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After I'm Gone

Baltimore gambling boss Felix Brewer vanished ten years ago, leaving behind both illegal business and respectable family.  Now his ex-girlfriend is found dead.  Is Felix back?  And why? Cold cases warm up under Laura Lippman's expert hand, and this one's no exception.

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Caught

Lisa Moore's crackerjack heist thriller doubles as a winning character study of a self-assured drug runner,  on the lam and seeking escape from Columbia to Canada.

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Shovel Ready

A garbageman-turned-assassin roams a terrorist attacked New York of the not-so-distant future, searching for the evangelist's daughter he's been hired to kill, and the shocking motives of his employers.  Adam Sternbergh's gritty dystopic thriller hits like a ton of bricks. 

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Phantoms of Breslau

In the latest chapter of Marek Krajewski's arrestingly inventive noir series, the murder of four naked sailors on a secluded island puts Polish detective Eberhard Mock back on the case.  Decadent detection at its finest.

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Police

The tenth encounter of Jo Nesbø’s Oslo cop Harry Hole with the Nordic crime scene finds the wounded detective bed-bound on the edge of death, while friends and co-workers carry the thrilling tale of serial cop assassination to its grim and unforgettable conclusion.

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The Double

In his second outing, George Pelecanos's D.C. private eye Spero Lucas confronts internet scammers, gigolo blackmailers, murderers and art thieves in a whirlwind of sleuthing, violence, and passion on the side.

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Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives

Crime fiction expert Sarah Weinman collars fourteen groundbreaking and gripping tales of domestic suspense by women.  You may know Patricia Highsmith and Shirley Jackson, but here's your chance to rediscover Margaret Millar, Helen Nielsen, and other pioneering explorers of obsession, vengeance, lust and greed.

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On the Floor

A female investment banker, “the skirt amongst men,” finds herself ensnared in an unsavory plot in the seedy underbelly of Wall Street in this financial thriller, recently longlisted for the Orange Prize. 

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Black Star Nairobi

Kenya’s preeminent detectives Ishmael and Odhiambo investigate Al-Qaeda and CIA connections to a mysterious local bombing, in this heart-pounding sequel to Nairobi Heat.

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Hour of the Red God

In this searing African crime novel, former Maasai warrior Detective Mollel must defy a corrupt Nairobi government to solve the case of a murdered tribe woman.

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The Redeemer

Christmas caroling turns deadly in this new Scandinavian thriller, where detective Harry Hole must travel from Oslo to former Yugoslavia to track the perp of the holiday homicide. 

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Minotaur

This newly reissued Cold War classic profiles an Israeli spy obsessed with an English girl half his age, and his attempts to win her love without ever revealing his true identity.

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The Innocence Game

Three Chicago journalism students attend an “innocence” seminar that will teach them how to release the wrongfully accused from prison. But as innocents are jailed, a killer roams free, and the students are next on the hit list.

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The Twenty-Year Death

The rebirth of prestige imprint Hard Case Crime seems to have inspired its founder, Charles Ardai, to offer bolder original novels than ever before, some for the first time in hardcover. Ariel S. Winter's debut is one such. The narrative comes in three parts, each paying homage to a different classic crime novelist.

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Phantom

Fans of Jo Nesbø's last two Harry Hole mysteries rejoice: the retired Oslo police investigator is back. When the son of an old flame is wrongfully accused of murder, Harry must return from Hong Kong and descend, once more, into Norway's underworld.

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The Cocktail Waitress

A beautiful young widow trapped in a lousy job snares a rich new husband. But when he dies, the police suspect she's iced more than his drinks. The last novel of noir master James M. Cain, author of Mildred Pierce and The Postman Always Rings Twice, finally sees the light of day.

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Killer on the Road

Ginger Strand traces the parallel histories of America's interstate highways and the specter that began to stalk them almost as soon as the concrete had dried -- the highway killer. What were intended as roads to utopia quickly became equated with violence, and Strand maps the unique place the blood-soaked freeway still occupies in our shared cultural consciousness.

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A Wilderness of Error

Celebrated documentary filmmaker and author Errol Morris couldn't stay away from the baffling and contentious case of Jeffrey MacDonald, a military doctor convicted in 1979 of murdering his family.  Two decades of intense research have resulted in his electrifying re-examination of the crime.

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Whiplash River

Former getaway driver Charles "Shake" Bouchon is living the good life in Belize. But when he runs afoul of local drug lord Baby Jesus, Lou Berney's comic novel takes a turn for the absurd. Now Shake is fleeing for his life, and the only person who can save him is an ex-girlfriend who bears him even more ill will than the assasins on his tail.

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Midnight in Peking

Cases don't come much colder than this --the year was 1937, and as Japanese forces closed in on what is now Beijing, the teenage daughter of an expatriate Englishman was found,  horribly murdered, in a neighborhood abutting the city's opium dens.  War brushed the investigation aside, and Pamela Werner's killer was never found.  Now Paul French picks up the trail in an atmospheric work of history and detection.

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Vulture Peak

Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep returns to solve another head-spinning, stomach-turning case in John Burdett's fifth Bangkok-based novel. In this instance, a particularly gruesome triple murder launches the idiosyncratic, personal-problem-plagued cop on a chase for an international organ-trafficking ring led by a set of diabolical, drop-dead gorgeous Chinese twins known as the Vultures. Fresh, funny, and completely wild.

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The Boy in the Suitcase

How's this for a chilling premise: A nurse who agrees to pick up a package at a train station locker for an estranged pal finds that the "package" is a suitcase containing a drugged, but alive, 3-year-old boy. But who is he? When the estranged friend turns up murdered, the nurse knows she and the boy are also in danger, but who's after them, and why? Stieg Larsson fans won't want to miss this award-winning Danish crime novel.

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The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

Expanding his 2009 Vanity Fair piece about Christian Gerhartsreiter--a real-life Tom Ripley who managed to parlay his silver tongue and feverish imagination into an high-class imposture--Mark Seal explores an incredible hoax that reeled in countless victims. The human wreckage that "Clark Rockefeller" left in his wake is astonishing, yet you can't help but marvel at the nerve of this brazen anti-hero.

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Infamous

A fictional re-imagining of Machine Gun Kelly and the wild heyday of Depression-era gangsters, written by Ace Atkins, a novelist Michael Connelly calls "one of the best crime writers at work today." Read more...

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Devils in Exile

A new Boston-set crime novel from the co-author (with Guillermo del Toro) of The Strain. Read more...

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The Poisoner’s Handbook

How forensic science came of age in Jazz Age New York. Praising Blum's "extraordinary narrative alchemy", our columnist Sarah Weinman calls it "an unexpected yet appropriate open-sesame into a world that was planting seeds for the world -- with lethal toxins and cutting-edge tools -- that would later, darkly bloom." Read more...

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Flawless

The fascinating true tale of an Italian gang’s heist of millions of dollars worth of gems from a supposedly thief-proof vault in the heart of Antwerp’s fabled diamond district. Read more...

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