Roses are Red by James Patterson: A brilliant criminal known only as the Mastermind orchestrates a series of bank robberies that are notable for their very precise demands -- and their explosive violence when the demands are not met exactly. Detective Alex Cross takes on the case and recognizes that a particular kind of criminal mind is at work. But before he gets near identifying a suspect, the Mastermind pulls off the most outrageous kidnapping scheme in U.S. history -- and walks away with the largest ransom ever paid. But the money is not enough. Alex Cross's investigation has gotten under the Mastermind's skin, and he makes it his personal goal to take revenge on Cross's entire team, one person at a time -- before coming after Cross himself.
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Blood Work by Michael Connelly
The biggest, fastest, most compelling novel yet by the phenomenally
bestselling author of The Poet and Trunk Music. Thanks to a heart
transplant, former FBI agent Terril McCaleb is enjoying a quiet
retirement. But when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the
L.A. "Times" brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose
heart now beats in his chest, McCaleb soon learns a terrible truth: the
donor was not killed in an accident as he had been told; she was
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Clarice Starling, a precociously self-disciplined FBI trainee, is
dispatched by her boss, Section Chief Jack Crawford, the FBI's most
successful tracker of serial killers, to see whether she can learn
anything useful from Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Lecter's a gifted psychopath
whose nickname is "The Cannibal" because he likes to eat parts of his
victims. Isolated by his crimes from all physical contact with the human
race, he plays an enigmatic game of "Clue" with Starling, providing her
with snippets of data that, if she is smart enough, will lead her to the
criminal. Undaunted, she goes where the data takes her. As the tension
mounts and the bureaucracy thwarts Starling at every turn, Crawford
tells her, "Keep the information and freeze the feelings." Insulted,
betrayed, and humiliated, Starling struggles to focus. If she can
understand Lecter's final, ambiguous scrawl, she can find the killer.
But can she figure it out in time? --Barbara Schlieper
Chain of Evidence by Ridley Pearson
From Publishers Weekly:
Someone is apparently staging fake suicides in Hartford, Conn. The dead
are lowlifes (a child molester, a wife beater, etc.), and, to HPD
Detective Joe Dartelli, their fates are eerily reminiscent of a
"suicide" he treated strictly by the book three years back in order to
protect his mentor, forensic specialist Walter Zeller, who probably
staged the death of the serial rapist who killed his wife.
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New
York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by
his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a
psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they
view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from
one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.
The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, in a highly
unorthodox move, enlists the two men in the murder investigation,
counting on the reserved Kreizler's intellect and Moore's knowledge of
New York's vast criminal underworld.
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after he murders them. Victim's advocate Kate Conlan must find the
killer while protecting the only witness left alive.
Rules of Prey by John Sandford
A killer who calls himself the "maddog" has been murdering Minneapolis
women, seemingly without pattern or motive. The crimes are linked only
by their brutality and by the slayer's "signature": at each scene, he
leaves a written rule of crime, such as "Never kill anyone you know," or
"Never carry a weapon after it has been used." Into the case comes Lucas
Davenport, a policeman with five kills in the line of duty, a surefire
sense of how to handle the thirsty media and strong instincts about the
killer's psyche. (Publisher's Weekly)
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
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the same MO as a killer who attacked her during her internship years in
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and a bridesmaid, with whom he falls quickly into bed and in love. Soon
Senta, with her silver-dyed hair and exotic ways, tells Philip they must
prove the unconventionality of their love: each must commit a murder.
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upstate New York. With the first disappearance, the townspeople begin to
mistrust outsiders. When the second girl goes missing, neighbors and
childhood friends start to eye one another warily. And with the third
disappearance, the sleepy little town awakens to a full-blown nightmare.
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Tom Ripley is transformed from a petty perpetrator of fraud into a
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nothing--not even murder--to get what he desires. (Catalog Summary)
I must confess that I've never read anything by this author, but you
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Absolute Power by David Baldacci
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