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Because it’s a prequel, Murder on the Quai—the sixteenth installment in Cara Black’s series of mysteries—is the perfect place to meet her protagonist, Parisian private investigator Aimee Leduc

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Cara is undertaking a marathon book tour in support of Murder on the Quai—as well as the other 15 Aimee Leduc novels—with stops from Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego, CA to Titcomb’s Bookstore in Cape Cod, MA and points in between. Check to see if Cara is coming to an independent bookstore near you.

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There’s creepy and than there’s Scandinavian creepy and The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund—the writing team of Jerker Erikksson and Håkan Axlander Sundquist—lives up to its expectations

 

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The Crow Girl is being published in the U.S. by Alfred A. Knopf, the American publisher of Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbø, Henning Mankell and David Lagercrantz. As Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor in Chief of Knopf, points out, “we feel our track record for identifying smart Scandinavian crime fiction is pretty good.” An understatement if ever there was one.

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In The Second Life of Nick Mason, Steve Hamilton introduces a character who’s a good man in a bad situation. Yes, he may be in prison for a crime he did commit, but who wouldn’t make a deal with the devil to get out from under a 25 year sentence? Even if there’s a price to pay…

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The past is a different country: they do things differently there.* And how. In The Letter Writer, Dan Fesperman’s newest mystery that takes place in New York City, February 1942, there’s no shortage of intrigue—and murder

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*L.P. Hartley, The Hireling

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To get the universe of his protagonist, Santa Fe Police Department Detective Denise Aragon, spot on for The Drum Within, Jim Scarantino calls on his skills as a prosecutor, defense attorney and investigative reporter and follows Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for Good Writing

 

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It’s a winning combination for a wickedly good procedural.

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No one writes crazy quite like T. Jefferson Parker. Not teeth-gnashing, over-the-top-bad-guy-psycho-killer crazy, but crazy on a Biblical, mythical scale, the crazy of obsession and families with conflicts that span generations. And so it is in Crazy Blood, T. Jefferson Parker’s latest, a dark noir tale set in the world of blinding white snow

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In Barry Eisler’s The God’s Eye View, an out-of-control Director at the National Security Agency is running a program that can see everything and is eliminating anyone who poses a threat—not to the country—but to the program. A work of fiction. Really

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Out of the Blues, Trudy Nan Boyce’s debut police procedural, hits all the right notes as her protagonist, Sarah Alt—AKA Salt—reports for duty as Atlanta’s newest homicide detective. It’s music, the blues in particular, that brings a very cold case to life for Salt

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