"In this "closely observed study of madness, memory and storytelling" the delusional Dennis Clegg, a.k.a. Spider, returns to his London neighborhood after 20 years in a mental hospital and insists that his father, not he, murdered his mother."
"Stella is 17, extremely wise beyond her years, completely alienated from her peers and her foster family, and determined to kill herself before she arrives at Princeton's gates in the fall (from amazon.com). With perfect pitch, remarkable wit, and a spare, vivid prose, Stella turns her farewell to suburbia into a wry philosophical inquiry."
"Young Michael becomes involved with Hanna, a woman twice his age. Then she inexplicably disappears. When he next sees her, she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches the trial, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder."
"What was meant to be a summer of happiness, love, and music turns deadly as lovers betray one another, passions turn murderous, and friendship itself becomes a crime. Everyone tells lies. But is anyone prepared to tell the truth to uncover a murderer?"
"Brown University student Elodie Harrington suffers such a frequent barrage of illnesses that she moves into the schoolÂs infirmary. When a medical professor hears about Elodie, heÂs convinced he can make his professional mark by cracking her case, but he's entirely unprepared for what he's about to encounter."
"The founder of a computer-gaming giant enters his private playroom and can't wait to lose himself in an imaginary world in his company's latest top-secret project. The next morning, he is found murdered in the same locked room. It is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game..."
"In 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. The strange case takes on an even darker, more sinister shade, as Teddy discovers that nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems."
"Four tales of murder and madness, rape-revenge, marital secrets and a deal with the devil comprise this gem from Stephen King. My favorite is Â1922Â, the first of the four stories, about a man who lives to seriously regret the murder of his disagreeable wife."
"Welcome to the world of the Kents, a charismatic and wealthy English family with two sisters Â one as strong and sparkling as the other is delicate and wounded Â who must somehow put their differences aside to keep an unknown enemy from bringing them down."
"When troubled teen Luke Sweet is left orphaned and homeless, the court ships him off to a treatment program for juvenile delinquents, and when several members of the group turn up dead, he quickly becomes the number one suspect. Agent E. L. Pender must track him down before anyone else gets hurt."
"When Elspeth dies, she leaves her estate to the twin daughters of her twin sister, from whom she has been estranged for twenty years. When the twins show up to claim their inheritance, they soon discover that Elspeth is still in residence, in ghostly form. (from the New Yorker)"
"Dodge Hanley is a private investigator who doesnÂt let rules get in his way. ThatÂs why heÂs the first person Caroline King asks for help when a deranged stalker attempts to murder their daughter . . . the daughter Dodge has never met."
"Circumstances and opportunities transform Tom Ripley from a petty perpetrator of fraud into a suave, agreeable, and totally amoral artist of crime, who will stop at nothing -- certainly not a single murder -- to get what he desires."
"In this darkly comic novel of adolescence, we learn about the unexpected consequences of SkippyÂs death, something of contemporary Irish life, and a great deal about the intersections of science and metaphysicsÂ Hilarious, haunting, and heartbreaking, it is inarguably among the most memorable novels of the year to date. (from Booklist)"
"After a traumatic assault, Eve Wilson escapes to the online realm where she can choose the face she allows people to see. Now a graduate student researching the addictive powers of online communities, her test subjects begin turning up dead as a result of apparent suicides."
"Joyce Carol Oates writes Âdynamic, credible fiction which is as dangerous as it is artfully intoxicating. She has no peer in depicting violence in human relationships and this collection of short stories is no exception.Â (Detroit Free Press) Of the 24 stories in this collection, ÂThe ChildrenÂ was the most disturbing and memorable."
"Three men at a bar make a bet on who can be the first to seduce a mysterious-looking young woman drinking by herself. Little do they know their harmless bet is about to take on a life of its own, a life full of deadly consequences for all concerned."
"KingÂs collection of five stories in which Âthe characters are compelling and well drawn, the action is ingeniously interwoven from story to story, and the feel of the 60s, and the baggage carried into later decades, is vivid, harsh, and absolutely true.Â (from School Library Journal)"
"Amarylis Coltraine, police officer and love interest of Chief Medical Examiner Morris, is killed in the basement of her apartment building. As Eve investigates the crime, she discovers it may be linked to her own past."
"When ClaireÂs husband is away on business, an intruder breaks into their home with the intention of taking their only child, but Claire convinces the intruder to take her instead. As she is abducted, she wonders if this is a random crime, or something more sinister."
"A secret investigation into the death of a fellow police officer has Eve Dallas treading on dangerous ground. Every step she takes brings her closer to a confrontation with humanity's most seductive form of evil."
"Stephanie Plum is a laid-off discount lingerie buyer. Desperate for money, she decides to pursue a career as an "apprehension agent," tracking down bail jumpers for her cousin, Vincent Plum. But bringing in fugitives is a tougher job than Stephanie could have imagined. (from Booklist)"
"Newlywed New York City Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas finds herself investigating a series of suicides. But when itÂs discovered that each victim has an unexplained mark on the brain, Eve realizes she has a series of high-tech murders on her hands."
"Lieutenant Eve Dallas may be newly married but the honeymoon is well and truly over. New husband Roarke's ugly past is catching up with him, and his secret is the last vital clue in the search for a revengeful killer."
"In the midst of an attempted quick and clean divorce, RachaelÂs husband Eric is killed in a car accident. Although he is pronounced dead at the scene, Rachael knows the secrets heÂs left behind. And when his body disappears from the morgue, she knows that her turbulent marriage is far from over..."
"Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is still learning the ropes at her cousin VinnieÂs bail bond office, so when she sets out on the trail of Kenny MancusoÂa suspiciously wealthy, working-class Trenton boy who has just shot his best friendÂthe stakes are higher than ever."
"ÂUpon the Sweeping Flood examines the sterility of modem religious and academic institutions, the conflicted identity of women entrapped in limiting social roles and personal relationships, and the general inability of her charactersÂ to impose structure and control upon the sweeping flood of experience.Â (Midwest Quarterly). Of these 11 stores, ÂAt the SeminaryÂ was my favorite."