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       May 1, 2015          BOOKLIST

Mystery Showcase
The Year's Best Crime    Novels
A Hard-Boiled Gazetteer    to Other Worlds
The Back Page: How    Metzger's Dog Stole My    Vacation
The DOLLUS Syndrome:    Diversity in Crime    Fiction
Core Collection: Essential    Cozies on Audio and in    Print
Core Collection: Middle-    Grade Mysteries
At Leisure with Joyce    Saricks: In Praise of    Cozy Mysteries
He Reads: True Crime
She Reads: True Crime
Top 10 Crime Fiction for    Youth
Top 10 Crime Fiction on    Audio

High Demand Hot List
High Demand Hot List for    Youth


Great Reads: Living with    Death
Carnegie Medal Read-    Alikes, 2015: The Fiction    Shortlist
Carnegie Medal Read-    Alikes, 2015: The    Nonfiction Shortlist
Shortlist Announced for    the 2015 Andrew    Carnegie Medals for    Fiction and Nonfiction
Great Reads: Picturing    Poetry
Dancing in the Dark:    Recent YA Ballet Books
Great Reads: These Novels    Are Graphic
Great Reads: Great BIG    Reads
Great Reads: A Dark    Harvest for Kansas Day
Great Reads: What Do You    Resolve to Read this    Year?

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Review Of The Day
By Patrick Lee

Sam Dryden can’t seem to stop running. Runner (2014), the first thriller starring the former Special Forces agent, grabbed readers by the collar and dragged them in its considerable wake as Dryden tried to protect a young girl with a phenomenal ability to read minds. Now he’s running again, not just to avoid capture by some seriously bad guys but also to outrun or at least sidestep time itself.

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A Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to Other WorldsA Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to Other Worlds
By Bill Ott

The terms genre-bending and genre-blending (I like bending myself, but I guess the blenders have won the day, so I’ll get with the program) are relatively new arrows in the readers’-advisory quiver, but the phenomenon isn’t new at all. Nearly 50 years ago, Philip K. Dick wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and while the story was thought of mainly as science fiction when it first appeared, there’s no doubt that it throws hard-boiled detectives into the blender along with robots and other sf trappings. Chances are, too, that somewhere along the way, in the course of writing hundreds of books, Isaac Asimov probably blended a few genres. So, no, it’s not a new phenomenon, but it’s a popular one today and has been for quite a few years.

2015-top10-crime-audio Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks: 2015
By Candace Smith

Psychological terror, espionage, and intrigue fill these stellar titles culled from audiobooks reviewed from April 1, 2014, through April 15, 2015.

The Black-Eyed Blonde. By Benjamin Black. Read by Dennis Boutsikaris. 2014. 8hr. Macmillan, CD, $39.99 (9781427233363).

2015-top10-crime-youth Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth: 2015
By Sarah Hunter

From lost toys to murder, the mysteries in this year’s top 10 crime fiction for youth, reviewed in Booklist between May 1, 2014, and April 15, 2015, are no match for the deductive skills of these crackerjack sleuths.

As Red as Blood. By Salla Simukka. Tr. by Owen Witesman. 2014. Amazon/Skyscape, paper, $7.99 (9781477847718). Gr. 10–12.

years-best-crime_2015 The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2015
By Bill Ott

If this year’s best crime novels tell us anything, it’s that mean streets can turn up anywhere—from posh Irish girls’ schools to remote Asian islands. There are cop and detective stories here (by John Harvey, Harry Brandt, James Ellroy, and Laura Lippman), but there are also psychological thrillers (Paula Hawkins) and all variety of genre- and subgenre-blenders, from crime meets horror (Lauren Beukes) to crime meets superheroes (Nick Harkaway) to espionage meets noir (Mick Herron) to procedural meets psychological thriller (Tana French).

column_at-leisure At Leisure with Joyce Saricks: In Praise of Cozy Mysteries
By Joyce Saricks

If anyone ever had doubts about how Booklist feels about crime novels, this issue and all previous crime spotlights provide convincing evidence that we love crime—well, the fictional kind at least. Readers’ advisors surely aren’t surprised, as crime fiction—mysteries, thrillers, suspense novels—are always popular. We find these books on the best-seller lists and buy multiple copies of titles in the ever-increasing number of series.

dollus-syndrome The DOLLUS Syndrome: Diversity in Crime Fiction
By Sara Paretsky

Some years ago, the Dodgers fired executive Al Campanis for explaining that there weren’t many African American Major League managers because they lacked “the necessities” for management. No one ever asked me, but I thought it was because black ballplayers suffer from the DOLLUS syndrome: They Don’t Look Like Us. As a corollary, at that time, black players had to outperform whites to get into the majors, and by and large, journeymen, not stars, become managers.

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