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Here's a list of the top 50 mystery and thrillers titles in paperback.

 
1.   The Bone Collector
by Jeff Deaver, Jeffery Deaver

Signet
Mass Market Paperback - 427 pages
(October 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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The hero of Jeffery Deaver's thriller The Bone Collector is Lincoln Rhyme, a forensic scientist known to his peers as "the world's foremost criminalist." Rhyme will need all his reason--and his considerable stock of high-tech tools--about him to solve this latest brain-twister: a serial killer with... Read more

 


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The Simple Truth
by David Baldacci

Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback - 511 pages
(October 1, 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Rufus Harms is rotting in a Virginia military prison. As readers learn in the terse opening of The Simple Truth, he was convicted 25 years ago of the brutal killing of a young girl. Readers also learn that Rufus did not commit the crime; out of a haze of memories and with fragments of evidence, he... Read more

 


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Billy Straight
by Jonathan Kellerman

Ballantine Books (Mm)
Mass Market Paperback - 428 pages
1 ballanti edition (October 5, 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Kellerman isn't just an Edgar Award-winning thriller writer, he's a prominent child psychologist, and it shows in Billy Straight. The hero is a 12-year-old runaway whose sharp mind and straitlaced moral sense make him fit to survive the lurid jungles of Hollywood. One night hiding in Griffith Park,... Read more

 


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All Through the Night
by Mary Higgins Clark

Baen Books
Mass Market Paperback - 206 pages
(October 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Fans of Mary Higgins Clark and cozy mysteries will relish this Christmas confection. Unlike her previous holiday novel, Silent Night, All Through the Night is virtually free of life-and-death crime. Rather, it is a Dickensian tale of good deeds rewarded and crimes punished.

The wintry story begins... Read more

 


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The Testament
by John Grisham

Dell Island Books
Mass Market Paperback
(December 28, 1999)
(December 28, 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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When the Wind Blows
by James Patterson

Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback - 416 pages
(October 1999)


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3 out of 5 stars
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Taking a break from his phenomenally successful Alex Cross series, James Patterson's When the Wind Blows is as much child's fantasy as it is an adult nightmare. The novel moves away from the gritty Washington, D.C., setting of the Cross books and follows the daily life of Frannie O'Neill, a Colorado... Read more

 


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The Hammer of Eden
by Ken Follett

Fawcett Books (Mm)
Mass Market Paperback - 436 pages
(November 1999)
(November 2, 1999)

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Avg. Customer Review:
2 out of 5 stars
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Ken Follett shook the mystery world with his debut (now classic) novel, The Eye of the Needle, and now he's shaking the earth again with The Hammer of Eden. Or, at least his bad guys are shaking it. The novel begins with a series of flashbacks while Priest and his girlfriend Star plot to steal a... Read more

 


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The Talented Mr. Ripley (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
by Patricia Highsmith

Vintage Books
Paperback - 295 pages
Reprint edition (September 1992)


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5 out of 5 stars
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In a chilling literary hall of mirrors, Patricia Highsmith introduces Tom Ripley. Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, is sent to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself very fond of Dickie Greenleaf. He wants to be... Read more

 


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Rainbow Six
by Tom Clancy

Berkley Pub Group
Mass Market Paperback - 897 pages
(September 1999)


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3 out of 5 stars
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For many readers, Jack Ryan embodies the essence of the modern American hero. Morally centered, disciplined, humble yet powerful, Ryan (and his onscreen incarnations in Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford) has made Tom Clancy one of the most popular writers in the world. But as Clancy has constructed the... Read more

 


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The Coffin Dancer
by Jeffery Deaver

Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback - 532 pages
(March 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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This return engagement for quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme is strong on forensic details as Rhyme tracks an elusive assassin known only by the tattoo that gives this fast-paced thriller its title.

