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Further Recommendations

After finishing a great book, sometimes it's hard to know where to turn next. Let us help. Each of our "further recommendations" pages provides knowledgeable suggestions, hand-picked by our staff, to satisfy your hunger for more great reading.


Hannibal by Thomas Harris

The Empty ChairThe Empty Chair by Jeffery Deaver
The Empty Chair, starring renowned quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme, is a gripping read: fast-paced, intricate, unpredictable, and full of entertaining, quirky characters. Take the strange, teenage truant known as the Insect Boy, who plays a central role in this novel. Though somewhat reminiscent of that creepy guy in Harris's most popular book, Silence of the Lambs, Deaver's character, as well as his book, is a unique creation, making The Empty Chair an interesting follow-up to the Hannibal Lector books. Which writer creates the best creepy insectophile? You'll have to decided for yourself.

Blod WorkBlood Work by Michael Connelly
Many mystery lovers will argue that Connelly's best writing is found outside of his well-known, long-running Harry Bosch series. And this non-Bosch title would prove their point. Picture this: An ex-FBI agent recovering from a heart transplant is determined to solve the murder of the person whose heart beats in his own chest. An oddball premise, yes, but it's another compelling hook that'll set your own heart pounding. Plus, the sexual sparks between our hero and a reluctant, but beautiful, sidekick provide one of the more realistic love stories in a recent thriller. Recommended by Mike

Along Came a SpiderAlong Came A Spider by James Patterson
The author kicked off his Alex Cross series with one of the best psycho-killer thrillers ever written. Back and forth, we bounce from our detective's somewhat quiet life (kids and grandma) to our killer's twisted crimes (kids buried alive). [Like Hannibal,] it's not so much a whodunit, but a how-catch 'em. How can Cross foil a killer bent on committing the century's most heinous act? Incredibly, there's even a Lindbergh baby tie-in. This is the mystery title that frequent flyers recommend most often to fellow passengers, a book that'll keep you awake on the next redeye, and maybe a few nights more. Recommended by Mike

The Empty ChairPrayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane
The psychological warfare in Dennis Lehane's Prayers for Rain is some of the most sadistic and manipulative available in hard-boiled crime. Harris's villains may commit twisted, horrifying murders, but Lehane's depraved stalker methodically leads his victims to self-destruct. Detectives Patrick Kenzie and Karen Nichols find themselves targeted by the master sadist as their investigation and lives begin to crumble.


The His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
Hannibal by Thomas Harris
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson


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