hc = hardcover, tp = trade (oversized) paperback, [UK ed] = British publication, [CDN ed] = Canadian publication. Default is US publication.
Please note that this listing is not exhaustive; we have many more (several hundred more) titles coming during this period.
Forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod investigates the crime scene after a six year old boy vanishes, and his mother and grandmother are murdered. She finds an African talisman made of a child's bones.
After a local zoo goes bankrupt, Meg's dad agrees to keep the penguins in his basement for a while. That explains the penguins. The dead body down there, which may be that of the zoo owner, is a bit harder to explain.
Meg Langslow reluctantly consents to babysit a friend's two-year-old son. But her friend Karen doesn't show up to take little Timmy back. Has Karen been killed or kidnapped? Is she on the run from the bad guys? Or is she one of the bad guys? The police don't seem to care, so Meg once again plays sleuth - this time with a toddler as her sidekick.
Graduate student Valena Walker arrives at McMurdo Station in Antarctica to study glaciology with Dr. Vanderzee. But Dr. Vanderzee is gone, arrested for the murder of a reporter who questioned his theories. Now Valena must brave the elements and chart a course among local scientists and McMurdo military personnel to clear Emmett's name.
A manic-depressive artist manages to be on hand for the opening of a showing of his work at a big name gallery. Because he has just been released from the psych ward he becomes the main suspect when his psychiatrist is murdered. Is someone trying to kill him too, or is he being paranoid? He must battle his mental illness while trying to find the killer and avoiding arrest.
A detective-cum-stage magician and his silent sidekick attempt to foil a religious cult's attempt to bring down the British Empire.
Jonathan Quinn is a freelance operative whose job is professional "cleaner" - nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies, doing a little cleanup if necessary. His latest assignment seemed simple enough: investigating a suspicious case of arson. But when a dead body turns up where it doesn't belong - and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" turn strangely silent - he knows he's in over his head. With only a handful of clues, Quinn scrambles for cover, struggling to find out why someone wants him dead - and if it is linked to a larger attempt to wipe out the Office.
After the daughter of a powerful senator dies in a tragic accident, the witness to the accident, an esteemed female attorney, unexpectedly finds herself charged with murder by the girl's vengeful father - a man with his own twisted agenda.
Veterinarian turned amateur sleuth Jessica Popper puts her wedding plans on hold to solve the murder of an old friend.
Tom Thorne receives a picture of a corpse over his cell phone. He searches for clues to who the dead man might have been - until the picture of another corpse arrives. The dots, connected, lead to a dangerous killer Thorne had put away years ago - and who is still in prison.
Merlin is no magician, merely a scholar and advisor to King Arthur. But after the supposedly magical Stone of Bran is stolen - along with the legendary sword Excalibur - and one of Arthur's squires is brutally murdered during the theft, Merlin must use the power of reason to conjure up a miracle and catch a murderer.
Somebody guns down the charismatic governor of Ohio, and hit man Keller can't believe it when he sees his own face broadcast as the killer. He's in Des Moines to do a job, and has just spent all his money buying stamps for his collection. So, his ID and credit cards are no good, he can't show his face in public, he has no money and he's far from home. What now?
Carlotta Wren's brother has become a body mover for the morgue, and his sexy boss gets Carlotta involved. Then her former fiance's wife is murdered, fingering Carlotta.
1930s. When her brother cuts off her allowance, Lady Victoria, 34th in line for the throne, has no other skills than the perfect curtsey. She leaves Scotland - and her fiance Fish-Face - for London. She is sacked after only five hours behind a cosmetics counter. After she is summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son, an arrogant Frenchman winds up dead in Lady Victoria's bathtub.
Dave Robicheaux, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell head for the rugged Montana mountains to do some fishing but get drawn into a twisted and dangerous mystery when two college students are found brutally murdered in the hills behind where they are staying.
When a wealthy and erratic D.C. socialite is discovered quite dead outside a classroom, unemployed fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian gets a chance to put her sleuthing skills to a test. Was the victim on her way to share a dangerous secret with Smithsonian? And what does it have to do with a missing Louis Vuitton vintage custom makeup case?
Environmental guru Richard Thayers was Steve Sullivan's architectural mentor and the judge of a contest to build the most earth-friendly home in Crestview, Colorado.. Now he is dead - poisoned by some supposedly nontoxic gold paint.
Dana Leoni, a traumatized woman who has retreated from life to a rough rooming house surrounded by the marginalized and the mad, organizes her housemates when one of them turn up dead, a neighbourhood woman disappears, and the police are at a loss.
Now Dana Leoni and her unlikely crew of misfit sleuths have their first paying case. A friend from Dana's past suspects his wealthy mother is being bilked in her efforts to help the homeless. Meanwhile brutal home invasions across Toronto have police stumped and the public fearful.
Lemaster Carlyle, the president of the country's most prestigious university, and his wife, Julie, the divinity school's deputy dean, are driving home through a swirling blizzard late one night and skid off the road. Near the sight of their accident they discover a dead body which Julia recognizes as that of a prominent academic and one of her former lovers.
Jack Reacher finds himself walking on a 12 mile stretch of road between two towns, within sight of the Rockies, called Hope and Despair. All he wants is a cup of coffee, but what he gets are four hostile locals, a charge of vagrancy and an order to move on. They're picking on the wrong guy.
Elliot Freed is beyond happy when legendary comics Lillis & Townes appear at his refurbished all-comedy theater. But when insinuations arise that the duo were involved in a decades-old Hollywood murder, Elliot sets out to prove the rumours wrong.
1893: Emily Strauss, an inexperienced reporter for the New York World, is sent to Chicago to find out what has happened to a number of missing women. Chicago, home to the World's Fair, is a city of glitz and spectacular wealth, layered over a sinister underworld of pornography, prostitution and violence. Emily, in her search, will uncover a powerful enemy.
[Vancouver author]. Dedicated hotelier Trevor Lambert takes a job at Hotel Cinema, a million-dollar rejuvenation of an Old Hollywood motor inn. It's a fabulous opening party until Tinseltown's hottest star, Chelsea Fricks, takes a fatal dive from her penthouse balcony. Was it a reckless publicity stunt or did fame drive her to suicide? Chelsea's stab wounds tell another story.
Elvis was a hero when he cleared an innocent man of a murder charge. But when that innocent man is found dead three years later holding photos of the victim, Elvis is the one on trial.
Detective Inspector Gemma James is asked by an elderly neighbour to help when a unique piece of jewelry, stolen from her years before, turns up at a prestigious London auction house. Gemma's neighbour believes the theft may be tied to her husband's death, which had always been assumed a suicide. Gemma must navigate the shadowy and secretive world of London's monied society to discover the jewelry's connection to the death.
Years ago, an ancient Phoenician statue, known as The Navigator, was stolen from the Baghdad Museum, and there are men who would do anything to get their hands on it. Their first victim is a crooked antiquities dealer, murdered in cold blood. Their second very nearly is a UN investigator who, were it not for the timely assistance of Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala, would now be in a watery grave.
