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Eight Perfect Murders
Eight Perfect Murders: A Novel | Peter Swanson
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From the hugely talented author of Before She Knew Him comes a chilling tale of psychological suspense and an homage to the thriller genre tailor-made for fans: the story of a bookseller who finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation because a very clever killer has started using his list of fiction's most ingenious murders. Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre's most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack--which he titled "Eight Perfect Murders"--chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie's A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin's Death Trap, A. A. Milne's Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox's Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain's Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald's The Drowner, and Donna Tartt's A Secret History. But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookshop in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She's looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal's old list. And the FBI agent isn't the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. There is killer is out there, watching his every move--a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal's personal history, especially the secrets he's never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife. To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn't count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead--and the noose around Mal's neck grows so tight he might never escape.
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galueth28
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The book was up to a nice start, and then the narrator brought up The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and I thought "Oh, this is gonna be good?"

Fifth book read for #scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter #scarathlondailyprompts #promptmaze #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks #spookoween @TheSpineView #31by31 @Catsandbooks #pointsathon @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES #outstandingoctober @Andrew65

DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
TheSpineView Excellent 1mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🐈‍⬛🧡 1mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
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galueth28
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Another 4 books and 15 reading hours.

#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick Way to go! Great job! ☠ 1mo
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SeaToSkyes
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Kappadeemom
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I‘m using this one as my “E” but I love all of his books ❤️ #LetterE #Alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you for playing!! 4mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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Mehso-so

Okay, I think I've collected enough evidence to confirm that I am indeed the kind of reader that has to have likeable characters in the book in order to enjoy the experience. There were twists and answers, but no real unambiguously 'good guys', and I guess I need that when I'm solving a mystery. Back to detective stories I go! 🔍

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Robotswithpersonality
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"I do not have a critical mind for poems, but I react to them." MOOD.

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EvieBee
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Yes! This is what I was craving! Perfect for mystery thriller week.

“Why does everything need to be a list? What compels us to do that? It was something I‘d been doing ever since I became an obsessed reader…”

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kspenmoll 💕 8mo
Andrea313 Swoon! Looks perfect! 8mo
StaceGhost Yes! This! 8mo
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Suet624 I can only imagine green grass right now. 💕 8mo
EvieBee @Andrea313 Thank you! An unexpectedly warm day after a cold front. 8mo
EvieBee @StaceGhost 🤗❤️ 8mo
EvieBee @Suet624 I can only imagine! We‘ve had crazy weather lately. 8mo
kremi Such a wonderful setting! Book, green grass and only the sounds of nature! A real joy! 💚📚🌸 8mo
EvieBee @kremi I definitely got my vitamin D in for the day! 🤣 8mo
LKK526 I loved this book. His latest”Nine Lives” is just as good (edited) 8mo
EvieBee @LKK526 I‘m looking forward to reading that soon! I won an advanced readers copy a few months ago and really need to get to it! 8mo
LKK526 @eviebee😃📚 (edited) 8mo
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Read4life
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Thank you, @Andrew65 for another great #20in4! I finished all of my planned books and read for over 20 hours. Looking forward to doing this again in April. 💙

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Read4life
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I‘m down to these 4 books and then I‘ll have read all the books on my #BookSpinBingo card for March. 🍀

Nutmegnc 😱👏👏👏🎉🤩 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month!!!! 8mo
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brittanythebookdragon
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Despite everything, Swanson made me like the main character so I didn‘t like the ending. Which is bonkers and probably makes me slightly psychotic. But here we are. Swanson is quickly becoming an instant buy author for me. I did like Before She Knew Him better than this one but only because of the ending.

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Listened to most of this on audio, and then realized that I had a signed ARC on my shelf! This was a clever thriller in which murders keep happening that are based on a list the MC, a mystery book shop owner, blogged about years earlier. #readmyowndamnbooks

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Breanne1
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An unreliable narrator and murders committed as an homage to eight murder mystery books…definitely an interesting read. The ending was sad to me, yet I don‘t want to ruin it for anyone. I have the UK edition hence the differing title.

Desha I read this in the US edition and really enjoyed it! 📚 10mo
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ReadingOver50
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This book was really fun and interesting to read. I loved all the references to older mystery books. There were a few twists along the way and I didn‘t guess the murderer so that was good. I enjoyed the main character, Mal, and his social awkwardness. He was a flawed character but you still root for him.

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KathyWheeler
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The weather was weird today — pretty windy. I wore a skort and short sleeved tee on my walk and wasn‘t cold; however, I wouldn‘t have been too warm if I‘d been wearing a long sleeved shirt and sweatpants. I‘m almost finished with this book — 2 more hours — and I‘m still not sure who did it. #audiowalk

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NikkiKey94
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I finished my first book of 2022 tonight! This one has been on my bookshelf for a while and I finally decided to dive into it. I can‘t believe I waited so long to read it because it kept me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning. There was a huge twist and I loved it!

