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“Lipstick Jungle” by Candace Bushnell (Hyperion). The “Sex and the City” author is at it again with a tale about “three sexy, powerful career women who will do anything to stay at the top of their fields.”
“The Last Days of Dogtown” by Anita Diamant (Scribner). Historical fiction set in a small, dying 19th-century New England town. By the author of “The Red Tent.”
“Joplin’s Ghost” by Tananarive Due (Atria). The author of “The Living Blood” writes a tale about a woman haunted by the ghost of composer Scott Joplin.
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“The Divide” by Nicholas Evans (Putnam). The new novel by the author of “The Horse Whisperer” focuses on the suspicious death of a young woman wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism.
“Wickett’s Remedy” by Myla Goldberg (Doubleday). The author of “Bee Season” writes a historical novel about a patent-medicine maker and his wife whose lives are disrupted by the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918.
“Belle Ruin” by Martha Grimes (Viking). A 12-year-old girl stumbles across clues that might solve a 40-year-old crime, in Grimes’ latest whodunit.
“The Road to Dune” by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Tor). A companion to Frank Herbert’s science-fiction classic “Dune,” featuring unpublished chapters from “Dune” and “Dune Messiah,” correspondence between Frank Herbert and his editor, some “Dune”-related essays, and an original novella by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, based on an outline left by Frank Herbert.
“Fiddlers” by Ed McBain (Harcourt). The latest — and last? — 87th Precinct mystery by the late, great Ed McBain concerns a serial killer who “doesn’t fit the profile.”
“Cinnamon Kiss” by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown). 1967’s so-called “Summer of Love” provides the backdrop to Mosley’s latest Easy Rawlins novel, which finds Rawlins contemplating robbing an armored car to come up with the funds for medical treatment for his daughter.
“School Days” by Robert B. Parker (Putnam). Parker’s hero, Spenser, returns in a troubling mystery about a teenager alleged to be involved with a school shooting that killed seven.
“Dogs of Truth: New and Uncollected Stories” by Kit Reed (Tor). Fantasy and science-fiction stories with a cautionary, satirical edge, by the author of “Thinner Than Thou.”
“13 Steps Down” by Ruth Rendell (Crown). The thriller writer delivers a novel about an “eccentric” young man whose obsession with a model and admiration of a serial killer lead to problems.
“At First Sight” by Nicholas Spark (Warner). The latest from the pop novelist (“The Notebook”) concerns a man on his second marriage who receives “an unsettling and mysterious message.”
“Black Hole” by Charles Burns (Pantheon). A graphic novel about a “disfiguring, incurable plague” afflicting the teenagers of suburban Seattle in the 1970s.
“Fledgling” by Octavia E. Butler (Seven Stories). The Seattle writer’s latest novel is about a seemingly young and amnesiac girl whose “alarmingly un-human needs and abilities” suggest she may be a vampire — one whose dark skin color makes daylight no problem for her.
“The Lincoln Lawyer” by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown). A legal thriller by the author of “The Narrows,” about a criminal defense lawyer “who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain.”
“The Amphora Project” by William Kotzwinkle (Grove). The author of “The Fan Man” and “Doctor Rat” pens a futuristic tale about a scientific search for the key to immortality that goes wrong when it starts turning everyone into crystal.
“Goodnight Nobody” by Jennifer Weiner (Atria). The author of “Little Earthquakes” writes a novel about a young mother’s move to a “postcard-perfect” but secret-filled town in Connecticut.
“Everyone Worth Knowing” by Lauren Weisberger (Simon & Schuster). The New York author follows up her best-selling “The Devil Wears Prada” with a novel about “what happens when a girl on the fringe enters the realm of New York’s chic, party-hopping elite.”
“The Lighthouse” by P.D. James (Knopf). The latest whodunit by the British author is set on an island off the coast of Cornwall, and features recurring James protagonist Cmdr. Adam Dalgliesh.
“Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt” by Anne Rice (Knopf). The author of “Interview with the Vampire” shifts gears with a novel about Jesus.
“Ordinary Heroes” by Scott Turow (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). In a change of pace, the legal-thriller writer (“Presumed Innocent”) delivers a novel about the son of an American soldier and a concentration-camp survivor who gains “a closer understanding of his past, of his father’s character, and of the brutal nature of war itself” after he discovers a packet of wartime letters, following his father’s death.
“All Night Long” by Jayne Ann Krentz (Putnam). The Seattle author pens a novel about “passion, murder, small-town secrets and scandal brought to light.”
Mary Ann Gwinn is The Seattle Times book editor. Michael Upchurch is The Times book critic.