What’s new in bookstores this week

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

•  I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War, by Jerome Charyn (Liveright, $26.95) — The bestselling author, who published his first novel in 1964, follows 2010’s The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson with another turn at blending fictional characters with historical figures. Charyn tackles the 16th president’s well-documented life, drawing from letters and speeches while letting Lincoln do the talking about everything from his time as a lawyer to the final days before his assassination. Arthur Morey is Lincoln’s voice for the audiobook from Dreamscape Media ($29.99).

•  Cold Storage, Alaska, by John Straley (Soho Crime, $26.95) — The 2006-08 Writer Laureate of Alaska (and author of the award-winning Cecil Younger series) invites readers to the fishing village in the title for this character-driven yarn. It’s about the McCahon brothers — the good one, Miles, who’s the town’s physician’s assistant, and the not-so-good-one, Clive, who’s returning to his hometown after a seven-year prison term for dealing cocaine. Looks like Clive’s former business partner is heading to Cold Storage and that means trouble for the town and its odd-ball locals.

•  Cell, by Robin Cook (Putnam, $26.95) — The bestselling author (and physician) set the standard for medical thrillers 37 years ago with the publication of Coma. Thirty-three novels later, he still stays ahead of the curve. In his latest, Cook’s vision includes a healthcare app, featuring a 24/7 digital doctor called iDoc for smartphones. It is designed to replace primary care physicians, but has the system been hacked? Dr. George Wilson (from 2011’s Death Benefit) begins to suspect something’s amiss when a beta test group of iDoc patients (including his fiancee) dies suddenly.

— Celeste Williams

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