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Justin Cronin’s new novel, “The Twelve” (Ballantine/Random House), is the second in his much-praised Passage Trilogy. The first in the series was “The Passage,” and the final volume, “The City of Mirrors,” will be published next year. The trilogy has been optioned for the movies. Over the course of four novels he has already won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Stephen Crane Prize and the Whiting Writer’s Award. He is a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts. Cronin’s apocalyptic saga features vampire-like creatures called “virals” and the survivors who are trying to cope with them.