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
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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.
by Robin Cook (Putnam, $26.95) — The bestselling author (and physician) set the standard for medical thrillers 37 years ago with the publication ofComa
. 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’sDeath Benefit
) begins to suspect something’s amiss when a beta test group of iDoc patients (including his fiancee) dies suddenly.
— Celeste Williams