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Micro (Harper, hardcover, $29)By Michael Crichton and Richard PrestonA group of young scientists faces a new kind of natural terror in this posthumously published biotech thriller from the popular sci-fi author.Out: Nov 22
Murder Season(Minotaur, hardcover, $26)By Robert EllisThe L.A. writer’s latest Lena Gamble mystery begins with a high-profile double murder—of a well-connected Hollywood club owner and a 25-year-old man just acquitted of murder.Out: Dec 6
Supervolcano: Eruption(Roc, hardcover, $26)By Harry TurtledoveThis first book in the L.A. native’s planned apocalyptic trilogy centers on the chaos following the eruption of a supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park.Out: Dec 6
Kill Switch(Kensington, hardcover, $25)By Neal Baer and Jonathan GreeneThe writing-producing team behind TV’s Law & Order: SVU collaborate on this thriller about a forensic psychiatrist who finds herself at the epicenter of a murder mystery.Out: Dec 13
Dark Men(Pegasus, hardcover, $25)By Derek HaasThe hit man known as Silver Bear, living out retirement in Italy, must return to America to confront his past in this latest thriller from the Hollywood screenwriter of 3:10 to Yuma and Wanted.Out: Dec 15
Dark Revelations(Dutton, hardcover, $27)By Anthony E. Zuiker with Duane SwierczynskiThe CSI creator’s conclusion to the Level 26 trilogy might be the most explosive yet.Out: Dec 29
The Devil's Elixir(Dutton, hardcover, $27)By Raymond KhouryA lot of the action takes places in Los Angeles in this latest thriller from the bestselling author of The Last Templar.Out: Dec 22
The Speed Chronicles (Akashic, paperback, $16)Edited by Joseph MattsonLaunching Akashic’s new series of drug-centered crime anthologies, this collection of short fiction, edited by the L.A. writer of Empty the Sun, includes stories by an eclectic array of contributors, from James Franco and Sherman Alexie to William T. Vollman and others.Out: Nov 29
The Cocaine Chronicles(Akashic, paperback, $16)Edited by Gary Phillips and Jervey TervalonTwo L.A. writers edit this reissue of the 2005 collection of short fiction focusing on the effects of cocaine use, with contributions from Lee Child, Nina Revoyr, and others.Out: Nov 29
Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer (University Press of Kentucky, hardcover, $40)By Brian TavesThis first-ever biography of the pioneering movie mogul explores his paradigm-shifting contributions to the film industry.Out: Dec 21
Meaning It: Why Collaboration Is the Future of Responsible Business(Palgrave Macmillan, hardcover, $27)By Jonathan GreenblattThe co-founder of Ethos Water, which Starbucks acquired in 2005, explores the incorporation of social values into business practices.Out: Nov 22
You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya(W.W. Norton, hardcover, $28)By Christopher GoffardThe L.A. Times journalist reports on Father John Kaiser, an American Catholic priest who died—by murder or suicide?—in 2000 while fighting for justice in Daniel arap Moi’s repressive Kenya.Out: Dec 5
420 Characters(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $22)By Lou BeachThese miniature stories from the New Yorker illustrator originated as Facebook status updates—which allow 420 characters as opposed to Twitter’s more restrictive 140.Out: Dec 6
Stalking the Story: How to Find Your Screenplay's Story with Help from TV's Greatest Detectives(Alpha, paperback, $16)By Jay DouglasWriting a screenplay is like solving a crime, according to this how-to manual from a professor of TV and film.Out: Dec 6
The Alzheimer's Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life (Workman, hardcover, $25)By Gary Small and Gigi VorganThe director of the UCLA Longevity Center and his wife co-author this guide to staving off Alzheimer’s.Out: Dec 17
Big Miracle(St. Martin’s Griffin, paperback, $15)By Tom RoseThe TV reporter tells the true story of the rescue of three gray whales trapped under Alaskan ice in 1998—a film version of which is scheduled for release in 2012, starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. Check out our review in the December issue of Los Angeles magazine.Out: Dec 20
Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's Greatest Companies (Crown Business, hardcover, $27.50)By Jim StengelThe successful businessman and adjunct professor at UCLA uses data from a 10-year growth study of major brands to explore the fruitful ways in which businesses connect to human emotions.Out: Dec 27
Inspiration Dior(Harry N. Abrams, hardcover, $125)By Florence MüllerThis illustrated collection—complete with photos, unpublished images, and sketches—showcases the work of one of fashion’s most prominent names.Out: Dec 1
Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips, Vol. 1: Through the Wild Blue Wonder(Fantagraphics, hardcover, $40)By Walt Kelly; edited by R. C. HarveyThis first volume of cartoons from the celebrated animator, who moved to Los Angeles in 1935, features his most famous creation, Pogo.Out: Dec 5
The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 (It Books, hardcover, $15)By Joseph Gordon-LevittThis collection of miniature stories and illustrations grew out of the popular young actor’s open-collaborative production company, hitRECord.Out: Dec 6
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