Post-WWII Long Island, Shanghai, and London are the setting for Shira Nayman’s literary psychological thriller A Mind of Winter (Akashic Books, $15.95). Oscar is a mysterious Englishman who presides over Ellis Park, a sprawling mansion on Long Island's North Shore. Oscar is tormented by his own questionable wartime dealings and haunted by memories of Christine, his great love who, after the war, sailed to Shanghai; he has no idea of the murky, moral depths into which she has fallen. “Nayman's saga delves deeply into how even those not directly affected are forever changed by war.”—Booklist. Nayman is also the author of the novel The Listener.