A DANGEROUS FICTION, by Barbara Rogan (Viking, $26.95). A new mystery by a Farmingdale author set in the New York publishing world. Jo Donovan is a high-powered literary agent who finds herself stalked and her clients harassed by a rejected writer. Then, one of her most successful authors is murdered.

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THE KINGDOM OF THE KID: Growing Up in the Long-Lost Hamptons, by Geoff Gehman (Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press, $16.95 paper). A journalist recalls his freewheeling childhood in Wainscott decades before the Hamptons transformed into the glitzy enclave of today. "I thought I owned the entire South Fork from 1967 to 1972," he writes in a memoir with cameos by Carl Yastrzemski and Truman Capote.

CONFESSIONS OF A BAD TEACHER: The Shocking Truth from the Front Lines of American Public Education, by John Owens (Sourcebooks, $13.99 paper). A Manhasset resident and former English teacher at a dysfunctional public school in the South Bronx argues that teachers have become "scapegoats for a broken system that isn't being fixed" -- and why easy fixes aren't the answer.