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Spring 2005





Every now and then, something comes out that deserves special attention. Here is a great example: Dashiell Hammett, The Lost Stories. (April, Ace Performer hc, 27.95). Hammett was without question one of the 20th Century’s most influential and entertaining authors. Famed as he was for The Maltese Falcon, Red Harvest and The Thin Man, it is hard to believe that some of his work has been unavailable for decades. This volume collects 21 stories that have either never been published in book form, or have been out of circulation for generations. These stories span his career from the early 20s, with the first fiction he ever wrote, to the early 40s, with his last. One of the stories included, “The Green Elephant” from 1923, is set here in Seattle--the action takes place in Pioneer Square! (A Pinkerton agent, Hammett spent time in the PNW.) All stories have been returned to their original versions. Some had been altered by editors before their initial publication. Edgar-winner Joe Gores provides an introduction about Hammett’s influences on American arts. Accompanying the stories will be 8 illustrations and 29 photos. Publisher Vince Emery has named his press accurately – Chandler wrote that Hammett was “the ace performer” – and plans further books on Hammett.


Mary Daheim, The Alpine Quilt (April, Ballantine hc, 22.95). The quilting group in Alpine harbors a sinister figure who likes to use poison. Signing. In paper, The Alpine Pursuit (Mar., Ballantine, 6.99).

Deborah Donnelly, Death Takes a Honeymoon (April, Dell pbo, 5.99). More brides, bodies and mayhem as wedding planner/sleuth Carnegie Kincaid returns in her fourth delightful adventure. Signing.

Aaron Elkins, Where There’s a Will (April, Berkley hc, 23.95). Gideon Oliver digs into family greed and murder on the Northern islands of Hawaii. Signing. (See also NW Reissues of Note.)

Earl Emerson, The Smoke Room (May, Ballantine hc, 24.95). A rookie firefighter was playing around on company time and arrived late to a big fire. The media credited him with a daring rescue and two of his colleagues cover up for him. They then come to him for their price: cover for them when they steal a fortune. Signing. In paper, Pyro (April, Ballantine, 6.99).

Clyde W. Ford, Red Herring (Jan., Mystic Voyager Press tpo, 15.95). Debut nautical mystery with Charlie Noble, a maritime private eye, set in the San Juan and Canadian Islands. A group threatens an underwater oil pipeline project. Signing.

Sue Henry, Murder at Five Finger Light (April, NAL hc, 23.95). Jessie Arnold is invited to a party when her friends buy an old lighthouse on the Alaskan Inside Passage. The death of a guest seems accidental, until the power and phone lines are cut. In paper, The Serpent’s Trail (Mar., Signet, 6.99). Signing.

Lisa Jackson, Deep Freeze (Mar., Zebra pbo, 7.99). A retired movie star lives on a secluded farm in Oregon, avoiding the fame that she once had. One obsessed fan will not let her go. Signing.

Michael Lawson, The Inside Ring (May, Doubleday hc, 24.95). A warning to the Secret Service goes unheeded and the President is nearly assassinated. Gen. Andy Banks undertakes an investigation to find out what happened. Debut thriller by a local author. Signing?

Phillip Margolin, Lost Lake (Mar., Harper hc, 25.95). Tabloid reporter Vanessa Kohler is generally dismissed as a crackpot for her conspiracy stories. Her latest, involving a secret military unit once headed by a leading and popular presidential candidate, has gotten certain powerful people nervous. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Sleeping Beauty (Mar., Harper, 7.99).

John J. Nance, Saving Cascadia (Mar., Simon & Schuster hc, 25.00). A departure from his aviation thrillers: a wealthy real estate developer is opening a resort and casino on an island off the coast of Washington State, disregarding the dire warnings by a geologist thought to have radical theories. These theories are about to be proved correct. Signing.

Ridley Pearson, Cut and Run (April, Hyperion hc, 23.95). Six years ago, agent Roland Larson fell in love with a witness protection woman. She testified against a mob family and then vanished into the program. Now, the mob family has stolen the witness list and is after her. Larson wants to protect her, but first he has to find out who she is now, and where she is. In paper, The Body of David Hayes (Mar., Hyperion, 7.99). Signing.

Jess Walter, Citizen Vince (April, Regan hc, 24.95). In the fall of 1980, during the final days of the presidential election, a small-time thief in witness protection finds himself caught up in a storm of local (Spokane) politics, a credit card scam that is coming apart, and two women – a young law clerk and a neurotic prostitute. Redemption, he may find, is, in all places, the voting booth. Tammy, Janine and JB HIGHLY recommend. Signing. In paper, finally, Land of the Blind (April, Regan, 13.95).

Eric Wilson, Expiration Date (May, Waterbrook tpo, 12.99). An Oregon man discovers that, with one touch, he can know a person’s “expiration date”. What’ll he do with this ability? Signing.


Nancy Pearl, More Book Lust (May, Sasquatch tpo, 16.95). As with her phenomenally popular first book, More is organized by topic and, once again, contains "recommended reading for every mood, moment and reason." Signed copies available. And, Book Lust Journal (May, Sasquatch, 12.95), a blank book in which you can keep track of your own reading! 160 pages for your notes.


Aaron Elkins, Fellowship of Fear (April, Berkley, 6.99). First of the Gideon Olivers! The first four Olivers will be reissued over the next year at three-month intervals. Welcome Back!

J.A. Jance, Sentenced to Die (Mar., Morrow hc, 21.95). Available for the first time in hardcover, the first three Beaumont novels in an omnibus edition. Signed Copies Available. And, see also Collections Section.

Martin Limon, Buddha’s Money (May, Soho, 14.00). 3rd Ernie and George, from 1998. Great Series!


Alafair Burke, Missing Justice (May, St. Martin's, 6.99)

April Christofferson, Patent to Kill (April, Forge, 7.99)

Lowen Clausen, Third & Forever (April, Signet 7.99). Hardcovers available at 25.99. Signed copies are available.

Carola Dunn, Die Laughing (Mar., Kensington, 6.50)

Mark Nykanen, The Bone Parade (May, Hyperion, 6.99)

Amanda Quick, The Paid Companion (April, Jove, 7.99)


Alafair Burke & Samantha Kincaid, July

Mary Daheim, Bed & Breakfast, Aug

GM Ford & Corso, July


Amanda Quick, Lie by Moonlight, June


Boris Akunin, The Turkish Gambit (Mar., Random House hc, 22.95). In 1877, Fandorin finds himself on the Bulgarian Front, as Russia fights the Ottoman Empire. He becomes involved with a brave young woman whose fiancé, a decoder, has been accused of espionage. 3rd in this Christie-ish series, which is recommended by Bill and Janine.

