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Here are some new thriller and mystery releases.

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"Field of Prey" (Putnam), by John Sandford, is the 24th in the "Prey" series. In this one, detective Lucas Davenport is called in by the Red Wing, Minn. police to find out who murdered more than fifteen people and stuffed them down a cistern in an abandoned farmyard. The murderer had killed one person a year, and Davenport thinks it is someone people see every day.

"The Book of You" (Harper, $25.99), by Claire Kendal, is a psychological thriller. Clarissa, a university administrator, has a one-night stand with Rafe, an expert in fairy tales. Soon he is stalking her. She is called to jury duty for a case that parallels her own and soon realizes she is in more danger than she had thought.

"And Then There Were None" (William Morrow, $16.99) is a 75th anniversary celebration edition of this classic. This is the bestselling thriller of all time.

"Tiger Shrimp Tango" (William Morrow, $25.99), by Tim Dorsey, returns with Florida serial killer Serge Storms. Storms is actually the mayor of Sunshine. He, his sidekick Coleman and private eye Mahoney team up to find a disappeared young woman and determine who has been on a killing spree in their city.

"Warriors" (William Morrow, $27.99), by Ted Bell, is the latest in the Alexander Hawke series. Hawke teams up with Ambrose Congreve to find the murderer of a Cambridge professor who is the victim of ancient Chinese torture.

"Everything To Lose" (William Morrow, $26.99), by Andrew Gross, introduces Hilary Cantor, a woman at the ends of her means who finds $500,000 and must decide what to do with it.

"Under A Silent Moon" (Harper, $25.99), by hifts her focus from romance novels to police suspense. Louisa Smith heads a London investigative division which is investigating the murder of two women in a country town outside London.

"Children of the Revolution" (William Morrow, $25.99), by Peter Robinson, is the latest story of Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. College lecturer Gavin Miller is murdered in what appears to be a drug-related incident. Investigators find 5,000 pounds in Miller's possession and Banks is convinced the murder is related to Miller's past as a political activist in the 70's.

"Black Horizon" (Harper, $25.99), by James Grippando, is the latest in the Jack Swyteck series. A massive oil spill in Cuban waters is headed to the U.S. shoreline. What caused the spill? The timely book comes when Cuba has announced plans to undertake massive oil drilling. The U.S. could be in trouble because Cuba lacks mechanisms to control a spill.

"The House on the Cliff" (Harper, $14.99), by Charlotte Williams, is a Gothic thriller. A patient of Jessica Mayhew, a successful psychotherapist, recalls memories of a murder. Meantime she is stunned to hear her husband has had an affair and she herself is considering one with a client.

"Otherwise Engaged" (Putnam), by Amanda Quick, is set in the 19th Century. Amity Doncaster writes travelogues which are the sensation of London. She is in the Caribbean when she finds nearly-dead Benedict Stonebridge and rescues him. Their relationship is threatened by Bridegroom, a serial killer on the prowl.

"Watching the Dark" (William Morrow, $14.99), by Peter Robinson, is another Detective Alan Banks novel. Detective Inspector Bill Quinn is murdered at the St. Peter's Police Treatment Center. Compromising photos are found in his room, and Banks and Inspector Joanna Passero are called to investigate.

"Hunting Shadows: (William Morrow, $25.99), by Charles Todd, is another Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery. A man is murdered at a society wedding at Ely Cathedral. Another body is discovered in a nearby town. Rutledge is called in and tries to discover the link between the murders.

"The Execution" (William Morrow, $27.99), by Dick Wolf, is the second Jeremy Fisk novel. Fisk must find an assassin working for a business cartel who is loose in New York City.

"Innocent Blood" (William Morrow, $9.99), by Rebecca Cantrell, is the next installment of "The Order of the Sanguines Series." An ancient Vatican order tries to solve a mystery in the pages of a gospel written in Christ's blood.

"Kill Order" (Harper, $7.99), by Robin Bursell, is about forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick. She uncovers a missing computer code when investigating her father's mother. The code was stolen 24 years ago by enemies of the U.S. government. What is she to do?

"Dust" (Putnam), by Patricia Cornwell, is the 21st novel in her Kay Scarpetta series. Scarpetta has been a lead investigator in the Newtown, Conn. shootings and is exhausted. She has to go to work on a cold case, an FBI cover-up and the involvement of corrupt politicians. Can she meet the challenges?