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Sweet Tooth

by Ian McEwan

Paperback, 378 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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Serena Frome isn't much of a spy. She got recruited into MI5 by her Cambridge history tutor and winds up on the clerical side of the operation, cross-filing schemes and plots to stop terrorists. Then one day, in the middle of the Cold War, she's handed her first secret mission: to cultivate and fund British intellectuals whose politics align with those of the government. Its code name is "Sweet Tooth."NPR Bestseller

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Sutton

Sutton

by J.R. Moehringer

Hardcover, 334 pages, Hyperion Books, $27.99, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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Sutton provides a clever imagining of the surprise pardon of Willie Sutton, one of the most notorious criminals in American history. It traces the remarkable life of this mysterious man, who was known to police as the Babe Ruth of Bank Robbers, and his doomed, dangerous romance with his first love.NPR Bestseller

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The House of Silk

The House of Silk

A Sherlock Holmes Novel

by Anthony Horowitz

Paperback, 296 pages, Mulholland Books, $14.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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With approval from the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a best-selling novelist and Sherlock Holmes expert brings the greatest detective in literary history back to life on Baker Street for the first time since 1930.

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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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The Round House

The Round House

by Louise Erdrich

Paperback, 321 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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After a brutal attack on his mother, 13-year-old Joe Coutts pursues the truth — and a sense of justice, separate from law enforcement. In this National Book Award-winning novel, Louise Erdrich unspools a mystery that has upturned both a North Dakota reservation and the family that Coutts hopes to save.NPR Bestseller

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Live By Night

Live By Night

by Dennis Lehane

Paperback, 401 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Dennis Lehane

During Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict, law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime. Starting as a petty thief in Boston, he travels south and eventually becomes the Gulf Coast's most successful rumrunner. In Tampa, Fla., and in Cuba, he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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Mad River

Mad River

by John Sandford

Hardcover, 387 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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Investigator Virgil Flowers sets out after three teenagers on a killing and robbery spree through rural Minnesota.NPR Bestseller

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Pop. 1280

Pop. 1280

by Jim Thompson

Paperback, 217 pages, Random House Inc, $13, published October 1 1990 | purchase
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The Cutting Season

The Cutting Season

by Attica Locke

Paperback, 384 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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When the body of a young woman is found on the grounds of a Louisiana plantation named Belle Vie, manager Caren Gray launches her own investigation into the estate's history. A century-spanning story of two murders unfolds as Gray delves deeper into a mystery involving the plantation's slave quarters — and her own past. In this historical thriller, novelist Attica Locke examines the troubled racial past of a United States that, according to her, remains in its "adolescent phase."

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