Computer problems Light-based computer technology is stolen, forcing an uneasy business alliance between Elizabeth Cabot and Jake Fairfax in Jayne Ann Krentz's Soft Focus (Putnam, $23.95, 0399145788; Nova Audio Books, abridged, $24.95, 156740863X; Brilliance, unabridged, $29.95, 1567404588). Their high-tech world collides with the world of fantasy when they hunt the stolen technology at a neo-noir film festival. On-screen players have deadly roles in the intrigue as Elizabeth and Jake race to save the business. Count on Krentz, who deftly blends the worlds of business and film, for a jazzy story.

Why couldn't Isabella Joubert's inheritance be a simple trust fund? Instead, her father entrusts her with carrying out his deathbed wishes, courtesy of a computer disk containing detailed information about a lifetime of payoffs by an arms dealer. In The Inheritance by Jasmine Cresswell, Isabella confronts an old adversary, Sandro Marchese, who smolders with his own secrets. Cresswell tantalizes and torments with this page-turning thriller that will keep you riveted as the secrets of all the Joubert family legacy unravel.

Sandy Huseby writes and reviews and loves happy endings from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside near Nevis, Minnesota. She is online at

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