Susan Wittig Albert, Dead Man’s Bones (Mar., Berkley hc, 23.95). China Bayles’ son finds skeletal remains during a local cave dig. Signed Copies Available. In paper, A Dilly of a Death (April, Berkley, 6.99).

Conrad Allen, Murder on the Salsette (April, St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Latest ocean liner mystery from the author who also writes as Edward Marston.

Rudolfo Anaya, Jemez Spring (Mar., Univ. of NM hc, 22.95). New Mexico PI Sonny Baca is called in to investigate the death of the Governor.

Donna Andrews, Owls Well that Ends Well (Mar., St. Martin's hc, 21.95). In buying an old mansion, Meg Lanslow also takes possession of all of its contents – including, it would seem, the body found in an old trunk in the barn.

A. C. Baantjer, Dekok and the Murder by Melody (April, Speck tpo, 13.00). The Dutch inspector probes the murder of two junkies and their housekeeper in the Amsterdam Concert Gebouw.

Linwood Barclay, Bad Guys (May, Bantam hc, 22.00). Zach Walker is back, dealing with the comic crimes of suburbia: a biker gang is terrorizing the fancy shopping district and a mysterious male is tracing Zach’s daughter’s steps. Work and home begin to merge. In paper, Bad Move (May, Bantam, 6.99). Janine recommends.

Robert Barnard, The Graveyard Position (May, Scribner hc, 24.00) A nephew seems to be the only one honestly grieving when his heiress aunt dies. Everyone wants their cut of the estate, including the nephew, whom everyone thought was dead.

Nevada Barr, Hard Truth (April, Putnam hc, 24.95). Three days after her wedding, Anna Pigeon is in Colorado as a district ranger. Then three girls vanish into the woods from a religious retreat. When two of them emerge from the forest weeks later, they seem to be connected to some very strange occurrences. Signed Copies Available.

Holly Baxter, Tears of the Dragon (May, Poisoned Pen hc, 24.95). 1st in a new cozy series set in Depression-era Chicago: Elodie Browne and her four daughters are trying to hold things together in a world full of gangsters and grit. Given a chance to pick up some extra cash working at a party given by an importer of antiques and jade, she’s nearby when one of the guests dies.

Cara Black, Murder in Clichy (Mar., Soho hc, 24.00). Doing a favor for a Vietnamese nun lands Parisian PI Aimee Leduc with a dead body, a wounded arm, a check for 50,000 francs and ancient jade artifacts. Besides those after the jade and the French secret service, the case involves veterans of the Indochina war and corporations after oil rights. 5th in the noted series. Signing.

Elizabeth Bloom, See Isabelle Run (Mar., Mysterious Press hc, 22.95). Isabelle Leonard thinks she’s landed a dream job at a splashy lifestyle magazine. Then she finds out her predecessor was murdered and that nearly a dozen other employees have died under mysterious circumstances. She begins to wonder if the decorating tips are just a gloss on a dark side of this publishing empire. 1st novel under the author’s real name; under the name Beth Saulnier she wrote a series about a reporter in upstate New York.

Matt Bondurant, The Third Translation (April, Hyperion hc, 22.95). An American Egyptologist working at the British Museum strives to solve the riddle of the Stela of Paser that is carved on a centuries old funereal stone. Drawn into this mystery, he becomes involved with seduction, robbery and conspiracy. The author is an American Egyptologist who has worked at the British Museum, and this inscribed riddle does exist.

Peter Bowen, Stewball (April, St. Martin's hc, 22.95). Gabriel Du Pres’ aunt has a long list of ex-husbands. When the latest runs off, Du Pres promises to look for the man.

Rhys Bowen, In Like Flynn (Mar., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). In 1902, PI Molly Murphy gets to escape the NYC typhoid epidemic as she heads up the Hudson to go undercover inside the household of Sen. Flynn. There, she deals with an unsolved kidnapping and a pair of spiritualist sisters. In paper, Evan’s Gate (April, Berkley, 6.99).

C.J. Box, Out of Range (May, Putnam hc, 24.95). Joe Pickett has been picked to temporarily cover the territory that was run by a good friend, a friend who supposedly just killed himself. Not only is this area far from home, but it is a hotbed of activism and Joe has questions about the friend’s death too. Signing. In paper, Trophy Hunt (April, Berkley, 6.99). Sandy recommends.

Joan Brady, Bleedout (April, Touchstone hc, 24.95). This is a tense, psychological thriller told by the two men involved: a young man accused of killing his mentor, a blind lawyer who got him released from prison, and that same victim, who tells his side from the grave. The author is a past-winner of the Whitbread Book of the year award.

Kathy Brandt, Dangerous Depths (May, Signet pbo, 6.50). 3rd underwater mystery with British Virgin Islands police diver Hannah Sampson. A friend of Hannah’s is murdered. Could her environmental activism be a motive for murder?

Ken Bruen, The Magdalen Martyrs (Mar., St. Martin's 22.95). Hanging too close to the edge of sobriety, Jack Taylor is asked to return a favor to a Galway tough-guy: find a woman who helped the guy’s mother escape hardship decades before. In paper, Killing of the Tinkers (Mar., St. Martin's, 12.95). And two non-series releases: Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice (April, Serpent’s Tail tp, 14.00). Cooper and Doc are cons who’ve gone legit. They have a good repo business. But it isn’t as lucrative as the bank jobs that they do on the side. Rilke on Black (April, Serpent’s Tail tp, 14.00). An unlikely gang unites for the kidnapping of a powerful businessman who has an obsession with Rilke. The abduction itself goes well. After that, it turns bad. Janine recommends this writer.

William F. Buckley, Last Call for Blackford Oakes (May, Harcourt hc, 25.00). In his 11th outing, master spy Oakes crosses swords with Kim Philby.

D.W. Buffa, Trial by Fire (April, Putnam hc, 24.95). Attorney Joseph Antonelli has never lost a case – until now. In paper, Breach of Trust (April, Signet, 7.99).

