March 13, 2000 12:00 PM

>ACTUAL INNOCENCE Barry Scheck, Peter Neufeld and Jim Dwyer Two prominent defense lawyers—and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist—find the justice system guilty of railroading innocents onto death row. (Doubleday, $24.95)

CHAOS THEORY Gary Krist In this all-too-real Washington, D.C., thriller, two good kids make a mistake that leads to bloodshed, terror and a cover-up that consumes public officials. (Random House, $24)

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