A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending January 21, 2011 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.
Though no newly published titles enter the week this week, two mysteries published the previous week move up into the top 15. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson remains unchallenged at the top.
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Jumping from 17 all the way to number 5 is The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer.
Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. He has always been the keeper of other people's stories, never a part of the story himself ...
When Clementine Kaye, Beecher's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help tracking down her long-lost father, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the President of the United States privately reviews classified documents. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact -- a 200 hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, hidden underneath a desk chair -- Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.
Soon a man is dead, and Beecher is on the run as he races to learn the truth behind this mysterious national treasure. His search will lead him to discover a coded and ingenious puzzle that conceals a disturbing secret from the founding of our nation. It is a secret, Beecher soon discovers, that some believe is worth killing for.
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And moving from 23 to 13 is The Border Lords, the fourth mystery to feature LA Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Hood by T. Jefferson Parker.
ATF agent Sean Ozburn is deep undercover supporting the sicarios of the Baja Cartel when he suddenly goes completely dark, his only communications being the haunting digital videos he sends to his desperately worried wife, Seliah.
Charlie Hood must determine if Oz is simply chasing demons deeper undercover than anyone has ever gone, or whether his friend has suffered a permanent break with his mission and his moral compass.
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The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:
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