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Week of September 5, 2011

In Robert B. Parker's 38th Spenser novel, PAINTED LADIES, Spenser had a simple job: protect an art scholar during a ransom exchange for a stolen painting. But no one was supposed to die.

In THREE STATIONS, Martin Cruz Smith produces a complex and haunting vision of an emergent Russia’s secret underclass of street urchins, greedy thugs and a bureaucracy still paralyzed by power and fear.