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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Librarywala Recommends: 5 Spine Chillers for Mystery Lovers

Here's 5 different kinds of books in the genre of Mystery that have been raising hair for decades. Read on to find out more and dont hesitate to contribute to the list...


Hannibal Lecter - the ultimate villain of modern fiction.

A young FBI trainee.

An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes.

A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psychopath's mind-- in the deadly search for a serial killer...

Read the five-million-copy bestseller that scared the world silent...

(Neo-noir crime novel)

On January 15, 1947 the severed body of Elizabeth Short was found. Her murder is one of the highest profile unsolved cases. The Black Dahlia uses facts from the case to create a story of mystery & obsession.

James Ellroy's Black Dahlia is a masterpiece among murder mystery novels. Ellroy tells Elizabeth Short's story through Bucky Bleichert, a police officer who is assigned to investigate the murder.

Bucky's negative yet heroic character gets obsessed to the edge of madness, and Ellroy takes the reader along on that journey. 

(Satire in crime)

R.J. Decker a neophyte private eye is fishing for a killer. Thanks to a sportsman's scam there's a body floating in Coon Bog, Florida -- and a lot that's rotten in the large-mouth bass tournaments. Decker teams up with an eccentric hermit with an appetite for road kill. And here his own life becomes part of the stakes. For while the "double whammy" is the lure, first prize is for the most ingenious murder.

(First person criminal story)

The most chilling and believable first-person story of a criminally warped mind. Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas.  The worst thing most people can say against him is that he's a little slow and a little boring.  But, then, most people don't know about the sickness--the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger.  The sickness that is about to surface again.

Philip Marlowe, the genre's most influential detective & his wise-cracking style and capacity to endure punishment from his foes introduces a new kind of "performance" to hard-boiled fiction, in which victory was more often verbal than physical.
When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion.
Chandler's ironic tone and extraordinary metaphors focused readers on individual scenes, which he excelled at writing.


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