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‘Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA,’ by Morten Storm 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:54:07 GMT 
    A whistle-blower describes his path from biker-gang leader to Muslim activist to spy for three Western intelligence agencies.








‘Mr. Tall,’ by Tony Earley 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:53:29 GMT 
    Tony Earley’s stories include a skunk ape, a talking dog and the sometimes surprising, sometimes lonely lives of ordinary people.








‘De Potter’s Grand Tour,’ by Joanna Scott 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:52:47 GMT 
    An antiquities collector disappears off the coast of Greece in 1905, and his wife discovers that his life was not what it seemed.








‘The Children Act,’ by Ian McEwan 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:51:55 GMT 
    In this Ian McEwan novel, a judge must decide the case of a teenage Jehovah’s Witness who refuses treatment for leukemia.








‘The Monogram Murders,’ Sophie Hannah’s Poirot Mystery 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:51:45 GMT 
    Hercule Poirot reappears, courtesy of Sophie Hannah, years after solving his “last case.”








The Shortlist: Fanny Howe’s ‘Second Childhood,’ and More 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:50:26 GMT 
    New books by Simone Muench, Fanny Howe, J. D. McClatchy and Cynthia Hogue.








Open Book: The Sound of the Words 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:50:10 GMT 
    John Darnielle, of the indie-rock band the Mountain Goats, talks about writing songs and his new novel, “Wolf in White Van.”








ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Henry Kissinger’s ‘World Order’ 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:49:18 GMT 
    Mr. Kissinger discusses his new book, and Lawrence Wright talks about “Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David.”








Inside the List 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:49:10 GMT 
    “The Secret Place,” by Tana French, enters the hardcover fiction list at No. 4, just after the critic Laura Miller recently argued that women write the best crime novels.


Editors’ Choice 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:49:02 GMT 
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