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Literary Thrills & Chills

If mysteries, thrillers, or just plain dark reads are your thing, then you’ll love this summer’s crop of twisty-turny heart-pounders

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1. Those Who Wish Me Dead
Michael Koryta
A kid who’s witnessed a terrible murder is hidden away, but the killers figure out where he is and come after him, butchering everyone in their path.

2. The City
Dean Koontz
While not a typical Koontz suspense novel, this 1960s-set story of an African-American piano prodigy has a supernatural spin.

3. The Last Taxi Ride
A.X. Ahmad
NYC cabdriver Ranjit Singh — a former Indian army captain — finds himself the prime suspect in the murder of a Bollywood siren.

4. Two Soldiers
Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström
A pair of prison-scarred gang members — still teenagers — set up their own depraved criminal syndicate in the Stockholm suburbs. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

5. The Bone Seeker
M.J. McGrath
If there’s another Inuit mystery series, we don’t know about it. This third thriller featuring Edie Kiglatuk — guide, polar-bear hunter, schoolteacher — is as bleak and icy as its Arctic setting.

6. Never Coming Back
Tim Weaver
The lights are on and dinner’s on the table, but an entire British family has disappeared, the only sign of struggle a jug of spilled milk. Months after the trail has gone cold, private investigator David Raker picks up the case — which is more complicated and perilous than he expected.

7. The Quick
Lauren Owen
This wildly original gothic horror story set in 19th-century London combines gripping gore, bizarre twists, and a classic sheen befitting the author’s MA in Victorian literature.

8. Abroad
Katie Crouch
In a literary tale that’s clearly inspired by the Amanda Knox case, a young Irishwoman studying in Italy gets caught up in her roommates’ wild exploits.

9. Wayfaring Stranger
James Lee Burke
This isn’t one of Burke’s Dave Robicheaux mysteries — it’s a pitch-black, decades-spanning family saga that begins with a chance encounter between a 16-year-old boy and Bonnie and Clyde.

10. Herbie’s Game
Timothy Hallinan
Junior Bender, the criminal who does detective work for other criminals, returns for a fourth hard-boiled mystery.