What’s new in bookstores this week

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

•  The Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich (Doubleday, $25.95) — The bestselling author ( Rules of Betrayal) has a degree in international economics and worked as a stockbroker before getting his MBA at Texas. In this financial thriller, Bobby Astor is a hotshot hedge-fund manager whose father, the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, is murdered (along with other financial big shots) on the South Lawn of the White House. They were on a late-night mission to warn the president of a national threat. Now, Bobby (with the help of his FBI agent ex) is searching for the truth.

•  The Housemaid’s Daughter by Barbara Mutch (St. Martin’s Press, $26.99) — This is the author’s debut novel, and it’s a timely one. It’s set in apartheid-era South Africa (where the author was born and raised) in the early 1900s and follows the intertwined lives of two women — Cathleen, an Irish émigré with two children and a distracted husband, and Ada, daughter of Cathleen’s maid. It’s being compared to The Help, but it goes beyond white vs. black. Its focus is on friendship, love, revolution and respect, with beautiful scenery thrown into the mix.

•  Hunted by Karen Robards (Gallery Books, $26) — The bestselling author of more than 25 novels is also a multiple winner of the Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen award for favorite romance novelist. Her latest is part Christmas story, part suspense and all romance. Set in New Orleans at a swanky Christmas Eve party, dozens of the Big Easy’s elite are being held hostage at a lakefront mansion by Reed Ware — a “model cop turned outlaw.” Romance? Hostage negotiator Caroline Wallace has always had a thing for Ware, still hot after all these years. Whose side is she on anyway?

— Celeste Williams

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