A list of the top ten mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending June 15, 2007 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.
New at the top of the list at Barnes&Noble.com: Double Take by Catherine Coulter, the 11th thriller in the FBI suspense series. Agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are in San Francisco to help unlock the mystery behind a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the missing wife of Virginia Sheriff Dixon Noble. Meanwhile, agent Cheney Stone's interrupts the attempted murder of the widow of a renowned psychic. As their investigations cross, Sheriff Noble and Agent Stone push deep into a complex world of psychics and poseurs, and as the stakes and the body count rise, Savich, Sherlock, Dix, and Cheney fight for answers-and their lives.
Also new this week: Stalin's Ghost, the 6th mystery featuring investigator Arkady Renko by Martin Cruz Smith. Renko has been assigned the thankless job of investigating a new phenomenon: late-night subway riders report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin on the platform of the Chistye Prudy Metro station. The illusion seems part political hocus-pocus and also part wishful thinking, for among many Russians Stalin is again popular; the bloody dictator can boast a two-to-one approval rating. His investigation becomes personal when it leads to the fields of Tver outside of Moscow where once a million soldiers fought, and Renko must confront the ghost of his own father, a favorite general of Stalin's. Publishers Weekly states, "This masterful suspense novel casts a searing light on contemporary Russia."
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