New Releases -- Michael Connelly and NSA

New books out today include the latest from Michael Connelly, who was in Baltimore last week for Bouchercon, and a look at the National Security Agency, which is located just south of the city.

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown, $26.99). Attorney Mickey Haller gets his biggest case yet: the defense of a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover.


The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America by James Bamford (Doubleday, $26.95). With unrivaled access to sources and documents, Bamford details how the agency has conducted domestic surveillance without court approval in its continuing hunt for information about today's elusive enemies.

Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire (HarperCollins, $26.95). In the much-anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion.

Here's the Story by Maureen McCormick (HarperEntertainment, $25.95). The woman who played Marcia Brady describes her troubled life off screen.

A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas (St. Martin’s, $16.95). Four ladies in London join together once again to help one of the world’s most notorious rogues realize that happiness might be right under the mistletoe.

The Fire

by Katherine Neville (Ballantine, $26). Alexandra Solarin, child chess prodigy now grown, searches for a legendary chess set, which, when assembled, spells out the formula for the secret of immortality.

American Prince: A Memoir by Tony Curtis and Peter Golenbock (Harmony, $25.95). Curtis revisits his unforgettable classics Houdini, Spartacus and Some Like It Hot — and regales readers with stories of his associations with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, director Billy Wilder and film-industry heavyweight Lew Wasserman.

I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass (Pantheon, $24.95). This book has female bonding among the landed gentry, a focus on relationships, and devil-may-care, enigmatically charming women of great romantic allure.

Champlain's Dream: The Founding of North America by David Hackett Fischer (Simon & Schuster, $40). Historian David Hackett Fischer brings to life the remarkable Samuel de Champlain — soldier, spy, master mariner, explorer, cartographer, artist and Father of New France.

Don't Mind if I Do: A Memoir by George Hamilton and William Stadiem (Touchstone, $26). With a front-row seat for classic Hollywood's biggest secrets and scandals, Hamilton tells his story and the story of Tinseltown's heyday.

Amazon.com, Publishers Weekly