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From Booklist , November 1, 1999
"Round up the usual suspects," is hardly a phrase one could ever imagine using in a review of a Carl Hiaasen novel. After all, Hiaasen's brand of apocalyptic surrealism is nothing if not distinctive. And yet, in his eighth novel, the author's idiosyncratic blending of slapstick nightmare, and moral... Read more

 


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The Cat Who Robbed a Bank
by Lilian Jackson Braun, Lillian Jackson Braun

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 256 pages
(January 2000)
(January 10, 2000)

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While mystery purists pretend to look down their noses at Braun's Cat Who series, don't be surprised to find many of them standing in line right with the rest of us to get their hands on this latest delightful tale. To what do these "cat mysteries" owe their enduring popularity? For one thing, Braun... Read more

 


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The Alibi
by Sandra Brown

Warner Books
Hardcover - 490 pages
(September 1999)
(August 31, 1999)

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3 out of 5 stars
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Sandra Brown's two previous novels, Unspeakable and Fat Tuesday, earned her a loyal band of romantic suspense fans and The Alibi is sure to increase the following. Mixing a little murder, some corruption, and a good bit of illicit romance, this novel makes the golf courses of Charleston, South... Read more

 


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Garden of Evil : A Britt Montero Mystery
by Edna Buchanan

Twilight
Hardcover - 336 pages
(November 1999)
(November 9, 1999)

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3 out of 5 stars
The Washington Post Book World
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Angels Flight
by Michael Connelly

Little Brown & Company
Hardcover - 393 pages
(January 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Michael Connelly, whose novel The Poet won the 1997 Anthony Award for Best Mystery, is already recognized as one of the smartest and most vivid scribes of the hard-boiled police procedural. Now, with his much-anticipated sixth Harry Bosch novel, Angels Flight, Connelly offers one of the finest... Read more

 


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Time Line - Large Print [LARGE PRINT]
by Michael Crichton

Random House Large Print
Hardcover
largeprint edition (November 9, 1999)
(November 16, 1999)

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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When you step into a time machine, fax yourself through a "quantum foam wormhole," and step out in feudal France circa 1357, be very, very afraid. If you aren't strapped back in precisely 37 hours after your visit begins, you'll miss the quantum bus back to 1999 and be stranded in a civil war,... Read more

 


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The Killing Game
by Iris Johansen

Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd)
Hardcover - 355 pages
(August 31, 1999)
(August 31, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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Eve Duncan returns as the popular heroine of Iris Johansen's latest suspense thriller, The Killing Game. After the murder of her daughter Bonnie and years of work as a forensic sculptor, Eve had hoped to find some solace in semi-retirement. But when her friend Joe Quinn informs her of the unearthing... Read more

 


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Gravity
by Tess Gerritsen

Pocket Books
Hardcover - 342 pages
(September 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Tess Gerritsen used to be a doctor, so it comes as no great surprise that the medical aspects of her latest thriller are absolutely convincing--even if most of the action happens in a place where few doctors have ever practiced--outer space.

Dr. Emma Watson and five other hand-picked astronauts are... Read more

 


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A Highland Christmas
by M. C. Beaton

Mysterious Press
Hardcover - 128 pages
(November 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , October 1, 1999
Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands is the home and workplace of P.C. Hamish Macbeth, and many of its inhabitants cast a cold eye indeed on the pagan ritual of Christmas. Hamish, whose mother has gone off on holiday and who has to work over Christmas, finds himself dealing with a lost cat, a little... Read more

 


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Certain Prey
by John Sandford, John Sanford

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 339 pages
(May 10, 1999)
(May 10, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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In the 10th installment of his popular Prey series, John Sandford (a.k.a. John Camp) pits his popular antihero, Lucas Davenport, against a pair of cunning killers unlike any he has encountered before.

