Episode 122: Rachel Howzell Hall

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In City of Saviors, LAPD Detective Sergeant Elouise “Lou” Norton—the protagonist in Rachel Howzell Hall’s series—is broken, both physically and emotionally. Even so, people are still being murdered and Lou’s job is finding and arresting the killers    

Episode 121: Augustus Rose

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In Augustus Rose’s debut crime fiction novel, The Readymade Thief, it’s 17-year-old Lee Cuddy against secret societies, conspiracies, stolen artwork, an underground city-within-a-city, physics, chemistry, a jailhouse breakout—and Marcel Duchamp  

Episode 120: Glen Erik Hamilton

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Van Shaw, the protagonist of Every Day Above Ground by Glen Erik Hamilton, is conflicted. He has the perfect skillset—as well as the family tradition—for being a successful career criminal. But Van is just not sure breaking the law for a living is right for him…     Right now, though, Van doesn’t have the time… Read more »

Episode 119: Karen Dionne

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Helena, the protagonist of The Marsh King’s Daughter, Karen Dionne’s recently published suspense novel, is the daughter of a brutal sociopath and the woman he kidnapped and raped. And the story just gets darker from there     Photo of Karen Dionne ©Robert Bruce Photography

Episode 118: Martin Walker

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In The Templars’ Last Secret, Martin Walker’s new Bruno, Chief of Police mystery, even the fictional village of St. Denis can’t escape from the tension of living in France today    

Episode 117: Don Winslow

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In The Force, the new crime fiction novel by Don Winslow, Detective Sergeant Danny Malone thinks he can beat The System and be a good cop, in spite of the fact he occasionally—well maybe more than occasionally—does bad things    

Episode 116: Avery Duff

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Everyone is playing an angle in Beach Lawyer, Avery Duff’s debut novel that explores the dark side of sunny Santa Monica      

Episode 115: Lori Rader-Day

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Anna Winger, the narrator of Lori Rader-Day’s The Day I Died, has spent the past thirteen years running away from a past that continues to haunt her   Photo of Lori Rader-Day ©Iden Ford Photography

Episode 114: Alex Segura

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In Dangerous Ends, Alex Segura’s third Pete Fernandez mystery novel, Pete’s new case—investigating the purported innocence of a former Miami police detective serving time for murdering his wife—collides with events in Pete’s family’s past as Cuban emigres in Miami      

Episode 113: Julia Dahl

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Investigative reporter Rebekah Roberts is back in Conviction, Julia Dahl’s third crime fiction novel. Like the previous two novels, the story is set in Brooklyn, this time toggling between the past—when the borough was not as salubrious as it is now—and the present     Photo of Julia Dahl ©Chasi Annexy