The list of strong contenders for best crime books of 2009 continues to grow. Here are two more:
LIFE SENTENCES, by Laura Lippman
Two years ago, Lippman took a break in her popular Tess Monaghan crime series to write WHAT THE DEAD KNOW -- a standalone that hit the bestseller lists like a guided missile. Now she takes aim again with a story about a child's mysterious death, a young woman's romantic obsession and a father's long-hidden secret.
AMERICAN RUST, by Philipp Meyer
Everyone from George Pelecanos and Pete Dexter to Patricia Cornwell has been standing up on their hind legs and shouting the praises of this debut mystery novel set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, and names like Steinbeck, Lehane and Cormac McCarthy have been dropping like rain.