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The Rabbit Hunter, by Lars Kepler (Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril)

A new addition to the knife-edge Swedish noir of Kepler’s Joona Linna series, and page for page the scariest book of a scary year. When the eponymous killer, bedecked in a gruesome headdress, signals the end for his next victim with an eerie little children’s rhyme, you’ll want to hide under the bed.

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The Last Hunt, by Deon Meyer

Meyer imagines an attempt on the life of a corrupt South African politician from the perspective of the assassin, a man of conviction who’s burned out but willing to make one last stand. This first-rate political thriller brings humanity and an engaging cast of characters to a sometimes chilly genre.