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By Colette Bancroft, Times book editor
Published January 6, 2008

Single servings

Three authors of bestselling mystery serials have new nonseries novels.

Bleeding Kansas (Penguin Group) by Sara Paretsky, whose V.I. Warshawski books are indelibly set in Chicago, locates this story in small-town Kansas, where religion and politics lead to a clash between longtime residents and newcomers.

Touchstone (Bantam) by Laurie R. King, who writes both the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes books and the Kate Martinelli detective series, takes place in post-World War I Cornwall, where a former intelligence officer with extraordinary abilities faces a strange future.

Watchman (Little, Brown) by Ian Rankin, creator of that fascinating curmudgeon Inspector John Rebus, is a spy thriller first published in 1988, before the Rebus books became bestsellers.


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