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DEAD WEIGHT by Frank Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A bundle of loose ends dulls the impact of what begins as a brisk and unusual puzzler."
DCI Neil Paget (Night Fall, 2012, etc.) leads his team into an increasingly murky investigation of a matter that may not even be criminal. Read full book review >

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NIGHT FALL by Frank Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2013

"The complicated back story takes Paget's 10th a step beyond a routine procedural."
A new boss provides a unique challenge for DCI Neil Paget (In the Shadow of Evil, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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IN THE SHADOW OF EVIL by Frank Smith
Released: July 1, 2012

"Smith takes the usual elements—dogged investigator, loyal subordinates, interfering boss, family plagued with secrets—and combines them to produce the usual result."
Family life can be messy, DCI Neil Paget (A Killing Resurrected, 2011, etc.) finds, when a retired surgeon's stepdaughter is brutally murdered. Read full book review >

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FATAL FLAW by Frank Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 1996

"Good show all round."
Strange things are happening in the quiet country lanes of Shropshire, bailiwick of Detective Chief Inspector Neil Paget. Read full book review >

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ACTS OF VENGEANCE by Frank Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2003

"Like all the Paget cases (Thread of Evidence, 2001, etc.), a jolly good show."
On a filthy night in Shropshire with the rain pouring down and the station house parking lot a sea of mud, DCI Neil Paget sees Constable Kate Regan safely to her car, but when he heads for his own vehicle he's waylaid and his throat cut. Read full book review >

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STONE DEAD by Frank Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 20, 1998

"Sterling goods for lovers of the British procedural, with a snakelike mystery that's still twisting and turning minutes before the final fadeout."
Photographer Peter Foster, enraged at finding his live-in model Lisa Remington in bed with her estranged husband, fashion designer Sean Merrick, unloaded a twelve-gauge shotgun at her and dumped her body into a well on the Bracken Cottage grounds. Read full book review >

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THE COLD HAND OF MALICE by Frank Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2009

"Veteran Smith's procedural offers plenty of puzzle for the suspense aficionado."
A string of bizarre, destructive burglaries end in death when the owner of an engineering firm is found bludgeoned in her bed. Read full book review >

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THREAD OF EVIDENCE by Frank Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2001

"Devotees of the cozy British procedural will savor all the clues, the timetable, and especially Paget's ever more interesting love life."
Bad-tempered Jim Bolen, partial to the voluptuous girls supplied by obliging Tudor Hotel manager Norman Quint, may have been dispatched by an unusually scrawny one last seen sneaking out the hotel's back door barefoot. Read full book review >

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CANDLES FOR THE DEAD by Frank Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 4, 1999

"Still, a solid performance even so, and another boon to lovers of the British police procedural."
Fortyish Beth Smallwood, widowed mother of good-for-nothing, drug-addict son Lenny, lives hand to mouth in a cottage in Shropshire, taking the bus every day to her bank job. Read full book review >

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A KILLING RESURRECTED by Frank Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2010

"Smith's quick pacing and clever clueing will delight both procedural fans and cold-case bloodhounds."
DCI Neil Paget (The Cold Hand of Malice, 2009, etc.) probes a stone-cold case that everyone—even the victims' families—would rather see left in the icebox. Read full book review >

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BREAKING POINT by Frank Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2008

"What begins as a routine police procedural somehow morphs into an tale of international intrigue without ever losing its taste for the mundane or the obvious."
A budding journalist disappears while chasing a story about dark doings in the English countryside. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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