Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ World Gone By by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow $27.99) — The bestselling author (Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone) offers a sequel to 2012’s Live by Night that picks up gangster Joe Coughlin’s story. It has been 10 years since his wife was killed in a gangland battle. Now, Joe is a single father, a “businessman” and an adviser to a crime family, handling its interests in Tampa, Boston and Cuba during World War II. When Joe hears that there’s been a contract put out on his life, he starts to investigate, convinced there’s a snitch in the organization.
▪ Soil by Jamie Kornegay (Simon & Schuster, $26) — This marks the debut novel for the author, who owns an independent bookstore in Mississippi — where his novel is set. It follows idealistic farmer Jay Mize, an environmental scientist who’s obsessed with compost, after he loses his job and buys a piece of river-bottom farm land where he, his wife and young son can live off the grid. The property is completely flooded, his wife and son desert him and then things really get bad for the increasingly paranoid Jay. He finds a corpse on his land.
▪ The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell (Simon & Schuster, $25.99) — The bestselling author co-wrote 2004’s The Rule of Four and took 10 years to research his new thriller. The story is about the quest of two brothers — both priests (one Roman Catholic, one Eastern Catholic) — to solve a murder that has ties to the Shroud of Turin. There’s religious conspiracy, interpretations of Scripture and action that takes place inside the Vatican. The audiobook (Simon & Schuster Audio, $39.99) is narrated by actor Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean).
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— Celeste Williams