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Booklist's Best Crime Novels of the Year

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A Thousand Cuts
by Simon Lelic Details
In the wake of a London school shooting, Detective Inspector Lucia May finds herself unable to accept the simple version of what transpired -- that Samuel Szajkowski, a new history teacher, gunned down two students and a colleague in an assembly hall before turning the weapon on himself.
Brutal Telling
by Louise Penny Details
A stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store and all clues point to bistro owner Olivier being the killer. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets long buried -- but not forgotten.
Cemetery Road
by Gar Anthony Haywood Details
When his old friend R.J. Burrow is brutally murdered in Los Angeles, Errol "Handy" White must return from exile to attend the funeral, certain that a terrible secret is about to reveal itself.
Dark Horse
by Craig Johnson Details
Walt has his doubts about Mary Barsad's guilt when she confesses to shooting her husband, Wade, after Wade allegedly burned down their barn with all Mary's horses inside. Posing as an insurance agent, Walt starts poking around the tiny town of Absalom. Walt digs deep into the dilapidated town's history, unearthing secrets that might be better left buried.
Darkest Room
by Johan Theorin Details
In Sweden, Joakim Westin, a grieving widower whose young daughter begins hearing ghostly voices, must solve a puzzle that includes a walled-in room and his community's mysterious glowing lighthouse.
False Mermaid
by Erin Hart Details
American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, TrĂ­ona. Nora can't move forward until she goes back -- back to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.
God of the Hive
by Laurie R. King Details
Maintaining tenuous contact only by means of coded messages and cryptic notes with her husband, Sherlock Holmes, and with Holmes' young granddaughter in her safekeeping, Russell will have to call on instincts she didn't know she had as the famous husband and wife sleuths are pursued by a killer immune from the sting of justice.
Godfather of Kathmandu
by John Burdett Details
Sonchai Jitpleecheep -- John Burdett's inimitable Royal Thai Police detective with the hard-bitten demeanor and the Buddhist soul -- is summoned to the most shocking and intriguing crime scene of his career. Solving the murder could mean a promotion, but Sonchai, reeling from a personal tragedy, is more interested in Tietsin, an exiled Tibetan lama based in Kathmandu who has become his guru -- and has forty million dollars' worth of heroin for sale.
Nearest Exit
by Olen Steinhauer Details
Milo Weaver, a former field agent with the CIA's clandestine Department of Tourism, returns to action after a stint in prison for alleged financial fraud in this intense sequel to "The Tourist." His handlers want Weaver to pursue a mole rumored to have infiltrated the CIA's black-ops department, but with his loyalty in question, he must first undergo some test missions, one of which is to kill the 15-year-old daughter of Moldovan immigrants now living in Berlin.
The Girl Who Played With Fire
by Stieg Larsson Details
On the eve of publisher Mikael Blomkvist's story about sex trafficking between Eastern Europe and Sweden, two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Mikael Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander -- the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid years before.
Updated 11/17/2011
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