The Cloisters by Katy Hays

Dark, sinister, intricate and ultimately surprising, this art and antique-themed thriller will engage the reader’s interest up to and including the final shocking reveal.
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Liberation Day by George Saunders

Saunders once again shows why he enjoys a stellar reputation. These powerful and moving stories, limned with a stunning variety of styles are magnetic, appalling and inspirational by turns. The collection can be recommended to anyone who loves great writing.
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Blitz by Daniel O’Malley

A sprawling fantasy with astonishingly creative imaginings will delight fans of the genre. It is the third of a series but will stand alone admirably. Mutants of bizarre varieties, personal peril and heroism make this a real page-turner.
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Hell and Back by Craig Johnson

This foray into the spirit world will not surprise veteran readers and will please newcomers to the series. Walt deals with the past, with regret and guilt, with spiritual peril but as usual, Henry and Vic are there to back him up. Great stuff!
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The Slowworm’s Song by Adam Miller

This story of a man struggling to reconcile his past, laden with guilt and regret and to forge a loving relationship with an estranged daughter is poignant and moving. Fine writing and an intelligent approach to human frailty and redemption make this a compelling narrative.
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The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney

Anyone who loves crime fiction whether it be classic noir or complex whodunits will delight in this, the first Jack Laidlaw mystery, finished posthumously for McIlvanney, the acknowledged creator of “Tartan Noir” by Ian Rankin, another wizard of the craft. Dark, violent and complicated, it’s a masterwork of the genre.
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