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New & notable: ‘The Girl With a Clock for a Heart’

In The Girl With a Clock for a Heart, a man walks into a bar and what happens next is no joke. Peter Swanson, a veteran writer and poet, has written a psychological thriller that is billed as “a romantic noir with shades of Hitchcock.”

At 40, George Foss is content with his life as an employee of a Boston literary magazine who spends his free time at a neighborhood bar where the topics trend toward the Red Sox, humdrum day-to-day life, and past and present loves, including an obsession with his college sweetheart (and first true love) who disappeared 20 years ago.

George’s predictable life is turned upside down when the ex who broke his heart, Liana Dector, sits down next to him at the bar.

Of course, Liana needs George’s help. She’s run afoul of the law. She might be a killer. And she may have stolen some money from some very bad men. One thing’s for sure: This dame is dangerous, and George can’t resist her charms.

Swanson’s thriller has already been optioned for a movie. Who will play George and Liana?

— Celeste Williams