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Originally published Monday, November 1, 2010 at 7:01 PM

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Local books: Seattle vice, wayward West Seattle teenagers and a miraculous snow globe

New in local books: the story of Frank Colacurcio Sr.; a teenager adrift in West Seattle; a miraculous snow globe; the latest Bo Tully mystery and a high-school football player with a mysterious past.

New releases

"Seattle Vice: Strippers, Prostitution, Dirty Money, and Crooked Cops in the Emerald City" by Rick Anderson (Sasquatch,$17.95). The Seattle Weekly writer recounts the colorful story of the empire of the late Frank Colacurcio Sr., the "king of vice whose career spanned more than half a century ... a self-made millionaire who once ruled an empire of strip clubs that spanned from the Pacific Northwest to the Southwest, as well as to Alaska and Hawaii."

"Adios, Nirvana" by Conrad Wesselhoeft (Houghton Mifflin, $16). For ages 14 and up: a novel set on the streets of Seattle (especially West Seattle) about a teenager adrift after the death of his brother. His life changes when he's ordered by his school principal to write the life story of David, a World War II veteran and hospice resident. Wesselhoeft is a West Seattle resident.

"The Snow Globe" by Sheila Roberts (St. Martin's Press, $14.99). The Bremerton novelist writes a story of a down-on-her-luck woman who finds a beautiful snow globe and purchases it despite being unemployed, then finds that the globe may deliver Christmas miracles.

"Payback Time" by Carl Deuker (Houghton Mifflin, $16). For ages 12 and up: A mystery, set against the backdrop of the worlds of high-school football and the criminal underworld, in which high-school journalist Mitch True investigates the mysterious past of a football player named Angel Marichal. Deuker lives in Seattle.

"The Huckleberry Murders: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery" by Patrick McManus (Simon & Schuster, $25). The latest in a mystery series by the Spokane essayist/novelist. In this installment, Sheriff Tully, of Blight County, Idaho, suspects a rancher has been murdered, but there's no body and someone keeps cashing the rancher's Social Security checks. Then three young men are shot, execution-style, in a huckleberry patch, and Tully enlists the help of a beautiful FBI agent to solve the crimes. McManus reads at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Co. (206-624-6600 or

"You're Stronger Than You Think: The Power to Do What You Feel You Can't" by Les Parrott and Bill Dallas (Tyndale House, $19.99). A self-help book that proposes that "by changing how you think, understanding what you feel, and using what lies deep in your soul, you can summon strength you didn't know you had — strength that ultimately comes from God." Parrott is the co-founder of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University. He lives in Seattle.

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