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William Gibson, author of Agency

Verity Jane, gifted app whisperer, takes a job as the beta tester for a new product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. “Eunice,” the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, manifests a face, a fragmentary past and a canny grasp of combat strategy. Meanwhile, a century ahead in London, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His boss, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice are her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can’t: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner, and the roles they both may play in it.

Week of January 25, 2021

Paperback releases for the week of January 25th include THE LAST TRIAL, the 11th book in Scott Turow's series set in fictional Kindle County, Illinois, about celebrated criminal defense lawyer Sandy Stern and the prosecution of his lifelong friend --- a doctor accused of murder; THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS by Stephen Graham Jones, which follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives; THE WIFE STALKER, a twisty psychological thriller from Liv Constantine about a woman fighting to hold onto the only family she’s ever loved --- and how far she’ll go to preserve it; Sandra Dallas' WESTERING WOMEN, an inspiring celebration of sisterhood on the perilous Overland Trail; and THE BODY, Bill Bryson's head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body --- how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail.