Michael Joseph, $37
It is nearly impossible to stop reading this book once one has started. Its hero — and they do not come any more heroic — is Evan Smoak, who began life as Orphan X and later turned into The Nowhere Man. All of the other must-read American crime writers are rapturous about the book, but Lisa Gardner puts it best by suggesting that Evan Smoak is 'a perfect mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher'. And the movie rights have already been sold with Bradley Cooper chosen for the role.