Adam Woog’s June crime fiction roundup includes new mysteries by Parker Bilal, James Sallis and the master spy novelist Alan Furst. Also, Jon Talton wins the Spotted Owl Award.

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This month’s crime fiction column highlights three deeply atmospheric novels evoking disparate times and places: Cairo 10 years ago, a small American town shocked by violence, and Paris under Nazi control.

“City of Jackals” (Bloomsbury, 464 pp., $27), by Parker Bilal, transports us to Cairo in 2005 and offers a complex hero, a Sudanese expat and former cop who goes by the single name Makana.

Makana, a tough-minded but softhearted widower, lives on a ramshackle houseboat and ekes out a living as a private eye. Hired by a couple to find their missing college-age son, he discovers that the young man was involved in radical politics — in particular the plight of refugees from South Sudan. Like Makana, the student is South Sudanese and thus a second-class citizen in Egypt.

(“Parker Bilal” is the pseudonym of literary novelist Jamal Mahjoub, who grew up in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, and is himself half Sudanese, half British.)

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Meanwhile, a severed head is fished from the river where Makana lives, and another murder victim is found in a burned delivery van. The killings and the disappearance are related and lead the detective deep into the murky political structure of Egypt during the iron-fisted era of its then-president, Hosni Mubarak.

James Sallis’“Willnot” (Bloomsbury, 192 pp., $26) packs a big punch for its slim size and spare prose.

The location of the little town of Willnot is never specified, though the book has a distinctly rural, Southern feel. Willnot rarely experiences serious crime, so it is naturally devastated by the discovery of several bodies in a field.

The book’s narrator — Lamar Hale, Willnot’s hardworking family doctor — becomes intimately involved in the subsequent investigation. Things become even more personal when a vaguely menacing man from Hale’s past shows up — and then a bullet intended for that man wounds Richard, a schoolteacher and the physician’s life partner. Sallis expertly weaves notes of hope throughout his pungent and often melancholy tale.

“A Hero of France” (Random House, 256 pp., $27) is Alan Furst’s latest journey through the rich world of espionage in the years around and during World War II. This is first-class Furst, cementing his place among the elite of spy novelists — a place earned by the author’s velvety prose style, full-blooded characters, leisurely but thrilling plots and gift for finding the small but vividly romantic details that bring a place to life.

It is 1941. The Nazis have occupied Paris and made life a terrifying proposition for everyday Parisians. But there’s a glimmer of brightness: The French Resistance is doing its courageous best to defy the Germans.

A man with the code name Mathieu oversees a network of brave Resistance operatives, including an enigmatic nightclub owner, a teenage girl who bicycles around the city to deliver messages, and a pillar of Parisian high society.

Mathieu is responsible for maintaining this crew’s complex, risky work. His people must be kept safe from threats on both sides of the conflict, notably a wily Nazi police inspector and a British spymaster who wants to start a hostile takeover of Mathieu’s carefully created network. All the while Mathieu must juggle multiple operations — one of the most urgent being the smuggling of downed British pilots to safety.

On the local front: For his novel “High Country Nocturne,” Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton has won this year’s Spotted Owl Award from the Portland-based fan group Friends of Mystery.

The short list of contenders included Seattle-area writers Robert Dugoni,Elizabeth George, Mike Lawson, Ingrid Thoft and Martin Limón. Congratulations to everyone — it must have been a tough call for the judges.