The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem

Staff Pick

Fans of Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn and smart detective fiction in general should rejoice because, after almost two decades, he returns to the genre that netted him the NBCC Award for Fiction in 1999. In the opening pages of his new book, The Feral Detective (Ecco, $26.99), Phoebe Siegler walks into the decrepit office of Charles Heist, the titular feral detective. She seeks Heist’s services in helping her find the daughter of her friend who is now believed to be lost in the wilderness of Southern California. With this familiar setup, Lethem then thrusts us into the forgotten population of California’s vagrant communities, the locus of Phoebe and Charles’s search. Using the tropes of the mystery novel, Lethem gives us an empathic novel about the scores of people who live alienated from the mainstream of the country they are born in, an alienation that, as the novel suggests, has become more apparent in today’s sociopolitical climate.

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ISBN: 9780062859068
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Published: Ecco - November 6th, 2018

The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Staff Pick

Let us return one last time to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, with Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s eagerly anticipated conclusion to his four-part series, The Labyrinth of the Spirits (Harper, $37.50). Operating within the same world as The Shadow of the Wind, this novel follows special investigator Alicia Gris, a young, beautiful, and deadly woman, orphaned by the Spanish Civil War, as she unravels one last case of a missing government minister. With the help of her gruff, unlovable partner, Vargas, and familiar Barcelona booksellers Daniel Sempere and Fermin Romero de Torres, Alicia unravels the complicated and intricate web of deception that has kept the repressive Franco regime in power for decades. This combines all the gothic, action-packed mystery that Zafón’s bibliophile fans have come to expect, along with a thrilling finale, putting the whole four-book series in brilliant perspective.

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ISBN: 9780062668691
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Published: Harper - September 18th, 2018

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Staff Pick

Look! You, who holds this Holiday Newsletter in your hands, are briefly taken aback by this sudden declaratory statement. What might distinguish this brief piece from the rest that clutter this inventory of précis? Nothing at all—nothing, that is, but this: the moment that passes as you follow this sentence to the end is the last when you know nothing of Melmoth (Custom House, $27.99), Sarah Perry's follow-up to 2016's sleeper hit The Essex Serpent. It is a novel that ranges from Prague to the Philippines, Cairo to Constantinople. An index of the horrors of fascism and society's cowardice; a map of the scars self-inflicted by the desperately penitent. It is the story of one Helen Franklin, whose search for a friend gone missing leads her down a trail of witness reaching back centuries. And it is the account of the spectral being that watches her, be it illusion or god, whose hands reach across space and time towards those who have given up hope. A gothic page-turner that is, in its own way, an aggressively contemporary book.

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ISBN: 9780062856395
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Published: Custom House - October 16th, 2018