Leaving the B&B for some R&R, Judith McMonigle Flynn and cousin Renie Jones head for the Scottish highlands where a haunted castle and its craggy lord (okay, wealthy whiskey baron) await. But instead of an old ghost, they find a fresh corpse. While no one liked the dissolute and greedy Harry Gibbs, who wanted him dead? Someone-or something-is trying to scare Judith and Renie away before they can solve the case. Little do the Scots know that no challenge is too daunting for the fearless cousins to tackle - with or without the aid of any kind of spirits.
Professional Scottish dancer Liss MacCrimmon is forced into early retirement by a knee injury and decides to help her aunt run a Scottish emporium in Moosetookalook, Maine. Her career as a sleuth begins when she finds the dead body of her aunt's nosy neighbour under a bolt of Flower of Scotland fabric in the stock room.
Gideon Oliver's Amazon riverboat vacation is plagued by heat, corrupt officials and dangerous insects. Then one of the research botanists aboard is killed by a deranged passenger who jumps overboard and flees into the darkness. And then, if that isn't enough, a piranha-gnawed skeleton is pulled from the river.
When a vibrant young woman is found in bed by her hotshot businessman husband, carved from belly to throat with a very sharp knife, LAPD's Lena Gamble is presented with the first in a series of brutal crimes against beautiful women thought to be perpetrated by the same man, a killer dubbed Romeo in the press. As the investigation plays out and a massive forest fire blankets the city with acrid smoke, a cloud of conspiracy descends on Lena's investigation.
Casino owner Joe Martin has millions of dollars - and his own life - at stake as he contends against a Syndicate-backed gambler in a marathon craps game.
A mass grave site unearthed on the Appalachian Trail puts FBI agent Kelly Jones at the head of an investigation that crosses the line - from Massachusetts to Vermont, from wealthy vacationers to poor transients, from a serial killer to a copycat nemesis. Assisted by law enforcement from both states and a forensic anthropologist, Kelly searches for the killers.
Dark family secrets make the finding of missing ten-year-old Gracie Brice more uncertain with every passing minute. With the FBI camped out in the Brice mansion, the family offers a reward of $25 million. They do not know yet that the kidnapping is connected to an extraordinary government plot to assassinate the President of the United States.
Lizzie Martin, lady's companion, has been sent from London to the New Forest to comfort a woman whose baby has tragically died. A sad enough task, but things take an even darker turn when a rat-catcher is found murdered in the garden, and the young woman is found beside the body, crying and covered in blood. Not knowing where else to turn, Lizzie calls upon her friend, Inspector Ben Ross from Scotland Yard.
As tension between town and gown reaches a boiling point in 14th century Cambridge, a charismatic physician appears whose healing methods owe more to magic than medicine. But his successes threaten Matthew Bartholomew's professional reputation - and his life.
Sales at the Craft Corner start to crumple when Jo McAllister becomes a suspect in her rival's murder. But during paper craft classes, Jo and her friends discuss motives and means rather than origami and collage. Together they track the twisted trail of a killer, before another life is ripped to shreds.
Drew Danner, an L.A.-based crime novelist, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head, blood under his nails, and a cop by his side. Accused of murdering his ex-fiance, Drew has no memory of the crime but reconstructs the story the only way he knows how - as a novel. As he searches the dark corridors of his life and the city he loves, another young woman is similarly murdered and Drew must confront the very real possibility of his own guilt.
Seattle investigator J.P. Beaumont is handed the special assignment of finding out what really happened in the shooting death of an ex-con. Despite the appearance of a drug deal gone bad, the ex-con had really turned over a new leaf and someone had targeted the man for death. Meanwhile his lover and fellow cop Mel is looking into a cold case that becomes entangled with Beau's, and the two begin to uncover a conspiracy that could involve their own top brass.
After an elderly couple's car goes off the side of a mountain, a note is found in the glove compartment stating that its occupants intended to take their own lives. Yet a contradictory autopsy report surfaces, and when the deceased's two daughters show up to feud over their inheritance, Joanna Brady knows there is more to this case than just a suicide pact.
Las Vegas Sports groupy Nevada Rose Demille's nude body was found bound and gagged in her home. As crime scene investigators Catherine Willows and Warrick Brown dig deeper, all roads (and a growing media circus) lead to a hard-throwing, Cooperstown-bound major-league pitcher and fancier of gorgeous women who had recently conducted a very public affair with the victim.
Four women work together for a Copenhagen non-profit organization that distributes information on genocide. When two receive death threats, they decide they're being stalked by a Serbian war criminal and torturer they had recently featured in their articles. But as tensions mount they begin to suspect one another.
[Vancouver author]. In need of cash Alex Bellamy agrees to help catch a computer prankster at a department store. But then a demand is received for ten million dollars - or else the store will find all its data permanently encrypted and its building torched. Alex believes there is a connection to a recent, unsolved murder.
Aurora, Minnesota PI Cork O'Connor is asked to find the son of an old Ojibway medicine man. Cork tracks down Henry Wellington, a wealthy and reclusive industrialist living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Then, when a murder attempt is made on Cork's client, the clues point to Wellington. But why would Wellington want his father dead? The solution to the mystery lies in a collision of past and present along the rocky shores of Thunder Bay.
After Baltimore homicide detective Frank Coffin started developing panic attacks at crime scenes, he took a job in quiet Cape Cod. Then a vacationing televangelist turned up dead on the beach wearing a wig, a muumuu, and one size-twelve pump. Not to mention the raspberry-colored taffeta scarf strangling his neck. And Coffin's worst fears have now returned in full force.
Jo and Gemma are friends. When Gemma mentions killing her boss, Jo goes along with the joke - until she stumbles across a real body on the beach at Selsey. It takes Detective Hen Mallin and her team some time to discover who the drowned woman is, but as they investigate Jo and Gemma keep coming across more dead bodies.
Jason Bourne returns to Georgetown University and the persona of David Webb, linguistics professor - until he is asked to help investigate the murder of a former student by a previously unknown Muslim extremist sect. Well, one thing leads to another until Jason finds himself hunted by the NSA as he tries to close in on a nightmarish terrorist network.
DJ Smith works undercover for HM Revenue and Customs, but has more than a little help from her trained sniffer cat, a moth-eaten Persian with gourmet tastes and a mind of her own. They are on the trail of a drug-smuggling ring in an around Edinburgh. Soon their focus falls on the the White Heather hotel, where one death follows another.
Romain Fornier took the law in his own hands after his daughter was kidnapped and murdered. But once out of prison he learns that he might have killed the wrong man. Jasmine Stratford, a psychological profiler, believes the same man kidnapped her sister, Kimberly, sixteen years ago. When she receives an anonymous package containing the bracelet she gave Kimberly for her eighth birthday, she approaches Romain.
Multi-millionaire Marc Dombasle organizes at his Cote d'Azur mansion a reunion of the French rugby team that beat England two decades ago. Chief Inspector Daniel Jacquot, a team member, attends. His suspicions are aroused when one of his old teammates chooses the occasion to commit suicide.
Akitada is on his way to the bedside of his dying mother when bad weather forces him to take refuge in a temple whose central treasure is a brilliantly painted hell screen. Perhaps its violent imagery influences his dreams: that night he is awakened by a scream. It's only after Akitada returns to a scene of domestic unhappiness and scandal that the significance of that cry becomes clear. For while he slept, a woman was murdered, and now he must find her killer.
