There are only really three things that I know for sure after having read this book:
- I will probably think twice before I ever volunteer to visit Manchester.
- I will never understand why some people would choose to take drugs
- I should think twice before opting to take such a gruesome crime novel with me whilst I’m on holiday
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Book Title: Yes Means Yes: A Novel
Author: Steven M. Wells
Genre: Crime and Suspense
A young woman’s quest for justice on behalf of her friend forms the backbone of this compelling novel by author Steven M. Wells. One night, graduate student Katie Russell overhears sounds of a violent struggle in her friend Ava’s apartment, which is situated one floor above her own. Rushing to her friend’s aid, she discovers a disturbing scene where an unconscious Ava is lying naked and unconscious in bed.
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Author: MK Pachan
Genre: Fiction/Mystery & Detective/Police Procedural
Revoked focuses on a double-homicide of the worst imaginable. A mother and child are found dead in their home by Detectives Cam Clay and Mitch Raines. Detective Clay is hell-bent on solving these murders as the suspect list grows and the body count continues to rise around him and his team.
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Title: Vernon Fix
Author: Peter P. Sellers
Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Crime
Michael Butler has harness racing in his blood. His parents fell in love during racing season and his father dedicated his life to driving until his name was wrongly slandered, ending his career. Now, it’s Michael’s time to avenge his family legacy, and when he discovers his new neighbors have close ties to Carlton DeVeb, the man who ruined his father’s career, he does everything he can to see DeVeb’s demise.
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Novel titles are seldom as apt as Tom Ward’s Fires, which follows Guy, a firefighter in a town dominated by its vast steelworks, and Nathan and his friends, teenage arsonists whose lives are otherwise foreclosed by poverty, corruption and ‘the system’. Guy and Nathan’s paths eventually cross in expected and unexpected ways – most of them fiery – in an intermittently compelling narrative suffused with anger and loss.
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Author name: Jennifer Chase
Name of the book: Dead Cold
Genre of the book: crime, thriller, suspense, mystery, police procedural, action,
Book synopsis: What happens when one California community has a disturbing spike in homicides? It catapults cops into a deadly game of murder. Frozen human body parts hideously displayed at the crime scenes offers a horrifying interpretation that only a sadistic serial killer could design—and execute.
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Title: The Seventh Seed
Author: Allison Maruska
Genre: Dystopian Thriller, with a hint of Sci-Fi
In the near future, government propaganda rules the American airwaves while mega-corporations manipulate government officials. Javier, a young, brilliant researcher, notices a critical agricultural problem in the heartland that hints at a conspiracy looming in plain sight. However, the powers-that-be have no intent on letting Javier and his research come to light.
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Title: Death Before Dishonor
Author: Kenny Hyman
Genre: Espionage Action/Suspense
This novel tells the story of Terry and Yuri Ciccone—brothers and partners in their craft of killing silently, without presence and without trace—as they go from youth to manhood and discover the costs of learning to fight.
Yuri is white while Terry is black, adopted by Italian-American parents who later become pregnant and have Yuri. They love both their children deeply, but when Terry starts getting bullied at his Japanese school, they decide he needs to learn to defend himself.
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Title: Sophie’s Playlist: The Gramble Chronicles
Author: Michael Finocchiaro
Genre: Fiction, Action and Adventure, Thriller
This is a meandering, literary-style story spiced with romance, grit, and a touch of adventure as it covers the multiple storylines of three characters—Gramble, Zoe, and Samuel—as they explore a kaleidoscope of human experiences.
On the thriller side, there is the story of Gramble, a member of the Bureau of Indian Affairs who has been investigating Florida tribal ties with the mafia for years. He eventually transfers to the FBI, but he’s still drawn to Miami and the troubles that he feels are hidden just below the polished surface of casinos and “legal business.”
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Title: Going Gone
Author: Abraham Lopez
Genre: Anthology/Alternate History
Going Gone reads as a collection of short-story snapshots of what happens to a variety of Americans after a pivotal leader in the Middle East is assassinated and the blame is placed on the United States. Covering the despair, power plays, and religious fervor such an event could produce, the author creates a believable “end-of-the-world” scenario that plays out with cold accuracy and just a pinch of hope.
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