Attorney Carmel Loan is preternaturally beautiful, intelligent, and ambitious. When she becomes... Read more

 


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The Quiet Game
by Greg Iles

Penguin USA (Paper)
Hardcover - 433 pages
(September 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Is there space in the overcrowded courtroom for one more writer of sharp, very suspenseful legal thrillers? Yes--if that writer is Greg Iles, who has proven in such varied efforts as Black Cross, Mortal Fear, and Spandau Phoenix that he knows how to squeeze the last drop of suspense out of all sorts... Read more

 


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Faded Coat of Blue
by Owen Parry

Avon Books (Trd)
Hardcover - 352 pages
1 Ed edition (October 1999)
(October 5, 1999)

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5 out of 5 stars
Publishers Weekly
A colorful, scrupulous and unassuming sleuth named Abel Jones if the protagonist of this solid historical thriller set during the opening months of the Civil War. When a crusading abolitionist is found murdered in 1861 in a Union encampment near Washington, Jones, a convalescing casualty of First... Read more

 


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The Unexpected Guest
by Charles Osborne, Agatha Christie

Minotaur Books
Hardcover - 210 pages
(October 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , September 1, 1999
Like a martini--crisp, dry, sophisticated, habit-forming, ever-so-slightly dated--Christite's smoothly polished mysteries go down easy. This one was written as a stage play, first performed in 1958, and is here adapted into novel form by Osborne, who last year published a novelization of Christie's ... Read more

 


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Scarpettas Winter Table
by Patricia Cornwell

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 91 pages
(October 1998)


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3 out of 5 stars
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Not intended for serious cooks, but ideal for fastidious fans of Ms. Cornwell, Scarpetta's Winter Table is perfect for the thrillerphile who has everything. This offbeat, 81-page novella takes you behind the scenes to Dr. Kay Scarpetta's kitchen, where you'll learn how to make her "Bad Mood Pasta... Read more

 


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The Best American Mystery Stories 1999 (Serial)
by Ed McBain(Editor), Otto Penzler (Editor)

Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd)
Hardcover - 352 pages
(October 29, 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , September 1, 1999
Series editor Otto Penzler and guest editor Ed McBain have put together an outstanding lineup for this third entry in the annual Best American Mystery Stories series. Penzler's criteria for consideration are broad, basically covering any story that has a crime or the threat of a crime as its central... Read more

 


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Jupiter's Bones : A Novel
by Faye Kellerman

William Morrow & Company
Hardcover - 375 pages
1 Ed edition (August 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Faye Kellerman's 11th Peter Decker-Rina Lazarus mystery takes police lieutenant Decker into the enclave of a Heaven's Gate-style pseudoscientific religious cult, the Order of the Rings of God. The cult's leader, a former world-class physicist who styles himself Jupiter, has died of an ungodlike... Read more

 


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Cuba
by Stephen Coonts

St Martins Pr (Trade)
Hardcover - 390 pages
1 Us Ed edition (August 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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When a North Korean freighter carrying a cargo of biological weapons runs aground in international waters off Cuba--Rear Admiral Jake Grafton wants go aboard, taking just one other man with him. His new chief of staff, Capt. Pascal, is skeptical and suggests that he takes along a half-dozen... Read more

 


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Just Revenge : A Novel
by Alan M. Dershowitz

Warner Books
Hardcover - 322 pages
(September 1999)


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3 out of 5 stars
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In his first courtroom drama, The Advocate's Devil, Alan M. Dershowitz introduced us to defense attorney Abe Ringel as he represented a rapist. That book probed a controversial legal issue--what happens when a defender doubts his own client's innocence? In Dershowitz's second legal thriller--Abe... Read more

 


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Worst Fears Realized
by Stuart Woods

Harpercollins
Hardcover - 332 pages
(September 1999)


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3 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , June 1, 1999
It's a cop's worst nightmare: a felon he or she sent to prison harbors a grudge, and when released, goes after the cop to extract revenge. That's exactly what happens to cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington when Herbert Mitteldorfer comes after Stone, his ex-partner, Dino Bacchetti, and their families... Read more

 



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