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American Kleptocracy

How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History

By Casey Michel

Kleptocracy — A regime dedicated entirely to predation and pillaging of the population.


For years, one country has acted as the greatest offshore haven in the world, attracting hundreds of billions of dollars in illicit finance tied directly to corrupt regimes, extremist networks, and the worst the world has to offer. But it hasn’t been the sand-splattered Caribbean islands, or even traditional financial secrecy havens like Switzerland or Panama, that have come to dominate the offshoring world. Instead, the country profiting the most also happens to be the one that still claims to be the moral leader of the free world, and the one that claims to be leading the fight against the crooked and the corrupt: the USA.

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The Psychology of Pandemics

preparing for the next global outbreak of infectious disease  

By Steven Taylor

Pandemics are large-scale epidemics that spread throughout the world.


Virologists predict that the next pandemic could occur in the coming years, probably from some form of influenza, with potentially devastating consequences. Vaccinations, if available, and behavioral methods are vital for stemming the spread of infection. However, remarkably little attention has been devoted to the psychological factors that influence the spread of pandemic infection and the associated emotional distress and social disruption.

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Book News

Public Libraries Are Under Attack

here’s how you can help

By Angie Manfredi — Harper’s BAZAAR

Former librarian Angie Manfredi on the freedom to read and what you can do to support your local libraries from encroaching censorship.

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New Books Newsletter

By Book Riot

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101 Best Mystery Books of All Time

By Michael Giltz

In this batch, we’re favoring both ongoing series and stand-alone stories, where the puzzle of a crime drives the plot more than a race against time. You’ll find classic locked-room mysteries, amateur detectives, cops on the beat and a few curve balls to keep you on your toes.

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10 Cold Thrillers to Get You Through the Night

By Paige Shelton — CrimeReads

Books set in cold worlds; books with chilling titles and bleak winterscape cover art. The colder, the better.

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The Best Books Out This Month

The home of killer crime books, drama and film

By Dead Good 

If you’re looking to curl up with a good book with this month then there are some exciting new releases on the way. So wrap up warm and prepare to find yourself reading long into the winter nights with our pick of the best books out this month.

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Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021

By Kirkus Reviews

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Distinctive December Writing Conferences

By Erica Verrillo

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Coming December 9, 2021

Create an Author Website

in less than 24 hours

Instructor Jane Friedman — Writer’s Digest University

Every professional author needs their own website, and the best time to start is when you’re not under pressure to get one up in time for an important event or book launch. The webinar is broadcasted via the internet with live audio delivered through your computer speakers or over your telephone. 

Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. In all WD webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e-mail as well.

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Coming in January 2022

Plot Lines

write exciting and creative plots in six weeks

The Lightstand Project

In six weeks, learn the basics to building a strong plot line for your creative fiction writing: books, novellas, short stories etc.

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Coming January 25, 2022

NEWS: A Look at WordPress 5.9

WordPress.org

WordPress 5.9 is expected to be a ground-breaking release. It will introduce the next generation of themes.

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November 15, 2021

10 New Books Coming Out This Week

New offerings from the world of crime, mystery, and thrillers.

By CrimeReads

Another week, another batch of books for your TBR pile. Happy reading, folks.

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The Best Mystery Books of 2021

By Masterpiece 50 — PBS

We’ve assembled new mystery novel recommendations from some of the best mystery writers out there. Each author suggests a title published this year—one they think our audience will love. Dig in!

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10 Best Psychological Thriller Books

By Adrienne Westenfeld — Esquire

These novels will trick you, thrill you, and keep you guessing until the very last page. 

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Best Twist-Filled Books to Read in November

By Natalie Noland — BookBub

Ready for your next pulse-pounding read? If you like a mystery where you’re solving the case along with the protagonist — and then totally shocked by the actual outcome — look no further!

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Chilly and Killy

10 great winterly thrillers

By Liberty Hardy — Book Riot

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November 26, 2021
Now Available!

Hit and Run

Harry Starke Genesis Book 7

By Blair Howard

He floored the gas pedal and the truck roared out onto the asphalt . . .

It was a rainy Monday morning in June 2012 when Peter Sheffield walked into my office and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Two weeks in sunny Florida all expenses paid. The catch was I had to solve a thirty-five year old cold case.

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November 25, 2021
Now Available!

She Never Left

twenty years ago she vanished into the woods. But what if . . .

By C.M. Harris

SOMETHING IS STIRRING IN THE HEART OF ILLINOIS

When Jane and TJ agree to attend their high school reunion they never expect to come face-to-face with classmate-turned-stalker Lincoln the moment they return home.

SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN WOKEN

Unspoken words fester between them of the incident in the local woods twenty years ago when Evie vanished in a flash of amber light. They were the last three people to see her alive.

SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN PROVOKED

But the trees have been whispering to Lincoln ever since, and as Jane and TJ arrive back in town, the voices call to him again, hissing three solitary words: she is here.

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November 25, 2021
Now Available!

The Murders in Beacon Hill.

By Elle Gray

“Death is inescapable. I am your penance.”

FBI agent Olivia Knight has seen her fair share of shocking and gruesome cases. So much so that she trained herself to expect the unexpected. But when she is called onto a case in a sleepy small-town of Beacon Hill. A case involving a brutal stabbing with the words . . . “Death is inescapable. I am your penance.”, written in blood. Olivia finds herself sleepless and unable to shake off the chilling words of a bloodthirsty killer.

