The Afghan by Frederick Forsyth is published in hardback by Bantam Press, priced £17.99.
Frederick Forsyth is the author responsible for such classics as The Day Of The Jackal, The Dogs Of War and The Odessa File, so it's a sure-fire bet that any book written by him will be worth a look.
This one certainly is, as Forsyth proves himself the master of the international thriller and turns his gaze to the modern-day threat of al Qaida.
Set in 2007, The Afghan is meticulously researched, painstakingly plotted and offers a chilling insight into the world of the 21st-Century terrorist . . . and the relentless battle to beat him or her at their own game.
Due to a sheer fluke - and the chance discovery of a mobile phone which last belonged to one of the London 7/7 bombers - a major al Qaida operation is uncovered by British and American intelligence forces.
Its code name is Al-Isra . . . and they know it is going to be something devastating.
The only way to foil the plot is to plant someone inside the organisation and, with no sources forthcoming, the two countries must work together to perform the impossible and pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs.
The way Colonel Mike Martin is transformed into Afghan Izmat Khan, a long-term prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, is nothing short of amazing, and you can only marvel at the brain which has plotted such an incredible, yet compelling, plot line.
Make no mistake, in The Afghan, Forsyth shows he has lost none of his immense and incomparable skill as a writer.
It's a story that looks sure to be given the big-screen treatment.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is published in hardback by Orion, priced £12.99.
Biographer Margaret Lea is devoted to classical books and works in her father's antiquarian bookshop. She lives an almost reclusive life with her devoted father and emotionally absent mother.
One day her life changes when she gets a letter from one of the most famous authors of the day . . . the mysterious Vida Winter.
The bestselling, yet reclusive, novelist has always invented various outlandish life histories for herself. Now she is old and dying and wants to tell the real truth about her extraordinary life. Her letter to Margaret is practically a summons and Margaret travels to Yorkshire . . . where Vida starts to recount her tale.
Margaret is captivated by the power of Vida's storytelling but as a biographer she deals in fact not fiction and she is not entirely convinced by Vida's account.
Margaret goes to check up on the family, visiting their old home and piecing together their story in her own way.
This is a compelling and emotional mystery about family secrets and the magic of books.