Controversial New York State Attorney General Liz Shaler is announcing her candidacy for president at a high-profile convergence of media heavy-hitters. Also in attendance is an assassin with a brilliant and foolproof plan.
A headless corpse in Huntingdon, the disappearance of a female trial witness and the apparent suicide of a wealthy railway contractor: if Pyke thought that by leaving the murky world of the Bow Street Runners he could escape the violence of pre-Victorian England, he was very much mistaken.
Captain Alatriste, 17th century swordsman for hire, takes up his blade and joins the Cartagena regiment as they battle in the siege of Breda. Inigo Balboa, enlists to serve at the Captain's side. Back in Spain, Alatriste's nemesis Luis de Alquezar grows more powerful.
FBI Special Agent Pendergast takes Constance to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been mysteriously stolen. As a favour, Pendergast agrees to track and recover the relic. A twisting trail of bloodshed leads Pendergast and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Britannia, the world's largest and most luxurious ocean liner -- and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.
Between her newspaper column and her cleaning clients, cleaning wiz Sky Taylor doesn't need another messy murder investigation. But the body of Kyle Fipps, real estate developer and wannabe actor, is the untidiest remnant of the Art Association's annual holiday bash.
Someone has been stealing valuable tack from the equestrian set, and then a local n'er-do-well is killed when a horse bolts in front of his van. With a new employee on her hands who may or may not be trustworthy, Lois hardly knows what to make of the disturbances, but it soon becomes clear that she had better figure it out post-haste, or she herself may take a nasty tumble.
Tracy Wentworth, working for the Department of Homeland Security, is aligned with Room 59's Agent Spencer and dispatched into Mexico's criminal underground after a nuclear bomb has been stolen. It soon becomes clear that someone is planning a massive attack against America - one that would render the entire nation completely defenseless.
Nikki and her boss-turned-boyfriend came to Australia to visit the Hahndorf Winery. But the Winery has become a movie set. And when lead actress Lucy Swanson is found dead in her trailer, bitten by a poisonous snake, Nikki must comb the vineyards of the valley.
Investigative consultant Sherry Moore - a blind woman with an uncanny ability to view the final living moments of any dead body she encounters - pursues a serial killer gone to ground in the backwoods of Pennsylvania. But the killer is aware of her methods and keeps his identity just beyond her reach until she resolves to put herself directly in harm's way.
Gabriel Allon must find out why an Amsterdam terrorism expert was killed by a Muslin immigrant just after he'd requested an urgent meeting with Israeli intelligence. Soon the game becomes clear: in London the daughter of the American ambassador vanishes and the kidnappers' demands are at once horrifically clear and clearly impossible to meet.
[Vancouver author]. A World War II bomber is unearthed half a century after vanishing on a secret mission. The pilot's granddaughter hires Wyatt Rook, lawyer, historian and detective, to investigate. He must solve a series of Biblical puzzles, but blocking him at every turn is the Legionary of Christ, a modern Crusader backed by a murderous Inquisition that will stop at nothing to keep a certain mystery from being solved.
Hiroshima survivor Genjo Tokuda, head of the Yakuza crime syndicate, is lured to Vancouver for a convention. The keynote speaker will be one of the crewman from the Enola Gay. Tokuda plans first to kill the crewman's family, then he'll kill the American airman in a fittingly gruesome way. That crewman is the grandfather of Corporal Jackie Hett of the RCMP's Special X squad.
A flock of Irish sheep, led by the intelligent Miss Maple, devote themselves to the task of finding their shepherd's killer. Told from the sheep's viewpoint.
Captain Bruno Courreges investigates when the head of an Algerian family is murdered and the peace of Bruno's beloved village of St. Denis is shattered.
The peace and quiet of Barbara Holloway's retreat in Oregon is shattered when a terrified young boy leads her to a cabin deep in the woods where his mother lies senseless and battered - clearly left for dead. Barbara goes for help, but by the time she returns with the police and medics both mother and son are gone. The puzzle deepens when, back in the city, Barbara learns that the boy she met is the grandson of a wealthy and prominent family, and that they have accused her of aiding and abetting his disappearance.
Surfer/PI Boone Daniels is obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted back when he was on the San Diego police force. Now, when he can't say no to a gorgeous, bossy lawyer who wants his help investigating an insurance scam, he's unexpectedly staring at a chance to make some amends--and take some revenge--for Rain's disappearance.
Molly's been promoted to full-time feature writer and assigned to do a profile of a legendary rock manager/producer who just died of an accidental overdose. Accidental? Molly takes a long look at the dead man's infamous family, his infighting proteges, and the rumours about his long-lost bootleg tapes.
On a remote island off the coast of Scotland, the body of a young woman is discovered by a retired detective. It appears to be a case of spontaneous combustion until forensic anthropologist Dr.David Hunter discovers evidence of murder.
There's no shortage of suspects at the Pocono Mountain resort after the controversial Judge Evans is found dead in a hot tub. While her Aunt Peg and sister-in-law Bertie enjoy the pleasures of the resort, Melanie sorts through the judges, breeders, animal rights activists and both the victim's wife and his girlfriend.
A local call girl has been murdered - a woman whose regular clientele included several of Regina's most prominent lawyers, including - until he met her - Joanne Kilbourn's own husband, Zach Shreve. Her new marriage creaking under the strain of this revelation, Joanne throws herself into her project - and into finding out why the dead woman had started to threaten her clients with blackmail, an investigation that leads to the truth - and to death.
When a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, PI Jack Taylor is sickened, but tells himself the list has nothing to do with him. A guard and then a judge die in mysterious circumstances. But it is not until a child is added to the list that Taylor determines to find the identity of the killer, and put a stop to the killings at any cost.
US Marshal Michael Venturi leaves the Witness Protection Program to help innocent, non-criminal people who need new identities. But then someone kills one of his charges and he must find a way to protect the others - while being hunted by police, prosecutors, ruthless killers and his own former federal colleagues.
Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful yet brutal serial killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him...tortured him...and then let him go. Now two years later he's addicted to pain pills, estranged from his family and obsessed with her. As Archie trails a new case, he needs Gretchen now in more ways than one - to catch a killer and to release his soul.
Dr Frank Ryan is Chief Medical Officer for Dublin high-security Harmon Penitentiary. Summoned into J Wing, supposedly to help a prisoner, he is badly beaten, kidnapped, drugged, interrogated, and held prisoner for six days. Upon his release his ordeal is denied by his superiors, and to make matters worse, his girlfriend Lisa has disappeared without a trace. Trying to make sense of all this, he uncovers a far-reaching conspiracy.
Thrown into life-threatening circumstances, four news colleagues from KEY News become fast friends, dubbing themselves the Sunrise Suspense Society, as they join forces to figure out who killed Constance Young, the powerful and controversial star of the highly rated morning news program, "KEY to America". A woman obsessed with her own status and success, Constance had made some real enemies in her climb to the highest perch in morning television. But which of them was actually capable of murder?
Eight years ago, Abby Knight babysat for a problem teen named Elizabeth. Today, Elizabeth is back, with a new name (Libby) and a whole new life (stolen) - one that already belongs to Abby. Libby is even trying to steal Abby's boyfriend, Marco. But imitation really becomes the sincerest form of trouble when Abby finds herself the accused dupe in a bizarre murder plot.
