EW Staff
October 17, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

MANHATTAN NOCTURNE Colin Harrison (Island, $6.99, first published in 1996) A briskly paced, intricately plotted splatter-noir novel about a journalist sucked into a web of sordid intrigue.

BUZZ: THE SCIENCE AND LORE OF ALCOHOL AND CAFFEINE (Penguin, $12.95, 1996) A stimulating little tome about the world’s favorite mind-altering substances.

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