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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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In Cruel Mercy, David Mark’s new crime fiction novel, Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy, a Scot by birth, married to an Irish Traveler—a gypsy to Americans—who investigates murder in Yorkshire, is sent to New York City to get to the bottom of the disappearance of two Irishmen. Finding them could be a matter of life or death. For them, certainly, but also for his wife

 

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There’s an imposter posing as a covert agent in the CIA’s Paris office, but that’s the least of the Agency’s problems in The Prometheus Man, Scott Reardon’s debut thriller about the human repercussions of a rogue experiment to create the perfect warrior

 

 

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When Private Investigator Fina Ludlow begins a job she never really knows where a case will lead and what sort of secrets will be revealed. In Ingrid Thoft’s fourth crime fiction novel, Brutality, Fina looks into a growing evangelical church as well as a more personal investigation—into her own brother, Rand

 

 

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The murder that the retired Scotland Yard Inspector John Madden has been asked to re-examine to see if the wrong man may have been hanged for it in Rennie Airth’s The Death of Kings may have occurred in an English country home, but this is no Agatha Christie-esque tale

 

 

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Meet John Penley, homicide detective in the Sacramento, CA police department: In At What Cost, James L’Etoile’s debut mystery, Penley is doing the best he can to balance an investigation into a series of particularly gruesome murders with the tension of waiting for a suitable donor for his young son who needs a kidney

 

 

 

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