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Books: July 1, 2011

Reviews of the latest from Neil Gaiman, Alexander McCall Smith, and more

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Jeff Abbott
Abbott’s edgy, seat-of-your-pants spy caper revolves around an ambitious young CIA agent whose life is upended when he is framed as a traitor and his family is kidnapped.

American Gods
Neil Gaiman
The benchmark award-winning, genre-busting 2001 novel by the author of The Sandman and Coraline is being released in a specially updated and expanded 10th anniversary edition.

The Dog Who Came in from the Cold
Alexander McCall Smith
In this second installment of his Corduroy Mansions series, the prolific Smith gives his canine protagonist a lead role.

House Divided
Mike Lawson
Like the rest of Lawson’s crisply plotted Washington thrillers, this one stars Joe DeMarco, the no-nonsense ”fixer” for the Speaker of the House.

Diana Gabaldon
It must be the week for commemorative editions: Delacorte is marking the 20th anniversary of Gabaldon’s epic sci-fi romance story with this handsome reprint.

The Story of Charlotte’s Web
Michael Sims
Sims offers an affectionate homage to E.B. White and his enduring trio: a spunky farm girl, a smart spider, and a remarkable pig.