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Ottessa Moshfegh
Knife Fight and Other Struggles
David Nickle
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
Andrew Solomon
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride
Ancillary Justice
Ann Leckie
Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More (New Edition)
Derek Bok
Dissident Gardens
Jonathan Lethem
Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s
Kim Newman
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick
Complete Novels
Dashiell Hammett, Steven Marcus
The Hollow Man: A Novel - Oliver Harris An excellent protagonist--John Rebus via James Ellroy or Patricia Highsmith. A bankrupt cop with few scruples but an overriding sense of curiosity happens upon an opportunity for a fiscal windfall, an escape hatch.... but that opportunity is bound up in a death that snags his interest. Mysterious interests surround that death, and another death seems connected, and Nick Belsey is hooked.

I loved the first half, as we get to know--but maybe not understand--Nick. The author's also a whiz with the bleakly-funny aside or description. The plot is pleasantly knotty but the untangling is sometimes less precision-tuned than other aspects of the novel. Still . . . a strong debut.