John Burdett, Bangkok Tattoo (May, Knopf hc, 24.00). Royal Thai Police Det. Sonchai Jitleecheep returns and deals with a case of great depth – a mutilated body is found and the victim was CIA. Worse still, the evidence points to a working girl at a club jointly owned by Sonchai’s mother and his boss, Col. Vikorn. Sequel to the wonderful Bangkok 8 (Vintage, 12.95). Signing.

James O. Burn, Shock Wave (April, Putnam hc, 24.95). After his last case dealing with the FBI nearly got him killed, Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent Bill Tasker reluctantly teams with the feds again to track a stolen Stinger missile.

Caleb Carr! See Sherlockiana

Charlotte Carter, Trip Wire (Mar., Ballantine tpo, 12.95). During the Summer of 1968, social and political violence stretch the faith of all. A young woman who finds her roommates murdered runs afoul of a police cover-up. Second in the Cook County series.

Marion Chesney, Sick of Shadows (April, St. Martin's hc, 22.95). 3rd Edwardian mystery with Lady Rose Summer, by the author otherwise know as M. C. Beaton. In paper, Hasty Death (April, St. Martin's, 6.99).

Laura Childs, Chamomile Mourning (May, Berkley hc, 21.95). 6th tea shop mystery, set during Charleston’s Spoleto festival.

Carol Higgins Clark, Burned (Mar., Scribner hc, 23.00). Before she ties the knot, Regan Reilly is off on one more adventure with Kit, and, unfortunately, they have to go to Hawaii.

Mary Higgins Clark, No Place Like Home (April, Simon & Schuster hc, 25.95). A woman is ensnared into returning to the one place she doesn’t want to go: her hometown. In paper, Nighttime Is My Time (April, Pocket, 7.99).

Harlan Coben, The Innocent (May, Dutton hc, 25.95). Matt tried to break up a fight, and, when someone died accidentally, he went to prison for manslaughter. Nine years later, he’s got a wife, a child on the way and a home near closing. Now, when things are going so well, the unraveling begins. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Just One Look (May, Signet, 7.99).

Michael Connelly, The Closers (May, Little Brown hc, 26.95). Back with LAPD, Harry Bosch is doing what he does best – digging into cold cases. Teamed with Kizmin Rider, they look into a 1988 case and they’re soon into high jingo. JB says it’s great. Signed Copies Available? In paper, The Narrows (Mar., Warner, 7.99), Bosch vs the Poet.

Tom Corcoran, Air Dance Iguana (April, St. Martin's hc, 24.95). 20 miles apart, two guys are murdered on the same morning in similar circumstances. Part-time forensic photographer Alex Rutledge seems to be the only one interested in the connections.

James Crumley, The Right Madness (May, Viking hc, 24.95). Sughrue is reluctant to accept this new case, but a $20,000 retainer can’t be refused: a psychiatrist asks him to track down stolen patient files. Shoog can’t know the madness that will engulf him. At last, a new book by a modern master.

Carole Nelson Douglas, Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit (May, Forge hc, 24.95). Mutilated Barbie dolls and other shenanigans in Vegas – Midnight Louie is on the case. In paper, Cat in an Orange Twist (May, Forge, 6.99).

John Dunning, The Sign of the Book (Mar., Scribner hc, 25.00). Cliff Janeway, doing a favor for his new partner Erin D’Angelo, travels to a small town to look into the circumstances of a wife accused of murdering her husband at their remote cabin. When he arrives at the cabin he is surprised to find it filled with valuable books. Signing and Talk – Reserve a Copy!

David Ellis, In the Company of Liars (April, Putnam hc, 24.95). An unorthodox telling of a thriller – a story told in reverse. A woman is on trial for murder. The story unfolds backwards. Edgar-winning author. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Jury of One (April, Berkley, 7.99).

Ben Elton, Past Mortem (April, Trafalgar tpo, 17.00). When a mild-mannered detective logs onto the internet to search for girlfriends of his past, he finds that many of his classmates have reunited in cyber-space recently and that the old feuds and fires of the past are still hot. A thriller and killer comic romance by this Gold Dagger-winner.

Kathy Lynn Emerson, Face Down below the Banqueting House (April, Perseverance Press tpo, 13.95). Queen Elizabeth I is expected at the home of herbalist Susanna, Lady Appleton. A man dies in a fall. Is this part of a plot against Her Majesty, or just a simple murder? 8th in the series.

Loren D. Estleman, Little Black Dress (April, Forge hc, 23.95, Signed Copies 24.95) Used to being alone, Macklin is trying to balance his new married life with his bloody past, as well as get used to the in-laws. Retiring from the profession of contract killer isn’t smooth, easy or clean.

Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes, Full Bloom (April, St. Martin's, 7.99).

Jerrilyn Farmer, The Flaming Luau of Death (Mar., Morrow hc, 23.95). When her assistant sets her wedding date, Maddie Bean throws the biggest bachelorette party Hawaii has ever seen. It would’ve been great if it wasn’t for that dead guy in the surf. Signing.

Joseph Finder, Company Man (April, St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Nick Conover is the most despised man in his small MI town. As head of the town’s main employer, he’s been responsible for massive layoffs. His family is now threatened by a stalker. Signing.

Bill Fitzhugh, Highway 61 Resurfaced (April, Morrow hc, 23.95). In his second case, DJ Rick Shannon gets a call that sends him into a wild tangle of music and murder as he searches for a missing blues producer. In paper, Radio Activity (April, Avon, 7.50).

Joanne Fluke, Peach Cobbler Murder (Mar., Kensington hc, 22.00). Bakery owner Hannah Swenson must deal with a new business rival, in addition to murder. Signing. In paper, Fudge Cupcake Murder (Feb., Kensington, 6.99).

Earlene Fowler, Delectable Mountains (May, Berkley hc, 23.95). 12th Benni Harper mystery. The church’s children’s play comes to a halt when the handyman is found murdered. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Broken Dishes (May, Berkley, 6.99).

Kinky Friedman, Ten Little New Yorkers (Mar., Simon & Schuster hc, 24.00). With a wink and a final nod to Sir Arthur, the Kinkster returns. Purportedly the last in the series.

Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Adios Hemingway (April, Cannongate hc, 20.00). The bones of a man shot 40 years ago on the then Hemingway estate force ex-cop Mario Conte to reluctantly accept reappointment in order to lead the investigation. As the truth of what happened on an October night in 1958 reveals itself, Conte must reassess both his fond memories of Papa Hemingway and the Cuba of his youth. This is the first of the Conte series to be translated into English.

Elizabeth George, With No One as Witness (Mar., Harper hc, 26.95). Acting Superintendent Lynley, DC Barbara Havers and newly promoted DS Winston Nkata are tracking a serial killer who is "saving" troubled, adolescent, mixed-race boys throughout London, while difficulties mount, both within the precinct and in their own personal lives. Fran strongly recommends this series. Signing. In paper, Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life (Mar., Harper, 13.95).

Victor Gischler, Suicide Squeeze (Mar., Delacorte hc, 23.00). When a comic book shop owner burns down his shop for the insurance money, he finds his troubles are only beginning. His boat has been repossessed and stashed aboard it is something valuable, something that a ruthless Japanese collector wants very badly. Signing.

Tim Green, Exact Revenge (May, Warner hc, 24.95). Framed for murder, Raymond White was an attorney with a promising career who spent 18 years in prison. All of that time allowed him to plot his revenge. He’s now out and his plan is in motion. By the former NFL star, TV analyst and NPR commentator.

Elizabeth Gunn, Crazy Eights (Mar., Forge hc, 23.95). Soon after being allowed to walk away from a crime, a man is found dead in the local skate park. Captain Jake Hines has to investigate.

Peter Guttridge, Two to Tango (May, Speck tpo, 14.00). Journalist Mick Madrid finds himself up the Amazon without a paddle when he covers a Rock Against Drugs tour. Besides attempts on the lead rocker’s life, there are monstrous spiders, piranhas and tiny little fish who go where they shouldn’t. Can he prevent murder at Machu Pichu? Comic crime, “a drop of Hiaasen.”

Jane Haddam, The Headmaster’s Wife (April, St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Postponed from May 04.

Denise Hamilton, Savage Garden (May, Scribner hc, 22.00). LA reporter Eve Diamond is drawn into a personal case when her lover is questioned about his ties to a murdered playwright. In paper, Last Lullaby (April, Pocket, 6.99).

Lyn Hamilton, The Moai Murders (April, Berkley hc, 22.95). Toronto antiques dealer Lara McClintoch travels to Easter Island, where the massive stone faces look out over good and evil. In paper, The Magyar Venus (Mar, Berkley, 6.99).

Charlaine Harris, Dead as a Doornail (May, Ace hc, 22.95). A sniper is after the local changeling population and it is up to Sookie Stackhouse to stop him. Signing. In paper, Dead to the World (May, Ace, 7.50).

Carolyn Hart, Death of the Party (April, Morrow hc, 23.95). Annie Darling accompanies her husband to a remote coastal island where a media magnate has been murdered. 16th in the Death on Demand series. In paper, Murder Walks the Plank (Mar., Avon, 6.99). Favorite of Fran’s.

Mo Hayder, The Devil of Nanking (April, Grove hc, 24.00). Grey is a young woman with a past she cannot understand. Traveling to Tokyo, she searches for a legendary strip of film not seen in decades—that of a specific incident during the bloody Nanking Massacre of 1937. To edge toward the film, she takes a job as a hostess at an upscale club which caters to the yakuza and tries to gain the trust of a survivor of the crimes.

Joan Hess, The Goodbye Body (April, St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Forced to abandon their home for a few weeks, bookstore owner Claire Malloy and her sarcastic daughter Caron accept the offer of a customer to stay at her palatial home while she travels. Soon, they’re beset by an array of odd-balls looking for their host.

David Housewright, Tin City (May, St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Mac McKenzie spends his time doing favors for friends. His latest favor seems simple: who is killing a neighbor’s honeybees?

Victoria Houston, Dead Jitterbug (April, Berkley pbo, 6.50). 6th Loon Lake fishing mystery.

Joshilyn Jackson, Gods in Alabama (April, Warner hc, 19.95). When Arlene Fleet left Alabama, she made three promises to God – she would never lie, never fornicate outside of marriage again, and she would never, ever go back to her hometown. In exchange, all God had to do was never let them find the body. Arlene knows there are gods in Alabama – she killed one! Stellar debut recommended by Fran. Signed Copies Available.

Susan S. James, The Siren of Solace Glen (April, Berkley pbo, 6.99). 2nd with 40-something town housekeeper Flip Paxton. An impossibly beautiful blonde blows into town, and Flip is challenged to clean up the trouble that follows.

Joseph Kanon, Alibi (May, Holt hc, 26.00). In 1946 Venice, a young American is trying to get past the horrors he witnessed as a US Army war crimes investigator. He falls in love with a young Jewish woman who has her own struggles and finds that Venice, though largely undamaged, is still split over the war. Janine recommends this author.

Jonathan Kellerman, Rage (May, Ballantine hc, 26.95). Alex Delaware returns. In paper, Therapy (Mar., Ballantine, 7.99).

Simon Kernick, The Crime Trade (May, St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Suspicion falls on a renegade cop when a fellow officer dies during a drug sting. It falls to DI John Gallan and his partner Tina Boyd to investigate the shooting and the fellow cop. Janine recommends this series.

Philip Kerr, Hitler’s Peace (May, Putnam hc, 26.95). A thrilling historical “what if”: as the Russian front grinds on, Hitler realizes that he can’t win. As the Allies meet in Tehran, he sends out peace feelers. OSS operative Willard Mayer, a man used to the Byzantine world of deception, betrayal and assassination, is appointed envoy

Jonathan King, A Killing Night (April, Dutton hc, 23.95). Ex-cop Max Freeman is finally feeling ready to stop his self-imposed exile in the Florida Everglades and help his former girlfriend on a case. She’s trying to help end a series of murders of women. The problem that puts Max in a bind is that her suspect is his old partner from Philadelphia. 4th in the Edgar-winning series. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Shadow Men (April, Signet, 6.99).

William Lashner, Falls the Shadow (May, Morrow hc, 24.95). Attorney Victor Carl is trying to reverse the murder conviction of a husband whose wife was killed. He suspects that the police and prosecutor may have railroaded his client. But then there is Bob, a dentist who may just be a good Samaritan but may have ties to the dead woman. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Past Due (April, Harper, 7.50).

