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BEA Picks: Crime and Mystery

BookExpo America wrapped up last weekend and it looks like another great year for readers with exciting new releases from established authors and some debut’s worth talking about.  This week we’ll be highlighting some of the titles that caught our eye. Be sure to keep your eye out for our ARCs so you can get your reviews in and help other members discover these great new reads. Today we’re looking at crime and mystery.

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Descent by Tim Johnston is a taut and gripping thriller, and a work of outstanding literary merit which has drawn comparisons with the work of bestselling writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Dennis Lehane. The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan has also been compared to Cormac McCarthy, and is described as a potential new classic for stories from the American West… Lauren Beukes, whose novel The Shining Girls was selected by Stephen King as a Best Book of 2013 in Entertainment Weekly, returns with Broken Monsters, where a criminal mastermind creates violent tableaus in abandoned Detroit warehouses. Breakout thriller writer Paula Daly also has a new novel, Keep Your Friends Close, a riveting and electrifying story of a husband and wife, and the devious best friend who comes between them. Check in tomorrow when we reveal our pick of the historical and literary fiction at BEA 2014. Simon McDonald simon@thereadingroom.com