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Primary Obsessions

Playwright Charles Demers has created a crime novel in which the protagonist – cognitive behavioural therapist Annick Boudreau – faces not only physical danger from the Vancouver underworld, but the ethical quandaries involved in protecting her patient afflicted with obsessive, violent thoughts. Confident the man…
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The Art of Violence by SJ Rozan

The Art of Violence is the latest in SJ Rozan’s popular and long-running series featuring private investigators and romantic partners Bill Smith and Lydia Chin. Former client Sam Tabor has recently been released from the Green Haven Correctional Facility, where he’d been serving time for…
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Primary Obsessions by Charles Demers

Compassionate cognitive behavioural therapist Annick Boudreau is the protagonist in Charles Demers’s new psychological thriller, Primary Obsessions. She’s sure of her treatment strategy, even though the work with her new patient is slow. Sanjay Desai suffers from a primarily cognitive obsessive compulsive disorder, less characterised…
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Good Samaritans

Will Carver makes his return to the crime fiction shelves with this audacious contemporary noir novel featuring four obsessive characters riding a veritable suburban rollercoaster of death by ennui. Ant works for The Samaritans charity and he’s a bit OCD. Haley has suicidally low self-esteem….
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Good Samaritans

Written by Will Carver — Will Carver, where have you been hiding? You dazzled, beguiled and entrapped us with books like Girl 4, The Two and Dead Set. Your detective January David was going places, we thought, despite everything you put him through. Then, in…
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Bellevue Square

Doppelgänger themes aren’t all that common in crime fiction, but Canadian author Michael Redhill uses one to beautiful effect in his award-winning novel Bellevue Square. Bookseller Jean Mason becomes convinced that her double has been frequenting the Kensington Market area of Toronto and sets out…
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Bellevue Square

Written by Michael Redhill — As you eagerly turn the pages of this fascinating brainteaser of a novel by Michael Redhill you may find yourself suspecting that the first person narrator is not just allowing herself to slip into delusion and mental illness… she’s already…
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Whistle in the Dark

Written by Emma Healey — The second novel, much like a musician’s second album, can prove a troublesome beast. Especially if, like Emma Healey, your debut created such a stir. Elizabeth is Missing received a five-star review on this site and was chosen as a…
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