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When Private Investigator Fina Ludlow begins a job she never really knows where a case will lead and what sort of secrets will be revealed. In Ingrid Thoft’s fourth crime fiction novel, Brutality, Fina looks into a growing evangelical church as well as a more personal investigation—into her own brother, Rand

 

 

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The murder that the retired Scotland Yard Inspector John Madden has been asked to re-examine to see if the wrong man may have been hanged for it in Rennie Airth’s The Death of Kings may have occurred in an English country home, but this is no Agatha Christie-esque tale

 

 

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Meet John Penley, homicide detective in the Sacramento, CA police department: In At What Cost, James L’Etoile’s debut mystery, Penley is doing the best he can to balance an investigation into a series of particularly gruesome murders with the tension of waiting for a suitable donor for his young son who needs a kidney

 

 

 

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At the heart of Say No More, Hank Phillippi Ryan’s new crime fiction novel featuring TV investigative reporter Jane Ryland, is the question: Even though it may be the right thing to do, is speaking up always a good idea?

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Les Klinger and Nancie Clare also talk to Hank about “The Adventure of the Dancing Women,” Hank’s short story in Echoes of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon, edited by Les and Laurie R. King as well as the common territory between Hank’s job as a TV investigative journalist and a crime fiction author.

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Isiah Quintabe, the protagonist in IQ, Joe Ide’s debut crime fiction novel, is a young man with Sherlockian skills from East Long Beach. The perfect man to find out who’s trying to kill Calvin Wright, the rapper known as “Black the Knife”

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Harry may be carrying a brand new badge in Michael Connelly’s new novel, The Wrong Side of Goodbye, but he brings the same Bosch intensity to the tasks at hand

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As Harry Bosch fans know, there’s more Bosch to consume. Michael also talks about Bosch on Amazon, the third season of which is just about to wrap up filming for release sometime in 2017. The series has been renewed for a fourth season.

 

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In her review in The New Yorker of The Trespasser—Tana French’s new Dublin Murder Squad novel—Laura Miller got it dead right: “Most crime fiction is diverting; French’s is consuming.”*

 

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* “Tana French’s Intimate Crime Fiction,” Laura Miller. The New Yorker, October 3, 2016

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Billy Boyle is back in Blue Madonna, the latest installment in James R. Benn’s series of World War II mysteries

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Billy goes to France on D-Day, but he’s not part of the invasion on the beaches of Normandy. His assignment is no less dangerous though and, as usual, the stakes are high.

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The secrets of the past collide with present-day betrayals in The Gates of Evangeline, Hester Young’s atmospheric genre-bending mystery that weaves loss, devotion, and hope into a Southern Gothic suspense story

 

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