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Now that winter seems finally and truly arrived, what better time to stay toasty with a good book? Here is a list of great reading in all genres that have been on our shelves for a while. Every book listed is a hardcover first edition, published in the United States, in dust jacket in as-new condition.
Abella, Alex, Dead of Night, 1998. Charlie Morell, a Cuban-American lawyer and PI, faces evil cloaked in the rituals of African-American santeria, which is as scary as voodoo.
Adcock, Thomas, Drown All the Dogs, 1994. NYPD Detective Neil Hockaday tries to learn why his father vanished during World War II.
Albert, Susan Wittig, Witches’ Bane, 1993. It is Halloween in a small Texas town and, when one of the holiday celebrants is brutally murdered, lawyer and herbalist China Bayles is accused of practicing witchcraft.
Albert, Susan Wittig, Hangman’s Root. 1994. Lawyer-turned herbalist China Bayles finds herself in the middle of an animal rights dispute in Texas that ends in murder.
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Albert, Susan Wittig, Rosemary Remembered, 1995. Lawyer-turned herbalist China Bayles finds plenty of suspects when her accountant is murdered, including an abusive husband.
Alexander, Helen L., Zachary Burke, Private Detective, 1991. Adventures of a Bogart-like PI who tries to find a woman long believed to be dead.
Allen, Irene, Quaker Witness, 1993. The clerk of a Quaker Meetinghouse in Cambridge is asked to solve a murder and must battle mighty Harvard University.
Allen, Steve, Murder on the Atlantic, 1995. The famous comic and TV host investigates murder on a luxury cruise to which he and his actress wife Jayne Meadows have been invited.
Allen, Steve, Wake Up to Murder, 1996. The famous comic and TV host investigates multiple murders with his wife, actress Jayne Meadows, and makes it all seem like fun.
Andreae, Christine, A Small Target, 1996. Professor, poet and housesitter Lee Squires take a temporary job as a cook on a llama pack trek in Montana and becomes an amateur sleuth when members of the tour begin to die.
Andrews, Russell, Gideon, 1999. Author Carl Granville is hired to turn explosive documents of a national cover-up and turn them into fiction, for which he’s paid $250,000. When he realizes the nature of the conspiracy, he is framed for murder.
Andrews, Sarah, Only Flesh & Bones, 1998. The wife of an oil millionaire dies of a drug overdose and professional geologist Em Hansen learns it wasn’t an accident.
Andrus, Jeff, Neighborhood Watch, 1996. Newly licensed private investigator John Tracer is hired to find a former femme fatale who now communes with flying saucers and drunkenly wanders around town. Things heat up when the home of the woman’s family is burned down.
Anthony, Michael David, The Becket Factor, 1991. A quiet cathedral turns into a place of violence, deceit and murder when a madman stalks the cloisters. Meanwhile, the opening of a coffin believed to contain the remain of Thomas a Becket poses even graver threats.
Ashford, Jeffrey, A Question of Principle, 1986. A struggling author with liberal ideas and a successful barrister despise each other but their wives are sisters so they are often in contact. When all the evidence points to the lawyer having been a hit-and-run killer, his brother-in-law must decide if justice is more important than family.
Atherton, Nancy, Aunt Dimity’s Death, 1992. A broke and recently divorced Lori Shepherd learns that her Aunt Dimity has died and left her a fortune—if she can find a secret hidden in a trove of letters in her English cottage.
Aveline, John C., A Death in the Senate, 1990. The apparent murder of Lucius Appius Catulus, an ambitious but pedestrian Roman senator, is investigated by his slave.
Ayres, E.C., Night of the Panther, 1997. When a wildlife officer is murdered in a Florida swamp, a PI and his Crow Indian friend investigate only to become the prey themselves of poachers and a local militia group.
Babbin, Jacqueline, Bloody Soaps, 1989. Love and death in the afternoon as murders occur on the set of the country’s most popular soap opera, written by a producer of All My Children.
Bahr, Arthur W., Certifiably Insane, 1999. The police find a woman bathed in blood, calmly munching a bunch of grapes, while her husband is dead on the couch with four bullets in the head and her infant son dead in his crib. She killed them, but is she responsible?
Ballard, Mignon F., Final Curtain, 1992. A vibrant woman of 20, happily in love, falls to her death—some say the victim of music played on a fiddle by the ghost of a Confederate soldier.
Banks, Carolyn, Patchwork, 1986. When a man is found murdered and wrapped in a quilt, his widow flees, knowing that the killer is her sociopathic son and she is the next target.
Barnao, Jack, Locke Step, 1987. Canadian bodyguard John Locke served for years in the British army’s elite SAS corps and he needs all his skills to protect a Mexican drug dealer-turned-informant.
Barnes, Linda, Hardware, 1995. Boston PI Carlotta Carlyle is caught between her old world of a .38 revolver and the more treacherous world of computers and their potential crimes.
Barrow, Adam, Flawless, 1995. A flawlessly handsome and intelligent 30-year-old cannot control his compulsion to kill again and again.
Barth, Richard, The Condo Kill, 1985. The 70-year-old Margaret Binton comes to the aid of her neighbors, an elderly woman and her husband whose landlord wants to evict after 42 years so that he can build a highrise condo and relentlessly intimidates them.
Barth, Richard, Blood Doesn’t Tell, 1989. The 70-year-old Margaret Binton takes on the foster care of a 15-month-old child who is a valuable prize for those who want to adopt.
Barthelme, Peter. Tart, with Silken Finish, 1988. (Second printing). The second adventure of the Texas advertising executive Beaumont, involving his major client, a bank with a set of books that is highly suspicious.
Bartholomew, Nancy, The Miracle Strip, 1998. A friend calls on the knockout Florida stripper and part-time detective Sierra Lavotini to find out who kidnapped her dog and left a $100,000 ransom note.
Barwick, James, The Devil at the Crossroads, 1986. The highways of France in 1940 are jammed with millions fleeing the German invasion, and an American is drawn into a bizarre and terrifying adventure when a gorgeous young woman is mistakenly murdered.
Bateman, Colin, Cycle of Violence, 1996. A smart-aleck reporter is transferred to the violent city of Belfast as punishment and he decides to sacrifice his journalistic integrity in the interest of staying alive. The decision doesn’t keep him out of trouble, however.
