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I have just finished a wonderful book, Thimbprint, by Friederich Glauser. He wrote only five books, however, the German mystery prize is named after him. He wrote during the thirties. He died at age 42 after a very troubled life... Drug addiction, schizophrenia, in and out of asylums and prison. He even was in the Foreign Legion for two years!

What stands out in his writing is the use of detail to characterize the characters, the social criticism of life in a small town, his likable police sergeant/detective. It's brief; it was so good that I cancelled an appointment so I could finish it.

I've started a first novel by C. David Ingram, "The Stone Gallows. 

I cannot recommend it highly enough, certainly looking forward to his future work.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6964084-the-stone-gallows?ac=1

Open Grave by Kjell Eriksson
Erisson's books are always a treat because he cares so much for people. His books are basically character studies; this one's about small acts of violence aimed at an old man just awarded a Nobell.

Raylan by Elmore Leonard.

Enjoy it a lot.

I really enjoyed that one too, David.

Just received my long awaited copy of THE PROMISE by Robert Crais.

I haven't started it yet--tonight--but with Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, Scott James & Maggie all in one novel, how can you go wrong?

Haven't read it yet, but if Maggie's in the book it's sure to be great!

Maggie's in it. I'm happy to say. The book was good, but I have to say I liked SUSPECT better.

Corpse in the Koryo, by James Church,about a police detective in North Korea.
Now that does sound interesting.
It was published in 2006, and I think it was the first of s series. Well written, it moves along at a good pace.

I looked them up, the author sounds like a guy with an interesting past as well.

James Church is the pseudonym of the author of five detective novels featuring a North Korean policeman, "Inspector O".

Church is identified on the back cover of his novels as "a former Western intelligence officer with decades of experience in Asia". He grew up in the San Fernando Valley in the United States, and was over sixty years old in 2009.

His "Inspector O" novels have been well-received, being noted by Asia specialists for offering "an unusually nuanced and detailed portrait" of North Korean society.

A Korea Society panel praised the first book in the series for its realism and its ability to convey "the suffocating atmosphere of a totalitarian state".

A panelist as well as The Independent's and the reviewers at the Washington Post compared the protagonist to Arkady Renko, the Soviet chief inspector in Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park, for providing "a vivid window into a mysterious country".

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