If You Like James Patterson

Hit and RunGone TomorrowRoadside CrossesWhirlwindTrial by FireBefore the Devil Knows Your Dead

Lawrence Block
Hit and Run (2008)
For years now Keller's had places to go and people to kill. But enough is enough. Just one more job—paid in advance—and he's going to retire. Waiting in Des Moines for the client's go-ahead, Keller's picking out stamps for his collection at a shop in Urbandale when somebody guns down the charismatic governor of Ohio. Back at his motel, Keller sees the killer's face broadcast on TV. A face he's seen quite often. Every morning. In the mirror. Keller calls his associate Dot in White Plains, but there's no answer. He's stranded halfway across the country, and every cop in America has just seen his picture. His ID and credit cards are no longer good, and he just spent almost all of his cash on the stamps. Now what?

Stephen J Cannell
The Pallbearers (2010)
Abandoned by his parents as an infant, Scully was reared in an orphanage, Huntington House. The only positive thing in his young life was the attention of the Home’s director, Walter “Pop” Dix. Pop, an avid surfer, would take a small group of kids for early morning surfing. He was the father none of them had ever had. That was thirty years ago. Now, Shane is forced to revisit these memories when Pop is found dead, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast. He leaves a message asking six specific people, all of whom attended Huntington House, to be his pallbearers, and Shane is one of the chosen. He and his fellow pallbearers don’t believe it was a suicide. That leaves murder. But why, and by whom? Together, the pallbearers embark on a dangerous odyssey in pursuit of justice for Pop, and for retribution against those responsible for his death. Their journey takes them up against an unforeseen adversary whose power and influence far exceed anything they could have imagined.

Lee Child
Gone Tomorrow (2009)
In this 13th Reacher novel, the former army MP confronts a possible suicide bomber on a nearly deserted Manhattan subway car--a confrontation that will lead him back to the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s and forward to the war on terrorism. It turns out that Susan Mark's life was critical to dozens of others in Washington, California, and Afghanistan ... from a former Delta Force operator now running for the U.S. Senate to a beautiful young woman with a story to tell, but can Reacher sort through their lies in time to save himself and help a woman police officer?

Harlan Coben
Tell No One (2001)
For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happenedSuddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible—that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive. Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn't. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope. But already Beck is being hunted down. He's headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret—and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.

Michael Connelly
Nine Dragons (2009)
Harry Bosch is assigned a homicide call in South L.A. that takes him to Fortune Liquors, where the Chinese owner has been shot to death behind the counter in an apparent robbery. Joined by members of the department's Asian Crime Unit, Bosch relentlessly investigates the killing and soon identifies a suspect, a Los Angeles member of a Hong Kong triad. But before Harry can close in, he gets the word that his young daughter Maddie, who lives in Hong Kong with her mother, is missing. Bosch drops everything to journey across the Pacific to find his daughter. Could her disappearance and the case be connected? With the stakes of the investigation so high and so personal, Bosch is up against the clock in a new city, where nothing is at it seems.

Jeffery Deaver
Roadside Crosses (2009)
Roadside crosses are appearing along the highways of the Monterey Peninsula, not as memorials to past accidents but as markers for fatalities yet to come . . . and someone, armed with information gleaned from careless and all-too-personal blog postings, intends to carry out those killings. Kathryn Dance and her C.B.I. team know when the attacks will take place, but who will be the victims? Her body language expertise leads her to a recent fatal car crash, and to the driver, Travis Brigham, a gaming-obsessed teen who’s become the target of vicious cyberbullies. And when Travis disappears, Kathryn must lead a furious manhunt in the elusive world of bloggers and social networking, where nothing is as it seems.

Jeffrey Deaver
The Bone Collector (1997) ( Lincoln Rhyme Series)
A paralyzed New York detective is talked out of committing suicide to hunt for a cab driver who tortures and kills. The detective, Lincoln Rhyme, can only move his head so he is paired with police beauty Amelia Sachs. Together they go after the killer who tantalizes police with clues to his next murder.

