Recent Reviews

Three-Fifths – The BOLO Books Review

The last few years have seen a call to action on the diversity front within the crime fiction community. Since change such as this must start at the top in order to be successful, the announcement that Polis Books – a highly respected independent book publisher –...

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The Long Call – The BOLO Books Review

Crime fiction has a long tradition of embracing the outsider, largely because those excluded – by their very nature of being able to observe free of oversight – are often in a prime position to recognize troubling behavior and potential issues without exposure. With...

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The Missing Ones – The BOLO Books Review

Little Comfort, the debut novel from Edwin Hill received much critical acclaim, heralding a new talent on the crime fiction scene. With the release of the follow, The Missing Ones, Hill confirms that this was no fluke and readers should prepare for a long run of...

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Recent Interviews

Neliza Drew – A BOLO Books Guest Post

From the Booking Desk: When the likes of Erin Mitchell, Josh Stallings, Hilary Davidson, and Thomas Pluck are raving about an author or book, it behooves one to investigate. This is how I first discovered Neliza Drew and her new novel. Immediately taken with Neliza's...

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Wendy Walker –
The BOLO Books Interview

From the Booking Desk: Wendy Walker's novel, All is Not Forgotten, will be released on July 12. If you follow entertainment news, you have likely already heard about this book because of the film option made on it by Reese Witherspoon. Trust me when I say that this is...

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Mark Billingham @ The Ivy Bookshop

From The Booking Desk: Last night at The Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore, Mark Billingham entertained a loyal crowd with an assist from Laura Lippman. Anyone who has ever heard Mark speak knows that the man can’t resist a good one-liner to keep the audience on their toes....

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Recent Articles

Lisa Unger – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: Lisa Unger is one of those people who seems simply too nice to write crime fiction, but write it she does. I have been a huge fan of her work for a very long time, with both Fragile and In The Blood ranking extremely high on my list of favorite...

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BOLO – Week of September 15, 2019

From the Booking Desk: It is another busy week at bookshops everywhere. Look for some hotly-anticipated releases alongside books you didn't know that you needed. There is something of quality for everyone. Attica Locke – Heaven, My Home (Mulholland Books, Hardcover,...

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Kristen Lepionka – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch

From the Booking Desk: Few writers burst onto the scene as triumphantly as Kristen Lepionka did. Even before her debut novel was out, it was generating some serious buzz and the release of it and subsequent novels in the series did nothing to quiet things down....

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Welcome to BOLO Books. The blog name comes from the common police acronym meaning “be on the look out.” (or “be on the lookout” – depending on your source). This is especially appropriate in this case, as this blog will focus on books in the mystery and thriller genre. Crime fiction is my passion and I want to share that with you.

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