Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings by Shirley Jackson, edited by Laurence Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman DeWitt, Random House, 420 pages, $18
Co-edited by two of Jackson's children, "Let Me Tell You" collects 56 short stories, nonfiction essays, lectures and drawings by Jackson, more than 40 of which were previously unpublished.
Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice by Adam Benforado, Broadway, 394 pages, $17
Benforado looks at the failings of the U.S. criminal justice system and sheds light on how simple things such as a camera angle during a taped interrogation or word choice during testimony can influence the jury. Benforado also explores recent research conducted by psychologists and neuroscientists into the cognitive forces that have such an effect.
The Pentagon's Brain by Annie Jacobsen, Back Bay, 552 pages, $17.99
Jacobsen details the history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — the agency of the U.S. Department of Defense that is responsible for military research and development — from its Cold War founding, to its creation of the precursor to the internet, and the futuristic technology it is currently developing.
Liar Liar: A Helen Grace Thriller by M.J. Arlidge, New American Library, 451 pages, $15
In a span of 24 hours, six fires leave two people dead and several more injured. Detective Helen Grace and her team must find the arsonist before s/he strikes again — as long as Helen's dark impulses don't consume her and compromise the investigation.
Heart of Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery by James W. Ziskin, Seventh Street, 288 pages, $15.95
It seems like a tragic accident when two men plummet to their deaths at a dangerous diving pool in an Adirondack lake. Police quickly establish, however, that the men didn't know each other, and as Ellie Stone investigates, she's thrust into a world of travelers, intellectuals and old Cold War grudges.