(Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post)

Before the Fall
By Noah Hawley (Grand Central)
One August evening, a private plane awaits passengers on Martha’s Vineyard. The plane, chartered by a Republican kingmaker who has founded a wildly profitable (and proudly right-wing) cable news network, crashes. Was it foul play, and if yes, who was behind it?

The English Teacher
By Yiftach Reicher Atir, translated from the Hebrew by Philip Simpson (Penguin)
This story of a Mossad operative written by a former Israeli intelligence officer provides an astonishing look at Middle Eastern spycraft. Operative Rachel Goldschmitt is preparing to vanish, but when she makes a mysterious phone call to her former handler, the Mossad comes after her.


A Great Reckoning" by Louise Penny. (Minotaur)

"A Hero of France" by Alan Furst. (Random House)

A Great Reckoning
By Louise Penny (Minotaur)
In the 12th Chief Inspector Gamache novel, our hero has just stepped into a new post as chief superintendent of the police academy in Three Pines, Quebec, where he’s charged with finding the source of corruption within its ranks. When a professor at the academy is murdered, Gamache becomes caught up in a way he never expected.

A Hero of France
By Alan Furst (Random House)

After the Germans invade, a French army captain devotes himself to helping British bomber crews forced to bail out over France make their way back to England to rejoin the desperately short-handed Royal Air Force.


"Under the Harrow" by Flynn Berry. (Penguin)

"Where It Hurts" by Reed Farrel Coleman. (Putnam)

Under the Harrow
By Flynn Berry (Penguin)

A taut psychological thriller with shades of Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca.” Nora arrives in the British countryside and walks into the shocking scene of her sister’s murder. As she seeks clues to her sister’s death — and life — Nora becomes nearly unhinged, and the reader must decide whether to trust her.

Where It Hurts
By Reed Farrel Coleman (Putnam)
Gus Murphy, a middle-aged ex-cop, falls apart after the death of his son and takes a job at a seedy hotel on Long Island. But Gus is roused back into action by a phone call from a drug dealer who may have clues about his son.


"The Whisperer," by John Grisham. (Doubleday)

"The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware. (Gallery/Scout Press )

The Whistler
By John Grisham (Doubleday)
Two investigators are approached by a whistleblower with information about a conspiracy involving a casino on a Native American reservation, organized crime and a crooked judge.

The Woman in Cabin 10
By Ruth Ware (Gallery/Scout)
On a luxury cruise ship in the North Sea, travel writer Lo Blacklock hears a splash and then sees what she thinks is the body of a woman sinking beneath the waves. Lo swears she met this woman in Cabin 10, but no one believes her.


"The Wrong Side of Goodbye," by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown)

"You Will Know Me" by Megan Abbott. (Little, Brown)

The Wrong Side of Goodbye
By Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
Retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch is summoned by an aging billionaire for an almost impossible task: find someone who might not even exist. Brooding and intricate, suspenseful and sad, this is Connelly at his best.

You Will Know Me
By Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
Abbott takes readers deep into the obsessive world of young female gymnasts and the families that help push these athletes to victory. Might their hopes for glory be powerful enough to cover up a murder?

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