Episode 119: Karen Dionne

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Helena, the protagonist of The Marsh King’s Daughter, Karen Dionne’s recently published suspense novel, is the daughter of a brutal sociopath and the woman he kidnapped and raped. And the story just gets darker from there     Photo of Karen Dionne ©Robert Bruce Photography

Episode 117: Don Winslow

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In The Force, the new crime fiction novel by Don Winslow, Detective Sergeant Danny Malone thinks he can beat The System and be a good cop, in spite of the fact he occasionally—well maybe more than occasionally—does bad things    

Episode 116: Avery Duff

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Everyone is playing an angle in Beach Lawyer, Avery Duff’s debut novel that explores the dark side of sunny Santa Monica      

Episode 115: Lori Rader-Day

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Anna Winger, the narrator of Lori Rader-Day’s The Day I Died, has spent the past thirteen years running away from a past that continues to haunt her   Photo of Lori Rader-Day ©Iden Ford Photography

Episode 113: Julia Dahl

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Investigative reporter Rebekah Roberts is back in Conviction, Julia Dahl’s third crime fiction novel. Like the previous two novels, the story is set in Brooklyn, this time toggling between the past—when the borough was not as salubrious as it is now—and the present     Photo of Julia Dahl ©Chasi Annexy

Episode 111: Kate White

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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… Read more »

Episode 110: Rhys Bowen

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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… Read more »

Episode 109: David Joy

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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     Photo of David Joy ©Ashley T. Evans

Episode 108: Suzanne Chazin

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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  

Episode 107: David Mark

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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… Read more »