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Homicide inspector Ben Raveneau is the focus of novelist Kirk Russell’s San Francisco-based procedural series. First in the series, A Killing in China Basin, won kudos from Booklist: “A plot that’s chock-a-block with red herrings and unexpected twists, an appealingly hard-bitten hero, and plenty of action make this solidly written police procedural a good choice for all fans of the genre.” Novelist Michael Connelly also had praise for this new series and its protagonist, noting, “A city storied with characters gains a relentless new hero with Ben Raveneau.” Second in the series, Counterfeit Road, comes out in May.

Former DEA agent and now head of a special operations unit of the California Department of Fish and Game, John Marquez is the unlikely protagonist of Russell’s first series, which began with the 2003 title, Shell Games, and continued with Night Game, Dead Game, and the 2011 installment, Redback. Booklist called Marquez “far and away the most inventive new detective hero,” and of the fourth installment that same periodical declared: “Readers looking for a superbly crafted, cleverly plotted, highly suspenseful thriller with a larger-than-life hero need look no further than Redback—or, indeed, the entire John Marquez series. Outstanding!” (more…)

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Of Martin Limón’s Korean-based series featuring U.S. Army criminal investigators George Sueño and Ernie Bascom , author Lee Child declared the books “easily the best military mysteries in print today.” Bookpage concurred in the judgment, noting that “Limón has crafted some of the finest military mysteries on offer.” The seven books in that series, all published by Soho, include Jade Lady Burning, Slicky Boys, Buddha’s Money, The Door to Bitterness, Wandering Ghost, G.I Bones, and the most recent, Mr. Kill, from 2011.  Part police procedurals, part thrillers, Limón’s novels, as Michael Connelly noted, “take you away to a brand new world.”

In a starred review of Mr. Kill, Publishers Weekly raved: “Excellent…A vivid view of Asia, from the Demilitarized Zone to the Yellow Sea, and an insightful look at the era lift this fine entry.” Booklist, in its starred review, noted: “This series is a must not only for procedural fans but also for anyone who enjoys crime fiction set in distinctive international locales.” Library Journal joined in the chorus of praise for this seventh installment, observing: “Twenty years on, this series remains remarkably sharp and fresh. Featuring a fast pace, nuanced characters, respect for the locals and their culture (Sueño speaks Korean), and plenty of twists to keep readers guessing, this is military crime fiction at its best.” (more…)

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