31 BOND STREET

31 Bond Street By Ellen Horan

Based on a true story, mystery and intrigue in pre-Civil War New York The sensational murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell in his lower Manhattan home made front-page news across the United States in 1857. “Who killed Dr. Burdell?” was a question that gripped the nation.

When an errand boy discovers Burdell’s body in the bedroom of his posh Bond Street home. The novel’s central characters are Dr. Harvey Burdell, a dentist and unscrupulous businessman; his lover, the ambitious, Brooklyn-born Emma Cunningham; the District Attorney, Abraham Oakey Hall (later to become mayor of New York); and Henry Clinton, a prominent defense lawyer. The enigmatic relationship between Emma and Dr. Burdell makes her the prime suspect, and her trial is nothing less than sensational. During the trial, the two lawyers fight for truth, justice and their careers. 

AUTHOR: ELLEN HORAN

TILE: 31 BOND STREET

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Crime

Recommendation: http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780007304059/31-bond-street

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THE STRANGER IN TOWN

Back In Town By Marc A. Di Giacomo

The small town of Hutchville, New York is turned upside down. No longer is it the quaint, sleepy, suburb of New York City. Detective Matt Longo is back on the job and embroiled in his latest nightmare. Further complicating matters is the revelation of his partner’s corruption and organized crime ties; Donny Mello has left a bitter trail of lies and deceit. With his kid brother and newly promoted Detective Franny Longo by his side, will Matt be able to put his past behind him? Special Agent Cynthia Shyler, (F.B.I.) has been reassigned due to her meeting with Matt Longo. Will this move complicate their relationship? Or will a new stranger in town spin a web that entangles the entire Hutchville Police Department, especially our most seasoned detective, Matt Longo?

AUTHOR: MARC A. DI GIACOMO

TITLE: BACK IN TOWN

GENRE: Crime, Suspense, Thriller

Recommendation: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/862077.Marc_A_DiGiacomo

RIFLE FILLED WITH BLANKS

Fever Dream By Preston And Child

At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen’s tragic death, only to make a stunning-and dreadful-discovery.

Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead and why? With Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta’s assistance, Pendergast embarks on a quest to uncover the mystery of his wife’s murder. It is a journey that sends him deep into her past, where he learns much that Helen herself had wished to keep hidden. Helen Pendergast had nursed a secret obsession with the famed naturalist-painter John James Audubon, in particular a long-lost painting of his known as the Black Frame. As Pendergast probes more deeply into the riddle-the answer to which is revealed in a night of shocking violence, deep in the Louisiana bayou-he finds himself faced with an even greater question: who was the woman he married?

AUTHOR: PRESTON & CHILD

TITLE: FEVER DREAM

GENRE: Thriller

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MY OPINION: A Must Read

STALKED BY A KILLER

Messages By John Michael Hileman

David Chance can see messages in the sea of words around him, messages that warn him of future events. Words are everywhere on labels, magazines, sign posts, t-shirts everywhere. And as much as David Chance would like to hide from them, he can’t. Words keep leaping off objects around him, forming messages in his mind. But how is this possible? Has his brain suddenly taken an evolutionary leap forward, or are the mysterious messages proof of divine intervention? Driven to answer a question he’d long ago abandoned, and stalked by the killer he’s trying to stop, David risks everything to follow the messages to a dirty bomb set to go off in the heart of Boston. But can he trust the author of the messages to protect him from a terrorist who seems to know his every move.

AUTHOR: JOHN MICHAEL HILEMAN

TITLE: MESSAGES

GENRE: Mystery, Christian Fiction, Thriller

Recommendation: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12179779

SOMEONE WANTS HIM DEAD

Gray Matter By Nick Pirog

Thomas Prescott returns to Seattle, the very place he fled from after his parents’ deaths nearly a decade earlier. Just as Thomas is getting settled in, he sees a body floating in the private cove behind his boyhood home. It is a woman. But not just any woman. The governor of Washington. As the suspense ratchets, and the twists unfold, Thomas is thrown into the middle of the biggest murder investigation in Washington state history. Prescott is forced to confront the demons from his past and unearths a new enemy, one that couldn’t possibly be human, one that has haunted man since the dawn of time.

AUTHOR: NICK PIROG

TITLE: GRAY MATTER

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller

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CON LAW

Con Law By Mark Gimenez

John Bookman,also called by his friends as Book is a tenured professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. He rides a Harley and wears jeans and cowboy boots and his hair too long to suit the conservative dean. He’s thirty-five, handsome and unmarried but seldom without a female companion. He teaches karate and Con Law, law school vernacular for Constitutional Law. He is a recognized constitutional law expert, debates senators on political talk shows and reduces them to blithering fools, writes scathing op-eds, and is often mentioned as a possible Supreme Court nominee. He is famous for taking on lost causes and winning.

