5 books not to miss: Stephen King’s ‘Billy Summers,’ historical romance from Sarah Ferguson

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In search of something good to read? USA TODAY's Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books are on sale Aug. 3.

1. “Billy Summers,” by Stephen King (Scribner, fiction)

What it’s about: The horror master pens a hard-boiled noir about a complex killer for hire. He’s the best in the business, and he wants out – but his final job complicates everything.

The buzz: “Murder most foul and mayhem most entertaining. Another worthy page-turner from a protean master,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

2. “Her Heart for a Compass,” by Sarah Ferguson (William Morrow, fiction)

What it’s about: That’s right, the Duchess of York has written a historical novel. This costume drama tells the story of an outspoken young noblewoman’s coming-of-age in repressive Victorian England as she flees an arranged marriage.

The buzz: The book’s been kept under lock and key, but this is far from the duchess’s first foray into storytelling: She’s written dozens of books, most of them for children.

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“Her Heart for a Compass,” by Sarah Ferguson.
“Her Heart for a Compass,” by Sarah Ferguson.

3. “Radiant Fugitives,” by Nawaaz Ahmed (Counterpoint, fiction)

What it’s about: Three generations of a splintered Muslim Indian family, torn apart by forces from within and without, make an attempt at reconnection over a fateful week in San Francisco.

The buzz: “Ahmed swings for the fences in this luminously intelligent, culturally magisterial debut,” Kirkus Reviews says.

4. “Afterparties,” by Anthony Veasna So (Ecco, fiction)

What it’s about: In his posthumous debut following the young writer’s tragic death last year, So’s story collection about Cambodian American life offers profound insight into queer and immigrant communities.

The buzz: “After this immersive introduction to the Central Valley community, readers won’t want to leave,” says a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

5. “The Quiet Zone: Unraveling the Mystery of a Town Suspended in Silence,” by Stephen Kurczy (Dey Street, nonfiction)

What it’s about: A striking portrait of the Appalachian community of Green Bank, West Virginia, the quietest town in the country and home to the Green Bank Observatory, where astronomers search the universe and residents live without devices that might interfere with telescopes.

The buzz: “A multilayered illustration of a unique community where things aren’t always what they seem,” Kirkus Reviews says.

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