Books about Crime And Punishment

  1. Red Harvest

    by Dashiell Hammett
    A private detective infiltrates a corrupt town to clean up the crime and corruption.

    The Continental Op is called to Personville (known as "Poisonville" to the locals) by the newspaper publisher Donald Willsson, who is murdered before the Op has a chance to meet with him. The Op ... (Wikipedia)

  2. A Fatal Grace

    by Louise Penny
    An intricate murder mystery set in a small Canadian town, as the investigating detective unravels truth and justice.

    Inspector Gamache investigates after CC de Poitiers, a sadistic socialite, is fatally electrocuted at a Christmas curling competition in the small Québécois town of Three Pines. CC, who had a ... (Wikipedia)

  3. Dead and Gone

    by Charlaine Harris
    A supernatural murder mystery set in the southern small town of Bon Temps.

    In this novel, the weres and shifters make their presence known, following the example of the vampires. At the same time, the King of Nevada, who now leads Louisiana as well, begins consolidating his ... (Wikipedia)

  4. Career of Evil

    by Robert Galbraith
    Private detective investigates a series of mysterious and violent cases linked to a deranged criminal.

    After murdering a woman, an unidentified man stalks Robin Ellacott, whom he sees as part of his plan to exact revenge against private investigator Cormoran Strike. Robin, having worked for Strike for ... (Wikipedia)

  5. The Redbreast

    by Jo Nesbø
    Detective searches for clues to an elusive crime to find a killer terrorizing Oslo.

    The Redbreast is a fabulous introduction to Nesbø’s tough-as-nails series protagonist, Oslo police detective Harry Hole. A brilliant and epic novel, breathtaking in its scope and design—winner of The ... (Goodreads)

  6. The Preacher

    by Camilla Läckberg
    A gripping crime novel about a young detective investigating a series of murders in a small Swedish town.

    Almost every subplot focuses on a parent-child relationship: central we have three generations of misogynist father/son in which violations of young girls is almost enshrined; ramifications occur ... (Wikipedia)

  7. Along Came a Spider

    by James Patterson
    A detective races against time to solve a kidnapper's twisted game.

    What have we got? A missing little girl named Maggie Rose . . . a family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. . . . the thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school ... (Goodreads)

  8. The Innocence of Father Brown

    by G.K. Chesterton
    Father Brown solves a series of mysterious crimes using his keen insight and intuition.

    Chesterton portrays Father Brown as a short, stumpy Roman Catholic priest, with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella, and an uncanny insight into human evil. "How in Tartarus," cried Flambeau, "did ... (Goodreads)

  9. Cockroaches

    by Jo Nesbø
    A detective investigates a series of unexplainable deaths, uncovering a dark and twisted world.

    Norway 's ambassador to Thailand is found stabbed to death in a brothel on the outskirts of Bangkok . , Oslo detective Harry Hole is sent to help the Thai police solve the crime before the scandal ... (Wikipedia)

  10. The Fifth Witness

    by Michael Connelly
    A lawyer must defend an innocent man accused of murder, uncovering a complicated web of deceit.

    Haller is called on to defend a long-standing client, Lisa Trammel, when she is suspected of murdering wealthy Mitchell Bondurant. , According to forensic evidence, the victim, who was six-foot-two, ... (Wikipedia)

  11. Dance Hall of the Dead

    by Tony Hillerman
    A Navajo tribal policeman investigates a murder on an Indian reservation.

    Ernesto Cata is in training to play his role as Shulawitsi the Fire God in an upcoming Zuni religious ceremony. He sees a kachina that can be seen by the initiated, which he is not, or by those about ... (Wikipedia)

  12. Knots and Crosses

    by Ian Rankin
    An Edinburgh detective investigates a series of murders, unearthing a dark past.

    Detective John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he's ... (Goodreads)

  13. The Big Nowhere

    by James Ellroy
    A crime noir set in 1950s Los Angeles, unraveling a web of corruption and violence.

