Staff Pick

Reading Fuminori Nakamura’s crime fiction is like having your face blasted repeatedly with ice water, as shocking as it is cleansing. In this episode, a woman masquerades as a high-end sex worker to provide blackmail fodder to a mysterious employer, who is himself hunted by an even more shadowy and ominous underworld figure. As she moves closer to the heart of economic, political, and sexual darkness, her attempts to extricate herself from this life become a harrowing search for desire and individuality free from corruption. This is suspense writing at its tautest and most philosophical.

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By Fuminori Nakamura, Kalau Almony (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781616955922
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Published: Soho Crime - July 12th, 2016

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By Fuminori Nakamura, Kalau Almony (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781616958107
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Published: Soho Crime - April 4th, 2017

Staff Pick

Darktown is a knock-out novelization of the history of Atlanta’s first black police officers. Deftly merging social history with crime fiction, it follows two of the new recruits as they secretly investigate the murder of a young black woman. It's a mission fraught with danger as they come up against bigoted white officers and the insidious racism of Atlanta still under Jim Crow. Mullen spins an immersive tale out of this friction, and it is his willingness to engage with this time period, to let its ugly realities shape and inform the course of the investigation, that elevates the novel from a standard procedural.

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ISBN: 9781501133862
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Published: 37 Ink - September 13th, 2016

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781501133879
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Published: 37 Ink - June 6th, 2017

The Widow is a deeply engrossing character study of the man accused of kidnapping and murdering a child, and of the woman who chooses to stay by his side, to see only the man and never the monster. Narrated in part by Jean, the titular widow—in a clear, strong voice that hints of a woman who is stronger and knows more than she lets on—The Widow meditates on what we choose to know and ignore about the people closest to us and, in the character of Jean, presents a complex image of the wife who stands steadfastly by her scandal-stained husband. Alongside this story of a marriage of unequal partners strained by extraordinary circumstances is a psychological thriller, a cat-and-mouse game played out between the lead detective assigned to the case and the main suspect. Until the end, Barton leaves her readers wondering “did he really do it?” as she takes us through the twists and turns of the case and the media spectacle it generates.

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ISBN: 9781101990261
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Berkley - February 16th, 2016

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101990476
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Published: Berkley - January 17th, 2017

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