The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Knopf, $24.95), by Stieg Larsson, is a classic who-done-it as well as a fascinating look into the world of international finance.  Mikael Blomkvist is an investigative financial reporter tracking a story of high-stakes corruption when he is sued for libel and convicted.  After a short prison stay, he is offered an opportunity to write a company history for a family of wealthy industrialists, the Vangers.  At the heart of their story, though, is the disappearance, some decades earlier, of one of their own, a young girl who vanished from the family’s island home in broad daylight. Enlisting the help of an enterprising young private investigator (the “girl with the dragon tattoo”), he uncovers the buried details and wrests the skeletons from the Vanger family’s closet.  Interesting and believable characters as well as a taut and provocative story-line set this apart from other mystery novels. 

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By Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780307269751
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Published: Knopf - September 16th, 2008

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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - June 23rd, 2009

It’s an axiom of Victorian literature that the sins of the parents work themselves out in the next generation.  In The Glass Of Time (W.W. Norton, $24.95), the sequel to Michael Cox’s deeply enjoyable The Meaning of Night, this law is rigorously enforced. Whereas the secret betrayal and public crime that defined Cox’s first effort cribbed from the “scandal novels” of Wilkie Collins, The Glass of Time owes much to Jane Eyre: The young heroine, Esperanza Gorst, is insinuated as a lady’s maid into the country seat of the imposing Lady Transor as part of a mysterious stratagem of Esperanza’s guardian.  All the appurtenances of a great period mystery are in place: purloined letters, concealed identities, strangers skulking across the park and, of course, the peculiar intimacy and intricacy of relations between upstairs and downstairs in a great house.  Ultimately, however, this is a psychologically-acute portrait of a precocious young girl who gradually discovers herself entangled in the web of her elders’ obsessions—and what she decides to do about it.

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 17th, 2008

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2009

George Pelecanos’s latest D.C. mystery, The Turnaround (Little, Brown, $24.99), begins in the 1970s. Two teenage boys, whose lives could not be more different, collide one terrible night; one is killed, the other irreparably damaged. This book is more complicated than a mystery, exploring race, family, father-son relationships, and the struggle to shake off old conflicts.

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ISBN: 9780316040921
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2009

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