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What’s new in bookstores this week

Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:


Death on Blackheath

by Anne Perry (Ballantine Books, $27) — The bestselling author offers the 29th novel in her beloved Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series, set in Victorian England. Thomas is now commander of Special Branch, a group that keeps England safe from spies and traitors. He still relies on wife Charlotte, her sister Emily and Lady Vespasia to help gather clues. Their latest case is a complex one with conspiracy, murder, espionage, revenge and treason — and national security — all in play.



by Marc Guggenheim (Mulholland Books, $26) — This may be the author’s debut thriller, but he’s had a full career of writing for television (

The Practice

, co-creator of


) and film (

Green Lantern

), plus graphic novels and video games. In a previous life, he was a lawyer at a top firm in Boston. Now, it’s on to novels, and Alex Garnett, a young, low-level CIA lawyer who’s beholden to his powerful father (a former adviser to two presidents) for his job. One of Alex’s first assignments goes from routine to deadly as he uncovers a worldwide conspiracy. It’s lawyer vs. spy.


All Fishermen Are Liars

by John Gierach (Simon & Schuster, $24) — Wishing for fishing? Gierach is your go-to guy. The author has parlayed his love of the great outdoors — and fly fishing in particular — into an impressive body of work, including newspaper columns, magazine articles and numerous books on his favorite subject. In this book of 22 essays, he writes about his travels across North America in search of the best fishing spots. He dispenses wise words of advice, too: “The trick to fishing well is not to rush it, because hurrying only makes things go wrong.”

— Celeste Williams