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NTN: Bitter Water Blues

Written by Patrick Shawn Bagley — Brooklyn, 2005, is where things begin in Patrick Shawn Bagley’s debut, published by indie outfit 280 Steps. Joey Connolly is working as a hitman for local mob boss Carl Petucci but he can see the writing on the wall. The…
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Cold Blood, Hot Sea

Written by Charlene D’Avanzo — This amateur sleuth story, billed as ‘A Mara Tusconi Mystery’ introduces Mara, age 31, whose work at the Maine Oceanographic Institute (MOI) centres on the timely subject of climate change. D’Avanzo deserves credit for taking on the difficult task of making…
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A Time of Torment

Written by John Connolly — John Connolly’s distinctive blend of human villainy and supernatural forces have won him a huge army of admirers since he first came on the scene with Every Dead Thing in 1999. He has attained that enviable status where each new book…
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The Kind Worth Killing

Written by Peter Swanson — This book begins with a scenario eerily reminiscent of the classic Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train (written by the excellent Patricia Highsmith). A successful businessman meets a woman in an airport bar and the pair strike up a conversation which continues when…
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Massacre Pond

Written by Paul Doiron — It should be autumn in the dense wilderness of the Maine backwoods, but it is unseasonably hot. People are still wearing cut-off shorts and flip-flops, and the insect swarms which should have died away by now are driving everyone mad….
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The Wolf in Winter

Written by John Connolly — The village of Prosperous, Maine, is aptly named. Everyone is comfortably well-off. Folk in Prosperous look after one another, but they are remarkably tolerant, too – not always a defining characteristic of isolated Maine settlements. Just outside the village is…
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Generation Loss

Our writer Crime Fiction Lover laps up Scandinavian crime novels like there’s no tomorrow, so it’s something of a departure to find his top book of 2013 is set in Maine. Photographer Cass Neary heads up to a remote island to interview another photographer who…
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Trespasser

Written by Paul Doiron — When winter slowly turns into spring in Maine, they call it Mud Season. It is both a curse and a blessing. Clothes, cars, sidewalks and driveways are covered in the stuff, but at least summer cannot be too far away….
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