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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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Amateur sleuths come from a variety of backgrounds—librarians, college professors, vampires—but as a Human Resources executive, Chuck Restic, Adam Walker Phillips’s protagonist in his two published crime fiction novels, The Silent Second and The Perpetual Summer, is unique. And wryly brilliant, too

 

 

 

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In False Witness, Andrew Grant’s third installment of his Cooper Devereaux series, the bodies of young women wrapped up like birthday presents are being delivered across the city of Birmingham, Alabama, and Devereaux is in a race against the clock to prevent more murders

 

 

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Before you settle in to watch the annual Rose Parade on January 1, 2018, start reading Colorado Boulevard, Phoef Sutton’s new Crush mystery. I guarantee you’ll come away with an entirely new appreciation for Pasadena—the parade’s host city—as well as the city’s varied denizens

 

And on January 14, 2018,  be sure to catch Phoef’s adaptation of Past Malice, an Emma Fielding mystery, on the Hallmark Movies and Mystery Channel.

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