Hot Crime Trends
edited: Monday, September 24, 2007
By William Manchee
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Monday, September 24, 2007
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Library Journal,September 1, 2007 Article entitled Hot Crime Trends by Jo Ann Vicarel
Taking the lead this month are cross-genre books that blend elements of mystery with other fictional genres. William Manchee writes legal thrillers with a science fiction twist; his attorney, Stan Turner (Act Normal), must not only handle a legal case but also cope with aliens who interfere with life on Earth. . . . Readers who like to mix their legal thrillers with a bit of science fiction will enjoy Manchee's (Cactus Island) latest Stan Turner mystery, in which the Dallas attorney, grief-stricken by the kidnapping of his son by aliens, is asked by the CIA to defend a woman accused of killing her husband and children. The queen of paranormal mysteries, Charlaine Harris imbues her sleuth, Harper Connelly (An Ice Cold Grave), with psychic abilities to find the dead. Another popular trend is the incorporation of recent U.S. history into the plot. Martin Limσn, for instance, sets his gripping military mysteries (The Wandering Ghost) in the Korean demilitarized zone in the 1970s; Robert Greer offers a new theory behind the assassination of JFK in his latest C.J. Floyd mystery (The Mongoose Deception).