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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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In Swift Vengeance, T. Jefferson Parker’s second novel featuring PI Roland Ford, homegrown terrorists are targeting the drone pilots who flew bombing missions in Middle East

 

 

Roland turns to a former colleague, FBI Agent Joan Taucher—who’s haunted by the 9/11 terrorists who lived in San Diego that she was unable to apprehend—for assistance

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In The Middleman, Olen Steinhauer’s new novel, rising concern—fueled for the most part by right-wing media—about a left-wing resistance movement called Massive Brigade causes the FBI, which had been monitoring the organization, to put the investigation into hyperdrive

 

 

Is Massive Brigade something to be feared? The answer is complicated.

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The inspiration for the murders that take place at the beginning of How It Happened, Michael Koryta’s latest mystery, come from a crime that impacted Michael, first as a teen in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, and then as a young reporter

 

One of the delights of the story, though, is how Michael created Rob Barrett, an FBI agent who initially gets it all wrong when he investigates the murder of a young couple and has to figure out how to make it right.

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Writing as Ashley Dyer, Splinter in the Blood, is the debut novel from the crime fiction dream team of award-winning writer Margaret Murphy and forensics expert Helen Pepper

 

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And the story is a doozy. As former-CSI-turned-police Ruth Lake pursues the Thorn Killer, so named because of the tattoos that cover the murder victims, through 21st-century Liverpool, you’ll forget your frozen-in-amber vision of the Beatles-era city by the Mersey.

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Baseball in Boston can be murder, and we don’t mean The Green Monster. In The Fens, Pamela Wechsler’s third Abby Endicott legal thriller, catchers are turning up dead and suspicions are flying faster than the star pitcher’s curve ball

 

 

 

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An engaging pair of police detectives, an exotic locale, and a turbulent time in history all come together in A Necessary Evil, Abir Mukherjee’s second novel featuring Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Surrender-not Banerjee of the Calcutta Police Force in the years after World War One

 

 

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Chaos theory, quantum physics and higher math are all part of a day’s work for many of the characters in The Last Equation of Isaac Severy, Nova Jacobs debut crime fiction novel. But while some of the characters may be geniuses, many of the things they do are far from smart

 

 

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