Batten, Jack, Crang Plays the Ace, 1987. A criminal lawyer in northern Canada who usually deals with petty crooks is baffled when a millionaire wants him to investigate a company in which he’s invested and believes the return is way too high. (The Canadian edition; the true first)
Batten, Jack, Riviera Blues, 1990. Crang, the jazz-loving loving, is on vacation with his girlfriend when his ex father-in-law asks for a favor that will soon involve a sophisticated computer, a very tall burglar, and murder. (The Canadian edition; the true first)
Bean, Gregory, Grave Victory, 1998. After leaving his stressful job as a homicide detective in Denver, Harry Starbranch takes a job as the sheriff of a small Wyoming town, planning to spend more time fly fishing than fighting crime. Things don’t work out quite that way.
Becklund, Jack, Golden Fleece, 1990. Harry Potter (no, not that one) disappears in his fishing boat in Minnesota. Soon, a lumberjack is found murdered and both crimes are tied to a six-foot-tall emerald-eyed blonde known as Big Charlie.
Beechcroft, William, Secret Kills, 1988. A bomb explodes in New York’s Penn Station. An Oscar-winning film star, currently in a Broadway play, dies in a weird, erotic ritual. NewsLeak’s crime reporter cover the two disparate crimes and finds they are connected.
Beechey, Alan, Murdering Ministers, 1999. A lay preacher appears to be guiding some of the church’s young members into a separate cult. When Communion wine is passed out at a Sunday service, the preacher falls to the floor, convulses, and dies. Because the Rev. Piltdown passed him the glass, he is the prime suspect.
Benchley, Peter, "Q" Clearance, 1986. The author of Jaws has written a comic thriller in which a quiet presidential speechwriter is inadvertently give top-level clearance for atom bomb secrets and becomes a target of Soviet spies.
Berenson, Laurie, Underdog, 1996. A Connecticut single mother and dog handler with a rambunctious poodle puppy uncovers murder among the elite world of pedigreed dogs and competitive dog shows.
Berg, Barry, Hide and Seek, 1989. A fifteen-year-old from a wealthy Connecticut suburb has just returned from a South American vacation with his dad. When he gets off the plane and wanders around Times Square, he learns that the jacket his dad gave him just before boarding has four pounds of cocaine sewn into it.
Berman, James Gabriel, Uninvited, 1995. A pretty girl is building sand castles on a beach when a boy offered her a sea shell, beginning a lifelong obsession for her. Twenty years later, the girl, her husband, her son and her daughter, are murdered in their home. The only suspect is the now grown boy.
Berry, Carol, The Letter of the Law, 1987. Bonnie Indermill, a law firm temp on Manhattan’s West Side, known for her acerbic tongue and abilities as a tap dancer, is the firm’s police liaison when the senior partner is shot to death with his pants down in a seedy Times Square hotel.
Berry, Carol, Good Night, Sweet Prince, 1990. When a famous Russian ballet dancer defects to the United States, his flying apparatus is tampered with, causing his death, and Bonnie Indermill undertakes an investigation.
Berry, Carol, Island Girl, 1991. In the fourth novel about Bonnie, she gets a dream assignment as an aerobics instructor at a Bahamas hotel, but someone inexplicably tries to kill her. When her roommate is trapped underwater during a routine scuba excursion, life gets even scarier.
Bickham, Jack, Breakfast at Wimbledon, 1991. Former tennis champion and part-time CIA agent Brad Smith is asked to go to Wimbledon to keep an eye on a young Irish star whose political opinions have made him a target for IRA terrorists.
Bishop, Paul, Citadel Run, 1988. Try to drive from L.A. to Las Vegas, take a photo in front of a casino, and get back to L.A.—all in eight hours, and not get caught. That’s the challenge facing to LAPD uniformed cops when they see a crime going down on the Strip.
Black, Veronica, Last Seen Wearing, 1991. When she becomes pregnant, a woman is deserted by her lover. She takes in typing by day and works in a restaurant at night. An ordinary life—until her child is kidnapped.
Blackmur, L.L., Love Lies Slain, 1989. When a freelance writer drives her old Alfa Romeo to the estate of a wealthy and famous artist to write his memoir, she must confront the questions of the fate of the previous ghostwriter and what really happened in the plane crash that killed his wife and eldest son.
Blake, Michelle, The Tentmaker, 1999. When Lily Connor, an Episcopal priest in Texas, is asked to take over a wealthy Boston parish that has just lost its priest, she happily agrees. When she arrives, however, she becomes suspicious of the cause of death—and those who swear to its truth.
Blake, Sterling, Chiller, 1993. In the tradition of Michael Crichton and Dean Koontz, this thriller involves cutting-edge science and a sinister serial killer who targets the scientists who are trying to cheat death.
Blank, Martin, Shadowcase, 1989. Owen Anderson appears to be a superior human being in every way, worshipped by his timid theology student. When the demi-god becomes the prime suspect in the violent bludgeoning murder of a woman, the student holds the secret that will determine his guilt or innocence.
Bland, Eleanor Taylor, Tell No Tales, 1999. The African-American policewoman Marti MacAlister must solve the murder of a wealthy Chicago family’s mentally ill son who kept entirely to himself, then try to learn the secrets of a mummy in the closet of a long-shuttered historic theater: Who was she, and how did she get there?
Blankfort, Michael, Take the A Train, 1978. Franklin Gilboa, the king of Harlem’s underworld, takes a smart young Jewish lad under his wing to teach him all about the rackets. When the kid falls for a mulatto whore, Gilboa tries to break it up and fails, so he cuts him loose. Soon, the two men must confront each other in the midst of a moral crisis.
Bogart, Stephen Humphrey, Play It Again, 1995. The son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall writes a noir novel about a tough "matrimonial detective" (the son a movie star couple) who becomes involved in the investigation of the murder of his glamorous mother, found dead in a Manhattan love nest.
Bogosian, Eric, Mall, 2000. A 30-something speed freak shoots his mother, torches her house, and heads to the mall with a sack of weapons with plans for more mayhem. Here, his life intersects with four other people with their own set of issues.
Bond, Michael, Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Secret Mission, 1984. The detective duo of Pamplemousse and his canine companion are asked to investigate the mysterious activities at the posh Hotel du Paradise, where a strange substance in the air works as an immediate aphrodisiac. By the creator Paddington Bear.
Bond, Michael, Monsieur Pamplemousse Aloft, 1989. Pamplemousse is asked to prepare a sumptuous meal on a dirigible for the French and English heads of state. On the way to its maiden voyage, he and his companion, Pommes Frites, are run off the road by a van of nuns and they hitch a ride with a traveling circus, whose beautiful trapeze artist appears to be in danger.
Bond, Michael, Fire Like the Sun, 1985. An American guide in Nepal sees his client’s pack fall open to reveal an atomic weapon, putting him into grave peril.
Bonsack, Cornelia, The Parody Murder Case, 1987. A whirlpool of events surrounds the discovery of the 300-pound body of Peregrine Parody, a suspected drug courier, who happens to be related (by Marriage) to the ambassador to the tiny island nation of Beaulinia.
