Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:• The King’s Deception by Steve Berry (Ballantine, $27) — The bestselling author ( The Templar Legacy, The Jefferson Key) takes on the Tudors in the eighth installment of his Cotton Malone series. As usual, trouble follows the globetrotting Malone, a former operative of the Justice Department. This time, his son goes missing and he becomes entangled in an international incident in England, involving a Libyan terrorist from the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the CIA and a clandestine society that is trying to keep the lid on a 500-year-old secret that could threaten the monarchy. • The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver (Grand Central Publishing, $28) — The bestselling author’s beloved character, Lincoln Ryhme, returns for the 10th novel in the series. Rhyme, the paraplegic forensic expert with the NYPD, and longtime partner Amelia Sachs are charged with investigating a ripped-from-the-headlines case when an American citizen is assassinated by an expert sniper from more than a mile away while in the Bahamas. And the U.S. government ordered the hit. Now, someone is eliminating evidence and witnesses. • Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence by David Samuel Levinson (Algonquin Books, $23.95) — This marks the debut novel for the author, whose story collection, Most of Us Are Here Against Our Will, was published in 2004. Set in a small college town in Upstate New York, there are lots of juicy morsels in this twisty book about writers and the literary world — there’s a dead writer, the writer’s widow (who works in a bookstore), a writer who has become the darling of the literati (she’s Antonia) and a “powerful” book critic. Untangling the connections is half the fun. — Celeste Williams
Meet the author
Artist Wayne Simmons will sign copies of his book, The Story of Jules Verne, A Watch Pocket Dog, from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine; 972-724-2018. The coffee table-style book tells the story of a young man and his first bird dog. Much of it is set in Texas and features Simmons’ artwork.