Meg Corey has come to a quaint New England town of Granford, Massachusetts, to sell her mother's old colonial home and apple orchard. Instead she becomes embroiled in development plans that include her land and her former flame who is found dead in the new septic tank on her property. The police suspect Meg, but with the help of plumber Seth Chapin, they hope to find the real murderer and save the orchard.
Virginia wine country. Facing a freak spring frost that threatens to kill the grapes in her vineyard, Lucie Montgomery hires a chopper to fly over the vines in order to blow warm air on them. But her thoughts soon turn from grapes to murder when she discovers the body of Georgia Greenwood, a controversial political candidate, lying near the fields. Georgia's husband, Ross, Lucie's friend and doctor, immediately falls under suspicion.
Judith's worst nightmare comes true when Vivian Flynn - husband Joe's first wife - moves back into the neighbourhood, bringing along her newest spouse, a former minor-league baseball player many years younger than Vivian. Vivian has become mysteriously wealthy. Then Vivian's brother-in-law turns up, trying to get a cut of that wealth. And then there is a murder.
In Calabria an American lawyer is missing, presumed kidnapped. A movie company is about to start filming the story of the Book of Revelations. A rich games player is determined to find an ancient Roman statue that is buried under a river. A team of mercenaries is on its way there from Iraq to help. And Aurelio Zen's latest posting is Cosenza, Calabria. This is Zen's last case.
RATKING, VENDETTA and CABAL in one volume.
Gifted young legislator Matthew Hope has been charged with murder. In desperation, a mysterious, wealthy patron of Hope's hires Nik Kane, disgraced ex-cop, to investigate the crime. He soon uncovers a political culture corrupted by the influence of oil and big money - and a terrifying secret that could further destroy him.
Attorney Paul Riley has built a career based on his prosecution of a serial killer. Now, fifteen years later, there is a new series of murders and mutilations and Riley is the first to realize that the two cases are connected - and that the killer is trying to involve him. As the murderer's list of victims becomes less random and more personal, Riley finds himself at the center of a police task force assigned to catch the murderer - as both an investigator and a suspect.
Peter Mallory is dragged back into the Florida Mob six years after quitting it. His old boss is losing his hold on power and is stalked by a killer - he needs Mallory. But back in the Mob compound Mallory finds himself in a dangerous place, where one misstep could trigger a bloodbath.
The stitchers of the Embroiderers Guild are thrilled to have raised over $20,000 for charity, but they are less pleased when the representative who accepts the cheque disappears with it. After breaking her leg in a fall from a horse, Betsy's confined to her apartment and loopy on painkillers. She can't possibly investigate. But Godwin, her store manager, insists he can do the legwork. But a man across town has a similar injury, and he too is wondering what happened to that cheque.
Lord John Grey and his brother are thrown into fresh conflict when a mysterious threat arrives that brings their father's death into question. Was he the Jacobite traitor, as accused? In the Lake District there is a Jacobite prisoner named Jamie Fraser who may hold the answer.
When a soap opera star commits suicide and her emotionally unstable assistant insists someone killed her, tabloid journalist Simone Glass begins digging for the real story. A stripper with sordid celebrity connections is found dead, and Simone's most reliable sources begin acting paranoid. Can Simone expose the murderer or will she become the latest casualty of Hollywood's brutal deceptions?
Boston, 1830: Norris Marshall, a student at Boston Medical College, pays for his education by plundering graveyards and harvesting the dead for sale on the black market. But when he becomes prime suspect in the murder of a nurse and a doctor on the university hospital grounds Norris must track down the only witness to have glimpsed the killer: Rose Connolly, a beautiful seamstress from the Boston slums who fears she may be the next victim. Joined by a sardonic, keenly intelligent young man named Oliver Wendell Holmes, Norris and Rose comb the city-from its grim cemeteries and autopsy suites to its glittering mansions and centers of Brahmin power-on the trail of a maniacal fiend.
10 years after a dive to the wreck of an 18th century navy vessel that ended with a fatal accident, an expatriate returns home to search for a woman whom he recognizes but cannot identify.
Covert spy Michael Weston has found himself in forced seclusion in Miami - and a little paranoid. Watched by the FBI, cut off from intelligence contacts, and with his assets frozen, Weston is on ice with a warning: stay there or get 'disappeared'. Driven to find out who burned him and why, he's biding his time helping people with nowhere else to turn. People like socialite Cricket O'Connor whose own husband has vanished, along with her fortune.
Gerry's crafts, miniatures, are small-scale, but her to-do list is anything but. Add murder to that - with one of her students as a suspect - and you have one hectic holiday.
Pope Leo XIV wants the Bishop of Shanghai, who has served thirty years of a life sentence in a Chinese laogai for refusing to renounce the Church of Rome, freed. He asks ex-Seal Kilkenny to devise a plan to accomplish this ostensibly impossible task. With help from the U.S. president, American Special Forces, and the CIA, Kilkenny assembles a team of ten men and one woman that will use some of the most advanced weapons, aircraft, and computer technology to execute this extraordinary mission.
Peyton Shields is a first-year resident at a major Boston children's hospital. During a late night drive home in a heavy snowstorm she's driven off the road into a frozen pond. Peyton know she'd be dead if a stranger hadn't pulled her from the wreckage before vanishing. No one believes her claim that the "accident" was deliberate - not even her husband. A series of strange, increasingly dangerous events begin to plague Peyton, moving her closer to a deadly enemy who seems to know her every move.
When Kathleen "Kat" Polinski, an undercover agent for the U.S. Government, carries out a routine break-in at the Kazakh embassy, she finds the staff massacred. Hours later Kat learns that her own sister, Suzy, has been murdered in a lonely spot outside of London. What was Suzy doing there? Is there a connection with the embassy killings? Are both related to Project Peace, an impending international security agreement that threatens freedom in the name of stability? All the answers lie in a hidden computer file Suzy called The History Book.
After accidentally treating her in-laws to a peep show upon their first meeting, and having a catfight with her husband's vengeful ex, legal investigator Sara Townley hopes her next assignment is a simple one. So she takes on a case of stolen identity that finds her in a seedy back street. Sara narrowly escapes becoming a casualty, but she seems to have picked up a sidekick: a big, black Labrador who shows up at every turn. Since her only lead is growing cold in the morgue, maybe following the dog's nose isn't such a bad idea.
Honey Santana--impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes"--has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. She's taking rude, gullible Relentless, Inc., telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress, Eugenie -the fifteen-minute-famous girlfriend of a tabloid murderer - into the wilderness of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands for a gentle lesson in civility. What she doesn't know is that she's being followed by her Honey-obsessed former employer, Piejack (whose mismatched fingers are proof that sexual harassment in the workplace is a bad idea). And he doesn't know he's being followed by Honey's still-smitten former drug-running ex-husband Perry and their 12 year old son Fry. And when they all pull up on Dismal Key, they don't know they're intruding on Sammy Tigertail, a half white, half Seminole failed alligator wrestler, trying like hell to be a hermit despite the Florida State coed who's dying to be his hostage. Recommended.
