The Bone Collector (1997)
Lincoln Rhyme, ex-head of NYPD forensics, was the nation’s foremost criminalist, the man who could work a crime scene and come away with a perfect profile of the killer, frozen in time. Now, Lincoln is frozen in place — permanently. An accident on the job left him a quadriplegic who can move just one finger, a great mind strapped to his bed, mulish and sarcastic, hiding from a life he no longer wants to live.
Until he sees the crime-scene report about a corpse found buried on a deserted West Side railroad track, its bloody hand rising from the dirt. It belonged to a man who got into a cab at the airport and never got out. Reluctantly, Lincoln Rhyme abandons retirement to track down a killer whose ingenious clues hold the secret to saving his victims — if Rhyme can decipher them in time. The search leads him to the Bone Collector, whose obsession with old New York colors every scrap of evidence he leaves for Rhyme and his new partner, Amelia Sachs, whom he drafts as his arms and legs. But she’s never worked a crime scene in her life — and he can only whisper in her ear as she does the exacting work he loved more than anything else.
Kathy Reichs - Csont és vér
Dr. Temperance Brennan, miután a házassága tönkrement, Kanadába költözött, hogy új életet kezdjen. Montrealban dolgozik törvényszéki antropológusként. A lánya egyetemre jár az Egyesült Államokban, így az egyedülálló Tempe, aki sikeresen kilábalt alkoholizmusából, minden idejét a munkájának szenteli. A város egyik parkjában szemeteszsákokba csomagolt, oszló emberi maradványokat találnak. A szörnyű lelethez Tempe-et riasztják, akiben – egy korábbi eset kapcsán, bizonyos hasonlóságok alapján – felmerül a gyanú, hogy talán nem elszigetelt bűntényről van szó. Nyomozni kezd maga is, jóllehet rendőr kollégái ezt nem nézik jó szemmel, túlbuzgóságának tudják be a dolgot. Ám dr. Brennan szívósan kutakodik, s egyre több nyomra bukkan. Lehet, hogy sorozatgyilkos garázdálkodik a városban? Az újabb áldozatok felbukkanása arra mutat, hogy mégiscsak Tempe-nek van igaza, aki maga is halálos veszélybe kerül… A népszerű írónő, Kathy Reichs művei ihlették a nagy sikerű Dr. Csont című televíziós sorozatot.
Kathy Reichs - A holtak beszélnek
Reichs hősnője, dr. Temperance Brennan törvényszéki antropológus. Hullaházban, exhumáláson, bűnügyi laborban, zsaruk közt tölti mindennapjait. Brennan túl van már egy váláson, lánya több gondot okoz, mint örömet. Amikor egy építkezésen előkerült emberi maradványok vizsgálatához hívják, abban bízik, hogy csak egy régészeti leletet talál. De a helyszínen műanyag zsákokba csomagolt, oszladozó tetem darabjai várják. Így már tudja oda a hétvégéje. Azt megint csak - mint annyiszor már - a boncteremben fogja tölteni. Azonban Tempének más is eszébe jut a nejlonzsákokba külön-külön becsomagolt testrészekről. Kísértetiesen emlékeztetik a tizenhat évesen meggyilkolt Chantale Trottier esetére, akit régebben szintén precízen földarabolva és szemeteszsákokba csomagolva találtak a föld alatt elásva. A két gyilkosság összefügg, gondolja, de kollegái nem hiszik. És ekkor előveszi teljes szakmai eszköztárát: a különleges röntgenfelvételeket, a csont-, fog- és harapásnyomok vizsgálatát, hogy meggyőzze a kételkedőket, mielőtt újból lecsap a gyilkos. Hiszen bárki lehet a következő áldozat...
Karen Rose - Nothing to Fear
After kidnapping 12-year-old Alec Vaughn, Sue Conway poses as an abused mother at a shelter for battered women. However, the more shelter director Dana Dupinsky gets to know Sue, the more alarmed she becomes. The only hope may be security expert Ethan Buchanan, who has joined the search for the missing Alec--his godson.
Frank Miller - The Hard Goodbye
Sin City launched the long-running, critically acclaimed series of comics novels by Frank Miller. Having worked on some of the most important comic books in the 1980s, including Marvel Comics's Daredevil and the influential Batman graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, Miller was already a heavy-weight cartoonist, but he hit his stride with Sin City. It gave him the freedom that doesn't come when working on someone else's characters. While the art isn't as polished as in later books, it is in many ways the quintessential Sin City story: tough-guy Marv finds the girl of his dreams, an incredible beauty named Goldie. But when Goldie is murdered on their first night together, Marv scours the bars and back alleys of Sin City to find her killer in hopes of avenging her death.
S. J. Watson - Before I Go To Sleep
S. J. Watson makes his powerful debut with this compelling, fast-paced psychological thriller, reminiscent of Shutter Island and Memento, in which an amnesiac who, following a mysterious accident, cannot remember her past or form new memories, desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is—and who she can trust.
