BLOOD DEFENSE, by Marcia Clark. In the years since she famously prosecuted O.J. Simpson for murder, Clark has penned four best-selling legal thrillers (plus a memoir of the trial, reissued this month). Her latest novel launches a new series featuring Samantha Brickman, a tough L.A. defense attorney who’s not afraid to break the rules. (Thomas & Mercer, $24.95)

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RED PLATOON: A True Story of American Valor, by Clinton Romesha. An Afghanistan War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient recreates the epic 14-hour battle that raged after more than 300 Taliban fighters attacked his remote, vulnerable outpost in 2009, killing eight of the 50 Americans there. “Red Platoon” looks to be a new classic of combat literature. (Dutton, $28)

SWEET LAMB OF HEAVEN, by Lydia Millet. The author of 10 works of fiction, including “Love in Infant Monkeys,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2010, returns with this novel about Anna, a young Alaskan mother who takes flight, with her 6-year-old daughter, from her faithless husband, an aspirant for state senate. But things are complicated: Anna hears an unexplainable interior voice. (Norton, $25.95)