Now Read This: The Week’s Best New Books, June 3rd Edition

Eight top titles hitting bookshelves this week
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The Best of L.A.

Railtown

FaceOff 
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $27)
Edited by David Baldacci
If you’ve ever wanted to see Jack Reacher and Nick Heller go head-to-head in fictional combat, the opportunity has finally arrived. This unique, 11-story anthology features the most popular characters from today’s best thriller series by writers like Dennis Lehane, Heather Graham, Lee Child and R. L. Stine, who have collaborated to create a world of collision curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW).
Out: June 3

Railtown

e338: The Art of Loïc Zimmermann 
(3D Total Publishing, hardcover, $35)
By Loïc Zimmermann
Zimmermann, a French visual artist based in L.A., is a concept designer for Luma Pictures and has contributed to movies like Thor, True Grit, X-Men: First Class, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In this complete collection of his artwork, Zimmermann combines visuals, advice, and insight into the life of a man who has pursued a career as a digital artist.
Out: June 3

Railtown

Take This Man: A Memoir 
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $26)
By Brando Skyhorse
Born Brando Kelly Ulloa, Skyhorse’s name was born from his mother’s imagination after his Mexican father abandoned the family when he was three. Alone, Maria reinvents herself and her son as American Indians in Echo Park and subsequently attempts to cover up their past by bringing a string of surrogate fathers into Brando’s life. It isn’t until he’s an adult (and makes an online discovery) that Skyhorse begins to put together the pieces of his past.
Out: June 3

Railtown

The City Under the Skin 
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover, $26)
By Geoff Nicholson
This literary thriller tells the story of a series of women who have been kidnapped and released with little to no explanation, their backs tattooed with coded maps. Questions of the maps’ meaning and the search for who is responsible prompt strange events that unfold through the work of an amateur cartographer, a criminal, a killer and his accomplice, and the involvement of a mysterious and reluctant young woman.
Out: June 3

Carthage

Reckless Disregard: A Parker Stern Novel
(Seventh Street Books, paperback, $16)
By Robert Rotstein
Child actor-turned-attorney Patrick Stern reluctantly returns to the courtroom to take on the case of an obscure video game creator known exclusively as “Poniard.” Poniard has been sued by major Hollywood big shot William Bishop, identified in Poniard’s latest videogame Abduction! as the kidnapper responsible for the 1987 disappearance of actress Felicity McGrath. As Parker works through the libel suit, he is thrown into a world of deception and blackmail and down a road of reckless malevolence.
Out: June 3


The Best of the West

Carthage

China Dolls
(Random House, hardcover, $27)
By Lisa See
It’s 1938 in the “Chop Suey Circuit” of San Francisco, and a world war is about to break out. Ruby, Helen and Grace are competing to be showgirls at the elite oriental nightclub, Forbidden City. Grace, a Chinese-American girl, has just escaped from an abusive father in the Midwest. Helen’s family is rooted in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and Ruby is carrying a secret about her heritage that could cost her everything if revealed. As the girls pursue their dreams, they are bound by a vow of loyalty, but that trustworthiness falters after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor and suspicion hangs thick in the air.
Out: June 3


Carthage

Gold: Firsthand Accounts from the Rush that Made the West
(TwoDot, paperback, $19)
By John Richard Stephens
When gold was discovered in 1848, California had not yet become an official part of the U.S. This nonfiction work follows the Gold Rush era from the first heady discovery to the collection of over $200 million in gold ($600 billion in current U.S. dollars). Stephens offers readers a glimpse into a world of innovation and corruption in the Golden State through the observations of people who experienced it firsthand.
Out: June 3


The Best of the Rest

Carthage

Mr. Mercedes
(Scribner, hardcover, $30)
By Stephen King
Brady Hartsfield has gotten away with murder once, but killing eight people was not enough. With the threat of another attack surfacing quickly, retired cop Bill Hodges breaks free from depression and emptiness, determined to detain the madman. King, the “master of suspense,” lives up to the moniker with this thriller about an unlikely hero and a maniacal killer aiming to put down thousands.
Out: June 3