Should Grace Fail, by Priscella Paton On a June morning, Detective Erik Jansson finds the body of a former policeman in a St. Paul dumpster. The victim, Dan, a recovered alcoholic, had been rescuing an addicted teen, Luna, from sex trafficking. With the backdrop of the opioid crisis, the detectives pursue suspects—missing Luna, who has…

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Percentages of Guilt, by Michael Niemann Faulkner once wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Valentin Vermeulen learns the hard way how true that is. His former employer, the prosecutor’s office in Antwerp, calls him back. There are some irregularities with an old case. Once in his old home town, he finds…

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Jimmy and Fay, by Michael Mayo It’s March 2, 1933. King Kong is premiering at Radio City Music Hall, and Fay Wray is about to become the most famous actress on earth. So what’s she doing hanging around a rundown Manhattan speakeasy? This Hollywood scream queen has come to see Jimmy Quinn, a limping tough guy who…

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Everyone Goes to Jimmy’s, by Michael Mayo Young Jimmy Quinn is delivering a bribe for the infamous racketeer Arnold Rothstein when a bomb goes off on Wall Street, killing thirty people and scaring every banker in the city right down to his spats. Twelve years later, Rothstein is dead, and Jimmy is doing his best…

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Jimmy the Stick, by Michael Mayo Jimmy Quinn was a gunman, bootlegger, and bagman, running with mobsters the likes of Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll, until a bullet in the leg and the murder of Arnold Rothstein ended his career. Quinn bought a speakeasy in downtown Manhattan and settled into a…

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Hurricane Blues, by Reed Bunzel Why would anyone want to kill Ruby Rollins in the vestry of her church? A proponent of swift justice, the county sheriff has already locked up her husband for murder, but the state’s governor doesn’t buy it and hires Jack Connor to learn the truth, no matter where it lies.…

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