By Carl Hiaasan (Knopf, $16)
Besides his bestselling Strip Tease, Hiaasen’s known for his witty political exposés. But in the tradition of other fine writers of adult literature, he’s turned his attention to the younger generation. Suitable for young teens (and their parents, of course), Hoot is classic Hiaasen, without the questionable language. Here, the fictional kids go up against a construction project that would destroy a colony of burrowing owls.
OUR READ: GREAT GIFT FROM ADULT HIAASEN FANS
By William Bernhardt (Ballantine Books, $24)
The 11th in this series brings back Ben Kincaid, this time struggling with the controversy between a priest with radical ideas and a parish council with traditional values. The battle turns deadly after a young parishioner is killed, and Kincaid’s old pal Father Daniel Beale becomes the prime suspect.
OUR READ: ANOTHER FINE INSTALLMENT FROM A MASTER OF COURTROOM DRAMA
THE VANISHING VOTER: PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY
By Thomas E. Patterson (Knopf, $25)
This provocative study, authored by an instructor at Harvard’s JFK School of Government, uses the disputed 2000 Bush- Gore election — in which only 51 percent of eligible voters cast ballots — to reveal the role political parties, the media, and the candidates themselves played in determining voter turnout.
OUR READ: THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND THOROUGH
By Antonio and Jonna Mendez (Atria Books, $26)
A work of nonfiction covering the last five years of the Cold War, Spy Dust details the efforts of two former CIA chiefs of disguise who found themselves struggling to save the infrastructure of U.S. intelligence operations in Moscow.
OUR READ: AN INTERESTING LOOK INTO CIA SECRETS