Joyce and Jim Lavene, Pretty Poison (May, Berkley pbo, 6.50). Debut of a gardening series featuring The Potting Shed owner Peggy Lee – botanist and detective’s widow. Gardening tips included.

John Lawton, Flesh Wounds (Mar., Atlantic hc, 23.00). CI Frederick Troy is bedeviled when an old flame returns to London. She’s now the wife of a presidential hopeful, and is being trailed by a private eye who is to keep her from causing trouble for the campaign – such as the twin brothers who control much of the London crime world.

Donna Leon, Blood from a Stone (May, Atlantic Monthly hc, 23.00). Commissario Brunetti investigates the murder of an African street vendor and agrees with the prevailing thought—why would anyone kill a poor illegal immigrant merchant? His investigation leads him into an unknown underworld. In paper, Doctored Evidence (May, Penguin, 7.99).

Elmore Leonard, The Hot Kid (May, Morrow hc, 25.95). During Prohibition, in 1930s Oklahoma, a young Carl Webster becomes the most famous US Marshall in the country when he brings down a notorious bank robber. As he hunts new prey, he himself is shadowed by a True Detective writer and they’re both soon up to their vests in dames and tommy guns. In paper, Mr. Paradise (May, Harper, 7.99).

Pam Lewis, Speak Softly She Can Hear You (Mar., Simon & Schuster hc, 23.00). A thriller that spans decades and the continent, as an alcohol-fueled sex party at a remote cabin leads to death and a body buried in the snow, and the burden of a secret shared between friends, and the lies that follow the secret.

Robert Littell, Legends (May, Overlook hc, 25.95). Martin Odum is a retired CIA field agent. Now a PI, Odum was a master op, a man of many identities, voices and nationalities. He’s beginning to have trouble knowing who he really is – is he really Odum or is that just one of the identities he assumed in the past? In paper, An Agent in Place (May, Penguin, 14.00).

Rhett MacPhereson, Thicker Than Water (Mar., St. Martin's hc, 22.95). A mysterious postcard from the 1920s leads Missouri genealogist Torie O’Shae to look into a decades old vendetta.

Nancy Martin, Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die (Mar., NAL hc, 19.95). 4th in the witty and wicked Blackbird Sisters series – bluebloods from Philadelphia. After unveiling the most miraculous bra in fashion history, the designer is murdered. The sisters swing into action. First of the series in hardcover. Signed Copies Available.

Francine Mathews, Blown (April, Bantam hc, 24.00). CIA analyst Carolyn Carmichael thought her husband died in a bloody attack on the Vice President. Now, someone claiming to be him phones the agency, claims to be deep undercover in a terrorist cell and claims that this cell is about to attack the US. Can she believe the voice?

Val McDermid, The Torment of Others (May, St. Martin's hc, 24.95). Recovering from the vicious assault she suffered in her last case (The Last Temptation, St. Martin's, 3.99 in a new edition), DCI Carol Jordan has returned to work. She’s surprised to find that Dr. Tony Hill has taken a position nearby and is relieved to be able to turn to him for help with her first case. ALSO, as V.L. McDermid, Hostage to Murder (April, Bywater Books tpo, 12.95). 6th with lesbian journalist and activist Lindsay Gordon. A kidnapping leads to political corruption and to St. Petersburg.

Camille Minichino, The Nitrogen Murder (May, St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Retired physicist Gloria Lamerino travels to California to attend the wedding of an old friend. The groom has vanished.

Beverle Graves Myers, Painted Veil (Mar., Poisoned Pen hc, 24.95). In Venice, 1734, Castrato soprano Tito Amato has let fame go to his head and, neglecting his practices, has been demoted to secondary roles. When the murder of a scenery painter threatens to close the opera house, he hopes to regain his prominent status by finding the killer. 2nd mystery with the singer-sleuth.

Tamar Myers, Monet Talks (April, Avon pbo, 6.99). In the latest Den of Antiquity series, a bird-napper demands a pricey painting as ransom for a myna and a mother.

Reggie Nadelson, Disturbed Earth (April, Walker hc, 24.00). A favorite of Tammy’s and JB’s returns to US publication: NYC PI Artie Cohen is reluctantly drawn into the case of a murdered child, the disappearance of another and the dread that his own godson is endangered. Russian-born, Artie is drawn by the case into the Russian community, an area he thought he’d left behind. 6th in this terrific series.

Neil Olson, The Icon (May, Harper hc, 24.95). The story begins with the Greek resistance fighting Nazis, betrayal and the destruction of a church. The story continues in present-day New York, where an icon, thought to have burned in that church, is put on auction. Forces go into play to get it, to keep it secret, to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Denise Osborne, Evil Intentions (April, Perseverance Press tpo, 13.95). The 4th Feng Shui murder mystery deals with death and arson in DC. Signing.

Katherine Hall Page, The Body in the Snowdrift (May, Morrow hc, 23.95). 15th with caterer Faith Fairchild. In paper, The Body in the Attic (April, Avon, 6.99).

Robert B. Parker, Cold Service (Mar., Putnam hc, 24.95). Nearly killed in a hit by the Ukrainian mob, a badly wounded Hawk must rely on Spenser’s help to heal and to pay them back. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Bad Business (Mar., Berkley, 7.99).

Owen Parry, Rebels of Babylon (Mar., Morrow hc, 24.95). Maj. Abel Jones is sent to occupied New Orleans, where citizens are disappearing after a Yankee heiress washes up dead on a river levee. Voodoo? Resurrected dead? Hauntings? The city approaches hysteria and the Welsh Northern Methodist encounters a foreign world of startling superstition. Favorite series of JB’s and Bill’s.

Iain Pears, The Portrait (April, Riverside hc, 19.95). Two old friends spend time together: an influential art critic and a reclusive artist who’d fled London to live in exile. The critic has commissioned a portrait and as he sits, the power shifts between them and the artist begins to explain the reasons for his exile and to plot revenge. Signed Copies Available.

George Pelecanos, Drama City (Mar., Little Brown hc, 24.95). After 8 years in prison, Lorenzo Brown just wants to stay straight. Back in DC, he’s working at the Humane Society, trying to restore order by stopping the abuse of animals – a total reverse from his pre-prison destructive days. But a young killer, working for a local drug boss, changes it all with one act of violence. Signed Copies Available.

