“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
“The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back.”
-Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
“We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy, we believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it alright.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
“I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats… and the rest I wasted.”
-Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”
-Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire
“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.”
-Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes. The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same.”
-Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment
“There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there.”
-Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict
“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”
-Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
“Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage.”
-Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection
“The joke was thinking you were ever really in charge of your life. You pressed your oar down into the water to direct the canoe, but it was the current that shot you through the rapids."
-Scott Turow, Innocent
“They found out about him in July and stayed angry all through August. They tried to kill him in September."
-Lee Child, Without Fail
“Put all your eggs in one basket... the handle's going to break. Then all you've got is scrambled eggs.”
-J.D. Robb, Remember When
“It doesn't have to make sense; it just has to sound like it does.”
-Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky
“He was too old to be working, too young to be dead, and too broke to do anything else.”
-Chris Culver, Just Run
“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
-James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
“It takes far less courage to cling to the past than it does to face the future.”
-Sandra Brown, Envy
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
“If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”
-Agatha Christie
“I have great faith in fools … my friends call it self-confidence.”
-Edgar Allan Poe

Suspense Mystery

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    The Hypnotist
    Lars Kepler

    In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of...

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    Among the Missing
    Morag Joss

    An accident can end a life. The same accident can begin one. Three lives collide in the wake...

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    The Devotion of Suspect X
    Keigo Higashino

    Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex...

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    Fallen
    Karin Slaughter

    There’s no police training stronger than a cop’s instinct. Faith Mitchell’s mother isn’t...

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    The Keeper of Lost Causes
    Jussi Adler-Olsen

    The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler- Olsen's Department Q series,...

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    The Boy in the Suitcase
    Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis

    Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say...

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    Before I Go to Sleep
    S. J. Watson

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this...

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    The Leopard
    Jo Nesbo

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage...

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    Love You More
    Lisa Gardner

    One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His...

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    The End of Everything
    Megan Abbott

    Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her next-door neighbor, Evie Verver, are inseparable, best...

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Stieg Larsson

    A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue.

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    The Snowman
    Jo Nesbø

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the...

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    Nightlife
    Thomas Perry

    When the cousin of Los Angeles underworld figure Hugo Poole is found shot to death in his...

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    The Night Following
    Morag Joss

    On a blustery April day, the quiet, rather private wife of a doctor discovers that her husband...

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    Oblivion
    Peter Abrahams

    Nick Petrov was a world-famous private investigator -- until a brain trauma destroyed part of...

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    When the Devil Holds the Candle
    Karin Fossum

    When two teenagers steal a purse from a stroller, it results in an infant’s death. Unaware of...

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    What the Dead Know
    Laura Lippman

    Thirty years ago, the Bethany girls, ages eleven and fifteen, disappeared from a Baltimore...

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    The Darkest Room
    Johan Theorin

    On the idyllic island of Öland, off the coast of northern Sweden, a young couple from Stockhol...

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    With No One as Witness
    Elizabeth George

    The police never suspected a serial killer was at large until they found the fourth murdered...

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    Crime
    Irvine Welsh

    In the wake of a nasty child-murder case, Detective Ray Lennox of the Edinburgh PD has suffere...

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    The Redbreast
    Jo Nesbo

    Detective Harry Hole embarrassed the force, and for his sins he’s been reassigned to mundane...

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    A Darker Domain
    Val McDermid

    Fife, Scotland, 1984. Mick Prentice abandons his family at the height of a politically charged...

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    The Tutor
    Peter Abrahams

    When Scott and Linda Gardner hire Julian Sawyer to tutor their troubled teenage son Brandon,...

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    Strip
    Thomas Perry

    An aging but formidable strip club owner, Claudiu “Manco” Kapak, has been robbed by a masked...

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    The Water's Lovely
    Ruth Rendell

    When Ismay and Heather's stepfather was discovered dead in the bathtub nine years ago, the...

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    Blood From Stone
    Frances Hegarty (as Frances Fyfield)

    Wren Valere's job is driving her crazy. She's still Manhattan's most sought-after Retriever,...

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    The Man From Yesterday
    Seymour Shubin
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    Silence
    Thomas Perry

    Six years ago, Jack Till helped Wendy Harper disappear. But now her ex-boyfriend and former...

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    Alone
    Lisa Gardner

    Alone . . . Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge watches a tense hostage standoff unfold...

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    Nine
    Jan Burke

    Los Angeles County Homicide Detective Alex Brandon lives to bring killers to justice -- but...

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    The Silence of the Lambs
    Thomas Harris

    As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknames "Buffalo Bill," FBI trainee Clarice...

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    Dirty Snow
    Georges Simenon

    Nineteen-year-old Frank Friedmaier lives in a country under occupation. Most people struggle...

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    Rebecca
    Daphne Du Maurier

    This is the chilling classic of a girl haunted by her own imagination and by the ghost of...

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    Mystic River
    Dennis Lehane

    When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a...

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    The Man Who Watched Trains Go By
    Georges Simenon

    Kees Popinga is a solid Dutch burgher whose idea of a night on the town is a game of chess at...

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    The Moonstone
    Wilkie Collins

    Wilkie Collins’s spellbinding tale of romance, theft, and murder inspired a hugely popular...

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    A Dark-Adapted Eye
    Ruth Rendell (as Barbara Vine)

    The award-winning author and acclaimed mistress of suspense delves deeply into the heart of a...

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    Red Lights
    Georges Simenon

    It is Friday evening before Labor Day weekend. Americans are hitting the highways in droves;...

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    Red Dragon
    Thomas Harris

    A second family has been massacred by the terrifying serial killer the press has christened ...

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    The Woman in White
    Wilkie Collins

    Marian and her sister Laura live a quiet life under their uncle’s guardianship until Laura’s...