    The plot is about three characters; L.A. Deputy Sheriff Danny Upshaw investigates a brutal sex murder which becomes a string of killings, working outside the law in his efforts to catch him. Turner ... (Wikipedia)

  14. Skinny Dip

    by Carl Hiaasen
    A woman’s revenge plot against her husband for attempting to murder her.

    Charles Regis "Chaz" Perrone, PhD, is a young marine biologist who has devoted his life solely to the lazy pursuit of a hedonistic existence. His insatiable greed drives him to collude with Samuel ... (Wikipedia)

  15. Death Note, Vol. 9: Contact

    by Tsugumi Ohba
    Light and L's battle against one another intensifies as the forces of justice and evil clash.

    Light has always been confident in his ability to out-think everyone, but L's protégés are proving to be more of a challenge than he anticipated. The more Light mentally maneuvers, the tighter the ... (Goodreads)

  16. Lost Light

    by Michael Connelly
    Detective Harry Bosch investigates a cold case that could unearth dark secrets from his past.

    Lost Light is the first novel set after Bosch retires from the LAPD at the end of the prior story. Having received his private investigator 's license, Bosch investigates an old case concerning the ... (Wikipedia)

  17. This Body of Death

    by Elizabeth George
    Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his team investigate a murder in London.

    "George explores her characters' dreams and fears with a penetrating grace that makes reading her books a joy." — Washington Post Book World "Elizabeth George reigns as queen of the mystery genre. ... (Barnes & Noble)

  18. Murder Must Advertise

    by Dorothy L. Sayers
    Detective story featuring Lord Peter Wimsey in a race against time to solve a mysterious murder.

    Death Bredon arrives at Pym's Publicity Ltd, an advertising agency, to take up the post of junior copywriter. He is assigned the room of his predecessor Victor Dean, who has died in a fall down the ... (Wikipedia)

  19. The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side

    by Agatha Christie
    A murder mystery involving a beloved actress who is killed after drinking a poisoned cocktail.

    While recovering from an illness, Jane Marple goes out for a walk in St. Mary Mead and takes a fall. She encounters Heather Badcock, who brings her to her home and relates a story of meeting American ... (Wikipedia)

  20. A Wanted Man

    by Lee Child
    Thrilling journey of an ex-military fugitive on the run, pursued by dangerous enemies.

    The novel opens with Jack Reacher, whose nose is broken from his last adventure (Worth Dying For), trying to get a ride out of Nebraska, hitch-hiking in the middle of the night, without any car ... (Wikipedia)

  21. If Tomorrow Comes

    by Sidney Sheldon
    A woman's quest for justice, taking revenge against the criminals who wronged her.

    Tracy is a successful bank-worker in Philadelphia, engaged to a wealthy heir, whose child she is carrying. Then her mother commits suicide, after being scammed by the New Orleans Mafia and left in ... (Wikipedia)

  22. The Face of a Stranger

    by Anne Perry
    A gripping mystery surrounding the identity of a murdered man and the secrets that lie beneath.

    His name, they tell him, is William Monk, and he is a London police detective. But the accident that felled him has left him with only half a life; his memory and his entire past have vanished. As he ... (Goodreads)

  23. Hour Game

    by David Baldacci
    Crime thriller about an FBI agent and a serial killer playing a deadly game of cat and mouse.

    He's copying famous serial killers., And the HOUR GAME has just begun... A woman is found murdered in the woods. It seems like a simple case but it soon escalates into a terrible nightmare. Someone ... (Goodreads)

  24. Immortal in Death

    by J.D. Robb
    Detective Eve Dallas investigates a murder case involving immortality and resurrection.

    When Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a top model, she is putting her career on the line, because the prime suspect is her best friend. Eve's investigations lead her into the ... (Goodreads)

  25. Over the Edge

    by Jonathan Kellerman
    An investigative psychologist delves into the world of murder and mayhem to uncover a diabolical killer.

    When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. It's a call he can't ignore. Driving through the San Fernando Valley, Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, ... (Goodreads)

  26. The Dark Monk

    by Oliver Pötzsch
    A thrilling murder mystery set in 17th century Bavaria.

