While I understand that a love interest is always a very convenient character to have, I want to read some mystery/thrillers that do not have too much romance in it, if possible. It seems that I can't find too many where the description doesn't include something along the lines of "and there's XXX, a mysterious, handsome/beautiful (depending on gender of the protagonist) character that our protagonist meets along the way..."
I am also ok if the main character is married/has a family, I find that family bonds, even with its cliches - parent looking for children seems like such a popular motif - touch me more than the "love met on the job" plots. Anyone has any recommendations?
I don't require there to be completely no romance; as long as it's not so center stage.
Thanks in advance!
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