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Old 04-20-2013, 08:05 PM   #16
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I third The Dinner,
second A Suspension of Mercy and
third The Big Sleep.

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:46 AM   #17
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I'll third A Suspension of Mercy by Patricia Highsmith
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:11 AM   #18
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(he,he...back from China, so a Chinese book nomination...)

I read some good crime, were under The dragonbones from Lisa See, which is a political/historical crime in China. It is the 3rd in a series, but all can be read alone.
I would like to nominate the first book The flower net by Lisa See
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“Lisa See begins to do for Beijing what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did for turn-of-the-century London or Dashiell Hammett did for 1920s San Francisco: She discerns the hidden city lurking beneath the public facade.”
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The time frame for Flower Net is January 10, 1997-March 14, 1997. The main narrative ends February 13, 1997—just before the death of Deng Xiaoping on February 19. Much of the story involves flashbacks to the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) and its traumatic impact on the lives of a great number of people. The novel's key characters are Liu Hulan, inspector in the Ministry of Public Security and a Red Princess, and David Stark, Assistant U.S. Attorney, who loves her. Gary Krist writes that "Hulan is a provocative mixture of vulnerability, bitterness and hardheaded practicality," a survivor of the Cultural Revolution who has learned that survival means hiding her emotions from the outside world.(from google.books)
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:19 AM   #19
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I third a Suspension of mercy
Edit...I see this is be- thirded already. Will have to do some further research.


(Josephine Tey is one of my favorites; pity there aren't more of her crime's. I loved her Shilling for candles as well as Brat Farrar. Good choice: the Daughter of time.
And Herman Koch, which I didn't read as yes, being a Dutch autor....shame on me..)

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Old 04-21-2013, 03:36 AM   #20
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Lisa See sounds very interesting - sorry I have used up my nominations. And I agree with you, desertblues: I really love Josephine Tey's books too.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:41 AM   #21
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I'll second Flower Net. Looks interesting.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:46 AM   #22
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:56 AM   #23
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I'll second Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton. Asimov got me interested in the scifi/mystery combination--this one by Hamilton looks interesting.

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Old 04-21-2013, 04:04 AM   #24
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For my last nomination I'll second The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. It seems quite unusual .

BTW I have seen it on Amazon.com for $7.65 and on Amazon.co.uk for £4.99.

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Old 04-21-2013, 06:57 AM   #25
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I'll nominate Rules of Prey by John Sandford.

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The haunting, unforgettable, ice-blooded thriller that introduced Lucas Davenport is so chilling that you're almost afraid to turn the pages and so mesmerizing you cannot stop.
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I'll nominate The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner.

From Amazon (may be a spoiler):

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What would you do if the man of your dreams hides the soul of a killer?

Jim Beckett was everything she'd ever dreamed of...But two years after Tess married the decorated cop and bore his child, she helped put him behind bars for savagely murdering ten women. Even locked up in a maximum security prison, he vowed he would come after her and make her pay. Now the cunning killer has escaped—and the most dangerous game of all begins....

After a lifetime of fear, Tess will do something she's never done before. She's going to learn to protect her daughter and fight back, with the help of a burned-out ex-marine. As the largest manhunt four states have ever seen mobilizes to catch Beckett, the clock winds down to the terrifying reunion between husband and wife. And Tess knows that this time, her only choices are to kill—or be killed.
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I'll third The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.
I've done some research
(The writing style in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie has been described as reminiscent of the "Golden Age of crime writing," influenced by the author's appreciation for the work of Dorothy L. Sayers, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ngaio Marsh, Agatha Christie, G. K. Chesterton, W. J. Burley, and Josephine Tey. Reviewer Lucy Clark compared Bradley's style to that of Agatha Christie)
and I wanted to third it too.

Well..........not fast enough......lagging behind in time today...
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