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Originally published Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 5:35 AM

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NW Books: A new J.A. Jance mystery, Channeled Scabland guide

This week's new releases by Seattle-area authors include "Judgment Call," a Joanna Brady mystery from J.A. Jance; "On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods," a guide to the Channeled Scabland by Bruce Bjornstad and Eugene Kiver; "River of Fire and Other Stories," a Korean story collection translated by Seattleites Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton; and "Story of Us," a young adult novel by Deb Caletti.

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"Judgment Call" by J.A. Jance (William Morrow, $25.99). Joanna Brady tries to balance her roles as mother and sheriff after her teenage daughter discovers the body of the high-school principal, and gruesome images of the murder scene go viral. Author appearances: Part-time Seattle resident Jance will be at Seattle Mystery Bookshop at noon and Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.

"On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: The Northern Reaches" by Bruce Bjornstad and Eugene Kiver (Keokee Books, $26). Pictures, graphics and geological explanations guide the reader through Eastern Washington's Channeled Scabland, the result of colossal Ice Age floods. Plus maps for hiking, biking and driving through one of the "10 Most Spectacular Geologic Sites" in the U.S., according to Smithsonian Magazine. This is the second volume on the subject by Bjornstad, who lives in Richland, Wash. Kiver is a geology professor at Eastern Washington University.

"River of Fire and Other Stories" by O Chonghui, translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton (Columbia University Press, $27.50). Nine stories, written from 1968 to 1994, show the Korean author's skill at portraying family dysfunction, the decline of tradition, lost love and other human experiences from a woman's perspective. The translators, who live in Seattle, have won several awards, including Korea's Daesan Foundation's translation prize.

"Story of Us" by Deb Caletti (Simon Pulse, $16.99). Ages 14 and up: The well-known Seattle author's new novel explores love and family as Cricket tries to decide between her boyfriend and a new cute boy — all while trying to keep her mother's wedding to her third fiancé from derailing.

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