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'City of Endless Night' by Preston & Child
Grand Central

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

1. City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central, fiction, on sale Jan. 16)

What it’s about: FBI Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is called in to stop a serial killer stalking New York City after the fast-lane daughter of a tech billionaire is murdered.

The buzz: The last in the Pendergast series, The Obsidian Chamber, hit No. 4 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list in 2016.

2. The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin (Delacorte, fiction, on sale Jan. 16)

What it’s about: In the early days of Hollywood, star Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion become friends; by the author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue.

The buzz: “Stylish,” says Booklist.

3. Munich by Robert Harris (Knopf, fiction, on sale Jan. 16)

What it’s about: The 1938 Munich Conference is the backdrop for this spy thriller involving two diplomats, one German, the other a Brit who’s a private secretary to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.

The buzz: Arrives on the heels of Darkest Hour and Dunkirk, two acclaimed 2017 films centered on Great Britain’s role in World War II.

4. Together We Rise by the Women’s March Organizers and Condé Nast (Dey Street, non-fiction, on sale Jan. 16)

What it’s about: Photos and essays about last January’s protest marches across the USA and the world after President Trump’s inauguration.

The buzz: Contributors to the book include Roxane Gay, Ashley Judd, America Ferrera and Rep. Maxine Waters.

5. The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro (Simon & Schuster, non-fiction, on sale Jan. 16)

What it’s about: Tells the story of Billy Gawronski, a New York City high school kid who stowed away on Byrd’s expedition to Antarctica in 1928.

The buzz: It’s an Indie Next pick of independent booksellers. “Reads like an adventure novel,” says Bill Cusumano of Square Books in Oxford, Miss.