11 excellent novels for summer reading

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8. "Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead," by Sara Gran

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 288 pp.) Hip, moody, young detective Claire DeWitt arrives in gritty post-Katrina New Orleans to investigate the disappearance of a prosecutor. Critics are already labeling this one – the first of a projected series – a book “not to be missed.” (June)

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