Wolf Haas has forged one of modern noir's best detective series in the adventures of Inspector Simon Brenner.  Readers can now relish tracing back to Brenner's first big case: the suspicious death of two Americans atop an Alpine Village ski mountain. 

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…