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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

 

 

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Jane Prescott, the protagonist of A Death of No Importance in Mariah Fredericks’ novel, introduces herself to readers as a “Nobody. Less than nobody.” As a lady’s maid in the first decade of the 20th century, she’s not too far off. Regardless of her station in life, though, Jane has a keen eye. Once again, in her own words, “If it is your job to make sure the silver is clean, you must have a sharp eye for tarnish.” Turns out, tarnish—on characters perceived as sterling—is plentiful

 

 

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In Rip Crew, the third novel in Sebastian Rotella’s series featuring Valentine Pescadore, the global nature of organized crime is brought home—literally and figuratively, as the story travels from New York City’s financial heart to the border between Mexico and Guatemala to Naples, and the lawlessness of Italy’s mafia

 

 

 

 

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Three years after spitballing doomsday scenarios for a U.S. intelligence agency, thriller writer Ian Ludlow—the protagonist of Lee Goldberg’s True Fiction—sees his horrible imaginings become reality. If that wasn’t bad enough, the agency who hired him would now like to clean up after themselves by destroying the evidence of their nefarious actions, and that means eliminating Ludlow

 

 

 

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Part psychological thriller, part police procedural, If I Die Tonight, Alison Gaylin’s new crime fiction novel, is a twisty journey through a small town’s secrets, lies and social media

 

 

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In Hiroshima Boy, Naomi Hirahara’s seventh—and last—Mas Arai mystery, the American-born Mas travels to Hiroshima, where he lived between the ages of three and eighteen, surviving The Bomb, on a pilgrimage to repatriate the ashes of his best friend. The city of his youth has changed—and not changed—much like its former resident: Mas

 

 

 

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In Head Wounds, Dennis Palumbo’s fifth Dr. Daniel Rinaldi mystery, Rinaldi finds himself playing a deadly game of beat-the-clock with a villain so cunning and diabolical, he’s reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter

 

 

If you’d like to know more about Dennis Palumbo’s series featuring Dr. Daniel Rinaldi, and Dennis’s “Hollywood on the Couch” column in PsychologyToday.com, check out his website!

 

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After a working all day as an analyst handling highly classified material on the CIA’s Russia Desk, Vivian Miller, Karen Cleveland’s protagonist in her debut novel Need to Know, returns home to her husband and four children. All that domestic normalcy isn’t what it appears to be, though, in what becomes a test of loyalty and trust

 

 

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In Jody Gehrman’s Watch Me, character Sam Grist is so enthralled by Kate Youngblood’s debut novel, he enrolls in the writing course she teaches at a small liberal arts college. Sam’s actions through the course of his side of the narrative are a chilling reminder than “fan” is a shortened version of “fanatic”

 

 

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