The Cut

A Novel

George Pelecanos

Little, Brown: $25.99

Spero Lucas has a knack for recovering stolen property since his return to the U.S. after serving in Iraq — but when a crime boss hires him, Spero plunges into an amoral world that puts everything he holds dear at stake. (August)

Damage Control

A Novel

Denise Hamilton

Scribner: $26

When her best friend is murdered, high-powered PR exec Maggie Silver handles the spin for her friend's father, a powerful Southern California politician, and gets sucked into family secrets and old tragedies as she manages the scandal. (August)

A Dance With Dragons

A Novel

George R.R. Martin

Bantam: $35

The fate of the Seven Kingdoms again hangs in the balance in this highly-anticipated novel from the author of "Game of Thrones." (July)

A Drop of the Hard Stuff

Lawrence Block

Little, Brown: $25.99

Out of the NYPD, Matthew Scudder is trying to rebuild his life when the murder of a childhood friend confronts him with a question: Was his friend killed for what he did or for something he witnessed? (May)

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