Peter De Jonge
Shadows Still Remain (2009)
Francesca Pena is an unlikely success story. Running from a troubled past, she's come to New York to reinvent herself, earning a scholarship to NYU. Following a night of heavy drinking with three of her closest friends, she's reported missing. Detective Darlene O'Hara from New York's 7th Precinct and her partner Serge Karamanoukian ('K') investigate. A week later, Francesca's body is discovered severely mangled in a toilet by the East River. O'Hara and K's investigation quickly becomes a high-profile hunt that the Homicide Unit are quick to snatch away.

Brian Freemantle
Time to Kill (2006)
A tense revenge thriller - Jack Mason, once Russia's most successful CIA embedded traitor, has spent the last fifteen years in a penitentiary planning his vengeance on the defector who exposed him. Former KGB Colonel Dimitri Sobell has made a life for himself in America. Until he gets an official letter advising him of the man's impending release, he'd virtually forgotten Jack Mason. But Mason hasn't forgotten, and when these two men are pitted against each other, only one outcome is possible the death of whoever makes the one fatal mistake.

Lisa Gardner
The Neighbor (2009)
Detective D.D. Warren investigates the disappearance of a young wife and mother from her South Boston home. The only witness is her four-year-old daughter.

Joseph R. Garber
Whirlwind (2004)
Jailed as the scapegoat for an intelligence blunder, vengeful CIA operative Charlie McKenzie tracks down a young Russian spy who is in possession of a top-secret technology, an endeavor that is compromised by his would-be assassin.

Andrew Gross
Reckless (2010)
The shocking murder of a suburban family leads private security investigator Ty Hauck, with Naomi Blum, a tenacious agent from the U.S. Department of Treasury, to uncover a frightening global conspiracy. Unraveling evidence of a reckless banking scheme that stretches from New York to London to central Europe, they race to avert a disaster that could threaten the security of the United States.

Tami Hoag
Deeper than the Dead (2010)
A California town is rocked to its core when two boys and a girl stumble upon a murder victim, drawing Special Agent Tony Mendez into a search for a psychopathic serial killer called "The See No Evil Killer," but as his probe continues, he realizes that the killer may be the father of one of the boys and enlists the aid of their teacher, Anne Navarre, to uncover the truth.

Greg Iles
The Devil's Punchbowl (2009)
Lawyer Penn Cage goes up against a mix of murder, racial tension, double-crosses, illicit sex ... and all of the ensuing violent consequences in the kudzu-strangled, snake- rat- and armadillo-infested hole of the Devil's Punchbowl.

J.A. Jance
Trial by Fire (2009)
Ali Reynolds is helping Arizona's Yavapai County police investigate an amnesiac woman who was pulled from a desert blaze. Some suspect arson, and the victim was clearly targeted, but the motive remains elusive. More ominously, a killer is out there looking to finish the woman off--and only Ali and a volunteer nurse stand in the way.

Jonathan Kellerman
Deception (2010)
A DVD makes its way to LAPD Detective Milo Strugis' hand and its contents are chilling and disturbing: a battered and bruised woman appears on the screen and discloses the sexual horrors she experienced at the hands of fellow teachers at a prestigious LA school. When she is found dead, Milo needs Alex's help, and they soon find themselves on a dark and twisted investigation.

Douglas Kennedy
The Big Picture (1997)
Years after giving up his dreams of becoming a photographer for law, Ben Bradford finds his perfect life falling apart when his wife begins having an affair with a neighbor, a professional photographer, and Ben is suddenly faced with a dangerous choice.

Andrew Klavan
Damnation Street (2006)
Endeavoring to safeguard an angel-faced prostitute who fled after being tortured by psychopathic killer John Foy, private detective Scott Weiss struggles to outmaneuver Foy's equally determined effort to recapture the terror-stricken woman.

