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In a departure from her awesome police procedurals, Tana French’s first stand-alone, Witch Elm (Viking, $28), introduces the winsome Toby. In his late twenties, Toby has never had to work hard for anything in his life—save for that one minor screw up on the job. And even then, luck swung his way! This lucky streak comes to an end when Toby surprises a couple of burglars in the act of pillaging his apartment. They beat him and leave him for dead, but he survives—albeit with cognitive, physical, and severe mental impairments. Anxious every moment and afraid of the outside world, Toby finds refuge at his family home, Ivy House. There his beloved Uncle Hugo, suffering from a terminal brain tumor, is fighting his own mental and physical deterioration. The two come to a satisfying, rhythmic, coexistence until the discovery of a skull in the garden. It belongs to a former classmate of Toby’s, and as both Toby and Hugo become suspects, it’s essential for their very survival that they untangle the past and sort through memories. Part family drama and part psychological suspense story, French’s The Witch Elm will leave you breathless. 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224629
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Published: Viking - October 9th, 2018

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Screenwriter and executive producer of HBO series including the Wire, Treme, and The Deuce, George Pelecanos gives us another snappy, suspenseful crime drama in his latest novel, The Man Who Came Uptown (Mulholland, $27). Filled with DC’s gritty past and present, this story will compel you to add more titles to your already long “to read” list. Michael Hudson is awaiting trial in the DC jail, reading everything and anything the prison librarian, Anna, sends his way. When he’s suddenly released—thanks to the machinations of Private Investigator Phil Ornazian—Michael is thrust into a quickly gentrifying city. Then Ornazian calls in his favor by forcing Michael to assist in a little side-hustle he has going: relieving the District’s criminal element of their ill-gotten gains. Michael struggles between wanting to walk the “straight” path and his past criminal life. Fast-paced and smart, and full of compelling characters facing genuine moral dilemmas, Pelecanos’s latest will draw you in and keep you there.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316479820
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 4th, 2018

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With stunning world-building, RF Kuang creates a fantastical epic inspired by 20th Century China and its culture. Rin, a war orphan taken in by loathsome criminals, decides her only way out is to ace the Keju – an empire wide test. Spoiler alert (kidding) she does it and gets into the most prestigious academy, Sinegard. Here her southern roots, dark skin, racial class and gender do her no favors. Her well-heeled/wealthy peers, who have spent their lives studying and training to be the best, aren’t ready to accept a peasant girl into their ranks. She soon discovers powerfully terrifying gifts of her own and uses them to try and win an unwinnable war. This heart-stopping, breath-stealing first in what is soon to be a series, is a perfect summer read, though if you are anything like me, it may only take a few days.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062662569
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Published: Harper Voyager - May 2018