Friday, October 13, 2006

Mystery Bestsellers for October 13, 2006

Mystery BestsellersA list of the top ten mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending October 13, 2006 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

New at the top of the lists this week is the 11th Harry Bosch mystery from Michael Connelly, Echo Park by Michael ConnellyEcho Park. Bosch reopens one of his own unsolved cases and comes face to face with a psychotic killer he has been seeking for years. When a man accused of two heinous killings is willing to come clean about several others, Bosch must now take the confession of the man he has sought--and hated--for eleven years. But when Bosch learns that he and his partner missed a clue back in 1995 that could have led them to Gesto's killer--and stopped nine murders that followed--his whole being as a cop begins to crack. Publishers Weekly states, "Smooth prose and plausible characters, even the secondary figures, elevate this several notches above the standard cop vs. serial-killer thriller."

Also new on the lists Short Straw by Stuart WoodsShort Straw. Stuart Woods reintroduces Santa Fe lawyer Ed Eagle (who first appeared in Santa Fe Rules, published in 1992) in a complex thriller that opens the morning after Ed's fortieth birthday. He finds that his wife, Barbara, has vanished, and all his money-from his business, his bank, and his brokerage accounts-has been wired to the Cayman Islands. Barbara, it appears, had drugged his birthday wine, neatly cleaned him out and then fled to Mexico. And as if that weren't bad enough, when Ed arrives at work that morning he discovers that he's been assigned a new client who looks like nothing but trouble-Joe Big Bear, a part-time mechanic charged with a triple homicide. Ed hires two slightly shady investigators to search for his wife. But when they track Barbara down in Puerto Vallarta, they discover that Joe Big Bear may also be embroiled in Barbara's plot. Ed soon finds himself caught in a scheme that is much more far reaching-and deadly-than anyone would have expected. Kirkus Reviews writes, "... Woods's most entertaining tale in years."

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