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Subject: Police/forensic thrillers? Or ...
Date Posted: 2/6/2008 9:54 PM ET
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I need new authors!!

Other than the Kellermans, any good authors of police/forensics thrillers?

I also love authors like: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, etc ...

I don't like any with a lot of romance in them ... some "thrillers" are just love stories with a slight mystery ... ICK!

Thanks for your suggestions

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 10:52 PM ET
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If you like J Kellerman you would probably enjoy Stephen White.  And Kathy Reichs comes to mind also.

Edited to add:  Michael Connelly and John Sanford also good.

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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 2/7/2008 1:25 AM ET
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What about the True Crime genre?  I started reading forensic fiction and then eventually tried True Crime - so much more fascinating to me now because it's real. :)

Date Posted: 2/7/2008 11:01 AM ET
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Karin Slaughter's books are great.  Blindsighted, Kisscut, A Faint Cold Fear.  Can't remember the others but I discovered this author here at PBS and I really have enjoyed her books.

Date Posted: 2/7/2008 11:42 AM ET
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I also like John Saul and Dean Koontz and I love John Sandford's Prey Series!  They are witty, thrilling, and a satisfying read.  I read the first 7 or so in high school and have kept up as the new ones were released.  I'm about to start rereading the whole series and I can't wait.   Didn't read one yet I didn't love!

Date Posted: 2/7/2008 12:19 PM ET
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Jeffery Deaver does the Lincoln Rhyme series - if you like CSI/Forensic Thrillers, you can't beat Deaver!

Sorry, you won't find any on my book list ... I can't bear to part with them and have read some of them twice! :)

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 4:39 PM ET
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Beverly Connor's Dead books. 

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 5:26 PM ET
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James Lee Burke spins a good tale.  His private eye is based in the New Orleans bayeau area so there are Interesting references to the culture and environment.

More great reads are books by Dennis Lehane...they are very suspenseful with interesting twists and turns.


Date Posted: 2/12/2008 2:10 PM ET
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Another vote for Karin Slaughter, as well as Harlan Coben.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 3:13 PM ET
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Patricia Cornwell's books, most of which have Kay Scarpetta as the Medical Examiner.  There are quite a few of them.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 4:19 PM ET
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I was just about to suggest Patricia Cornwell!  Robin Cook is another forensics fave!

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 4:28 PM ET
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Some excellent suggestions already!  Leslie Glass's Detective April Woo is excellent also.

I can especially reccomend Karin Slaughter's books also.

Date Posted: 2/12/2008 10:40 PM ET
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I would strongly recommend Ed McBain's 87th Presinct novels.  He started with "Cop Hater" in the early 50's and did the last one a couple of years ago just before he died.  (Can't remember the title of that one.)  These are the classic "police procedural" with a recurring group of detectives in a fictional city, but are very good.  Some might not want to read all of them as they get a bit repititive if you read them one after the other.  I think there are about 60-70 of them totlal and most are still available, having been reprinted many times.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 2:50 AM ET
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What about the CSI books?  most of them are by Max Allan Collins.  I love the show and seen they had books and they are just as good.  However, we all know that they never 'always' catch the bad guy at the end of the day.


not sure if that fits into your forensic thrillers?? but a suggestion.

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Date Posted: 2/21/2008 2:30 PM ET
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Clinton McKinzie, a Denver native. Has a great series of 6 books out about a WY cop.  The first is Point of Law

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 5:37 PM ET
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I just read two Lindsay Jayne Ashford books yesterday and liked them.  Very English though, in  tone and language.  Might check them out.  Also, have just begun The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett.  It's starting very well, but I have never read anything else by him. 

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 8:05 AM ET
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Oh, I just received The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett!  I hope to start it this weekend.  I checked out Written in Bone by him from my library, and realized that it was the second book in his series.  So...thank God for PBS!  I got on here and ta-dah!  Someone kindly mailed me the first book.

One of my favorite authors has only done two books in the forensic genre: Rennie Airth.  He is WONDERFUL.  He wrote "River of Darkness" and "A Blood-Dimmed Tide", both set in England, both with John Marsden as our detective.  They are beautifully written.  I wish he would write another!



Date Posted: 2/24/2008 8:39 AM ET
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Tess Gerritsen comes to mind; she has a medical examiner in hers; John Lutz night series is superb reading; (didn't care for any other of his books tho); Left for Dead by Kevin O'brian is superb; really enjoyed the two Stuart McBride books I have read; Kathy Reich's 1st books are good, also with medical examiner; haven't cared much for the last 2; Lee Child's Jack Reacher series is superb! as are all of the above; P J Parrish is very good; only 1 of the series I just could not get into but the rest are well above average; hope this gives you some good reading material info!

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 4:53 PM ET
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Jonathan Kellerman Read-alikes:

Boulder, Colorado, psychologist Alan Gregory also employs psychology and investigative techniques to help solve crimes in Stephen Walsh White's popular series. Although there is more emphasis on the relationship between Gregory and his wife, assistant district attorney Lauren Crowder, since both are generally involved in the detection, this series offers a similar study of the role of psychology in detection and the investigative details from both fields. Cold Case features an old but unsolved case of the murder of two young girls. An intricately twisted plot, details of psychology and criminal motivation, as well as step-by-step investigation make this a good choice for Kellerman's fans.

Anna Salter, like Kellerman a psychologist herself, offers forensic psychologist Dr. Michael Stone, a court advocate for sexually abused children in Vermont. Here, too, personal particulars intrude more in the Mystery, and the pace increases as Michael often finds herself in jeopardy, but the psychological insights and details, as well as the criminal cases, should please Kellerman's fans. Shiny Water is the first in the series.

Sarah Lovett's forensic psychiatrist Sylvia Strange may work in New Mexico, but her world is as bleak and dangerous as Kellerman's Los Angeles. Gritty details of murderers -- their minds and their acts, mounting suspense, and danger fill these mysteries. Dangerous Attachments starts this disturbing series.

Although she plays second fiddle to the detective, Daphne Matthews, forensic psychologist in Ridley Pearson's popular Seattle-based Lou Boldt Mystery/Suspense series, adds psychological insights that impact many of the cases investigated. This series also offers a similarly bleak, urban perspective, and series characters investigating the twisted plots and characters in ways that parallel Kellerman's in tone and in the nature of the cases. In Middle of Nowhere, Daphne plays a particularly important role in the investigation and solution.

Keith Ablow's forensic psychiatrist Frank Clevenger is, like Delaware, something of a loner who becomes too absorbed in his cases. These offer gritty details of murders, as well as frightening glimpses into the criminal mind. Denial is the first in the series.

Joyce Saricks is the Literature and Audio Services Coordinator for the Downers Grove Public Library in Downers Grove, Illinois, and the author of Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction (ALA, 2001).

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