Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week.
by Mark Henshaw (Touchstone, $24.99) — The author, a veteran CIA analyst, made a splash in 2012 with his debut,Red Cell
, featuring the exploits of analysts Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke. In this insider’s peek into the world of covert affairs, Stryker and Burke are hot on the trail of a “dangerous Iranian nuclear scientist” who’s trying to build a bomb in politically unstable Venezuela. Throw in Somali pirates, an Iranian ship with radioactive cargo aboard, and a delicate balancing act between diplomacy and uncovering — and trying to stop — a deadly plot.
•Above the East China Sea
by Sarah Bird (Knopf, $25.95) — The author, a columnist forTexas Monthly
, heads east — Far East — for her ninth novel, following 2011’sThe Gap Years
. It’s the dual stories of two young women: Luz, an Air Force brat in present-day Okinawa, and Tamiko, a schoolgirl trapped between the occupying Japanese and the Americans on the island during a World War II invasion. It’s multigenre fare: historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, contemporary fiction and love letter to the people and culture of Okinawa.
•We Are Called to Rise
by Laura McBride (Simon & Schuster, $25) — This is the debut novel for the author, a community college teacher in Las Vegas. It’s set in present-day Las Vegas and follows the parallel stories of seemingly disparate people in crisis. There’s an 8-year-old immigrant boy trying to fit in, a soldier recovering from a wound he doesn’t remember getting in a hospital he doesn’t know, a middle-aged woman with a crumbling marriage and a troubled son, and a city social worker. And all their paths are on a surprising collision course.
— Celeste Williams
MEET THE AUTHORS
• Pulitzer Prize-winning Texas author Nick Kotz will talk about his book — 2013’s The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas (TCU Press, $25.95) — at two Fort Worth events. At noon Wednesday: Sylvia Wolens Daytimers at Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road. Registration is required: www.bethelfw.org/donations. At 10:30 a.m. Saturday: Center for Texas Studies in partnership with the Fort Worth Library’s Community History Workshop Series at the Central Library, 500 W. Third St.; 817-392-7323. Free.
• Rod Davis, Texas author and College Station resident, will sign his new book, South, America (NewSouth Books, $24.95), from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdayat Louie’s, 1839 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas; 214-826-0505. It’s a hard-boiled murder mystery set in New Orleans, featuring journalist Jack Prine.
• Author Kris Rutherford will talk about and sign his book Baseball on the Prairie (April 1, The History Press; $19.99), about the Texas League’s early days, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Layland Museum, 201 N. Caddo St. in Cleburne; 817-645-0940. Free.