Hot Six by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's, $6.99). Bounty hunter Ranger Manoso is the prime suspect in the murder of the son of an international arms dealer, and Stephanie's trying to find him, as are vice cop Joe Morelli, a couple of connected guys and rival bounty hunter Joyce Barnhardt.
Purple Cane Road by James Lee Burke (Dell, $7.50). Both revenge and redemption power this layered, lyric tale, where violence lies close to the surface and the dead haunt the living.
Roads: Driving America's Great Highways by Larry McMurtry (Touchstone, $13). McMurtry, best known as a fiction writer, shows he's also a great travel writer, although don't expect tips on where to stop, stay or eat. The route itself is the destination as he sets out on a cross-country road trip on familiar interstates and major highways, remembering and ruminating about people and places, books and life.
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (Broadway Books, $14.95). Bryson's wry observations on the country that doubles as a continent make for entertaining reading.
I Rant, Therefore I Am by Dennis Miller (Broadway, $11.95). Miller's third book, all of them "rants" of varied types, reminds us that when the SNL alum and current "Monday Night Football" analyst hits a topic well, he really hits it, but that when he misses, his diction seems like an aimless and vindictive jack rabbit on amphetamines.
-- News wire services