With its play-within-the-story, its assumed and/or mistaken identities, and the denouement’s eruption of violence, Daniel Alarcón’s second novel, At Night We Walk in Circles (Riverhead, $27.95), has the motifs and rhythms of a Shakespearean tragedy. It also has wit, romance, and sharp observations about life and politics in an unnamed Andean nation recovering from civil war, where a U.S. passport is “a magic carpet.” Maintaining a dual focus on the personal and the social, the novel follows the remnants of a radical (at least to the state) theater company. Diciembre goes on tour with its masterpiece, The Idiot President, a play that’s as much a statement about family as it is a political satire. Performing in rural venues that lack both stage and backstage, the players are always in character, and this is especially true for Nelson, the youngest of the troupe, who is compelled by a drug kingpin to impersonate the thug’s dead brother full-time, indefinitely, so the boy’s aging mother won’t know his fate. But Nelson panics as he loses sight of his own life, and when at last he breaks character, he finds he may have absorbed too much of his extended role ever to be himself again.

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ISBN: 9781594631719
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 31st, 2013

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ISBN: 9781594632839
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2014

Dropping the legend that is 007 into post-colonial Africa, William Boyd delivers a story as intoxicating as a Vespar martini. Solo (HarperCollins, $26.99) carries on the Ian Fleming legacy, but the Bond found in this novel is a more mature version of Fleming’s—he’s a man beginning to cross the line into middle age and watching his demons catch up to him. But he’s got plenty of the young, dynamic Bond in him—continuing his usual adventures into dark, romantic, and tragic lands as the beautiful girl falls for him while bombs detonate around him. Our hero here is still Bond, James Bond—as he always will be.

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ISBN: 9780062223128
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Published: Harper - October 8th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780062223135
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 3rd, 2014

Combining sharp social critique with a classic whodunit plot and the dark whimsy that made Harry Potter so irresistible, Robert Galbraith (known to friends, and now to everyone else, as J.K. Rowling), has created a wonderfully flawed, bright, and hardworking detective in Cormoran Strike. Having survived a stint in Afghanistan, Strike is about to lose all he cares about when the distraught brother of a late supermodel and tabloid star walks into his floundering agency. Strike and his new, skeptical assistant, Robin, venture into London’s dark underbelly, investigating a murder no one wants to admit actually happened. The Cuckoo’s Calling (Mulholland, $26) will take its place among Britain’s classic detective stories, while Strike sidles up to a bar and shares a drink with Philip Marlowe—and you get to enjoy every minute of it.

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ISBN: 9780316206846
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Published: Mulholland Books - April 30th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780316206853
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Published: Mulholland Books - April 29th, 2014