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#Year1st ReadTitleAuthor(s)My Rating 
1 2010 2023 61 Hours
Jack Reacher #14
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Lee Child  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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"Child is a superb craftsman of suspense, juggling several plots and keeping his herrings well-rouged. Chances are you'll want to seek out other Reacher adventures the moment you finish."
- Entertainment Weekly


A bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation.  In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces.  If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help.  Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

"Masterful... a tour-de-force of both structure and suspense."
- The Providence Journal


Reacher's original plan was to keep on moving.  But the next 61 hours will change everything.  The secrets are deadlier and his enemies are stronger than he could have guessed - but so is the woman he'll risk his life to save.

"Child keeps his foot hard on the throttle.... This is Child in top form, but isn't he always?"
- Booklist (starred review)

"Compulsively addictive [with] an explosive climax that will have you tearing out your hair until Reacher's next appearance."
- The Miami Herald
2 1892 2013 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes #3
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Arthur Conan Doyle  Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4
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3 2011 2023 The Affair
Jack Reacher #16
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Lee Child  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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"The [Reacher] novel fans have been waiting for."
- USA Today


Everything starts somwehere.  For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997.

Reacher is ordered undercover to investigate the murder of a young woman.  Evidence points to a U.S. soldier with powerful friends.  Once in Carter Crossing, Reacher meets local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux, who has a thirst for justice and an appetite for secrets.  Uncertain they can trust each other, they reluctantly join forces.  Reacher works to uncover the truth, while others try to bury it forever.  The conspiracy threatens to  shatter his faith in the mission - and turn him into a man to be feared.

"One of the best Reacher books yet...  The tension builds early and continues nonstop"
- The Miami Herald


"Big, exciting... The Affair shakes up the status quo."
- The New York Times
4 2013 Alex Cross, Run
Alex Cross #20
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James Patterson  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he's made sure that no one will recognize him--by giving himself a new face. A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window, and Alex is called to the scene. The victim recently gave birth, but the baby is nowhere to be found. Before Alex can begin searching for the missing newborn and killer, he's called to investigate a second crime. All of Washington, DC, is in a panic, and when a third body is discovered, rumors of three serial killers send the city into an all-out frenzy. Alex's investigations are going nowhere, and he's too focused on the cases to notice that someone has been watching him--and will stop at nothing until he's dead. With white-hot speed, relentless drama, and hairpin turns, Alex Cross, Run is James Patterson's ultimate thrill ride.
5 2009 Alex Cross's Trial
Alex Cross #15
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Richard DiLallo  
James Patterson  
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SEPARATED BY TIME: From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great-uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan.  Now Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written - a novel called Trial.

CONNECTED BY BLOOD: As a lawyer in Washington, DC, early in the 1900s, Ben Corbett represents the toughest cases.  Fighting against oppression and racism, he risks his family and his life in the process.  When President Roosevelt asks Ben to return to his hometown to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan there, he cannot refuse.

UNITED BY BRAVERY: When he arrives in Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful daughter, Moody.  Ben enlists their help, and the two Crosses introduce him to the hidden side of the idyllic Southern town.  Lynchings have become commonplace, and residents of the black quarter live in constant fear.  Ben aims to break the reign of terror - but the truth of who is really behind it could break his heart.  Written in the fearless voice of Detective Alex Cross, Alex Cross's Trial is a gripping story of murder, love, and, above all, bravery.

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the bestselling writers of all time, with more than 170 million books sold worldwide.  He won an Edgar Award, the mystery world's highest honor, for his first novel.  He lives in Florida.  James Patterson's lifelong passion for books and reading led him to launch a new website, ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children's books for their kids.

RICHARD DILALLO is a former advertising creative director.  He has had numerous articles published in major magazines.  He lives in Manhattan with his wife.

DYLAN BAKER is an actor and director who has been nominated for a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, and an Obie.  Some of his feature film credits include Happiness, Kinsey, Road to Perdition, Along Caine a Spider, and Random Hearts.  On television he has appeared in From the Earth to the Moon, Murder One, and The Laramie Project, among many others.  Baker resides in New York.
6 1993 Along Came a Spider
Alex Cross #1
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James Patterson  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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When nine-year-old Maggie Rose and her best friend, Michael Goldberg, are kidnapped from theirexclusive school in Washington, D.C., it is clear this is not an ordinarycase. Maggie's mother is a superstar actress, and Michael's father is Secretaryof the Treasury.
Together Alex Cross, deputy chief of detectives, and Jezzie Flanagan, supervisorin the Secret Service, must race to save the children.

