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Skim Deep by Max Allan Collins

Nolan, no first name, is a middle-aged man and former professional thief. These days – it’s 1986 in the story – he’s married and retired from armed robbery. He remains on good terms with the Outfit, the mafia-like criminal mob he occasionally worked for or…
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The Mist

The Mist is the final instalment of Ragnar Jonasson’s Dark Iceland series which tells the story of Hulda Hermansdottir, a police detective at the Reykjavik police force, in reverse chronology. It’s 1998 and 40-year-old Hulda is investigating the disappearance of Unnur, a 20-year old girl…
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The Vault

Written by Mark Dawson — Set only a few months before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, The Vault is a standalone spy thriller with all the standard, but essential elements of the sub-genre – MI6, double agents and covert operations with plenty…
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Changeling

Written by Matt Wesolowski — In 1988, on Christmas Eve, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden and his father Sorrel drive through Wentshire Forest Pass, a dense wood on the border between Wales and England. A knocking sound starts emanating from the engine, then they get a flat….
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Charlesgate Confidential

Scott Von Doviak’s debut is the complete package. It has ambition. The narrative is split in to three parts, 1946, 1986, and 2014. There is no shortage of intrigue as ex-cons, students and detectives all try to acquire the missing fruit of an unsolved museum…
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The Martian Girl

Themes of mesmerism and the blurring of identities inhabit this standalone novel from Andrew Martin, author of the Jim Stringer steam detective series. In London in the 1890s, Kate French is trying to make her way on the stage as part of a variety act….
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Charlesgate Confidential

Written by Scott Von Doviak — Last year was a banner year for debuts. Jane Harper’s The Dry and Jordan Harper’s A Lesson in Violence both won widespread critical acclaim and topped two of our reviewer’s year’s best lists. It’s too soon to judge if…
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