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A Long Shadow
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Fire in the East by Harry Sidebottom
Fire in the East (Warrior of Rome, #1)
by Harry Sidebottom
recommended for: Roman Historical fiction fans.
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I read a Sidebottom, Warrior of Rome Series, book, "Lion of the Sun", a few years ago and enjoyed it immensely. It's #3 in the Warrior of Rome Series. This novel is the first in the series.

Ballista is a Celt, son of a tribal chief, who was held as a
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The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver
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Spade & Archer by Joe Gores
Spade & Archer: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon
by Joe Gores
recommended for: Noir fiction fans, Hammett Fans, Hard boiled detective fans.
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There's something about Dashiell Hammett's writing that, even when I was very young, I enjoyed immensely: perhaps because it was so uncluttered, not quite to Hemingway's standards but
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Joe Gores has managed to capture th
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Black Out by John Lawton
Black Out
by John Lawton
recommended for: WW II Spy and mystery fans.
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My first Lawton novel - turns out it was his first, also. Whatever, I enjoyed the book immensely. It met three of my criteria for reading it in the first place. One, it takes place during WW II. Two, it's a spy story. Three, it has a number of twists ...more
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Storm Front by John Sandford
Storm Front (Virgil Flowers, #7)
by John Sandford
recommended for: Crime, thriller, Sandford fans
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A slightly disappointing effort from John Sandford. This is the seventh entry in the Virgil Flowers series. Personally, I like the Lucas Davenport novels much better.

Good ol' Boy, Virgil is assigned to track down an inscribed Stele that had been sto
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By Its Cover by Donna Leon
By Its Cover (Commissario Brunetti, #23)
by Donna Leon
recommended for: Crime fans, Italian fans.
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Reading a Guido Brunetti book by Dona Leon is like running into an old friend and realizing that the intervening time hasn't lessened your friendship.

This is very much a character driven story. The crimes, theft of rare books and a murder, are secon
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