Performed by Keith David. Keith David's remarkable versatility is demonstrated by his Tony nominated performance in Jelly's Last Jam, his singing in Puccini's La Boheme, his numerous Shakespearean portrayals, and his work in such films as Final Analysis and Platoon.
7 1999 2022 Angels Flight
Harry Bosch #6
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Michael Connelly  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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ANGELS FLIGHT

An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf.  But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the LAPD are so numerious - that it falls to Harry to solve it.  Now the streets are superheating.  Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling.  And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive.  The question is, did any have the guts?

"A FLIGHT WELL WORTH TAKING."
- People

"A STUNNER, SUPERBLY PACED
- Esquire

"CONNELLY IS, QUITE SIMPLY, THE BEST OF THE BEST."
- Philadelphia Inquirer

"CONNELLY RAISES THE BAR OF EXCELLENCE... ONE OF AMERICA'S FINEST WRITERS.  DON'T MISS HIM.
- Cleveland Plain Dealer
8 2007 2023 Bad Luck and Trouble
Jack Reacher #11
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Lee Child  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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"[An] action-packed thrill ride."
- Chicago Tribune


From a helicopter high above the California desert, a man is sent free-falling into the night.  On the streets of Portland, Jack Reacher is pulled out of his wandering life and plunged into the heart of a conspiracy that is killing old friends... and the people he once trusted with his life.

Reacher is the ultimate loner - no phone, no ties, no address.  But a woman from his old military unit has found him using a signal only the eight members of their elite team would know.  Then she tells him a terrifying story about the brutal death of a man they both served with.  Soon Reacher is reuniting with the survivors of his team, scrambling to unravel the sudden disappearance of two other comrades.  But Reacher won't give up - because in a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

A slam-bang yarn filled with [Lee] Child's usual terse life-and-death lessons." - Entertainment Weekly

"A breathless, ultra-cool novel with relentless pacing."
- The Plain Dealer
9 2021 2024 Better Off Dead
Jack Reacher #26
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Andrew Child  
Lee Child  
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Two Childs are
even better than one."

- JAMES PATTERSON

Jack Reacher is back in a brand-new page-turning thriller from acclaimed
#1 bestselling authors Lee Child and Andrew Child.


Reacher goes where he wants, when he wants.  That morning he was heading west, walking under the merciless desert sun - until he comes upon a curious scene.  A
Jeep has crashed into the only tree for miles around.  A woman is slumped over the wheel.

The woman is Michaela Fenton, an army veteran turned FBI agent trying to find her twin brother, who might be mixed up with some dangerous people.  The mysterious Dendoncker rules from the shadows, out of sight and under the radar, keeping his dealings in the dark.

Reacher is good at finding people who don't want to be found.  And a life hangs in the balance.  Maybe more than one.  But to bring Dendoncker down will be the riskiest job of Reacher's life.  Failure is not an option, because in this kind of game, the loser is always better off dead.

"Superb... Smart writing, vivid action scenes, and dramatic twists mark this seamless effort.  Even those for whom this is their first Reacher novel will be clamoring for more."
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of.  I read every one as soon as it appears."
- KEN FOLLETT

"The mixture of brute-force and intellectual problem-solving is just right"
- Booklist
10 2003 The Big Bad Wolf
Alex Cross #9
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James Patterson  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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WHO'S AFRAID?

Alex Bross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered - a predator known only as as the Wolf.

Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied.  Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely.  These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes.  They are being bought and sold.  And it looks as if a shadowy figure called the Wolf - a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime - is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

YOU'RE AFRAID

Even as he admires the FBI's vast resources, Alex grows impatient with the Bureau's clumsiness and caution when it is time to move.  A lone wolf himself, he has to go out on his own in order to track the Wolf and try to rescue some of the victims while they are still alive.

As the case boils over, Alex is in hot water at home too.  His ex-fiancée, Christine Johnson, comes back into his life - and not for the reasons Alex might have hoped.

