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The Cut by George Pelecanos

From his 1992 debut novel (A Firing Offense) to his latest effort (The Cut

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

This debut novel is a little bit gritty, a little bit gothic.  Set in mid-century, rural Ohio and West Virginia, Pollock's landscapes are as bleak as his characters' lives.  Pollock introduces us to a cast of orphans, preachers and murderers whose lives all seem to intersect.  This is a page turner of the darker sort.  Check Our Catalog

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre

This first novel in LeCarre’s Karla Trilogy is definitely worth a read, especially as it is being remade into a movie later this year.  Set at the height of the Cold War, LeCarre’s hero, the British Secret Service Agent George Smiley, is forced out of retirement and placed in charge of finding the Soviet mole within the British ranks.  The excellent pacing and intrigue will keep you turning the pages until the mole is uncovered. 

One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Another stellar title in this well-above-average mystery series featuring the Reverend Clare Fergusson and Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne. The books are set in the small town of Millers Kill, New York and feature consistently interesting plots and the evolving relationship between the priest and the police chief.  This latest (and seventh) novel explores the aftermath of war when five local veterans return home and struggle to adjust to everyday life after disturbing tours of duty in Iraq.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

This is the fifth Detective Hole novel to be translated into English, but the first to receive mainstream buzz.  This book has all the twists and turns you need in a good thriller and Hole is a loveable loser of a hero.  All of the books in this series are worth a read, so you don't have to stick with The SnowmanCheck Our Catalog

The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming

A great spy thriller, reminiscent of LeCarre.  Cumming's book explores the possibility of their being a sixth man in the infamous 'Cambridge Five' spy ring.  Sam Gaddis, who thinks he is on to a great story, finds himself in the middle of a standoff between British and Russian operatives.  Check Our Catalog.

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

The 'Lincoln Lawyer' character returns in this legal thriller about a woman accused of murdering the banker who was foreclosing on her home. Does L.A. defense attorney Mickey Haller think she's innocent...or guilty...or innocent...and does it even matter?  You have to wait until the last twist to find out.

The Black Minutes by Martin Solares

Set in a fictional Mexican port town, this novel follows the investigations of an uncle and nephew team streaching from the 1970s to current day.  An investigative journalist in current day Paracuan end up dead.  Detectove Ramon Cabrera discovers a link to a 1970s serial killer investigated by his uncle Vincente Rangel.  Solares delves into the corruption of Mexican police and politicians.  This is a great read for fans of detective fiction looking for a more exotic locations.

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