Mystery & Thriller

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It is no secret that I’ve been a huge supporter of Hard Case Crime and their truly marvelous line of new and classic noir crime thrillers.

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 The Passage is an adventure spanning decades, genres, and voices. It is a journey of characters and their beliefs paired with questions of morality and the fate of the future world.

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In March 1861, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as president. Seven states of that union had left in anticipation of his inauguration. Several additional states would follow.

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When a book boasts the monumental declaration, The Best American Noir of the Century, it damn well better stand up to scrutiny—all prodigious 752 pages of it.

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Road Closed is the second crime novel by Leigh Russell, featuring Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel.

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A flow chart is a requirement if one wants to maintain the connections in this old-fashioned plot about the innocent who must prove their innocence.

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Long before professional spy E.

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“Even in the suit, (Judge) Hubbard’s thick neck and big glasses gave him the air of a character actor playing a bit part on a low-budget cable movie.  Jesse Jackson kicked into gear with kisses, so

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If you love a good mystery, this book is for you.

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Forgiveness. You won’t believe it when you start reading this book—at least not for a good while—but Caught is all about forgiveness.

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When a book mixes science, religious philosophy, and secret societies dating back to the Nazis, you can expect a really spicy pulp stew.

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“I want him brought to me alive.

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Reading Kenneth Wishnia’s new novel The Fifth Servant has been the most fun this reviewer’s had reading any book since Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao two years

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“The essential American soul is hard, stoic, isolate, and a killer.”
—D. H. Lawrence

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“I slouched against a rusted girder Nelson Algren would have been proud of, about a block from the corner of Lake and Wabash.”

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The successful franchise series can be a double-edged sword for the ambitious writer.

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 Sam Millar could be labelled Northern Ireland’s answer to Edward Bunker.

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Nellie Bly was the pen name of pioneer female journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran.  She is most famous for two daring feats: a record-breaking trip around the world in emulation of Jules Verne, and a

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The corpse of a horribly tortured and murdered Russian man is found on the front lawn of the British embassy in Moscow, with an arm missing, fingerprints burned off, and face obliterated by a shot

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A 21-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, Susan Hasler begins a new career as a novelist with this brilliantly written satirical thriller and blatant, all-out attack on her former emplo

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Hard Man is the story of Gordon Pearce, an ex-con, refusing a job for a bumbling family named the Baxters--father Jacob, sons Rog and Flash, and pregnant 16-year old daughter May.

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Near the end of this third suspense novel by the Irish writer Tana French, her rough-edged undercover cop Frank Mackey observes, “Nobody in the world can make you crazy like your family can.”

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 Most Charlaine Harris fans will agree that the only thing better than a big ole glass of real Southern sweet tea is a new Sookie Stackhouse novel.  Everyone has been patiently waiting, and the wai

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The world of professional boxing has historically been tainted by organized crime on many occasions.  There are those who believe even when completely legitimate, the sport lends itself to same kin

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The cover tag to this book reads, “The Lost Mike Hammer Sixties Novel.”  It’s an appropriate definition as The Big Bang is set smack dab in the middle of that rocking decade when free love

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