''Fortunate Son,'' ''Vanishing Point,'' and ''Dog Days'' may have you doing a double take in stores

By Gilbert Cruz
Updated July 21, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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VANISHING POINT
Marcia Muller In the 24th thriller featuring PI Sharon McCone, she searches for — you guessed it — someone who’s missing.

THE VANISHING POINT
Mary Sharratt (paperback) A romance about an Englishwoman, trained as a doctor, seeking her sister in colonial Maryland.


FORTUNATE SON
Walter Mosley The author of the Easy Rawlins mysteries pens a heartbreaking tale of two would-be brothers — one white, one black.

FORTUNATE SON
Charles Ponce de Leon Yet another biographical study of Elvis Presley and his lasting influence on pop culture.


DOG DAYS
Ana Marie Cox A chick-littish tale about a D.C. campaign staffer’s work and love woes by political blog Wonkette’s ex-editor.

DOG DAY
Alicia Giménez-Bartlett (paperback) A mystery centered on Barcelona’s dogfighting and trafficking scene.

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