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"A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation" by Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright (Free Press, August 2012) Credit: Handout

A CASE FOR SOLOMON, by Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright (Free Press, $26.99)

In 1912 Louisiana, Bobby Dunbar, 4, went missing. After a months-long search the boy was found and an itinerant man charged with the kidnapping. But was it really Bobby Dunbar? This nonfiction mystery is based on a segment from "This American Life" on public radio.

 

THE ST. ZITA SOCIETY, by Ruth Rendell (Scribner, $26)

Upstairs clashes with Downstairs in this new novel by British mystery doyenne Ruth Rendell, who has written 48 novels (and another 14 under the nom de plume of Barbara Vine). Here, the lives of the wealthy and their servants are inextricably linked on the posh London street of Hexam Place, but this uneasy alliance is about to be shattered.

 

THE DOG STARS, by Peter Heller (Knopf, $24.95)

A flu pandemic has wiped out civilization, and a random survivor carries on at an abandoned airport in eastern Colorado, flying the perimeter of the airfield in his 1956 Cessna -- and then he hears a radio transmission from another pilot who's out there somewhere. A debut novel from a writer for Outside and Men's Journal.

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