Bowen, Gail, Verdict in Blood, 1998. A teacher and her friend find the body of a judge at the Boy Scout Memorial. Famous for her harsh sentences, the judge lately had tried to find those she had put away in an effort to help them. Did she have a change of heart, or was she senile?
Bowman, Clell Edgar, Human Equation, 1976. Rex Holmes, the 60-year old author of 13 mystery novels, sets out to solve the murder of a co-ed who disappeared two years earlier.
Boyd, Donna, The Passion, 1998. A tale of murder and passion in contemporary Manhattan has its roots in 19th century Paris and a pack of werewolves.
Boyer, Rick, The Whale’s Footprints, 1988. In the fifth mystery by the Edgar-winning author, Doc Adams has brought a young future medical student to help him study whales on Cape Cod and he turns up dead the next morning, with Adams accused of murder.
Boyle, Gerry, Cover Story, 2000. A popular and charismatic New York City mayor is stabbed to death in a hotel restroom and the police reporter on the case, and his cop buddy, are suspects.
Boyle, Thomas, Only the Dead Know Brooklyn, 1985. "The Creep" is a pathological serial killer of women who connects his murders to holidays. He calls in exclusive clues to the good-looking reporter for a third-rate radio station and the police decide to use her as bait.
Braddon, Russell, Funnelweb, 1990. A virtuoso violinist and pathological genius uses Australian funnelwebs—the world’s deadliest spiders—as his weapon of choice to kill a brilliant dancer, an aristocratic playboy, and the lead singer of a punk rock band. Scotland Yard must find the connection between these disparate victims and prevent further murders.
Brandon, Jay, Defiance County, 1996. In a quiet little town in east Texas, a matriarch runs the town’s only business, an apparel factory. Her daughter and her husband have been shot to death and their infant snatched from its crib. The local D.A. is the brother of the leading suspect so a young assistant D.A. is sent from Austin to handle the case.
Brandon, Ruth, Out of Body, Out of Mind, 1987. After a pioneering breakthrough linking telepathic communication to behavior modification, an academic is lured to the more lucrative job of business speculation but soon disappears, so his young assistant begins to search for him and uncovers an extraordinary plot that attempts to guarantee that political and financial predictions come to pass.
Brandt, Charles, The Right to Remain Silent, 1988. A clean cop is framed and spends two years and then must flee the country. He is exonerated 15 years later and returns to a police force that he doesn’t understand due to such changes as the Miranda decision. He goes after those who framed him—criminals who now thrive because of the new police department rules.
Brandt, Nat & Yanna, Land Kills, 1991. A small Vermont town is divided about the controversy of a proposed ski resort and those who will profit from it and those who want to retain the status quo—divided enough to cause several mysterious deaths.
Branon, Bill, Let Us Prey, 1994. (A New York Times Notable Book of the Year when self-published, this is the first commercial edition.) Set in the near future, a tax-weary America, plagued by government waste and corruption, leads some to the notion of violent revolution to bring an out-of-control government to its senses—or its knees—by targeting the IRS: its collection centers, its administrators, and its web of ever more intrusive oversight systems.
Braun, Lilian Jackson, The Cat Who Went Underground, 1989. Reporter Jim Qwilleran heads to his vacation cottage and hires a carpenter to build an addition. Partway through the job, he disappears. Two other carpenters in the small town have also disappeared, and two others have died in freak accidents. Qwilleran investigates, assisted by his cats, Koko and Yum Yum.
Braun, Lilian Jackson, The Cat Who Moved a Mountain, 1992. Reporter Jim Qwilleran has inherited a fortune and wants to think what to do next he heads to the peaceful Potato Mountains, where a rich developed has been murdered and the wrong man convicted. Qwilleran investigates, assisted by his cats, Koko and Yum Yum.
Breen, Jon L., Listen for the Click, 1983. Olivia Barchester, a life-long devotee of mystery novels, puts her knowledge to use when the jockey who rode her greatest racehorse to numerous victories is found dead at her estate.
Brennan, Carol, Full Commission, 1993. New York’s real estate market can be murder, and one firm has a problem. People trying to sell their apartments also have a problem: a society woman’s face is burned by her face cream, a movie star is almost blinded by the contents of his shampoo bottle, a dentist’s Scotch puts him in the hospital. Then things get really nasty.
Bringle, Mary, Little Creatures Everywhere, 1991. A New York City book editor flies to the Pacific Northwest for a vacation, staying at an historic hotel owned by an old friend. But the vacation becomes less peaceful when a body is discovered stuffed in a linen closet.
Bringle, Mary, Murder Most Gentrified, 1988. A greedy landlord forces a much-loved bookstore to close its doors for good. Soon, the shop’s window displays a plastic skeleton that seems to be snorting cocaine, and, later, on a frosty January evening, a dead body. (One corner is bumped.)
Bringle, Mary, The Man in the Moss-Colored Trousers, 1986. In a village seven miles north of Dublin, a group of children discover the body of a man stuffed in the derelict grandstand of a ramshackle racecourse. He has no identification, but the case soon takes on international flavor with questions involving the IRA, the British Secret Service and the United Arab Emirates.
Briody, Thomas Gately, Rogue’s Justice, 1996. A Rhode Island reporter encounters numerous crimes and a bizarre cast of characters in his second case: a mob enforcer who sits on people, a state worker who collects body parts, and a very hungry reptile.
Brod, D.C., Masquerade in Blue, 1991. The best journalist in Foxport, Illinois, is in jail in connection with the murder of a developer. The top suspect is The Blue Fox, a zealous environmentalist who is said to stop at nothing for the good cause. Convinced that the Fox had nothing to do with the crime, the journalist refuses to reveal his identity and faces contempt of court chanrges and more time in the clink.
Brod, D.C., Paid in Full, 2000. When a private investigator is sent to collect a delinquent payment from a wealthy stockbroker, he finds his quarry has disappeared—as have the funds of many of his clients. (Issued without dust jacket.)
Brown, Alan, Princess, 1989. On holiday in Spain with Prince Charles, Princess Diana goes on a motorcycle ride with the King of Spain. They are stopped by three gunmen who beat the king and kidnap Di. The terrorists have huge demands and Charles fails to pull off a secret bargain. Two undercover agents, one British, one Spanish, have only five days to find Diana alive.
Brown, Rita Mae, & Sneaky Pie Brown, Murder on the Prowl, 1998. The town is shocked to read the obituary of the popular principal of an exclusive private school, and is even more stunned when they learn that he’s alive. Then another fake obituary of the principal appears. The local cats band together to learn that the malice behind the pranks will lead to murder.
