Episode 162: Glen Erik Hamilton

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The thing about Van Shaw, Glen Erik Hamilton’s protagonist in Mercy River, the fourth installment in his series about the former Army Ranger, is that Van is very good at what he does. The issue is, what Van does so well usually involves lock picking, high-velocity projectiles and other assorted strategic mayhem      

Episode 161: Jess Montgomery

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Jess Montgomery touches on many of the cross-currents buffeting the United States in the mid-1920’s in The Widows, the first novel in a new series featuring Lily Ross, the first woman sheriff in Ohio: women’s voting rights, Prohibition, the struggle to unionize at the mines, organized crime, child labor and educational inequality      … Read more »

Episode 160: Charles Todd

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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… Read more »

Episode 159: James Rollins

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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       Photo of James Rollins ©James Rollins

Episode 158: Matthew Quirk

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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     Photo of Matthew Quirk ©Mark Finkenstaedt  

Episode 157: Val McDermid

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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… Read more »

Episode 156: Libby Fischer Hellmann

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The idea behind High Crimes, Libby Fischer Hellmann’s new crime fiction novel—the fifth in her Georgia Davis series—percolated for a year after the current president was elected. “A year of rage is enough,” said Libby. Time for a new book  

Episode 155: H.B. Lyle

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Wiggins is back in The Red Ribbon, H.B. Lyle’s second installment of the continuing story of Sherlock Holmes’ Irregular-in-Chief’s career in Britain’s MI-5  

Episode 154: Henry Porter

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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… Read more »

Episode 153: Lou Berney

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A cataclysmic event, chance encounters, and unintended consequences collide in November Road, Lou Berney’s rolling tale of love, death and everything that comes in between     Photo of Lou Berney ©Brandon Michael Smith