People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks (Viking) For time's sake, we're going to commit heresy and compare a Pulitzer winner's latest novel to a TV show. You know how the best dramas have great episodes
and that season-long arc? Here, the arc follows Hannah Heath, a 30-year-old Aussie rare-book expert hired to analyze a 600-year-old Jewish prayer text. With each clue (a hair in the binding, a wine stain on the parchment), we go back in time to see how it got there in "episodes" that totally deserve an Emmy.

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They Did It With Love
by Kate Morgenroth (Plume) Agatha Christie meets The Stepford Wives in this rolling read about a couple who relocates to a posh Connecticut suburb, where one day the wife discovers a member of her book club hanging from a tree. She decides to investigate and uncovers—dum, da-dum, dum!—well, we won't spoil it for you. But if you like a sexy mystery, Morgenroth keeps the finger of suspicion rotating faster than a game of Spin the Bottle.

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The Delivery Man

by Joe McGinniss Jr. (Grove/Black Cat) It's sex, drugs, and a slew of lost souls in this engrossing story of a 25-year-old known only as Chase. An out-of-luck wannabe artist, he retreats to his hometown—that being Vegas, a downward spiral ensues, thanks to madams and more. Since no less a connoisseur of depraved excess than Bret Easton Ellis helped McGinniss Jr. score a publisher, could The Delivery Man be this decade's Less Than Zero?

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