Three witnesses to a murder could put a millionaire arms dealer behind bars for good. When... Read more

 


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Red Dragon
by Thomas Harris

Dell Pub Co
Mass Market Paperback - 454 pages
Reissue 1999 edition


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4 out of 5 stars
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Lying on a cot in his cell with Alexandre Dumas's Le Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine open on his chest, Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter makes his debut in this legendary horror novel, which is even better than its sequel, The Silence of the Lambs. As in Silence, the pulse-pounding suspense plot... Read more

 


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One for the Money
by Janet Evanovich

Harper Mass Market Paperbacks
Mass Market Paperback - 304 pages
(September 1995)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Stephanie Plum is so smart, so honest, and so funny that her narrative charm could drive a documentary on termites. But this tough gal from New Jersey, an unemployed discount lingerie buyer, has a much more interesting story to tell: She has to say that her Miata has been repossessed and that she's... Read more

 


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Along Came a Spider
by James Patterson

Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback - 502 pages
Reprint edition (December 1993)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Bag of Bones
by Stephen King

Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback - 732 pages
(June 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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Bag of Bones is partly inspired by Daphne du Maurier's classic Rebecca, but there's more than homage in this novel of horror and romance. Like du Maurier's Manderley, King's scary old place (on the shore of Maine's remote Dark Score Lake) is haunted by the late lady of the manor. There are many gory... Read more

 


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Stealing Faces
by Michael Prescott

Signet
Mass Market Paperback - 432 pages
(October 1999)


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Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
lisa , December 3, 1999 1 out of 5 stars
No Substance
We don't have ANY idea why the killer kills, in fact, we only read a few pages about his crime. We then spend the rest of the book chasing the killer with people we know nothing about. Because we didn't get enough insight, it was hard to care what happened to anyone. Read more

 


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A Maiden's Grave
by Jeff Deaver, Jeffery Deaver

Signet
Mass Market Paperback - 419 pages
(October 1996)


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Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
From AudioFile
Three escaped convicts in rural Kansas take hostage a bus transporting eight deaf schoolgirls and their teachers. They threaten to kill one girl an hour unless their demands are met. David McCallum's performance grabs the listener and never lets go. McCallum is especially adroit with the exchanges... Read more

 


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Two for the Dough : A Stephanie Plum Novel
by Janet Evanovich

Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback - 312 pages
(September 1996)


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Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
From the author of One for the Money comes the second clever comic mystery featuring irrepressible bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Here, Stephanie finds herself on the trail of a killer who happens to have a distant relative who's a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive,... Read more

 


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Hidden Agendas
by Tom Clancy(Creator), Steve Pieczenik (Creator)

Berkley Pub Group
Mass Market Paperback - 366 pages
(October 1999)


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Avg. Customer Review:
2 out of 5 stars
Norman Lorrain , December 1, 1999 1 out of 5 stars
Ugh yuck. I want my money back.
I've read every Clancy novel, since Red October & Red Storm Rising. These were great. This one is trash. Why did it take two people to write this junk?

They stretch the concept of Virtual Reality to unbelievable levels, seemingly just to put people in period costumes/sceneries. Instead of using... Read more

 


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Cat & Mouse
by James Patterson

Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback - 451 pages
(November 1998)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Alex Cross, the Porsche-driving doctor-detective-profiler-psychologist and single father of two must save his own life as well as the lives of his lover and family in a deadly game of Cat and Mouse. Cross meets up again with his old nemesis Gary Soneji, the ruthless, bloodthirsty megalomaniac from ... Read more

 


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On Fire
by Carla Neggers

Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback
(November 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
A reviewer, October 29, 1999 5 out of 5 stars
AS ALWAYS, NEGGERS BOOKS ARE A MUST READ!!
KEEP ME UP READING IN ONE NIGHT & I HATE WHEN I DO THAT BECAUSE THEN IT IS OVER. NEGGERS HAS A WAY OF KEEPING YOU ENTRALLED TO THE END... MY FAVORITE BOOK IS STILL "FINDING YOU" BUT THIS IS A CLOSE SECOND!! Read more

 


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Three to Get Deadly
by Janet Evanovich

St Martins Mass Market Paper
Mass Market Paperback - 344 pages
Reprint edition (July 1998)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Ms. Stephanie Plum steps right in the middle of it again in her third outing as New Jersey's most attractive bounty hunter. Stephanie's after Uncle Mo, a missing candy-store owner with a big heart and an even bigger gun. Uncle Mo's got a lot of friends in the neighborhood--but some of them are drug... Read more

 


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The Perfect Husband
by Lisa Gardner

Bantam Books
Paperback - 404 pages
(January 1998)


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Avg. Customer Review:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
What would you do if the man of your dreams hides the soul of a killer?

