Book Reviews

Nonfiction: A Rogues’ Gallery of New True-Crime Titles

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:16
New books include “True Crime Addict” by James Renner and “The Dragon Behind the Glass” by Emily Voigt.
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The Shortlist: History as It Didn’t Happen: Thrillers Consider the What-Ifs

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:15
New books include Tim Baker’s “Fever City,” an alternate take on the Kennedy assassination.
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Fiction: A Serial Killer Stalks Stockholm in This Creepy Nordic Noir

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:15
A detective seeks a therapist’s help in stopping a killer’s gruesome spree in Erik Axl Sund’s “The Crow Girl.”
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Nonfiction: The Story Behind the Yom Kippur Mole

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:14
“The Angel,” by Uri Bar-Joseph, tells the story of the mole at the heart of Sadat’s government.
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Fiction: A Novel Gives Voice to Dead Friends — or Maybe Lovers

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:13
In Samuel Ligon’s novel “Among the Dead and Dreaming,” the dead speak.
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Fiction: In a Very British Thriller, There’s a Killer in the Garden

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:13
Suspicion strains neighborly relations when a teenager is attacked in a communal yard in Lisa Jewell’s 13th novel, “The Girls in the Garden.”
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Fiction: A Blackmailer Lures Men Into Compromising Positions in This Japanese Noir

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:13
A woman works the Tokyo underworld, getting the goods on high-powered men, in Fuminori Nakamura’s “The Kingdom.”
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Fiction: Death Masks and Smuggled Artifacts in a Mexican-Set Thriller

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:12
In Lili Wright’s “Dancing With the Tiger,” an Aztec treasure is found and a woman heads to Oaxaca to restore her father’s professional reputation.
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Fiction: In From the Cold War: A Couple Confront Personal and Political Treachery

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:12
In Helen Dunmore’s “Exposure,” a woman’s husband is not who she thought he was.
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Fiction: In This Thriller, a Restaurant Worker Impersonates a Venture Capitalist

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:12
The hero of Alan Glynn’s novel “Paradime” looks just like a tech visionary.
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Fiction: A Countdown Thriller in Which the Hero Inhabits Many Alternate Universes

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:10
Blake Crouch’s “Dark Matter” is alternate-universe science fiction bolstered by a smidgen of theoretical physics.
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Fiction: A Fictional Surveillance Expert Is Being Watched, and the Watcher Wants Him to Know It

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:09
In Patrick Flanery’s “I Am No One,” a surveillance expert starts receiving mysterious packages.
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Fiction: A Cambridge Student Who Tries to Do Good Goes Missing

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:09
Susie Steiner’s smart, stylish second novel, “Missing, Presumed,” involves the disappearance of a postgraduate student.
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Fiction: Stewart O’Nan’s New Thriller Is Set in Post-World War II Jerusalem

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:09
Stewart O’Nan’s “City of Secrets” features espionage and existential angst in 1940s Jerusalem.
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Fiction: The Spy Who Came in From Headquarters

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:08
“Breaking Cover” by Stella Rimington and “The Wolf of Sarajevo” by Matthew Palmer are espionage novels written by people who know the business.
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Open Book: Classic Words, Fresh Looks

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:07
“Classic Penguin” showcases recent design work for books by Dostoyevsky, Joyce, Borges, Steinbeck and dozens of others.
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By the Book: Liane Moriarty: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:07
The author of “The Husband’s Secret” and, now, “Truly Madly Guilty” hated “Moby-Dick” as a child: “I’m sure I will like it when I grow up. I just seem to be taking such a long time to grow up.”
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:05
Readers respond to recent reviews of books by Cynthia Ozick, Peter D. Kramer, Anne Tyler and Larry Tye.
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Fiction: In Megan Abbott’s New Murder Mystery, a Teenage Gymnast Sharp as a Knife

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 10:51
Megan Abbott’s “You Will Know Me” is set in the world of young gymnasts and their obsessive parents.
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Fiction: Lee Child on a Thriller Set in Zimbabwe

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 10:47
The mysterious author C.B. George’s novel, “The Death of Rex Nhongo,” set in unstable Zimbabwe, is primarily about people going about their lives.
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