ReadingOver50 I‘m going to start this this week 11mo
FlowerFairy Loved this one! Had me turning pages at warp speed! 11mo
NikkiKey94 @ReadingOver50 I hope you enjoy it! I don‘t think you‘ll be disappointed! 11mo
NikkiKey94 @FlowerFairy me too! I couldn‘t put it down! 11mo
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KathyWheeler
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This story of a bookstore owner who gets involved with the FBI and some murder cases because of a list he wrote detailing 8 fictional perfect murders is my new walking book. We got my husband outside for a walk; it was beautiful, if a little warm. #audiowalk

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BookLineNSinker
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I enjoyed this book! It was a great short palette cleanser after listening to The Night Circus for 14 hours! I loved the way I learned about other mysteries and authors that read from before and others that were more obscure but there were many spoilers. The premise was good, it was a pretty basic plot which made it an easy listen. Not too many characters and everything was organized well. The ending was my favorite part of the book.

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BookLineNSinker

So I've been suspicious about Gwen since chapter 10. I'm 3 hours from finishing the audiobook and I'm certain I have it figured out.. Cannot wait to see if I am right!

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AshleyKorinE
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So Malcolm is a book seller who once made a list of eight perfect murders in mystery novels and now an FBI agent is knocking on his door to solve cold cases that look eerily similar to his list. I remember the twist even if I read it in February but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone else. It was a fun if slow murder mystery read and I did enjoy Swanson's writing even if it has little staying power, and didn't stick with me long term.

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MrsCumbie
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Book 2 from the library. I think I‘m most excited to read this one, The Wife Upstairs has me a little nervous. I really don‘t want another Behind Closed Doors, the cruelty of that husband still haunts me to this day and I read that book 3+ years ago. #cumbiereads

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Steph.Titus
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This book was so different than others I have read and kept me from putting it down. I did guess some of the ending but I was still shocked with how it completely ended. Definitely one I would recommend. #Sept.1.21

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alecia3dixie
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed and got into this book right away. But then the middle really lost my interest. It had a solid ending, for the most part. But I don't know, it just was lacking something that I can't quite put my finger on. It was just alright. 3.5/5 stars

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Cvfrailing
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I hope this is a good one!!

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bthegood
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An enjoyable murder mystery which incorporates other classic murder mysteries as part of the plot.

#TBR picks July/August
#CurrentlyReading #ReadingUpdate Mrs. Dalloway, Thorn birds, Hearts in Atlantis and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
4 other books waiting in the wings when I'm done with these 🙂

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HappilyEverKrafter
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Reading a good book about murder that recommends other good books about murder … life doesn‘t get much better!

RaeLovesToRead Strangers on a train was amazing! Not a mystery, but a wonderful suspense novel ❤ 1y
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bthegood
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Just checking in to see how everyone is doing mid summer🏖
Haven't heard from some of you in awhile @Andrew65 @CaffeineAndCandy are you doing okay?

Make a great day everyone.

CaffeineAndCandy @bthegood thanks for checking up! I‘m doing good, settling in well at my dad‘s. How are you!? 1y
bthegood @CaffeineAndCandy good to hear from you. Glad you are getting settled. I'm doing well thanks😊 1y
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bthegood
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1. Amelia, read a story, forget title, about Amelia Earhart.
2. Loyalty, in stories and real life
Thx for tag @TheSpineView
#Two4Tuesday
I tag @JoeMo and @SW-T

Make a great day everyone 😊

TheSpineView You're welcome! Happy Tuesday and Thanks for playing! 🤩🤩🤩 1y
bthegood @TheSpineView and I responded on Tuesday, usually I'm a day late😊 1y
TheSpineView @bthegood Good job!😊 1y
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Amoon
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Liked, didn‘t love. Malcolm is a mystery book store owner who wrote a blog called “8 Perfect Murders”. He gives the list of books that fit his criteria. Problem is that someone has been inspired to replicate these fictional murders in real life. Other problem is that Malcolm is a non- reliable narrator. Disappointing after reading “Before She Knew Him”

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Andrea4
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I quite enjoyed this and it's one of those bibliophile books, especially for murder mystery fans!
the ending kind of let me down because of how much of a stretch it seemed ...and without spoiling it, I will say after the 1st reveal. The 2nd, if we can call it that, was less so.
All in all I liked the concept of the unreliable narrator who admits unreliability calling into question his unreliability lol.

