"Always Time to Die" by Elizabeth Lowell (Morrow, $24.95). In stores Tuesday: a suspense novel about a New Mexico governor running for president...

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“Always Time to Die” by Elizabeth Lowell (Morrow, $24.95). In stores Tuesday: a suspense novel about a New Mexico governor running for president whose family’s troubled past might be an obstacle to his goal. Lowell divides her time between Arizona and Seattle.

“Somewhere, I Was Right: Why Northwest Weather Is So Predictably Unpredictable” by Steve Pool and Scott Sistek (Peanut Butter Publishing, $14.95). The KOMO 4 weatherman and his Port Angeles-raised producer collaborate on a book about the tics and tantrums of our local climate. Foreword by Ann Rule.

“The Sibling Slam Book: What It’s Really Like to Have a Brother or Sister with Special Needs,” edited by Don Meyer (Woodbine House, $15.95). The director of the Seattle-based Sibling Support Project offers advice to the siblings of “people with special developmental, health and mental-health concerns.”

“Information Ethics: Privacy, Property, and Power” edited by Adam D. Moore (University of Washington, $30). An assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Washington assembles a book of essays on “the ethical issues surrounding information control.”

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“The Year’s Best Science Fiction,” edited by Gardner Dozois (St. Martin’s Griffin, $19.95). This year’s top picks include a story, “The Third Party,” by Seattle writer David Moles.

“American Knees” by Shawn Wong (University of Washington Press, $14.95). Reissue of the 1995 novel by the University of Washington professor of English, about a love affair between an Asian-American college administrator of minority affairs and a photographer of Japanese-Irish ethnic background. Former Times book editor Donn Fry called the novel “entertaining but problematic.”

“The Heart’s Language” by Lois-Ann Yamanaka, illustrated by Aaron Jasinski (Hyperion, $15.99). A children’s picturebook about the way a young autistic boy connects with his world. Illustrator Jasinski lives in Seattle.

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic