Book Genre: Crime

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Ben Mezrich
Manon
4

Although this book was difficult for me to get into, it was certainly a unique, interesting story to read. It was written by Ben Mezrich, who also wrote The Accidental Billionaires, the book on which the film The Social Network is based.  Thad Roberts left behind a...

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Niall Leonard
Mandy M.
4

 Being an avid book lover, I was hesitant to try to read this book in ebook format. I can't say that I particularly enjoyed reading it in a ebook format, but the ebook format is very user friendly which I can appreciate. 

All that aside, this is one of the best thrillers I...

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Sheri Fink
Elaine
5

I wasn't in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, but I felt the pain of the people who waited for days on their rooftops or lived in squalor in the Superdome. How could the response to disaster in the United States have the look and feel of a disaster itself?

Dr. Sheri Fink, physician...

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Sue Grafton
Elaine
5

This is one of my favorites, #13 in the alphabetical list of Sue Grafton novels.  Always cleverly crafted, with witty metaphor and vivid description, "M" is for Malice brings a warmth and tenderness not always found in a murder mystery.  I have enjoyed following the adventures of...

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Derek Landy
Thane
4

Stephanie Edgely was a normal girl. She lived a normal, ordinary, dull life. That is to say, she used to live a normal, ordinary, dull life. Normal went right out the window the day they put her Uncle in the ground. It was at Uncle Gordon's funeral that Stephanie first laid eyes on ...

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Janet Evanovich
Manon
2

I have been a big fan of the Stephanie Plum novels.  In this case, however, I give the book two stars for a few reasons.  Although the books are still humorous and easy to read, as someone who has read all the others, I have started to recognize canned phrases and humor.  The...

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Jack Gantos
Michael
5

Hole in My Life is the autobiographical account of a young man, Jack Gantos, agreeing to sail a yacht from the Virgin Islands to New York City, only to arrive in prison instead of college.

Since high school, Gantos was always in transit. Moving out of the USA (Staint ...

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Gillian Flynn
mbrandstetter
3

Nick and Amy Dunn are a young married couple.  Passionately in love when everything in their lives was peaches and cream, but when Nick loses his job, Amy's parents spend beyond their means and have to borrow her trust fund, Nick's mother becomes terminal with cancer and they move to...

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Pierre Lemaître
Jennifer B.
4

Set in France, Alex begins as the story of a woman who is kidnapped off the street and taken to an empty warehouse, where she's held in a small cage.  Alternating chapters tell the story of Detective Camille Verhoeven, the police officer in charge of finding Alex before it's too...

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Douglas J Preston
mbrandstetter
3

SPOILER ALERT!

As a successful crime novelist, Douglas Preston is very familiar with filling the pages of a book with the twists and turns it takes to make a good mystery.  To research his next book, he and his wife decide to move to Florence, Italy, taking their school-aged children...

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Raymond Chandler
Rebecca
4

"It is not a very fragrant world, but it is the world you live in, and certain writers with tough minds and a cool spirit of detachment can make very interesting and even amusing patterns out of it." --Raymond Chandler, "The Simple Art of Murder"

 

Another building block in my...

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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...