Sharon Kay Penman, Prince of Darkness (April, Putnam hc, 24.95). Lured to Paris under false pretenses, Justin de Quincy encounters the deadly Prince John. 4th in this medieval series.

Anne Perry, Long Spoon Lane (Mar., Ballantine hc, 25.95). London is beset by anarchists. When a street skirmish results in the death of a Lord’s son, two anarchists are arrested, but Pitt isn’t sure that the case is that clear. Signing. In paper, Shifting Tide (Mar., Ballantine, 7.50), Monk.

Elizabeth Peters, The Serpent on the Crown (April, Morrow hc, 25.95). As the world returns to peace in 1921, the Emersons return to digging. After a lurid tale of murder, a widow beseeches them to return a cursed statue to the tomb where her husband found it – before others die. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Guardian of the Horizon (Mar., Avon, 7.50).

Christine Poulson, Stage Fright (May, St. Martin's hc, 22.95). 2nd mystery with Cambridge academician Cassandra James. While on maternity leave, James gets involved with a small stage production and finds as much drama happens behind the curtain as in front of it. Sandy recommends this author.

Bill Pronzini, Nightcrawlers (Mar., Forge hc, 24.95, Signed Copies 25.95). The Nameless Detective returns in a case dealing with a string of murders in the Castro District and the evil that comes out after dark.

Fiona Quirina, Sex, A Mystery (Mar., Berkley tpo, 13.00). We include this more as a measure of how far publishers are going to create new “niches” for their specialty series: Lydia Quess prefers the term “courtesan”, but others would call her a high-priced call girl. When one of her clients is murdered in her bed, she takes up the “second oldest profession”: detective. Pseudonym for an author who has produced four mysteries and three medical thrillers. And, no, we don’t know who it really is…

David Rosenfelt, Sudden Death (May, Warner hc, 23.95). Andy Carpenter finds himself engulfed in another media trial – a NY Giant is accused of the murder of a NY Jet. Signed Copies Available. In paper, Bury the Lead (April, Warner, 6.99). A Great and Funny Series – READ ALL FOUR OF THEM.

Rosemary Rowe, The Ghosts of Glevum (April, Trafalgar tpo, 9.99). 3rd historical Roman mystery with Libertus – former slave and amateur sleuth.

John Sandford, Broken Prey (May, Putnam hc, 26.95). 17th Lucas Davenport. In paper, Hidden Prey (April, Berkley, 7.99).

David Skibbins, Eight of Swords (April, St. Martin's hc, 23.95). First man to win the St Martin’s Minotaur/Malice Domestic Contest for Best First Traditional Mystery: 20 years ago, Warren Ritter changed his name and left his past after being involved in a mysterious crime. Giving tarot readings in San Francisco, he’s very good at reading his customers. His talents are leading into danger.

Alexander McCall Smith, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (April, Pantheon hc, 19.95). 6th in the Botswana series with Precious Ramotswe.

Mark Haskell Smith, Delicious (April, Atlantic Monthly hc, 23.00). When the greedy owner of a Vegas catering company tries to muscle in on the Honolulu locals, bad feelings escalate. This debut promises to upset the Hawaii Visitors Bureau much like Hiaasen's did in Florida. Signing?

Patricia Sprinkle, Who Killed the Queen of Clubs? (Mar., Signet pbo, 5.99). The State bridge champion dies and it might have something to do with her large pecan grove.

Sarah Strohmeyer, Bubbles Betrothed (April, Dutton hc, 19.95). Bubbles is surrounded by trouble: on her first day as a reporter, she’s tossed in jail; a murder suspect dies after agreeing to talk to her; the cops want her notes; and her boyfriend wants her to pose as his fiancée. 5th in this comic series that won an Agatha.

James Swain, Mr. Lucky (Mar., Ballantine hc, 19.95). A perennial loser has his luck change when he survives a casino fire. He quickly becomes a steady winner. Tony Valentine is brought in to see if he’s on the level. 5th in the authentic and entertaining series. Tammy recommends.

Lou Jane Temple, The Spice Box (May, Berkley hc, 21.95). A new culinary series that will follow a spice box through the kitchens and crimes of the decades. In the first installment, an Irish woman escapes the potato famine and finds work as a cook in the household of a department store magnate. His son had disappeared days before and, on her first day of work, she finds the boy’s body. Recipes included.

Emily Toll, Keys to Death (May, Berkley pbo, 6.50). 4TH with travel agent Lynne Montgomery. While visiting some friends’ new resort in the Florida Keys, Lynne runs afoul of a killer. Author also known as Taffy Cannon.

P. J. Tracy, Dead Run (April, Putnam hc, 23.95). The Monkeewrench gang returns. On a road trip, their car breaks down in an area where no cell phones work! Horrors! They track through the woods to a small town, Four Corners. Only, when they get there, the town is gone… Signing. In paperback, Live Bait (April, Signet, 7.50).

Elaine Viets, Just Married (May, Signet pbo, 6.50). 4th in the comic “dead end job” series, this time at a bridal salon.

Heather Webber, Trouble in Spades (April, Avon pbo, 6.50). The return of garden landscaper and reluctant sleuth Nina Quinn: Nina is bedeviled by her missing brother-in-law, a neighborhood thief, a crazy Chihuahua and a couple of dug up bodies.

Richard Weber, Miss Gazillions (Mar., St. Martin's hc, 23.95). Dan O’Sullivan must abandon his rootless life when his father dies and the money is cut off. Luckily, his neighbor Celeste has escaped a traffic accident with a bag of cash. Unfortunately, those killed in the wreck included the Secretary of the Treasury, a disgraced former Attorney General and a Columbian cocaine billionaire. A witty and suspenseful debut caper.

Donald Westlake, Watch Your Back! (April, Warner hc, 24.95). Dortmunder and his crew split their time between a juicy heist and trying to save their beloved bar from being torched by its new owner – the Mob. In paper, The Road to Ruin (Mar., Warner, 6.99).

Randy Wayne White, Dead of Night (Mar., Putnam hc, 24.95). When Doc Ford is asked to check on a missing biologist, he can’t know that he’s about to be dead center of a nightmare heading toward Florida. Signing. In paper, Tampa Burn (Mar., Berkley, 7.99).

Stephen White, Missing Persons (Mar., Dutton hc, 25.95). After a colleague disappears mysteriously, Alan Gregory is the only one to decipher her odd messages. In paper, Blinded (Mar., Dell, 7.99).

