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St Francis of Dogtown

Written by Wm Stage — Francis X Lenihan is a process server in St Louis in the late 1980s. He is a free spirit who enjoys the independence and variety of his work, serving papers on people requiring them to attend civil court proceedings.  …
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Unbelievable

Written by T Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong — This timely true crime book expands on the authors’ article An Unbelievable Story of Rape, which won a 2016 Pulitzer Prize. With as much tension and drama as any fictional police procedural, the book describes the…
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Little Liar

Written by Lisa Ballantyne — Here’s an author who has already made waves with her work. Lisa Ballantyne’s debut The Guilty One was nominated for an Edgar Award in 2014 and has since been translated into nearly 30 languages, while her second book, Redemption Road,…
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Three Little Lies

Written by Laura Marshall — Ever noticed how the crime fiction world seems to go in cycles? Not long ago, so many books were being hailed as the next Gone Girl, then readers were overrun with stories featuring missing children. Last year, there was an…
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Big Sister

Written by Gunnar Staalesen, translated by Don Bartlett — Varg Veum, a private eye operating out of the Norwegian town of Bergen, can’t seem to catch a break. He compulsively accepts cases that pay little or nothing but which he solves nevertheless, often at great personal…
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I'll Be Gone in the Dark

The posthumous publication of Michelle McNamara’s research into the serial rapist and murderer she dubbed the Golden State Killer is one of the highlights of 2018 true crime writing. Even if you are not particularly keen on true crime, you will very likely be won…
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The Fire Pit

Written by Chris Ould — Book three in this series set in the Faroe Islands sees the British detective Jan Reyna trying to find out more about the suicide of his mother back in the 1970s. At more than 450 pages, it’s a long read, but…
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