Brown, Rita Mae, & Sneaky Pie Brown, Pawing Through the Past, 2000. A 20th high school reunion turns sinister when all the alumni receive letters that read "You’ll never get old." After two murders, no one can take the notes as a prank. It’s up to Mrs. Murphy, the tiger cat, and her feline friends to prevent further trouble.
Brown, William F., Thursday at Noon, 1987. It is October of 1962 and the Cuban missile crisis is only one problem facing the world. Egypt is sinking into chaos and Nasser has a German scientist building him a rocket. Spies and counterspies are everywhere—Israelis, Germans, Americans, Soviets, and British. And, at noon on Thursday, the world will tilt on its axis.
Browne, Dennis James, M, 1992. In this modern day version of Wuthering Heights, Miles Spaulding, a wealthy but handicapped teenager, falls in love with Clare, who loves the poor James Andreos. She gets pregnant but Andreos leaves town without her. Twenty-three years later, Miles and Clare have lunch--served by Andreos. Miles recognizes him and seeks revenge for the long-ago slight, but Andreos , not what he seems, has his own plans for vengeance.
Bruno, Anthony, Bad Guys, 1988. The first novel about Mike Tozzi and Bert Gibbons, two renegade agents who are at the center of a war between the FBI and the Mafia. It’s simple for Tozzi, who decides to simply kill the criminals he arrested and who were released on technicalities. But, of course, it’s much more complicated, since there is ample evidence that an FBI agent is inside the Mafia and caused the murder of three other agents.
Bruno, Anthony, Bad Blood, 1989. Mike Tozzi and Bert Gibbons, the FBI’s most colorful agents, find themselves in a battle with the deadly partnerships of the Mafia and its Japanese equivalent, the Yakuza. Warned to fight the bad guys strictly by the book, they are forced to circumvent the law when the case begins with two teenagers in a VW big sliced nearly in half.
Bruno, Anthony, Bad Business, 1991. The D.A. gets a break on a racketing trial when one of the mob defendants decides to turn state’s evidence. It’s not such a big break for the two FBI agents whose job it is to keep the crook alive until he testifies, especially when he is brutally murdered and they are suspected of the hit.
Buchan, James, Davy Chadwick, 1987. In a small town in southern Italy, Dawn and John Chadwick pursue a marginal and slightly shady lifestyle. When Davy, their five-year-old-son disappears, their lives are brought into focus, resulting in rage, suspicion and hysteria.
Buchanan, Edna, Never Let Then See You Cry, 1992. True crime stories in Miami by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist of The Miami Herald.
Buchanan, Edna, Suitable for Framing, 1995. Miami Herald crime reporter Britt Montero becomes suspicious when the ambitious new crime reporter keeps getting headline stories, but are some of the victims being manipulated.
Buchanan, Edna, Garden of Evil, 1999. Miami Herald crime reporter Britt Montero goes after the story of a woman as the Kiss Me Killer who has murdered a sheriff and lures men into having sex with her before killing them, dumping their bodies in ditches, woodlands and along highways, having stolen their cars, money and valuables.
Buchanan, William J., Present Danger, 1986. America’s best pilot is assigned to take the Air Force’s newest, most secret spy plane on a final test flight. The pilot and the plane crash into the Pacific Ocean for no apparent reason but a tough general doesn’t believe in the unknown and sets out to find what caused the mysterious disappearance.
Bunn, Thomas, Worse Than Death, 1989.Nora and Dirk Toland tried for years to adopt a baby and finally succeed when they give a sleazy baby broker an under-the-table $20,000. Their joy abruptly ends three months later when the baby is kidnapped and the broker demands another $10,000 for her return—money they simply don’t have. They hire a PI who wonders why Dirk wants him off the case and what happened to the baby sitter who witnessed the kidnapping.
Burke, Alan Dennis, Dead Wrong, 1990. An experienced carpenter ambitiously becomes an independent contractor whose partner has involved him in a "can’t miss" project of a dozen homes in a seaside development. Cash flow problems ensue and he believes they are the fault of his partner, who is killed with nails fired from a carpenter’s gun, making him the prime suspect.
Burke, Jan, Dear Irene, 1995. Still hobbling from her last case, reporter Irene Kelly’s first day back on the job brings a note signed "Thanatos," the ancient Greek name for Death. A series of murders terrorize a beach town while Irene receives further letters containing mythological puzzles as clues.
Busch, Frederick, Don’t Tell Anyone, 2000. A mixed collection of short stories by a brilliant fiction writer. In "Heads," a mother is haunted by her own past when her daughter is accused of murder.
Byrne, Robert, Thrill, 1995. The fastest, scariest, most dangerous amusement park ride in the world is "Thrill." When a teenage girl is thrown to her death in a chilling manner, the owner of the park agrees to make it slower and safer. But the designer is outraged than anyone would tamper with his masterpiece. The first ride of the redesigned roller coaster is filled with dignitaries and officials who want to reassure the public that it’s safe. But is it?
Campbell, Robert, Nibbled to Death by Ducks, 1989. Chicago sewer inspector Jimmy Flannery finds some suspicious deaths at an old age home but no one wants to investigate because some powerful politicians have investments in old age homes. This is the first hardcover in the series that won an Edgar for The Junkyard Dog.
Campbell, R. Wright, Malloy’s Subway, 1981. Malloy, a former NYPD cop who took four slugs to the gut, now works in the New York City subway system and hunts for a serial killer who kills subway riders. Review slip laid in. The author (Robert Campbell) was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay of The Man of a Thousand Faces.
Campbell, R. Wright, Honor, 1987. A man in a homburg lies dead in the snow of Belgrade, murdered, and a policeman tracks the killer into party headquarters itself.
Cannell, Dorothy, God Save the Queen!, 1997. Sir Henry Gossinger has shocked his beloved old family by changing his will and leaving everything to Hutchins, the butler. Sadly, all Hutchins will inherit is a place in the cemetery when he’s found murdered in the privy. The author is an Edgar nominee.
Canter, MacKenzie, The Indictment, 1994. Kendall Wilkinson is a small town Southern lawyer who is afraid that the murder of his friend and cousin will reveal his affair with the victim’s wife and make him a suspect with a motive.
Caputi, Anthony, Storms and Son, 1985. Hugh Storms, a Buffalo lawyer whose wife ran off with another man years ago, is pleased to receive letters from his son in New York who tells him of kicking drugs, taking acting lessons, and getting his life together. When he is found murdered, Storms comes to New York to learn that the letters were all lies and he goes into the drug underworld to find the murderer, but justice will be hard to find.
