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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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$25.95
ISBN: 9780393254150
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec embarks on his thirteenth case in Glass Houses (Minotaur, $28.99). The latest installment of Louise Penny’s award-winning mystery series is a wonderful example of a book that not only builds on and extends an established character but also stands alone as a satisfying narrative in itself. In the Montreal suburb of Three Pines, a mysterious, hooded figure dressed in black suddenly appears one day on the town commons. Motionless and silent, watching carefully, he seems like a dark conscience passing judgment on an unknown crime. When a murder soon follows, Inspector Gamache and his team of detectives must solve the crime while also concealing certain details in order to lure in bigger drug kingpins. Glass Houses is told from Gamache’s perspective nearly a year after the murder, and the truth is slowly revealed during a court case as pieces of the mystery come to light and the tension builds to a thrilling climax. Beautifully written, with smart and likable characters, and grounded in snowy and scenic Quebec, this is a mystery that even non-mystery readers will love.

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$28.99
ISBN: 9781250066190
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 29th, 2017

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Mohsin Hamid has consistently shown his genius for using literature to capture the tensions between Islam and the West that play out globally and in individual lives. His latest novel, Exit West (Riverhead, $26), is another example of his spare, elegant writing, and his fearlessness in treading on uncomfortable political ground. A love story at its core, the novel exposes disquieting truths about secular and fundamentalist interpretations of religion, culture, family, and community. Moments of magical realism provide an imaginative backdrop to the story, much of which takes place in a country never named and with doors that serve as metaphorical entry and exit points. A stunning novel.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

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