What’s new in bookstores

Posted Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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

•  Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little (Viking, $26.95) — After concentrating on nonfiction, the author’s first work of fiction is a thriller about fabulously wealthy L.A. celebutante (and mean girl) Janie Jenkins, who’s convicted of murdering her socialite mother in a scandalous trial of the century (although she can’t remember doing it). When she’s released from prison on a technicality, Janie is determined to prove she didn’t get away with murder — and to find her mother’s killer. She changes her identity to hide from the media and heads for South Dakota in search of the truth.

•  An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd (William Morrow, $25.99) — The bestselling mother-and-son writing team (Caroline Todd and Charles Todd) presents the sixth thriller in their Bess Crawford series. This one follows the World War I battlefield nurse and amateur sleuth who’s home on leave and has been asked to accompany a badly wounded soldier to a medal ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The next morning, the soldier has vanished from his hotel room (turns out he’s a suspect in a murder) and Bess takes it upon herself to track him down and uncover the truth.

•  Hiroshima Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath by Paul Ham (Thomas Dunne Books, $35) — The Australian author (2004’s Kokoda) spent four years researching and writing his comprehensive 640-page account of the A-bombs dropped on the Japanese cities in August 1945. More than 150,000 were killed. Ham spoke to more than 75 eyewitnesses as he examined this defining moment from historical, political, military and scientific angles. And his research led him to question whether the bombs were really the “least abhorrent choice.”

— Celeste Williams

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