Don Winslow, Power of the Dog (April, Knopf hc, 25.95) One of our very favorite writers returns with a novel that traces the Drug War from the '70s to now, delving into the dark intersection of domestic and foreign drug cartels, the Mob and the government. The players are a DEA agent, a drug lord, a call girl, a hit man and a priest and their story is one of love, revenge, politics, corruption and honor. Signing. Man, we cannot wait!

Valerie Wolzein, Death in Duplicate (Mar., Ballantine pbo, 6.99). Murder comes to Susan Henshaw’s own home.

Nancy Means Wright, Mad Cow Nightmare (April, St. Martin's hc, 23.95). In her 5th book, Vermonter Ruth Wilmarth suspects that the local outbreak of mad cow disease may have spread to area squatters.


M.C. Beaton, Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House (Mar., St. Martin's, 6.99)

Edna Buchanan, Cold Case Squad (May, Pocket, 7.99)

Lee Child, The Enemy (April, Bantam, 7.99). All Staff Recommend – as always.

Jill Churchill, It Had to Be You (Mar., Avon, 6.99)

John Connolly, Bad Men (May, Pocket, 7.99)

Michelle de Krester, The Hamilton Case (April,, Warner, 13.95)

Vince Flynn, Memorial Day (May, Pocket, 7.99)

Alan Furst, Dark Voyage (May, Random House, 12.95)

Sue Grafton, R is for Ricochet (April, Berkley, 7.99)

Barbara Hambly, Dead Water (April, Bantam, 6.99)

Erin Hart, Lake of Sorrows (March, Pocket, 7.50)

Stephen Hunter, Havana (April, Pocket, 7.99)

Chris Mooney, Remembering Sarah (April, Pocket, 7.99). Janine recommends.

Walter Mosley, Little Scarlet (April, Warner, 7.50) Easy.

Sara Paretsky, Killing Orders (May, Signet, 7.99)

Eliot Pattison, Beautiful Ghosts (April, St. Martin's, 14.95)

Laura Jo Rowland, The Perfumed Sleeve (April, St. Martin's, 6.99)

Dylan Schaffer, Misdemeanor Man (May, Bloomsbury, 14.95). Janine and Bill recommend.

Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, She’s Not There (Mar., Pinnacle, 6.99)

Julia Spencer-Fleming, Out of the Deep I Cry (May, St. Martin's, 6.99)

Peter Spiegelman, Black Maps (Mar., Vintage, 11.95) Shamus winner.

Andrew Taylor, An Unpardonable Crime (Mar., Hyperion, 14.95)

Edward Wright, While I Disappear (May, Berkley, 7.99). Wright’s first book, Clea’s Moon, was our bestselling paperback of 2004. This one is every bit as good.


Bruce Hale, Give My Regrets to Broadway and Murder My Tweet (April, Harcourt, 4.95 ea). The two most recent Chet Cecko mysteries for readers 8-12.


Rennie Airth, Blood Dimmed Tide, July

Lee Child & Reacher, June

John Connolly & Charlie Parker, June

Jeffery Deaver & Lincoln Rhyme, June

Barry Eisler & John Rain, June

Jasper Fforde & Jack Spratt, July

Stephen Hunter, American Gunfight, July

Charlie Huston, Six Bad Things, July

Laurie R. King & Mary Russell, June

Laura Lippman, To the Power of Three, July

Peter Lovesey, The Circle, June

Margaret Maron & Judge Knott, Aug

Marcia Muller, Cape Perdido, July

Sara Paretsky & V.I., June

Arturo Perez-Reverte, Captain Alastriste, June

Kathy Reichs, Cross Bones, June

Lisa Scottoline, Devil’s Corner, June

Alexander McCall Smith, 44 Scotland Street, July

Julie Spencer-Fleming & Rev. Clair, June

Andrew Vachss, Two Trains Running, June


Caleb Carr, The Italian Secretary (May, Carroll & Graf hc, 24.95). Holmes and Watson are summoned to Scotland by an encrypted telegram from Mycroft. The Queen’s architect and his foreman have been murdered and the Queen might be endangered.

Mitch Cullen, A Slight Trick of the Mind (April, Doubleday hc, 23.95) In 1947, Holmes is living quietly, a very old man who is struggling with his mind’s sharpness. The young son of his housekeeper pokes into Holmes’ papers and uncovers the case of Mrs. Keller, the object of Holmes’ youthful affection. As the boy draws the story out of the detective, the book becomes both a mystery and a character story of a man at the end of his time confronting things long-buried.

Phil Rickman, The Prayer of the Night Shepherd (Mar., Trafalgar tpo, 8.99). The 6th with the Reverend Merrily Watkins finds her on the border of England and Wales, in a crumbling hotel, her daughter in danger, a suggestion of inherited evil and the long-disputed origins of Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.


Alan Vanneman, Sherlock Holmes and the Hapsburg Tiara (Mar., Carroll & Graf, 13.95).

Shadows over Baker Street, Michael Reeves and John Pelan, eds. (Mar., Del Ray, 14.95).

Mark Frost, The List of Seven (April, Avon, 7.99). Back in print after a decade.

Laurie R. King, The Game (Mar., Bantam, 6.99). Mary Russell.

Will Tomas, Some Danger Involved (Mar., Simon & Schuster, 9.95).


Lawrence Block, The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling (Mar., Harper, 7.99). Bernie #3

Emily Brightwell, Mrs. Jeffries Learns the Trade (April, Berkley tp, 14.00). Reissue of the first three Mrs. Jeffries mysteries, housekeeper to Scotland Yard’s Insp. Witherspoon, in one volume.

James Ellroy, Blood on the Moon (May, Vintage, 12.95). The 1st Lloyd Hopkins, his third book, from 1984.

Joe Gores, A Time of Predators (Mar., Forge, 14.95). Winner of the Edgar for Best First Novel of 1970. A man refuses to give up justice when his wife is murdered by a gang after she witnessed their crimes.

Gypsy Rose Lee, The G-String Murders (May, Feminist Press at CUNY tp, 12.95). Witty 1941 whodunit set in the underworld of the burlesque theatre. A noted mystery on its own, it is also a sharp and witty sociological view of sex, commerce and urban living. Ghosted by Craig Rice.

