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What’s new: Nazis on drugs, Joan Didion’s notebook, a dark suspense novel by Dan Chaon

"Ill Will" by Dan Chaon

"Ill Will" by Dan Chaon Credit: Ballantine

BLITZED: Drugs in the Third Reich, by Norman Ohler. Just when you thought there was nothing new to say about the Holocaust, along comes this bombshell premise: The Nazis were all high on methamphetamines. This heavily researched nonfiction book by a German journalist reports that the drug was widely taken by soldiers, all the way up the ranks to Hitler himself, who received injections of a drug cocktail that also included an opioid. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28)

SOUTH AND WEST: From a Notebook, by Joan Didion. We haven’t had a new book from Didion since “Blue Nights,” the 2011 follow-up to “The Year of Magical Thinking.” And this slim new volume, just 126 pages, isn’t technically new: Didion raided her notebooks to bring us two unfinished pieces: notes from 1970 road trip through the American South, and observations on California, inspired by the Patty Hearst trial. It’s a welcome shot of vintage Didion. (Alfred A. Knopf, $21)

ILL WILL, by Dan Chaon. In this dark literary thriller from the author of “Among the Missing,” Dustin, a middle-aged Cleveland psychiatrist, learns that his adoptive brother is being released from prison — 30 years after Dustin’s testimony put him away for murdering their parents, aunt and uncle — when DNA evidence absolves him of the crime. Meanwhile, a number of young local men have mysteriously drowned, leaving Dustin to wonder: Is a serial killer at work? (Ballantine, $28)

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