Carlon, Patricia, The Souvenir, 1996. This novel by an Australian writer reveals a foolproof plot—two suspected murderers who have accused each other and, as a result, neither can be found guilty.
Carlson, P.M., Bad Blood, 1991. Maggie Ryan, a statistician and mother (as well as the heroine of seven previous novels), comes home with her husband to find a runaway teenager on her doorstep. Wanted for questioning in the murder of a widower popular with the bridge-playing ladies of the of the local church.
Carmello, Charles, La Mattanza and the Sicilian Madness, 1986. An accurate portrayal of the Mafia and the violent crimes associated with the cases that became known as "The Pizza Connection."
Carnell, Jennifer, Murder, Mystery and Mayhem, 1988. In the slumbering village of Penton, a reputable spinster sells everything she owns to buy a used Rolls-Royce to set out on an adventure. She arrives at the Waddington Castle Hotel in time for Christmas of 1936 but soon there is a corpse. Then another, and another…
Carrier, Warren, Death of a Chancellor, 1986. When the university chancellor in a small Wisconsin town is murdered, there are plenty of suspects, including a campus cop with a questionable past, an American Indian who claims discrimination and organizes sit-ins, and a math professor dismissed for sexual harassment.
Caswell, Robert L., Death Wore Skis, 1991. A skier dressed in black emerges on the slopes of a Colorado resort, kills suddenly, and disappears just as quickly.
Caverly, Carol, Frogskin and Muttonfat, 1996. A reporter for Chicago’s Western True Adventure Magazine heads to Wyoming to vacation with an old flame and also to interview Kid Corcoran, last of the old-time bandits, who was recently released from prison. When another reporter is murdered, the logical suspect is the Kid.
Champion, David, Nobody Roots for Goliath, 1996. Mega-lawyer Bomber Hanson takes on the tobacco industry. The plaintiff is a blind Pennsylvania Dutch father who has lung cancer and twelve adorable young daughters.
Chapman, Sally, Raw Data, 1991. A talented rising star of Silicon Valley’s nascent computer industry becomes in a murder investigation when an employee of the important Project 6 is found stuffed into the back of a huge mainframe.
Charnee, David, Party Till You Die, 1991. D.L. Blacker is no ordinary attorney. After work, he can be found trying on wigs and applying makeup. He is a clown who, with his struggling juggler friend, tries to find a murderer who has infiltrated their little band of performers.
Charyn, Jerome, The Black Swan, 2000. A non-mystery memoir of growing up in the Bronx by one of the most original writers of our time, mainly focused on his youth when he worked for a local gangster.
Clark, Mary Higgins, I’ll Be Seeing You, 1993. A television news reporter sees a young woman who has been stabbed to death and knows she must find the murderer because her missing father is assumed to be the killer. Inscribed and signed (To Otto & Carolyn, just because I love you! Mary. (with a small sketch), also signed in full and dated 5/11/93). This is a duplicate from Otto’s collection.
Clark, Mary Jane, Do You Want to Know a Secret?, 1998. A newsman is killed at the station and his recently widowed thinks she has the inside track on a big story until she realizes it’s bigger than she thought, possibly going all the way to the White House.
Cluster, Dick, Return to Sender, 1988. A Boston-based foreign car mechanic and part-time detective is asked to retrieve a package recently mailed to Germany before it reaches its destination, not knowing he was getting involved in a drug underworld that will threaten his life.
Cluster, Dick, Repulse Monkey, 1989. A Boston-based professional auto mechanic and part-time detective comes home to find his daughter’s babysitter missing, having left saying that someone was dead. Soon, she is a suspect in the death of her boyfriend. Inscribed and signed (To Carolyn and Otto), another duplicate from Otto’s collection.
Coburn, Andrew, Sweetheart, 1985. An FBI agent recruits a Boston policeman to infiltrate the local Mafia and soon the honest cop finds himself sympathetic to the charming capo.
Coburn, Andrew, Love Nest, 1987. A charming and beautiful young prostitute touched the lives of many in a small New England town, not least the policeman investigating her murder.
Coburn, Andrew, Goldilocks, 1989. In a corrupt New England town, where the cops are on the take and people who runs things are the crooks, a tall, good-looking blond man moves in—a man so vicious that he makes everyone know that life was a fairy tale before he showed up.
Coburn, Andrew, Voices in the Dark, 1994. The police chief of an idyllic New England town investigates the death of a 16-year-old boy, trying to determine if he died by accident or suicide. Then, an eccentric drifter in town announces that he is a child killer.
Cody, Liza, Backhand, 1992. Gritty London private eye Anna Lee is hired to investigate shady dealings in the world of high fashion, an assignment that soon turns far more sinister and dangerous.
Coel, Margaret, The Lost Bird, 1999. Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden gets a visit from a Hollywood star who turns out to be involved, albeit not directly, with the murder of a frail old priest on a reservation in the middle of Wyoming.
Cohen, Stephen Paul, Heartless, 1986. When an alcoholic finds his junkie friend murdered, he realizes the NYPD don’t really care who killed him, so he sets out to solve the crime himself.
Colbert, James, Skinny Man, 1990. A Tulane dropout who has recently been suspended from the New Orleans police force, Skinny becomes involved with a luscious blonde, an arsonist-for-hire, and a phalanx of other questionable types.
Coles, Katherine, The Measurable World, 1995. Trying to reconcile with her estranged husband in a dark parking lot, botanist Grace Stern sees him shot to death but can’t identify the killer. The dust jacket describes this as "An erotic urban thriller."
Collee, John, Kingsley’s Touch, 1984. A strange Indian mystic claims that a pragmatic surgeon is the Messiah of an ancient sect and has the power to heal with a single touch. When three of his patients miraculously develop a resistance to cancer, he looks for the suddenly elusive mystic, setting of a series of chaotic and violent events.
Collins, Eliza, Going, Going, Gone, 1986. An art dealer, forced to sell her favorite painting in order to keep her gallery open, is desperate to buy it back when it appears at auction ten years later. But the sale is filled with back-stabbing, a possible Master painting, and murder.
Comfort, Bonnie, Denial, 1995. An attractive single therapist takes a client who is pleased with his role as a Lothario. Although she is drawn to him, she rebuffs his advances, making him more and more determined. When he begins to stalk her, engineering "chance" meetings and stealing small objects from her office, she realizes she may be in trouble.
Conant, Susan, Gone to the Dogs, 1992. Holly Winter, columnist at Dog’s Life, becomes involved in a Christmas-time mystery when a New Hampshire poet-veterinarian disappears soon after getting into a fight with the owner of a sled dog that died in his care.
