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In The Black Ascot, the 21st crime fiction novel from the writing team of Charles and Caroline Todd to feature Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, a shell-shocked veteran of World War One, Rutledge is tasked with investigating an eleven-year-old cold case tracking down a man who’s been on the lam since the murder of a woman on her way home from the 1910 meeting of the Ascot races

 

 

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The warrior scientists of James Rollins’ Sigma Force are back in Crucible, a cautionary tale of modern witchcraft; in other words, advanced artificial intelligence, religious extremism and—just to make the story really interesting—quantum physics

 

 

 

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In The Night Agent, Matthew Quirk’s new thriller, FBI Agent Peter Sutherland’s job is to sit by the phone in the White House’s Situation Room, hoping it doesn’t ring, but being ready to act if it does. It’s a job that’s boring…until it isn’t

 

 

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DCI Karen Pirie of Police Scotland is back in Val McDermid’s new crime fiction novel, Broken Ground. Karen, head of a cold case unit, has her work cut out for her with her new investigations: the roots of one were planted during World War II when the area of Scotland north of the Highlands was used by Special Operations Executive to train covert agents before dropping them behind enemy lines

 

 

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Firefly, Henry Porter’s new novel is a classic thriller—with a twist. Two groups—Paul Samson and MI-6 and an ISIS warlord and his posse—are in a race to see who gets to the target first. The twist is that the target is Naji, a 12-year-old Syrian boy, a refugee making his way from a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, north through the mainland of Greece, Macedonia and Serbia on his way to Germany

 

 

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In Burning Ridge, Margaret Mizushima’s fourth Timber Creek K-9 mystery, Officer Mattie Cobb and Robo, her German Shepherd partner, are investigating the discovery of human remains in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains near the town of Timber Creek. It’s a deeply disturbing case from the very beginning — and then it turns personal for Mattie

 

 

 

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Paris in the Dark, Robert Olen Butler’s fourth Christopher Marlowe Cobb thriller, is a story of violent acts of terrorism; weapons of mass destruction; waves of immigration driven by international strife; the clash of ideologies both political and religious; racial and gender oppression; dictators gaining and asserting power; and the media, by turns truth tellers and sources of biased, manipulative information, delivered by revolutions in communication technologies…

 

 

In 1915 France.

 

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