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$2.99 eBook Sale: Benefit of the Doubt by Neal Griffin

Poster Placeholder of - 32The ebook edition of Benefit of the Doubt by Neal Griffin is on sale now for only $2.99! This offer will only last for a limited time, so order your copy today.

About Benefit of the Doubt: Neal Griffin is a twenty-five year veteran of law enforcement. He’s seen it all, from routine patrols to drug enforcement to homicide investigations, from corrupt cops to men and women who went far above and beyond the call of duty.

Benefit of the Doubt is a gripping thriller that exposes the dark underbelly of policing in small-town American, where local police departments now deal with big-city crimes and corruption.

Ben Sawyer was a big-city cop, until he nearly killed a helpless suspect in public. Now a detective in the tiny Wisconsin town where he and his wife grew up, Ben suspects that higher-ups are taking payoffs from local drug lords.

Before long, Ben is off the force. His wife is accused of murder. His only ally is another outcast, a Latina rookie cop. Worse, a killer has escaped from jail with vengeance on his mind, and Newburg—and Ben Sawyer—in his sights.

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5 Must-Read Novels for Fans of Longmire

Walt Longmire is a badass and we miss already miss seeing him on screen. He does his detective work the old-fashioned way, and there’s something admirable about that. If you’re missing the small-town setting, thrilling investigations, and perplexing mysteries in Longmire, then you’ll enjoy our list of top 5 novels for Longmire fans.

Ghost Medicine by Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo

Image Placeholder of - 1 Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah searches for the murderer of her ex and former colleague, Harry Ute. Found dead in a remote area of the Rez, Harry seems to have discovered a group of artifact smugglers, which may have gotten him killed. Now, Ella has to find answers, even when the locals on the reservation are too scared of the Navajo witches to tell Ella anything. Like Longmire, this novel deals with the same difficult dynamic between Rez and county police. The jurisdictional issues, incorporation of Native American beliefs, and captivating murder investigation reminded us a lot of the show, making Ghost Medicine a great pick for Longmire fans.

Strong to the Bone by Jon Land

Poster Placeholder of - 15 The award-winning Caitlin Strong Novels are always captivating and the latest installment, Strong to the Bone, lived up to our expectations. Strong is a Texas Ranger who has taken on her father’s old cases. In this novel, she pursues the killer in a triple murder case inside a Nazi POW camp in 1944. Strong’s investigation leads to a grim discovery that Nazism is definitely not over. Strong to the Bone has the same southern vibe as Longmire, but tackles a more political and widespread movement, the likes of which Longmire only occasionally touches on. And if you like this book as much as we did, there are eight other volumes for you to enjoy!

Benefit of the Doubt by Neal Griffin

Place holder  of - 48 In Longmire, the introduction of the casino means more big-city crimes for the small-town Absaroka police. Thriller novel Benefit of the Doubt also explores this evolution of crime — and also the secrets hidden in local police departments. Former metropolitan cop Ben Sawyer is now a detective in a tiny Wisconsin town, where the higher-up cops seem to be corrupt. Soon, Ben is fired and his wife is accused of murder… he poked his head where it didn’t belong. Longmire meets Blue Bloods in this thriller mystery.

The Dread Line by Bruce DeSilva

Placeholder of  -3 Bruce DeSilva’s Liam Mulligan novels are always a safe bet (and dangerous read). In The Dread Line, the former investigative reporter has become obsessed with a few cases: a cat that leaves its kills on his porch, a jewelry heist, and an animal torturer. But the biggest case — a case that is fighting for Mulligan’s attention — is that of the New England Patriots, who are carefully investigating a possible recruit to play it safe after their star player was accused of murder. It seems like a routine case, but it’s anything but. Filled to the brim with secrets and perfectly suited for new readers of the series, The Dread Line consists of big cases and small-town problems, just like Longmire.

Stripped Bare by Shannon Baker

Image Place holder  of - 16 Imagine Longmire, but set in Nebraska with a female version of Walt, and you’ll get Stripped Bare. Kate Fox was happily married to Grand County Sheriff Ted Conner; they lived together with their orphaned teenage niece Carly on a cattle ranch. But one night, Kate receives a call from Roxy at Bar J. Carly’s grandfather is dead and Ted has been shot… in Roxy’s bed. And now Carly’s missing. Like when Walt has to find his wife’s murderer in Longmire, Kate has to find the killer… and it’s personal.

