Crime fiction

Crime fiction

Sean Slater-Snakes and Ladders

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When Homicide Detective Jacob Striker discovers that a string of recent suicides might actually be covered-up murders, his investigation quickly leads him to the Riverglen Mental Health Facility.

The victims were all patients from the support group overseen by psychologist Dr. Erich Ostermann. And when Striker discovers Larisa Logan - a very dear friend of his and a patient of Ostermann - has gone missing, his investigation goes into overdrive.

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Tana French-The Likeness

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Six months after the events of In the Woods, Detective Cassie Maddox is still recovering. Transferred out of Dublin’s Murder squad at her own request, she vows never to return. That is, until her boyfriend, Detective Sam O’Neill, calls her one beautiful spring morning, urgently asking her to come to a murder scene in the small town of Glenskehy.

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Alex Barclay - Darkhouse

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2005
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Alex Barclay EVERYTHING YOU NEVER EXPECTED From a broken childhood comes an unbreakable and deadly bond. In 1985 in a North Texas backwater, two teenage boys made a chilling pact that would unite them forever in a dark and twisted loyalty. Now one lies dead. And the man responsible is going to pay. When a routine investigation comes to a violent and tragic end, Detective Joe Lucchesi takes leave from the NYPD and moves with his wife and son to a quiet village on the south east coast of Ireland. They're happy. They're safe.

Tim Weaver - Chasing the Dead

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2010
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One year ago, Alex Towne's body was found.One month ago, his mother saw him on the street.One week ago, David Raker agreed to look for him.Now he wishes he hadn’t.

Chris Carter - The Crucifix Killer

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2009
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About the author : Born in Brazil of Italian origin, Chris Carter studied psychology and criminal behaviour at the University of Michigan. As a member of the Michigan State District Attorney's Criminal Psychology team, he interviewed and studied many criminals, including serial and multiple homicide offenders with life imprisonment convictions. Having departed for Los Angeles in the early 1990s, Chris spent ten years as a guitarist for numerous bands before leaving the music business to write full-time. He now lives in London.

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Chris Mooney - The Dead Room

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2009
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A mother and her son have been executed in their home and fingerprint matches show their attacker died twenty years ago.But how can dead serial killers return to haunt the present? The answers lie in the darkest shadows of The Dead Room.When CSI Darby McCormick is called to the crime scene, it’s one of the most gruesome she’s ever seen. But the forensic evidence is even more disturbing: someone watched the murder unfold from woodland behind the house – and the killer died in a shoot-out two decades earlier.The deeper Darby digs, the more horrors come to light.

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Patrick Dunne - the Godstone

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2010
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Louise Anderson - Perception of Death

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2005
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‘There are some things in life better not known – some things that should be left where they rest…’ Erin Paterson is a highly successful lawyer in Glasgow and a control-freak, ruthless negotiator and commitment-phobe. Erin’s family exist in a state of perpetual denial, so that when a secret from the past, so abominable and terrifying, slithers back to the surface, Erin is the one who has to face the threat and find the truth. As events unravel, Erin’s resolve is tested to the maximum.

Tana French - Faithful Place

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2010
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Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was nineteen, growing up poor in Dublin's inner city and living crammed into a small flat with his family on Faithful Place. But he had his sights set on a lot more. He and his girl Rosie Daly were all set to run away to London together, get married, get good jobs, break away from factory work and poverty and their old lives.

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Jack Kerley - The Hundredth Man

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2004
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From Publishers Weekly

First-time author Kerley debuts with a classically constructed, psychotic-killer-with-a-horrendous-childhood thriller featuring young detective Carson Ryder, himself troubled by a problematic past. Carson and partner Harry Nautilus are the newly formed two-man Psychopathological and Sociopathological Investigative Team, referred to as Piss-it by the other members of the Mobile, Ala., police force. While Piss-it's official mandate is the investigation of murders committed by particularly horrendous killers, the formation of the team is actually a public relations scheme. Nevertheless, when a headless body turns up in a local park, Piss-it has its first real case. At the autopsy, Carson meets new hire Dr. Ava Davenelle, who is handling corpse-cutting duties. "She was dour, abrupt, and projected the femininity of a hammer—yet her motions verged on symphonic." Of course he's immediately smitten, though his polite advances are rejected. Turns out she has her own life as well as a job-threatening problem, which Carson must solve while simultaneously identifying the killer who has meanwhile added several more headless victims to his growing list. Carson's secret weapon of detection is his brother, an insane mass-murderer who feeds him clues on the nature of madmen from an asylum, à la Hannibal Lecter. Kerley has certainly mastered the form, and the nail-biter takedown scene is as exciting as any in the business. This is a solid addition to the genre, and a series to look forward to. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.