BAD TRAFFIC BY SIMON LEWIS

A cop goes to London to inves­tigate the disappearance of his daughter—same old, same old. But by making the protagonist a Chi­nese detective who knows no En­glish, Lewis turns the familiar set­ting into a threatening landscape and restores life to a tired genre.

Bad Traffic by Simon Lewis [Scribner, $24]

A cop goes to London to inves­tigate the disappearance of his daughter—same old, same old. But by making the protagonist a Chi­nese detective who knows no En­glish, Lewis turns the familiar set­ting into a threatening landscape and restores life to a tired genre. Timothy Hodler

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