The Best 19 Books to Read This August
A memoir that serves up the troubled family history behind an iconic American dessert; crime fiction force Laura Lippman's roundup of her favorite new thrillers; 10 titles to pick up now, including two comedies set in Russia; and more.
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In Roy's gripping fourth novel, a serial killer à la Ted Bundy is suspected when protagonist Lane's older daughter goes missing from their Florida Panhandle town. But Lane soon fears that the girl's fate may be linked to the role her father played at a reformatory where boys were routinely abused and even killed. Rising star Roy, an Edgar winner, came up with the idea for the transfixing tale after reading about the infamous Arthur G. Dozier School, which operated for more than 100 years until it was finally shut down in 2011.
— Laura Lippman