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Ancient Truths, Modern Evil, in Hearts of the Missing

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The spirit of Tony Hillerman hovers over every page of Carol Potenza’s debut novel Hearts of the Missing (Minotaur), so it’s no surprise that, when still unpublished, it won the 2017 Hillerman Prize for the best first mystery set in the Southwest. Hillerman’s spirit is far from the only ghost that haunts it, however. The book features Nicky Matthews, a woman police sergeant for New Mexico’s Fire-Sky Pueblo, the Tsiba’ashi D’yini. She is also a Bureau of Indian Affairs-trained federal agent often brought in as a liaison with the Office of Medical Investigation on matters of cultural sensitivity. But Nicky is not a Native. She is white, and she knows that her training is no replacement for all she has yet…

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October Thrills: Jon Land’s Suspenseful Selections

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This October, be sure to get in the mood of all things spooky and suspense with thriller writer Jon Land’s selected highlights. Dracula, cyber warfare, and much more in his thriller round-up. In these days of perpetual political distraction, Red War (Atria) seems especially well-timed. That’s because Kyle Mills latest take on the late Vince Flynn’s seminal Mitch Rapp series serves up the ultimate distraction in the form, potentially, of World War III. Russia’s Putin-esque president, you see, is dying of cancer. So what better way to cling to power in his waning days than to start a war? With the world sitting on a true precipice, once again it’s left to Rapp to pull us back from the edge,…

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Longmire Lives: Continuing Craig Johnson’s Saga

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Never underestimate the power of a long, tall cowboy with a big hat and a big heart. Depth of Winter (Viking Books), the 14th book in Craig Johnson’s Longmire series debuted at No. 5 on the New York Times Bestseller list, attesting to the popularity of crime novels set in remote, fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming, under the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains, near the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Mystery fans with a penchant for western locales have found a home in the unstoppable juggernaut that is Sheriff Walt Longmire’s loyal fanbase that began in 2004 with The Cold Dish. The A&E television series, “Longmire” kicked off in 2012; its six seasons are now on Netflix. But it’s Craig Johnson’s authenticity that keeps…

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43 Thrillers: Everything You Need To Know For This Fall

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As a reviewer and insider, Ryan Steck has been called “the Godfather of the thriller genre.” In this first contributed piece to BookTrib, Ryan names every thriller hitting the bookshelves this fall that genre aficionados should know about. Visit Ryan at www.therealbookspy.com. With half of this summer’s biggest titles already in bookstores, we’re turning our attention to fall, which is shaping up to be action-packed and full of suspense. Anytime you get new books starring Mitch Rapp, Harry Bosch, James Bond, Jack Reacher, and Stephanie Plum over the course of just a couple months, you know it’s going to be a good time. Check out all the must-read thrillers coming out this fall below. Happy reading!   Red War(Atria)by Kyle Mills Release…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Longmire edition

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Despite being unexpectedly cancelled by A&E after three seemingly successful seasons, there’s still hope for Sheriff Walt Longmire and Absaroka County, Wyoming. Insiders report that the Longmire team is preparing pitches for possible suitors, chief among them Netflix (a logical choice because the first two seasons—and soon the third—are already streaming on the site) and Amazon, though traditional cable networks like TNT and AMC will probably also be courted. But while fans wait (in between bouts of tweeting and retweeting #LongLiveLongmire) for the show’s fate to be decided, here are some book ideas to pass the time until Walt returns. If you just like everything about Longmire… There’s nothing better to get you through this bout of Longmire-us interruptus than…

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