Although she doesn’t technically label it a “best of 2015” list, New York Times mystery-fiction critic Marilyn Stasio’s collection of mini-reviews covering “this year’s outstanding books about homicidal children, psychopaths and cold-blooded murderers” certainly looks to be exactly that. Her 10 picks--presented below--are noteworthy for being quite different from those appearing on other reviewers’ rundowns.
• Those We Left Behind, by Stuart Neville (Soho Crime)
• Rubbernecker, by Belinda Bauer (Atlantic Monthly)
• Reykjavik Nights, by Arnaldur Indridason (Thomas Dunne/Minotaur)
• Solitude Creek, by Jeffery Deaver (Grand Central)
• World Gone By, by Dennis Lehane (Morrow)
• Unbecoming, by Rebecca Scherm (Viking)
• Down Among the Dead Men, by Peter Lovesey (Soho Crime)
• Let Me Die in His Footsteps, by Lori Roy (Dutton)
• The Fatal Flame, by Lyndsay Faye (Putnam)
• The Redeemers, by Ace Atkins (Putnam)
You will find all of Stasio’s comments about these novels here.