New in books: a thriller, a chick-lit favorite and historical fiction

Posted Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Here's what's new in bookstores this week:

The Hit by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing, $27.99) -- Starting with his first novel, Absolute Power in 1996, the bestselling author is known for his storytelling and taut political thrillers. This is the second in the series -- following 2012's The Innocent -- that features Will Robie, the U.S. government's top assassin who's called in to eliminate threats to national security. His mission: Bring in Jessica Reel, a fellow assassin who has gone rogue. Or has she?

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella (The Dial Press, $26) -- The author of the bestselling "Shopaholic" series makes her pitch for the 2013 beach read list. Thirty-something Lottie is unlucky in love -- thinking her boyfriend is going to propose, she discovers he's only proposing a vacation. Hello, old flame Ben and a spontaneous quickie wedding and honeymoon on a Greek island where they met and had a fling 15 years ago. But if an elaborate scheme by Lottie's sister works, the wedding night will be thwarted and Lottie will come to her senses.

Paris: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd (Doubleday, $32.50) -- The bestselling author is called the "grand master of the historical novel." He has already written about two other iconic cities -- in New York: The Novel and London: The Novel -- so why not the City of Light? At 800-plus pages, this saga is filled with historical detail and a huge cast of characters, fictional and real, spanning generations and centuries. But Paris, with its art, architecture, culture and couture, is the undisputed main character. -- Celeste Williams

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