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Paperback Spotlight: Benefit of the Doubt

Benefit of the Doubt by Neal GriffinOnce a month, we’re spotlighting a Tor/Forge book that will soon become available in paperback. Today, we’re featuring Benefit of the Doubt by Neal Griffin, coming out in paperback December 29, 2015.

A gripping thriller, Benefit of the Doubt exposes the dark underbelly of policing in small-town America, where local police departments now deal with big-city crimes and corruption. Please enjoy this excerpt.

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The digital timer on the treadmill hit forty minutes and Ben Sawyer fought the nagging urge to quit. Tempted to slow to a brisk walk, Ben cursed himself through clenched teeth. He cranked the speed half a point higher, increased the incline, and gave himself a silent ration of shit for being weak. He despised artificial exercise, but the alternative meant dealing with the slush, soft ice, and bone-snapping potholes that scarred the roads every spring. To make matters worse, Ben knew that after a short respite, summer heat would blanket the countryside with a muggy hatred for all things human. The wet, sticky air would be thick with dragon mosquitoes patrolling the skies like military drones in search of easy targets. An endless parade of miserable seasons. If he spent the rest of his life in the earthbound purgatory of Newberg, Wisconsin, he’d use his last breath to curse the goddamn weather.

In the cramped storage room that doubled as the gym of the Newberg Police Department, Ben ran in place while half a dozen patrol officers held what amounted to nothing more than a circle jerk disguised as a workout. He couldn’t help but overhear as one officer held the group spellbound with his firsthand account of a bizarre dead body call at an all-night grocery store.

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On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in August

The End of All Things by John ScalziChasing the Phoenix by Michael SwanwickHover by Anne A. Wilson

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in August! Once a month, we’re collecting info about all of our upcoming author events. Check and see who’ll be coming to a city near you:

Mindee Arnett, The Nightmare Charade

Tuesday, August 11
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Cincinnati, OH
7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 12
Books & Co
Beavercreek, OH
7:00 PM

Carrie Bebris, The Suspicion at Sanditon

Thursday, August 6
Murder by the Book
Houston, TX
6:30 PM

Saturday, August 8
Ann Arbor District Library
Also with Susanna Calkins, Anna Lee Huber, and Sam Thomas, hosted by Aunt Agatha’s.
Ann Arbor, MI
2:00 PM

Monday, August 17
Mystery One Bookshop
Milwaukee, WI
7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 19
Mystery to Me Books
Madison, WI
7:00 PM

R. S. Belcher, Nightwise

Saturday, August 22
Barnes & Noble
Roanoke, VA
1:00 PM

W. Bruce Cameron, The Dog Master

Thursday, August 20
Roscommon Area District Library
Books provided by Saturn Booksellers
Roscommon, MI
4:30 PM

Saturday, August 22
Horizon Books
Traverse City, MI
10:00 AM

Cathy Clamp, Forbidden

Saturday, August 22
Hastings Entertainment
Stephenville, TX
12:00 PM

Saturday, August 29
Barnes & Noble
Harker Heights, TX
12:00 PM

Tom Doyle, The Left-Hand Way

Saturday, August 8
Barnes & Noble
Hackensack, NJ
7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 26
Petworth Neighborhood Library
Washington, DC
7:00 PM

Carolyn Ives Gilman, Dark Orbit

Thursday, August 6
Politics and Prose
Washington, D.C.
7:00 PM

Saturday, August 8
Dreamhaven Books
Minneapolis, MN
2:00 PM

Neal Griffin, Benefit of the Doubt

Wednesday, August 26
The Reader’s Loft
Green Bay, WI
7:00 PM

Friday, August 28
Mystery to Me Books
Madison, WI
7:00 PM

Del Howison and Joseph Nassise, Midian Unmade

Saturday, August 1
Dark Delicacies
Burbank, CA
2:00 PM

Sunday, August 2
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
2:00 PM

Mary Pat Kelly, Of Irish Blood

Friday, August 14
Boswell Book Company
An Irish Fest Preview!
Milwaukee, WI
2:00 PM

 

