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USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

1. “Kingdom of the Blind” by Louise Penny (Minotaur, fiction, on sale Nov. 27)

What it’s about: In the latest in a best-selling crime series set in Quebec, Chief Inspector Gamache is named an executor of the will of a woman he never knew; meanwhile, fallout from the local opioid epidemic continues.

The buzz: Penny will join USA TODAY for a #BookmarkThis Facebook Live chat about her new book on Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. EST.

More: Chat live with author Louise Penny about her new mystery, 'Kingdom of the Blind'

2. “Tom Clancy Oath of Office” by Marc Cameron (Putnam, fiction, on sale Nov. 27)

What it’s about: President Jack Ryan wrestles with multiple crises, from the hijacking of Russian missiles, to the kidnapping of Jack Jr., to a crooked senator who’s using bot-generated “fake news” to try to bring down Ryan's administration.

The buzz: Jack Ryan lives on in the TV world, too, with John Krasinski starring in Amazon’s streaming series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.”

3. “Insane Mode: How Elon Musk’s Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil” by Hamish McKenzie (Dutton, nonfiction, on sale Nov. 27)

What it’s about: A former Tesla employee makes the case that self-driving cars are very much the (near) future.

The buzz: “A must-read for everyone interested in cars (and) entrepreneurship,” says Booklist.

More: Self-driving cars: New book looks at how we're racing toward the future, not always safely

More: A victory for Elon Musk: Tesla outsells Mercedes-Benz in US for first time ever

4. “Robert B. Parker’s Blood Feud” by Mike Lupica (Putnam, fiction, on sale Nov. 27)

What it’s about: Series star Sunny Randall tries to protect her husband and his Mafia family from a mysterious rival bent on revenge.

The buzz: Lupica, a sportswriter and novelist (and a friend of Parker, who died in 2010), was selected by the Parker estate to continue the Randall series; this is his inaugural effort.

5. "Hazards of Time Travel" by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco, fiction, on sale Nov. 27)

What it’s about: Oates goes dystopian in this novel about an idealistic girl who defies the rules of her controlled future world and is punished by being sent back in time to a re-education camp in the 1950s.

The buzz: “Eerie … a memorable novel,” says Publishers Weekly.

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