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Another week, another batch of books for your TBR pile. Happy reading, folks.

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Jonathan Lee, The Great Mistake
(Knopf)

“An exceptional work of historical fiction about one of the key figures in the development of 19th-century New York City…A highly satisfying mix of mystery and character portrait, revealing the constrained heart beneath the public carapace.”
–Kirkus Reviews

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Leonardo Padura, The Transparency of Time
(FSG)

“Dressed in the grungy trappings of a crime drama, this literary tour-de-force from Padura offers a colorful cultural history of Cuba and the island’s historical contact with Europe that helped to shape its people’s religious beliefs.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Katherine Dykstra, What Happened to Paula: On the Death of an American Girl
(Norton)

“Dykstra casts a searing light on racism, sexism, and the stigma of being a ‘bad’ girl. This is the perfect blueprint for any true crime writer moved to investigate a cold case.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Alex Michaelides, The Maidens
(Celadon)

“Michaelides’ stage-setting skills are as masterful here, as they were in The Silent Patient (2019); another tense, cleverly twisted winner.”
–Booklist

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PJ Vernon, Bath Haus
(Doubleday)

“Suspenseful, sensual, and exceedingly clever, this thriller is the literary equivalent of sipping a glass of white wine while listening to your neighbors have a lovers’ spat . . . before one of them picks up a knife. Vernon has an electric style that leaps off the page.”
–The Washington Post

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Camille Aubray, The Godmothers
(William Morrow)

“An addictive and tense multigenerational feminist romp through WWII-era New York City, where a quartet of Italian sisters-in-law run a crime family…credibly flips the script on male-dominated Mafia stories.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Chris Offutt, The Killing HIlls
(Grove)

“…Offutt brilliantly evokes the body and soul of his wounded hero. It adds up to a mesmerizing and nightmarish view of what lurks just over the hills. This is sure to be Offutt’s breakout.”
–Publishers Weekly

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James Ellroy, Widespread Panic
(Knopf)

“Devious and delicious. . . . Ellroy’s total command of the jazzy, alliterative argot of the era never fails to astonish. This is a must for L.A. noir fans.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Melissa Larsen, Shutter
(Berkley)

“In this twisty thriller, Betty’s first-person narration will keep readers on their toes. Recommended for fans of thrillers with unreliable narrators, and psychologically intense plots involving movies and filmmaking.”
–Library Journal

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Caitlin Wahrer, The Damage
(Pamela Dorman Books)

“Compelling, relatable conflict and well-crafted twists create depth in this thoughtful
blend of family drama and mystery.”
–Booklist

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