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The Buried by Brett Battles — Review

May 2, 2016
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This newest entry in the Jonathan Quinn series brings back many of the usual cast of characters: Nate, Quinn’s mentee and now an elite cleaner himself (the job entailing discreetly cleaning up crime scenes and the occasional body after the always possible bloodshed); their colleague, Daeng; and of course Orlando, the love of Quinn’s...

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FICTION: Blue Ribbons and Twin Gunshots by Matt Broadway

April 11, 2016
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“Look Frank, I don’t like this at all,” Joey said. “I mean, what the hell did she do anyway?” Frank was so tall and gangly he had to bend over to wrap his hand around the girl’s neck. His fingers hugged her like a...

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Policing the Police — Non-fiction by Andrew Case

April 7, 2016
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You get hard quick investigating the cops. When I first started working for the CCRB—the Civilian Complaint Review Board, empowered by the New York City Charter to investigate police abuse—I was a smart hardworking kid who wasn’t that long out of college. The city...

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FICTION: With A Name by Michael McGlade

March 22, 2016
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I hadn’t seen Harry Ficco since he was popped in the nuts by a ginger midget. Vicious little bastard: the midget, not Ficco. Had it coming for what he...

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And Sometimes I Wonder About You By Walter Mosley — Review

March 21, 2016
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Leonid Trotter McGill’s New York City office now officially answers its phone “McGill and Son detective agency,” a recent development. One of his sons, Twilliam (usually just “Twill”), is...

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Johnny Shaw Talks About His New Novel, Floodgate

March 14, 2016
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1. How do you feel FLOODGATE is a departure from your past novels? While FLOODGATE is still very much a crime novel, it marks a lot of firsts for...

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FICTION: A Shortage of Things to Say by Albert Tucher

March 1, 2016
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“Interesting,” said the fisherman. “How is it interesting?” said Coutinho. It struck him as anything but. “You could say that’s the southernmost dead man in the United States.” Coutinho...

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Crosswise: The Long And Short Of It By S.W. Lauden — Non-Fiction

February 28, 2016
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“Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.”...

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Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty — Review

February 18, 2016
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Detective Sean Duffy is a well-established character, with the Troubles in Northern Ireland the background for his efforts. This novel takes place in 1985 and ostensibly begins as a...

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FICTION: Lucky Me by Debbie Mumford

February 8, 2016
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The crime scene investigation I worked today turned sour when the victim spoke to me. My partner, Jack Barnes, and I had been called to a dimly lit alley...

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The Incidental Spy by Libby Fischer Hellmann — Review

February 4, 2016
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This newest book by Libby Fischer Hellmann, the author of a number of standalones as well her acclaimed Ellie Foreman and Georgia Davis mystery series, takes a different path...

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FICTION: The Lindell AC is Gone by Dana King

January 25, 2016
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Jason Pelekoudas tried to explain to Pete the Polack how it worked. “See, it was a hundred and eight months and you can get parole in a third. But,...

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FICTION: The Amazing Antoinette By J. J. Sinisi

January 15, 2016
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For a brief moment, the dead flowers sprouting from Tabitha’s white vase swayed in a placid rhythm, circling with each thump, an accord so succinct it was as though...

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