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Desert Star by Michael Connelly

A desert star is a tiny white flower found, unsurprisingly enough, in the inhospitable desert sands. Resilient and beautiful, they’re “a sign of god in this fucked up world”, according to a friend of former LAPD detective Hieronymous ‘Harry’ Bosch. The flowers of the book’s…
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The Damned Lovely by Adam Frost

This contemporary noir novel takes a few pages to settle into, even if you’re familiar with the Cali hardboiled lingo it’s not easy to follow but persevere and it’s well worth it. Adam Frost has a distinctive voice, his narrator is a fascinating character and…
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One-Shot Harry by Gary Phillips

1963. Los Angeles. America is supposed to be desegregated but the racism is still there and for many, society remains psychologically segregated. Nevertheless, LA is a city full of opportunities for Americans of all colours, religions and political persuasions. There’s a lot happening here and…
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The Goodbye Coast by Joe Ide

In The Goodbye Coast, author Joe Ide abandons his popular crime-solver Isaiah Quintabe in favour of a 21st century private investigator: Philip Marlowe. Yes, really! Raymond Chandler’s definitive detective has been reinvented by Ide and he’s working on two compelling missing persons cases at once….
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OJ's Knife by John Gibson

OJ’s Knife is a fast-paced and entertaining speculative pulp novel in the Mickey Judge series. It’s based on a fictional hunt for the weapon that killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1994, crimes for which Nicole’s husband, the American Football legend and film…
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