Fiction

Several People Are Typing

Gerald, a mid-level employee of a New York–based public relations firm, has been uploaded into the company’s internal Slack channels . . . or at least his consciousness has.

His colleagues assume it's an elaborate gag, but Gerald seems to be facing the looming abyss of a disembodied life online. Enlisting the help of his co-worker Pradeep, Gerald tries to escape and find out what happened to his body, but the longer he stays in the void, the more alluring and absurd his reality becomes.

Kick the Latch

About one woman’s fine, hard life at the racetrack, Kick the Latch–with its ruthless concision and artful mysteries–is lightning in a bottle

The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2022

Sara Paretsky selects the twenty best mystery short stories of the year, including tales by Michael Connelly, Jo Nesbo, Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, and more!

Under the auspices of New York City's legendary mystery fiction specialty bookstore, The Mysterious Bookshop, and aided by Edgar Award-winning anthologist Otto Penzler, international bestseller and MWA Grandmaster Sara Paretsky has selected the twenty most puzzling, most thrilling, and most mysterious short stories from the past year, collected now in one entertaining volume.

The Winners

A breathtaking new novel from the bestselling author of Anxious People and A Man Called OveThe Winners returns to the close-knit, resilient community of Beartown for a story about first loves, second chances, and last goodbyes.

Over the course of two weeks, everything in Beartown will change.

Lark Ascending

A timely, powerful story of survival set in the not-too-distant future, reminding us to always hold on to hope, even in the worst of times.
 
With fires devastating much of America, Lark and his family first leave their home in Maryland for Maine. But as the country increasingly falls under the grip of religious nationalism, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe, not just from physical disasters but also persecution. The family secures a place on a crowded boat headed to Ireland, the last place on earth rumored to be accepting American refugees.

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