Alibi V.13 No.6 • Feb 5-11, 2004 

Speed Reader

Island of Bones

P.J. Parrish
Pinnacle Books
paper
$6.99

The latest installment of Parrish's Louis Kincaid mystery series finds our hero trying to solve a mystery surrounding a woman's bullet-riddled corpse discovered in the mangrove swamps of south Florida. Rumor is that sharp dialogue and a tense plot make for one of the best Kincaid mysteries yet.

The Cutting Room

Laurence Klavan
Ballantine Books
hardcover
$23.95

A movie dork who publishes a film trivia newsletter tracks down an uncut original version of Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons and soon finds himself wrapped up in a real-life murder mystery. Movie junkies should enjoy this romantic crime novel packed with cinema trivia.

The Killing of the Tinkers

Ken Bruen
St. Martin's Minotaur
hardcover
$22.95

In this sequel to The Guards, Bruen crafts another chilly noir novel. This time out Jack Taylor, while struggling to free himself from the twin vise grips of alcohol and drugs, tries to unravel the riddle of who is killing the tinkers of Galway and why.

The Amateur Marriage

Anne Tyler
Knopf
hardcover
$24.95

The literary queen of suburbia returns with this novel about the painful destruction of a 30-year marriage. Tyler is a genius at this kind of thing, so you can bet The Amateur Marriage will be another winner.