Conley, Martha, Growing Light, 1993. A woman founds a New Age software company, Growing Light, only to have her husband take it away from her. When he is found dead, she is only one of countless suspects who are happy to see him gone.
Connolly, Cyril, and Peter Levi, Shade Those Laurels, 1990. This manuscript of a literary whodunit by one of the great literary figures of the 1940s and ‘50s was left unfinished at his death and is here completed by his friend, a renowned Oxford scholar.
Connor, Beverly, A Rumor of Bones, 1996. Forensic anthropologist Lindsay Chamberlain is doing a dig of an ancient Indian village when she discovers the bones of a woman that have been buried for only 50 years. Then she turns up another skeleton…and another.
Conroy, Richard Timothy, The India Exhibition, 1992. An old-school gentleman in charge of an important exhibition at the Smithsonian finds himself tempted by a pretty young woman, and the next thing he knew was that the half-ton gold statue of Chandra with its girdle of rubies was gone.
Conroy, Richard Timothy, Mr. Smithson’s Bones, 1993. A middle-aged foreign services officer has been relegated to humdrum duty at the Smithsonian until he takes on the role of amateur detective to learn who is decimating the executive staff of "the nation’s attic"—and why.
Cook, Bob, Fire and Forget, 1991. A president makes a joke that the U.S. is on the way to war with the Soviet Union. It is accidently broadcast over national airwaves and an automatic response is triggered in a satellite that does not take orders from base. Americans, British and Soviets team to try to stop its response.
Cook, Bruce, Rough Cut, 1990. Chico Cervantes, a gun-shy former Los Angeles cop turned private eye, agrees to protect a German filmmaker’s daughter, who is threatened with kidnapping. He doesn’t realize that he is taking on an L.A. street gang.
Cook, Bruce, The Sidewalk Hilton, 1994. Chico Cervantes is hired to find a missing Chicago millionaire in Los Angeles. Traced to a posh hotel suite, he appears to have brutally murdered but his daughter proves it wasn’t the missing man, who turns up in a park with a group of homeless men.
Cook, Robin, Acceptable Risk, 1994. A neuroscientist grows a poisonous mold taken from the site of the Salem witch trials to create a new designer drug that works as an amazing antidepressant with unintended consequences.
Cooper, Natasha, Poison Flowers, 1991. Private detective and best-selling novelist Willow King investigates when a retired school matron in Newcastle, an upwardly mobile young couple in Fulham, and a popular actress in Islington all die of poisoning with a few months—the work of a suspected serial killer.
Cooper, Natasha, Sour Grapes, 1997. True first U.K. edition. Private detective and best-selling novelist Willow King visits a man in jail who claimed his car had been stolen when it was involved in a hit-and-run accident. Then he admitted he was the driver. Now he insists his first story was the truth. Willow must find out why he lied.
Cooper, Natasha, Fault Lines, 1999. True first U.K. edition, second printing. When a key social worker, the key witness in a case of child abuse, fails to show up at court to testify, barrister Trish Maguire rushes to her flat, only to find her savagely murdered.
Cooper, Susan Rogers, Chasing Away the Devil, 1991. Oklahoma sheriff Milt Kovak has finally worked up the courage to ask his longtime girlfriend to marry him. He is shocked when she rebuffs him with no explanation. The next day, she is found murdered.
Coovelis, Mark, Gloria, 1994. In a noir style reminiscent of James M. Cain, the author explores the story of a man who investigates the death of his beloved younger sister and discovers mysteries for which he hadn’t bargained.
Corman, Avery, Prized Possessions, 1991. A wealthy, happy family appear to have created a perfect life when their beautiful, friendly, outgoing daughter goes off to a good college and is raped in the first week by a star tennis player. Her father is driven to see that he is brought to justice as the act destroys his family. By the author of Kramer vs. Kramer.
Cormany, Michael, Lost Daughter, 1988. A typical alienated teenager disappears from her affluent family, which hires an off-beat private eye who is afraid of guns and is a part-time rock musician. He quickly finds her, only to have her become the logical suspect in a murder as soon as she returns and she disappears again—this time without a trace.
Corpi, Lucha, Eulogy for a Brown Angel, 1992. A Chicano civil rights march is disrupted by the LAPD and, when the tear gas settles, a young Chicana activist finds the body of a four-year old child dead in the street. Before long, two other people are dead, and the inexperienced young woman determines to find out what happened.
Cory, Desmond, The Catalyst, 1991. When the student of a mathematics professor is found dead, and then his much younger wife and her friend are also murdered, he is the most likely suspect.
Cose, Ellis, The Best Defense, 1998. A high-powered defense attorney who is a rising media star is opposed by her former boyfriend, an underdog assistant district attorney in a trial that explores the difference between justice and revenge.
Costopoulos, William C., Guilty of Innocence, 2000. A divorced attorney lives with his beloved 11-year-old daughter until she suddenly disappears, sending him off on a furious cross-country quest until he finds her, kidnapped by his former wife—and now in grave danger.
Craft, Michael, Flight Dreams, 1997. A Chicago socialite disappears and, seven years later, a reporter who has insisted all along that she was alive is given an assignment by his editor: prove it or lose your job. His quest puts his own life in danger.
Craig, Alisa (the pseudonym of Charlotte MacLeod), A Dismal Thing to Do, 1986. A Detective Inspector of the Mounties searches for his missing wife, who has narrowly missed being crushed by a falling truck, been trapped by falling timbers in a blown-up barn, had her car stolen, and narrowly escaped a fate worse than death by burned to a crisp inside a supposedly empty farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.
Crane, Caroline, The Foretelling, 1982. Reluctantly agreeing to tell fortunes at a charity carnival, a palm reader sees too much, including the imminent deaths of two people.
Crane, Caroline, Circus Day, 1986. A woman and her two children are kidnapped at gunpoint by two bank robbers and ordered to drive them for hours to safety. She knows that when they reach their destination, she and the children will be killed.
Crane, Caroline, Man in the Shadows, 1987. A recently divorced fashion model bids goodnight to a friend and goes to her apartment and waiting children. A threatening phone call immediately follows. The next day, her friend is found shot to death. Then one of her children is nearly killed.
Crane, Caroline, The People Next Door, 1988. A couple move to a nice new home but soon realize that their neighbors are not quite what they seem, having endured a tragedy that soon threatens their own children.
Crawford, Max, Six Key Cut, 1986. Two drug dealers abscond with $10,000,000 worth of cocaine, burning the Columbian who fronted the deal. They try to fake their deaths, but they’re in deeper waters than they knew, and there are those who want to exact very serious revenge.
