Barbara Conaty

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Black Sun

Fans of Jason Matthews’s “Red Sparrow” series and Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 will relish this incendiary take on nuclear weapons and the people who made them.

Chimes of a Lost Cathedral

Like a 19th-century avatar, Fitch gives a 360-degree view of the suffering caused by the Bolsheviks’ consolidation of power and tells a long and sweeping story without wasting a word. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]

Very Nice

Powerful themes of mother love and daughter fidelity give this frothy novel a depth that lingers after the rush of enjoyment. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]

A Bend in the Stars

As with Boris Akunin's Erast Fandorin and David Downing's Jack McColl in two series about czarist Russia, Miri, Yuri and Vanya make an unforgettable impression. Their creator, a talented, confident new writer, transforms historical facts and traditions by adding propulsive action and convincing emotional insights. [See Prepub Alert, 11/19/18.]

The Malta Exchange

Thrillers abound, but Berry has the lock on making history zing with breathless suspense and galloping action. Malta and the Vatican are superb settings for this ecclesiastical extravaganza. [See Prepub Alert, 9/17/18.]

Prague Spring

Billed as historical spy fiction, this newest work from Mawer (The Glass Room) succeeds as an infiltration into the nuanced territory of Alan Furst and Joseph Kanon. Though the sensuous attraction of lovers teasing each other could be a distraction, here it is a mirror of the interplay of youthful Czechoslovaks who believe in the burgeoning political springtime yet also fear it.

London Rules

Fans of the CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning series will dive into the scrum of Herron's fifth outing (after Spook House) and thus deeply enjoy the mordant humor woven into the insanely complicated plot.

Liar's Candle

A Turkish proverb, "A liar's candle burns only until dark," illuminates this hell-for-leather thriller pitting a ruthless patriot against a naïve ingénue. Loading her novel with insider bits about embassy lore and ardent affection for Turkey's wonders, Thomas writes with confident verve and a gift for expressive dialog. Readers who love her breathless pace will be eager for her next effort in the espionage fiction sweepstakes.

Big Guns

Israel's timely satire on the deadly serious subject of gun control skillfully balances the humor and anger. Readers who enjoy Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Buckley will take pleasure in this fresh voice as he blows on the hot air arising from our political cloakrooms. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/17.]

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