The Instruments of Death Series by Paul Dale Anderson (Police procedural/forensic science Novels)



1. Claw Hammer – first appearance of Detective Sergeant Carl Erickson and Pathologist Marsha Wade. Set in Riverdale, Illinois.
2. Daddy’s Home – first appearance of Detective Tom Wesley. Set in Willow Woods, 30 miles from Riverdale, Illinois.
3. Pickaxe – first appearance of Homicide Lieutenant Troy Nolan, Pathologist Sally Brightson Nolan, Rat, George, and Detective Andy Sinnott. Killer is same Edward Moore from Pinking Shears. Final appearance of Captain Carl Erickson and Marsha Wade. First appearance of State Police Sergeant Dave Mullins and FBI Special Agent Lester Cartwright. Troy Nolan marries Sally Brightson at end of novel. Set in Riverdale, Illinois.
4. Icepick – Captain Troy Nolan and Sally Nolan are on their honeymoon. Andy Sinnott has been promoted to Lieutenant and made Head of Homicide. Rat and George are also major characters; first appearance of fire investigator Larry Miller. Appearance of Dave Mullins and Lester Cartwright. Introducing Linda Davis. Introducing Lorraine Evangelista. Sequel to Pickaxe. Set in Riverdale, Illinois.
5. Meat Cleaver – Lieutenant Andy Sinnott, Captain Troy Nolan, Pathologist Sally Nolan, Criminalist Linda Davis, Detective Del Conklin. Introducing Connie Kelly, Andy’s love interest and homicide detective. Lorraine Evangelista killed. Sequel to Icepick. Set in Riverdale, Illinois.
6. Axes to Grind – First appearance of Merritt County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Edmonds (Police procedural with supernatural elements). Prequel to Woodchipper. Set in northern Wisconsin.
7. Pinking Shears – Carl Erickson has made Lieutenant, and Marsha Wade is Deputy Coroner. First appearance of Edward Moore as psycho-sexual serial killer. Development of relationship between Carl and Marsha. Sequel to Claw Hammer and prequel to Pickaxe. Set in Riverdale, Illinois.
8. Sledgehammer – Carl Erickson and Troy Nolan. Pathologist and deputy coroner Marsha Wade. Carl and Marsha married at end of novel. Sequel to Pinking Shears and prequel to Pickaxe. Set in Riverdale, Illinois.
9. Crowbar --- Troy Nolan and Andy Sinnott. Sequel to Meat Cleaver. Set in Riverdale, Illinois.
10. Woodchipper – Troy Nolan and Sally Brightson Nolan meet Merritt County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Edmonds (from Axes to Grind). Set in Merritt County, Wisconsin.
11. Boxcutter – Troy Nolan and Andy Sinnott. Sally Nolan, Connie Kelly, and Linda Davis. Sequel to Crowbar. Set in Riverdale, Illinois.
12. Tire Iron – State Police Lieutenant Dave Mullins (Pickaxe, Icepick) and Captain Tom Wesley (Daddy’s Home). Set on expressway connecting Riverdale and Willow Woods.
13. Screwdriver – Andy Sinnott, Connie Kelly, Linda Davis, Del Conklin, Troy Nolan, Sally Nolan, George, and Rat. Set in Riverdale, Illinois.
14. Cigarette Lighter – Riverdale Fire Investigator Larry Miller; Homicide Lieutenant Andy Sinnott; Captain Troy Nolan and Pathologist Sally Nolan; Set in Riverdale, Illinois.
15. Pipe Wrench – FBI Special Agent Lester Cartwright investigates a serial killer who crosses state lines. Appearances by Andy Sinnott, Troy Nolan, Tom Wesley, and Dan Edmonds.
16. Nail Gun – Andy Sinnott, Troy Nolan, Sally Nolan, Linda Davis, George, Rat, and Connie Kelly. Sequel to Pipe Wrench.
17. Straight Razor – Captain Tom Wesley and Lieutenant Dave Mullins of Illinois State Police track serial killer from the Illinois state capital in Springfield to Chicago area. Killer uses straight razor to kill politicians. Appearances by Andy Sinnott, Troy Nolan, Lester Cartwright, Connie Kelly, and Danny Wesley. Sequel to Daddy’s Home and Icepick.