Crawford, R.H.E., Fifty/Fifty, 1994. There was the judge, a Jaguar, U.S. Highway 50, and a girl. How could a prudent man guess that a mere slip of a girl could carry so much trouble? The judge and the girl made a deal: 50/50. Did the deal include murder and mayhem?
Crichton, Michael, Disclosure, 1994. An up-and-coming executive is called to a closed-door meeting with his new boss, a woman who had been his lover ten years earlier. Accused of sexually harassing her, he finds himself trapped between the truth and what others will assume.
Crider, Bill, Shotgun Saturday Night, 1987. Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes knows it’s going to be a bad day when Bert Ramsey drops a neatly wrapped arm on his desk and tells him he has another one in the truck, and "a couple of legs, too, but they don’t match up." Things only get worse when Ramsey is shot to death.
Crider, Bill, Cursed to Death, 1988. Sheriff Dan Rhodes calms down the local dentist and real estate entrepreneur who claims that one of his tenants is a witch who has laid a curse on him—that all his teeth will fall out. Instead, his wife is found bludgeoned to death.
Crider, Bill, A Ghost of a Chance, 2000. Sheriff Dan Rhodes has encountered many bizarre situations but none wackier than his prisoners complaining that the jail is haunted, an assertion supported by a group of teenagers who burst into the jail to say they’ve seen ghosts in the cemetery.
Criscuolo, C. Clark, Wiseguys in Love, 1993. The author’s first novel features a law school dropout who is inducted against his will into the neighborhood mob, difficult for him because his mother has a strict curfew and hides his bullets. He meets a wholesome girl from the Midwest who another mobster wants to introduce to his mother.
Criscuolo, C. Clark, Bank Robbers, 1995. A reformed but bored former bank robber, a newly widowed woman petrified of having to move to Florida because of her children, and a sweet older New York woman looking for a little fun meet up after 30 years and decide the solution to their problems would be to rob a bank.
Crockett, Linda, Carousel, 1993. A woman inherits the estate of her mother’s husband but knows they never married, the fortune rightfully someone else’s. Not really a mystery.
Crombie, Deborah, All Shall Be Well, 1994. The second adventure of Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James brings Kincaid home to find his terminally ill friend and neighbor dead. An autopsy shows that she died from a lethal dose of morphine. Did she commit suicide or was she murdered as, if so, why would someone kill a person with months to live?
Crombie, Deborah, Mourn Not Your Dead, 1997. First U.K. edition. Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James investigate the murder of Commander Alastair Gilbert of the Metropolitan Police, beaten to death in his own home. Did he interrupt a burglary in process, or was there another motive?
Curtis, Jack, The Confessor, 1997. True first U.K. edition. A man has made a lifetime career out of killing people, enjoying the process of selecting his victim, watching the life ebb. But it’s a lonely profession, and he wants someone to share it with, so he calls the police station to confess to being a murderer, planning to take as his partner the person who takes the call.
Cutler, Judith, Dying on Principle, 1996. True first U.K. edition. A woman takes a temporary research post at a strange college that seems to lack students. A colleague is murdered, and she finds both her office and her home have been bugged.
Cutler, Stan, Best Performance by a Patsy, 1991. The great macho detective who had cracked one of Hollywood’s most infamous murder cases has retired and plans to write a tell-all autobiography with the aid of a hip, gay novelist. As the story of his case evolves, it seems he might have overlooked a few points and sent the wrong guy to jail. Meanwhile, they are stalked by someone willing to do anything to prevent the publication of the memoir.
Dain, Catherine, Angel in the Dark, 1999. A woman grief-stricken over the death of her husband, visits a psychic to be reassured that his spirit is healed on another plane of existence. She learns that his death may not have been a random act of violence, so she becomes involved in the world of psychics and soon a series of accidents befall her new friends.
Daley, Robert, Man with a Gun, 1988. Life in the New York City Police Department with its numerous intrigues and various crimes are brought to life by the multiple best-selling author of Prince of the City; does for the NYPD what Joseph Wambaugh did for the LAPD.
D’Amato, Barbara, Hardball, 1990. In the first adventure of Chicago journalist Cat Marsala, she is at a staid sherry reception at the University of Chicago when a packet cigarettes explodes, killing the controversial but sweet, grandmotherly lady next to her and hospitalizing Cat. She knows something happened just before the bomb went off but can’t quite remember what it was.
D’Amato, Barbara, Hard Luck, 1992. Chicago journalist Cat Marsala is writing a story about the state lottery when the advertising manager asks if she would like to do an expose. When she arrives the next day to get the lowdown, the whistle-blower plummets from a high window.
Dams, Jeanne M., Trouble in the Town Hall, 1996. Town snoop Dorothy Martin sees movement in the closed Town Hall and stops to see what it is. She meets the cleaning lady and together they find a body. Soon afterward, they see the body has had its eyes closed and arms moved.
Daniel, David, The Skelly Man, 1995. Former Lowell, Massachusetts, cop turned private eye Alex Rasmussen becomes involved with a TV personality who is getting hate mail.
Daniel, David, and Chris Carpenter, Murder at the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1996. While visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame, an ex-NYC cop witnesses the death of a former major leaguer and his investigation uncovers life lived at the edge, which may explain why his once-promising career went into sudden decline. And may have led to his death.
Daniel, Mark, The Bold Thing, 1990. If you liked Dick Francis, you’ll like Daniel, who often wrote about horse racing. A former big-time trainer who lost it all when he killed someone in a drunk driving accident gets a new start at the farm where a world class stallion lives. He soon finds himself dealing with an extortionist and a freelance gunman on the lam from the police.
Davidson, Diane Mott, The Grilling Season, 1997. Goldy Schulz is hired to cater a hockey party and things get hotter when her client tells her she blames Goldy’s ex-husband, an ob-gyn, for the death of her baby. Although she likes the idea of revenge, she didn’t expect him to be arrested for killing his current girlfriend.
Davies, Linda, Nest of Vipers, 1995. A successful currency trader in London is asked to go undercover at a corrupt bank but gets more than expected when she learns that the Mafia is involved. The author’s first book.
Davies, Linda, Wilderness of Mirrors, 1996. The author’s second big novel of international financial wheeling and dealing involves drugs and arms trading, racing from London to Southeast Asia.
Davis, Dorothy Salisbury, The Habit of Fear, 1987. A former actress and now newspaper columnist is hurt and angry when her husband asks for a divorce. Blindly walking into a dangerous neighborhood, she is grabbed and raped by two men, but works with the police to find them. Davis is an MWA Grand Master.