After a second victim is found. The case takes another bizarre turn.

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November 23, 2021
Now Available!

American Kleptocracy

How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History

By Casey Michel

For years, one country has acted as the greatest offshore haven in the world, attracting hundreds of billions of dollars in illicit finance tied directly to corrupt regimes, extremist networks, and the worst the world has to offer. But it hasn’t been the sand-splattered Caribbean islands, or even traditional financial secrecy havens like Switzerland or Panama, that have come to dominate the offshoring world. Instead, the country profiting the most also happens to be the one that still claims to be the moral leader of the free world, and the one that claims to be leading the fight against the crooked and the corrupt: the USA.

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November 21, 2021
Now Available!

Self Publishing

why i chose to self publish and how i did it

By Rebecca Harris

The journey to getting a book published is a long one. There are so many options available it can be difficult to know which path is the right one to take. After years of research and hard work I self published my first children’s book.

This book is simply the story of my experience publishing my first book, Princess Pea and Her Family. I will share what I found in my research, what resources I used, the issues I ran into along the way, and the final steps to becoming a first time published author using KDP.

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November 21, 2021
Now Available!

The Girl Downstairs

By Iain Maitland

He’s been watching and waiting. And now he’s found her.

Rosie is homeless and winter is closing in. So she can’t believe her luck when a total stranger, Mr. Adams, invites her to stay.

What she doesn’t realise is that Mr. Adams has a secret agenda. He has chosen Rosie for a very special purpose.

But Rosie isn’t as innocent as she seems. She has a secret too, a secret that will have horrifying consequences for them both.

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November 20, 2021
Now Available!

End of the Road

By Ava Zuma

Luke Botha thought he had everything in life. A successful business. A dependable business partner. A loyal team who were committed to his business goals.

Yes, his business was the main priority in his life and everything else had to play second fiddle.

When his business partner is found dead and his business is closed while the police investigate, it seems his ideal life as he knew it is over.

Matters take a turn for the worse when the police identify him as a prime suspect. He’s confused, afraid and angry that they would imagine he would ever commit such a heinous crime.

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November 18, 2021
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Project Icarus

By R.D. Shah

An old enemy, a new threat, and a secret that could tear the world apart.

Hostage negotiator Ethan Munroe is called urgently to a developing crime scene. A serial killer is holding a young girl hostage, and, inexplicably, demands his attendance.

Events quickly spiral out of control, and the security of Ethan’s life is stripped away, as he is thrown headlong into a perilous world of deception, espionage and danger, lurking deep within the shadows of political power.

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November 16, 2021
Now Available!

The Dead Hand of History

By Sally Spencer

Meet Monika Paniatowski, an ambitious new DCI with everything to prove — and everything to lose.

Monika Paniatowski can’t wait to land her first case as detective chief inspector. And, as it turns out, she won’t have to.

On her first day, a woman’s severed hand is found in a leafy park.

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November 16, 2021
Now Available!

Rare Danger

By Beverly Jenkins

A librarian’s quiet life becomes a page-turner of adventure, romance, and murder.

For Jasmine Ware, curating books for an exclusive clientele is her passion. Until an old friend, a dealer of rare books, goes missing and his partner is murdered. Linked to an artifact smuggled out of the ancient library at Timbuktu, the mystery draws Jasmine deeper into a plot that could cost her her life.

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November 16, 2021
Now Available!

Bridge of Lies

By Greg Dinallo

A Russian reporter’s next big story leads him to Washington, DC, and a plot to destroy the Capitol.
 
Russian Nikolai Katkov grew up under the Soviet regime and came of age as a journalist during the Cold War. Devotees of truth, justice, and the American way, he and his colleague Nina Grafinskaya have always been highly critical of Russia’s leadership. But soon after she publishes an article on their president’s inner circle, Nina is assassinated. Then her FBI contact is found dead, leaving Niko to take over Nina’s unfinished piece on a Russian mole within US federal security. Believing the two stories are linked, Niko heads to Washington, DC, to investigate—only to get a target put on his back in the process.
 
In DC, FBI special agent and liaison to the Joint Terrorism Task Force Lana Nichols is implementing a major upgrade to railroad computer security. A sexy, young cyberterrorism expert, Lana also lands the assignment of babysitting Niko, who attracts Russian thugs and hit men like a magnet.

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November 16, 2021
Now Available!

These Silent Woods

By Kimi Cunningham

A father and daughter living in the remote Appalachian mountains must reckon with the ghosts of their past.

No electricity, no family, no connection to the outside world.

For eight years, Cooper and his young daughter, Finch, have lived in isolation in a remote cabin in the northern Appalachian woods. And that’s exactly the way Cooper wants it, because he’s got a lot to hide. Finch has been raised on the books filling the cabin’s shelves and the beautiful but brutal code of life in the wilderness. But she’s starting to push back against the sheltered life Cooper has created for her—and he’s still haunted by the painful truth of what it took to get them there.

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November 16, 2021
Now Available!

The Pledge

By Kathleen Kent

Detective Betty has only two weeks to take down her deadliest rival—this time for good.