Consequently, when he arrives at the law school each Monday morning, hundreds of letters await him, letters from lost causes around the country seeking his help. Some letters are funny, others are sad, most are hopeless. But every now and then, one letter captures his attention. Then, with only his latest law school intern in tow, Professor Bookman takes off on yet another adventure not in search of ancient artifacts like Indiana Jones, but in search of truth and justice “or as close thereto as the law allows. Book investigates a murder in the world of art and fracking in Marfa, Texas.

AUTHOR: MARK GIMENEZ

TITLE: CON LAW

GENRE: Legal Thriller, Fiction

Recommendation: http://www.markgimenez.com

KILLING THEIR OWN

Shell Shock By Steve Stahl

When psychiatrist Dr. Gus Conrad is called to consult by the U.S. army for its growing epidemic of suicides and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) among soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, his problems begin. 

Accused of murdering one of his own patients, a soldier with PTSD, Conrad learns from the mother that the answer to who is the real killer resides in England, where her family holds a long-hidden secret. Now Conrad must find the real killer as he slips out of the country to uncover to his horror the practice over the past century of British and U.S. armies both secretly killing their own soldiers who claimed psychological problems following combat, deeming them cowards, making their deaths look like suicides. The current head of the American death squad has apparently killed Conrad’s patient, and is now targeting Conrad himself for death.  Following the clues in England, Conrad is shocked at what he discovers.

AUTHOR: STEVE STAHL

TITLE: SHELL SHOCK

GENRE: Thriller,Pshychological

Recommendation: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14123984.Steve_Stahl

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THE ESCORT VICTIM

Discretion By Allison Leotta

When a beautiful young woman plummets to her death from the balcony of the U.S. Capitol, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Curtis is summoned to the scene. The evidence points to a sexual assault and murder. The victim is one of the city’s highest-paid escorts. And the balcony belongs to Washington, D.C.’s sole representative to Congress, the most powerful figure in city politics.

The Congressman proclaims his innocence, but he’s in the middle of a tough primary fight, and the scandal could cost him the election. For Anna, the high-profile case is an opportunity. But as the political stakes rise, she realizes that a single mistake could end her career. At the same time, her budding romance with Jack Bailey, the chief homicide prosecutor, is at a crossroads. Determined to gain respect in the office, Anna wants to keep their relationship under wraps. But the mounting pressure and media attention that come with the office’s most important case will inevitably expose their relationship if it doesn’t destroy it first. The investigation leads Anna to Discretion, a high-end escort service that caters to D.C.’s elite. But with each break in the case, the mystery deepens. And the further Anna ventures into D.C.’s red-light underworld, the larger the target on her own back.

AUTHOR: ALLISON LEOTTA

TITLE: DISCRETION

GENRE: Mystery, Crime, Suspense

Recommendation: allisonleotta.com/books

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THE UGLY TRUTH

Elegy For April By Benjamin Black

April Latimer has vanished. A junior doctor at a local hospital, she is something of a scandal in the conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. Though her family is one of the most respected in the city, she is known for being independent-minded; her taste in men, for instance, is decidedly unconventional.

Now April has disappeared, and her friend Phoebe Griffin suspects the worst. Frantic, Phoebe seeks out Quirke, her brilliant but erratic father, and asks him for help. Sober again after intensive treatment for alcoholism, Quirke enlists his old sparring partner, Detective Inspector Hackett, in the search for the missing young woman. In their separate ways the two men follow April’s trail through some of the darker byways of the city to uncover crucial information on her whereabouts. And as Quirke becomes deeply involved in April’s murky story, he encounters complicated and ugly truths about family savagery, Catholic ruthlessness, and race hatred.

AUTHOR: BENJAMIN BLACK

TITLE: ELEGY FOR APRIL

GENRE: Mystery, 

MYSTERY BEHIND THE KILLING

The Killing By David Hewson

Through the dark wood where the dead trees give no shelter Nanna Birk Larsen runs. There is a bright monocular eye that follows, like a hunter after a wounded deer. It moves in a slow approaching zigzag, marching through the Pineseskoven wasteland, through the Pentecost Forest. The chill water, the fear, his presence not so far away. There is one torchlight on her now, the single blazing eye. And it is here.

Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen Police department before moving to Sweden. But everything changes when nineteen-year-old student, Nanna Birk Larsen, is found raped and brutally murdered in the woods outside the city. Lund’s plans to relocate are put on hold as she leads the investigation along with fellow detective Jan Meyer. While Nanna’s family struggles to cope with their loss, local politician, Troels Hartmann, is in the middle of an election campaign to become the new mayor of Copenhagen. When links between City Hall and the murder suddenly come to light , the case takes an entirely different turn. Over the course of twenty days, suspect upon suspect emerges as violence, political intrigue cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.