Jim Beckett was everything she'd ever dreamed of...But two years after Tess married the decorated cop and bore his child, she helped put him behind bars for savagely murdering ten women. Even locked up in a maximum security... Read more

 


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D Is for Deadbeat
by Sue Grafton

Bantam Books (Mm)
Paperback - 239 pages
Reissue edition (June 1, 1988)


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Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
The client came to Kinsey Millhone with an easy job -- just deliver $25,000 to a fifteen-year-old kid. A little odd, and a little too easy, but Kinsey took Alvin Limardo's retainer check anyway. It turned out to be as phony as he was. In real life, his name was John Daggett, a chronic drunk with a... Read more

 


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B Is for Burglar
by Sue Grafton, Kinsey Millhone (Epilogue)

Bantam Books (Mm)
Paperback - 211 pages
Reissue edition (October 1, 1986)


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Avg. Customer Review:
4 out of 5 stars
Book Description
Finding wealthy Elaine Boldt seems like a quickie case to Kinsey Millhone. The flashy widow was last seen wearing a $12,000 lynx coat, leaving her condo in Santa Teresa for her condo in Boca Raton. But somewhere in between, she vanished. Kinsey's case goes from puzzling to sinister when a house is... Read more

 


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Serpent: The Numa Files
by Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos (Contributor)

Pocket Books
Paperback - 474 pages
(May 31, 1999)
(May 28, 1999)

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Avg. Customer Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , June 1, 1999
It won't surprise those who remember Cussler's Raise the Titanic! (1976) that he now uses the 1956 sinking of the Andrea Doria as the springboard for another thriller involving the National Underwater and Maritime Agency. According to Cussler, the Andrea Doria sinking was deliberate, but that secret... Read more

 


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The First Eagle
by Tony Hillerman

Harper Mass Market Paperbacks
Mass Market Paperback - 319 pages
(July 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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It seems like July 8 is going to be a bad day for Acting Lieutenant Jim Chee. He's got a stack of overdue paperwork on his desk. Anderson Nez has died of plague, but the circumstances around the death are murky. His ex-fiancée, Janet Pete, is returning from Washington, D.C., and Chee doesn't... Read more

 


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The Merchant of Menace : A Jane Jeffry Mystery
by Jill Churchill

Twilight
Mass Market Paperback - 256 pages
(October 1999)
(October 5, 1999)

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5 out of 5 stars
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Quintessential mom in tennis shoes Jane Jeffrey is once again thrust into a murder investigation, but this time the murderer is very close to home indeed. In The Merchant of Menace, the 10th of the series by Jill Churchill, Jane finds herself in the midst of the Christmas rush and hosting two... Read more

 


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Praying for Sleep
by Jeffery Deaver

Signet
Mass Market Paperback - 431 pages
Reissue edition (August 1995)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , November 15, 1993
Big, bearish Michael Hrubek springs himself from the funny farm by replacing a dead inmate's corpse with his own in the hospital's reusable body bag. That's cause for considerable alarm on the part of Lis Atcheson, who fingered Michael for the murder and rape that sent him downriver in the first... Read more

 


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Four to Score
by Janet Evanovich

St Martins Mass Market Paper
Mass Market Paperback - 338 pages
(June 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Stephanie Plum, the trash-talking New Jersey bail bondswoman of this popular series, is tracking Maxine Nowicki, who's wanted for skipping out on a car-theft charge lodged by her ex-boyfriend. Now the ex-boyfriend's very interested in getting back the love letters he supposedly wrote to Maxine. But... Read more

 


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Baltimore Blues
by Laura Lippman

HARPE
Mass Market Paperback - 352 pages
(February 1997)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Losing her job as a reporter, Tess Monaghan accepts a friend's request to follow his fiancee. Utilizing her journalist's instincts, Tess learns that the woman is a kleptomaniac and may be having an affair with her boss. After revealing her findings, the boss is murdered and Tess's friend is accused.... Read more

 


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Conspiracy in Death
by J. D. Robb

Penguin USA (Paper)
Mass Market Paperback - 386 pages
(March 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Streetwise cop Eve Dallas and her trusty sidekick Peabody face a methodical killer in this latest addition to the In Death series by J.D. Robb, better known as the bestselling author Nora Roberts.

