Friday, October 22, 2010

Mystery Bestsellers for October 22, 2010

Mystery Bestsellers

A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending October 22nd, 2010 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

The list continues to be dynamic with a number of mysteries moving up and down, though The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson remains number one. One new title enters the list, and another moves into the top 15.

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Worth Dying For by Lee Child
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Coming in at number 10 is Worth Dying For, the 15th Jack Reacher thriller by Lee Child.

There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska ... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go.

The Duncans want Reacher gone—and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment that’s already late—and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they’re just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world.

For Reacher, it would have made much more sense to keep on going, to put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that’s bearing down on him.

For Reacher, that was also impossible.

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Djibouti by Elmore Leonard
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Moving up ten spots into the 13th spot is the latest thriller from Elmore Leonard, Djibouti.

Dara Barr, documentary filmmaker, is at the top of her game. She's covered the rape of Bosnian women, neo-Nazi white supremacists, and post-Katrina New Orleans, and has won awards for all three. Now, looking for a bigger challenge, Dara and her right-hand-man, Xavier LeBo, a six-foot-six, seventy-two-year-old African American seafarer, head to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, to film modern-day pirates hijacking merchant ships.

They learn soon enough that almost no one in the Middle East is who he seems to be. The most successful pirate, driving his Mercedes around Djibouti, appears to be a good guy, but his pal, a cultured Saudi diplomat, has dubious connections. Billy Wynn, a Texas billionaire, plays mysterious roles as the mood strikes him. He's promised his girlfriend, Helene, a nifty fashion model, that he'll marry her if she doesn't become seasick or bored while circling the world on his yacht. And there's Jama Raisuli, a black al Qaeda terrorist from Miami, who's vowed to blow up something big.

What Dara and Xavier have to decide, besides the best way to stay alive: Should they shoot the action as a documentary or turn it into a Hollywood feature film?

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The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg LarssonThe Reversal by Michael ConnellyAmerican Assassin by Vince FlynnDon't Blink by James Patterson

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