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Beyond the whodunnit... (4 titles)
While I like whodunnit's for their own sake (I'm a big Sherlock Holmes and Poirot fan), the mystery genre can be used very effectively as a vehicle for social commentary, too...my list includes only titles that take the genre beyond the whodunnit and say something about who we are...
Worth a look... (9 titles)
Wish I could add M.P. Shiel's "The Purple Cloud," but the title is not available in the library yet.

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Cover ArtThe science fiction century
Excellent anthology. The first story, James Tiptree, Jr.'s, "Beam Us Home" is model sf.   posted Jun 13, 2007 at 7:56AM

Cover ArtWire in the blood. The complete first season [DVD]
by Leach, Phil.
Yikes...this is not like the PBS Mystery of old. Very graphic and disturbing...good, but "adults only" for sure.   posted Jun 11, 2007 at 6:25PM

Cover ArtStreets on fire : a Jack Liffey mystery
by Shannon, John, 1943-
Author John Shannon expresses strong, thoughtful views on race throughout all his Jack Liffey mysteries. While I often don't agree with his perspective, I always find it worth serious consideration. And the mysteries themselves...strong characters, unbeatable settings, strong (although sometimes unevenly paced) plotting...Shannon is worthy of the critic's comment naming him the heir to Chandler's title. Be sure to check out www.JackLiffey.com for all kinds of extra goodies about Jack Liffey and LA. And don't miss the John Shannon interview here: http://www.januarymagazine.com/profiles/jshannon.html   posted Jun 10, 2007 at 7:17AM

Cover ArtTerminal Island : a Jack Liffey mystery
by Shannon, John, 1943-
Shannon grew up in San Pedro, CA -- the primary setting for this story (Terminal Island is a small, man-made island in the port of Los Angeles connected to San Pedro by the Vincent Thomas Bridge pictured on the front cover). I met Shannon at the San Pedro library shortly before this novel came out, and lived in San Pedro myself for a number of years.   posted Jun 10, 2007 at 7:06AM

Cover ArtStarship troopers.
by Heinlein, Robert A. 1907-1988
Though the movie has its merits for what it is, the book is a far more serious take on war. One of Heinlein's best. "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" and "Stranger in a Strange Land" are also excellent.   posted Jun 9, 2007 at 2:54AM

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