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Bookmarks: Recently released fiction

Published: Saturday, Dec. 24 2011 3:00 p.m. MST

Here are some novels and fiction titles that have crossed our desks recently.

HARDBACKS

"HEAT RISES," by Richard Castle, Hyperion, $25.99, 305 pages (f)

It's a mystery with the byline of a fictional character from ABC's "Castle" that debuted No. 1 on the New York Times' hardcover fiction best-seller list. In this third book in the series, NYPD detective Nikki Heat and her team, along with writer Jameson Rook, must solve the case of a parish priest found dead in a bondage club. The clues don't add up and become dangerous. The book is racier, more graphic and violent than the television series it's based on.

"FLASH AND BONES," by Kathy Reichs, Scribner, $26.99, 278 pages (f)

Dr. Temperance Brennen investigates a body found in a barrel of asphalt that could possibly be that of a girl who disappeared 12 years earlier but is complicated by a mysterious and deadly substance.

More hardbacks recently released:

"ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE ARES DECISION: A Covert-One Novel," by Kyle Mills (f): In investigating a global threat, Covert-One investigates a U.S. Special Forces team in Africa along with what may be a parasitic infection.

"BONNIE," by Iris Johansen (f): In this third installment, Eve Duncan thinks she is closer than ever to finding her 7-year-old daughter Bonnie, and she realizes that the girl's father can be a key player.

"RIVER OF SMOKE," by Amitav Ghosh (f): Second in the Ibis series, three ships in the Bay of Bengal are threatened by a cyclone as they fight their way to Canton's Fanqit-town. Each ship has its own cast of characters fighting for a different chance from seeing the world to making money.

"PHOBOS," by Steve Alten (f): Third in the Mayan Prophecy series, this doomsday thriller follows Immauel Gabriel as he tries for one more conversation with his grandfather who knows much, much more about the Mayan secrets.

"ZONE ONE," by Colson Whitehead (f): In this post apocalyse-zombie thriller, a plague has swept through the country leaving the living and the living dead, and now the uninfected are attempting to resettle Manhattan. A team starts to slowly check the city building by building to find the more innocuous of the living dead until things start to go wrong.

"VACATION," by Matthew Costello (f): After droughts, crop failures and food riots, canabalistic "Can Heads" emerge, making safety a priority everywhere. After being injured by one, an NYPD cop decides to take his family on a vacation to a protected camp in the Adirondacks, but even there, things aren't as they seem.

"THE TEMPLE MOUNT CODE," by Charles Brokaw (f): Linguistics expert Thomas Lourds heads to Jerusalem to decode an ancient manuscript that his friend is murdered over, and political leaders want to wage a global war.

"CITY OF WHISPERS," by Maricia Muller (f): Private investigator Sharon McCone searches through San Francisco for her missing half brother and uncovers connections to several unsolved murders.

"BLINK OF AN EYE," by William S. Cohen (f): Penned by a former secretary of defense, a nuclear bomb has been detonated off Savannah, Ga., and Sean Falcone, the national security adviser, is tasked with bringing down the attackers in this political thriller.

"THE FUTURE OF US," by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (f): It's 1996, and high school students Emma and Josh just got a computer and AOL. When they log in, they see their Facebook pages 15 years in the future.

PAPERBACKS

"NEVER BITE ANYTHING THAT BITES BACK," by Jim Toomey, Andrews McMeel Universal, $12.99, 128 pages (f)

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