Book Genre: Crime

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Pierre Lemaître
Becker
3

A young woman named Alex is kidnapped from the street in Paris, held in a wooden crate in an abandoned warehouse, is waiting to die. Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven reluctantly takes the case--his wife was kidnapped and murdered, and his boss needs him to focus on new cases, not dwell on the...

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Thomas Harris
Rebecca
4

I have hinted at this in other reviews, but I will say it now directly: horror and I do not get along. When I was a kid, if I saw a horror movie by accident, I wouldn't sleep for weeks. Thankfully, as an adult,...

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Patricia Highsmith
Charles
3

Ripley Under Ground is the second book in a five part series written by Patricia Highsmith.  That being said, it is not a requirement to have read the first one as the author quickly recaps the important events.  The main character, Thomas Ripley, is a dark, maniacal man who gets...

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Scott Snyder
Michael
3

Batman: The Black Mirror is a storyline bound together in one collection, encompassing 11 individual comic books. This storyline features Dick Grayson as Batman (not Bruce Wayne), written by Scott Snyder with illustrations by Jock and Francesco Francavilla.

This...

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Tarquin Hall
Josh
4

I came across this book quite by accident but was glad that I gave it a chance. I am sometimes wary of reading books written by expatriates but Tarquin Hall has a good grasp of the intricacies of Indian society and adequately conveys the various class distinctions as well as  the...

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Tim Seeley
Laurie.
4

Cooper, one of the young characters sums up volume 2 best: "Life isn't a video game. Sometimes people have to die." And they do. I am squeamish and while I made lots of faces and uttered some words out loud, the art and storyline kept me turning the pages. Each new chapter is kicked off with a...

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Tim Seeley
Becker
3

Welcome to Wausau, Wisconsin, the world of Revival, billed as a "rural noir." This graphic format book is a contains mystery, the supernatural, an interesting spin on zombies, small town secrets, and interesting characters. The story opens on a day when 23 previously dead folks wake up and are...

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Rebecca Musser
Debbie
4

Rebecca Musser shares her experiences with the FLDS, the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints, an extreme polygamist sect of the Mormon faith.  She became the 19th wife of 85 year old, Prophet Rulon Jeffs.  After years of abuse, she escapes from the culture she truly believed in...

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Joyce Carol Oates
Jennifer D
5

“Black Water” was my first journey into the world of Joyce Carol Oates, and a perfect autumn read. Lush descriptions of the day leading up to a car accident, vignettes of the main character’s life render descriptions of the accident and subsequent entrapment in the car underwater all the more...

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Jim Butcher
Rebecca
3

Storm Front is one of those novels that navigates a couple of genres at once, namely, fantasy (Harry Dresden, the main character, is a wizard) and crime noir (he's also a private investigator who contracts sometimes with the Chicago PD). This is not, however, a slightly-parallel world...

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C. A. (Cheryl A.) Rainfield
Becker
3

Sarah Meadows is 17, and can't wait to have her life change. She's lived with a port wine stain on her face, and the stares and bullying that come with it, all of her life. The day she thinks she will get her first treatment for it, her dad's business crumbles, and they can't afford it. But...

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Kathy Reichs
Becky
3

As the eighth book in Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan series, Cross Bones follows a very familiar format.  My struggle in reviewing the book is how much to let that bother me...or how much does it distract from the writing and the story?

First things first, the Tempe...

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Ingrid Thoft
Emily
2

Meh,... uh let's see, this chick is supposed to be hard boiled or something but I found her to be ridiculous... Immature, angsty, slutty, uneven... The story was absurd... I have no idea how she has all these people that are so loyal to her; she's just a crappy person... Uhm, there were so many...

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Gillian Flynn
Jennifer D
3

On the day of his 5th wedding anniversary, Nick is shocked when his wife Amy disappears. Their front door is open, the cat is out on the porch, a kettle is boiling on the stove, and there are signs of a struggle in their living room. As the story takes you back and forth between Nick’s bizarre...

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Geoffrey Girard
Josh
4

     Author Geoffrey Girard's protagonist Shawn Castillo is as flawed as they come. You can't help but root for him though especially when you realize who...and what he is up against.  Girard skillfully combines philosophy,  bio-ethics, history, psychology and political...

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Becky Masterman
Becker
5

Brigid Quinn is 59, retired from the FBI, and hoping to put the secrets and lies of her past behind her as she settles into life with her new husband Carlo in Tuscon. When someone confesses to being the Route 66 killer--and the murderer of Quinn's young protegee--Quinn again finds herself...

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Jacquelyn Mitchard
Jennifer H
2

Allie, Rob and Juliet are best friends bound together by their common weakness...Sunlight. All have a serious allergy to sunlight which causes them to lead their lives in the secrecy of darkness. With the desire to feel "alive", the trio eagerly begin to train in parkour. While training one day...

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Alisa Statman
Liberty
5

Written by Sharon Tate's niece, Restless Souls shifts the focus of the infamous 1969 Manson murders from the notorious Manson Family, to the family of the victims.  Riveting and sad, this book provides an insider's view of the murders' aftermath and  tells...

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Ben H Winters
Bobby
3

Tired of post-apocalyptic fiction?  Try some pre-apocalyptic noir whodunit.  Instead of asking how you would survive, this book asks, what would you do if you knew the world was ending in six months? Detective Hank Palace keeps investigating a suspicious suicide while the most of...

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Warren Ellis
Zac
4

The Hero:
NYPD Detective John Tallow – a traumatized loner, who after witnessing his partner’s gruesome murder stumbles into a crime scene like no other: an apartment loaded with guns – displayed in cascading designs covering the walls and floor.

The...

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Harry Bingham
Becker
4

The first novel in a series focusing on Welsh Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, this is both a good procedural mystery and an interesting character study. Prostitutes are being murdered, and DC Griffiths is the only one who sees the connection between them a shipping millionaire who died in a...

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John Connolly
Zac
4

Connolly is a king of calamity - a lyrical master of disaster who stretches the boundaries of the traditional crime novel. His series of Charlie Parker thrillers model seamless psychological suspense.  The Wrath of Angels is the 11th in the series, and may just be the grittiest and...

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Lesléa Newman
Becker
5

Newman describes this book as an historical novel in verse. In the introduction, she talks about being scheduled as a speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in October, 1998, just days after the brutal attack on Matthew Shepard in Laramie. Newman decided to attend the event...

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James Sallis
Brett
5

“Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake.”

As first lines go, it doesn’t get much better than that. This book grabs you...

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Judith Guest
Liberty
5

Inspired by a real unsolved murder case, this riveting novel by the author of Ordinary People​ reads with all the creepiness of true crime.