Beach Reads You’ll Blaze Through

Kick back with these four new books, plus our favorite sweet and salty reads from years past.
Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter

Palace Council

528 pages; Knopf
"Focus. Scintillate. Intimidate." That's one key to political dominance in Stephen L. Carter's canny new thriller, Palace Council (Knopf), which ranges from exclusive 1950s Harlem drawing rooms to Washington enclaves where power corrupts and elegant conspiracies are born, from the lairs of 1960s radicals to the hellish haunts of torturers. Tip: Don't ignore the references to Paradise Lost; they'll take you places where angels fear to tread.
— Cathleen Medwick