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July 19, 2009|By Kate McNaboe

"The Defector"

Daniel Silvia (Putnam, $26.95)

During art restorer Gabriel Allon's relaxing honeymoon in Umbria, he receives news that Russian defector and friend Grigori Bulganov has disappeared. Gabriel is drawn back into a life of assassins and spies and put directly in the path of former KGB agent and arms dealer Ivan Kharkov. Now Gabriel must clear Bulganov's name while protecting himself and the one thing dearest to him.

"Storm Cycle"

Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen (St. Martin's, $26.99)

Texas computer expert Rachel Kirby is researching the cure for a rare disease afflicting her sister, Allie, when she is contacted by someone from Egypt who may have the answer. Together the sisters set out to acquire the ancient physician's secrets before a corrupt pharmaceutical company destroys the one person who can help.

"Fire and Ice"

J.A. Jance (William Morrow, $25.99)

Someone in Washington has been murdering women by wrapping them in tarp, drenching them in gasoline and setting them on fire, while someone in Arizona has brutally murdered the elderly supervisor of an ATV park. The two cases somehow intertwine, forcing Seattle investigator J.P. Beaumont and Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady to put aside their undeniable chemistry and protect those closest to them.

"The Devil's Queen"

Jeanne Kalogridis (St. Martin's, $25.99)

Catherine de Medici is remembered for the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of French Protestants, but perhaps there was a reason for her unspeakable cruelty. In this novel, the wife of France's King Henry II is conveyed as courageous, committing such vicious acts because of a deal with the devil she made to protect and serve her family.

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