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Boyle, T.C. Tooth and Claw: And Other Stories. Viking. Sept. 2005. 304p. ISBN 0-670-03435-5. $25.95.
Boyle skewers us again with a seventh collection of his wickedly witty tales.
Bushnell, Candace. Lipstick Jungle. Hyperion. Sept. 2005. NAp. ISBN 0-7868-6819-8. $24.95.
The "philosopher queen of the social scene" (New York Times) delivers another racy tale, this time about three women in fashion, film, and magazines who expect to have it all.
Cannell, Stephen J. Cold Hit: A Shane Scully Novel. St. Martin's. Sept. 2005. 384p. ISBN 0-312-34730-8. [ISBN 978-0-312-34730-7]. $24.95. Cassette/CD: HarperAudio; Audio Renaissance.
When a string of homeless men in Los Angeles meet gruesome deaths, Shane Scully and partner are on the case. When one of the murders is linked to the ten-year-old killing of an L.A. cop, Scully and partner are suddenly off the case. Seems that a government cover-up is afoot.
Coelho, Paul. The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession. HarperCollins. Sept. 2005. 304p. ISBN 0-06-082521-9. $24.95. CD: HarperAudio.
The author of best-selling inspirational fiction like The Alchemist tries something a bit different: the story of a famed novelist, living in France, whose wife has disappeared. Whether she was kidnapped or ditched an unsatisfactory life, she remains his zahir, a term from a Borges story referring to an obsession that takes over everything.
Erdrich, Louise. The Painted Drum. HarperCollins. Sept. 2005. 288p. ISBN 0-06-051510-4. $25.95; Irg. prnt. ISBN 0-06-083429-3. $25.95. CD: HarperAudio.
Painted, beaded, and tasseled, the huge moose-skin drum that appraiser Faye Travers discovers in a collection of Native American artifacts speaks to her directly--he hears its song without playing it. With an eight-city tour.
Erickson, Carolly. The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette. St. Martin's. Sept. 2005. 352p. ISBN 0-312-33708-6. [ISBN 978-0-312-33708-7]. $24.95. CD: Audio Renaissance.
A highly regarded biographer tries her hand at fiction, here reconstructing the life of Marie Antoinette in a diary she putatively wrote while waiting to be guillotined.
Evans, Diana. 26a. Morrow. Sept. 2005. 256p. ISBN 0-06-082091-8. $23.95.
Twins Georgi and Bessi and their sisters create a magical world of their own in a notso-posh London neighborhood as their British father and Nigerian-born mother try to cope. According to the publicist, the buzz in Britain …