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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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Moral ambiguity attracts S. J. Rozan to the Private Eye genre, “It’s about what you do when there are only bad choices.”

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S. J. Rozan writes the Lydia Chin and Bill Smith series—the point of view trades off between her two protagonists book to book—that includes Ghost Hero (a Lydia Chin novel) and On the Line (a Bill Smith novel). Her most recent novel is Skin of the Wolf, a genre-bending tale of mystery and vampires, written with Carlos Dews as Sam Cabot.

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In Pacific Burn, Barry Lancet’s third mystery featuring PI Jim Brodie, an assassin seems to be targeting the adult family members of an esteemed Japanese artist who is a good friend of Brodie’s. It’s up to Brodie to find out who is killing off the Nobuki family one by one …and why

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To all the world, defense attorney Amanda Jaffe’s client—who is charged with murder—looks guilty. Not to mention, he confessed. But in Violent Crimes, Phillip Margolin’s latest legal thriller, nothing is quite what it appears to be

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Swamp Noir at its finest: Hap and Leonard, perhaps the world of PI’s most unique partnership, are back in Honky Tonk Samurai

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And because there really can’t be enough Hap and Leonard in the world, Joe tells us more about the upcoming Hap and Leonard, starring James Purefoy, Michael Kenneth Williams and Christina Hendricks, on Sundance Channel.

 

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