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Booklist Mystery Month 2018, Our Agatha Award Winner & #ThrillerThursday Picks

First, a HUGE congratulations to Louise Penny’s GLASS HOUSES, which won the 2017 Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel!

It’s Mystery Month over at Booklist, and Bill Ott named 3 of our books The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2018 (for books reviewed between May 1, 2017, and April 15, 2018):

Top 10 Crime Novels

HELLBENT by Gregg Hurwitz
The latest in Hurwitz’s Evan Smoak series may be the best yet. The former Orphan X has cut his ties with the deep-cover Orphan Program and has reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, helping those with nowhere else to turn. Now, though, he’s out to avenge the death of his former mentor, but can he do so without putting at risk a young woman he rescued from the program? The story moves as fast as a bullet train, and we’ve never seen Smoak as emotionally exposed as he is here. As the character of Smoak becomes steadily more complex, the humanity at the core of the man emerges forcefully.

Best Debuts

THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by Kristen Lepionka
PI Roxane Weary is a lot like her dead father, Frank, who was also a cop: she looks like him and drinks like him, and she’s taken to sleeping with his former partner. So she turns to Frank’s notebooks when she attempts to solve several murders in her small Ohio town. Roxane is a wonderfully rich character, deeply flawed but absolutely dogged in her pursuit of the truth. Sensitive character development and a heart-stopping denouement. readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (5/5/16 Edition)

thrillerthurs-5.3Q: What do you get when you mix three detectives, two lawyers, three cozies, and one obsessed woman?
A: Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks!

REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart
A May 2016 LibraryReads & Indie Next pick, a PW Best Summer Book of 2016, a SIBA Spring 2016 Okra pick, and two starred reviews! In Hart’s “stellar crime thriller” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), a troubled detective must confront her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. Meanwhile, a former cop walks free after 13 years in prison—is he responsible for what happened at the abandoned church deep in the forest? “Hart plays brilliantly on the tradition of the southern gothic, but his grasp of character gives this novel—and all his works—the extra dimension that extends his audience well beyond adrenaline junkies.” — Booklist, starred review

CITY OF THE LOST by Kelley Armstrong
A May 2016 LibraryReads pick! Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows this crime will catch up to her. On the run now, Casey finds refuge in an off-the-grid town harboring those wishing to disappear, but the town has its own dark secrets. “A highly unusual set-up sets the stage for a distinctive cast of characters and a page-turning plot.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

AFTER THE FIRE by Jane Casey
In the next gripping, intimate Maeve Kerrigan novel, a housing tower catches fire, but one of the fatalities—a controversial politician—was murdered before the fire began. “The prickly Kerrigan-Derwent relationship takes some new turns, and both suspense and emotion run high in this compelling, more somber addition to the character-driven Kerrigan mysteries. Casey sets the bar higher each time out, but she never has trouble clearing it.” — Booklist, starred review

MISSION HILL by Pamela Wechsler
In Wechsler’s gripping debut, upper crust Boston DA Abby Endicott is assigned a murder case both politically charged and intensely personal. “Wechsler’s strong storytelling fits well into the legal thriller genre and should attract fans of Linda Fairstein, Alafair Burke and Lisa Scottoline.” — Associated Press

THE DEFENSE by Steve Cavanagh
Former con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn is forced to defend the head of NYC’s Russian mob, on trial for murder, after the gangster kidnapped Eddie’s ten-year-old daughter. “Irish author Cavanagh’s stellar debut provides everything a reader could ask for in a thriller—nail-biting suspense, a Russian nesting doll of a plot, and an original and compelling lead.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

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