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Raylan | ELMORE LEONARD: Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens initially appeared in Pronto (1993), Riding the Rap (1995), and the short story "Fire in the Hole" (2001) (turned into the hit television series Justified). Here, one of America's greatest crime writers (Road Dogs, **** SELECTION Sept/Oct 2009) gives the guy another starring role. Raylan's back in Harlan County, Kentucky, dealing with some bad guys--you know, drug dealers who have decided to trade in human body parts.

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Agent 6 | TOM ROB SMITH: Ministry of State Security agent Leo Demidov was appointed to a special homicide unit in 1950s Russia after tracking down a serial killer in the best-selling thriller and Booker Prize long-listed Child 44 ( **** July/Aug 2008). Demidov re-appeared in The Secret Speech (Sept/Oct 2009) and now returns in Agent 6 to become embroiled in a Cold War-era conspiracy.

Vulture Peak (Sonchai Jitpleecheep) | JOHN BURDETT: Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police made his first appearance in Bangkok 8 (2003); he reappeared in Bangkok Tattoo (**** SELECTION Sept/Oct 2005) and three other books. In Vulture Peak, the fifth in the series, Sonchai, a Buddhist working in Bangkok's red-light district, tries to end trafficking in human organs, which takes him around Asia and Europe.

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Believing the Lie | ELIZABETH GEORGE: In her 17th Inspector Lynley novel (the previous novels were made into a popular BBC television series)...

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