Full of the unexpected twists and heartrending surprises that James Patterson delivers better than any other suspense writer alive, The Big Bad Wolf is an unforgettable thriller from "one of America's most influential authors" (New York Times).

Peter Jay Fernandez is a New York based actor and narrator.  He has appeared on Broadway in JELLY'S LAST JAM and THE MERCHANT of VENICE, and has performed in numerous off-broadway plays and musicals.  His extensive television credits include FUNNY VALENTINES, THE PROSECUTORS, LAW & ORDER, and COSBY.  He currently lives in Harlem with his wife Denise.

Denis O'Hare won the 2003 Tony award for his performance in TAKE ME OUT, directed by Joe Mantello.  He was also seen in the Broadway productions of MAJOR BARBARA, CABARET, and in the films HAMLET, directed by Campbell Scott, and SWEET AND LOWDOWN, directed by Woody Allen.
11 2012 2023 The Black Box
Harry Bosch #16
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Michael Connelly  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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THE BLACK BOX


Harry Bosch first encountered journalist Anneke Jespersen in a dark alleyway.  She'd been shot, execution-style, on the night Los Angeles burned in riots and the police protected no one.  His investigation was reassigned and the murder was never solved.  Now, twenty years later, Bosch comes across shocking evidence - a gun used in recent crimes is the same one that killed Anneke Jespersen.  With this sliver of a lead, Bosch must pry open the case that he has never been able to forget.

The investigation will stretch from the roughest neighborhoods of Los Angeles to distant battlegrounds where Jespersen once covered bloody conflicts.  What really brought her to Los Angeles?  And in a new age, will Bosch find the "black box," the one piece of evidence that pulls the case together - and makes justice possible at last?

"I decided several years ago that this is the finest crime series written by an American, and nothing in the new book changes my mind."
-Washington Post

"Continues [Connelly's] streak of telling stellar crime stories... one of the top detectives in crime fiction."
-Chicago Sun-Times
12 1992 2022 The Black Echo
Harry Bosch #1
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Michael Connelly  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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THE FIRST HARRY BOSCH NOVEL
WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD
FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL

THE BLACK ECHO


For maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mullholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic.  This one is personal... because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war.  Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam.  From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit.  Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.

"Recalls no one so much as Raymond Chandler... ambitious, skillful, moving, intricate, and clever."
- Los Angeles Times

"Connelly is one of those masters... who can keep driving the story in runaway locomotive style."
- USA Today
13 1993 2022 The Black Ice
Harry Bosch #2
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Michael Connelly  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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THE BLACK ICE

Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing.  Instead, he ends up in a motel room with a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.  Working the case, L.A.P.D. detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago: Don't look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together.  Soon Harry's making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border.  Now this battle-scarred veteran will findhimself in the center of a complex and deadly game - one in which he may be the next and likeliest victim.

"MICHAEL CONNELLY IS ONE OF TODAY'S TOP CRIME NOVELISTS." -Associated Press

"TERRIFIC." -Los Angeles Times Book Review

"OUTLANDISHLY REALISTIC AND DARKLY ENTERTAINING." -Houson Chronicle
14 1998 2022 Blood Work
Terry McCaleb #1
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Michael Connelly  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE HARRY
BOSCH SERIES AND THE LINCOLN LAWYER SERIES

BOOK WORK


When Graciella Rivers steps onto his boat, ex-FBI agent Terrell McCaleb has no idea he's about to come out of retirement.  He's recuperating from a heart transplant and avoiding anything stressful.  But when Graciella tells him the way her sister, Gloria, was murdered, it leaves Terry no choice.  Now the man with the new heart vows to take down a predator without a soul.  For Gloria's killer shatters every rule McCaleb ever learned in his years with the Bureau - as McCaleb gets no more second chances at life... and just one shot at the truth.

"Compelling... A spine-tingling manhunt guaranteed to boost the blood pressure." - People
15 2012 A Bloody Storm
Derrick Storm #0.3
Richard Castle  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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16 2019 2024 Blue Moon
Jack Reacher #24
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Lee Child  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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"Child is at the top of his game in this nail-biter."
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Reacher is on a Greyhound bus, minding his own business, with no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. Then he steps off the bus for a good deed... that turns into something bad. Now Reacher wants to make it right.

An elderly couple owes big money to some dangerous people. One brazen move leads to another, and suddenly Reacher finds himself in the middle of a brutal turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.

