Novels to read now

Which are this season’s best books?

Short stories in which dark forces shape the destinies of characters in flux

A hard-boiled detective pursues a killer while employed by some of the worst mass murderers in history — his own Nazi bosses

A collection of short stories in which our longings and regrets are all too recognisable

A moving and involving story about a Las Vegas showgirl attempting to conquer past demons

The villain is an all-too-real figure who wielded terrifying power during the presidency of Alberto Fujimori in Peru

Humanity’s encroachment on nature is explored in a work that draws on the literary greats

The finale of Cusk’s experiment in ‘auto-fiction’ builds to a sparkling crescendo

An entertaining debut encompasses divorce, deferred adulthood and badgers