In the late 21st century, on the streets of New York City, a street sleeper is found murdered, his... Read more

 


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N Is for Noose
by Sue Grafton

Fawcett Books (Mm)
Mass Market Paperback - 322 pages
1 ballanti edition (April 1999)


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3 out of 5 stars
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"Suppose we could peer through a tiny peephole in time and chance upon a flash of what was coming up in the years ahead?" The questioner is Kinsey Millhone, middle-aged, two-time divorcee detective and junk food junkie star of Sue Grafton's popular "alphabet" mysteries; the book... Read more

 


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A Is for Alibi
by Sue Grafton

Bantam Books (Mm)
Paperback - 214 pages
Reissue edition (July 1, 1987)


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3 out of 5 stars
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Laurence Fife was a slick divorce lawyer and slippery ladies' man. Until someone killed him. The jury believed that it was his pretty young wife Nikki, so they sent her to prison for eight years. Now, Nikki's out on parole and Kinsey Miihone's in for trouble. Nikki hires Kinsey to discover who... Read more

 


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An Instance of the Fingerpost
by Iain Pears

Penguin USA (Paper)
Mass Market Paperback - 735 pages
(March 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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An Instance of the Fingerpost is that rarest of all possible literary beasts--a mystery powered as much by ideas as by suspects, autopsies, and smoking guns. Hefty, intricately plotted, and intellectually ambitious, Fingerpost has drawn the inevitable comparisons to Umberto Eco's The Name of the... Read more

 


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E Is for Evidence : A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
by Sue Grafton

Bantam Books (Mm)
Paperback - 199 pages
Reprint edition (May 1989)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
'E' is for evidence: evidence planted, evidence lost. 'E' is for ex-lovers and evasions, enemies and endings. For Kinsey, 'E' is for everything she stands to lose if she can't exonerate herself: her license, her livelihood, her good name. And so she takes on a new client: namely, Kinsey Millhone,... Read more

 


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C Is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)
by Sue Grafton(Epilogue)

Bantam Books (Mm)
Paperback - 212 pages
Reissue edition (May 1987)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
Kinsey meets him in the local gym. Bobby Callahan is a scarred young man struggling back to life after a car forced his Porsche over the edge of a canyon, battering his body and muddling his memory. All he remembers is that someone, for some reason, tried to kill him. Desperate for clues about his... Read more

 


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The Other Daughter
by Lisa Gardner

Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback - 404 pages
(August 1999)
(July 6, 1999)

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4.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
What you don't know can kill you.

In Texas a serial killer is executed, taking to his grave the identity of his only child.

In Boston a nine-year-old girl is abandoned in a hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple.

Twenty years later, Melanie Stokes still considers herself lucky. Until...

Until... Read more

 


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The Stargazey : A Richard Jury Mystery
by Martha Grimes

Onyx Books
Mass Market Paperback - 419 pages
Reissue edition (October 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
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It all starts with two unlikely passengers on the same number 14 Fulham Road bus--Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury and a glamorous blonde woman in a sable coat. He can't keep his eyes off her, and when she disembarks, Jury follows her to the gates of Fulham Palace. He loses her in the fog,... Read more

 


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Breach of Duty
by J. A. Jance

HARPE
Mass Market Paperback - 384 pages
(November 1999)
(November 9, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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In Breach of Duty, after a three year hiatus, J.A. Jance resumes her Seattle-based mystery series featuring homicide detective Jonas Piedmont Beaumont. The novel begins on Lake Chelan (in eastern Washington State) as Beau scatters his grandfather's ashes in the water. The reflective moment offers... Read more

