August 13, 2001 12:00 PM

THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES Elizabeth Redfern In a period brainteaser reminiscent of Caleb Carr’s The Alienist, civil servant Jonathan Absey pursues a savage serial killer in 18th-century London. (Putnam, $24.95)

JUSTICE Dominick Dunne Though nonfiction, this collection of Dunne’s writings about trials (O.J., the Menendez brothers, Claus von Bülow) reads like an expertly calibrated policier. (Crown, $24)

BITTERROOT James Lee Burke Billy Bob Holland, lawyer and ex-Texas Ranger, takes on a Montana mining company whose nasty doings are in sharp contrast to the beautiful scenery. (Simon & Schuster, $25)

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