This summer the big literary names--your Kings, your Grishams, your Meyers--will mostly be silent. It's a good opportunity to get to know a crop of lesser-known but exceptionally smart and interesting writers that includes Gillian Flynn and Alan Furst, Tana French and Maria Semple. In case you're not already familiar with them, we've helpfully diagrammed their areas of overlap.
by Tana French
Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy is the big man on the Dublin-police murder squad. And he's got a big case: a father and two kids dead in a seaside town and the mother clinging to life. It's a...