Victor Milán, The Dinosaur Lords

Monday, August 3
Jean Cocteau Cinema
Santa Fe, NM
7:00 PM

Saturday, August 8
Page One Bookstore
With Melinda Snodgrass
Albuquerque, NM
4:00 PM

Wednesday, August 12
Mysterious Galaxy
With Melinda Snodgrass
San Diego, CA
7:30 PM

Tim Pratt, Pathfinder Tales: Liar’s Island

Tuesday, August 25
Copperfield’s Books
In conversation with Ross Lockhart
Petaluma, CA
7:00 PM

John Scalzi, The End of All Things

Tuesday, August 11
Booksellers at Laurelwood
Memphis, TN
6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 12
Quail Ridge Books and Music
Raleigh, NC
7:00 PM

Thursday, August 13
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA
6:30 PM

Friday, August 14
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY
7:00 PM

Saturday, August 15
Barnes & Noble
Westlake, OH
2:00 PM

Sunday, August 16
Schuler Books and Music
Lansing, MI
4:00 PM

Monday, August 17
Madison Public Library
Books provided by A Room of One’s Own
Madison, WI
7:00 PM

Tuesday, August 18
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Beaverton, OR
7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 19
Seattle Public Library
Books provided by Elliott Bay Books
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Thursday, August 20
Boise Public Library
Books provided by Rediscovered Books
Boise, ID
7:00 PM

Sunday, August 23
Midtown Arts Center
Books provided by Old Firehouse Books
Fort Collins, CO
3:00 PM

Monday, August 24
Borderlands Cafe
San Francisco, CA
12:00 PM

Tuesday, August 25
The Last Bookstore
Los Angeles, CA
7:30 PM

Wednesday, August 26
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Melinda Snodgrass, The Edge of Dawn

Saturday, August 8
Page One Bookstore
With Victor Milán
Albuquerque, NM
4:00 PM

Wednesday, August 12
Mysterious Galaxy
With Victor Milán
San Diego, CA
7:30 PM

Michael Swanwick, Chasing the Phoenix

Tuesday, August 11
Main Point Books
Bryn Mawr, PA
7:00 PM

Saturday, August 15
Quail Ridge Books
Raleigh, NC
7:00 PM

Sunday, August 16
Oak City Comic Show
North Raleigh Hilton
Wake Forest Road
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Monday, August 17
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC
7:00 PM

Tuesday, August 18
Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe
Asheville, NC
7:00 PM

David Thurlo, Looking Through Darkness

Saturday, August 1
Bloomfield City Public Library
Bloomfield, NM
7:00 PM

Carrie Vaughn, Kitty Saves the World

Wednesday, August 5
Tattered Cover
East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO
7:00 PM

Jo Walton, The Philosopher Kings

Sunday, August 9
Borderlands Books
San Francisco, CA
3:00 PM

Monday, August 17
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Beaverton, OR
7:00 PM

Anne A. Wilson, Hover

Wednesday, August 12
RJ Julia Booksellers
Madison, CT
7:00 PM

Saturday, August 15
Midshipman Store
Annapolis, MD
10:00 AM

Sunday, August 16
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA
2:00 PM

Monday, August 31
Warwick’s Books
San Diego, CA
7:00 PM

On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in July

Time Salvager by Wesley ChuThe Unnoticeables by Robert BrockwayThe Suspicion at Sanditon by Carrie Bebris

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in July! Once a month, we’re collecting info about all of our upcoming author events. Check and see who’ll be coming to a city near you:

Carrie Bebris, The Suspicion at Sanditon

Friday, July 24
Books & Co.
Dayton, OH
7:00 PM

Saturday, July 25
Ohio State Barnes & Noble
Columbus, OH
2:00 PM

Tuesday, July 28
Joseph-Beth Books
Cincinnati, OH
7:00 PM

Thursday, July 30
The Booksellers at Laurelwood
Memphis, TN
6:30 PM

Alex Bledsoe, Long Black Curl

Friday, July 10
Arcadia Books
Spring Green, WI
6:30 PM

Saturday, July 18
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN
2:00 PM

Sunday, July 19
Eagle Eye Bookshop
Decatur, GA
3:00 PM

Robert Brockway, The Unnoticeables

Thursday, July 16
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:30 PM

Friday, July 17
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Saturday, July 18
Copperfield’s Books
Petaluma, CA
7:00 PM

