• The cover of the book In the Woods

    In the Woods

    Tana French’s interlinked mysteries are so full of emotional twists and turns that they pick up a new main character with each new installment. Cassie Maddox, a modern-day Dublin detective who plays backup to her partner Rob for In the Woods, becomes the lead player in The Likeness, the next thriller in the series, and so on. See the rougher side of modern Ireland through Rob’s eyes, then Cassie’s, then…well, we won’t spoil the surprise.

     
  • The cover of the book Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

    Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

    Stay up all night watching futuristic movies on the Syfy channel, stand on your head, then chug a bottle of soda so sugary it makes your teeth vibrate, and you’ll be in the right frame of mind for Murakami’s novel. In alternating chapters, his two-headed tale follows both a data processor as he navigates a noirish version of Tokyo’s sewer system and a mythical “dream reader” who may or may not be in the data processor’s head.

     
  • The cover of the book Sweet Tooth

    Sweet Tooth

    Longtime McEwan fans love his knack for hiding dramatic plot developments in complex emotional environments. Like Atonement’s Briony Tallis, McEwan’s narrator, a Cambridge graduate who is recruited by British military intelligence in the ‘70s, tells her story in language that’s precise and sophisticated. As with Briony, the reader comes to suspect there’s a great deal she isn’t telling.

     
  • The cover of the book Nairobi Heat

    Nairobi Heat

    Though it begins in the US, Nairobi Heat is a thoroughly international tale: After a young woman is found murdered on an African peace activist’s doorstep in Wisconsin, the African-American detective Ishmael Fofona pursues the case to the slums and streets of Nairobi. Raised in Kenya and now a columnist for the BBC Focus on Africa Magazine, Ngugi “rips away images of the Sahara and safaris and goes beyond nightly news pictures of deprivation;” this Kenya is one he knows intimately.

     
  • The cover of the book The Expats

    The Expats

    Winner of the Edgar Award, The Expats tells the story of Kate Moore, a woman living in Luxembourg and seemingly enjoying an effortlessly happy life as a young mom. But Kate has a secret that’s deep, dark, and bubbling to the surface. It’s clear that her hidden past is finally catching up to her. Now, her life hangs in the balance.