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The Cutaway, by Christina Kovac

DETAILS Title: THE CUTAWAY Author: Christina Kovac Publisher: Atria/37 INK ISBN: 978-1501166105 Genre: Mystery | Thriller BACKCOVER BLURB When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing “MISSING” notice on her desk related to the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney, she can’t seem to shake the image from her head. Despite skepticism from her colleagues, Knightly suspects this ambitious young lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister, especially since she was last seen leaving an upscale restaurant after a domestic dispute. Yet, as the only woman of power at her station, Knightly quickly finds herself investigating on her own. Risking her career, her life, and perhaps even her own sanity, Knightly dives deep into the dark underbelly of Washington, DC business and politics in an investigation that will drag her mercilessly through the inextricable webs of corruption that bind the press, the police, and politics in our nation’s capital. WHAT I THOUGHT The author of THE CUTAWAY, Christina Kovac, looks to have taken an episode of the hit TV …

Rage Against The Dying, by Becky Masterman

DETAILS Title: RAGE AGAINST THE DYING Author: Becky Masterman Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 9780143182672 Genre: Murder-Mystery | Suspense BACKCOVER BLURB Brigid Quinn’s experiences hunting sexual predators for the FBI have left her with memories she wishes she didn’t have and lethal skills she hopes never to need again. Having been pushed into early retirement by events she thinks she’s put firmly behind her, Brigid keeps telling herself she is settling down nicely in Tucson with a wonderful new husband, Carlo, and their dogs. But the past intervenes when a man named Floyd Lynch confesses to the worst unsolved case of Brigid’s career—the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protege, Jessica. Floyd knows things about that terrible night that were never made public and offers to lead the cops to Jessica’s body in return for a plea bargain. It should finally be the end of a dark chapter in Brigid’s life. Except the new FBI agent on the case, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is fake, and Brigid finds she cannot walk away from violence and retribution after all, no matter what the cost. WHAT …

The Thicket, by Joe R. Lansdale

DETAILS Title: THE THICKET Author: Joe R. Lansdale Publisher: Mulholland Books ISBN: 978-0316188449 Genre: Western BACKCOVER BLURB Jack Parker thought he’d already seen his fair share of tragedy. His grandmother was killed in a farm accident when he was barely five years old. His parents have just succumbed to the smallpox epidemic sweeping turn-of-the-century East Texas—orphaning him and his younger sister, Lula. Then catastrophe strikes on the way to their uncle’s farm, when a traveling group of bank-robbing bandits murder Jack’s grandfather and kidnap his sister. With no elders left for miles, Jack must grow up fast and enlist a band of heroes the likes of which has never been seen if his sister stands any chance at survival. But the best he can come up with is a charismatic, bounty-hunting dwarf named Shorty, a grave-digging son of an ex-slave named Eustace, and a street-smart woman-for-hire named Jimmie Sue who’s come into some very intimate knowledge about the bandits (and a few members of Jack’s extended family to boot). WHAT I THOUGHT Joe Lansdale’s THE THICKET is …