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Red Dog: A Slim in Little Egypt Mystery

by Jason Miller

Jason Miller's second Slim in Little Egypt crime novel (after Down Don't Bother Me) cuts through a rich seam in the underworld of southern Illinois coal country. A former coal miner turned occasional private investigator, Slim is a single parent raising his precocious 13-year-old daughter, Anci. When two sketchy locals show up at their door offering cash to find their missing pit bull, Anci quickly speaks up as Slim's "business manager" and agrees to the job. Hardly breaking a sweat, Slim and his right-hand

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Rise the Dark

by Michael Koryta

Markus Novak, no longer investigating for the Florida death row defense firm Innocence Incorporated, is taking on the personal case that has dogged him since his introduction in Michael Koryta's Last Words--the murder of his wife, Lauren. Garland Webb, the man accused of killing Lauren, is out of prison, and Novak is determined to exact justice for both his wife and himself. He just has to find the monster first.

Webb's trail leads Novak back to the scene of Lauren's death before it takes a sharp turn, introducing

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Not As We Know It

by Tom Avery

It's life, Captain, but not as we know it. --Commander Spock, Star Trek: The Motion Picture

In Not As We Know It, Tom Avery (Too Much Trouble; My Brother's Shadow) invites readers to a tiny island in the English Channel where the 11-year-old narrator, Jamie, and his gravely ill twin brother, Ned, hunt for sea-tossed treasure on the stony banks of Chesil Beach.

One day, Jamie and Ned find something "awesome and terrible" in the sea. Something small and alive, with large eyes, gills and a scaly, limbed body.

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by Chuck Wendig

When a new type of ant appears at a crime scene, an FBI agent races to a remote island to stop the ants from spreading.

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Ghost Talkers

by Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal's Ghost Talkers is an imaginative alternate reality in which spiritualists and ghosts help determine the outcome of World War I.

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by Tom Bullough

This richly detailed novel explores borders--between Wales and England, and in a changing world.

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The Left-Handed Fate

by Kate Milford, illus. by Eliza Wheeler

In Kate Milford's 19th-century maritime adventure, an unlikely trio must decide whether to band together to build a device capable of stopping war.

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Media Heat

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fresh Air: Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, authors of Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power (Scribner, $28, 9781501155772).

Monday, August 22, 2016

Fresh Air: Gretchen Bakke, author of The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future (Bloomsbury, $27, 9781608196104).

Diane Rehm: Nicholas Dodman, author of Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry (Atria, $26, 9781476749020).

NPR's All Things Considered: Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, authors of Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power (Scribner, $28, 9781501155772).

Thursday, August 18, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Tom McCarthy, author of Satin Island (Vintage, $15, 9780307739629).

Fresh Air: Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life (Ecco, $27.99, 9780062368591).

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fresh Air: J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (Harper, $27.99, 9780062300546).

Diane Rehm: Andrew Schulman, author of Waking the Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul (Picador, $25, 9781250055774) and John Powell, author of Why You Love Music: From Mozart to Metallica--The Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds (Little, Brown, $26, 9780316260657).

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Daily Show: Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing: A Novel (Knopf, $26.95, 9781101947135).
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