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Since publication of his first novel about a decade-and-a-half ago, Charles Cumming has been favorably compared to John le Carre and other celebrated British writers of spy fiction. A Divided Spy is his eighth work and the third in a series featuring the character Thomas Kell, an able MI6 agent who has had his struggles with the agency. As the new book begins, Kell is thinking he’s done with spying but gets drawn back into the shadows when offered a shot at revenge against a Russian whom he holds responsible for his girlfriend’s death. What starts out as a personal mission eventually grows into something much larger as Kell finds himself at a crossroads between satisfying his desire for revenge and pursuing a lead about a prospective terrorist attack. The conclusion is daring and complex

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ISBN: 9781250021045
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 14th, 2017

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Suspense simmers The Dry, a thrilling debut mystery by Jane Harper, set in the drought ridden sticks of Australia. The arid air and unforgiving barrens mirror the small town of Kierwarra in shock, yet again, from murder. After being run out of Kierwarra as a teenager, Aaron Falk returns as a middle-aged federal agent to investigate this triple homicide—its victims including the mother and son of his childhood friend, Luke, who is suspected of committing murder suicide. Aaron, burdened by present grief and a past that's made him prodigal pariah, must see beyond tar and feathers to solve the crime of The Dry.

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ISBN: 9781250105608
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 10th, 2017

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There are many candidates for The Trespasser (Viking, $27) in Tana French’s sixth Dublin Murder Squad mystery. The eponymous figure could be the murderer, committing a violent crime while leaving no evidence or indication of motive. It could be Detective Antoinette Conway herself, female and olive-skinned, working in the all-male, all-white Irish police squad. It could be an infiltrator feeding the investigators fake leads to deter them from finding the truth. The trespasser might even be Detective Conway’s realization that she has more in common with the blond-haired, Barbie doll-like victim than she is comfortable admitting. Not just a great detective story, French’s novel is a study in how the past superimposes itself on the present, and how memory steers personal perceptions and motives whether the actors are aware of it or not.

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ISBN: 9780670026333
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking - October 4th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780143110385
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Published: Penguin Books - August 8th, 2017