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) In Berry's fourth thriller, ex--Justice Department agent Cotton Malone searches for answers about his father, Capt. Forrest Malone, after learning that his death wasn't in a 1971 nuclear sub accident in the North Atlantic, but occurred while he was on a secret submarine mission to the Antarctic.
Hooking Up with Tila Tequila: by Tila Tequila (Scribner, $26) The pin-up girl tackles a variety of subjects that include making it big.
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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