American agent Blake Johnson and British agent Harry Miller are sent separately to Kosovo. They band together just in time to stop a Russian officer from torching a mosque - or rather, Miller stops him, with a bullet to the forehead. This action, as revenge begets revenge, will have considerable consequences.
Laura Chapman is a U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to the White House. Now she is put to work on a case that borders on the unthinkable: an assassination plot against the new president. Shockingly, the trigger man will be a member of the United States Secret Service. Since the CIA knows that the assassin is male, Laura is not a suspect. As her investigation proceeds, Laura cannot shake the suspicion that there are things she has not been told, that she is being set up.
Two female detective search for a serial killer who leaves his victims to die, exposed to the elements.
It is 1325, and an atmosphere of dread and suspicion hangs over England like a thick fog. The last years have been racked by treachery and mistrust, and even the mightiest in the land have been affected. In the gilded cage that is the Palace of Westminster, Queen Isabella is troubled by court intrigue. Her jealous husband, King Edward II, has removed all her privileges, including her regal status and even access to her children. When Isabella is dispatched to France to negotiate peace with the French, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill is sent along to ensure her safety. No one, it seems, can be trusted, not least the Queen's own retinue, and murder, betrayal, adultery, and cold, calculating evil soon litter Baldwin's tempestuous journey.
Rostnikov travels to Siberia to investigate a murder at a diamond mine, where he discovers an old secret...and an even older personal problem. His compatriots head to Kiev on a trail of smuggled diamonds and kidnapped guest workers...and what they discover leads them to a vast conspiracy that not only has international repercussions but threatens them on a very personal level.
When a commuter flight crashes into an apartment building, LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker finds himself working overtime. Was it terrorism or mechanical failure? After months of sifting through the wreckage, no easy answers are forthcoming. And the mystery deepens when all the bodies aboard the plane are recovered except for flight attendant Roseanne Dresden. Decker finally discovers a lone body at the bottom of the wreckage-only it's not Roseanne Dresden. Whose are the charred remains? And where is Roseanne Dresden? The investigation leads Decker and Rina down dangerous pathways with deadly consequences.
Billionaire genius Genoa Greeves never got over the shocking death of her favorite teacher, Bennett "Dr. Ben" Alston Little, murdered execution-style and stuffed into the trunk of his Mercedes-Benz. 15 years later she reads of a very similar case. Lt. Peter Decker resents committing manpower to such an old case, but soon he finds the connections compelling.
After centuries of destruction, one unsuspecting woman stands at the center of a conspiracy that could change the world forever.
What really happened that infamous day at Reichenbach Falls and why did Holmes disappear in the aftermath? And what of the infamous Moriarty? How did a noble mathematician become the Napoleon of Crime? It turns out that the events were not just witnessed by Watson but by another young detective of the Victorian era - Carnacki the Ghost Finder. Carnacki rescues an amnesiac gentleman from the base of the falls only to find himself and his companion doggedly pursued by an evil mastermind whose shadowy powers may reach from the bloody crime scenes of Whitechapel to far beyond the grave.
Claire Morgan, a tough and no-nonsense Missouri detective, tracks a serial killer who takes delight in choosing innocent strangers as his victims.
Cason Statler - Gulf War veteran and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist - is a wreck, drinking too much, stalking his ex-girlfriend, and envious of his successful older brother. He takes a job at the local paper of his small east Texas hometown and stumbles across his predecessor's notes on a cold case murder file. Soon he finds himself dragged into a deadly game of blackmail and murder that clearly has evil as its only goal.
The dead woman was found on a frozen lake, her body riddled with evidence of torture. Instantly, Inspector Anna-Maria Mella knows she needs help. Because the dead woman - found in workout clothes with lacy underwear beneath them - was a key player in a mining company whose tentacles reach across the globe. Anna-Maria needs a lawyer to help explain some things - and she knows one of the best. Attorney Rebecka Martinsson is desperate to get back to work, to feel alive again after a case that almost destroyed her. Soon Rebecka is prying into the affairs of the dead woman's boss, the founder of Kallis Mining, whose relationship with his star employee was both complex and ominous.
When Tess DeGraff was nine years old and on a camping trip in New Hampshire with her family, a stranger kidnapped and killed her sister Phoebe. Thanks to Tess's eyewitness testimony, a man named Lazarus Abbott was arrested and convicted for the heinous crime. But twenty years later, a test reveals that Abbott's DNA does not match that of Phoebe's murderer. Driven by her fear that she may have sent an innocent man to his death, Tess and her adopted son, Erny, return to the New Hampshire town in which it all happened years ago.
1620s Scotland: the body of a victim of poisoning is found in the house of Alexander Seaton, a fallen minister. The discovery of his clandestine love affair has left him disgraced and he chooses to solve this crime as a way of seeking redemption.
Mutilated body parts have appeared along the back roads of North Carolina's Colleton County, and the search for the victim's identity and for that of his killer will lead Judge Deborah Knott and her new husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, into the desperate realm of undocumented farm workers exploited for cheap labor.
Derby Day at Epson Downs. A multitude of people crowd to watch the races; dukes and dustmen, bishops and beggars, priviledged ladies and prostitutes. With the nation a-flutter in the run up to this national event, a disembodied head is discovered on a passenger train at Crewe, the first in a murky course of events that takes in murder, fraud and race-fixing. Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his assistant are soon snarled in a web of skulduggery stretching across the country.
FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett, head of the violent crimes unit in Los Angeles, pursues a killer embarked on a dark crusade of trauma and death: an "artist" who's molding sixteen-year-old Sarah into the perfect victim - and the ultimate weapon. But Smoky Barrett has another, more personal reason for catching The Stranger - an adopted daughter and a new life that are worth protecting at any cost.
29 year old lawyer Brodie McLennan is under pressure to become a crown prosecutor in order to escape the complaints lodged against her from the Edinburgh Bar. And then she is implicated in the disappearance of a fellow lawyer and she realizes she is now a marked woman.
Homicide cops Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano struggle to link the murdered women whose bodies have been found near Philadelphia's Schuylkill River and make sense of a madman's agenda. They discover a twisted trail that stretches into a past of dark crimes forgotten by all but a few. The farther they make their way up the body-strewn banks of the Schuylkill River, the closer they get to a villain from their worst nightmare, an evil as patient as it is merciless.
Sudoku maven Liza Kelly is conducting classes in a penitentiary, of all places. One of her best students is released, but his freedom doesn't last long - he's found dead. But he leaves a puzzle for Liza to solve, so that she can find the killer.
Horace Rumpole takes an interest when one of the Timson children is given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order for playing football in the street. Pretty soon he realizes something fishy is going on. Do the residents have a sinister reason for not wanting the Timson boy on their street?
Easy Rawlins comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend Christmas Black, left on his doorstep. Easy knows that this could only mean that the ex-marine Black is probably dead, or will be soon. Add this to his other problems: the love of his life is marrying another man and his friend Mouse is wanted for the murder of a father of 12. Then two suspicious MPs hire him to find his friend Black on behalf of the U.S. Army. He begins to suspect that Black's dissappearance has its roots in the Vietnam War.
12 years ago two teenagers were shot in Whiterock, Tennessee. The shooter was never captured. Sheridan, the victim who survived, returns to Whiterock when a new development emerges in the case. But someone doesn't want her to come back.
