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Sultry Moon

by Mempo Giardinelli

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Lovers of literary form and accomplishment, those with an existentialist bent, or anyone still haunted by Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, will devour Sultry Moon, a near-perfect example The Novella.  Concentrated, lean, and powerful, this winner of Mexico's National Book Award takes place over three days and four chapters.  Ramiro Bernardez, successful and polished, returns from studies abroad to begin a highly-anticipated career in law.  Over the course of a dinner party, however, he falls in love with his host's daughter and becomes a rapist and murderer, on the run from his crime and psychologically invisible to himself.  Erotic, horrifying, and breathlessly intense, Giardinelli has created nothing short of a masterpiece. 

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The Target

By David Baldacci

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Earl Fontaine, a terminally ill Alabama death row prisoner, plans one last killing that will personally affect Robie and his fellow agent, Jessica Reel. Meanwhile Evan Tucker, the head of the CIA, recommends Robie and Reel for a mission to assassinate a foreign leader.