The Best of 2009

A Listmania! list by Dave Schwinghammer "Dave Schwinghammer" (Little Falls, Minnesota USA)
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The list author says: "THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE makes this a good year
all on its own. (Dave Schwinghammer's literary mystery, SOLDIER'S GAP, is available on Amazon)."
The Girl Who Played with Fire
1.  The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
The list author says:
  "Better than THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO? Don't give up on this baby; the ending is absolutely riveting."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,269 customer reviews) | 43 customer discussions

Hollywood Moon: A Novel (Hollywood Station)
2.  Hollywood Moon: A Novel (Hollywood Station) by Joseph Wambaugh
The list author says:
  "Joseph Wambaugh, former cop and author of THE NEW CENTURIONS, has recently published three new books revolving around Hollywood Station. This is the best of the three."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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Nobody Move: A Novel
3.  Nobody Move: A Novel by Denis Johnson
The list author says:
  "Will remind you of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them)
4.  Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them) by Bart D. Ehrman
The list author says:
  "Thanks to this book, even fundamentals should be able to see that Christianity evolved to its present state."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (410 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

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The Turtle Catcher
5.  The Turtle Catcher by Nicole Lea Helget
The list author says:
  "Nicole Helget will remind you of Louise Erdrich.
Especially appealing to German-Americans."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Night and Day (A Jesse Stone Novel)
6.  Night and Day (A Jesse Stone Novel) by Robert B. Parker
The list author says:
  "Much better than Parker's last Jesse Stone.
The humor and rhythm are back."
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Random Acts of Heroic Love
7.  Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann
The list author says:
  "My first and only five-star so far this year.
A man walks thousands of miles from a Russian
prison camp to find his childhood love."
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Just After Sunset: Stories
8.  Just After Sunset: Stories by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "King is much more down to earth in these stories.
I have always felt that he was a much better short
story writer than novelist."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (444 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

The Monkey's Raincoat  (Elvis Cole)
9.  The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole) by Robert Crais
The list author says:
  "John D. MacDonald's successor? Great irreverent
PI."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)

Tree of Smoke: A Novel
10.  Tree of Smoke: A Novel by Denis Johnson
The list author says:
  "Best Vietnam book I've read since THE THINGS THEY CARRIED."
$13.16   Used & New from: $0.03
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
11.  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
The list author says:
  "Will remind you of CONFEDERACY OF THE DUNCES."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,039 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

A Reliable Wife
12.  A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
The list author says:
  "Based on Michael Lesy's WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP, which details the murders, suicides and madness that occurred in a small corner of Wisconsin during the late 19th Century."
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Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame
13.  Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame by Zev Chafets
The list author says:
  "Chafets argues that Barry Bonds, Shoeless Joe, and Pete
Rose belong in the Hall."
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Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg
14.  Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg by John Hough
The list author says:
  "Not up to the standards of KILLER ANGELS, but it'll
satisfy your Civil War jones."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

A Prayer for the Dying: A Novel
15.  A Prayer for the Dying: A Novel by Stewart O'Nan
The list author says:
  "Such a versatile writer. Entirely different from
LAST NIGHT AT THE LOBSTER."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

Brooklyn: A Novel
16.  Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin
The list author says:
  "An Irish girl emigrates to Brooklyn, New York, circa
1952. Realistic and nostalgic."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (428 customer reviews)

Get Real (Dortmunder, Book 15)
17.  Get Real (Dortmunder, Book 15) by Donald E. Westlake
The list author says:
  "The last Dortmunder."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (The Chet and Bernie Mystery Series)
18.  Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (The Chet and Bernie Mystery Series) by Spencer Quinn
The list author says:
  "Chet the dog is a hoot."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (971 customer reviews)

Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen
19.  Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape
The list author says:
  "Author Joe Drape moves his family to Smith Center, Kansas,
to record the Redmen's attempt to break the record for most consequetive wins."
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Vicksburg 1863
20.  Vicksburg 1863 by Winston Groom
The list author says:
  "Written by the author of FORREST GUMP, this history gives a blow-by-blow account of the fight to open the Mississippi and split the Confederay in half."
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The Year of the Flood: A Novel
21.  The Year of the Flood: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
The list author says:
  "Dystopia with a dash of satire. A group of people called the Gardeners, a strange mix of environmentalists, animal rights activists, and religious zealots, are among the last people alive after a plague wipes out most of humanity."
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Blame: A Novel
22.  Blame: A Novel by Michelle Huneven
The list author says:
  "One of the best books I've read this year. It's about a female alcoholic history professor who is sentenced to prison for killing two people while on a binge. Michelle Huneven will remind you of Stewart O'Nan, but she might even be better."
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Wolf Hall
23.  Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The list author says:
  "Deals with Henry VIII's attempt to denounce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and marry Anne Boleyn, but the principal character is Thomas Cromwell, Henry's principal adviser from 1532-1540."
$21.39   Used & New from: $4.10
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,630 customer reviews)

American Rust: A Novel
24.  American Rust: A Novel by Philipp Meyer
The list author says:
  "Somewhat melodramatic in spots, but the theme of what happens to people when their livelihood (the steel industry) is destroyed is well worth reading about."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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People Who Walk In Darkness (Inspector Rostnikov Mysteries)
25.  People Who Walk In Darkness (Inspector Rostnikov Mysteries) by Stuart M. Kaminsky
The list author says:
  "Porfiry Rostnikov is finally back. One of the best
police procedurals on the market."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

The Good Thief: A Novel
26.  The Good Thief: A Novel by Hannah Tinti
The list author says:
  "Dickens-esque"
$10.03   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)

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