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The Best New Books to Check Out in Paperback This January


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As we enter the second year of the pandemic, we’re launching a new monthly column to bring awareness to the great titles you might have missed the first time around. These new-in-paperback titles are some of the most exciting mysteries and crime novels around—plus, they won’t break the bank!

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Gytha Lodge, Watching from the DarkRandom House Trade (1/5)

“Readers will enjoy the fast pace, red herrings, and intriguing characters in this British police procedural–slash-psychological thriller.”—Booklist

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Hank Phillippi Ryan, The First To LieForge (1/5)

“A taut, propulsive plot with twists that will take your breath away…book clubs will gobble up The First to Lie.” —Sarah Pekkanen

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Joanna Schaffhausen, All The Best LiesMinotaur (1/5)

“Chilling…tight plotting and a few genuinely shocking twists propel this emotionally charged thriller all the way to the explosive finale. Old and new readers alike will be enthralled.”—Publishers Weekly

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Chris Bohjalian, The Red LotusVintage (1/5)

“You’ll keep flipping pages, discover new complex characters, see the mysterious situation from different points of view—and you’ll be surprised at each well-plotted turn.” —Katie Yee, Literary Hub

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Walter Mosley, Trouble Is What I Do, Mulholland (1/12)

“Spieled in a powerful, streamlined voice, this wrenching American noir will stick with readers long after the final page.”—Booklist

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Christopher Bollen, A Beautiful CrimeHarper Perennial (1/12)

“Deliciously diabolical…What makes the crime in Bollen’s stylish new novel so beautiful is that the perps’ plan works out even better than they’d hoped—at least for a while…A skilled purveyor of suspense…Bollen’s wit sparkles on almost every page.”—Washington Post

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Steven Wright, The Coyotes of CarthageEcco (1/12)

“With this splendid debut, Steven Wright announces his arrival as a major new voice in the world of political thrillers. I enjoyed it immensely.”—John Grisham

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Tanen Jones, The Better LiarBallantine (1/12)

“Jones’ sensational debut has the bones of a thriller but reads like literary fiction: lean, shrewd, and gratifyingly real.”—Entertainment Weekly

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Stephanie Wrobel, Darling Rose GoldBerkley (1/19)

“[A] diabolically plotted debut…Propulsive pacing, a claustrophobic setting, and vividly sketched characters who are equal parts victim and villain conspire to create an anxious, unsettling narrative. Psychological suspense fans will be well satisfied.”—Publishers Weekly

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Jeff Abbott, Never Ask MeGrand Central (1/19)

Those who enjoy unpredictable stories can never go wrong diving into the world of Jeff Abbott.”—The Washington Post

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Mindy Mejia, Strike Me DownAtria/Emily Bestler Books (1/19)

“A twisty, unpredictable plot.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Emma Copley Eisenberg, The Third Rainbow Girl, Hachette Books (1/19)

“Evocative and elegantly paced…The Third Rainbow Girl is not just a masterly examination of a brutal unsolved crime, which leads us through many surprising twists and turns and a final revelation about who the real killer might be…It’s also an unflinching interrogation of what it means to be female in a society marred by misogyny, where women hitchhiking alone are harshly judged, even blamed for their own murders.”—The New York Times Book Review

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Joe Ide, Hi Five, Mulholland (1/26)

“Mystery and detection compete with a gorgeous swarm of supercharged personalities on their own wild rides.”—Kirkus

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Liv Constantine, The Wife Stalker, Harper (1/26)

“The Wife Stalker is skillfully constructed and fast-paced—a mischievously tense and engaging novel filled with plenty of twists and turns that keep readers spellbound and guessing until the very final page.”
— New York Journal of Books

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Kate Weinberg, The TruantsPutnam (1/26)

“[A] hypnotic debut. . . . An] uncommonly clever whodunit.”—New York Times Book Review

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Michael Neff
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Author, Development Exec, Editor

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