The Spies Of Warsaw (Random House, $15) is set in 1931 when the Nazi menace is mounting, but Hitler’s intentions are still unclear. French diplomats, German SS officers, and Russian agents angle for strategic advantage; and an engineer from a panzer factory is led down the slippery slope of betrayal. The professional spies are smooth and calculated operators, displaying dignified and noble bearing; but while patriotism is one motivation for espionage, self-interest and self-preservation prove more compelling. Alan Furst describes his characters’ most subtle dimensions and hooks the reader with their moral duplicity from the very first pages.

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ISBN: 9780812977370
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 9th, 2009

It can be disconcerting when life imitates art. So it was with Vikram Chandra’s Sacred Games (Harper Perennial, $16.95), published a year before the horrible attacks in Mumbai last fall. No mere police procedural this, but a deeply political and social commentary on the state of Indian society, with Mumbai as the central character. The book is narrated in chapters which alternate between Ganesh Gatoinde, the Godfather, who tells his fearsome stories of gang warfare, and the honest policeman, Sartaj Singh, who represents the effort to hold back the tide of corruption and religious fanaticism that threatens to engulf India. An important theme is the humiliation that many suffered during Partition.  When you embark on a long plane ride or on vacation, Sacred Games will be a perfect companion.

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ISBN: 9780061130366
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 18th, 2007

Stieg Larsson, the Swedish crime novelist whose The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hit the bestseller lists last year, follows up that edgy and terrifying whodunit with The Girl Who Played With Fire (Knopf, $25.95), a new saw-tooth-edged story involving sex trafficking.  The two investigators from the initial book, Lisbeth Salander and Mikail Blomkvist, return, and they’re even more complex than before. Lisbeth, especially, is a bundle of contradictions; a punk rocker with a phenomenal photographic memory and advanced world-class hacker skills; a bikini-clad Popular Science reader who has benefited from breast enhancement surgery; a former welfare child obsessed with avenging the horror of “when all the evil happened.”  She smokes, she drinks, and she travels, but she can’t sleep, an affliction that will be shared by the reader of this mesmerizing tale.

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ISBN: 9780307269980
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Published: Knopf - July 28th, 2009

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ISBN: 9780307949509
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - November 22nd, 2011