THIS SEASON'S SLEEPER
By Neal Stephenson, 9/20
Stephenson is famous for epics about technology and information flow, but this is a slightly different animal: a spy thriller. It begins when an online game transmits a virus to a Russian gangster's computer, and it snowballs until an international handful of hackers are chasing a murderous terrorist around the globe.
BOOMERANG: TRAVELS IN THE NEW THIRD WORLD
By Michael Lewis, 10/3
Practicing a kind of financial-disaster tourism, Lewis travels from country to country during the great cheap-credit epidemic of 2002--08, giving vastly entertaining chalk talks about exactly why everything went to hell...