Staff Pick

From the very first sentence of this Prix Goncourt-winning psychological thriller, we know that this is no Mary Poppins tale. Neither is it a conventional thriller, as it delves deep into the prickly issues of class and gender that emerge when a busy, successful working Parisian couple hire a stranger to look after their children. When doll-like, self-assured, imperturbable Louise shows up for an interview, it is love at first sight for everyone. Myriam and Paul hire her, and thus begins a twisted relationship of dependence, resentment, jealousy, and obsession.

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ISBN: 9780143132172
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Published: Penguin Books - January 9th, 2018

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In John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies (Viking, $28), his hero, Peter Guillam, former spymaster and erstwhile protegé to George Smiley, finds himself in the unfamiliar territory of post-Cold War England. Peter has been summoned out of his retirement on a farm in Brittany by descendants of his previous masters in the Circus. Their agenda? To make Peter answerable for his supposed crimes against the progeny of his late colleague and friend, Alec Leamas, who now accuses Peter of complicity in the death of his father. In a way, le Carré continues to litigate the moral complexity of the Cold War after the fact, but he now has one more tool in his literary arsenal: the distance afforded by time. And this allows him to tell a compelling story about the human casualties of the Cold War resulting from the choices we have to make in the name of duty and country.

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ISBN: 9780735225114
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Published: Viking - September 5th, 2017

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A longtime journalist with The Washington Post, David Ignatius has a knack for grounding his suspenseful novels in real national security challenges, at times uncannily anticipating actual scenarios before they unfold in the news. In his latest spy thriller, The Quantum Spy (W.W. Norton, $25.95), Ignatius delves into the high-stakes, high-tech world of computing. The story revolves around the race between the United States and China to develop a hyper-fast quantum computer capable of breaking any code, a competition equivalent to the race in the 20th century to develop an atomic bomb. As the book begins, CIA agents entrap a Chinese computer scientist, hoping to turn him into a spy for the United States, only to discover that China itself has been receiving precious intelligence from a secret source inside the CIA. An intense hunt for the suspected mole ensues, taking a number of surprising turns. An entertaining read that has the added benefit of teaching a bit about advanced computers.

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ISBN: 9780393254150
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017