Norfolk’s Lockhart to give talk about assassination novel | Books

Timothy J. Lockhart will discuss his debut novel, an international thriller about political assassination called “Smith” (Stark House Press), and sign copies. Lockhart, of Norfolk, also reviews books for The Pilot.

Details: 3 p.m. Saturday. Prince Books, 109 E. Main St., Norfolk. 757-622-9223.

Also: Monica Hesse, a Washington Post features writer, will be at Prince at noon Saturday to discuss her book about the 2012-13 string of arsons on the Eastern Shore. “American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land” looks at Charlie Smith, Tonya Bundick and the community their arsons affected.

“Federal Reports on Police Killings,” which collects the Department of Justice reports on the deaths of Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray and Michael Brown, is out from Melville House (456 pp., $16).

Kathy Reichs has a new main character, Sunnie Night, introduced in “Two Nights,” just out. (The TV show “Bones,” with forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, is based on a Reichs character.)

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