Things are looking up for Detective Betty Rhyzyk. She’s settled into a happy marriage and been promoted to Sergeant in the Dallas Police Department. But when a hostage stand-off puts her on the phone with legendary cartel leader The Knife, things take a turn. The Knife has heard a rival is making a play for the streets of Dallas—none other than Evangeline Roy. The matriarch of a ruthless cult, Evangeline also happens to hold a personal vendetta against Betty. So who better to draw Evangeline out of hiding? Betty’s got two weeks to catch her. Or else.

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November 16, 2021
Now Available!

Mercy

By David Baldacci

FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s harrowing search for her long-lost sister Mercy reaches a boiling point in this breakneck thriller.

For her entire life, FBI agent Atlee Pine has been searching for her twin sister, Mercy, who was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Mercy’s disappearance left behind a damaged family that later shattered beyond repair when Atlee’s parents inexplicably abandoned her.

Now, after a perilous investigation that nearly proved fatal, Atlee has finally discovered not only the reason behind her parents’ abandonment and Mercy’s kidnapping, but also the most promising breakthrough yet: proof that Mercy survived her abduction and then escaped her captors many years ago.

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November 16, 2021
Now Available!

Guild Boss

By Jayne Castle

Welcome to Illusion Town on the colony world of Harmony—like Las Vegas on Earth, but way more weird.

Living in this new, alien world doesn’t stop the settlers from trying to re-create what they’ve left behind. Case in point—weddings are still the highlight of any social calendar. But it’s the after-party that turns disastrous for Lucy Bell. Kidnapped and drugged as she leaves the party, she manages to escape—only to find herself lost in the mysterious, alien underground maze of glowing green tunnels beneath Illusion Town. She’s been surviving on determination and cold pizza, scavenged for her by a special dust bunny, when help finally shows up.

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November 16, 2021
Now Available!

The Left-Handed Twin

By Thomas Perry

Rescue artist Jane Whitefield leads a deadly crime syndicate on a wild chase through the Northeast

Jane Whitefield helps people disappear. Fearing for their lives, fleeing dangerous situations, her clients come to her when they need to vanish completely—to assume a new identity and establish a new life somewhere they won’t be found. And when people are desperate enough to need her services, they come to the old house in rural western New York where Jane was raised to begin their escape.

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November 16, 2021
Now Available!

Termination Shock

By Neal Stephenson

A near-future world in which the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics.

Epic in scope while heartbreakingly human in perspective, Termination Shock sounds a clarion alarm, ponders potential solutions and dire risks, and wraps it all together in an exhilarating, witty, mind-expanding speculative adventure.

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November 15, 2021
Now Available!

Her Sister’s Friends

By Gia Pere

Be careful what you wish for.

She always wanted her sister’s life. Now she’s getting it.

Evie grew up idolizing her older sister’s group of friends. Now she’s dating one of the guys, and drawing the others back into their tight circle.

But the group is hiding a dark secret.

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November 14, 2021
Now Available!

Tracy Hayes, Unstoppable P.I.

By Susana Shore

Justice is blind. Tracy is not.

If I had a bucket list, jury duty wouldn’t be on it. Luckily, I had a way out—but I might regret taking it.

Jury duty isn’t exactly at the top of Tracy’s bucket list—not that she has one. But then she’s offered an unexpected out: her brother Travis asks her to work for the defense instead. He wants her to prove that his client is innocent.

Easier said than done when everyone and their aunt knows the accused is guilty.

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November 14, 2021
Now Available!

Kill For You

By Trevor Negus

Two killers. A county under siege.

Nottinghamshire 1987, summer. It should be a time of ease and plenty. But two killers stalk the county.

The first is a cunning pyromaniac, enthralled by fire. He likes to watch as his victims desperately try to escape the rising flames.

The other is a gentle giant who has been abused and ridiculed all his life. Now he’s out to settle old scores by drowning anyone who has wronged him in the dark and deadly waters of the River Trent.

DCI Danny Flint and the MCIU are tasked with stopping the killers. If they fail, it will mean a long, hot summer of death.

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November 12, 2021
Now Available!

The Missing Woman

By Elle Gray

Just breathe.
It will all be OK.

An uncontrollable flame feeds on destruction.
It sucks the oxygen out of a room, the air in your lungs.
Left in its monster form, the only outcome will be death…

After the loss of her family, FBI agent Blake Wilder felt like an empty vessel.
But no matter the obstacles she faced, the one thing that always gave her strength was her desire for finding the truth and seeking justice.

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November 12, 2021
Now Available!

They Stay

By Claire Fraise

What if the only person who could help you find your missing brother was dead?

Nothing is as important to sixteen-year-old Shiloh Oleson as her little brother Max. So when the six-year-old goes missing without a trace, a heartbroken Shiloh refuses to believe nothing can be done and sets out to find him.

When one of Shiloh’s classmates says she knows where Max is, Shiloh hesitates to believe her. Francesca is creepy. She says she can see ghosts, but everyone knows ghosts aren’t real . . . right?

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November 11, 2021
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A Fatal Night

By Faith Martin

New Year’s Eve, 1962

As a snowstorm rages outside, Oxford high society gathers to ring in the new year at the city’s most exclusive party. This is a soiree no one will forget… not least because a guest is found dead in his car the next morning.

With everyone telling different stories about that fateful night, only one thing is clear: several people had reason to want the victim dead.

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November 11, 2021
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The Unicorn

By Tony Salter

Ibrahim Abdel Hak is the Unicorn.

Lost in the mists and shadows of urban legend, he waits and builds his plans in the cold darkness.