AUTHOR: DAVID HEWSON

TITLE: THE KILLING

GENRE: Mystery, Suspense, Crime

Recommendation: http://www.goodreads.com

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COLD WAR

The Payback By Mike Lawson

Sent to investigate what he thinks is a case of fraud at a US naval base, all round good-guy and Washington troubleshooter Joe DeMarco soon realises that he’s stumbled on something even more lethal. Accompanied by Emma, an ex Defence Intelligence Agent, DeMarco comes up against a ruthless and vengeful woman, whose hatred of his colleague stems back to when both women were submerged in the cold war. Their encounter destroyed the woman’s career and turned her into a ruthless operative intent on destroying Emma. DeMarco has never been near a spy in his life, and now he is faced with one of the deadliest in the business of espionage, and what’s more he’s not convinced this is someone he can fight. But this time, it’s not just his own life at stake.

AUTHOR: MIKE LAWSON

TITLE: THE PAYBACK

GENRE: Spy, Crime, Action

Recommendation: http://www.abebooks.com/book-search/isbn/9780007197958

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THE LAST DUTY

The Two Minute Rule By Robert Crais

When ex-con Max Holman finally gets out of jail, freedom doesn’t taste too sweet. The only thing on his mind is reconciliation with his estranged son, who is, ironically, a cop. But then he hears the devastating news: His son and three other uniformed cops were gunned down in cold blood in Los Angeles the night before Holman’s release. When the hit is exposed as a revenge killing and the question of police corruption is raised, it becomes a father’s last duty to clear his son’s name and catch the killer.

AUTHOR: ROBERT CRAIS

TITLE: THE TWO MINUTE RULE

GENRE:Crime, Suspense

Recommendation: http://www.robertcrais.com

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THE EVIDENCE

Hard Evidence By John Lescroart

 Assistant D.A. Dismas Hardy finds himself the prosecutor in San Francisco’s murder trial of the century when the first evidence is found in the belly of a shark: a hand sporting a jade ring and a bullet-ridden body of a Silicon Valley billionaire washes up on shore. A Japanese call girl with a long list of prominent clients becomes the suspect. But when a bizarre series of events blows the case wide open, Hardy finds himself on the other side of the law as a lawyer for the defense..?

AUTHOR: JOHN LESCROART

TITLE: HARD EVIDENCE

GENRE: Mystery,Thriller, Suspense, Legal Thriller

Recommendation: http://www.abebooks.com

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I WILL RETURN NOT IN HELL

The Devil's Disciple By Glenn Meade

Kate Moran, 30, is an FBI agent. The day before she is due to marry her fiance, he and his twelve-year-old daughter are abducted and murdered by Constantine Gemal, otherwise known as The Devil’s Disciple, a serial killer obsessed with black magic and ritualistic double-killings. Equally obsessively, Moran tracks Gemal down and brings him to trial. Two years later, just before his execution is carried out, he promises he will return  not in hell but in this life and destroy her. Now the double killings have started all over again. When Kate is assigned the case she treats it as a copycat killing, but then evidence raises the shocking possibility that Gemal may have escaped execution after all. On top of this, as the murders get closer to home she realises he is not the only one who is determined to plot vengeance against her.

AUTHOR: GLEN MEADE

TITLE: THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE

GENRE: Thriller

Recommendation: http://www.alibris.com

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A POSTER BOY FOR DEATH PENALTY

Joe Victim By Paul Cleave

Joe doesn’t remember killing anyone, so there’ s no way a jury can convict him of serial murder. He calls himself Joe Victim, trying, as he awaits trial, to convince the psychiatrists that he wasn’t in control of his actions, trusting that the system will save him in the end.

But others know Joe as the infamous Christchurch Carver and they want to see him dead. There’s Melissa, Joe’s accomplice in one of the murders, who plans on shooting him on his way to the courthouse before he gets a chance to start talking. Then there’s Raphael, whose daughter was one of the Carver’s victims. Though he’s tried to move on with life as the leader of a counseling group for grieving family members, he’d like nothing more than to watch Joe pay. Finally there’s Carl Schroder, the ex-detective who locked Joe up and is determined to put things right for the case of his career. To extract himself from this epic mess, Joe has come up with a desperate plan involving a television psychic who’s looking to get rich by making people believe just about anything. It’s a long shot, but it had better work before he becomes the poster boy for a death penalty that may be reinstated in New Zealand, which isn’t quite the dramatic ending he is hoping for.

AUTHOR: PAUL CLEAVE

TITLE: JOE VICTIM

GENRE: Thriller

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MY OPINION: A Must Read