What’s new in bookstores

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

•  Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (William Morrow, $27.99) — The bestselling author ( The Quiet Game) lives in historic Natchez, Miss., which serves as the setting for his fourth Penn Cage thriller and 800-page first installment of a planned trilogy. Penn, a former lawyer, is the town’s mayor, who learned to fight injustice from his father, a doctor and community icon. When his father faces a murder charge, Penn starts unraveling the truth, which includes an offshoot of the KKK (the Double Eagles) and shocking family secrets (his dad might not be the saint his son thought he was).

•  The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry (Viking, $26.95) — The award-winning Irish author (2008’s The Secret Scripture) returns with his sixth novel. It follows the sad story of Irishman Jack McNulty, a “temporary gentleman” in World War II because his commission as an officer in the British army is never made permanent. And his life is far from permanent — soldier, engineer, U.N. observer and world traveler. He has no real job prospects, no home and his wife has left him. He’s in Accra, Ghana, pining for Ireland and the love of his life while writing his painful memoir.

•  Ruby by Cynthia Bond (Hogarth, $25) — The author’s debut novel, written over a decade, comes with great expectations, including an Indie Next Pick. Bond grew up in East Texas and sets the harrowing tale there. “There are moments, spices, that have been stirred in slowly — from my life and from the stories of others,” she says in press materials. It’s about beautiful Ruby Bell, who is haunted by personal and societal demons, and Ephram Jennings, the preacher’s son who loves and tries to save her. The author narrates the audiobook (Random House Audio, $40).

— Celeste Williams

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