Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Grand Central Publishing, $28) — At the end of Crimson Shore, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast goes missing and is presumed dead. In the 16th novel in the bestselling series, the story shifts to Pendergast’s ward, Constance, who is taken captive by someone from an old enemy from her past. That leaves Pendergast’s bodyguard, Proctor, to track her down in what turns out to be a frantic race around the world.
▪ Paris for One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books, $25) — The bestselling author (Me Before You and After You) offers a romantic novella and eight short stories that are new to U.S. readers. The novella features Nell, whose unreliable boyfriend fails to show up for their weekend trip from London to Paris. She decides to take the trip anyway and — guess what? — meets a handsome Parisian. Complications arise when the boyfriend shows up.
▪ The Eastern Shore by Ward Just (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25) — This is the award-winning author’s 19th novel in a 40-year career and, as a he is former journalist, it’s something of a love letter to newspapers. Ned Ayres defies his father to become his Indiana hometown newspaper’s city editor, but he leaves when an exposé goes wrong. His career takes him as an editor to Chicago and Washington, D.C., from the height of the business to its struggle to remain relevant.