10 best books of January: the Monitor's picks

Here are the 10 books that the Monitor's book critics liked best among the January 2014 releases.

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3. "An Officer and a Spy," by Robert Harris

Thriller writer Robert Harris returns to historical fiction with An Officer and a Spy, a tale of the true-life Dreyfus Affair in late 19th-century France, an episode with parallels to the Edward Snowden-NSA contemporary era. Harris sticks to the historical record employing a most effective trope: the secret diary later discovered to reveal the on-the-ground unfurling of events. You can read the Monitor's full review of "An Office and a Spy" here

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