Stieg Larsson, the Swedish crime novelist whose The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hit the bestseller lists last year, follows up that edgy and terrifying whodunit with The Girl Who Played With Fire (Knopf, $25.95), a new saw-tooth-edged story involving sex trafficking.  The two investigators from the initial book, Lisbeth Salander and Mikail Blomkvist, return, and they’re even more complex than before. Lisbeth, especially, is a bundle of contradictions; a punk rocker with a phenomenal photographic memory and advanced world-class hacker skills; a bikini-clad Popular Science reader who has benefited from breast enhancement surgery; a former welfare child obsessed with avenging the horror of “when all the evil happened.”  She smokes, she drinks, and she travels, but she can’t sleep, an affliction that will be shared by the reader of this mesmerizing tale.

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ISBN: 9780307269980
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Published: Knopf - July 28th, 2009

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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - November 22nd, 2011

In The Monster In The Box (Scribner, $26), the 22nd installment of Ruth Rendell’s Inspector Wexford series, an aging Inspector unravels a tangled web, and along the way, readers are introduced to a young, single Police Constable Wexford, investigating his first murder case—and meeting a suspect who, with no hard evidence against him, reappears on the edge of various cases throughout Wexford’s career.  As the book moves back and forth between past and present, we see Wexford’s suspicions grow but go unsatisfied, as the sleuth is continually frustrated in his effort to substantiate his instinct. A great fan of Ms. Rendell’s work, I consider this page-turner one of her best.

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ISBN: 9781439150375
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 6th, 2010

L.A. Confidential meets vintage noir in Joseph Kanon’s Stardust (Atria, $27.99), a sleek, smart detective story set in post-World War II Hollywood. After working as an Allied translator, Ben Collier, son of a German-Jewish filmmaker and an American woman, arrives in Los Angeles to investigate his brother’s suspicious death.  In addition to tangling with slippery studio heads, scrappy reporters, and the Communist blacklist, Ben’s inquiry leads him deep into the German émigré community–an insular group of artists, writers, and survivors who would rather be left alone. Stardust combines old-fashioned intrigue with a fresh perspective on the postwar United States.

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ISBN: 9781439156322
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 6th, 2010

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