c0154143_14345343.jpgJames Patterson, Howard Roughan/2005

How does it feel to be desired by every man and envied by every woman? Wonderful. This is the life Nora Sinclair has dreamed about, the life she's worked hard for, the life she will never give up. Meet Nora Sinclair.

When FBI agent John O'Hara first sees her, she seems perfect. She has the looks. The career. The clothes. The wit. The sophistication. The tantalizing sex appeal. The whole extraordinary package - and men fall in line to court her. She doesn't just attract men, she enthralls them. If you dare.

So why is the FBI so interested in Nora Sinclair? Mysterious things keep happening to people around her, especially the men. And there is something dangerous about Nora when Agent O'Hara looks closer - something that lures him at the same time that it fills him with fear. Is there something dark hidden among the unexplained gaps in her past? And as he spends more and more time getting to know her, is he pursuing justice? Or his own fatal obsession? / official site

私が気に入っているThe Women's Murder Clubシリーズを書いている著者のシリーズ物ではない1冊。この人はほんとに多作な作家で、どれもサクサク軽く読める物が多いように思うけれど、ハードカバーがセールで$6ちょっとになっていたので、思わず買ってしまったこれ。

James Pattersonはよく共著という形を取るけれど、一体どういう風に書くんだろう。第二の作家がどれくらいの役割を果たしているのか、いつも気になっている。
# by peewee-0502 | 2007-12-05 15:07 | 英語・ミステリー


c0154143_1503421.jpgLisa Gardner / 1999


In Texas a serial killer is executed, taking to his grave the identity of his only child. In Boston a nine-year-old girl is abandoned in a hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple. Twenty years later, Melanie Stokes still considers herself lucky. Until...

Melanie had lost all memory of her life before the adoption, and now someone wants to give it back. Even if it includes the darkest nightmare the Stokes family ever faced: the murder of their first daughter in Texas. As Melanie pursues every lead, chases every shadow in the search for her real identity, two seemingly unrelated events from twenty years ago will come together in a dangerous explosion of truth. And with her very life at stake, Melanie will fear that the family she loves the most may be the people she should trust the least. / official site


と、日本のアマゾンで検索してみたら、邦題が・・・・。どれもラブ・ロマンスに分類されていて、「素顔を見せないで」(THE PERFECT HUSBAND)、「誰も知らない恋人」(THE NEXT ACCIDENT)、「いまは誰も愛せない」(THE SURVIVORS CLUB)・・・そういう路線、そういう読者を対象としたマーケティングなのだろうけれど、もし日本語で見かけていたら、多分手にとって読むことはなかったに違いない。もったいない!初期の作品はともかく、近年の作品は純粋なサスペンス、ミステリーとして翻訳・出版したら、もっと日本での読者も増えるのでは?と勝手な独り言。
# by peewee-0502 | 2007-12-03 02:20 | 英語・ミステリー


c0154143_4551647.jpgLisa Unger / 2006
What if your family was a lie?
What if your name was a lie?
What if your whole life was just a pack of Beautiful Lies?

If Ridley Jones had slept ten minutes later or had taken the subway instead of waiting for a cab, she would still be living the lie she used to call her perfect life. Instead, she’s in the wrong place at the right time to unleash a chain of events that begins with a mysterious package on her doorstep. A package that informs her that her entire world is just an illusion. Forced to question everything she knows about herself, Ridley wanders into dark territory, where everyone is hiding something. / official site



著者はこれが第一作目。ぜひ次回作も読んでみたい。と思っていたら、もう既に出版されていた。これもこの本と同じくRidley Jonesが主人公らしい。
# by peewee-0502 | 2007-11-28 05:24 | 英語・ミステリー


c0154143_442311.jpgPatricia Cornwell / 2007

The "book of the dead" is the morgue log, a ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpettta, however, it is about to take on a new meaning. Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace, not only personally and professionally but geographically. Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues-including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy-offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to modern, competent death investigation technology.

It seems like an ideal situation, until the new battles start-with local politicians, with entrenched interests, with someone whose covert attempts at sabotage are clearly meant to run Scarpetta out of town. And that's before the murders and other violent deaths even begin. / official site

一時期夢中で読んだPatricia Cornwellの検死官シリーズ。最後に読んだのは、確か「審問 / The Last Precinct (2000)」だったと思う。最初の頃のキレがなくなってきて、日本語訳も何だかしっくりこなくて、それ以来読んでなかったこのシリーズ。



# by peewee-0502 | 2007-11-26 04:44 | 英語・ミステリー