The mighty Thor extinguishes 'Inferno'
With "Hidden Order," his 12th thriller featuring counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath, Brad Thor lands at No. 1 on USA Today's Best-Selling list, bumping off Dan Brown's "Inferno" along the way. It's Thor's first time in the top spot; his previous best showing was No. 8 for two Harvath titles, "Black List" last year and "Full Black" in 2011. Thor's audience has grown steadily over the past 11 years; in 2002, the first Harvath book, "The Lions of Lucerne," peaked at No. 107. In "Hidden Order," Thor has the Federal Reserve in his sights.
Novel from 'Hangman's Daughter' author due
The author of the million-selling "The Hangman's Daughter" books has signed for a new novel.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Thursday that Oliver Potzsch's "The Castle of Kings" is scheduled for the fall of 2014. The publisher says "The Castle of Kings" is a romance set in the 16th century and will feature a story of "forbidden love" between an aristocrat's daughter and a blacksmith's son.
Border collie's vocab gets its own book
It's not every day that an "author" lunch features a highly verbal 9-year-old - one that just happens to be a famed border collie. "Pilley's Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words" is due in October.
E is for e-book in Grafton's world
The 23rd detective novel in Sue Grafton's alphabet series, "W Is for Wasted," won't be released until Sept. 10, but thanks to a publisher's promotion that cut many of her e-book prices, 13 of the earlier books in the series are in the top 150. "A Is for Alibi," released in 1982, is No. 6, its highest ranking ever on the list, which began in 1993.