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Summer page-turners

Books by Karin Fossum, J.A. Jance, Laurell K. Hamilton and a whole lot more.

May 22, 2011

Act of Passion

A Novel

Georges Simenon

New York Review Books: $14.95 paper

Though successful at his work and family life, a doctor grows dissatisfied and restless and thinks a casual affair is the perfect answer—until the consequences are far deadlier than he ever expected. (July)

The Astounding, the Amazing and the Unknown

A Novel

Paul Malmont

Simon & Schuster: $26

The time is during World War II, and science fiction writer Robert Heinlein and his "Kamikaze Group" have been enlisted to fight the Nazis. (July)

Bad Intentions

An Inspector Sejer Mystery

Karin Fossum

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: $24

Why are the corpses of young men being found in lakes? Inspector Konrad Sejer looks for the answer, and the murderer, in this latest in Fossum's popular series. (August)

Before I Go to Sleep

A Novel

S.J. Watson

Harper: $25.99

A chilling debut thriller about Christine Lucas, a woman whose mind is erased of everything about her — her past, the people she loves, her name — each time she goes to sleep. (June)

Betrayal of Trust

A Novel

J.A. Jance

William Morrow: $25.99

Jance returns with her latest thriller featuring J.P. Beaumont, a retired Seattle police officer. (July)

The Big Book of Adventure Stories

Edited and with an introduction by Otto Penzler

Vintage: $25 paper

A mystery editor par excellence provides a summer's worth — and then some — of adventures, featuring Zorro, the Cisco Kid, King Kong, the Scarlet Pimpernel, Sheena, Queen of the Jungle and much more. (May)


A Novel of Espionage

David Ignatius

W.W. Norton: $25.95

The author of "Body of Lies" returns with the story of a young CIA officer charged with finding out who's killing members of an intelligence unit that is trying to broker peace with America's enemies. (June)

Clive Barker

The Painter, the Creature, and the Father of Lies

Edited by Phil and Sarah Stokes

Earthling: $35

A collection of the horror master's nonfiction, including his reflections on creativity, other artists and the roots of fantasy found in our inner desires to answer the "siren song, inviting us to take a ghost ride into nightmare." (July)

The Cut

A Novel

George Pelecanos

Little, Brown: $25.99

Spero Lucas has a knack for recovering stolen property since his return to the U.S. after serving in Iraq — but when a crime boss hires him, Spero plunges into an amoral world that puts everything he holds dear at stake. (August)

Damage Control

A Novel

Denise Hamilton

Scribner: $26

When her best friend is murdered, high-powered PR exec Maggie Silver handles the spin for her friend's father, a powerful Southern California politician, and gets sucked into family secrets and old tragedies as she manages the scandal. (August)

A Dance With Dragons

A Novel

George R.R. Martin

Bantam: $35

The fate of the Seven Kingdoms again hangs in the balance in this highly-anticipated novel from the author of "Game of Thrones." (July)

A Drop of the Hard Stuff

Lawrence Block

Little, Brown: $25.99

Out of the NYPD, Matthew Scudder is trying to rebuild his life when the murder of a childhood friend confronts him with a question: Was his friend killed for what he did or for something he witnessed? (May)


A Novel

China Miéville

Del Rey: $26

The harmonious society between humans and an enigmatic race of aliens on a distant planet is upset by political machinations in this latest tale by a first-rate builder of imaginary worlds. (May)


A Novel

Karin Slaughter

Delacorte: $26

When police detective Faith Mitchell finds a break-in at her mother's house and blood on the door, she charges in with gun blazing and is suddenly plunged into a world where she becomes a witness … and a suspect. (June)


A Novel

J.P. Manchette

New York Review Books: $12.95 paper

A gorgeous killer travels through a sleepy town in this novel that takes the modern detective story and applies a hearty dose of satire. (available now)

The Gentlemen's Hour

A Novel

Don Winslow

Simon & Schuster: $25

Surfer-private eye Boone Daniels angers his fellow wave-catchers when he decides to help someone accused of killing a legendary surfer. (August)

The Hypnotist

A Novel

Lars Kepler

Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $27

Detective Inspector Joona Linna uses hypnotism on the sole eyewitness to a savage triple homicide — the traumatized boy who watched his family murdered before his eyes. (July)

Hit List

An Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Novel

Laurell K. Hamilton

Berkley: $27.95

Anita Blake is called in to investigate a serial murderer in the Pacific Northwest, knowing the real culprits are a shadowy vampire group known as the Harlequin. (June)

The Jefferson Key

A Novel

Steve Berry

Ballantine: $26

An assassination attempt on the U.S. president's life leads Justice Department operative Cotton Malone into an encounter with a conspiracy dating to the days of the Founding Fathers. (May)

The Killer Is Dying

A Novel

James Sallis

Walker & Co.: $23

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