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From a J.K. Rowling mystery to a big debut novel about an Irish family, these new books chronicle people under pressure

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The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith
[June 19]
In the sequel to the best-selling mystery The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling), detective Cormoran Strike investigates the murder of a novelist who exposed the secrets of the people he knew.

A Spy Among Friends, Ben Macintyre
[July 29]
The author of Double Cross combines historical research and novelistic thrust to tell the true story of Kim Philby, the legendary Cold War counterintelligence officer who betrayed not just his country but, even more compellingly, his two best friends.

The Invisible Bridge, Rick Perlstein
[Aug. 5]
For politics and history buffs alike, the latest tome by the Nixonland author links the fall of Richard Nixon and the rise of Ronald Reagan to today’s charged political climate.

We Are Not Ourselves, Matthew Thomas
[Aug. 19]
Thomas, a 39-year-old English teacher, sold his 700-page, decades-spanning debut about an Irish immigrant family for seven figures — and in this case, the hype is warranted. It’s a genuine page-turner.

The Girls From Corona del Mar, Rufi Thorpe
[July 8]
Thorpe unflinchingly chronicles the best-friendship between brassy Mia and seemingly perfect Lorrie Ann. Any child of the ’80s and ’90s will relate to their richly evolving bond.