Last Call For The Living by Peter Farris
My favorite debut novel of 2012 is now available in paperback. Peter Farris tells the story of an unlikely bond formed by an Aryan Brotherhood bank robber and his hostage amid some grisly action. This book shows the promise of a great new voice on the crime scene.
Criminal Enterprises by Owen Laukkanen
Laukkanen brings back law enforcement agents Windermere and Stevens from his breakout debut, The Professionals. This time the two are after a sympathetic bank robber. Laukkanen has a knack for delivering a breakneck pace that never sacrifices strong characterization.
The Beggar’s Opera by Peggy Blair
For mystery fans who like foreign settings, try this debut that introduces us to Cuban police inspector Ricardo Ramirez. He has seventy-two hours to secure an indictment for the killer of a young boy before he leaves the country, all the while suffering from dementia that allows him to see the victims of his unsolved cases.