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Editors' Choice, 1999

While it's difficult to pick the best of the best in a category that includes such diverse authors as John Grisham and Elizabeth Peters, the following books are particularly memorable for Amazon.com's Mystery & Thrillers editors.

Also, don't miss our editors' selections for the best books of 1999.

 
1.
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

 


2.
Prayers for Rain
by Dennis Lehane

William Morrow & Company
Hardcover - 337 pages
(March 1, 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Penzler Pick, December 1999: Dennis Lehane is one of the hottest practitioners of the hip contemporary PI novel. Like his fellow residents of Boston who happen to write mysteries (Robert Parker, Jeremiah Healy, Linda Barnes, etc.), Lehane offers a portrait of Boston streets at their meanest with... Read more

 


3.
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

 


4.
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

 


5.
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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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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The Skull Mantra
by Eliot Pattison

Minotaur Books
Hardcover - 352 pages
1 stmartin edition (September 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Not many political thrillers are set in Tibet, and few can match the power and poetry of this debut novel by journalist Eliot Pattison. At the heart of the story is a forced labor camp where the Chinese imprison Buddhist monks and other local dissidents they've swept up since taking over Tibet. The... Read more

 


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Garnethill : A Novel of Crime
by Denise Mina

Carroll & Graf
Hardcover - 349 pages
(April 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
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Garnethill (the name of a bleak Glasgow suburb) won the John Creasey Memorial Award for Best First Crime Novel--the British equivalent of the Edgar. It's a book that crackles with mordant Scottish wit and throbs with the pain of badly treated mental illness, managing to be both truly frightening and... Read more

 


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Archangel
by Robert Harris

Random House
Hardcover - 373 pages
(February 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Archangel is a remarkably literate novel--and simultaneously a gripping thriller--that explores the lingering presence of Stalin amidst the corruption of modern-day Russia. Robert Harris (whose previous works include Enigma and Fatherland) elevates his tale by choosing a narrator with an outsider's... Read more

 


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Darkness Peering
by Alice Blanchard

Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd)
Hardcover - 340 pages
(September 1999)
(August 3, 1999)

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Moving from writing short stories to a novel is more than a test of endurance--it involves a daunting feat of courage as well as working a whole new set of muscles. Luckily, Alice Blanchard (whose collection The Stuntman's Daughter won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize) has courage and muscles to... Read more

 



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