9 New Books We Recommend This Week

DEAD OF WINTER , by Stephen Mack Jones. (Soho, $27.95.) In this third outing of a mystery series, the caustic, mordantly funny private ...


DEAD OF WINTER, by Stephen Mack Jones. (Soho, $27.95.) In this third outing of a mystery series, the caustic, mordantly funny private investigator August Snow schemes to save his Detroit neighborhood from billionaires, fools and other opportunistic crooks. “What I’ve loved about Jones’s books is how they depict the pros and cons of mutual aid,” Sarah Weinman writes in her latest crime column. “Snow was a cop once, but pervasive racism meant he could never be fully part of the brotherhood. He can, however, try to protect his nearest and dearest, and when the tables turn and Snow is in dire need of aid, they can look out for him as well.”

THE MAN WHO LIVED UNDERGROUND, by Richard Wright. (Library of America, $22.95.) Wright wrote this chilling and powerful novel in the 1940s but was never able to publish it in full. Eight decades later, the restored text is still an urgent chronicle of the Black experience in America. Chased by the police for a crime he did not commit, the hero, Daniels, escapes into the sewers and maintains a ghostly existence. “More than any other Black writer, Richard Wright recognized that understanding Black folks’ relationship to the police is central to understanding racism,” Reginald Dwayne Betts writes in his review. “The tragedy here is not what ultimately befalls Daniels, but how a single interaction with the police causes him to profoundly question his own identity.”

ANTITRUST: Taking on Monopoly Power From the Gilded Age to the Digital Age, by Amy Klobuchar. (Knopf, $32.50.) Klobuchar, the Democratic senator from Minnesota who has championed efforts to revamp antitrust law, explains why excessive concentrations of wealth are a threat to American democracy. “A history of antitrust policy may not sound like the most compelling raw material for a page turner,” Liaquat Ahamed writes in his review. “But the book is an impressive work of scholarship, deeply researched — it has over 200 pages of footnotes — highly informative and surprisingly readable in the bargain.”

BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason, by Gina Frangello. (Counterpoint, $27.) This provocative memoir of the love affair that ended the author’s marriage features a heady mix of candid self-appraisal — “I have cheated, I have lied, I have done damage. I have been selfish and ruled by my desires” — and enraged self-justification. “With the exception of her children, no one escapes the force of Frangello’s fury,” Dani Shapiro writes in her review. “I’m not sure I’ve ever read, much less reviewed, a memoir that has gotten under my skin the way this one has.”

ANTIQUITIES, by Cynthia Ozick. (Knopf, $21.) At 93, Ozick continues to craft sentences of polished beauty, which in this atmospheric novella, set among a genteel retirement community at a former boys’ boarding school, evoke a mood of obscure mystery and quiet regret. “The strongest literary aspect of this novella is its voice,” Lionel Shriver writes in her review. “The narrative is shot through with the distinctive self-importance of the insecure” — in this case, a lawyer who wonders if he could have been more adventurous in life, and whose style as he looks back on his boyhood friendship with a Jewish student is at once preening and canny, rewardingly “self-conscious, throat-clearing and evasive.”

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