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Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Hardcover, 416 pages, Crown Publishing, $25, published June 5 2012 | purchase

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After a woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage. Her husband is desperate to clear himself of suspicion and soon discovers that the truth about what happened is even more disturbing than murder.

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Broken Harbor

by Tana French

Hardcover, 464 pages, Viking Adult, $27.95, published July 24 2012 | purchase

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In the aftermath of a brutal attack that left a woman in intensive care and her husband and young children dead, brash cop Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie, struggle with perplexing clues and Scorcher's haunting memories of a shattering incident from his childhood.

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A Hologram for the King

by Dave Eggers

Hardcover, 312 pages, McSweeney's, $25, published June 19 2012 | purchase

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Hounded by steep debts and a weird lump on his neck, consultant Alan Clay travels to a rising Saudi Arabian city to try to secure a contract and earn a desperately needed commission. If he can sell holographic technology to the Saudi king, he'll be able to stave off his economic woes — and hold his family together. Unsurprisingly, Clay is swept up from his tent in the desert into various Kafkaesque misadventures.

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Shadow Of Night

by Deborah Harkness

Hardcover, 592 pages, Viking Adult, $28.95, published July 10 2012 | purchase

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The sequel to A Discovery of Witches finds Yale professor and reluctant witch Diana Bishop, together with the hunky vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, traveling back in time to Elizabethan London. There, Diana studies at Oxford and seeks a magical tutor while Matthew is forced to confront his past. But when an evil cabal steals a mysterious book, the witch-vampire duo set off on a search across Europe to find it.

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The Fallen Angel

by Daniel Silva

Hardcover, 405 pages, Harper, $27.99, published July 17 2012 | purchase

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When the body of a woman is found beneath Michelangelo's dome, Gabriel Allon is summoned by Monsignor Luigi Donati to secretly investigate the death, which has been ruled a suicide. The case brings about an unthinkable act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions.

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Beautiful Ruins

by Jess Walter

Hardcover, 337 pages, Harper, $25.99, published June 12 2012 | purchase

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On a rocky patch of Italian coastline circa 1962, a daydreaming young innkeeper has an almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet. She draws him into her glittering world, from the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, and both begin to cling to an improbable dream.

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Where We Belong

by Emily Giffin

Hardcover, 372 pages, St Martins Pr, $27.99, published July 24 2012 | purchase

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Her carefully constructed life thrown into turmoil by the appearance of an 18-year-old girl with ties to her past, New York television producer Marian Caldwell is swept up in a maelstrom of personal discovery that changes both of their perceptions about family.

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Mission to Paris

by Alan Furst

Hardcover, 255 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published June 12 2012 | purchase

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Arriving in Paris on the eve of the Munich Appeasement in 1938, Hollywood star Frederic Stahl is unwittingly entangled in the region's shifting political currents when he discovers that his latest film is linked to the destinies of fascists, German Nazis and Hollywood publicists.

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Canada

by Richard Ford

Hardcover, 420 pages, Ecco, $27.99, published May 22 2012 | purchase

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After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, 15-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger, who — unbeknownst to Dell — is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell's quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan.

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Creole Belle

by James Lee Burke

Hardcover, 528 pages, Simon & Schuster, $27.99, published July 17 2012 | purchase

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While in a New Orleans recovery unit, detective Dave Robicheaux meets a Creole girl whose subsequent disappearance prompts him to search for the girl's sister against a backdrop of a bayou-threatening oil well rupture in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Prisoner Of Heaven

by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Hardcover, 278 pages, Harper, $25.99, published July 10 2012 | purchase

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In 1957 Barcelona, Daniel Sempere and his close friend Fermin Romero de Torres find their lives violently disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger who threatens to divulge a terrible secret. Translated by Lucia Graves.

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A Dance With Dragons

by George R.R. Martin

Hardcover, 1016 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published July 12 2011 | purchase

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New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms as Daenerys Targaryen, ruling in the East, fights off a multitude of enemies. Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, faces his foes both in the Watch and beyond the great Wall of ice and stone.

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The Sandcastle Girls

by Chris Bohjalian

Hardcover, 299 pages, Doubleday, $25.95, published July 17 2012 | purchase

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A young woman falls in love with an Armenian soldier while aiding victims of the genocide in the early 20th century. Years later, her American granddaughter discovers a terrible family secret while researching her Armenian heritage.

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The Age of Miracles

by Karen Thompson Walker

Hardcover, 320 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published June 26 2012 | purchase

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Imagines the coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth's rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life.

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In One Person

by John Irving

Hardcover, 425 pages, Simon & Schuster, $28, published May 8 2012 | purchase

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A tale inspired by the U.S. AIDS epidemic in the 1980s follows the experiences of individuals — including the bisexual narrator — who are torn by devastating losses, and whose perspectives on tolerance and love are shaped by awareness of what might have been.

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