Here are some books that have crossed our desks recently.
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"THIRTEEN HALLOWS," by Michael Scott and Colette Freddman, Tor/Forge, $24.99, 400 pages (f)
In this first installment of a new fantasy series, there are the 13 ancient and powerful treasures called Hallows that the Keepers have guarded for decades. Keepers are now being murdered in present-day London as the Hallows are stolen. When Sarah Miller, 22, helps defend an old woman — one of the Keepers — being attacked by two men, she becomes entwined in the mystical battle to keep the Hallows safe.
"GIRL HUNTER: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time," by Georgina Pellgrini, Da Capo Press, $24, 248 pages (nf)
In the this part-memoir, part cookbook, culinary school graduate Georgia Pellegrini comes face to face with her meat as she explores the best ways to hunt and cook.
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More hardbacks recently released:
"COVERT WARRIORS: A Presidential Agent Novel," by W.E.B. Griffin and William B. Butterworth IV (f): A U.S. Emabassy SUV in Mexico is stopped, three people killed and a fourth kidnapped. Charley Castillo and his group of "retired" spies have their doubts about who is to blame when they investigate and find themselves between the U.S. and Russian governments.
"CAT TELLING TALES: A Joe Grey Mystery," by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (f): In this 17th installment, feline P.I. Joe Grey helps humans and animals find answers to the mystery of a house that burned down, killing a woman and leaving a 12-year-old homeless.
"WINTER TOWN," by Stephen Emond (f): Lucy comes back to see her divorced father each winter and sees her childhood friends, including Ivy League bound Evan. The story picks up during their senior year. After a series of rebellious behaviors by Lucy, they try to salvage their relationship.
"THE LEADERLESS REVOLUTION: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century," by Carne Ross (nf): A look at recent movements, like Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party, and how individuals and groups — not just the government — can take steps to create lasting solutions.
"ARROWS OF THE NIGHT: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq," by Richard Bonin (nf): A producer at "60 Minutes" looks at Ahmad Chalabi's attempts to overthrow Saddam Hussein and his possible involvement in the wars in the Middle East.
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"BIG MIRACLE," by Tom Rose, St. Martin's Press, $14.99, 336 pages (nf)
Television reporter and producer Tom Rose covered the 1988 rescue of whales trapped under Arctic ice in Alaska as biologists, oil companies, activitists, Eskimos, businessmen and military officers worked together to save the whales. The movie based on the event is scheduled for a Feb. 3 release.
"THE DEAD WITNESS: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories," edited by Michael Sims, Walker and Company, $20, 680 pages (f)
A collection of nearly two dozen detective stories from the 19th and 20th centuries, including those by Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Twain.
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