A list of the top 15 mystery hardcover bestsellers for the week ending September 16th, 2011 has been posted by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books.
Retaining the top position this week is Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson co-written with Marshall Karp. Three new titles debut.
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Coming in at number 10 is the — quite honestly, we've lost count … let's just call it the "latest" — Eve Dallas "In Death" near-future mystery, New York to Dallas by J. D. Robb.
When a monster named Isaac McQueen — taken down by Eve back in her uniform days — escapes from Rikers, he has two things in mind.
One is to pick up where he left off, abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body.
The other is to get revenge on the woman who stopped him all those years ago.
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Two places lower in 12th position is the political thriller Abuse of Power by Michael Savage.
Jack Hatfield, a freelance TV producer who lost his top-rated opinion show, Truth Tellers, thanks to a liberal media smear campaign, is filming a piece on the San Francisco Police Department’s bomb squad when a call comes in about a bomb found at the site of an auto accident. The mayor and the FBI play down a possible Arab link, and an unlikely informer puts the blame on a homegrown fringe group. Smelling a coverup, the patriotic journalist single-mindedly pursues the truth as far as Israel, Paris, and London.
Meanwhile, Imam Zuabi and his Hand of Allah agents prepare a major terrorist attack. Hatfield and a handful of amateurs must fight to prevent a disaster that certain officials choose to ignore … or abet.
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New at number 14 is the first of the Jesse Stone mysteries published following the death of his creator, Robert B. Parker, Killing the Blues by Michael Brandman.
Paradise, Massachusetts, is preparing for the summer tourist season when a string of car thefts disturbs what is usually a quiet time in town. In a sudden escalation of violence, the thefts become murder, and chief of police Jesse Stone finds himself facing one of the toughest cases of his career. Pressure from the town politicians only increases when another crime wave puts residents on edge. Jesse confronts a personal dilemma as well: a burgeoning relationship with a young PR executive, whose plans to turn Paradise into a summertime concert destination may have her running afoul of the law.
When a mysterious figure from Jesse's past arrives in town, memories of his last troubled days as a cop in L.A. threaten his ability to keep order in Paradise-especially when it appears that the stranger is out for revenge.
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