THE PROPHETS, by Robert Jones Jr. (Putnam, $27.) A lyrical and rebellious love story about two enslaved boys in antebellum Mississippi, whose relationship is accepted and even cherished until a Christian evangelist, also enslaved, turns the plantation against them. The novel is about their choice to love in the face of the forces that would crush them, and the repercussions of that love. “A book I entered hesitantly, cautiously, I exited anew — something in me unloosed, running,” our reviewer, Danez Smith, writes. “May this book cast its spell on all of us, restore to us some memory of our most warrior and softest selves.”

A WILL TO KILL, by RV Raman. (Polis, $26.) This modern-day gloss on the classic locked-room mystery takes place in a remote mansion high in the hills of southern India. After the property has been completely cut off by a landslide, guests at a party there begin to die one by one, picked off by an invisible assailant matching wits with the canny private detective Harith Athreya. “There seem to be several crimes going on at once,” Sarah Lyall writes in her latest thrillers column, “and a lot to pay attention to: an art scam, a drug ring, the falsification of identities, not to mention a spot of adultery. But Athreya is a fine detective with a curious mind, a cool eye for the chance detail, a skill in synthesizing disparate threads and a talent for resisting the insults of the requisite police officer assigned to the case.”

SAVING JUSTICE: Truth, Transparency, and Trust, by James Comey. (Flatiron, $29.99.) This revealing memoir by the man who was fired as director of the F.B.I. for placing loyalty to country above loyalty to Donald Trump presents an individual of unswerving rectitude, who rues the national descent from strict, fact-based truth into a feckless mirage. “Of course, he is right: You can’t have a working democracy without an agreed-upon standard of truth,” Joe Klein writes in his review. “Comey has laid out the challenge of the next four years. Joe Biden’s quiet humanity will confront a noisy nation where too many citizens have become so sour that they’ve found solace, and entertainment, in an alternative reality. It will not be easy to lure them away from their noxious fantasies, but fact-based truth is not negotiable.”

PEE WEES: Confessions of a Hockey Parent, by Rich Cohen. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.) Cohen’s memoir of sports fatherhood follows one season in the life of a Connecticut youth hockey team — including all the ups and downs and personalities and a close-up, honest examination of the motivations behind his own devotion to the sport. “No matter the struggle, Cohen shines when he’s exploring hockey history,” Mark Rotella writes in his review. “What emerges for Cohen in this warmhearted memoir is a love for his son beyond hockey, as well as the acknowledgment that ‘there is little to match the intoxication of seeing your child do something well.’”

THE HEARING TRUMPET, by Leonora Carrington. (New York Review Books, paper, $15.95.) Carrington, the Surrealist painter and writer, defies all expectations with her curious 1974 novel about, well, everything. The 92-year-old protagonist is sent to an elder-care institution, where she unlocks a world of enigmatic abbesses, murder plots, mythology and apocalypse. Blake Butler, reviewing it, says that the novel “stands out as something at last truly radical, undoing not only our expectations of time and space, but of the psyche and its boundaries. … The result is a mind-flaying masterpiece, held together by Carrington’s gifts of wit, imagination and suspense.”