Sunday, July 19
Borderlands Books
San Francisco, CA
3:00 PM

Wednesday, July 22
Powell’s City of Books
Portland, OR
7:30 PM

Wesley Chu, Time Salvager

Tuesday, July 7
The Last Bookstore
Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM

Sunday, July 12
Mysterious Galaxy
Also with Carrie Patel and Scott Sigler
San Diego, CA
2:00 PM

Wednesday, July 15
Elliott Bay Book Company
With Ramez Naam
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Thursday, July 16
Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing
Beaverton, OR
7:00 PM

Saturday, July 18
Borderlands Books
San Francisco, CA
3:00 PM

Sunday, July 19
Uncle Hugo’s
Minneapolis, MN
3:00 PM

Monday, July 20
A Room of One’s Own
Madison, WI
7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 21
Boswell Book Company
Milwaukee, WI
7:00 PM

Thursday, July 23
Schuler Books and Music
Lansing Charter Township, MI
7:00 PM

Friday, July 24
Book People
Austin, TX
7:00 PM

William S. Cohen, Collision

Wednesday, July 1
Books-a-Million
South Portland, ME
7:00 PM

Thursday, July 2
Politics and Prose
Washington, D.C.
7:00 PM

Carolyn Ives Gilman, Dark Orbit

Wednesday, July 15
Barnes & Noble
Washington, D.C.
6:00 PM

Saturday, July 18
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA
2:00 PM

Max Gladstone, Last First Snow

Tuesday, July 28
Oxford University Press Book Club in Bryant Park
New York, NY
12:00 PM

Neal Griffin, Benefit of the Doubt

Sunday, July 26
Carlsbad City Library
Carlsbad, CA
7:00 PM

Kristen Simmons, The Glass Arrow

Thursday, July 23
Sundance Books and Music
Reno, NV
6:30 PM

Anne A. Wilson, Hover

Saturday, July 25
Payson Book Festival
Gila Community College
Payson, AZ
9:00 AM

Also, don’t miss the Big Summer Road Trip Tour! To celebrate the 2015 releases from some of our Northeastern authors, Tor Books is excited to send Elizabeth Bear (Karen Memory), James Cambias (Corsair), Max Gladstone (Last First Snow), and Brian Staveley (The Providence of Fire) on tour in the New England region. Check out the dates and locations.

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On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in May

Benefit of the Doubt by Neal GriffinVoyage of the Basilisk by Marie BrennanOf Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in May! Once a month, we’re collecting info about all of our upcoming author events. Check and see who’ll be coming to a city near you:

James O. Born, Scent of Murder

Friday, May 1
Murder on the Beach
Delray Beach, FL
7:00 PM

Saturday, May 16
South Carolina Book Festival
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, SC
9:30 AM

Marie Brennan, Voyage of the Basilisk
Mary Robinette Kowal, Of Noble Family

Tuesday, May 5
DePaul University Bookstore
Chicago, IL
6:00 PM

Wednesday, May 6
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:30 PM

Thursday, May 7
Copperfield’s Books
Petaluma, CA
7:00 PM

Tuesday, May 12
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Beaverton, OR
7:00 PM

Thursday, May 14
Weller Book Works
Salt Lake City, UT
6:00 PM

Saturday, May 16
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
2:00 PM

Sunday, May 17
Murder by the Book
Houston, TX
2:00 PM

Monday, May 18
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC
7:00 PM

Tuesday, May 19
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC
7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 20
Malaprops
Asheville, NC
7:00 PM

Thursday, May 21
Borderlands Books
San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM

Tina Connolly, Seriously Wicked

Tuesday, May 5
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Beaverton, OR
7:00 PM

Saturday, May 9
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
1:00 PM

Saturday, May 16
Redmond Library
With Jennifer Brozek, Cat Rambo, and Raven Oak
Hosted by Cascade Writers, books provided by University Bookstore
Redmond, WA
12:30 PM

Saturday, May 23
Seattle Mystery Bookshop
Seattle, WA
12:00 PM

P.N. Elrod, The Hanged Man

Friday, May 22
Barnes & Noble at Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX
4:00 PM

