Quick Take: Burning Man by Alan Russell

LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his canine partner, Sirius, return

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Heroism came at a price for LAPD detective Michael Gideon. After he and his canine partner, Sirius, pulled a serial killer from a fire, they became celebrities. Blessed—and cursed—with sharpened instincts, Gideon investigates the crucifixion of a teen in a public park, sending his PTSD into overdrive. In this engrossing thriller, race, symbolism, and a strong sense of place create peril in every alley you thought you knew. (Thomas & Mercer, 328 pages, $15.)