Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week.• Cold Shot by Mark Henshaw (Touchstone, $24.99) — The author, a veteran CIA analyst, made a splash in 2012 with his debut, Red Cell, featuring the exploits of analysts Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke. In this insider’s peek into the world of covert affairs, Stryker and Burke are hot on the trail of a “dangerous Iranian nuclear scientist” who’s trying to build a bomb in politically unstable Venezuela. Throw in Somali pirates, an Iranian ship with radioactive cargo aboard, and a delicate balancing act between diplomacy and uncovering — and trying to stop — a deadly plot.• Above the East China Sea by Sarah Bird (Knopf, $25.95) — The author, a columnist for Texas Monthly, heads east — Far East — for her ninth novel, following 2011’s The Gap Years. It’s the dual stories of two young women: Luz, an Air Force brat in present-day Okinawa, and Tamiko, a schoolgirl trapped between the occupying Japanese and the Americans on the island during a World War II invasion. It’s multigenre fare: historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, contemporary fiction and love letter to the people and culture of Okinawa.• We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride (Simon & Schuster, $25) — This is the debut novel for the author, a community college teacher in Las Vegas. It’s set in present-day Las Vegas and follows the parallel stories of seemingly disparate people in crisis. There’s an 8-year-old immigrant boy trying to fit in, a soldier recovering from a wound he doesn’t remember getting in a hospital he doesn’t know, a middle-aged woman with a crumbling marriage and a troubled son, and a city social worker. And all their paths are on a surprising collision course. — Celeste Williams
Meet the authors
• Pulitzer Prize-winning Texas author Nick Kotz will talk about his book — 2013’s The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas (TCU Press, $25.95) — at two Fort Worth events. At noon Wednesday: Sylvia Wolens Daytimers at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road. Registration is required: www.bethelfw.org/donations. At 10:30 a.m. Saturday: Center for Texas Studies in partnership with the Fort Worth Library’s Community History Workshop Series at the Central Library, 500 W. Third St.; 817-392-7323. Free.
• Rod Davis, Texas author and College Station resident, will sign his new book, South, America (NewSouth Books, $24.95), from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdayat Louie’s, 1839 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas; 214-826-0505. It’s a hard-boiled murder mystery set in New Orleans, featuring journalist Jack Prine.
• Author Kris Rutherford will talk about and sign his book Baseball on the Prairie (April 1, The History Press; $19.99), about the Texas League’s early days, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Layland Museum, 201 N. Caddo St. in Cleburne; 817-645-0940. Free.