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Four Blind Mice

by James Patterson
  Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington Police when his partner John Sampson shows up at his door. One of Sampson's oldest friends has been framed for murder and, worse yet, is subject to the insular laws of the U.S. Army. The evidence is strong enough to send him to the gas chamber.
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New York and London Are Most Popular Fiction Locations

Research by Bowker, a leading provider of bibliographic information, analysed more than 13 000 works of adult fiction published in the USA and found that 1550 with an identifiable location were set in England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland. New York topped the list of cities, followed by London, Los Angeles (including Hollywood), Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Rome was the only other non-American city in the top ten. California was the most popular state, followed by Texas, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina.

The research found that romance, mystery and detective, science fiction and westerns constituted half of all adult fiction published in the USA. The dominant format for fiction genre continues to be the paperback, with 65 per cent of romance, 61 per cent of science fiction and 58 per cent of mystery and detective titles published in this format.

Researchers also analysed the length and suggested retail prices for new releases. The average science fiction novel was 329 pages, followed by romance at 324, mystery and detective at 292, and westerns 261 pages. In 2004, the average suggested retail price for mass market science fiction was US$7.35, mystery and detective novels averaged US$6.94; and romances US$5.57.

Andrew Grabois, a consultant for Bowker commented:

"New African-American romances and other popular fiction with African-American characters are increasing both in number and importance. Conversely, Hispanic fictional characters, which represent the fastest growing minority in the US, appeared in fewer titles than we expected - barely a blip on the literary radar. This ethnically diverse segment of the population, now more highly educated than ever, may be the next growth market for fictional publishers."



by John Grisham
  High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.
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The Vanished Man: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

The Vanished Man: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

by Jeffery Deaver
  The New York Times bestselling author of The Stone Monkey is back with a brilliant thriller that pits forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and his partner, Amelia Sachs, against an unstoppable killer with one final, horrific trick up his sleeve.
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