    1660: Winter has settled thick over a sleepy village in the Bavarian Alps, ensuring every farmer and servant is indoors on the night a parish priest discovers he's been poisoned. As numbness creeps ... (Goodreads)

  27. Darkness, Take My Hand

    by Dennis Lehane
    Detective's hunt for a serial killer in a gritty urban setting.

    Master of new noir Dennis Lehane magnificently evokes the dignity and savagery of working-class Boston in Darkness, Take My Hand, a terrifying tale of redemption. Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro’s ... (Goodreads)

  28. Nemesis

    by Jo Nesbø
    A detective attempts to uncover the truth behind a series of child murders and the mysterious figure behind them.

    Detective Harry Hole must use his maverick methods once again as he investigates a slew of brutal bank robberies and the suspicious suicide of a female artist in this clever and harrowing installment ... (Goodreads)

  29. Cross

    by James Patterson
    A young man's journey to uncover the truth about his father's murder, while confronting his own dark past.

    Alex Cross's former partner, John Sampson, asks him to investigate the case of a serial rapist in Georgetown with similarities to a case they worked on together before. The case ends up having a ... (Wikipedia)

  30. Redemption Road

    by John Hart
    Ex-convict's journey to redemption, searching for peace and justice in a violent world.

    “Hart has taken it to another level…read this novel.” —David Baldacci, From the award-winning author of five New York Times bestselling novels comes a “gripping, believable story that doesn’t rest ... (Barnes & Noble)

  31. Standing in Another Man's Grave

    by Ian Rankin
    Detective John Rebus returns to investigate a series of unsolved cases, uncovering secrets from the past.

    John Rebus returns to investigate the disappearances of three women from the same road over ten years. For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's ... (Goodreads)

  32. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

    by Dorothy L. Sayers
    Amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey investigates a mysterious death at a prestigious London club.

    On the afternoon of 10 November, ninety-year-old General Fentiman is called to the deathbed of his estranged sister, Lady Dormer, and learns that under the terms of her will he stands to inherit most ... (Wikipedia)

  33. Fatal Vision

    by Joe McGinniss
    True crime investigation of a U.S. Army doctor's double life of murder and deception.

    Fatal Vision is the electrifying true story of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, the handsome, Princeton-educated physician convicted of savagely slaying his young pregnant wife and two small children, murders ... (Goodreads)

  34. A Great Deliverance

    by Elizabeth George
    A detective investigates a murder in the countryside, uncovering secrets in a rural community.

    To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in ... (Goodreads)

  35. The Quiche of Death

    by M.C. Beaton
    Amateur sleuth navigates a small-town murder mystery, uncovering secrets and solving the crime.

    Agatha Raisin retires from her profitable position as a PR agent in London, she moves to the Cotswolds expecting a peaceful country life. She enters a local baking contest with a quiche she bought in ... (Wikipedia)

  36. Dexter Is Delicious

    by Jeff Lindsay
    A journey of dark comic adventure as a serial killer searches for his missing sister.

    Nine months after the previous book , Dexter and Rita 's daughter Lily is born. The birth brings remarkable changes in Dexter; apart from feeling genuine love and emotions for the first time, he also ... (Wikipedia)

  37. Portrait in Death

    by J.D. Robb
    In a futuristic New York City, Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a prominent businessman. As she delves deeper, she uncovers a web of secrets and lies.

    Lt. Eve Dallas is celebrating the shortly-to-start vacation of Summerset , Roarke's majordomo , when he trips over the cat and falls down the stairs, breaking his leg. As Eve and Roarke are giving ... (Wikipedia)

  38. Well-Schooled in Murder

    by Elizabeth George
    Detective Lynley investigates a murder at an exclusive boarding school.

    Teacher John Corntel asks his former Eton schoolmate Lynley for help when the 13 year old schoolboy Matthew Whateley has disappeared. Initially Lynley refuses, until Deborah St James finds the naked ... (Wikipedia)

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