Each time Ibrahim attacks, he leaves a trail of very real death and destruction in his wake.

The world’s intelligence services know he is planning the worst atrocity yet. They know it will be soon. But they have no idea where or when the Unicorn will strike.

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November 10, 2021
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Unidentified

By Douglas E. Richards

It’s now clear that UFOs are real.

When Jason Ramsey discovers their startling agenda, his actions will either change the fate of humanity . . . or put him in an early grave.

Between 2017 and 2021 the US military admitted to having undeniable evidence that UFOs (now UAVs or UAPs) are here, and defy the laws of physics. When Jason Ramsey, a popular science-fiction writer, becomes obsessed with the subject, he undertakes a relentless quest to uncover what is really going on. After recruiting Tessa Barrett, an extraordinarily talented mercenary, Jason devises a risky, desperate plan to get to the bottom of it all. But the truth is far more shocking, convoluted, and dangerous than anyone could have guessed, and he has no idea who he can trust.

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November 10, 2021
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The Anomaly

By John Sneeden

Something sinister is lurking beneath the frozen tundra of Antarctica.

Armed with ground-penetrating radar, a group of astronomers detect an anomaly buried in the ice beneath their research station. Believing the structure could be an alien spaceship, the US government organizes a team of experts led by Delphi operative Zane Watson.

The group arrives at the station in the midst of a record winter storm, but they soon discover the weather is the least of their problems.

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November 9, 2021
Now Available!

The Archivist

By Rex Pickett

A romantic murder mystery

When archivist Nadia Fontaine is found dead of an apparent drowning, Emily Snow is hired by Regents University to finish the job she started—to organize and process the papers of Raymond West, a famous Pulitzer Prize–winning author who has been short-listed for the Nobel.

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November 9, 2021
Now Available!

Final Spin

By Jocko Willink

A story of love, brotherhood, suffering, happiness, and sacrifice.

A story about life.

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November 9, 2021
Now Available!

The Dark Hours

By Michael Connelly

There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve countdown.

Working her graveyard shift, LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. Only minutes after midnight, Ballard is called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party.

Ballard quickly concludes that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky and that it is linked to another unsolved murder—a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch. At the same time, Ballard hunts a fiendish pair of serial rapists, the Midnight Men, who have been terrorizing women and leaving no trace.

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November 8, 2021
Now Available!

Reid Stone: Hard as Stone

By J.D. James

When ICE Agent Pamela R. Stone is fired from her fifteen-year position with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she can’t hit the open road fast enough, wind in her hair, sun on her cheeks, a new motorcycle rumbling beneath her.

Instead of bidding adiós to Texas in her rear-view mirror as planned, she meets Detective Pete Anderson, who questions her concerning a triple homicide. The conversation soon turns personal, and before Reid knows it, not only is she involved with the detective, she’s involved with another murder.

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November 5, 2021
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Revolution Day

By Blair Denholm

In Soviet Russia, the truth is a lie.
In Soviet Russia, there are no murders.
One defiant officer has the courage to seek the truth.

Winter 1987, Moscow.

On the eve of the USSR’s 70th Anniversary of the 1917 Communist Revolution, Captain Viktor Voloshin of the Moscow Militsiya speeds to the scene of a grisly murder. A man’s mutilated naked body hangs from a tree, a cross carved into his back.

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November 4, 2021
Now Available!

Agent in Berlin

The Wolf Pack Spies Book 1

By Alex Gerlis

To live among wolves, first you must become one . . .

War is coming to Europe.

British spymaster Barnaby Allen begins recruiting a network of agents in Germany. With diplomatic relations quickly unravelling, this pack of spies soon comes into their own: the horse-loving German at home in Berlin’s underground; the young American sports journalist; the mysterious Luftwaffe officer; the Japanese diplomat and the most unlikely one of all… the SS officer’s wife.

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November 4, 2021
Now Available!

The Manhattan Swindle

The Wolf Pack Spies Book 1

By Jay Perin

A single lie could win the war without shedding a drop of blood.

The chaotic ’eighties . . .  political assassinations, drug wars, the computer revolution . . . Jared Sanders, the criminal oilman, is inches away from controlling the White House. His old nemesis, Senator Temple, stands in the way. This time, the senator is not alone.

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November 2, 2021
Now Available!

The Cottage

By Daniel Judson

A widowed mother is terrorized by a stalker with unfathomable intent.

When Kate Burke is awakened one night by a sound outside her window, her PTSD is triggered. Was it simply a deer crossing her secluded backyard? Or was it intruders? Because Kate still lives with the dreadful memories of her husband’s murder during a seemingly random home invasion two years before, she knows the answer can mean the difference between life and death.

But when she discovers the unsettling ways her property has been vandalized the next day, Kate is forced to conclude the worst: someone is watching her.

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November 2, 2021
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The Collective

By Alison Gaylin

Just how far will a grieving mother go to right a tragic wrong?

Camille Gardener is a grieving—and angry—mother who, five years after her daughter’s death, is still obsessed with the privileged young man she believes to be responsible.

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November 2, 2021
Now Available!

Single Black Female

By Tracy Brown

A taut, edgy, deftly spun novel about four friends grappling with the dramatic twists and turns of life, love and what it means to “make it” in America

Ivy Donovan is a successful stylist, entrepreneur, and single mom who has been loyal to her sons’ father, Michael, who’s serving a lengthy prison sentence. But life has gotten lonely over the years, and Ivy wants more for herself. Michael, however, isn’t about to lose his family.

