February New Releases

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Byline: Jennifer Fish DeCamp

A brief look at what's new on bookshelves this month by new and notable authors. Please note: On sale dates are subject to change.

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Capitol Murder by William Bernhardt (Ballantine, $25.95): A do-gooder attorney leaves his Tulsa, Okla., roots to defend his state's senator in a nationally televised case after the politician was caught having a sexual tryst with a female intern. On sale: Tuesday.

The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry (Random House, $24.95): A former operative for the U.S. Justice Department teams up with his former supervisor to solve a series of ancient puzzles throughout Europe. The prize at the end of the chase: a centuries-old cache believed lost when the Knights Templar disbanded. This is the St. Marys, Ga., author's fourth novel. On sale: Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier (Pantheon Schocken, $22.95): Brockmeier weaves together the stories of a married couple dealing all over again with their daughter's struggle to stay alive while trapped in an Antarctic research facility. The twist: The woman's parents are dead but remain "alive" in a city that retains the newly departed as long as there are people on Earth who still remember them. On sale: Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Some Like it Haute by Julie K.L. Dam (Warner Books, $22.95): Chick lit takes on Paris in Dam's fiction debut about a fashion correspondent in the city of amour for the haute couture runway shows. Alexandra finds Paris is more than lace, feathers and stick-thin models when she finds herself having to choose between two men. On sale: Wednesday, Feb. 22.

In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant (Random House, $23.95): In 1527 while Rome burns, a courtesan and her dwarf companion swallow fabulous jewels and head to Venice to rebuild their lives. Once there, they come in contact with a Turk, a passionate young lover and a blind woman who changes all their lives. On sale: Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The Ethical Assassin by David Liss (Ballantine, $24.95): Liss, an Edgar Award-winning author, moves away from his historical literary mysteries (The Coffee Trader, A Spectacle of Corruption) to tackle South Florida's zaniness oft mined by other best-selling authors. His lead character is Lem, a door-to-door salesman who witnesses a double murder. On sale: Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Lost by Michael Robotham (Doubleday, $24.95): An amnesiac detective is pulled out of the Thames with a bullet in his leg and photograph of a missing girl. When a bloody boat is discovered, it seems that the detective might not have been the only gunshot victim that night. On sale: Tuesday.

The Rebels of Ireland by Edward Rutherford (Doubleday, $28.95): The sequel to last year's Princes of Ireland begins during the English colonization of Dublin during the reign of Elizabeth I and ends with the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922. On sale: Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The House by Danielle Steel (Bantam, $27): A workaholic attorney stumbles upon a surprise inheritance and a historic mansion built by a wealthy Frenchman in the 1920s. …