Charles McCarry, The Tears of Autumn (Mar., Overlook hc, 24.95). Perhaps the finest American practitioner of espionage thrillers, here is McCarry’s most explosive book, first published in 1975. Paul Christopher resigns from the Company to search for the truth behind the Kennedy Assassination. A book highly recommended by Nancy Pearl. In paper, Old Boys (April, Penguin, 15.00), his new novel from 2004.

Phoebe Atwood Taylor. Countryman Press is beginning to reissue the Asey Mayo series. Mayo is a Northeastern handyman who has some knowledge of police work and knows everything about everyone else’s lives. There will be four published in Feb., all 10.95. More to come in June. These are classic and classy whodunits: The Cape Cod Mystery, the 1st from ’31; The Annulet of Gilt, #12 from ’38; The Asey Mayo Trio, the 23rd book of novellas from ’46; and Punch with Care, the 24th.

Trevanian, The Eiger Sanction (May, Three Rivers, 13.95). One of JB’s all-time favorites: Jonathan Hemlock is an art historian and collector of Impressionist masterworks. He’s also an assassin for a shadowy US agency. His latest assignment will take him back to the sport that he’d grown too old to do safely – mountain climbing. Also reissued are The Loo Sanction (Hemlock #2), The Main (a wonderful small slice-of-life in Montreal with an old cop), Shibumi (terrific book about a zen assassin) and The Summer of Katya. All the same price.

Jack Webb, Dragnet: The Badge (April, Thunder’s Mouth Press tp, 14.95). A selection of true crime case accounts deemed too violent or sensational for presentation on TV in the 1950s. Back in print after 4 decades. Just the facts. With an introduction by James Ellroy.

Charles Willeford, Sideswipe (Mar, Vintage, 12.00). 3rd Hoke Moseley, from 1987. Bill recommends this series.

See also


Bitter Lemon

Tonino Benacquista, Holy Smoke (April, 13.95). Writing a love letter for a friend leads Dario into a scam and murder. The Paris gigolo is soon entwined with the Mafia, the Vatican and none of those guys are acting like choirboys. A book described as “Carl Hiaasen in Italy," by an author who has won a number of French literary awards.

Leonardo Padura, Havana Red (May, 13.95). First of a quartet with Insp. Mario Conde, who probes the murder of a young transvestite in a red dress found strangled in a Havana park. The author has won the Hammett prize in Spain among other literary awards.

Crippen & Landru

Margaret Millar, The Couple Next Door (Jan., 19.00 tp, 29.00 hc). Little-known stories by an Edgar-winning master of suspense. Edited by Tom Nolan.

Byline: Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins, ed. (Jan, 19.00). Uncollected stories – including Mike Hammer stories – and non-fiction by one of the bestselling mystery writers of all time.

Hardcase Crime

David Dodge, Plunder Under the Sun (May, 6.99). An ancient Quechua manuscript points to the hiding place of a priceless hoard of gold. A tale of death, betrayal and a race from Chile to Peru. First published in 1949. By the author of the novel To Catch a Thief.

Allan Guthrie, Kiss Her Goodbye (Mar., 6.99). Joe Hope is Edinburgh’s most feared enforcer. But his daughter is dead – supposedly a suicide – and he’s framed for murder. With the help of other feared men, and a feared woman, he’s out to settle scores. First publication anywhere. Author was nominated for Debut Dagger for his earliest book.

Day Keene, Home is the Sailor (Mar., 6.99). After years at sea, Swede Nelson just wants to find a nice girl and settle down. Who he finds is Corliss Mason – sensual, irresistible and deadly. First published in 1952.

Donald Westlake, 361 (May, 6.99). Men in a Chrysler came in with guns blazing. When Ray Kelly awoke in the hospital a month later, he was missing an eye and his father was dead. Then things got bad. Lawrence Block said that this book, from 1962, is his favorite Westlake.

Rue Morgue

Dorothy Bowers, Postscript to Poison (Mar., 14.95). First US publication of a 1937 English mystery, the first of five with Insp. Dan Pardoe, by an author in the Sayers tradition.

Frances Crane, The Golden Box (April, 14.95). First published in 1942, this is her second Pat and Jean Abbott mystery, set in a fictionalized version of her rural Illinois hometown.

Kelly Roos, Made Up to Kill (May, 14.95). First published in 1940, this is the first of the series with Jeff and Haila who are not yet married, and it is set against a Broadway opening.


Men From Boys, John Harvey, ed. (April, Dark Alley tpo, 13.95). 17 contemporary crime writers with stories probing the question of what it means to be a father, a son, a man: Connelly, Lehane, Straley, Block, Deaver, Pelecanos, Sallis, Winslow, Woodrell, Robinson and others.

Creature Cozies, Jill M. Morgan, ed. (Mar., Berkley hc, 23.95). 11 all new animystery stories, including photos of the authors and their pets – including J.A. Jance, Jan Burke, Gary Phillips and Carol Nelson Douglas.

Murder Most Crafty, Maggie Bruce, ed. (April, Berkley hc, 21.95). 15 new stories with craft patterns and projects included – idle hands lead to murder. Authors include Albert, Ferris, Maron, Cannel, and others.

Transgressions, Ed McBain, ed. (May, Forge hc, 27.95). New novellas by 10 top authors, including Lawrence Block, Jeffery Deaver, Sharyn McCrumb, Anne Perry, Donald Westlake, Stephen King and the editor.

True Crime, True North: The Golden Age of Canadian Pulp Magazines, Carolyn Strange and Tina Loo, eds, (May, Raincoast tpo, 18.95). A vivid account of the Canadian true crime pulps of the WWII era, with color reproductions of their spicy look and lurid stories.


Andrew Eames, The 8:55 to Baghdad (May, Overlook hc, 24.95. The author traces the route Agatha Christie took, the route that would become the basis for Murder on the Orient Express. Part travelogue, part literary biography, and a merging of historical events with contemporary life along the rail line.

Dan Brown, Angels & Demons: Special Illustrated Edition (May, Attria hc, 35.00). Should have seen this one coming a mile away: the bestseller, with 150 photos, drawings and illustrations.

Walter Mosley, 47 (May, Little Brown hc, 16.99). Young adult novel that weaves historical fact and speculative fiction: 47 is a young slave boy living under the boot-heel of a brutal overseer. His life changes when he meets a mysterious run-away slave, Tall John.

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