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'The Cold Way Home' is a heartbreaking blues song of a novel

Aug. 19, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

"The Cold Way Home: a Novel" (Minotaur Books), by Julia Keller Julia Keller's eighth yarn featuring small-town West Virginia crime fighter Bell Elkins is a heartbreaking blues song of a novel, employing beauty to evoke despair while reminding readers that even in the darkest of days, there might also be light....

T. Jefferson Parker tells latest tale in tight, vivid prose

Aug. 12, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

"The Last Good Guy: a Novel" (G.P. Putnam's Sons) by T. Jefferson Parker Twenty-eight-year-old Penelope Rideout takes a seat in Roland Ford's office, says that her 14-year-old sister, Daley, is missing and asks, "Can you find her?" Ford replies, "I'm good at what I do." In the former Marine's seven-year career as...

Review: Plot unfolds at rapid pace in 'The Bitterroots'

Aug. 12, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

"The Bitterroots: A novel" (Minotaur Books), by C.J. Box After losing her job as a North Dakota sheriff following a tumultuous serial killer investigation in "Paradise Valley," Cassie Dewell resurfaces as a struggling Montana private detective in C.J. Box's new crime novel, "The Bitterroots." As a former law...

Review: 'A Dangerous Man' is suspenseful, tightly written

Aug. 5, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

"A Dangerous Man: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Robert Crais Joe Pike is about to climb into his Jeep on Los Angeles' Miracle Mile when he sees a man force a young woman into the back seat of a waiting car. When the car pulls away from the curb, Pike follows. Fans of Robert Crais'...

Review: 'Lost You' is psychological thriller

Aug. 5, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

"Lost You: a Novel" (Crown), by Haylen Beck Surrogacy — in which a woman agrees to carry a baby for another person or couple — is a legal swamp in America, and in this, veteran crime novelist Stuart Neville, writing under the pen name Haylen Beck, has found the makings of an emotionally wrenching...

Review: 'The Russian' is a preposterous thriller

Jul. 29, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

"The Russian: a Novel" (St. Martin's Press), by Ben Coes When two American politicians are assassinated by the Russian mafia, the sitting U.S. president whips out a supersecret codicil to the U.S Constitution authorizing him to ignore federal law in an emergency. His plan: create a clandestine hit squad to hunt...