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These are the first 13 novels dissected on Booked Television. Check the broadcast schedule for program air dates, and use the discussion questions to follow along with our experts. Don't let this list limit you though! We have provided general questions to go with other titles you're reading.

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Strange Affair by Peter Robinson

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While Inspector Alan Banks struggles to put his life back together after a near death experience, his estranged brother Roy leaves a disturbing message on his answering machine and then mysteriously goes missing. Banks discovers that Roy's disappearance may be connected to the death of a young woman found with Banks' address in her pocket. In a race to save his brother, Banks' investigation draws him and his family into a dark and dangerous circle of corruption, mobsters and murder.

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The Closers by Michael Connelly

 

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Detective Harry Bosch is out of retirement and back into the thick of things as he rejoins the LAPD in their Open-Unsolved Unit a.k.a. 'Cold Case Squad'. His first assignment is a 17 year old murder of a racially mixed teenager. Modern-day DNA technology produces evidence leading to a possible suspect - a white supremacist named Roland Mackey. The more Harry digs into this dusty case, the more pain and resistance he encounters. Faced with unlikely suspects departmental politics and corruption, Bosch remembers all too well why he retired in the first place.

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The Torment of Others by Val McDermid

 

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Clinical psychologist and profiler Dr. Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan face the toughest challenge of their careers. Prostitutes working the streets of Bradfield are being viciously murdered. Surprisingly, the killings match the signature of convicted killer Derek Tyler who is locked up at the Bradfield Mental Hospital. As Tony Hill tries to crack Tyler in his cell, Carol and her team face an undercover operation that goes horribly wrong. Tension mounts when the copycat killer abducts one of their own detectives.

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Out by Natsuo Kirino

 

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Working the night shift at a boxed lunch factory in Tokyo, four female co-workers find their lives inexorably changed when they team up to dismember the body of one of their good-for-nothing husbands, strangled in a crime of passion. When the local police wrongly accuse a Tokyo mob leader, the friends quickly discover that the killing is merely the beginning of their troubles, as their gruesome cover up takes them into the violent underbelly of Japanese society.

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Dark Places by Jon Evans

 

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Modern vagabond Paul Wood leaves the comforts of San Francisco to spend months backpacking through some of the world’s most challenging terrain. While in the Himalayas, he finds the body of a murdered hiker with Swiss army knives embedded in his eyes. Paul soon discovers that a killer is stalking the international backpacker trail. Finding the murderer becomes an obsession for Paul leading him from the Himalayan peaks, through the jungles of Indonesia, across the bleak Sahara desert – and into some of the darkest places imaginable.

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

 

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Dexter Morgan is a serial killer that lives by a golden rule - only kill bad people. Although the site of blood repels him, Dexter works as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police department. His double life is disrupted when a copycat killer begins leaving dismembered limbs of innocent victims as mocking clues for the police and ultimately, as an invitation for Dexter to “catch me if you can”.

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Blackfly Season by Giles Blunt

 

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It’s summer in Algonquin Bay and the black flies are driving people mad, including Detective Cardinal and his partner Lise Delorme. A young woman has wandered into a local bar without any money, keys, ID or memory. The reason: a bullet lodged in her brain. Suspicious of her true identity, Cardinal’s investigation draws him towards Red Bear, a mysterious shaman who is enlisting the aid of the spirit world to gain control of the Algonquin drug trade. In return the "spirits" are demanding sacrifice - human sacrifice and Cardinal may be next.

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Blood Memory by Greg Iles

 

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Forensic Odontologist, Cat Ferry is losing her sanity. After several panic attacks during the police investigation of a serial killer, Cat is suspended. Plagued by nightmares, depression, alcoholism and an unplanned pregnancy, Cat retreats to her family estate in Mississippi. Instead of sanctuary, she discovers a frightening family secret. When her case becomes intertwined with her own family history, Cat has to fight to save her sanity and her life.

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He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum

 

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Inspector Sejer is hard at work again investigating the gruesome death of an old woman. The main suspect, a local misfit named Errki Johrma, was seen nearby at the time of the murder by a delinquent twelve-year-old boy. When a bank robber accidentally takes Errki hostage, Inspector Sejer finds himself investigating an unlikely association between Errki, the young boy and the demented bank robber. Confronting his own nagging doubts about the case, Sejer patiently works out the clues under the cloud of small town prejudices and marginalized lives.

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The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

 

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It came out more than 75 years ago and is still one of the best-known crime mystery novels. Penned by renowned American writer Dashiell Hammet it features the famous and most imitated private eye of all time – the flinty eyed, hard-boiled Sam Spade. A greedy and ruthless cast of characters meet their match in the antihero detective Sam Spade as they search for the Maltese Falcon, a fabulously valuable 16th century artifact.

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Memory Book by Howard Engel

 

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Benny Cooperman is a mild mannered private investigator and a nice Jewish boy with a penchant for egg salad sandwiches. But Benny is not quite himself when he awakens in a Toronto hospital room with no memory of how he got there. He’s told that his problem is a result of the condition, alexia sine agraphia, courtesy of a vicious blow to the head. When Benny finds out that he was brutally beaten and left for dead in a dumpster beside a murdered woman, he sets out to recover his memory and reconstruct who was after him and why.

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Shock Wave by James O. Born

 

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His last run-in with the FBI nearly killed him and now, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Bill Tasker reluctantly teams up with them again on a case involving a stolen Stinger missile. The operation goes smoothly enough until a misinformed Tasker accidentally releases the key suspect. Tasker teams up with his tough talking friend, Miami cop Derrick Sutter and the hard-bodied ATF Agent, Camy Parks to find the bomber before something terrible happens. Staying just ahead of Tasker, the bomber draws the trio into a fast-paced cat and mouse chase through the tough Florida streets.

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Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs

 

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Dr. Temperance Brennan faces conflicting accounts concerning the death of an Orthodox Jew in a Montreal warehouse - was it murder or suicide? While reconstructing the facts, her investigation takes a puzzling turn when a mysterious photograph leads Brennan to Israel and to a potentially explosive biblical controversy. Will Brennan uncover a startling revelation that will change history or will she expose an elaborate hoax?

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