Detective and mystery stories

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

By Douglas Adams

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There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind! Detective Gently's bill for saving the human race from extinction: NO CHARGE.
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Bitter Waters

By Wen Spencer

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Half-human half-alien Ukiah Oregon finds himself under scrutiny by Homeland Security when a dead member of the Temple of New Reason cult is found with photographs of Ukiah. Before he can investigate the cult's interest in him, Ukiah's son is abducted.
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Anonymous Rex: A Detective Story

By Eric Garcia

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Somewhere between "L.A. Confidential" and "Jurassic Park," readers can find this comic noir mystery about a private investigator (who happens to be a dinosaur) in contemporary New York.

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The Stones Cry Out

By Sibella Giorello

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This suspense novel, set in Richmond, details a double homicide and civil rights investigation by FBI agent Raleigh Harmon. Raleigh knows this is no ordinary case, and no one is willing to talk about it. This Christy Award winner for best first novel is the beginning of a series.

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Burn

By Ted Dekker & Erin Healy

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Gypsy Janeal Mikkado is in an explosive situation. When her "kumpania" is attacked and her friend is about to be burned to death, Janeal chooses to disappear with the million dollars she discovered. Now the person she thought was dead is back. Will Janeal face her past or be consumed by flames of guilt and fear?

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The Pawn

By Steven James

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FBI agent Patrick Bowers has been called to Asheville, North Carolina to help in the investigation of a serial killer who targets young women and leaves a chess piece behind, suspecting that the muderer has ties to the Jonestown cult and possibly to the current state governor. First of a series.

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Indivisible: A Novel

By Kristen Heitzmann.

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An inseparable bond. An insatiable force. Battling his own personal demons, Police Chief Jonah Westfall knows the dark side of life and has committed himself to eradicating it. When a pair of raccoons are found mutilated in Redford, Colorado, Jonah investigates the gruesome act, knowing the strange event could escalate and destroy the tranquility of his small mountain town. With a rising drug threat and never-ending conflict with Tia Manning, a formidable childhood friend with whom he has more than a passing history, Jonah fights for answers-and his fragile sobriety. But he can't penetrate every wound or secret-especially one fueled by a love and guilt teetering on madness.
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When Death Comes Stealing

By Valerie Wilson Wesley

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Struggling as a single mother to make ends meet on the mean streets of Newark, New Jersey, ex-cop-turned-PI Tamara Hayle races against time to find a murderer when someone begins killing her ex-husband's sons--and her own son might be next.

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Blood Red Blues: A Harlem Noir Introducting Devil Barnett

By Teddy Hayes

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Devil Barnett is a CIA agent with a talent for eliminating special problems--a talent he used for fifteen years. But when his father is killed in his own bar, Devil leaves the Company to come home to run the Be-Bop bar and finds Harlem greatly changed from his boyhood home, overrun with drugs, gangs, and self-serving politicians.

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Hard Revolution

By George Pelecanos

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"...[A] story of two brothers--one a rookie police officer, one a recently returned Vietnam veteran-caught up in the chaos that engulfed D.C. in 1968, when riots followed the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Derek Strange is his family's straight arrow, but his older brother Dennis has always had a harder time.Home from the war and in several varieties of trouble, Dennis is in danger of making one bad decision too many.While Derek tries to be there for Dennis, no amount of brotherly love can save Dennis from Alvin Jones, a local drug dealer who draws him into his web."
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