This week, we'll see a flood of books, including offerings by football player Mark Bavaro and billionaire T. Boone Pickens, as well as new science fiction and mysteries. Also, a rollicking novel about Washington power politics by Christopher Buckley.
The Book of Lies, by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central, $25.99). Meltzer weds the biblical fratricide of Abel by his brother Cain with the unsolved 1932 homicide of the father of Jerry Siegel, the creator of iconic comic-book hero Superman.
The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood, by Helene Cooper (Simon & Schuster, $25). Journalist Cooper was born into a wealthy, powerful, dynastic Liberian family descended from freed American slaves, and came of age in the 1980s when her homeland slipped into civil war. Cooper combines deeply personal and wide-ranging political strands in her memoir.
Sweetheart, by Chelsea Cain (St. Martin’s Minotaur, $24.95). In this follow-up to Heartsick, damaged detective Archie Sheridan is back home in Portland, Ore., trying to resume a normal life until he is faced with the possibility of another serial killing.
Wedding Belles, by Haywood Smith (St. Martin’s, $24.95). Georgia, Linda, Diane, Teeny and Pru have been best friends since high school, and never have they needed one another more. Georgia’s 28-year-old daughter, Callie, has gone and gotten engaged — to a man they went to high school and college with: Wild Man Wade!
Dark Curse, by Christine Feehan (Berkley, $24.95). Born into a world of ice, slave to her evil father, Lara Calladine knew only paralyzing fear as a child. Only by escaping with her mysterious gifts unbroken would she survive to claim her great Carpathian heritage as a Dragonseeker. Now, Lara is in search of the source of her nightmares — the cold, dark corners of her childhood just on the edges of her memory.
Warriors: Power of Three #4: Eclipse, by Erin Hunter (HarperCollins, $16.99). A crisis of faith threatens to tear the four Clans apart and destroy what the cats have built their lives upon.
The Juvie Three, by Gordon Korman (Disney-Hyperion, $15.99). Three boys are serving time in juvenile detention centers until they get a second chance at life in the form of Douglas Healy. A former juvenile delinquent himself, Healy is running an experimental halfway house in New York City, where he wants to make a difference in the lives of kids.
A Team to Believe In, by Tom Coughlin (Ballantine/ESPN Books, $26). After a tough 2006 season, the New York Giants appeared to be heading for more disappointment — and potential shake-ups — in the coming season. Instead, they fought their way to an unforgettable Super Bowl finish against the previously undefeated New England Patriots.
The Book of Animal Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong, by John Mitchinson and John Lloyd (Harmony, $19.95). Arranged alphabetically from aardvark to worm, here are 100 of the most interesting members of the animal kingdom explained, dissected and illustrated.
They Must Be Stopped, by Brigitte Gabriel (St. Martin’s, $24.95). Subtitled Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It, best-selling author Brigitte Gabriel challenges our Western and politically correct notions about Islam, demonstrating why she thinks radical Islam is so deadly and how she believes we can halt its progress.
The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower, by Robert Baer (Crown, $25.95). Former CIA operative Baer challenges the conventional wisdom regarding Iran in this timely and provocative analysis, arguing that Iran has already half-won its undeclared 30-year war with the United States and is rapidly becoming a superpower.
The First Billion Is the Hardest, by T. Boone Pickens (Crown Business, $26.95). A riveting account of a life spent pulling off improbable triumphs and a report back from the front of the global energy and natural-resource wars — of vital interest to anyone who has a stake in America’s future.
Rough and Tumble, by Mark Bavaro (St. Martin’s, $24.95). In his debut novel, former Giants tight end Bavaro tells the story of Dominic Fucillo, a NFL player who has a lot of problems, including an estranged girlfriend, a bum knee and a teammate who has been severely beaten.
Sinner, by Ted Dekker (Thomas Nelson, $24.99). The whole world watches as Christianity faces a showdown not seen since the times of the early church.
Icarus at the Edge of Time, by Brian Greene (Knopf, $19.95). In this sci-fi retelling of the ancient myth, Icarus is on a spaceship and wants to get a closer look at a black hole. Although his father explains that when something goes into a black hole it never comes out, Icarus is confident that he can journey to the black hole’s edge and still make it back.
Supreme Courtship: A Novel, by Christopher Buckley (Hachette/Twelve, $24.99). The president of the United States, upset with the Senate for rejecting his nominees, decides to get even by nominating America’s most popular TV judge to the Supreme Court.
The Heretic’s Daughter, by Kathleen Kent (Little Brown, $24.99). After a bout of smallpox, 10-year-old Sarah Carrier resumes life with her mother on their family farm in Andover, Mass., dimly aware of a festering dispute between her mother, Martha, and her uncle about the plot of land where they live.
Publishers Weekly and amazon.com