Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ Night School by Lee Child (Delacorte Press, $28.99) — The bestselling author’s 21st thriller in his Jack Reacher series, coincides with the release of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back starring Tom Cruise. Flashing back to 1996, Reacher, still in the Army, is sent “back to school” — it’s a covert mission to find an American traitor who is trying to sell something to Islamic terrorists for $100 million. Reacher and the team race to figure out just what’s for sale in Hamburg.
▪ The Bob Watson by Greg Bardsley (Harper Perennial, $15.99) — The author pays homage to all the worker bees stuck in corporate meetings. Rick Blanco studied the meeting-ditching moves of former colleague Bob Watson and has mastered his own brand of escapism — so good no one even notices when he leaves the room. Rick’s ultimate Bob Watson — sneaking out to say goodbye to his nephew who’s moving to Argentina — goes awry with mistaken identity and mayhem.
▪ Moral Defense by Marcia Clark (Thomas & Mercer, $24.95) — The prosecutor-turned-bestselling author’s follow-up to Blood Defense appoints Los Angeles defense attorney Samantha Brinkman as legal advocate for teenager Cassie Sonnenberg, accused of stabbing to death her adoptive father and brother and leaving her mother barely alive. Naturally, the crime becomes the center of a media frenzy as Samantha dives into investigating Cassie, who’s hiding some serious secrets.
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