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

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.