The Devil in Silver (Spiegel & Grau, $27.00) is Victor LaValle’s literary horror novel in which Pepper, a minor-league troublemaker, finds himself an inmate at a mental institution in Queens, accused of a crime he can’t quite remember. On his first night, he’s visited by a terrifying creature with the body of an old man and the head of a bison, who nearly kills him. It’s no delusion. Pepper rallies three other inmates in a plot to fight back. “. . . will leave you wondering about its many memorable characters and lingering over questions about fear, horror, madness, suffering, friendship, and love.” —Publishers Weekly. LaValle is the author of two previous novels, The Ecstatic; the American-Book-Award-winning Big Machine; and a collection of short stories, Slapboxing with Jesus.