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Blood in the Cut

Alejandro Nodarse (Flatiron)

Heat practically radiates off the page in this Florida noir about a Cuban American ex-con who tries to save his family’s butcher shop—and thus, his family—from collapse. With indelible descriptions of its Miami setting and a three-dimensional look at life in the city’s Little Havana neighborhood, this hard-nosed thriller heralds the arrival of a major new talent.



Eli Cranor (Soho Crime)

Fresh off an Edgar Award for best first novel, former college footballer Cranor delivers another muscular Southern noir set in his home state of Arkansas. The action centers on a chicken processing plant where a Mexican couple endure brutal working conditions under a white manager. When the manager threatens the couple’s livelihood, they hatch a plan for revenge, which inevitably goes sideways. Cranor remains remarkably attuned to the rhythms—and dramatic potential—of life on the margins.


Middle of the Night

Riley Sager (Dutton)

Thirty years ago, Ethan Marsh’s childhood best friend vanished from the tent where they both slept in suburban New Jersey. Now Ethan’s back in the house where he grew up, and some spooky omens are making him suspect that whatever took his friend may be back for seconds. Sager works in a familiar, vaguely supernatural register here, but he bolsters it with uncommon compassion. This is a campfire story whose characters stay with the reader long after the jolts have faded.


A Murder Most French: An American in Paris Mystery

Colleen Cambridge (Kensington)

Cambridge’s top-shelf American in Paris cozies ask a burning question: what if Julia Child solved crimes in between cassoulets? The author’s wit and gift for description sell the premise, as evidenced by this breezy caper that sees Child teaming up with her neighbor to sleuth, sip, and nosh while they attempt to stop a spate of poisonings in the City of Light.


The Return of Ellie Black

Emiko Jean (Simon & Schuster)

With a pinch of Twin Peaks and a dash of True Detective, this stylish spine-chiller follows a Washington State cop assigned to the case of a long-missing teenager who suddenly turns up alive. As the girl grows increasingly evasive about where she’s been and why, the cop comes to wonder if her disappearance might be linked to her own sister’s decades-old kidnapping. It’s packed with cliffhangers and truly shocking twists.


Such a Bad Influence

Olivia Muenter (Quirk)

When ultra-popular teenage influencer Evie goes missing, her older sister, Hazel, sets out to find her. But what if Evie doesn’t want to be found? Muenter’s debut crackles with wit and surprisingly trenchant critiques of online fame—no easy task for such a soft target. Breathless suspense and a delightfully acidic finale make this a beach read with bite.


A Talent for Murder

Peter Swanson (Morrow)

Bestseller Swanson folds characters from The Kind Worth Killing and The Kind Worth Saving into this head-spinning standalone about a librarian who worries her new husband might be a serial killer. For help, she turns to charismatic Swanson antiheroine Lily Kintner, and not long after, the reveals and reversals start flying. The resulting page-turner is “a masterpiece of misdirection,” per PW’s starred review.


What You Leave Behind

Wanda M. Morris (Morrow)

Down-on-her-luck attorney Deena Wood returns to her Georgia hometown and uncovers a potentially deadly scheme to dispossess Black residents of their land, with roots that stretch back to Reconstruction. By turns gripping, enlightening, and unexpectedly moving, this is another first-class legal thriller from Morris.


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