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Jake Tracer

Animals Make Us Human, Catherine Johnson, ...

Part owner’s manual and part business proposal, Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson argues that we can treat animals better if we consider the emotions that motivate them. (Tip: If your dog waits for a moment before going ?outside, it doesn’t matter who walks out first; you’re teaching ”impulse control,” not dominance.) Noted scholar Grandin — who believes her autism helps her understand animals — devotes equal space to domestic, commercial, and captive animals.

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David Baldacci’s first international thriller may take place largely outside the U.S., but like a Starbucks in London, it’s as Yankee as it gets. In The Whole Truth nearly all the major players are American, and the ones who aren’t have no power. A U.S. defense contractor hires an American ”perception management” firm to turn the world against Russia and create another Cold War (apparently Russia has no say in the matter). Meanwhile, an American journalist gets wind of the scheme.

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PI Ed Loy fancies himself a Dashiell Hammett throwback (picture Bogart with a brogue). But while tracking down a missing jockey in the third of Hughes’ Irish noir series, he uncovers a family history so bizarrely disturbing that he finally has to modernize his self-image. Like Ireland itself, Loy is stuck between a pugnacious past, where bloodlines dictate loyalty, and a moneyed future, where business is business.

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A puzzling nostalgia ripples through Hell for the Holidays, Chris Grabenstein’s Thanksgiving-set sequel to his 2006 Christmas thriller, Slay Ride. FBI agent and all-around family man Christopher Miller longs for the good old days of his college-football past, while scheming white supremacists long for the older days of socially accepted racial superiority. Neither can go back, but only Miller has learned how to move forward. He can now accurately quote Muhammad at will, which only makes you wonder why he’s on the New Jersey hate-crime beat.

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