“Tracers In The Dark" by Andy Greenberg (Doubleday)
The year was 2011. Cryptocurrency was a little-understood novelty, and Sen. Chuck Schumer called a news conference to vent outrage over a one-stop online shop for illegal drugs whose technology made sellers “virtually untraceable.”
“Three-Edged Sword,” by Jeff Lindsay (Dutton)
After the Cold War, former Soviet spy Ivo Balodis built himself a fortress in an abandoned missile site on an island in the Baltic Sea. There, he has continued to deal in secrets — but for profit instead of for country.
“The Light Pirate” by Lily Brooks-Dalton (Grand Central)
Wanda is named after the hurricane she was born in. It’s also the hurricane that changes the trajectory of her life.
“The Light Pirate” by Lily Brooks-Dalton takes place at a time not far from our reality — ostensibly now — and goes on to imagine a frighteningly near-future of encroaching waves and crumbling, unsustainable infrastructure completely changing the landscape and life itself.
“The Last Campaign: Sherman, Geronimo and the War for America,” by H.W. Brands (Doubleday)
Though they're mentioned in the subtitle, William Tecumseh Sherman and Geronimo often feel more like supporting players in H.W.
“Dickens and Prince: A Particular Kind of Genius,” by Nick Hornby (Riverhead Books)
Nick Hornby has been writing about pop culture since the 1990s, most famously his obsessive love of soccer in 1992’s “Fever Pitch” and of music in “High Fidelity,” three years later.
“Now Is Not the Time to Panic,” by Kevin Wilson (Ecco)
For the past 25 years the bestselling author Kevin Wilson has repeated to himself a semi-poetical, semi-nonsensical phrase that evokes the self-mythologizing bravado of outlaw musicians: “The edge is a shantytown filled with gold seekers.
“The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams” by Stacy Schiff (Little, Brown and Co.)
Aside from the namesake beer, Samuel Adams in many ways feels like the forgotten Founding Father. Despite his contributions, no biography was written about him until about six decades after his death and no statue erected until the Revolution's centennial.
“The Passenger” by Cormac McCarthy (Alfred A. Knopf)
It’s been 16 years since Cormac McCarthy released “The Road” and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, cementing his reputation as a master American novelist.
“Someday, Maybe” by Onyi Nwabineli (Graydon House Books)
“Someday, maybe” is a phrase that noncommittally encapsulates hopes and fears alike. It's a response that lacks urgency, stagnating in the purgatory between “yes” and “no.”
“It’s Not TV: The Rise, Revolution and Future of HBO” by Felix Gillette and John Koblin (Viking)
Streaming and on-demand services are so commonplace nowadays, one can take for granted how revolutionary HBO was when it was first launched.
“Ted Kennedy: A Life,” by John A. Farrell (Penguin Press)
In his new biography of Ted Kennedy, John A. Farrell describes a letter Joseph Kennedy sent his youngest son telling the teenager he had to choose between a serious or non-serious life.
“Murder at the Jubilee Rally” by Terry Shames (Severn House)
Samuel Craddock, the amiable police chief of mythical Jarrett Creek, Texas, is good at his job, but he’s got a lot to deal with in “Murder at the Jubilee Rally,” Terry Shames’s ninth novel in this genre-bending mystery series.
“In the Mouth of the Wolf: A Murder, a Coverup, and the True Cost of Silencing the Press,” by Katherine Corcoran (Bloomsbury)
The confluence of corrupt governance, poverty, drug trafficking and reporters who can be bought is a dangerous place for reporters and democracy.
“Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)
“Demon Copperhead,” the latest from Barbara Kingsolver, is a modern reimagining of “David Copperfield,” set in Appalachia. But you don’t need to have taken an English lit seminar to enjoy this novel.
“The Last Chairlift” by John Irving (Simon & Schuster)
After 54 years and 15 novels, John Irving’s finally done it. He’s written a book longer than most editions of “Moby-Dick.” And by the time you’re done reading it, you’ll chuckle every time you see the hyphen in Melville’s title.
“Liberation Day,” by George Saunders (Random House)
George Saunders is back with a new collection of short stories that feature his usual dystopian worlds and heartland characters whose lives and language have been fractured by social and economic pressures they barely understand.