What should be a routine surveillance job lands Jersey smack-dab in the middle of a high-stakes cover-up, a double kidnapping, and a scheme that may steal millions of dollars from hard-working Americans. With input from her business partner (a Lumbee Indian named Ox whose savory looks she can't quite ignore), a comedic group of her aging father's poker buddies, a computer hacker named Soup, and a faithful dog, Jersey sets out to prevent what might be the cyber crime of the century.
Ann Arbor police detective Jake Shockey wants Kincaid's help in the case of Jean Brandt, who went missing nine years ago - and whose husband, Owen, has since been paroled. Now, Owen Brandt's girlfriend appears to be at risk, and Shockey is desperate to get involved. Kincaid soon unearths the deeply personal reasons why...and with Joe Frye assisting, Kincaid links yesterday's jealousies with today's potentially lethal vengeance.
Kristin Burns's photos are being considered at a major Manhattan gallery, she works by day with two wonderful children, and the man of her dreams is almost hers for keeps. But she begins to wake up every morning from the same chilling, unforgettable dream. And suddenly, it's visiting her during the day too. As her life turns stranger by the minute, Kristin is haunted and terrified. Is it all in her head?
The country can't wait to see how a charismatic white senator from Ohio - who now has fallen in love with black movie star Lexie Hart - will perform in the most brutal of political contests. Will Grace endure in spite of his controversial lifestyle, and a tragic mistake buried deep in his past? Or will he perish under pressure - from players on both sides of the party line?
On a hot summer afternoon in 1972, three teenagers drove into an unfamiliar neighborhood and six lives were altered forever.Thirty five years later, one survivor of that day reaches out to another, opening a door that could lead to salvation. But another survivor is now out of prison, looking for reparation in any form he can find it.
The heist of the century has taken place in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, and Vicky Bliss's boyfriend "Sir John Smythe" is a prime suspect. Even Vicky isn't sure he hasn't returned to his old ways. They must find the real culprits before Interpol, the Egyptian police and Vicky's inquisitive boss, manage to close in on them.
A young boy returns home as if he'd never left, although he'd disappeared five years previously. Investigative reporter Henry Parker begins looking into a series of kidnappings, some dating back a decade or more, but soon finds himself confronting a more recent - and more terrifying - plot.
Reporter Patrick Rush joins a writers' group in Toronto and quickly learns that most, like himself, really have no story to tell. However, a string of unsolved murders seems increasingly connected to Patrick. And then the circle's members start to go missing, one by one.
After a prominent businessman is found dead in his Park Avenue apartment, tied to the bed - and strangled-with cords of black velvet - Lieutenant Eve Dallas is not surprised that the scandalous death becomes a source of titillation and speculation to the public-and of humiliation to his family. But while people in the city are talking about it, those close to Anders aren't so anxious to do the same.
The death of a journalist leads Allon to Russia and Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB colonel who built a global investment empire on the rubble of the Soviet Union. Hidden within that empire, however, is a more lucrative and deadly business: Kharkov is an arms dealer - and he is about to deliver Russia's most sophisticated weapons to al-Qaeda. Unless Allon can learn the time and place of the delivery, the world will see the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11.
Sara Linton - resident medical examiner/pediatrician in Grant County, Georgia, is defending herself in a malpractice suit. So when her husband, police chief Jeffery Tolliver, learns that his friend and coworker, detective Lena Adams, has been arrested for murder and needs Sara's help, she is not sure she can handle the pressure of it all.
When new mother Isabel Dalhousie attends an art auction she finds a painting that features a person whom the artist could only have encountered after he died.
Mara Coyne is hired by Republican kingmaker Richard Tobias to find and retrieve a centuries-old map stolen from an archaeological dig he is sponsoring in China. But as Mara begins her investigation, she uncovers the shocking truth: The map is more valuable than anyone has ever imagined, and her client's motives are more sinister than she suspected.
Twenty years after her little boy disappeared without a trace from the island of Oland, Julia, now living on the Swedish mainland, receives a phone call from her father, still living on the island, who tells her he has received a package containing the worn and mended shoe of a child. Julia returns to the Island, and begins piecing together a puzzle from the past with her father. They recall stories of a terrifying local man, Nils Kant, who was known to delight in the pain of others but who was supposedly killed during World War II. Recently however there have been reports of sightings of Nils Kant on the island.
In 1114 a young chaplain at Bermondsey Priory succumbs to the temptations of the flesh - and suffers a gruesome punishment. The monastery, now cursed, becomes the scene of all sorts of crimes for the next 5 centuries.
In 1990 a love affair is flourishing between Ivor Tesham, a 33 year old rising star in Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government, and a beautiful North London housewife stuck in a dull marriage. Tesham gives her a birthday gift that years later will bring ruin to his career, family and life.
When the mutilated body of a fourth victim is found in one of Ulan Bataar's most expensive hotels, Nergui, the former head of Mongolia's Serious Crimes squad, is no closer to catching the killer and will accept any help he can get. Drew McLeish, a senior British CID officer and no stranger to the savage side of human nature, is sent out to lend his expertise to the investigation. From the abandoned factories of the city's decaying suburbs to the icy expanse of the barren steppes, Nergui and McLeish follow a trail of the dead.
When Kit Pipe, her right-hand handyman, goes missing, landscaper Nina Quinn immediately starts digging into his disappearance. But all she finds is Daisy Bedinghaus, Kit's ex - and she's dead as dirt. An ex-con who'd been dumped by Daisy not long before her murder, Kit's the prime suspect. Nina's determined to prove his innocence - after all, it'll get her out of her all-too-crowded house, where her ex-husband the cop is recovering from a gunshot wound on her couch and her thorny new stepson is giving her the evil eye.
Brandy and her diva mother must find Brandy's 10 year old son - a body has been found at the antiques mall, and a devious killer is on the loose.
Cambridge PI Jackson Brodie is flung into the midst of three resurrected crimes: a child who mysteriously disappeared from a tent in her back garden, an unidentified man who marched into an office and slashed the throat of a young girl, and a young woman found sitting in her kitchen next to the body of her husband, an axe buried in his head.
Teenager Cynthia Archer woke up one morning to find that her family had disappeared. No clues. Nothing. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is leading a normal life when she begins to notice odd and sinister signs, all pointing to her missing family. But no one seems to believe her - even her husband doubts her. Could Cynthia be losing her mind? Was she involved with her family's disappearance all those years ago? Canadian author. Recommended.
Simon Darcourt posts on the internet real-time coverage of his killings of B-list celebrities. He gets his voyeuristic viewers to vote on whether his captives should be kept alive or not.
Max Fisher, arrested for drug trafficking, is now in the cell blocks of Attica, while Angela is in a quaint little prison on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Just before his daughter's big society wedding, a plastic surgery magnate is murdered. PI Jane Kelly, investigating, finds herself in deadly danger.
Dan Gordon is chasing money laundered by the Russian mob when he stumbles over a plot by Islamic terrorists to wipe out Western civilization with a bio-weapon.
Candy shop owner Abby Shaw finds herself in a sticky situation trying to convince the police she has seen a murder - when there's no body. But finding out that she is right puts her on the wrong side of a killer.