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November 2, 2021
Now Available!

Security Day

based on a true story

By Matt Circchio

Everyone in Uruzgan province, from street vendors to the American military, relies on Security Day: a weekly convoy under the command of Afghan General Mir Hamza Khan, protecting supply trucks from Taliban attacks as they cross the Kandahar desert. Security Day has made General Khan the uncrowned king of Afghanistan but American withdrawal threatens his reign.

Rookie intelligence agent Dan Bing arrives in country eager to prove himself, but he quickly finds himself shut out when he runs afoul of the emotionally unstable American commander who is fooled by General Khan’s lies. Dan instead finds an unlikely ally in Toor Jan, a loving family man turned spy with deep ties to the Taliban.

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November 2, 2021
Now Available!

Straight Jack

By Diane Capri

A wanted man. Wanted . . . dead

Four men in a van barrel toward Chicago on a crime spree fueled by greed and vengeance. One man driving, another preoccupied with the sophisticated plan. In the back, a new recruit worried and wary, another angry and hot-headed.

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November 2, 2021
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The Surrogate

By Toni Halleen

A newly married couple, the surrogate they hire to carry their baby, and the unexpected consequences of their decisions.

Ruth is a no-nonsense forty-something journalist from the Midwest desperate for a child with her new husband, Hal. A divorced attorney and the father of two teenage boys, Hal is open to having another child. But more than anything he wants Ruth to be happy—to become the mother she’s always wanted to be. Their hope rests with Cally, a nineteen-year-old who wants to go to college—but doesn’t have the cash. The arrangement seems perfect for everyone. 

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November 2, 2021
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Game On

By Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum returns to hunt down a new kind of criminal operating out of Trenton.

When Stephanie Plum is woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of footsteps in her apartment, she wishes she didn’t keep her gun in the cookie jar in her kitchen. And when she finds out the intruder is fellow apprehension agent Diesel, six feet of hard muscle and bad attitude who she hasn’t seen in more than two years, she still thinks the gun might come in handy.

Turns out Diesel and Stephanie are on the trail of the same fugitive: Oswald Wednesday, an international computer hacker as brilliant as he is ruthless. 

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November 2, 2021
Now Available!

Something More Than Night

By Kim Newman

Hollywood, the late 1930s. Raymond Chandler writes detective stories for pulp magazines, and drinks more than he should. Boris Karloff plays monsters in the movies. Together, they investigate mysterious matters in a town run by human and inhuman monsters.

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November 2, 2021
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The Last Suspect

By Theo Baxter

What would you do if the person you trusted the most would turn out to be the biggest suspect?

Brilliant detective and criminal profiler Drew Chase has been summoned to New Orleans to track a serial killer who has cut a swath through the stripper population all down the Mississippi.

Called the Incel Murders by the press, the killings are known for their brutality, sadism and violent nature, as well as the elaborate letters left by the killer “justifying” his actions.

Drew, whose own mother was nearly murdered by a serial killer with a similar MO, can’t help but take this one personally and is determined to take the sick bastard down.

But everything changes when his prime suspect is discovered brutally murdered in the same way as his alleged victims.

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November 1, 2021
Now Available!

Her Name Is Knight

By Yasmin Angoe

An elite assassin heroine on a mission to topple a human trafficking ring and avenge her family

Stolen from her Ghanaian village as a child, Nena Knight has plenty of motives to kill. Now an elite assassin for a powerful business syndicate called the Tribe, she gets plenty of chances.

But while on assignment in Miami, Nena ends up saving a life, not taking one. She emerges from the experience a changed woman, finally hopeful for a life beyond rage and revenge. Tasked with killing a man she’s come to respect, Nena struggles to reconcile her loyalty to the Tribe with her new purpose.

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November 1, 2021
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The Last Protector

By Simon Gervais

A Secret Service agent  takes on a ruthless foe to protect the country he serves and the woman he loves

Former air force combat rescue officer Special Agent Clayton White now works for the Secret Service performing routine escort missions for politicians. These missions may not be quite as exciting as his time in the military, but Clayton’s okay with that. It gives him more time to see his girlfriend, Veronica Hammond—an archaeologist who also happens to be the vice president elect’s daughter.

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November 1, 2021
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Her Perfect Family

By Teresa Driscoll

The perfect family? Or the perfect lie?

It’s their daughter’s graduation and Rachel and Ed Hartley are expecting it to be one of their family’s happiest days. But when she stumbles and falls on stage during the ceremony, a beautiful moment turns to chaos: Gemma has been shot, and just like that, she’s fighting for her life.

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November 1, 2021
Now Available!

Flight Risk

By Joy Castro

A woman is forced to face her past in a heartbreaking and triumphant novel of old wounds and family secrets.

Isabel Morales is a successful Chicago sculptor hiding a brutal family history—one not even her husband knows. After decades of turning her back on her past, she’s forced to return to Appalachia when she receives news of her estranged mother’s death.

But going back means revisiting the traumatic childhood she escaped—and the family that cast her out when she needed them most. 

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November 1, 2021
Now Available!

I Know Your Secret

By Jess Roy

A dark, twisty psychological thriller.

