Picks and Pans Review: Great Reads

updated 04/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

MAGICAL MYSTERIES

LOSING YOU by Nicci French Lose yourself in this smart nail-biter of a tale about a mother's desperate search for her missing teenage daughter.

DEVIL'S PEAK by Deon Meyer Part thriller, part gripping social history of post-apartheid South Africa—a melting pot spiced with cruelty and rough justice.

THE GENIUS by Jesse Kellerman When acclaimed drawings turn out to be portraits of murdered children, a gallery owner turns amateur sleuth.

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