“Dinosaurs,” by Lydia Millet (W.W. Norton)
Besides moving on from a bad breakup, Gil, the protagonist of Lydia Millet’s “Dinosaurs,” walks from New York to Phoenix because he “wanted to pay for something.” He explains this to his new next-door-neighbor, Ardis, and her best friend, Sarah, over drinks later into this resettlement, saying, “When you have a lot of money, you never pay for anything.
“Cradles of the Reich” by Jennifer Coburn (Sourcebooks Landmark)
Gundi, Irma and Hilde all find themselves at a Lebensborn Society house for future mothers who are deemed to be racially fit. Each woman is there for the same reason: to usher life into the world.
Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America’s Cemeteries,” by Greg Melville (Abrams Press)
It turns out that America’s graveyards are much more than keepers of our bodily remains until the organisms within the soil reclaim everything.
“Our Missing Hearts,” by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press)
Celeste Ng takes us into a dystopian future where people are judged on their embrace of American "customs and traditions" and people of Asian descent are viewed with suspicion, sometimes even hate.
“The Hero of This Book” by Elizabeth McCracken (Ecco)
Don’t be fooled by the fact that this slim new volume from Elizabeth McCracken has the words “a novel” on the cover. It’s a memoir. The reason it’s not referred to as such is clear from the dedication page — a handwritten note from McCracken to her mom in 1993 promising that she’ll never appear as a character in her work.
“Jackal” by Erin E. Adams (Bantam)
Something sinister lurks in the woods enveloping the fading industrial town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. If you sense its presence, parents warn their children, “Don’t look.” If you do, the myth will become real.
“Treasure State” by C.J. Box (Minotaur)
Former police officer turned Montana private detective Cassie Dewell has two bizarre mysteries on her hands.
First off, a wealthy matron who’d been bilked by a conman needs her help — not to find the conman but locate the private eye she originally hired to solve the case.
“Fall Guy” by Archer Mayor (Minotaur)
A Mercedes sedan, stolen a few days earlier in New Hampshire, is found abandoned in Vermont. It is crammed with stolen goods from a two-state crime spree.
“Lucy by the Sea," by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
Returning to characters of previous novels, Elizabeth Strout folds them into COVID-19’s twist of fate in “Lucy by the Sea.” Lucy’s world is on the verge of collapse, a pandemic wreaking havoc on a country on the brink of a civil war.
“Less Is Lost,” by Andrew Sean Greer (Little, Brown)
Andrew Sean Greer's “Less Is Lost” is the highly anticipated follow up to his 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Less,” a satire about an American abroad who travels the globe from Mexico to Germany to Japan to avoid going to an ex-boyfriend's wedding.
“From Saturday Night to Sunday Night: My Forty Years of Laughter, Tears and Touchdowns in TV,” by Dick Ebersol (Simon & Schuster)
Anyone who’s followed the TV industry since broadcasts went color will know the name Dick Ebersol.
“The Enigma of Room 622” by Joel Dicker (HarperVia)
In Joel Dicker’s fat new thriller, a famous novelist named Joel, vacationing in room No. 623 of the Hotel de Verbier in the Swiss Alps, is intrigued that the luxury resort has no room No.
“I Walk Between the Raindrops” by T.C. Boyle (Ecco)
An alcoholic author gets a strange visit that dredges up old memories. A couple becomes trapped on a cruise ship at the very start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Like a Rolling Stone: A Memoir” (Little, Brown)
Jann S. Wenner takes us on a long, strange trip with his accessible and entertaining rock ‘n’ roll memoir.
As the founder, co-editor and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, Wenner had an unusual back stage pass to the rock ‘n’ roll revolution as he chronicled how the Baby Boomer generation reshaped postwar America.
“Lessons,” by Ian McEwan (Alfred A. Knopf)
“Roland occasionally reflected on the events and accidents, personal and global, minuscule and momentous that had formed and determined his existence.” That one sentence in Ian McEwan’s new novel, “Lessons,” nicely sums up the book.
“The Unfolding,” by A.M. Homes (Viking)
If you ever wondered who was behind the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, pick up a copy of A.M. Homes’ new novel, “The Unfolding.” The book, Homes’ 13th and her first novel in a decade, imagines what might have happened if a powerful cabal of wealthy, white, Republican men, horrified by the thought of a Black man in the White House, conspired to undo the 2008 election of Barack Obama and restore America to their nostalgic view of the way things used to be.
