Starred Review

The Coldest Warrior

by Paul Vidich

Paul Vidich's The Coldest Warrior begins with a murder. It's 1953, and Dr. Charles Wilson, who had been hired by the government to complete top-secret work, has been killed, pushed out a ninth-floor window. Though the incident has been ruled a suicide, CIA agent Jack Gabriel is ordered by his director to investigate. Gabriel was on the brink of retirement, but he's determined to solve the case--Wilson was an old friend of his. But as Gabriel falls deeper into the suspicious circumstances of the case, it becomes

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A Woman Like Her: The Story Behind the Honor Killing of a Social Media Star

by Sanam Maher

A Woman Like Her by Sanam Maher is a remarkable feat of investigative journalism that illuminates the controversial life and shocking death of a young Pakistani woman known as Qandeel Baloch.

Baloch loved to sing and dance. A natural performer, she sought social media stardom as a way to escape the restrictions imposed on women in her Southern Punjab community. Through her Facebook posts, she flaunted her idealized self: a sultry, free-spirited beauty willing to shock audiences with sexually explicit videos,

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The Paper Kingdom

by Helena Ku Rhee, illus. by Pascal Campion

Inspired by her own upbringing, Helena Ku Rhee (The Turtle Ship) crafts a layered, loving picture book tribute to family and the sacrifices that parents make for their children's future. In The Paper Kingdom, Daniel's mother and father work overnight in a big glass building downtown; when the babysitter cancels, Daniel has to go with them. The tired boy witnesses how they are the only ones cleaning the large office filled with paper, and complains about the injustice of it all. In order to divert his attention,

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Second Sister

by Chan Ho-Kei, trans. by Jeremy Tiang

A woman's determination to understand her teenage sister's suicide leads her to the mysterious N, whose high-tech savvy and unconventional methods reveal Hong Kong's underbelly.

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Molly Bit

by Dan Bevacqua

The ascent and demise of a Hollywood actress is the vehicle for a thoughtful trip through many layers of ambition, friendship, betrayal and destruction.

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Of Curses and Kisses

by Sandhya Menon

In this Beauty and the Beast-themed romance, Sandhya Menon introduces readers to the glamorous, aristocratic world of St. Rosetta's International Academy.

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The Aosawa Murders

by Riku Onda, trans. by Alison Watts

Three decades after the gruesome murder of 17 birthday party guests, unanswered questions drive Riku Onda's complex novel, The Aosawa Murders.

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The Janes

by Louisa Luna

PI Alice Vega and her partner, Max Caplan, track a sex trafficking ring to rescue underage girls in this uncompromising thriller.

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DC Comics: Harleen by Stjepan Sejic

Media Heat

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Fresh Air: David Enrich, author of Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction (Custom House, $29.99, 9780062878816).

Good Morning America: Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Holt, $19.99, 9781250170996).

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

CBS This Morning: Gordon Corera, author of Russians Among Us: Sleeper Cells, Ghost Stories, and the Hunt for Putin's Spies (Morrow, $32.50, 9780062889416).

Also on CBS This Morning: Susan Fowler, author of Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber (Viking, $28, 9780525560128).

Thursday, February 13, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Tobias Wolff, author of This Boy's Life: A Memoir (Grove Press, $16, 9780802136688).

Fresh Air: James Jacoby, director of the two-hour PBS Frontline documentary Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos, which airs next Tuesday, February 18.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Fresh Air: Jill Wine-Banks, author of The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President (Holt, $27.99, 9781250244321).
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