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Peter Lalor (2005) Blood Stain.

Kathy Knight, grandmother and slaughter house worker in Aberdeen, Australia sliced her partner John Price into pieces and cooked him for a meal. Peter Lalor covered the Knight case for the Daily Telegraph, a top newspaper in Australia. His book is one of the most gruesome true crime stories and not for the faint of heart.

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William Landay (2012) Defending Jacob: A Novel.

Assistant district attorney Andy Barber, his wife, Laurie, and their teenage son, Jacob, are living an idyllic existence until one of Jacob's classmates is stabbed to death. In a parent's worst nightmare their son becomes the prime suspect of being a sociopatic killer.

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Sam Landstrom (2010) MetaGame.

Futuristic techno-thriller for the Facebook and SecondLife generation. More science fiction than thriller.

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Jane Langton (1997) Dead as a Dodo: A Homer Kelly Mystery.

In their 12th appearance, eccentric Harvard philosophy professor Homer Kelly and his quick-witted wife Mary, contemplate Darwinism and the disappearance of Mauritius' Dodo bird, while investigating the attempted murder of Helen Farfrae and the actual killing of a young Anglican priest. A cerebral mystery, with a brilliant debate on creationism versus evolutionism.

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Jane Langton (2002) The Escher Twist: A Homer Kelly Mystery.

In Langton's 16th Homer Kelly book the puzzling drawings of Dutch artist M.C. Escher provide clues for a mystery that is centered on the enigmatic Frieda, who has disappeared. Crystallographer Leonard Sheldrake had met Frieda at an Escher art exhibition in Cambridge and is now searching for her - with the help of Homer and his sharp wife Mary.

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Jane Langton (1981) The Memorial Hall Murder: A Homer Kelly Mystery.

With this book Jane Langton started her series of Homer Kelly mysteries. Homer and his smart wife help Harvard students to find their lost professor. If you have ever tried to learn violin and like listening to classical music this book is for you. Here you can also find out how Harvard's Memorial Hall looked like before it was renovated in the 1990s.

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Paul LaRosa (2006) Tacoma Confidential: A True Story of Murder, Suicide, and a Police Chief's Secret Life.

Paul LaRosa tells the true story of Police Chief David Brame of Tacoma, Washington - of his abusive marriage and the resulting deaths. But this is not only a story about a husband, enraged by an impending divorce, killing his wife. It is the story of a sex-obsessed man, who used his power to fulfill his sexual fantasies.

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Erik Larson (2004) The Devil in the White City

During the 1893 Chicago World's Fair H.H. Holmes, a charming doctor, killed somewhere between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women. The gruesome serial killer actually built a hotel and crematorium to get rid of the corpses. Larson's breathtaking account of these historical events reads like crime fiction.

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Stieg Larsson (2009) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Part 1 of the Millennium Trilogy. [Audio Book]

Publisher Mikael Blomkvist's accuses a prominent Swedish business leader of corruption. His story is exposed as fraud and Blomkvist faces jail. He retreats to a small island supposedly for writing a biography, but he is actually hired to solve a family mystery. The best thriller series in recent years.

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Stieg Larsson (2008) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Publisher Mikael Blomkvist ran a story accusing a prominent Swedish business leader of corruption. But the story is exposed as fraud and Blomkvist faces jail. He temporarily retreats to a small island supposedly for writing another industry leader's biography, but is actually hired to solve a family mystery. This multi-layered mystery is one of the smartest thrillers in recent years.

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