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Five International Crime Novels To Read In July


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Whether you’re basking by the poolside or sweltering in your less-than-adequately-air-conditioned apartment, take a mini-vacation with these new international thrillers, gripping enough to take your mind off the heat, yet stylish enough to go perfectly with your #hotvaxxsummer.

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Sebastian Fitzek, Seat 7A
Translated by Steve Anderson
(Head of Zeus)

There’s a certain immediacy to Sebastian Fitzek’s thrillers that takes hold of the reader and won’t let you go till you reach the last page. In Seat 7A, an entertaining addition to a new wave of airplane thrillers set on, well, airplanes, a passenger with a deathly fear of flying finds his panic becoming more and more rational as he faces danger in the skies.

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Samira Sedira, People Like Them
Translated by Lara Vergnaud
(Penguin Books)

Samira Sedira’s newly translated novel is inspired by a real case in France in which racism was an obvious factor but ignored by the media. In People Like Them, a glamorous mixed-race family move to a small rural community, where they proceed to befriend, then defraud, many of their new neighbors. One of those neighbors then commits a disproportionate act of monstrous violence sparked far more by his own racism and jealousy than any money owed to him. This is a tale of the violence and prejudice that rears its head in the form of exponential punishment for small sins—an unbearably familiar narrative across the world today.

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Helene Flood, The Therapist
Translated by Alison McCullough
(House of Anansi)

As someone who (like many) has spent a fair amount of time in therapy this past year, I’m always down to read a psychological thriller written by an actual psychologist. In this Swedish domestic thriller, a therapist looks forward to a weekend alone—no patients, no husband, no distractions. Mid-way into her me weekend, however, her husband’s friends call to say he’s never arrived at their planned getaway. Soon after, the missing husband turns up—deceased. The therapist must search her own mind for the clues to the puzzle, before she goes down for the crime herself.

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Alexandre Dumas, Between Two Kings
Translated by Lawrence Ellsworth
(Pegasus Books)

In this first translation of Between Two Kings in over a century, Lawrence Ellsworth breathes new life in Alexandre Dumas’ classic follow-up to the Three Musketeers. A must-read for fans of classic literature and inventive new translations alike.

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Eva García Sáenz, The Lords of Time
Translated by Nick Caistor
(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

In this third installment of Eva Garcia Saenz’s Barcelona-based Kraken trilogy, a killer takes inspiration from medieval history and literary crimes. Saenz’s weary detective just wants to spend some time with his family, but the devilish murders soon enough consume his days as the search builds to a feverish pitch. Perfect summer reading for those who like their crimes European and twisted.

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Michael Neff
Algonkian Producer
New York Pitch Director
Author, Development Exec, Editor

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