Michael Ledwidge
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2003)
Three unlikely companions, including a cop falsely convicted of murder, an ex-convict who has turned his back on the IRA, and a widow with a crippling mafia debt, plan a large-scale heist at a famous Manhattan landmark

Phillip Margolin
Fugitive (2009)
Defending Charlie, a former fugitive who hid in Africa for twelve years after being falsely implicated in the murder of a congressman, criminal lawyer Amanda Jaffe struggles to prove the man's innocence while protecting him from a vengeful African dictator.

Carol O'Connell
Bone by Bone (2008)
In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until twenty years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years and sets out to solve the mystery of his brother's murder. A stand-alone thriller from the author of the NYPD Detective Kathleen Mallory novels, which include Find Me.

T. Jefferson Parker
Iron River (2010)
LA County sheriff's deputy Charlie Hood runs the California-Mexico border with the ATF, searching for the iron river--the massive and illegal flow of firearms that fuels the cartel wars south of the border--and soon finds a disturbing personal connection.

Richard North Patterson
The Spire (2009)
When a mentor who enabled his education and career entreats him to accept a college presidency amid an embezzlement scandal, trial lawyer Mark Darrow remembers his discovery of a murdered girl sixteen years earlier that resulted in a classmate's questionable conviction.

Ridley Pearson
Killer Summer (2009)
Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming returns in this high-intensity thriller as he thwarts a plan to steal a rare wine at the annual wine auction. When a bomb detonates just as the auction revs up, the investigation explodes as well, pulling Walt in a dozen different directions.

Thomas Perry
The Runner (2009)
Jane Whitefield -- New York Times best-selling writer Thomas Perry's most popular character -- returns from retirement to the world of the runner, guiding fugitives out of danger. She is drawn back into her dangerous old world when a bomb goes off in the middle of a hospital fundraiser and she meets a young pregnant girl in dire need of rescue from a team of hired hunters.

Kathy Reichs
206 Bones (2009)
Forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan regains consciousness to discover herself bound and trapped in a small enclosed space before remembering an autopsy case that resulted in a murder and an attempt on her life. By the producer of the Bones TV series and author of the Temperance Brennan forensic anthropologist series.

J.D. Robb
Fantasy in Death (2010)
Investigating the bizarre murder of a millionaire video game maven within a locked room, NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is baffled by a lack of suspects and the victim's demise in spite of his considerable resources.

Howard Roughan
The Promise of a Lie (2004)
Manhattan psychologist and best-selling author Dr. David Remler finds his life forever changed by a beautiful new patient who sets him up to take the fall for the brutal murder of her seemingly abusive husband, forcing him to play a deadly game of deception and betrayal to find the truth. Occasional Patterson co-author.

John Sandford
Rough Country (2009)
Investigating the shooting murder of a kayaker at a women-only Minnesota resort, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers finds more suspects than anticipated including the victim's fellow patrons and a talented local country singer, a case that is further complicated by the discovery of other murders.

John Sanford
Rules of Prey (1989) (Prey Series)
Lieutenant Lucas Davenport is determined to track down a diabolically clever serial killer who leads a double life, carefully picks out his female victims, and taunts the police with notes signed "Maddog."

Mary Willis Walker
All the Dead Lie Down (1998)
While reopening the distressing investigation into her father's suicide, crime reporter Molly Cates stumbles upon a plot to kill the entire Texas State legislature, in a mystery by the multi-award-winning author of Zero at the Bone.

David Wiltse
The Hangman's Knot (2002)
When mysterious miniature nooses begin turning up in the small town of Falls City, acting deputy sheriff Billy Tree investigates the mob lynching of a young black man fifty years earlier and a stranger's connection to the woman he loves.

Stuart Woods
Kisser (2009)
Hoping to resume a quieter legal career after returning to New York from Key West, Stone Barrington crosses paths with a beautiful Broadway actress whose shady past places Stone and downtown police officer Dino Bacchetti in dange. 

Oshkosh Public Library
September 2011