"The Border," by Don Winslow (Photo11: William Morrow)
USA TODAY’s Sarah Day Owen scopes out some of the hottest releases on sale this week:
1. “The Border,” by Don Winslow (William Morrow, fiction, on sale Feb. 26)
What it’s about: The conclusion in the Cartel trilogy about the war on drugs that finds its protagonist, now at the top ranks of the Drug Enforcement Administration, in a battle with opiods, the drug cartels and his own government. The book is a work of fiction, but the author’s research on real violence at the border gives gritty, harrowing detail.
The buzz: “With clear-eyed determination and an almost Shakespearean grasp of human nature, Winslow takes readers on an unforgettable journey,” says Publishers Weekly.
2. “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland,” by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday, nonfiction, on sale Feb. 26)
What it’s about: During a violent chapter of Ireland’s history, the Troubles, a mother of 10 was abducted from her home as her children clung to her legs. Through the lens of the case of the missing woman, whose murderer (the Irish Republican Army) was an open secret, the author retells the violent history that Northern Ireland is still reckoning with.
The buzz: “Tinged with immense sadness, this work never loses sight of the humanity of even those who committed horrible acts in support of what they believed in,” Publishers Weekly says.
3. “The Priory of the Orange Tree,” by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury, fiction, on sale Feb. 26)
What it’s about: In this fantasy novel, the stage has been set for chaos: divided regions and beliefs, a ruling house at risk of losing its power, and rumors that a long-vanquished dragon, the “Nameless One” will rise again. Female warriors must fight to save the world. From the author of “The Bone Season” series.
The buzz: Kirkus Reviews says “A celebration of fantasy that melds modern ideology with classic tropes. More of these dragons, please.”
4. “This View of Life,” by David Sloan Wilson (Pantheon, nonfiction, on sale Feb. 26)
What it’s about: By applying Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to other concepts – culture, policy and other parts of being human besides our biology – the author argues we can solve problems by understanding and owning evolutionary processes.
The buzz: Kirkus Reviews says in its starred review, “One of the major advances in modern biology receives a splendid overview.”
5. “The Huntress,” by Kate Quinn (William Morrow, fiction, releases Feb. 26)
What it’s about: A historical fiction novel from the author of “The Alice Network,” the story follows Nazi hunters on the tail of a murderess known as The Huntress. A Soviet bomber pilot, part of an all-female Night Witches regiment, escapes the Huntress’ grasp, making her the key to identifying the predator.
The buzz: Publishers Weekly says “this exciting thriller vividly reveals how people face adversity and sacrifice while chasing justice and retribution.”
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