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The Spinning Heart

A dark comedy of modern Ireland bears rings of ancient greed, betrayal, and murder.

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The Deepest Secret

A family whose lives are choreographed by the demands of an illness find their dance interrupted.

 

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The Black-Eyed Blonde

The Irish novelist brings Raymond Chandler's cynical paladin back for an encore.

 

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Carthage

A young woman's disappearance may have roots in an atrocity of the Iraq War.

 

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From the Dead

On the trail of  a man who should be ten years dead, the victims multiply.

 

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Tatiana

Moscow's haunted detective Arkady Renko returns to investigate the death of a journalist.

 

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Most Wanted: Critic's Picks for 2013

The finest heists, murders, capers, cops, robbers, and investigations from a year of great mysteries.

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The Luminaries

A death and a disappearance in a New Zealand mining town set off a mystery of epic proportions.

 

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A Commonplace Killing

In a London neighborhood ravaged by German bombs, a woman's disappearance sets off another explosion.

 

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Evil Eye

A quartet of tales from the dark side of the heart.

 

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The Infatuations

Sometimes the mystery is not what leads up to a murder, but what happens after.

 

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Visitation Street

A disappearance on the East River looms large over a close-knit Brooklyn crew.

 

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Crime of Privilege

An untouchable political dynasty faces off against a lawyer's reluctant quest for justice.

 

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Every Contact Leaves a Trace

A husband's investigation into his murdered wife's past yields mysteries about them both.

 

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A Man Without Breath

Wartime sleuth Bernie Gunther returns in his greatest adventure yet.

 

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The Andalucian Friend

Rival drug gangs trade fatalities and musings in Western Europe's multinational underworld.

 

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Revenge

Pungent new stories of reprisal form a labyrinth of gruesome delights.

 

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The Uninvited

A detective with Asperger's syndrome grapples with a wave of uncanny violence.

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Standing in Another Man's Grave

A beloved Scottish sleuth steps out of retirement.

 

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Undercover

After infiltrating a ruthless criminal's gang, a cop is murdered, launching an urgent investigation.

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Death and the Maiden

Murder stalks the streets of fin de siècle Vienna.

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The Forgiven

A novel that unfolds with the inevitability of an ancient myth and the intensity of a psychological thriller.

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The Crime of Julian Wells

The secrets of a dead man's past lead a scholar on a Conradian journey into the shadows.

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About the Columnist
Anna Mundow, a longtime contributor to The Irish Times and The Boston Globe, has written for The Guardian, The Washington Post and The New York Times among other publications.

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.