Cities of mystery
In these three new thrillers, exotic and evocative settings play a major role.
Beastly Things (Atlantic Monthly Press) by Donna Leon is the latest in her series about Commissario Guido Brunetti, a police detective who this time must solve the murder of an unidentified man with a rare disfiguring disease whose body is found in one of the canals of Brunetti's beloved Venice.
Mission to Paris (Random House) by Alan Furst is the author's latest gripping tale of espionage during World War II, boasting his trademark elegant, compelling style and set in a vividly depicted wartime City of Light.
The Risk Agent (Putnam) by Ridley Pearson explores new territory for the bestselling crime fiction writer, focusing on a private security firm trying to find an employee of an American company who has been kidnapped in Shanghai.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor