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The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch, now a reserve officer with the San Fernando PD, is investigating a serial rapist. He also has an 85-year-old billionnaire client who wants Harry to find out if he has a living heir from a short relationship he had 60+ years ago. Mickey Haller plays a small part.

Bone Deep by David Wiltse. FBI Agent Becker and his friend Chief "Tee" Terhune investigate a serial killer who calls himself Cap'n Luv. 

Just started The Fitzgerald Ruse by Marc de Castrique. Sam Blackman, who lost a leg in Iraq, and his girlfriend Nakayla Robertson have just received their P.I. licenses. Their eccentric first client, Ethel Barkley, wants them to retrieve a lockbox she claims contains a purloined F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscript. 

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I gave The Fitzgerald Ruse was 4 stars. Good plot, characters and writing. However, it would be best to read the 1st book in the series - Blackman's Coffin, which I read 5 or 6 years ago.

To Die For by David Champion got 3 stars. It was interesting, the main likable was likable, and the writing was okay. The author put a couple twists at the end, but it just didn't hang together due to a partial lack of motive.

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Dog Day by Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett is set in Barcelona. Inspector Delicado and her Sergeant Garzon are assigned to investigate the assault of an unidentified man who is in a coma. The cast of characters is rounded out by canines Freaky, Nelly, Morgana and Pompey.

False Impression by Jeffrey Archer has an unscrupulous banker providing loans that are likely to default so that he can acquire the Impressionist art pieces used as collateral. The book starts on September 10, 2001, with the banker in his office in the North Tower of the WTC. Very well plotted. 

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Too Far Gone by John Ramsey Miller is set in NOLA in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. FBI Agent Alexa Keen is drawn into investigating a possible abduction. The case involves corruption, murder and insanity. The plot has a couple unexpected twists in the last 100 pages. 

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Dying Light by Stuart MacBride. Detective Sergeant Logan has been assigned to the Screw-up Squad in Aberdeen, Scotland. Along with a bitchy Inspector he's investigating a string of murders of prostitutes. He'd rather be investigating a string of arsons and murders with his old boss. And then there's the disappearance of a black labrador and a husband.

The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon. The context is an alternative history in which, prior to and following WWII, a large number of Jews from Germany and Eastern Europe were settled in the Sitka District of Alaska, where they have been given temporary self-autonomy. However, more than a generation later that is due to end in a few months, and the Jews of Sitka are not US citizens, nor do most of them even have green cards. Police detective Landsman is called to investigate the death of a junkie Jew who was going by the assumed name of a former chess champion, Emanuel Lasker. But who really was this latter-day Lasker and why was he executed? 

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The Shining Skull by Kate Ellis - Two kidnappings 25 years apart. What links them? Who were the Shining Ones? And why is someone impersonating a taxi driver and chopping off the hair of his blonde passengers?

Dark of the Moon by P.J. Parrish - Louis Kincaid, a black investigator for the sheriff's department in a small Mississippi town in 1985 is called to the skeletal remains of a man found by a hunter in the forest. The M.E. determines that the bones belonged to a black man, age 15-20, and the bones are at least 20 years old. Who was he and why was he murdered? And who is it that doesn't want the case investigated, much less solved?

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People Die by Kevin Wignall - Interesting. JJ is a contractual hitman who works for the British government. He's not hired to spy or gather information, just to kill. He does a very good, clean job, and has no remorse. One drawback to his profession is that it's hard to have any meaningful relationships when you can't tell anyone what you do. But beyond that it seems that now someone wants him dead, and he needs to find out who and why to stay alive.

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Finished Anna's Book by Ruth Rendell, a rather interesting tale about a murder, a missing child and another child that finds its place in different family.  Anna wrote diaries for many years of her life.  Married to a man who cared only for machines, she longs for a daughter and for love.  At last it appears that she will bear the daughter she wishes to hold lin her arms.  Meanwhile a woman is brutally murdered and her husband is believed to have committed the deed and is prosecuted.  Interestingly, neither is as it appears and the truth becomes elusive.  Most interesting read.

Snowbound by Blake Crouch focuses on human trafficing.  Women disappear without a trace.  The kidnappings are carefully orchestrated.  A nail inserted in a tire halts them in isolated areas where a man breaks the drivers side window and abducts them.  Will is a lawyer whose wife disappears.  He and his daughter, Devlin, can find no trace of Rachel,  A woman offering help appears with FBI identification and a terror filled experience leads them across the country and into Alaskan wilderness.  

Beginning A Venetian Reckoning (aka Death and Judgment) (Guido Brunetti, Bk 4) by Donna Leon.

 



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