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Subject: Need new Forensic/Police authors!
Date Posted: 3/30/2009 9:25 PM ET
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I'm running out of authors - again!  Right now, I'm hooked on the police/forensic thrillers/mysteries, but I'm open to any and all suggestions!

As I reference, I love authors like:  Jonathan Kellerman, Kathy Reichs, Kevin O'Brien, Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul.

Any suggestions or ideas of something new I can sink my teeth into?

I'm not into anything that has a lot of romance in it ... If they "sneak" it in, I can handle that, but no obvious mushy stuff!


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Date Posted: 3/30/2009 10:41 PM ET
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The Inspector Lynley series by Elizabeth George - A Great Deliverance is the first one

The Arkady Renko series by Martin Cruz Smith - the first one is Gorky Park

These are my two favorite series :-)

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Date Posted: 3/31/2009 8:35 AM ET
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Catherine Coulter FBI Series the first one is The Cove

James Patterson's Alex Cross series is good, The first one is Along Came a Spider.

Michael Connelly has the Harry Bausch (sp?) series. Not sure which one is first, I read the Closers and Echo Park and they were good.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 9:50 AM ET
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In the Woods by Tana French.  This novel won the Edgar award for best debut novel in 2008.  The police try to solve the murder of a young girl.  Is it tied to the diappearance of two young children years ago?  The detectives have a lot of information to sort through to find the killer....I was up at 3:00 this morning finishing this one...  Copies are available on PBS...

The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill.  The first in a great series!  The detective inspector and a new recruit try to solve the murder without getting caught up personally in the case.  The characters are well written and you really wonder if they will make it through unscathed.  This one reminded me how much I like to read police procedural mysteries!  Read it in three days...you might need to wishlist this one (not sure, but worth the wait!)




Date Posted: 3/31/2009 10:30 AM ET
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I hope I am not hijacking- but since  you said you liked Dean Koontz, what other male author writes most like him?

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 2:21 PM ET
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I'd try ~ Brian Freeman, Chelsea Cain, John Lutz, Rick Mofina, Andrew Gross

Subject: Dean Koontz is like ...
Date Posted: 3/31/2009 5:57 PM ET
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I'd say the closest to Dean Koontz would be John Saul ... 

Subject: Need new Forensic/Police authors!
Date Posted: 3/31/2009 7:57 PM ET
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Try Jeffery Deaver.  "The Bone Collector" is the first one.

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 11:27 AM ET
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Also, Stephen White, Ian Rankin, Stephen Booth.

Date Posted: 4/29/2009 11:51 PM ET
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I second Jeffrey Deaver, his Lincoln Ryhme series is great!  I also ssecond Stephen White but be sure you start at the beginning of the series - actually in both sereies start at the begininng.  Also Dennis Lehane has a really good series with Kenzie/Gennaro, first one is A Drink Before The War, excellent book!!

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 8:08 AM ET
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You might want to try  John Sandford's  Prey Series.  The first book in the series is called Rules of  Prey.  Also you might like Karin Slaughter  or  Stuart Woods.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 7:24 PM ET
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Beverly Connor - Writes Diane Fallon , forensic anthropologist series

JA Konrath - writes about a female police lt. named Jack.

Dave Pedneau - wrote some really good police books.


Subject: Wow!
Date Posted: 4/30/2009 7:52 PM ET
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Awesome suggestions!!  I totally forgot that I already have a few Lincoln Ryhme books (I read The Bone Collector a long time ago!)

Can't wait to start requesting!


Keep them coming!  I read fast!  :-)

Date Posted: 5/1/2009 10:15 PM ET
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You might try Tim Downs.  He writes the Bug Man series. The main character is a forensic entomologist.  He is listed as a Christian writer but there is very, very little religious references in the book.

Date Posted: 5/5/2009 7:40 PM ET
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Kathryn Fox starting with Malicious Intent, and Jefferson Bass starting with Carved in Bone.

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John Lescroart is a great one!  It appears to be a lawyer series but the main character's best friend is a copy in San Francisco.  I thoroughly enjoyed his books.  The first of the series is Dead Irish.  Check here for more info about this author www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/l/john-lescroart/

He has two new books debuting in June and I can hardly wait. What is funny is that my 8 year old granddaughter saw this hard cover book in a "bargain bin" at the grocery store and said to me, "Grandma, this looks like a book you'd like". I was amazed!  She was right too.

Date Posted: 5/6/2009 2:58 PM ET
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You can't do better than Linda Fairstein's Alexandra (Alex) Cooper series.  The author was head of the sex crimes division in Manhattan for many years.  It's wonderful to see the evolution of treatment for this type of victim over the past 20 years or so.    Good characters and interesting plots.

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Date Posted: 5/12/2009 10:43 PM ET
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I second Michael Connolly and Tana French. Also, I've recently been going back and reading some of the old detective noir novels; Raymond Chandler is always a great choice. I also like Sue Grafton - her books aren't exactly cozy mysteries but they aren't quite at Stephen King/Patricia Cornwell level of gore either. You might like her.

Subject: police thrillers
Date Posted: 5/14/2009 11:03 PM ET
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i would second (or third) the recommendation for John Sanford - i cannot wait to 'swap' for his books - i always end up buying them, even in hard cover