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Amy's Honorable Mentions VII

Amy Elizabeth
 
Spider
Spider
"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."
Like the Red Panda
Like the Red Panda
"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."
The Reader
The Reader
"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."
Reunion in Death
Reunion in Death
"Eve's search for a murderess takes her all over the country, and eventually to Dallas, Texas, the city that gave her both her name and a legacy of violent nightmares. (from Publishers Weekly)"
The Other Side of the Door: A Novel of Suspense
The Other Side of the Door: A Novel of Suspense
"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?"
To Feel Stuff
To Feel Stuff
"Brown University student Elodie Harrington suffers such a frequent barrage of illnesses that she moves into the school’s infirmary.  When a medical professor hears about Elodie, he’s convinced he can make his professional mark by cracking her case, but he's entirely unprepared for what he's about to encounter."
Fantasy in Death
Fantasy in Death
"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..."
Shutter Island
Shutter Island
"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."
Full Dark, No Stars
Full Dark, No Stars
"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 “1922”, the first of the four stories, about a man who lives to seriously regret the murder of his disagreeable wife."
What To Do When Someone Dies
What To Do When Someone Dies
"It's devastating to hear that your husband has died in a horrific car accident. But to learn that he died with a mystery woman as his passenger is torment."
Born in Death
Born in Death
"Eve Dallas has a grisly double homicide to solve when two young lovers - both employees of the same prestigious accounting firm - are brutally killed on the same night."
Rich Again
Rich Again
"Welcome to the world of the Kents, a charismatic and wealthy English family with two sisters – one as strong and sparkling as the other is delicate and wounded – who must somehow put their differences aside to keep an unknown enemy from bringing them down."
The Boys from Santa Cruz: A Thriller (E. L. Pender)
The Boys from Santa Cruz: A Thriller (E. L. Pender)
"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."
Her Fearful Symmetry
Her Fearful Symmetry
"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)"
Creation in Death
Creation in Death
"Creation in Death is an authentic page turner, with Eve Dallas… pitted against one of the year’s creepiest super villains. If you haven’t read Robb, this is a great place to start. (Stephen King)"
Tough Customer: A Novel
Tough Customer: A Novel
"Dodge Hanley is a private investigator who doesn’t let rules get in his way. That’s why he’s the first person Caroline King asks for help when a deranged stalker attempts to murder their daughter . . . the daughter Dodge has never met."
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Talented Mr. Ripley
"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."
Skippy Dies: A Novel
Skippy Dies: A Novel
"In this darkly comic novel of adolescence, we learn about the unexpected consequences of Skippy’s death, something of contemporary Irish life, and a great deal about the intersections of science and metaphysics…Hilarious, haunting, and heartbreaking, it is inarguably among the most memorable novels of the year to date. (from Booklist)"
Strangers in Death
Strangers in Death
"In 2060 New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas discovers how the ties that bind strangers can kill."
I Can See You
I Can See You
"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."
Marriages and Infidelities
Marriages and Infidelities
"Joyce Carol Oates writes “dynamic, 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.” (Detroit Free Press)  Of the 24 stories in this collection, ‘The Children’ was the most disturbing and memorable."
Loyalty in Death
Loyalty in Death
"Eve Dallas must stop a serial bomber from igniting his ultimate weapon in New York City."
The Wild Zone: A Novel
The Wild Zone: A Novel
"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."
Indulgence in Death
Indulgence in Death
"Lieutenant Eve Dallas must discover who's preying on those who cater to the rich and famous."
Uninvited
Uninvited
"When a man is accused of murdering a family and tried in court, he shares with his attorney the secret of his thirty-year obsession that began when he and the murdered woman met as children."
Betrayal in Death
Betrayal in Death
"Lieutenant Eve Dallas is after a hired killer who appears to be targeting the employees of her wealthy hotelier husband, Roarke. (from Publishers Weekly)"
Hearts In Atlantis
Hearts In Atlantis
"King’s collection of five stories in which “the 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.” (from School Library Journal)"
Promises in Death
Promises in Death
"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."
The Mosquito Coast
The Mosquito Coast
"Paranoid inventor Allie Fox takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the materialistic and conformist America they've left."
Seduction in Death
Seduction in Death
"New York's Lieutenant Eve Dallas takes on a Casanova killer who targets young women via online poetry chat rooms. (from Publishers Weekly)"
Standing Still: A Novel
Standing Still: A Novel
"When Claire’s 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."
Ceremony in Death
Ceremony in Death
"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."
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1) (Stephanie Plum Novels)
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1) (Stephanie Plum Novels)
"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)"
Rapture in Death
Rapture in Death
"Newlywed New York City Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas finds herself investigating a series of suicides.  But when it’s discovered that each victim has an unexplained mark on the brain, Eve realizes she has a series of high-tech murders on her hands."
Scream for Me
Scream for Me
"An investigator looks into a series of killings that appear to copycat the brutal rape and murder of a woman 13 years earlier."
Vengeance in Death. Nora Roberts Writing as J.D. Robb
Vengeance in Death. Nora Roberts Writing as J.D. Robb
"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."
Shadowfires
Shadowfires
"In the midst of an attempted quick and clean divorce, Rachael’s husband Eric is killed in a car accident.  Although he is pronounced dead at the scene, Rachael knows the secrets he’s left behind. And when his body disappears from the morgue, she knows that her turbulent marriage is far from over..."
Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum Novels)
"Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is still learning the ropes at her cousin Vinnie’s bail bond office, so when she sets out on the trail of Kenny Mancuso—a suspiciously wealthy, working-class Trenton boy who has just shot his best friend—the stakes are higher than ever."
Holiday in Death
Holiday in Death
"Futuristic cop Eve Dallas is back on the job. This time it's Christmas in New York, and all the lonely hearts are easy pickings for a serial killer spreading death through a dating service."
Upon the Sweeping Flood and Other Stories
Upon the Sweeping Flood and Other Stories
"‘Upon 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 characters…to impose structure and control upon the sweeping flood of experience.’ (Midwest Quarterly).  Of these 11 stores, ‘At the Seminary’ was my favorite."