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Releases this week include: Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $27.95). Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, S.C., Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where she encounters an injured man in Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric prison ward, who has a bizarre story to tell.

The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry (Ballantine, $26). Ex–Justice Department agent Cotton Malone searches for answers after learning that his father's death wasn't in a 1971 nuclear sub accident in the North Atlantic, but occurred on a secret sub mission to the Antarctic.

Hooking Up with Tila Tequila by Tila Tequila (Scribner, $26). The pin-up girl tackles a variety of subjects from making it big to getting what you want in bed.

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Cruel Intent by J.A. Jance (Touchstone, $25.95). As if remodeling an old mansion near picturesque Sedona, Ariz., isn't stress enough for Ali Reynolds, the plucky former TV newscaster must also deal with cybernetic lonely hearts, frustrated lust and murder.

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