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Hostage

What a thriller! You may be rethinking those dreams of flying off on holiday again after reading Clare Mackintosh’s latest tense standalone. Mina is mother to Sophia and wife to police officer Adam, but their marital issues prompt her to volunteer as cabin crew on…
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True Crime Story

Joseph Knox presents a perfectly-pitched melange of fact and fiction in his first standalone novel. The story of the disappearance of Manchester university student Zoe Nolan is told in a series of interviews and emails conducted and exchanged seven years later. The plot is set…
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Long Bright River

In Liz Moore’s police thriller, the main characters are a Philadelphia police officer, Mickey Fitzpatrick, and her recidivist drug addict sister, Kacey. A lot of rough water has swirled under the bridge of their relationship – pain and hope and love and betrayal in alternating…
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The Only Good Indians audiobook

Stephen Graham Jones’s wonderful contemporary gothic tale starts with a crime, when four young Blackfeet men trespass on the part of their reservation set aside for the tribe’s elders and shoot into a herd of elk. One of the dying elk was pregnant and in…
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Every City is Every Other City

Canadian writer John McFetridge has chosen to centre his new series in Toronto’s thriving film production community. Gordon Stewart works as a location scout, and moonlights as a private detective. He accepts a job to look for a missing family member of one of the…
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The Waiter

This is a tasty debut by Ajay Chowdhury and the first in a series. Kamil Rahman is working tables at Tandoori Knights, an Indian restaurant in Brick Lane, London. But not that long ago, Kamil was a detective in the Kolkata police department, trying desperately…
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The Transparency of Time

Leonardo Padura’s The Transparency of Time is a fusion of contemporary noir and historical adventure set in Havana, Cuba. The recovery of a stolen statue for an old school friend, Bobby, should be a straightforward job for ex-cop Mario Conde. Only Bobby has been lying…
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How to Betray Your Country

The second novel in English author James Wolfe’s Traitor trilogy examines a man’s mid-life crisis. August Drummond lost his mind somewhat after the death of his wife, and his career in the British secret service went up in smoke shortly afterwards. Adrift in the Middle…
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