'The Scottish Prisoner'

The Affair

A Reacher Novel

Lee Child

Delacorte Press, $28

Knuckle-busting crime-solver Jack Reacher returns with a story from his early years involving a murder near a military base and how he became a maverick hero.

After the Apocalypse


Maureen F. McHugh

Small Beer Press, $16, paper

McHugh pins down the wildest of disasters—the devastation of plague, zombies, the end of the world—by using a subdued, matter-of-fact narrative voice that makes these scenarios seem eerily real.

Aloha from Hell

A Sandman Slim Novel

Richard Kadrey

Harper Voyager, $23.99

Think of an occult worshipper possessed by Raymond Chandler and you'll get the idea about this series, whose hero escaped Hell to avenge his own murder and now, in the third installment, is hellbound once again.

The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares

Joyce Carol Oates

Mysterious Press, $24

Tales of darkness and horror, including the title story about an innocent girl involved in a cruel ceremony requiring a human sacrifice.