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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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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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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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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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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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