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Hell and High Water
by Tanya Landman

Landman’s Dickensian novel takes readers to eighteenth-century England, where a mixed-race teen and his father, Joseph, who is white, travel the countryside putting on Punch and Judy shows. Their itinerant life crashes around them when a thief drops a purloined silk purse at Joseph’s feet, framing the puppeteer for the crime.

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column_back-page_f1.jpgThe Back Page: Bangkok Nights
by Bill Ott

There is no earthly reason why a crime-fiction fan should be limited to only one series set on the Pacific Rim, but should such an absurd requirement be imposed, the choice, though agonizing, would be clear: the winner has to be John Burdett’s Bangkok novels starring one of the genre’s most compelling lead characters, Sonchai Jitpleecheep.

Listen-alikes_Celtic-Noir_f1.jpgListen-alikes: Celtic Noir
by Joyce Saricks

Fans of Adrian McKinty’s gritty, moody Sean Duffy mysteries might enjoy these additional examples of Celtic noir—dark, urban mysteries set in either Scotland or Ireland and featuring a strong sense of time and place as well as tenacious detectives who often find themselves fighting the system as well as the criminals.

column_every-book_f1.jpgEvery Book Its Reader: Making the Most of Midlist Mysteries
by Neil Hollands

The materials selection philosophy called “Give ’em what they want” was first advanced by Baltimore County Public Library in the 1970s and has now been embraced by most public libraries throughout the country. It remains a good approach to collection development.

Trend-Suburban_f1.jpgTrend Alert: Suburban Suspense
by Rebecca Vnuk

Not your mother’s romantic suspense. No, we didn’t dream of Manderley again. Romantic suspense in the twenty-first century has moved far beyond the gothic and settled nicely into the suburbs.

Guest-Speaker_Nothing-Impossible_f1.jpgGuest Speaker: Nothing Is Impossible
by Maggie Stiefvater

This is the earliest dream that I remember: I was riding in a car with no driver, and the landscape on either side of me was in black and white. My older sister sat in the seat beside me.

hard-boiled_2017_f1.jpgA Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to the Pacific Rim
by Bill Ott

The Pacific Rim is typically defined as comprising the lands around the rim of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a big ocean, so that’s a lot of countries. The term is most often used in discussing international trade, but it works quite well, too, to define a thriving landscape for hard-boiled crime fiction.

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