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It is 1956 and Bernie Gunther has a new name (Christoph Ganz), a clean passport, a chip on his shoulder, and a menial low-paying job in Munich. And then an old friend arrives to repay a debt. He encourages Bernie to take a job as a claims adjuster in a major German insurance company. When Bernie tries to confront Siegfried Witzel, a brutish former Wehrmacht soldier who served in Greece during the war, he finds that somebody else has gotten to him first.
Genre: Hardboiled Fiction and Historical Mysteries
Told from various viewpoints, a novel of family ties and dark secrets follows a former darling of the ‘80s pop music scene who claims a teenage boy stole her car and then ran over another young man who’d rushed to help, but the case is not as cut-and-dry as it seems.
Investigating the death of a horror film producer whose murder scene has been gruesomely staged, detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are baffled by an apparent lack of a cause of death, a case that is further complicated by a second, equally bizarre murder.
Genre: Medical Thrillers
Tone: Dramatic, Menacing and Suspenseful
Writing Style: Compelling, Gritty and Richly Detailed
Assigned to the high-profile case of a missing graduate student, brilliant detective and lonely heart Manon Bradshaw uncovers the abductee’s erratic behavior, a close friend’s secrets, and the role of a sex offender, while struggling to maintain a professional distance.
A seemingly typical suburban husband discloses the secret ways that he and his wife of fifteen years keep their marriage alive and chase away domestic boredom by orchestrating creative ways to get away with murder.
When her plan to capture the serial killer she has hunted for three years goes awry, Cassie Dewell loses her job and uses her free time to investigate the disappearance of three Grimstad residents before coming to realize the cases are linked.
The daughter of a woman who has wanted nothing more than a quiet life in her small beachside home embarks on a desperate search for answers when she discovers the explosive truth about her mother’s true identity.
While catering a weekend house party for Broadway legend Max Dane, Faith Fairchild learns the real motive behind the job when the host reveals that one of the guests sent an anonymous gift–an empty casket.
Genre: Cozy Mysteries, Gentle Reads and Culinary Mysteries
Parents Adam and Hannah Price confront the shocking secret on which their marriage was built, leaving Adam to wonder whether he ever truly knew his wife at all, and soon he stumbles into a dark conspiracy that places lives at risk.
The crime scene is as puzzling as it is brutal. Doctor Paul Latham and his wife, Brindel, are found dead in separate beds in their beautiful San Francisco home, each the victim of a gunshot wound to the head. There are no signs of forced entry, and despite the emptied safe it’s clear this murder isn’t random.
Stuart Woods, the author of more than 90 novels, passed away last week at the age of 84. If you are a fan of Stone Barrington, here's a list of some of his lesser-known series that you may want to pick up too.