Friday, May 29, 2009

Mystery Bestsellers for May 29, 2009

Mystery Bestsellers

A list of the top 15 for the week ending May 29, 2009 has been posted on the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books website.

Some shuffling among the top 5 bestselling mysteries from last week, two titles from last week moving into the top 15, and one new title debuting this week.

Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child

New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn't. In the next few tense seconds Reacher will make a choice–and trigger an electrifying chain of events in Gone Tomorrow, the 13th thriller in this series by which moves up 13 places into 6th position this week. Susan Mark was the fifth passenger. She had a lonely heart, an estranged son, and a big secret. Reacher, working with a woman cop and a host of shadowy feds, wants to know just how big a hole Susan Mark was in, how many lives had already been twisted before hers, and what danger is looming around him now. Because a race has begun through the streets of Manhattan in a maze crowded with violent, skilled soldiers on all sides of a shadow war. Susan Mark's plain little life was critical to dozens of others in Washington, California, Afghanistan ... from a former Delta Force operator now running for the U.S. Senate, to a beautiful young woman with a fantastic story to tell–and to a host of others who have just one thing in common: They're all lying to Reacher. A little. A lot. Or maybe just enough to get him killed. Publishers Weekly says, "Child sets things up subtly and ingeniously, then lets Reacher use both strength and guile to find his way to the exciting climax."

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

New this week at number 10 is the second thriller to feature crime reporter Jack McEvoy, The Scarecrow by . Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paperto write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent. Jack is soon running with his biggest story since The Poetmade his career years ago. He is tracking a killer who operates completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Including Jack's. Publishers Weekly states, "With every switch between McEvoy's voice and the villain's, Connelly ratchets up the tension. This magnificent effort is a reminder of why Connelly is one of today's top crime authors."

The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith

Finally, moving up 2 notches to number 14 is The Secret Speech, the second thriller with state security agent Leo Demidov by . Soviet Union, 1956. Stalin is dead, and a violent regime is beginning to fracture-leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. A secret speech composed by Stalin's successor Khrushchev is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant. Its promise: The Soviet Union will change. Facing his own personal turmoil, former state security officer Leo Demidov is also struggling to change. The two young girls he and his wife Raisa adopted have yet to forgive him for his part in the death of their parents. They are not alone. Now that the truth is out, Leo, Raisa, and their family are in grave danger from someone consumed by the dark legacy of Leo's past career. Someone transformed beyond recognition into the perfect model of vengeance. Kirkus Reviews says, "Leo is a fantastic creation: relentless, decent and wonderfully complicated. A superb thriller, full of pitch-perfect atmosphere."

On our bestseller page, we've added an icon next to every title that is available for immediate download onto the Amazon Kindle. To learn about this wireless reading device, visit the Amazon Kindle page for more information.

The top four mystery bestsellers this week are shown below:

First Family by David BaldacciWicked Prey by John SandfordTea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall SmithDead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

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