Reacher has to stay one step ahead of thugs and assassins. He teams up with a fed-up waitress who knows a little more than she’s letting on, and sets out to make the greedy pay. It’s a long shot. The odds are against him. But Reacher believes in a certain kind of justice... the kind that comes along once in a blue moon.

"Reacher is so irresistible a character that he draws fans from every demographic."
- Nooklist (starred review)
17 2008 2023 The Brass Verdict
Mickey Haller #2
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Michael Connelly  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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THE BRASS VERDICT


After two years of wrong turns, defense attorney Mickey Haller is back in action.  His former colleague Jerry Vincent has been slain and Haller inherits his biggest case yet: defending a Hollywood producer accused of multiple murders.  With a key part of the defense strategy missing, Haller scrambles to prepare for trial - and gets more pressure when he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.  Enter Harry Bosch, who will do whatever it takes to crack the Vincent case, including using Haller as bait.  But as danger quickly mounts, these two loners will soon realize that their only chance is to work as a team.

"HITS IT OUT OF THE PARK."
- DENVER POST

"A TERRIFIC RIDE."
- WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
18 2012 A Brewing Storm
Derrick Storm #0.1
Richard Castle  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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19 2014 2023 The Burning Room
Harry Bosch #17
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Michael Connelly  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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"[Bosch is] one of the most popular and eduring figures in American crime fiction."
- Chicago Tribune

THE BURNING ROOM


In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die a decade after the crime.  So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other clues are virtually nonexistent.

Now Bosch and his new partner, Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving a murder that turns out to be highly charged and politically sensitive.  Beginning with the bullet that has been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old evidence, and these soon reveal that the shooting was anything but random.  When their work starts to threaten careers and lives, Bosch and Soto must decide whether it's worth risking everything to find the truth, or if it's safer to let some secrets stay buried.
20 2015 Career of Evil
Cormoran Strike #3
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CAREER OF EVIL
A Cormoran Strike Novel
by Robert Galbraith


When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed.  There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men.  But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them. ...

Career of Evil is the third book in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott.  A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

"Robert Galbraith has written a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Cormoran Strike to follow the stealth hit The Cuckoo's Calling. ...Astutely observed, well-paced, and full of Galbraith's trademark acerbic wit, The Silkworm thoroughly engages as a crime novel." -Sue Corbett, People on The Silkworm
21 1927 2013 The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes #9
Arthur Conan Doyle  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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22 1997 Cat & Mouse
Alex Cross #4
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James Patterson  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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Alex Cross is back - and so is a raging and suicidal Gary Soneji. Out of prison and dying from the AIDS virus he contracted there, he will get revenge on Cross before he dies. In addition, we are introduced to a new pair of rivals whose paths cross that of Alex and Soneji. Thomas Augustine Pierce has been chasing his demon, Mr. Smith, since the savage murder of his fiancée. Mr. Smith is a unique monster, with actions toward his victims so insane - so unimaginable - that he is thought of as "not of the Earth". Pierce, known in the business as St. Augustine because of his track record for catching killers and his invaluable status to the FBI and Interpol, may even be better than Cross. When things heat up and Alex is in a near-death coma following an attack in his own home, Pierce goes to Washington to help with the investigation. But just as he begins to piece together the mystery of how Gary Soneji could have mortally wounded Cross after he was believed to be dead, he is summoned to Paris, with a postcard from Mr. Smith inviting him to a very special killing. The body count is high, the tension the highest, and the two killers on the loose are watching every move their pursuers make. Who is the cat, and who is the mouse? What and where is the final trap? And who survives?
23 2018 The Christmas Scorpion
Jack Reacher #22.5
Lee Child  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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24 2002 2022 City of Bones
Harry Bosch #8
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CITY OF BONES


On New Year's Day, a dog finds a bone in the Hollywood Hills and unearths a murder committed more than twenty years earlier.  It's a cold case, but for Detective Harry Bosch, it stirs up memories of his childhood as an orphan.  He can't let it go.  As the investigation takes Bosch deeper into the past, a beautiful rookie cop brings him alive in the present.  No official warning can break them apart or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a few hard turns.  Suddenly all of L.A. is in an uproar, and Bosch, fighting to keep control, is driven to the brink of an unimaginable decision.

