Standout Stand Alones in Crime Fiction

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ISBN: 9780143116516
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Published: Penguin Books - January 26th, 2010

You'll never dream the same again. Or are you dreaming now?

By Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy (Translator)
ISBN: 9780143035695
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2006

Murakami, the man behind the eerie and uncomfortable film Audition, knows how to blend location and character in such a way that you never see what's coming until it's too late. This book stayed with me for a while.

ISBN: 9780143117537
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Published: Penguin Books - April 27th, 2010

Ruthe Rendell puts this book in perspective with the following quote: "A stunning novel...convincing..frightening...Philip Kerr puts an end to the myth that the best crime fiction is written by women".

ISBN: 9780307279958
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Published: Vintage Books USA - October 24th, 2006

Cancel your plans for the day when you decide to start reading this page-turner.

By Juan De Recacoechea, Adrian Althoff (Translator), Ilan Stavans (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781933354200
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Published: Akashic Books - April 2007

Not much is translated out of Bolivia and after reading this colorful and engaging novel of a man trying to obtain a visa to see his son in the U.S., you'll wonder why. Some of the best fiction I've read. Period.

ISBN: 9780312642365
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 9th, 2010

Could be one of the most misleading covers of the recent past. This dark little book about dark little secrets in a dark little town really packs a punch.

ISBN: 9780307341570
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - May 4th, 2010

No sophomore slump here. Flynn follows up Sharp Objects (if you haven't read this yet, do yourself a favor) with a whodunit that's worthy of the word.