Neal Griffin, Benefit of the Doubt

Saturday, May 9
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
3:00 PM

Wednesday, May 13
Warwick’s Books
San Diego, CA
7:30 PM

Thursday, May 14
Book Carnival
Orange, CA
7:00 PM

Friday, May 15
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Sunday, May 17
Norman P. Murray Community Center
Mission Viejo, CA
9:30 AM

Monday, May 18
Murder by the Book
Houston, TX
6:30 PM

Dave Gross, Pathfinder Tales: The Lord of Runes

Thursday, May 21
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

May 22—May 25
PaizoCon
Seattle, WA

Rachel Howzell Hall, Skies of Ash

Tuesday, May 19
Book Carnival
Launch party!
Orange, CA
7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 20
The Last Bookstore
Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM

Thursday, May 21
Eso Won Books
Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 27
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:30 PM

Saturday, May 30
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
2:00 PM

Sunday, May 31
A Great Good Place for Books
Oakland, CA
6:30 PM

Peter Orullian, Trial of Intentions

Tuesday, May 26
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Thursday, May 28
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:30 PM

Saturday, May 30
Borderlands Bookstore
San Francisco, CA
3:00 PM

Sunday, May 31
Copperfield’s Books
Petaluma, CA
1:00 PM

Kit Reed, Where

Thursday, May 14
Skylight Books
Also with Scott O’Connor
Los Angeles, CA
7:30 PM

Tuesday, May 26
R.J. Julia Booksellers
Madison, CT
7:00 PM

On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in April


Night Life by David TaylorA Scourge of Vipers by Bruce DeSilvaScent of Murder by James O. Born

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in April! Once a month, we’re collecting info about all of our upcoming author events. Check and see who’ll be coming to a city near you:

James O. Born, Scent of Murder

Tuesday, April 14
Books & Books
Coral Gables, FL
6:30 PM

Wednesday, April 15
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County Courthouse
West Palm Beach, FL
7:00 PM

Saturday, April 18
The University of Central Florida Book Festival
Learn How to Write a Novel with James O. Born
Orlando, FL
10:00 AM

Wednesday, April 22
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL
6:00 PM

Thursday, April 23
West Boynton Beach Library
Boynton Beach, FL
2:00 PM

Saturday, April 25
Haslam’s Bookstore
St. Petersburg, FL
3:00 PM

Bruce DeSilva, A Scourge of Vipers

Thursday, April 9
Mysterious Bookshop
New York, NY
6:30 PM

Saturday, April 11
Readmore Books
Taunton, MA
12:00 PM

Sunday, April 12
Providence Public Library
Providence, RI
2:00 PM

Thursday, April 16
Book Carnival
Also with Terry Shames and Anne Cleeland
Orange, CA
7:00 PM

Saturday, April 18
Murder by the Book
Houston, TX
1:00 PM

Tuesday, April 21
The Poisoned Pen
Also with Michael Robotham and Susan Cummins Miller
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Thursday, April 23
Once Upon a Crime
Minneapolis, MN
7:00 PM

Kevin Egan, The Missing Piece

Wednesday, April 22
Bank Square Books
Author Luncheon
Mystic, CT
12:00 PM

James Grady, Last Days of the Condor

Tuesday, April 21
Pen, Paper, and Palate: International Spies
A Panel with Eric Lichtblau, Scott Anderson, and Alex Berenson, moderated by Frank Delaney
The Half King
New York, NY
7:00 PM

Daryl Gregory, Harrison Squared

Wednesday, April 1
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY
7:00 PM

Thursday, April 2
Union Ave Books
Knoxville, TN
6:00 PM

Mary Pat Kelly, Of Irish Blood

Saturday, April 25
Titcomb’s Bookshop
East Sandwich, MA
2:00 PM

Sunday, April 26
South Yarmouth Library
South Yarmouth, MA
2:00 PM

Jon Land, Black Scorpion

Friday, April 24
Books on the Square
Providence, RI
6:00 PM

David Taylor, Night Life

Wednesday, April 15
Book Soup
Hollywood, CA
7:00 PM

Saturday, April 18
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Mysterious Galaxy In-Booth Signing
Los Angeles, CA
11:00 AM

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