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Archer Mayor! Archer Mayor (2005)
The Surrogate Thief. Grand Central Publishing
Joe Gunther, head of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation, uses modern forensic techniques to solve a labyrinthine, character-driven case. Civilized and intelligent! Don't read the book if you are fond of blood-dripping serial killer strories or action thrillers. More...
Maj Sjowall / Per Wahloo! Maj Sjowall / Per Wahloo (1993)
Roseanna. Vintage
The first book in the Martin Beck series of crime novels by the Swedish writer couple Sjowall / Wahloo. Written from a left-wing political perspective, the novel portrays the social and political climate of Sweden in the late 1960s and 1970s. Fortunately, the political propaganda is packaged in intelligent suspense and a plot populated by authentic characters. More...
Ed McBain! Ed McBain (1981)
King's Ransom. (87th Precinct Mystery) Signet
Stupid, but ruthless thugs try to kidnap the son of a rich tycoon, but mistakenly take the son of his chauffeur. This wise-cracking police procedural from Ed McBain, the inventor of the genre (and script writer for Hitchcock's The Birds), is as fresh as if it was written yesterday. More...
Tess Gerritsen! Tess Gerritsen (2011)
The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel. Ballantine Books
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! More...
Friedrich Glauser! Friedrich Glauser (2008)
The Chinaman (First published in 1938) Bitter Lemon Press
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. More...
Joseph Wambaugh! Joseph Wambaugh (2008)
The New Centurions. Grand Central Publishing
Ex-cop turned bestselling writer Joseph Wambaugh portrays American cops as hard-drinking, skirt-chasing, foul-mouthed, and cynical. Wambough follows a class of new police recruits through their trials, triumphs and personal failures. More...
A. C. Baantjer! A. C. Baantjer (2007)
DeKok and Murder on Blood Mountain. Speck Press
With the experience of a thirty-eight-year career in law enforcement, Baantjer has created fictional characters of unique personality and depth. His Detective Inspector DeKok is a veteran policeman who has seen it all. In this novel, DeKok investigates "Bloedberg", a neighborhood in the Belgium city of Antwerp, where a man was fished from the river Scheldt. More...
Jefferson T. Parker! Jefferson T. Parker (2006)
The Fallen. William Morrow
San Diego homicide detective Robbie Brownlaw suffers a head trauma that lets him see visual effects related to speakers' emotions. This helps him to investigate a case in which a man, who has uncovered a corruption scandal, was killed while waiting for a meeting with his estranged wife. Parkers first-class police procedural has psychological depth and vivid characters. More...

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