Moscow, by Theodor Plievier. A stunning documentary novel about the German drive on Moscow and the confusion and dismay of the Russian defenders through the long summer of 1941 (TiME, March 8).
The Night of the Hunter, by Davis Grubb. A beautifully written chiller about an Ohio River town and a Bible-spouting homicidal maniac (TIME, March 1).
The Bright Sands, by Robert Lewis Taylor. A good-humored novel about Cape Cod and Cape codgers (TIME, Feb. 22).
The Lady for Ransom, by Alfred Duggan. The twilight of the Byzantine Empire, caught in a fine historical novel...