New books in bookstores this week

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

•  W Is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam, $28.95) — The bestselling Kinsey Millhone series is on book No. 23 — and quickly running out of alphabet. In this novel, Kinsey is confronted with two dead bodies: One belongs to a shady private investigator, who has been shot near the beach; the other is a John Doe, who has died of seemingly natural causes while he was sleeping on the beach — and he had Kinsey’s name on a slip of paper in his pants pocket. Turns out both are connected and both affect Kinsey’s life.

•  Second Watch, by J.A. Jance (William Morrow, $26.99) — Speaking of long-running series, this marks the 21st in the bestselling J.P. Beaumont novels, which follow the exploits of the Seattle detective. When Beaumont takes time off from work to have knee-replacement surgery, he only thinks it will take his mind off his job. Instead, he finds his post-surgical dreams drifting to his early days in the Seattle PD and to his tour in Vietnam — uncovering some longtime guilt. The author will discuss and sign her book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Dallas Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Highway; 214-739-1124.

•  Still Foolin’ ’Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going and Where the Hell Are My Keys? by Billy Crystal (Henry Holt and Company, $28) — The funnyman celebrated his milestone 65th birthday March 14, so he chose to tackle growing old not just with grace but with laugh-out-loud humor. Part memoir, part stand-up routine, he offers “a road map” for the indignities of aging — everything from memory loss to insomnia to a chapter called “Buying the Plot.” And in a treat for audiobook fans, Crystal reads his observations from the book (Macmillan Audio, $29.99).

— Celeste Williams

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