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James Patterson (2007) Double Cross. (Alex Cross Series) [Large Print]

Investigator-psychologist with family life and new girl friend is hunting two serial killers and his old arch enemy Kyle Craig. Not much depth, but lightning fast.

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James Patterson (2007) Cross. (Alex Cross Series)

Patterson's trademark is pace. His horrendously violent crime fiction is so fast, that you have finished the book before you even realize that the serial killer, aka butcher of Sligo, is just a little too monstrous and the forensic psychologist Cross just a little too brave and competent.

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James Patterson (2007) Double Cross. (Alex Cross Series)

Investigator-psychologist with family life and new girl friend is hunting two serial killers and his old arch enemy Kyle Craig. Not much depth, but lightning fast. Full of stereotypes.

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Richard North Patterson (2007) Exile.

Rare combination of a thrilling story with an intelligent political analysis of the ongoing tragedy between Israelis and Palestinians. A courtroom drama, a love story, and a political thriller on a most complex and controversial subject. There is not one page that is boring!

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Richard North Patterson (2010) Degree of Guilt.

Excellent courtroom scenes, high emotions and a complex plot. Patterson's legal thriller is solid entertainment that can captivate you for a while (almost 700 pages).

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Eliot Pattison (2001) The Skull Mantra. (Inspector Shan Tao Yun)

Disgraced Beijing police inspector, Shan Tao Yun, investigates the killing of a local official, while suffering political punishment as a laborer on a road crew called the People's 404th Construction Brigade high in the Himalayas. A top-notch thriller and a substantive look at Tibet under siege.

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Eliot Pattison (2002) Water Touching Stone. (Inspector Shan Tao Yun)

Shan Tao Yun, a former high-ranking, but disgraced, police investigator from Beijing, roams across the wastes of northern Tibet in a virtually endless and dangerous search for the killer of a teacher and several orphaned boys. A reverence for the beleaguered people of Tibet.

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Stef Penney (2008) The Tenderness of Wolves: A Novel.

Stef Penney's haunting debut casts the frigid isolation of Scottish immigrants living on the late 19th-century Canadian frontier. In this harsh, unforgiving environment a seventeen-year old boy disappears the same day his mother discovers the scalped body of his friend. The gripping story reveals a complex web of human desires, motivations, and relationships.

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Louise Penny (2009) The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel.

The body of an unknown old man turns up in a village bistro. Chief Inspector Gamache tracks down the murderer among the mildly eccentric locals - sidetracking into cooking, antiques, lifestyle portraits, travel, and the arts.

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Arturo Perez-Reverte (2006) The Club Dumas.

This literary mystery is a puzzle featuring a book detective, Lucas Corso, who hunts down rare editions for wealthy clients. As one of his bibliophile customers is found hanged, Corso is swept into a swirling adventure that takes him from Madrid to Toledo and Paris, repeatedly threatened to be killed while apparently leaving a trail of dead bodies.

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