USA TODAY’s Sarah Day Owen scopes out some of the hottest releases on sale this week:
1. “The Wolf and the Watchman,” by Niklas Natt och Dag (Atria, fiction, on sale March 5)
What it’s about: After a body is found, brutally mutilated, a watchman and a white-hat attorney must identify the victim. As they follow the clues, they find dark connections between the powerful of society and the poor and destitute of Stockholm.
The buzz: Besides receiving starred reviews on both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, the book in its original language was named Best Debut Novel of 2017 by the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers.
2. “A Woman is No Man,“ by Etaf Rum (Harper, fiction, on sale March 5)
What it’s about: A Palestinian woman, Isra, immigrates to the U.S. for an arranged marriage. The story follows Isra’s struggles with her new family and their subsequent disappointment of giving birth to four girls instead of bearing sons. After she and her husband are killed in a car crash, her oppressive in-laws raise the children — setting her daughter Deya on the same path to an arranged marriage, even though Deya yearns to chart her own destiny and attend college. But when a family secret emerges, everything changes.
The buzz: “A richly detailed and emotionally charged debut,” says Kirkus Reviews.
3. “The River,” by Peter Heller (Knopf, fiction, on sale March 5)
What it’s about: Two college friends set off on a wilderness canoe ride. An impending wildfire and other forces of nature aren’t the only pressing elements — the two find themselves mired in a violent drama of a travelling husband and wife.
The buzz: “An exhilarating tale delivered with the pace of a thriller and the wisdom of a grizzled nature guide,” Kirkus Reviews says in its starred review.
4. “The Malta Exchange,”by Steve Berry (Minotaur, fiction, on sale March 5)
What it’s about: A thriller about a secret society and forces intent on influencing the selection of the future pope. The story picks up with former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone as a search for ancient documents brings him to Malta, the home of Knights of Malta. A hunt culminates in a Vatican showdown.
The buzz: “Fans of Dan Brown will have fun, and some may even prefer Berry’s action-oriented hero to Brown’s cerebral Robert Langdon,” Publishers Weekly says.
5. “Little Faith,” by Nickolas Butler (Ecco, fiction, on sale March 5)
What it’s about: A daughter, Shiloh, returns home, but her involvement in a cult-life church worries her father. It gets worse when the charismatic leader convinces Shiloh her son has special healing powers, which puts him in danger. Set in rural Wisconsin, the story unfolds over a year, telling a story not just of people but of place.
The buzz: Publishers Weekly says, “This is storytelling at its finest.”
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