A TIME GONE BY
By William Heffernan (Simon & Schuster, $24)
Set in 1940's new York cafe society, this is a taut, sexy tale of murder and political corruption by the author of The Corsican and The Dinosaur Club.

ROCKET MAN: ROBERT H. GODDARD AND THE BIRTH OF THE SPACE AGE
By David A. Clary (Hyperion, $25)
Robert H. Goddard, one of America's great 20th-century heroes, pioneered the tchnologies that carried humans to the moon and beyond.

A LONG DAY FOR DYING
By Patrick A. Davis (Pocket Star Books, $6.99)
A fast-paced blend of vendettas, murder, and military power that begins wiith the mysterious death of the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.