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Where has THD been? Why bother asking.

Body Scissors - Micheal Simon
I read this author's first book, Dirty Sally, a few years ago and dug the he-hi-heck out of it. But for one reason or another his second and third books never made it into my shopping cart. I found this in the overstock and was excited. I will probably knock this book off after The Redbreast and The Mark.

The Bookman's Last Fling - John Dunning
Booked to Die, the first in this series, was so much fun that I have always come back to the series, even if it has been mostly about diminishing returns. The lead is a former cop named Cliff Janeway. His current occupation is as a used and rare bookstore owner. As a collector of almost anything this spells doom to the pocket book.

Down River - John Hart
This book has been nominated for an Edgar this year. His first book King of Lies did the same last year. I am on the bandwagon to see what all the fuss is about.

The Shotgun Rule - Charlie Huston
Other than the Pitt Vampire books I own all of Mr. Huston's output. Sadly I have yet to read any of them. What is the matter with me?!

The Tin Roof Blowdown - James Lee Burke
I have not climbed Mount JL Burke in a couple years, and for that I feel only shame. This book showed up a ton of 'Best of' lists. This is his Katrina book.

The Guilty
- Jason Pinter
As I mentioned above, this author's first book, The Mark, is next on my to be read pile.

Mercy Falls
- William Kent Krueger
I read this author's first book late last year, and really enjoyed it. I will have to figure out a way to catch up with all of this authors work.


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