Dr Amanda Brody has it all – or so it seems. Married to a leading medical consultant, with a fabulous career, two amazing children, and a beautiful house in the suburbs of Galway City. Everything is perfect – or is it? Because Amanda hides a secret. One she has lived with for years. A secret so terrible she has no doubt it will destroy her life if ever it is revealed. And this is exactly what happens, starting with a note pinned to her car, on it just four words: I Know Your Secret. 

Who knows her secret? Who does she turn to? Who does she trust? Amanda’s worst nightmare has just begun.

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November 1, 2021
Now Available!

Savage Prey

By Jack Hardin

When a Senator’s daughter and her husband turn up missing while honeymooning at a resort in Mexico, Homeland Security operative Ryan Savage is sent in to find them and bring them back alive.

Scrambling against the clock, Ryan assembles a team of old friends, and together they cut their way through the jungle, looking for answers that evade them at every turn. The punishing mission will test their strength and fortitude as they rush to stop an international conspiracy and rescue those on the threshold of death’s door.

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Snow Burn

a tom rollins thriller

By Paul Heatley

He wasn’t looking for trouble. But it was looking for him.

Former black ops specialist Tom Rollins has spent the last six months living in the wilds of Alaska. He’s enjoying the isolation, but his peaceful life comes to an end when he rescues a stranger, Roger Noakes, from two hitmen.LINK:

 

Coming November 28,  2021

In the Name of

A Kate Holland Psychological Suspense

By Candace Irving

He’ll do anything for his country . . . even murder.

Former Army detective Kate Holland finally remembers what happened during her eleven hours as a POW in Afghanistan. She wishes she didn’t. Her PTSD raging, Kate’s ready to turn in her badge with the Braxton PD—but she can’t. The wife of a Muslim US Army soldier has been found stabbed and left to burn in a field, and Kate’s boss has turned to her. Again. Kate suspects an honor killing…until the wife of another soldier is found in the next town over, also stabbed and burned. When a third military wife is murdered, Kate uncovers a connection to a local doctor. But the doc is not all she appears to be. Worse, Kate’s nightmares and her case have begun to clash. The fallout is deadly as Kate’s lured back to where it all began. This time, she might not make it home.

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Coming November 30,  2021

High Stakes

By Kristy Belcamino

When Eva Santella answers a desperate plea for help from a boy worried about his sibling, she has no idea that a sinister organization is behind his problems.

As Eva uncovers a mass murder scheme, her enemies try to stop her by striking at what she holds dear.

The Queen of Spades must risk it all if she has any chance of stopping a deadly plot that will not only kill dozens but also destroy the lives of those she loves.

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Coming November 30,  2021

Autopsy

A Scarpetta Novel

By Patricia Cornwell

Forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta has come almost full circle, returning to Virginia as the chief medical examiner, the state where she launched her storied career. Finding herself the new girl in town once again after being away for many years, she’s inherited not only an overbearing secretary, but also a legacy of neglect and potential corruption.

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Coming November 30,  2021

Ashes To Ashes

By Alan L. Lee

They call him The Devil.

Dead-set on settling an old score with a sworn enemy, Alex Koves is AWOL and on the hunt. As a once-rising CIA star, he’s forced to take matters into his own hands to protect both himself and his former lover Nora Mossa – but to do this, he’ll need to place his trust in an elusive Russian woman who could sell him out at any moment.

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Coming November 30,  2021

Hello, Transcriber

By Hannah Morrissey

A female police transcriber goes beyond the limits to solve a harrowing case.

Every night, while the street lamps shed the only light on Wisconsin’s most crime-ridden city, police transcriber Hazel Greenlee listens as detectives divulge Black Harbor’s gruesome secrets. As an aspiring writer, Hazel believes that writing a novel could be her only ticket out of this frozen hellscape. And then her neighbor confesses to hiding the body of an overdose victim in a dumpster.

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Coming November 30,  2021

You’ll Be the Death of Me

By Karen M. McManus

Three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly—and fatally—wrong.

Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day. Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out from working two jobs since his family’s business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up . . . again.

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Coming December 1,  2021

Only One Wave

the tsunami effect

Jenifer Ruff

A tsunami strikes a small island in the Pacific Ocean, leaving destruction and madness in its wake.

After the natural disaster, CDC epidemiologist Dr. Madeline Hamilton and her fiancé, FBI operative Quinn Traynor, go to Nalowale Island to investigate a deadly outbreak of unknown origin. Victims become aggressive and irrational, suffering from insomnia, hallucinations, and eventual death.

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Coming December 7,  2021

Profit and Punishment

how america criminalizes the poor in the name of justice

By Tony Messenger

The tragedy of modern-day debtors prisons, and how they destroy the lives of poor Americans swept up in a system designed to penalize the most impoverished.

Poor Americans are convicted of minor crimes and then saddled with exorbitant fines and fees. If they are unable to pay, they are often sent to prison, where they are then charged a pay-to-stay bill, in a cycle that soon creates a mountain of debt that can take years to pay off. These insidious penalties are used to raise money for broken local and state budgets, often overseen by for-profit companies, and it is one of the central issues of the criminal justice reform movement.

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Coming December 7,  2021

Sea Hawke

By Ted Bell

Alex Hawke is sailing into trouble when an around-the-world journey becomes a fight against terror.

