THE LITTLE FRIEND Donna Tartt (Knopf, $26, on sale Oct. 22) This new novel — involving a child’s hanging death — from the author of The Secret History has a secret history of its own: Tartt spent 10 years off the radar writing it.

FINDERS KEEPERS Mark Bowden (Atlantic Monthly, $23, on sale Oct. 21) Already the basis for the 1993 John Cusack movie Money for Nothing, the true story of a guy who found $1 million is the latest from the author of Black Hawk Down.

DISTURBANCE OF THE INNER EAR Joyce Hackett (Carroll & Graf, $25, on sale Oct. 16) A cello prodigy and an Italian gigolo musicalize in Hackett’s debut.