 


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A Drink Before the War
by Dennis Lehane

HARPE
Mass Market Paperback - 301 pages
(July 1996)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist , November 15, 1994
Newcomer Lehane shows plenty of promise in his first book about a PI duo from the mean streets of Boston. Play-rough, talk-tough Patrick Kenzie and smart, feisty Angie Gennaro don't take no lip from nobody when they're on a hot case, and their latest is hot all right. When two well-known U.S.... Read more

 


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Silence of the Lambs
by Thomas Harris

St Martins Mass Market Paper
Mass Market Paperback - 367 pages
Reissue edition (February 1991)


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5 out of 5 stars
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The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris, is even better than the successful movie. Like his earlier Red Dragon, the book takes us inside the world of professional criminal investigation. All the elements of a well-executed thriller are working here--driving suspense, compelling characters, inside... Read more

 


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The Monkey's Raincoat
by Robert Crais

Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback - 201 pages
Reissue edition (April 1992)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
Elvis Cole, a literate, wisecracking Vietnam vet, finds himself embroiled in an investigation into a missing husband and son that could cost him his life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more

 


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Point of Origin
by Patricia Cornwell

Berkley Pub Group
Mass Market Paperback - 397 pages
(August 1999)


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3 out of 5 stars
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Virginia's chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is getting ready for a romantic holiday with her retired-FBI-profiler boyfriend, Benton Wesley, when she receives a cryptic and foreboding letter: "Hey DOC, Tick Tock, Sawed bone and fire," it begins. Even more creepy, the taunting note... Read more

 


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The Pillars of the Earth
by Ken Follett

New American Library
Mass Market Paperback - 983 pages
Reissue edition (June 1996)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
Ken Follett had long been a staple of the bestseller lists for his novels of intrigue and espionage. Then came The Pillars of the Earth, a grand novel of epic storytelling that readers and critics quickly hailed as his crowning achievement. Now, The Pillars of the Earth is available for the first... Read more

 


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Undercurrents
by Ridley Pearson

St Martins Mass Market Paper
Mass Market Paperback
Reissue edition (October 1992)


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5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
This chillingly authentic hunt for a savage mass murderer by an obsessed cop induces nerve-tingling terror in readers while generating ongoing profits for booksellers! "A real winner!"--Tony Hillerman. Ties in to the March hardcover release of Pearson's Probable Cause. Read more

 


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Best American Mystery Stories
by Ed McBain(Introduction), Otto Penzler

Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd)
Paperback - 455 pages
(October 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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Trouble in Paradise
by Robert B. Parker

Jove Pubns
Mass Market Paperback - 304 pages
Reissue edition (October 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Robert Parker's Trouble in Paradise imagines an old-fashioned tough guys' world where most of the women are summed up by their figures and the men are measured by their ability to intimidate. Chief Jesse Stone of Paradise, Massachusetts, is Parker's hero again in this sequel to Night Passage. When... Read more

 


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Naked in Death
by J. D. Robb

Berkley Pub Group
Mass Market Paperback - 313 pages
(July 1995)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
Synopsis
As NYPD Lt. Eve Dallas races to find a serial killer, she becomes very involved with one of the suspects. Her overpowering feelings for a man she barely knows could jeopardize her investigation, her faith in herself--and her life. J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for bestselling author Nora Roberts.... Read more

 


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A Great Deliverance
by Elizabeth George

Bantam Books
Paperback - 413 pages
Reissue edition (June 1, 1989)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
Book Description
To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they'd hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell's raiders.

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All That Remains
by Patricia Daniels Cornwell

HARPE
Mass Market Paperback - 406 pages
Reissue edition (July 1993)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
From AudioFile
Kay Scarpetta takes on more than routine investigations as her job of medical examiner involves her once again in a search for an unknown killer. The story is riveting from the opening chapters, and Sheila Hart never lets the intrigue subside. However Hart doesn't use enough vocal range, and male... Read more

 



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