It's likely no book published this season will match the popularity, notoriety and danger of Salman Rushdies' "The Santanic Verses," but plenty of interesting and exciting efforts are waiting for release.

Here's a month by month look at what to expect.

APRIL:

Elmore Leonard, "Killshot," Morrow, $18.95. Leonard returns to form with a tale of a feisty married couple who elude a cold-blooded killer and his hysterical partner.

Maxine Hong Kingston, "Tripmaster Monkey," Knopf, $19.95. The story of young Chinese American playwright, poet and talker Wittman Ah Sing.

Lynne Sharon Schwartz, "Leaving Brooklyn," Houghton Mifflin, $15.95. A woman looks from the vantage of adulthood at an affair she had as a teenager, wondering if it really happended as she remembers.

Annette Kobak, "Isabelle, the Life of Isabelle Eberheardt," Knopf, $22.95. A biography of the 19th century Swiss woman who sought adventure in North Africa.

Otto Friedrich, "Glenn Gould, A Life and Variations," Random House, $22.50. A life of the late eccentric concert pianist who withdrew from public performance.

Cynthia Ozick, "Metaphor & Memory," Knopf, $19.95. Essays on writing as art, communication and culture.

William F. Buckley, Jr., "On The Firing Line: The Public Life of Our Public Figures," Random House, $22.50. Bill Buckley and friends (and the not so friendly) on the famous television program.

Desmond Morris, "Horsewatching," Crown, $12.95. He's watched humans and cats; now it's horses.

MAY:

Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, "Buffalo Afternoon," Knopf, $19.95. A novel about the emotional effects of the Vietnam War.

John Casey, "Spartina," Knopf, $18.95. This one concerns Dick Pierce's relationships with his wife and family, his lover and his boat.

Robert B. Parker, "Playmates," Putnam, $17.95. Parker's Boston detective Spenser discovers that basketball can be a killer sport.

Laurence Sanders, "Capital Crimes," Putnam, $19.95. A cleric gains control of the president.

Barry Hannah, "Boomerang," Houghton Mifflin, $15.95. A short autobiographical novel by the author of "Geronimo Rex" and "Airships."

Frank Brady, "Citizen Welles: A Biography of Orson Welles," Scribners, $24.95. The author interviewed more than 200 of the difficult genius' family, friends and colleagues to compile this portrait.

Marlys J. Harris, "The Zanucks of Hollywood: The Dark Legacy of an American Dynasty," Crown, $18.95. Through power, greed and domination, the Hollywood dream becomes a nightmare.

JUNE:

Thomas Tryon, "The Night of the Moonbow," Knopf, $18.95. The summer of '38, a Bible camp, innocence and slowly blossoming horror.

Paul Theroux, "My Secret History," Putnam, $21.95. The sexual past and present of an American writer.

Susan Minot, "Lust and Other Stories," Houghton Mifflin, $17.95. The author of the widely acclaimed "Monkies" takes the children of that novel into adulthood.

Tony Hillerman, "Talking God," Harper & Row, $17.95. Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee are reunited in this mystery involving conflicts over ancient ceremonial masks.

Joseph McBride, "American Madness - The Life of Frank Capra," Knopf, $29.95. The successful life of one of Ameica's most celebrated movies directors, but it's a life fraught with doubts and anxieties.

JULY:

John le Carre, "The Russia House," Knopf. $19.95. Ambitious, ambiguous, contemplative, a spy and anti-spy story. Vintage le Carre.

James Michener, "Journey," Random House, $16.95. Back to Alaska.

Tom Clancy, "Clear and Present Danger," Putnam, $21.95. Colombian drug lords assassinate the U.S. ambassador and the head of the FBI.

Laurence Leamer, "King of the Night: The Biography of Johnny Carson," July, $19.95. Heeeeere's Johnny, seen by ex-wives, ex-girlfriends and show biz associates.