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Janelle Brown

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Janelle Brown is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist. Having spent four years as a senior writer at Salon, she currently writes for the New York Times and Vogue, amongst others.

Genres: Mystery
New Books
February 2023

(We Could Be Heroes)
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Acts of Violet (2022)
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"Heady and dark and dangerous, The Pink Hotel is an intoxicating binge of a book. Liska Jacobs's stunning indictment of a society teetering toward apocalypse is one you won't easily forget."

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