On the Radar: Some like it hotter

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Not 40-degree heat. Not wildfires. Not that annoying fly who keeps flying straight into the glass. Nothing will stop us bringing you the latest crime novels – and things are going to get even hotter with The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias. And we all know where the devil lives, right? No air-con there.

Iglesias’ much-awaited new book is set in Texas, as is the latest from pulp fiction-ist Jason Bovberg, and we’ve got another heatwave on our weather map in the form of Garry Disher’s new book set in Australia. From New South Wales we go back to the original with Cathy Ace’s new cosy valleys mystery and then round off the report hot once again in Africa with Sean Munger – a new author on our site.

The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias

The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias front cover

Deadly characters from this world and beyond feature against a Texas backdrop in The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias, out 2 August. It’s certainly eagerly awaited here at Crime Fiction Lover HQ and the book featured in our Most Wanted Crime Novels of 2022 list. His daughter is seriously ill and he is swamped by bills for her healthcare – where is Mario to turn? The answer to all his problems comes in the shape of a job. Not a job at the supermarket or even in publishing, though. Mario’s job will be to hijack a cartel’s cash shipment before it reaches Mexico – and the profit margin is substantial. It’s a near-suicidal task, but desperate times call for desperate measures. The question is, will Mario survive?
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Tessa Goes Down by Jason Bovberg

Tessa Goes Down by Jason Bovberg front cover

Texas is also the setting of Tessa Goes Down. She’s actually on her way to Mexico in a yellow VW with the words of her frantic uncle ringing in her ears. Something about keeping a low profile. But that’s not Tessa’s style and when she meets Floyd Tillman Weathers in a one horse town 20 miles from the border she recognises another lost soul who is on the run or hiding from something. Thus begins a neo-noir road trip from hell, to hell with little possibility of a detour to heaven because Tessa crossed the wrong folks back up in Illinois. Released 2 August.
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The Way it is Now by Garry Disher

The Way it is Now by Garry Disher front cover

A standalone thriller from Aussie author Garry Disher? Yes please! And we only have to wait until 4 August for the arrival of The Way it is Now. Charlie Deravin’s life is in the doldrums. He’s on disciplinary leave from his job with the police sex crimes unit and his marriage has collapsed. Suddenly Charlie has time on his hands – and a yearning to finally solve the mystery that has haunted him for 20 years. Back then, his mother went missing, believed murdered. Her body was never found, and his father has lived under a cloud of suspicion ever since. Charlie goes back home, but when two skeletons are uncovered on a building site, suddenly the past doesn’t seem that far away…
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The Case of the Disgraced Duke by Cathy Ace

The Case of the Disgraced Duke by Cathy Ace front cover

The women of the WISE Detective Agency are ready to tackle another head-scratching cosy mystery in Cathy Ace‘s The Case of the Disgraced Duke, released on 1 August. Henry Devereaux Twyst, 18th duke of Chellingworth, wants to disprove murderous rumours about his ancestor before his first child is born, and he calls upon the services of WISE to restore his honour. Problem is, all of the sleuths are tied up on other jobs in Anwen-by-Wye. But these WISE women have never been known to shirk from a challenge, so settle back for an entertaining-yet-cosy visit to the depths of Wales.
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The Son Thief by Sean Munger

The Son Thief by Sean Munger front cover

We’re heading to Africa for the second book in Sean Munger’s thrilling Deadly Mirrors series, where no-nonsense private eye Sarah Brinson arrives on a straightforward job. All she has to do is work out whether Evan Tyler, a mysterious man posing as a Catholic missionary in Africa, is really the wayward son her client has been missing for the past three years. Simple enough, until there’s a brutal murder and Tyler escapes on an embezzled sailing ship. Prepare for choppy waters as Sarah must navigate her way through the Mafia, the Vatican Bank and yet another stolen son just waiting to strike a deadly blow of revenge. The Son Thief is out on 2 August.
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