After saving the kidnapped heir to the British throne, gentleman spy and MI6 legend Alex Hawke is due for some downtime. He’s got a new custom built sailing yacht and a goal: to get closer to his son Alexi during an epic cruise across the seven seas.

But fate and the chief of MI6, Lord David Trulove, have other plans.

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Coming January 18, 2022

Such A Pretty Smile

By Kristi DeMeester

There’s something out there that’s killing. Known only as The Cur, he leaves no traces, save for the torn bodies of girls, on the verge of becoming women, who are known as trouble-makers; those who refuse to conform, to know their place. Girls who don’t know when to shut up.

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October Book News

Vanity Press Scams and
Publishing Companies to Avoid

By Scott Allen — Self-Publishing School

The awful news for authors out there today is that there are plenty of vanity press scams and self-publishing companies to avoid… Unless you want your money stolen, that is . . .

In this post, you’ll learn how to recognize the self-publishing scams when they cold call you…and the companies you can really trust to get your book published!

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The Curious, Astounding Collection of Magician Ricky Jay

Illusionists, cardsharps, charlatans and human cannonballs enliven a trove of rare books, posters and ephemera now going to auction at Sotheby’s.

By Dan Barry — The New York Times

When Jay died, at 72, in 2018, he left a body of work rooted in sleight of hand, scholarly cant and wonder, shared over a half-century on stage (including “Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants”), television (including “Deadwood”) and film (including “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “Tomorrow Never Dies.”)

But he also left more than 10,000 rare books, posters, broadsides, handbills and ephemera, a vast collection that transformed his Beverly Hills home into a research library dedicated to the human desire to be fooled — to slip the cuffs of reality and believe, if only briefly, the unbelievable. 

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10 Best Psychological Thriller Movies

By Brian Nowosielski — Movieweb

Analyzing the catalogs of some of the industry’s most visionary directors, we break down the top 10 psychological thriller movies.

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Best New Mystery and Thriller Books in October

By Sabienna Bowman — POPSUGAR

There’s a fresh batch of mysteries and thriller books coming your way this month, and trust us, the chill factor is high with these must reads. 

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Best Historical Fiction Books Coming This Fall

By Kirby Beaton — BuzzFeed

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New Books Newsletter

By Book Riot

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12 Novels You Should Read This October

New fiction from John le Carré, Val McDermid, Michael Connelly, James Han Mattson, and more.

By CrimeReads

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Best Books to Read This Fall

Including Sally Rooney, Colson Whitehead, Michaela Coel, and more.

By Vulture

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6 Books Perfect for Fall Reading

By Michael Woodson — Writer’s Digest

Whether you’re looking for something cozy or a little spooky, these books are perfect for the fall season.

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10 Must-Read New Sci-Fi Books for the Fall

By Erika Hardison — Book Riot

Who doesn’t anticipate new sci-fi books as the season changes? 

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The Most Influential Sci-Fi Books of All Time

By K.W. Colyard — Book Riot

What do we talk about when we talk about science fiction? Is it our hope for the future, or our fear of creating the very thing that will destroy us? If the most influential sci-fi books of all time are any indication, the answer is both.

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September Book News

Ken Follett Returns to Espionage Thrillers

he’s back!

By Laura Steven — Publishers Weekly

His new book, Never, is a departure and a return for the megaselling author (Viking says Follett’s books have sold more than 178 million copies worldwide), marking a return to his roots in espionage thrillers.

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Eric Ambler

a crime reader’s guide to the classics

By Neil Nyren — CrimeReads

Revisiting the Father of the Modern Thriller

Eric Ambler was the father of the modern thriller. John Le Carré called him “the source on which we all draw,” and Len Deighton, “the man who lit the way for us all.”  Frederick Forsyth said he was the man “who took the spy thriller out of the gentility of the drawing room and into the back streets where it all really happened.” 

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22 Novels You Need to Read This Fall

By Emily Temple — Literary Hub

As you may have already noticed, fall is a big season for books—particularly novels. This year, we’ve got a TBR full of blockbusters, indie darlings, debuts, and yes: Sally Rooney. So where’s an eager reader to start? The Literary Hub staff has a few thoughts.

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12 Crime Novels You Should to Read This September

By CrimeReads

September brings an outstanding line-up of new crime releases showcasing the breadth of the genre and the variety of talented approaches to the world of crime. 

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101 Best Websites for Writers 2021

By Writer’s Digest

These websites will help inspire, educate, and connect you to other writers as you start or continue on your writing journey.

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August Book News

 

Five Psychological Thrillers You Should Read This Month

By Lisa Levy — CrimeReads

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Can’t Miss August Releases

By Sophia June — NYLON

There’s a whole new crop of books coming out in August that are worthy of adding to your stack.

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August Mystery Thrillers

By Sabienna Bowman — POPSUGAR

Whether you’re planning to read on the beach or stay cool inside, this August is chock-full of captivating mysteries and thrillers that will keep you guessing until the final page. 

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Summer Book Picks from Celebrity Book Clubs

By Hannah Reynolds — BookBub

Whether you have your own book club or just like to know what’s getting all the buzz, you’ll want to see these titles recommended by some of our favorite book club hosts! 

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July Book News

 

The Best New July Books

The CrimeReads editors pick the month’s best new books out in paperback. 

By CrimeReads

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Revenge Novels

Revenge is everywhere in popular culture

By Liberty Hardy — BookRiot

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July Books

what we are excited to read in July

By NPR

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June Book News

 

A Writer Prepares

By Lawrence Block

Sometime in 1953, I knew with unusual certainty what I intended to do with my life. I would become a writer.