Kathy Reichs - Deadly Decisions
Violence is escalating, and spilling onto the streets of Montreal. A nine-year-old girl is killed in crossfire on her way to ballet class. The body of a teenager killed in North Carolina is found hundreds of miles away. Forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan has to pick up the pieces: she knows she shouldn't let emotion get in the way, but when nin-year-old Emily's body is wheeled into the morgue she cannot help but react. An exhumation uncovers the bones of another inocent in a clandestine grave close to a biker gang headquarters. With her boss in hospital and sparring partner Detective Andrew Ryan mysteriously unavailable, Tempe alone begins a perilous investigation into the lawless underworld of organised crime...
Katia Lief - Hide and Seek
Three years after a harrowing escape from the serial killer who took the lives of her husband and daughter, Karin Schaeffer is married to her former partner Mac MacLeary and they are living in Brooklyn with their young son Ben. Karin is finally pursuing a college degree, studying forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. Mac, now a retired detective, has just been made a senior executive at Quest Security and an announcement has appeared in the newspaper...triggering a series of events that catapults their lives into perilous territory. When Mac's beloved parents are murdered in what appears to be a botched home invasion, he sinks into despair and soon disappears. Two weeks later a car he rented turns up in the Long Island Sound with his shoe wedged beneath a seat. But Karen cannot accept his presumed suicide without a body. She is plagued by the wishful thinking of a reluctant second-time widow. And then, suddenly, her world is upended once again when she believes she sees Mac at an airport. She hires a private detective to confirm or refute her sighting, and the information he turns up leads her to journey into the heart of darkness to rescue Mac. Along the way, nothing is quite as it has seemed: Her husband has a dark past she had never imagined, including a revelation that shocks everyone. Enemies become heroes. Friends reveal secret identities. And Karin, as always impulsive to a fault, learns that even she has limits. In a story that travels from a comfortable family life in Brooklyn to the glossy artifice of South Beach Miami to the lawlessness of drug-embattled Mexico to the gray isolation of Cape Cod in winter, Karin Schaeffer must first identify the enemy and then face him down in order to save her family
Mo Hayder - Skin
When the decomposed body of a young woman is found by near railway tracks just outside Bristol one hot May morning, all indications are that she's committed suicide. That's how the police want it too; all neatly squared and tidied away. But DI Jack Caffery is not so sure. He is on the trail of someone predatory, someone who hides in the shadows and can slip into houses unseen. And for the first time in a very long time, he feels scared. Police Diver Flea Marley is working alongside Caffery. Having come to terms with the loss of her parents, and with the traumas of her past safely behind her, she's beginning to wonder whether their relationship could go beyond the professional. And then she finds something that changes everything. Not only is it far too close to home for comfort - but it's so horrifying that she knows that nothing will ever be the same again. And that this time, no one - not even Caffery - can help her ...
Mo Hayder - Birdman
Greenwich, south-east London Detective Inspector Jack Caffery - young, driven, unshockable - is called to one of the most gruesome crime scenes he has ever seen. Five young women have been ritualistically murdered and dumped on the wasteland near the Dome. Subsequent post-mortems reveal a singular, horrific signature linking the victims. Soon Caffery realizes that he is on the trail of that most dangerous offender: a serial killer. Beset by animosity within the police force, haunted by the memory of a very personal death long ago, Caffery employs every weapon forensic science can offer to hunt him down. Because he knows that it is only a matter of time before this sadistic killer strikes again...
Ira Levin - Sliver (angol)
Kay Norris, a successful single woman of thirty-nine, moves into the posh Carnegie Hill district of Manhattan's Upper East Side, into an apartment in a slender high rise, a "silver" building. A man watches her. He watches her unpack, watches her make her bed. He owns the building; a shocking secret is concealed within its brick and concrete. Silver is a novel about ultimate power, and the temptations the use of that power brings. With ice cold precision, Levin the author of Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives, creates a mesmerizing story that culminates in a scene of electrifying suspense.
Karen Rose - You Can't Hide
YOU DON'T KNOW WHO I AM. YOU CAN'T STOP WHAT I'M DOING. YOU CAN'T HIDE. Terror has forever changed the life of psychiatrist Tess Ciccotelli. Someone is tormenting her patients, pushing them to commit suicide, and setting her up to take the blame. But Tess can't break her oath to protect her patients' privacy at all costs. Even when detective Aidan Reagan demands a list of everyone she's treating. Even when the mounting danger threatens Tess herself. Aidan doesn't like anyone who stalls his cases. Still, he can't help but admire Tess's fierce loyalty to her patients, especially when it becomes clear that a nameless, faceless enemy is set on destroying her career, her family, and finally, Tess herself. As Aidan's heart softens, the killer's will hardens, and one thing becomes clear--the noose is tightening around Tess's neck.
