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Firefly, Henry Porter’s new novel is a classic thriller—with a twist. Two groups—Paul Samson and MI-6 and an ISIS warlord and his posse—are in a race to see who gets to the target first. The twist is that the target is Naji, a 12-year-old Syrian boy, a refugee making his way from a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, north through the mainland of Greece, Macedonia and Serbia on his way to Germany

 

 

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In Burning Ridge, Margaret Mizushima’s fourth Timber Creek K-9 mystery, Officer Mattie Cobb and Robo, her German Shepherd partner, are investigating the discovery of human remains in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains near the town of Timber Creek. It’s a deeply disturbing case from the very beginning — and then it turns personal for Mattie

 

 

 

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Paris in the Dark, Robert Olen Butler’s fourth Christopher Marlowe Cobb thriller, is a story of violent acts of terrorism; weapons of mass destruction; waves of immigration driven by international strife; the clash of ideologies both political and religious; racial and gender oppression; dictators gaining and asserting power; and the media, by turns truth tellers and sources of biased, manipulative information, delivered by revolutions in communication technologies…

 

 

In 1915 France.

 

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In Swift Vengeance, T. Jefferson Parker’s second novel featuring PI Roland Ford, homegrown terrorists are targeting the drone pilots who flew bombing missions in Middle East

 

 

Roland turns to a former colleague, FBI Agent Joan Taucher—who’s haunted by the 9/11 terrorists who lived in San Diego that she was unable to apprehend—for assistance

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In The Middleman, Olen Steinhauer’s new novel, rising concern—fueled for the most part by right-wing media—about a left-wing resistance movement called Massive Brigade causes the FBI, which had been monitoring the organization, to put the investigation into hyperdrive

 

 

Is Massive Brigade something to be feared? The answer is complicated.

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The inspiration for the murders that take place at the beginning of How It Happened, Michael Koryta’s latest mystery, come from a crime that impacted Michael, first as a teen in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, and then as a young reporter

 

One of the delights of the story, though, is how Michael created Rob Barrett, an FBI agent who initially gets it all wrong when he investigates the murder of a young couple and has to figure out how to make it right.

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