Must read books for May

Story highlights

  • Catch up on the new fiction books available in May
  • The pop culture focus on Sherlock Holmes continues with "The Baker Street Translation"
  • Spies and private eyes make comebacks
  • Vampires are so last year -- get ready for werewolves
With the weather warming up, a thrilling spring is in full swing for avid readers. There are a slew of new titles hitting shelves in May and a few recent releases you may have missed; from spies to private eyes, World War II history to werewolves and a new riff on Sherlock Holmes. For anyone looking to bury their nose in a good book at the park, pool side or on the front porch, here are five must reads for your consideration.
'A Delicate Truth' by John le Carre

To many fans of spy fiction, le Carre is king. Over the past 50 years, he's elevated the espionage genre to an art form in classics like "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."
Now 81, the British-born author has written his 23rd novel, "A Delicate Truth," which addresses the war on terror.
The book begins with a top-secret mission, codenamed Wildfire. British and American agents are in Gibraltar to capture a jihadist arms dealer, but the covert op ends in "an utter cock-up." A conspiracy and attempt at a coverup soon follow.
Longtime fans will already know that le Carre was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964, and writes with absolute authenticity about the kinds of spy tradecraft his characters employ. "A Delicate Truth" seems ready-made for the movies and not surprisingly, filmmakers are already working on a big screen adaptation. Le Carre himself appears in a stylized trailer for his novel that feels like a short film unto itself.
Watch the trailer and read an excerpt from "A Delicate Truth."
'Red Moon' by Benjamin Percy

When it comes to horror fiction, vampires are so last year. The zombie craze is losing steam. Witches? Please.
Werewolves are where it's at.
Benjamin Percy, a contributing editor at Esquire magazine, takes lycanthropes to another literary level in his new novel, "Red Moon," turning the monster mythology on its ear. The story takes place in an alternate version of reality where being a werewolf is considered a disease, spread by a mysterious virus. While doctors search for a cure, the infected live alongside the general population, only as second-class citizens. They're shunned, segregated and treated with mind-numbing drugs to keep from turning into monsters, full moon no longer needed.
There's a guerrilla war being fought overseas in the ancestral home of the beasts, not unlike recent history in Iraq and Afghanistan. Percy draws a pretty direct parallel with the war on terror, which comes to a head when a werewolf terrorist unleashes a bloody attack on a passenger plane. The sole survivor of the flight becomes one of several main characters readers follow throughout the book.
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