Off the Shelves – September 17

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New items are available at the Hancock County Public Library.

The following items are available at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road. For more information on the library’s collection or to reserve a title, visit hcplibrary.org.

Adult Fiction

“The Paladin,” by David Ignatius

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CIA operations officer Michael Dunne is tasked with infiltrating an Italian news organization that smells like a front for an enemy intelligence service. Headed by an American journalist, the self-styled bandits run a cyber operation unlike anything the CIA has seen before. Fast, slick and indiscriminate, the group steals secrets from everywhere and anyone and exploits them in ways the CIA can neither understand nor stop. Dunne knows it’s illegal to run a covert op on an American citizen or journalist, but he has never refused an assignment, and his boss has assured his protection. Soon after Dunne infiltrates the organization, however, his cover disintegrates. When news of the operation breaks, and someone leaks that Dunne had an extramarital affair while on the job, the CIA leaves him to take the fall. Now a year later, fresh out of jail, Dunne sets out to hunt down and take vengeance on the people who destroyed his life.

Adult Nonfiction

“Desperately Seeking Warhol,” by Ian Castello-Cortez

For someone who traveled as much as he did, it is a marvel that Andy Warhol had time to make art. “Desperately Seeking Warhol” traces the artist’s movements around the globe from international cultural hotspots like New York, Paris and Rome to lower-profile burgs such as Carbondale and Montauk — more well-known now, partially as a result of Warhol’s involvement. Relentless in the pursuit of new avenues to create and sell his work, Warhol set up shop in a dizzying variety of locales, working for and with other artists, musicians, controversial world leaders and more. Manhattan features heavily, with detailed maps exploring Warhol’s favorite hangouts across multiple decades. The maps and location profiles here form a fascinating picture of a larger-than-life cultural icon whose energy few have been able to match since.