Opening lines from recently published books

”Living in Trenton in July is like living inside a big pizza oven. Hot, airless, aromatic.” From Four to Score, JANET EVANOVICH’s fourth Stephanie Plum novel (St. Martin’s, $23.95)

”The mountains seemed as high as the sky was deep, challenging even the sun as it climbed the peaks each dawn to deliver a new day to the villages below. And as the sun rose higher, hanging ribbons of light across the Himalayan terrain, women in the village of Prazmulla carried machetes to a grove of trees to crop limbs for firewood….” From Ransom: The Untold Story of International Kidnapping, by ANN HAGEDORN AUERBACH (Holt, $25)