After several decades in CIA counter-intelligence, Jason Matthews turned his attention to writing fiction, and what a debut he’s had. Red Sparrow (Scribner, $26.99), his elegant spy thriller set largely in present-day Russia, Finland, and Washington, D.C., centers on the relationship between an ambitious young CIA agent stationed abroad and a brilliant but flawed female Russian agent forced to learn the art of seduction and assigned to unmask him and the Russian mole he’s cultivating. (She has been compared to Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander.) There is also a cast of vividly drawn—and, in some cases, terrifying—lesser characters. As with a few other great spy novelists, Matthews relies on his own first-hand experience as a covert agent to provide details about espionage that are by turns fascinating, chilling, and even comical. He also weaves into the story evocative references to food, which readers might overlook but for the relevant recipes he includes at the end of each chapter. This is a touch of whimsy that, by the book’s close, becomes oddly comforting and humorous, too.

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Published: Scribner - June 4th, 2013

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Published: Scribner - December 9th, 2014

1929 Paris is in turmoil, but Harris Stuyvesant is determined to comb every corner of it for the missing American girl he’s become obsessed with. Laurie R. King explores the darker crevasses of the modernist art world in The Bones of Paris (Bantam, $26), a mystery that features artists from Man Ray to Hemingway. Who’s the guilty party? Returning to the sensual world she created in her 2008 novel Touchstone, King vividly evokes the history of Paris—its dead and their surfacing skeletons, for instance—and its 1920s cultural life, as typified by Sylvia Beach and her young bookstore. This rich novel makes Paris as much a character as the people living in and disappearing into it.

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Published: Bantam - September 10th, 2013

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Published: Bantam - October 7th, 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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Published: Harper - October 8th, 2013

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