Crime Writers of Color Coming Attractions July-September of 2023

 by Elizabeth Wilkerson

 “No one benefits from ignorance.”

— Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, dissenting Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina

The Supreme Court’s recent landmark decision addressing affirmative action roundly dismisses the value of promoting racial diversity in higher education. Chief Justice Roberts had earlier advised, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” A chilling statement, facile in its oversimplification.

The effects of this misguided ruling are certain to tug at the fabric of U.S. society, unraveling the fragile and fraught tapestry that this country has struggled to weave together for centuries. And beyond college campuses, the Court’s door-slam to diversity will echo across businesses, nonprofits, and even the arts. Against this backdrop, groups like Crime Writers of Color offer a critical counterpoint.

While the Supreme Court may overlook the importance of inclusive representation, Crime Writers of Color emphasizes its value, underscoring that people from all races, cultures, and backgrounds, especially those traditionally marginalized, are present and proud. Dismissing these underrepresented voices comes at the peril of the ignorant.

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Authors from Crime Writers of Color offer a rich array of new releases that span the globe. Be sure to add these upcoming titles to your summer reading list!

The Mistress of Bhatia House by Sujata Massey

Release Date: July 11, 2023

Perveen Mistry, the only woman lawyer in 1922 Bombay, takes on the defense of Sunanda, a young servant who's been arrested on a trumped-up charge of immoral behavior reported by a man she's never heard of. When Sunanda's former employer suddenly dies, both Sunanda and a female doctor become suspects.



Fatal Pursuit by Ava S. King

Release Date: July 26, 2023

Teagan Stone is on foreign ground, once again trying to defend the country she has vowed to protect. U.S. military weapons have been stolen and Teagan has gone undercover to unravel a conspiracy before the weapons are used against them. In a race against time, Teagan identifies suspects, but soon learns that danger lies much closer to home.



Redemption by Deborah J Ledford

Release Date: September 1, 2023

Determined Taos Pueblo officer Eva "Lightning Dance" Duran fights for the forgotten. The cost for the truth? Her badge. She’s the storm they never saw coming.




The Ninja's Oath by Tori Eldridge

Release Date: September 12, 2023

Lily Wong, a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja, travels from Shanghai to Japan in an explosive joint mission with her father’s former-triad cook and the assassin J Tran to locate and rescue a kidnapped twelve-year-old girl while, back home in Los Angeles, her father’s health wanes. At the same time, she is shocked by the true identity of her ninja teacher, known only as Sensei, and the truth behind why he left Japan.


The Spanish Diplomat's Secret by Nev March

Release Date: September 12, 2023

In their third adventure, Captain Jim and Lady Diana must unravel the murder of a diplomat aboard a Transatlantic steamship before they dock at Liverpool. Numerous passengers and crew are harboring secrets, but there's no evidence pointing to anyone. Worse, Captain Jim is plagued with seasickness. Fortunately, young Diana knows her way about luxury liners and gilded age society. But something has been troubling her too, something she won’t tell Jim.


Watch Her Run by Paula Lennon

Release Date: September 14, 2023

Fresh from a contentious divorce, London private eye Olivia Knightley takes her teenage daughter Amy on a well-earned break to the USA for a road trip. Soon dead bodies start piling up on the panoramic lands of the National Park Service, and Olivia is torn between the need to protect her daughter and a calling to join Special Agent Jack Tyler in the desperate race to stop a serial killer.



Down to the Wire: The Toure Security Group, Book 1 by Patricia Sargeant

Release Date: September 26, 2023

On the trail of a hacker, IT security expert Malachi TourĂ© finds a woman from his past he’s never gotten over.




MULTO by Cindy Fazzi

Release Date: September 26, 2023

MULTO, meaning ghost in Tagalog, is about a Filipino American bounty hunter chasing an undocumented immigrant who can disappear like a ghost. As Domingo the bounty hunter seeks the only quarry that had ever eluded him, he critiques the broken immigration system in an irreverent advice book he's writing for immigrants.

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Elizabeth Wilkerson was one of Silicon Valley’s first cyberlawyers and now writes thrillers with a tech edge. A native of Cleveland, her debut novel is Tokyo Firewall. You can learn more on her website.
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