The Complaints

Although he retired Inspector Rebus, one of the most captivating figures in crime fiction, in 2007's Exit Music, Ian Rankin has been unable to keep himself off the mean streets of Edinburgh. Here, in his second novel featuring Malcolm Fox, a cop who investigates other cops, he holds readers riveted with his usual combination of mystery and moral query

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…