"SUREFOOTED... INVIGORATING... A CAREFULLY WROUGHT MAZE... CONNELLY'S DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE STORYTELLING HAS GREAT URGENCY."
-New York Times

"THE BEST AMERICAN CRIME SERIES NOW IN PROGRESS... CONNELLY'S UNDERSTANDING OF HOW COPS WORK AND THINK REMAINS UNSURPASSED."
-Washington Post Book World

"SIZZLES WITH ENERGY"
-Chicago Tribune
25 2019 Cleaning the Gold
Jack Reacher #23.6
Lee Child  
Karin Slaughter  
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26 2005 2023 The Closers
Harry Bosch #11
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THE CLOSERS


He walked away from the job three years ago.  But Harry Bosch cannot resist the call to join the elite Open/Unsolved Unit.  His mission: solve murders whose investigations were flawed, stalled, or abandoned to L.A.'s tides of crime.  With some people openly rooting for his failure, Harry catches the case of a teenager dragged off to her death on Oat Mountain and traces the DNA on the murder weapon to a small-time criminal.  But something bigger and darker beckons, and Harry must battle to fit all the pieces together.  Shaking cages and rattling ghosts, he will push the rules to the limit - and expose the kind of truth that shatters lives, ends careers, and keeps the dead whispering in the night...

"LEAVE IT TO MICHAEL CONNELLY TO REINVENT
THE POLICE PROCEDURAL...  HE ARTFULLY
RECLAIMS THE GENRE."
- New York Times Book Review

"CONNELLY COMES AS CLOSE AS ANYONE TO BEING
TODAY'S DOSTOYEVSKY OF CRIME LITERATURE, AND
THIS IS ONE OF HIS FINEST NOVELS TO DATE."
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
27 1994 2022 The Concrete Blonde
Harry Bosch #3
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THE CONCRETE BLONDE

They call him the Dollmaker, a serial killer who stalks Los Angeles and leaves a grisly calling card on the faces of his female victims.  When a suspect is shot by Detective Harry Bosch, everyone believes the city's nightmare is over.  But then the dead man's widow sues Harry and the L.A.P.D. for killing the wrong man - an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new corpse is found with the Dollmaker's macabre signature.  Now, for the second time, Harry must hunt down a ruthless death-dealer before he strikes again.  Careening through a blood-tracked quest, Harry will go from the hard edges of the L.A. night to the last place he ever wanted to go - the darkness of his own heart...

"MASTERFULLY ENTERTAINING."
- Houston Chronicle

"OUTSTANDING... CAN'T BE PUT DOWN."
- Kansas City Star
28 2019 2022 Crashing Heat
Nikki Heat #10
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Marriage. It's a double-edged sword, or at least it is for Nikki Heat. Her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jameson Rook, infuriates her in a way no one else in her entire life has ever done. He also takes her to heights of pleasure she has never experienced. But most of all, she loves the man with all her heart, and she'd do anything to protect him. Which is just what she had done not so long ago. It had almost cost them everything.

Now, Rook is given the honor to be a visiting professor at his alma mater, and he can't pass up the opportunity to mentor burgeoning writers at his former award-winning college newspaper. Shortly after his arrival on campus, a female reporter for the paper is found dead - naked - in Rook's bed.

Dealing with betrayal from any man is not Nikki's style. She and Jameson have had plenty of conflicts during their complicated relationship, but none like this. Is her husband keeping secrets of his own, or can she really trust him?

In order to find out, Nikki gives Jameson the benefit of the doubt and digs into Jameson's theory of a secret society within a secret society. What she finds puts her investigative skills, and her marriage, to the test.
29 2019 Criss Cross
Alex Cross #27
James Patterson  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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30 2006 Cross
Alex Cross #12
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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING TYLER PERRY

Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. Alex's need for vengeance was placed on hold as he faced another huge challenge-raising his children without their mother.

Years later Alex is making a bold move in his life. He has left the FBI and set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex finally feels like it's in order. He even has a chance at a new love.