Itinerant physician Zelikman and ex-soldier Amram make their rootless way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa A.D. 950, living as they please and surviving however they can - as blades and thieves for hire and as practiced bamboozlers. But none of that has prepared them to become generals in a full-scale revolution to be launched in the medieval Jewish empire of the Khazars.
Catherine McLeod is an investigative reporter for a major Denver newspaper. Her recent coverage of the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes filing a claim for twenty-seven million acres of their ancestral lands has made her the target for assassination. Her investigation uncovers a conspiracy involving her ex-husband's wealthy family and state politicians. And as Catherine unravels the truth, she discovers some startling facts about her own heritage, making her would-be killer all the more desperate to find her.
A skeleton with a bullet hole in the back of the skull has been found on the Wind River Reservation. Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley believe it may be a woman who disappeared in 1973 after being accused of betraying the AIM.
Moving to Charleston, Kay Scarpetta opens a private forensic pathology practice just as the violent deaths begin. A young man from a well-known family jumps off a water tower. A woman is found ritualistically murdered in her multimillion-dollar beach home. The body of an abused young boy is discovered dumped in a desolate marsh.
Young Parson Tobias Campion is excited and nervous to be starting at the small parish of Moreton Priory. But his first night in the village brings excitement of the wrong kind when he has to intervene in the attempted rape of housemaid Lizzie Woodman. Soon Tobias has to deal with both violent and suspicious deaths which put his character and ministry to the test. But matters come to a head when Lizzie disappears from her employer's premises. What has become of the girl and who is responsible? As Tobias searches for answers he finds himself delving into the dark secrets that haunt Lizzie's past.
Goldy Schulz is thrilled to be catering a holiday breakfast feast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library. But while setting up at the library, Goldy spots a woman lurking in the stacks who bears a striking resemblance to Sandee Brisbane - "the" Sandee Brisbane who killed Goldy's ex-husband, the Jerk. But Sandee is supposed to be dead. Or so everyone believes. Goldy's suspicions mount when the body of Drew Wellington, a former district attorney, is found in a corner of the library with a map worth thousands of dollars stashed in his clothing.
The victim has been murdered, his body drained of blood. Described by those who knew him as 'evil' it seems that DI Wesley Peterson isn't going to have a shortage of suspects, until a popular local vet is murdered in an identical fashion, and a third body is discovered miles away. And when Wesley's archaeologist friend, Neil Watson starts getting disturbing anonymous letters written in gory detail about macabre events at a medieval abbey, Wesley wonders if there is a connection between all these deaths and Neil's letters.
Nashville Homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson believes that the four bodies found with the signature of the 1980s Snow White Killer, are the work of a copycat killer.
The Cabot Cove residents are pulling out all the stops for their celebration of the 4th of July this year. But amidst the pleasures of planning the big event, there is tension too. Joseph Lennon, a very successful businessman, has recently relocated to Cabot Cave and is funding a big fireworks show and rock concert. There are many in town who don't like him throwing his wealth and power around to get things done his way. When Mr. Lennon's body is found the evening of the fireworks show, Jessica has a long list of potential suspects.
Two years after his fiance is found strangled in her bed, Joe Trumbull ventures out on his first blind date with a beautiful woman. When she is found strangled in bed, Joe must find the real killer to clear his name.
DI Jack Caffery leads the investigation when a freshly severed human hand is pulled from Bristol's harbour - and then its mate is found buried under a restaurant's doorstep. His investigation will lead him into an underworld of drug addiction, ritual mutilation and muti, African medicine magic.
Talk-show star Fiona Helle is found dead in her home, her tongue removed and left on her desk, cleaved in two. And when a second body, that of right-wing party leader Vibeke Heinerbeck, is found crucified to the bedroom wall with a copy of the Koran inserted into her body, Superintendent Yngvar Stubo is pulled from paternity leave to lead the investigation. And his wife, the new mother and ex-profiler Inger Johanne, begins to see a pattern, but one that may end in the death of the investigating officer.
When famed medical researcher Anita Nazari begs former Dallas detective Oswald to help protect her daughter's life, how can he refuse? Now Oswald finds himself engaged in a high-stakes battle against a conspiracy of shady former government officials with an unhealthy interest in Dr. Nazari and her work. Among them: A man known only as the Professor, who leads Oswald back into the dark heart of the Dallas underworld - and straight into the line of fire against an enemy more insidious and deadly than he's ever faced.
After an earthquake the level of an Icelandic lake drops and exposes a skeleton with a Russian communication device attached to it. Erlendur, Elinborg and Oli are led back to the time of the Cold War when bright left wing students would go from Iceland to study in East Germany.
When advice columnist Dr. Rebecca Butterman's friend and fellow therapist Annabelle Hart is found badly beaten and left for dead, Rebecca is determined to help search for answers.
For London-based novelist Matt Wells, a chain of seemingly innocent e-mails from a devoted fan turns deadly when he discovers the correspondent has an agenda for murder - and Matt's family and friends are among the scheduled victims. Matt is plunged into a plot more twisted than any he has used in his novels. With each killing, the man known as the White Devil tightens his grip by incriminating Matt at the murder scene. Cast not only as the ghostwriter of his persecutor's terrifying story, but as the victim, Matt needs to risk everything to protect his loved ones. But with the police closing in and his friends being picked off, is he running out of time?
He claims his first victim while posing as a glamorous woman; his next disguise is that of a feeble old man. There is no obvious connection between his targets, save their savage fate - and the use of stolen luxury cars. Baffled, LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis teams with psychologist Alex Delaware to track one of the craftiest, most ruthless enemies they've ever faced.
You come home and the phone rings. Your fourteen-year-old daughter has been taken, and her kidnappers want half a million pounds in cash -- in 48 hours. If you call the police, she will die. Trying desperately to remain calm, you realize that your husband--the man you married two years ago--is also missing. But he can't be involved in your daughter's abduction, can he?
Corcoran O'Connor is caught in the middle when a racial gang war breaks out in Tamarack County.
Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomvist is hired to investigate the forty year old disappearance of Harriet Vanger from a secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. Her uncle Henrik is convinced she was murdered. Mikael finds himself in over his head and hires the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist Lisbeth Salander. Together the two unravel a dark and appalling family history.
When Abby Cooper's FBI agent boyfriend Dutch's favorite cousin Chase is kidnapped in Vegas, they both catch the next flight to Sin City. Abby's inner eye insists that Chase is still alive, but she finds Dutch's reluctance to involve his own Bureau troubling. Also there are the dreams that seem to predict his death.
Assistant professor Jessie Morton spends her summers at the Renaissance Village. This summer Jessie is the apprentice to Mary Shift, a basket-maker with a dark past as well as incredible weaving skills. When a dead body is found with Mary's signature weave around his neck, it's leftto Jessie to spring Mary from the stocks of the Myrtle Beach police station.
Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat investigating the lack of official approval for the building of Brunetti's apartment years before. What began as a red tape headache ends in murder when the bureaucrat is found dead after a mysterious fall from a scaffold. Brunetti starts an investigation that will take him into unfamiliar and dangerous areas of Venetian life, and will reveal, once again, what a difference it makes to have friends in high places.
