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Twenty-two years after he covered a memorable crime as a reporter for the Tampa Tribune, Ace Atkins uses it as the chassis for his latest novel, a propulsive chase narrative called "The Heathens." “After you’ve been up close to it,” Atkins says, “been in a courtroom with Valessa Robinson, a case like that stays with you.” "The Heathens" is Atkins’ 28th novel, and his 11th about Mississippi ...

The worst of the heat has dissipated (at least for now? Please?), which means we can all stop complaining about the weather and turn our attention to summer reading. Here are six new paperbacks, all potentially compelling choices for lazy afternoons. "Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery" by Erica C. Barnett (Penguin, $17). The debut book from Seattle journalist Barnett ...

Stacey Abrams' latest novel, "While Justice Sleeps," feels modern until the protagonist comes home from a horrendous day and listens to annoying then menacing voicemails — left on a landline, attached to an answering machine, that beeps in between calls. Why did she make such an anachronistic choice for the fictional 26-year-old U.S. Supreme Court law clerk at the heart of this sprawling ...

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The Black Keys are back with a collection of hill country blues covers. It’s the band’s 10th full-length album, following 2019’s “Let’s Rock,” and features tunes that were originally popularized by, or otherwise associated with, such Mississippi blues greats as Big Joe Williams, John Lee Hooker, Mississippi Fred McDowell, R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Due out May 14;

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