Then Cross's former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. Now Cross must go on the hunt for the most cunning, psychotic killer he has ever faced...and it pushes him dangerously close to the breaking point.
31 2008 Cross Country
Alex Cross #14
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Detective Alex Cross pursues the most ruthless killer he's ever encountered-to a land of sheer terror and back. It's the worst crime scene Alex Cross has ever seen, and then more killings, each one more ruthless than the last, quickly follow. After one death comes terrifyingly close to home, Alex realizes he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. Digging deeper into the case, Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, uncover a shocking Washington, D.C., underworld: a gang of teenage thugs headed by a warlord known only as the Tiger. When the Tiger's elusive trail turns up in Africa, Alex knows that he must follow. Unprotected and alone, can Alex manage to both survive and catch the killer?
32 2023 Cross Down
Alex Cross #31
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33 2010 Cross Fire
Alex Cross #17
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Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington DC's most corrupt: a dirty Congressman and a scheming lobbyist. Next, the elusive marksman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories--is the marksman a hero or a vigilante? The case explodes and FBI agent Max Siegel battles Alex for jurisdiction. As Alex struggles with the sniper, Siegel, and the wedding, he receives a call from his deadliest adversary, Kyle Craig. The Mastermind is in DC and will not relent until he has eliminated Cross--and his family--for good.
34 2015 Cross Justice
Alex Cross #23
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35 2014 Cross My Heart
Alex Cross #21
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CROSS MY HEART
by James Patterson


ALEX CROSS BECOMES THE OBSESSION OF A GENIUS OF MENACE - WHO IS SET ON PROVING THAT HE IS THE GREATEST MIND IN THE HISTORY OF CRIME.

Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart - nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife, Bree.  His love of family is his anchor, giving him the strength to confront evil in his work.  One man understands this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most devastating and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.

When the ones Cross loves are in danger, he will do anything to protect them.  But if he even tries, they will die.

Cross My Heart is a white-knuckle, heart-in-your-throat thriller, an epic story of vengeance and survival propelled by the ever-ingenious mind of James Patterson.
36 2016 Cross the Line
Alex Cross #24
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Alex Cross chases a cold-blooded killer... with a conscience.


Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.  When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city's police force scrambling for answers.  Under pressure from the mayor, Alex Cross steps into the leadership vacuum to crack the case.  But before Cross can make any headway, a brutal crime wave sweeps across the region.  The deadly scenes share only one common thread - the victims are all criminals.  And the only thing more dangerous than a murderer without a conscience, is a killer who thinks he has justice on his side.  As Cross pursues an adversary who has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner, he must take the law back into his own hands before the city he's sworn to protect descends into utter chaos.
37 2015 2023 The Crossing
Harry Bosch #18
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THE CROSSING


Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help.  A woman has been brutally murdered in her bed and all evidence points to Haller's client, a former gang member turned family man.  The murder rap seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup.

Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch reluctantly takes the case.  The prosecution's file just has too many holes and he has to find out for himself: If Haller's client didn't do it, then who did?  With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucy Soto, Harry starts digging.  Soon his investigation leads him inside the police department, where he realizes that the killer he's been tracking has also been tracking him.

Thrilling, fast-paced, and impossible to put down, THE CROSSING shows without a shadow of a doubt that Connelly is "a master of building suspense" (Wall Street Journal).

"Ingeniously constructed and ambitious in scope."
- Washington Post

"Another great character study mixed with a truly baffling puzzle."
- Associated Press
38 2013 The Cuckoo's Calling
Cormoran Strike #1
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THE CUCKOO'S CALLING
by Robert Galbraith
A Brilliant Debut Mystery in a Classic Vein:
Detective Cormoran Strike Investigates a Supermodel's Suicide.


After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator.  Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling.  He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier.  The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that.  The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him
to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike.  You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.  Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
39 2021 2024 The Dark Hours
Harry Bosch #23
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"RELENTLESS ON THEIR OWN, BALLARD'S AND BOSCH'S
COMBINED SKILLS... COULD BE COMBUSTIBLE."
- Los Angeles Times


There's chaos in Hollywood on New Year's Eve.  Working her graveyard shift, LAPD Detective Renée Ballard seeks shelter at the end of the countdown to wait out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air.  When reports start to roll in of shattered windshields and other damage, Ballard is called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party.

It doesn't take long for Ballard to determine that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky.  Ballard's investigation leads her to look into another unsolved murder - a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch.

Ballard and Bosch team up once again to find out where the old and new cases intersect.  All the while, they must look over their shoulders.  The killer who has stayed undetected for so long knows they are coming after him.

