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A Private Venus

A Private Venus

by Giorgio Scerbanenco

Paperback, 241 pages, Random House Inc, $16.95, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Giorgio Scerbanenco

A Private Venus centers on a disillusioned loner with good reason to be disillusioned. Once a doctor, he was imprisoned for murder after compassionately helping a dying woman kill herself. Now free, but forbidden to practice medicine, Duca gets hired by a Milanese plastics mogul who, like most rich men in noir, is a respectable creep. The assignment is to straighten out the mogul's 22-year-old son, who has gone from being a normal, spoiled heir to a guilty, taciturn young alcoholic. Translated by Howard Curtis.

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Frog Music

Frog Music

by Emma Donoghue

Hardcover, 405 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • Emma Donoghue

Burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon tries to discover who murdered her friend Jenny, who was shot through a window in a railroad saloon in 1876 San Francisco, amid a record-breaking heat wave and smallpox epidemic.NPR Bestseller

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The Intern's Handbook

The Intern's Handbook

A Thriller

by Shane Kuhn

Hardcover, 276 pages, Simon & Schuster, $25, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • A Thriller
  • Shane Kuhn

John Lago, New York City's most successful hit man, doubles as an intern at a prestigious Manhattan law firm where he gathers intelligence to pull of a clean, untraceable hit. But before he can, he finds his plans complicated by a sexy FBI agent who's assigned to take down the same law partner he's been assigned to kill.

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Gone Girl

Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Paperback, 560 pages, Random House, $7.99, published November 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Gillian Flynn

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.NPR Bestseller

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Busted

Busted

A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love

by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker

Hardcover, 242 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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  • A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love
  • Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker

This gripping true story will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they follow two journalists—both middle-class working mothers—as they form an unlikely bond with a convicted street dealer to expose the dirty cops who are just as corrupt as the criminals they target. 30,000 first printing.

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Ripper

Ripper

by Isabel Allende

Hardcover, 478 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • Isabel Allende

High school senior Amanda Jackson, fascinated by the dark side of human nature, must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco through Ripper, the online mystery game she plays with her beloved grandfather and friends around the world. Translated by Ollie Brock and Frank Wynne.NPR Bestseller

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Blood Will Out

Blood Will Out

The True Story of A Murder, A Mystery, and A Masquerade

by Walter Kirn

Hardcover, 255 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $25.95, published March 10 2014 | purchase
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  • The True Story of A Murder, A Mystery, and A Masquerade
  • Walter Kirn

The true story of a young novelist who meets and befriends an eccentric, privileged New Yorker when he delivers a crippled hunting dog to him from an animal shelter, and later discovers that his friend was a serial imposter and brutal double-murderer.NPR Bestseller

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The Blazing World

The Blazing World

by Siri Hustvedt

Hardcover, 357 pages, Simon & Schuster, $26, published March 11 2014 | purchase
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  • Siri Hustvedt

A provocative tale told through a series of scholarly texts draws on notebooks and conflicting accounts about the life and work of an acclaimed artist who after years of being marginalized conceals her female identity behind three male fronts.

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The Black-Eyed Blonde

The Black-Eyed Blonde

by Benjamin Black

Hardcover, 290 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $27, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Benjamin Black

Hired by a beautiful woman to find her former lover, Philip Marlowe discovers that the man's disappearance is tied to a series of baffling events that pits Marlowe against one of Bay City's wealthiest families.NPR Bestseller

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Kitty Genovese

Kitty Genovese

The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime That Changed America

by Kevin Cook

Hardcover, 288 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $25.95, published March 3 2014 | purchase
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  • The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime That Changed America
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Kevin Cook recounts the events of March 13, 1964, when a young woman in Queens was slain in plain sight of witnesses who heard her cries for help.

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Life After Life

Life After Life

by Kate Atkinson

Paperback, 544 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Kate Atkinson

The award-winning author of Behind the Scenes at the Museum follows the experiences of a woman who, after being born on a snowy night in 1910, repeatedly dies and reincarnates into the same life to correct missteps and, ultimately, save the world.NPR Bestseller

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A Burnable Book

A Burnable Book

by Bruce Holsinger

Hardcover, 444 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published February 18 2014 | purchase
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  • Bruce Holsinger

In 1385 London, poet John Gower is asked by Geoffrey Chaucer to find an ancient manuscript that prophesies the end of England's kings, which draws him into a labyrinthine conspiracy that reaches from the king's court to London's slums and stews—and potentially implicates his own son.

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Fantomas

Fantomas

by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre

Paperback, 205 pages, Penguin Group USA, $14, published December 26 2006 | purchase
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  • Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre

When the Marquise de Langruen is found hacked to death, Princess Sophia is robbed, and Lord Beltham is found dead, stuffed in a trunk, only the brilliant Inspector Juve, himself a master of disguise and deceit, can bring the evil genius Fantômas to justice. Reprint.

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Eliot Ness

Eliot Ness

The Rise and Fall of an American Hero

by Douglas Perry

Hardcover, 335 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published February 20 2014 | purchase
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  • The Rise and Fall of an American Hero
  • Douglas Perry

A wide-ranging portrait of the legendary leader of the Untouchables traces his years after his famous confrontation with Al Capone, documenting his efforts to end corruption in Cleveland and his achievements throughout the Torso Murderer case.

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Dangerous Refuge

Dangerous Refuge

by Elizabeth Lowell

Paperback, 403 pages, HarperCollins, $7.99, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Lowell

When two opposing sides - environmentalist Shaye and big city cop Tanner - are forced to work together to investigate a suspicious death on the track of land Shaye wants to preserve, passion explodes between them as a killer closes in.

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The Counterfeit Agent

The Counterfeit Agent

by Alex Berenson

Hardcover, 374 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • Alex Berenson

Unable to prevent the assassination of a CIA station chief by Iranian hostiles who are allegedly plotting a nuclear attack on the United States, John Wells goes undercover to discern the truth on an assignment that takes him from Guatemala and Thailand to Hong Kong and Istanbul.

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Strange Bodies

Strange Bodies

by Marcel Theroux

Hardcover, 292 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $26, published February 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Marcel Theroux

Locked in a notorious psychiatric hospital, a man claiming to be the deceased Dr. Nicholas Slopen uncovers a dark conspiracy between Silicon Valley and Russia.

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