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Old 02-20-2012, 02:02 PM   #16
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I'd like to nominate The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. It's in the public domain, so free copies in all formats are available all over; it's also available as a recording at LibriVox. Here's the blurb from LibriVox:



The Secret Agent was ranked the 46th best novel of the 20th century by Modern Library
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The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
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The Secret Agent is Conrad’s dark, and darkly comic story of a band of spies, anarchists, agents-provocateurs plotting and counter-plotting in the back streets of London in the early 20th Century. The novel centers on Verloc, a shop-owner, phony-anarchist and double-agent, who becomes embroiled in an ambitious terrorist plan to bomb the Greenwich Observatory


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Old 02-20-2012, 02:15 PM   #17
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I'll nominate In The Woods by Tana French.

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*Starred Review* Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, land the first big murder case of their police careers: a 12-year-old girl has been murdered in the woods adjacent to a Dublin suburb. Twenty years before, two children disappeared in the same woods, and Ryan was found clinging to a tree trunk, his sneakers filled with blood, unable to tell police anything about what happened to his friends. Ryan, although scarred by his experience, employs all his skills in the search for the killer and in hopes that the investigation will also reveal what happened to his childhood friends. In the Woods is a superior novel about cops, murder, memory, relationships, and modern Ireland. The characters of Ryan and Maddox, as well as a handful of others, are vividly developed in this intelligent and beautifully written first novel, and author French relentlessly builds the psychological pressure on Ryan as the investigation lurches onward under the glare of the tabloid media. Equally striking is the picture of contemporary Ireland, booming economically and fixated on the shabbiest aspects of American popular culture. An outstanding debut.
It won the Edgar, Barry, Macavity and Anthony Awards for Best First Novel.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:20 PM   #18
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The Looking Glass War by John Le Carre
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The Department has faded since the war, effectively mothballed, without agents or resources. But now, with intelligence of a possible missile threat, it again has a mission. This is a chance to prove its influence to those at the Circus, like George Smiley, who think the Department's time has passed. The opportunity to reclaim former glory cannot be missed - even though it means putting men's lives in desperate risk, on foreign soil.

The Looking Glass War is a gripping story of the amorality of espionage - unflinching in its depiction of spying and the men involved, who are as much full of vanity and fear as of selflessness and courage.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:23 PM   #19
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Actually Redbreast is the third Harry Hole book. Possibly the first in English, but still not the first...

I would have thirded it anyway, but I see it's already fully nominated...
It is the first of the Oslo trilogy and you're right, it is also the first English Harry Hole novel. I think Snowman is the seventh novel or so.
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I third Conrad's The secret agent
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:02 PM   #21
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I'll nominate;



The Looking Glass War by John Le Carre
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The Department has faded since the war, effectively mothballed, without agents or resources. But now, with intelligence of a possible missile threat, it again has a mission. This is a chance to prove its influence to those at the Circus, like George Smiley, who think the Department's time has passed. The opportunity to reclaim former glory cannot be missed - even though it means putting men's lives in desperate risk, on foreign soil.

The Looking Glass War is a gripping story of the amorality of espionage - unflinching in its depiction of spying and the men involved, who are as much full of vanity and fear as of selflessness and courage.
I'm not seeing this available in the US as an ebook?
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:15 PM   #22
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Second In The Woods by Tana French.

Second The Looking Glass War by John Le Carre
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:28 PM   #23
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I'll nominate The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice.

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A daring new departure from the inspired creator of The Vampire Chronicles (“unrelentingly erotic . . . unforgettable”—The Washington Post), Lives of the Mayfair Witches (“Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature”—San Francisco Chronicle), and the angels of The Songs of the Seraphim (“remarkable”—Associated Press). A whole new world—modern, sleek, high-tech—and at its center, a story as old and compelling as history: the making of a werewolf, reimagined and reinvented as only Anne Rice, teller of mesmerizing tales, conjurer extraordinaire of other realms, could create.
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:30 PM   #24
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I'm not seeing this available in the US as an ebook?
Yeah, I don't see it on Amazon.


Does that mean it's disqualified?
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:50 PM   #26
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Yeah, I don't see it on Amazon.


Does that mean it's disqualified?
It only has to be available as an ebook somewhere, not everywhere. You're good.
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It only has to be available as an ebook somewhere, not everywhere. You're good.
Okay, but it probably won't get picked now
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:54 AM   #28
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I'd like to nominate a book on The Reader's Digest "Best Thrillers of All Time" list: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (2003). Inkmesh has a longer review, but the first lines of the Amazon Hardcover edition review makes it sound engrossing:

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Summer, 1954.

U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems.

And neither is Teddy Daniels.
Reader's Digest says: "Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (2003), will not only scare you silly but fool you as well. Just try to guess the ending."

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