Bookmarks: Recently released novels

Published: Saturday, April 7 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

Here are some books that have crossed our desks recently.

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HARDBACKS

"LEFT FOR DEAD," by J.A. Janice, Touchstone, $25.99, 293 pages (f)

In one of her signature mysteries, J.A. Janice offers a story set on the Arizona-Mexico border involving the drug cartel, a body with only a rose tattoo for identification and the death of Ali Reynolds' classmates in the police academy. Ali sets to solve the deaths before anyone else is killed.

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More hardbacks recently released:

"THE ODDS: A Love Story," by Stewart O'Nan (f): A couple on the brink of divorce and bankruptcy heads to Niagara Falls in a last-ditch attempt to make life together work.

"REEF AND SHOALS: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure," by Dewey Lambdin (f): It's 1805 and Captain Ala Lewrie is hunting privateers along the coast of Spanish Florida in this 18th installment of the series.

"HARD TARGET," by Howard Gordon (f): In this follow-up to "Gideon's War," Tillman and Gideon settle into a quiet life when they discover an impending terrorist attack, and they do what they can to convince people of its legitimacy and prevent it, even it means going rogue, in this thriller.

"BLACK SITE," by Dalton Fury (f): First in a military thriller series, former special-ops solider Kolt Raynor has been disgraced by a split-second decision, and he is asked by a group of former colleagues to help find some missing Americans in the Middle East — some of whom may be teammates, after his decision led to their capture.

"AGENT 6," by Tom Rob Smith (f): In this culminating novel of the Child 44 series set in 1965, Leo Demidov, a former secret police agent, is forbidden to travel with his family from Moscow to New York and is caught up in a mysterious conspiracy that ends in tragedy for his family — one that he wants untangled.

"GUN GAMES," by Faye Kellerman (f): New in the Decker/Lazarus series, LAPD Lt. Detective Decker investigates two teenage suicides and uncovers a group of high school students who like guns and violence. Decker has also taken in a teenager, who Decker realizes he knows little about.

"SISTERHOOD OF DUNE," by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (f): It's been decades since the thinking machines were defeated, but two groups clash — one spuring technology and the other who use it. Characters from the "Dune" series re-emerge as these two groups struggle in this sci-fi novel.

"THE FACE THIEF," by Eli Gottlieb (f): Margot turns from a 20-something aspiring journalist to a grifter, preying on the weaknesses of men by "reading" their faces and then later draining their bank accounts.

"FROM THE MEMOIRS OF A NON-ENEMY COMBATANT," by Alex Givarry (f): Told in the form of a memoir, Boy Hernandez from the Philippines comes to the U.S. to pursue a study of fashion, but does so with funding from a Pakistani businessesman, which leads to Boy ending up in Gitmo awaiting trial.

"THE NIGHT SWIMMER," by Matt Bondurant (f): A young American couple wins a pub in Southern Ireland, and the man dives into life as the owner while she pursues her passion for open-water swimming. They are soon embroiled in a local mystery that includes people with no use for outsiders.

"THE INVISIBLE ONES," by Stef Penney (f): Private investigator Ray Lovell, who is half Romany, is hired to find the Rose Janko, the missing wife in a traveling Gypsy family with many secrets.

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