City of Bohane - Kevin Barry

Welcome to the new Irish literature: its capital is the City of Bohane (Graywolf, $15), Kevin Barry’s dystopian vision of a town in the West of Ireland. This decrepit and malevolent metropolis is ruled by gangs, and its streets are full of people doing whatever they can just to survive. At the center of the book is the gang leader who is ready to step down, and the power struggle such a transition precipitates. Bohane’s language and street slang might give you pause, but Barry’s novel is more than worth the effort. Barry himself calls this book a “weird kind of Neo-Western”: a tale intended for entertainment, with a cast of colorful characters wearing elaborate (and meticulously described) costumes. This melancholic yet funny novel will both challenge and amaze you.
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ISBN: 9781555976453
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 4th, 2013

Don't Cry, Tai Lake: An Inspector Chen Novel - Qiu Xiaolong

In Don’t Cry, Tai Lake (Minotaur, $14.99), by Qiu Xiaolong, Chief Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police has been given a week-long vacation at a luxury lakefront resort ordinarily accessible only to high-level party officials. However, relaxing doesn’t come naturally to him, and the hardworking detective has barely arrived when he learns that the once pristine waters of the lake are horribly polluted, eating the renowned local seafood is inadvisable, the managing director of a local factory has been murdered, and an environmental activist has been scapegoated as the prime suspect. The poet-philosopher must employ all his tact and charm not to call attention to the fact that he is operating outside his jurisdiction—especially when his investigation risks tampering with an economical successful government industry.
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ISBN: 9781250021588
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 30th, 2013

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway - Sara Gran

Following her debut in Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, Sara Gran’s hard-edged and wry private detective is back. Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $20) sees our heroine return home to San Francisco to investigate not just the theft of a valuable guitar, but the murder of her former lover, a popular local musician. It’s an emotionally taxing case, and Claire drinks, snorts, and smokes her way through “The City by the Bay” as she zeroes in on the murderer. But while the toll on Claire is heavy and her downward spiral bleak, her work dredges up memories that lead her to a breakthrough, and she’s that much closer to finding the key to the disappearance of her best friend—the biggest unsolved mystery of Claire’s life.

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ISBN: 9780544227781
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 20th, 2014