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"Woman at 1,000 Degrees" by Hallgrimur Helgason; Algonquin Books (400 pages, $16.95) ___ This rollicking novel by Icelandic writer Hallgrimur Helgason (newly released in paperback, with an English translation by Brian FitzGibbon) is as delightful as it is dirty. Inspired by a real-life old lady whom Helgason telephoned by chance during political canvassing, "Woman at 1,000 Degrees" is ...

For more than two decades, Daniel Silva has been a master at turning out spy novels that have a knack for ascending the heights of The New York Times best-seller list. Ten have made it all the way to No. 1. His 22nd, "The New Girl," debuted earlier this month, and within its 479 pages is a fascinating link to Dallas. Yes, Dallas. Salvator Mundi, the Leonardo da Vinci painting that was kept in ...