Tess Gerritsen - Last to Die
Three children, strangers to each other, are brought together by seemingly motiveless and extreme acts of violence. Orphaned and alone, they are taken in as students at Evensong, a boarding school for emotionally traumatized children in the remote Maine wilderness. A PLACE OF SAFETY? Forensic pathologist Maura Isles already has a connection with the school - Julian 'Rat' Perkins, the 16-year-old boy she met during a previous case, is now living there. But she suspects that the Evensong founders may be using the school for their own agenda. And her concerns grow when Detective Jane Rizzoli is asked to investigate yet another attempt on the life of one of the orphans at the school ...OR A PLACE OF DANGER? What both Jane and Maura soon discover is that even a school protected by locked gates and acres of forest cannot shut out a gathering threat. When three blood-spattered twig dolls are found hanging from a tree, they wonder if the threat comes from outside the school... or from within.
Dan Wells - I Am Not a Serial Killer
John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. Obsessed with serial killers, he never wants to be one. Yet terrible impulses constantly tempt him. Having grown up helping his mom at the family mortuary, dead bodies are no big deal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t ask for the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the clarity to recognize that something is frighteningly different about the freshest body on the slab. For the first time, John must confront a danger outside his own mind, a threat he cannot control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.
Cormac McCarthy - No Country for Old Men
Llewelyn Moss, hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, stumbles upon a transaction gone horribly wrong. Finding bullet-ridden bodies, several kilos of heroin, and a caseload of cash, he faces a choice - leave the scene as he found it, or cut the money and run. Choosing the latter, he knows, will change everything. And so begins a terrifying chain of events, in which each participant seems determined to answer the question that one asks another: how does a man decide in what order to abandon his life?
Thomas Harris - Hannibal Rising
Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki. Lady Murasaki helps Hannibal to heal. With her help he flourishes, becoming the youngest person ever admitted to medical school in France. But Hannibal's demons visit him and torment him. When he is old enough, he visits them in turn. He discovers he has gifts beyond the academic, and in that epiphany, Hannibal Lecter becomes death's prodigy.
Thomas Harris - Hannibal (angol)
Yes, he's back, and he's still hungry. Ten years after The Silence of the Lambs, Dr. Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter (Anthony Hopkins, reprising his Oscar-winning role) is living the good life in Italy, studying art and sipping espresso. FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore, replacing Jodie Foster), on the other hand, hasn't had it so good--an outsider from the start, she's now a quiet, moody loner who doesn't play bureaucratic games and suffers for it. A botched drug raid results in her demotion--and a request from Lecter's only living victim, Mason Verger (Gary Oldman, uncredited), for a little Q and A. Little does Clarice realize that the hideously deformed Verger--who, upon suggestion from Dr. Lecter, peeled off his own face--is using her as bait to lure Dr. Lecter out of hiding, quite certain he'll capture the good doctor.
Thomas Harris - Red Dragon
A psychopath is at large; a monster in the grip of some unimaginable delusion compounded of sexual hunger, demonic violence and sinister logic; a boastful killer who sends the police teasing notes signed...the Red Dragon. So thex call in special agent Will Graham; the one man with the gift to get into the monster's mind; the one man who can anticipate his next act. Red Dragon is quite probably the most suspenseful, terrifying and utterly compellink thriller ever written.
Frank Miller - That Yellow Bastard
In a Sin City short story, "The Babe Wore Red," Frank Miller deviated from his stark black-and-white artwork by adding tiny bits of color throughout the story. The girl's dress was red, her lips were red--you get the picture. In That Yellow Bastard, the fourth Sin City graphic novel, Miller's experiment with yellow ink is also a tremendous success. The setup is simple. On the last day before he retires, Hartigan, an old cop, gets a call about an 11-year-old girl who has been kidnapped by a lunatic. Hartigan has got just one more thing to do before he retires: save the girl. Saving her is the easy part, because Hartigan has uncovered something really bad that is not going to stop until it catches up with him. That Yellow Bastard is nerve-racking to the very end.
Frank Miller - Booze, Broads, & Bullets
The Sin City graphic novels are among the most widely acclaimed comics in history, but Frank Miller is also a master of the quick and dirty yarn. Collected in this sixth volume of his crime-comic megahit are all of Miller's Sin City shorts and one-shots, newly redesigned with a brand-new cover by Miller, some of his first comics art in years! Collecting classics like "Just Another Saturday Night" and "Silent Night," both starring the iconic big lug with a condition, Marv; "The Customer Is Always Right," featured in the Sin City film; and "The Babe Wore Red," starring Sin City's most enduring hero, Dwight, Booze, Broads, and Bullets spans every kind of dark business you might encounter on a cold night in Basin City. It's sure to scratch your Sin City itch again and again, in just that way that makes you itch for more. With Miller and co-director Robert Rodriguez gearing up for Sin City 2, this third edition is being released at just the right time!