USA Today’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week in her New and Noteworthy column:
1. The Late Show by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown, fiction, on sale July 18)
- What it’s about: The author of the best-selling Harry Bosch novels returns with a new character, LAPD Detective Renée Ballard, who’s been banished to the night shift after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.
- The buzz: Connelly will do a USA TODAY #BookmarkThis Facebook Live chat with fans July 18 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
2. Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green (Penguin Press, non-fiction, on sale July 18)
- What it’s about: Examines Bannon’s controversial influence on last year’s election and now the presidency.
- The buzz: Green, who covers politics for Bloomberg Businessweek, had access to the inside players in the story of Bannon and Trump’s partnership.
3. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris (St. Martin’s Press, fiction, on sale July 18)
- What it’s about: Suspense novel about a guilt-ridden woman who sees another woman in a car during a torrential downpour, and then learns the woman has been murdered; by the author of Behind Closed Doors.
- The buzz: It’s an Indie Next pick of independent booksellers. “Don’t miss The Breakdown,” says Cheryl Kravetz of Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore in Delray Beach, Fla.
4. Collared by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur, fiction, on sale July 18)
- What it’s about: Lawyer, sleuth and canine lover Andy Carpenter is back with a case involving a rescue dog that was kidnapped several years earlier along with a baby, who’s still missing.
- The buzz: “Outstanding,” says Kirkus Reviews.
5. Hook’s Tale by John Leonard Pielmeier (Scribner, fiction, on sale July 18)
- What it’s about: Capt. Hook gets a chance to tell his version of the Peter Pan/Neverland legend in this debut novel.
- The buzz: “Playful … vividly sensuous,” says Kirkus Reviews.