One title on Ott's list:
Singularity. By Kathryn Casey. 2008. St. Martin’s/Minotaur, $24.95 (9780312379506).Read about all ten books on Ott's list.
A criminal profiler with the Texas Rangers, Sarah Armstrong catches a psychiatrist’s dream case: a serial killer who poses his victims as if in rapture, with bloody crosses painted on the wall above the bed—clearly the work of someone on a twisted moral mission. This impressive fictional debut from an established true-crime author introduces a memorable heroine with brains, moxie, and heart.
The Page 69 Test: Singularity.
Also see: Ten best crime novels: 2009.