"THOROUGHLY ENGROSSING... OFFERS PLENTY OF
SHOCKING SCENES AND CLEVER SURPRISES."
- Wall Street Journal

"FEW WRITERS CAN CAPTURE THE GRITTY STREETS OF LA -
AND TIE INNER WORKINGS OF THE LAPD - LIKE CONNELLY."
- Entertainment Weekly
40 2018 2024 Dark Sacred Night
Harry Bosch #21
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When Detective Renée Ballard returns to Hollywood Station to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets, she's shocked that it's retired detective Harry Bosch working a cold case.  Ballard can't let him go through department records, but when he leaves, she looks into the case herself.

The murder was of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway whose body was left in a dumpster like trash.  Now Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened, and to finally bring a killer to justice.  The two detectives forge a fragile trust, but this new partnership is put to the test when the case takes an unexpected and dangerous turn.

DARK SACRED NIGHT for the first time brings together two powerhouse detectives in a riveting story that unfolds with furious momentum.  And it shows once more why "there's no doubt Connelly is a master of crime fiction" (Associated Press).

"Connelly writes cops better than anyone in the business."
- NEW YORK POST
41 2004 2015 Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Dexter Morgan #1
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Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep's clothing.  He's handsome and charming, but something in his past made him abide by a different set of rules.  He's a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people.  And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him the perfect position to identify his victims.  But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened - of himself or some other fiend.

"A DARK COMEDY WITH A CREATIVE TWIST."
- The Miami Herald

"MAYBE THE FIRST SERIAL KILLER WHO UNABASHEDLY SOLICITS OUR LOVE."
- Entertainment Weekly

"DARK AND DEVIOUS.... DARING AND UNEXPECTEDLY COMEDIC."
- USA Today

"WITH CHILLS LIKE THESE, YOU CAN SKIP THE AIR-CONDITIONING."
- Time
42 2001 2022 A Darkness More than Night
Terry McCaleb #2
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A DARKNESS MORE
THAN NIGHT


It was a case some cops could live with: the torture killing of a man who spread horrors of his own.  Yet one investigator believes the unknown assailant will strike again, and she persuades former criminal profiler Terry McCaleb to leave his quiet life to help her out.  In a horrific morass of crime scene details, McCaleb deciphers a message and finds a suspect: a Los Angeles detective named Harry Bosch who has spent too many years looking at too much darkness.  But while Bosch may have had a good reason to murder a man in a West Hollywood apartment, he has an even better one for staying alive - and for finding a suspect of his own.

"POWERFUL."  -Wall Street Journal

"SURPRISING AND SUSPENSEFUL."  -People

"[A] GREAT THRILLER."
-Denver Rocky Mountain News
43 2020 Deadly Cross
Alex Cross #28
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44 2013 2021 Deadly Heat
Nikki Heat #5
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Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook race to stop a deadly threat from Heat's past as well as an all-too-present serial killer, in Richard Castle's follow-up to the New York Times best-seller Frozen Heat.

Determined to find justice for her mother, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat continues to pursue the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered her execution more than a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot, which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase.

Complicating Heat's mission to bring the rogue spy to justice and thwart the looming terror event, a serial killer begins menacing the Twentieth Precinct, and her homicide squad is under pressure to stop him, and soon. Known for his chilling stealth, the diabolical murderer not only singles out Nikki as the exclusive recipient of his taunting messages, he names her as his next victim.
45 2005 2015 Dearly Devoted Dexter
Dexter Morgan #2
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Life's tough for Dexter Morgan.  It's not easy being the world's only serial killer with a conscience, especially when you work for the Miami police.  To avoid suspicion, dexter's had to slip deep into his disguise: s[ending time with his girlfriend and her kids, slowly becomming the world's first serial killing couch potato.

Then a particularly nasty psychopath starts cutting a trail through Miami - a killer whose twisted techniques leave even Dexter speechless.  When his sister Deborah, a tough-as-nails cop, is drawn into the case, it becomes clear that Dexter will have to come out of hiding and hunt the monster down.  Unless, of course, the killer finds him first...

"THE FIRST SERIAL KILLER WHO
UNABASHEDLY SOLICITS OUR LOVE."

