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5 top novels about private detectives

10 best alternate history novels reviewed here

Gaining a global perspective on the world around us

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The pleasures of reading the complete Vorkosigan Saga

The ultimate guide to the all-time best science fiction novels

The evocative Night Soldiers series from Alan Furst

The spellbinding thrillers of Robert Harris

5 top Los Angeles mysteries and thrillers (plus lots of runners-up)

Ten big issues Washington is ducking, and not just under Republicans

20 top books about Africa, including both fiction and nonfiction

The best Nordic noir series from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland

The 10 top espionage novels reviewed on this site (plus lots of runners-up)

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20 good books about India, past and present

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The Maisie Dobbs novels from Jacqueline Winspear

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Top-notch spy novels from Alex Gerlis

13 good books about the Holocaust, including both fiction and nonfiction