Episode 199: T. Jefferson Parker

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Roland Ford returns in THEN SHE VANISHED, the fourth installment in T. Jefferson Parker’s series about the Fallbrook, CA-based private investigator. This time around, Roland is tasked with finding the wife of a California State Assemblyman who has gone missing. But was she taken or did she leave? And then there are the bombings…  … Read more »

Episode 198: Cathi Stoler

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A man walks into a bar…in Bar None, the first installment of Cathi Stoler’s “Murder on the Rocks” series, Thomas “Sully” Sullivan is running late getting to his apartment, which is upstairs from Jude Dillane’s Lower East Side bar, to meet his co-worker Ed Molina. Ed ends up dead and Sully and Jude need to… Read more »

Episode 196: Craig Robertson

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In Watch Him Die, Craig Robertson’s latest novel, someone is Los Angeles is dying on a live video stream; someone in Glasgow is watching. Police departments in both cities want to find out where the victim is—and who is watching      

Episode 195: Paul D. Marks

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World War II-era Los Angeles: In Paul D. Marks’s The Blues Don’t Care, Bobby Saxon, a young white pianist with a secret, wants to join Booker “Boom Boom” Taylor’s band in spite of—or perhaps because—it being all African-American group. But first, because as a caucasian Bobby can go where black men cannot, “Boom Boom” wants… Read more »

Episode 194: Mariah Fredericks

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It’s nice to see Jane Prescott, Mariah Fredericks’ protagonist, getting a bit of time off in Death of an American Beauty, the third installment of the series about the hardworking lady’s maid that takes place in New York City the second decade of the 20th Century. Of course, Jane may have time off to see… Read more »

Episode 193: Andrew Mayne

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Sloan McPherson, the protagonist of Andrew Mayne’s The Girl Beneath the Sea, just wants to live her life as an evidence-recovery diver for Lauderdale Shores PD, a mom to her daughter and a supportive member of her problematic family. But the discovery of a recently murdered young woman during a dive in a canal leads… Read more »

Episode 192: Marcia Clark

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Upending Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Little Girl,” Samantha Brinkman, the protagonist in Marcia Clark’s series that concludes—for now, at least—with Final Judgement, “When she was good/She was very good indeed/But when she was bad, she was even better.” As a defense attorney, Sam is relentless; but when she’s defending her boyfriend, you can add ruthless, fierce… Read more »

Episode 191: Cara Black

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Occupied Paris, 1940 and Kate Rees—an Oregonian sharpshooter by way of England—has been given a rifle and an assassination assignment in Three Hours in Paris, Cara Black’s first stand-alone thriller. The stakes—and the odds against her—couldn’t be higher, but Kate, raised on an Oregon ranch during the depths of the Depression, is descended from pioneers… Read more »

Episode 190: Jason Pinter

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It is in the best interest of Rachel Marin, the protagonist in Hide Away, Jason Pinter’s new crime fiction novel, to keep a low profile. But when a woman falls to her death in what initially looks like a suicide, the potential that the authorities might shortchange justice for expediency is more than Rachel can… Read more »