Davis, J. Madison, White Rook, 1990. A Pittsburgh P.I. is hired to go to New Orleans to investigate a murder when the victim’s widow finds a circled ad for a hired killer named Castle in a mercenary magazine. He soon learns that there is more than one castle, leading him to a white supremacist group called White Rook.
Davis, Rankin, Abuse of Process, 1996. The true U.K. first edition. A truck driver is arrested and accused of murdering seven teenage girls. Although the trial is already a foregone decision, a court sketch artist sees something that convinces him the man is innocent in this fine legal thriller.
Davis, Thomas D., Suffer Little Children, 1991. Life in a small California town revolves around a church. When the son of the minister disappears, he calls in a private eye who learns that neither the minister nor his son were universally loved.
Davis, Thomas D., Consuming Fire, 1996. An author of books on grief and healing receives anonymous threats and hires a private eye to find out who is making them. A simple case becomes entwined with a series of murders of children who have been kidnapped, knocked out, accuses the P.I. of the murders.
Davis, Victor, The Ghost Maker, 1996. The true first U.K. edition. Captain Jack Boulder was a top marksman in the British army but he was busted when he overstepped in Northern Ireland. Now running a gun club in New York, he gets a call offering 500 pounds just for listening and is then told he’s the only man for a very special job. A thriller similar to The Day of the Jackal.
Dawson, David Laing, Double Blind, 1992. A doctor putting in late hours at a Baltimore hospital suddenly realizes that an inordinate number of patients have shown to be psychotic and HIV positive. Convinced it is not a coincidence, he investigates and someone with crucial evidence dies and he comes under relentless attack.
Dawson, Janet, Take a Number, 1993. A woman who has been battered hires Jery Howard to protect her when she seeks a divorce and half of everything her husband has—including the small fortune he amassed illegally.
Dawson, Janet, Don’t Turn Your Back on the Ocean, 1994. A beautiful young woman was last seen arguing with her boyfriend, and now she’s dead of a drowning that was not an accident. The suspect is Jeri Howard’s cousin and she is convinced of his innocence, wondering if the murder is connected to a series of recent mutilations of pelicans and a vendetta against a restaurant.
Dawson, Janet, A Credible Threat, 1996. A pleasant old shingle house in Berkeley becomes the target of vicious anonymous phone calls, and then the plants in the garden are mutilated. It seems like vandalism until a pipe bomb is thrown through the window. P.I. Jeri Howard investigates.
Dawson, Janet, Witness to Evil, 1997. Private Investigator Jeri Howard is hired to go to Paris to bring back an 18-year-old who has gone to visit Holocaust memorials and find the French family who sheltered her grandmother during WWII. But back home in the San Francisco Bay area, she finds that Nazism is still alive and that she needs to protect her young charge.
Day, DeForest, August Ice, 1990. A stranger comes to a small Pennsylvania town, asking about a drowning that occurred 35 years earlier. When he turns up dead, a vacationing former Naval Intelligence officer helps investigate and it soon becomes evident that many people have reason not to discuss the long-ago death. Review material laid in.
Day, Dianne, Beacon Street Mourning, 2000. Fremont Jones takes her gravely ill father home and he dies soon after, even though he had been improving. Fremont suspects her detested stepmother, but then she is shot to death—which may exonerate her.
Day, Marele, Lambs of God, 1998. Nuns living in a forgotten monastery on a remote island live their lives in quiet peace until a priest shows up with plans to turn the island into a resort for the wealthy. Although the author has written numerous crime novels, this doesn’t appear to be one.
Dean, S.F.X., Nantucket Soap Opera, 1987. When the sleepy world of Nantucket and the glossy world of Hollywood collide, Prof. Neil Kelly is caught up in the death and destruction that follow.
Debin, David, Nice Guys Finish Dead, 1992. A popular author of the counter-culture 1960s has had little success since. When he argues with his environmental activist girlfriend and she turns up dead, he is the prime suspect and the police haven’t forgotten who he was.
DeGrave, Philip, Keep the Baby, Faith, 1986. A mild-mannered TV listings editor becomes involved with a society blonde with a secret past (and a husband), an unorthodox police lieutenant, and two dramatic but mysteriously inefficient murders. DeGrave is the pseudonym of two-time Edgar-winner William L. DeAndrea.
Delahaye, Michael, Stalking-horse, 1988. A huge jet with 254 passengers mysteriously plunges into the Atlantic when all three engines flamed out. There may be a connection to the assassination of a Bulgarian foreign minister—apparently with the complicity of other officials in Sofia. Review material laid in.
Delaney, Frank, The Amethysts, 1997. The true first U.K. edition. A successful English architect mourns the murder of his lover in a discreet Swiss hotel where he is befriended by an elegant Hungarian couple. They show him pictures of a villa they are remodeling and in one of the photographs sees a small amethyst carving of the Eiffel Tower—the only object missing from the victim’s apartment.
Delman, David, A Week to Kill, 1972. A former football star, now a cop, returns to his home town and starts asking questions about the "accident" that killed his best friend. Is he resented because he’s black or because he’s asking the wrong people the wrong questions?
Delman, David, The Last Gambit, 1991. An internationally ranked chess player is a bit of a rogue and a ladies man, earning him some enemies. When he is threatened, he turns to a Chicago cop who is playing in the same chess tournament that he is—but is it too late?
Denham, Bertie, Foxhunt, 1988. The true first U.K. edition. Combine a vivid description of a day’s foxhunting with an inside look at the machinations of Whitehall and Westminster, and the tale of an idolized politician who turns out to be a blackmailer is filled with rich suspense.
Denhart, Jeffrey, Just Bones, 1996. A small town in Iowa that seemed idyllic, with everyone friendly and close, is turned upside down when the sheriff finds seven skeletons in an old hotel that is being torn down.
Dentinger, Jane, Death Mask, 1988. Josh O’Rourke is directing a stage performance of George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara when one of the actors take his final bow—definitely his final bow—on stage at the opening performance.
Dentinger, Jane, Dead Pan, 1992. Josh O’Rourke, a smart and sassy young actress hasn’t worked in eight months when she goes to Hollywood for a television movie. No sooner does she arrive at the set when the director of photography is found dead and foul play is suspected.
Deverell, William, Street Legal: The Betrayal, 1995. The team of young lawyers created for the hit television series Street Legal become involved when Toronto’s summer heat wave boils over with, among much else, a mob hit over a bowling alley and a serial strangler and rapist.
Dewey, Donald, Reasonable Doubts, 1991. A man is arrested yet again for burglary and faces seven years if convicted. He pleads not guilty, which baffles everyone as a plea bargain would have resulted in a light sentence. The resulting case has far greater consequences than the principals could ever have imagined. There is a small tear at the base of dust jacket’s spine.