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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

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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When asked about inscribing a copy of Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted, Les Klinger, co-editor of the anthology along with Laura Caldwell, said he wrote, “Prepare to have your heart broken.” The story of each wrongfully convicted man and woman is powerful; and in the hands of fifteen high-profile crime fiction authors, powerfully told

 

 

Laura and Les will be on the radio Wednesday, March 29 1-3 AM EDT (that’s Tuesday night March 28 10-midnight PDT!) and will also be appearing at bookstores to talk about Anatomy of Innocence

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Up until the time of the car accident that killed her co-worker, self-help book author Bryn Harper—the protagonist of The Secrets You Keep, Kate White’s new domestic suspense thriller—had been described as a force of nature. Now, as she recovers in Saratoga, New York, Bryn finds herself plagued by nightmares and suffering from exhaustion. And then the caterer Bryn’s husband hired for a dinner party at their home is found murdered

 

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In Rhys Bowen’s new stand-alone novel, In Farleigh Field, it’s the summer of 1941, and even though almost everyone, including aristocratic debutantes, are giving it their all, the war is not going well for the people of England. Traitors are moving among the estates of the titled, parachutists who are German spies dressed as English infantrymen are dropping from the sky and disheartening fake news is being broadcast

 

When asked why she decided to write a stand alone in addition to her two series featuring Molly Murphy and Georgie, Her Royal Spyness, Rhys laughed and said it was becasue she must be a crazy woman. In other words, divine madness for her readers.

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There is violence, brutality and deep humanity in David Joy’s The Weight of This World, a story about a friendship between two young men as they try to outrace the trauma, neglect, pain and futility each has suffered

 

 

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What happens to a police officer who mistakenly shoots an unarmed man of color? That question and more is examined in Suzanne Chazin’s timely mystery No Witness But the Moon, when her protagonist Detective Jimmy Vega responds to a call of “shots fired” at the home of a wealthy Mexican musician

 

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