Book Genre: Crime

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Bryan Stevenson
Debbie
5

A well-written, fantastic book cover to cover! Bryan Stevenson is a committed lawyer working in the American South. Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting for the poor and children who are incarcerated in adult prisons. He is compassionate toward every convict he takes on,...

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Lev AC Rosen
Becker
4

Noir mystery in a totally unique setting makes Depth better than your average private eye adventure. Simone Pierce inherited her detective agency from her father, and has been tracking down stolen goods and photographing cheating spouses all her life. She's doing this in a future, flooded, New...

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David Morrell
lisab
4

David Morrell is back with Thomas De Quincey, the opium eater and his daughter Emma. This time there is a serial killer who is killing off members of the English upper class and appears to be working his/her way towards Queen Victoria.  A suspenseful novel that gives the reader a good...

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Deborah Blum
BeeGeeJay
5

This is a very interesting history of how forensic medicine and toxicology came to be. It covers the chemistry and the uses of various typical poisons like arsenic, carbon monoxide, cyanide, and many others. Surprisingly to me, this book also covered common items and chemicals found in everyday...

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Jennifer Latham
extra medium
4

17 year old Muslim American Scarlett is too smart for her own good: after graduating from high school at age 15, she started a private detective agency and has been getting into trouble (and solving cases!) ever since. Her latest case: a 9 year old girl is worried that her older brother is...

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Elizabeth Bear
Becker
4

I'll admit it--this was my first steampunk book. And I will certainly be reading more! Bear doesn't go into a ton of detail describing her world (an old west/mad scientist version of Seattle), but there is plenty of flavor to spark the reader's imagination. The real treasures here are Karen's...

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Robert Stone
Zac
5

Robert Stone pulled in the National Book Award for this one in 1975.  It was described as “a here-and-now journey to hell” by Time Magazine, “a dark descendant of Conrad” by the New York Times, and “a most important novel” by the Washington Post. 

It absolutely, irrevocably,...

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Raymond Chandler
Zac
5

I wake up dazed and disoriented after reading Raymond Chandler, feeling much like I do after a night of drinking. Consciousness creeps up on me before I can get out of the way. I feel a bit wicked, my body too heavy to move, my mouth too dry to speak. There’s always a dusty and empty thudding in...

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Benjamin Whitmer
Zac
5

This one hits like a blow to the chest, knocking the wind right out and leaving you with a feeling of falling. As the pages turn and the story unfolds, you begin to realize that it’s the falling that is really getting to you, not so much that initial hit. Because when you’re falling, it’s easy...

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Brennan Lee Mulligan
Becker
4

What does it really mean to be a hero? This is the central question of this fun and thought-provoking graphic novel, which started as a web comic and was funded as a print book through a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Alison Green is one of many of her generation who got super powers--she...

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Alexis Coe
Laurie.
3

Alice Mitchell was 19 years old when she committed murder in Memphis, Tennessee. When she went to trial in 1892, there was never a doubt Alice was guilty but everyone wanted to know what would motivate a young woman to do something so heinous. The answer would have the country buzzing about...

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Stephanie Barron
lisab
3

In number 12 of the Jane Austen mystery series, Jane has gone to visit friends and family for the 12 days of Christmas. Murder and intrigue mar the festive proceedings and Jane assists the various investigators which include Raphael West, son of famed artist Benjamin West.  Barron has...

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Sister Souljah
Josh
4

       In college I  heard Sister Souljah speak at a forum held at my school and I remember her words were very powerful and  moving. Certain things she said had the auditorium in rapt attention.  This novel is no different. I went into it with low expectations...

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Gail Simone
Becker
4

Originally crowdfunded on Kickstarter, this isn't your typical superhero book. Megalopolis used to be the safest city on earth, due to the presence of a great number of superheroes. A mysterious event has occurred, turning the former heroes into crazed killers. We see hints at the investigation...

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Chelsea Cain
Becker
4

I knew that Chelsea Cain was a popular thriller author, but I didn't pick up one of her books until after I saw her being interviewed for an NPR show. I liked the way she talked about One Kick, the opener to a new series for her, and the way she talked about her characters. One Kick begins the...

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Ted Sullivan
CoCo Supreme23
4

In this all new graphic novel inspired by the ABC hit TV series “Revenge”, Emily Thorne (AKA Amanda Clark) is a wealthy and good hearted philanthropist who befriends the Grayson family.  However, some twenty years ago, the powerful and elite Grayson family committed a horrific crime and...

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Shane Kuhn
ShellyB
4

This book is a violent, action-packed thriller with assassins, intrigue, and plenty of twists and turns!  The Intern’s Handbook starts out as a sort of guide for new assassins, written by an assassin about to retire (age out) of a company that sends its employees to businesses disguised as...

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Barry Lyga
CoCo Supreme23
4

I have read many Young Adult novels however; I have not read any in the thriller/horror genre.  Recently, I  read, I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Jasper “Jazz” Dent is the son of the Lobo’s Nod most notorious serial killer; Jazz has witnessed horrific crime scenes – from a criminal...

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Franck Thilliez
Becker
3

The first of Thilliez's novels to be translated into English, this mystery encompasses neuroscience, 2 loner detectives, and horrifying incidents all over the world. An unsettling film and several murders set detective Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Franck Sharko to investigating a series of...

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John Scalzi
Becker
4

A science fiction novel for mystery fans? A mystery novel for science fiction fans? How about just a great read with interesting characters, detailed and thoughtful world-buidling, and plenty of twists and turns? Millions of people have been affected by "lock in," the third stage of Haden's...

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James Thompson
Emily
3

Decent Nordic Noir, American author who transplanted and married a Finn writing about a Finnish detective who married an American... action happens during the long dark days of the winter season, and the cold and the isolation become characters in this tale, Kaamos as it is called. A beautiful...

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón
lisab
4

Oscar Drai is a 15 year old boarding school student in Barcelona in the early 1980s. He disappears for a week and this is the tale of where he went beginning with his meeting of the mysterious Marina and her father.  Dark and suspenseful, the book is a classic horror story that begins in a...

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Jaime Lee Moyer
Hope H
3

Delia Martin has always seen ghosts. She tried to run from her cursed gift after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 killed both her parents and new ghosts swelled her city's streets, but a very persistent ghost has started to follow her everywhere, including her dreams, and Delia needs to know...

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Dick Kreck
mbrandstetter
3

Dick Kreck and his team of research experts from the Denver Public Library: Western History and Genealogy and the Colorado History Museum have provided an excellent look into the young life of Anton Woode, 11 year old murderer from Colorado. Not only does he take the reader through the capture,...

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Nathan Edmondson
Becker
4

What is Natasha Romanov doing when she's not out saving the world with the Avengers or using her unique talents in service to S.H.E.I.L.D.? She'd probably rather you not know. She's private like that. But here we get to follow her exploits in trying to atone for her past as a K.G.B. assassin....