George Pelecanos, the award-winning writer and producer of the HBO series, The Wire, gets better and better with each of his D.C. urban-noir crime novels.  Ironically, in the seventeen years that he has been publishing, Pelecanos has become a big commercial success while at the same time he has become more literary in his writing, and is often compared to Zola and Dreiser on the basis of characters trapped by poverty, prejudice, and the iron grip of race.  Despite the fatalism that pervades The Turnaround (Back Bay, $14.99), a narrative of a deadly encounter between suburban white teenagers and inner-city blacks, Pelecanos’s plot moves gingerly toward a reconciliation between individuals from each group. Publishers Weekly describes this novel as “a beautifully written and thought-provoking novel of crime, friendship, aging, and redemption.”

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ISBN: 9780316040921
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2009

In The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Vintage, $14.95) Stieg Larsson delivers a complex, brutal, and gripping thriller. Investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist is recruited to write the biography of a wealthy and prominent businessman—but there is an ulterior motive. Beginning with nuanced financial intrigue, the novel unfolds to reveal a long-cold murder case and chilling family secrets. To solve the mystery, Blomkvist teams up with Lisbeth Salander, a talented young computer hacker and one of the more original and appealing characters in contemporary fiction. This book’s sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, is due in July and features unsavory characters from Lisbeth’s past.

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ISBN: 9780307454546
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - June 23rd, 2009

Richard Price is known for his crisp, realistic dialogue, and Lush Life (Picador, $15) would be a joy to read for the dialogue alone; fortunately, the story and characters are excellent too!  Technically, Lush Life is a “police procedural,” but in fact it’s something of a mystery in reverse: you already know who did it—what you don’t know is how, or if, the police will figure it out.   Price, who wrote for the TV series The Wire, is expert at portraying city life in all its quirky, gritty, imperfect, and sometimes even funny, glory.  It’s amazing how his writing makes you feel like a fly on the walls of his characters’ lives.  Best of all, though, reading Lush Life leaves you feeling as though you have spent time in a small corner of New York City you would never get to experience otherwise.

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ISBN: 9780312428228
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Published: Picador - March 3rd, 2009