- Entertainment Weekly

"MORBIDLY FUNNY."
- Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

CREEPILY OVER THE TOP... SNAPPIER THAN EVER."
- The Oregonian

"LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR BLOWING ACROSS ALL OF CRIME-
NOVEL CONVENTIONS, THERE IS DEXTER."

- The Denver Post
46 2012 2023 Deep Down
Jack Reacher #16.5
Lee Child  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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47 2022 2024 Desert Star
Renée Ballard #5
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From audible.com:

LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch team up to hunt the brutal killer who is Bosch’s “white whale”—a man responsible for the murder of an entire family.

A year has passed since LAPD detective Renée Ballard quit the force in the face of misogyny, demoralization, and endless red tape. But after the chief of police himself tells her she can write her own ticket within the department, Ballard takes back her badge, leaving “the Late Show” to rebuild and lead the cold case unit at the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

For years, Harry Bosch has been working a case that haunts him—the murder of an entire family by a psychopath who still walks free. Ballard makes Bosch an offer: come volunteer as an investigator in her new Open-Unsolved Unit, and he can pursue his “white whale” with the resources of the LAPD behind him.

First priority for Ballard is to clear the unsolved rape and murder of a sixteen-year-old girl. The decades-old case is essential to the councilman who supported re-forming the unit, and who could shutter it again—the victim was his sister. When Ballard gets a “cold hit” connecting the killing to a similar crime, proving that a serial predator has been at work in the city for years, the political pressure has never been higher. To keep momentum going, she has to pull Bosch off his own investigation, the case that is the consummation of his lifelong mission.

The two must put aside old resentments and new tensions to run to ground not one but two dangerous killers who have operated with brash impunity. In what may be his most gripping and profoundly moving book yet, Michael Connelly shows once again why he has been dubbed “one of the greatest crime writers of all time” (Ryan Steck, Crimereads).
48 2009 2019 Dexter by Design
Dexter Morgan #4
Jeff Lindsay  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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49 2007 2016 Dexter in the Dark
Dexter Morgan #3
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"WONDERFUL....  DARKLY AMUSING....  Our handsome murderer may consider himself emotionless, but his sheer joie de vivre - or joie de mourir - is both obvious and contagious."
- The Boston Globe

In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds... particularly because, on occasion, he commits them himself. But Dexter's happy existence is turned upside down when he is called to an unusually disturbing crime scene at the university campus. Dexter's Dark Passenger - mastermind of his homicidal prowess - immediately senses something chillingly recognizable and goes into hiding. Dexter is alone for the first time in his life, and he realizes he's being hunted by a truly sinister adversary. Meanwhile he's planning a wedding and trying to learn how to be a stepfather to his fiancé's two kids - who might just have dark tendencies themselves. Macabre, ironic, and wonderfully entertaining, Dexter in the Dark goes deeper into the psyche of one of the freshest protagonists in recent fiction.

"[Dexter's] adrenaline-pumping gore factor is balance with large doses of hilarious black humor.  Any writer who can make his readers love a serial killer must be doing something right." - USA Today

"An entertaining, funny series that draws us in and makes us root, almost against our will, for a ruthless, yet appealing killer.  In his own way, Dexter is trying to make a world a better place." - Sun-Sentinel
50 2015 2021 Dexter Is Dead
Dexter Morgan #8
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ALL GOOD THINGS MUST END


Dexter Morgan - blood-spatter analyst... husband... father... serial killer - knew that he couldn’t burn the candle at both ends forever, and now his dark deeds have finally ensnared him. He is in prison on multiple homicide charges - although, ironically, he did not commit any of the murders of which he is accused. He’s lost everything: his wife, kids, career, and the loyalty of his sister. His sole, small shot at redemption may come from his brother, Brian, a homicidal maniac who makes Dexter look like the angel in the family. By helping Brian through some serious trouble of his own making, Dexter sees a potential path to proving himself innocent. And, with nothing left to hold him back, he hurtles into an epic showdown... which may be his last.

"Jeff Lindsay has brought his 'A' game to this farewell, wrapping things up in fine fashion."
- Bookreporter

"It's like very little else you've read.  Imagine if Hannibal Lecter starred in CSI: Miami instead of David Caruso, and you're halfway there."
- Time

"Dexter's sardonic voice [is] so snappy and smart, and yet so full of self-loathing that we hate ourselves for laughing."
- The New York Times Book Review






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