Episode 152: Margaret Mizushima

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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… Read more »

Episode 151: Robert Olen Butler

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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… Read more »

Episode 150: T. Jefferson Parker

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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

Episode 149: Olen Steinhauer

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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.

Episode 148: Lori Rader-Day

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What writer sends a character who’s pathologically afraid of the dark to a dark sky park? Fortunately for readers, Lori Rader-Day does just that in Under a Dark Sky     Photo of Lori Rader-Day ©Iden Ford Photography

Episode 147: Michael Koryta

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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… Read more »

Episode 146: Ashley Dyer

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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                             And the story is a doozy. As former-CSI-turned-police Ruth Lake pursues the Thorn Killer,… Read more »

Episode 145: Pamela Wechsler

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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       Photo of Pamela Wechsler ©Beth White

Episode 144: Abir Mukherjee

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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    

Episode 143: Nova Jacobs

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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     Photo of… Read more »