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.
POINT BLANK BY CATHERINE COULTER (G.P. PUTNAM'S SONS, $25.95): Coulter spins another tale featuring husband-and-wife FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock, who are caught in a cat-and-mouse game with an unlikely villain. At the same time, they are aiding another agent whose search for a historic treasure led to the discovery of a murdered music student. In stores: Tuesday, Aug. 23.
POLAR SHIFT BY CLIVE CUSSLER WITH PAL KEMPRECOS (G.P. PUTNAM'S SONS, $26.95): The NUMA Special Assignment Team searches for an anti-globalization activist who could devastate the world's population by artificially triggering a polar shift, which would lead to massive natural disasters. In stores: Tuesday, Aug. 30.
THE LAST DAYS OF DOGTOWN BY ANITA DIAMANT (SCRIBNER, $25): Diamant, who brought the women of the Hebrew Bible to life, now offers similar treatment to the orphans, scoundrels, free Africans, "witches," widows and whores living in early 1800s Cape Ann, Mass. Last Days of Dog town is loosely based on the historic ghost community. In stores: Tuesday, Aug. 30.
VANISH BY TESS GERRITSEN (BALLANTINE, $24.95): A black-ops secret agent has been brought into a Boston hospital morgue for an autopsy, but he's not really dead. Upon waking, he seizes a security guard's gun and takes a number of people hostage, including a pregnant homicide detective. In stores: Tuesday, Aug. 23.
ELDEST BY CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI (RANDOM HOUSE, $21): Paolini, a teen prodigy, set out to write Eragon, the first book in his Inheritance Trilogy, after graduating from high school at age 15. Eragon was self-published and then eventually discovered by Random House, which gave the book a nationwide release. The peasant boy Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, return in Eldest, the second book of Paolini's trilogy. In stores: Tuesday, Aug. 23.
SWEETWATER CREEK BY ANNE RIVER SIDDONS (HARPERCOLLINS, $24.95): A 12-year-old girl finds solace in training the family's hunting dogs after her mother leaves and her brother dies. Meanwhile, a young woman brings love and evil to the family just as they are about to be accepted into polite Low-Country society. In stores: Tuesday.
THE WOODSMAN'S DAUGHTER BY GWYN HYMAN RUBIO (VIKING, $24.95): A beautiful, headstrong daughter of a 19th-century south Georgia turpentine farmer is haunted by the sins of her father in Rubio's second novel. Rubio's first novel, Icy Sparks, was an Oprah Book Club Selection. In stores now.
The Time of the Uprooted by Elie Wiesel (Knopf, $25): A Jewish man, who has hidden his true identity since his boyhood, falls in with a group of exiles in New York. When he's asked to help a disfigured Hungarian woman, he realizes he must reconcile with his past in Nazi-controlled Eastern Europe before facing the present. …