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Jonathan Gash (2006) The Year of the Woman.

Young woman in Hong Kong is threatened by Triad leader, but manages to get away unharmed. Hillariously funny but also touching.

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Tess Gerritsen (2011) The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel.

Detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles struggle to solve the murder of a red haired woman dressed all in black. The victim was found on a roof top with a severed hand. Bone-chilling!

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Tess Gerritsen (2004) Body Double. [Large Print]

Pathologist Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli investigate a killer who has been murdering pregnant women for years. The complex plot has a nail-biting finale.

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Tess Gerritsen (2005) Vanish. [Audio Book]

Retired internist Gerritsen serves up another prescription for bad dreams - including vivid medical details and a shocking conspiracy.

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Dorothy Gilman (1985) Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station.

Suburban grandmother, Mrs. Pollifax, working for the CIA in communist China. The sweet little lady rescues a prisoner from a labor camp. If you like strange stories - this is for you!

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Friedrich Glauser (2006) In Matto's Realm (First published in 1936)

Glauser's second Sergeant Studer mystery is a psychological police procedural. A child killer has escaped from a psychiatric asylum and as Studer begins to investigate, the director of that institution is found in the boiler room with a broken neck. In a battle of will between Studer and the assistant director, who is suspected of the crime, the truth slowly unravels. A masterpiece!

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Friedrich Glauser (2006) Fever (First published in 1937)

In his third Sergeant Studer mystery, Glauser spins a surreal tale that takes the reader from Paris to Switzerland and Morocco. Studer investigates the deaths of two elderly women in Bern and Basel. Both are killed by gas leaks, both once married to the same man. Written in a unique matter-of-fact style, this European cult classic reveals the fine line between sanity and madness.

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Friedrich Glauser (2008) The Chinaman (First published in 1938)

When the body of James Farny is found lying atop the grave of the recently deceased wife the doctor assumes suicide. Studer suspects murder and he slowly, but meticulously, puzzles out the relationships and motives behind the crime. Glauser's forth Sergeant Studer mystery is nothing for fans of fast-paced thrillers - but if you want something beyond today's stereotypes, it is a great read.

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Lee Goldberg (2011) Watch Me Die.

Slightly idiotic security guard, turned super hero, is hired by a man to follow his wife and stumbles into a blackmail scheme. Decent story for the commuter train with lots of violence and sex.

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William Goldman (2001) Marathon Man.

An epic, fast-paced thriller with just enough humor to prevent you from getting overwhelmed by the violence, evil and sadism. Made into a movie with Dustin Hoffman.

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