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Isabel Lincoln is gone. Did she leave of her own volition or was she “disappeared” by, maybe, her jerk of a boyfriend? And where’s the labradoodle? That’s what Grayson Sykes, the protagonist in Rachel Howzell Hall’s latest thriller, And Now She’s Gone, is determined to find out

 

 

 

 

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In The Red Horse, Captain Billy Boyle—the inimitable protagonist of James R. Benn’s remarkable series of mysteries set in World War Two Europe—is sent to a secret hospital in the English countryside where he can recover from a psychotic break brought on by an overdose of amphetamines. If only recovery was his only task, because being in a hospital full of convalescing spies can be murder

 

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Dr. Lucas Page, the protagonist of Under Pressure, the second in Robert Pobi’s series, is the ultimate hyphenate: An astrophysicist-best-selling author-university professor-former FBI agent and world-class misanthrope. To say Lucas Page does not suffer fools gladly is an understatement of infinite proportions. But someone, or a gaggle of someones, is blowing up parts of New York City and killing hundreds of people. The FBI needs Lucas back, not to mention Manhattan…

 

 

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In The Less Dead, Denise Mina’s new crime fiction novel, after the death of the mother who adopted her, Dr. Margo Dunlop wants to find out about her birth mother. It’s possible Margo finds out more than she might want to know. After all, families—either by blood or by choice—are complicated…

 

 

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Roland Ford returns in THEN SHE VANISHED, the fourth installment in T. Jefferson Parker’s series about the Fallbrook, CA-based private investigator. This time around, Roland is tasked with finding the wife of a California State Assemblyman who has gone missing. But was she taken or did she leave? And then there are the bombings…

 

 

 

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A man walks into a bar…in Bar None, the first installment of Cathi Stoler’s “Murder on the Rocks” series, Thomas “Sully” Sullivan is running late getting to his apartment, which is upstairs from Jude Dillane’s Lower East Side bar, to meet his co-worker Ed Molina. Ed ends up dead and Sully and Jude need to find out why

 

 

 

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In Watch Him Die, Craig Robertson’s latest novel, someone is Los Angeles is dying on a live video stream; someone in Glasgow is watching. Police departments in both cities want to find out where the victim is—and who is watching

 

 

 

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World War II-era Los Angeles: In Paul D. Marks’s The Blues Don’t Care, Bobby Saxon, a young white pianist with a secret, wants to join Booker “Boom Boom” Taylor’s band in spite of—or perhaps because—it being all African-American group. But first, because as a caucasian Bobby can go where black men cannot, “Boom Boom” wants Bobby to prove that another band member isn’t guilty of murder

 

 

Paul plans a virtual launch of his book on Facebook, 5–6PM PDT, Monday June , 2020.

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It’s nice to see Jane Prescott, Mariah Fredericks’ protagonist, getting a bit of time off in Death of an American Beauty, the third installment of the series about the hardworking lady’s maid that takes place in New York City the second decade of the 20th Century. Of course, Jane may have time off to see the 1913 Armory Show—Modernism’s “shocking” introduction to America—but murder never takes a vacation

 

 

 

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