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Murder Multiplied


The investigation of serial killings is a proven staple of the mystery, thriller and psychological suspense genres. This booklist highlights recent additions to the Lincoln City Libraries’ fiction collection in this popular subgenre, primarily focusing on books printed in 2000 or more recently but with a few prominent older titles thrown in for good measure. All of the following titles are owned by the library system, and clicking on the hotlink will take you to that title’s entry in our on-line catalog, where you can find more information about the book, including reviews and brief plot descriptions. There are many more mystery or thriller novels about serial killings in our collection. To see a more complete list, visit our catalog using the following subject searches: Mysteries — Serial Murders; or Serial Murders — Fiction.

Keith Ablow

Rennie Airth
River of Darkness

Sherman Alexie

Brigitte Auber
— Death From the Woods

Ann Benson
Thief of Souls

Mark Billingham
Scaredy Cat

Ethan Black

Giles Blunt
The Delicate Storm
Forty Words for Sorrow

Peter Bowen

Jim Brown
Black Valley

Sandra Brown

Krysta Buckley
Awaken, Preciosa

Jan Burke

Ramsey Campbell
Silent Children

Stephen J. Cannell
Final Victim

Herb Chapman
The Book of Cain

Lee Child
Running Blind

Barbara Cleverly
The Last Kashmiri Rose
Ragtime in Simla

David Cole
— Dragonfly Bones

Susan Conant
Bride and Groom


Michael Connelly

A Darkness More Than Night

John Connolly
Dark Hollow

Richard E. Crabbe
— Empire of Shadows

David Cray

James F. David
Before the Cradle Falls

Jeffrey Deaver
The Blue Nowhere

Matthew B.J. Delaney
— Jinn

David & Leigh Eddings
Regina’s Song

Bruce Elliot
— Still Life

James Ellroy

Robert Ferrigno

Bill Fitzhugh
Fender Benders

Lisa Gardner
The Killing Hour
The Other Daughter

Julie Garwood

Kathleen O’Neal Gear
The Visitant
The Summoning God

Tess Gerritsen
The Apprentice
The Surgeon

Joseph Glass

Ed Gorman
Voodoo Moon

Thomas W. Griffin
Cube 6

W.G. Griffiths


James Grippando

Under Cover of Darkness

Amy Gutman
The Anniversary

Thomas Harris
Red Dragon
The Silence of the Lambs
Hannibal Rising

Sue Henry
Cold Company

Tami Hoag
Cry Wolf

Kay Hooper
Out of the Shadows
Sense of Evil
Touching Evil

Greg Iles
Dead Sleep

Lisa Jackson
Hot Blooded

Paul Johnston
The Bone Yard

Tayari Jones
Leaving Atlanta

Alex Kava
At the Stroke of Madness
A Perfect Evil
Soul Catcher
Split Second

H.R.F. Keating
The Hard Detective

Jonathan Kellerman
A Cold Heart
The Conspiracy Club

Jim Kelly
The Water Clock

Jonathan King
The Blue Edge of Midnight

Stephen King & Peter Straub
Black House

Thomas Laird

Bob Levy
— Broken Hearts

Peter Lovesey
The Reaper

Sarah Lovett
Dark Alchemy


John Lutz

The Night Spider

Michael Malone
First Lady

Philip Margolin
Wild Justice

Val McDermid
Killing the Shadows
— The Last Temptation

Graham McNamee

Kyle Mills
Burn Factor

Theresa Monsour
Clean Cut

Chris Mooney
Deviant Ways

Marcia Muller
Point Deception

Jonathan Lewis Nasaw
Fear Itself
The Girls He Adored
Twenty-Seven Bones When She Was Bad

Kevin O’Brien
Make Them Cry

Robert B. Parker
Stone Cold

Don Passman
The Visionary

James Patterson
1st to Die

Scott Phillips

Ryne Douglas Pearson
Top Ten

Clyde Phillips

Michael Prescott
Last Breath

Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
The Cabinet of Curiosities
Still Life With Crows

Ann Prospero
Almost Night


Robert J. Randisi
Arch Angels

Ruth Rendell
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me

J.D. Robb
Conspiracy in Death
Imitation in Death

Jonathan Santlofer
The Death Artist

John Saul
The Manhattan Hunt Club

Tom Savage

Steven Saylor
— A Twist at the End

Erica Spindler
Bone Cold

Boris Starling

Wendy Corsi Staub
The Last to Know

Andrew Taylor
— The Office of the Dead

P.J. Tracy

Steve Vance
— Identity

Robert W. Walker
Bitter Instinct
Blind Instinct

Jess Walter
Over Tumbled Graves

Stephen White


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Based on the concept of an original print booklist published in 1998 alc | Updated for the web Mar 2004 sdc – Last updated October 2016 sdc