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Varying degrees of darkness

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Take your reading to the edge this winter.

Reach into the lengthening shadows and you might discover the thrill of reading on the sinister side. From labyrinthine espionage to apocalyptic visions, historical horrors to domestic noir, this is where diversity rules and the chills are ranked on a sliding scale. Here are some winter reads that offer varying degrees of darkness, so you can test the limits of your comfort zone.