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Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross
In Mr. Peanut, David Pepin has been married to his wife, Alice, for 13 years. She'd become depressed and obese over that time, and, while still in love with her, David fantasizes constantly about killing her. When she dies from her peanut allergy, David becomes the prime suspect. He claims that Alice committed suicide. The detectives investigating the case are Ward Hastroll, whose wife has refused to get out of bed for five months, and Sam Sheppard, who was convicted and then exonerated in his own wife's murder. Adding to David's apparent guilt is his link to a hitman who can be hired to murder men's wives. Adam Ross' debut novel has received mostly positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "Yet this one qualm is far outweighed by the trove of rewards to be found in Mr. Peanut, especially its audacious and moving honesty about one of society's fundamental institutions, and its hard-won hopefulness. This is a brilliant, powerful, memorable book."