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These Women

Pochoda (Wonder Valley) stuns with this disquieting literary thriller rife with descriptive street language and violence. It is complex, intense, and enthralling. Fans of Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room will experience a similar sense of feeling both captivated and bereft. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/19.]
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Rigged

The follow-up to Sunshine State is labeled thriller, but it’s a step-by-step investigation with a great deal of dialog. The witty banter and Jake’s character might remind readers of Rex Stout’s Archie Goodwin. Fun for those with a penchant for good conversation and detectives under the thumb of a beautiful woman.
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Safecracker

This debut novel is a thrilling, wild ride with plenty of unexpected twists that will leave readers guessing until the last few pages.
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Passing Fancies

As in the first book in this series (Relative Fortunes), Benn has clearly done her research into the time period. Unfortunately, in both books, the research is clumsily inserted into the story, which slows down the narrative’s pace. Still, readers who liked the first book and enjoy mysteries set in the 1920s will enjoy the return of the spirited and independent Julia and hope for her appearance in a third book.
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Rolling Thunder

The follow-up to the Arthur Ellis Award–winning Cobra Clutch is another action-packed violent mystery. Declan’s ribald comments are not for everyone, but readers of the first book will enjoy the humor and outrageous antics.
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Indigo

Fans of Estleman and this series (Brazen) will enjoy the wealth of film detail that fills out the story without weighing it down. Classic noir tropes are deployed in a modern-day Hollywood with levels of glitz and power that Spade and Marlowe never imagined. [See Prepub Alert, 10/21/19.]
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Dead Land

This enjoyable romp through political corruption and social injustice in Chicago will please fans of the V.I. Warshawski detective series and readers who enjoy tough women PIs. [See Prepub Alert, 9/23/19.]
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A Royal Affair

Fans of period mysteries by authors such as Ashley Weaver and Deanna Raybourn will appreciate this gutsy duo. [See Prepub Alert, 11/18/19.]
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The Perfect Daughter

The story is timely with the examination of wealthy newcomers versus blue-collar townspeople leading to anger and violence. The ending is well-designed, and readers will likely enjoy the overall story. Fans of Souza’s previous works and books by Michael Koryta will find this worthwhile.
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