EW Staff
July 20, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Black Diamond, Martin Walker

Murder, arson, and bad truffles spell trouble for a French lawman-cum-chef in his third outing.

Hemingway’s Boat, Paul Hendrickson

Hendrickson casts a new light on Ernest Hemingway’s life from 1934 to 1961. As the title suggests, the subject is the author’s beloved boat, which, according to Hendrickson, was the one constant during this fraught period.

The End of Everything, Megan Abbott

When a 13-year-old girl disappears one day after school, her best friend embarks on a life-changing pursuit of the truth. B-

There but for the, Ali Smith

Packed with wordplay and surprising turns, this elusive puzzle of a novel begins on a deceptively ordinary note — a dinner-party guest locks himself in an upstairs room — but it expands into a meditation on life, death, and true connection. A-

Zone One, Colson Whitehead

Whitehead isn’t your typical zombie-genre author, and this isn’t your typical zombie novel. While there’s plenty of skull-munching fun, Zone One also taps into deeper questions of society’s tenuous grip on order in a post-disaster world. A-

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