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Originally published Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 5:02 AM

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Local books: J.A. Jance's latest Ali Reynolds mystery

New in local books: J.A. Jance's latest Ali Reynolds mystery; a critical look at Freud and psychoanalysis; and a visual mapping technique for setting goals.

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"Left for Dead" by J.A. Jance (Touchstone, $25.95). The latest in the popular mystery writer's Ali Reynolds series. Jance, who divides her time between Seattle and Arizona, uses Arizona's troubled border with Mexico as a backdrop for a story in which one of Ali's classmates from the Arizona Police Academy is shot, then suspected of participation in the cross-border drug trade. Jance has three appearances in Seattle this week:

• A signing at noon Wednesday at Seattle Mystery Bookshop (206-587-5737 or www.seattlemystery.com).

• A reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Seattle Public Library's downtown branch; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).

• A reading at 1 p.m. Thursday at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333 or www.thirdplacebooks.com).

"The Freud Files: An Inquiry into the History of Psychoanalysis" by Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen and Sonu Shamdasani (Cambridge University Press, $24.99). This book proposes to answer these questions, according to the publisher: "How did psychoanalysis attain its prominent cultural position? Why has it become natural to bracket Freud with revolutionaries like Copernicus and Darwin? How did Freud 'triumph' to such a degree that we hardly remember his rivals, despite the fact that many of his theories have been hotly contested — and often discredited — in the century since they were proposed?" Borch-Jacobsen is a professor of comparative literature and French at the University of Washington.

"Drawing Solutions: How Visual Goal Setting Will Change Your Life" by Patti Dobrowolski (Creative Genius Press, $14). Seattle resident Dobrowolski presents her method for setting goals "through a simple, fun, visual mapping technique." You can view a video of Dobrowolski discussing her work at upyourcreativegenius.com.

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