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The Enigma of Room 622

Twists abound in this elaborate mystery, but readers will have to power through clichéd dialogue, jarring time shifts, and thin characterization to enjoy them.
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Upgrade

This accessible, swiftly paced, thought-provoking novel should garner Crouch’s widest readership yet. Recommended for fans of science fiction, crime, or spy thrillers.
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An Honest Living

Murphy’s writing is smart, ruminative, and referential. His narrator knows he’s in a story that mirrors the plot of the film Chinatown, and though the mystery itself is light on twists, it’s all worth it for this lovingly rendered snapshot of an already-bygone city, with details reeking of authenticity, down to the last barstool.
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The Violence

The early pages of this book from veteran novelist Dawson (author of several novels under the Star Wars franchise) feature several graphic scenes of emotional and physical abuse that might lose it some readers, but what’s left is a propulsive redemption story with a determined woman at its center.

Notes on an Execution

A contemporary masterpiece that sits alongside The Executioner’s Song and Victim: The Other Side of Murder in the library of crime literature.
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A Calling for Charlie Barnes

A sly and self-referential novel about the subjectivity of memoir, or a Franzenesque portrait of a dysfunctional American family. Take your pick.

Harlem Shuffle

Another can’t-miss from the versatile Whitehead, for readers who loved James McBride’s Deacon King Kong.

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Above the Rain

Readers of his previous works will welcome the author’s ambition, but fans of crime fiction may struggle with the meandering pace and abandon the story before he successfully pulls all the threads together.

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