RED RABBIT Tom Clancy (Putnam, $28.95, on sale August 5) Taking place even before The Hunt for Red October, this Jack Ryan prequel raises a burning question: Will Ben Affleck be too old to play Jack in the movie version?

THE ART OF DECEPTION Ridley Pearson (Hyperion, $23.95, on sale August 6) Lou and Daphne are sleuthing ex-lovers forced to bury their issues in their work; he’s chasing a killer, she’s got a stalker. Ah, there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

FIRESTORM AT PESHTIGO Denise Gess and William Lutz (Holt, $26, on sale August 2) Wisconsin burns during “the deadliest fire in American history.”