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The Year's Bestsellers

You can't argue with numbers. Here, in order, are Amazon.com's 50 top-selling mysteries and thrillers for 1999.

Also see the 100 bestsellers of the year across our bookstore.

 
1.
Hannibal
by Thomas Harris

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

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Avg. Customer Review:
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

 


2.
The Testament
by John Grisham

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

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Avg. Customer Review:
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

 


3.
Black Notice
by Patricia Cornwell

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

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Avg. Customer Review:
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

 


4.
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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Avg. Customer Review:
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

 


5.
Personal Injuries
by Scott Turow

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

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Avg. Customer Review:
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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Red Dragon
by Thomas Harris

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


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Avg. Customer Review:
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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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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We'll Meet Again
by Mary Higgins Clark

Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 314 pages
(April 1999)
(April 20, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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We'll Meet Again is filled with the ingredients that Mary Higgins Clark devotees will devour: fast-paced suspense, double-crossing villains, romantic intrigue, and a resounding showdown at the end. Harder to swallow is the excessive use of theatricals whenever the author describes a satanic like... Read more

 


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The General's Daughter
by Nelson Demille

Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback - 464 pages
Reprint edition (June 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Long before the John Travolta film of The General's Daughter (which the author extols in the foreword), Nelson DeMille's seventh mystery was the breakout hit of his career. The rapid-fire dialogue and scenes are cinematic, and the storytelling puts most movies to shame.

The book has three heroes:... 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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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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The Street Lawyer
by John Grisham

Dell Island Books
Mass Market Paperback - 452 pages
Reprint edition
(January 5, 1999)

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Avg. Customer Review:
3 out of 5 stars
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John Grisham is back with his latest courtroom conundrum, The Street Lawyer. This time the lord of legal thrillers dives deep into the world of the homeless, particularly their barely audible legal voice in a world dominated by large, all-powerful law firms. Our hero, Michael Brock, is on the fast... 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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Single & Single
by John Le Carre, John Le Carre

Scribner
Hardcover - 345 pages
(March 1999)
(March 2, 1999)

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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On a Turkish hillside, ex-Communist mobsters shatter the skull of a corrupt English lawyer. In a sleepy English village, the authorities ask a lonely children's magician how come £5,000,030 sterling just got anonymously deposited in his baby daughter's bank account. With machine-like logic and... 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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Southern Cross
by Patricia Daniels Cornwell

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 359 pages

(January 11, 1999)

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Avg. Customer Review:
2 out of 5 stars
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In their first appearance (Hornet's Nest, 1997), Chief Judy Hammer, Deputy Virginia West, and reporter-turned-rookie-cop Andy Brazil battled a serial killer in Charlotte, North Carolina. Now, in Patricia Cornwell's Southern Cross, the trio are dispatched to Richmond, Virginia--via an NIJ (National... 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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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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Havana Bay
by Martin Cruz Smith

Random House
Hardcover - 329 pages
(May 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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In this fourth book in Martin Cruz Smith's splendid series, an amiable Irish American gangster explains to Arkady Renko what he and the other 84 wanted Americans hiding out in Cuba do with themselves. "We try to stay alive. Useful. Tell me, Arkady, what are you doing here?" "The same," says... 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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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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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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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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Be Cool
by Elmore Leonard

Delacorte Pr
Hardcover - 292 pages
(February 9, 1999)
(February 9, 1999)

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3 out of 5 stars
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The film Get Shorty was a success on many fronts. It introduced a new style of hip gangster that revised the stereotype of the Godfather series. It also helped relaunch the career of John Travolta. And it brought Elmore Leonard's impressive body of fiction to larger public attention. In Hollywood,... Read more

 


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Hush Money
by Robert B. Parker

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 309 pages
(March 1999)
(March 8, 1999)

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Twenty-five years and 26 books into the Spenser series, Hush Money dishes up another solid installment that is sure to fulfill the cravings of Parker fans new and old. This time Spenser and his buddy Hawk are helping a couple of troubled friends (i.e., they're working without a fee). The first case... Read more

 


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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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The Other Daughter
by Lisa Gardner

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

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Avg. Customer Review:
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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Billy Straight : A Novel
by Jonathan Kellerman

Random House
Hardcover - 467 pages
1 Ed edition (January 1999)
(December 29, 1998)

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Avg. Customer Review:
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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Falcon at the Portal : An Amelia Peabody Mystery
by Elizabeth Peters

Twilight
Hardcover - 366 pages
(June 1999)
(June 8, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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"'Really,' I thought in mounting exasperation, 'there never was a household in which so many people felt free to offer their unsolicited opinions!'" This, of course, is the eminent Egyptologist and dedicated crime solver Amelia Peabody, setting the stage and the tone (an updated Oscar Wildean irony)... 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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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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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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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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The Midnight Club
by James Patterson

Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback - 349 pages
(June 1999)


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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Read about the author. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 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

 


36.   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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Ashes to Ashes
by Tami Hoag

Bantam Books
Hardcover - 484 pages
(April 1999)
(March 2, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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Some doctoral candidate is doubtless hard at work as you read this, trying to explain why and how the serial killer suddenly became every thriller writer's favorite subject. Meanwhile, the irrepressible Tami Hoag shows us in her latest sure-to-be-a-bestseller how the theme should be handled--with... 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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Rainbow Six
by Tom Clancy

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 740 pages

(August 3, 1998)

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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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All the Queen's Men
by Linda Howard

Pocket Books
Hardcover - 332 pages
(August 1999)
(August 2, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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Setting: contemporary Virginia, France, Iran
Sensuality: 7

CIA agent John Medina and electronics expert Niemi Burdock share a violent past: the two were part of a covert operation that went tragically wrong, resulting in the death of several people. Now, five years later, their paths cross again and... Read more

 


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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

 


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War of the Rats : A Novel
by David L. Robbins

Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd)
Hardcover - 392 pages
(August 1999)
(July 6, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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David L. Robbins grimly recounts the merciless determination of the German and Soviet combatants of the battle of Stalingrad in War of the Rats. Drawing from real events, Robbins tells the story of one of the battle's most pivotal contests: the famous sniper duel between Chief Master Sergeant Vasily... Read more

 


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Hart's War
by John Katzenbach

Ballantine Books (T)
Hardcover - 490 pages
(April 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Stalag 17 meets the best of John Grisham in this tremendously exciting and moving new thriller, about a murder trial inside a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. John Katzenbach has taken elements of his own father's history in such a camp, added a racial twist (the defendant is a black... 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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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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L.A. Requiem
by Robert Crais

Doubleday
Hardcover - 382 pages
(July 1999)
(June 1, 1999)

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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More than 10 years ago, I was shocked to learn that some puerile piece of fluff had won the Edgar for Best Paperback Original, when it was so obvious to me and virtually everyone else in the Western Hemisphere that the award should have gone to The Monkey's Raincoat, the book that introduced Elvis... 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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River's End
by Nora Roberts

Putnam Pub Group (T)
Hardcover - 420 pages
(March 1999)
(March 1, 1999)

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4 out of 5 stars
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Olivia MacBride and her parents, a fairy-tale Hollywood family, had everything--fame, fortune, and love. But when 4-year-old Olivia awakens one night to find her mother brutally murdered and her father, Sam, standing over her corpse, the little girl's dreamland dissolves before her very eyes.

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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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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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