Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
•The Ways of the Dead
by Neely Tucker (Viking, $27.95) — The author is a well-traveled journalist, now atThe Washington Post
, who has spent 20 years reporting on crime and global conflicts. He makes his debut with a crime series that features D.C. investigative journalist Sully Carter, who’s home from Bosnia with lots of baggage. Sully wants to investigate and write about a string of cold-case murders, including the killing of a prostitute, and he gets his wish when the body of a powerful judge’s daughter is discovered in the same rough part of town near the Capitol.
by Robert Galbraith (Mulholland Books, $28) — This is the follow-up to 2013’sThe Cuckoo’s Calling
, which became an international bestseller when it was revealed that Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym of J.K. Rowling (the Harry Potter series andThe Casual Vacancy
). Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns to solve a new mystery. This one involves the murder of a novelist who has named names in a newly completed manuscript that will ruin lives if it’s published. It’s up to Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott, to find the cold-blooded killer.
by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown and Company, $26) — The Edgar Award-winning author follows 2012’sDare Me
(she’s writing the screenplay) with another journey into teenage drama and angst. In a suburban high school, the girls — and only the girls — are plagued by a mysterious ailment that causes seizures and hallucinations in the victims and hysteria in the town. Can the symptoms be linked to a nearby polluted lake? Are they side effects of the HPV vaccine? Could they be supernatural? Or is it just the frightening world of the modern teenager?
— Celeste Williams