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Dry Bones in the Valley

Tom Bouman
Heavily atmospheric crime thrillers are not just big city stuff anymore. “Rural noir” is hiding out in the hills of Appalachian Pennsylvania where the remote location provides cover for meth cookers and generally poor employment prospects for everyone else. On occasion neighbors may accidentally shoot each other, but when two out-and-out murders occur, the local police force—i.e. Wild Thyme Township Officer Henry Farrell—has to call in outside assistance. The troopers may bring their fancy equipment but the territory is fiddlin' Farrell's stomping ground.

A Colder War

Charles Cumming
Cumming follows up A Foreign Country, winner of the 2012 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller, with further adventures for disgraced Secret Intelligence Services agent Thomas Kell. Pulled back into action when too many “assets” go missing, Kell's special assignment for the SIS head gets very personal. A former MI6 recruit himself, Cumming is an up-to-date master of the vernacular, making an old-school spy story cutting edge in writing style and location choice. Colin Firth has bought the rights to the books featuring Kell, so picture him in the lead as you're reading.

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February 2014

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