Miami crime scene investigator Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds - those of others, and those he does himself. But when he is called to an unusually disturbing crime scene at the university campus his Dark Passenger - mastermind of his homicidal prowess - immediately senses something chillingly recognizable and goes into hiding. Dexter is alone for the first time in his life, and he realizes he's being hunted by a truly sinister adversary.
The widow of a rich, older man, Paige Sorensen is younger than - and hated by - her stepchildren. And they're dead set on proving that she forged their father's signature on his will, which left his entire estate, including the Sorensen Academy for Girls, to her. Claudia admits she's intrigued by this real-life soap opera, and breaks her first rule: never get personally involved. But she's grown attached to a troubled Sorensen student - and when disaster strikes, she'll realize that reading between the lines can mean the difference between life and death.
DCI Brock and DS Kolla are called in after human bones are discovered in a poor area of inner South London. When they learn that the victims had died on the day of the Brixton riots, more than two decades ago, the detectives are led into the heart of the city's West Indian community.
A young man is killed in Miami's Bicentennial Park. Two shots - one a through-and-through - and on his body a quantity of coke is found. There is something about the angles of the bullets that killed him that are off...and why take his gun and money, and leave the drugs? And who would have the skill to carry all of this out without leaving a path in the grass?
The narrator is an up-and-coming young writer who has little in common with Kloster - a literary giant whose disturbing crime novels dominate the bestseller lists. However, they have both, at one time, employed the secretarial services of the alluring Luciana B. Out of the past, Luciana makes a desperate plea to the young writer. She thinks that Kloster is slowly killing off everyone close to her - can he help before her grandmother and younger sister are murdered?
Crime reporter and mystery novelist Paige Turner is looking into the murder of a young secretary whose naked body was found in Central Park - with the understanding between herself and the police that Paige keeps her exclusive investigation off the record and out of the pages of Daring Detective.
When her former boyfriend Terry Patterson is found dead, the apparent victim of an IRA assassination, journalist Paddy Meehan learns that Terry named her his next-of-kin and left her a huge Georgian house in Ayrshire and several suitcases full of notes.
The lore and mystique of male transvestite lifestyles in Florence: The marshal must leave his snug world at the Pitti Palace to seek a criminal in the shadowy haunts of prostitutes, pimps, and tricks. No one believes that he can navigate in this milieu, much less identify a killer, but once again he confounds their expectations.
The suspicious-looking suicide of the husband of the Marchesa, a member of one of Florence's oldest families, has the marshal once again refusing to accept the easy answer.
Police Constable Alan McAlpine has no idea in 1984 that his assignment to a Glasgow hospital, guarding a woman left nameless and almost faceless after a savage acid attack, would haunt him forever after. Now he is a Detective Chief Inspector and leading the hunt for the man the press are calling "the Crucifixion Killer".
In a house under renovation, a hidden cellar is discovered that contains a shrine with a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine, there is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog. Led by a preacher turned politician, citizen vigilantes blame devil worshippers and Wiccans. They begin a witch hunt, intent on seeking revenge. Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is called in to investigate.
A man and his dog unearth a human hand in a wood. The body has lain buried for ten years or so, wrapped in a purple cotton shroud. The post mortem does not reveal the precise cause of death. The only clue is a crack in one of the dead man's ribs. The police database covers a relatively short period of time, but stores a long list of Missing Persons. So Chief Inspector Wexford knows he is going to have a job on his hands to identify the corpse. And then, only about twenty yards away from the woodland burial site, in the cellar of a disused cottage, another body is discovered.
Streetwise chancer Angel is in trouble - again. His partner Amy is being strangely secretive, and when the jailbird who's been stalking her turns out to be her secret ex-husband, he gets caught up in a hazardous escapade involving Welsh gangsters, female private eyes and ferocious cats.
On a cliff overlooking the North Sea, a quadriplegic woman in a wheel chair stares unseeingly at the waves. She has been murdered. In a storeroom in the heart of Yorkshire, a young woman, Hayley Daniels, lies sprawled on a heap of leather scraps. She too has been murdered. DI Annie Cabbot, on secondment to the Eastern Area force, wakes with a severe hangover in the bed of a young man she barely recognizes. While DCI Banks tries to figure out how Daniels was murdered, Cabbot learns the real intentions of her one-night stand and the true identity of the quadriplegic woman. A ghost from the past is back to haunt both her and Banks.
A successful set and costume designer is found dead, hanging from a tree near the River Swain. Alan Banks is in London with his new girlfriend, so the case falls to Annie Cabot. Why would he, with a well-reviewed production of Othello currently running, fall into such despair he'd take his own life?
A group of New York City childhood friends live in the shadow of the past. But a reporter's suicide and a colleague's search for answers in the aftermath of a horrifying tragedy will finally penetrate their silence.
When Ryan Dudley ventures out on horseback and his horse returns without him, Lane and Harper are summoned to unravel the mystery. Dudley's disappearance marks the first anniversary of a young boys murder in the same neighbourhood, and evidence indicates the two incidents are connected. When Dudley's roommate also goes missing and mysterious shootings start happening in the area, Harper and Lane are swept into a feud between neighbours, races, and land owners, all in search of a murderer on the loose for much too long.
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers is sent to Stillwater after a dead body is found with two gunshots to the head and a lemon in his mouth. Exactly like the body found the previous week. Flowers becomes convinced that there is a list and someone is going down it, checking off names.
A doctor accused of scientific fraud asks Isabel Dalhousie for help.
Through dialogues conducted with the doctor assigned to assess her competence to stand trial we enter the life of Tory Troy. The young woman, an animal euthanasia technician, was arrested in an Animal Shelter, and charged with six counts of felony murder.
Janet Florin's husband Mark reported her missing when she failed to collect their two young children from school. Trisha Marlowe, desperate for news of Janet, hires Sal to track her down. What could have led Janet to abandon everything she held dear? Ramin's brother, Berfan, is missing too. A failed asylum seeker, likely to be returned to Iran, has he disappeared to escape deportation?
Jack Carpenter lost his temper and beat up a murder suspect and consequently lost his job and marriage too. Now that suspect, a predator who tortured young women, is about to get an early release from prison. Jack plans to be on hand. This will lead him to a conspiracy of men who kidnap and kill young women on the margins of society.
A professional rubber stamper who creates intricate patterns on walls, April Buchert is back home in Aldenville, Pennsylvania, helping her father restore the famous Winchester mansion. But when a human skull tumbles out of the rubble, all eyes are on April's father, who oversaw the construction twenty years ago. As unexplained deaths pile up and a dangerously handsome carpenter becomes a pleasant distraction, can April chip away at the truth before another innocent victim is stamped out?
Tom Kirk finds a cat nailed to the wall where a Da Vinci was once displayed. He recognizes it as a greeting from an old enemy.
In order to solve the murder of his brother, a professional poker player, a novice must somehow win the world's largest and most challenging poker tournament.
Rick Barron - former Beverly Hills cop, now head of production of Centurion pictures - returns in a page-turning novel of murder, political intrigue, and betrayal. Set in 1940s Hollywood, it is the era of the "Red Scare" - When almost anyone could be suspect.
Stone Barrington, back in Manhattan, is hired to watch the back of a top secret operative who has unfortunately contracted amnesia. He finds himself trying to untangle his charge's obsession with antique furniture from an event 30 years earlier in the jungles of Vietnam.