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May Book News

 

Eight Thrillers an Mysteries
to Read This Summer

By S.A. Cosby — The Washington Post 

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Fantasy and Science Fiction Awards

By Jen Northington — Book Riot

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Five Great New Mysteries and Thrillers
to Look Forward to This Spring

By Richard Lipez — The Washington Post 

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

By Andrew Liptak — Polygon

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Mystery & Thriller Books

to get excited about this year

By Novel Suspects

There are so many fantastic new mystery suspense novels to get excited about in 2021! Whether you’re hankering for classic suspense thrillers, cozy mystery books with a dash or romance, or smart suspense novels that’ll make you think, this list has got something you’ll be sure to love. So get your pre-ordering muscles ready, because these are sixteen suspense books you’re not going to want to miss this year.

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Self-Publishing News

2021 Selfies Award winners announced

By Alliance of Independent Authors

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Check out the listing!

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State of the Crime Novel

a roundtable with the edgar awards nominees

By CrimeReads

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April Book News

Top eBooks to Binge Read During Lockdown

GET IT FREE!

By Markus Reily — Good E Reader

Ebook sales are on the rise, and it’s no bad thing. With a pandemic raging around us, the sales of Ebooks have skyrocketed. With all of us stuck on leave, working from home, and saving time on our commutes, we all have a lot more time to get to those books we have meant to read.

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This Month’s Chilling Mysteries

By Moira Macdonald — The Seattle Times

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New Books Coming Out This Week

10 New Books

Crimereads

New Offerings from the World of Crime, Mystery, and Thrillers.

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Best New Thrillers

Looking Forward to Five Great New Mysteries and Thrillers This Spring

Richard Lipez — The Washington Post

Escape to California, Lebanon, Connecticut, Provence and not-so-merry England in these five first-rate new mysteries and thrillers. 

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Relationships Made Justified Special

By Keith Roysdon — CrimeReads

Over six seasons, Justified explored the complex, twisted roots of Elmore Leonard’s distinct vision of Harlan County.

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March Book News

 

Kindle Exclusive New Releases

Browse new and upcoming releases you won’t find anywhere else and discover your next great read.

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10 Debut Novels You Should Read This Month

The best new debut novels in crime, mystery, and thrillers.

By CRIMEREADS 

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10 NEW BOOKS COMING OUT THIS WEEK:

NEW OFFERINGS FROM THE WORLD OF CRIME, MYSTERIES AND THRILLERS

By CRIMEREADS 

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10 NEW BOOKS COMING OUT THIS WEEK:

NEW OFFERINGS FROM THE WORLD OF CRIME, MYSTERIES AND THRILLERS

By CrimeReads 

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Writing Your Story’s Theme

The Writer’s Guide to Plotting Stories That Matter

By K.M. Weiland

THEME IS WHAT YOUR STORY IS REALLY ABOUT!


Theme — the mysterious cousin of plot and character. Too often viewed as abstract rather than actionable, theme is frequently misunderstood and left to chance. Some writers even insist theme should not be purposefully implemented. This is unfortunate, because in many ways theme is story. 

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10 NEW BOOKS COMING OUT THIS WEEK:

NEW OFFERINGS FROM THE WORLD OF CRIME, MYSTERIES AND THRILLERS

By CRIMEREADS 

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Gwen Florio

Lauren Korn chats with Missoula author Gwen Florio.

Montana Public Radio (MTPR) Online
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Ten Novels You Should Read This March

By CrimeReads

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Anne Lamott on Writing a Book

Five Questions for the Author of  Dusk, Night, Dawn

By Literary Hub

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February Book News

 

Six Reasons Why:

Short Story Writing Is Good For You

By Cheryl Burman 

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The Real Book Spy’s March 2021 Reading Guide

By The Real Book Spy

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10 New Books Coming Out This Week

New offerings from the world of crime, mystery, and thrillers.

By CrimeReads

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The Best Thrillers of 2021

By Thrillerfix Book Awards

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The Women Pushing Espionage Fiction Into New Territories

A Roundtable Discussion

By Lisa Levy — CrimeReads

Spy fiction is undergoing a revolution, and women authors are using it to challenge notions about identity, power, and trust.

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Book Marketing Update

By Frances CaballoSocial Media Just for Writers

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55 Most Anticipated Books of 2021

By Leigh Haber, Michelle Hart and Hamilton Cain

Here, we’re sharing our list of the most anticipated books of 2021 through the first five months of the year, which we’ll be updating every few months.

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The Best Thriller Books of 2021

Here we share our edit of the most exciting thriller books to come in 2021

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Early Bird Books

Early Bird Books brings you free and bargain ebooks that match your interests. You can sign up for free, read the books on any device, and the books are yours to keep.

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Ereader News Today

Choose your genres, enter your email and start reading your new books today. Our service is always free to use – no strings attached!

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EXCLUSIVE From The Book Spy

Two-time Edgar-winning Steve Hamilton teams with 26-time #1 New York Times bestseller Janet Evanovich on “The Bounty”

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Freebooksy — Free Kindle Books

We love free ebooks. We help you find them.

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Hot New Releases

Amazon Best-Sellers
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Los Angeles Review of Books — LARB

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NPR Book News

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