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AvidReader25
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A bookish mystery full of references to classic noir novels. I was completely engrossed by the story, but even more than that, I loved all of the backlist books it referenced. I kept adding notes about other murder mysteries to check out. A bookstore owner is surprised when the FBI contacts him about a pattern in some local killings. Our unreliable narrator gives us answers slowly, which makes it all the more enthralling.

vivastory I also really liked this one! 1y
AvidReader25 @vivastory An excellent murder mystery with so many bookish references! 1y
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sharread
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Mehso-so

This was a slow mystery to me not a thriller or suspense like most of Swanson's books. There's eight murders based off a book store employees blog page review of the books. It felt like I was reading about book reviews more so than murders. But still a unique read. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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CaitlinR
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Mehso-so

Malcolm Kershaw, a co-owner of the Old Devils Bookstore once posted a list of perfect fictional murders on the store‘s blog. Now, according to an FBI agent, someone is replicating the list through actual murders.

This is an ok unreliable narrator mystery, but the bookstore theme is done to death (pun intended) through other lists of favorite (uninspired) reads and the death of one of those “customers from hell.” The cat was fun though.

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BlueMoonJ
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⭐️⭐️⭐️🔥
3 regular stars with a little extra. It was a fun read! Great concept, fun twist that you start finding out about mid book or so and fun to watch it grow. Not usually a fan of unreliable narrators but it was done well here. It kept me focused so I am almost done with current blanket!

#mystery #knittingwhilereading #murder

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amywithbooks
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I enjoyed this! A compelling mystery with an unreliable narrator. I enjoyed the connection to so many great crime/mystery books and writers, such as Agatha Christie. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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amywithbooks
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Currently reading!

vivastory I know this had mixed reviews, but I really liked it! 2y
MuddyPuddle I really liked it, too....
2y
RebelReader I liked this one too! 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I went into B&N to get Five Total Strangers and left with two more. The 50% sticker gets me all the time. I started a new shelf on #Goodreads called Impulse buys. That should fill up fast. 😄

Aims42 That sticker gets me EVERYTIME!!! 😈 2y
Avanders Oooh good shelf idea! 😁😁 I guess I put those under “discovered”... ish. 2y
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WonderlandMind
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book, but I really didn‘t. Maybe it was because I have no knowledge or reference to the classic books mentioned throughout. I struggled to finish this book and really could not connect to any character. The ending fell very flat for me and was predictable.

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akfreeborn
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This was a cool premise for crime/thriller readers with bookseller protagonist and murders to investigate, a naive young FBI agent. Who is trying to create the eight perfect murders? Kind of cool revisiting some familiar stories along the way.

veritysalter I ended up jotting down the titles to add to my TBR when reading this. My favourite Peter Swanson yet. 2y
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Annie1215
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A book about crimes based on books? How Litsy appropriate. It was a pretty quick read and a creative plot for a mystery.

Checking my first book off my #bookspinbingo board

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Lucy_Anywhere This is on my bookspin bingo as well this month! 2y
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mdm139
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Wow, this had a brilliant and unique plot. All though I figured out who the killer was I did not see all the twists. I read it in one sitting. The perfect book to curl up with during a snow storm for a few hours. Agatha Christie would be proud. Best mystery I recall ever reading.

intothehallofbooks Such a fun book!! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence I thought this one was special too! 2y
LoveToReadLiveToRead Ooooo, I‘ve got this on my TBR. I wonder if I could squeeze it into March.... 2y
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eanderson
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My #goodreadsgiveaway came today!!! 💕

DogMomIrene After the tagline, I‘m adding “muh-wah-ha-ha-ha-ha” 2y
eanderson @DogMomIrene 😂 I love it!!! 2y
DogMomIrene @eanderson Thanks! I really wish they made that emoji🤣 2y
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Decalino
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This twisty meta murder mystery kicks off when a Boston bookseller, Malcolm Kershaw, is contacted by an FBI agent investigating a connection between an old blog post and a recent series of murders. Malcolm wrote the blog post, about eight perfect fictional murders, years before and someone appears to be using it as a blueprint. A treat for mystery lovers, especially fans of Agatha Christie and Patricia Highsmith.

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eanderson
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Ooooo! Great email this morning! 😀

Reign_5.0 Omg congratulations 2y
EadieB Nice! 2y
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janeycanuck
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So... Not quite what I thought it was going to be but I kept turning the pages.

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StaceyKondla
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 262 #bookstoread #tbrpile #bookstagram

FlowerFairy Really enjoyed this one! 2y
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JoyBlue
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Panpan

It seemed like a good idea at the time. . . . The execution (deliberately unreliable narrator and haphazard and/or rushed construction) left me irritated and dissatisfied. Torn between Pan and So-So.

TracyReadsBooks Agreed! I thought the premise was really interesting but ultimately, the execution was really poor. 2y
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Chili
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My last book finished for #FEASTMODE. This was a fun way to finish some books before the winter games start.

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