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In the mood for a juicy crime novel? Try one of these—deemed the best of the year by the book-review journal Booklist


Down the River unto the Sea

Down the River unto the Sea

By Walter Mosley

Framed by corrupt enemies within the NYPD and forced to serve a decade in prison, private detective Joe King Oliver receives a confession from a woman who helped set him up, a situation that compels him to investigate his own case at the same time he assists a black radical journalist who has been wrongly accused of murdering two corrupt cops.


Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy

By Steve Hamilton

Nick Mason is assigned by Darius Cole to infiltrate WITSEC and kill the three men who put him behind bars, and who could condemn him for life if they testify at his appeal, but Nick himself is pursued by an assassin who once betrayed Darius.


The Force

The Force

By Don Winslow

A highly decorated NYPD detective at the head of an elite anti-gang task force risks betraying his colleagues, his city, and the woman he loves when federal agents discover the corrupt activities that have enabled him to skim millions in drugs and cash.


Hellbent

Hellbent

By Gregg Hurwitz

When the man who raised and trained him warns him that secret government forces are trying to eliminate all surviving members of the Orphan Program, Evan Smoak is challenged to track down and protect his teacher’s last protégé from a brutal new Program leader.


Let Me Lie

Let Me Lie

By Clare Mackintosh

Struggling to come to terms with her parents’ double suicide, new mother Anna commits herself to uncovering what really happened only to be confronted by a mysterious adversary who would keep the past hidden.


The Lying Game

The Lying Game

By Ruth Ware

In the wake of a woman’s horrifying discovery of human remains along a scenic tidal estuary, the members of a once-inseparable clique from a second-rate boarding school near the English Channel reflect on their participation in a dangerous game of deception that contributed to the death of a teacher.


Sunburn

Sunburn

By Laura Lippman

After meeting at a local tavern in Belleville, Delaware, Polly and Adam have an affair, but when someone dies the two are so ensnared in each other’s lives and lies that neither can escape.


The Switch

The Switch

By Joseph Finder

Discovering that he mistakenly picked up a senator’s laptop at the airport that contains career-ending classified documents, Michael Tanner becomes the target of an unscrupulous fixer and a national security agency when he refuses to turn the device over.


The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window

By A.J. Finn

An agoraphobic recluse languishes in her New York City home, drinking wine and spying on her neighbors, before witnessing a terrible crime through her window that exposes her secrets and raises questions about her perceptions of reality.


Y is for Yesterday

Y is for Yesterday

By Sue Grafton

Kinsey Millhone monitors the release from prison of a sociopath who is determined to exact revenge on a fellow perpetrator who went missing after they sexually assaulted a fourteen-year-old classmate.


Booklist‘s selections were made from books reviewed between May 1, 2017, and April 15, 2018.

 


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