“Like, Comment, Subscribe,” Mark Bergen (Viking)
YouTube has become such a part of daily life and popular culture in its 17-year history that it's easy to forget how simple of a concept the site began with.
“Diary of a Misfit,” by Casey Parks (Alfred A. Knopf)
Growing up gay in rural Louisiana, Casey Parks always felt like a misfit. When she came out as a lesbian in college to her Southern evangelical family, it did not go well.
“The Darkness of Others,” by Cate Holahan (Grand Central Publishing)
The pandemic has lasted long enough for pandemic-era novels to come out — Louise Erdrich and Jodi Picoult are among those who have written them.
“Perish” by LaToya Watkins (Tiny Reparations Books)
When a family’s matriarch is on her deathbed, they all gather back to Jerusalem, Texas, the hometown where their unresolved trauma began crashing through the generations.
“Fox Creek” by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
Retired sheriff and part time private detective Cork O’Connor is working the grill in his Aurora, Minnesota, restaurant when a stranger wanders in looking for help finding his wife, Delores, who has run off to have an affair with a Native American named Henry Meloux.
“Slenderman: Online Obsession, Mental Illness, and the Violent Crime of Two Midwestern Girls,” by Kathleen Hale (Grove Press)
The seemingly senseless stabbing of a young girl by two of her school friends in the Waukesha, Wisconsin, woods in 2014 made international headlines when it became known that the two perpetrators were under the sway of Slenderman, a fictional Internet demon that they had become convinced was real.
“Long Gone,” by Joanna Schaffhausen (Minotaur)
Four veteran Chicago police detectives are known as The Fantastic Four for their long history of spectacular gang busts, so when one of them, Leo Hammond, is shot dead in his bed with his own gun, it’s a big case.
“Kiki Man Ray,” by Mark Braude (W.W. Norton)
You may have seen the famous picture of her nude back marked with the sound holes of a violin, which recently sold for $12.4 million, the highest price ever paid for a photograph at auction.
“Do No Harm” by Robert Pobi (Minotaur)
Lucas Page retired from the FBI more than a decade ago after losing an eye, an arm, and a leg in an explosion. But Lucas is a man of unique talents, so once again — in “Do No Harm,” the third book in Robert Pobi’s series — the bureau needs his help.
“Mika in Real Life” by Emiko Jean (William Morrow)
Mika Suzuki is a directionless, 35-year-old Japanese woman with a big secret: She gave her daughter up for adoption at 19.
Emiko Jean’s latest novel, “Mika in Real Life,” takes place as Mika takes on a major transformation, starting with reconnecting with her daughter, Penny.
“Diary of a Void,” by Emi Yagi (Viking)
Shibata-san, the only woman in her office group, is tired of cleaning up after the men. One day, when her section head asks her why dirty coffee cups are still lying around hours after a meeting, she improvises an astonishing lie.
“Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet,” by George Monbiot (Penguin Random House)
Cruising past farmlands in America — and elsewhere in the world — it’s hard to imagine that so much green could be so damaging to the Earth.
“The Last White Man” by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)
Anders wakes up to find he’s no longer white. After confiding in his friend, Oona, the two discover this is not an isolated case; all over town and beyond, white people are finding their skin suddenly turning dark.
NEW YORK (AP) — “Proving Ground: The Untold Story of the Six Women who Programmed the World's First Supercomputer,” by Kathy Kleiman (Grand Central Publishing)
When the world’s first general-purpose, programmable, electronic computer, known as ENIAC, debuted in 1946, great fanfare was given to the men who created it, John Mauchly and J.
“The Force of Such Beauty” by Barbara Bourland (Dutton)
It’s about time someone took the princess story that’s normalized to girls and autopsy it with absolute precision.
“The Force of Such Beauty” opens on the night of Caroline's second attempt at escaping Lucomo, the small European country in which she became a princess.
“Any Other Family” by Eleanor Brown (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)
What does it mean to be a family? That’s the central question explored in Eleanor Brown’s new novel, “Any Other Family.”
Featuring three sets of parents who between them have adopted four biological siblings from the same mother, the story is set during a two-week vacation in Aspen, Colorado.
“The Mermaid of Black Conch” by Monique Roffey (Knopf)
David is a fisherman and Aycayia is a mermaid. It’s pretty obvious where the story goes from here: David falls for Aycayia. But author Monique Roffey isn’t giving us an endearing tale of love — this is a story of duality and curses.