By People Staff
July 04, 2005 12:00 PM


HOURS OF THE CAT by Peter Quinn Noir to the core: In New York City before World War II, hard-boiled detective Fintan Dunne races the clock to solve a murder mystery linked to the looming genocide in the Europe. Smart and evocative.

DEVIL’S CORNER by Lisa Scottoline In her expertly crafted 12th novel, the former lawyer creates feisty new heroines (a prosecutor and her street-smart partner), pitting them against a menacing drug gang.

TWO TRAINS RUNNING by Andrew Vachss Set in a decaying small town in the 1960s, this gritty, absorbing novel (Vachss’s 19th) features lots of tough-talking lowlifes cruising around in flashy sedans.

FIRE SALE by Sara Paretsky In her latest V. I. Warshawski caper Paretsky takes her tough-but-tender detective back to her old neighborhood to crack a compelling case. Snappy and satisfying, as always.