Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ The Fireman by Joe Hill (William Morrow, $28.99) — The bestselling author (Heart-Shaped Box, NOS4A2) — and son of Stephen King — delves into a world where a plague that causes spontaneous combustion is threatening to turn civilization as we know it into an ash heap. When Harper, a pregnant nurse who volunteers to help the infected, becomes infected herself, she’s hoping that the mystery man known as The Fireman can help.
▪ The Last Ranch by Michael McGarrity (Dutton, $29) — The bestselling author wraps up his American West trilogy, following 60 years of the Kerneys, a New Mexico ranching family. It’s World War II, and Matt Kerney has returned from service in Sicily, where he was wounded. Now, the government is trying to take over the ranch for weapons testing, and Matt has his hands full with the U.S. Army, family, the love of his life and foes.
▪ Lawyer for the Cat by Lee Robinson (Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99) — The Hill Country-based author, who practiced law for 20 years in Charleston, S.C., offers the feline follow-up to Lawyer for the Dog. Lawyer Sally Baynard is back and has been asked by a probate judge to help find a caretaker for Beatrice, a black kitty who’s inheriting a plantation and a tidy trust fund. Look for memorable Southern characters and timely topics.
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