August 20, 2001 12:00 PM

LIT LIFE Kurt Wenzel

A once-promising novelist battling writer’s block hooks up with his literary hero; together, they’re mercilessly lampooned in this hilarious debut novel about the publishing world. (Random House, $24.95)

LAYER CAKE J.J. Connolly

Can’t wait for the next cockney caper filmed by Mr. Madonna, Guy Ritchie? This tangy and tangled trip through the London underworld is being made into Ritchie’s next, The Mole. (Duck Editions, $15.95)

MINUTES TO BURN Gregg Andrew Hurwitz

The Hot Zone meets Jurassic Park as Navy SEAL Cameron Kates, hiding a pregnancy, does battle with bizarre mutants caused by a virus. (Cliff Street, $25)

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