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Best Mysteries & Thrillers of 2013

  • FICTION

    LEXICON

    JUNE 18, 2013

FICTION

LEXICON

by Max Barry

An up-all-night thriller for freaks and geeks who want to see their wizards all grown up in the real world and armed to the... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BREAKING POINT

    MARCH 12, 2013

FICTION

BREAKING POINT

by C.J. Box

Its basis in a real-life conflict makes Joe’s 13th case one of his most tendentious, but it’s Box who makes it one of his... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LIGHT OF THE WORLD

    JULY 23, 2013

FICTION

LIGHT OF THE WORLD

by James Lee Burke

Pruning away the florid subplots that often clutter his heaven-storming blood baths, Burke produces his most sharply... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NEVER GO BACK

    SEPT. 3, 2013

FICTION

NEVER GO BACK

by Lee Child

For the pure pleasure of uncomplicated, nonstop action, no one touches Reacher, who accurately observes that “I trained... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE OCTOBER LIST

    OCT. 1, 2013

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE OCTOBER LIST

by Jeffery Deaver

Perhaps the cleverest of all Deaver’s exceptionally clever thrillers. If you’ve ever wished you could take the... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    GHOSTS OF BUNGO SUIDO

    JULY 30, 2013

FICTION

GHOSTS OF BUNGO SUIDO

by P.T. Deutermann

A first-rate yarn of war and the sea that will keep the reader on edge right to the end. Full review >

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    MIDNIGHT

    JULY 2, 2013

FICTION

MIDNIGHT

by Kevin Egan

A crystalline noir nightmare built on the premise that yes, things can always, always, always get worse. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE CUCKOO'S CALLING

    APRIL 30, 2013

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

THE CUCKOO'S CALLING

by Robert Galbraith

A quick, fun read. Rowling delivers a set of characters every bit as durable as her Potter people and a story that, though... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE SHADOW TRACER

    JUNE 27, 2013

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE SHADOW TRACER

by Meg Gardiner

If you can accept the preposterous setup, the ruthlessly two-dimensional villains and the world’s most uncomplaining... Full review >

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    THE CROCODILE

    JULY 2, 2013

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

THE CROCODILE

by Maurizio de Giovanni ; translated by Antony Shugaar

In this crisply translated novel, de Giovanni explores Lojacono’s loneliness and vulnerability while simultaneously... Full review >

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    HIDDEN HERITAGE

    NOV. 5, 2013

FICTION

HIDDEN HERITAGE

by Charlotte Hinger

This third case for Lottie (Lethal Lineage, 2011, etc.) is filled with surprising historical information, social commentary,... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    GOOD PEOPLE

    APRIL 16, 2013

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

GOOD PEOPLE

by Ewart Hutton

The sexual peccadilloes are not for the squeamish, but the plot twists are cunning, and Glyn Capaldi is the most appealing... Full review >

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    SPIRIT OF STEAMBOAT

    OCT. 21, 2013

FICTION

SPIRIT OF STEAMBOAT

by Craig Johnson

Unlike Walt’s usual adventures (A Serpent’s Tooth, 2013, etc.), this novella shuns mystery for a wild and dangerous... Full review >

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    NIGHTRISE

    JAN. 1, 2013

FICTION

NIGHTRISE

by Jim Kelly

Even if they never came up with such a diabolical plot, long-winded colleagues could well take example from the generosity... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    JOYLAND

    JUNE 4, 2013

FICTION

JOYLAND

by Stephen King

A satisfyingly warped yarn, kissing cousins of Blue Velvet. Readers may be inclined to stay off the Tilt-a-Whirl for a while... Full review >

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    AS SHE LEFT IT

    JUNE 8, 2013

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

AS SHE LEFT IT

by Catriona McPherson

The creator of Dandy Gilver (Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder, 2012, etc.) has produced a stand-alone that is... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE EXTINCTION CLUB

    MAY 1, 2013

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE EXTINCTION CLUB

by Jeffrey Moore

Nile and Céleste’s relationship—at times bantering, at times lovingly hectoring—will give enthralled readers the stamina to... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SILKEN PREY

    MAY 7, 2013

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

SILKEN PREY

by John Sandford

Sandford keeps every stage of the investigation clear, compelling and suspenseful while peeling back layer after layer of a... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A FATAL LIKENESS

    AUG. 20, 2013

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

A FATAL LIKENESS

by Lynn Shepherd

Lynn (The Solitary House, 2012, etc.) takes the familiar story of the Shelley family and fills in the holes in the... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BEAR IS BROKEN

    FEB. 5, 2013

FICTION

BEAR IS BROKEN

by Lachlan Smith

Sensitive, ingenious and suspenseful. A series is promised and very welcome indeed. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    TATIANA

    NOV. 12, 2013

FICTION

TATIANA

by Martin Cruz Smith

Anyone who enjoys crime novels but hasn’t read Smith is in for a treat. Read this book, then look for other Arkady Renko... Full review >

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